I rushed into Shepparton to visit someone in hospital today. Then, I hurried home with the intention of having an early night. However, I started writing.
With none in the home to cater to, other than me, it has been almond butter on toast, some fruit and a poached egg for dinner.
I love an occasional easy meal like that, eaten at the computer as I work.
I also popped in to the best online music store to select Christmas gifts—yes, it is gift selection time of year already—to add to the enjoyment of a home-alone evening.
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I was wondering would a giveaway if you thought a giveaway of 1 year of Amazon Unlimited (1st prize) 1 year and six months of Amazon Prime (2nd and 3rd place) generate any traffic to my site?
It's a lot of money, but it's still cheaper than traditional advertising, and I get email addresses
I think you are barking up the wrong tree on multiple points here. You do not understand marketing. Yes, you will build a mailing list. No, you vill not get a single fan who is interested in your books.
Firstly, Amazon Unlimited (1st prize) and Amazon Prime are not available to many countries, and the US is not the world book market. So, that prize will offend a huge potential market who will feel slighted by US authors and Amazon, and you lose a lot of potential fans.
Secondly, most avid US readers are already using Amazon Unlimited, so you are only going to reach the less avid US reader.
Third. Who do you want to your mailing list? This to me is the obvious decider. You are trying to get people who want something totally unrelated to your books for nothing. That is who you will get. Lots of people totally uninterested in your books.
In my opinion, that will not work in a way that will benefit you.
In real estate terms which I'm sure you have heard in the US, it is Position, Position, Position.
I see you promoting in places where other authors promote for free.Another author almost never buys another indie author's book unless there is something in it for them. You have to promote where your readers are. Not just any reader—your readers. Do you know what demographic your readers are? What other authors they follow so that you can tailor your marketing to them and only them? If you do tot know that, then you need to do market research first to find out who is interested in books like yours. If you cannot find such a group, then find a similar group and start writing books they will love and market to them.
You have to market to readers who LOVE your books. Total waste of money and time, and guarantee of bad reviews to market to readers not already in love with your genre and writing style. I went in a group promotion once where people had to sign up for my mailing list to win a Kindle. It was a group endeavour (you are not big enough to profit from a solo attempt) it cost me $20. to harvest 210 additions to my mailing list and I tracked their link open rates—ZERO—and deleted all of them two months later. Never again. I have a higher than average engagement with my mailing list. You may note that I deleted your name because you did not open or interact in the newsletter two months is a row. I keep my newsletter for my reader fans, and I strive the harvest reader fans.
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Twitter is social media, not a shop.
I started a website for the historical fiction promotions and tweeted around the clock about it with blog posts and visual images. The new website drew 3,500 viewers a week within a month. I stopped the around the clock tweeting and the website visits began to drop sharply. Within a week the website visits were down to 750 per week.
I raced back and stepped up the Tweeting again. Not one of those tweets try to sell anything. Few show book cover images. I am also striving to improve the standared of my Tweets, it is as ongoing project. I use a management tool to send out Tweets to my different time-zone readers while I sleep, so Tweeting has a $49. advertising budget for me, and I'm mainly using it to build readers to my newest, author cross-promotion website. I see the payoff as being in the future.
By using hashtags you can genre target.
I once paid for a book to be promoted via a tweet promotion. That was a total waste of money, as I expected it would be. I hide or block Tweeters who are trying to sell books via Twitter. If you have something to share with a lot of readers, without trying to sell at that first contact, then Twitter is useful.
Reg and I have a marriage made in heaven.
He loves watching football on TV, and I love peace and quiet.
He loves loud scienc fiction. adventure movies, with all the sound effects, and I love peace and quite.
He loves...so I bought him shure 535 sound isolating earphones. I have peace and quiet to write my novels in.
The Fife Downs homestead, in the To Kill series, is partly based on a time when Ryn Shell lived with an uncle and aunt in a hillside home without electricity or modern conveniences. The author’s travels around Australia with her husband, getting to know the locals and being privileged to hear their stories, formed the basis for the remainder of the fictional tales.
Manderley, in the novel Rebecca, was based on Milton Hall in Cambridgeshire, which du Maurier visited in her youth. In the novel she put it in the setting, which was the home she leased in the woods near Gribbin Head just outside Fowey. By drawing on locations she knew well, du Maurier created a novel in which the house itself becomes an important and moody character, just as Ryn Shell set out to ensure that the waterhole known as the Dreaming Billabong itself made enough impression on the reader that they would see it as an important character within the novel.
