Simplify Your Writing Process: 24 Hours Remaining

Authentic Writing: Develop Your Writer's Voice, And Sell
Struggling with your writing? It’s time to simplify your writing process.

As you know, if you’ve been reading my blogs, and my writing journal, I’m all about process. Heaven knows, writing is challenging enough. We need all the help we can get with processes which are easy to use, yet have a powerful effect.

Authentic Writing teaches an old writing technique, clustering, and relates it to the writing you need to do every day.

Not only will you develop authentic goals, you’ll also find the specialties which are perfect for you.

If you’ve struggled with goal setting, it’s usually because you value short-term pleasure over commitment to something that’s way off in the future. What if you changed that? What if the journey to your goals could be as much (and more) fun than the arrival?

Specialist writers tend to earn more; depending on their specialties, of course. :-) Here’s the benefit of an authentic specialty: you’ll sell more. And because it’s authentically you, you’ll find the writing flows smoothly.

When you struggle…

I work with writers who are struggling with their writing every day. They want a quick fix. Here’s the thing. You don’t need to do anything. You merely need to stay right where you are — at your desk. In Authentic Writing, we look at how you can stay present for your writing, rather than running away. We discuss the various forms that “running away” takes, and how to deal with each one.

Develop your writer’s intuition

Your inspiration and creativity depend on your willingness to recognize, and to trust, your writer’s intuition. Your writing becomes easier when you trust your writer’s intuition. However, it’s not easy. I often talk about avoiding blogging, even though my intuition kept nudging me. This was way back in 1999, and other writers though I was crazy to write “for free.”

Thankfully, a real intuitive impulse won’t leave you alone. It will haunt you, until you pay attention.

They’re the big blasts of intuition, the ones you can’t ignore. We cheerfully ignore our daily writer’s intuition, which could make our writing so much easier.

In Authentic Writing, you’ll discover how to listen to yourself.

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Writing anxiety is normal, natural, and very useful.

“Genuine confidence is not the absence of fear; it is a transformed relationship with fear.”

Dr. Russ Harris, The Confidence Gap

Use your anxiety/ fear as fuel for your writing. It’s energy. Accept it, and start writing. You’ll soon be a confident writer. :-)

 

Make Writing EASY and Get Read

Want to make all your writing easy? You can, once you gain access to your inspiration.

Here’s the biggest benefit: when you’re inspired, you’ll get readers, because you’ll stop trying to “write.”

This slide deck will help; the notes to the slide deck are below.

 


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AUTHENTIC WRITING: THE EASIEST WAY TO SOLVE ALL YOUR WRITING CHALLENGES

Want to solve your writing challenges? Here you go. Two words: be yourself.

When you write authentically, from the heart, you’re an original. Unlock your potential, with “Authentic Writing: Develop Your Writer’s Voice, And Sell”.

CONTENT TSUNAMI. 3 MILLION BLOG POSTS… EVERY DAY.

Yes, three million blog posts are published a day. Let’s see Fido bringing you a newspaper of that size.

No one can read it all. How will you get readers?

GENERIC, OR ORIGINAL? YOUR CHOICE.

With so much content being produced each day, will you write more “me too” content, or will you be yourself? There’s no need to strive for originality. If you’re authentic, you’re automatically original. There’s no one like you.

GET INSPIRED. GO FISHING.

To be authentic, you need to become inspired. Here’s how. Go fishing in your subconscious mind. It’s easy – no hard work involved. When you go fishing, your writing becomes easy. And it’s you.

HOW TO ACCESS INSPIRATION. CLUSTERING.

There’s a way to get access to your inspiration. It’s called clustering. Gabriele Rico published the definitive book on clustering, Writing the Natural Way, in 1985. Clustering allows you to fish your subconscious.

THE BOYS IN THE BASEMENT… LET THE BOYS DO YOUR WRITING FOR YOU.

Stephen King, in his book On Writing, talks about connecting to the unconscious – his “basement-place” to write. You can use Stephen King’s “boys in the basement” to access your intuition via clustering. You’ll write easily, and authentically.

DEVELOP AUTHENTIC GOALS. CLUSTER, AND ALLOW THEM TO EMERGE.

To write authentically, you need authentic goals. We’re so focused on what we should want that we can’t see what we DO want. Our goals are deep within our unconscious. When you cluster, your authentic goals will emerge, over time.

BE PRESENT TO YOUR WRITING. YOU’LL BECOME A BETTER WRITER.

Want to become a better writer, INSTANTLY? You can be. Not only can you become a better writer instantly, you can also become a writer who just gets stuff written, and who writes more. And your voice will emerge. Here’s how, in two words — be present.

BLOCKED? HERE’S A QUICK FIX.

Cluster: you may be able to find out what’s behind your block. Cluster “procrastination”, and see what arises from the cluster. You may find that you’re anxious about something. Write a short summary of your cluster. You’re writing… :-)

CLUSTER: ASSOCIATE. WORDS BREED WORDS.

