How to Write Strong Scenes: 4 Key Questions to Evaluate Your Scene

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The following is excerpted from the online course The Art of Storytelling 101: Story Mapping and Pacing by Terri Valentine, which explores style, concepts, characters, and how to write strong scenes. Learn more about the course and register at Writer’s Digest University.

 

Practically speaking, scenes are the irreducible matter of novels. The success or failure of a novel often depends on each scene doing its share of the heavy lifting. Scenes are not the same as chapters: A chapter may contain one or many scenes.

Beginning writers often focus their attention on a few “important” scenes that they think are the heart of the novel and will wow the readers. The remaining scenes are treated as information dumps (passive talkin…

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Why You Must Self-publish an Audiobook in Today’s Market

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If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to self-publish an audiobook I’ve pulled together, what I feel, are some staggering and extremely motivating statistics for you!

For starters, the Audiobook Publishers Association reported that 26% of the US population has listened to an audiobook in the last 12 months.

Why would you not self-publish an audiobook if over a quarter of the country is listening to them?

What’s Popular in the Audiobook Market

Maybe you’re worried about whether or not your genre or topic is of interest?

Yes, that is of course something to consider. If you write in a really niche category perhaps whether or not to self-publish an audiobook takes a bit more consideration, but by the looks of this graph from Statista, a lot…

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7 foolproof SEO tips for authors

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I’ve known Miral Sattar, CEO of Bibliocrunch, a resource for authors, for years. When she talks, I listen! Miral has worked in the media industry for 15 years, most recently at TIME Magazine, where she developed and implemented the digital SEO strategy that enabled TIME to be one of the most trafficked sites in the industry. Miral has lectured at Yale, NYU, CUNY, Pace, and other universities across America and helped numerous authors market their books. She has a master’s degree in publishing (digital and print media) from NYU and a bachelor of science degree from Columbia University in electrical engineering and comp…

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7 Ways To Market Your Book With Visual Storytelling

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We’re writers so our default way of exploring and understanding the world is through words. 

7 Ways To Market Your Book With Visual StorytellingBut in this increasingly noisy online space, it might be an image that draws a reader to your words.

They may well judge you by your book cover, your Twitter images or your Instagram channel first, and THEN read what you have to say. 

In today’s article, Dr Rachele Baker explains some of the ways that you can use image marketing to attract readers to your books.

What attracts people to buy your book?

What is the fi…

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Make A Plan To Start Writing Your Book

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By BookBaby author Nancy L. Erickson

If you don’t know how to write a book, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. After making a decision — a commitment to share your story — you just need a process and a plan to start writing your book.

Some people are lifelong learners and love the process of going from not knowing anything about a particular subject to being proficient — even an expert. That makes sense. We all want to be the best we can be. But along the way, we have to learn a lot of little things, and that takes time and commitment.

But here’s the deal: I hate the learning curve. I only want to know as much as I need to know to use a tool for my intended purpose. I generally try to find every possible way around studying more than I need to so I can get on…

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Guest Post: Legal Trips and Traps of Book Giveaways and Contests

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Have you ever glanced at the back of a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes mailing? There are about 3,000 words in four-point type about liability, probability, and eligibility. Did you know that the laws that require that microprint apply to your book giveaways and contests as well?

Ever wondered about the legal side of book giveaways and contests? @HelenSedwick shares what you…
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Book giveaways and contests are subject to an array of technical laws on the federal and state level, something writers seem to forget in their ongoing battle against obscurity. Few know that asking someone to “like” you on Facebook, “follow” you on Twitter, or subscribe to your blog as a condition to entering a giveaway could subject them to substantial fines…

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An Illustrated Guide to Book Expo 2018

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Bob Eckstein illustrated the happenings at the reimagined Book Expo 2018. If you missed out on the fun (or even if you attended and were unable to catch Bob’s brilliance in real time), explore his observations below. For more charming illustrations for writers and other clever folks, follow Bob on Twitter @bobeckstein and on Instagram @bob_eckstein.

Cartoonist @BobEckstein is illustrating his experience at the #BookExpo on behalf of WD. Who among us hasn’t surreptitiously skirted out favorite authors at similar signings? Please share yours with us using #WritersAtTheExpo! @BookExpoAmerica #BookExpo18 pic.twitter.com/crY0ufqr9V

— Writer’s Digest (@WritersDigest) May 31, 2018

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Strangers to Superfans. Book Marketing with David Gaughran

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If you want to have a long-term career as an author, you need readers to care about you and want to buy your books over the years to come. So how do you turn strangers into superfans? I discuss this and more book marketing tips with David Gaughran in today’s show.

strangers to superfansIn the introduction, I discuss the embezzlement at ‘famed’ New York literary agency, Donadio and Olson, as reported by the New York Post this week. I encourage authors to educate and empower themselves and take control of their author business. Read Kris Rusch’s informed article, and Chuck Palahniuk’s blog post about how…

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Social Media for Authors: Quick Tips to Get It Right

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Social Media for Authors_ Quick Tips to Get It Right _ YourWriterPlatform.com

No matter how difficult it proves to be to get your ideas and stories down on paper, it’s more often the promotional aspects of “being a writer” that become the biggest obstacles for today’s author. In the following post, professional writer, Jessica Fender, shares a bit of her struggle in “getting the book out there”, as well as her suggestions on how to effectively use social media channels to engage readers and…

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Creating An Audiobook As A Self-Published Author

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By BookBaby author Michele Cobb

The audiobook market is growing, and while audiobook production takes additional effort, time, and money, there are good reasons to consider creating an audiobook for your self-published title.

Audiobook publishing is a great business these days. Currently the fastest growing piece of the publishing industry, audiobooks are on everyone’s minds and in everyone’s ears. To monitor that trend, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) conducts an annual sales survey that provides important information about unit and dollar sales along with the number of titles published.

Some incredible leaps in production are tracked via this survey. In 2011, APA members reported 7,237 audiobooks produced. In 2012, that number had more than doubled to 16,309, …

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