Fact vs Fiction – Writing a Thriller Novel

What I’ve learned about writing a thriller novel Writing a thriller novel is no mean feat. I can’t count the number of people who told me I should write a thriller. This is because most of my stories involve someone getting murdered or accidentally killed. I have no problem writing a murder scene – that…

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Novel Writing: Words to Avoid

Words to Avoid like the Plague! As a writer, there are so many words that I’ve been told to avoid, it’s no wonder that I can get any writing done without pausing mid-flow to ask myself: is this on the list of words to avoid? And then there’s the nagging ‘habitual word usage’, whereby you…

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Self-Publishing (Marketing Your Book on Amazon)

About Marketing your Book on Amazon Writers often ask what are the best methods for marketing your book on Amazon? Some self-published authors have phenomenal success with book marketing while others yield few results. There are two reasons why you need to market your book on Amazon: to drive books sales and to build your…

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James Patterson Masterclass Review

James Patterson Masterclass Review Curious to discover what I was doing wrong or what I could do to improve my writing, I decided to embark on the James Patterson Masterclass. I’m not going to give away the content of the lessons because it wouldn’t be fair for those who paid up – like myself. The…

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Twitter Book Promotion | Tweet Your Book

Running a Twitter Book Promotion Running a Twitter book promotion is one of the quickest and affordable ways to tell readers about yourself and your book. That said, tweeting about your books like crazy will only increase your sales if the majority of your Twitter followers are fans of your books. This works if you’ve…

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IngramSpark Self-Publishing (What You Need to Know)

IngramSpark self-publishing was recommended to me by other independent authors. Your books will go to more retailers and therefore you’ll see more sales − theoretically. You have to pay a fee to IngramSpark to publish your eBooks and print books. It’s not much; $49 for both, or $29 for just your eBook. You will also have to buy…

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10 Resources for Writers | An Author’s Toolkit

Tools and Resources for Writers Here’s my top 10 list of essential tools and resources for writers: 1. A dictionary – I prefer a physical copy. 2.  A thesaurus – this should come with your word processer application and should be used during the revision of your novel. Don’t go crazy! You don’t want long…

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