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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 2 Comments

“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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Top Ten Highlights of my Cuban Adventure Part II

5. Havana Club Rum

I know this may not be a highlight for many, but for me, it was a huge part of the reason I wanted to travel to Cuba. I am a huge fan of rum, especially a Cuba Libre, and the fact that Havana Club is forbidden in The United States of America made it all the more enticing. I’ve tried a lot of rums to discover my favorites and Havana Club has remained the all elusive bottle amongst bottles.  It was time a discovered what all the hype was about.

While traveling…

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 7 Reasons I’m Thankful for You

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Whether your day will be filled with turkey or Tofurkey, au gratin potatoes or gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie (mine will be filled with both), I wish everyone a wonderful time eating, relaxing and spending time with family and friends this weekend.

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Thursday's Three on Art

Posted Thursday's Three on Art, a selection of exhibition catalogues for holiday gift-giving.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/11/thursdays-three-on-art.html

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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Good morning all and Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. Make it a day to count your blessings; so often we get caught up in focusing on what's wrong that we never think about what's right in our lives. Make it a point to remember at least ten things you're grateful for…

Why one should Buy a Table Tennis Table

One of the most fun and endearing games played by people of all ages is table tennis, also known as ping pong. The game is played by millions of people around the world both for fun and sport. While the game is fun to play in recreational centres and gymnasiums everywhere, some people may choose to play it at home. These same people may get paddles, balls and a net, but will quickly find out not just any table will do. For an amazing experience, they need to buy a table tennis table.…

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