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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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I love writing short stories because I’m a huge blogging fan. Blogging is instant publishing, and short stories are similar. You can write a short story today, and sell it tomorrow. By the way, our Kindle Short Fiction Domination program... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Making short stories work for you: how to use them Let’s look at some of the ways in which you can use short fiction ebooks. They’re an easy way to make the switch to writing fiction; Short stories will boost... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The point of a novel is often referred to as the “story question”, or “dramatic question.” Although the story question might not be stated overtly, it must exist for your novel to be satisfying to readers. In many genres, the... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 16, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Develop your own writing projects: you create products and sell licenses to them The “write it, sell it” area is huge for freelancers of all stripes, not merely writers. It’s attractive, because you can work on projects which will earn... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’re an indie author, and you’re sinking in a swirling stream of doubts and anxieties. Are you wasting your time? What if your new book won’t sell? Every author has doubts. Some authors are continually anxious, and there’s a good... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 9, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In a nutshell: freelance writing is writing for which you’re paid, under contract — always, always under contract. (More on contracts later in the series.) A freelance writer is self-employed. He works for himself, and his primary job is to... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Grow a writing career series: freelance writing from go to whoa This new series will cover the basics of freelancing, with some useful tricks to help you to grow your business quickly. My motivation for writing it is to be... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 3, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Recently I asked a friend who hits Amazon’s Top 100 with his novels how he does it. His response? “I look for ways to add suspense — I aim to add suspense on every page.” He says that although he... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 2, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Characters in fiction writing: two essentials for each character New authors imagine that to create a character, you need to know everything about him: his shoe size, for example. Or whether or not he likes anchovies on his pizza. To... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 2, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
One writer had written 11 ebooks. She was selling, but her intermittent marketing pushes had little effect. When she consistently spent 15 minutes a day marketing her top sellers, within a couple of months she was making more from her... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 1, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
2. Use other people’s audiences, and build your own Have you explored Facebook groups? It’s easy to fall into a trance using Facebook — you just want to check in, and before you know it, an hour has passed —... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 29, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing today: your biggest challenge is YOU Sadly, you’re your own worst enemy. We all are. I’m not immune — I find new ways to torture myself and procrastinate each and every week. I tell myself about things I “must”... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 27, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Social media tips: recognize the value of your following I was chatting with a writer a couple of weeks ago. He’s been blogging for several local businesses and promotes the posts he writes on his social media accounts. He has... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 26, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Language: you need to know how your characters talk How will you know how your characters talk if you don’t research it? This most obviously applies to historical fiction, where anachronistic language can kill a novel’s claim to historical authority,... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 24, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Today, ebook marketing isn’t optional. Every successful self-publishing author understands this. Moreover, ebook marketing doesn’t happen AFTER you publish. It happens before, during the time you spend writing, and after publishing as well. Here’s the good news. Ebook marketing is... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 23, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The only way to get out of procrastination hell is to DO: right now, this minute Procrastination masks itself so it takes time to wake up to what’s happening. For example, I was happily procrastinating on a book I’m ghostwriting... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 18, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
To many writers marketing is a mystery. It seems challenging, and moreover, they have no idea why they’re doing it. Without a marketing and sales process, these writers are trapped looking for gigs on job boards and on the outsourcing... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 16, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing fiction and want to use flashbacks? Don’t. I can hear you thinking, “yes, but readers need to know…” They don’t. Trust readers to figure it out. A great slab of backstory/ flashback disorients readers and stops them reading. They’ll... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 11, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The one essential for plotting fiction: conflict According to the reviews, nothing happened. You reviewers make remarks like: “I kept waiting for something to happen”; “Save your money — I had to force myself to finish it”; “Where’s the excitement?... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 11, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Start by getting your mindset right. To write a novel in a month, you need to write around 2,000 words a day if you’re aiming for a novel of 60,000 words. Too many words? OK — write a thousand words... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 9, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Plotting a must-read series of novels (even if you’re a pantser) I’ve been watching the Greenleaf TV series on Netflix. Here’s what struck me about watching the series: There’s a “world” of the series; While there are many characters in... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 6, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I adore blogging. I’ve always loved it, because I spent my early writing years WAITING. In my romance novelist days, communication with my literary agent and editors was via air mail. Phone calls to and from London were expensive and... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 5, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Why self-publishing fails… While there are any number of reasons you can self-publish a book and winces at its sales, here are some common reasons for failure in fiction: The author didn’t pick a genre at all, or picked an... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 2, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction sells. If you put your head down and write, and assuming that you’ve written fiction before, you can make money. Of course, there are caveats: You need to choose fiction genres (categories) which have a large audience (romance, thrillers... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 1, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Write a novel readers love, and can experience Readers read to experience. If you can’t touch their emotions, they’ll stop reading. It’s always useful to read readers’ reviews on Amazon. Bestselling authors aren’t immune from bad reviews, and you can... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 26, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog