Your cover is what grabs their eye and makes potential readers look into your book. But people look at interesting things hundreds of times a day, and most of them don't call for a second glance. The way to entice them, to make them read on and want to buy your book, is with a fantastic book blurb.
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He's quick with his gun, he withstands torture like no other human alive, and his first motivation is always to his country. Jack Bauer, the main character on Fox's 24, is one of those memorable characters that everyone's got an opinion on. Love him or hate him, his strong personality traits can teach some valuable lessons to every author trying to make a living with their writing.
It's your book's identity, all rolled up into a few simple words. Your book title is the shortest part you'll write, but it may be the most important few words you'll create. Imagine if you'd read Rhett & Scarlet and Rabbits Finding a Home instead of Gone With the Wind and Watership Down. They'd probably be a bit less memorable, less magical. A good title sets the stage and gives readers a hook on which to hang their emotions. Your perfect title can come from the most surprising of places.
There's a frustrating circle most self-published or Indie authors have to go through. Readers rely on reviews to judge whether to buy their books, but readers have to buy their books before they can leave a review. For most, it's a matter of hoping some random customer will take pity on them and write down his thoughts after finishing your book. One of the problems with this method is that most of the bigger indie advertisement companies only accept ads from books with ten or more reviews. Getting to that magic number can be difficult, but there are things you can do to increase your odds.
There's a popular view of writers that says they scribble down inspired prose whenever the muse hits them, working frantically whenever inspiration arrives. This might be the way to capture new topics and ideas at the beginning of the writing process, but finishing your books means making a commitment to writing on a regular basis, whether you feel like it or not. If you're used to only writing as a hobby, when you're in the mood, writing on demand might feel like a foreign process. Use some tricks and techniques to turn your mind in a creative direction more often, and you'll increase your word count considerably.
Finishing your book and writing "The End" at the end of your manuscript is a great accomplishment, and you might feel like sitting back and basking in that good feeling. (maybe just a little) Indulge yourself for a day or so, then get back to work. A finished rough draft is only the first of many versions you'll write of this book, and you'll need some help along the way.
First there was hardcover, then there was paperback, and now there are eBooks. Books are always evolving for the needs and desires of the readers. Along the way, somewhere on the side, the concept of audiobooks continued to grow. First on cassette tape, then CDs, they now exist in a digital form for audio only MP3 players and computers of all shapes and sizes.
For some writers that golden number is 1,000. They're happy if they reach 1,000 words a day. Many full time writers boast about a consistent 2,000 words a day. While this is a respectable number, if you're in this group of writers you could be doing much more with your time. We're all busy, and most writers only have a certain number of hours in the day in which they can write. Why not make the most of what time you have? Using these techniques, you can double your word count per hour, or more, without losing any quality in your writing. The secret is to set yourself up for optimum writing power each time you sit down at the computer, increasing your productivity on a regular basis. Call it behavior modification or a self published author under self hypnosis, it can be done!
Now this is a really fun and effective strategy to get to the next level!
Yes, writing is a solitary occupation, but talking things out with other writers almost always makes for better finished novels and works of non-fiction. You've done the Facebook writing groups, posted on KindleBoards' Writer's Cafe, and may even have started your own writer's bulletin board or forum. These are all good resources, but you may be craving a more detailed and personalized approach to take your writing career to the next level. You might be searching for a mastermind group without really knowing it.
What is a Mastermind Group?
Less than a partnership but more than a forum, a mastermind group is a small group of like-minded professionals who get together on a regular basis to discuss the challenges of their business, and to brainstorm solutions to problems.
It happens to plotters and pantsers alike (although, admittedly, more to pantsers): your book goes off the rails into a new direction, and you don't know where you're going or what's going to happen when you get there. Your main character had done it again and run your novel off your envisioned track. While you might find a bit of serendipity here if a great plot twist reveals itself, it's more likely going to end up with muddled chapters and a complete lack of direction. Sooner or later it's going to bog down with your story going nowhere, fast.