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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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It’s been at least a year since I deep-dived into self-publishing opportunities for short ebooks. Not only has this sector grown, with more ebooks published, it’s also more lucrative. You’ll find the details in our new program, Short Reads’ Secrets:... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your bullet journal: should you have one, or several? We discussed this at a recent writers’ group meeting. Our group has several BuJo enthusiasts, and opinions were divided. Several authors maintained that the point of a bullet journal is that... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fun writing exercises to end procrastination and kickstart your creativity Writing depends on a smooth interaction between your conscious mind, and your subconscious. You know how this interaction feels. When it’s going well, you spend hours writing, and it seems... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In fiction writing, it’s all about the characters Unfortunately there’s no magic trick to making characters “come alive.” You construct them. Instead of lengthy character bios which you won’t remember, try choosing keywords for your characters instead. That serves a... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing has been used as a therapy to recover from emotional trauma as well as to aid physical healing. For example, a JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) article from 1999 was titled: “Effects of writing about stressful experiences... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Everyone is imaginative. Unfortunately, many of us who are highly imaginative into adulthood tend to use our imagination in destructive ways — we worry about things which never happen, for example. Build your imaginative power: fiction writing exercises you can... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 12, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Reviewing your goals is essential. These days, I review my writing goals every week. I’m sure you’re wondering: what do goals have to do with SERIES writing? In a nutshell: you need to set goals when you write in series.... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 8, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When you’re writing fiction, you get paid to tell lies When you’re writing fiction, in essence you’re getting paid to tell lies. Yes, I’m stating the blindingly obvious, but it’s worth remembering. Here’s why. New fiction authors tend to write... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 7, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When self-publishing, check your sales each quarter: do more with what’s selling We’re writers, so we’re all about what we’re writing today, and our next brilliant idea. If we give a thought to already-published books, it’s to line up a... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 5, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I’ve received some questions about promoting serial fiction, so let’s look at easy ways to promote your serials today. Yes, paid promotion works for serial fiction Paid promotion works for serials. Of course your mileage may vary, depending on your... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 1, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
A plagiarizing romance author Romance author Cristiane Serruya allegedly lifted words from many romance authors, including Courtney Milan. That proved to be a big mistake: Milan is a lawyer who used to teach intellectual property law at Seattle University. Weirdly... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 28, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Problems? Writing fiction is easier when you focus on your characters Here’s what I suggest to my students. Whenever you’re writing fiction, and you’re stuck, ask yourself: who wants what, and why? What your characters want will change over the... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 25, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Do you spend too much time on social media? Are you more productive because of social media, or less? Photographer Nick Fancher posted an interesting article, Why I Deleted All of My Social Media and 60,000 Followers. He makes an... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 20, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Over the past few months I’ve received a slew of questions about ghostwriting, such as: “Who hires a professional ghostwriter?” Other questions included: How much do ghostwriters make? If I wrote (something) for my client as a ghostwriter, can I... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 19, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing fiction: does your novel need to be bigger? “It’s short,” my friend said. “Can you take a quick look?” So, I did. She’s writing in one of those “big book” genres, and is concerned that her completed novel will... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 18, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Blog readers have questions about copywriting. A common question goes something like: “I write fiction, will I have time to write for clients?” It’s a good question, because writing for clients takes time. One of the reasons I love copywriting... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 17, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Several authors were planning their covers for upcoming releases, and a couple of questions came up: What are the best colors for book marketing? How do you find great colors for a cover? Book marketing: branding with colors Colors are... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 16, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Should you write serial fiction? I get lots of questions about serials, so let’s cover the basics. You may be wondering just what “serials” are. In a nutshell, they’re entertainment: ongoing stories, which are released serially. Serials: storytelling in many... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 14, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Last October I consulted with a writer who seemingly did everything right — and well. So why weren’t his books selling? Why wasn’t he getting more clients for his blogging services? I had two words for him: creativity sells. He... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 13, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Copywriters write to persuade, so copywriting involves salesmanship, whether of a product, or a point of view. Vital: you’re selling to a specific audience, one person at a time. You must understand your audience’s desires, and how to tap into... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 11, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
How do you avoid the horrid slump which can occur somewhere between the 25% and 70% portion of your novel? Recently I started reading Dennis Wheatley, who was a bestselling author from the 1930s to the 1960s. Someone in our... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 11, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
There’s a lot involved in selling your writing, whether you’re selling writing services, or are a self-publisher. Firstly, let’s look at the “4Ps” of the marketing mix: Marketing is simplistically defined as ‘putting the right product in the right place,... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 9, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
A week into the new year, I chatted with a self-publishing author who’d decided to go back to freelance writing. “My book sales tanked over the holidays,” she said. “I’ve tried everything, and I quit.” I asked her what self-publishing... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 7, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Discover… How to get results on social media to win followers and fans. Simple advertising strategies used by authors who sell. How to sell more of your writing, starting today. You’re a writer. You know that there’s a market for... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 7, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Copywriting made simple, powerful and practical I’ve been teaching this class in one form or another for years. I’m thrilled that students have gone on to develop successful copywriting practices, or to corporate marketing gigs. Over the past couple of... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 6, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog