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Sorry, she put down her book

When a reader puts down your book, disappointed, she’ll rarely get back to it.

And it doesn’t take much to disappoint a reader. It’s enough that your characters don’t come to life, and that your reader therefore doesn’t care.

The reader experiences your book through the eyes and senses of your character, so if you give her no impressions, she’ll let go of your book.

How do you avoid that?

You add those senses to your writing.

Beth Barany has come up with a method to include 20 senses in her books, and she teaches her method during a live training with Lynn Johnston.

I’ve reserved my spot and ordered popcorn.

Reserve your seat today http://malka.im/bethlynn20senses

So scared I shook my husband awake

Back in the days when I ate and drank sugar (as in juice and bread) I suffered terribly from nightmares.

One night it was so bad that I woke up, went to the bathroom expecting to see monsters and zombies rise from the floor and grab me, went back to bed, and my heart was still pounding so loud it deafened me.

I looked at my sleeping husband and shook him awake. He had to drag me out of this nightmare.

That’s the power of scary experiences, and people seek them out. They are even willing to pay for a good scare, as long as it can happen in the comfort of their own armchair.

I’m talking about horror. Particularly about horror short stories.

Alessandro Zamboni has interviewed horror writers and found out how to write horror stories.

I got a review copy, and I set out on a quest: Was it possible to write a horror short story based on what Alessandro has to share in his “Creepy Short Stories”?

Yesterday, I started on page 6 and simply followed the report. Chapter 1 is all about getting ideas.

Alessandro recommends a specific POV and tense, and although he’s right, I prefer a different set up and decided to go with my preferences.

On pages 10-12, Alessandro has a very handy list of different horror villains. This was something I really needed, because I only had a blurred vision of what a horror villain could be like. I’ve read a lot of Stephen King and Dean R Koontz, but that was years ago. This list will help me find a good villain.

I picked a villain from page 11 and decided to use it for my story.

Now as for setting… Again, Alessandro gives you a list and gives you other resources as well.

Great, I’m through chapter 1, and I have a vague idea about my story. Chapter 2 is all about brainstorming your creepy short story. Alessandro guides you through that point by asking questions. Your answers will help you build your story.

I’m ready to start writing now, but before I do, I’ll give you a few more points about Alessandro’s book. Chapter 4 is about creating the cover, chapter 5 about publishing your book, and chapter 6 is about advertising (free and paid).

Personally, I think Alessandro should have left those things out. My guess is that if you’re interested in writing horror, which is a good thing, then you know how to get a cover and upload your book to KDP. But oh, well, it’s not exactly harmful that he’s included those chapters.

Update: I finished first draft. 913 words in exactly 30 minutes.

You’ll find Creepy Short Stories here http://malka.im/creepy

Oh, that feels good now

You know that feeling when your stomach is clenched in fear, and cold sweat is dripping down on your keyboard.

And you hear the little voice inside you. It whispers, “I can’t do it, I can’t do it,” all the time.

I know that it used to haunt me all the time. The stress that came over me when I tried to write about a topic I didn’t feel familiar with.

Now?

I’m fine, thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ It feels so good. No stress, no limitations. Now I can be creative and write freely.

What changed?

I wouldn’t give up. I kept thinking that there had to be a way to write about any topic with confidence.

And there was. I share it here http://malka.biz/write-about-anything/

Oh, no, that’s too bad

Have you ever felt that when you found a promising topic for a nonfiction book?

I used to be limited by that. I could only write books about what I knew really well. Otherwise, I didn’t even dare to try.

There’s an expression for that. It’s called “leaving money on the table”.

Now, I’ve always hated limitations, and I’ve always worked at overcoming them. So I didn’t give up before I had a way to write about any topic.

Can you imagine the possibilities that offers me now?

  • Opening Kindle Spy to check Amazon.
  • Yay, there’s a category that’s popular, got potential, and low competition.
  • Let me start writing.

If you think that sounds good, then check out my book “How to Write About Any Topic”.

Click here to learn more http://malka.biz/write-about-anything/

Draw your readers in

Last September, Lynn Johnston had coffee with Beth Barany, and can you guess what two writing coaches talked about?

Yes, absolutely: Writing ๐Ÿ˜€

It turned out that Beth was on her way to Seattle to teach a brilliant method she’d invented for drawing readers more deeply into the story.

As soon as Lynn understood the concept, she begged Beth to set up an online class, so she (and the rest of us) could profit.

That course is now a reality. It starts January 18th, 2017 at 5:30pm-7:00pm PST, and it will be recorded. So if you cannot be there, you can watch the replay as many times as you wish.

Beth will be teaching something quite unique. She claims that we experience the world through more than 20 senses (not the usual 5 or 6), and she will show Lynn (and us) how to create a complete sensory palette for our characters.

And would good would that do?

That means that we’ll be able to draw our readers deeply into our story. And that means they won’t let the book down until they’ve finished it, and that they’ll buy your next book.

And your next.

You gain an advantage by getting in now.

