How I Wrote My Book/ Books

Writing! What can be said about it? Are there enough words out there to describe the feeling?

I wrote the ”beginning” of a series when I was 14. I was clueless on how to proceed, lacking the ability to take it further and somehow, in the back of my mind, I always knew one day, I’d publish this book!

At the tender age of 7, I visited a castle in my mom’s home town in Italy. The ever lasting impression that had plagued me then, and still does to this day, had compelled me to start writing in my teens.

I fell in love with knights, history, fictional characters I gave life to, and a story line so descriptive and tantalizing, that I knew I had to give the world this story.

In my later years, that story was lost due to moving from home to home, but the basic story line had always stuck with me in the back of my mind, like riding a bicycle for the first time and letting that hobby go for some time, then taking it up again, although (rusty) we still never forget, as it slowly comes back to us.

Many years later, after watching series, documentaries, history channels and their shows, an idea so brave and scary came to mind!

How I wrote my book/ books

I thought, well, ” it’s time to bring your story back, Lory!” and make it count.

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Outlines Are Wonderful

“Well hi there! So your probably reading this because you are a curious new author or an aspiring author. Your here because you want to widen your mind on tips for writing from other authors who have been down your path.”

My name is Juss Stinson and YES I am a proud author!

Many authors can offer advice to you and a lot of it may even be different than another author.

Don’t ever feel trapped since there really are many ways to go about writing! Here are just a few general tips.

Writing a book and need some tips?

Outlines are wonderful!

I scribble down characters I want to introduce, events I want to happen, and little details I don’t want to forget to incorporate in my work. I write all of it in order so I can just cross it out once I finally have it in my book! Keep your patience is the biggest advice I have for anyone.

Personally when I am in that horrible block I just open a blank page and type a bunch of nonsense, poems, or even short stories and all of these can detour my mind enough so I can get back on track.

Losing your temper can really slow your will to write down so make sure to stay calm and collective and just walk away for a little bit if you have to!

So you have written your book what’s next? You need to edit the heck out it! Read it over and correct all that you see is wrong or places where you lose your flow while reading.

Once you are happy I highly recommend beta readers.

These people of your choosing will read through your book correct awkward sentences, check spelling and grammar, and write notes of what they truly think. Choose those you believe will be brutally honest and who pay close attention to detail.

Once your finished and you feel your piece of work is exactly where you want to be you venture into publishing. You can find a publishing company who would love to have you and sign with them or you can always self publish.

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Rewriting Your Story

If you are thinking about writing a story, maybe a full length novel, then I hope I can help inspire you. I’ve looked back at the experiences I’ve had between now, and when I was a kid, and compared it to some other people’s experiences, and I think I have five tips, which honestly, I think other people have shared with me from time to time, which will help you.

They can help you write a better story to share with others, whether it is your own life story, or a story of a life of a character in your own settings for a book or book series.  With that being said, let’s get into it.

The first tip would be, know what version of you, that you want to be. If you are putting yourself into an imaginary world for a story, imagine a version of you within that world.

What is your past, what is your present like, and how would you like for things to change from here on out?  What kind of adventures do you want to go on?

What would it take for you to actually get up and leave the house to do something?  How many times would you have to try something before you get it right?

Feel free to both exaggerate, a little, and still be somewhat realistic. Once you kind of know this version of you, you are ready for the next tip.

The second tip would be, find a group to interact with who looks forward to the version of you that you want to become.

If you are writing this story, whether a novel you are writing, or just to write a story of your life that you would prefer to be living, then add characters to your story that accept you, and that you want to be around.

There’s a possibility that one day you’ll find a copy of this story, and realize that some parts of it actually came true, or are still coming true.

Either way, with this group with you, you’ll be better prepared for the unexpected moments life will bring into your story, and the unexpected twists that you may find yourself adding to the stories you are putting your character through, who will also find that they are better prepared, because they have friends who can help them through it.

So let’s keep going, with the third tip.

The third tip would be, sign up for the long trip.

Whether it’ll take a month or three, or a year or three, or whether or not you’ll spend the rest of your life at this, be ready to stick with it.  Think about your legacy.

Even if you don’t become world famous, and rich before you die, will you consider it worth it to create something so wonderful, so beautiful and amazing, that people will be sharing it, and reading it, crying and laughing and enjoying it long after you are gone?

Granted we don’t have much left from 5,000 years ago, but there are new books being written today that were inspired by works like Homer’s Oddessey.

Even though Homer is long gone, his story has managed to survive, and continues to inspire people.  I think that it is possible that in thousands of years, there will still be new stories of space travel and interactions with aliens whether or not we leave earth behind and find someone out there, inspired by Star Trek and Star Wars.

Somewhere, stories will be written by people inspired by the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to write about trolls, and elves, orcs and men wielding swords and lances on horseback.

Hopefully, amid all this, there’ll be some people who are still inspired by my stories, dreaming about dragons who enter planetary atmospheres like meteors burning through the sky, who battle aliens called demigods to protect whole planets, sometimes who never even see or interact with them.  Sometimes aided by people like us, but all of it in another galaxy.

Whatever legacy you decide you want to leave, follow the next tip to help it.

The fourth tip would be, make your story, uniquely yours.  Almost every story has elements that overlap with elements of another story.

Sometimes a story or series of stories launches a whole genre of stories that all revolve around the same beings, often humans like us or humanoids who are different but have similarities.

Sometimes these stories simply introduce a new world for these beings to inhabit, sometimes these generic stereotypes of beings are divided into new races creating a new dynamic that isn’t in the old books.  Such as the now popular dark elves including Drizzt Do’Urden.

