Writer’s Illness – What Sitting Too Long Is Doing To Your Body

It seems writers are at high risk due to their sitting job, to get different illnesses caused by sitting too long.

Who of us doesn’t know the situation that just when we are writing a particularly demanding scene in our book, we have to get up? Our back hurts, our eyes burn, our legs seem to be on fire, our feet are numb, and we have to go to the bathroom. And still, we ignore all these signs that scream at us to get up and walk around, and we continue concentrating on finishing our scene rather than giving our body some relief.

Studies show that sitting too long can cause serious injuries and damage to our body and can even kill us.

Some of us, in our long writing careers, can face health problems like:

  • weight gain, weak muscles, and resulting diabetes
  • poor blood circulation, possibly causing thrombosis, heart disease, cancer, and even brain damage
  • posture problems, resulting in chronic neck and lower back pain
  • eyesight problems
  • anxiety and depression

In other words, this means: sitting in front of a computer like a pretzel, hour after hour isn’t doing our bodies much good.

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There are, indeed, several workouts and exercises for us to practice while sitting, and in particular after getting up. We all know, when writers are inside their story they don’t like to get up. We have no idea when writer’s block might hit, we’re on a deadline, or we forget our body. All reasons are insufficient. A short walk to relax our eyes, our neck, our back, our brain, to use our muscles, get the blood circulating and our heart working, is a good thing!

Very important is to make sure our computer, keyboard, and monitor are set up for us to use it in a healthy way. Our arms and hands, our neck and spine and our feet will thank us.

And one more personal advice: get a massage once in a while. It’s relaxing, helps our body, and refreshes our brain. We’re working hard, we deserve some pampering.

Let’s keep us healthy and remind ourselves that we need to be in good shape to write a good story.

How to Grow an Email Newsletter Starting from Zero – Written By Christina McDonald

On the Jane Friedman blog I found a great article on how to grow an email newsletter starting from zero – written by Christina McDonald. Thank you very much for the detailed descriptions and great ideas, Christina!


An email list is your secret weapon for selling books—it is a direct connection to your reader. But when I got my first book deal, I had no audience, no author Facebook page, and no email list. I knew I needed to build awareness to give my book the best chance to succeed. Here is my step-by-step guide to how I built my email list to 6,000 subscribers in one year.

1. Draft a plan

The first thing I did when I got my book deal was sit down and come up with a plan to build an email list. Coming from a digital copywriting background, I knew that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter were good for brand building, but not for getting people to buy. Buying happens through an email list. I also knew I would need to provide people with a benefit to get them to sign up. Here’s what I decided to provide:

  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Interviews with authors
  • Free book giveaways

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://www.janefriedman.com/email-newsletter-growth/

 

Seriously flawed standards – By Floridaborne

Floridaborne published an interesting ‘must-read’ on her blog. As an Indie author I have to say I was and still am shocked to read it. Thank you very much for sharing this information to us, Floridaborne!


Now, on a serious note.

I happened upon a writer on Twitter and Facebook:

Dakota Willink

Her Twitter introduction: “Amazon Int’l Bestselling Romance Author | Survived my 1st publishing with coffee & wine | Music Lover | Star Wars Geek Since Birth.”

She explains how non-writers are scamming the system at Amazon

and

graciously allowed me to reprint (aka copy/paste) her post.

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I need to tell a story – it’s going to be a long one, so settle in if you’re interested in hearing it.

I began writing my first book in 2013. I self-published it on December 27, 2015. I was new to the business and I literally knew nothing. I made my own cover, which I’m embarrassed of now. But hey – I was brand spanking new and was learning as I went. And yes, there were typos galore in this first book. My January 2016 sales raked in a whopping $1500. I was shocked! After all, I was a nobody – a brand new author who nobody had heard of and I made $1500 in my first month!

I charged $5.99 per ebook for my debut title (Heart of Stone) and it was enrolled in KU. Looking at the sales, I thought I really had something going. My husband convinced me to quit my day job and do the author gig full time. Please note…I didn’t say “writing” full-time. Being an author comes with a ton of administrative tasks – setting up and maintaining a website, managing social media, searching for advertising opportunities, sending out newsletters, and every other possible thing to help keep you relevant in this business. Only a fraction of time is spent actually writing.

To read the entire post go to:

Seriously flawed standards

There IS a Wrong Way to Write a Book Review! – Written By WordyNerdBird

Joanne Van Leerdam of “WordyNerdBird” provides us with an interesting and educating blog post about the wrong and right way to write a book review. Thank you very much Joanne!


This week I read a blog post that asserted there is no right or wrong way to write a book review. The writer made some good points, particularly about reviews needing to be individual and personal responses to a book, but I disagree with the basic premise of the article.

I am writing this post from the perspective of a reader, not an author, and I realise that some people won’t agree with me, so let me explain my reasons.

A book review should never recount the story of the book. It shouldn’t give spoilers. Yet time after time, I see reviews that do exactly that. My issue is that if I already know what is going to happen, I feel as though I no longer need to read the book. The joy of the journey has been neutralised. That review has effectively cost the author a sale.

To continue reading the entire blog post go to:

There IS a Wrong Way to Write a Book Review!

What to do when people unsubscribe from your #author email list and why it is OKAY – Written By Yechelyah Ysrayl

Yechelyah Ysrayl touches a subject that keeps all of us new authors on our toes: our newsletters and the people who unsubscribe from  our email list. Thank you very much for your valuable post, Yechelyah!


Let’s address the elephant in the room. Email unsubscribes. Yup. I’ll be that one. I don’t care what anyone says, if done right and if it’s your cup of tea, author email lists work. At the end of the day, everyone’s journey is different so none of us are in the position to say for absolute certainty what works and what doesn’t work for someone else.

That said, IF you are a fan of the email list (I don’t refer to them as newsletters….I prefer email list), check it.

Not everything about being an author is peachy. Email unsubscribes feel like silent rejections and sometimes confusing because you don’t always know why the person left. Unsubscribes can leave authors feeling abandoned, especially if the person was a long-time member of the list. All kinds of thoughts go through your head.

“What did I do wrong?”

“Am I providing value?”

“Does my writing suck?”
“Do I suck?”

Did I email too much? Too little? What happened?”

The good news is that whether someone leaves your email list or your blog, it is not a bad thing. In 2019, we are not taking losses, we are taking lessons and there are tons of lessons we can learn from email unsubscribes. I hope this list encourages you and motivates you to push past that feeling of confusion and rejection.

To read the entire blog post go to:

What to do when people unsubscribe from your #author email list and why it is OKAY

More Challenges Faced by Indie Authors – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio provides us with a second post on challenges faced by Indie authors. Of course I am re-blogging this one too as it’s informative, helpful and shows Don Massenzio’s experience and knowledge. Thank you, Don!


This is the second in a series of posts centered on the challenges faced by indie authors as we try to compete in the vast ocean of competitors/cohorts that is filled with sharks and other predators. Here are more that I’ve come up with to get you thinking and to foster a discussion:

The Stigma of Self-Publishing

I refrain from calling what we do self-publishing. I am an independent author. My publisher is Amazon. Instead of having services provided to me by a traditional publisher, I outsource them to providers that fit within my budget and style.

I recall trying to join a local author group and being refused because I was “one of those self-publishers”. Truth be told, I had essentially published more books than the total of all of the authors in the group. Many of them were waiting for some big publisher to say yes. Of those that had been “fortunate” enough to land a publishing deal, my sales were much higher then any of them. The reviews I’ve received for my books were also very positive.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/more-challenges-faced-by-indie-authors/

Why Writing Short Stories Help You – Written By Rachel Poli

Last week I found an interesting blog post on Rachel Poli’s blog, where she explains why writing short stories helps writers. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and insight.


I didn’t start to appreciate writing short stories until fairly recently. I always viewed short stories as something “quick and easy” to write. Of course, they’re not easy to write at all. Just because they can be 5,000 words as opposed to 50,000 words doesn’t mean it’s faster or easier. Another thing I thought was that writing novels was “better” for your writing. I figured the more I write, the more I would improve. Writing one long story isn’t the only way to “write more” though.

