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My March Review and April Goals

My March Review, Income Report & April Goals

Last week’s post My March Highlights looked at the wonderful stuff I got up to during the month. This week I am looking at how I did with my money making goals for March. This is also the time to set my goals for April. Here goes.

March Review and April Goals

My Goals for March & The Results

#1 To Write One Short Story
Yes

#2 To Publish One Short Story
Yes, I published Josephine Falls in Love

#3 To Create a Second Box Set for My Short Stories
Yes – The Love Series – Volume 2 – in the picture above 🙂

#4 To Publish 1 Post Per Week for This Blog
I only missed one week but I was on holiday and didn’t want to do any work. Here are the posts for March:

#5 To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author List
Yes – I also signed up for a free account with Mailerlite. It has a really easy to use format. You can add up to 1,000 subscribers for free and if I upgrade, it works out cheaper than Aweber. I will see how things go.

#6 To Increase My Kindle Book Earnings by 100%
Yes – I was happy with the steady increase in profits. If you want to know exactly how much I earned, Enter Your Email Details Below to sign up to my newsletter and access to My Monthly Earnings Report 🙂

My Thoughts

I was happy with the income I made from my short stories but I wasn’t able to offer the discount that I wanted to. I think this would have increased my earnings even more.
This month I will be offering one of my box sets at a discount price. Let’s hope readers will grab it.

Goals for April

#1 To Write One Short Story
#2 To Publish Two Short Stories
#3 To Work on My 5 Day Challenge Workshop
#4 To Publish 1 Post Per Week for This Blog
#5 To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author List
#6 To Increase My Kindle Book Earnings by 100%

My Plans for April

I am taking part in a Romance Books Free Giveaway Promo, which should increase my subscriber list.

I will be using the same 4-part email sequence that I used for March. I will measure to see if this is effective.

I have also signed up for a Discount book promo for the end of the month, where I am offering one of my box-sets for 99p / 99 cents, which should help increase sales.

I purchased Tiffany Lambert’s How to Host a Challenge Course and will work through this to create my own challenge. I have a couple of ideas and hope to have this completed by the end of the month. I will also write up a review for this course at some point.

That’s what I have planned for April. Keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂

Have Your Say: How were your goals for March? Were you happy with the results? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

My March Highlights – Happy Holidays

Looking back at my highlights for March, it seems that the beginning of the month was a fairly quiet month for me. I did quite a few bits and pieces for my fiction writing, which was good. The end of the month was spent enjoying a stress-free holiday in the middle of no-where, doing absolutely nothing. It certainly helped me recharge my batteries.

Next week’s post will look at my fiction writing business achievements. This post includes the fun stuff I got up to during March.

My March Highlights

My March Highlights

These are the things that brought me joy in March 2017:

  • I watched Hidden Figures with my mum and my sister
  • At the theatre I watched Moliere’s comedy The Miser
  • At the theatre I watched the musical Bubbly Black Girl
  • I went on holiday to Spain and France
  • I purchased Ed Sheeran’s Album, Divide – This album inspired this post
  • I purchased the book Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas

I read the following books:

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Journalling or Journaling?

I am not sure which is right but I know that I wrote at least 100 words in my journal every day for the whole month, which I was pleased about because I even managed to make time to write while I was on holiday.

My Fun Plans for April

Now that I have returned from my relaxing holiday, I am not sure what fun stuff April has in store for me.

I know that I want to get stuck into Denise Duffield-Thomas’ book Get Rich, Lucky Bitch. She is a money mindset coach and the book is about how to release your money blocks so that you can live the life of your dreams. I think her strategies are based on the lessons from The Law of Attraction and she adds actionable tasks on how to get what you want from life.

Other than that, we shall see how things go.

That’s it for now – In next week’s post I will take a look at my online goals 🙂

Have Your Say: What was the highlight of March for you? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

How Ed Sheeran’s Album Divide Can Help with Your Fiction Writing

Inspiration for your fiction writing business can come from anywhere and for me last week, it arrived in the shape of a fantastic CD by British Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his latest album called Divide.

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How Ed Sheerans Album Can Help with Your Fiction Writing3 Ways Songs Can Help Your Fiction Writing Excel

I played Ed Sheeran’s latest album Divide while I was doing my hair – black girl and yeah, it takes a while – lol. Anyway this CD is absolutely fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone.

I like to think that songs are basically short stories written and sung to music so after listening to the album, it got me thinking about how songs can help with my fiction writing process. I came up with three ideas.

#1 Write What You Know

Ed Sheeran writes about his childhood in the song Castle on The Hill. He describes what it was like growing up in his home town, his friends, family and the life experiences he had along the way such as breaking his leg at six and having his first kiss at fifteen.

