Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ten Best sites for learning Creativity and Craft


If we have some best sites to learn from, in our chosen world, no doubt it will definitely be a great help. There will always be something new to learn from those people. Are you looking for such sites and spending a lot of time in this search? If so, this list is for you.

1. Brain Pickings

You can read a lot of combinational forces of creativity on this site. These discussions can be very helpful in developing your own creativity. She has a newsletter and promptly it will reach your mail box, if you subscribe. Reading her newsletter is a great inspiration to me.

2. Aliventures

If you are looking for practical advice for overcoming obstacles in your writing, aliventures is the site you have to check out. You can also learn how to be more productive in your writing on this site.

3. Dani Shapiro

If you are lacking creative inspiration this is a site to explore. Dani Shapiro is a memoir author.

4. Grammar Girl

Whatever you are writing, grammar is an important factor to be considered. Grammar Girl is your friendly guide to the world of Grammar.

5.It starts with

This site shows you how to turn small actions into huge results. Don't forget to check out this site.

6.Inky Girl

If you are a children's writer you can get lot of ideas and help from this site. A YA writer and Illustrator can also get benefitted from Inkygirl.

7. Positive Writer

You can find a lot of positive writing articles here to improve your writing. Both a writer and an artist can get ideas and help here. Take time to explore this site and read the highly useful articles.

8. Pick the Brain

PickTheBrain is one of the leading self-development sites on the net.

9. Mystery Writing is Murder

This site covers all aspects of writing and the writing life, including character development, productivity and social media. Remember to check out her article on 'Writing Books Faster—Without Compromising Quality'.

10. Marianne Eliotte

We can learn about her own stories and others she gathers, and teaches on the courage, compassion and curiosity it takes to work with stories.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Five Best Blogs to learn Blogging


Are you looking for best websites to learn blogging in 2014? Have you tried enough time to find out about them? You can check out these five websites for this purpose.

1. Be a Freelance Blogger

This is a place for the writers to learn how to make more money by writing. The site also has opportunity for guest blogging, for free and for earning cash.

2. Boost Blog Traffic

A blog without sufficient traffic is of no use. This blog teaches you how to get more traffic, how to get more readers, how to build your email list, how to become an authority in your niche etc.

3. Penelop Trunk

Reading the posts at Penelop Trunk you will be able to learn how to grow a blog community.

4. Problogger net

Problogger is an excellent example how to make a living with blogs. The site also offers a job board where you may perhaps able to find a freelance job. While you are here don't forget to check out one of the most popular posts there - Make money blogging

5.Smart Passive Income

This site is a fantastic place to learn how the blogger makes smart passive income through his online work.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hashtags for writers - tweeting


Some of the hashtags used by authors for selling their books. These are the hastags used for different Genres

#litfic (#literaryfiction)
#histfic
#histnovel
#womensfiction
#scifichat
#scifi
#romance
#RWA (romance writers of America)
#memoirchat
#litchat
#paranormal
#crime
#suspense

Twitter hashtags for Short Stories

#short
#story
#shortstories
#shortreads

When you are in the process of writing these hashtags will be helpful for tweeting -

#WIP (work in progress)
#amwriting
#amediting
#writingtip
#writer
#writersLife
#writeChat
#writeTip
#writingparty
#Storystarter
#WrMatters

Hashtags for Publishing

#publishing
#askagent
#pubtip
#askauthor
#getpublished
#indieauthors
#indiepub

Hashtags for children's book authors.

#kidlit
#kidlitchat
#MGLit (middle grade lit)
#SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
#yalitchat

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

10 tips for selling your books


All the indie authors want their books to be sold as many copies as possible. But for many, it is very difficult. Joanna-Penn gives ten tips for selling our books. The following points are to be checked - For a full post, please read this link http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/10/12/help-my-book-isnt-selling/

1. Is your book available as an ebook?

2. Has your cover been professionally designed?

3. Has your book been professionally edited so it reads well?

4. Have you submitted the book to the right categories on the ebook stores?

5. Have you optimized your Amazon sales page with a hook, quotes from reviews and other material?

6. Have you priced your book realistically, or at least tried different price points?

7. Have you written, or are you writing another book?

8. Have you done some kind of promotion or marketing to let people know it is there?

9. Have you asked for reviews, or submitted to review sites?

10. Are you working your butt off?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Another review for 'Cherished '


Today morning, as usual, I picked up the newspaper(Deccan Herald) and read the main news items. Then without my knowledge, my hands flipped through the Sunday Supplement, and my eyes stopped at the Book Review section, to check which are the new books reviewed. Suddenly, to my utter surprise, I saw my book CHERISHED there. The review starts like this... “Fathers, like mothers, are not born; Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development.” How true! Lakshmi Menon has aptly brought out this famous saying of David Gottesman to strengthen her novel Cherished. The story revolves around a family of two — husband and wife, but it is the daughter Jyoti who adds colour to this novel presented to the readers in fluent expressive language and unambiguous relevant conversations. Read the full review here - http://www.deccanherald.com/content/378499/an-emotional-family-roller-coaster.html