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Not sure how to start your novel? Perhaps you’re like my students, who procrastinate on their novels’ beginnings. I wrote this article for my students. If you feel that your novel’s beginning isn’t what it should be, I hope that these tips will help you too. Your novel: who wants what, and why? I’m a …

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A reader contacted me to ask whether you should “blog your novel.” That’s an interesting question. Before 2007, I’d have said yes. Today, I lean on the side of no, if you intend posting complete scenes and chapters of your rough draft. Times have changed. Years ago, author Kate Moss blogged her bestseller Labyrinth, and …

The post Book Marketing: Should You Blog Your Novel? appeared first on Just Write A Book Blog.

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You’re writing a mystery novel. Kudos to you. Mysteries are huge fun to write. They depend on skillful plotting however, so be mindful of the needs of your plot. Essentially, mysteries depend on suspense, and your focus is on three characters: the victim, the murderer, and the sleuth. A vital tip before we go on: …

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Hate writing outlines? If you’re a new author, do your best to write an outline anyway. If nothing else, an outline assures you that yes, by heavens, you’re writing a novel, rather than a mass of words. The following tips will help. Why outline? One simple reason: you’ll avoid a horrible fate… Unlike the vast …

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You want to write fiction — a bestselling novel. It’s your dream, but how do you get started? Your novel may turn out be a bestseller, or a dud, but you’ll never know until you complete it, and it’s published. Of course, something is holding you back, otherwise you’d have started your novel the first …

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Romance fiction is fiction’s most popular genre (category), and has been for decades. So let’s look at three essential writing tips for this genre. I don’t say “essential” lightly. Authors want to write romance because it’s so popular… but, they want to be improve things. Nasty “formulas” are not for them. They want to rescue …

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You’re writing fiction. You want to know how much to write… How many pages? I often get questions about length for novels, novellas and short stories, so it’s worth looking at this. I find “pages” confusing, because print books’ pages can have huge variations in formatting. And of course, in ebooks there’s Kindle Edition Normalized …

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I started this blog in 2007 — how time flies, to coin a cliche. Back in 2007, although fiction writing was popular, it took the birth of the Kindle to truly expand authors’ interest. Authors realized that the gatekeepers were gone. For the first time in history, authors could sell their novels directly to readers. …

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Love self-publishing? Many authors do, because they have complete freedom… or so they imagine. However, over the past year or two, authors have been discovering that they have less freedom than they thought. Although self-publishing frees you from the middle-men — literary agents and publishing houses — the major book retailers nevertheless control your fortunes. …

The post Self-Publishing Profits: Sell Your Books From Your Own Website appeared first on Just Write A Book Blog.

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Oh the horror… Many authors hate book marketing, and they aren’t that keen on social media either. Authors want to write, and leave everything else to others. Would that we could. That would be the best of all worlds. Sadly, even if you have the money to pay a good publicist, you’re better off doing …

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