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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Get ready for 2017 now. Set up your writing space the way you want it. Investigate getting a second monitor; it helps many writers to be more productive. Get a comfortable chair, and a white board or two. Take time... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You want to write a book. It’s been on your To Do list for a couple of years. What if you could start writing today? You can. Self-publishing makes writing a book simple. Write, and publish. Worried about how to... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Make character creation easy: use an emotional adjective plus a noun to create your characters Your readers’ emotional connection to your characters starts with you: create characters by choosing an emotional adjective, plus a noun. To get you started... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Create campaigns for each of your books: and target specifically A huge challenge authors have when they want to sell more books is a lack of understanding of their book’s audiences. Each of your books (ebooks too, of course),... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 2, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In this post on goal setting, I suggested: “The more drafts you create of anything, the better. You can do something once you’ve started. If your computer screen is blank, it will stay blank.” Read that post for more on... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 30, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Back when all books were paper books, you’d find savvy mass market publishers advertising in the front and backmatter of their books. If you’re involved in ebook publishing, consider how you can use these areas too — they’re valuable real... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 28, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Think “short”, and write your blurb FIRST The key to writing short and publishing fast is to choose something you know well. It cuts down on the research. If you’re writing a short story, choose a genre you know... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 26, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Write something people will pay you to write Yes, I know, I’m fond of telling you should never to write for free, but no one will buy a pig in a poke. You need to show what you can... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 23, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Presell your book to beta readers before you finish it You’ve written several blog posts, and you have a title for your nonfiction book. Compile those blog posts into a PDF. Work out how much you’ll charge for your complete... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 20, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I’m fond of saying to freelancers: “your clients are the lifeblood of your business.” It’s true. They are. However, very few writers take this to heart. While I was encouraging the newbie student to get her first client, I suggested... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 17, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The standard way to write a novel, and the best way if you’re a pantser, is to start at the beginning and keep writing until you get to the end. Write your first draft as quickly as you can. Your... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 14, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Write more, and write short, so you can test more I adore writing long novels — 100,000 words and more. Unfortunately, that’s meant that I haven’t published as much as I should have in 2016. Next year, I’ve decided... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 13, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Blogging’s become needlessly complex. Consider this: blogging is just instant publishing. That’s all. What do you want to publish right now, today, and WHY? You can read all the blogging tips you can find online, forever, becoming hopelessly confused, and... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 12, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Over the past couple of years, I’ve received more questions about writing fiction than anything else. Here’s the thing with writing fiction. You write with your heart, not with your head. If you try to remember writing tips while you’re... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 7, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
3. Use mind mapping, it’s the only way to take in your complete novel at a glance It’s impossible to keep the story of your novel in mind as you write, let alone all the ideas, and decisions you’ve made... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 6, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. What do you want? You’re a writer. What you want probably changes with the seasons. This month you want people to buy your ebooks. A few months from now, you want to get hired to write ads, or create... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 2, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Establish a time and place to write, and stick to it Novelists lead boring lives, by intention. Yes, they take vacations, and socialize, but they know that novels are written alone, in solitude. Don’t despair if solitude is impossible.... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 31, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You want to write fiction. Or perhaps you’ve written a novel and an editor has told you that your novel needs work. One of the easiest ways to improve your fiction is to help your readers to engage fully with... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 30, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
One writer asked an odd question: “can I write 50K words of short stories for NaNoWriMo? I don’t want to write a novel.” Writing NaNoWriMo as short fiction: 50,000 words of short stories I responded to the writer that I... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 29, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If the thought of outlining your novel makes you cringe too, relax. You can use my “outline as you go” strategy. Whenever I share it with a pantser, and they try it, they say it works. That said, it may... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 27, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Baby steps: consistency is key As you might imagine, it was a challenge to go from someone who thought that you had to be “inspired” to write, to someone who just wrote, no matter what. Here’s the thing. I soon... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 25, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
One of my former students told me: “Since June, I’ve been spending as much time marketing my ebooks as I’ve been writing. It’s working. My sales dipped slightly in August, but they’ve come right up again.” He’s using social media... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 25, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Write a book one idea and paragraph at a time “How do I know I’m ready to write a book?” is a very common question. Here’s my answer. If you can write a letter, you can write a book. You... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 23, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Will your first novel make you famous? Anything’s possible. It could. However, if you decide that you’re not working on anything else because your first novel is sure to be a bestseller, you’re in for quite a reality check. Don’t... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 23, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Get a Cover Design – if You Can Afford It. If Not, Do This… It’s wonderful if you can get a professional cover. But if you’re broke, don’t let that stop you publishing your ebook. Get an image from... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 23, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog