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Talking with A.B. Funkhauser


Good morning, everyone. Today, I'm letting A.B. Funkhauser take over for a whole and talk about herself and her books. Come along for a wild and crazy ride! I see you around the Twitterverse especially at #FF Character Name. Where do you get those names from? I love Follow Friday’s! They’re terrific for community building and also spark great questions like this one. Character names? Well— I’m Kurt Vonnegut-inspired. That burst of whimsy at the forefront of really big themes. Wow! He was a master at setting those things up. But what really got me hooked were his character names. How they sounded—serious, humorous, threatening—made a difference, I think, so much so that when I started writing...
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Don't Bash Cover Art


Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re going to be discussing a disturbing trend, one that has caused a lot of pain for many authors. Every author’s delight is sharing their cover art. It has a twofold purpose. First, you’re getting a glimpse of a book you’ve heard about for months as this author went through the final steps before submission or to prepare for self-publishing.   You’ve waited with bated breath in anticipation of a cover that will be different from all others in that genre, will wow the world, and will leave you breathless with its beauty. For a week, you’ve liked the author’s posts about this coming cover art. Their teasers about what it may look like. The hi...
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Ten Voices


Good morning and welcome to Sharing Saturday. Today, we’re talking about those voices in your head. Not the kind you visit a psychologist to deal with but the voices telling you where to go next in your book and just how the action should play out. I’ve often been asked what it’s like writing a book. Most non-authors don’t understand how I can hear ten voices in my head, telling me what to do, or how to make this secondary character into a new viewpoint. I’ve even had these darling voices startle me awake in the middle of the night, where they demand that I sit in front of my screen and plot out a chapter or five based on their thoughts. No, I really don’t need to talk to someone about these...
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Being The Author All The Time


Good morning and welcome to Friday Feelings. Today, we’re talking about being the author in public and especially on social media all the time. Yes, you’re an author if you’ve had even one book published. That you are crowing about it is to be expected to a certain degree, but there are rules for authors. When I had my first book published, I didn’t know these rules. No one has really bothered to put them down in writing, but they are real and if you don’t follow them, you might find yourself in a wasteland when it comes to getting support from other authors… Let’s start with the first rule, which came into being in the early part of this month. As I’ve said, there are no hard and concrete r...
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The Journey to Publication


Good morning and welcome to Thursday Thoughts.   Today, we’ll be discussing your journey to publication. You’ve written a book. It’s taken you a long time but you feel this novel is ready to be published. Because you want to have the comfort of a publisher, you are now looking at which ones to submit to. Of course, you’re also reading blogs on how best to present your book to a publisher and they have so much advice on that. Things like “all publishers require you to submit a query first of a mere three chapters plus your synopsis and blurb in addition to a little bit about yourself.” Or the ever happy news that you need only email the submissions manager and indicate your interest and sit b...
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Event Prep


Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re discussing a very important topic – how you, the author, must appear for public events. You have your books all ordered. They’re going to arrive weeks before the event. Good for you. You thought about timing before you were worried the most important item wasn’t there on event day. Bookmarks and postcards have already come. The table banner has been inspected and deemed ready to go. There’s nothing else you need to make a great impression… or is there something missing? Where is your bling? “Bling?” you ask. “Why do I need bling? Better yet, what is bling?” First of all, bling is a giveaway item. You put it in a basket for potential buyers t...
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Switch Up Promotion


Good morning and welcome to Sharing Saturday. Today, we’re discussing how not to stagnate… not in your writing but in your promotion. Good authors will look over their promotion on a regular basis. They’ll wonder if it’s getting tired and it’s time to make a change. Their overriding concern is to put up promotion on social media that’s eye catching but not boring. This will take away time from writing your next book, but it’s necessary in order to keep your fans on the edge of their seats, wanting to buy your books, and ready for the new one once it releases. How are you going over your promotion and making sure it’s not just good but great? Most people will stare blankly at the screen at th...
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Author Spotlights, Cover Reveals, New Releases, etc


Hey readers and crazy cats,Man has it been FOREVER since I've done anything with this blog. I wanted to take a quick minute and say that all offered here on The Writing World is FREE to the authors or PA's. I take pride in the book community and love to help. With that said, if you have any upcoming events that you would like to share here, please use the contact tabs at the top of the blog to Original link
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Having Fun on Social Media


Good morning and welcome to Thursday Thoughts. Today, we’re discussing having fun on social media. This is an important element of being an author and also letting people know you’re a real person too. You, the author, must have two pages on Facebook. Your personal page and your fan page. That’s a mandatory given. Why? Because you have to separate who you are as a person from your author persona. Your fan page is where you do the serious work of promoting your book. On your personal page, you have fun. Lots of fun. How do you do this? Share silly and happy posts. Talk about what you’re doing with a book in little status updates too, but mainly focus on crazy stuff. Like memes about how the g...
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Historical Settings


Good morning and welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re going to discuss the importance of getting historical settings right. Why is this important? It all comes down to details. Having a historical setting in the ‘70s means you can’t have your characters using cell phones, as they weren’t available to the general public yet. This means looking up phone booths and how they were used. Imagine a time when you needed dimes, nickels, and quarters in your purse or pocket to make a phone call. It happened and not including information like this in your book can bring out reviews that you haven’t done your research! The Case of the Scared Child Wildcat Crew 2 eBook Blurb The summer solstice ha...
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Tackling a Mystery


Good morning and welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today, we’re going to be talking about tackling a mystery. What are some of the elements that make up a good mystery? What do mystery readers look for in this type of book? First, you need a strong hook. Teens solving what the police are having trouble with seems like a good start. The reader needs to be involved in piecing together the information. Yup, that’s very prevalent in the Wildcat Crew books. Are there red herrings? Oh, very much so. Is the dialogue suspenseful? I’d say so, especially when references are made to previous mysteries! Effective, descriptive mood and language are also necessary. Wildcat Crew handles that easily. This new s...
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How Much Should You Have To Pay For Promotion?


