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Which books made you cry?

When I was 14, our teacher had us read “Knock On Any Door” by Willard Motley, and even though the blurb on the front cover of the book said that the hero would die, I kept hoping that he would live, and I cried like I’d been whipped when he was executed. When my son read the book, he cried, too.

All that emotion, right?

And I’m still sad that Rhett Butler left Scarlett…

But even a happy ending can trigger my tears, as it happened when I read one of the books Lynn Johnston has published under a pen name.

On the other end of the scale, I remember an indie published book about a man, who’d divorced a woman he loved, and wanted her back. He met a new woman, and I think they fell in love, and I really didn’t care. Actually, I didn’t even like the man, so I put down what was supposed to be a romance.

What is it that makes unforgettable characters that we care enough about to actually make you cry?

The secret, the soul of your book, lies in the character arc.

Like many other authors, Lynn Johnston struggled with her first novels, not knowing where the problem was with her characters. Why did her beta readers tell her that her characters didn’t change?

It wasn’t until she mastered the character arc that she got the reaction she wanted from her readers. And that’s the reason why her happy ending had me crying my eyes out.

She’s put together a course where you’ll learn all about the character arc. You get direct access immediately after you’ve clicked the buy button, so there’s no waiting time. You can learn instantly, and then implement what you’ve learned and put soul into your stories today.

Check it out here http://malka.im/lynn-arc

Bad arc = bad story

At the moment, my husband and I are watching “West Wing”.

When Cyril first told me about it, I wasn’t interested. I am totally not into politics. Somehow, though, he talked me into watching an episode, and I was hooked.

Sure, the setting is the Oval Office and its surroundings, but the series is about characters. All about characters.

And that’s what we like to read about or watch, right? We want to know how other people handle crises, how they deal with love and tragedy.

Story is about people. And a good story needs the main character to go through a character arc.

Now, that can’t be that difficult, can it?

Oh, yes.

I’ve just learned that it’s not just a matter of making a character change. The way she changes, and the order in which she does it, the relevancy to the story, and how you show her change… It all matters.

It makes the difference between a dull book and a story that makes the reader cry at the end.

So how do you learn to create those kinds of character arcs?

One of my best friends, Lynn Johnston, has been working on a course that teaches that in depth, and she’s releasing it this morning.

This is what you’ll learn:

  • The R-D-D formula for showing character change in a way that readers believe at the emotional level
  • 5 brainstorming techniques for generating story events that force your character to grow
  • A 6-step process for mapping out your character’s growth arc
  • 4 approaches to building character arcs in series (so your character doesn’t have to be a mess in book one)
  • How to craft a sentence that crystallizes your character’s internal journey (and makes your story easier to write)
  • The 8 steps of a powerful character arc
  • The 3 moments that make the growth arc easy for readers to see
  • How to tie your character arc to other storylines, so that your character’s growth becomes an integral part of the story
  • 4 brainstorming questions for identifying how the character arc might influence the events of each scene in your story

If you think that writing powerful stories that grasp your readers is something you would like to do, then I highly recommend that you grab this offer now.

You’ll get instant access.

Click here to read more http://malka.im/lynn-arc

ADD and focused writing

One of my Facebook friends told me that she couldn’t write a book, because she had ADD.

Well, I had bad news for her.

That excuse didn’t work, because I have ADD, too, and I’ve written many books.

True, it took a whole lot of training to get that far, but today I’m getting really good at it.

Now I can write focused for six hours daily – with breaks of course. But still… My writing day starts at 8am and stops at 2pm.

Wanna know how I do it?

Click here to find out http://malka.biz/2-hour-focused-writing-2/

Your top 5 books

Quick question:

Which are the five books you would recommend any nonfiction writer read?

It can be Kindle books, print books, or PDF-books. Even video courses.

Please send me your answer in an email. I’ll gather all the answers and share later.

Questions -> plot

Back when I lived in France, I met an author whose books I really admired.

Actually, I met him several times, and the second time he said, “You’re from Denmark, right?” – Well, he said it in French… and I answered, “Wow, yes, you remembered?”

“No,” he said. “But you’re wearing a t-shirt that says Copenhagen.”

Anyway, back then I’d written nothing that was longer than a short story, so I asked him the brilliant question all authors are getting asked:

Where do you find your ideas?

And he gave the same answer any author has ever given: All around me.

Now that I write, I know that it’s true. Ideas are everywhere.

The problem is not to find ideas. The problem is to turn them into plots, and that’s where questions come in.

You have to ask the right questions and they will take you there.

Which questions?

I’m glad you asked.

Go here to find out http://malka.biz/socrates-plotting

Every writer’s formula (free video)

This is a video you’ll want to see…

It’s made by Nick Stephenson who’s quite famous and praised for his course about how to get your first 10,000 readers. (I’m going through it at the moment, and so far I agree with the praise.)