Want to become a FEARLESS writer? ACT, despite your fear. Cluster first, to fish in your subconscious mind. If you can do that, you can produce words, and words breed words. After a few minutes, your fear will fade.

AUTHENTIC WRITING. UNLOCK YOUR WRITING. BECOME AN ORIGINAL.

“Authentic Writing: Develop Your Writer’s Voice, And Sell” is your key to the easiest, fastest, and most fun writing process ever. It makes writing effortless.

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You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Short Stories Sell

 Short Stories Sell

I get questions about short stories every week, asking whether short stories sell. They do. As I’ve mentioned on my writing journal, I’m quitting ghostwriting fiction. In 2015, all the fiction I write will be my own.

I’ll be writing short stories A LOT after I make the switch. Not only because they sell, but also because they’re perfect for marketing. And also because I love hitting the Publish button. :-)

Apropos short stories selling, from The Passive Voice:

I currently have four novels out with a small market publisher, and the fifth is due out in October. Unless something dramatic happens, my next novel will be self-published. I say this because in the past six months I’ve written and published four short stories through Amazon’s KDP, and I make more per unit sold from those four shorts than I do from the four novels even though they’re being sold for less. Sales have not been a problem. I fail to see the downside to doing this.

Notice that Gene says that he “makes more per unit sold” from his short stories than he does from his novels.

I sell my short stories (under a couple of pen names) on Amazon for $2.99. They’re romances. Yes, romance readers are voracious, but I’ve seen short stories in many different genres on Amazon. $2.99 seems to be a sweet spot for novels too, but novels take much longer to write.

You get no guarantee that anything you publish will sell, of course, especially if you’re just starting out, so why bother writing novels until you’ve sold a few short stories?

It’s much easier to learn to write fiction by writing (and selling) short stories. A short story may take you a week to write. A novel can take months.

Short stories are EASY to write

I love writing short stories because you just need a couple of characters, and a situation. As I said in 5 Secrets to Sizzling Short Stories:

You don’t have the space in a short story for a cast of thousands. At most, you have space for two or three main characters. So if you’re writing without an outline, and your characters start multiplying, stop creating characters. Focus on the ones you have.

Your short stories can be 5,000 words, or 10,000 words. I know one writer whose stories sell very well who rarely writes anything longer than 3,000 words. She’s writing erotica; she’s found her niche.

You may not want to write erotica. I don’t either. I’ve ghostwritten it, and have no problems writing it, but I like developing characters, which you can’t really do in erotica.

Tip: if you’d like to write short stories, and feel you “can’t”, or if you want to be able to write them faster, use the clustering technique I talk about in Authentic Writing. You’ll discover how to trust yourself, and WRITE.

“You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs

Trusting yourself is essential when you’re writing fiction. At least once a week, I start a chapter, and wonder: “what? Where is this going?” Clustering – and trust – sorts it out. :-)

No short story you write is EVER wasted

Another tip: FINISH your stories.

You can use short stories in many different ways:

  • Sell them as ebooks – of course;
  • Use them for marketing, as freebies;
  • Compile them into bundles. Just your own stories, or get together with a group of writers, and do a group bundle. Everyone gets exposure;
  • Publish them on your blog (and then remove them later, when you upload them to Amazon.) Publishing your short stories for free is a wonderful way to promote your fiction. I’ll be doing a lot of this in 2015. You know I love to blog; :-)
  • Sell them to buyers. Last year, I ghosted a collection of short stories for a ghostwriting client. He sold them to someone else. So there’s a market for your short fiction if you want to sell all rights.

There are many other ways you can use short stories; we’re only scratching the surface here. I’ll be writing much more about how to use the short stories you write, because short stories are brilliant. They can do a lot for you.

So, in conclusion, if you want to write short stories, and wonder whether “short stories sell”, wonder no more. Start writing. :-)

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You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Make Money Writing With 5 Fabulous Programs

Make Money Writing With 5 Fabulous Programs
You want to make money writing. As we’ve said, we’re clearing the decks of our bestselling writing programs. We’ve got more coming, so we’re withdrawing all the programs which we’re not actively promoting.

This is good news for you. This week, we have FIVE programs which are closing. All are offered at a special price. Some at an amazing price — the Master Kindle Ebooks program is a ridiculous price, when you consider that it includes coaching, as do all our offerings.

5 programs to love, if you want to make money writing

All five programs will be withdrawn on August 30.

Here’s a short rundown. Click through to each program’s page to learn more.

1. Brand New Second Edition… 60-Second Content Power: Create Better Content Faster

This program gives you the the keys to FAST and easy content generation. It’s solidly practical information you can use today. The process I share with you will give you confidence, and will increase your income as you increase your output and become prolific.

You can take on more projects, and increase your income.

Full program description here.

