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Will I see you Tuesday?

Tomorrow, 20 years ago, my husband and I met for the first time.

We knew each other from a network that was widespread earlier than the Internet. It’s called Fidonet. And we met because we shared interests.

From there we began to write together, and at one point we shared 20 mails daily 😀

But we lived far away from each other in Denmark. 20 years ago, I stuffed my two kids into my brand-new Skoda Felicia Jubii and drove all the way to the other end of Denmark to visit my prince charming.

Tomorrow, we’re going to have the same dinner we had 20 years ago: leg of lamb with sliced potatoes with spices.

Nefnef already got a little of the bone, and she says it tastes wonderful 😀

Anyway, Tuesday… That day marks the start of the Shadow Journal Workshop.

Will I see you there? I would love to. The more, the merrier, and it will be fun.

Get more info here http://malka.biz/shadow-journal

Good product in spite of the hype

The hype and the claims nearly scared me away, but I’m glad I took an extra look.

You might have seen this product already. It’s called “5K Publishing Payday” and I first heard about it on my Skype group where somebody pointed out that the sales page promised “cash in 27 days”.

That’s simply not possible, when you publish on Kindle. Sure, you can make money from day 1, but you won’t have money in your bank until after two months.

That said, something about it intrigued me enough to buy. And I actually liked the product a lot.

It’s well made, and it explains very well how you can (manually or with Kindle Spy) find profitable topics to write short nonfiction books about.

The course is made by Mike Temples, a German guy, who makes 5K per month with his publishing business. He isn’t writing his books himself but outsources it, and he tells you how you can do the same. Obviously, you can also write your books yourself.

There were two things I noted about the course: He talks about using keywords both in the title of the book and the keywords, and I’ve heard that Amazon doesn’t like it. But I don’t have anything concrete about it. I haven’t had problems with it myself.

Second thing is that he recommends doing review swaps. I don’t recommend doing that. It’s greyhat.

Other than that, I got very inspired by the course.

Take a look here http://malka.im/5kpublishingpayday

Villain solved my problem

Do you know Quora?

Whenever I check one of the posts (they send me mails), I always spend at least 10 minutes there. Very interesting and catching site.

As a writer it’s a great tool, too. I got questions answered about Texas for example, while I wrote my first novella.

But at the moment, I have a pressing problem. And nobody answered me on Texas.

I lingered between having to change the ending of my novel or pressure people near Vegas to give me an answer.

Then the most fantastic happened.

While I finished today’s Shadow Journal, writing as one of my villains, he told me the answer.

Bling, like that. Problem solved.

Miracle, or the power of “the boys in the basement”?

Rational Britt believes in the latter, but it surely feels like a miracle. And it’s not the first time my Shadow Journal gives me the solution to a serious plot problem.

If you’ve been on the fence about it, you should know that the upsell is a workshop that starts the 28th. I close the doors right before, and it won’t open up again at the same price.

This is your chance to get in while the price is low. I promise you, it will be fun 🙂

Click here to join us http://malka.biz/shadow-journal/

Famous Danish author attacked me

Since I was very young, I dreamed about writing fiction. But getting published as a fiction writer is close to impossible.

Making money with it, back then… Only for the few.

So when I created a blog in 2010 called “skriv og bliv rig” (write and get rich), I told my readers that they should write nonfiction.

I knew, because I’d been writing computer books for IDG Books Denmark since 2001 and for two other publishing houses since 1998.

Four years ago, out of the blue, this Danish author (Maria Helleberg) attacked me on my blog, saying that people should contact her, because SHE knew how to make money with her writing as opposed to me.

Apparantly, miss Helleberg didn’t buy computer books 😉 (Or dictionaries, judging from her spelling.)

Today, things are difference. Kindle changed it all.

You still have to write your book, and instead of doing what I did to begin with, spending months writing one book, you can speed things up a lot.

On the basis of years of experience, I came up with a system that I share in “How to Write Your Own Kindle Book in Two Days or Less”.

See what it’s all about here: http://brittmalka.com/WSO/kindle-in-two-days-direct.html

There’s even a pictures of my Danish books 😀

What’s a shadow journal and why do you need one?

If you write fiction, you usually have several character to keep track of as you write your story. Right?

Have you ever had difficulty keeping track of what each of them is (or should be) doing while you’re writing about events that do not include them?

