Writing Commercial Fiction: Current Programs (to help you to make money in indie publishing)

Writing Commercial Fiction: Current Programs (to help you to make money in indie publishing)

As you may know, commercial fiction (genre fiction) is currently a hot area in self-publishing. We’ve got several writing programs which help you to establish a career as a novelist and short story writer.

They include:

Readers have asked “which program is right for me?”

Which program is for you?

That depends on where you are in your writing career. If you’re making the switch from other forms of writing, and are new to writing genre fiction, start with Story Power.

Writing short fiction teaches you how to write fiction, and with the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, writing short stories is currently more profitable than writing longer fiction.

Here are four tips to turn short stories into Kindle cash.

Short stories have never, ever been as profitable as they are today, so if you’re a new fiction author, you’re being paid to learn. :-)

Hot Plots: tell exciting stories

Our latest program, Hot Plots, teaches you how to develop great stories. As I said in this article on how to write commercial fiction:

“Fiction is stories. Everyone loves stories. Readers read stories for escape, to learn more about other people, and to feel specific emotions.”

Make money with fiction

Writers always want to know the income potential of an area, so I covered that in this blog post, Indie Publishing And Money:

“The Passive Voice blog’s been asking authors to share their “I quit my day job” stories in a series of posts. All those posts received massive comments, so you can see that yes, indeed, people are making a good living writing fiction and self-publishing it.”

Enjoy writing fiction, and take advantage of this new golden age for writers. :-)

Hot Plots: Craft Hot-Selling Fiction in 5 Minutes (or less)

How To Write Commercial Fiction With Hot Plots

The big secret of making money from your fiction is writing a lot. And publishing strategically and consistently. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program ensures that authors can make money from short stories, and all kinds of fiction. Moreover, whatever you’re publishing, you have a global audience.

You’re about to discover the easiest, fastest, and most fun plotting method ever. You can use it for all your fiction, whether you’re writing short stories, novellas or novels. Take control of your fiction now, and publish more, more easily. Discover Hot Plots.

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Fiction Writing Program Demystifies Plotting for Writers

Fiction Writing Program: Plotting for Writers

Angela Booth has just released “Hot Plots: Craft Hot-Selling Fiction in 5 Minutes (or less)” — a new fiction writing program for Kindle authors who want to write fast, while writing well.

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and Kindle Unlimited, offer opportunities to make self-publishing a viable writing career. Even new authors can experience the joy of winning readers, while they build their skills.

However, there’s a challenge for all authors, whether new or experienced: writing more. Angela’s students discover that their income drops if they don’t publish regularly.

Angela says: “Writers spend so much time planning that they stifle their creativity. They lose trust in themselves, and hunt for plotting formulas. They write much less than they could, and their book sales drop.”

The Hot Plots program reveals that plots are characters in action, with a simple five-step process. The process works for all kinds of fiction — short stories, novellas and novels. It also helps writers to plan series and serials.

Angela developed Hot Plots for those of her students who swore that they couldn’t write fiction because they had “no imagination.” She proved to them that they could write fiction which sells. Established authors found the program freeing. One student said: “for the first time, I feel as if I’m in control of my writing. I’m writing more, and selling more copies of each book.”

“From Idea to Scene, to Story: Hot-Selling Fiction Secrets” is included as a companion program to Hot Plots. It helps authors to focus on scenes, as they develop their stories.

More information on Hot Plots is available here.

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How to profit from your writing: online store.

Writing Fiction: This Week’s Roundup

Fiction's profitable for professional writers

Fiction is profitable for self-publishing authors

Writing fiction is the hot new thing for professional writers, for one reason: money.

Here’s a snippet from a recent news release.

In 2013, self-publishing authors hit major bestseller lists in a big way. According to a recent article in The New Yorker magazine about the decline of romance publisher Harlequin, there were 99 self-published ebook bestsellers in 2013.

The same article maintained that while major publishers like Harlequin previously nurtured new authors, in 2014 new authors preferred to self-publish.

There’s a good reason for authors to self-publish. In a word money. The money traditional publishers offer to authors can’t compare with the money authors can make when they self-publish.

