Why to edit the translated edition of your book
Translations into Italian , Writing / March 29, 2017

With this post,  I want to explain you why you should edit your book after a literary translation into Italian. This month has been awful for me, because I received many books translated into Italian to share with my Italian audience. Unfortunately, I refused to promote many of these translated books,  because the translations were full of spelling and grammar mistakes.  Then, I discovered, that the authors got the book translated thanks to free translation services. These services are offered by online self-publishing platforms or web marketplaces.  On these websites,  the author gives permission to translate his/her book to the translator, while the latter translates the book for free in return of book sales revenue. This system does not work for two main reasons:  the translators who work for free are not interested in doing a good translation and the revenues of self-published and unknown authors are too low to reward the efforts of translators.  This perverse and twisted job system produces only bad translations.   Unfortunately, if to sell a book, you’ll take many years, to destroy a literary career you’ll take only a few seconds, because a bad literary translation can really destroy your literary career. I think you…

5 Essential Software Programs for Authors and Writers
Guest post , Writing / June 20, 2016

The advent of the internet culture of the modern age has brought with it numerous benefits for aspiring authors and writers. Not only has the self-publishing revolution of recent years put the power back into the hands of the creators, and allowed them to distribute work without the approval of a middleman publishing house, it has also brought along countless other helpful advancements. When they say there’s any app for everything, they’re not joking, and this is no different for writers. These five examples are some of the best software on the market to accompany the writing process and support you on your journey to success. 1. FreeMind – Best For Brainstorming Writer’s block is a very real phenomenon and can be detrimental, even if it’s only your own deadlines that you’re working toward. It’s been proven that mind mapping and brainstorming is a fantastic way to get those creative juices flowing again, and can help you work past any motivation slumps you might experience. FreeMind is one of the leading mind-mapping software available. Its simple format allows you to create a master point and then add subheadings, sections and related ideas. The freeform nature of the program makes it…

How to get reviews for your new book
Writing / June 3, 2016

Have you written and self published your new book? Well, now it is the time to find reviewers who are available to give their honest and unbiased opinion about your work.  Very often, the greatest trouble for indie writers is how to find reviewers for their book and how to get new reviews. Even though you know yours is a real masterpiece, reviews, above all the first ones, are late in coming. Why? The reasons are many, but very simple: first of all, because you are a new writer, or rather, a self-published writer, and every year tons of books are self-published. Just think that in the US, every year, they are released over 40,000 self published books, while on famous self-publishing web platforms, such as Smashwords, there is availability of over 350, 000 titles. Thereby, the self publishing market is overcrowded and readers are forced to rummage among thousands of self-published and, sometimes, very interesting books. But it is hard they manage to see just your new book, even though it is exposed on Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords and other web self-publishing websites. Unless to ask your friends, partner, relatives and parents to leave some reviews for your book, the…

What is creative idleness?
Writing / September 25, 2015

Authors essentially work thanks to their creativity. In my previous articles, I already discussed how to improve creativity, or rather, how to improve the creative process, and what are the ingredients for creating Today, I want to discuss about creativity from another side that has nothing to do with work, quite with laziness. In the world of literature, insiders often speak about creative idleness. What is it? Idleness is rest, or to be free from burdens and duties, creative idleness is, hence, stop your writing work to allow your brain to recharge its energy and improve creativity. Everybody knows that writing is a mental work that costs a high expenditure of energy. Writing, moreover, demands concentration, silence and inner peace. When you write steadily and daily, concentration can diminish and so also inner peace, because your mind is only focused on what you want or must write. In this case, writing can also be a stress source and when stress reaches an unbearable level, it is better to stop and rest, also sleep. Creative idleness is, hence, a way, or rather, a lifestyle that lets you retrieve your lost creativity and empower the results of your work. Creative idleness is…