I have definitely used my own history when writing some of my stories. It is so much easier to write about something that you have first hand knowledge of. I used bits and pieces of my own past experiences to create certain characters for certain stories. I also incorporated and was inspired by stories of my friends and my family, making sure to change certain details so as not to offend anyone.

#2 Use Simple Language

The songs on Ed Sheeran’s album are very easy to understand. The lyrics have been constructed using every day language so you know exactly what he is singing about when you listen to the words. He proves that you do not have to use over complicated language to get your ideas or stories across.

When I read fiction I want to be entertained. I do not want to have to go look in a dictionary or do a Google search to find out what a long word means. When I write my short  stories, I use simple every day language which I hope is entertaining and helps to move the story along. I don’t want to be known as a literary genius. I want to make money writing books that sell. Yes please 🙂

#3 Create Images from Your Words

I love all the songs on the album and each one provides you with enough information so that you can conjure up images of what Ed is singing about.

One particular song that I have fallen in love with is called Supermarket Flowers. It actually brought a tear to my eye when I first listened to it and I had to hit the replay button a couple of times. The song is about the death of his grandmother but seen and experienced through the eyes of his mother. It is so poignant and you can easily visualise the actions that his mother is taking as he explains how she,

“… took the supermarket flowers from the windowsill..”
and
“…. threw the day old tea from the cup …”

The best line in the song is,

“You were an angel in the shape of my mum.”

This is the type of imagery I hope to be able to create in my own writing. I don’t think I am quite there yet but the more that I write, the better my descriptive skills will become.

In Summary

There are lots of different things that can help you with the writing process and listening to music might be something that would benefit you.

I am so happy that I purchased Ed Sheeran’s album and that I had the time to sit and listen to the whole thing. I think that he is a great storyteller. This has made me anxious to listen to other artists and their albums for more inspiration. I think Adele’s latest album will be my next purchase 🙂

Have Your Say: Does music help to inspire your writing? I would love you to share your thoughts in the section below.

Romance Deal Breakers by Britt Malka – My Review

Would You Like to Make Money Writing Fiction?

In order to make a success of your fiction writing business, you need to know what type of stories will resonate with your target audience so that you are providing them with the right type of plots that they expect to read and enjoy.

One way to do this is to read reviews left by customers on books that are in your genre. You can get a lot of helpful information from taking the time to study the responses and the feedback left.

If you prefer, you can take a short cut by reading a report where that research has already been done for you. This is where Britt Malka’s offering comes in handy.

Britt Malkas Romance Deal Breakers - My Review

Romance Deal Breakers by Britt Malka

Britt Malka is an online marketer and a fiction writer. She has published books in several genres including romance and cosy mystery. Her latest report  Romance Deal Breakers – What Readers Won’t Read provides the research that could help you improve the content of your romance fiction writing.

The report gets straight to the point without any fluff. It consists of 22 pages divided up into an introduction, 5 chapters which have several sub-headings in each and the conclusion.

Britt lists all the things that stop a romance reader from finishing a book. Some are obvious and straightforward while others were contradictory and surprising to me.

She looks at romance and reader expectation within different genres ranging from Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult and Christian Romance.

3 Reasons I Liked Romance Deal Breakers

There were several things that I was able to glean from this report. Here are the main three things that I think could help me improve my own romance fiction writing.

  1. One chapter looks at the reasons why readers skim parts of a book. This is the shortest chapter in the report but it was relevant to me because I was guilty of doing one of the things mentioned. I was going to repeat this process in a future story but now I will rethink how I will convey the same meaning and message in a different way so that I do not have to fear the wrath of the unhappy or bored reader.
  2. As I read about the dislikes that some readers had about a particular genre, Britt presented me with a great idea for future a romance story plot that I hadn’t thought of before.
  3. At the moment I am concentrating on writing clean romances so what Britt had to say about the balance between my type of stories and the stories in the Christian romance category gave me food for thought. This is a very lucrative category so I might consider incorporating her suggestion but I would have to read more books in order to do this right.

Should You Buy Romance Deal Breakers?

This is the perfect companion for anyone who is looking for a short cut to finding out what readers like and dislike in their romance stories. This is an easy to read report, which I was able to read and learn from during my lunch break. I highlighted the parts that were relevant to my genre and romance category. These tips will definitely help me write with the reader in mind.

CLICK HERE TO BUY ROMANCE DEAL BREAKERS TODAY

Have Your Say: As a reader of fiction books, is there anything that would put you off and stop you from finishing the story? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.