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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Write-Rewrite-Write-Rewrite



WRITE REWRITE WRITE REWRITE

It is enough to make one crazy.

I will write and rewrite, write and rewrite the first chapter again and again and it makes me crazy.  If I don't get the first chapter right, I feel that the rest of the story will go into the wrong direction.

I am writing 2 books at one time.  Most writers don't but then I don't have writer's block.  I am always writing.

How many times do you write and rewrite.



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I have over 50 E-books on Amazon.  I wrote, edit and published a short story every month till I reached the 50 E-Books.  That was my personal goal.  That is how I learned to write fast, stay focus, edit and publish on my own schedule.  I don't have to answer to anyone except myself. 

This year, I am not writing a short story every month.  This year 2017 I am focusing on Blogging and writing a non-fiction book on my life and a fiction novel, based on an incident that happened in my life. 

Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction doesn't matter, you still have to write and rewrite. 

We need to accept it and enjoy the process.

I was rewriting the first scene of the fiction novel, and it just didn't feel right.  When I woke up this morning, I had an entire new beginning, one that I think will work.  So I am excited.  I am going to rewrite the beginning..  I think it will make the Heroine stronger and the Hero more sexy and heroic.

So I am excited.  If you are not excited about your story, neither will the readers.

There is nothing wrong with rewriting.  It is part of the process.  I don't believe writers who say they don't rewrite.  They might rewrite less than me and that is okay.  I am not competing against them.  This is my story and I will do what it takes to get written.

How many times are you willing to rewrite.  Don't get mad, don't feel defeated.  We all rewrite.  Enjoy the process and it will be worth it, when you write the words The End.

So get writing so you can rewrite, till the story is finished.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Write From Your Heart

What are you writing?

Are your writing for money or from your heart?

I wrote Welcome To Zombie Zoo and Me VS Zombies

I enjoyed writing these stories.  Now I am working on the story of my life and a fiction novel on a certain part of my life.

I haven't given up writing Zombie Stories but right now this is what I need to write.  I am writing from my heart, whether it is a Zombie Story of a non fiction story.  I write what I feel I need to write at the moment.

That is why I am self published, I can jump from genre to genre. 

So it doesn't matter what you write as long as you are enjoying what you are writing.  Don't write for money, write from your heart.

Don't listen to others, write what you want.  It is your story

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Find A Tax Person Who Treats You Like a Business Owner


Find A tax person who doesn't think you are crazy.

If you are a writer, then you are a business owner.  Your book is the product you are selling.

When you are filing your tax person, make sure that person understands that you are taking your writing seriously.  You will file a Schedule C Profit or Loss from business.

Amazon will send you a 1099

OR
I found my on my dashboard of kdp.  Click on your account on top of page, then click on tax forms.. 

If you wait for them to show up in the mail, it could be in the middle of February till they arrive.

If the tax person tells you that you didn't make enough to claim your writing, then find another tax person

My tax person, encourages my writing and takes me seriously.  If I have a loss, I get a refund.  if I made money, I have to pay taxes. 

Don't listen to co workers, friends or family, that tells you not to claim your writing.  Look around for a good tax person that you can contact year around.  You made need their advice in the middle of summer, when you sell a million copies of your book.

If you get a large royality, it is suggested that you pay tax on that right away, don't wait till the end of the year to file, you might get fined.

So you need to talk to your tax person and find out where you stand.

I am not a tax person, I am only making suggestions on how I filed.  Everyone who files will be different.

Save all receipts that you use for your writing.  Put them in an envelope.  I bought a new computer just for writing.  I made copies of my receipts and placed them in a folder.  All my receipts Throughout the year will go in that folder, and at the end of the year, I will have them for my taxes and not have to look for them.

Hope this helps.  Leave a comment on let me know how you prepare to do your taxes.

