Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Kathy Perow

Molly Greene has asked me to write a post from a reader’s point of view, with an eye to self-published authors in particular. I’ve become a huge fan of authors brave enough and confident enough to strike out on their own, without the advantages (or the frustrations) of traditional publishing. I’ll try to answer a few of her questions:
  • What makes me decide to download a book: Cover? BookBub blurb? Reviews? 
  • What makes me pass on completing a book? Typos, slow beginnings, characters who do not resonate? 
  • What will I disregard if other elements are in place to keep me reading?

Tools and filters

I read a lot. Really a lot: I start 30-40 books a month, but probably finish only 25-30. When I lived in a large house I collected books the way a miser collects gold, and couldn’t imagine a room without them.

Things have changed. I now live in a small apartment and my hoarding is limited to my Nook, my Kindle and my tablet. Those are my reading tools, and I can’t imagine how I ever got along without them. When I read a real cover-and-paper book now I keep trying to swipe the page to go to the next. I was a hold-out though, convinced I would never be able to read without a physical book. Wrong! I got my first e-reader in 2011 and haven’t looked back.

I took out a subscription to Kindle Unlimited in July, 2014, pretty much when it started up. BookBub has been my favorite filter for just about as long. I know for a lot of new users, including me, the sheer volume of books available on KU can be daunting without a starting point, and BookBub provides that.

Choosing a book

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If you missed my writing and marketing tweets and retweets Monday and Tuesday, here they are again:
  • What Story Offers | Writers In The Storm
  • After The Hype And Drama: Balancing Trad And Indie Interests | Thought Catalog   
  • Revision Techniques - Janet S. Fox
  • Train Travel and The 1904 World's Fair
  • How to Look Good on Your Webcam - Books & Such Literary Management
  • How to Tell a Story: Script Writing vs. Novel Writing - The Whisper Project
  • Got a Pen Name? You’re in Great Company – Now Here’s How to Market Your Books by Frances Caballo — The Book Designer
  • What Makes A Reader Download & Finish Your Book? | Molly Greene: Writer
  • 100 Writing Practice Lessons & Exercises
  • The Cost of Self Publishing?  You're focusing on the wrong thing.
  • Keep Your Book Marketing as Creative as Your Writing
  • Call Me Unpredictable* | Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...
  • Insecure Writer's Support Group: 8 Steps to Visiting Your Novel's Setting Without Leaving Home
  • Five Books Featuring Unreliable Narrators |
  • Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie – Aeon
  • Self-Editing for Continuity - Author J.S. Morin
  • CJ Lyons: 6 tips to sell your book - The Writer 
  • Author, Jody Hedlund: When You Feel Like the Worst Writer in the World
  • The Importance of Psychological Development in Character Growth - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™
  • Business Musings: What Traditional Publishing Says It Does Best | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • SlideShare Tips: How to Create a 5,000-View SlideShare in 10 Minutes
  • Six Ways To Think Like a Publicist and Sell More Books! - Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
  • Do Writers Really Need to Know Theory?
  • With booksellers' pressure: DRM is now soft in Germany | The Bookseller
  • 6 Points To Consider When Crafting An Awkward Character – Anne Goodwin Debut Novellist | Sacha Black
  • The Writing Realm "What to Do When You Don’t Know What to do With Your Story..."
  • What to Do When You Feel Left Out, Unlucky, or Ignored
  • How to Write a Bio That Will Turbocharge Your Guest Posts | Write to Done
  • Monday Mailbag: ISBN, Book Design, Copyright and More — The Book Designer
  • How Outlining Can Bring Out Voice | Jane Friedman
  • Protagonist and Main Character— Same Person? The Answer May Transform Your Story! - Helping Writers Become Authors
  • Tangents and Subplots: When Do They Work? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
Happy running and writing, Kathy

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