Don Massenzio asks us how important endings are and if we think it’s important they need to be happy. Check out this blog post, it’s fascinating. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Don.
In the past days , I’ve talked about book openings and middles in my posts. This post talks about the other end of your book, the ending. It will briefly discuss the types of endings and the importance of choosing the right one for your book.
Leaving the reader hanging – is it a good idea?
Many sources will tell you not to end your book with a cliffhanger. The reader needs some satisfaction or a happy ending to complete their reading experience. In my opinion, the answer to this is not quite that simple.
As someone who has written a series, I strive to make each book capable of being read as a standalone story. There is, however, a backstory arc for my main character that continues from book to book. What I like to do is resolve the current story within the book but provide a lead in to the next book.
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Ari Meghlen provides us with an educational and interesting blog post, explaining why it’s important for writers to have blogs. Thank you very much Ari! We all appreciate your hard work and you sharing your experience.
New Monday, new Marketing article. So today I wanted to discuss why I personally think it’s important for new writers to start and maintain a blog.
Whether it’s just a blog, or a blog on your Author Website, here are some reasons you might want to start one.
Blogging is one of the easiest and fastest ways to connect with people. Yes, you can do that with social media but they seem to be shorter lived.
People will seek out blogs, will take the time to read posts, will follow them so they get notifications. Social media seems to be short bites that are almost instantly shuffled away in your timeline.
Social media has it’s place but a blog can help you reach your audience in another way, that I consider a deeper connection.
Blogs allow you to gain followers and receive comments. Comments mean direct interaction with people.
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On Nicholas Rossis’ blog I found an article by “Reedsy”, providing us with 7 tips for writing fantasy. Thanks a lot for your efforts to share this information, Nicholas! We really appreciate it!
Reedsy recently published some great tips for fantasy authors–tips which can be easily applied to any fiction writing. Here is my summary of a selection of these tips.
1. Identify your Market
If you think it’s enough to say, “oh, I write fantasy,” think again. With so many fantasy genres, readers tend to cluster around specific subgenres which can range from Harry Potter to steampunk and Young Adult.
2. Use Short Stories
This was a great tip, reminding us of the value of short stories to flesh out our world and characters. When you write these with the specific aim of excluding them from your novels, you will find that you have more creative freedom and can discover surprising things about your universe.
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Amy Maroney provides us with an informative blog post about ‘Long-Tail’ book promotion. Thank you very much for sharing your experience Amy.
Wondering how to build a long-tail book promotion rather than triggering a short-term spike in sales of your self-published books? Non-fiction writer/editor turned historical novelist Amy Maroney asked veteran indie authors for advice on successful book promotions that bring a more lasting effect and shares summary of her findings.
Not long after I published my first novel in 2016, I noticed people in various author groups on Facebook discussing long tails and sell-through.
– As I soon discovered, a long tail is a period of increased sales following a book promotion.
– And sell-through is what happens when readers go on to buy other titles in the author’s backlist.
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Kristen Lamb provides us with a new educational post about how to sell more books. Thank you very much for all your efforts, Kristen!
How do we sell more books? This is the big question all authors ask (myself included). Obviously, there are countless opinions about how to sell more books, but not all opinions are created equally.
Thus, before we hop onto the latest marketing/promotion fad we’re wise to understand why traditional marketing doesn’t sell books. Books are not like cups of coffee or breakfast cereal, and thus require a different approach.
Yes, ads, marketing and promotion campaigns sell toilet paper, soap, and toothpaste because seriously…who is NOT USING this stuff? When it comes to influencing what folks do with their free time, however, it’s a whole other game.
Writers are unique as well. Yes, we really are special unique starfish. And, since we are responsible for producing the product, we need a social media approach that leaves time to write great books.
This said, what’s the critical element that makes a book a mega success? Is it lightning in a bottle? Black magic? Voodoo? Can we buy it on Amazon? Is it banned in Georgia?
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Master Gallacher informs us what he’s been up to lately. We’re glad to hear you’re fine, Seumas. And we all are desperately waiting for you to return! Keep us updated. You’re sorely missed!
…my grateful thanks for some of my Guest Posters over the past few weeks who have helped to keep my blog alive, while I was BDOT (Busy Doing Other Things)… I make no apologies for the absence, as pressure of the day job (which pays the light bulbs and printer ribbons) have seen each day filled with ‘stuff’… part of that ‘stuff’, frankly, has been a commercial stream of business allied to my writing… I’ve alluded to it a few times last year, and it has grown into a sizable chunk of my waking day… ghostwriting… sum’how, (thankfully), the WURD has gone out that Master Gallacher ‘writes a bit, and writes rather well’ – so much so, I have just embarked on my eighth ghostwriting engagement in the past twelve months, doing autobiographies and family/corporate histories…
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…Seumas (Casper the Ghost?) Gallacher…