Monday Funnies…

Oh yes, TSRA has shared more of his Monday Funnies. Thanks once again for the giggles and laughs, Chris. I’m happily sharing them!

As an Indie Author – What are your challenges? – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio informs us on his blog about the challenges we Indie authors permanently face. Thank you very much for sharing the information, Don!


 

As an author, there are significant challenges. Finding original ideas and turning them into something interesting is a significant challenge. If you are a traditionally published author, you have to not only find an idea that interests you, but it has to interest your publisher as something marketable and viable so that they can make money. You also have to please your agent so that they will push your work on a publisher.

As an independent author, coming up with ideas, in my opinion, is the smallest hurdle to be faced. Because we are independent, we are free to publish whatever interests us and then take that work directly to the readers. One thing that indie authors discover quickly through social media, there are niche reader markets for just about every genre you can think of. If you like to right paranormal zombie western romance erotica, there will be a group that will read it.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/as-an-indie-author-what-are-your-challenges/

 

How Not to Market Your Book – 12 Rookie Mistakes – Written By Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo provided us with an excellent blog post, showing us 12 rookie mistakes and tells us what not to do in book marketing. Thank you very much Frances.


Did you just publish your first book? It’s an exciting time, isn’t it? You’re probably thinking that now it’s time to market your book.

To learn about how to market your book, you’re probably reading blog posts like mine and absorbing as much information as you can.

Writers put so much energy into writing their books that they have little time to think about marketing them until the final edit is done.

That’s when your head tends to come up and when you stop typing. You think to yourself, “It’s time to publish!”

Mistakes You Make When You Market Your Book

No. 1 – You Start Too Late

The first mistake writers make is that they focus solely on their writing and not on their marketing while they write a book.

Sure, your writing needs to be top-notch, but if you don’t start to market your book early enough, it won’t matter how well you wrote your book.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://socialmediajustforwriters.com/how-not-to-market-your-book-12-rookie-mistakes/

Should You Add Google Advertising To Your Blog? – Written By Derek Haines

 

Derek Haines informs us in an interesting article on his blog about adding Google Advertising to our blogs. Thank you for your information, Derek!


If you have a website or blog, you must have considered adding pay per click ad placements to your site.

It is one of the easiest ways to make money from your blog.

Google Ads work by trying to match what people are looking for by using Google search with ads for products or services.

Online marketing is a huge business now. But can the addition of Google Adsense ads to your site benefit you?

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://justpublishingadvice.com/should-you-add-google-advertising-to-your-blog/

Who’s Your Favourite Blogger? – Written By Hugh of Hugh’s Views And News

Hugh of Hugh’s Views and News provides us with an important blog post about the annual Blogger’s Bash. Thank you, Hugh!


We all have our favourite blogs and bloggers, don’t we? But how often do we shout about who they are to each other?

Of course, leaving them thoughtful comments on their blog posts, or sharing their posts on social media, are just a few ways we can reveal who our favourite blogs and bloggers are, but there’s also another way to tell the world who they are.

Once a year, you can support your favourite blogs and bloggers by nominating them for an award at the Annual Bloggers Bash. Not sure what the Annual Bloggers Bash is? Click here for full details.

To read the entire blog post go to:

Who’s Your Favourite Blogger?

Seven Proven Strategies for Editing and Proofreading Your Own Writing – Written By Michael LaRocca

On The Story Reading Ape’s blog I found the link to above mentioned interesting blog post on “The Blood Red Pencil” blog, written by Michael LaRocca. Thank you very much for the information, Michael.


1) After you finish writing it, put your document away for a while. Hours, days, weeks or even months. You want to look at it with “fresh eyes.” Instead of seeing what you meant to write, you want to see what you actually did write.

2) Use the spelling and grammar features in your word processor. They aren’t perfect – ask anybody – but if you know the rules, you can decide which suggestions to accept and which to ignore.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2019/01/seven-proven-strategies-for-editing-and.html

Drudgery: What Separates Those Who Dream From Those Who DO – Written By Kristen Lamb

Kristen Lamb provides us with an interesting blog post about drudgery and the question what separates those who dream from those who DO. Thank you so much for your education, your opinion and your incomparable humor, Kristen!


Drudgery—enduring the tired, tedious and unremarkable chores—is what makes the difference between those who dream and those who do.

Why am I talking about this? Because recently I saw some quote scroll past on social media. It was something (of course) posted by one of those super happy ‘life coach’ people.

Though I’m certain the quote was meant to inspire, it hit a sour note with me. It seemed dismissive of the pain, sacrifice and—yes, suffering—of those willing to dream, and then stick to that dream.

I don’t recall the quote’s exact wording (they’re all so similar), but the saccharin essence was the same. Apparently, if you don’t LOVE every single moment of what you’re doing, then maybe you don’t have the right career.

Keep searching! Dream! You have a right to be HAPPY! If it isn’t making you HAPPY, then MOVE ON!

As a social media expert, my role is to guide creative professionals and train y’all to get the most out of social media (without selling your creative souls). My mission has always been to help writers use their imagination along with digital tools to craft their brand.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://authorkristenlamb.com/2019/02/drudgery-boredom-success/