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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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One of the benefits of writing mystery fiction is that readers are immensely loyal. If they like a sleuth, they want more. This means that many mystery authors write series. Some of these series run for years, with many novels.... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Deadlines loom for self-publishing authors, as well as for freelancers writing for clients. Once you’ve set up an Amazon pre-order, it’s a non-negotiable deadline. Writing to sell: avoid not-writing stress Writing can be stressful, but not-writing is even more stressful.... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Whatever you’re writing, knowing and showing your genre/ category is essential, because you’re orienting readers — they know what they’re getting. Readers know what they’re getting with genre fiction We all need to know what we’re getting, up front. Imagine... Continue reading
Reblogged May 10, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Patreon’s Terms of Use has a possible rights grab buried in them. This is the relevant passage: By posting content to Patreon you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, perform, publicly display... Continue reading
Reblogged May 10, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your writing process: build habits Your writing success depends on your habits: Your writing success is mostly a matter of habit. A little luck doesn’t hurt, but without effective habits, any success will be short-lived. It’s worth reading the above... Continue reading
Reblogged May 9, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Writing daily “Writing daily” should be an obvious habit for a writer. However, building a writing habit requires that you build a writing process which works for you. I spent many years without a defined process. This led to... Continue reading
Reblogged May 9, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Newbie or veteran: you can increase your income painlessly when you publish BUNDLES (collections of your ebooks) We had a bundling craze a few years ago. Of course, the craze died, because few authors understood the true value of bundling.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 9, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Do you wish you could sell more books? Whether you’ve written one book or many, every author wants to see his sales climb higher. That can seem like a faint hope because today self-publishing is more competitive than ever. Hundreds... Continue reading
Reblogged May 5, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Will you ever become sufficiently motivated to finish your book? Here’s something to keep in mind. Inspiration and motivation build while you’re writing — not when you’re thinking about writing. Convinced that you’ve tried everything and will never finish? You’ll... Continue reading
Reblogged May 2, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Instant creativity: can you be creative on demand? Writers and other creative people need to be creative on demand. From our group’s experiences, it seems as though it’s easy to get out of the habit of creativity. Here are four... Continue reading
Reblogged May 2, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Every author’s heard the writing tip: “show, don’t tell.” Here’s what that means to authors: write in scenes: When I’m working with my writing students who are frustrated because their novels aren’t selling, I encourage them to focus on their... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 29, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When I coach indie authors who aren’t happy with their sales, their backlist of titles tells you a great deal. Often there are one or two things the author can do immediately to generate sales. With that done, the author... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 25, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction writing: plotting for beginners Basically a plot in fiction is a series of events which are linked by cause and effect. And yes, your fiction needs a plot. Plotless fiction isn’t satisfying to readers and it’s not much fun... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 23, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Ghostwriting fiction: is it worth it? That’s the crux of ghostwriting, of course. You lose all rights in your words. When a novel you’ve written goes on to sell brilliantly, the “lost” income will make you wince. Whether or not... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 22, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Procrastination’s hidden payoff: stress relief From an Inc. article on procrastination: ”What we are avoiding isn’t the task but rather the stress that we are associating with the task.” Whether it’s something we need to do for work, a relationship,... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 16, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
What’s your “author platform?” Let’s start at the beginning. What’s an “author platform?” In essence, it’s your readership: the readers who know who you are, and who identify you with a specific type of book. They’re readers who know what... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’re all done with writing; now you’re editing your book. Editors cost money, so you’ve done as much self-editing as you can. Self-editing is vital, because: Leaving aside the fact that if you dump a mess into an editor’s lap... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 14, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Authors have many reasons for abandoning their novels. An author may: Lose his inspiration; Become bored. A tip: you will become bored at some stage. When you do, it’s vital to rekindle your inspiration — the ideas in this article... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 12, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Plotting begins and ends with your characters. If you’re a confirmed plotter your plot will lose its power if your characters are weak. Plotting fiction: start by creating strong characters Plotter or pantser — nothing works without strong characters .... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 7, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When you take writing a novel too seriously, your creativity dies Yep. Your cold-hearted, determined, logical self can write. Unfortunately, it’s writing no one wants to read. To boost your creativity you MUST let your creative self take over. This... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 4, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
BIG tip: when something stops working for you, you need to go back to fundamentals. Start with your audience, and what your audience wants. When you’re writing fiction, you’re selling entertainment… who’s your audience? You’ll find some quick tips on... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 3, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Love writing fiction? I do too, especially series fiction. Last year I ran a series fiction workshop for some of my students. Eight months have passed, so I contacted them to discover which strategies they found most profitable. Writing fiction... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 29, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When you’re writing fiction, you’re writing about characters in conflict, and the more believable you can make your novel’s conflicts, the better. Conflicts can be major (battlefields in a war), or minor: “you promised you’d buy milk on your way... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 28, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing: creative freedom Dispelling the “self-publishers aren’t real writers” myth is easy. Fact: a person who writes is a “real writer”. You don’t need anyone’s validation. Of course you can go the traditional publishing route if you wish. The primary... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 27, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When my students complain about their plots, I reply: “chances are that you have idea problems. Let’s look for ways to generate more ideas, so that you can keep writing.” Plotting problems are idea problems When you’re inspired, you’re an... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 24, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog