Posts Tagged With: Hugh Howey

How to Create Your First Booktrack (and Get 2,000 New Readers)

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When I first heard about Booktrack.com from my literary agent, Kristin Nelson, I was fairly skeptical of the idea. Ebooks with music and sound effects, really?

But then I tried the Booktrack of the short story Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft. I’ll be honest—I was blown away. Hearing the waves lap against the side of the castaway’s lifeboat, hearing his footsteps trudging through the sand, listening to the ominous music building to a crescendo as he explored the ancient ruins …

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BookGoodies.com: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?

Do you talk to your characters?

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I once got to hear Orson Scott Card talk about his writing method. He went on at great length about how the voices of his characters talked to him.

The voices told him to do this, he said, the voices told him to do that.

As he droned on endlessly, a friend leaned over to me and said in a stage whisper:

“My voices are telling me to kill!”

The audience cracked up. Orson Scott Card was not amused.

But the thing is . . . that really is how it works. You hear the characters in your head, the same way you can hear the voices of your parents or your friends.

You know what they would say in a certain situation. And when you’re writing a book, you can turn that into the story.

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Everything You Know About E-Books is Wrong

Everything You Know About E-Books is Wrong

FACT: Indie authors are earning nearly half the total author revenue from genre fiction sales on Amazon.

Hugh Howey is one of the smartest people I know. So when he crunches a moonshot-load of data on e-book sales and comes to a jaw-dropping conclusion, people sit up and take notice. Here’s why you should, too:

FACT: Self-published authors as a group are making 50% more profit than their traditionally published counterparts.

FACT: 92% of the Top-100 best-selling books are e-books.

FACT: Amazon is currently making nearly as much profit from indie e-books as from Big Five e-books.

There’s more. Plenty more.

In fact, Hugh was kind enough to provide the hard data, so you can play around with the numbers yourself and come to your own conclusions.

Read the report here:

http://authorearnings.com/the-report/

So what do you think about Hugh’s conclusions? Leave me a comment.

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