And it was easy, too. I disagreed with him.
If you don’t know Bob Bly, he’s known as being a big copywriter, and he frequently talks about how many books he has written. I’ve been on his list for a long time. Only bought from him once – a book about email marketing. I didn’t read more than 25% of it. It was boring.
Anyway, yesterday he mailed his list and said (and I don’t know who TJ is):
But today, as TJ points out, you can write a short document —
just 10,000 words, 5,000 words, or even less — slap a nice cover
on it, create a Kindle e-book, and sell it online.
When people see it on Amazon, most don’t realize it is a
glorified report or article — and they mistake it for the author
having written a real full-length book.
I replied to him and said:
No, they shouldn’t. Amazon shows a page count, so it’s easy to see how long a book is.
Another thing is that a lot of readers, me included, prefer shorter books about one single problem or topic instead of thick books.
He wrote back two minutes later, saying:
Not quite accurate.
You have to scroll down to find the page count.
I sent him a screenshot proving that you don’t have to scroll at all.
It does not. I just went on Amazon.
Please do not email me again.
I asked him if he thought my screenshot was manipulated, but he just replied:
Just what I said: I go on Amazon all the time, and the page count is always below the fold.
Oh well… Maybe he has a small screen.
Then, in the same mail, he asked someone called Jodi to unsubscribe me, but that was too late. 😉 I’d already done Jodi’s work.
Anyway, there are some who don’t measure quality in page counts, and there are readers, like me, who prefer to read shorter, no fluff books. To each their own.
If you’re with me on this one, then you’ll probably like “Divide and Conquer” which is about writing high quality short books in series. If you prefer long and boring books, I recommend the email marketing one from Rob Bly 😉
Click here to download http://malka.biz/nf-book-series/
Would it help you write more romances if you had a cheat sheet to tell you what to put inside each chapter?
It helps me. I made one following the method I talk about in “Fish Out of Water Romance”, because it’s easier to gaze at a cheat sheet than going through the full book.
And since I made it anyway, I thought I could just as well share it with you, so it comes with the ebook.
Take a look here http://malka.biz/fow-romance/
And have a great weekend.
Think about this for a second:
Romance books are hugely popular, and readers can’t get enough. They are always on the lookout for new books, even from new authors.
How would it feel if you had several books published in that genre? Making you a steady, growing income month after month?
I love that genre! It’s fun to write, and the audience keeps craving more.
And if you have a chapter-by-chapter guide to follow, it’s easy and fast to write such a romance.
Take a look at this http://malka.biz/fow-romance/
Long-time customer John bought “Divide and Conquer” yesterday and then sent me this question:
“One question please
What’s your thought on optimum word count for each book in a series?”
This is what I replied:
“As much as it takes to cover one problem or one issue. In general, I would say 5,000 to 10,000.”
John said he leaned more to the 5,000 end himself 🙂
You can actually write such a short book in one or two days, if you focus.
Learn more here http://malka.biz/nf-book-series/
Everybody can write a nonfiction book. But it’s not everyone who can make it engaging, and it’s the engaging nonfiction that makes readers come back for more.
Mike Nielsen has written an excellent guide to writing engaging nonfiction. One that follows the same structure I use much of the time, and which includes exercises to do to make sure you get the most out of the book.
Let me share with you what one of Mike’s customers said about the book:
I enjoyed your course a lot. I’ve read other courses about how to structure a nonfiction book but never actually absorbed the information like I did while reading your ebook.
You used the same structure writing this ebook that you teach in this course, and it’s a great example of how the system works to write an engaging nonfiction book.
The simple exercises pulled me in and helped me learn key concepts too. This course is so helpful, and I’m looking forward to using your techniques to write my next nonfiction book.
Check it out here http://malka.im/mikeengaging
In 2012, 16 million adults in the United States suffered from at least one major depressive episode. That’s almost 7% of the population, and I bet that these numbers aren’t going down.
WHO estimates that 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
And a lot of those people will seek help in books.
Do you have any kind of experience with depression? Maybe you’ve overcome it yourself? Maybe you know someone who has?
If so, you can help others overcome it as well by writing a self-help book about it.
The thing is that even if you use your own experience, you’ll need to do research to get the details right. Research takes time and energy, and it’s often enough to keep me from writing a book, if I know that I have several hours of research ahead of me, before I can even begin typing the text.
If you’re like me, you would love it if somebody else took care of the research, and that’s why it got me very excited when I heard that Tiffany Lambert had written several reports about depression. Reports, she’s sharing now as PLR, meaning you can change it and use it as your own.
Warning: Don’t publish it on Kindle as it is. Use this only as research, and rewrite it in your own words. It’s not the writing that takes time. It’s the research.
For one week you can get it for half the price.
That’s 30 pages for only $15.
Check it out here http://malka.im/tiffdepression
There’s an upsell, too. 41 pages of great content for only $20. This is what it contains:
Okay, okay, it’s not ENTIRELY mine. But I’m in it along with 100 other successful internet-based entrepreneurs. I’m even quoted twice at the end, too.
Wise words 😉
The book is filled with insights, advice, motivation, and more from all of us, who talk about why we did this, when we had a breakthrough, our biggest mistakes, and stuff…
It’s an inspiration for internet marketers AND writers.
And it’s 100% FREE.
If you want to learn what it takes to become successful online, you’ll love that book.
You will get it for free when it’s released on July 9, if you sign up today.
Click here to sign up http://malka.im/naishbuckbritt
If you’ve seen Friends, you know what I mean 😉
If you haven’t, go watch it. It’s fun 🙂
I have two questions for you today, they are quick, easy, and totally painless for you.
Are you writing fiction at the moment?
What length of story do you prefer to write?
Short stories (under 15k words)
Novelette (around 16 – 22k)
Novella (23 – 50k)
Novels (over 50k)
Please hit “Reply” and let me know.
We’re not talking “things” here, are we? We’re talking writing 🙂
So how do you get writings done?
Some people set up a routine, like they go to Starbucks, or they put a special coffee mug on the table.
Whatever works for you.
For me it’s a short meditation (I went back to three minutes), just clearing my head. It gives me enough energy for the whole day.
I go offline 4pm, so I have to make sure that I have full focus every minute of my working day, except for breaks.
So far, this routine has resulted in 129,043 fiction words written this year. I don’t count emails, nonfiction, or information products. Only fiction.
Wanna learn how to gain laser-sharp focus?
Check it out here http://malka.biz/2-hour-focused-writing-2/
I got a question from a subscriber, who’s often sending me emails, and I love it 🙂
Since I’ve been talking about these “easiest Kindle books ever” thingies for a while, he asked me:
“What is this exactly? Is this graphical?”
So this is what I told him:
“No, it’s writing nonfiction books based on problems you’ve overcome yourself.”
We’ve all had issues, and good for us, we’ve overcome a lot of these. Or maybe we know someone who’s had issues and overcome them.
These are good to write about, because readers, with those same issues, want to learn how to overcome them.
They don’t want some theoretical expert advice. They want to learn from real people.
So here you go http://malka.biz/easiest-kindle-books