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So You Want to Sell a Million Copies? [Kindle Edition]

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
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Book Description

You're trying to write a book; and you're not the next Shakespeare - not yet, anyway. You could be. But no one will ever know if you don't get those marvelous words out on the page (or screen). In easy to do, daily steps and exercises, Mohana breaks down the steps of getting started as a creative writer. From getting past writer's block (excuse of the weak!) to putting that blog to work (every body's got one), the tools of the trade are revealed.

If you've had a story idea in your head for a day, year, (or longer) that it doesn't seem to be writing itself, you may want to take a closer look at this book. Designed as a concise guide for aspiring writers, you'll find here the key principles of how to get started, keep going, and finish a manuscript, all told by a fellow accidental writer who took the long way developing a writer's formula.

You may also want to check out Mohana's guide for first time mothers: MOMMY BUT STILL ME.

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  • File Size: 1234 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XNIX1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Publishing Angle August 31, 2012
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It is not mentioned in the description that this book is focused on the process of traditional publishing. While I'm sure there is information in this book that could be useful to all writers, I plan to self publish.

I would prefer to read a book focusing on epublishing or at least not taking it for granted that I plan to submit my work to a traditional publisher. In today's age it can't be assumed that all writers will choose that route.

This preference is mentioned in the first chapter but it should really be in the description as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information and sound advice May 23, 2012
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Mohana's book is not just for the traditional writer, bloggers will find this eBook helpful to. I found that the book is excellent for a newbie blogger like me. I like how Mohana described her milestones throughout the book. She's been living abroad as a foreigner in Qatar since 2005, and when she first moved abroad she struggled to fit writing into her life, even when her writing career and dissertation depended on it. I can certainly relate to that. I remember when I transferred from a community college to a university. I did not know anyone at the university and felt lonely. Writer's block consumed me one time when I had a 20 page thesis due in 24 hours and was still 5 pages too short. It's one of the memories I'll never forget and it makes me thankful that I graduated and can say I lived through all that hard work! Mohana talks about how to overcome those obstacles so you meet your goals and get that book or blog post written.

Mahana's eBook talks about how to make it in the real world as a writer. So often new writers venture into the world of writing without a clue, they think all they need to do is write a killer book, blog, or whatever and it will automatically sell. So not true. Unfortunately it takes a lot of time, patience and effort to land a publishing deal unless you know someone in the business, and even then you may not be in luck.

By reading Mohana's book you will learn how to avoid common newbie mistakes, how to overcome writers block, writing during major life changes, how to approach publishers and the appropriate way to send and respond to query letters. So You Want to Sell a Million Copies shows you how to deliver a promising book from its infancy to it landing in a publishers hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, informative guide every author needs! April 17, 2012
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Most every author I know needs guidance or a kick in the pants at some point (raises hand) when it comes to getting the words down. With every day distractions like work, family, housework, bills, social media! -- when do we have time to actually write?

This book is such a helpful guide and is chockfull of tips, exercises, humor, and practical advice for any writer, whether you are just starting out or finding yourself consumed with the minutiae of daily living and looking for a way to get your ideas down into some form of structure.

Want to write a book? Let this book guide you. Best of all, Ms. Lakshmi Rajakumar shares specific steps to getting started, daily exercises, and finishing the darn thing! Having published four books and contributed to several more, she knows of what she speaks.

Buy this book!

Rachel Thompson, author A Walk in the Snark, The Mancode: Exposed; founder BadRedhead Media
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Passion for Writing July 15, 2014
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Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar believes that to be successful you need a passion for writing. Do you dream of being a writer who is able to make enough money to support an affluent lifestyle? Well first you need to write that book and second you need people to read your work and to give you good feedback.

This book is filled with advice on how to manage your time, create a writing ritual and how to get involved in writer's groups. It is very helpful for the new writer who is trying to find their place in the world. Also I thought the tips on character development would be great for anyone who is trying to write a novel.

This book will explain to you how the publishing world works if you want to go the traditional route. Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar explains all the main players who will be producing the finished product - your perfectly edited book.

Along the way this author also gives some advice on books you need to succeed. You may want to pick up a copy of 2014 Writer's Market too.

So while this does not teach advanced marketing techniques it is helpful. If you are looking for a marketing book too I'd recommend: 1001 Ways to Market Your Books.

I enjoyed this book and think you will too. If you have the heart of a writer you will really relate to this book.

~The Rebecca Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for writers August 21, 2012
By Katrina
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So you have a great story to tell the world, but you don't know how to start writing it, or maybe, you have a ready-to-go manuscript and want to knock on a publisher's door with your bestseller-to-be. "So You Want to Sell a Million Copies" will guide you every step of the way as your "book delivering" journey goes on.

If you are a newbie writer and struggle with that first draft, the author, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, inspires you to do what you love the best every day, and most importantly, she makes you ask the question whether or not you really love writing and why. Is it commercial gain that attracts you the most about publishing industry, or do you strive to be heard by the readers all over the world? Talking about common mistakes new writers make, the author gives you a piece of advice on how to avoid those mistakes and what to do instead, such as how to make your name known, how to learn from others and so on. The book is written simply, and it is short, so you will probably give it 3-4 hours of your time, if not less, but it will stay with you along the way and you will probably read it again and again on different stages of your creative process.

Therefore, if you are experiencing a writer's block and don't know how to move on, maybe getting this e-book is that first step back into the realm of writing you need right now, the inspiration that will make the bestseller you have in your mind become a printed reality.
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More About the Author

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a writer who has lived in Qatar since 2005. She has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation project was published as Haram in the Harem (Peter Lang, 2009) a literary analysis of the works of three Muslim women authors in India, Algeria, and Pakistan. She is the creator and co-editor of five books in the Qatar Narratives series, as well as the Qatari Voices anthology which features essays by Qataris on modern life in Doha (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010). Her research has been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

She was the Associate Editor of Vox, a fashion and lifestyle magazine based in Doha and a winner of the She Writes We Love New Novelists competition. She has been a regular contributor for Variety Arabia, AudioFile Magazine, Explore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, Expat Arrivals, Speak Without Interruption and Qatar Explorer. She hosted two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio.

Currently Mohana is working on a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf and a novel based in Qatar. She believes words can help us understand ourselves and others. Catch up on her latest via her blog or follow her on Twitter @moha_doha.

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