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Angela Booth
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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The BIG Secret to Writing and Publishing Short Stories… I love writing short stories. They’re FAST and fun to write, and to publish, of course. One of our students asked whether there was a secret to writing and self publishing... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Over the past week, I’ve received messages from writers who feel like failures. A couple wanted to do NaNoWrimo, but something came up. Several other writers started NaNoWrimo, and wrote steadily, but then stopped “just for today”. They didn’t start... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 13, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Since I won’t have much time for blogging until late January, I was feeling horribly guilty, not to mention frustrated. I love blogging, it’s always a joy. I made list of blog posts I could write, but I’ve been too... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 7, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I work with authors every day. They make avoidable errors. Once they correct those errors, their ebooks start selling well. Often not as well as they’d hoped, and for a simple reason: they haven’t baked-in sales potential. An author writes... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 12, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Do something — do anything, it all helps To sell more ebooks, you’ve got to ACT — see competition, below, in our fifth tip. We all have limited time however, so you need to choose what you’ll do, and... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 11, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I knew that Sophie had enrolled her novels in KDP Select, so I asked her how she was using her “free” days. That is, the five days which Amazon gives you in each three-month Select period, in which you can... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 4, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Now let’s look at some useful tips for writing and selling Kindle short stories. 1. WRITE! Choose genres which sell You can’t get paid for what you don’t write. As I mentioned above, experiment. No one knows what will work... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 30, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing jobs are everywhere: hunt them down The best writing jobs aren’t advertised. That’s always been the case. However, you can certainly get a membership at an outsourcing site like, and bid on projects. Becoming a member on an... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 27, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I coach writers, so I read a lot of blurbs. I advise students to focus on people in their blurbs. Readers want to read about people, above all. If you doubt this, consider your favorite novels: In the Harry Potter... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 26, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Start by planning. Plan and plot, to boost your enthusiasm As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m not a great fan of outlines. I prefer organic outlining, as we discuss in Hot Plots. When you use ordinary outlines, you’ll try to... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 22, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
First steps in promotion: please don’t skip them Before you begin promoting your ebooks, you need to prepare. Your ebooks must have: Appropriate cover images Appropriate titles “Selling” blurbs (descriptions) On our Just Write a Book Blog I’ve started a... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 20, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
This week I’ve been helping several ebook authors write their fiction’s blurbs. That is, their ebooks’ descriptions. I reminded them: “When you’re writing fiction, you’re writing about people. So your blurbs need to be about those people.” As Henry James... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 18, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’ve just published your first ebook, write another one Work out how much an hour of your time is worth, then consider whether you can afford to spend an hour a week on a blog. You’ll find that your... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 14, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Know what you’re writing when you sit down to write Never, ever sit down at your computer to write, without knowing what you’re writing, and exactly how much you expect yourself to produce. Consider your creative self to be... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 13, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
How to manage backstory: remove it when you’re editing I published this post on editing your novel on the freelance blog yesterday. Read the post, if you find editing a challenge. Don’t worry about backstory in your first draft. Just... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 11, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I’m a huge fan of the Ulysses app (Mac). If you’re a Mac user, and you’re looking for a fast and simple way to publish your ebooks on iBooks, check out this tutorial, Self-Publishing for Absolute Beginners. It sounds brilliantly... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 11, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Get some distance: write another novel, or a couple of short stories before editing Your biggest challenge with editing your own writing is that it’s your writing. It’s hard to separate what you think about what you’ve written, from... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 10, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You can relax when you tell yourself that you’re just making mud Once you realize that you’re just “making mud” when you’re writing, you stop worrying. There’s nothing serious about mud. You just write, and you know that you’ll sort... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 9, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Here are three ways I can think of — use your imagination, and you’ll find more. 1. Write and publish — enroll in KDP Select (no frills, no hassle publishing) Write short stories of 5K words or more, and publish... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 7, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
To make sales you need a full package of images Keep in mind that you need more than just an ebook cover. You need: The basic cover image; Images for your blog and social media; Images for other marketing you... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 6, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Start small: try some fan fiction If you’re new to writing fiction, you don’t need to start your fiction career by writing a novel. You can write short stories. Vital: have FUN with it. Try writing fan fiction; this may... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 6, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
She sent me an estimate of the time she’d spent dancing around with this client over the past couple of weeks — conservatively, some three hours. New Writer said she couldn’t charge him. “Sure you can,” I said. “Send him... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 2, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Many authors are concerned about Kindle Unlimited (KU.) In Kindle Unlimited Makes Sales For Authors, I shared my experiences. I had my doubts about the update, and didn’t enroll my new publications in KU 2. That was a mistake. I’m... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 1, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
A time-limited offering on Hot Plots We give Team Up students a special deal on Hot Plots. The news of this got out, so of course we agreed to extend the offering to those who’d heard about it. Julia said... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 31, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Get read, make money Your aim in writing short stories and novels is to be read right through to the end, particularly if you enroll your ebooks in Amazon’s KDP Select. Enrolling in Select automatically makes your ebooks available to... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 30, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog