Having a clear understanding of the target audience is an essential aspect of being a professional author. Knowing who your readers are and what they are looking for in a book can help you craft a story that resonates with them and meets their expectations.
Engaging and Well-Structured Stories
Crafting engaging and well-structured stories is an essential aspect of being a professional author. A good story should have a clear and compelling plot, interesting and well-developed characters, and a sense of conflict or tension that keeps readers engaged and invested in the outcome.
Writing Style and Voice
A strong writing style and voice is an essential aspect of being a professional author. Your writing style is the way you use words, phrases, and sentence structure to convey your ideas and emotions, while your voice is the unique perspective and personality that you bring to your writing.
ProWritingAid: An Author’s Best Friend
ProWritingAid is the single best software I’ve bought in my author career (even above Scrivener), and for limited time it’s on sale for half off.
I use the MS Word plugin version so that I can check my chapters as I move from rough draft into second draft phase. While it’s no replacement for an editor, it is a vital tool for me, as it takes care of the majority of simple mistakes I make.
Rebranding, A/B Testing Covers, and How to Identify the Right Niche Before You Launch
At the end of the day, a book cover is just a piece of marketing to help readers identify which books they want to read. If you commission a unique cover, you’ll limit the number of readers who can self-select into reading your series.
Write That Freebie: How Series Prequel Freebies Create Superfans
At its core, the freebie is about getting readers to sign up to your newsletter.
Once they’re on your newsletter, you can then begin the process of turning them from just a reader into a superfan.
Newsletter Builders: how & why they kickstart your author career
How do you get readers subscribed to your newsletter when they haven’t read your novel first? Enter, Newsletter Builders.
Successful Fiction: Costs and Software
Bottom Line Costs You can write, edit, cover, format, and publish a novel for $0 and a buttload of time. However, this is not a realistic option if your goal is to sell books and garner lifelong readers. (You’ll note that there is no inclusion for marketing, which is vital if you want to sell books and turn writing into a career. If, however, your only goal is to write and publish you can do it for free.) Free Option Write You can use Google Docs, or LibreOffice for the actual writing. Edit If you need free edits, your best option will be to find a local writing group and offer manuscript swaps. This will provide a proofreading—with minimal story level, or sentence level feedback—but it is possible to edit a novel for free. Likewise, there are the rare few authors who can edit their own novels without outside feedback. […]
The Pareto principle, better known as the 80/20 rule, states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
What Does It Take To Write a Series People Want to Buy?
At its core, fiction is about emotional experiences for the reader. Provide that and you’ll find that your readers will stick with you throughout your series and recommend your books to their friends.