During early critiquing of the novel, the author resisted the suggestions by some to squash the Australian inland character of the novel, to change the Australian word billabong to lake and to make the work appeal more to an American reader. That would have been as disastrous as trying to recreate an English manor house from Rebecca in Outback Australia. By writing what they know, authors create realism in their plot settings, and readers are able to visualise the locations and feel the mood through the authors’ words.
P.D. James, Ryn Shell and Daphne du Maurier all created differing stories, since each came to writing with a differing set of experiences. As a starting point, you too can draw upon your own experiences and turn them into an unrecognisable form by using the Hero’s Journey. By using such a strategy, you can create a great novel.
In a well-crafted prelude to a novel, the author begins the process of building the world, location and mood for the story. Step-by-step, the picture-in-words is created. This opening stage of a novel should show an imbalance in your hero's world, and this imbalance needs to be resolved by the end of the novel.
I've Always Preferred to Make my Own Path.
The K-Lytics reports have been invaluable to me as they have shown me what I am facing with my non-fiction, and how much work is ahead of me.
I must be crazy. If so, I love being crazy, as I believe that I am on the right track for me, and my non-fiction, not written to hot trend, will sell, because I'll market it to people who want it.
I've done all the study. I've bought and read the top selling books in the hot niches. I've tweaked my categories and sub-categories to get them into better selling areas, according to the reports on what sells for Kindle eBooks and the market saturation for those categories.
I've studied the market more than most writers.
I've considered writing to market—then rejected that idea. Money (despite earning an income at writing) was never what motivated me to write. Then, after ever more study of the Kindle market trends, I've decided to focus totally on those areas that I love, that the market trends tell me are not selling.
To heck, with market trends, I'm not out to sell a market trend or a category. I'll take this on as a challenge to sell what I love, what I do best, and what I do know there is a market for.
If that market isn't on Kindle as yet, then I'll just work a lot harder and get it there.
I do learn from the best, thank you, Alex Niehues for K-Lytics, you are the best in your field. I'm top in areas that I've not found work well on Kindle. I now know what I must do in make them work. Thank you for assisting me to find my non-fiction direction will be in what is currently non-selling areas of Kindle.
I will build a following. I'm going in, full-time, into working several supposedly not selling categories. I believe in myself. I'm not afraid to set my own path. The benefit of K-Lytics in this making this decision, is that it has shown me what others have seen ahead. By doing things differently, I'll create a different experience.
I'm delighted to be making this, contrary to best marketing advice, decision, as an educated one. By working differently, because I know that the beaten path has no worthwhile view, I'll create a new track within the categories that are the best fields for me to work in.
I'm happy with this decision and appreciative of K-Lytics helping me form it, in a round-a-bout way.
This is how I started out in business more that half a century ago. I made a career in fields that people told me you could not earn a living in. So, I worked harder, and gave more to those areas than others had. There were people at the top succeeding. There still are a few who can succeed in every non-selling area. It just means we need to work harder to join them there. It doesn't mean that we can't.
I love a challenge approached following an educated decision.
It is all about the lighting and shadows.
The tension in the above pose, from a Hollywood film, is only partly conveyed by the hands, facial expressions, the angle of the characters backs, and arrangement of the clothing. What makes this scene convey menace to the viewer is the skilled lighting.
Producers engage professional lighting directors and lighting specialists such as www.warehouselighting.com, as they know that without mastery of light and shade, a pose, such as the above one, could be viewed as silly melodrama and have audiences disengaging from the plot.
Authors can learn by observing how light and shadow are both equally important in photography, music, and literature. Too much of one, without the other, and your work lacks contrast.
Can you write good bad guys?
"Bringing the antagonist and protagonist face to face on more than one occasion will heighten the tension."
That's great advice, above, from The Writer's Digest. They shared how to write bad guys in your novel. Heck, some of us have met enough bad characters in life, that we think we can write the protagonist without further assistance. I find that the Writer's Digest Blog is always worth following for great writing tips.
