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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Revision and editing: what’s the difference? In self-publishing today, authors conflate revision and editing. I like to separate them, so that I know exactly what’s happening, and when. Revision is re-vision: that is, seeing again. It’s looking at the story... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When you’re writing a novel, there’s a thousand pieces of information you need to keep straight. Mind mapping is the easiest way to do that, without stress. That’s the biggest benefit of a mind map: you can take in information... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Looking for a side hustle? Self-publishing is hot, so perhaps you’ve decided to write a book. Sadly, books can take months and years to write. What if you could write a book within hours? via www.justwriteabook.com Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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Do you wish that you could stop trading hours for dollars? You can. Over the past 12 months, I’ve had many requests for video training on our popular ebook, Write AND Sell in Just 8 Hours: Create Top-Selling Ebooks FAST.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? If you are, you’re around a week into your novel, and your inspiration is flagging. Professional novelists know that after a week or two of writing, or at around 10,000 words, they’ll hit “the... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 5, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The final quarter of 2018 is well underway. It’s time to review the year’s writing goals. What worked for you this year? What didn’t? Were you productive? We looked at writing habits and deadlines. We also looked at boosting your... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 3, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Do you have a writing process which works for you — no matter what? Last week I received a message from a writer we’ll call Sophie. She was ready to quit writing, because she found it too difficult. Sophie became... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 31, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
New mystery authors spend a lot of time creating an unusual sleuth, especially in “cozy” mysteries. Over the past couple of decades in cozies, there’s been an abundance of hobbyist sleuths — the sleuth is a caterer, or a dog... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 24, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
What’s NaNoWriMo? If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s National Novel Writing Month. Totally free to enter; hundreds of thousands of authors take part each year. Let’s look at some tips to help. NaNoWriMo: yes or no? In Write Fiction:... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 23, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing fiction: plot first, or characters first? After zooming through my Ideas notebook in Evernote, I chose an idea, and briefly outlined a plot. Three days later, I deleted everything, because I couldn’t force myself to work on it. The... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 22, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been asking authors whether they write and sell short fiction, and what their experience has been. Some authors seem prejudiced against it. Comments I’ve heard include: “yes, but you can’t sell short fiction,... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 16, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’re a new author, KU helps you to build an audience For new authors KU offers benefits, with little downside. With millions of books in the Kindle Store, and many thousands of new books uploaded each month, a new... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 12, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Book marketing: paid, or free, which is best for you? Use both, if you can, but when you’re marketing a new book, begin with free and low-cost options. Two reasons I suggest you begin with free options: Ideally, if you’re... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 10, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Wherever you are in your publishing career, you want one thing — the same thing every other author wants. You want your novel to sell because you want readers. So, how can you be certain that your novel will sell?... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 9, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Plotting fiction: plot, or not? Our recently-concluded fiction writing class was largely made up of pantsers. Many of these natural pantsers believed that they were “failed plotters”, because they thought that the “correct” way to write fiction was to plot... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 5, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Your words are better than you think they are Generally speaking, your feelings while you’re writing aren’t a guide to the quality. You’re not a good judge of your words, and they’re often better than you think. Similarly… 2.... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 4, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Recently I’ve had several questions about how to write two or more novels concurrently. Busy authors are always working on several projects at the same time, so let’s look at some tips to make this process less stressful. Indie author:... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 2, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Luck is involved, because: Readers want what they want, and their wants can change rapidly. Witness the “50 Shades” phenomenon. No one saw that coming; Timing plays a part too. Let’s say that your agent offered a novel to a... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 30, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Great question. Dialogue happens in scenes, so pacing might be your first consideration. Scenes heavy in dialogue read quickly, so you might avoid writing three or more chatty scenes in a row. (On the other hand, you might not —... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 28, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Scrivener makes it easier to organize and think, so your writing improves Books, whether fiction or nonfiction, morph. In this post, I suggested writing your blurb (book description) before you start outlining and writing: Writing your blurb first is... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 28, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Kindle Unlimited has made short fiction profitable I began my professional writing career writing romance novels. Although I’d had short stories published in magazines, making a career out of short fiction didn’t appeal to me. I love to immerse myself... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 28, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When you’re writing fiction, write the book you want to read Writing teachers are fond of saying to new authors: write the book you want to read. That’s excellent advice, because if you enjoy writing, that comes across in your... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 23, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
How’s your freelance writing career treating you? Sadly, too many freelancers spend too many years in the freelance wilderness. They write for poverty-level fees, and there’s no need for it. The ability to communicate to people on many different topics... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 20, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction writing research tips to help an author’s productivity The web means that all the information any author might need is close at hand. Unfortunately, the wealth of information can lead to complacency. Not only that, finding trustworthy sources is... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 19, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction writing and editing: when should you edit? You’ll do some minor editing while you’re writing. Major editing happens once you’ve completed your first draft. Minor editing: let’s say that you’ve decided to call your main character Jasper, rather than... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 17, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog