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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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My goal was to write 500 words every day: my DDT (Do, Don’t Think) acronym helped. I pasted it on sticky notes: on my computer monitor, car dashboard, fridge. The biggest benefit? I discovered that writing every day made me... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Let’s look at some tips on how to get inspired to write a series. 1. Write a series: perhaps you’ve already started You may already have written the first novel (or short story) in your series. Many bestselling series which... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Something important MUST be at stake in your story. If not literal life or death, then metaphorical life or death. When there’s nothing at stake, readers don’t care, and they won’t read. For readers to care, your characters must care.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
After coming from the world of trad publishing where it takes two years from idea to published book, I still get shivers at the power of self-publishing. Imagine: you can get an idea in the morning. By mid-afternoon, you’re publishing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Book marketing: look at the book’s product page, first Yes, you can change the title! When I chat with authors, I’m often shocked at how few consider changing their book once it’s been posted. Why wouldn’t you change things, if... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Here’s a checklist of essentials for your novel. 1. Thrills and spills: make bad stuff happen to your characters You’ll grow to love your characters. However, if they have a wonderful time, your readers won’t. Put your characters into a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In response to her students’ requests, Angela recently developed a professional, “done for you” book marketing service. It includes basic copy and content: a tagline, blurb, and keywords, as well as a customized marketing strategy and plan. She says the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
“Free” marketing on social media: focus on engagement, and then promotion I love free marketing on social media because I enjoy blogging, and I enjoy Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. Considering free social media marketing? Here’s what’s important: Engagement: social media... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Ideas for study and reading notes Studying? Try these ideas: Create a future log-style assignment calendar; Keep vital notes for classes in your daily log, then transfer them to a Collection; Use trackers as needed. You can create trackers for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You can create a series in any number of ways. Perhaps you've created a character you enjoy, or readers enjoy. Arthur Conan Doyle saw potential in Sherlock Holmes. The character first appeared in a novel, A Study in Scarlet. Initially,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’re struggling with the why of content marketing, let’s look at the best reason. The best reason to use content marketing In a word: education. Give your customers reasons to buy from you. Let’s imagine that you need to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your first page is the most important page in your novel; it's part of your first scene. (The first scene after the prologue, if you have one.) Your first scene establishes: Your plot (answering your reader's "so what, why should... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
WHY BECOME A GHOSTWRITER? Writers have many reasons for taking ghostwriting gigs. Back in the day, I took the gigs for cash-flow and to build relationships. My students who are writing part-time take ghostwriting gigs to build up their funds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Content promotion: it’s not about the traffic When you’re developing content for a company as a freelance writer, and are asked for traffic, be wary. Yes, you can create clickbait content for content promotion, but it’s rarely worthwhile. What your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
For freelancers, time is money: your money if you’re charging by the project, clients’ money if you charge by the hour. You need writing tools to easily switch text between formats. One of my freelance writing students recently talked about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Start with a strategy. Last year, when we discussed social media at our writers’ group, just one member had a social media strategy. The rest of us posted whenever we remembered. Of course we got sidetracked and achieved less than... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When words are too hard, start with an image Studies show that art inspires creativity. Images trigger your subconscious mind: Images are powerful. Great art arouses emotions. You can use images to trigger your imaginative mind state. Explore Pinterest, or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing fiction: characters or plot? Mystery editor Barbara Norville suggested: “Whether you kick off with a character you like or with a plot idea that strikes a chord depends on the kind of person you are: people-oriented or idea oriented.”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The thing is, you’re always building and growing your blog. If you haven’t set goals for your blog, do that now. You may have many goals but focus on one goal at a time. Your current goal might be to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing fiction? How to build your own BOOM Listen up. Bestselling authors write series. I’ve lost the link, but a few years ago, on a forum, we discussed series and bestsellers. One member pointed out that bestselling authors all had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Stop struggling. Build a relationship with your readers, instead. Self-publishing: build a relationship with your readers How do you build a relationship with fiction readers? You do it the same way you build a relationship with anyone. They meet you;... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
WHY DO AUTHORS WRITE SERIES FICTION? In a word: sales. In traditional publishing, if a publisher expects a book to sell, he'll offer an experienced author a multi-book contract; often for three books. This happens for a simple reason: one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Have you nixed an idea because “it’s already been done?” When you’re looking for nonfiction ideas, competition should encourage you, rather than dismay you. It means there’s interest in your topic. Fiction authors commonly procrastinate because “I hate plotting…” or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I’m a huge fan of serial fiction, because it’s such an easy way to promote yourself as an author, and win readers and fans. Unsurprisingly, Amazon realized that there’s money in serial fiction, and launched the Kindle Vella serial fiction... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Why write short fiction? Here’s the answer in two words It sells. A rainy afternoon’s work could sell more copies than your most recent novel. Today, readers are happy to pay for short fiction; it gives them a quick hit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog