Jenn Hanson-DePaula published an excellent, very educational book launch blog post on Mixtus-Media. Thank you so much for your interesting article, Jenn. We appreciate your hard work.
I know the entire book marketing process can feel overwhelming and oftentimes confusing – especially when it comes to launching your book.
And with the avalanche of opinions coming your way, I know it can be hard to narrow things down as you try to focus on how to best set up your launch.
In my experience, there is one strategy that I encourage every author to use when getting ready to launch their book. That is creating a pre-order incentive, which is a limited time, exclusive gift that an author offers readers for pre-ordering their book ahead of its release.
Offering a compelling pre-order incentive can help you in several ways:
Author Jaq D Hawkins published a guest post on The Story Reading Ape’s blog about author’s ‘stealing’ each other’s ideas – unconsciously and unintentionally – and still it happens… Read the post, it’s enlightening!
Ever think of a great plot and put it aside while you finish your current work in progress, only to find that someone else publishes something based on the same idea before you can get your version out?
I think this happens to all of us at some point. I don’t mean someone actually steals the idea, but someone totally unconnected to you thinks of the same idea independently, sometimes even a well-known author.
It can be frustrating, especially if it’s a big name author who gets the same idea as you and releases it sooner, but it’s also a great endorsement of the idea itself! So what do you do when this happens?
On the “Insecure Writer’s Support Group”‘ blog, C. Lee McKenzie posted a list of 10 literary devices to master. I found this post on The Story Reading Ape’s blog. Thank you very much for all your hard promotion work, Chris!
on The Insecure Writer’s Support Group:
James Joyce’s Ulysses takes place over the course of a single day, but it’s notoriously chock-full of literary devices. Weighing in at over 700 pages long, it’s a masterclass in writerly tricks, with the intimidating heft of a brick.
oyce seems to have never met a literary device he didn’t love, a fondness that made him the bane of many English majors’ existences — but also a celebrated genius.
The good news is, we don’t all have to be James Joyce.
There’s no need to frantically stuff your novel with every literary device you can think of, in the hopes that it’ll turn it into the next Ulysses.
Still, it’s good to have a handful in your bag of tricks — they can punch up your prose, and make your readers unable to look away from your skillful weaving of plot and theme. Just don’t overdo it.
If you’re only going to master 10 literary devices, let it be these ones!
Maxine rides again.
On ‘The Story Reading Ape’s’ blog I found his Monday Funnies, today with Maxine, who’s got a lot to say.
Thanks for the giggles, Chris!
I found an excellent blog post about describing the weather, written by Bryn Donovan. This is great! Thank you very much for sharing this, Bryn!
A lot of writers struggle with describing settings. I’ve written before about how to describe settings and why it matters, but a few people have told me they’d like me to do some of my master lists for writers to help them out!
I have a weird love for creating lists like this, so I’m happy to do it. “How to describe weather” seemed like a good place to start. This way, you won’t get stuck trying to figure out how to describe nice weather, or thinking up ways to describe rain. Hopefully, this will make your writing go faster.
I always include simple as well as more creative ways to describe or write about the weather. Sometimes, the simple word is the one you want! I included dryness and humidity in a few of the categories because it felt weird for them to get their own.
As always, this is not a comprehensive list, and I might add to it. My list will probably make you think of other possibilities, too. Bookmark or pin it for future writing reference!
Provided by Self Publishing Review
In Hollywood, there’s a pretty set calendar for when movies are released: horror movies are usually released around Halloween, high-concept blockbusters in the summer, Oscar movies start in November, movies that aren’t blockbusters or Oscar contenders in February.
Does the book trade follow the same release schedule?
The answer is, more or less, yes.
Derek Haines writes about starting over and leaving our comfort zone. Thanks a lot for that blog post, Derek. It was very important to me right now.
Change is the only constant in life
Everyone loves to talk about change, but when change happens unexpectedly, it usually means starting over and leaving one of our comfort zones behind us.
It doesn’t matter what the cause is; a relationship, a job or where you live.
When your stability and routine is upset, it can be difficult to know how to start over and find a fresh start.
But when we look back on the changes that have happened in our lives, such as an old job, a previous relationship or where we lived ten years ago, today is better.
It can take time to adapt, but in the end, we generally feel good about the choices and decisions we made.
Change in life is not always easy.
But when it comes to publishing today, making changes is the only way to move ahead.
I saw this amazing, truthful and in many ways memorable blog post on the “Barbara Bear” blog, written by Barbara Rogers. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on a subject many of us have problems with.
I saw this picture recently. It made me think. A lot. In the end I decided that it is such a beautiful, and poignant depiction of old age. One I had hoped to aspire to …. but now unlikely to achieve.
So what did I see?? I didn’t read the words at first, as I wanted to form my own opinion. Yes… we are permitted to have our own bleddy opinions!!
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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.
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Don Massenzio starts a new Author Interview Series in 2019 on his blog. Contact him if you’re interested. I sure will. Thank you so much for all your support, Don!
It’s a new year and time for a new series of author interviews.
One of the features of my blog that I have enjoyed the most is my author interview series.
Over the past few years, I have posted over 200 interviews. We have learned about many authors, both traditionally and independently published. We have learned what makes them tick and what techniques have worked for them in creating and promoting their work.
To read the entire post and find out how to submit, click here: