How To Write Emotion And Depth Of Character With Becca Puglisi

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Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said and did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” This is true whether you write fiction or non-fiction, and in today’s show, I talk about how to write emotion with Becca Puglisi. 

write emotion and depth of character with becca puglisiIn the introduction, I talk about KDP Print proof and author copies now available in the UK, Margaret Atwood not getting any profits from the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale because of a contract she signed 30 years ago – a cautionary tale to be wary of…

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How Memory Loss Builds Suspense in The Buried Giant

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The Buried Giant, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2015 foray into Arthurian-inspired fantasy, is not the first book you would think of as a suspenseful novel.

Rather than the fast-paced action and adventure often included in the fantasy genre, this novel is characterized by a quiet restraint. The primary character, Axl, is an elderly Briton who sets out with his wife, Beatrice, on a quest to find their son, whom they barely recall. When action does occur and they encounter magical creatures, the prose reflects no more excitement than when the couple discusses their wish for a candle to stave of…

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5 Ways to Sell More Books with YouTube Marketing

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Video is everywhere and it’s the next wave in book marketing so if you want to sell more books you’ll have to get over your fear of video (it’s real, I have it, I’m with you) and get on board with a YouTube marketing plan.

Because what sets video apart, is the inherent uniqueness of it.

No one is going to be able to replicate the video content you produce.  So while your competitors are using the same strategies you’ve all been using for years, you can plan to sell more books by capitalizing on something only you can create.

YouTube marketing is fairly straightforward, but here are a few ways to fold it into your overall book marketing plan. Most of these concepts will come naturally to you if you’re fairly savvy with your book promotion:

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Book Marketing Tips: How To Be An Effective Podcast Guest

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I don’t read many blogs anymore, but I spend hours every week listening to podcasts and audiobooks in order to learn more about craft and business. In these days of social media overload and ever-increasing numbers of books and blogs to read, I’m not the only one choosing audio first.

How to be an effective podcast guestOf course, I have my own show, The Creative Penn podcast, but I’m also a guest on other people’s podcasts because I know how fantastic they are for marketing purposes. 

A few weeks back, my audio producer Dan Werkhoven shared some specific tips on audio setup if you want…

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Your Book As A Product, And Other Takeaways From The Creative Penn/BookBaby Interview

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By BookBaby author BookBaby

Best-selling author and independent publishing expert Joanna Penn interviewed BookBaby President Steven Spatz to discuss the state of indie publishing, treating your book as a product, and marketing insights gleaned from our 2017 survey.

Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling thriller author who also writes non-fiction for authors and hosts The Creative Penn website and podcast. She has written 23 books, selling more than 500,000 books in 84 countries and five languages. Penn is a proud independent author who also runs a small press, Curl Up Press, with her husband.

The Creative Penn offers inspiration and information about writing, self publishing, book marketing, and how to make a living with your writing. She interviewed B…

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Use quirky holidays in March for book marketing

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quirky holidays

Because book marketing can get pretty intense, it helps to lighten things up a bit now and then. Nothing makes that easier than the list of quirky holidays in March offered at HolidayInsights.

I pulled out a few of my favorites (below), but before scanning these and the full list at HolidayInsights, consider how you might leverage one of the many special days coming up next month.

How to leverage whacky holidays

Here are just a couple of ideas:

Write a blog post about why one of the holidays resonates with you. For example, “Old Stuff Day” speaks to me as I spend …

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Sell More Books With These Critical Cover Rules

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Almost every author that reaches out to me wants to sell more books, so you’re not alone. But surprisingly, aside from doing no marketing, the number one hurdle is often the book cover design.

Unfortunately this is a much more common problem for indie authors because we’re left to our own devices, we don’t have a publishing house making expert recommendations  to a team of in-house professional designers.

But indie authors don’t get a free pass, if you want to sell more books you need to take a hard look at your book cover, and determine whether it’s supporting your book marketing in all the right ways.

Everything should be easy to read

Your book cover needs to be clear, concise, and easy to read.

Yes, you may have a great review and you may think …

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Why Writing In a Series Will Make You More Money As A Writer

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Writing in a series helps you write faster, satisfy more readers and make more money as an author – whether you write fiction or non-fiction. In this video and article, I’ll go into detail on why writing a series will make you more money as a writer.  writing in a series

I’ll go through:

Why our culture of ‘binge-watching‘ and binge reading means that readers welcome a series
How you can make more money per customer with a back-list
Why boxsets are incredible value for the customer and make you more money
Why it’s easier to market a series
How to brand a series with consistent covers
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The Accidental Novelist – How Stolen Moments Can Make A Book

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By BookBaby author Michael Gallant

I write while riding the subway, waiting in lines, or after rocking my baby to sleep. In the cracks between events, my ideas simmer, and I record them while they’re warm.

I’m writing a novel, even though I never intended for that to happen.

My writing began, late last year, as equal parts fun and catharsis. Whenever I found myself with an offbeat idea – or when I was feeling stressed or frustrated – I would channel my creative energies into a narrative flow. There was no game plan, no story arc, no overarching ambition. But I kept writing and noticed that certain pieces began to fit together into a larger concept.

All of my writing happens on my iPhone, via the factory-standard Notes app. My thumbs know the …

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Book Marketing (and Publicity) is not About Book Sales

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Book sales. A lot of authors live and die by these two words and yes, they’re important but when it comes to book marketing, they aren’t the only thing that matters. And while it’s not a bad thing to focus on book sales, it shouldn’t be your only measurement of success.

Book marketing and publicity is about relationships, creating them, building them, and fostering them. But it’s also about taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, or growing something into an opportunity to gain more exposure and sell more books.

Think of your campaign as building blocks or bricks. One thing builds on another and on another to create a campaign that isn’t just gaining you exposure, but book sales as well. Let’s dig a little deeper.

Book marketing isn…

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