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Book to Movie: How to Build a High Concept Film (and why you’d want to)
March 22, 2013by: ameeditor
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Ready for your close-up? Do you know what a “high concept film idea” is? If not, watch this short clip and learn.

Steven Arvanites is a screenwriter and a teacher – he works with hundreds of authors to help them turn their book into a movie. You can find out more here:

AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 18, 2013
March 18, 2013by: Penny
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Welcome to the March 18, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. This week you’ll find insights into self-publishing, writing, book marketing, social media and sales. Thank you to all of our contributors for making this a great edition!

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Sarah Bolme presents Innovative Ways to Sell Digital Content posted at Marketing Christian Books.


Sue Collier presents Self-publishing timetable, part one of three posted at Self-Publishing Resources.


David Leonhardt presents What makes a good book? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “One of the questions we get frequently goes something like this: “Do you think I have a good enough story? Do you think it’s a best seller?” This gives us a moment to consider what makes a successful book, so I would like to share my thoughts on this with you.”

Chrys Fey presents What To Do If You Struggle With Writing posted at Write With Fey.

Vanessa Morgan presents How to write a character study? posted at Vanessa Morgan.

Kathy Sloan presents Discovering the Clasp posted at Kathy Sloan-Writer, saying, “This blog post is about learning to take a step back in your writing to see the bigger picture. I use a metaphor of untangling a necklace to help understand that sometimes when we go through the editing process we focus too much on the things that don’t really matter and end up actually making our pieces worse. It’s important to find the “clasp” (what holds the piece together) before we can fix anything within the piece.”

Nick Daws presents Sign Up Now for ScriptFever! posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “Sadly the annual ScriptFrenzy challenge to write 100 pages of scripted material in April closed this year, so on my forum at we decided to run our own alternative version called ScriptFever. Find out more in this post, and sign up!”

Phyllis Zimber Miller presents Boomer Lit vs. YA Lit posted at Phyllis Zimbler Miller, saying, “As an official Baby Boomer, I found the new category of Boomer Lit very interesting — especially what defines that category.”

Cheryl Carpinello presents The Joys of Writing for Middle Grade/Teen Readers posted at Utah Children’s Writers, saying, “I outline the 5 reasons why I enjoy writing for this age group.”

Book Marketing

Jan Bear presents Why Write Book Reviews: Five Payoffs for Writers posted at Market Your Book, saying, “Every author knows how valuable reviews are in selling books, but here are five reasons to be on the other side of the equation.”

Social Media

Joel Friedlander presents Author Blogging 101: What’s Stopping You? posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Start your blog today and discover other opportunities that open up to you when your blog becomes the center of an active, engaged community of like-minded people.”

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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Google’s New Ranking Secret: Get More Traffic!
March 15, 2013by: ameeditor
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Why everyone should get Authorship: NOW!

Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of March 11, 2013
March 15, 2013by: Penny
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Gain some book marketing savvy courtesy of this week’s roundup. We’ve got a variety of book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to sell eBooks, successful Amazon promotion, management tools for Twitter and Facebook, and more. Good luck with all of your promotions!











Top Book-Related Blogs

If you’d like to find some good book-related blogs to follow, here’s a newly compiled list:

* 3 Ways to Make Your Book Stand Out in the Crowd 

Yes, hundreds of thousands of new books get published each year, but you can set your book apart:

* How to Sell eBooks

J.A. Konrath – who has now sold more than 1 million eBooks – takes a fresh look at his eBook sales, breaks down the numbers, and offers some recommendations:

* 7 Tips to Boost Your Presence on Facebook

Start with photos. There are many ways you can use images on Facebook, and it will get your posts noticed:

* The 9 Best Facebook and Twitter Management Tools

This list includes a download for a free eBook. Take advantage of the offer:

* Book Promotion — What’s Working at Amazon in 2013?

Author Lindsay Buroker provides an update on the best techniques that will help you sell your book on Amazon:

* 22 Tips for Improving Your Marketing Efforts on Pinterest

Learn what makes the best Pinterest image, and how to make great pins:

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The Real Secret to a Bestseller: No rules, just luck?
March 13, 2013by: ameeditor
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This is possibly one of the best posts I’ve seen in a long time about what it takes to become a bestselling author. Whenever someone hits it big we always want to investigate how they did it, analyze their methods and then apply what we’ve learned to our own efforts. There is nothing wrong with that. But in the end it’s about the work and the book – but it’s also about Luck. Pure and simple. The analysis of this post will show you that sometimes breaking all the rules is sometimes a good thing, because these days there are no rules.

Enjoy this post!


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AME Blog Carnival – Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 11, 2013
March 11, 2013by: Penny
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Welcome to the March 11, 2013 edition of Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors. We have some great advice this week on self-publishing, social media and writing that we hope you’ll find useful. Thank you to the contributors for sharing their expertise.










Joel Friedman presents Book Designer Confesses: The Truth About Word Processors posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Can books be designed using Microsoft Word?”


Chrys Fey presents Protagonist vs Antagonist posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Characters are the most important aspect of a book. This post will tell you how to create a protagonist your readers could love and an antagonist your readers could love to hate.”

Jessica Clark presents 10 Reasons Every Poem Should Rhyme and How it Could Impact You BIG Time posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “While Ezra Pound is largely credited with starting the free verse poetry movement that created more relaxed style requirements and eliminated the wide-spread use of formal poetry, there are still plenty of aficionados out there who firmly believe that all poetry should rhyme.”