Some items you can deduct:

1.  Writing Supplies

2.  Editing

3.  Book Covers

4.  Promotion

5.  Tax Preparer

6.  Internet

7.  Writing classes on line

8.  Writing conferences

9.  Mileage

10. Formatting

11.  Anything else that contains to your writing.

SAVE ALL YOUR RECIEPTS

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Word Count



Writing this series taught me how to write fast, anywhere at anytime.  In my book Write Fast & Quickly www.amazon.com/dp/B00SW7GLJC

I wrote and published an episode of Me VS Zombies Every Month for a year.  I learned to write fast and quickly. 

Not everyone will want to do that.  I was focused and it consumed my time.  In within 2 years, I had 50 E-Books on Amazon. That was my goal. 

There are writing courses out there that will charge you to learn to write a book in a week or month.  I took such course after I accomplished my goal.  I learned a bit, but not a lot.

If you choose to take one of these courses, remember that anyone can write fast and quickly, depending how determined they are. 

We all have lives.  Each one of us, has to determined how determined we are to write everyday. 

It is easy to lay on the couch and watch TV.

At this moment, I have season 2 of Outlander on as I write this. 

There are days that I don't write.  There are days I can write for hours.

Word count matters, but it is up to you what you do with those words.  You need to finish the story, then the real work begins

It doesn't matter how many words you write everyday.  What matters is that you are working and thinking about the story.  That you never forget about the story and that you never give up. 

I don't keep track of the words I write everyday.  I just write.  I am always thinking or writing. 

What are you doing with your story?  Keep it alive.  Write when you can.  Don't spend money on courses unless you know what you are buying.  Writing is what makes you a writer.

Leave a comment and let me know what you are working on. 

Let's get published this year.  Let nothing stop from making your dream become a reality.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

How Much Are You Paying To Be Self-Published?


How Much Are You Spending On Self Publishing?

I started self-publishing in 2011.  The E-Book Market was not crowded.  I sold books and was on my way to selling millions.  I paid for formatting, book covers, editing.

Then Amazon made it easier to format my files, create covers on their site.

Then The Authors started creating writing courses.  They were popping up everywhere. Some authors were reasonable. I took a few writing courses.  I learned a lot.

THEN:

The pod casts and web seminars started popping up.

The market is crowded.  It is so easy for anyone to publish on Amazon.  https://kdp.amazon.com 

Now people are charging 500 Dollars for writing courses and 10,000 for a life time.  You would be surprised that people are paying for those services.

Don't get me wrong, if that is what you want to do, that is fine.

Don't think that you have to pay that much to become published.

Some authors are paying up to 500 dollars for a book cover.  That is fine is you can afford it.

Why go into debt?  I am a firm believer to live debt free.  

So think before you spend your money.  

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What are your writing goals for this year?  How much money do you have to spend on your writing???

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Taxes for Self-Published Writers


ARE YOU PREPARED FOR TAX TIME?

If you are a self-published writer, you are a business owner.  Your products are your books.

Start thinking like a business owner.

Have you been saving receipts that are related to your writing last year???

If not, it is time to start for this year.

Consult with your tax person when you file your taxes and see if you can deduct expenses for your writing.

Are you getting royalty checks for selling your books on line or print books?  Have you spent money on promoting your writing?  Writing Courses?  Writing workshops?  These all could be tax deductable.

I have a folder that I keep all my receipts that are related to my writing throughout the year, then I give them to my tax person.

When choosing a tax person, make sure they are informed about the tax laws to writing.  If they tell you flat out that you can not claim your writing, you might want to find another one that is willing to work with you.

If you think of your writing as a business, you will start taking it more seriously.

Some items that I deduct:

Writing supplies:  ink, computer paper, envelopes, pens, index cards, sticky notes etc

Writing Courses.  I have taken a couple of writing courses throughout the year.

Book Covers:  I have purchased some premade book covers

Formatting:  If you paid someone to format you file.

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Inventory:  Print books that I bought and planning to sell

Anything that is connected to your writing.

This is the beginning of the new year.  If you haven't thought of yourself as a business person, it is time you do.  You have a product to sell.  You are a business owner.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Organize Your Writing Space


YOUR WRITING SPACE

Do you have your own writing space?

It doesn't have to be a nice office or a nice desk.  Anywhere you feel comfortable to write.  We are all different.  What works for one person will not work for another.

