Written by Craig Lock

"If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to userepparttar whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know." - Thomas Wolfe

"Everyone has a talent. What is rare isrepparttar 129407 courage to followrepparttar 129408 talent torepparttar 129409 dark place where it leads." - Erica Jong

Funnily enough, I don't believe there are any magic 'secrets' to writing success. If so, I'm still trying to discover them. So I'll cover this subject very briefly, because I don't know repparttar 129410 answers. It's really all common sense, following your basic instincts and having a bit of fun atrepparttar 129411 same time. Just BE YOU and write what your heart, your imagination tells you to write. The writer or author is a puppeteer, mouldingrepparttar 129412 clay throughrepparttar 129413 words that you choose. You weaverepparttar 129414 strands ofrepparttar 129415 article or story together, through use of your creative imagination.

You start your article, short story or novel with an idea. You decide HOW you will start: "Once upon a time". (This could berepparttar 129416 little child emerging fromrepparttar 129417 depths of your soul). Sounds very "airy-fairy" that, like many "arty farty writer types"!

You perhaps gotrepparttar 129418 plot from a television programme or a newspaper article. The plots of some of my novels came from newspaper articles.

Then you make choices as you go along: to base your story upon fact or fiction, or faction (a mixture of fact and fiction - I like that genre (impressive word that - must use it more often!). You chooserepparttar 129419 track. You arerepparttar 129420 director, producer and actor: YOU setrepparttar 129421 scene, decide whether it is to be local or foreign. It's up to you HOW you describe repparttar 129422 landscape or surrounding environment.

You decide onrepparttar 129423 characters and how you will describe them. To let them live or die? What immense power you have to determine destinies! Whether to have a happy or sad ending? "And they all lived happily ever after...."

A few short words of advice to end off this lesson... Make your writing FUN and get readers (andrepparttar 129424 editor) "hooked" with a good opening paragraph and an even better opening line.

What do you think of this example by Charles Dickens from "A Tale of Two Cities"?

"It wasrepparttar 129425 best of times, it wasrepparttar 129426 worst of times, it was repparttar 129427 age of wisdom, it wasrepparttar 129428 age of foolishness, it wasrepparttar 129429 epoch of belief, it wasrepparttar 129430 epoch of incredulity, it wasrepparttar 129431 season of Light, it wasrepparttar 129432 season of Darkness, it wasrepparttar 129433 spring of hope, it wasrepparttar 129434 winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going directrepparttar 129435 other way - in short,repparttar 129436 period was so far likerepparttar 129437 present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, inrepparttar 129438 superlative degree of comparison only."

Distribute Your Self-Published Book Online (Part 2)

Written by Judy Cullins

If you are discouraged because traditional methods of distribution haven't brought yourepparttar profits you wanted, think Internet distribution. This method is good forrepparttar 129406 long haul and costs yourepparttar 129407 author little time or money. With Online distributionrepparttar 129408 author gets to keep allrepparttar 129409 money.

Whether you have a Print on Demand (POD) book or an eBook, yourepparttar 129410 author can become your own distributor these ways:

1. Distribute through two-step email promotion campaigns.

You don't need a Web site to sell products. Benefit fromrepparttar 129411 easy and preferred way to buy by many people out there in cyberspace.

First Step: Send your different email lists a freebie. Think of your groups--customers, clients, ezine subscribers, ePublishers, teleclass groups, and networkers. Offer a free answer for a question with your expertise. Offer a free "Special Report," or an excerpt from your book. This will start your relationship off on a good foot. (Increased sales come from trust developed during relationship marketing more than anything else)

Second Step: Follow uprepparttar 129412 freebie with your sales letter for your product or service. Each sales message includes: headline to capture attention, background of problem, whererepparttar 129413 potential buyer wants to be, benefits and features of how to get there. Add testimonials and be sure it's credible and sincere.

Be sure to ask forrepparttar 129414 sale and include several easy ways to buy--toll free number, fax or mail an order form placed atrepparttar 129415 end ofrepparttar 129416 sales letter, or if you have a Web site, a link to where they can buy with a secure provider.

2. Distribute through your own ezine.

If you want to attract more credibility, trust, and sales, then write your own ezine. Your potential clients and customers expect a lot of free information, so give it to them. In your ezine include a feature article, editor's note, resources and tips. You'll get to be well known asrepparttar 129417 "expert." In each ezine, add your sales messages for your products or service. Keep your ezine regular- once every two weeks or once a month to start. Keep it short--a real challenge to many of us.

3. Distribute by submitting how-to free articles to top opt-in ezines.

Online readers love free information. They subscribe to ezines that you can submit your well-written article to. After learning acceptable article formats from a book coach, start subscribing and submitting them. Collect 5-10 edited articles before you send. Thousands, even 500,000-targeted potential buyers will see your article with your signature file on it every time you submit it.

Be sure your product is already up on a Web site. Many Web publishers will take your e or print book, sell it, and distribute it for you for a commission of 50% or so. This is great for people who do not have their own site.

4. Distribute through your signature file on every email you send.

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