What is a string of pearls plot, and how does it hurt the story you are trying to write? Read on to find out! Source: String of Pearls Plot
Source: Write Better Stories, Part 1: Painting The Layers Of Your Story
Have you taken a look yet? Come on and stop by! It's super easy and a fantastic way to support Indie Authors. Miss any stops along the way? No problem! Check out the original post for the Book Trailer Train here! THE ANESTHESIA GAME – Author, Rea Nolan Martin DAILY GIVEAWAYS: (1) Autographed copy of THE... Continue Reading →
Today, Jonathan Wilson sifts through the most scathing customer reviews of Pulitzer-winning history books, trying to find out what popular readers really want. Source: One-Star Amazon Reviews of Pulitzer Winners
It was CRAZY to finalize the cover for my debut self-help book – “Create Your Magic Potion“. At times, I had to take a sleeping potion to get back to normal the very next day. I know it’s a silly jest 😉
Selecting a book cover is like getting to choose your own face; a face that clearly expresses the author’s inner self, and reflects the inner story of the book outside. But, very often it is perceived quite differently by people than the way it is presented by the writer. Nevertheless, every writer chooses the best he/she can to get the message across to the readers.
A tedious and maddening job, gives you nightmares and often the writers get up in the middle of the night to quickly sketch-out the design, half-asleep with whatever tools that come handy at that time, before the picture slips from the mind.
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Twenty years ago, a book followed a routine process: You poured your heart and soul into a manuscript and when you finished it, you started calling agents and editors who most likely told you to send them a query letter. Next step was usually a book proposal, and a few sample chapters. Then the waiting game started, usually ending with disappointment. On the other hand, the option to self-publish was there, but it had a certain stigma; a stigma that still exists today: “Your book isn’t really published because you couldn’t get it accepted by a “real publisher”. A real publisher? Excuse me for not laughing my butt off, are we not human beings? Or are Self-Publishers merely robots? Or are Traditional Publishers too foolish to know that the only difference between a Traditional Publisher and a Self-Publisher is that the Self-Publisher does everything themselves? Anyone can be a publisher.
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Original Source: Just Publishing Advice
So here I am, scrolling down my WordPress reader feed, sorting through the posts with the tag “Writing”, and then I find a bunch of brilliant writing with zero likes or comments.
Seriously, there’s a bunch of talented authors out there who are simply invisiblebecause they don’t know how social media works.
It’s all about engagement, people.
Anyway. I’m all about encouraging talented writers, so I go ahead and leave them a message. “Hey, great job!”, or “Hey, I liked this!”, and I click ‘like’ on their posts too, because their writing deserves some love.
And then I never hear back from those authors again. This is super common (specially amongst newbies).
Look, it’s a simple rule: Engage with your audience.
When someone reaches out to you, reach out to them, especially if they say they like your work. Check their blogs, figure out how they would…
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And, if you enjoyed that book, share the information with fellow Readers: On Goodreads, BookLikes, Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, your blog, my blog (Reading Recommendations), review sites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, with the staff at your local bookstore (whether indie, chain, or online), with librarians … essentially wherever other Readers congregate and learn about which great books to read next.
I and all of my fellow authors will thank you by continuing to write what you love to read.
And please, Authors and Readers, feel free to reblog and share this message, the importance of which can never be overstated. Word-of-mouth is still our very best promotional tool and the most effective means for other Readers to discover new books. If you get into the habit of reviewing what you read and passing on the information, ALL Authors, and Readers, will thank you in return!