If you answered no you’re probably fibbing. 🙂

It’s a very common problem for fiction writers, especially if your story is fairly complex, with several characters in and out of the action.

That’s why I created what I call ‘shadow journals.’ It’s a handy way to easily keep track of what your characters are doing while off-stage.

How does that help you?

  • You’ll write better stories, without the plot holes that derail otherwise good books.
  • You’ll write faster, without having to account for what this or that character has been doing or why there’s missing time.
  • You’ll get inside the heads of all of your characters, which will help you write more realistically and impress your readers.
  • You’ll be able to sell more books by using journal snippets to whet readers’ appetites with teases on social sites like Facebook.

This is easy to learn and very powerful once you get the hang of it. Your fiction writing will absolutely improve.

Better stories = more readers, better reviews, more money!

Sound good? I hope so. 🙂

Learn more here and get your own copy: http://malka.biz/shadow-journal/

Coloring outside the lines

I love to write. It’s one of my passions… always has been.

What I don’t love is feeling constrained when I want to write. I don’t like feeling boxed in by rules or someone else’s choices.

Know what I mean?

I always thought it would be so cool if we could just write about whatever we want and still make money doing it. How freeing that would be!

But writing coaches and just about everything you see online tell you to pick the “right” topic, make sure it sells, don’t color outside the lines… ENOUGH!

How about a way to write about literally any nonfiction topic you want and come up with a great book? Is that really too much to ask?

I say NO – it is NOT too much to ask! 🙂

As En Vogue sang to us in 1994: “Free your mind and the rest will follow.”

And I’ve created the way to do just that.

Here it is: http://malka.biz/write-about-anything/

Just saying…

A picture says more than a thousand dollars:

check this out

Then get the research done for you here http://malka.biz/dfy-self-esteem-research/

Are you helping yourself?

One of my favorite quotes by Zig Ziglar is this one:

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

Not only that… It feels good to help others. 🙂

So by helping others, you’re helping yourself in more than one way.

The question is now: How can you help others today?

How about solving a major problem like lack of self-esteem? This category is popular on Amazon for a good reason. It’s a problem many people have.

Now, there’s an easy way and a hard way to write such a book. The hard way is to do a lot of research and then write.

The easy way is to get this done-for-you self-esteem research.

Take a look here http://malka.biz/dfy-self-esteem-research/

Solved another plot hole

Something had bugged me for a while…

In an upcoming scene, I knew that my heroine was supposed to rescue a person who’d been abducted, but I couldn’t figure out how she would do it.

I’d spent a lot of time thinking about this problem, but never came up with anything I wanted to use.

However, I put the problem aside, and kept writing my daily shadow journal, and I got help from an unexpected side: My villain. What I learned from him solved my problem. Now I know how my heroine should proceed to free that person.

The more I work with shadow journals, the more I learn about how powerful they are. I’ve shared my method and several ways you can use a shadow journal both to improve your writing and to sell your book.

Get the details here http://malka.biz/shadow-journal/

Woman from Haifa died of fear

Three years ago, when rockets were raining down over Israel from Gaza, we were also attacked in Haifa.

My husband and I woke up around 3am, when we heard the sirens. We knew a bomb was on its way, but we have no shelter near us. We looked at each other. In a few seconds it could all be over. I remember praying and feeling calm. I was ready.

The rocket was shot down by our defense system, and nobody got hurt, but one woman died.

She died of fear, of a heart attack, when she tried to reach a shelter.

Poor woman. Fear can really do horrible things to us. Death is the ultimate consequence, of course, but so many people die daily from fear in a slower way.

They let fear control their lives.

Of course, they won’t call it fear. They’ll have all kinds of other explanations, like wanting a perfect description, before they publish. Wanting to know everything there is to know about advertising. Being uncertain about whether to include a table of contents or not.

Procrastinating, because they fear.

And there is much to be afraid of. For sure. Some reviewers can be really mean, and it hurts a lot to have poured the best you could into a book, and then somebody writes “boring”, or “the characters seemed fake”. That’s so easy for them to write, right? They haven’t invested themselves in the book like you have.

Prepare yourself for those kinds of reviewers. Know beforehand what they like and what they don’t like.

Conquer your fear. Feel it, but write and publish anyway.

You can check out cozy dealbreakers here http://malka.biz/cozy-mystery-deal-breakers/

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