#Bookblurbs Any tips? What are your favourites? #amwriting

Olga Nunez Miret shares another fantastic article about book blurbs with us, mentioning more information in other posts and articles. Thank you so much Olga. You are a gem!

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Hi all:

As you know I write (and translate) and I’m currently going through the corrections of my next novel (Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies, is proving challenging, or rather the circumstances around it are. I might tell you the story some day). Although there’s still a while to go (I always publish both versions, Spanish and English, of my books at the same time, and that means multiplying by two everything, including the time it takes to get everything ready), I started thinking about blurbs. Despite having written quite a few, I always hesitate when I’m about to write another one, and check advice on it.

Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies by Olga Núñez Miret. Cover by Ernesto Valdés. Any day now... well, not quite Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies by Olga Núñez Miret. Cover by Ernesto Valdés. Any day now… well, not quite

I decided to share some of the articles I found about the subject…

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Should You Buy Your Own ISBN Numbers?

Jo Robinson of Lit World Interview published an interesting, informative and very useful post about ISBN numbers. Thank you for your great guidance, Jo!


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Your book’s ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is the 10 or 13 digit number assigned to every published book, and identifies things like edition, publisher and physical properties. Each particular edition of any published book has to have its own unique number, so you can’t use the same number if you choose to republish an already published book. The new book must have its own new number. I have seen writers on various forums claim that they’ve used the same ISBN number for both their paperback and their eBook versions, but if they did indeed get away with that they shouldn’t have. A quick squiz at Bowker’s rules (internationally applicable) will show quite clearly that a separate ISBN number is required for each format as well. eBook, audiobook, paperback and hardback. Getting even more picky, you could have MOBI and ePub versions published on different platforms. You could end up…

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Editing Tip #132 – The Dreaded Synopsis

The book blurb already scared me. I felt like standing in front of a wooden 200-year-old bridge over some exotic canyon, deep deep down…
Now I’m standing in front of the Himalaya… the synopsis. Thank God there are experienced writers being able to help us. Here a blog post, written by M. J. Moores, which might help, not only me, but many of us! Thank you for this great post!

6 Sentence Synopsis




While it’s nice to think that once you’ve written and edited your magnus-opus, your editing work is done … think again.

Time to Write Your Synopsis

If an agent or publisher doesn’t get a “taste” for your writing in the query letter (which calls for a paragraph summary of your entire book and often a 1-pager to attach) or “hooked” on your story, then you’ve lost a great opportunity to have them ask for your coveted manuscript.

Now, I must be upfront with you about this: I am NOT a master of editing Synopses.

In fact, I still struggle with writing my own but I have a good perspective for books I’ve edited for my clients. I can see when they’re adding too much back story, if their hook actually grabs readers, and if they’ve left out anything important (because they don’t want to spoil the story – trust…

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99 cent Sale for . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso

I just found out on my friend Patricia Garcia’s blog, that one of the most wonderful books I’ve read the past few years, is on sale from August 26 through August 31, 2016.
“And the Whippoorwill sang”, written by Micki Peluso. Use the chance!

Book Reviews by Pat Garcia

Hello Everyone,

And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso is on sale from August 25 until August 31st.  I have read the book several times. It is a memoir that touches our soul and the spirit.

You’ll love Micki’s humorous style. She has a way with words that make you cry and laugh at the same time.

It has my highest recommendation. A book you don’t want to miss reading.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia

IMG_002399 cent Sale for . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

. . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso will be 99 cents on Kindle from August 25th–August31st PT It’s quite an lifetime adventure! Grab a copy today!  http://www.amazon.com/Whippoorwill-Sang-Micki-Peluso-ebook/dp/B007OWPBGK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The elusive whippoorwill swoops down the mountains. 

Through night into dawn it’s song mourns summer’s loss–as I cry mine.   


     AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG, a 300 page memoir, opens with eloping teenagers, Micki…

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How to Grow Your Author Blog

Kristen Lamb has advice on how to grow your author blog! Thank you for all your support, Kristen! You’re amazing!

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I am a huge fan of writers having a blog, but one of the first arguments I get is, “But I did have a blog and it did nothing.” I hear your pain. We live in a world of instant gratification and often it is why we are more inclined to post content on our Facebook or Twitter instead. Instantly we can see other people sharing and responding and it feels oh so good.

The blog? Meh.

The problem, however, is that any “benefit” from Facebook or Twitter evaporates almost as soon as it appears whereas the blog (if we stick to it) will keep giving us rewards for years to come.

Reframe Your Goal

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I will give you tips for growing your author blog here in a minute, but a simple…

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Ads are NOT a Brand and Promotion is NOT Platform—Understanding the Difference

Kristen Lamb is teaching us to understand the difference between ads and a brand and promotion and a platform. Another one, very important and informative blog posts for us. Thank you so much, Kristen!

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Very often when I write about brand and platform, writers assume I am talking about promotion and marketing (ads) and that is not only a false assumption, it can be a fatal one. When we hop onto Twitter or Facebook and are barraged with book spam, a big reason it annoys us (though not the only) is because the author is engaging in these activities with no solid brand or platform.

It then either becomes white noise (invisible) or worse an irritation (negative branding). Writers trying to create a brand by serving up copious book promotion will have a brand all right. The brand of self-serving asshat.

