Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easy Cash Writing

Dear Fellow Writer,

Seems like my newsletters are now monthly as opposed to weekly!

It's not intentional - just that I've been completely wrapped up in getting my latest book finished - all 509 pages of it!

So, without further ado, I can now reveal...

Easy Cash Writing!


Finally: the complete guide to creating a full-time freelance writing career from the world's foremost writing guru, Rob Parnell. 

This massive digital volume is a unique writing resource for new writers who want to get paid for their work. It is also a comprehensive motivational system that enables you to start writing from just five to ten minutes a day and progress to becoming a well-paid Easy Cash Writing professional - within days or weeks, if that's what you truly want.

Full of tips, tricks and strategies for realistic, proven writing success, Easy Cash Writing shows you how to pitch and write for freelance markets. It shows you exactly what to do to achieve your creative dreams. Better than that, it tells you exactly what not to do and what to avoid in your quest for financial independence as a full-time writer.

Ten years in the making, meticulously researched and previously unavailable to anyone 'outside' of The Easy Way to Write website, this book has always been Rob Parnell's most popular and effective writing resource. Now available in one volume with thirty eight all-new chapters and almost two thousand paying markets - and ONLY paying markets - for freelance writers, novelists, nonfiction authors and budding journalists.

If you've ever considered changing your life by becoming a very well-paid writer, working from home, being free to do what you want, when you want to do it, then this is the book you've been waiting for.

In this brand new version of Easy Cash Writing, Rob Parnell shows you how to make serious cash from writing in all sorts of arenas you've probably never heard of - or even thought of. It is a pro-active program created to help you venture effortlessly into the world of making money from writing. It also shows you how to organize your new career and how to best strategize for continual profit.

Basically, Easy Cash Writing is an holistic approach to making real money from writing - from someone who knows how it's done, and has been there, done that, for the last fifteen years, on a daily basis.

The fact is: writing gigs are everywhere. Most, if not all, are open to freelance writers. You just have to know where (and how) to look and apply yourself like a professional. Often we need guidance to do that. No worries. Rob Parnell will personally take you by the hand and guide you through the myriad of writing markets out there and show you how to easily achieve freelance writing success - and quickly.

This unique volume takes you step-by-step through the process of writing and submitting to markets based on minimum word count. It not only shows you the markets but also HOW to write for them with clear and proven examples and strategies. This books details how you can immediately start earning real cash, real soon, with your own words.

Here's a brief sampling of what Easy Cash Writing covers:

* Freelancing as a Career ($100K+ per year)
* Article Pitching to Magazines
* Writing Quick Fillers
* Short Story Writing for Profit
* Writing Letters for Big Cash
* Serious Revenue from Blogs ($5000 a month)
* Self publishing on-line and off-line (no limit to your earnings)
* Building Multiple Sources of Income
* Ghost Writing
* Submitting Short Comedy Sketches
* Easy TV/Movie work
* Writing Slogans
* The Real Truth about Copywriting,
* The Greeting Card Market
* Poetry, Song Lyrics and Rap
* Flash and Fan Fiction
* Genre Fiction Writing
* Recipes and Cookery Books
* Kid's Picture Books and YA novels
* Grants and Funding for Writers,
* Free Entry Competitions,
* Comic Strips / Cartoons
* Pitching nonfiction to publishers
* Reviewing for a Living
* Writing Website Content
* Travel Writing
* Small Business Literature
* Ad Writing for Success
* Using Google Adsense, Facebook and Social Marketing
* And so much more!

Get in the know and launch your high-paying Easy Cash Writing career today!
Keep Writing!

Rob Parnell

Thursday, March 27, 2014

9 Quick Tips for Kindle Success

When I first decided to transfer all of my courses from my Easy Way To Write website to the digital marketplace, I did a lot of research on e-book platforms before deciding to focus all of my efforts on Amazon Kindle. I may well have been hasty in my decision-making but here are my findings:

iStore is too focused on promoting A-list authors and traditionally-published books to be of much use to the independent author. Plus, I’ve never much liked Apple’s insistence on incompatibility with the rest of humanity.

Kobo seems to have a tacky feel to it. Many of the books’ covers look decidedly self-published and I didn’t want to associate my work with them.

