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About Angela Booth

Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.

Writing Goals: One Word To Help You To Achieve Your Dreams

Writing Goals: One Word To Help You To Achieve Your Dreams

Do you want to write a book, but hesitate? You need writing goals, and they revolve around a single word.

Several weeks ago a writer contacted me who confided: “I’ve tried to write. But after I write a couple of chapters of a book, I give up. Please don’t ask me to set set writing goals. Clearly they don’t work for me.”

Perhaps you’re like this writer. You start more books than you finish. You feel that writing goals don’t work for you.

Here’s a secret. You need to set two kinds of goals.

Writing goals: set process goals, as well as achievement goals

You need both process goals as well as achievement goals.

Process goals involve what you do, daily, or weekly.

Achievement goals (sometimes termed “outcome” goals) are what you hope to achieve via your process goals.

An example: you want to write a bestselling book.

Your process goal: I will write every day.

Achievement goal: I will write a bestselling book by January 1, 2021.

Process goals are under your control. If you set a goal to write every day, you either do (succeed), or you don’t (fail.)

Unfortunately, achievement goals usually aren’t under your control. You set achievement goals, realizing that events may derail you. Then you’ll rely on process goals to get you back on track.

The one word that will help you to achieve your writing goals

So, what’s the single word that helps you to achieve your writing goals? Here it is: write. You might add to that: without expectation.

Consider that writing is writing. It’s not:

  • Doing research;
  • Worrying about your plot;
  • Joining writers’ groups to talk about writing;
  • Going to writers’ conferences…

Only writing is writing, and you can’t achieve your writing goals without it. “Thinking” won’t help either, unless you write down your thoughts.

Overthinking: the biggest pitfall standing between you and your writing goals

All my writing students over-think writing. I do too. That’s why I keep my DDT acronym (Do, Don’t Think) on sticky notes where I can see them.

Write. Here’s why. From Beginning Writer: 2 Strategies To Remove All Your Roadblocks:

Writing is thinking. Ideas won’t come to you in words. They come as insights, impulses, or compulsions. Often they’ll arrive as images (if you’re writing fiction.)

Write down the words which arise from those insights and images.

Then hey presto — you’re thinking. And writing:-)

Achieve your dreams: start writing

You can’t achieve your writing goals without writing. Try to get into the habit of thinking with a pen in your hand, or at the keyboard. You’ll discover that when you do, you become more confident, and your concerns about writing fade away.

Please don’t equate “writing” only with working on a current project.

I love this Flannery O’Connor quote:

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”

Writing helps you to solve your problems and make decisions. So write your thoughts. Questions? Write them down. Consider your goals, and write about them. Keep a journal or a bullet journal.

Write.

Write Your Bestseller: Write HOT Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Word for word, mystery authors earn more than authors of most other genres, including romance.

Check out our new report, “Write Your Bestseller: Write HOT Mystery, Thriller & Suspense”. You’ll discover how, why, and what types of mystery fiction are selling today, and how to develop a mystery writing career.

Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

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Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

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Writing A Book: 3 Tips To Help When You Have No Time

Writing A Book: 3 Tips To Help When You Have No Time

If I only had a dollar for every writer who’s ever said to me: “I know writing a book makes sense, but I have no time. I have kids/ two jobs/ a chronic illness/ (fill in the blank) ”.

Let’s assume that no matter how busy we are, we can find ten to 20 minutes a day, somehow. If all else fails, we may need cut back on sleep, but we can do it.

You need more than time, however. While managing your hours can be done easily enough, managing yourself isn’t as simple. You need to deal with fear.

Writing a book can be scary

When I started writing, I’d sit at my green Olivetti typewriter, and later at my IBM Selectric, with tears rolling down my face. This misery went on for a couple of years, but I sat anyway.

The sitting was key. It never occurred to me to leave my desk. I sat at my typewriter and wrote. The tears stopped eventually. I didn’t face my fears; I out-sat them.

You can do this too. No matter how anxious you are, stay at your desk.

Now let’s look at some tips.

1. Start by estimating the hours needed (guess!)

How long does it take to write the first draft of a book?

That depends on many things, but all you need is a rough guess for this book. If you’ve been writing for a while, you know that a thousand words takes you an hour or two, for example.

Guess how long your novel or nonfiction book will take. Let’s say that you’re writing a 60,000 word novel. A thousand words takes you two hours, so the novel will take 180 hours. Please remember it’s only a guess. You don’t need to know precisely.

Why estimate? So that you can create a self-imposed deadline. You need a deadline (feel free to alter it when you must), because open-ended projects never end well. Projects expand. When you have forever, because there’s no deadline, it will take forever.

2. You can’t avoid distractions, so schedule your writing time

This video, Indistractable: How to Master the Skill of the Century, is worth the time you spend watching it. Nir Eyal makes the point that if you don’t schedule your day, someone else will.

