Get Your First Sale!

Written by Angela Booth


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Summary: Learn this easy, three step, guaranteed process to make your first sale --- and it doesn't matter what you're selling.

Category: Writing, Small Business

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Get Your First Sale!

Copyright © 2003 by Angela Booth

Nothing beatsrepparttar 129275 joy of your first sale. You can plot, plan, market and dream all you want, but until you get that first sale, you're not sure that you have a real business. It's 25 years since I sold my first book to an international publisher. I walked on air for days. To my mind, because real writers wrote books, I was real writer at last.

Your first sale legitimizes what you're doing to others, and not least to yourself. When you've got that sale, you get a lot more than money: you get confidence, feedback, and ideas on how you can makerepparttar 129276 next sale andrepparttar 129277 next.

How do you make that first sale? Here's how:

=> One: Give yourself a deadline

Although I'd made writing sales I didnít sell a book until I gave myself a deadline. I gave myself a long deadline, ten years. I didnít need that long, it took a year. However setting a deadline turned selling a book from a dream into a goal. If I hadn't given myself a deadline, I would have fudged for years: making outlines, doing research, writing a chapter here and there, and convincing myself that I was trying to sell a book, when I wasn't doing anything ofrepparttar 129278 sort.

Give yourself a deadline to make your first sale. You'll know how longrepparttar 129279 deadline should be. Donít make it ten years unless it's something where you need to learn a lot of skills first before you can produce a product.

Your deadline must be serious. The ten years I gave myself wasrepparttar 129280 absolute cut-off date. If I hadnít sold a book by then, I intended giving up writing book-length material forever.

=> Two: Ask forrepparttar 129281 sale!

Once I'd setrepparttar 129282 ten-year deadline, I knew I had to ask forrepparttar 129283 sale. This meant submitting partials to publishers. A partial is a fiction proposal. It consists of a synopsis, a chapter outline, andrepparttar 129284 first chapters: around 50 to 100 pages ofrepparttar 129285 novel. I wrote a partial every two months, and sent them out.

How to Come up With Fresh Writing Ideas

Written by Caterina Christakos


How to Come Up with Fresh Story Ideas When Your Idea Well has Run Dry

When I facerepparttar desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One dayís works is all I can permit myself to contemplate. óJohn Steinbeck

I know that it seems easier to make that extra pot of coffee, read that good book, that you have had in storage forrepparttar 129273 last ten years, and suddenly decide to makerepparttar 129274 kids that Halloween costume by hand, than it can be to make yourself sit down and write. Believe me, I have been there.

Here are some brainstorming techniques to get your brain pumping again and churning out ideas.

1) If you are having trouble coming up with characters or even a story line, try developing an action scene. One good scene to kick off your book can getrepparttar 129275 rest flowing. Developrepparttar 129276 characters and story line around that scene.

2) Come up with a problem to solve. Is your main characterrepparttar 129277 class clown orrepparttar 129278 brainiest kid in school. What type of problem would your character face in his or her normal life? Write your story aroundrepparttar 129279 problem and a unique way of solving it.

3)For character development use common sense. Use what is in front of you.

Look at your family and friends and see if they remind you of anything. My first Shakespearean teacher reminded me of a caveman or a husky walrus because of his whiskers. Does your Uncle Arthur have whiskers, wear glasses, and walk with a little bit of a waddle? Turn him into a know it all beaver or a store clerk, at a bookstore that sells books that you can actually climb into and live out an adventure.

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