Archive for the ‘writing’ Category

As writers, we often get questions on where our story ideas come from. 

They come from a story in the news, something read, an observation from the world, or discussion with friends. Something out there tugs at the corner of the mind: What if? What would happen if? What if that was merged with, Why did that …?

Today, we’re going to explore where six of the Best Selling Reads authors got their ideas for a completed work or a work in progress.

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Jeff Bennington is a good person to follow if you’re considering publishing….  wisdom abounds on his site —

http://thewritingbomb.blogspot.com/

From March, 2013 —

In Jan 2012 I worked with a couple authors who were having a hard time selling their books, and I helped one of them hit Amazon’s Top-100 in the paid store, and the other came very close. Since that time, I have helped other authors evaluate the basic elements of their Amazon book page that are actually “UN-selling” their book.

Believe it or not, many new and not so new authors are scratching their heads, wondering why their book, as well written as it is, is not selling. They look at their monthly KDP reports, and their Amazon ranking and wonder what’s going on. If that is you, the problem could be that you are on the inside looking in, and are not seeing the big picture. The following is an example of such an author.

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I hope you’ll grab a free copy.   Be sure to leave a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon if you have a few minutes.

“If you enjoy suspense/thriller stories, this will appeal to you.    Rated “R”  for language.   (no sex,  sorry!)

Here are few reviews –

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Guest Post by my Friend and brilliant writer – Carolyn Arnold

What is a Pen Gun? by @Carolyn_Arnold #AODTour

AOD Blog Tour Logo with Book (1)

Pen guns, a type of zip gun, have been utilized in many movies.  It brings with it the intrigue of spies and espionage.  You might remember the one used in US Marshals on the plane?

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…  These are good folks who are working to recognize self-pub’d  writers.

Ready 4 The 2013 Best Indie Book Awards

If you’ve published a new book between May 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013, You Could Win Over $1,000 in Cash and Prizes! The Kindle Book Review’s 2nd Annual Best Indie Book Awards  is underway, and is better than ever!

  Today I’m reposting a terrific blog post by Gary Smailes

Stop by and check out more of Gary’s thought provoking site   >>>>>>          ProactiveWriter.com

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       28 Blogs Every Writer Should Read

 14 JANUARY 2013 –   –  GARY SMAILES –   

Here’s a list of some of the blogs for writers we read on a regular basis.   Great stuff.

Andrew Lownie Literary Agency: UK literary agent blogging from an agent’s viewpoint.

Authors on Show: Blog for Authors on Show website, lots of marketing stuff.

Author Marketing Experts: Blog for Author Marketing Experts website, as the name suggests this is marketing based.

Author Media: Blog for Author Media wedsite, mostly marketing stuff.

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This blog post by Mark Coker, of Smashwords fame,  is just too good not to repost.  I love his macro take on what is happening and will happen in the publishing world.  I don’t agree with every statement, but no one can disagree with the fact that Mark is a SUPERB source of info regarding self-publishing.  He’s been on the front lines since 2007, which  makes him THE  elder statesman of the industry !

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Mark Coker’s 2013 Book Publishing Industry Predictions – Indie Ebook Authors Take Charge

http://blog.smashwords.com/2012/12/mark-cokers-2013-book-publishing.html

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In celebration of the 1 year publication anniversary of my novel – “Shades of Gray”   grab a FREE copy for your Kindle or other eReader device today

and tomorrow (12/23 and 12/24/2012).    Click Here

 

Make your 2012 Holiday season a little more  “Thrilling”  with this Readers Favorite Award Nominee for Suspense  and  Kindle Book Review Semi-Finalist for Thriller/Mystery.

“Combine the TV shows “Breaking Bad”,  “The L Word”, and a dark remake of “The Love Boat”, and you have all the flavors of   SHADES of GRAY.”    (Click Here)

 

 

 

It has been one unbelievably fun year since my first novel was published.   New writer friends, reader feedback, sales, and an experience that exceeded my wildest dreams (and I can have some doggone wild dreams!)   The social media aspect of this past year has been off the charts cool.  I have made dozens of writer friends and thus tapped into this incredible community of folks who are just like me (though probably less weird).  They are smart, funny, supportive, and just downright nice.  Hats off to all of you.  You set the standard  for what social media is all about.

2012 would not have played out this way without a couple of very special folks who contributed their time and enthusiasm to my project.  So here is a holiday shout out of thanks to some very, very special folks (in random order) —

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From Publishers Weekely —

At the 2012 Miami Book Fair, Self-Publishing Takes Center Stage

By Andrew Albanese |
Nov 20, 2012

There still may be some questions about the potential impact of self-publishing, but if the 2012 Miami Book Fair is any indication, self-publishing has gained acceptance among readers and would-be authors. From a pre-fair feature article in the Miami Herald to an informative panel on self-publishing—a prominent theme for this year’s fairgoers was: how do I get published? And in a visible change from even just a year ago, the question is no longer whether self-publishing is a viable option, but rather how to do it—and do it well.

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