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A sum up Newsletter for 2019 where you get a bumper crop of links to keep you busy.
Some of the best links from 2019 in Writing Craft and Marketing
Resources for writers- June Takey- This is an all you can eat blog post!
Penny Sansevieri decided that 2019 should be the year of the vlog
The 6 figure master fiction plot-Janice Hardy
How to plan the DIY Writing Retreat.
Smashwords introduces Global coupons!
Group Anthology- take the collaboration model of writing and kick it up a notch.
Rachel Thompson and her pre launch strategies for authors.
Character vs Plot -Drive vs Focus- Jami Gold
16 Villain Archetypes- Tami Cowden
E J Runyon discusses using sense memory as a creative kick start!
Metadata and Book distribution resource checklist- Alli Blog
Career Author has on viewing your author website as a hub with the spokes always bringing your reader back…
Cheatsheet on how to write a logline- Bang2write
7 thoughts about collaboration- Dan Brotzel- Bookmark
Six mistakes that can kill a plot-Mythcreants- Bookmark
Creative writing tools… and no it is not the fancy pen.
5 Book marketing strategies- Barbara Freethy- Bookmark!
Reader Targeting influences everything- David Gaughran- Bookmark
In serch of a moral compass- Writer Unboxed- READ THIS! Bookmark
of ten free online graphic and image manipulation tools.
125 Book promo ideas- Penny Sansevieri- BOOKMARK!!
Depicting characters held back by fear- Angela Ackerman- Bookmark
Roz Morris had a great article on back story description and point of view hacks
Wonderdraft. A map making tool for the gamer or writer out there. Take a look at how it works.
How Theme and False Theme affect your protagonist, you can see why.
Promote your book hacks- BOOKMARK
Jami has gathered together great worksheets and resources to help with goal setting and author business.
20 writing tips to improve your craft- Reedsy- Comprehensive!
Using kindle keywords- Dave Chesson (New research from Dave.) – BOOKMARK
How to promote your book on a shoestring- Prowriting aid- Bookmark
Enhance your writing by layering- Jordan Dane – Bookmark
Surprise your reader in every scene- September Fawkes – Bookmark
Penny Sansevieri has a great post on using video for book promotion ideas
How to DIY an audiobook Renee Conoulty and Sacha Black- Bookmark
Book Promotion 101- Bookbub- Bookmark!-
Penny Sansevieri has a great post on 2020 marketing goalshttps://www.amarketingexpert.com/20-book-marketing-strategies-to-be-successful-in-2020/
The lie your character believes- Angela Ackerman- Bookmark
In My Writing Life,
I am sipping a glass of wine and thinking about goals and plans for 2020. I really wanted Book 4 out for Christmas but it was not to be. Note to Self- Get illustration notes to Irina much earlier. Timing is important. Always build in plenty of time. I did, but I also don’t push when things take longer than I expect. I am not going to sacrifice health just to push through a deadline. (Life happens… learn to roll with it and keep upbeat.)
In 2020 I want to finally get a handle on Ads and make them work positively. My ROI is abyssmal so I really need to work on that.
I know that one of my hardest hurdles is to ask for reviews. I find this very difficult. (That old feeling of never feeling worthy and not wanting to bother anyone.) If you would like to help me out, I would love a review on my circus books. Goodreads reviews now show up on Amazon. Yay.
Have a happy and restfilled Christmas and a New Year full of great writing plans for the new decade.
I’ll be back on the blog towards the end of January, with a newsletter to follow after. In the meantime I’ll be uploading the new book.
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.