Kindle marketing: Keywords and phrases

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this post, I’m going to look at some of the issues surrounding Amazon’s kindle publishing using keywords, categories and tags to help readers find your work. To help readers get to your book, you need to make sure it’s as easy to find as possible. Obviously if someone knows the title or your name, it’s easy for them! However, you also want to try and reach as many browsing readers as you can, and that’s where good use of the keywords and categories comes in. Categories When publishing, the KDP information page asks you to select two categories. These are …

Interview with my cover designer!

Reading Time: 2 minutes This has been really exciting – for my new novella, I’ve decided to get the cover done by someone professional rather than doing it myself, as I’ve done for my previous short stories. I’ve really enjoyed the process, and had found Jane a very reliable, professional person to work with who’s done some great work for me!  Her website is http://janedixonsmith.com/ and you can see some of the previous covers she’s done. The novella itself is currently being processed by the KDP system and will be available early this week – another post will definitely announce its arrival! I wanted to …

Writing: rewriting when you’re finished

Reading Time: 2 minutes I posted a few days ago that I was on the last 10% of my current story, about the Chronology Protection agents Ruaina and Jefferson. It may actually be the last 20%….. Re-reading is always tough, always the bit I struggle with the most. Reading something as a reader is difficult but essential when you’re aiming to get them the best reader experience that you possibly can. A nice trick I’ve been using is to read on my kindle – getting away from the laptop screen makes it that little bit easier to see it as a story, rather than …

The last 10%

Reading Time: 4 minutes I don’t remember where I first heard that the last 10% of any project is the hardest, but I have absolutely come to believe it is the most important. The first 90% of a project might feel difficult, but that’s the creation section. It’s when you sit down to write and edit your story, it’s when you develop an iOS game, it’s when you build a piece of furniture, it’s when you write the draft of your essay or learn how to play a piece of music. Get the 90% right and you’ll have done a decent job. The last …

Writing structure: the suspension bridge

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today, I’m mostly working on structuring the novella I’ve been writing for the past couple of months. Having just completed a second draft, where I was focused on narrative voice, really getting the writing right – finding the voice I want and making sure that it’s consistent, which is an issue as I sometimes struggle with stamina, I want to make the reader’s experience structurally just as good. James Scott Bell introduced me to the idea of the three act structure in his book Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth: Strategies and Techniques for Taking Your Fiction to the Next …

Planning to edit – CPA1

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Saturday before I went away – a very nice long weekend in Whitby, beautiful sunshine, lovely hotel, good food, great company – I finished the first draft of what I’ve workingly-titled ‘CPA-1′. Finishing it before the holiday meant I had a few days’ solid break from working on it, which I find useful before editing. I like first drafts but revising and reworking is often a lot harder for me, as I find it challenging to see it as a reader rather than a writer. Putting it onto my kindle as a book really helped as I was able …