AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – February 25, 2013

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Welcome to the February 25, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have insights and ideas for writing, and self-publishing, in this issue. We hope you enjoy the tips, and thank you to all of the contributors!

English: Oscar Pistorius during 2011 World cha...

English: Oscar Pistorius during 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Self-Publishing

Jess Lee presents Case Study: Turn a Crappy Cover into a Golden Cover posted at Create Your Own Ebook Cover, saying, “As an indie author, you’ve probably messed about in GIMP or Photoshop to create an ebook cover. Learn the System for Covers that Rock and create an book cover that gathers readers by the handful!”

Writing

Hannah E. Christian presents My Experience With Journaling posted at Hannah E. Christian – Blog.

Chrys Fey presents Your Life Is Your Novel posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Just because you’re writing fiction doesn’t mean you can’t use your real life as inspiration. I do!”

Samir Bharadwaj presents Evolving Your Writing Voice posted at Samir Bharadwaj dot Com, saying, “Finding a unique writing voice which is all your own can be a challenge. Here are some strategies to get you started.”

David Leonhardt presents Before you sign a Ghostwriter contract posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “You have found a ghostwriter that you want to work with. You are ready to sign a contract. But does the contract cover everything? Here is a quick guide to what you need to know…”

John Schmoll presents Even More Blogging Tips From a Beginner, Part II posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Running a blog means that I learn something new nearly every week. One of the favorite aspects I enjoy about blogging is the community aspect that you can find in the blogosphere.”

Marisa Wikramanayake presents How to write a book: Part 1: Introduction | Marisa Wikramanayake posted at Marisa Wikramanayake.

Karen M. Rider presents Writing Fiction Ripped From the Headlines posted at Karen M. Rider, saying, “We who write fiction (or aspire to write it between all of life’s other busy moments) can’t be shy about ripping  inspiration right from the headlines. Case in point: The Pistorius Murder Case. Can you imagine the pitch for the book:

“What exactly happened in South Africa the night Oscar Pistorius, an Olympic runner whose lower legs were amputated when he was less than a year old, killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the predawn hours of Valentine’s Day? That’s what homicide detective “Joe Detective” is trying to find out until he gets suspended for attempted murder, himself. But Joe just can’t let this one go and keeps working the case while the charges against him get sorted out….”

Pistorius claims he mistook his beloved for an intruder when he shot her through a locked door in a bathroom in his home. Somehow the truth will come out. Meanwhile set your mind to the case like a writer hot for a story using the riveting questions provided by Karen. Who knows — you just might write the book based on the case!”

Joanna Penn presents How to Write More and Create a Daily Writing Habit posted at The Creative Penn, saying, “One of the best ways to sell more books, is to have more product available. For this, you need to write more word count. Here’s how one author is doing it in 2013.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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  • http://www.mpzorn.com Matthew

    Thanks for the information. The create ebook cover link is especially helpful.