Matt Schoenherr presents Writing and Buying Articles: Is iWriter Right For You? posted at Marketing Ideas 101, saying, “Do you blog online? If so, you need articles for your blog, right? Or maybe you want to make money online? Writing articles for other people may be a great way to get money quickly. iWriter is an online writing service that caters to both people wanting articles and those who would write them. But is iWriter right for you?”

Killer presents Adjectives Reevaluated posted at kill adjectives.

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Roy Pickering presents Handling Rejection for Dummies … I Mean Writers posted at A Line A Day, saying, “This blog post was written to inspire those new to writing, or at least new to submitting with hope of publication, so they may push through the awaiting wall of rejection and emerge on the other side.”

Social Media

Nina Amir presents Replace ‘Alice Attitude’ with ‘Author Attitude’ for Publishing Success posted at Write Nonfiction Now! saying, “Becoming an author takes more than a good idea. It takes an “Author Attitude,” which includes knowing how to set goals and meet them. This means you also know what your goals are–your vision of success as an author. This post explains these concepts and how to put them into play.”

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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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of March 4, 2013
March 8, 2013by: Penny
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Need a marketing pick-me-up? Take a look at these popular book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to use StumbleUpon, where readers get their books, why HARO can help your career, and more. We wish you the best of luck in your book marketing efforts!











* Learn How You Can Add Your Website as a Facebook Fan Page Tab App

This app is free. Easy step-by-step instructions will have your app up and running in no time:

* Blueprint for Building the Perfect Tweet

Learn how to increase the chance that your tweets will be shared far and wide:

* 5 Steps to Boost eBook Sales

Smashwords’ Mark Coker says authors shouldn’t give up; they can always improve their books (and sales):

* Help a Reporter Out Can Be a Boon for Your Career

Use HARO wisely, and it can be a great way to showcase your expertise:

* Where Readers are Getting Their Books 

GoodReads did a survey and here are the results. Take a look at where these specific titles were purchased. How does this relate to your book?

* StumbleUpon: A Beginner’s Guide

This content discovery site is a great tool for you to share your own content and ensure that you’re found online:

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Tips for Planning a Super Successful Author Event!
March 7, 2013by: ameeditor
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If you’re doing a book event to help promote your book and (maybe) help you to grow your speaking career! Here’s a short and helpful video to help you add more buzz to your next author event!



Amazon vs. Beautiful Disaster
March 5, 2013by: ameeditor
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Beautiful-Disaster-by-Jamie-McGuireIt seems that people love to go off the deep end where Amazon is concerned. This morning someone tagged me in a post about Amazon offering a refund to anyone who purchased the self-published version of Beautiful Disaster. She wanted to get to the bottom of this post and good for her, without all the details I would, too. But the author posted a blog that said that Amazon was refunding copies of her book. This, of course, sent the Twitter stream and many online publishing portals into a tailspin. “Amazon is at it again!” an author’s advocate said. They are, once again, punishing the little guy. Blogs ran rampant with the news. Wait! If an author could get picked up by a traditional house, would they all face the same peril? Was Amazon offering a refund to anyone who bought the self-published version of Beautiful Disaster as punishment to the author for securing a traditional deal?

Actually, it’s much more benign than that. The original self-published book had song lyrics in it, a lot of them. You need permission to use song lyrics, bottom line. So, perhaps the Amazon email wasn’t worded correctly or whatever. Candidly, in this environment I’m not sure Amazon could have won this battle anyway. Do I think that Amazon does everything right? No, absolutely not. I want KDP to not be so restrictive and I want details on who bought my books. If you want my list of things I want from Amazon I’ll send that to you, but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about getting facts before you start a revolution.

We live in a world of instant everything and we are all reporters now. Remember that. If you have a Twitter account, you’re on Facebook, Google+ or whatever you have a responsibility to the folks who follow you. If you want to start a revolution go for it, but make sure you’re fighting the right battle.

I get that most of this was done because we want to protect our author community. When someone has wronged us we want to shout it from the rooftops. That’s great. But this kind of misrepresentation of the facts does nothing to help this community. All it does is make us look like a bunch of trigger happy people who don’t do their research. We’re better than that. Now that’s a revolution worth fighting for.

Here’s a post on the Amazon mess, note the comments and the helpful and insightful points from the IP attorney:

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 4, 2013
March 4, 2013by: Penny
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Welcome to the March 4, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have some great tips on writing, book marketing and self-publishing this issue. Thank you to the contributors. We hope you find these tips useful!










Jocelyn Crawley presents Writing Tips: Articulating Anticipation posted at Jocelyn Crawley, saying, “This article provides readers with a writing prompt. It also includes links to other writing tips.”

Chrys Fey presents The World Is Your Writing Tool posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Writers can get inspiration from anything and anywhere! As a writer, you can use your life, your nightly dreams, and even the world around you as a writing tool. They’re free, use them!”

Dana Sitar presents 28 Things I Loved on the Internet in February posted at DIY Writing, saying, “Resources for writers, creatives, and dreamers on writing, blogging, book marketing, life, career, social media, and some stuff that’s just fun to watch or read.”

Carrie presents 25 Writing Prompts posted at Carrie Elle, saying, “These 25 writing prompts are fun and suitable for everyone.”

Jon Rhodes presents How To Be A More Interesting Blogger posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “It is far easier to market interesting content. Here’s how to be a more interesting writer.”


Rozsa Gaston presents Follow Your Bliss and Self-Publish in 2013 posted at Rozsa Gaston, saying, “This is based on a self-publishing presentation on following your bliss in 2013 that I gave to the Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services of New York City on Jan. 4, 2013. A packed audience, and well received. Commissioner Edna Wells Handy was present and sent a hearty thank you note.”

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Children are Avid eBook Readers posted at Marketing Christian Books.

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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