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Fiction Writing Classes For Authors: Attract Loyal Readers

Fiction Writing Classes For Authors: Attract Loyal Readers

Over the past year, I’ve had more questions like “How do I sell more?” and “Why isn’t my book selling?” from authors than ever. We don’t write our books in a vacuum, and publishing is changing.

A recent survey from The Authors Guild, based on responses from 5,067 authors, suggests that authors’ incomes have dropped substantially since 2009. The Guild rails against Amazon as the cause of this disaster.

While falling incomes may be true for those 5,067 authors, and many others, I agree with PG guy, who says:

PG suggests that “Amazon is causing the sky to fall on the book business” is erroneous. If the traditional book business is to be saved… Amazon will do the saving. A book business that sells an electronic version of its principal product for $3.00-7.00 has a better future than one which appears to prefer selling a physical copy of its principal product for $28.00.

Here’s why I agree with PG guy.

A thousand authors earned over $100,000 on Amazon in 2017

From Jeff Bezos’s letter to Amazon’s shareholders:

More than 140,000 SMBs surpassed $100,000 in sales on Amazon in 2017, and over a thousand independent authors surpassed $100,000 in royalties in 2017 through Kindle Direct Publishing.

That was in 2017. No doubt we’ll learn about Amazon’s 2018 figures when they’re released.

Call me Pollyanna if you like, but I believe that those 2018 figures will show that more savvy authors are earning more on Amazon and elsewhere than ever.

Why? One reason. The marketplace for books is expanding, not shrinking.

More readers, all over the globe

I’m not much interested in Hollywood movies, but I am interested entertainment. Hollywood goes where the market is, and for movies, that market is China. Small businesses are targeting the (huge) Chinese market too.

China and India are huge marketplaces, with readers, and as long as readers read, authors can sell their books.

That said, authors need to be savvy, and focus both on developing wonderful titles, and on attracting a readership.

I’ve made it one of my 2019 goals to help authors to do both. To that end we’re running classes for authors, and the first two classes are available now.

Two classes for authors are available now

Want to write better novels? Fix Your Fiction — Or Save It: Edit Your Novel, Or Rescue Novels Gone Wrong will help you to develop your novels’ potential.

It’s no secret that series sell, and our second class, Win Readers: Plan And Write A Bestselling Series Of Novels helps authors to plan and write wonderful series.

It’s my fondest hope that our classes for authors will help more authors, both new and established, to build their readership in 2019.

Join us — we’ll have a lot of fun.

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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Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

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You're a writer. You need to make money from your words. What if you could create AND sell a nonfiction book in just a day?

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3 Fun Ways To Use The 2-Minute Rule To Write A Book

3 Fun Ways To Use The 2-Minute Rule To Write A Book

Writers — you gotta love them. Procrastination is without a doubt, the biggest hangup they face. “I’m writing a book,” a writer tells me. The writing and publishing plan I created for him lands in his Inbox…

Then… crickets. A week later, I contact him, and he hasn’t even read the plan, much less started on the book. Procrastination strikes again.

The 2-minute rule can help you to write a book

If you haven’t heard of the two-minute rule, it’s a technique popularized by productivity guru, David Allen. Basically, if some thing takes less than two minutes, you do it right away. You can use the rule on long tasks on which you procrastinate too — you give yourself two minutes to get started on the task. That two minutes breaks your inertia, and you’re likely to keep doing the task.

From How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the “2-Minute Rule”:

The 2–Minute Rule works for big goals as well as small goals because of the inertia of life. Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. I love the 2–Minute Rule because it embraces the idea that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.

Let’s look at how you can use the two-minute rule when you’re writing a book.

1. Create a main character in your book in two minutes

I like Penny’s character-questioning process for fiction authors:

Here’s an important tip: your character interview gives you your character’s back story. You’ll discover who your character is, and what his greatest fear is. Your story (novel, novella, or short story) starts after the incidents which he tells you.

Think of a character (use Penny’s adjective and noun), then ask the question — hey presto, you’ve created a character.

2. No time? Maybe, but you’ve got two minutes

You’ve been meaning to work on your book, but over the past week, you haven’t even had time to open the computer file.

Give yourself two minutes to open the computer file, right now, and write a couple of sentences. They don’t need to be wonderful sentences. Don’t read what you’ve written, just write the sentences.

This simple strategy usually ensures that you carve a few minutes out of the busiest days to write a page of your book.