2. Devilish Writer: How to Charge What YOU Want, and Get PAID

Writers’ sad little secret: few writers know what works when it comes to pricing their services. The average writer is shy and deferential. Writers don’t negotiate (few even realize that negotiation is essential.)

To make matters worse, there are no “standard rates” — even though publishers and other buyers of writing claim that there are. Many, many writers struggle. They’re not aware that they could be charging much more. Solve your pricing riddles…

Full program description here.

 3. Master Writing and Selling Kindle Books

If you’ve heard about Kindle self-publishing, and the millions of dollars some writers are making, here’s a package of bestselling products to build your Kindle empire.

Everything’s included, even our 4-Week Ebook Writing, Sales and Publishing Coaching Workshop. You receive four weeks of solid coaching to get your empire going. (Or turbo-charge it if you’ve already published ebooks.)

Full program description here.

4. Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success

My copywriting guide, Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success, has been turning writers into copywriters for ten years.

It helps you to build your own copywriting business in just seven days. It’s a complete program, with everything you need. Each day you have objectives and tasks. Just complete the tasks, to build your business.

Full program description here.

5. SYWON 2 (Sell Your Writing Online Now) Web Writing Training

SYWON (Sell Your Writing Online Now) has helped writers to increase their writing income, over many years. Firstly, as the original 12-month program, and more recently as a six-month program. On August 30, SYWON will be withdrawn; the final batch of students will complete the program next February.

Full program description here.

We’re clearing the decks; you benefit

Over the past decade, we’ve help thousands of writers to build wonderful careers, via our blogs, the ezine, and our programs. We’ll go on doing that, of course. Want to know what’s coming up? I chat about upcoming programs on  my daily writing journal.

Please take advantage of these offerings, and earn while you learn. ALL include coaching; you receive the full programs. Enjoy. :-)

Questions? Please ask. Here’s a form you can use to get in touch quickly.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Sell More Ebooks: Discoverability Counts

Sell More Ebooks: Discoverability Counts

If you want to sell more ebooks, you need to make sure that your ebooks are found by readers. If no one can find your books, no one can buy them.

Author Sean Cummings wrote a blog post: Self-Publishing Confession: I have no idea why this book is selling.

I found his post via The Passive Voice. Here’s my comment on The Passive Voice post on why I believe the book’s selling:

  1. The price, currently at 99 cents.
  2. The description, which covers a lot of genres, so many readers will find it.

Readers searching for something to read in all of these genres will find this book:

  • serial killer fiction/ thriller genre
  • “super powers” – super hero fiction
  • paranormal genre – a witch, ogres, netherworld
  • something different: Siamese cats (I bet people search for “cat” books)
  • The title: “A Superhero Tale”
  • The author can WRITE

So, in summary, the description and the title mean that this book will come up for readers in lots of searches. The title helps. The price helps too.

Your keywords and description MATTER

Let’s look at the description of Marshall Conrad: A Superhero Tale:

Someone is murdering the good people of Greenfield, and there’s talk of a serial killer on the loose. Finding him should be an easy job for a guy with super-powers; too bad he keeps falling out of the sky. If Marshall Conrad has any hope of ending the killing spree, he’ll need a little help from a morbidly obese shop keeper (who just happens to be a witch) and a hard-drinking senior citizen with a penchant for lifting heavy objects… like auto- mobiles. Corrupt cops, ogres, thirty-six-year-old Siamese cats, and of course, the netherworld. All in a day’s work when you’re trying to save your city from a simmering evil that’s about to be unleashed.

The description is engaging – what’s not to like?

The description also contain words for which readers of several genres are searching. Cummings’ book is discoverable, so it’s selling.

Beware: don’t genre-stuff

Back in the day, a decade ago, you could make a lot of money on Google AdSense by “keyword stuffing”, adding random keywords to website pages so that they came up for searches in Google.

Searchers clicked through to pages, couldn’t find what they wanted, and clicked on AdSense advertising. The website owner made money. Similar tactics will get you banned today. :-)

You want your ebooks to be discoverable on Amazon, but please don’t be tempted to “genre-stuff”. That is, don’t add random things to your book descriptions so that you come up in searches for several genres.

Not only are search engines more sophisticated these days, but you’ll also annoy readers if you do this kind of thing. Sean Cummings wrote an excellent book description, which accurately describes his book.

Spend time on your book descriptions, if you want to sell more ebooks. You get seven keyword opportunities in Amazon, and Amazon tells you how to use them:

Experiment. Before you publish, search for your book’s title and keywords on Amazon. If you get irrelevant results, or results you dislike, consider making some changes—your book will ultimately appear among similar results. When you search, look at the suggestions that appear in the Search field drop down. 
Think like your customer.

Think about how you would search for your book if you were a customer, and ask others to suggest keywords they’d search on. 

With thousands of new ebooks being published each week, discoverability is vital. Don’t ignore it.

Final tip: to sell more ebooks, spend time on Amazon. Do searches while you’re writing your ebooks. Look at books which are similar to yours; think about keywords.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.