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.

My February Review & March Goals

My February Review & March Goals

In last week’s post, My February Highlights, I looked back and highlighted all the great things that occured during the month.  This week I am reviewing the goals I set myself for February and the results. I was much more realistic about what I could achieve and the results reflect that. I am very happy with the way February went.

February Review and March Goals

My Goals for February & The Results

#1 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author Email List
Yes.

#2 – To Publish 1 Post Per Week on This Blog
Yes – here are the posts I published:

#3 – To Publish 2 New Posts on My Author Blog
Yes – I actually published 3 posts, re-purposing the content I used for my Amazon blurbs. Here are the posts I published:

#4 – To Publish Two New Short Stories on Amazon
Yes – I published three stories in February – Gabrielle Falls in Love, Helena Falls in Love & Isabelle Falls in Love.

#5 – To Write and Complete a New Short Story
Yes – It’s a bit messy and needs quite a bit of editing but I got it done.

#6 – To Increase My Kindle Book Earnings by 100%
Yes – I was very happy with the steady increase in earnings. If you want to see the numbers, subscribe to my weekly newsletter down below and you will get access to my monthly income report :)

My Thoughts

This is why it is such a good idea to review your goals and write down your results. During the month it felt like I wasn’t really getting much done. But now looking back, I achieved quite a bit for my fiction writing business. I am very pleased that I have kept up the momentum of writing and publishing my posts here as well as publishing my short stories on Amazon.

My subscriber list for my pen name is slowly building up. I got a couple of really nice email responses too, which was a surprise. I was also able to gain more Amazon reviews for my short story too, which was great.

My Kindle Book Earnings
My aim is to earn a full-time income from my books by the end of this year. I set a monetary goal for February – not too high – and I surpassed that, which was brilliant. I have a new monetary target for March and hope to be able to achieve that too.

Goals for March

#1 To Write One Short Story

#2 To Publish One Short Story

#3 To Create a Second Box Set for My Short Stories

#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 March

I currently have two permafree books on offer. Last month I ran a promotion with one and gained quite a few new subscribers. This month I will be running another promotion using the other free short story.

I have a 4-part email sequence that needs to be tweaked so that I get better engagement and responses from subscribers. I also want to figure out how to automate it properly so that I don’t have to spend much time on it.

It was great to get a new story published in February and see someone make a purchase almost as soon as it went live. Very exciting. Now I need to get busy and get the next story up on Amazon.

There is lots to do in March and I want it work hard to ensure that my results are even better than they were for February. Wish me luck :)

Have Your Say: How did February pan out for you? Did you achieve your goals? What are your plans for March? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

My February Highlights – Love is in The Air!

My February Highlights

February has been an exciting month. I got busy with my fiction writing business and I made sure to take time out to enjoy life. Next week’s post will look at what I achieved business-wise. This post will focus on the lovely things that happened during February.

My February Highlights

My February Highlights

These are the things that brought me joy in February 2017

  • I watched LaLa Land at the cinema with my sister
  • I saw my dear friend and her husband sing Jazz in London
  • I saw Mel Brooks
  • I published a short story
  • I received a beautiful single red rose for Valentine’s Day
  • I went to the theatre to watch Dirty Great Love Story with my sister
  • I went to dinner with my work colleagues
  • I went to my work’s End of Show party celebrations
  • I went to Granada for a long weekend

I read the following book:

For Now and Forever (The Inn at Sunset Harbour 1) by Sophie Love

(Hmm, need to do much better in March)

I wrote at least 100 words in my journal everyday for the whole month

My Fun Plans for March

I have booked theatre tickets for a show that looks like it should be fun. And I have booked a little holiday jaunt away, which I am sooooo looking forward to. I will share more info in my next update.

Journaling

I am really enjoying the process of writing in my journal. I write something in my book just before I get ready for bed. This is my chance to pause and reflect on the day that I have had. I think about the positive things that have occurred and then try to figure out any lessons that I have learned. That is what I then write about. I really want this to become a fixed daily habit and so far I have been writing something almost daily for around 2 ½ months.

