Writing Fiction: Heinlein's Five Rules & Your Author Efficiency How to improve your speed and quality as an author by writing less than more... One Size Doesn't Fit All Of course, Robert A. Heinlein (yes that classic pulp fiction writer known for "Stranger in a Strange Land" and others) was wrong. But he was right at the same time. He authored an essay, first … [Read more...]
The Acid Test of Fiction Writing
For all I've researched and tested in the previous five years about writing and publishing, one challenge yet remained:
Can this be put to use, starting from scratch as a new author, and actually build an audience while writing profitable fiction?
These articles show the journey. Join me. Should be fun.
Yes, But WHY Are You Writing Fiction? Stages of an Author. This post started by buying into another failure of a cheap writing course. There are very few excellent writing courses. More very good ones, Far more barely decent ones, and tons of cheap ones. Tons. You have to look back on why you personally opted into something that ended up doing nothing for you. It's … [Read more...]
The Great Fiction Writing Challenge - Week 06 Results Metrics: Written words – Fiction: (5 out of 7 days) Writing: As published below - (5 days out of 7) Published words (free) – Fiction: 33984 Non-Fiction: 5579 Published words (paid) – 43,948 new non-fiction book. (Get your copy here.) Subscribers – Aweber: 3, Mailerlite: 2 new/52 imported, MailChimp: 0, … [Read more...]
Book Marketing: The Best Ads Are Great Fiction, Always Imagine for a moment that you could have that one thing you've always wanted. It would show up right now, right where you live, in your very hands. In that room you are now sitting in, or wherever you want it. Your driveway, your living room, anywhere. The only trick is that you'd have to do something to get … [Read more...]
Self-Publishing: What Pure Stupid (Naïve) Looks Like Kindle Scout Review Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It's a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and … [Read more...]
Self Publishing: What and How to Promote Your Writing Of course, this is all backwards to what a writer should be doing. And some of the absolute worst advice is given out these days as Gospel Truth. That's back to Sturgeon's Rule: "90% of everything out there is crud." When I first started out with this research, I took a long vacation from my day job to sort out what … [Read more...]
Self-Publishing: Getting Started At All - Tips, Tricks, Advice Someone asked me recently about publishing their first book (actually, asked me on behalf of a relative.) And what follows is my frank advice about how someone should get started with their first book. Below are some questions he should ask himself. Sure, I wouldn't mind talking to anyone about … [Read more...]
The Great Fiction Writing Challenge: Week 05 Results Ooh. Lots of writing, but not the kind I would prefer to be doing. Metrics: Written words – Fiction:398, Non-Fiction: 10351 Published words (free) – 10351 Published words (paid) – 44843 Subscribers – Aweber: 0, Mailerlite: 2, MailChimp: 0, Rainmail (own site): 3 Book sales – 0 (again, nothing new published, … [Read more...]
Self Publishing: Setting Up for Home Audiobook Recording Going wide means getting your audiobooks up as you publish your ebooks. Simpler than it sounds. But there are some tricks to it. These are the notes of what I've found so far. All this is in scratching my own itch. The four-proof method has editing your book by speaking it out loud as the last proof. You record … [Read more...]