Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Links of Interest

CREATING A PRINT BOOK BOX SET:


PLANTING CLUES AND HINTS IN YOUR STORY:


HOW TO ID POV LEAPS:


TRACKING YOUR BOOK SALES WITH FREE SALES TEMPLATE SOFTWARE:


CATCHING THE BAD GUY, MOTIVATIONS AND METHODS:


SELLING BOOKS:


PLOT TWISTS PART 2:


USING BOOK PROMOTION SERVICES WHEN YOU HAVE FEW REVIEWS:


HOW TO FIND YOUR CHARACTER’S VOICE:


CREATING EMOTIONAL DEPTH:


WORKING WITH BETA READERS:


AMERICAN COPYRIGHT AND DICKENS, A HISTORY:


WORKING ON PACING DURING REVISION:


USING SCREENWRITING TECHNIQUES:


CREATING UNIVERSAL SALES BOOK LINKS:


USING FACEBOOK GROUPS TO BUILD BUZZ:


AUDIOBOOKS, OPTIONS, ETC.:


RELEASING A SERIES, ALL AT ONCE OR ONE AT A TIME:


HOW AMAZON KDP IS DESTROYING AUTHORS WITH NO RECOURSE:


MAKING YOUR CHARACTERS COME ALIVE:


VARIOUS PLUGS, APPS, AND TOOLS FOR WRITERS:



Monday, January 16, 2017

Audiobooks, Not Just for Writers with Money

Audiobook deals used to be for the very few, even among the traditionally published, but things have changed in recent years.  Audiobooks are the biggest growth area in publishing, and audiobook services to create your own audiobooks are now available.

Some companies offer three possible ways to pay for having your book turned into an audiobook:  you pay all the costs and get all the profits, you give a large percentage of the profits in lieu of paying the costs, or you pay part of the costs for a higher percentage of the profits. 

If you are self-published, you haven’t licensed your rights so you can go ahead with your plan to create your own audiobooks.  If your book has been published by a small or traditional press, READ YOUR CONTRACT to see if they have audiobook rights to that book.  If so, you are out of luck.

Here are a series of links to articles by authors who have created their own books which will offer you advice on getting started.  


AUDIOBOOKS 101:


A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO AUDIOBOOKS, 2014


AN AUTHOR’S EXPERIENCE USING ACX TO CREATE AN AUDIOBOOK:


GETTING STARTED WITH AUDIOBOOKS:


FIVE COMMON AUDIOBOOK MISCONCEPTIONS, 2016:


ONE AUTHOR’S EXPERIENCE WITH ACX:




USING ACX.COM TO CREATE AUDIOBOOKS:


HOW TO CREATE AN AUDIOBOOK, 2014:


THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER, AUDIOBOOKS:


AUDIOBOOKS:


CREATING YOUR OWN AUDIOBOOKS:


FINDING THE BEST NARRATOR:



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Links of Interest

WRITING A GREAT ENDING:


DIGITIAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT EXPLAINED TO SELF-PUBS:


THE STATE OF PUBLISHING 2016, BOTH PRO AND SELF-PUB:


SMASHWORDS BLOG ON THE BOOK INDUSTRY, 2016:


FIRST DRAFTS, WHAT SHOULD THEY LOOK LIKE?


HOW TO CONSTRUCT PLOT TWISTS:


FIGURING OUT YOUR MARKET:


EXPANDING SELF-PUB BOOK DISTRIBUTION, MAINLY IN OTHER COUNTRIES:


PLUG-INS FOR WORDPRESS TO IMPROVE SOCIAL MEDIA ON YOUR BLOG:


HOW TO EVALUATE A SMALL PRESS:


PACING:


CHOOSING WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR PLOT:


PUTTING TOGETHER A GREAT ROMANCE SERIES:


CSS FOR EBOOKS:



Monday, January 9, 2017

The Final Hook

"Keeping the Reader Reading," Part 13 of 13.


Hooks aren't just for the beginning. Smart writers always have a hook at the end to make the reader want to buy the writer's next story.

