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Horror readers are picky

Do you like to be scared?

I do. I love a good scary book or movie. And since I’m a writer by trade, I often envy all of the horror writers who make a great living scaring the pants off people.

Horror is one of those fiction genres that never goes out of style. Write a blood-curdling story and your book will sell… and sell… and sell some more.

And horror readers are some of the most fanatically loyal on the planet. Heck, Stephen King could write a terrible book on purpose and still sell millions of copies. He HAS done that, I’m pretty sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I have a real interest in this myself, I decided to spend some time doing research to find out what horror readers don’t like. After all, knowing what turns readers off is how you avoid bad ratings and reviews.

And what I learned was eye opening. Turns out horror readers can be pretty picky.

The #1 complaint? “It wasn’t scary.”

And there’s a lot more you need to know if you plan to get into writing horror books. Now you will know.

You’ll know before you ever write a word what to avoid, what to include, and how to better tell a scary story that will impress readers and get your book some great reviews.

Even if you don’t write horror right now, this will help you for any future ambitions… and the insights into how readers think will even help you with other fiction genres.

I really want you to check this out. I’m convinced you’ll be very glad you did.

And best of all, it’s at the lowest price I’ll ever charge for a few more days.

So don’t wait… check out my Horror Deal Breakers: http://malka.biz/horror-deal-breakers/

Horrible horror errors

My personal favorite horror writers are Stephen King and Dean R. Koontz, but I haven’t read that much of King since “It”.

The ending disappointed me big time.

All the way through the thick book, he increased the tension. The characters came to life. All was good. We were on a great rollercoaster ride, until…

The crash!

Booh!

Now, there are many other things than a weak ending that can make readers put down horror stories. Or just hate them. Or even hate them, put them down, and write an angry review.

I’ve done extensive research and found the minor annoyances (which are still good to avoid), the big no-no’s which can still be forgiven, and the absolute don’t-ever-do-this.

I’ve put it all together in my latest product. It’s a good read, if you write horror, or if you plan to do it in the future.

Because you’re on my list, I give you a few days ahead of everybody else to grab it at a very low introductory price.

Grab ‘Horror Deal Breakers’ today for only $16.97 here http://malka.biz/horror-deal-breakers/

Did you know the suitcase contained a light bulb?

The camera focuses on Vincent, played by John Travolta. He’s looking into a suitcase.

“Vincent! We happy?”

“Yeah, we happy.”

And happiness is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

We believe we dream of a million dollars, a house on the beach (that’s me), a wonderful spouse… And all we really want is happiness.

Simple and pure.

You can help with that. You can write yourself into your own happiness and help others get there, too.

Click here to learn how to do it http://malka.biz/happiness-book/

How to find your writer’s voice

Holly Lisle defines voice in writing as:

“Voice in fiction is you while you are being someone else.”

Training your voice makes your fiction better. It makes your characters come to life. And it makes for interesting villains.

It works. I love my daily shadow journal session, which helps me stay focused on writing every day.

And I write in the voices of my important characters better when I create shadow journals for them. You should do this, too, if you aren’t already.

Click here to learn how you can write shadow journals, too http://malka.biz/shadow-journal

How to make money with your writing in a whole new way

I love it when I see endless possibilities.

And that’s what I just saw. It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re writing books (fiction or nonfiction) or doing affiliate marketing, or just playing poker or…

Like I said: endless possibilities.

What I really liked was the potential. Check out the numbers you’ll see here, and they are all made from simple cheatsheets:

http://malka.im/shawncheatsheets

Yes, you’ll see a wide area of examples ranging from children’s books to pokemon. And Shawn will explain exactly how to make those cheatsheets.

Now, Shawn doesn’t stop with the cheatsheets.

Although they can certainly make a nice amount of money on their own (see for yourself on the sales page), there are ways to push up the income to 4 and 5 figures, just like Shawn has done. And she shares that method in her course.

Here’s the full content of the course (and you can watch the replays as many times as you like, of course):

  • Session #1: Cheatsheet Basics
  • Session #2: Cheatsheet Styles & Types
  • Session #3: Cheatsheet Profits
  • Session #4: Advanced Cheatsheet Strategies

If you like the idea of making fast and easy money and still create something that will be helpful to people, then check this out today:

http://malka.im/shawncheatsheets

How to publish high quality fast

Quality counts. When your book is good, you stand a higher chance of having readers tell others about it.

And word-of-mouth recommendation is the #1 reason buyers buy.

Quantity counts, too, though.

