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Archive Monthly Archives: July 2017

When XX doesn’t mark the spot

On a classical treasure map, you know that X marks the spot.

But when you’re writing fiction at a speed that leaves your fingertips glowing, XX doesn’t always do it.

It doesn’t even cover the spot.

When I write, and I’m in the flow, I don’t want anything to distract me, so I don’t have time for extended research right that moment. I’ll often write XX (instead of a last name for example), or use brackets [around words I have to look up].

But sometimes that doesn’t do it. And then you need a quick fix.

I’ve collected my favorite quick fixes for Kindle writers for you.

Check it out here http://malka.biz/kindle-quick-fixes/

How long are your nonfiction books?

Just out of my immense curiosity: How many words are there in your nonfiction books?

Please hit reply and let me know, also if your book is only work-in-progress.

How many drafts do you write?

When you write a story, do you have a system and a set number of drafts you go through?

Many years ago, when I began to study the art of creative writing, I learned that some writers went through 7 or more drafts. Back then, you had to type it all on a typewriter. Ouch. But maybe the system had its merits.

But let me know, please. Do you write a draft, rewrite and edit many times?

Or do you write, proof, and publish?

Please hit reply and let me know.

The Partridge Method vs Fish Out of Water (reader question)

I got a great question from a subscriber. She bought my “Fish Out of Water” course a few months back, and asked:

“Apart from the obvious difference with Christmas, what are the other differences between the two?”

This is my reply:

I appreciate that you ask this question, and I’m glad you liked “Fish Out of Water” ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t say this is totally different, because there are a few similarities, but they are almost completely different.

I’ve experimented a lot and in the Partridge Method I share my latest knowledge and methods that I’ve found work even better for me than what I’ve previously done.

And then, yes, like you point out: The topic for this book is Christmas Romance (I go through a Christian example as well as a secular), although you can use the same method for other books, if you like.

But just to be clear: I didn’t even glance at Fish Out of Water while writing this book. I hope this helps.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Just send a mail or open a support ticket.

And if you decide to buy, then use the following code for a $25 discount

XmasJuly

Click here to read more http://malka.biz/partridge/

Thinking about quitting?

Happy Independence Day!

As a nonfiction writer with only one book published, it’s tempting to give up and quit.

You’ve completed the book, and now you just want to lean back and wait for the sales and the money to pour in.

When it doesn’t happen, after a while you’ll remember something:

Britt told me to write more than one book about a topic.

That’s true ๐Ÿ™‚

But how can you keep the topic fresh in your memory and your head in the game AND attract new readers?

There’s a simple answer to that question: By keeping an author blog.

Click here to get started today http://malka.biz/your-author-blog/

Happy Independence Day and Merry Christmas

All holidays are big, but Christmas is huge!

And today, I’m going to tell you about something that could change your life for the better.

How about writing Christmas novellas?

If you’ve checked the best-sellers lists the months before Christmas, you’ve seen that they are dominated by Christmas stories, especially romances. By the time you see them there, it’s too late.

You must start writing now.

I know… Because I first got this idea in October last year, and I needed a plan for how to write these kinds of stories, before I could begin. And then it was too late.

Still, I liked the idea, and I kept thinking about it, and a month or so ago, while writing another novella, it suddenly clicked.

What I came up with was a method to write a Christmas romance novella in 12 days, and we all know that the 12 days of Christmas starts with a Partridge in a Pear Tree, so…

I call this “The Partridge Method”.

You’re going to be singing all the way to the bank ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before you check out this course, I want to thank you for being a loyal subscriber. I’m going to give you a huge discount – a coupon code that will take $25 off the price.

Use this coupon after you’ve clicked the Add to Cart-button: XmasJuly

After you’ve purchased, you’ll get instant access to the course, which is delivered in a PDF file. You’ll also get the chance to join a two-week workshop, where I’ll give you daily over-the-shoulder videos of the detail-outlining of each chapter.

The price of that workshop will increase by 230% after the introductory period. So get in, while the price is low. You don’t need it to write your novella, of course. It’s meant as a help if you want to see how I come up with detailed outlines for two different Christmas stories.

Click here to start writing today http://malka.biz/partridge

I recorded two videos without sound

Sometimes we do really stupid things, right?

Like today… I had to record a couple of videos, and first, I tested the settings, and there was a huge buzzing sound on the recording. Luckily, my husband knew how to fix that. I did a second test, and it was fine. Then I recorded two videos… but while I listened to the second test, I’d muted the microphone.

Yeah…

And forgotten to unmute it.

Oh, well. I finally got the two videos recorded.

But that leads me to this question: Do you run into obstructions when you’re writing nonfiction?

If so, what happens? Do you fight through, or are there walls you cannot get over? Things that are keeping you from writing and publishing the books you want?

Hit reply and let me know.

Are you prepared for Christmas?

Today is sunny, 32C/90F here, and not even our Christian neighbors have Christmas on their minds.

And here I am, asking you if you’re prepared?

I’m actually not as crazy as some might think. The fashion industry prepares at least one year ahead of a season, and we’re less than six months away from Christmas.

Do I want you to go out and buy gifts? Clean the house?

Nope, but I want you to think about this:

Christmas stories. Christmas romance.

Have you noticed that those sell well at the end of each year?

This year, you can have your stories out there, too.

Look out for my mail tomorrow, I have something you might like a lot ๐Ÿ™‚