Posts Tagged With: links

Paranormal Romance, Traditional and Indie

If you love Paranormal romance, check out Indie Author News’ latest post. Only 99 cents for their Book of the Day, a collection of ten Paranormal romance tales called Psychic Storm.  https://plus.google.com/+Indieauthornews/posts/H1siuPQHJ8J

What is Paranormal Romance? Wikipedia defines it as: a subgenre of both romantic fiction and speculative fiction. Paranormal romance focuses on romantic love and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

My Paranormal Romance book, Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic, is now a Kindle Select book and will be on a Kindle Countdown Deal February 23rd through March 2, starting at 99 cents!

If you are looking for more mainstream Paranormal Romance, try Heroes and Heartbreakers 10 must-read Paranormal Romance books: http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2013/10/10-paranormal-romance-novels-you-should-read-an-opinionated-opinion

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Science Fiction Byte

OK, I haven’t given you any awesome links lately. (But, in my defense, I did move everything I accumulated for fourteen years out of my old home and into a new one.) So here you go!

Sometimes science seems like it’s made up, doesn’t it? For instance, according to this TED talk, we read each others’ minds (seriously):

If you don’t believe that, you might be cynical, and it may cause dementia! Stupid News Network reports about the Finnish study that may make you want to look on the bright side more:

http://thestupidnewsnetwork.com/2014/05/28/cynicism-may-lead-to-dementia

One thing that would make us all feel a lot more positive as parents, especially if we have passed our geeky tendencies to our kids, is more science-focused entertainment for kids. The Southern Geek tells us all about that in his vlog:

http://geekalabama.com/2014/05/28/the-southern-geek-vlog-episode-14-there-needs-to-be-a-kid-friendly-science-show

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Virtual Release Party: Book Links

 

Here are all the live links for the book!

Buy on Createspace:https://www.createspace.com/3910971

Buy for Kindle

Buy on Smashwords

Buy at Barnes & Noble

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic is coming soon to Kobo and other online ebook sellers!

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Writing Effective Posts

I’ve been learning a few things to include in posts that have really helped make my posts more interesting and get more views. They’re pretty easy to do and help turn an interesting post into a big success!

  1. Include pictures! I’ve been using http://www.sxc.hu/ to find photos. I grab the url directly from the page to cut down on storage for my blog. Be sure that the pictures you use are licensed or else you might have problems. Stock.Xchng has several types of photos, and some require that you notify or ask permission from the artist for any public work.
  2. Add links. Chances are that someone else has written a post about your subject or something like it. Adding links to their post (especially if you quote them) brings them in on the topic and increases your post’s visibility. Everybody likes to be quoted or have their work highlighted! Here are some other posts about better blogging: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/07/10/nine-signs-of-an-effective-blog-post/ , http://marketing.about.com/od/marketingmethods/tp/blogmarketing.htm
  3. Ask questions. Don’t you want to hear what your readers have to say about what you wrote? If your work is all info with no questions, they might not. To encourage replies and dialogue, ask some questions.
  4. Speak your own words. If you read your blog post out loud, do you sound like yourself or do you sound like a weirdo? Share your personality, not your writing proficiency. We visited your post to hear what you have to say. If we wanted cold, lifeless instructions we’d go to the airport.

I  know I missed some! What makes your blog posts sparkle? What about your posts reflects who you are?

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High time for some links!

I haven’t done this in such a long time! Here are some good old-fashioned links for you! I decided to focus on the topic of “Promotion” this time.

http://addictivestory.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/calling-all-indie-authors-who-wants-book-promotion-prompt-16/ This looks like a great opportunity to promote! I’m totally signed up!

http://smartamarketing2.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/persuasion/ Here is a blog on marketing discussing the AIDA method of promotion.

http://anovelperspective.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/book-wars-the-pr-offices-of-my-book-is-better-than-yours/ Here is a cool article on a particular etiquett,e problem for promoting authors.

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/weblogs.html  is a good breakdown of how to make good blog posts especially number 3 about post titles!

http://paulstamatiou.com/how-to-boost-your-blog-traffic This one had lots of meaty goodness. I followed a lot of his suggestions.

And this one was just funny: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/08/the-publishing-process-in-gif-form.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NathanBransford+%28Nathan+Bransford%2C+Author%29

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Inner Dialogue and Book Promotion

Hmm, she thought. How am I going to promote my book?

In addition to my constant perplexity about promoting my book, I came upon a writing issue that is not resolved! In writing my short story Horarium for Wattpad, I wanted to write someone’s inner dialogue and realized I wasn’t sure how to do that. Neither is the writing world, it seems. You can choose to put quotes in or you can write in italics. But nobody has convinced me that either way is the right way.

