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How to Start Off NaNoWriMo? Some Writing Advice From Snoopy

How to Start Off NaNoWriMo? Some Writing Advice From Snoopy

Hail and well met, NaNoers!  November has started at last.  I’d give you my word count, but alas, this post is pre-written and scheduled to post at 12:01 A.M. CST on November 1st.  By the time this posts, however, I’ll have been in November for five hours already!

To start off NaNoWriMo well, I figured I’d give you something to lift your hearts and bolster your first writing surge of the month.  Presenting…writing advice from Snoopy!

How do you start a novel?  Drag in your heavy, romantic briefcase and get out your typewriters.  Snoopy lets us know how real page-turners start: with the mystery of a fantastic beginning sentence.
Next, he lets us know that real writing is hard work.  And to get to 50,000 words by the end of the month, it’s going to take a LOT of hard work.  But we can get through it!
Also, Snoopy says, when presenting the beginning of your incredible work-in-progress to editors, make sure and be open to advice.  An open mind is always a good thing, so take the advice and make your story better.
In this one, Snoopy shows us how to write brilliant description: the strength is in the little details!
We all need editing, and Snoopy is no exception.  Edit as you go, but don’t get so caught up in the editing that you stop writing the story!
Snoopy also lets us in on the secret to emotional scenes.  Dialogue is key!
In the next few sections, Snoopy tells us how to react to critique after the story is finished, and what to do when you send in your story to the publishers.
Well, there you have it…the complete guide to writing your NaNoWriMo novel.  (Many thanks to Snoopy for offering to make a guest appearance on my blog.)
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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Xlibris Presents: How to Write a Book Promotional Plan

Xlibris Presents: How to Write a Book Promotional Plan

Xlibris Presents: How to Write a Book Promotional PlanWhen it comes to the point that your Xlibris manuscript is complete, you have edited it and edited it once more until it’s as good as it can get. Finally you have designed the book and its cover, written the foreword and your bio notes.

The next critical area to address ‘is how do you get the book noticed?  A promotional plan is a must. It’s just as important, or more so if you want to make a living out of it, as the writing and design of the book itself.

It is pertinent to note many authors, who ignore this vital part of the self-publishing progression, then express severe disappointment once their book doesn’t sell.

So, how does one put together a promotional plan for your book?

There are many articles and books on the subject and, indeed, software packages available online to assist you in this process. However you need to identify and set the core ingredients to promote and sell your book. Your Xlibris marketing adviser will help in this key element of affordable publishing. But initially what should to be included in your promotional plan?

Overall Goal:  At the start you need to understand why you slaved away to write your book. In other words “what’s the goal you are making an attempt to attain?” Did you want a bestseller or just get your story out there to friends and family?

Once you have selected this personal definition of success you can then set your promotional plans accordingly.

Target Market:  When your overall goal is set you then need to verify who you want to reach.

Key Message:  Once you have determined your targets market(s) attempt to find the particular message that will insure your book stands out.

Objectives: You must set objectives to attain your goal. Make certain these are reasonable and achievable within the overall plan (budget, timings etc).

Plans:  If the objectives listed above are the “To’s” then the plans are how you meet the objectives or the “By’s”. In other words your plans define the steps to satisfy your objectives, and they ought to begin to form measurable actions.

Actions:  These are the individual tasks required to attain the plans.

Timing:  Your selling ought to happen on associate current basis, thus you must produce a timetable from your plans to ensure your objectives are met. Also making sure resources are available for every action.

Budget:  Finally you need to set an affordable budget to attain your objectives and goal. Thus you ought to modify your strategy and/or retime various plans and actions to be within your budget.

We trust the above will help you focus on what you need to achieve your dream and remember your  Xlibris personal marketing consultant is always on hand to assist you in creating your book marketing strategies and in every aspect of implementation.

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A great article about self-publishing ebooks

Richard Bowker

Hadn’t heard about Hugh Howey until last week, when Jeff Carver mentioned his success as a self-publisher of speculative fiction.  Now he’s written this piece for Salon, which encapsulates a lot of what I think about self-publishing in the ebook world.

With self-publishing, you learn your craft while producing material. You win over your fans directly. You own all of your rights, and your works stay fresh and available for your lifetime (and beyond). Nothing goes out of print. I think this advantage is difficult to fully appreciate. My bestselling work was my eighth or ninth title. As soon as it took off, the rest of my material took off with it. To the reader, it was all brand-new. To those being born today who will become avid readers 15 years from now, those works will still be brand-new. My entire oeuvre will always be in print and always earning…

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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Penning Your Book with Gravitational Pull or How Can New Authors Get Noticed?

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By Yonatan Gordon

This present season between Passover and Shavu’ot is a good time to begin authoring your book. As we spoke about, the giving of the Torah on Shavu’ot can be considered like its publication date to the world. But instead of a one-time event in the past, we can participate in the unfolding story of creation, by penning our own stories.

In our articles, we try to hone in on the most practical elements of each subject. The question we would like to ask today, then, is how to generate interest in a book. This is a pretty common question today.

The good news is that the self-publishing revolution is upon us. Authors can go to any number of self-publishing services to get their book published and available at many of the online bookstores. Today, the question is not one of availability, but interest…

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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Getting published! Sort of…

A writer's blog- (Nia Harries)

Well the past few weeks have been hectic and they will continue to be, however i am looking forward to the next chapter in my life, quite literally!

I have decided that due to some of the changes in my life in the coming months that i will be putting my book to bed and self- publishing. I have had some first hand advice from a lovely friend of mine- (thanks Jules) who has incidentally already published a book- find it here following which i am now taking the great leap of faith and will have my book in my hand hopefully by the summer! I am very excited at the prospect but also petrified as i still have my college course to complete and a future to plan out given that i am leaving my current job at the end of the month.

As scary as this new step seems i…

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Self Publishing, writing

 

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Publishing Wars: Traditional vs Self

Living in Other Worlds: The Life of a Fantasy Writer

Maybe some of you have been waiting for this one. And after a long, busy week (where I may or may not have forgotten to post yet), I’m finally going to tackle the subject.

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Now, before I begin, I want to start off by saying I am not an expert and anyone who claims to be an expert (unless they have legitimate credentials and experience) is really not. There is blog after blog filled with writers rambling on about self-publishing and traditional publishing. They claim to be experts. Most aren’t. So don’t take what you read and think it the absolute truth (this just so happens to be a smart thing to do with just about everything).

Let’s look at a quick list of pros and cons.

Traditional: They have editors to look over your work, some (note some, you still have to do promotion yourself) publicity that will work…

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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5 tips to getting published in 2013 by Keith Ogorek

Author Solutions - The Indie Book Writers Blog | Self Publishing | Get Published

2013 imageThere has never been a better time to be an author so if you have a manuscript you have been working on, 2013 is the year you can get published.  Here are five simple tips to help you make sure you get to your goal.

  1. Pick a date when you want to hold a copy of your book. Writing is a process, but publishing is a goal so you need a deadline. And I have found the authors who are successful in self publishing, set a date when they want to hold a copy of their book. Sounds simple, but it is really important.
  2. Decide when is the best time for you to write and make that your routine.  I have talked to hundreds of authors and the ones who get to the goal have a discipline about their writing. Most have a better time in the day when they…

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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