Short Stories Help You Tighten Your Words

One great thing about short stories is that it helps you learn how to tighten your words. It’s easy to ramble and to describe something that doesn’t matter. Especially if you’re just trying to get the words down, it’s super easy to get excited about quantity over quality.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2019/02/19/why-writing-short-stories-help-you/

Author Spotlight – Ann Harrison-Barnes

 

Welcome!
Thanks for having me.

Please introduce yourself.
My name is Ann Harrison Barnes. I love writing fiction and have also written for many professional websites and freelance clients. Some of my hobbies include listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks, spending time with my family and crocheting.

1. When did you start writing?
I started getting serious about my writing in 2003, although I dabbled in it since I was in about the fifth or sixth grade.

2. What motivates you to write?
Motivation and inspiration come in various ways, from something as simple as a snippet from a podcast or part of an episode from an old TV show to the windchimes out on my front porch and conversations with my characters.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre?
I write mostly Christian mysteries, although my mysteries are turning into Christian thrillers. However, there are times when I throw in a romantic twist. I have published one children’s book and have two more that I’m working on.
The reason I write in genres like this is because I love to read Christian fiction and I love a good mystery. I often like to drift back to a time when life was simple by reading children’s books, so what better way to do this by writing them as well.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
My goal in writing is to share the message of God’s love through a simple, yet deep story. If I can touch the life of one person through my stories, then I know I’ve done my job.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Though I hate to admit it, I do have those moments when the muse refuses to talk to me. When I can’t think of what to write, I go outside and sit in the porch swing, if it’s warm enough, and let the windchimes, melodies within me and often times my characters talk to me. Sometimes, I have to do something else for awhile in order for the muse to take me by surprise.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
If you have a story idea that’s been bugging you for a while, especially while you’re trying to sleep, don’t be afraid to put your butt in the chair and your hands on your keyboard and start typing whatever comes to mind onto the blank document before you. If handwriting is your thing, keep a notebook close by, so you can jot down little tidbits or story ideas that come to you. I don’t care what you write, just write something to start with. The more you write, the better you can hone your craft. I’m not saying you should write every day, although this process works for many authors, but write as often as you can. I also advise new authors to join writers’ groups or connect with other writers either online or locally. The support you get from your writing friends is valuable as your own writing improves.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
My full-length novel entitled A Journey of Faith, is about a young girl who has been plagued by vivid nightmares and a voice crying for help for the last sixteen years of her life. She takes a journey to discover what tragic accident she witnessed at the innocent age of twelve, so she can conquer her fear of climbing. Was this incident an accident or was it murder?
Stories Outside the Box is a collection of tails ranging from mystery, to stories filled with a bit of heavenly magic and more. One of the mysteries will take you into a twisted digital glitch.
Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, An Electric Eclectic Book is a charming little Fairy tail with a bit of mystery and adventure as you ride along with Maggie and her friends on a fun and exciting gravy train journey. The biscuit wheels roll seamlessly down a cookie track.
Inner Vision, An Electric Eclectic Book, is a Christian fiction novelette, with a bit of mystery, adventure and a little sweet romance thrown into the mix. Kelly wakes up in a strange hospital after what she’s been told is an operation. However, when she tries to get some information about the operation, no one can tell her anything, except for one doctor who searches through her medical history to find out why she lost her sight. She and her best friend Anna must go back to the scene of the accident, in order for her to learn how to use her Inner Vision.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
It was a pleasure being here, thanks again for having me.


Ann’s bio:

Ann Harrison-Barnes is the author of four books: A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery, Stories Outside the Box, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, an Electric Eclectic Book, and Inner Vision, an Electric Eclectic Book. She has also been published in several anthologies. Aside from her work as a Christian fiction author, Ann is a professional writer and she also crochets bookmarks and book covers to promote her books. To learn more about Ann and her work, visit her website at www.annwritesinspiration.com


Connect with Ann:

https://annwritesinspiration.com

http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

https://www.facebook.com/ElectricEclecticBooks/

https://www.twitter.com/annwrites75


Ann’s books:

Stories Outside the Box:

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic book

 

 

 

 

 


A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery
(Kindle)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7SCQNM
(Paperback)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720213240