A new character sometimes is all you need, or can be a good way to introduce a new world or society into an otherwise older story universe.  In the end though, the better you differentiate your own story with that of someone else’s, the easier it will be to stand apart, and not get lost among all the similar stories.

But if you follow the last tip, you don’t even need to worry about it, because great things will happen anyways.

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Top 8 Most Effective Email Marketing Practices

Email marketing was probably invented as soon as the first email was sent and it has not stopped ever since. Simply because it works. But have you not wondered how others seem to thrive effortlessly using this method while others don’t?

If you have already mastered email marketing and are raking in sales even while watching the Maldivian sunset, hey, we need you!

Oh, well, I don’t want to spoil your beach holiday so I’ve done my part. This is to help those who have been struggling generating returns from emails.

When you look at the list I’ve covered, they’re pretty basic. You’d think, “But I’ve been doing the same things, what’s the difference?”

Yeah, there’s a difference.

You may have been using all these elements I will discuss but how you use them determines the effectiveness of your methods. If all you have experienced with your email marketing are frustrations, then maybe you’ve been ignoring certain nitty-gritties of this useful tool.

While all emails may look the same, this article will help you make yours stand out…and generate sales as a result.

Let’s get started.

Call to Action – You Can’t Help But Click

This is what separates a typical email from a marketing email. You must be able to get your recipients to take action.

Otherwise, you’ve just wasted your energy and their time composing and sending your message.

How to make it effective:

  • Place the first one above the fold of your main message. Tell your audience what your email is for and what they should do next. Here are a few examples
  • Put at least 3 links and spread them throughout the body of your email. Get your audience to click a link.
  • Use an attractive button. Colors orange, green and red usually get the attention.

Absolutely Irresistible Email Subject Lines

Okay, the first thing they see. Make it dramatic. Uhmm, not really.

How to make it effective:

  • Be sure it’s catchy. By catchy, I mean something that can answer your audience’s pain just by seeing the subject line even before they open the email.
  • Make it only 50 characters or less. Don’t get carried away, there isn’t much room for plenty of words on the subject bar.
  • Write it like you write a title. See the title of this article? It’s written in downstyle format where the first letter of each word is capitalized except the prepositions (a, an, of, etc.).

Here is a list of great subject lines

33% of email recipients open email based on subject line alone.

Get Personal

You’ve found the one from across the oceans. You’ve been writing each other daily and exchanging sweet messages through emails. Uh-uh, that’s not what this is all about. I think it’s wonderful that your romantic life is flourishing but…let’s get into business. 🙂

How to make it effective:

  • Address your recipients by first name. You can adjust this is in the email setting in order to personalize it depending on the recipients. A bit technical but if you need help, shoot me an email or leave a comment below.
  • Write a one-off email thanking your subscribers for sticking through. A very simple trick but it’s nice to let them know you don’t take them for granted.
  • Show that you care. Make your audience your priority. Speak to them like it’s all about them and not about you or the business (eventhough this is part the agenda). Don’t sound too salesy. Get in your audience’s good side to make them trust you and your products.
  • Set expectation. In the very first emails tell them, who you are, what’s going to happen next and also that they can unsubscribe whenever they want

Main Message (format)

 Oscar Wilde

Make it easy on the eye.

Yours is not the only email that makes up a space in the Inbox of your recipients. Make it one that they’d want to read. It’s important to choose a format without too many things going on.

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Grim Commonsense: advice from FOR WRITERS ONLY

All my life I wanted to write—to be a writer, to have my work read by others and enjoyed, or even change their lives! And in my dreams I imagined them being read long after I was dead — in a kind of immortality.

Now, decades later, I can say that I’m a successful writer, with three New York Times bestsellers and my work translated into some 25 languages, and I know my books will be trashed  and thrown away probably before another fifty years have passed – and there’s something Right in that, and Just.

Here’s what I’ve learnt.  It’s not the selling but the work that brings you happiness. I tell this to my students. (Besides, you never know who will discover your book after you’ve died. Like Steven Crane. Like Herman Melville. Like Jane Austen and scores of others.)…

Book Selling

I remembering writing my first cover story for a major New York publication I wrote it mostly for money but also to learn the craft. I remember walking out into the park with a copy of the magazine in my hands, my heart breaking.

“I worked on this for six weeks,” I thought, “and it’s ashes, ashes in my mouth.”  Why did success (publication) feel so false?

Years passed. I wrote successful books. In our culture that means they “sold.”  And then I hit a long, dry patch. Every writer knows those despairing times.

I didn’t want to write what publishers would pay me to write, and they didn’t want to publish what I wanted to write.  In a frenzy of creativity, I wrote six books in eight years—and I couldn’t get any of them published. At the end of eight years I woke up, thinking—“I’m a failure!”

Well, in the end they all came out, with timing better than I could have imagined, for they sat like trains in the station, ready to pull out, one by one, but only when the audience was prepared. (Patience, says the Muse. Just wait!)

Still, it’s hard to wait. Every artistic endeavor requires a triangle:  work, artist, audience. The artist needs another’s recognition. To have no audience for too long a time is . . .  degrading.

And yet to cast your fishing line ahead too soon courts failure. There is a time for Selling. But first you write. You must not think of selling and PR just yet.

For Writers Only Book

One of the books written in this dark period, was FOR WRITERS ONLY.  It was written to remind me of what writing is about—discipline, determination, working even when you don’t feel like it, even when you don’t have anything to say, even when discouraged beyond imagining.

“The first four months of writing the book, my mental image is scratching with my hands through granite. My other image is pushing a train up the mountain, and it’s icy, and it’s in bare feet.”

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