20 May, 2014 § Leave a comment
I love Harry Potter.
Yes, I know they are supposed to be children’s books but that’s the inherent success of the series, isnt it? The fact that the stories and characters have so much broad appeal to readers of many ages.
I was amused to read that a series of fanpic books are in planning starting with a biography of Daniel Radcliffe, the Harry Potter character actor plucked from a cinema to take the starring role.
When you stop to think about it, it’s a great idea to create such a series.
How can you use that idea?
19 May, 2014 § Leave a comment
Writing a book is one thing. Inspired. Gruelling. Character-building.
Yet if you write your book, show a couple of close family and friends, what do you do next? Shove it in a drawer never to see light of day again?
The first thing is to get it professionally proofread and edited.
Then, it’s about pushing your baby out of the nest to fly out into the world.
Here is a good overview of what needs to go into a marketing plan to get your book some traction and promotion.
16 May, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sounds so sweet, doesn’t it? The Snowflake Method. Little shards of snowy ice fluttering around us, carpeting the ground and one by one they form a whole.
As innocuous as it sounds, the Snowflake method has been used for years by people who swear it is the reason they managed to write a coherent book.
Now this writer is claiming the method as their own. I know this method to have been around for many years and I’m going to have to research it again to find the originator of the method and whether it is different to the one presented in this blog.
Be that as it may, this is a useful process to follow and it may just be what you need.
15 May, 2014 § 2 Comments
Got that great book still inside you?
Waiting for ‘the right time’ to arrive to get that book written and published?
As you move through life, things only get more complex and all the things you have to wade through just multiply.
There will never be an easier time for you to write than now.
So do it. Don’t wait for ‘someday’. Then get published. Or at least have a go.
Well, it’s not quite that easy. This is more like 7 processes you need to go through if you seek mainstream publishing. Still it is always great to learn from those who have gone before…
12 May, 2014 § Leave a comment
Our expectations have become such that we’re looking for the easiest, fastest way to do things … and then there a times we just want to get stuff done – especially something we know we need to do and keep putting off.
I’ve written a number of e-books which I use as giveaways to my audiences. But there’s one that I’ve Ben struggling to write and possibly because it’s the topic I am most familiar with. You can be too close to a topic, eh?
So, I can either keep putting it off, or I can put a deadline on it.
Attaching a deadline is one way to motivate yourself to get things done.
So, this gem of an article from Men With Pens lays out a very doable plan to write out your short ebook (or guide, or report or whatever word suits) in seven days with using 2-3 hours a day to get it done.
When I wrote another ebook I was procrastinating on I eventually took myself off to the library or cafe once a day for 2 hours. I took only my Netbook loaded with just the salient research material and my outline chart. Less distractions. The change of environment triggered a different work pattern and I focused for the best part of those two hours.
In a week I had completed the first draft of a 40 page Q&A style ebook and it has been successfully deployed as a lead generator.
What do you reckon? Would it work for you?