In February, bestselling self-publishing author H.M. Ward reported on an authors’ forum: “Over the past year I’ve been offered over 1.5 million bucks in advances offered by huge publishing houses.”

She refused all offers. They made no sense financially. Bestselling self-published authors like Ms Ward can make $100,000 in seven days on Amazon.

When I created the Fab Freelance Writing Blog in 2006, I sniffed, loudly, at fiction. In those days professional writers classified fiction on a par with writing poetry. Laudable, but not commercial.

That changed in 2007, with Amazon’s release of the Kindle. It took just a couple of years for authors to see Kindle’s potential for self-publishing.  E.L. James and her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy gave self-publishing a huge boost. In 2014, self-publishing has arrived.

This week’s articles on writing fiction

Ebooks: Short Nonfiction and Fiction Sells

If you’re an energetic writer, and publish regularly, you’re building your catalog on Amazon, so that each book helps you to sell the others. Regular publishing means that you hit Amazon’s Recently Published lists. That’s all many writers do as promotion. They focus solely on writing short ebooks, publish them on a regular schedule, and let Amazon do the rest.

Read the article.

Writing Short Stories FAST: the Scene Secret

Writing Short Stories FAST: the Scene Secret

Writing short stories? I’ve had several questions from Kindle Romance students about writing and selling short stories as ebooks. In some genres, notably erotica, ebooks consisting of a short story can be VERY short: fewer than 5,000 words. These super-shorts are meant to be read in a gulp.

Read the article.


Writing Short Stories: 3 Tips For Creating Characters Readers Love

Many writers are trying their hands at writing genre fiction, particularly short stories. If you’re new to fiction, it’s much easier to start with a short story or two than it is to start writing a novel, and then get bogged down. And since you can publish each story as an ebook, and then later, when you have a series, publish your collection as a bundle, why not write short stories?

Read the article.

Fiction Writing Tools: Two to Love (Mac)

I’ve been asked about fiction writing tools, so I’ll make this quick, and tell you what I use. Keep in mind that I’m a full time writer, and have been for years. I need tools which help me to get organized, and stay organized. If you’re a brand new writer, start off with Scrivener. You can do almost everything in Scrivener; you can get other tools as you need them.

Read the article.

 Writing a Book: Editors Are Wonderful, But…

You’re writing a book. You’ve completed a draft, and emailed it to your editor. It comes back, with lots of suggestions and corrections.

What do you do? A student asked this question because she was very upset.

Read the article.

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Currently Reading: Wired for Story

Currently I’m reading Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence on my iPad.

Although I love books about creativity and consciousness, I didn’t know quite what to expect from this book. I looked at it several times, before I bought it, because it made me nervous. Would it destroy my pleasure in reading, I wondered? I value my ability to lose myself in books above everything else.

So, although I’ve been hearing good things about the book from other writers, I downloaded it with some misgivings.

Silly me. This book is brilliant. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a 10+. It’s the first writing-related book that I’ve ever read that I’m rereading, and thinking about, as I finish each chapter.

Will this book make you a better writer?

Writers read books on writing because we want to become better at what we do. No matter how long we’ve been writing, we keep looking for magic nuggets of inspiration and technique. This book will be useful to you if you’re working on a novel; each chapter ends with checkpoints which you can apply to your work in progress.

As I’ve said, this book makes me think. I’m mid-way through it, because I stop to reread, then I check my WIP with the fresh insights I’ve gained.

Chapter 5, Digging up Your Protagonist’s Inner Issue changed the way I write. Seriously.

For me, that chapter was worth 1000 times the price of the book.

Chapter 5 helps you to get to know your characters before you start your story. I’ve always been suspicious of “character bios” and consider them a waste of time. I write character journals, so I can to get to know characters.

Lisa Cron shows you a wonderful way to write character bios from which your outlines can develop. Yes, I said outlines, and please don’t run away screaming. Even if you hate outlining, as I do, you’ll be able to write these kinds of outlines.

A one-word summary of this book: stimulating. You know those magic eye photos which were popular years ago? You look at an image and then see something within the image? Wired for Story has exactly that effect on my writing. It’s disorientating. And uncomfortable. But above all, it’s stimulating.

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