|Seven Ways to
Select a Book Topic That Sells
by: Judy Cullins
Since a book title is the number one "Essential
Hot-Selling Point" for your book, it's a good idea
to choose one that sells well.
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- Write what you are passionate about.
- Write down five topics that stir your passion.
- Write a book your audience needs or wants.
- Research your target market.
- Compare your book with other reputable, good sellers
in your field.
- Survey your market.
- Create a winning vision for your book
Fiction Writing Lessons from Shakespeare
by: Wendy Woudstra
advice in all fields of study is for the student to take
lessons from a master. Unfortunately for those who wish
to write fiction -- either in plays or stories -- the
most renowned and highest authority in the art of fiction-making
is long dead.
Few would argue William Shakespeare's supremacy in the
art of creating a compelling story. And since he never
wrote, "Will Shakespeare's Guide to Writing Great
Stories," if we are to learn from this master, we
must draw lessons from his works.
The following would seem to be the cardinal elements the
Bard would likely include in his guide for writers:
1) You must have a story to tell.
2) Your story must introduce us to extraordinary people;
not impossible people, but characters whose circumstances
and lives are able to engender powerful interest.
3) Your story must be thoroughly developed and told with
4) The amosphere of actual human life must be so artfully
hung over all the scenes that we feel it, breathe it,
and live in it while we read.
5) Every element of your story must be referable to the
sources of human passion, aspiration, credulity, fancy,
faith or manners. Nothing in it must be untrue to the
universal human possibilities; but each dramati crisis
must turn on some extraordinary conjunction. The commonplace
must not be preponderate.
6) There must be absolute dramatic vision; without this
the novel is a mere tale, the drama a mere play, the painting
a lifeless transcript, the music a meaningless tinkle,
the sculpture a form without suggestion.
7) Last comes style, which is the final stamp of the parsonality
of genius. There is no such thing as a materpiece without
the presence of this indestructible preservative.
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