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Dos and Don'ts for Soliciting Book Reviews

Posted by Maria Murnane on November 25, 2014 at 9:35am 0 Comments

A couple posts back I provided an example of smart book promotion, in which an author successfully landed a glowing review in a popular online publication just perfect for her target audience. Today, I'd like to dig deeper into the subject of book reviews by offering a couple dos and don'ts:

 

DO research reviewers that are appropriate for your genre.

 

A great way to find potential reviewers is to do a Google search for book bloggers. Book bloggers love to read, and they love to write about what they read, regardless of the publisher (indie or traditional).

 

Another way to find potential reviewers…

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[SWP: Behind the Book] The Sweetness: the girl on the cover

Posted by Sande Boritz Berger on November 24, 2014 at 7:30am 1 Comment

“So,” some may ask, “is that you on the book cover?” I shake my head…no. There’s no need to explain that the child adorning the cover of my novel, The Sweetness, was born years before me; and no need to say “but we are related,” and certainly no need to mention that, although we are second cousins, we have never met. Yet what burns inside me is a yearning to tell all, every single detail about the story.

The truth is, though it would take years, writing became a way of breathing life into the girl seen on the cover of The Sweetness, her face unforgettable, her eyes, in particular, haunting and as inquisitive as the persona I created for her in this novel inspired by my family’s complicated history. Her real name, Rosha,…

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The Blank Screen: If You Don't Have Anything to Blog About, Should You Blog Anyway?

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on November 18, 2014 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

There is the blank page. We all know about that one. The void all intrepid writers face when we are about to begin a full-length writing project, the intimidating primordial blankness which, at the start, appears as insurmountable and pitiless as The Wall in Game of Thrones. Then there is the blank screen, which, despite the fact that I compose all of my long projects on a computer, to me is different. The blank screen is what I confront when it is time to blog, and I have not a thought, idea or clue about what to blog about, and, according to the deadline I have given myself, my blog is due immediately.

I am experiencing it now, ergo, this blog. Anybody with me?

When Deborah Siegel and I first started She Writes, I had blog-o-phobia. Accustomed to spending years on a book and having months…

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On Leaving the Boring out of your Book

Posted by Pamela Olson on November 18, 2014 at 3:14pm 3 Comments

Confession time: I come across in my memoir as more collected and clever than I really am, and my life seems more exciting and interesting than it actually is.



This is due not to dishonesty — everything in the memoir is true. It’s because of the nature and structure of storytelling. Unless there’s a good story-based reason, it’s generally advisable to skip the part where the protagonist was awkward or tired or missed the point, the seven meaningless dead ends before she found the way forward, or the nine so-so people she met before running into a kindred spirit who changed everything. Not to mention the cumulative hours she spent in line at the grocery store or where she went to get glycerin suppositories to deal with a bout of severe constipation.



All this is very innocent on the…

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Just because something is part of an experience, doesn't mean it needs to be part of the story. Telling you the story behind the story of my essay published in Tablet last week...

Dos and Don'ts for Soliciting Book Reviews

A couple posts back I provided an example of smart book promotion, in which an author successfully landed a glowing review in a popular online publication just perfect for her target audience. Today, I'd like to dig deeper into the subject of book reviews by offering a couple dos and don'ts:…

Called to Thanksgiving (Poem)

I've reposted a poem I wrote for my brother: "Called to Thanksgiving".

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/11/called-to-thanksgiving-poem.html

5 Things I Wish Every Author Knew

In my work with authors I see every kind of personality, and I’ve seen firsthand all the ways writers trip themselves up. In my book,…

Should Cigars Be Rested?

Most people that smoke cigars buy them from online suppliers. This also results in a waiting perriod between actually purchasing cigars and getting them delivered to your door step. Many cigar smokers therefore choose to rest the cigars inside of the humidor before actually enjoying a much needed smoke. It may be tempting to smoke the first cigar right out-of-the-box, but there are nonetheless good reasons to choose to rest your cigars.

In fact, cigars should be ready to be smoked the…

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