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January 2012


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I know, I know, this newsletter is super late.  It seems I just get started on something, and I get interrupted.  <sigh>  School holidays - I hate them.

Don't get me wrong, I love my grandchildren, I just don't like them being home on holidays full-time for six weeks straight. And neither do they - they get bored, we all get testy.

And it's very difficult to go somewhere every day of the holidays, or even a few days every week.

So, it's been an... interesting few weeks since Christmas. 

I'm never very productive over the school holidays, and this year has been no different.

Less than a week to go until school is back.  Not only will I breathe a sigh of relief, the kids are itching to get back too.

They miss their friends, although there have been 'play dates' over the holidays, but with a select few friends.

I love them for sure, but I do love school terms. A lot.  LOL

Oh, and just to hold the newsletter up more, we had a power surge yesterday.  It turned off our computers without notice, and I lost all the Writer2Writer sites from the website program on my computer.  Thankfully, only temporarily.

Our powersavers/surge protectors didn't work. Yes, they're being replaced! (It took several hours, but hubby was able to restore the files I'd lost. Phew!)

Those who have been reading this newsletter for at least a couple of months received a download of my latest ebook as a gift. It was written originally as a way to make in.come for Christmas. 

Many people wrote to me saying it's a year round book.  They're right, it really is, so putting a Christmas cover on it was probably a silly idea.

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And definitely feel free to give it away to anyone you like.

Recently I had the privilege to review a short report aimed at both internet marketers and writers.

The report is fairly short at just 20 pages, and is a quick read. It is priced low at only $9.

One of the things that stood out for me with this report was not the section on how to write reports, but rather the information on how to find what to write about. 

This is nearly always an issue for writers of any skill level, and even now, I still find it can be a problem for me.

There were some great nuggets inside this report, and it's well worth the asking price. However, as you've probably already realized merely because of the length of the report, it does not go totally indepth into some of the ideas discussed. (For example, at the end of the report it suggests a variety of ways to present your report, but doesn't tell you how to do it.)

The report is accompanied by a one-page "Report Outline Template".  For some people, this alone may be worthwhile the $9 purchase price.


This report was designed to get you started, and provide ideas on writing reports, making money from them, and repeating the process. 

If that sounds like something you'd like to try your hand at, $9 is not a big investment.

The creator is offering a 30 day refund guarantee, so you risk nothing by checking it out.

I have no idea how much longer this price will be applicable, but it is set to rise.


Okay, onto this issue.

Paul Callaghan addresses a few issues that many writers face on a regular basis, and from Dawn Carrington comes the third article in the series about creating book trailers.

That's it from me, time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…


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Buzzing Into Sales
with Book Videos (Part 3)

©Dawn Carrington - All Rights Reserved


Once you’ve generated some buzz with your book video, you’ll want to concentrate on making the buzz make money for you. This where creativity comes in. You’ve heard the phrase “think outside the box”; this couldn’t be truer when it comes to marketing.

There is one thing you need to learn first: Research is your friend. Get really close to a search engine, one you trust. You’ll be using it quite often as you’ll find that one idea will create others.

Okay, so the next month will be your test run for sales, but it’s going to be a busy one. So busy, in fact, I’m going to detail the sales portion of using book videos using two separate posts. This post will focus on advertising and more uploads.

First, you’ll want to upload your video to a few more places because you need to make sure it’s in the public eye as much as possible. Check out some places like: http://ratemybookvideo.com, www.watchthebook.com, www.revver.com, and www.veoh.com to name a few. Research some other places that would be beneficial for book videos. Remember that you’re not trying to sell the video; you’re trying to sell the book. So it’s important that you look at the hits/stats the websites get before you upload your video.

Read the entire article here


How to Revise Your Novel

Did you grab Holly Lisle's new download How to Revise Your Novel(Lite)?  It's still $5 and it's still the bargain of the year. Holly has advised she may be pulling it down soon (due to some issues with PayPal), so if you want it, go there now otherwise you may miss out. (I still don't know how long it will be available.)

A New Year and New Ways

© Paul Callaghan. All rights reserved



The turkey is a distant memory. The kids have broken their new toys. The relatives have finished eating everything in your pantry and finally gone home. It’s time to get back to your writing and work out where you are going this year.


The internet has been awash with predictions and plans, resolutions and reports. Most of the predictions will, of course, be wrong. And most of the resolutions are already broken. But don’t let that put you off making some plans for yourself. This time of year is perfect for focussing on what you want to do.


The main thing that I want this year is to improve my work output. And making more money with writing would be nice too.


So what to do? I have a couple of ideas that might well increase the amount of work I put out. And I hope the amount of money coming in.


Planning for Writer's Block


Writers are possibly the only profession that suffer from block. Those dreaded days when the white page stares back at you and your mind is a fluffy lamb gambolling in fields of indecision and procrastination. I don’t think that I can come up with an absolute cure for writer’s block. But there are some things that I could do to try to get around it.


Firstly, I can always have more than one project on the go at a time. I might not be able to write anymore on my latest book, but how about writing a short story, a blog post or an article? Most how to write books are full of various exercises that can help get the creative juices going. The time spent away from the main project might well allow the old subconscious to get to work.


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