Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By Stefan Vucak

When I get into a hole while writing, to clear my head and let things sort themselves out, which they usually do, I download an e-book to review. Saying it like that, the process sounds simple, but selecting a book is fraught with apprehension and hopeful expectation. Bombarded with flashy covers and eye-catching blurbs, sometimes not so, I look for a book that will entertain and transport me into the author’s world, but more often than not, I walk away disappointed. 

Regardless of genre, I skip over a potential book because so many authors fail to write a good blurb. Some write about their prowess, great reviews the book received elsewhere, or just give you a link to Amazon. I always smile at that one while skipping to the next in the list. Then there are blurbs with spelling and grammar mistakes, and clumsy sentences; a sure way to switch me off no matter how good the book might be. Still, I sometimes overlook these things if the outline promises a reasonable read. The idea is to be objective and impartial, giving the book a chance to surprise me. Although a nice cover might sway me, I always make my decision to review something based on the blurb.

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Why You DON'T Need a Website for Each Book! » Book Promotion . com http://ow.ly/qs0fw
  2. We Tested Standing Desks—Here's Proof They Make You More Productive – ReadWrite http://ow.ly/qs2YD
  3. Writing and the Creative Life: Mind Wandering | Go Into The Story http://ow.ly/qs31W
  4. When Control Gets Too Hot - Curiosity Quills Press http://ow.ly/qs33b
  5. The Value of Planning Your Ebook http://ow.ly/qs35i
  6. Living the Write Life: Self-Editing #5 - Mining Your Manuscript for Modifiers http://ow.ly/qs37q
  7. Romance Readers Are Unusually Good at Sensing What Others Are Feeling http://ow.ly/qs38U
  8. Is Pinterest Right for You? | Author Media http://ow.ly/qs3dQ
  9. “What Drives a Book Reviewer to Drink” ~ by Stefan Vucak | Authors Helping Authors http://ow.ly/qs3iz
  10. Advice on taking part in NaNoWriMo | Writers & Artists http://ow.ly/qsI3r
  11. 52 Ways To Sell More Books – Tip #6: Are you Marketing to Libraries? http://ow.ly/qsR90
  12. What Marathon Training Taught Me About Writing http://ow.ly/qtix0
  13. Six Ways To Describe A Character In First Person | Writers Write http://ow.ly/qus8R
  14. Overcome The Limitations Of First Person POV: 5 Ways | Write to Done http://ow.ly/qusbH
  15. Writability: World-building Tip: 15 Details to Remember http://ow.ly/qusfd
  16. How to Use Google Plus to Easily Record A Video Blog | Author Media http://ow.ly/qut8x
  17. BACKPACKED WEEK: How Much Work is Self-Publishing? | Catherine, Caffeinated http://ow.ly/qutd0
  18. How To Approach Other Writers About Blurbs - GalleyCat http://ow.ly/quthf
  19. Book Cover Power Tip | Book Marketing Strategies and Tips For Authors http://ow.ly/qutow
  20. The Book Designer: How to Build an Awesome and Relevant Twitter Following in 6 Minutes a Day http://ow.ly/qutr6
  21. Self-Publishing Checklist For New Authors. A Case Study For Nada, A Historical Thriller. | The Creative Penn http://ow.ly/qutzY
  22. Mavens, Reviewers, Readers and Buyers | The Official BookBuzzr Blog http://ow.ly/qutLp
  23. The ONE thing your written content needs. (And it’s not what you think!) : @ProBlogger http://ow.ly/quuab
  24. 5 Ways Persistence Pays For Online Content Creators | Copyblogger http://ow.ly/quuJr 
  25. Relationships Matter: The Old Model vs. The New Model of Online Book Marketing http://ow.ly/quuwX
Happy writing & running, Kathy

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