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Fox Island, revisited


Writers Envy I come to Fox Island to meditate, to reflect as I gaze across the water. The hypnotic sound and motion of sea and wind, crashing wave and crying gull become a lyric in the song of the universe. The earthly presence of the granite beneath me, the salt air and the pungent odor of decaying sea-wrack give way to the ethereality of thought and I wander among the swirling conversation of fifty-thousand years of human consciousness. Distant, the cool wind whispers for attention as it lifts goosebumps along my arms. One moment I remark the lobster boat chugging past and the next I have crossed the threshold of the subconscious that is called lost-in-thought by some, daydreaming by other...
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Today’s Featured Author – Tolu A. Akinyemi


Today I welcome author Tolu Akinyemi to my blog. He is currently on a virtual book tour promoting his collections of poetry. Dead Lions Don’t Roar came out in August, 2017. The second poetry collection, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark, just came out in September. Book Blurb #1 Dead Lions Don’t Roar is a collection of inspiring and motivating modern day verses. Addressing many issues close to home and also many taboo subjects, the poetry is reflecting of today’s struggles and lights the way to a positive future. The uplifting book will appeal to all age groups, anyone going through change, building or enjoying a career and facing day to day struggles. Many of the short verses will resonate with readers,...
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7 Ways to Write Book Promotion into Your Novel


How To Ebook 1  Author Marketing Experts, Inc.  by Penny Sansevieri It’s an exciting time to be an author, especially as we’ve just entered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). But whether you’re attempting to write a novel in a month, or you’re just plodding along, trying to finish the book you started writing earlier this year, it’s never a bad idea to consider adding in some book promotion elements that you can tie into your book marketing once the book launches. Speaking of book launches, if you’re getting ready to publish,  I’d love to help you discover your book launch options  and chat about your book marketing goals ! You’ve probably all seen things like product placements, wher...
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Writing your Author Bio and selecting an Author Photo


This post is the sixty-first post in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. Every author needs an author bio, whether it is for their back matter in their book, their web page, Facebook, author page or when appearing as a guest blogger. The purpose of an author bio is to give readers a clue about who you are and what you are about. Here are a few tips for drafting your author bio. Length I suggest you create two bios. You can use a longer one on your website or author pages on Amazon or Goodreads, but you will need a shorter one for your books or for appearing on other blogs. Typically, your shorter bio should be about 75 words (giv...
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A Story of Scotland – Fairy Glen

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As many of you may know already, I went on an adventure this past August. I spent a week in Scotland. While I did do some normal touristy things, a good portion of the trip was going where I needed to go. For my entire life, I’ve always yearned to go home to Scotland. Where this came from, I didn’t know. The music, the history, the very land called to me as sure as the south calls to birds during the fall. I went in hopes of finding the one spot that my soul yearned to go back to. I found three. One of them was outside of the town of Rosemarkie, on Black Isle. This is just slightly north of Inverness, across the Moray Firth. It’s not a big touristy spot, but well worth going to. The name and...
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Quote of the Week – November 14

“Imagination means nothing without doing.” ~ Charlie Chaplin Original link
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I’ve finished my manuscript! What now? 16 ultimate resources to make good decisions about your book


Nail Your Novel A friend has turned into a writer. Unbeknown to me, she’s been chipping away at a novel and her husband just sent this email. Her novel is more or less finished!!! I may need to pick your brains about marketing! We also think we need to get it professionally proof-read. We tried doing it ourselves with Grammarly, but realise it’s way more complex than it seems …’ Ah bless. If you’re well seasoned in the author world, you’ll already be counting the many erroneous assumptions. Carts before horses. Running before walking. But we all have to start somewhere. And even if you’re already wiser than my beginner friend here, you might know a writer who’s effervescing in a similar stat...
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Cooking almost every night


Most evenings you can find me in the kitchen cooking dinner. My neighbor, a mother of three grown daughters, marveled over this since she doesn’t cook every night now and certainly didn’t when her girls were younger. But I don’t find this odd. When I was growing up, most evenings my mom cooked. In the summer, my dad might grill but my mom was still in the kitchen making the salad or side dishes. To me, it is just natural to cook dinner rather than eat out. Now, I am a stay-at-home mom, so I am sure there are people out there who think that is the only reason I have the time to cook at home. But even when I worked, I cooked daily. But looking at reports, I am certainly not the norm. Only a th...
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Giving an Author Presentation


Story Empire Hi, SEers! It’s “Mae Day” on Story Empire. I want to thank you for joining me for a post about author presentations. I’ve started doing a few in my area, and hope to do more in the future. The small number of invitations I’ve received thus far have come through networking.  Someone heard me speak to Group A, recommended me to Group B, who recommended me to Group C. I’ve now reached the point where I’d like to start seeking out organizations, rather than waiting for invitations. It’s a whole new level of work and promotion but it is rewarding. This was my most recent event. The venue did the web ad on the left. Isn’t it fabulous? I’m by no means an expert—still a newbie—and, beca...
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Amazon Reviews, an Update