Google have so many conditions attached to how and why you should publish with them, not least implying that the books you publish won’t belong to you anymore, that working with them just didn’t feel right.

Nook seems to me to be too small a marketplace when the Kindle is by the far the e-reader of choice.

There are many other online booksellers, of course, but my feeling was that if I wasn’t overly familiar with them, chances are nobody else would be.

Amazon is the largest retailer on the Internet. I like that they also sell lots of other products as well as books. Their commitment to customer service is legendary. Best of all, they make it very easy to publish e-books with them. Oh, and now that I’ve been with them for long enough, I can confirm that their accounting, royalty reporting and payment practices are totally faultless.

As far as the independent author is concerned, there really is no other place to be. No other website offers the independent author the chance to actually make a living from being a writer - and literally within weeks of uploading self-published books. I know this to be true from my own experience.

Nine Quick Tips for Amazon Kindle Success


I won’t overly dwell on what you should do to achieve success quickly with Amazon. There are already many fine books and blogs on the subject. However, because my experience may be different, I will list what I believe is the utmost course to take with nine quick tips for Amazon Kindle success.

1. Write the very best manuscript you can, have it edited properly and ideally beta-read by other writers before putting it online. This will save you a lot of heartache and bad reviews in the long term.

2. Get a good cover. Don’t design it yourself. Use a graphic designer. Go to www.fiverr.com for a reasonably priced one.

3. Write your book description like it’s an old-fashioned sales page, use urgent, dramatic prose and insert a strong call to action.

4. Don’t forget to create an author bio with authorcentral.com Upload a good quality picture of yourself and make your resume light and fun.

5. Choose prices to maximize sales, not your profit. $2.99 is a good price for a Kindle book because you get 70% royalties and the buyer gets a good deal.

6. Choose your book categories and keywords with a view to maintaining a high chart position. Getting into an Amazon chart is your main concern. Once you’re there, the book sales will follow.

7. Exploit Kindle Countdown Deals whenever you can. They increase sales and keep you in the chart for longer.

8. Don’t overly focus on giving away free books. You have to give away an awful lot to make a sizable difference to your career. Plus, it’s recently been suggested that 99% of freeloaders don’t even read the books they download.

9. Don’t worry about getting reviews for your books. The difference they make is negligible, whether they’re good or bad. Besides which, the strongest sales period should occur before you have any reviews at all.

I realize much of the above advice goes against the prevailing hype. There again, it’s based on the experience of someone who actually sells lots of Kindle books - and not on the wishful thinking of those who’d probably like to.

Self-Promotion

Again, there’s so much information available on author self-promotion that it would be silly to simply repeat here what you can find elsewhere. 

Suffice it to say that many online strategies for selling books don’t work very well. There, I said it. But clearly having an online presence can be advantageous and fun - if you like that kind of thing.

Writing a regular blog will keep you in the public eye, as will tweeting, but don’t expect a mountain of sales to eventuate. Social marketing is primarily about interaction and exposure and the opportunity to share time with other online social butterflies. Don’t make the mistake of believing that if only you could think of the right social marketing strategy then your success would be assured. It actually doesn’t work this way round. It is successful books that make you more appealing to social marketing participants. Hence, the very best way to achieve more success as an independent author is to write another book. Just releasing it will create far more buzz - and money - than any amount of online social marketing will ever do.


Truly.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Interview With Rob Parnell

Dear Fellow Writer,

This week I want to share an interview I did the other day with a great guy called Nick Vulich. He's passionate about helping writers sell their work and has kindly taken an interest in my books recently. I'll let the interview speak for itself!

Interview with Author Rob Parnell 

Today I’m talking with Rob Parnell. Rob writes thrillers with a supernatural edge. When he isn’t doing that, he’s writing books in his Easy Way to Write series. His latest book is The Writer and the Hero’s Journey.

Both you and your wife are writers, does that create a bit of tension or competition between the two of you? Do you hide your work away from each other, or do you share it as you are writing?

Rob: I guess Robyn and I are just soul mates. We were meant to be. We’ve never felt any rivalry. We edit and proof each other’s work. We brainstorm story ideas and encourage each other. Fiction wise we have different directions. Robyn’s primarily a children’s writer and I tend to go for more adult thrillers and horror. We’ve collaborated on writing screenplays though, that contain elements of each other’s genre. Sometimes we even sit next to each other and type out manuscripts together. I’ve never met anyone else I could do that with!