Here is a link about it: http://theeditorsblog.net/2012/02/28/inner-dialogue-writing-character-thoughts/

I chose for myself. What do you think?

Also, I found a great link about book promotion from an author who feels pretty much the same way I do about book promotion. http://dreamnotion.zhollis.com/2011/10/25/how-to-find-readers-for-your-novel-actual-steps-honest-answer She has a timeline of her book there that I really appreciate seeing. She also found the best promotion was the free material she offered!

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Links

I haven’t done this for a while. Here are some links for you:

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/22/book-marketing-grow-readership/

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/7-simple-ways-to-make-a-good-story-great?et_mid=563087&rid=233645588

And a tiny turtle eating a strawberry:

 

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A Whole Bunch of New and Awesome Links!

Some days I struggle to figure out what to blog and some days I do the pee pee dance holding myself back from making 4 posts per day. I’ll give you a rundown of cool links I found in the last few days while posting lots of reviews.

Just read this article now and loved it! http://christinerose.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/4755/

Two interesting tools I signed up for but haven’t gotten the hang of yet. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/cool-tools-to-track-author-platform-growth

Why Google Books is probably not a sales avenue (other than that my uploads don’t work) http://support.google.com/books/partner/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=40288&topic=2376976&ctx=topic

Another book/reading community more focused on…. www.writing.com

Something interesting I need to contemplate first: http://ezinearticles.com/?No-Cost-Ebook-Sales-Using-RapidShare-Ebook-Storage&id=5121876

 An awesom all-around website, followed by a ton of articles thereon that I loved:

http://www.lindsayburoker.com/

http://www.lindsayburoker.com/book-marketing/how-to-improve-your-ebook-sales-at-barnes-noble-smashwords-and-itunes/

http://www.lindsayburoker.com/e-publishing/ebook-pricing-why-99-cents-might-be-a-mistake-for-you/

http://www.lindsayburoker.com/book-marketing/reasons-youre-not-selling-many-ebooks/ (This one mentioned free ebook again. Gotta get on that.)

Some links to free book promotion sites:

http://www.published.com/ (I signed up with 2 accounts, one for my author stuff and one for my blog reviews using 2 different email addresses)

http://www.bibliocracy.com/ They are doing a promotion right now using your favorite 3 paragraphs of your books. Looks awesome!

A contest I didn’t enter but probably will:

http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest L. Ron Hubbard’s writers’ contest for new authors (self-published OK under a certain amount of sales) Limit of 1700 words, occurs several times throughout the year, one book per author per session.

Idea: Use Flickr.com to post book covers with descriptions for visibility http://www.flickr.com/photos/katepolicani/

 

 

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Writing Fiction Helps Others Succeed!

Saw this article today and thought of all of you WordPress author friends!

http://oomscholasticblog.com/2012/01/read-fiction-to-succeed.html

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Links Through the Grapevine

I found a few interesting posts, but I had to wait a few days because of other things to post that needed the day to themselves.

http://janefriedman.com/2011/12/06/what-good-salespeople-know/ Is a great rundown of the writer/salesperson connection

http://janefriedman.com/2011/12/09/big-mistake-author-blog/ Don’t make these mistakes!

these two I found through http://genelempp.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/blog-treasures-12-10/

http://selfpubauthors.wordpress.com/ is a cool site I need to explore more.

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Pubit by Barnes and Noble

I’ve uploaded my book to Pubit, Barnes and Noble’s ebook site.  http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/ It was quick and pretty much the same setup process as Smashwords and Kindle. It is only available to US residents because they require a US tax number. I’m not sure why so many sites can’t operate without that.

The site seems pretty bare-bones, with no obvious guides or community. After some poking around, I found reference to a formatting guide and a Pubit community, but no clear direction about where to go to find it.

Note: The Google link to Pubit doesn’t seem to take you to Pubit. All links seem to really really want to take you to the Nook store.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/The-Disenchanted-Pet?keyword=The+Disenchanted+Pet&store=allproducts This is The Disenchanted Pet’s Nook page!

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Tag surfin’! Tag-tag surfin’!

They should really call it “Tag Fishing” because it is like finding some that are whoppers, some that are minnows, and some old boots.

Here are my faves from today:

http://timzimmermann.com/2011/10/28/the-publishing-revolution-in-one-table/ I love the hard evidence, and I’m encouraged that though I am not making wads of money, the odds are in my favor. This one was short but fat with goodness.

Also there is a long one but interesting http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/are-successful-writers-just-lucky/ Maybe this one is an eel. I liked her progression through the book writing process to fame.

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Tag Surfing! Posts I liked:

I use the Tag surfer to connect with other bloggers on WordPress, and it works pretty well!

I liked:

I read lots of others and commented too, but these have new information I haven’t posted and fit what I am discussing in my blog: writing and self-publishing.

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