In seeking content for this blog, I started looking at what others have suggested for writers … and this weird mocking voice started in my head. Some of these “rules” are … uh, comical because they’re the exact opposite of what professionals consider to be good writing. Just because a writer has a particular bad habit that they don’t want to give up doesn’t mean they should advise others to copy them.
One blog suggested not to start a story with a dark or scary beginning. “You should begin with the hero at home in a lovely bucolic setting before you douse them in tension or tragedy.”
Think Dorothy in Kansas before the tornado changes her reality or Bilbo at Bags End before the dwarfs show up. Both of those books were written more than 50 years ago, before the advent of Amazon’s preview feature.
Posted by A.S. Chung.
Award-wining author of children’s picture books A Brand New Day: about divorce and Wishful Wedding: about LGBT equality and same gender families. Creator of Pigeonhole Books and blogs about self-publishing, writing, online book marketing, peer bloggers and illustrators.
30 FACEBOOK GROUPS EVERY AUTHOR NEEDS…..AND IT’S FREE! ONLINE BOOK MARKETING TIP ###
Facebook Groups continue to evolve over time to support writers and authors in a myriad of ways. I have collated a list of Facebook Groups to help indie authors in all facets of the self-publishing journey. If you are searching for the following, you have come to the right place:
In order for any independent author to make it to the best-sellers list, he or she will need at least five professionally written reviews of the published book. And nothing is more pleasing to an author than he or she reading the published reviews of their readers.
Reviews also help a book’s ranking on Amazon.
“Do you know that a succinct review of your book can boost your book sales dramatically? In fact, that very review could be the reason you make it to the best-sellers’ list.”
If your book receives more than 20 positive reviews on Amazon, the book title would be automatically recommended to others browsing through the same category of titles your book belong to. And if the book receives more than 50 positive reviews, Amazon would list the title in its daily newsletter and recommend it to new readers who just completed a similar read.
You’ve worked hard to build your brand (name recognition) and now what? Well, protecting it should be top priority! You may find this funny or even unbelievable, but many don’t even know what “branding” is, let alone what it means to their own author platform. Your brand is your image, your professional identity…it is what people think about, when they hear your name.
It has been five days since I posted on my blog. I have, and still have serious depression.
Truly holidays should be a time of celebration and joy, yet some individuals are depressed. I know this for a fact as I have been depressed during the holidays since 1982. My firstborn son was born dead that year. Losing a child is the King of Loss. My youngest son, at age five years, passed in 1990 after a horrible cancer battle. I never thought I would see happiness again, ever. Sam’s favorite song is/was ‘Silent Night’. I cry every time I hear that song. I have lost a baby brother and my father and those deaths were difficult as they would be for anyone. Still, my children passing is, and will always be, my biggest trigger during the holidays.
There are different triggers for everyone who suffers depression during this joyous time of year. Many people are lonely and socially isolated, and that very isolation triggers deep depression. Some people have small or even non-existent social circles. These ‘loners’ withdraw from being around others and so they suffer from depression badly.
WebMDhas great information on depression and how to help others. Actually they have 25 ideas to help combat depression!
Depression Hotlines for Support
Take a minute to look over the following phone numbers for crisis support. All of them are toll-free numbers. This means you don’t have to pay for the call, and it will not show up on your phone bill.
National Suicide Prevention Helpline
National Adolescent Suicide Hotline
All Types of Crisis
United Way Helpline
Youth America Hotline
Covenant House Nine-Line (Teens)
The Trevor Helpline (For homosexuality questions or problems)
In Shadow and Friends Spend Christmas in New York, a fox squirrel named Stubby receives an invitation from his twin, Shorty, to spend Christmas with him and his squirrel family and friends in Central Park. Stubby invites Shadow, a small dog, and his squirrel family to go with him. They board the Rodent Road Adventure Tours jet, flown by Pilot, and Shorty greets them with a hello from atop the Empire State Building as they fly past! Not only do children learn safety and are introduced to the Eastern Gray Squirrels that range on the east coast of the USA, they have many fun adventures. In this delightful and funny book for children, the squirrels and Shadow learn about the huge Central Park in the middle of New York City. Children are entertained by the adventures of the group as they build a snowman, and Foxy goes shopping at Saks on Fifth Avenue. They decorate a Christmas tree, go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, and decorate a float for the annual Central Park Christmas Squirrel Parade! Add to this mix a few rocking horses, teddy bears, nutcrackers, candy cane castle, angels, elves, and a manger scene, and children are entertained. On Christmas Eve, all of them go to the Central Park Chapel, and celebrated the birth of baby Jesus! Targeted at ages 4-11, this book is easy to read and perfect for home or classroom. This story illustrates how beautiful Central Park is in winter, and the illustrations will fascinate children and adults.
“Shadow and Friends Spend Christmas in New York” is a cute and hilarious book for those with children of all ages, and certainly hits age target range of 4–11. My grandchildren loved hearing about the adventures of one small dog and a squirrel family. They loved the illustrations of Central Park, and they laughed at seeing Shadow and her squirrel friends on ice skates! This delightful story kept them engaged with all the Christmas floats, rocking horses, teddy bears, nutcrackers, one candy cane castle, angels, and elves. As a Christian, I loved how the authors wove in Jesus’ birth, and made this children’s book to be Christian as well. This book is perfect for home, schools, and libraries. I highly recommend this book. ~ Susan Vance, author, “Leaving Savannah.”
Welcome to a roundup of Christmas stories written by the children’s authors featured on Rosco’s Reading Room this year. Many of the authors are running FREE promotional download days for these books starting Dec. 1st so don’t miss the chance to check out some fresh new holiday books for your children this season!
Join Harry The Happy Mouse and friends as they save Christmas Day!
The follow-up to the bestselling children’s picture book Harry The Happy Mouse, all of the characters are back again, working together to help Santa on Christmas Eve!
Harry sets off on his short winter walk to discover Santa in trouble! Harry and friends work together as a great team to save Christmas! All set on Christmas eve, this book is a great story that conveys the magic…