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How to Plot Your Way to the Best-Seller List

best-selling-author-wpWorking on a book? If your ambitions run beyond merely getting your manuscript published to making it a best-seller, you’ll need to start planning before you’ve written your first word. And we’re not talking about planning out your plot. To climb onto the best-seller list you’ll need to be a one-stop shop of writer, marketer and promoter.

Keep in mind however, that what you’ll be selling is not your book, but yourself. It’s your success in getting people to follow you, rather than your title, that is the key to sales:

This may seem a bit counterintuitive, but aggressively pushing your current title in lieu of promoting your personal brand as an author — is an ill-conceived plan that can actually stunt book sales. Literary mega-stars like Stephen King and John Grisham have a built-in fan base that buys every book they release, almost automatically. And that, says [author Tim Grahl], should be the goal of every writer — particularly those who have aspirations to write in multiple genres or cover various topics.

For more advice, including how to build your base, read: 6 Steps to Becoming a Best-Selling Author.

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Mediabistro is introducing its newest boot camp: Freelancing 101. This four-week interactive online event starts April 28, and teaches students the best way to start a freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients.

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, Mediabistro is inviting you to try your luck with code GETLUCKY. Register with the promotional code and you could win anywhere from $10-$50 OFF your registration! Make sure to sign-up before 3/17 to redeem this offer!

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NaNoWriMo Tip #23: Dial 911 for Writer’s Block

Stuck in your manuscript? Dial 911 for Writer’s Block over at the We Book site.

The handy writing guide will give you instant prompts for every writing need: better verbs, ways to kill a character, settings and endings. Just press a button on the phone pad to choose what kind of help you need.

This is our 23rd NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project. (Link via Word Inventor)

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Visit Your Genre Lounge

Looking for some online writing support?

The National Novel Writing Month team has created a collection of genre lounges for writers, letting you hang out online with people writing the same kind of book as you.

Some of the popular lounges include: Young Adult & Children’s LitScience Fiction, RomanceMystery, Thriller, & SuspenseFantasyHistorical Fiction, and Horror & Supernatural. Find your genre and make some online writing friends that you can work with after NaNoWriMo is finished.

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Stephen King Writing Secret & Why You Should Write by Hand: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including National Novel Writing Month tips, why you should write by hand and Stephen King’s imagery writing secrets.

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1. Free Bram Stoker Books for His Birthday

2. Why You Should Write By Hand

3. Shuffle Chapters Like A Playlist In This eBook

4. How Stephen King Writes Imagery

5. Turn Your Browser into a Typewriter

6. Tools to Outline Your Novel

7.  Kurt Vonnegut on Book Deals: ‘Carry on Without an Advance’

8. 10 Free Books That Might Change The Way You Look At Things

9. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook

10. How To Volunteer for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Market Your Publishing Experience to Writer’s Digest

Whether you’re a seasoned writer, an industry insider or someone looking to make their mark in the writing world, you can turn your experience into a byline for this mag. Writer’s Digest editor Jessica Strawser says her readers are looking for “specific ideas and tips that will help them succeed.”

However, make sure you hold authority in your proposed idea first. Strawser explained, “If you’re proposing an article on how to write a novel, we will expect you to have authored and published one.” Perspectives from writers who have “been there” are best.

Get more details in How To Pitch: Writer’s Digest. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Facebook Resources for GalleyCat Readers

The GalleyCat Facebook page has become an important part of our community outreach. In the upper right-hand corner of our blog, we’ve added a new permanent link to our page on the world’s biggest social network.

If you want to share your new book with GalleyCat readers, you can do it at this Facebook link. If you want to Facebook your upcoming literary event on GalleyCat, follow this link for directions.

We’ve also collected a number of resources for writers, readers and publishing professionals on the social network. Check it out…

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New York Public Library to Host All-Night Scavenger Hunt

In celebration of the New York Public Library’s centennial festival weekend, game designer Jane McGonigal has crafted the “Find the Future” scavenger hunt.

500 players will join the “Write All Night” event on May 20th. Inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, they will use laptops and smartphones to find 100 objects from the library’s collection of treasures and perform a related-writing challenge.

The video embedded above features a promo clip for the event; it seems to mimic The Da Vinci Code‘s film trailer. If you want to participate, just answer this question: “In the year 2021, I will become the first person to __________.” Submit your answer before 11:59 PM Pacific Time on April 21st.

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