Monday, April 8, 2013

This Week on Books Direct - 7 April 2013

This Week on Books Direct

Here is a list of the articles you may have missed this week:

"How to Convert Your Word Doc into a Mobi File Using Calibre" - Article by Rich Meyer for Indies Unlimited.
What happens when you want to send your electronic manuscript files to a friend so that person can read it on their Kindle? Send them a copy of the book in a format that’s already Kindle-compatible – i.e., a Mobi (short for Mobipocket) file. Here’s how to do it easily, quickly and for free.

"Why You Should Write" - Article by Matt Haig for Booktrust.
Writing is hard work. So then, why do you write?

"Authors: When is the Most Productive Time to Write?" - Article by Victoria Grefer, Fantasy Author for Creative Writing With the Crimson League.
When is the most productive for us to write?

Regardless of why or where you’re submitting your poems, here’s what matters most at the end of the day: Whether you’re writing a long poem or a short poem, poetry is about condensed language. Some poets talk about an economy of language in poetry. Whatever you call it, it means getting rid of absolutely all unnecessary words and phrases that don’t carry their weight.

Editing is as much a skill as writing. It’s one authors have to master – and it’s also a specialty of its own. Done properly, editing can require at least as much time as it takes to draft the original piece.

"Tips: Book Planning" - Article by K. S. Brooks for Indies Unlimited.
Juggling numerous characters with a different point of view (POV) in each chapter has finally caught up with you. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Here's a simple solution.

"Travel the World With Free Children's Books" - Article by Jason Boog for  GalleyCat.
Take a look at this infographic exploring some of the most beautiful real-life locations from children’s books, plus some free digital book links to some of the books for your Kindle, iPad or other eReader.

"How to Get People to Read Your Blog" - Article by Catherine Ryan Howard for Catherine, Caffeinated.
Would you like to know more about how to go from blogging into the void to having ten thousand followers and 25-30k views a month (like Catherine)?

"Should a Writer Have More Than One Work in Progress?" - Article by Victoria Grefer for Creative Writing With the Crimson League.
What do you think?

"Get A Group: Critique Partners Make a Difference" - Article by Darlene Deluca for Indies Unlimited.
Good critique partners can be hard to find, but it’s worth the effort.
Do you have any?

"90 Writing Tools in a Single Post" - Article by Jason Boog for GalleyCat.
Are you going to take the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge this month? To help writers with the challenge, GalleyCat has rounded up three year’s worth of writing advice in a single post.

"8 Common Creative Writing Mistakes" - Article by Melissa Donovan for Writing Forward.
We all make mistakes in our writing. The most common mistake is the typo - a missing word, an extra punctuation mark, a misspelling, or some other minor error that is an oversight rather than a reflection of the writer’s skills. But there are more serious kinds of mistakes in writing.

"How to Write, Publish and Market Your Book" - Article by Patricia Redsicker for Social Media Examiner.
Do you want to write a book but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you have a manuscript that hasn’t been published. If so, this article is just for you.

"Missing Data" - Article by Stephen Hise for Indies Unlimited.
One of the biggest and most frustrating challenges authors face is marketing their books. Part of the reason for this is that you deal with incomplete or misleading data. You need to know exactly what will make a browsing eye stop on your book, and what has to happen next that will trigger a decision to actually buy the book.

"3 Tips for Developing Enthralling Characters" - Article by Author Jody Hedlund.
Jody lists 3 key points in developing enthralling characters.