Fiction Novel Writers Solution

EzineArticles Expert Authors Can Turn Books Into Excellent ArticlesEzineArticles expert author Marv Lincoln asked:

“I have just written and self-published a novel. How can I use the book and its subject matter as the basis for EzineArticles — graciously and without blatant self-promotion?”

Excellent question Marv and thanks for giving me permission to share my thoughts about how to get this done.

  • I’m going to assume we’re talking about using your fictional content in the article body and not about writing articles about character & plot development (even though those would make great article ideas also).
  • Mistakes I’ve seen prior authors do is they will just slice & dice their fictional works, slap up a bad article title, add a resource box linking to their website and then wonder why we rejected their articles.
  • You’ll have to make peace with the fact that your articles that contain fiction will be in our general Arts & Entertainment category…until the day comes for us to introduce a “Fiction” category. Despite what you might think, the category your article in matters very little.
  • We do have a BOOK-REVIEWS:FICTION category, but that’s solely for book-reviews and not sections of fictional content for the article body. (Read this to refresh yourself on how our book reviews category works in terms of your own book(s).)
  • Start with thinking about what fans of your book(s) would want to know? Be sure to include descriptors in the article title that references the volume or series that you’ll be sharing in the article body.
  • But, each article can not link or refer to the other series of articles you have because article marketing is not *article parts* friendly. Each must stand alone.
  • Include a short introductory paragraph about the story before ‘diving in’ to orient the reader that they are about to read fiction and follow it up with a short (1) paragraph conclusion.
  • Never include your author name in the article title.
  • It helps if you can cover a story arc in your article so that it makes some sense because each article must stand alone.

A lot of the above tips can also apply to other book authors (including those who write non-fiction)… but at least I hope this gives you some guidelines to get started on repackaging your existing fictional (or non-fictional) book/ebook content to use for article marketing for purposes of attracting new leads, prospects and buyers to your website.

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Jason DeMars writes:

Chris,
I enjoy what you wrote about how to write articles using excerpts from books. From what I understand many times fantastic fiction authors can do a poor job of promoting their books. The advice you offer is to the point. Another point you make that applies to all of us is “start with thinking about what” your target market “would want to know”?
So many internet marketers get great ideas, but simply don’t take this thought into consideration. Great point Chris.

Comment provided July 22, 2008 at 3:08 PM

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To turn my new memoir, My Greatest Loves, into relevant articles I would do the following:

-Each chapter is about a relationship I had and what I learned from it. The dramatization is in dialogs and in descriptions of interactions we shared together.

-To make the experience come alive for the article reader I then give the excerpt from the memoir, introduced by an introductory sentence: Have you ever had a relationship experience similar to the following from my true life memoir, My Greatest Loves?

-The memoir excerpt follows. If the reader is interested and drawn to the narrative, then the reader might be likely to go to the memoir home site to read more chapters or buy the book.

-The excerpt is followed by a concluding paragraph: This is what I learned from this excerpt:

‘Never say goodbye’ means ‘say goodbye’ or you get stuck in the past. Holding onto the memory of a past relationship may inhibit my dating and finding someone new to relate to.

The feeling ‘to never say goodbye’ is just a feeling. What I learned I must do when a relationship is over is, ‘always say goodbye!’ This frees me up to live in the present and seek a full relationship happening now.

Suggestion: Have you learned to say goodbye? Even if you don’t relate to someone now who has been important in your life, you can write a letter to that person and really say goodbye. Remember, you don’t have to send the letter, as it may be too late in the outer life. But at least you have created closure for yourself so you are free to move on.

For more relationship insights and practices, as well as to read all the chapters of my memoir, My Greatest Loves, go to: give the url.

This template should work for fiction and memoir writers, don’t you think?

Comment provided July 22, 2008 at 6:11 PM

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Excellent example Strephon!

:-)

Comment provided July 22, 2008 at 8:29 PM

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Shawn writes:

I like the fact that you keep people updated with a personal EzineArticles blog about how this site benefits business owners with free targeted traffic. When will you be coming out with an RSS feed “by keyword” specific tool, in case the content some publishers are looking for is not available through the topics’ RSS feeds you already serve ?

ShawnDrewry.com

Comment provided July 22, 2008 at 9:14 PM

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Shawn,

We already do have a keyword searchable XML feed, but it’s ripe for abuse so we’ve decided to not share it with anyone for now.

It’s our intention to return to this market need after our API gets launched later this year: http://EzineArticles.com/developers …because the API may offer the same basic functionality you’re looking for, but in a rate-shaped world that allows us to feel good about how a Publisher is using the datafeed responsibly

Comment provided July 22, 2008 at 9:19 PM

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Tracy Falbe writes:

Thank you so much for this totally helpful blog entry. I’ve used (and enjoyed) EzineArticles to promote my books and websites, but of late I’ve hit a wall with what to write new articles about, except for the occassional book review (which are quite helpful for promoting your own book by the way in the resource box). Now I can consider using some of my fictional content as a framework for new articles. I had never thought of that.

Comment provided July 23, 2008 at 1:39 AM

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Jan Verhoeff writes:

The best part of promoting your book via articles is that you can use the articles to create an ebook you can GIVE away to draw people to your website. Where you can flagrantly promote your book and you won’t be chastized for it.

These ideas are great — I’ll be blogging this blog post for my writers group site. Thanks!

Comment provided July 23, 2008 at 10:17 AM

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June Ahern writes:

This information came at a good time for me. I’ve written two pieces for EzineArticles and it was a good exercise in giving some humble author thoughts. Now, with this new information, I can share more about my fictional novel in a, hopefully, educational and supportive way with writers. Thank you.

Comment provided July 24, 2008 at 10:22 AM

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