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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Productivity: focus and write more The biggest challenge? Distractions. No one in the group found concentration and focus easy. However, without focus, there’s little chance that we’ll write as much as we could. Of course, some things are more distracting... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
From the meeting, here are our two “secret” book marketing tips. The second follows on from the first. 1. Choose one marketing option each month: be consistent Book marketing can be hopelessly confusing when you’re starting out. What will work... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Why Scrivener? One word: ease. Heaven knows that writing books is challenging. Not for the writing, but for the amount of organization that’s needed. When you’re writing a book, confusion equals procrastination, and procrastination leads to a hard drive full... Continue reading
Reblogged May 19, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Over the years, many adults lose the imagination they had as children. Everyday life takes over. Give yourself permission to play with characters and stories. These tips may help. 1. Your imagination doesn’t take orders, relax and day dream Imagining... Continue reading
Reblogged May 14, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Firstly, let’s look at why you might want to get out of self-publishing. Self-publishing: do you want to escape and get your life back? Self-publishing can consume your life. There are never enough hours in the day, even if you’re... Continue reading
Reblogged May 12, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
How do you develop names for your Regency romance characters? I use a book by Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook, for inspiration. It includes names from many different languages. Mine is the 1994 hardcover edition, which I’ve... Continue reading
Reblogged May 8, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I decided to send a survey to my current and past fiction writing students. What did they think? Overwhelmingly, they said that marketing is more important. It makes sense. You can keep writing and writing, but if no one buys... Continue reading
Reblogged May 7, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. You can do it – you can write your novel, no matter how many people tell you that you can’t When you’re writing a novel, and you tell people about it, you’re hoping for encouragement. Some people, bless them,... Continue reading
Reblogged May 6, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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These posts on indie publishing and writing appeared on my blogs last week. Check out any you may have missed. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing goals: your writing speed Writing takes what it takes. Words tend to flow like water in your first draft. So, on some days you’ll be able to write 2,000 words in an hour. It’s usual to write more slowly... Continue reading
Reblogged May 5, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Save time: calculate sales and track books Amazon Book Sales Calculator is useful for your own books, as well as for research: it estimates how many sales a book is making per day and month. Sales Rank Express shows you... Continue reading
Reblogged May 4, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
New author: want to finish your novel? Take daily baby steps Nothing blocks a new author as quickly as the knowledge that he’s “writing a book.” Avoid thinking that. Here’s why. Even a short novel contains at least 40,000 words.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 3, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Try… 1. The ticking clock device: instant suspense I love the ticking clock device because it’s so simple. You set it up, and away you go. You’ll find ticking clocks in many novels, because a countdown keeps readers reading. Your... Continue reading
Reblogged May 2, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Why curiosity, of all things? Fiction writing: when they’re curious, readers keep reading From Lisa Cron, in Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence: … being curious is necessary... Continue reading
Reblogged May 1, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
What if you truly need flashbacks, and don’t want to cut them from your novel? Feature them. Use a “now, and then” technique. Many novels are written this way. Your story begins in the present day. The next chapter begins... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 27, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Bullet journal your novel: do it YOUR way Bullet journal your novel your way. Discover your process over time. My process is simple: One notebook per novel; Leave the first six pages blank for the index; Number the pages, if... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 26, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Once you have a process, you’ll find yourself motivated to write, and you’ll be more confident about writing. So, here’s my writing process; customize it to create your own. The following is an excerpt from 124 Powerful Fiction Writing Tips:... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 22, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Book marketing: printable ideas you can use Firstly, what’s a “printable”? Basically, a printable is a document, usually in PDF format, which is meant to be printed. Use your printables to advertise upcoming and new book releases, or books from... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 17, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Image marketing: did you create the image? You (maybe) own the copyright The only time you can use an image in any way you choose is if you created the image. On the other hand, if someone paid you to... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 17, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Let’s look at three tips which will help you to develop your own writing process for those times you want to kickstart your writing — NOW, no matter how many excuses you have. 1. Just start writing: write words and... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 11, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Blogging to sell — be confident Unfortunately, many writers are still shy about selling on their blogs. Others want to make sales, but aren’t sure how to sell. It’s easy, I promise. These tips will help. 1. Your blog’s visitors... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Book marketing on Pinterest: is it effective? Here’s my weaselly answer: maybe — or probably. It very much depends on your audience for your books. Is your audience using Pinterest? If so, have at it. A couple of my pen... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 5, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing: do you need an editor? The short answer is yes. You do. No matter how experienced you are, you’re too close to your words. You’ve been working on your novel or nonfiction book for weeks, if not months, so... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 3, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your novel: who wants what, and why? I’m a confirmed pantser; that is, someone who starts a novel as the mood takes them. I just start writing. However, I keep three things in mind: Who is this person I’m writing... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 1, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Are you making the most of your freelance writing career? Earlier this week, I chatted with a freelancer who deep-dived into self-publishing at the beginning of last year. She’s on track to earn more from her self-publishing efforts this year... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 30, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog