How to sell loads of books. What a title! Isn’t that everyone’s dream? A load of books to sign, a load of books at every book store. Russell Blake has helpful advice on reaching that goal.
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What’s in a name? A Goth by any other name would not be.
Heroes and ancient warriors collected names. Think of biblical characters, Tolkien’s heroes, or ancient kings with their list of titles. Quite impressive, especially compared to our simple John Robert Smith. (My apologies if that is your name.)
So, how do you go about choosing a name?
Top seven questions to ask your readers
Wouldn’t you love to know what your readers are thinking as they read your book? You could know when they’re excited or bored, interested or confused.
My wife is my first reader, and I always laugh at her written comments—“hmmm,” “ho hum,” or “oooooh!” These show me what to change in a way I could never do alone.
Unfortunately, most readers are not so dedicated. Instead, if you want many readers to give you advice, try sticking to these seven open-ended questions that readers can fill out after they read.
10 reasons to be thankful for living in the present
Do you ever feel that you were born in the wrong century?
I do. That’s why I love historical fiction.
Back then, it seems, there were none of the problems that exist these days.
How can you write with the kids around? Part 4
(photo by Amanda M. Bowman http://mtaphotographer.wordpress.com/)
- Avoid time wasters.
No, children are not time wasters. And your spouse definitely is not.
How can you write with the kids around? Part 3
How do you write when you have a family, job, and possibly even a life?
Make sure you check out parts 1 and 2 first.
In a good novel, you need dialogue.
Same in relationships.
How to know your novel is ready
Which option is better?
–Andrew lets people know he is an author. But whenever asked to show what he wrote, he claims it is a secret. He fears letting others see the story, lest they steal the ideas and make millions on his hard work. He is more suspicious than the private eye in his whodunit.
–Benjamin avoids telling others that he is an author, though many people realize it because he is too busy writing to have a life. Friends and even professors enjoy reading what he writes for class, but he refuses to share his novel with them, always saying it is not yet good enough.
–Christopher regularly brags about his writing and readily shows it to others. He blogs multiple times a week and has self published several books in the year since he began his writing career. Unfortunately, you can guess the quality of it because of so much in so little time.
So, this brings back the question: When should you show your book to others?
I recommend reading it four times first.
Number one tip to overcome weariness
Keep it simple
Try it with your daily goals
Some people try to write 1,000 words each day or exercise 30 minutes three times a week. These are helpful, but sometimes they seem like too much.
So keep it simpler.
How simple? Try this: Continue reading
Advice to aspiring writers
Do you aspire to write? Check out Kate Murray’s blog for here insightful ideas.
Advice to aspiring writers.
The Single Largest Cause of Writer’s Block–Might Not Be What You Believe
The cure may be something you’ve never asked. Check out Kristen Lamb’s blog for the answer.
The Single Largest Cause of Writer’s Block–Might Not Be What You Believe.