That’s it for now – next week’s post will review and assess my online business goals.

Have Your Say: What non-work related things did you get up to in February? What was the highlight for you. I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

How To Use Your Facebook Page To Increase Engagement – 5 Top Tips

Facebook is the most popular social media platform that people use. If you are a fiction writer, blogger, or product creator, it makes sense to harness its power to try and engage with those who are interested in what do. You can do this by setting up a Facebook Page.

How to use Facebook Pages to increase engagementCreating your own Facebook Page can be a very useful marketing and branding tool and the great news is that you can do this for free. Once you have set up your page, it can help you to:

  • Let people know more about you
  • Get more visitors to your blog
  • Get subscribers to your mailing list

5 Ways To Increase Engagement on Facebook

I did a little bit of research and found that there are 5 top things you should do that will help to increase engagement. These tips would be suitable for all types of Facebook Pages and they are really easy to implement.

  1. Share Relevant Photos
  2. Ask Simple Questions
  3. Add Your Facebook Page Link Everywhere
  4. Like Similar Facebook Pages in Your Genre
  5. Promote Your Book / Products

#1 – Share Relevant Photos

A great way to show your personal side is to share photos on your page. You can choose to use your own pictures or you can buy them. Add a quote that is relevant to your niche. You can even take a look at pictures from other people’s Facebook Pages and share them on yours.

#2 – Ask Simple Questions

You can encourage interaction on your page by asking a question. Think about questions that are easy to answer so that people do not have to think too hard. There is a reason why people love the Thumbs Up buttons on Facebook. It is a quick and easy way to leave a response. Pose fun questions that require either a yes or no answer or something like who is your favourite author or what is your favourite chocolate bar. Easy to answer questions can bring a some traction to your page.

#3 – Add Your Facebook Page Link Everywhere

If you have a Facebook Page, you want people to be able to join it quite easily so take the hard work out of it by adding your Page Link to your blog. You can add it to the sidebar of your website too.

You should also add the link to the bottom of your emails and newsletters so that people can go to it straight away. Mention the link and ask people to Like the page.

Other places to add your Page link are the confirmation page when people sign up to your mailing list and you can also add the link inside your books.

Hey! Click Here To Follow Me on Facebook! See what I did there ;)

#4 – Like Similar Facebook Pages in Your Genre

It might take a little research but you should find a selection of Facebook Pages that are in your genre or niche. Visit the page and use your Facebook Page Profile to Like these pages. You should always interact on these pages by leaving relevant comments and liking relevant posts. Don’t go overboard or you will look like a spammer.

#5 – Promote Your Books / Products

A Facebook Page is a great tool to help promote your books or products. You can write blog posts and add the link to your page. You can use your Amazon affiliate links to add your books too.

If you are interested in using Facebook’s advertising service, you will need to have a Facebook Page in order to make use of that service. Advertising on Facebook has helped many authors rake in the cash but there is a learning curve as you have to figure out how to set well targeted ads.

I will be looking into doing this sometime in the future.

What I Will Be Doing With My Facebook Pages

I have two main Facebook Pages set up. One is called Victoria Virgo – Writer. This page is related to this blog.

Click Here to Follow Me on Facebook

The other Facebook Page is Audra Bell Writes, which is connected to my author website.

I need to go and add my links to the places I mentioned above and I have set out a schedule of things I will post on a daily and weekly basis. This should lead to increased engagement, which I hope will lead to people being interested in taking a look at my blog (s) and deciding to become a subscriber to my list.

I will make a note of some statistics now and I will then come back to do a follow up post to see if there has been any difference. That’s all for now folks :)

*The Pic? Me in Cuba – Oct 2016

Have Your Say: What do you think of Facebook Pages? Have you set one up for your own blog or business? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.