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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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1. Kindle books are focused, and SHORT: focus when you write Before Amazon launched Kindle, markets for short stories were pretty much non-existent. Kindle readers changed that. Today, if you write fiction, and aren’t writing short stories, you’re missing a... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I’ve made a list of locations I want to use: a race track, a luxury yacht, and a rodeo. If I stopped writing now, and rewrote several scenes so that they happen in the locations I want, I’d lose momentum.... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Which program is for you? That depends on where you are in your writing career. If you’re making the switch from other forms of writing, and are new to writing genre fiction, start with Story Power. Writing short fiction teaches... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
We’ve released our new fiction plotting guide, Hot Plots. So freelance writers have been asking about indie publishing and money — can you really make a living as a self-published author? The short answer is: yes, you can. The only... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Plots, subplots, and layers — what’s the difference? Your plot’s what happens in your story. A subplot is what happens to one character, who’s not your lead character. A subplot is a little story within a story. A layer’s a... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Character or plot, when you’re writing fiction? (Start with genre) For commercial fiction, start with genre. Over the years, I’ve found that students often try writing first, and want to decide on a genre later. Tip: please don’t do this.... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When the “I published but no one cares” writers hire me to coach them, I listen their story of blogging, tweeting, pinning et al, and then I click on their Amazon link. And there it is. When these poor writers... Continue reading
Reblogged May 15, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
How to create a character: create a flaw, and a problem Let’s say that you’re writing a humorous mystery novel. Your main character owns a diner in her small town. She’s wonderful. Everyone loves her. Stop… NO. Everyone doesn’t love... Continue reading
Reblogged May 13, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Other reasons to write commercial fiction: You’re writing short stories and novels which will sell for many years. (Jane Austen’s been selling for 200 years.) Most authors who make money writing fiction never have a bestseller. They’re happy with consistent... Continue reading
Reblogged May 13, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The plotting system that helps you to plot and write — and to have fun while you do it As you may know, I write lots of fiction, for my ghostwriting clients, as well as under various pen names. It's... Continue reading
Reblogged May 13, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You want to write a novel, but you’re not sure how to get started. We’ve got lots of tips to help. But first — are you sure you want to write a novel? Why not practice with some short fiction?... Continue reading
Reblogged May 12, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Real World: You hire a gardener to mow your lawn when it needs it. In exchange for that simple task, you offer your gardener 15% of your property for the life of the property, plus seventy years past your death.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 11, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Consider these tips before you choose. 1. Chose the simplest platform: only content matters (and content is portable) You’re a Kindle author — or you aspire to be. You’ve heard that blogging helps you to make sales. (It does.) You... Continue reading
Reblogged May 11, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
It never occurred to me to be proud to write entertainments. Then I became a copywriter, and realized that the results of your writing matter more than anything else. Today, I’m proud to write commercial fiction which entertains. Your sole... Continue reading
Reblogged May 10, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Hate the thought that you’re wasting time? You’re NOT… Be sure to save all your writing in your Idea Bank: “Ideas are gold to a writer. The more you encourage them, the more prolific (and wealthy) you’ll be.” via www.justwriteabook.com Continue reading
Reblogged May 10, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’re writing a novel, you might brainstorm/ free write to create characters and create settings. For example, let’s say you’re writing a novel and the novel won’t come to life. If you’re a novelist, you know how this feels.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 10, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
With hundreds of thousands of books to browse, readers start with the book’s category — what they’re in the mood to read. In nonfiction, it might be something they need to read; they want information. After they’ve chosen a category,... Continue reading
Reblogged May 9, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Here’s the solution to your fiction woes: start more stories. New authors tend to sit on their ideas like hens on a nest. It’s as if they believe that developing stories is hard. Developing stories is the easiest thing in... Continue reading
Reblogged May 6, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing is all about your ideas: trust yourself Writing is all about your ideas. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing: it’s ideas. However, it’s difficult to trust your ideas. You’ll think that: I can’t write this, I don’t know how;... Continue reading
Reblogged May 3, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
How to sell more books: book marketing secrets A couple of students asked me how content marketing — writing for money — works with book marketing. That’s simple: write more books. Let’s say you’ve written seven ebooks — fiction, or... Continue reading
Reblogged May 1, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The writing samples scam is just what it sounds like. A company is looking for writers, and wants to audition you, by having you write a part of their project, for free. You’ll find scammers trying their luck with this... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 30, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I wrote this post, Cash in on Kindle Short Stories: Get Started and Sell, almost two years ago, long before KU. I’ve just updated the post. Let’s look at the most important short story writing tips, but first, a word... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 29, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Maintain your reader’s curiosity Curiosity — suspense — keeps readers reading. So maintain that. Be chary about what what you reveal via the 5Ws. Don’t reveal too much too soon. New fiction writers explain too much; try to avoid that.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 28, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 27, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I started blogging for me. It’s paid me back a thousandfold, for every irritation, like the hours I spent wrestling with WordPress in the early days. In 2004, you could, and I did, spend an entire afternoon setting up a... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 27, 2015 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog