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Do you use deadlines?

When I wrote my first nonfiction book ever (and the following 27), my editor gave me deadlines.

The first one was so far out in the future that I still managed to procrastinate for a few months, before I started to write like a madwoman.

But I found that deadlines made me more productive, so now I use them all the time.

Whether I write fiction or nonfiction. Or even emails.

Other than that, something that can help you get your book written is paragraph by paragraph walkthroughs. Almost like “write by numbers”.

You’ll find that here http://malka.biz/abracadabook

Suicide gasser

Reality often surpasses fiction!

A few weeks ago, I read in a French newspaper how a man from Belgium had decided to commit suicide.

He locked himself into his car, filled it with gas… and changed his mind.

So relieved at not having died, and that he’d decided to live, he…

lit up a cigarette!

He survived, but his car was history.

You can’t blame the French for making jokes about the Belgians, can you?

Anyway, it’s easy to make blunders. Also when you’re writing. And some of the things you might put into your romances, could make your readers put the book down.

Know what they like and what they hate.

I’ve done the research, and you can get access to it and save yourself some time and deal breakers.

Get it here http://malka.biz/romance-deal-breakers/

Comes with a cheatsheet

Yesterday, I asked you if you created cheatsheets for your own purpose.

I know that I do, if I read a book I want to take action on.

Otherwise it’s hard to get the overview and know where to start, I think.

But for you, my friend, I’ve included the cheatsheet with my “Abracada Book”.

The ebook shows you how you can write nonfiction books, paragraph by paragraph. And to save you time from going over the book more than once, I’ve included a cheatsheet.

Check it out here http://malka.biz/abracadabook

Ask your readers

Do you ever ask your readers questions?

If you have a mailing list, a Facebook fan page or a blog, it can be very helpful to get their input.

For instance, a while back I wondered when I should publish the Christmas romance I was writing. I was thinking that my readers would appreciate it in October, November, or maybe as late as December or as early as September.

So I asked them, and 99% replied something that took me completely by surprise.

To “when do you prefer to read Christmas romances” they replied:

All year long!

I would never have guessed that, so I’m glad I asked.

If you’re still building a following, you might have none to ask, and in that case, I recommend that you skim forums, blog posts, reviews… Because you NEED to know what your readers want and don’t want.

Yes, it’s time consuming, I know, because I’ve done it, but it’s necessary.

A shortcut, if you’re writing romance, is to pick up a copy of my research. It will save you time, and it will save you from writing things your readers will hate.

Check it out here http://malka.biz/romance-deal-breakers/

Do you make cheatsheets for yourself?

Just curious: When you read a nonfiction book, and you want to take action on it, do you create a cheatsheet for your own purpose?

Please let me know. Just hit reply to this email.

Do you schedule?

Just curious ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you schedule time for:

  • Writing fiction?
  • Researching (for writing)?
  • Learning about fiction?
  • Learning about your audience?
  • Doing marketing?

Let me know – just hit “reply” to this email.

Me? Yes, I do. I normally write for at least 2 x 52 minutes (often 3 or 4 “pomodoros”).

The rest of the time goes towards the other points I mention above. So I haven’t an hour by hour schedule, but I have a broad one saying 8am to 2pm = fiction, and 2pm to 4pm product creation and emails.

Cheatsheet software included

How do you create a cheatsheet?

  1. Double click “cheat.exe”.
  2. Type your business name and click Next.
  3. Type your niche, for example “Carrot Cultivation on Greenland” (a topic that has always held my interest).
  4. Click “Create Cheatsheet”.
  5. Follow Debbie Miller’s easy formatting guide to make your cheatsheet look awesome.
  6. Add content to the cheatsheet according to what you’ve learned already or to the ideas Debbie gives you.

With Debbie’s guide “Cheat Sheet Mastery” you’ll get both over-the-shoulder videos, a PDF with all the steps, AND

AND

the awesome software (for Windows, but who’s still using a Mac? Now I’ll get hate mails ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) that makes it a snap to create cheatsheets.

Don’t miss this http://malka.im/cheatsheetmastery

Cheatsheets – the missing link

You might get this mail twice, if you’re both on my money-online list and my nonfiction list. Just ignore one of them ๐Ÿ˜€

Today, when I checked the calendar, I noticed something at the top that intrigued me.

“Cheatsheet Mastery” – what was that? Another one of those “how to create a cheatsheet” courses?

Nope.

This is what you’ve been missing from most of the other courses.

Debbie Miller has created a product that shows you how to format your cheatsheets so they actually look great.

Take a look at the examples here: http://malka.im/cheatsheetmastery

I asked her for a peek inside to see what she had, and she gave me access.

First of all, you probably have the tools you need (but wait, there’s more). Debbie uses Word to format the cheatsheets so they look really delightful with colors and images and nicely looking links.

And she shows you in videos step by step how to do it.

She uses an older version of Word (2007), so if you have a newer version, some of the things must be tweaked a little, but most of what I saw looked the same in my Word 2016.

Second (and this is awesome): She gives you a software tool (for Windows) that can create cheatsheets for you in seconds. I did that and I was completely taken by surprise of how fast it was. It actually looks good in itself (the result) but of course, once you use Debbie’s formatting methods, it will look even greater.

Third, she gives plenty of tips to how you can improve your cheatsheets so they don’t just contain the usual set of links to Google, Bing, etc. Great ideas there.

Fourth, you get a PDF version (a cheatsheet, haha) to the videos, so you can go back and set up your template easily.

I highly recommend Cheatsheet Mastery, if you’re already making cheatsheets, or if you plan to make them in the future.

Don’t miss out. http://malka.im/cheatsheetmastery

Story – the key to writing a best-selling nonfiction book

Why is story that important for a nonfiction book?

Because story makes it easier to understand and remember what you read.

Let me give you an example:

I went to school to learn Hebrew, after we moved to Israel, but I have a hard time remembering the words. And yet, there was one word I remembered from the first time I heard it.

My teacher, Sarah, told us how she took the bus to school that morning, and it was stuffed with passengers. A man entered by the back door and handed a banknote to the man in front of him. The passengers formed a bucket brigade, sent the money to the driver, who made a ticket, and sent it back through the bucket brigade.

Then my teacher used body language and told us that the man “ko-es”, and it was easy to visualize how he exploded with anger. Apparently, somebody had kept the change along the way, and that’s what got the man angry.

Still now, when I think of the word “ko-es”, I see my teacher, her hands balled into fists, her face turned red, and jumping up and down.

Story telling for nonfiction writers can be learned, and I’ve found a course by Ian Stables, who’s published several best-selling nonfiction books.

Stories in nonfiction improve your books, and they also make them faster and easier to write.

The course normally sells for $195, but this week, and until September 1st, you can get it for only $10, so you’re getting good value for your money.

Learn more about it here http://malka.im/nfstoriesudemy

Bride in black

When you walk a dog like Nefnef and see the world through her eyes, there’s always something exciting going on.

Today, we saw a photographer in the park. That’s not unusual. Newly married couples goes there all the time to have their pictures take. What was different, though, was that the photographer was alone and speaking on the phone.

Nefnef and I continued our walk and in the bushes we saw the bride. I don’t know if she was changing her clothes or what she was doing in there, but she was a gorgeous and very unusual sight: Black top with long sleeves and naked shoulders. A tiny black skirt, only covering her butt, and a longer black tulle skirt over it. I couldn’t help staring after her. She was really a sight.

She could become a worthy heroine in a book ๐Ÿ˜€

That reminds me… If you need help creating your heroines, maybe this will help you? One of the character types is the strong, independent woman with a past. But there are more types.

Take a look here: http://malka.biz/female-character-sketches/

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