Money For Authors: Income, Profit, And Cashflow

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Today I’m talking about money – and specifically the difference between income, profit and cash flow. You can read the full article or watch the video below or here on YouTube.

Why is this important?

I see a lot of comments on Facebook groups and social media, blogs, podcasts etc about how many books authors are selling, sometimes with screenprints of their rankings or their KDP BookReport Dashboard.

Business for Authors 3DI welcome the transparency of sharing, but it can give a skewed picture of the realities of running an author busine…

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Creating a Book Trailer That Sells Books

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By BookBaby author Margaret Broucek

While a video can be a great attention-getter online, a poor-quality book trailer can be disastrous for your promotions. Here are ways to create a book trailer that sells books.

If you’re nearing the publication and promotional phase of your novel’s life, then you may be thinking of creating a book trailer — a short video to pique viewers’ interest in your story. The benefits of trailers all involve attracting attention on social media and the novelty of experiencing a print product via video. In my personal social media experience, trailers are shared far more often than posts with only photos or text, and according to Business Insider, “Online video ads are getting three times more clicks on average than other digital ad formats.”…

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Showcase: Lorna Fergusson – Course Title: Believe you can write – four steps to discovering your potential

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Lorna Fergusson of the UK, www.fictionfire.co.uk

Author Goals: I’m aiming to create workbooks for my courses in due course.

Course Title: Believe you can write – four steps to discovering your potential

My Ideal Audience: Fictionfire Writing Academy (the name for my online school, I’m pretty sure) will offer courses for new and more advanced writers. Tagline: Igniting Creativity, Nurturing Craft

Course Description: A foundation level course to help you get started and discover your potential as a fiction writer. This course aims to inspire you an…

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Six Reasons to Revise and Re-Release Your Book

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Several years ago I met a guy at a writer’s conference who had a 400-page science fiction book that he had published five years ago. He said “When it comes to book promotion, I wish I knew then what I know now. I think this book could have done considerably better than it did initially.” I suggested to him at the time that he maybe consider re-releasing it. Update the cover, maybe modify some of the content. And, I also suggested that he take this 400-page book and divide it into four segments. Because genre fiction readers love a series, I suggested that if his book fits this model, that he should consider dividing the book into four 100-page segments. He could in turn release them as a series on Amazon and then bundle the entire four-book saga. A book series is a great book pro…

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Writing for Magazines: How to Land a Magazine Assignment

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Kerrie Flanagan, author of the brand-new, comprehensive Guide to Magazine Article Writing, shares her best tips for writing for magazines. To learn more, check out her book, and don’t miss Kerrie’s session Build Your Author Platform Through Magazine Articles at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, August 10-12, 2018.

Writing for magazines is a lot like catching a fish. It requires the right bait, understanding the conditions, finesse with timing and most of all, persistence. When it all comes together, the time and effort are worth it when you net the big one.

Use the Best Fly: Pitch the Perfect Idea

In order to catch a fish, you need some knowledge about what they are biting on. I have been fly fishing for about five years …

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Screenwriting Tips And Writing Diverse Characters With Selina Ukwuoma

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We’re living in what some are calling the ‘platinum’ age of TV and visual storytelling, with opportunities to reach viewers all over the world with our stories. But it’s still hard to get noticed. In today’s episode, screenwriting tutor, Selina Ukwuoma, outlines international possibilities, plus her tips on writing a stand-out script.

Screenwriting Tips And Writing Diverse CharactersIn the intro, I talk about Apple’s announcement about IOS12 coming this Fall [The Verge]. iBooks will be renamed Apple Books and will feature a new “Reading Now” section, an updated library …

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Every Writer Should Attend At Least One Writers’ Conference. Here’s Why.

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By BookBaby author Steven Spatz

Whatever writers’ conference you choose to attend, you should feel good about doing it: you’re taking an important and useful step toward realizing your literary dreams.

There are a lot of ways new authors can educate themselves about publishing and engage with the larger literary community. One is to join local writing groups. Another is to read blogs or become a Goodreads contributor.

But of all the means of jump-starting a writing career, perhaps none is more effective than attending a leading writers’ conference. In fact, even if you’re just aiming to become a better writer, you should attend a writers’ conference. Here’s why.

You’ll learn from professionals

A primary perk of attending writers’ conferences is …

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Writing, Publishing And Marketing Non-Fiction. Facebook Live With Joanna Penn

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This is the replay of the Facebook Live I did on Thurs 31 May 2018 for the launch of How to Write Non-Fiction: Turn your Knowledge into Words. I answer questions from a live audience about how to write, publish and market non-fiction. It’s very jolly – there may have been a G&T involved 🙂 

You can listen, or watch the video here on YouTube, or read the notes below. There are timestamps if you want to jump to specific questions.</…

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The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference: 4 Sessions to Help Refresh and Rejuvenate Your Writing

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Tap into the wisdom of professionals and get inspired with Writer’s Reserve, a brand new writing track at the Writer’s Digest Conference to help you find inspiration and rejuvenate your writing.

The latest addition to our other offerings at the Writer’s Digest Conference, our new Writer’s Reserve track is meant to inspire you—whether you’re looking to jumpstart your writing, rethink your approach, or reinvigorate your work. There are even sessions for freelancing and researching! This programming offers a little bit of everything you’ll need and wan…

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Writing Science Fiction: How to Approach Exposition in Sci-Fi Novels

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Good writing is good writing, no matter which genre you work in. But there are some areas of special concern to writers of speculative fiction. In this excerpt from the book Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card explains why exposition can present particular challenges when you’re writing science fiction, and tips for overcoming those challenges. To learn more about this topic and other nuances of writing sci-fi novels, check out the 4th Annual Science Fiction & Fantasy Virtual Conference, July 20-22, 2-18.

Writing Fantas…

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