…Susan Toy outlines 10 Ways To Kill Your Writing… PART FOUR…

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This is the 4th part of a 5-part series I’ve written that is currently being hosted by Seumas Gallacher on his blog.

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…I’m delighted to run a five-days consecutive series of posts from my terrific pal, Author, Susan Toy, for every author to enjoy and prob’ly learn lots from… here’s PART FOUR :

10 Ways to Kill Your Writing

This 5-part article is from a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend Feb. 4, 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this series that is very kindly being hosted by the ONE, the ONLY, SEUMAS GALLACHER!

 Part 4

  1. Don’t / do follow the rules

Rules are made to be obeyed and rules are meant to be broken. But you can’t obey or break them unless you first read and understand them. This holds true not only for writing, but also for submitting your manuscript and for publishing it.

Once you know and understand the rules of the business, you may work with them and redefine, to…

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…Susan Toy outlines 10 Ways To Kill Your Writing… PART THREE…

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My 5-part series, 10 Ways To Kill Your Writing, continues with Part 3 over on Seumas Gallacher’s blog!

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…I’m delighted to run a five-days consecutive series of posts from my terrific pal, Author, Susan Toy, for every author to enjoy and prob’ly learn lots from… here’s PART THREE :

10 Ways to Kill Your Writing

This 5-part article is from a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend Feb. 4, 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this series that is very kindly being hosted by the ONE, the ONLY, SEUMAS GALLACHER!

Part 3

  1. Learn nothing about the publishing business

There was a time when writers sent their work off to publishers, signed a contract, worked with an editor, then sat back and let the publisher take over. They had no clue as to what happened next in the process of printing, publishing and selling their books. And, to be fair, many publishers liked that things stayed that way.

I believe authors do…

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Scammers Now Trolling #Indie #Authors With Bogus DMCA Notices…

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Thanks again to Chris The Story Reading Ape for posting this article on yet another scam that compromises our intellectual property and copyrighted materials …

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Congratulations #Authors – One battle won against #Copyright #Infringement – UPDATE…

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An update from Chris The Story Reading Ape on our efforts to stop these piracy sites …

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

To keep you posted after my post about CONFIRMED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT NOTIFICATION yesterday and to let you see that you are NOT ALONE in the battle against it, here are the statistics on the post at the time of writing THIS post:

373 visitors viewed the post published at 20:12 pm last night.

TEN of them re-blogged it, thereby spreading the word FAST.

To see the all responses, look at the comments under the article HERE, however, here is a rough timeline of significant events:

At 21:56 pm, The following comment was received: 

Update: I also sent them a message through Facebook demanding they remove it. They responded:”hi ******, all book grab automatically from many source. we are apologize if your book published in our site. please contact us via http://www.e-bookdownload.net/contact-us/ with your book title list and we will remove it in 1x24hours. thanks” I informed them I…

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…Susan Toy outlines 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing…Part Two…

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Here’s Part Two of my series currently being hosted by Seumas Gallacher on his blog.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

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…I’m delighted to run a five-days consecutive series of posts from my terrific pal, Author, Susan Toy, for every author to enjoy and prob’ly learn lots from… here’s PART TWO :

10 Ways to Kill Your Writing

This 5-part article is from a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend Feb. 4, 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this series that is very kindly being hosted by the ONE, the ONLY, SEUMAS GALLACHER!

Part 2

  1. Copy others and don’t search for and develop your own voice

When I first began writing creatively, I had already enjoyed a long career in bookselling and as a sales rep for publishers. During that time, I got to meet everyone – and I mean everyone!

Gail Bowen was one author I worked with who became a friend and I wanted to be just like her – writing mysteries…

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#Authors – POSSIBLE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT NOTIFICATION…

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Here we go again! My novel and a book I contributed to are both listed on this site for “free” download. And they have the same kind of copyright infringement form that forces authors to complain – then the site collects their email addresses, because it’s essentially a click farm. Please, everyone, block this site on Facebook so that they cannot promote their pirate site there. We make little enough as it is on the books we publish without having scammers like this in operation. Very frustrating, and time consuming, to have to fight sites like this!!

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

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I’ve just been advised by Author Jack Eason that the following Facebook Site is offering six of his books in PDF format – WITHOUT AUTHORISATION, PERMISSION OR PAYMENT AGREEMENT WITH HIM…

Please check if YOUR BOOKS are being offered without YOUR permission.

If YES, NOTIFY FACEBOOK IMMEDIATELY…

If NO, monitor them…

https://www.facebook.com/ebookdownloaddotnet

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…Susan Toy outlines 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing… PART ONE…

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Thank you to Seumas Gallacher for hosting this 5-part series I wrote on 10 Ways To Kill Your Writing! Part 2 will be published tomorrow.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

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…I’m delighted to run a five-days consecutive series of posts from my terrific pal, Author, Susan Toy, for every author to enjoy and prob’ly learn lots from… here’s PART ONE :

10 Ways to Kill Your Writing

This 5-part article is from a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend Feb. 4, 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this series that is very kindly being hosted by the ONE, the ONLY, SEUMAS GALLACHER!

Part 1

Since you’re taking time to read this series, and if you promise to stick with me right to the end, you will receive a very special gift, because I’ve been asked to talk about . . . 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing . . . and for today only, your very special gift includes 3 bonus ways!

First watch this video . . . Inside the Writer’s Mind

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#Authors – Why Many Book Promos are like Driving a Car

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Chris The Story Reading Ape with some brilliant insight as to Why Many Book Promos are like Driving a Car. (And I’m reblogging this because recently I posted, Here, let me help you with that promotion … explaining how authors can receive promotion for their own books by promoting other authors, and I actually received a comment from a previously unknown-to-me author promoting his book and asking for reviews. I deleted the comment. So this author was definitely guilty of “parking illegally” but I would add to that, he also guilty of neither reading nor obeying the traffic signs.

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

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Many authors do their book promos as if they’re driving a car.

The most common way is the ‘Drive everywhere at high speed’ author.

(Post everywhere as fast and often as possible)

Another (probably related) seems to be the ‘Jumping the red STOP lights’ type of author.

(Sending friendship / follow automatic greetings of BUY MY / LIKE MY regardless of the other person’s feelings, intentions or the fact that their only crime was to express an interest)

Finally, the latest growing craze is to ‘Park illegally’.

(Posting their book adverts under other people’s posts, especially on Facebook)

The authors who do any, or all, the above just don’t seem to realise that they are nothing short of being STUPID (expletive deleted) PESTS – and more seriously (for them) HAVE LOST MANY MORE SALES THAN THEY GAINED…

They’ve also been driving like maniacs through heavy traffic and left a lot…

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Here, let me help you with that promotion …

This is a rerun of a post from April 19, 2014, because I thought it was time to remind a few of you out there …

“Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.” — Will Rogers

There is nothing worse – and I mean NOTHING!! – than an author who over-self-promotes!

Now I didn’t say just “self-promotes” but qualified it with “over”, because we all need to do a little bit of promoting, within reason, to get the word out about what we’ve written. Even traditionally published authors need to promote themselves, because many publishers just don’t have the financial wherewithall to deal individually with each author on their list. And you authors already know who your personal and professional contacts are, anyway, so you have a better chance of attracting attention by approaching those people personally.

But what happens when you run out of those initial contacts and begin preaching to the converted, so to speak? How do you attract new readers to yourself and your work without becoming the kind of self-promoting author we all love to hate – the one who constantly blows their own horn? Why, you seek out other people in the book business who will toot that horn for you – people like me, fer instance. I publish a promotion blog called Reading Recommendations precisely because I want to offer other authors free promotion and help them get the word out about themselves and their books.

And because I know that by doing so – by promoting my fellow authors – I also promote myself and my own work. That way I don’t run the risk of sounding off about ONLY ME AND ME ALONE. I know I am not the first author to have published and I know I won’t be the last to publish, either. Why not promote as many other authors as I can? That way I provide my audience with different reading choices when they’ve exhausted everything I’ve written – and before they become exhausted with me!

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And since I set up this blog and changed my approach to how I promote my own work – guess what? I’ve discovered that I’m finding more readers for my own published novel and novella, as well as for those other authors I promote. I’m receiving more reviews, I’m selling more copies, and I’m being invited to promote myself and my work on other blog sites.

But the best part is – I’m not pissing off my loyal family, friends, and current readers by constantly singing the same tune. I’m offering information about new authors whose work they might like to read. So I’m providing a service to readers as well as to my fellow authors – and I’m not pissing off anyone in the process.

(This “not pissing off anyone” part cannot be stressed enough! I’m sure you are, as am I, tired of authors who tweet and share endlessly about themselves and their latest, but never say a word about anything else. It all seems so desperate, don’t you think? Those who tick me off the most are the authors I’ve followed on Twitter who don’t then give me the courtesy of following me back, but instead send me a direct message telling me where I can buy their books or asking me to like their Facebook page. I unfollow them in a nanosecond! We all want to receive recognition for what we’ve written and published. But we’d be more inclined to become readers and fans ourselves, if those self-promoters just took a wee bit of interest in something other than themselves. Ya know what I’m saying??)

So I challenge all you authors reading this out there who have been guilty of over-self-promoting to change your ways! You don’t have to stop promoting yourself altogether, but figure out ways to promote your fellow authors. Or band together as a group and promote each other. This works very well if you are all writing within the same genre, but I’ve also known it to work for groups of writers who only have writing itself in common. You could begin by tweeting/sharing something about 4 other authors for every 1 tweet/share you post about yourself. That would work! Or you could set up a promotion blog like mine that is dedicated to singing the praises of everyone else in the business. When you do find blogs or sites like mine, share the information with your fellow authors. Here’s another great blog you should be aware of: Chris The Story Reading Ape (If you know of others, please add a link in the comments section.)

Read promotions about other authors on these blogs; share, tweet, like, and reblog your favourites. Discover some new authors, read and review their books, and help them to get ahead. Do all the things listed in the box up above.

I can’t promise you overnight success for your own books, but I do guarantee that – aside from the warm-fuzzies you’ll experience from having done a good deed – you will eventually reach a new group of readers, and your work will be exposed to people you never dreamed might want to read what you write.

So, please, for all our sakes, STOP THAT ENDLESS SELF-PROMOTION!!! Start discovering and promoting other authors. Believe me, your family, friends and fellow-Facebook-and-Twitter users will thank you! And you can stop feeling so desperate and enjoy your writing and publishing, once again.

Sunset, Moonset – Bequia-style

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From four years ago, because it’s almost that day, once again …

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It’s getting to be that time of year – on the 27th of February, the sun sets into the sea again. Or, at least, we can see the sun setting into the sea from our verandah on Bequia. From the time between Oct. 27th (Dennis’ birthday) and Feb. 27th, the sun is still too far south and sets behind the southwestern stretch of the island that ends in Moonhole. So the return of sun-into-sea-sets is a time for celebration! Although, any excuse for a party, really… And, truthfully, when you watch the sun set in the Caribbean, you do want it to drop down into the sea, because of the chance of glimpsing a green flash – the wonderful phenomenon that occurs just at that split second the remaining light drops below the horizon. You can read the technical explanation for it here, and if you still don’t believe…

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