An excellent post!
“I want to thank all of you who are doing these things, and especially those who are taking time to encourage authors not just by buying their books but by telling them how much those books meant to you. It makes a huge difference!”
It’s a dilemma that many in my circles are puzzling over: in today’s world, authors have nearly limitless creativity and research sources and opportunities to get their stories out to a wider audience…but fewer people are willing to pay for them.
I’m an administrator for a few dozen authors’ Facebook pages, and from time to time I glimpse notifications of another message with the same question, phrased in a few different ways: “Why is your book (or ebook) so expensive?”
If you’ve ever wondered that yourself—and I don’t blame you, because I did too before I started working in publishing—here are a few thoughts that authors probably want to say but feel they can’t, because it seems a little too direct, a little too self-serving (even though it really isn’t).
It’s the same reason restaurant owners can’t give you a free dinner: because that’s how they make a living. Sure…
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Today, the new print edition of One Woman’s Island, my latest Bequia Perspectives novel, is being promoted in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore by Sally Cronin!
The first author with news Susan M. Toy and her book One Woman’s Island which is now in print. I can personally recommend One Woman’s Island as I enjoyed and reviewed last year.
Running away from Canada, Mariana hopes to forget a failed marriage and the death of her husband by embarking on a whole new life. She moves lock, stock, and two cats to the small Caribbean island of Bequia. But the move brings more than she could have imagined. New friends ask her to help solve a recent murder in the expat community. And then there’s the problem of her neighbours, a young woman and her children. Seemingly abandoned by family and friends, Mariana believes they need her help! By becoming involved, Mariana is carried along from wanting to simply “live with the locals” to being overwhelmed by their culture, one so vastly different to…
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I second that emotion, Kind Sir! For all the many reasons you’ve mentioned in this blog post, I agree, and am also happy to live with that stigma, because ultimately we are being true to ourselves. Thanks to Seumas Gallacher for this inspiring post, and congratulations as well on 10 years very well spent!
…it has been ten years, almost to the day, when this ol’ Scots Jurassic decided it was just ‘time to write that novel we all have in us’… what started as a personal ‘bucket list’ item evolved into an amazing scribbler’s journey, which sustains its magic for me to this day… I trudged the newbie author’s familiar road to literary destiny as so many, many others before me… letters to prospective agents and publishing houses… rejections by the sheaf-load… the first novel tentatively prodded onto Auntie Amazon Kindle… followed by the second, the third, and now #6 is Work-in-Progress… the realisation that the SOSYAL NETWURKS held the key to reaching out to a potential global readership… the building of a blog following… the learning curves (plural!) of proofreading, cover art, editing, pricing mechanisms… discovering various distribution channels… add in the continual scourge of piracy that criminally robs we…
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I’m reblogging this post by another author whose work I admire, Kevin Brennan, because he is also standing up and speaking the truth. And I agree with what Kevin says here 100%.
My wife and I have been watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick PBS series on Vietnam, reliving the grim. Every episode sits in my belly like a spiked ball, forcing me to recall and regret (on behalf of our country) the errors that contributed to that nightmare.
Fortunately for me I was too young to be drafted when the war still involved Americans. In fact, South Vietnam fell in ’75 shortly after I turned eighteen. I had dutifully tried to get the forms from the high school office to register for the draft (dragged there by some other guy), but the lady behind the counter said, “Oh, aren’t you guys adorable. No, you don’t have to do that anymore. It’s all over and done with, the draft.”
I’d been a peacenik all through high school, putting together numerous special projects about the peace movement and how come we can’t all just…
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An excellent blog post from Tim Baker, and I agree with him 100%!
One thing I’ve never been accused of is shying away from an argument – and judging by my six siblings (four brothers and two sisters) it’s a family trait.
However, I got some advice from a fellow author a few years back about engaging in hot-button arguments on social media. His tip was simple, and it made perfect sense…
To paraphrase; If you argue something really controversial you run the risk of alienating potential readers.
