My friend, sometime lyricist, and most excellent editor Tom Bentley has finally released a book on writing.
Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See is both practical and entertaining. Much like its author, come to think of it.
I’ll let Tom tell you about it:
… more … “Think Like a Writer (You Want This Book)”
Catherine Ryan Howard taught me how to do a Goodreads giveaway, among other things. Wanna know what she can teach you? Here’s a single Q&A with Catherine, and down below, the scoop on the latest edition of her book Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing.
- I asked: Is there any specific data on the ROI for freebies? I’m curious about data like “100 copies given away results in 13 reviews and 3 copies sold” or some such nonsense. Separated by fiction and nonfiction. Also, what’s your opinion on whether such data would have any practical value?
… more … “Catherine, Caffeinated: Self-Printed 3.0”
Most of you don’t know how marketing should be done.
It’s not your fault. You’ve seen it done wrong your whole life (especially if you’re my age and grew up in front of a television.)
We confused the possible correlation between Coke ads on TV and the Coke in our fridge with a causation: ad => purchase.
If you intend to sell books, you’re going to do marketing.
In order to succeed, you have to do marketing right.
Nobody knows marketing like Seth does. Nobody.
He’s doing his second online Skillshare marketing class soon. Read about it at his website or at Skillshare.
For $16 you can get a million dollars’ worth of knowledge. Learn at your own pace. Soak in it.
An Online Skillshare Class by Seth Godin
Today’s resource is from The Creative Penn Blog by Joanna Penn. She recently posted an article by Angela Ackerman.
Angela discusses creating character personality traits to make your story richer. Her resource books help writers create layered, compelling characters that readers relate to and care for. Read more at The Creative Penn Blog.
What if I could lead you by the hand and promise that in 2014 you’d finally finish that novel?
What’s more, what if I gave you greatly increased chances that it would be good?
Is that worth paying for?
Details to come.
A longer diatribe about marketing your self-published book. This is a year-long class, which I’d be glad to give if y’all are interested.
Publishing is in the greatest upheaval since Gutenberg. Supporters of traditional publishing will tell you it’s the only choice, or you’re not a real author.
I’ll take the opposing view: the only rational choice, from both the artistic and commercial perspectives, is to pick yourself, own the process, and reap the rewards. Here’s why:
… more … “Marketing Your Books in the New Age of Publishing”
I promised to offer suggestions about dealing with your unconscious fears. Here’s a start:
… more … “Your Unconscious: A Reasonable, Albeit Fearful, Child”
Writers should not edit their own work. I do anyway. You probably do, too. Raconteur and nutter Tom Bentley wants to make it easier, so he’s released his Easy Editing & Spiffy Style Guide. It costs a paltry $9.97 (of which I’ll get none because that’s not an affiliate link.)
From Tom’s site:
The 55-Page Ebook Contains:
- Best Practices in Editing—Learn how editing is critical to effective communication
- Editing Tools—How to use all editing tools to maximum effect
- Types of and Approaches to Editing—Harness the power of every editing stage
- Proofreading Methods and Examples—Don’t let typos tangle your efforts
- Editing Checklists—Perfect your documents, step-by-step
- Editing Resources—In-context URLs providing expanded editing knowledge
- Style Guide Covering Numbers, Possessives, Semicolons and More!
- A Pocketful of General Usage Tips
If you care about writing, and would like an editing and style guide that will make you laugh ’til milk comes out your nose, this is the one. If you don’t love love love it, and value it highly, I personally guarantee Tom will give your money back.