Posts Tagged ‘Margaret Mitchell’

Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
February 5, 2016


“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

The Daily Routine of an Independent Author


The YouTube link will show more short videos like Marketing Yourself as an Independent Author and Self-publishing your First Book.  All the videos are interesting and a great help to all authors!

How Authors hit #1 on Amazon

Rachel is refreshingly open about how she did it – and the first part of that was about getting the basics right: a gripping book with a strong concept; an evocative and professional-looking cover; and an excellent book description that makes you want to read the book.

Next, Rachel did something very simple but vital: she wrote a marketing plan. Then she carried that plan out. This does not sound remarkable but you’d be amazed how few writers – and publishers, it has to be said – bother to do this. But if you are serious about success, you need a plan and you need to stick to it. Or rather, you need to follow your plan, doing more of the things that work, and less of the things that don’t. (That’s the secret of marketing, by the way.) (more…)


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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
January 28, 2016


The first word . . .

We all know the story of Gone With the Wind, but few know how Margaret Mitchell went about writing the novel. Say Ellen Brown and John Wiley in their 2011 book, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind, “with the plot sketched out in her head, Mitchell started writing the story at its conclusion, a technique she (had) used as a reporter. Working from the end made the story flow more easily, she claimed, because she knew where it [the story] was headed. It also helped her control her characters: ‘I had every detail clear in my mind before I sat down to the typewriter. I believe…that is the best way to write a book – then your characters can’t get away from you and misbehave, and do things you didn’t intend them to do in the beginning.’”

Who’s up next . . .     Dates slipped due to weather!

February 16: Lisa McDougal (chapter 48, Tebow Family Secret), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Eva Mays (chapter 1, Dhuoha), Judith McNeil (???), Millie Mader (two poems), and Kashmira Sheth (???).

February 9: ?

March 1: Bob Kralapp (???), Kashmira Sheth (chapters, Nina Soni), Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Randy Slagel (short story, part 2 rewrite, “Watered-Down Witch”), and Jerry Peterson (chapters 27-30, Killing Ham). (more…)

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