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Writing twists and surprises.

July 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Writing twists and surprises.

Readers crave those juicy little surprises that pop up in a good story, and here is a nice little guide to working twists and surprises into your writing. Read the full article over at https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-opening-well-610454

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Tips on writing fight scenes.

July 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Tips on writing fight scenes.

In many novels you will have a fight scene—everything from a verbal scuffle as two people break up to a major battle, and because this is often the climax to your story, you might want to approach the scene cautiously. So, here are a few tips on writing those fight scenes. Read the article over at https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-opening-well-610418

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How to self-edit your novel (craft).

June 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
How to self-edit your novel (craft).

Writing a first draft is only the initial step in the journey to creating a novel. The next step is editing, and in this interview, writer Kris Spisak talks about the different kinds of editing, as well as tips for your self-editing process.

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Making book sales with Amazon Ads (how-to video).

June 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Making book sales with Amazon Ads (how-to video).

Christopher Coleman is a horror author who self-published his first book back in October of 2015. He got a small following and made a few hundred dollars a month for the first couple of years, but it wasn’t until spring of 2018 that things started to take off, when his wife Eileen invested in Amazon ads which resulted in a significant improvement in sales. In this episode, Eileen shares the story of how she got started with ads, what she’s learned, and her best tips for authors just starting to advertise.

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Why dystopias are so popular? (article)

June 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Why dystopias are so popular? (article)

A lot of people are wondering why dystopias are so popular. They haven’t realized that they’ve always been popular. Read the full article over at https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-writing-dystopias

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Author Tim Heath interviewed (writing business).

June 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Author Tim Heath interviewed (writing business).

This week’s writer interview is with Tim Heath – author of fifteen thriller novels – who answers five questions about his writing process.

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Incorporating folklore into your writing (craft).

June 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Incorporating folklore into your writing (craft).

Skye MacKinnon is an author who writes across genres from science fiction to fantasy to paranormal romance. In this audio podcast, she discuss writing in different genres and how she manages to incorporate her love of Scottish folklore and mythology into her work, no matter what she’s writing. She also talks about her experience co-writing series with authors she admires, and why she decided to go wide.

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Advertising your books for the first time (video).

June 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Advertising your books for the first time (video).

An intro video on how to cover the importance of calculating readthrough (especially when working out if an ad is effective or not), the difficulty of scaling Amazon ads, finding the right keywords, and why it’s essential to calculate your profit versus advertising spend.

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Audiobook Tips (video).

June 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Audiobook Tips (video).

In this hour-long video interview, professional audiobook narrator Gary Bennett sits down to chat about finding and choosing a narrator, how much you should expect to spend on audiobook production, royalty share options, and what equipment you will need in case you want to do it yourself.

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Showing vs. telling (craft).

June 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Showing vs. telling (craft).

Time to rap your mind around the thorny old topic of showing vs. telling in your writing. Whether you’re a creative writing aficionado or diving into the world of non-fiction, showing vs. telling is an important concept either way.   

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