For writers: on the web this week - 5 September 2015
If you are writing your first novel, I recommend reading the following two articles.
I Smell Your Rookie Moves, New Writers
Chuck tells it as it is – his articles are always entertaining, sensible and useful. Here he says what he has found to be common mistakes of new novelists. And I can't disagree with him at all. “Here, then, are some things I have noticed in drafts by new or untested writers, and these are I think standard errors — and they’re ones also that tested authors sometimes stumble into, so peruse this list, see if you have stropped up against any of these sins like a randy tomcat, and then fix your business. Get it? Got it? Good? / Let the yelling commence.”
Ten Debut Novelist Danger Areas
“I don't like articles that tell you how to write, generally, because writing isn't a 'by numbers' skill, at which you can succeed if you follow the 'rules'. However, I have noticed some areas which let down so many debut novels, and I am sure I was guilty of some of them, too, so I thought I'd write this in the hope that it will help a few new writers.”
28 (Better) Things No One Tells You About Publishing
What every writer should know. You've probably heard all these things before, but Scott Berkun puts them in a no-nonsense list that I think should be essential reading for all authors, whichever way they decide to publish.
Bookbub Price Promotion: The Results
These are some great statistics from Rob Sinclair. I have always been very sceptical about free downloads but this, and a limited-time dropped price, certainly seems to have worked for Rob. I am not surprised by the number of downloads when his book was given away for free, but I am very (pleasantly) surprised at how this had a positive effect on purchases once the price went up again.
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