If you’ve been struggling with having your books noticed, you might have heard advice like “just write more books”.

At one point, I heard that to succeed, you should publish at least 18 books per month.

Can you say ‘burn-out’ really fast 18 times in a row?

Others will tell you to start a podcast, shoot a few videos, write more blog posts, write social comments, post cool cats on Facebook…

What I like to do is to find someone who’s had success and pick their brains.

And as I said at the top, this is a video you’ll want to see. It’s made by Nick Stephenson, and it breaks down how he went from a struggling graduate and into becoming an author who made 7 figures a year.

The first video in this free video training series is out right now for a limited time – in this session Nick explains the top 5 struggles that writers face, and the super-specific 3 step formula you can use to overcome them.

Just click the link, enter your email address, and you’ll get access to the first video right away. Then Nick will send you the rest of the training series when it’s ready.

In this free video training series you’ll also learn:

  • how to use ebooks to grow your audience on autopilot
  • how to sell without being sleazy, and get readers begging to buy from you
  • how to put everything on autopilot so you can avoid overwhelm and focus on other things
  • why “just write more content” is terrible advice, and what you should do instead

Over the course of 3 videos, Nick’s going to break it all down for you.

But for now, go watch Video 1 below: http://malka.im/nickvideo10k

Whom would you rather sell your books to?

Think about this for a moment:

Whom would you rather sell your books to:

  • 1,000 random readers or
  • 100 raving fans?

While at first sight it might look better to make, say, 1,000 times $2 in royalties, I would take the raving fans anytime.

Why?

Because…

  • Raving fans come back for more.
  • Raving fans share with their friends.
  • Raving fans share on social sites.
  • Raving fans will make you more money in the long run.

Okay, so the next question to cover is how to find those raving fans, and a good place to start is with Tony Norton’s “Amazon Giveaway Guru”.

The main ebook explains step-by-step what Tony did to push a new book under a new pen name to make more than $14K in a few weeks with almost no advertising.

Thanks to his giveaway technique, he managed to gather a number of followers… Followers who bought his book, because of his technique, and thus have the chance of becoming fans.

It doesn’t get much easier or cheaper to launch.

You can use his technique for fiction as well as nonfiction books.

It’s all inside the ebook you get. If you want more advanced follow-up techniques, I highly recommend choosing the advanced package. It’s only a few dollars more.

Click here to learn more http://malka.im/tony14k

The key to success as an author

Ever since I first learned that you could publish books on Kindle, I’ve been listening to what successful people did.

They were people with no previous background in publishing, and now they make five or six figures per month.

I’ve found that the key is this:

Building an audience.

The traditional way to do that is by creating a list magnet and then to invite readers to join your list.

But there’s a wrong way to do that (I know… because crickets…) and there’s a right way, and I just got my hands on an ebook that shows how to do the latter.

It contains 36 pages that goes through the process, showing you what to do in a totally unscary way.

The book, called “Reader Magnets”, by Nick Stephenson is actually really good, and I suggest get it and read it. And then take action 🙂

The book is free for a limited period. You still need to do some work to grow your audience, but at least with this book in your hands, you know a way to do it.

It also includes a list of free resources that can help you grow your book business.

Grab the ebook here http://malka.im/nick10k

Today’s Wednesday

When we lived in France, we saw a funny French movie. One of the minor characters was a very old man, who was married to a very young and very beautiful woman.

He told his friend that they had… you know… twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday.

Then the old man shivered and said, “Today is Wednesday.”

I feel the same way about something that’s happening tomorrow. Two things, actually:

  • It’s Cyril Day, meaning the day I spoil my husband even more than usual, and
  • Tony Norton releases one of the best products I’ve ever seen about how to sell more books.

I’ll tell you more tomorrow, but I got the first copy of this book several months ago, and I’ve really been looking forward to seeing the finished result.

In short: It’s how you can grow your fan base and sell more books for very little money.

The fascinating thing is that Tony spent less than $50 and made more than $14K.

Not a bad return on investment.

This method works for fiction and nonfiction Kindle or CreateSpace books you publish.

Look out for my email that will reach your inbox (or promotion tab) 8am EST tomorrow.

Until then, have fun, and keep writing.

How about a cheatsheet?

Tuesday, I broke my old word count record. This morning, I broke it again and reached 3,686 words.

While I’m there, typing as fast as I can, I don’t stop to think, “How can I express that this guy is angry?”

I might simply write [angry], and then when I’m done writing, go through my handy cheatsheet and find a fitting way to show his anger rather than telling readers about it.

How’s that for writing faster and better, eh? /Whistling/

That “Show Don’t Tell List” (cheatsheet) is included in the package you get when you press your shaking finger at the buy button and hand over your hard-earned money.

It’s worth it 🙂

Take a look here http://malka.biz/show-dont-tell/