Common Writing Myths

Nat Russo Art, Basics, Opinion, Writing 19 Comments

There are very few objective truths about writing. I think there are some (you’ll typically suck at first, a strong noun/verb is better than a weak noun/verb with a qualifier, remove needless words, etc). But most of these “objective truths” are little more than common writing myths.   There are a host of suppositions masquerading as axioms: – Show don’t tell – Writers must write every day – Writers can’t not write – Never use an adverb – Writing can’t be taught   And so many more…

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My Experience With Amazon Giveaways

Nat Russo Marketing, Opinion, Platform, Promotions 11 Comments

Amazon recently added a new tool they call “Amazon Giveaways” to our marketing toolbox. Using Amazon Giveaways, the book publisher can purchase an arbitrary number of copies of their book and have Amazon distribute them “free” to people who participate in the giveaway. I’m not going to spend much time on “how to” in this article. There are a lot of resources out there that will get you started with Amazon Giveaways (including the wonderful resource written by my friend and fellow author Nicholas Rossis: How To Set Up An Amazon Giveaway). Instead, I’d like to talk about my experience and lessons learned after running two separate Amazon giveaways of the same title, Necromancer Awakening.

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Defending Your Style Vs. Being Stubborn

Nat Russo Basics, Opinion, Writing 12 Comments

Note: The following article is based on a recent conversation I had with a writer I mentor regarding style. While it’s been heavily edited to read like an article, this is the gist of what I said. There’s an important step on the way to developing your own style and voice as a writer: learn how to write good prose. It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people think they can sidestep this requirement altogether. Sure, it’s difficult. Anything worth doing is difficult. Anything worth doing will make you stretch, both as a student of the craft and as a person in general. The good news is that much of this process is well-documented by masters of …

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E-book Sales Aren’t Falling – Fortune

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In the latest case of “don’t believe everything you read,” the New York Times recently published another attempted hatchet job on Amazon, though it was an indirect hatchet job. As if they haven’t proved, time and again, that they’re a shill for “big publishing”, they decided to trot out some sales figures that appear to show a decline in the sales of e-books. Except, they forgot one thing. We’re not idiots.

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7 Points To Remember About Publishing

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I’d like to share another article with you that Joe Konrath dropped on his blog yesterday. He points out seven things we each need to remember about this writing and publishing gig, and they’re spot on. Click the link below for the original article. Source: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: A Gentle Reminder

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A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath Kindle Unlimited Numbers

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Joe Konrath, indie author and trailblazer of independent publishing, offers his insight into the new payout structure of Kindle Unlimited.  Under KU 1.0, Amazon was rewarding writers for enrolling in KDP Select. Amazon wanted as many titles as possible, to build their Kindle Unlimited catalog. Shorts are easier and faster to write than novels, so Amazon rewarded short stories by paying authors much higher for shorter works, way out of proportion with novels and with the paper short story market, in order to get more titles into KU so it appealed to more subscribers. Under KU 2.0, Amazon is rewarding writers for being good writers. Amazon wants writers to hook readers for longer than 10% of the ebook. Amazon wants …

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Kindle Unlimited Scores a Knockout – The Wayfinder – Hugh C. Howey

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  After 40 days in the Kindle Unlimited program, and after going through my first royalty statement that includes KU pagereads, I have a few observations. First, a little background for the uninitiated: Over a year ago, Amazon launched an ebook subscription service known as Kindle Unlimited. For $9.95 a month, readers could enjoy unlimited access to over a… Source: Kindle Unlimited Scores a Knockout – The Wayfinder – Hugh C. Howey

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If You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett

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I read this article from my friend Misha Burnett a few minutes ago and had to pass it along to my readers. Misha breaks down his dislike of the genre system and makes some brilliant points as to why it hurts more than helps. He’s going to be categorizing his fiction as Slipstream from now on, a word I admittedly have never heard in this context until tonight. I think the continued fracturing of genres is leading to a lot of unnecessary confusion.   Source: If You Like It Then You Should Have Glued Some Gears On It | mishaburnett

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Cuisine a la Card

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I’d like to take an unusual detour this week to discuss a unique new card game that I discovered several weeks ago. The game is called Cuisine a la Card and is being developed by InMotion Software by way of a Kickstarter campaign. But don’t let the word “Software” fool you! Cuisine a la Card is a competitive and unique deck building card game that you play on a tabletop.  If you’ve ever watched and enjoyed a cooking competition show (Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, Chopped, etc), then you owe it to yourself to take a serious look at this game. I’m going to dig a little deeper into the gameplay, show you some of the cards, and talk about …

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Self-Published Book Awards

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Based on the email I received this morning from Writer’s Digest, it’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about Christmas! I’m talking about the time of year to decide whether you’re entering the annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. I want to offer my perspective, since I participated in the 2014 award cycle. Frankly, I was rather disappointed with the result last year, and it wound up being a $100 (USD) experiment I won’t repeat. Full disclosure: I was not a finalist. However, that’s not my concern, and that’s not what’s driving me to share my experience. I assure you, the content of this article would be no different if I’d won the contest. All I want to do …

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