Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Brownwyn Hemus

You’ve put yourself out there, produced something you’re proud of, and with a few lousy words and a low star rating, all that confidence is turned on its head.

But fear not: you’re not the first author to receive bad book reviews and luckily, those who have gone before have shared their thoughts on bad reviews and what they really mean.

1. Not everyone is going to like it

This is the kind of advice that invites eye-rolls but there’s a difference between knowing it’s true and appreciating what it means. Most authors quite reasonably think of their books in purely positive terms. Readers either enjoy your book, or they don’t like the genre/style/language/… in general.

It might be a great book, but I’m just not into fantasy/first person/explicit stories.

There is however a third option: readers who do read books similar to yours but for some reason hate your book specifically.

Receiving a bad review can often feel like a betrayal, because why would someone try to tear down a book that was only intended to please?

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: The Persistent Stigma of Self-Publishing
  2. Really Useful Links for Writers: Author Voice |
  3. Tips for Attacking Any Big Project | Elizabeth Spann Craig
  4. 6 Qualities That Make an Agent Say Yes: Finding Literary Representation - Books & Such Literary Management
  5. Grammar And Usage Tool Kit - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  6. Self-editing masterclass snapshots: getting distance | Nail Your Novel
  7. Why Do We Blog? | Molly Greene: Writer
  8. My Experience Advertising My Ebook with BookBub | Lindsay Buroker
  9. 12 Sequels That Completely Change How You View The Original Story
  10. 20 Marketing Questions Self-Published Authors Must Answer | Digital Book World
  11. 6 Simple Tips to Double Your Email List Using Facebook.
  12. Customer Behavior - Why Consumers Participate in Loyalty Programs : MarketingProfs Article
  13. 5 Tips to Make Your Brand Pop
  14. The Writing Biz: Part 1 of my 4 Part Social Media Series with Guest Frances Caballo
  15. 39 Things to Remember While Struggling to Build Your Writing Career | Your Writer Platform
  16. Content Isn’t King… Here’s What Is! : @ProBlogger
  17. Putting a Radio Show Together - The Savvy Book Marketer
  18. Sow Your Characters' Emotion Early | Jane Friedman
  19. 6 Not-So-Obvious Places to Find Your Target Market |
  20. 13 Business Models for Book Authors » NOOP.NL
  21. 3 Things Corporate Sponsors Want from Authors | Authority Publishing |
  22. Seven truths to combat bad book reviews
  23. Fed up with poor sales & rejections? @diannmills shares how to change your #writing style #fiction
  24. Writers—Be Careful How You Sit | Elizabeth Spann Craig
  25. Writer Inspiration: Climbing Over The Brick Wall | The Passive Voice |
  26. Launching With Social: A Study of What Works and What Does Not | Social Media Examiner 
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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