Archive | July 2018

12 Mistakes Authors Make in Connecting with Readers – by Rachelle Gardner…

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The whole idea of “building a platform” and “marketing your book” is to get people to read what you’ve written. Whether you’re traditionally or self-published, connecting with potential readers is crucial.

There are many good ways to do this (although it’s not necessarily easy), and plenty of resources to  help you.

Today I want to point out the most common mistakes I see authors making in the effort to connect with readers.

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What Will Move An Author To Promote His Book?

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What will influence authors as to whether they will promote their books to the news media?
It’s not a trick question.  The author of the 21st century must be very active in promoting one’s book and brand.  If the author gets help from a book publisher – if a publisher’s involved — an author will still heed to supplement its efforts.  No one can do everything that is necessary to properly promote and market a book.  It takes a village.

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How You Can Offer An Easy Free Ebook Download To Readers – by Derek Haines…

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on Just Publishing Advice:

Do you want to set up a free ebook download on your blog?

If you use either a self-hosted WordPress or a WordPress.com site for your blog, you can do it.

It is quite easy to create a pdf version of a downloadable ebook using the WordPress media library. All you need to do is upload your .pdf file to the library and then create a link to it in a post or on your sidebar.

But how many readers are going to get excited about an ebook in .pdf format? Very few, or more likely, none.

Ebook readers want to be able to read an ebook on their preferred device, and without any fuss or bother.

They need to be able to click and read.

To accommodate this need, you really have to offer your free ebooks in both .epub and .mobi formats. However, WordPress will…

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Blinded By The Light

Blinded By The Light

Blinded By The Light by Raven H. Price

I just finished reading this short story and my review follows the author’s book blurb found on Amazon. 

“Ellen Draper has a near-death-experience like no other. She dies, has her physical sight and hearing destroyed, and is taken to heaven by three angels to be judged and scrutinized by a tormentor. 

Before her trial begins, the angels prepare her by giving her a royal treatment and tutoring her biblically for the battle. Finally, she is forced to remember her horrible past, so she will be prepared for the accusations. 

When the angels feel Ellen is ready, one shoves her in a room to face the devil, or so she thinks. Who is the accuser she can see and hear inside this courtroom? What will is the purpose behind this ordeal? Will heaven assist or allow Ellen to take unspeakable punishment? Will she be the same afterward, or does she buckle under extreme fear?”

I found myself completely mesmerized by this short story. The perfect read for those who are in need if our Lord Jesus and those who don’t realize that need as yet. 5 Stars!

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9 Query Mistakes That Could Lead To Instant Literary Agent Rejection | Writer’s Relief…

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Few literary agents expectquery lettersto be 100% perfect—especially if the author is new.

That said, most literary agents DO expect a certain level of competence and a fundamental understanding of publishing industry etiquette.

If you’re a writer hoping to get a book published, Writer’s Relief explains the query letter mistakes you must avoid.

9 Things Writers Do Wrong In Query Letters

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The Lilac Princess

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The Lilac Princess (The Princess Series Book 1) by Wanda Luthman

My review follows the author’s blurb found on Amazon.

(“The story line is incredible! It is a story that teaches forgiveness can right many wrongs.”

A young Princess with too much responsibility and not enough freedom finds herself facing the greatest decision of her life. She is an only child to an elderly King and Queen of a Kingdom in turmoil. 

Upon her rests the responsibility to rescue her Kingdom one day, but for now, she is held within the castle walls for her safety. She longs to go outside just for a moment, to smell the sweet lilacs growing in the meadow. 

Come along on her adventure when she dares to escape the castle walls and meets a cursed dragon. Little does she know that while the dragon has an evil plan, she holds the key to bringing peace to her Kingdom.

“I couldn’t wait to turn the page to see what happened next! I also did enjoy the powerful adult messages conveyed–do not surrender to evil, forgiveness is key to peace and healing.”

“This story helps children respect boundaries, through the life lesson. It helps them understand the importance of forgiveness. It highlights friendship, loyalty, courage, dealing with loss, and a desire to explore the unknown.”)

The Lilac Princess is a heart-warming story for children. I love the huge kindness impact and that is such a positive thing for children of all ages. Kids who love castles, princesses, and dragons will love this story. Five Solid Stars!!

10 wonderful quotes about being a writer #amwriting #writer #writerslife

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“You fail only if you stop.”

~ Ray Bradbury


“This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won’t wash them away.”

~ Anne Lamott


“Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities, and have them relate to other characters living with him.”

~ Mel Brooks


“Most people carry their demons around with them, buried down deep inside. Writers wrestle their demons to the surface, fling them out onto the page, then call them characters.”

~ C.K. Webb


“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.”

~Henry Green


“Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the…

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2-Sentence Hook?

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

Can you actually hook a reader in two sentences? I have problems with my elevator speech and that’s a lot longer than two sentences. However, the answer is yes, and I know from experience, you had better hook your reader, or literary agent, right away if you want to make a sell.

The next question for me, is how do I write a 2-sentence hook? My story is complicated, and I don’t even know where to begin.

A 2-story hook has three components. These not only provide the gist of your story, but also an abbreviated outline of what you are trying to accomplish.

  1. Character –  Who is your hero or heroine? You don’t want to give that character a name in your 2-sentence write up. Give them an identity.                     Not Anne, but a young orphan girl.      …

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Six Reasons to Revise and Re-Release Your Book

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Six Reasons to Revise and Re-Release Your Book

Several years ago I met a guy at a writer’s conference who had a 400-page science fiction book that he had published five years ago. He said “When it comes to book promotion, I wish I knew then what I know now. I think this book could have done considerably better than it did initially.” I suggested to him at the time that he maybe consider re-releasing it. Update the cover, maybe modify some of the content. And, I also suggested that he take this 400-page book and divide it into four segments. Because genre fiction readers love a series, I suggested that if his book fits this model, that he should consider dividing the book into four 100-page segments. He could in turn release them as a series on Amazon and then bundle the entire four-book saga. A book series is a…

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