The sight of the author’s face or book might even be enough to spike our blood pressure. We are far more likely to block than buy.

Why? What went wrong?

We have to look at…

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Author Spotlight – Karen Ingalls

Karen Ingalls Head Shot



Please introduce yourself.


My name is Karen Ingalls, an author, blogger, survivor, and advocate. I am the author of three books and several articles. I volunteer, advocate, and write about women’s health issues.

I write two weekly blogs: www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com and www.kareningalls.blogspot.com. The first one is about health/wellness, relationships, and spirituality while the second one is for writers and avid readers.


  1. When did you start writing?

I began writing at around ten or eleven years old. I wrote poetry, short stories, and started a novel besides journaling about my life. Coming from a dysfunctional family I found writing to be a way to deal with it. Reading was another escape so I was an avid reader.



  1. What motivates you to write?

I am motivated by something deep inside me. I like to address social and health issues. I believe that through articles, pamphlets, and books important and inspirational information can reach the general public.



  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

My genre for non-fiction is health/wellness. For fiction it is historical or biographical. I am a retired RN and nurse therapist who has used complementary therapies right next to traditional medicine. I believe they both have a role in our whole health. This is what I did before I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and continued it with full support from my oncologist.

I have always liked to read historical and biographical fiction and non-fiction. My family history lends itself to write about a too often loss of healthy father-son relationships, and the strong scorn my grandfather suffered as an illegitimate child. Things have changed since the 1880’s, but there is still a stigma attached in many cases.

I find people fascinating and love to learn about their lives…and then write about them.



  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I like to write fiction and non-fiction that might bring some peace, sense of hope, understanding, or love to the reader. Social and health issues are my motivators for books, publications, and articles.

My dream is that through writing “Outshine” and my various articles women will begin to pay attention and act on any symptom that is typical of ovarian cancer. 22,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed, but 14,000 of us will die before 5 years. The main reasons are because of the subtlety of the symptoms, women not listening to their bodies (especially below the waist), physicians not considering ovarian cancer as the first diagnosis to rule out, and lack of good testing. Therefore too many women are diagnosed in the later stages of III and IV.



  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Writer’s block does not happen very often, but when it does I do well to first step away from my desk and do some activity (walking, gardening, etc.) that takes my mind off the writing process. Then I go back to my desk, meditate, and as I gaze out at the lake I let the words come to me.



  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Trust yourself; believe in yourself. The publishing world is a difficult world to understand, maneuver through, and from which to be recognized. However, do NOT give up. Contact author and writer blogs, websites; check out book clubs (my favorite is Rave Reviews Book Club); do book presentations, and use social media aggressively.



  1. Please, tell us about your work.


My first book is titled, “Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.” It won first place in the category of Women’s Health for the Indie Excellence Book Awards. All proceeds go to gynecologic cancer research. Ovarian cancer is one in which there is little awareness even within the medical field. There will be 70% of the diagnosed women who will not survive this disease every year.

A novel, “Novy’s Son” is based on a true story of a son searching for his father’s love and acceptance. This is a common social problem when a father is unable to teach his son what it is to be a man and a father himself someday. This has been coined the loss of the “Iron John” by Robert Bly.

My recent novel, “Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens” is based on the true story of America’s preeminent sculptor from 1880-1920’s and his model. The love affair lasted twenty-five years.


Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!



Contact Karen:









Karen’s Books:

Karen Ingalls Outshinehttp://www.amazon.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir/dp/1592984622/ref=sr      









Karen Ingalls Novy's Sonhttp://www.amazon.com/Novys-Son-Selfish-Karen-Ingalls  








Karen Ingalls Davida


Me and my book blurb


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As a beginner, I tried to get to know more about book blurbs since I needed to write my own. To make sure it will be appropriate and professional, I did some research, asked some experienced writers and found an amazing article, written by Author Traci Sanders, “Taking the fear out of book blurbs,” which I had re-published on my blog End of June 2016.

Out of fear to give out too much information, I wrote it apparently too vague, and it wasn’t intriguing enough. I asked several more writers and got interesting information and an enormous help. One of them, Author Jim Spencer, asked me to send him a quick synopsis, and he then took the time and wrote an entire blurb on my novella, showing me how he would do it. I will be forever grateful for the time and efforts he sacrificed to my helpless self!

In the end, it was me who was not entirely happy with it. Until a fellow blogger and cover designer, Chris, The Story Reading Ape, supported me with his opinion as a reader.

Who would have thought to ask a reader, instead of a writer?

The way this all happened, of course, prompted me to consider the question, whether I, as a reader, am already “too much” thinking like a writer who has to sell the book? Instead of writing what would have intrigued me, as a reader, did I just try to imagine how “the general reader” would like it?

Is the future marketing of the book already clouding my vision?

It seems there are three different ways of thinking a writer has to adopt:

  1. Thinking as a writer
  2. Thinking as a reader
  3. Thinking as a marketing specialist

These three ways apparently can be combined but should at times be separated either, accustomed to the respective situation.

Apparently, I have not yet been able to do so and at this moment it worries me.

Wouldn’t the difficulty be to know when to switch thinking? There are many helpful resources online to cover this topic. But searching for them will need me some more efforts once again.

I would say, there’s so much to learn and so little time…