When I write my antagonist (the bad character), I like to show them as human, not 100% evil, and more as they might be in real life, just like you or I, able to love and be loved. Even those capable of evil have at one time been capable of love, and may have known love. Often there is a turning point where they made a decision to forgo humanitarian actions toward others, even if this wasn't done at a conscious level.
I love to show these changing points in a novel so readers can relate to the antagonist and feel their point of view as well as that of the protagonist.
Having grown up with little family contact with males, and seeing work done by whoever was best capable of doing it, I never write men differently to women, unless the scene is about their sex. I think in terms of their characters, not their sex, as I write. My sister chose to do the cooking and ironing while I tarred the roof, cleaned the flue and hauled a sack of briquettes on my back and chopped wood, I have no concept of males or females acting differently in any situation aside from how they handle the differing parts of their anatomy.
I enjoy Matthew Riley's action thrillers. There are not many women in them, Scarecrow, his main character is male. Those women characters that he does write are equals with the hero in their survival ability and courage, and they are essential to the story, they contribute to the final victory. The actual ratio of males to females doesn't bother me.
Another author I love, I'll not mention his name as this comment is part critical, writes brilliant male characters, wonderful, inspiring stories. His female characters are always, used and abused, or of value to the story only as the heroes love interest. I've tired of his work, tired of reading the same, female abuse victim in need of the male rescuer, theme.
No author can be everything to everyone. The life we have led shapes the stories many of us write. I could not write an extremely feminine in mannerisms character for longer than a minor scene, as I've no interest in such characters having never met one. Women in the bush toss bales of hay around as well as any man, and they would probably throw the man if he told her she should act girly.
I'm happy that we all draw on different experiences and can create such varied female characters in our novels.
I don't even have to think up the answer, it is always at the front of my mind. Rural-lit pinpoints my preferred genre to write in. It is the total opposite to the popular urban fantasy. It would not be a 'write to market, genre unless in was given a western romance twist, which isn't what I prefer to write. I overlap into genres that do fit my work, coming of age and historical fiction, and others, that are better known than rural-lit, so it's not a problem that Amazon doesn't currently have my category.
Rural-lit genre is known of in Australia. It's been taken over by rural romance writers. There is also Rural-noir. Aussies prefer the word rural to Western. Also, Aussies don't have a 'gun culture', and rural 'feels' to be a more appropriate word to the Australian scene than Western, although many Australian authors publish Australian rural works into the Western genre. If you can't find the exact sub-genre you like, find a couple that is a fit close enough. Put out enough books in the category you love and ask Amazon to create that category or sub-genre, or sub-sub-genre. In the meantime, if you feel your readers search for the genre you want, add it to your keywords.
Romance isn't the sub-genre of rural-lit that I'd write in, I'd prefer to edge toward coming of age, historical, and mystery.
My rural-lit would focus on an unsophisticated, far from any city or suburban background, the adventure and excitement I see in real life.
I learned a new word, well a combination of two words today.
"Side Hustle. "
That wasn't a term I was familiar with. I come from an era when creative people thought more in terms of having a bread and butter job, the one with the steady income and usually service based, and the other job being their great creative love job which they described as the jam and cream job.
Modern language appears to have changed the bread and butter job to the side hustle as creative people have gained more courage the make that creative lifestyle their primary job and the steady paying work just the job (or hustle) they do an the side.
It's a good idea to have a side hustle. It's a way to use your unique gifts, talents, strengths, and skills to make more income consulting or coaching on the side.
You can gain enormous satisfaction using your skills to assist others. If you already have the mastery of a subject that you can use as a side hustle service business in might just be a case of time management, branding, and selling to get started on developing a steady side hustle income that will allow you to retain full creativity over your primary creative career.
Developing your side hustling business ,is a long-term game. I once had a great income writing blogs, that supported me for three years as I travelled Australia with my husband and painted landscapes and wildlife as my jam and cream job.
Have fun side hustling.
...but is it Stevenson's work?
A tenth of the way in there is a heading. "WEB." I assume it's not about the internet because Robert Louis Stevenson lived 1850 - 1894.
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child's Garden of Verses. Of those books, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the one I loved.
He was celebrated as a literary genius in his time and is one of the most translated authors. Given his writing skill, I can hardly believe that he wrote this waffling; “Essays in the Art of Writing”. Anyhow, you can get the ebook for free from Amazon if it interests you. I'd rather read the man's novels.