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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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I hate receiving messages like: “My book isn’t selling, what do I do now?” Writing a book is hard, self-publishing is hard too. The fact that you’ve written a book wins you huge kudos — good for you. Now it’s... Continue reading
Reblogged 44 minutes ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want to write page-turning fiction? All authors do; no one sets out to write a boring novel. Your readers want to enter your novel’s world. They want to experience your book — they want to live your book with your... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 hours ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want to become a successful writer? These two words will help: journaling, and habit. But why journal? Journaling is more than just writing. Writers shy away from journaling because our time’s limited. Why write something you can’t sell? It’s simple... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Three writing mistakes: my best teachers The following three mistakes have been some of my biggest and best teachers on the path to success. Perfectionism As Procrastination If you ever struggle to write, a large part of the problem might... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In our fiction authors’ class, we discussed when you should start writing your novel. How much preparation do you need? Prepping a novel can take forever. You need character bios, an outline, and research too. If you spend too much... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Reasons you need to build creativity into your day It’s fun. At times, writing can seem like drudgery — you want to get away from your desk. You procrastinate, which leads to all kinds of problems. Playing (all creativity is... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 10, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Write fiction that’s powered by narrative drive What’s narrative drive? It’s what makes your story involving, and keeps it moving. I’m currently watching Hostages on Netflix, the original Israeli version. The main character is a surgeon who’s about to operate... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 7, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing blurbs for your fiction: start with people To prepare for our discussion of blurbs, we each collected two blurbs we thought were excellent. This meant that we had quite a collection of blurbs to analyze. Firstly, we discovered that... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 6, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Short stories are the perfect introduction to your other fiction On several of the online groups of which I’m a member, authors are complaining about their sales. Nothing new in that. It can be discomfiting when your Page Reads... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 6, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. How long “should” short stories be? Short reads are popular with readers. Amazon helps you out too, with its various Short Reads categories. Here’s Amazon’s Bestsellers in Short Reads. If you look at the left sidebar of the page,... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Change is uncomfortable. Your life changes when you write a book — it starts changing as soon as you start writing. When you write a book, it takes time and motivation I discussed how to create a writing habit here.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 31, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
We’re currently running more posts on self-publishing than any other topic because it’s a hugely popular area with freelancers. Despite the sales slump many authors saw late last year, interest in self-publishing continues to develop. We’ve passed the midpoint of... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 30, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Readers have asked for more fiction writing tips on what to include when they’re outlining a novel. Here’s a big tip: connect with your plot, and with your characters. Sometimes, when we’re outlining, we focus on the plot so much... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 24, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing: find a problem, offer a solution Life is problems. We all have problems we’re not sure how to tackle. On the other hand, maybe we do know how to tackle a problem, but we want a simpler solution. Self-publishing... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 23, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
At one of our writers’ group meetings last year, we talked about minor characters, and our discussion has stuck in my mind. When I create standard minor characters and walk-ons, such as the main character’s best friend, the waitress at... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 23, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’ve finished your book. It’s published, and you’re an author. You should be very proud of your achievement. You’re marketing your book, and are making sales, but don’t stop — consider that you can get much more out of your... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 22, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
New authors tend to obsess about names. Generally speaking, you can use any pen name you choose, but do try to eliminate confusion. Steer clear of a name associated with: A real person whether alive or dead, famous or not,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 21, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In Team Up I’ve been working with a writer who’s started writing a book more times than she can count. She says that she has a dozen false starts on her computer. Those books never went anywhere. “I start out... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 20, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Can a book cover help you to sell more books? Yes, and no. Your book cover has one primary job: to gain readers’ attention. After that, your blurb (description) and your Look Inside pages need to do the heavy lifting.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 19, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The Select “pot” — the money Amazon puts in to pay KDP Select authors — has been dropping. For June 2017, Amazon offers a KENPC of 0.0042229. Many authors attribute the declining KENPC to scammers. I talked about scammers in... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 17, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’re writing romance fiction — good for you. With its dozens of sub-genres, and sub-sub genres, it’s the biggest selling genre by a large margin. It outsells other fiction by around four to one. There’s a challenge however. If you’re... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 16, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Author marketing is changing. Many authors believe that you don’t need a website, and the argument for and against author websites rages whenever new authors get together. The “for” group of authors maintain that a website is essential. The “against”... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 15, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I’ve written about using short stories for marketing before, but since “can I really sell short stories?” is a question which keeps coming up, here are three more tips which will help. They may inspire you to make the most... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 14, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’re writing a novel. Self-publishing seems too hard, so you want to sell your novel to a traditional publisher. Then the publisher will take care of publishing, so that you don’t have to worry. We’ve had some questions about traditional... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
At our last writing group meeting, we talked about finding time to write. Several members shared their writing process. Some outlined, some didn’t. One member wrote on her phone in her car, before she started work each day. She said:... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 12, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog