Don’t forget

Don’t forget… wise words seldom heeded.

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Please don’t forget, writers write to be read. We don’t — for the most part, that is — write for therapy ( I hate that thought wherever it is expressed for I no longer write for therapeutic reasons; I may have done so when I was 14 years old and in a perpetual state of angst but now I write for the sake of writing, for the love of writing, for the joy of reading. )

At any rate, please don’t forget, a book is meant to be read — once it is written.

The novelist’s greatest joy is to write the novel, but the novel’s joy lies in the mind of its reader.

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Chronicles of a Indie Publicist: The Top 10 Marketing Mistakes of the Self-Published Author

I get a lot of reblogs from Chris The Story Reading Ape and this is one I thought worth passing along.  Anything that is helpful for the Indie Publishing author is worth the time for read it.  I hope it benefits you in your work.
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The Problem

As a person who has worked in book (specifically eBook) marketing for a while, I’m starting to notice a startling disconnect.

Self-publishing authors are repeating the same marketing mistakes over and over again.

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Every day I come across authors who overload their social media profiles, spam their followers, and then complain about the results. I come across authors who refuse to invest more than a few dollars in a eBook, but complain about exposure.(Consider that a traditional publisher has to spend thousands to market one book!)

This needs to stop.

Continue HERE.

 

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5 Book Review Rules Which Could Make Writers Hate You Less

 

Book reviews are the cod liver oil of the writing world. Writers need them, and they can do an awful lot of good, but they can also leave an incredibly nasty taste in the mouth.

You can’t switch on the Internet these days without seeing an author giving out about book reviews and how unfair/mean/reprehensible/soul-destroying they are.

Read the entire blog here.   cat

This is a timely blog post I want to share.  It’s about the rules for writing reviews.  It lumps the troll reviews in with negative reviews, which is fine in this context since it is specific on what is not allowed.

I’m not sure about the reviews written by friends.  I haven’t experienced a personally known friend who was willing to do a review, but I don’t ask.  I do have acquaintances, through social media connections, cat-fish bowlwho are willing to review for a free copy.  Sometimes we exchange copies.  It’s usually a matter of authors supporting authors, especially Indie authors who get no respect or consideration outside their circles.

I have added my own cats expressing their ideas of how readers, writers and reviewers often see this situation.

As they say here in East Texas… Have a blessed day.

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This Weekend’s Reading Blitz

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Mother’s Day Reading Blitz (click the picture) – counting down till Friday.

The Giveaway is Saturday starting a 1pm and will go for 24 hours so everyone in every time zone around the world will have a chance.

https://www.facebook.com/events/630540137014799/

Other hashtags … Spread the word.  There’s enough for everyone.

#MothersDay #mothersdaygiftidea #ebooks #99cents #kindlebooks #read #readingblitz

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Mother’s Day Reading Blitz

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There will be a live Giveaway event on Facebook for
the Mother’s Day Reading Blitz

It’s hosted by Indie World Publishing & Author Services
Put the whole three-day weekend on your calendar
Allow Mom to sign up for awesome gifts,
then shop for her next book, or stock up for her summer vacation.

Also note on your calendar the three day Mother’s Day weekend, from May 9 – 11. During those three days be sure to visit the Indie World Publishing & Author Services website to search through the 72 books by over 60 fantastic female authors which will be available for only $0.99! That’s 99 cents! Participating books can be found here so start looking now: http://www.indieworldpub.com/#!mdrb-books-by-genre/c1f28

On Saturday, May 10th, there will be a giant giveaway of lots of fantastic books written by female authors ~~ some on the book sale lists and some not. All these books have strong female lead characters.

There will also be other items available for giveaway. The great news is you don’t have to be a mother (or even a female) to join in the fun! Just mark your calendars and get ready to enter each contest for your chance to win! Oh – and invite all your friends and family! We’ll be expecting to see you there!

For my part, I have 7 of my books posted for sale at the amazing low price of 99 cents. I will also have two others to be given away. Visit the site today for my listing of books in the variety of genres so you will know which ones you might be interested in purchasing.

For the giveaway I’ve chosen my two children’s books (see below) since they have no Kindle equivalent. Click on the link below the picture to visit the Amazon page where you can read about them and see the reviews.

If you win a book, or decide to buy one, please be considerate of the author and make a comment on the book’s Amazon page about your reading experience. It’s not difficult. Just scroll down the page to the write a customer review button and click. There is even a Tips and Guidelines link highlighted on the review page if you want some hints on what to do.

DON’T FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR. REMEMBER MOM AND WE’LL SEE YOU THERE.

 

 

 

 

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Ariel’s Cottage on Sale!

A traumatized victim, witness protection, risky trysts, love triangle, secrets, stalking, murder, kidnapping, bravery, emotional growth, sorrow and joy. These are just a few of the things you’ll find in Ariel’s Cottage, along with a victim who searches for her way out of her inner conflicts and those who attempt to help her. You won’t be disappointed.
http://www.amazon.com/Ariels-Cottage-Judith-Victoria-Douglas-ebook/dp/B00JM31XBG

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New Cover. Same Story. On Sale.

New Cover. Same Story. On Sale.

From my sister blog — It’s All About the Books!  Ariel’s Cottage is on sale through Easter Sunday for only 99 cents.

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Have you noticed changes on Amazon?

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While my support group for those who have been trolled and survived has reported that known trolls, or stalkers (a more appropriate term), have had their reviews deleted, another issue has come up and I wonder if the two might be connected.  You decide.  Have you had reviews removed?

Chris speaks of a select group being subject to a different circumstance on Amazon than usual and may possibly be part of some marketing research. You might have experienced this.  If so, maybe you can shed some light on it for the rest of us.  I’m sure Chris won’t mind hearing from you after you’ve considered the experience he and others are reporting here.

http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/amazon-experimenting-with-review-changes/#comments

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The Vulnerable Author

When I decided to self-publish I felt the excitement of holding that very first book in my hand.  It was real, and really happening.  It was much like giving birth when you’re amazed something you’ve known to happen to others could actually happen to you.  It wasn’t just a dream anymore.

The awe-struck feeling didn’t last long enough before another feeling slowly crept in.  It was the awareness that others would now know who you are and what you had done.  That set in a little fear of others judging you based on the work you did.  What if no one liked it?  What if it was really bad and only you thought it was good?  The nagging inner voice of doubt has struck.

I begged for others whom I trusted to read my work and assure me I hadn’t failed in my attempt.  It’s taken two years and more unresponsive or noncommittal friends and family than genuinely responsive, then a few very good reviews before the slow process of believing in myself began.  Even though I now accept I can write well and many will like it, the occasional nagging inner voice of doubt lingers.  I wonder if its good enough?  I think it will be a continuous up and down battle to close off that voice with each new publication.

As more and more strangers report good things it gets easier, but it’s not like the eleven books, with a total of seventeen publications (some just ebooks), in two years brought in a flood of fans.  At least not ones who actually buy the books.  Few Indie authors experience that.  It’s the gifts and free giveaways that you hope will feed your doubts with good reviews, but never materialize that really disappoint.  We are such a vulnerable lot, and very egocentric when it comes to these feelings.

We support each other with likes and votes and sharing posts, with occasional purchases, and sometimes reviews, but it’s still a difficult road to travel down.  We’re mostly alone.  It’s the nature of our craft.  Continuing to immerse ourselves in imaginary places with imaginary people doing imaginary things keeps us busy.  If we stay busy maybe the fear won’t come, maybe the doubt will stay away and maybe even a few books will sell.  Of those maybe a few reviews will materialize to help erase any remaining doubt.

All of us go through this to some degree.  HERE is another blog with steps to follow to overcome some of these feelings of vulnerability and help you keep on keeping on so no one is shattered by disappointing comments or downright meanness.  Become strong because the naysayers are out there and when things begin to look good they could strike you down.  Be prepared.  Become strong.  Then it won’t matter if others don’t approve.  Enough will.

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What is Nagging for Book Sales, What is Marketing? The Difference…

Due to the time I spend on social media I was very interested in this blog post enlightening me on the how and why posting works. It focuses on Twitter, which is not my favorite for posting or communicating, but the percentages apply across the board. How much “selling” or “personal posting” do you do? And is it working for you?

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