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5 Reasons Why I Switched from Traditional Publishing to Self-Publishing

Traditional Publishing to Self-Publishing Two years ago, I thought all my prayers had been answered after landing a traditional publishing deal for my uplifting trilogy of novels. However, upon regular bouts of pulling my hair out and eye rolls a-plenty, I quickly felt the siren call of self-publishing. I took the leap earlier this year. Why would I do such a thing? Read on . . . 1) Creative control You won’t be surprised to learn that, as an author, I am a creative beast. Emphasis on the word ‘beast’. Even though my previous publisher was a huge advocate for… Read More »5 Reasons Why I Switched from Traditional Publishing to Self-Publishing

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Should I Publish My Unproduced Screenplay To The Kindle?

Unproduced Screenplays You need to get your unproduced screenplay out there …  Every savvy Bang2writer knows this. But beyond building your own online platform, how can you get that unproduced screenplay in front of the people who matter? Recently I’ve had a number of enquiries from writers asking if they should publish their unproduced screenplays to Amazon Kindle. (They didn’t mean adapting their unproduced screenplay into a novel by the way … We’re talking straight-up publishing of the actual script to the Kindle). On the face of it, this might seem like a good idea. After all, Amazon is a… Read More »Should I Publish My Unproduced Screenplay To The Kindle?

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5 Tips From Authors Shortlisted In The 2021 Kindle Storyteller Awards

The 2021 Kindle Storyteller Award The shortlisted for the 2021 Kindle Storyteller Awards this year has been released. The award, now in its fifth year, celebrates newly-published independent books by authors across any genre. The Kindle Storyteller Awards is a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts. The 2021 Kindle Storyteller Awards shortlist is made up of … Escape to Hummingbird Hotel by… Read More »5 Tips From Authors Shortlisted In The 2021 Kindle Storyteller Awards

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Oi Writers, This Is Not A ‘Real’ Publishing Deal

Want A Traditional Publishing Deal? If you want a publishing deal, you’re not alone. Loads of Bang2writers get in touch with me, asking about how they can get that elusive publishing deal with one of the ‘Big 5’. In the UK, these are usually considered to be … Penguin/Random House Hachette Book Group Harper Collins Simon and Schuster Macmillan Obviously, different countries will have different big publishers at the top. Traditional publishing deals can also be struck with smaller independent publishers that are not the ‘Big 5’. In addition, more authors than ever before are self publishing. Myself, I’m what’s… Read More »Oi Writers, This Is Not A ‘Real’ Publishing Deal

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your eBook Failed

All About Ebook Marketing You had high hopes for your eBook, but it failed to deliver the results you wanted. So, what happened? Why did your eBook fail? Here are a few probable reasons for your eBook not getting the reception it should have, plus what you can do about it … 1)   Poor Promotion = Failed eBook Your eBook failed because you didn’t promote it the right way. You didn’t generate any leads with your eBook because your promotional campaign fell short of being successful. To promote your eBook, you need to rely on both online and offline marketing tactics.  You need… Read More »Top 5 Reasons Why Your eBook Failed

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Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make With Erotica

Cringey Capers You only have to dip into the erotica section of Amazon to see that it is distressingly easy to write poor sexy tales.  Yet just by following a few simple rules you can lift your erotica from tacky to tantalising … Just don’t make any of THESE clangers … 1) No story! Where’s the story? If you are going to write your own sexual fantasies, then don’t forget to make it part of the story and not just a cold happening. 2) Being OTT Keep it your erotica simple and relatable. Use something ordinary and familiar as your starting point-… Read More »Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make With Erotica

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Merry Christmas from B2W!

Bang2write will be back in the new year In the meantime, feel free to get your scriptchat on over on the Bang2writers FB group! JOIN HERE. If you’re looking for writing help and free PDF resources to download, CLICK HERE. If you’d like to give ME a Christmas gift, then I’d love a review! You can review the Bang2write main site, HERE or any of my books you’ve read on their Amazon listings HERE, or Goodreads HERE. Even just one sentence is a big help. Thank you! Also, if you’re at a loose end this holiday, then you may be… Read More »Merry Christmas from B2W!

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How To Write An Outstanding Bio Online

It’s no secret writers need a way to stand out on all of their platforms. We only have a few seconds to convince readers to stay engaged, or they will find something else to occupy their minds. One way to do this is create a compelling bio. It’s worth your time to craft an amazing bio, instead of just throwing one together, because your bio can help you gain more fans on so many different platforms! Bios can be found on your website, your twitter profile, your Amazon book pages, your Amazon author page, your Facebook profile and pages, on blog… Read More »How To Write An Outstanding Bio Online

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6 Essential eBooks For Writers – For FREE!

Many thanks to Bang2writer Tace Dorris for taking the time to round up some really useful FREE writing resources for us all. She’s tracked down some excellent info, so make sure you download one of these for a little light reading this weekend. Enjoy and over to you, Tace … So, you finally started writing – great! Then you realise you may not have the knowledge needed to create that fantastic script/ novel or blog piece you know you have in you.  Most of us make do with what’s available online and the advice out there can be quite conflicting.… Read More »6 Essential eBooks For Writers – For FREE!

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How NOT To Pitch Agents: 21 Tips For Writers

How Not to Pitch Agents If you want to pitch agents, you have come to the right place. One of the most oft-hit articles on B2W is 29 Ways NOT To Submit To An Agent by BFLA’s Carole Blake. So, with LondonSWF around the corner, I thought now was a good time to invite another agent to give her tips … So please welcome Jennifer Johnson-Blalock! Jennifer is a lit agent in New York and is offering her top tips on how NOT to pitch at conferences and pitchfests. There’s some stellar advice here on how to pitch agents, so… Read More »How NOT To Pitch Agents: 21 Tips For Writers

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5 Reasons To Write **Where** You Know

Everyone’s familiar with the writing adage “Write WHAT You Know”, but not everyone thinks about how WHERE they know can help their writing, too. So when Richard suggested looking at storyworld in this way, I jumped at the chance for a guest post … Over to you, Richard! Reason Number 1: The setting is your story’s principal supporting character Traditional writing wisdom says writers should write **what** they know. ‘What’ you know informs the storyline of what you write. But that maxim overlooks the fact that the action (and the inaction) of any story occurs in a setting. That setting often… Read More »5 Reasons To Write **Where** You Know

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A Look In The Spec Pile: 12 #Twisted50 Thoughts

So, the first round of Create50’s Twisted: 50 Vol 1 reading is done and judging is well underway … I read approximately 120 stories of the 500 (approx) that were submitted to Twisted:50 initiative, so here are some thoughts from reading them: 1) The Boring Stuff First up, the boring stuff like punctuation, grammar, spelling etc: I’m happy to report this was mostly very good. There were some obvious typos here and there, plus a couple of the Non-native english speaking writer made classic errors this ex-TEFL teacher spotted. But overall, I saw very few stories that were absolute shockers on… Read More »A Look In The Spec Pile: 12 #Twisted50 Thoughts

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