3. Two minute to a deadline: when you really, positively need to finish your book

Your book is due in a couple of weeks. You’re only at the 50% point. There’s no chance you’ll make your deadline, so you procrastinate. You haven’t written a word in days, and are frantic about your deadline.

I know the feeling. 🙂 You feel overwhelmed.

Open your book’s computer file, and spend two minutes with it. You can write sentences, or read a few pages, it doesn’t matter.

This simple tactic might be enough to overcome your procrastination. If it isn’t, open the file two more times today, and spend two minutes with it each time.

Chances are that you’ve conquered the feeling of overwhelm, and your procrastination, and you get to work on completing your book.

Can you think of ways YOU might use the two-minute rule to write a book?

My friend Penny uses the two-minute rule to research her historical fiction: “If I Google, something, and can’t find it in two minutes, I’ll put a large XXX in the manuscript. I’ll deal with it in rewrites.”

I use the two-minute rule to rough out an upcoming scene in my novel on an index card. Just who’s in the scene, what they want, and the purpose of the scene. Although I don’t force it, I write the first and last sentences of the scene too, if they occur to me.

Try the two-minute rule if you’re a procrastinator. 🙂

Step By Step To Fiction Which Sells: Plotting And Scene Magic

Step By Step To Fiction Which Sells: Plotting And Scene Magic

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More Heart To Heart: Write Hot-Selling Romance Fiction

More Heart To Heart: Write Hot-Selling Romance Fiction

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Indie Publishing: 5 Tips To Get Started

Indie Publishing: 5 Tips To Get Started

You’re into indie publishing. Good for you — self-publishing has great rewards, even for new authors. Who knows, you may hit it big with your first couple of books. On the other hand your books may bomb. It’s more likely that neither thing will happen. You’ll publish, and publish some more, and slowly build your readership, and business.

A couple of readers have asked about the “risks” of indie publishing. My response: “What risks? You’re putting your books out into the marketplace. They sell or they don’t. If they don’t, you write more books. You’re in charge. You don’t answer to an acquisitions editor, a literary agent, or a publisher.”

Risks? I was baffled, until I figured it out. To new authors, indie publishing is seen as risky because you do it all yourself. You’re betting on yourself. It’s lonely. You need courage and confidence.

Writers like the validation of traditional publishing. Then you can assume that your book’s in good hands. I understand. However, if you talk to authors who’ve been traditionally published, and opted to go indie, you may feel a lot better about your choice. Not more confident — that’s impossible until you publish a few titles — but better. Your confidence will grow. It’s normal to be nervous.

Here’s a truth for you: no one knows what will succeed. No one. So you might as well keep writing.

These tips will help.

1. Build a mailing list now, before you publish

You’ve heard about mailing lists. You’ve decided that you’ll start building your list after you’ve published a couple of books.

Why, oh why???

Start building your list now.

Yes, before you publish a single book.

Write a blurb for your book, convert the first chapter into a PDF, and offer it as a free download for subscribers. Post your blurb onto a Web page, and start collecting subscribers.

An additional tip; put a link to your mailing list page in the front matter of your books, rather than the back matter.

Lists are easy to set up. I’ve been using aweber for my lists for over a decade, but there are many list providers.

2. Hire an editor, and get a cover

Editors are busy. Book an editor as soon as you have an idea of when you’ll finish your first draft. Check forums for editors in your genre, or hire one on one of the outsourcing websites.

Get your cover designed asap too. If you’re doing it yourself to save money, create the cover now. Once your cover’s designed, your book will seem more real.

3. Schedule your writing time each day

To publish a book, you need to finish it, so schedule writing time daily. Inspiration is fine, but it won’t help you to complete your book. Time spent on it will.

4. Get a large calendar, and plan the rest of 2015, and early 2016

Buy a wall calendar, or draw one yourself on a large sheet of paper. Work out your publishing plans month by month. Put the calendar where you can see it. I like this idea for creating your own wall calendar with chalkboard paint.

5. Join a writer’s group, and/ or get a writing buddy

If you’re a new author, it’s lonely. You need support. Join a supportive writer’s group. With luck, you’ll find a kindred soul who will become your writing buddy.

So there you have it — use these tips. Indie publishing is lots of fun. Take it day by day, and before you know it, you’ll be a published author.

Story Power: short stories made easy

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Story Power — insider secrets of writing short stories and making them work for you: writing serials, and series.

Write with me: over four weeks, you’ll discover HOW to not only write short fiction, but also make money at it. I make a very nice income ghostwriting fiction for clients, and also selling my own short fiction under various genre pen names.

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