How to sell books in a few days
News , Writing / September 16, 2015

When I publish a new article about book promotion, the questions that authors ask the most are: how to sell books and how to earn money by selling books? First of all, you must know that book sales are not easy on the web. Social networks are by now too much crowded and the chances to see your post about your new book for sale, exhibited for free, are more and more diminishing. The framework is murky and very worrying, but despite all, if you have decided to earn money selling your books, you had better to follow this short tutorial. WEB RESEARCH ABOUT THE READERS PREFERENCES Before selling a book, you must carry out a depth web research about the preferences of your potential readers. Try, for instance, to ask questions to your friends on Facebook or on other social networks about what books they like reading, then, collect all replies you got and act consequently in compliance with these same replies. Even though readers read very few books nowadays, they frequently read essays on answers which are impossible to be found on the Web. Hence, the secret to sell books, also in a few days, is to know…

Writing: Can success be planned?
Writing / August 20, 2015

I must admit that until some years ago I believed that success could be planned. Only recently I understood that success can’t be planned at all. I am speaking about success in the writing field, namely to be capable to sell many copies of a book or earn a high income by writing articles as a freelancer. In the writing field, success can never be planned, since it depends on by customers’ preferences and ongoing trends. Maybe you can try to plan a success of a project online, such as a blog, a web journal, but nowadays, success planning means to betray your talent or your original idea. Many writers confess to earn much money from their writing or simply by managing a blog. But this kind of success is not for everybody. Today, according many web stats, the best paid writers are only those who have experience in informatics and technical writing, while many freelance writers who have been trying for years to earn money, are always running out of money. All this is happening because the Internet and social networks have changed the way of writing forever. This framework has also caused that authors sold few books because…

How to find the right subject to write a book
Writing / July 10, 2015

Today I have decided to speak about how to find the right subject to write a book. I hope this article will be useful to those authors who want to write a new book. To  find the righ subject you shoud checj the stats about the books of the moment.  The stats about this kind of book come from a direct observation of the books sold on my website and on Amazon. According to this information, books of the moment are biographies on Marylyn Monroe and Fifty Shades of Grey. About the books on Marylyn, I believe there is not a lot to be said, because this actress is until today a real legend of Hollywood and the American History. What makes biographies on Marylin Monroe attractive for readers is the sad history of the actress more than her movies and her ominous and strange death. Fifty Shades of Grey, instead, is an erotic romance novel that got much success thanks to a movie where erotic performances of the main characters are shown better than in the book. I think that the fact these books are the best at the moment doesn’t mean there are excellent or good books. Rather,…

Do you write for money or for passion?
Writing / June 10, 2015

This matter is the most important among those I discussed about writing. Many writers and authors are often pushed to write for money, besides for passion. But which is the right attitude to start writing? I always suggest you  to write for passion, especially with a novel, while you should write for money when you create content for third parts, such as articles for newspapers, blogs and web magazines. In the literature field, it could be very harmful writing for money,  above all for your talent and authorship. It is obvious that many famous authors write for money after their long career, but in the early stages of your work, you’d better to not think to earn money with your writing. A wrong mindset while you write can mark adversely and forever your future. When an author writes only for money, indeed, he thinks only to earn and not to create an excellent work, he writes hastily, by making mistakes and forgetting the real purpose of his writing: attract readers. When you write for money, your writing suffers and becomes shallow and less interesting. I know, for instance, about authors capable to write over fifty books a year, while, usually,…

A short lesson of creative writing
Writing / June 1, 2015

A recent research, published on the Independent UK, revealed that there is over the 75% of writers in the world and that only the one percent likes cats. The comparison is more than aimed because if everybody writes and no-one likes cats or does other things, I fear something is going wrong for this our loved and hated planet. This article, however, is not dedicated to this research, but takes an insight from the same research to launch our new topic: a short lesson of creative writing. Let’s focus on the topic: everybody works as writers, everyone, hence, writes articles and books, and when one person writes over and over again, I guess he/she has something important to tell. And now, here is I arrive at the core of the topic: when a writer or an author writes, it is because he wants to say something to us or to the entire world. But in the field of creative writing, you don’t write to tell but to show instead of tell. This is the main and maybe the only fundamental rule of creative writing. In a book, an author does never tell his/her story like a normal person would do…