Stefanie Newell

Begin Creating your Team!

By Stefanie Newell
https://howtowriteabookthatsells.com

If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that writing is a solitary activity that keeps you isolated for long periods of time.

It’s important as a first time writer that you begin assembling a team of people that can coach and encourage you to success.

Here are the 5 most important people a writer can have in their circle:

A cheerleader. Cheerleaders come in many forms. This person can be a parent, sibling, or friend, but the only requirement is that they’re positive and encourage you to pursue your dreams.

An editor. Good edited content is crucial to your success! A good editor will help you to fine tune those areas where we’re no longer as proficient as we once were (i.e., grammar, spelling, and punctuation.)

Beta readers. Beta readers are avid readers of your genre. Think of these people as the “focus group” for your book. Because they are a part of your target audience, they will provide feedback to help cater your book to the needs of the genre.

A mentor. A mentor is someone who’s already achieved the success you are looking to attain. Being in the company of a successful person, (no matter the industry) is motivation in itself!

A writing coach. This is the expert. The person who knows the publishing industry in and out and can advise you of the correct steps to take every step of the way. Wondering whether your manuscript is ready to publish? That’s where a writing coach comes in. And of course a bonus…

Other writers. These are the people who are on a similar journey and can relate to your challenges. These are people that you communicate with regularly and help each other to become better.

I sincerely hope this list helps you to begin giving thought to the importance of a support system.

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Stefanie Newell
Writing Coach

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Stephanie Newell is an incredible resource for an aspiring writer. From a publisher’s perspective, any writer who has published less than three successful volumes (less than 25,000 units sold each) and doesn’t work with a proven writing coach is not worth investing time and resources into.

Let me put it this way, even a pro NFL quarterback at the height of his career will benefit from the expertise and guidance of a coach.

Stefanie Newell, Writing Coach
Pro Tip of the Day:

Schedule your coaching call by contacting Stefanie Newell at: snewell@writeonepublications.com

Or visit: https://howtowriteabookthatsells.com for more information and downloads.

 

~Malik Sharrieff

Publisher/Managing Director, Write On Press

Stefanie Newell

Make Time to Write

By Stefanie Newell
https://howtowriteabookthatsells.com

If you’re like most of us, with already busy schedules you’re probably saying, “How can I make time to write?”

With all of the responsibilities we have as adults it does seem impossible to make time to write in an already busy day.

However, I’m of the mindset – if you really want it, you’ll make time for it!

Part of the reason we struggle with making time is because we know that it’s a huge undertaking. Writing a manuscript isn’t like writing a letter to a friend.

Completing your manuscript requires dedication, research, creativity, and last but not least time (and a lot of it). So when time is an issue, how do we conquer it?

Break it down into smaller segments!

Use whatever small window of opportunity you can grab until you can get your manuscript finished. If you have thirty minutes while your baby is down for a nap, take it!

An hour while your son is at soccer, take it! A lunch break at work, take it! Take your computer with you and write on the train on your way to work.

You’ll be surprised at how much you can get accomplished.

Remove from your mind that you need huge blocks of time in order to write.

Think about it like this… even if you write for thirty minutes you’ve advanced your story. Do that enough and you’ll see progress!

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Stephanie Newell is an incredible resource for an aspiring writer. From a publisher’s perspective, any writer who has published less than three successful volumes (less than 25,000 units sold each) and doesn’t work with a proven writing coach is not worth investing time and resources into.

Let me put it this way, even a pro NFL quarterback at the height of his career will benefit from the expertise and guidance of a coach.

Stefanie Newell, Writing Coach
Pro Tip of the Day:

Schedule your coaching call by contacting Stefanie Newell at: snewell@writeonepublications.com

Or visit: https://howtowriteabookthatsells.com for more information and downloads.

 

~Malik Sharrieff

Publisher/Managing Director, Write On Press

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Stop Writing to Yourself

By Takarudana Mapendembe

Reprinted from the original publication on September 23rd, 2018

Click here for the original article.

When I started writing nobody read my articles. Some just clicked on them and left before even reading the title, let alone the first sentence. They ran away quick. I never dreamed of getting even a single ‘clap’ or ‘like’ because no matter how many clicks I got on my story, the number of readers was zero. Nobody read my writing. If there was a junk or spam story folder on people’s profiles like on email, I think those folders would be full of my stories.

I don’t mean that I spammed people with stories and neither do I mean that my stories were badly written to be classified as junk. They were well written with the best English grammar and well-polished sentences and paragraphs but the main problem was, I was writing to myself. I wrote the stories, gave them to friends and enemies to read, edit and correct before publication. All my friends, family and enemies edited the stories and said they were very good stories but even them never read them after publication. They just clicked and left like everybody else.

I was writing to myself:

The main problem I had was that I never thought about what type of readers I wanted to read my writing. I never bothered finding out first what people liked reading about, what sort of problems people had, what sort of solutions people needed, which age groups read what and also what annoys people. I just wrote what I thought people wanted to read not knowing that it was only me who wanted to read and talk about it not the majority of people.

I used to write positive stories. Stories about people helping other people, hard-working people becoming successful, happy relationships and marriages as well as people doing good deeds for the community, until a friend of mine, Thomson, came to me and said: “Do you know that your writing is boring? No one wants to read about all those positive things you write about. More than 90% of news, stories and articles in newspapers, magazines, on the telly and radio are negative. People don’t want to read about who was born today. They want to read about a celebrity who has just died. People don’t want to read about who is getting married, but they want to read about who got divorced and who is cheating who with whom.”

He continued: “People want to laugh, cry, smile, scream and be scared when reading your stories, articles, news or books. Put all those emotions in your writing, but never forget to include the five senses, too. However, before even writing a single word, do your research first. Answer these questions in writing: Who do I want to read my story? What age group are my readers? Where do they live? What do they read about most of the time? When do they read? Do they read online, in papers and magazines, on Kindle or on mobile phones? What scares them? What makes them laugh? What do they hate and what do they love. After selecting your type of readers, write for that particular selected group of readers and always keep in mind the fact that people want to hear about solutions much more than they want to listen to or read about problems.”

After getting this lecture, I decided to give it a go. I sat down and researched about writing a story for boys and girls aged 18 to 22. Answering all the questions above to successfully complete my research took me the whole day. I began to wonder if all this research was worth it or it would just end up being another story that loads of people click on but never read.

The following day, I started writing the story making sure I was writing to 18 to 22-year-old boys and girls living in England. Most of the time I would sit down to write a 1500 word story and finish it within an hour or two but this one took me more than 24 hours. This was because I had to make sure every word, every sentence and every paragraph was suitable for my readers. I was not writing to myself any more, I was writing to my selected group of readers. Moreover, I had to make sure my readers use their senses of sight, smell, feeling, hearing and taste when reading my writing. I was also responsible for making them smile, laugh, scream, cry, fart, wet and shit in their pants.

After completing the story, I gave it to my friend, Thomson, to read it and make some corrections. He read it contacted his friend who owned a magazine. The following day, Thomson told me that my story had been accepted for publication in one of the most read magazines in England. That story was a success and it was read by more than ten thousand people most of whom were boys and girls aged 18 to 22 living in England. All my hard work was worth it.

“Next time make sure you also research on the publications where you want your writing to be published otherwise you will end up writing to yourself again,” Thompson advised me.

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