You’ve been training new authors for ten years now, what’s the hardest part of writing for a new author to get a handle on?

Rob: Probably the confidence to let go and allow the writing habit grab a hold of you. Too many new writers let their personality and issues get in the way of creativity. Writing should feel natural and easy, an extension of who you are. My view is that if you’re finding writing difficult, you’re probably not doing it right! New authors often need to relax and stop being so hard on themselves.

The Writer and the Hero's Journey is a little deeper and harder to follow than most of your books. The first time I heard about Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I was sitting in an American literature class taught by David Morrell (of Rambo fame) at the University of Iowa back in the late seventies. It’s a powerful concept to wrap your head around at first, that we all have this innate ability to understand the hero’s journey. Can you give a really short run down about the hero’s journey, and how it can help writers structure their stories?

Rob: Thanks for reading The Hero’s Journey book. Currently it’s the one I’m most proud of. I tried to incorporate lots of influences from writers, stories old and new and my own story as a way of ‘proving’ that the hero’s journey concept is alive and well – and very pertinent to the writing of commercial stories. Indeed, as you imply, Rambo is another ideal example of the hero’s journey, as is Rocky, of course.

Basically, the idea is that you take a normal person and thrust them into a series of increasingly difficult tests in order for him or her to gain wisdom and in the process, become a hero. Clearly this loose structure lends itself to the old idea of placing obstacles in the way of protagonists in order to provide an entertaining story. The hero’s journey structure just formalizes this process – and explains why a story needs to be told this way to be truly satisfying and meaningful.

When it comes to movies especially, a hero’s path and decision-making must be entirely believable. The hero’s journey taps into the human condition, thereby allowing the audience to follow the hero, identify with him or her and completely relate to the character. This must happen for the story to be successful, IMHO!

In The Art of Story you say “we don’t communicate through words…We actually communicate with our senses – in pictures, sounds, smells, and other physical reactions to stimuli – and, most importantly, with emotions.” Why is that such a hard concept for new writers to understand? Can you suggest a way to naturally connect with those emotions in everyday writing?

Rob: If this is a tough concept to understand it’s because we do it to ourselves. We learn to write believing that the words themselves have power and we expend a lot of energy trying to make the words work for us. But the more you write you realize the words are just the tools we use to express ideas and emotions. We need to get past the words – and really get to grips with what we’re trying to describe effectively. It’s a process of undoing what we’re taught. I guess that’s why it seems like a difficult process. The best advice is just to write more – and try not to think too hard about the words. Concentrate on feelings, images and ideas first, and then write quickly. Then edit to clarify the images and meanings rather than obscure them through literary verbosity.

Another concept you write about in The Art of Story is that, “To become an effective author, you’ll need to be take ideas and develop them. The trick is to not write ideas down in concrete form too soon.” I find most of my better ideas develop naturally when I let them fester in my brain for a while. A lot of times I’ll wake up at three or four in the more, and the developed idea is there waiting for me to pound it out on the computer. Is that what you’re getting a here?

Rob: Yes, it’s good to wait until you feel a sense of ‘completeness’ and ‘symmetry’ to your inspiration before you commit to finalizing the idea in writing. Mainly because we tend to love what we write and don’t want to mess with the words – even if the concept isn’t fully developed yet.

This can lead to blocks because you don’t want to screw things up and start again – even when that might be the best route to take. Developing ideas in your mind first is just about saving writing time in the long run.

One of the things you talk about is to illustrate story-beats with action. Could you elaborate a little more about story beats? A lot of authors talk about developing story-beats. What exactly are they, and how can authors use them to make their stories more compelling?

Rob: Ah, the big question! What each of us regards as a story beat is inherently personal. It’s usually based on a feeling of what will make good plot point. If you write a series of dot points that might sum up your proposed story, for instance, each of those dot points will be a story beat. In novels especially a story beat may just be the way a protagonist feels at one particular time. In screenplays the story beat is a more formalized idea. Usually a slight emotional turning point in the text, or an event that sparks a reaction in a character, right up to the bad guy setting off a bomb or shooting someone. Story beats can be any of these things. The point of story beats is to increase empathy by manipulating emotions in the reader or viewer.

