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Tips and useful resources for fiction authors
My friends came up with an interesting exercise – to write a collective story for Christmas. The problem was, everyone was starting in different places and posting their ideas at the same time, and they appeared in random order, making a total mess of everything.
What I saw, however, was that all the participants, who were not writers by the way, had very interesting ideas and it looked as though with the very same beginning in mind, everyone created a different story, and this story was special and fascinating.
And I thought, what if everyone had a chance to write their story properly, without random, misplaced interference? How cool it would be! Read the rest of this entry »
For those who would like to write a book in one month as part of a supportive, fun and passionate writers, the next writing challenge is about to start! Read the rest of this entry »
Note, Nov. 2014: Now that I have returned to using free as a strategy for promoting my books, I am updating the list here again. If you notice any links that don’t work or have any suggestions for links to add, please let me know in the comments!
If you’re promoting a 99c sale rather than a free run, you can find my list of sites for that here.
During the month of February 2012, I did four free promotions with KDP Select, and I’ve started to get the hang of it. After the freebies, my ebooks have bounced into the top 100 Paid in their categories. As I write this, Yseult (which was free for 24 hours on Feb. 29) has the following rankings:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#48 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks >…
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Last year, I shared with you the result of my Call to Arms, on my very popular post, Book Marketing Results 2015. I now have collected enough data to follow up with this year’s results. Like …
How to Grow Your Business as a Published Author… and Impact More Lives With Your Message – By Christine Kloser
Have you dreamed of writing a book or becoming a successful published author? Do you have a valuable message that – if put in print – will help grow your business and transform more lives? If you answered yes, but don’t have your book written yet… keep reading!
When I pick a book to read, my choice is influenced by the following elements:
- The cover
- The title
- The description
More precisely, the book cover gets (or not) the book in my hands, or grabs my attention enough to make me read the description. As for the book title, sometimes it is as important as the book cover – it can easily accomplish the same. But sometimes, when the cover is very good, I can ignore the title and still read the description.
But the description is the element that determines my buying decision.
This is why I want to share some advice for creating an enticing book description.
- Imagine yourself in your reader’s shoes. What would a person who knows nothing of your book feel while reading the description? The secret is to give some elements that will fascinate and make longing for more.
- For fiction books it is often better to show a piece of your story or to write what it is about instead of only saying something like “This is a great fantasy book. It will entertain both children and adults”.
- Keep it short and simple. Avoid giving away too much detail: too much text looks scary for some people, you can’t believe how many of them just don’t want to read even a short piece of text and would rather hear it from someone. And then, the aim of the description is only to give them a foretaste of the story, to tell them what it is about.
- It can be a great idea to simply put a short but juicy piece of a chapter into your book description – not only it perfectly captures the attention (if the piece is well-chosen, which is a tricky part as well), but also it gives a reader a glimpse of the author’s writing style.
- Some authors like putting a reader’s or reviewer’s quote that describes the book. It works well, but it can backfire if overdone.
- If you have a chance to sell your physical book at a fair or a convention, your potential readers will give you the elements they want in the description, just listen to what they are asking you about your book.
- The description is the first impression of your book, so be very careful with spelling and grammar mistakes.
If you have some more advice on the matter, please share 😉
Kateryna Kei, Author of Raven Boy, adventure and romance young-adult saga