Nicholas C. Rossis Image: dailyfinance.com I often write about Amazon reviews , as it is one of the most important aspects of marketing for many people and Amazon seems to keep changing the rules! Now, Amy Collins of The Book Designer published an update in the form of Frequently Asked Questions . I’m sharing here the most common ones: Can Anyone post a review on Amazon? To contribute to Customer Reviews, you must have spent at least $50 on Amazon.com using a valid credit or debit card in the past 12 months. Promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50 minimum. May I ask people to write a review of my book? Book authors and publishers may provide free or discounted copies of their boo...
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Taking your book on a virtual book tour


This post is the sixtieth post in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. A popular way to promote your book is to do a book tour. In the technology world where books are now often e-books only, the book tours are now virtual. Virtual book tours (VBT), also called book blog tours or virtual author tours, usually consist of book reviews, author interviews, guest posts and book excerpts on various blogs or podcasts over a set time frame. A VBT is designed to generate interest in your book. A VBT can get your name in front of people and help you build a relationship with your readers and potential readers. In turn this should increase y...
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Hot New Release – “Red Wrath” by Gerhard Gehrke

Some heroes will pay for their sins. Heroes always do good. That’s what Lily believed until a superhero killed her parents. The news reported it as an accident. Lily knew otherwise. On that fateful day, her life was shattered. But … Continue reading → Original link
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Quote of the Week – November 7

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” ~ Henry David Thoreau Original link
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How I met my husband


No, this isn’t my version of the TV show How I met your mother. I certainly am not that funny. Yesterday was my husband’s 46th birthday. We met 26 years ago last month and began dating two months later. I always tell people who ask how we met that he just one day turned up on my doorstep. And for the most part that is true. Twenty-six years ago, I was in my junior year of college. I shared an on-campus apartment with three other women – my best friend Kate, our friend from high school Joy and Barbara, a friend of Joy’s. It was a pretty nice arrangement. We each had our own bedroom, two bathrooms, a common area living room and a full kitchen with an attached dining area. There were two doors ...
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Writing in a New Genre – A Scary Proposition


Author Don Massenzio When I started writing my latest release,  Extra Innings , it was as a weekly serial published on my author blog. When it began, I wanted it to be a mix of baseball nostalgia mixed with my usual crime fiction genre. As I began fleshing out the character of Joe McLean, something became very apparent. he was a character worth exploring. He was a 40-something-year-old divorced man who was stuck in the drudgery of working in a family business. Because he was not a member of the family, he would never be promoted above the level he had achieved after more than 20 years. He went through a sad divorce from a childless marriage and still pined for the woman he loved and lost. Hi...
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4 Foolproof Methods to Become a Prolific and Successful Writer – From the Writers in the Storm Blog


Author Don Massenzio Sarah Cy Have you ever noticed that  many of the world’s most successful writers are also the most prolific ? Horror writer,  Steven King  famously writes 2,000 words a day, and over the course of his career he’s written nearly one hundred books (and counting).Romance writer,  Barbara Cartland  produced over 720 novels in 75 years, winning a Guinness World Record for most novels written in a single year (23!).And celebrated Sci-Fi writer,  Isaac Asimov  produced 500 published works in his career, writing in a variety of forms, from books to short stories, screenplays, and more. Read the rest of this post HERE . View original post Original link
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Your Free Copy of Emotional Beats… and More


Nicholas C. Rossis Just for authors Giveaway Download EIGHT free, fresh books as part of a unique 48 Hour Writer event, including my very own best-seller, Emotional Beats. When I was offered the chance to be part of an exclusive, eight book giveaway this month, I thought of the benefits to you and I grabbed a spot quickly. Your choice is even easier. Look at these great free books and grab the ones you like, including Emotional Beats (in fact, that should be the first one you pick up). Get just a few, or get all of them if you want ! Just remember they’re only available for a short time, so don’t miss out. Emotional Beats Do You Want To Show, Not Tell, Emotions? Because of the way our brains...
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Deciding whether to offer your book as an audio book


This post is the fifty-ninth post in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. Audio books are extremely popular. People listen to books while driving, exercising, doing household chores or simply relaxing. To have your own work performed is an exciting idea. But is it worth it for an independent author to make the jump into the audio book market? First let’s consider if your book would make a good audio book. If it relies on charts, diagrams and graphs then no it won’t make a good audio book. Cookbooks, guidebooks or any type of reference book should not be made into an audio book. If you have a fiction book, an audio book might be an...
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No Wasted Ink Writers Links


No Wasted Ink Welcome back to writing links here at No Wasted Ink.  As usual, there are plenty of general writing tips to look through, plus a couple about marketing your books.  Enjoy! 7 Clever Strategies for Harnessing Coincidences in Fiction Taking Care of Business: The Writer’s Edition Do You Have Sloppy Writing Habits? (And 4 Things to Do About It) How to Write a Great Story…in 18 Holes Fatal Flaws: Why Your Story is Falling Apart & How to Fix It Five Ways Gods and the Afterlife Change a Fantasy Setting Distribution: Should You Go Wide or Narrow? 5 Things Re-Editing Your Older Work Can Teach You Elevator Pitch. Anytime. Anywhere. How Writing Therapy Can Help You Heal View original post ...
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Quote of the Week – October 31

Happy Halloween, everyone!  “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Original link
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