Effectively ‘showing’ story beats intensifies that empathy. For instance, say you have a girl who is in love with some guy. In a novel she might internalize that emotion, letting the reader know but without ‘proving’ it. That’s passive storytelling. But when the girl touches the guy unexpectedly and says ‘I love you’ you’re showing that beat with action and the reader feels a jolt of emotion – and empathy – because the story beat ‘tugs’ at the reader’s own experience of being in the girl’s shoes. I hope this makes sense of the issue a little. It’s a complex one. If you want total overkill on the subject of story beats, I recommend you read Story by Robert McKee.

When you talk about plotting, you say “Best-selling novels tend to have very simple ideas at their heart.” One example you gave was The Da Vinci Code. The premise of the story was, “What if the Catholic church was based on a lie?” Or with Harry Potter, “What if a normal school boy was secretly a wizard?” Should your plot really be that simple?

Rob: To be fair, I’m not sure many authors work this way round. Sometimes it’s very hard to encapsulate our ideas into natty little sound-bites, even though it’s become increasingly necessary for us to do so. I think the notion I was trying to get across is that when you have an idea that can be neatly expressed in one sentence, it’s more likely the book might become a bestseller.

It’s not that the premise need be simple, only that the encapsulation of it should be intriguing in as few words as possible!

In The Easy Way to Write Thrillers you make the point that genre dictates the way authors need to write the story. You say, “The problem with many of Sherlock Holmes’ stories is that the reader is sometimes presented with solutions they could never have guessed. Nowadays that’s not playing entirely fair.” One thing a lot of new and experienced writers do is blur the lines between genres, or break the implied rules of their genre. How big of a problem is that?

Rob: I’m impressed that not only have you read my books but that you can quote from them so thoroughly! Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate what impression your words are going to make on readers, so it’s nice to know someone’s taking notice. Thanks for that.

Anyway, I think blurring the lines between genres is healthy. For too long the traditional publishing industry has told us we can’t do that. I don’t agree. I think readers are much more savvy and flexible than they’re often given credit for being. At the end of the day it’s about context and what is believable. As long as the author goes out of his or her way to deal effectively with the story world in a way that doesn’t threaten to undermine the reader’s ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ then almost anything is acceptable.

Much of the time it’s about not messing with the reader’s expectations too much. So if you’re writing a gritty urban crime thriller, then you don’t want to suddenly introduce a magic time portal that enables the detective to solve the case at the end. However, if the reader knows right up front, that a detective uses his magic time portal to solve crimes then that’s acceptable.

Another concept you talk about is character development. “Characters are the backbone of any thriller. Get them right and you’re half way there.” Then you suggest “archetypes are instantly recognizable character ‘types’ ingrained deep in our subconscious through experience, dreams, and instincts.” Can you talk about this for a minute? How important are archetypes to character development? And, how can an author use archetypes to draw readers into their characters and make them more believable?

Rob: The best characters are a combination of archetype and credible personalities. Too much focus on one facet and you’ll end up with something either wooden or too confusing. It’s a bit like the way we deal with people in the real world. Our first instinct is to ‘type’ people, something we do as a survival instinct. We need to classify people quickly as either friend or foe, good or evil. Then we look deeper. We look for humanity to confirm or deny our initial impressions. Then we learn to love or hate the people we study. If you use the same process when creating fictional constructs, you should end up with believable characters.

Finally, is there anything else you’d like us to know about Rob Parnell?

Rob: Hmmm. Not sure. I think I put a lot of myself in the books I write, some people might say too much! I’m just trying to help writers see that there might be solutions to all the big and small writing questions, especially in the area of achieving monetary success. I’m also very keen on music composition and filmmaking. Creativity generally. If I had to pin down a legacy, I’d like to be known as the guy who tried to inspire people to become more confident in their abilities, and not be afraid to feel empowered through creativity. I think our future lies in learning how to be independent artists that literally use our minds to create a better world.

Keep Writing!

Rob Parnell


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

March to a Bestseller

Dear Fellow Writer,

This week we have a special event. I'm one of sixteen authors who have reduced the prices of their Amazon books for just one day! Today!

Click on any of the covers below to take a peak.


