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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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It’s horribly easy to lose your way when you’re writing fiction. You’re zooming through a novel, and it’s all going so well. You’ll finish the book in record time. Then it all goes to heck. You hate your characters, and... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Over the past few months I’ve been chatting with authors who use many different forms of advertising. Here’s a good list of paid and free advertising venues from Reedsy. Results vary, as you might expect. There’s a reason that many... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing choices: relaunching your back catalogue Older books do drop off your radar. If they’re still selling, you wonder whether they’d sell more, if you gave them a little love. On the other hand, a book that’s stopped selling may... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 8, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’re a fiction author, I’m sure you’ve heard that series sell. This was brought home to me recently when I released several standalone novels under my pen names, and only one novel gained traction. I’m sure this novel received... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 7, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Someone once said that it doesn’t matter what kind of marketing you do as long as you market consistently. Today, many authors tell me that “social media doesn’t sell books.” They believe that for self-publishing authors, only advertising sells. And... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 31, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
For some reason this question’s been coming up frequently: “what software’s the best to write a book?” The short answer is: whatever you use for your writing sessions now. Here’s why. Writing a book is challenging, even for people who’ve... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 30, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
He said there was no point in writing ebooks because: The web. Everyone can find all the information they need, on anything; He doesn’t have a blog, nor does he have an email list. Hence, no customers; He’s late to... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 29, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your blog is an essential tool for your writing career, no matter what kind of writing you do. This week I’ve been working with writers who aren’t getting the results from their blog which they could be getting. One writer’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 27, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
What’s your biggest challenge in fiction writing? For me, and for other writers too, judging by my students, it’s keeping everything organized, so that we can press on with our projects, and get them done. Looking at my physical desk... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 26, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Write a novella, and sell it — fast Did you know that when you write a novella, you can make as much income as you can writing a novel? I asked a couple of self-publishing authors who specialize in short... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 25, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Write a novella, and sell it — fast Did you know that when you write a novella, you can make as much income as you can writing a novel? I asked a couple of self-publishing authors who specialize in short... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 25, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’re a commercial writer, which means that you write to sell. Writing isn’t a hobby for you, although chances are that it was a hobby before it became your profession. This means that your income counts, so it pays to... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 21, 2017 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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 Aug 20, 2017 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 Aug 20, 2017 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 Aug 18, 2017 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 Aug 14, 2017 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 Aug 13, 2017 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