How to Create Buzz for Your Book?

It’s official! My book is coming to the Amazon Kindle Store in November 2017 and whilst this is pretty exciting (and scary at the same time) I am consumed with trying to think of some way to create a bit of buzz around the publication – since there won’t be a physical book launch party in the same way you would have one for a traditionally published book. So, I tried my hand at making a book trailer using public domain images and Creative Commons CC0 licensed videos (which can be used for commercial purposes and don’t require attribution). The soundtrack comes from Youtube’s creator studio and is one of the tracks that are attribution free. I know that it’s not the most professional-looking trailer the world has ever seen but, for a limited budget production, I would say that it does the job. Thoughts?

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Quadruple Your Wordcount in 4 Simple Steps

Writing faster has been a major concern for me this weekend. I often feel frustrated at limitations placed on my fiction writing (mainly time, typing speed, and focus). So, this weekend, I have enlisted the help of Cady Vance‘s video taking us through 4 simple steps that can help you write faster today. I managed to quadruple my wordcount for today by focusing on improving focus and planning. Happy writing and if you have any other tips about how to write faster, please make sure to leave a comment so others can benefit from your suggestions, too.

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Ray Bradbury’s #1 Top Tip for A Killer Storyline

Thank you for always supporting our troops.

This week, the endless wisdom of Ray Bradbury and his essays on writing have truly been giving me strength and the ability to carry on with my writing. I am immensely proud to say that I am only about 16,000 words away from completing my second draft of The Dream Parade {Part One} sporting a seriously improved storyline. Finally, I am fully unstuck and ready to cross the finish line on my project. And all just because I decided to follow this beautiful piece of advice and decided to follow my heroine and her innermost desire! Have a beautiful Sunday all! And good luck with getting unstuck on your own writing projects.

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The $10 Word Writing Mistake and How You Can Avoid It

Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren’t always the best words. In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a message.

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Find the Most Authentic Ending for Your Story – Sam Shepard

Copy of The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning.

Finding the best possible ending for a story is a challenge for every writer – particularly me. With a wild imagination and sometimes even wilder characters, writing an ending that doesn’t disappoint is really hard. So, this weekend I decided to borrow some advice from Sam Shepard who knows a thing or two about writing authentic endings.

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Top 6 Mistakes People Make Self Publishing a Book!

The six most common mistakes people make when self-publishing a book; usefully summarised. A great reminder from my favourite Texan in Tokyo. Make sure to avoid these!

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