March to a Bestseller

 
Here are the books for the "March to a Bestseller" event! On February 28, 2014, all the books will be dropped to 99 cents! Click on the book covers (above) or the links/covers (below) to check out the books on Amazon. 

Go back to the Facebook event to chat with the authors during the event. 


From the Description of Writing Online

"If you're tired of chasing low paying writing gigs, want to take your writing to the next level, and finally make the great living you deserve, I'm here to share what I've learned along the way."

The book has 29 five-star reviews (out of 29 reviews). Author Sean Platt is the co-author of more than 60 books and is well-known as one of the co-hosts of the Self Publishing Podcast. 


 From the description of How to Write for Kindle

"(This) is a no-fluff guide for writers on-the-go who have something to say and not a lot of time to say it. (Get the book) if you're ready to say 'hello' to increased income, pride of product, and the thrill of seeing your name on a great book." 

The book has a 4.6 out of 5 average with 137 reviews. Author Nancy Hendrickson has written 7 books for authors, bloggers and freelance writers. 
 

From the description of Fire Up Your Fiction (formerly Style that Sizzles & Pacing for Power): 

"If you're looking to hone your style, bring your scenes to life, tighten up your writing, add tension, pick up the pace, and develop a more authentic, appealing voice, this guide to the indispensable style elements of writing a popular novel is for you." 

The book has a 4.8 out of 5 average with 64 reviews. Jodie Renner is an award-winning writer and a sought-after freelance fiction editor. 


From the description of Writing Habit Mastery

"In Writing Habit Mastery you'll learn how to incorporate writing into your daily routine. What you'll get is a strategy and list of tools that will help you develop a sustainable writing habit and demolish writer's block." 

The book has a 4.5 out of 5 average with 54 reviews. S.J. Scott has written over 20 books on writing, productivity and blogging. 



"In this concise guide co-founder of the 30 Day Books studio Laura Pepper Wu shares actionable tips and secrets that you can use to skyrocket the sales of your book and find new readers in places far outside of your current network."

This book has a 4.8 out of 5 average with 44 reviews. Laura Pepper Wu has written six books. 


From the description of Your First 1,000 Copies

"In Your First 1000 Copies, seasoned book marketing expert Tim Grahl walks you through how successful authors are using the online marketing tools to build their platform, connect with readers and sell more books."

The book has a 4.8 out of 5 average with 104 reviews. Tim has worked with over 100 different authors, including New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey. 

From the description of Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View

"This handbook shows you how to perform the transformation from ordinary narrative to deep narrative in clear, easy-to-master steps. I invite you to sweep your writing to the next level with a technique that creates immediacy and intimacy with your readers." 

The book has a 4.5 out of 5 average with 158 reviews. Jill Elizabeth Nelson is the author of 13 books. 

From the description for 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2
"Far beyond the typical, 'It was a dark and stormy night...' story starters, this new collection of 1,000 prompts has been specifically formulated to dig deep into the creative process. The prompts employ thought-provoking questions, imaginative scenarios and humor to help writers of all ages defeat writer’s block." 

The book has a 4.4 out of 5 average with 79 reviews. Bryan Cohen has written 33 books. 

From the description for Author Publicity Pack

"(This book outlines) over 750 places that authors of all genres can get publicity for themselves and their books. Also includes 100+ additional resources specifically for Christian authors."

The book has a 4.6 out of 5 average with 85 reviews. Shelley Hitz and Heather Hart have written more than 30 books between them and co-manage TrainingAuthors.com.  

From the description for The Writer's Tune-up Manual

"The Manual gives you a real opportunity to flex your literary muscles by laying out detailed, often difficult assignments. Nobody said that becoming the best writer you can would be easy, so roll up your sleeves, flex your fingers, and get ready to take your writing to a whole new level!" 

The book has a 4.7 out of 5 average with 19 reviews. Craig has written 10 books. 

From the description of Practical Emotional Structure

"Turbocharge your story with Practical Emotional Structure. A simple, plain-English craft of writing guide designed to connect you with your readers using emotional theory and the power of the transformational character arc." 

The book has a 4.6 out of 5 average with 19 reviews. Jodi Henley has done more than 51 workshops and presentations. 


From the description of The Easy Way to Write a Novel That Sells

"With step by step, no nonsense tips, techniques and simple strategies, this book will enable you to turn your most treasured dream - to write a novel that sells - into a reality." 