This was (is) good advice for an author trying really hard to increase his fan base – so I heeded his advice. Regardless of the topic (and let’s face it…there have been some whoppers on social media in the past few years) I kept my distance. I posted cute pictures of puppies, funny memes, useless trivia and the occasional “save the shark” comment – but I steered clear of the big three – religion, sex…
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I paid another visit to Amy Reade’s blog, Reade and Write! Thanks to Amy for interviewing me!
Waaay back in April, 2015, I hosted a guest blog by Susan M. Toy, a multi-published and talented writer (if you’d like to read the post, you can find it here).
Susan is back today, this time answering my questions about her writing and her lifestyle, which consists of dividing her time between Canada and the Island of Bequia, which is a Caribbean island and part of the Grenadines (pronounced “Bek-way”). Susan is the author of Islands in the Clouds: A Bequia Perspectives Novel 1; One Woman’s Island: A Bequia Perspectives Novel 2; and That Last Summer: An IslandShorts ebook.
I know I’m not the only person who’s envious of your lifestyle- dividing your time between your home in Canada and your home in Bequia. I’d never heard of Bequia before I started reading your blog. Tell me about the first time you visited the island.
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Smorgasbord End of Summer Party – One last fling with Fantastic Writers, Music and more FREE books from Susan Toy.
Here is Sally Cronin with the final day of the End of Summer Party celebrations on her blog, Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life! And I have a giveaway going on over there, so please read through all of Sally’s blog post (leave a comment of congratulations there) then come back here to enter in the comment section on my blog. I’ll be choosing the winners on Sept. 1st. Once again, Happy Blog Anniversary, Sally! Thank you for all you do to promote everyone, especially for supporting and promoting me, and also for writing your own books!
For some of you it is the last bank holiday of the summer and this is the last post in this three day festival. Yesterday my guests included D.G. Kaye, Tina Frisco, Janice Spina, Marjorie Mallon, Teagan Geneviene, The Story Reading Ape, Ali Isaac,Tess Karlinski and Brigid Gallagher.
Here is the link to the previous two days of posts
And I filmed the proceedings yesterday and lovely to see so many up there on the dance floor.. thanks Nerd Fest UK for their speedy editing services
To start off us today is a request from Judith Barrow for a track from The Travelling Wilbury’s from their official Youtube channel… Judith has been a wonderful friend and motivator for both my blog and books and as the organiser of the Narbeth Book Festival she is taking that support to a new level. https://judithbarrowblog.com/category/narberth-book-fair-2017/
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And here’s Day 2 of Sally Cronin’s End of Summer Party she’s holding over at her own blog, Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life! If you read my blog, Reading Recommendations, you’ll also be meeting up with many familiar faces, and their books!, throughout this celebration …
Thank you so much for joining the party on day two and hope you are not too exhausted. Yesterday I featured William Price King, Paul Andruss, with some of the very early visitors to the blog who are still an important part of my support today. There was some food from Robbie Cheadle to keep everyone going, some music from Status Quo,Queen and Bette Midler.. and a FREEbook.
My novel Just an Odd Job Girl is available in eBook – Mobi for Kindle and epub for all other devices. You just have to email and tell me which version – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would love you to participate and if you have not already taken this short quiz and left your answers and links in the comments then now is your chance.
My experience with most of you reading this, is that you are very modest, and…
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Join Sally Cronin, and many other authors, as she celebrates the Smorgasbord End of Summer Party on her blog!
Welcome to three days of activities where I hope to introduce you to some headlining acts who have contributed and supported the blog since the early days in September 2013. These last four years have been such an adventure and I hope that it will continue for many years to come.
However, I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who has dropped in and left their mark on the blog. That interaction has motivated me to keep writing and to continue to build a book promotion site that helps other authors get their books noticed. With hundreds of thousands of new titles each week it is a challenge to grab the spotlight, but I hope that in some small way, I can help with that.
In September I will be increasing the number of opportunities to showcase your work with a new author interview series.. with a…
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