Subject: Writing/promoting a novel: useful links

My first novel - I just wrote it and it will be out in exactly one week. This time around I started marketing it before I even wrote a single word. I say this time around, because I'm a children's author and I started by writing and then trying to sell.

Now I know how to market a book. And I will share that with you.

The marketing part (before writing)

1) I started with researching keywords and categories. Before I even decided on the genre I took a good look at the genres that sell most books and that I'm passionate about and wrote in that genre.

2) I thought "series". Series sell, there's no doubt about that. One of my dear author friends (you know who you are), killed his main character at the end of the book. So, yeah, don't do that if you want a series.

3) I set up an account on Wattpad to be ready to post there daily. I obviously included a call to action in the book description, something along the lines, join my mailing list to get a free copy of the book when it's ready: that's how I started building my list for a completely new genre.

The writing part

First of all, writing a novel is not like writing a children's book or like writing non-fiction. 

I'm a mom of two with an online business to run, so I don't have time. And I know you are super busy too and you don't have time either. But it's all a matter of priorities. I wrote when my baby was sleeping and I managed to finish my 50,000 word novel in 24 days.

How do you write a novel?

Two resources helped me immensely:

1) NaNoWriMo: I had my daily word count target and I exceeded it! I took a look at the forum and I found this fantastic list of resources, all free stuff including outlining and planning, character development, dialogue, plot, conflict, scene building, world building and much more!: http://kristinavanhoose.com/nanowrimo-prep-tools/

2) Jim Patterson's Masterclass: when learning anything I try to learn from the best. The best-selling author in the world of our time (beating even J.K. Rowling) is Mr. Patterson. I took his class and learned all about great ideas, research, outlines, plot, writer's block, creating characters, first lines, writing dialogue, building a chapter, writing suspense, ending the book, editing, working with co-authors and more! The only thing I'd skip is his "Marketing the Patterson Way" - stone age stuff.

His class is pure gold and very good value for money. Go here to take it: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=797461&U=1250930&M=62509&urllink= (you have to scroll down below Kevin Spacey).

The marketing part (after writing)

This is really my area of expertise and I love this part!

My main efforts here go into creating a launch team so that I can launch with a bang. I've already reached my quota of reviewers but if you want to observe to be able to replicate this for your own book launch, come join me (just one condition: you can't hate fantasy because reviewers are requested to write a review).

Join the launch team here: http://alinkarutkowska.com/descendant/

That's all for today, talk next week!

To your success!
Alinka
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