This book has a 4.8 out of 5 average with 14 reviews. Rob Parnell has written over 40 non-fiction self-help titles. 



"How Do I Decide? is a concise, definitive resource that will guide you through the decision, allowing you to ignore the noise and hype and focus on the right path for YOU."

The book has a 4.7 out of 5 average with 38 reviews. Rachelle Gardner is a literary agent with Books & Such Literary.  

From the description for How to Write Dialogue
 
"In How to Write Dialogue you'll learn how to format your dialogue, how to add variety to your dialogue, when you should use dialogue and when you shouldn't, how to write dialogue unique to each of your characters, tricks for handling dialect and much more!" 

The book has a 5.0 out of 5 average with five reviews. Marcy Kennedy is the author of the Busy Writer's Guide series. 
 
From the description of Make Money Online, Volume 2

"Working online for a company or creating your own home-based business can erase debt, allow you to travel and in some cases make you very rich. This book will help you." 

The book has a 4.2 out of 5 average with 71 reviews. Connie Brentford is a bestselling author who has sold over 70,000 books. 

From the description of Writing Fight Scenes

"Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement. There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns."

The book has a 4.5 out of 5 average with 64 reviews. Rayne Hall is the author of forty books in different genres and under different pen names. 

Remember to visit the Facebook event to chat with all the authors on February 28, 2014! 

Keep Writing!

Rob Parnell

Thursday, February 20, 2014

TV Writing for Profit - the Great Untapped Writers' Market

We've released YET ANOTHER GREAT writing resource this week! And yes, this fascinating look into PAID writing for the visual media is just 99 CENTS at Amazon.com. Right NOW!

Here's the cover:



Get it now - before the book goes up to full price!


TV Writing for PROFIT


You'd have to agree that television is one of the miracles of our modern technological age. It’s all around us. News, drama, sports, sitcoms, reality and game shows pour mercilessly into our lives. It’s so prevalent, we take it for granted – and we writers still don’t get it.

The simple fact is: the entire TV industry is based on writing. Nothing gets made, no programs commissioned, no stars employed without tons and tons of writing behind the scenes. All of which is very well paid and easily available to freelance writers.

So why do freelance writers often ignore writing for TV?

TV networks and producers are always complaining that there simply aren’t enough writers in the business. This seems crazy to me. As an online writing mentor I’m in contact with thousands of freelance writers that would kill for a gig. Any writing gig. And yet, most writers either think that TV writing is beyond them or perhaps, beneath them.

TV unites and comforts us all. It enriches us and our families. The small screen inspires, informs and entertains, transforming our lives since its invention last century in a myriad of incalculable ways.

Let's face it - we love it.

But have you ever asked yourself if you could write for TV?

Fact is, someone has to - because the TV networks need a constant and never-ending supply of new shows. And they pay freelance writers extremely well to invent and produce them.

Did you know you can walk into a TV network with just an idea for a TV show – having less than half a page of words actually written down – and walk out with $5000?

This is no fantasy. It happens every day.

It’s called ‘development money’, and to a TV network it’s chicken-feed compared to what a program costs to make. That’s why they don’t mind giving it to you.

Recently my wife and I were involved in a TV workshop that was paid for by various funding bodies including production companies and the networks. The workshop’s sole purpose was to generate commercial ideas for TV drama shows. There were seventeen of us in a hall designed to hold three hundred – and seventeen was all the freelance writers they could find who were interested in TV writing in a state of over one point six million people!

Of the seventeen, a whopping nine participants, including my wife and I, got development money and promises of more once we actually started writing. Basically, more than HALF of us got paid to write a short proposal for a TV drama series. When you consider that the odds of getting a $5000 advance from a book publisher is about one in ten thousand, you can immediately see that TV writing is an obvious way to go – for any writer who actually wants to get paid.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, that development money doesn’t need to be repaid. If our program goes to air then the money will be absorbed into the budget. But if the program doesn’t manage to make it to the screen – then the money’s written off. The fact is only about one in a hundred shows that go through ‘development’ ever make it to the screen anyway – so you can actually be a very well paid working writer, even if nobody’s ever heard of you or your work. 

And of course, if your writing does make it to the screen, the rewards are astronomical. $100,000 for a forty-two-minute broadcast script is the starting point.

Okay, so now you’re thinking you should give this TV writing thing a try, right? I hope so!

Your next question is bound to be, do I have what it takes?

And the answer is: if you’re any kind of writer, of course you do.

The fact is writing for TV is not that hard. It’s certainly easier than writing novels, even short stories and articles. This is because, get this, the actual writing is literally the last thing most TV executives want to see. They’re happy to discuss ideas, commission development, perhaps see the odd proposal and pay you to put together some kind of ‘bible’ for your series idea – I explain all this stuff in greater detail in my TV Writing book – but really, the writing is, at first, seemingly the thing of least interest to them. They assume you can do that because you came to them – and, if by some chance you write very badly, as far as they’re concerned, they can always get someone else in to write the scripts – but you’ll still get paid as the creator of the idea.

Because it’s ideas that TV thrives on.

And coming up with ideas is what we writers do best, right?

So let’s get to it! Click on the link below to discover the inside info on this fascinating, glamorous and fun writer's market.

Just 99 cents right now!

Keep Writing!


Rob Parnell

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Show Don't Tell: The Ultimate Writers' Guide

Dear Fellow Writer,

Many thanks for tuning in this week.

Today it's my wife's turn to dazzle and amaze! Her latest ebook is called, Show Don't Tell: The Ultimate Writers' Guide

Here's the cover:
 

And yes, for just a few short hours, this brand new writing resource is available from Amazon Kindle for just ninety nine cents!

Get it now - before the book goes up to full price.


What Is Show Don't Tell?


Do you finally want to learn the secret to all great fiction writing?

Do you aspire to write like a bestselling author?

Would you love publishers to sit up and take notice of your stories?

Robyn Opie Parnell, bestselling author of over NINETY published books, says: "I can’t stress how important it is to grasp the profound difference between showing and telling in your fiction writing."

But what does the phrase 'Show, Don't Tell' actually mean?

What is the one simple ingredient that all bestselling novels have in common? The one trait that keeps readers hooked from beginning to end? The one quality that has editors begging for more manuscripts? The authors of these books, whether they're published by a traditional publisher or self-published on-line with sites like Amazon, are all masters in the art of showing and not telling.

Let's face it, publishers are going to demonstrate a massive preference for professionally written manuscripts containing every ingredient possible to make sure the chances of success are maximized. Therefore, in order for them to choose your manuscripts, you positively need to 'show' and not 'tell' your stories. That's a given. But the art of actively 'showing' your story to readers versus merely 'telling' them is not a skill that comes easily to many writers. However, it is a skill that can be learned - by anyone with a will for writing success.

In her time as a writing teacher and mentor, Robyn has been forced to realize that many writers simply don’t know what 'show don't tell' actually entails – even when they think they do and even when they say they do!

What about you? Do you know how to turn tired, dry storytelling into vivid and compelling prose? Even if you do (in principle), do you still experience difficulty actually changing the way you tell stories? Well, maybe that’s because nobody in authority, someone who really knows, has ever gone out of their way to explain what to do and how it's done in a down-to-earth, practical and easily achievable way. Until now.

Show Don't Tell: The Ultimate Writers' Guide from Robyn Opie Parnell, the bestselling author of over ninety published books, can now help you enhance your own fiction writing from the comfort of your computer. This comprehensive guide will show you how bestselling authors use the technique of 'show, don't tell' to create their masterpieces. You’ll learn how they instantly hook audiences into each novel and keep them breathlessly turning pages until the very end.

This Ultimate Writers' Guide features ten in-depth chapters and exercise segments on show don't tell: what it is and how it works, fiction genres, characters, dialogue, conflict, plot progression, short story writing and editing for maximum effect. Each module ends with a set of simple exercises to help you hone your own writing skills.

Show, don’t tell. It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? But do you really know the difference? Telling is so implicit in the soul of so many writers, it could be you’re not even aware when you’re doing it to the detriment of your success. Don’t take the risk that you’re missing out on your chance to become a bestselling author.

If you’re in any doubt whatsoever about show don't tell, you MUST read this book.  Get it here:

This book contains specific examples from accomplished authors like EL James, JK Rowling, James Patterson, Stephen King, Dan Brown and many more.

Keep Writing!


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