Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Jael McHenry

As an author, especially one just starting out, you’re often told about the importance of your “brand.” You’re lectured that how you act on social media, what you talk about in interviews, and what you write should all be in keeping with whatever “brand” you choose.

But that can seem artificial or inauthentic. You’re a person, after all. You’re not a corporation.
You’re not a product.

But you are, in a way, a character.

Think about it. The fictional characters we write are supposed to seem as real as people, yet we can’t possibly portray them with all the complexity and breadth as people. You may know what hospital your protagonist was born in and the color of the walls of her second-grade bedroom and the bitter tears she cried when her brother threw her favorite CD out the window of a moving car, never to be seen again, on the road between Casper and Cheyenne – but you’re not going to share these details with your readers, unless they’re relevant to the story. You don’t write a character with no interests or history whatsoever, of course, but sentences laden with exposition bring your fiction grinding to a halt.

And the same is true of us, as authors… 

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. 52 Ways to Market Your Book & Break Those Visibility Barriers #BookMarketing
  2. 7 Tips for Metadata Magic for Self-Publishers — The Book Designer
  3. I can't figure out the ending.
  4. Murder by 4: What Are the Qualities of a Great Book Narrator?
  5. Starting a Group Blog with Madeline Iva | Romance University
  6. The Secret to Crafting Genuine Characters for Your Novel | Live Write Thrive
  7. What is Past is Prologue -
  8. The Difficulty Writers Have with Identity | Lauren Sapala
  9. 7 Ways Writers Can Use Facebook Rooms by Frances Caballo — The Book Designer
  10. Author, Jody Hedlund: A Few Tips for More Complicated POV Issues
  11. A Gentle Guide to Help You Wake Up Earlier - Be More with Less
  12. Write On Through To The Other Side: When Your Character’s Diagnosis Becomes Your Own | Beyond The Margins
  13. Writer Unboxed » You’re Such a Character
  14. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Low Prices, Big Corporations: We All Lose
  15. Marketing Tip: Put Your First Chapter on Your Website - She Writes
  16. The Write Type - Multi-Author Musings: Keeping Up With Social Media
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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