A schedule sounds… uncreative, I know. Aren’t writers supposed to be creative? Just as you need a self-imposed deadline, you also need a schedule.

It’s not enough to decide that: “I’ll work on my book every night after dinner.” With such a loose schedule, you’re leaving yourself open to 1001 distractions.

You’ll become distracted, by:

  • A phone call;
  • A discussion with your child, or your partner;
  • Email or social media…

3. Avoid judging your book while you’re writing it

This is a challenge. You’re writing a book. You want your book to be good. It’s hard to avoid judging what you’re writing, and what you’ve written.

Do it anyway. Commit to writing without judgment. Here’s why. Everyone has moods, which change daily; sometimes hourly.

Sometimes you’ll finish a chapter, and think: drivel. Nothing can save this… A day later, you’ll read that chapter and you’ll think, hey, it’s not so bad. It might be good, and I can make it better…

When you judge your book while you’re writing it, you’ll get into tangled messes, which waste time. Trust yourself. You’re better at writing than you think.

So — what are you waiting for? Start writing a book. 🙂

NEW, “Write Your Bestseller: Write HOT Mystery, Thriller & Suspense”

Word for word, mystery authors earn more than authors of most other genres, including romance.

Check out our new report, “Write Your Bestseller: Write HOT Mystery, Thriller & Suspense”. You’ll discover how, why, and what types of mystery fiction are selling today, and how to develop a mystery writing career.

Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

eBook: $4.99

When you write in series, you're giving yourself more chances to sell with every novel you write.

More info →
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Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

eBook: $5.99

You can, when you discover the secrets of writing blurbs (book descriptions) which sell.

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Resources to build your writing career

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Book Marketing: 3 Tips To Boost Sales Of Your Backlist

Book Marketing: 3 Tips To Boost Sales Of Your Backlist

Authors’ book marketing discussions on blogs and forums tend to focus on launching and promoting new titles. What about your older titles?

“Old” books published a year or more ago get short shrift from authors. However, those older titles — your backlist — can be a virtual goldmine. They’re assets.

Book marketing: all your titles are assets you own

Every book you write and publish is an asset, just like your house and car. Recently I asked a group of my students about promoting their backlist.

Only one student out of the entire group had a strategy for backlist promotion. Most students focused entirely on promoting new and upcoming titles with strategies like extensive advertising and pre-orders.

The authors ignored their backlist for many reasons, including:

  • Uncertainty. An author might shove books into KDP Select to take advantage of Kindle Unlimited’s Pages Read’s royalties. He’d promote the titles via Facebook and Amazon advertising, but wouldn’t explore options beyond that;
  • Doubts about a book’s value. An author’s writing improves with each book. If a book doesn’t sell brilliantly authors tend to ignore them, thinking that: “my writing’s much better now…” This is a shame.
  • Lack of time. It takes time to revamp older titles and create and manage promotions for them.

Let’s look at some tips for boosting sales of your backlist.

1. Make a list of your backlist’s titles: can you bundle any of them?

I’m a huge fan of bundling older titles — that is, combining two or more titles into a collection. You’ll sell your bundles for slightly less — not too much less — than the titles’ current price.

Used strategically bundles can not only generate an income for self-publishing authors but they’re also a great way to introduce new readers to your writing.

Start by listing your current titles. The more titles you have, the greater your opportunities to create bundles. Promote your newer titles by adding a preview or two to the back matter.

Don’t go overboard with the bonus content. Amazon’s bonus content rules state that a preview should amount to 10% or less of a book’s total content.

2. Write short stories to boost your older titles, and newer titles too

Amazon’s algorithms tend to favor newer titles. So, new books quickly overwhelm and crowd out older titles. Short stories, and short nonfiction ebooks, are a way of climbing back onto Amazon’s NEW! train.

Your focus isn’t so much on book sales as it is on introducing new readers to your writing. Again, add bonus content to the back matter of your short titles, but no more than 10% of the whole.

3. Share promotional opportunities with other authors in your genre

Clubbing together with other authors in your genre or category means that you can take advantage of more book marketing opportunities.

Not only can your group create genre/ category bundles, but you can also share advertising expenses with other authors. An advertising venue which is too expensive for you as a solitary author becomes more viable when you get together with several other authors.

Book marketing opportunities: review your backlist titles at least every three to six months

Things change fast in publishing. When you review your backlist every few months you’ll find fresh opportunities to market your older titles.

NEW, Short Reads: write short stories and nonfiction ebooks and build your profits today

Have you checked out this program? It shows you how to make money from short ebooks.

Amazon has two categories for short ebooks. They are: Kindle Short Reads and Kindle Short Stories. You’ll learn how to make money with these two categories in this eye-opening report.

After you read the report, you may well decide that your income will benefit when you write SHORT ebooks, both fiction and nonfiction. Get started NOW.

Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

eBook: $4.99

When you write in series, you're giving yourself more chances to sell with every novel you write.

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Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

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Why write serial fiction?

Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.

It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.

If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.

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