Good morning and welcome to Sharing Saturday. Today, we’re going to ask a question authors everywhere want an answer to. Just how much should you pay for social media promotion. This question is constantly bandied about. The day of the free social media site for authors is fast disappearing. You can still do free promotion on Facebook (although they do give you opportunities to promote your post for a price), Twitter, Manic Readers, AUTHORSdb, and Google +. Many authors still blog about their books, which only requires their time and building a fan base that will read them. However, there is a steady and growing group of social media sites that don’t offer the author more than lip service, u...
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AUTHORSdb


          Good morning and welcome to Friday Feelings. Today, we’re talking about an up and coming authors website. You can join, list your books, and connect with a lot of fabulous authors in their many groups or just be part of the fun with status updates.   Have you discovered AUTHORSdb yet?   Are you kidding? You haven’t found this fabulous website that is an author version of  IMDB yet? You really have to zip on over there and set up your pages. There is so much going on.  Just what can you expect on this rapidly growing social media site…   Follow and friend your fellow authors. Like their posts, engage with them on a daily basis. Apply for and get that coveted blue check mark – your v...
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Twitter A-Thon!


Good morning and welcome to Thursday Thoughts. Today, we’re going in a different direction. A good friend of mine, another author, is working with someone she met on Twitter. They have this fabulous idea on how to present their books in a Twitter-A-Thon similar to a television series. She and a fellow author, Sean R. Frazier, are going to be taking over Twitter on Thursday nights around 6:30 Pacific time, making it 9:30 Eastern time, and the middle of the night over in Europe and the next morning for those on the other side of the international date line. You can join in on the fun by following these great authors @DaughterHauk for Kate and @TheCleftonTwain for Sean, or by looking for the ha...
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Don't be "That" Author


Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. We’re touching on a difficult subject today. We’ve all seen these people on social media. Most authors wince when asked why they aren’t doing something about this particular author. We all dislike admitting that there are certain authors that can’t be controlled. Their egos are so big they think they can say and do anything and their fans will lavish attention on them because they are THE AUTHOR. Being the irritating author won’t gain you fans. It can and does have the opposite effect. You’ll lose fans as if they’ve discovered you have a communicable disease and they don’t want to catch it. Even those fans who agree with your comments will be loath to re...
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Teens and Mysteries


Good morning and welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about teens and mysteries. Many people claim teens don’t read mysteries any longer. In fact, they will tell you most emphatically that teens don’t read much these days. It seems reading is a lost art. Or perhaps reading has become a mundane chore, something most teens avoid like they would the plague. I cry foul when it comes to teens not reading. Why? Because I know a great many teens who have been raised to read and they’ve carried that love of the written word into their adult lives, continuing a tradition their families have had for many generations. Those teens who don’t read for pleasure might only need an introductio...
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Motivation for Your Character


Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we will be exploring our character’s motivation. Oh, yes, this old chestnut. It’s always good to go back to the basics and rework them to keep our stories interesting. Ah, character motivation sounds so easy to predict. It’s simply how your character wants to achieve their goals. There are so many routes you can go with this. A protagonist will always be seeking a solution to the problem they’re presented. An antagonist will be looking for ways to interfere with the protagonist. Simple. Right? You’re halfway there. There is a problem though. You’ve decided the protagonist will have only pure, good intentions while the antagonist’s intentions a...
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Paid Ads on Social Media


Good morning and welcome to Sharing Saturday. We’re looking at paid ads today. ***Notice*** The information I’m using in this article comes for other authors. I have yet to use a paid ad, although I have considered it. We’ve all seen those ads on Facebook and Twitter, even Instagram. For a few dollars, or even with a discounted price, you can market your books to a larger audience. I’ve been watching these ads and talking to my author friends who have used them. One theme is prevalent throughout our conversations. No one who used these ads found any significant increase of traffic to their social media sites. One and all, they said they didn’t feel the ad gave them any benefit. The friends I...
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Engaging Readers


Good morning and welcome to Friday Feelings. Today, we’re going to discuss how to engage readers. Just what do I mean when I say engage your readers? I mean how do you interact with your readers on social media? Are you all about “buy my books” to the point where they don’t want to hear from you? Do you put up cute memes and funny posts, giving them a reason to know you as a person they like rather than the author selling their books? These are very important things to remember when attracting attention on social media. Yes, you need to promote daily. It’s a fact of life for authors in the twenty-first century. We no longer have the publicist taking care of all that. We are the publicist. Th...
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Write to Your Readers, not Reviewers


Good morning and welcome to Thursday Thoughts. Today, we’re going to be talking about who you should write your book to. Seems rather simple. You have decided to write a book. You have all the important elements plotted out but you’re sitting at your computer, staring at the screen, and wondering just who you should write this book to. Should it be for the readers, for their enjoyment? Should you write to potential reviewers, in an effort to impress them? Many authors lately have struggled with this conundrum. To me, it’s rather simple to resolve. We should always write to our potential readers. The story will evolve and be simple to follow if we decide on this route. Before anyone jumps up ...
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