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How to Create Captivating Crime Fiction Stories

  Beginner's Guide to Writing Mystery Fiction Tutor: Ms. Debbi Mack New York Times Bestselling Author and Screenwriter

Becoming a Writer

By Neal James   The lure of writing, for me, came with the hair-raising prospect of actually getting something not simply published, but also in the display window of a major book store chain. I do believe that more of us have the ability to write than the supposed experts give us credit for. I once read part of an article by a well-known writer which contained what I thought was a piece of sheer arrogance. Paraphrasing, this person said that there is an assertion that there is a book within in all of us and that, in his/her opinion, that is precisely where it should remain. The unfairness of this piece of rhetoric stands alone in its starkness. I started in 2006 with a manuscript full of family life stretching over a period of 30 years or more. It was prompted by a major family event, and spawned a flow of short stories which were published on a succession of writing sites across the world. This is where a writer cuts his or her teeth. Places like that can be brutal in the

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11 Things Not to Do Before Your Book Launch

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Want the Best Business Card Ever? Write a Book

By Marsha Friedman* Nearly every day, someone asks my advice on the best way to promote their business or themselves. I get the question at speaking engagements, at the office and, yes, sometimes at home. I don’t mind at all, because I’ve always got a good answer: Write a book. "A book?” some say - with obvious horror. “I’ve never written a book!” Precisely my point. But let me back up a bit. When I started EMSI 22 years ago, I soon realized the clients who got the attention of the media most quickly were those who’d written a book. Not just any book, mind you, but one that aligned with what they were promoting. The apple salesmen who wrote about apples were far more successful getting media coverage than those who wrote about oranges – and those who hadn’t written anything at all. Why? Because yesterday’s business cards are today’s books. They give their authors immediate credibility, establishing them as experts in their fields. Credibility opens the door to journa

Your Company, Your Product, Your Book - Extracts

By Jeff Kagan E-Commerce Times Part of the ECT News Network “ A book can be a great marketing tool to hand out to customers and prospects as a summary, including several examples of success. You can share a few winning ideas, then deliver a compelling conclusion. And, of course, the last few lines always suggest that the reader or prospect call you if they would like to discuss further. This simple and less aggressive approach to sales is becoming very successful. Some companies are interested in developing a book as a sales tool, and others to help them with positioning. Whatever the reason, as the marketplace gets louder, companies have to find new ways to break through the noise and reach the customer.  Books help companies present themselves to customers in a very authoritative way. They also help executives position themselves as industry thought leaders. After all, not many executives and companies have written a book -- or have a book written about them.  With a book i

How to Craft Back Cover Copy that Sells Books by the Boatload - For nonfiction books

How do you write good back blurb? "Back cover copy is like the packaging on a box of food or the cover of a magazine at the supermarket checkout counter. The vendor has only a few seconds to stop you in your tracks, attract your attention and compel you to make a purchase. You can also consider back cover copy to be similar to a movie trailer or preview: just two minutes that give you the plot line. Based on the trailer, you will decide whether to see the movie, or not. The same holds with your book. Your design/layout, graphics AND verbiage must entice readers and make them hungry for more." Read full article: How to Craft Back Cover Copy that Sells Books by the Boatload - The Savvy Book Marketer

How To Write a Back Blurb For Your Book - For novels

How do you write good back blurb? "This is a list of what featured most often from a number of bestselling thrillers reviewed as research from my bookshelf. The principles hold true for any genre although the details change for each." Read full article: How To Write a Back Blurb For Your Book - The Savvy Book Marketer

Read and Soar - Watch the book trailer

A book trailer for Read and Soar has been released. Read and Soar is a book about the many benefits and joys of reading. Where will your reading adventure take you? Between the covers of a book exists a sort of paradise. Books have a certain kind of enchantment about them; they are able to catapult you to a different world in the twinkling of an eye. By reading you can rub minds with the best thinkers of all time & share in the wisdom of the greatest minds. ---------- Yomi Akinpelu is the author of 'Read & Soar' and two other books: 'A Matter of Life & Death' , 'The Wholesome Truth about Healing' ...

Born To Survive. The fox hunting debate goes on...

A Reflection by Grahame Howard, author of 'The Wishing Book' Series. October 2010 Her footsteps resounded on the concrete path as she made her way to the back door. Overhead, the moon hung in the sky like some large floodlight, illuminating the countryside around. With breath almost frozen to her lips she reached out for the door handle as she fumbled with her key. “Was that a sound?” she thought as she glanced to her right and looked into the partly shaded face of a sitting fox.  This was the sight that greeted my youngest daughter as she returned home one night from a disco. To say she entered the back door rather quickly would not be far from the truth. In fact, to say she catapulted herself in the door would be a more appropriate statement! Ever since we had moved into our house I had longed for this to happen to me. I had seen badgers and the odd hedgehog. We had even had a herd of heifers in the yard, but still the fox eluded my gaze. There is something about the fo

Want to improve your own writing? Reflections from novelist Sheyna Galyan on writing.......

Monday, July 12, 2010 Tips For Writing   Write the story within you. Most writers will tell you to write the book that's in you right now, the book you think about every waking minute, the book you have no choice about writing. Don't write the book your publisher wants, or the book your mother wants, or the book that's guaranteed to make the New York Times bestsellers list. If it's not the book that is kicking and screaming to get out of your head and onto paper, you'll only wind up being disappointed in it, and it probably won't please your publisher, your mother, or anyone at the New York Times. Hand in hand with that goes... Believe in yourself. This is crucial to not only writing well, but selling the book you do write. If it's too elusive, too overwhelming, or causes you to snort derisively, please consult with a good therapist. Keep a journal of ideas. You can keep an actual journal or book and write down story ideas, character names, plot tw