An excellent guest post by MM Jaye on Nicholas Rossis’s site about using a traditional writing rule to your best advantage when writing promotion copy, especially on Twitter. For any author wanting to become more effective on Twitter, just read this!
Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:
I have often mentioned the “show, don’t tell” rule in my blog. MMJaye, a regular around here and a great supporter of Indies in her own blog, kindly wrote this guest post for me, tackling the rule from a novel perspective: how to use it when tweeting. Enjoy her excellent post, which, I admit, was an eye-opener for me.
“Show not Tell” on Twitter: a guide to “clickable” tweets
The “show don’t tell” rule has been drummed into every writer’s head. Traditional publishers and editors swear by it. Some Indie authors are less than enthusiastic about it, but, no matter how much you use or respect the rule, you have to admit that it does invest your writing with one major attribute: it becomes evocative.
What surprises me, however, is the fact that although writers accept that “show don’t tell” leads to evocative writing and…
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Once again this year, I’m happy to advertise my novel, Island in the Clouds, locally every week in the informational flyer, Bequia This Week, created these past 15 years by Nicola and Wilfred!
Here’s a link to the large ad I’ll be running 4 times throughout the next 5 months:
Bequia This Week ad for Island in the Clouds
This ad has been redesigned with a new reader quote and information on how to obtain signed copies! The advertising I’ve done with BTW over these past two years has proved itself to be the best for me for the money I’ve spent on it. I’m a very satisfied customer, you might say! So I look forward to working with Nicola and Wilfred once again this year.
Some wise advice on how anyone can help their author friends. #5 is oft-overlooked, and I would add to #3 – don’t just attend book launches … offer to host one and introduce your friends or book club to the author, or host a literary salon in your home.
Originally posted on Laura Best:
This post could have been written by my family and friends. It’s all about how to support your authorly friends out there, and since my friends and family have been awesome enough to support me through the publication of two books I wanted to let others in on their tips for supporting an author friend. (I bet most of them didn’t even know they had such tips!) Through the years my friends and family have come up with some ingenious ways to put the word about my books “out there.” I thought I would share these with everyone else out there who would like to know ways to support a certain author but are a bit uncertain about how to do that. Believe me there are plenty of ways, and my friends have done a super, stupendous job.
1. Buy the book-– A lot of my friends bought the…
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This is the first video in what I hope will be a series about the island of Bequia and its people, the services offered, and a glimpse at the beautiful scenery. I’m calling this a Slice of Bequia series. First up is Wally who sells Trinidadian Doubles, a fine street snack, from his cart in Port Elizabeth by the well in front of the bank, across the corner from Back Knights. (And those would be typical directions on this island!)
Here’s Wally serving up a couple of satisfied return customers:
And here’s my video … Enjoy!
An announcement from my other blog, Reading Recommendations …
Originally posted on Reading Recommendations:
This past week I have posted updates for five Authors who were previously featured on Reading Recommendations. Next week I will begin posting promotions for Authors who are new to the site. I already have ten scheduled, but am very interested in hearing from more Authors who would like to be considered for promotion here.
So, if you are a published Author – either self-or-traditional – and you’d like to receive more promotion, please read these instructions, have a look through the list of Authors already promoted on this site, and contact me, if you think you might be a good fit. (I will accept all genres written for any age group, but WILL NOT PROMOTE pornography, hate literature, prostelytizing, or anything overtly religious.)
For Authors who have already been promoted on Reading Recommendations, please continue to promote the site, your own link, and those of…
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Another great post from Seumas Gallacher on how to deal with negative reviews …
Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:
…there’s been a spate of commentary recently I’ve picked up on, regarding reviews for our WURKS on the Great God Amazon… when an Author or Authoress takes time to scribble a paragraph or more about a review they’ve just received, yeez can bet yer aromatic backside the review has been less than glowing… it’s funny, I s’pose, the longer my own wee masterpieces have been on Amazon, the less concerned I’ve become as to whether there are a gazillion ‘I-gave-it-5-stars-coz-I’m-not-allowed-to-give it-10-stars’ ratings, and focus more on the actual number of reviews that good folks have taken time to contribute… first and foremost, I appreciate the fact that sumb’dy has downloaded my novels at all, whether as a purchase or as part of my occasional Freebie offerings… if yeez didn’t know it already, Amazon counts any downloads in a Freebie Program as ‘sales’, all of which get included in…
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Good points made in this blog post by DeAnna Ross on connecting with your Readers, Friends and Followers on social media in a more meaningful way.
Originally posted on DeAnna Ross:
Facebook is changing again! Facebook is cruel to the small business / Authors!
Before you pick up your pitch forks or WORSE throw up your hands and start throwing money at Facebook’s “boost” and other moneymaking gimmicks… let’s all take a deep breath and talk about what Social Media really means.
Now, I’ve chatted about this before in a previous blog: Keeping Social Media Social. There’s a lot of good stuff there so take a minute and go check it out. I’ll wait.
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