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Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #12

When Short Previews Sell Better Than Long PreviewsIn the last post here, we discussed whether short or long previews help you sell more. Today, we're going to look at when -- based on my experience -- short previews are just fine.One word -- series, as in, when you publish more than one book featuring the same characters.For example, I'm in the middle of a three-book series right now. The first two parts have been published (…See More
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Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #11

How Much of a Preview Should You Give Readers of Your New Romance NovelIn the last post, we discussed One Simple Way to Sell More Copies of Your Romance Novel. I just want wanted to expand upon this tip a bit, which was all about letting readers know what you're working on from one novel to the next.My previews  are short (as little as 200 words) and long (over 1,500 words). Following are the actual word…See More
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Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #10

One Simple Way to Sell More Copies of Your Romance NovelI do what the big players like Harlequin do, ie, put a preview to upcoming and/or previously published titles at the end of each of each book you write.You already have a captive reader, so why not let them know what you're working on, or tell them about some of your other novels. I'm finding that my readers are going back and picking up other titles. I see surges in sales the more I publish.If readers like your work, they WILL invest in…See More
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Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #6

When Characters Start  to SpeakOne of the things that's surprised me as a romance writer is that characters take on a life of their own and start to speak, as I mentioned in this tip. They really, really do -- as if they're real people walking this earth, NOT some imaginary people you made up out of your head.So what do you do when this happens? Well, I've found that the best thing to do is to…See More
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Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #5

When you write romance, describing body parts can get repetitive. I mean, there are only so many ways to describe breasts, arms, chests, buttocks, etc., right?!I never realized this dilemma existed until I started writing romance. I've been writing and self-publishing ebooks online since 2002, and have published over 50 -- but almost all of them have been in the how-to, non-fiction genre.So, how do you…See More
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Yuwanda Black commented on the blog post 'Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #3'
"Oh God Diane, I could never write that late -- at least not romance. I can write "how to, non-fiction" all day and night. But romance writing requires more "fresh" brain cells -- so I have to do that during the day or what I…"
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Diane Jortner commented on the blog post 'Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #3'
"I checked out your book on Amazon.  I am not usually in for romance,  but it looks fun.  The best thing about writing in the morning for me is that then I actually go to bed at night.  If I put is off, I will start at 10:00 PM,…"
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New Release: Multi-Cultural Romance Novel – The Courage to Love

Have been focusing on writing more romance novels lately. Want to build my catalog up in this genre. This is my third romance in less than a year. Trapped by Desire (http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Desire-Yuwanda-Black-ebook/...), my second one, was an Amazon Top 100 seller. I'm currently working on my…See More
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How I'm Finding Time to Write: Part 5

In the last post in the “Finding Time to Write” series on July 3rd, I worked late in order to log my writing time. I was supposed to get up early on July 4th (a holiday in the states) to get some writing done – even though holidays and weekends are not normally slotted as working days for me. Following is how my writing has gone since my last post.Thur, July 4th: Did not write: Ohhhh,…See More
Jul 14, 2013
Yuwanda Black commented on the blog post 'How I'm Finding Time to Write: Part 4'
"I hear ya Alexandra.You hit the nail on the head when you said, "The most important thing to do is continue to find and fight for the time even if you only write one sentence."Sooo true!"
Jul 14, 2013

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I've been a freelance writer since 1993, an ebook writer/publisher since 2004 and an internet marketer since 2008.

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My primary residence is in Atlanta, but I live part time in Jamaica (Negril). I visited for the first time in 2009 and started going back on a regular basis. After so many trips (and so many expensive hotels) I thought, "It's cheaper to rent."

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In a phrase, "income stability." As long as I can write (ie, produce new products), I can make a living. How much I earn is entirely up to me. Thanks to places like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, you don't have to be famous to make a living as a writer.

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3 Weeks ’til Forever: A Contemporary Romance;

How to Make $250+/Day Writing Simple, 500-Word Articles;

Become a FT Self-Publisher: How to Make the Transition from Writing for Clients (or from a FT Job) to Writing for Yourself;

How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days, Market It & Start Getting Sales within a Week — Really!

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Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #12

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:47am 0 Comments

When Short Previews Sell Better Than Long Previews

In the last post here, we discussed whether short or long previews help you sell more. Today, we're going to look at when -- based on my experience -- short previews are just fine.

One word -- series, as in, when you publish more than one book featuring the same characters.

For example, I'm in the middle of a three-book series right now. The first two parts have been published (…

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Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #11

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

How Much of a Preview Should You Give Readers of Your New Romance Novel

In the last post, we discussed One Simple Way to Sell More Copies of Your Romance Novel. I just want wanted to expand upon this tip a bit, which was all about letting readers know what you're working on from one novel to the next.

My previews  are short…

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Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #10

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 7:55am 0 Comments

One Simple Way to Sell More Copies of Your Romance Novel

I do what the big players like Harlequin do, ie, put a preview to upcoming and/or previously published titles at the end of each of each book you write.

You already have a captive reader, so why not let them know what you're working on, or tell them about some of your other novels. I'm finding that my readers are going back and picking up other titles. I see surges in sales the more I…

Continue

Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #9

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

About Character Development

If you've been reading my romance writing tips, you know that my background is as a non-fiction, how-to business writer. I've written over 50 ebooks. But…

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Hi Yuwanda.  Thanks for friending me and welcome to She Writes!  Looking forward to knowing you!

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Thank you for the friend request, Yuwanda. I look forward to getting to know you!

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What? Your first? I'm honored! I'll have to pick your brain about Indie pubbing since I've just decided to go that route. You'll have lots of fun here on Shewrites. Lots of helpful, encouraging ladies! Are you also on Goodreads?

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