If you have only ONE book published, you’re harder to find than if you have 1,000. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

So the question is:

How can you publish fast and keep the quality high?

To my knowledge, there’s only one way to do that, and that’s by publishing books without writing (or with very few words).

Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved doing puzzles. And I’m not alone in that. The proof is the number of puzzle books on Amazon’s bestseller lists.

Publishing puzzle books offers several advantages:

  • You don’t have to write much.
  • You can make them with free tools.
  • You can (and should) publish on CreateSpace, which means a higher royalty to you.
  • You can sell more than if you just sold on Kindle, because large chains like Walmart might put your books on their shelves.

If the solution is puzzle books, how do you create them?

The best and fastest way is to use software to create the puzzles and a template (Word or Open Office) to help create the books for CreateSpace.

And Andy Charalambous has written a detailed guide and recorded accompanying videos that show you exactly how you do it, step by step.

Click here to check out “Rapid Puzzle Book Domination” http://malka.im/rapidpuzzlebook

There’s gold in dem shades

Ever since I was a child and wrote stories on my plastic typewriter, I’ve dreamed about becoming an author.

I can’t say the learning curve was steep. On the contrary. I learned slowly, painfully slowly, until the moment I began to write and not just absorb knowledge.

Lately, there’s one thing that has helped me do a joyful jump from writing short stories and novellas to novels, and that is shadow journals.

I came up with that concept after James Scott Bell briefly mentioned “shadow stories” in a blog post, and it happens daily that I discover, or uncover, things about my story and characters thanks to writing shadow journals.

I highly recommend that you try it out. Start every writing session with five minutes of shadow journal, and you’ll see for yourself.

If you want a detailed guide about how to do it, check this out http://malka.biz/shadow-journal

Perfect timing for adult coloring book art

I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in Haifa, we went directly from winter to summer with no spring in between.

We have sun, around 28C/83F, and lots of birds and butterflies.

Birds and butterflies are also in the air for these adult coloring book art pieces.

As you know, adult coloring books are still a hot category and it will probably stay so for a while. After all, coloring books for kids never got out of fashion, did they?

You can actually see how the birds and butterflies look here: http://malka.im/birdsbutterflies

The line art PLR images are made by Debbie Miller from our Skype mastermind group, and you can turn them into your own unique coloring book pages or even sell them on bags, t-shirts, coffee mugs or similar.

There are 102 of them, so the page will take a few seconds to load. Be patient ๐Ÿ™‚

Check this package if you’re into coloring books for adults http://malka.im/birdsbutterflies

Is your character suffering from SPES?

Do you feel that something is wrong with your main character… Something you can’t quite figure out, but you know that they could be better?

Or worse: Do your readers leave reviews that say your characters aren’t that original? That they are boring and predictable?

Your main character might be suffering from SPES

That is “Similar Past Events Syndrome”.

Like, who am I talking about here:

His parents died when he was a small boy.

Could be Batman. Or Harry Potter. Or Luke Skywalker.

If your backstory isn’t different from other characters’ backstory, you risk having similar characters as well.

Dull characters without personality and voice.

That’s the problem Mike Nielsen deals with in “7 Days of Hurt”.

I’ve known Mike like forever, and I know that he spent his youth playing role games, which includes coming up with characters, writing their backstories and a bunch more fiction related things. He has great advice to offer in this his latest writing guide.

Having spent 3 full years in school creating characters, he basically has a degree in it (grin).

But creating characters is more than just giving them backstories. It’s also throwing pain at them. Pain, that really hurts. That’s what Mike discovered when he set out to figure out what was wrong about his characters. And that’s why he created “7 Days of Hurt”.

When you sign up, you get access to a membership site with new content daily for seven days (thus the name). Every day, you’ll get 10 new events, incidents and generally “bad things” to throw at your characters.

And if you want to learn more about creating unique backstories, then you should go for the upsell as well. It shows you with examples how you can do it.

Check out “7 Days of Hurt” here http://malka.im/7daysofhurt

No need for a PhD

Did you realize that most printed nonfiction books were thick and written by experts for one reason?

The publishers.

They had to invest money in printing (not advertising, most of them wouldn’t even help you), so they wanted to be certain they didn’t lose money.

That choice wasn’t made by readers.

Readers love to get an answer to their problem without having to wade through hundreds of pages of difficult words.

They love to learn from a normal person, just like themselves, who’s solved the problem they have.

That gives non-experts a big chance, and if you check the books on Amazon, you’ll see that they often do pretty well.

No need for a PhD to write this kind of book.

Click here to learn more http://malka.biz/easiest-kindle-books