A Visual Guide To Writing

Sometimes reading about writing can get a little old. So, I found a video that will walk you through the process of writing. You may have seen this before, but take a moment to enjoy the efforts of the artist. It’s a bit long but worth every minute. Enjoy!

 

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Have You Considered Crowdfunding?

There is a new way for authors to get help, support and even readers for their projects and it’s called crowdfunding. If you don’t know what it is or not sure how to do it, Book Daily offers some great tips.

 

Crowd at Fair

Crowd at Fair (Photo credit: RaeAllen)

 

Crowdfunding: The Newest Step In The Publishing Process

In order to be successful in the book market, authors need to not only be good writers, but they need to be business savvy, too. Luckily, there are many tools available that can help an author succeed, and one of the newer options is crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.

First thing’s first. Publishing costs can accumulate quickly and if an author is self-publishing, they are personally responsible to pay for the costs out of pocket. This is where crowdfunding can become extremely beneficial to the self-publishing author. By providing authors with the means to raise funds before they begin the publishing process, crowdfunding greatly mitigates the risk and financial burden of publishing. Read more here.

 

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How Should Writers Toss The Adverb?

Writing with minimal words to get your point across to the reader can be challenging for any writer. Over at Words In The Treehouse, Trish Nicolson has some great tips on how to make your point without saying alot and making sure your reader gets it.

 

Adverbs MyThoughts Mind Map

Adverbs MyThoughts Mind Map (Photo credit: MyThoughtsMindMaps)

 

How to Write Without Adverbs

This morning’s email from a friend, written in panic, and ending with “Help!” was sparked by advice from the judge of a story competition he wanted to enter. The advice was this: ‘Do not use adverbs.’

“But the second word of my story is an adverb!” he wailed, “Why can’t I use it? Why? Why?”This morning’s email from a friend, written in panic, and ending with “Help!” was sparked by advice from the judge of a story competition he wanted to enter. The advice was this: ‘Do not use adverbs.’

My breakfast sat on the table, my tummy rumbled, but a friend in need turns congealed porridge and cold tea to no account. I clattered out this advice on the keyboard:

An ‘ad-verb’ is added to a verb to condition it: make it stronger, say more, be more explicit. If you need to use an adverb; if you have to prop the verb up with a walking stick or a rod stuck down its spine, you are using the wrong verb – it is too weak to do the job you want it to do.  Stronger, appropriate verbs that say and do precisely what you want them to say and do, without face-lifts and crutches, give zest to your writing. And cutting adverbs reduces your word count. Read more here.

 

 

 

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Informative Podcasts For Writers

Writers know the value of good information. But writers are also aware that if you are spending all of your time searching for that tip or technique you may never actually getting any writing done. So, have you considered listening to podcasts? If not, you should. I listen to a few that offer writing advice, tips and how to get published. I listen to them when I am cooking, cleaning, walking and driving. For me, that’s when I have time. Over at Chazzwrites.com, is a list of great podcast resources for writers. Take a moment to check them out. Happy writing!

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English: Podcast or podcasting icon Français : Icône pour les podcasts ou la baladodiffusion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The logo used by Apple to represent Podcasting

The logo used by Apple to represent Podcasting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What authors should stick in their ears and eyes to succeed

The following is a list of resources for anyone interested in writing and publishing. I’m going to head off any rancour immediately and tell you this is neither meant to be a comprehensive list nor is it in any particular order. Okay? Okay. Read on. 1. Joe Konrath’s blog: Arguments are made. Elucidation ensues. Many writers have become author/publishers after reading Konrath’s blog. 2. Self-Publishing Podcast: The guys behind Write, Publish, Repeat often have great guests, but co-host David Wright who is the soulless soul of the show. Always NSFW. New episodes every Thursday. Joanna Penn appears this coming Thursday. (i.e. week of Valentine’s Day, 2014.) Read more here.
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What Does The Book Guru Suggest?

If you have never heard of him you are in for a treat. Joel Friedlander of The Book Designer has found some sites that are offering us some great information for writers. I love stumbling across these sites that share there tips on becoming better at what we do and that is writing. Happy Reading!

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English: monobook icon. Français : signalétique monobook. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Week in the Blogs, November 24 – 30, 2013

by JOEL FRIEDLANDER

Wow, is November really over? It seems like a whirlwind of activity since the excitement over National Novel Writing Month began, and now it’s over. I hope there are lots of juicy first drafts out there, and that these books—or many of them—will reach publication. In the meantime, there’s lots of great reading here, and at the bottom a wrap up on our Nano Promotion. Cheers!

Penny Sansevieri on Author Marketing Experts Blog
Author Alert: Resolving the Amazon Keyword Issue
“I had read somewhere that Jeff Bezos reads all of his email. I don’t know if that’s true or an Amazon urban legend but I figured it was worth a try. So I took the email they gave me for KDP (their standard email) and wrote the following note to both Jeff Bezos and KDP. Candidly, I assumed it would lead nowhere:”

John Amy on Promo Design
10 Tips for designing your Kindle Ebook Cover
“The secret is to produce something that attracts your particular audience and conveys the substance and quality of the writing – and ideally enhances it.”

READ MORE HERE!