The final hook is the fulfilled promise of the story. If the story is a romance, the story should end with the promised "happily ever after." In a mystery the crime is solved or justice is meted out, and in a fantasy the quest is achieved or the monster defeated. Science fiction as a genre doesn't have such an obvious promise, but the individual story has a goal which must be reached.

A "warm fuzzy" scene that offers the reader a happy emotional feeling for the main character or characters often acts as the final hook. Warm fuzzies are the scene of domestic bliss with the hero and heroine holding their baby, or the traveler returning home to family, or the adventure companions sharing a laugh and a beer.

If a warm fuzzy doesn't fit the tone of the story, an extremely powerful and emotional final scene is the most effective hook possible. The reader will read the end, sit quietly for a short time, then mutter to himself, "Damn that was good," and he'll wait eagerly for the writer's next story.



THE END

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Links of Interest

FINDING A DEVEL0PMENTAL EDITOR:


ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS WON’T BE PAYING AUTHORS MUCH OR NOTHING:


A VERY SMART PRO WRITER ON WHAT THE ALL ROMANCE FAILURE MEANS TO AUTHORS AND WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND THE SCENES:


SURVIVING THE COLD, COTTON KILLS:


A GREAT AUTHOR PHOTO:


STARTING YOUR STORY TOO LATE:


UPING THE STORY STAKES:


SPICING UP A SCENE:


WORLDBUILDING, THE EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH:


PROTECTING YOURSELF AS AN AUTHOR ONLINE:


THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING, 2016:


CHOOSING THE VIEWPOINT:


FACEBOOK AD EXAMPLES THAT WORK:


WORLDBUILDING, MAJOR RESOURCES:


IMMERSIVE POV:


LISTING OF CRITIQUE GROUPS OR PARTNERS:


MINES, GRENADES, ETC.:



Monday, January 2, 2017

Reaching "The End"


"Keeping the Reader Reading," Part 12.  

A story ends when the character has achieved his primary goal, or he achieves some form of closure relating to the goal unachieved. For example, he gets the girl or gets over not getting the girl.

Often, the main character has some realization about "what it's all been about" at the very end. This can be as heavy handed as a stated moral to the story, or a subtle use of imagery that has appeared through the story, or a victory celebration of some sort.

The best "moral to the story" I can think of right now is the end of the film, THE MALTESE FALCON. The hero, played by Humphrey Bogart, has turned in the woman he loves for the murder of his partner.  In a voice over, he says he did this because the code he lives by as a private eye is even more important to him than love.

My STAR-CROSSED ends as it begins with the hero talking whimsically about wishing on a star. At the end, his wish has come true in the form of the woman in his arms. I used stars through the novel as images of aspirations and dreams, and even my cover has a man's manacled hand reaching for a star that is out of reach. These images tie the novel together until the images converge at the end with the hero's final words.

The most memorable victory celebration for me is the end of the original STAR WARS where Luke, Han, and Chewie receive medals for destroying the Death Star. Everyone is happy and victory has been achieved.

The final goal being achieved might not be the end of the novel.  It may end on a final hook or may be part of the final hook which I’ll discuss next week.  


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Links of Interest

LINKS TO MARKETING ARTICLES:


HOW TO RELAUNCH YOUR CAREER, PART 2:


APOLOGY LANGUAGE:


BACK UP YOUR WRITING!


WORDS OF THE YEAR, POPULAR AND ANNOYING:


USING MISDIRECTION:


USING CINEMATIC TECHNIQUES IN YOUR WRITING:


THE ANTIHERO:


FACEBOOK 101 FOR AUTHORS:


THE EASIEST WAY TO CREATE CONFLICT:


ALL ROMANCE EBOOK VENDOR TO CLOSE:


DID AMAZON’S ECHO HEAR A MURDER AND WILL AMAZON HAND OVER THE RECORDING?


DESCRIBING CHARACTER EMOTIONS WITHOUT THEM BEING TOO SELF AWARE: