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You really should not go by Dickens. There are trends and fashions in writing, and what was en vogue two hundred years ago is not necessarily the best model for commercially successful writing today. If I look at contemporary writing, the predominant viewpoint changes with the category. More "high browed", literary fiction is often written in third person ...


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Yes, you can. For example, the time I published my first book I already had a number of people willing to buy my book and who weren't related to me or weren't close friends of mine. It was a non-fiction book for a small niche and I was already known in that niche. I participated in forum discussions, used a common IRC channel, I blogged and commented on ...


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As you suspect, an unsolicited email is not good news. America Star Books is a well-known scam. The offer shoddy, overpriced self-publishing and promotion packages. They make their money charging hopeful authors who don't know better, not by getting any of your books sold. They may well be saying something is "free" now, but if you read the email, they're ...


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Novellas and short stories don't sell well. Even short story collections with big names don't sell well. That is why publishing houses don't look out for novellas and short stories. But: this novella might be a good exercise and might help you grow as a writer it might be a perfect marketing instrument. As you said: a sample work. there might be another ...


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Consider arranging your website as a gallery of writing samples, rather then as a blog. Then as you create a writing which you wish to put in this gallery (writing for which you have sole ownership and publishing rights), contact bloggers who already blog on the subject of this particular writing and ask if they would post it on their site (as a guest ...


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They make their profit either by buying at a discount the same as other retailers, or by selling at a premium to buyers who don't notice that the book is available at a lower price. How they buy books: At the retail price from CreateSpace's or Amazon's store, same as any other retail customer. At the wholesale price (60% discount from retail price) ...


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The Kindle Direct Publishing contract says that you will not make your book available elsewhere for a lower price. So if your book is available on a web site for free, you can't sell it for more than $0.00 on Amazon. If they find your book available at a lower price, they will drop the Kindle price to match it. And they will scold you. I don't know whether ...


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40k is a good volume for a MG novel. YA is more like 60k. There are some questions here that give more detail. If two books are equal in everything else, a publisher will buy the book with the "best length". But, as is more likely, if two books are different in everything including length, a publisher will buy the better book. So, if your book is good ...


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I can't see that padding it out will make it sell better. It would put me off. A novel doesn't have to be long to sell well. Look at 'Of Mice and Men', 'A Christmas Carol', 'Animal Farm', etc.


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"Don't judge a book by it's cover." We've all heard that, but how many of us actually adhere to it? I believe that is a totally antiquated statement, especially these days when more and more books are being sold online at places like Amazon, where we quickly browse through literally thousands of books and tend to stop at the ones whose covers catch our eye. ...


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The only reason to use figure titles if they already have a caption is to refer to multiple figures throughout the text, particularly if each one has multiple panels. If so, they should merely say Fig. 1 A, for example. Take a look at any scientific article for examples of this, here's one for starters. As for your example, I don't think you really need ...


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A novella may do better as a self-pub or a e-book than a trade paperback. Or you could write a few novellas and combine them into one larger format, like Stephen King did with Different Seasons. No way to tell until it's written and edited and you start shopping it around to agents, who will give you more market-relevant feedback.


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Plan on a series. If I can recommend the Honor Harrington series by David Weber as an example [see wikipedia link below], he's going on 20 books now and they're still relatively good reads. David's known the end of the story for the most part since the early '90's, the rest of us are waiting for the last two novels with cash in hand, so to say. Anyway... ...


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Yes! You can do this most easily with Adwords to see which title performs better. Tim Ferris did this when deciding which title to use for "The Four Hour Work Week". Source: http://boingboing.net/2010/10/25/howto-use-google-adw.html This is a cost-effective channel with very clear definitions of success (e.g. which title got more clicks). You can also do ...


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Jacket summaries are typically written in Third Person. Anne thought she had the perfect marriage. That is until... Your second version sounds much more natural and familiar to me. I much prefer it over the first example, even if your book is not written in Third Person. That's not to say you can't write it in First Person. You certainly can and it ...


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Personally, I would find it pretty smart for a jacket to be in the first person, especially if the book is this way. I don't think that many people would notice, but some will. Now, generally most books I've seen use the other way round Anne thought she had the perfect marriage. That is until... Because what you'd need in the jacket is a summary and ...


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You can use something like Squarespace which is dot-com website platform that is optimized for non-technical creative people to make their own Web presence. It has pages (timeless writings) and also has a blog (journal writings) and also redirects (which are great for marketing) built-in. You would create pages for your writing, use the blog to document your ...


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Another approach would be, on your own website or blog - is to write a veiled rebuttal. I wouldn't directly mention the bad review, but just write as if you are clarifying some issues or points for current/future readers. But of course this blog post would address the issues that the bad review got factually wrong, and even address some of the other issues ...


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I would suggest looking at other blogs and take note of both things you like about them and things you don't like about them. One site I like is Helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com But there are many others out there.


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Just write it like any professional letter. If you include more than one or two “marketing words” it will go into a spam filter. You may have people recommend a pitch-specific style or format, but generally speaking, that stuff is antiquated today. People under 50 prefer that you just communicate with them like actual humans. They will spot boilerplate. Be ...


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A good thought for you may be what would be appropriate were I a major published writer and wanted to give away copies that the contract publisher will receive no commission from. There is a single yet albeit unconfusing answer that will be answered in a publishing contract. Yet while selling at your personal expense while giving out free copies you are a ...


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A professional that prices books is called – big drum roll- a publisher. Since, here, it is an e-book, you are the publisher, so do some basic research. There are many sites that deal with this issue, plus forums, a simple Google search will show sites like: The shocking secret about ebook prices that will help you price your ebook; How to price your ...


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There are so many different strategies you could use from social media to blog hops to promotional sites, but there is no quick and simple answer as to which would work best for you. I would suggest joining a writer's forum where other writers discuss the strategies they have used and provide feedback on what has or hasn't worked. One that I use and have ...


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I love Medium. It's a great site to read short and long essays.


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You might find this post useful. From the link: In this article, you will gain: An understanding of how these book promotion websites work A list of the best book promotion websites, free and premium A couple of options in order to not have to do this yourself Best of luck! Promotion is exciting and challenging.


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Try http://hubpages.com/ -- previously squidoo.com Pick the proper category and publish your article there for free and maybe generate a lot of interest. Here's a good article which will provide you with more places where you may be able to publish articles like this: ...


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I like what's list of ingredients. I would add two more to consider: Struggle. What keeps the character from achieving the goal? This might be antagonist or some other obstacle. What must the character do to achieve the goal? Stakes. If the character fails, so what? What are the consequences to the character, the community, the world? The key to a blurb ...



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