Of course, you could wait until after the online training, but you’ll save money by getting in now. I also heard rumors about a nice bonus ๐Ÿ˜€

Check out what you get, and sign up here http://malka.im/bethlynn20senses

Are you using all 20 senses?

When you write fiction, do you remember to add things that your characters are sensing?

You know the delicious smell of honey and cinnamon, the breeze that lifts her hair and touches her skin, and the sound of children laughing on the playground nearby.

Of course you do.

Fact: That’s not enough.

According to writing coach Beth Barany, we don’t have five senses. We have 20. Yes, that’s what she says, and she also says that we need to use them all in our books in order to make the reader feel inside your book and feel empathy for your protagonist.

As you know, I only promote products I’ve been through myself and approved of.

This is an exception, and there’s a good reason for that.

You can attend this live training and learn as Beth tells us about those 20 senses and how to build a sensory palette for your characters. That palette will shape their personality, their worldview, and their actions.

You’ll also learn how to choose the right verbs, metaphors, similes, and descriptions that express the character’s sensory palette.

Beth is a great teacher, and she has a wonderful student to help her with this project. It’s my good friend Lynn Johnston, who’s herself a writer and writing coach. To make this a real experiment we’ll all learn from, Lynn has received no instructions prior to the live training. Beth will teach her live how to use the 20 senses, and we’ll learn together with Lynn.

Read all about it here http://malka.im/bethlynn20senses

Book written, now what?

You probably know the feeling of confusion when you’ve finished writing a book.

Now what?

Yes, sure, you need to edit, proof, and publish it, but then what? Market it? Pay for Facebook ads?

What if it still doesn’t sell?

That’s a nightmare for a lot of people, and writing books becomes an expensive hobby.

If you’ve ever written a nonfiction book that hardly sold, only to see other, similar books ranking well on the best-seller lists, you know how frustrating it can be. Grrrrrr!

I just finished a book yesterday

So I’m in that situation now. I’ve written it in a new category under a new pen name. I want it to do well.

How do I increase its odds?

I wanted to get the answer from someone I knew had published successful nonfiction books, so it was only natural to turn to Ian Stables, who’s made a Udemy course about the top three things that sell most Kindle nonfiction books.

I snapped it up for only $10. Normally it goes for $145.

In the course, Ian goes over the three things that he found helped selling books. Optimizing these three areas means that your book continues to sell and stays in the best-sellers. No further promotion needed.

Give your book the best start possible. The price is still low for the next 18 hours.

Check Ian’s course here https://goo.gl/FzNmsk

Turn your idea into a novel

Do you know the difference between plot and story?

I’ve heard it explained in different ways, but the way Steve Alcorn defines it really gave me an aha-experience.

Yesterday, I told you how I purchased his course on Udemy, and later the same day I dove into his lectures.

His lessons surpass my expectations

I’ve watched four out of the 28 lessons, and have done one of the quizzes that helps me assess if I have understood stuff or not. (I did, haha.)

As soon as I’m done with today’s tasks, I’m going to continue with the course. It has already given me several ideas to improve the novel I’m working on.

That alone is worth the price and the time it takes to go through the course.

If you didn’t pick it up yesterday, I highly recommend you do so today. The price stays at $10 for another 18 hours. Then it goes back up to $195.

Click here to check it out https://goo.gl/x3719P

How to utilize the Dreibek method to write a best-seller

Once upon a time in a little old kingdom called Denmark, there lived an aspiring writer.

That was me.

And believe me, back in 1994 in Denmark we didn’t have much literature about how to become a published writer. I devoured what I could find, and one of my favorite authors was Finn Dreibek.

Dreibek made his debut with a book about motocross, a topic he knew absolutely nothing about.

The book became a best-seller.

It all started out when a publishing house asked Dreibek to write about motocross, because there were no existing books about this topic on the Danish market.

Of course he accepted. Who wouldn’t?

And then he set out on a journey to learn as much as he could about that topic.

It would always put me in awe, when I read about his story. And later on, I felt the pain when I couldn’t do the same.

  • Every time I found a profitable category on Amazon.
  • Every time I learned about other writers profiting from a category I had little knowledge about.

This was frustrating to say the least. And it gets worse.

When I tried to learn as much as I could about a topic and finally was ready to write, it was no longer good. Either the competition was too steep, or the topic was no longer of any interest.

One day I’d had enough of that, and I set out to find out how I could write about any topic and do it fast.

The result is here http://malka.biz/write-about-anything/

How to write words that sing

One of the most important things to have as a writer is “voice.”

It’s also one of those things that is so weird to deal with. How do you get your own unique voice?

Whether you’re writing fiction or creative nonfiction (which is the nonfiction I recommend), you’ll need to find your voice and use it.

I’ve long been wanting a course that taught me that exact ability, but the price point of $185 put me off. It went on my wish list.

Right now and until Jan 11, 2017 1:59 AM, it’s available for only $10.

That’s an incredible great offer. I just bought.

Before you buy, though, take a look at what students say about this course.

Check this today https://goo.gl/EfIuUY