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Author, Yorkshire chap, immigrant to the Midlands
Author, Yorkshire chap, immigrant to the Midlands

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Fellow writers - this free tool finds hundreds of keywords for Amazon. You can pay too, of course ... http://keywordtool.io/amazon ... and it's not an affilliate link, I'm not associated with them. I just genuinely think it's great...
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I'm mostly "lean" with a little push into "fit & trim" for one category.
Writing lean: limiting “non-value-adding waste”.

They say Dashiell Hammett is the American writer most cited as the master of writing lean. One of my favorite novels is “The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell”.

I spend a third of my allocated writer’s time reading to help improve my skills. I find myself on many occasions not completing a novel, why? I am sure there is many reasons people put down a novel to never pick it back up, but I believe it is mostly due to an overload of verbal waste.
I’ve read books out of my desired genre and find myself pulled into their world—without realizing it I have read through to the last page, why? I believe because the writing is so clean and crisp.

Let’s use a metaphor:
Steaks and fiction manuscripts both need (limited) fat. If the steak or manuscript has no fat both will be tasteless and undesirable. On the contrary, excessive fat is repulsive.

Scenario:
For instants, you’re sitting at an upscale restaurant drooling impatiently for a steak highly recommend from an online review. When the steak arrives it consists of eighty percent fat. You may take a few bits before pushing it away, going home, and writing a negative review.

The same goes for the customer of the novel. Readers’ drool impatiently for your novel to arrive; if the novel consists of eighty percent fat they may take a few bits before pushing it away and writing a negative review.
So limiting a novel with a controlled amount of fat (like the steak) keeps your customers coming back craving for more.

What is, “non-value-adding waste”?

Verbs such as to be, have, do, show, seem, and other such lazy, vague layabouts.
Abstract nouns, especially nominalized verbs.
Prepositional phrases
Adjectives
Adverbs
Pronouns like it, that, and this that don’t have clear antecedents.
Sentences that begin with there.

There is a website you’re allowed to past between 100 and 1000 words of a manuscript (free) to see how lean it is. Search for - The Writer’s Diet Test and give it a try.

LEAN
FIT & TRIM
NEEDS TONING
FLABBY
HEART ATTACK

I randomly pasted different sections throughout my WIP, which came back lean.
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Win your publishing costs with Nick Stephenson. No purchase needed, and I'm not sure why I'm sharing it, since I really want to win it. http://www.blog.yourfirst10kreaders.com/giveaways/win-your-book-production-costs-covered/?lucky=1011
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Hope nobody minds me throwing this out there it's my first ever kindle countdown deal - hope it's worth it http://mybook.to/DAM -- a missing girl, an international criminal network, a PI who will not quit.

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This is a free webinar, might be worth a look. Not sure how much more there will be to the numerous blogs etc out there, but it's free. June 24th, 5pm eastern US.
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Genuine request, not BSP, I promise.

Are the any US-based folk out there who could do me a favour and just look at my book on Amazon? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XNZ0IZQ/

I was trying to rank in some smaller sub-categories but I am only showing in the top-50 on some of the larger ones. I'm sure I should be top-20 in Pulp, Hard Boiled, maybe Vigilante Justice, but from the UK I can only see the ranking for Private Investigators and International Crime and Mystery.

I know these things aren't THAT important but the ego is a powerful thing. My other novels got me into the smaller categories using the same keywords, but not this one, so I'm missing out on that big smile I got the previous two times. I asked KDP and they said it was because I was viewing it from a UK location (amazon.co.uk caps the sub-categories at 2), but people in the US should see the other categories. 

If someone could take a look at that link and let me know if it's there in other categories I'd be grateful to clear it up.

Cheers all.

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I am giving away review copies of my globe-trotting thriller Twilight Burning via Instafreebie. Blurb is below. If this interests you, please click this link and download in your preferred format: 

http://www.instafreebie.com/campaign/ha5bPva9LJ5xceXn7b4XFrN5Xd1I5h

When his mentor’s niece rips off a local criminal and disappears, former private detective Adam Park has little choice but to return from self-imposed exile to help track her down. As he commences his investigation, though, it becomes clear the troubled young woman was acting under the influence of a cunning and domineering boyfriend.

Using cutting edge technology, Adam tracks the pair to Paris, where he learns not only are they in far more trouble than he first thought, but elements back home are also seeking revenge upon them.

Forced to pursue them from the UK to Paris, then Paris to Asia, he will confront an international network of criminals for whom human life is nothing but another business commodity.

If he is to survive, return the girl safely, and protect the people he cares for most, Adam must delve into the darkest recesses of his soul, and blur his previously-solid concepts of right and wrong.

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Hi! I am giving away review copies of my next novel, Twilight Burning, via Instafreebie. If you are interested in reading/reviewing, go here: 

http://www.instafreebie.com/campaign/mMCTmX3qFXCdNadSivQKIMtvSicoyz

When his mentor’s niece rips off a local criminal and disappears, former private detective Adam Park has little choice but to return from self-imposed exile to help track her down. As he commences his investigation, though, it becomes clear the troubled young woman was acting under the influence of a cunning and domineering boyfriend.

Using cutting edge technology, Adam tracks the pair to Paris, where he learns not only are they in far more trouble than he first thought, but elements back home are also seeking revenge upon them. 

Forced to pursue them from the UK to Paris, then Paris to Asia, he will confront an international network of criminals for whom human life is nothing but another business commodity.  

If he is to survive, return the girl safely, and protect the people he cares for most, Adam must delve into the darkest recesses of his soul, and blur his previously-solid concepts of right and wrong.

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SHAXPIR. This is a beta of a new software programme, which looks fairly similar to scivener but a little bit sexier and smoother. I'm not entirely sure how it will work, but it appears to be cloud based and have cross-OS functionality (ie, write on Mac and continue on a PC). 

If you are interested here's the beta sign up link: www.shaxpir.com?referral=LmytW6Y8cbF0IB5N

Here's a 3.5 min You Tube demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFG8fpYkDxA 

(quick disclosure: I'm not affiliated with them, but I do get my beta access earlier if any of you kind people click the beta sign up link)
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