I have a nice desk, and it always seems to have junk mail piled up.  I have a laptop and that gives me the freedom to write where ever.  I like to write in bed, on the couch and even on the bed.  So I don't have one certain place to write.  I would not recommend doing it my way, but it works for me.

I have just been trying to organize my writing space for the past hour.  I think I did pretty good, but I have to admit I have a pile on the table, not sure what to do with it.  It is the new year and I am trying to get organize things.

I have blogged twice today.  I want to Blog more often, just haven't worked out my blogging schedule yet.  I think that would go under organizing my writing space.

SOME TIPS ON ORGANIZING:

1.  I refuse to throw magazines away.  I am not a hoarder, but I like magazines and I have placed them in plastic containers so they will  be out of the way and not get dusty or dirty.

2.  I like tins.  I use my tins to store my pens, stapler, staples, markers etc in, so they are all in one spot.

3.  I use tote bags also, the cheap ones you can buy at a grocery store with their logo on it.  I put my work in progress in.  Books I want in one spot.  I have one for my writing books.

4.  I have a note pad and pen by my bed, in case I wake up and want to write down an idea.

5.  I use the top of my dresser for files and folders.

6,  I do try to keep stuff off the floor, for the main reason that my hot water heater in in the closet and my bedroom flooded.

 What ever works for you is fine.  We are all different.  I have to admit that once I do organize, it seems a week later it looks just as bad as it did.  But I am writing everyday, blogging everyday and working on two novels.  The clutter doesn't bother me.  I would rather write than organize, but it comes down to, you have to sooner or later.

Do you have any tips on how you organize?

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DON'T BE SCAMMED!


Welcome To 2017!

I have my goals listed. I have bought new notebooks and pens.  Needless to say, I try to organize my office, but I am just moving piles or papers and magazines from one spot to another.  I know I should throw some of it away, but when it comes to my writing, I just can't.

My main purpose for this blog is for you to learn from my mistakes.  I have always been a writer, since the day I picked up a pencil.  I published my first book My Bible--My GOD www.amazon.com/dp/B006N0ZDGW or Print www.createspace.com/3951775

I have been writing and publishing ever since.  I have learned as I went and make mistakes.  The purpose of this blog is to tell you how not to SCAMMED.

The self-publishing market is flooded.  Amazon made is so simple to publish that everyone is doing it.  So of course there are a lot of people promoting their writing courses for outrageous amounts of money.  You might learn something from the course, but will it be worth it to be into debt?

I have heard of authors spending thousands of dollars to publish one book.

Have you heard of createspace to print your books.  POD.  Print On Demand.  You can pay over 100 dollars to have someone format your book, or you can learn it yourself and cost you nothing.

Editors can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars.  Is it worth it to be in debt?

My answer is NO.

I know of an author who spent thousands on marketing, ads, billboards, editing and publishing.  She has three books out.  I bought her three books.  They are great books, but she will never recoup her money.

So the question is this:

Do you want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to get publish?

                                   OR

Are you willing to learn a few things and Do It Yourself?

There are courses out there that cost hundreds of dollars.  Once you buy the course, then they want to sell you more courses or books.  Nothing wrong with that, as long as you realize that they are counting on you to support them.

Yes I want to make money.  I am sure you want to make money through your writing.  What I am saying that there are people out there that are preying on your desperate need to get published.  There is nothing wrong with buying a course as long as you know what you are buying.

I publish on Amazon.  I have over 50 E-Books on Amazon  www.amazon.com/author/sharonleejohnson

I have print books on createspace.  www.createspace.com

So Think before you spend your book.

1.  Check out Ctreatespace for print books.

2.  Check out http://kdp/amazon.com to publish on Kindle.

I have paid for services when I started.  I paid to have my print books formatted.  Cost me around a hundred dollars.

I paid for book covers and never paid over fifty dollars.  Some authors pay up to 1,000 dollars on one book cover.  I buy premade covers, where they just put the title and author on the cover.  You can create your own cover for Kindle and Createspace for FREE.

As I blog this year, I will be talking about my writing career and pass on to you what I have learned.

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