Even though at times it is almost impossible to admit it, you blog because there’s this drive within you to create. You want to inspire, to share ideas and thoughts, you want to have an impact on others. But that is not enough if you want to be a successful blogger. And you know what […]
One of the most common questions authors ask is: “How can I promote my book without spending money?” There’s a lot you can do that’s free and effective; I’m listing 10 ideas below. Before acting on them, though, ask yourself these questions: Is my book as good as it can be? Does it look and read like anything I’d find in a bookstore or library? Is my book’s cover appealing and appropriate for the genre? Is my book professionally edited? Do I know who will love my book? And do I know as much as possible about those people so I know where I’ll find them both online and offline? All of this is important because readers are interested in good books. Not so-so books. Not books you rushed through to meet an arbitrary deadline. And, you need to be marketing to people who read the kinds of books you write. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time.
on Writing Forward: One of the most common grammatical mistakes that we see in both speech and writing is misuse of the words lay and lie. This error is so common, it even slips past professional writers, editors, and English teachers — all the time. Maybe eventually these two words will morph into one and have the […]
by Michael Cristiano When it comes to writing, there is nothing more daunting than writing a novel. Okay, maybe attempting to write a saga of twelve novels is a little bit more daunting, but let’s stick to just one for now. In my opinion, writing a novel is a little more difficult than say […]
That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN by Sherry Ellis
“That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN is for all those bleary-eyed families who sincerely believe that they will never again enjoy a full night of sleep. Seen through the eyes of an exhausted sibling, this book is guaranteed to bring a smile to even the most fatigued members of a sleep-deprived household.
Can you count the number of nights you slept after you baby was born? Do you remember–or are you now suffering through–the cries that can mean anything from Change me now, to I’m hungry, to Time to come in and play with me?
In Sherry Ellis’ That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN, there’s no question about who’s the head of the household. It’s the baby! The little darling who was born with feed-and-play-on-demand talents is making his message clear: I want you…and I want you now! Ms. Ellis understands the world of the sleep-deprived and felt compelled to write a book that might make every family’s sleepless nights bearable. Thus, the first lines of the book:
“I was sleeping in my bed
and a dream was in my head
That baby woke me up, AGAIN!”
Ellis has written a lovely, rhyming children’s illustrated book. This book is awesome for sibling who have a new baby in the house as older kids need to understand why babies cry during the day and at night. Five stars, ten if I could give that many!
Ronita Mohan recently wrote about some of the social media marketing trends for 2020. I kick off the new year posts with another take on the same subject: how to use social media to promote your books. Being a successful writer means not only having the inspiration to create something that really resonates with people […]
1. Mindset – Stop thinking and acting like an indie author. Think big. Then, act big. Emulate the author you aspire to be. 2. Presentation – Your book should be able to take the Pepsi Challenge with anything coming out of the Big 5. This means the writing, editing, layout and cover must all be […]