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It's Saturday and time to share some of the cool links I've discovered this week, including the Singularity and found friends

Today’s Cool Links

It’s Saturday and time to share some of the cool links I’ve discovered this week, including the Singularity and found friends, as well as easy lunch packing and one book marketing tip.

I hope you enjoy today’s links.

The Singularity is here

Boston Dynamics posted a video of its SpotMini quadruped robot extending an arm out of its head to turn a handle.

It’s only a matter of time before they take over the world.

Read the full story here.

 

Mason Jar Snack Packs

If you pack a lunch for yourself or anyone else in your household, here’s a handy tip to keep the wet stuff separated from the dry. I never would have thought of using the jar-within-a-jar they recommend. So clever!

It's Saturday and time to share some of the cool links I've discovered this week, including the Singularity and found friends

How to sell your books internationally and make more money (ching $$ ching)

It's Saturday and time to share some of the cool links I've discovered this week, including the Singularity and found friends

Are you making as much money as you can on the sale of your book(s)? Are you optimizing the market? Chances are you’re not selling to the international market.

This article tells you why you should be cashing in on these markets. Why not do all you can to make money (with little effort). The overseas market has many, many more readers than the U.S.

Once you’ve set up your books on Amazon international markets, use some of Julia Kent’s suggestions on how to market in those markets (am I using the word market too many times?)

Woman adopts dog then realizes it’s her childhood pet

Nicole Renae loved her childhood dog, Chloe, but she had to give her up when her father started working at home (distraction free environment).

Years later, grown, married, and with a baby, she decided to get another pet. While browsing through Facebook, she saw an ad for an elderly dog that looked very familiar.

You guessed it! Her adopted new pet is the same as her old pet. After an eight year separation, Nicole was reunited with Chloe.

It's Saturday and time to share some of the cool links I've discovered this week, including the Singularity and found friends

Read the full story here.

Please share these links with your friends and family using the icons on the left. We can all use a chuckle about the Singularity and found friends, or spread the lunch packing tip with moms and dads everywhere.

Blessings,

Cheryl

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The opening hook raises questions, piques curiosity, and draws the reader deeper into your story.

The Opening Hook

The following is an excerpt from my book, The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel. A link to buy can be found here. The first chapter addresses the importance of writing the opening hook.

The opening hook raises questions, piques curiosity, and draws the reader deeper into your story.

How to Take the Headache Out of Starting Your Book

STOP STARING at that blinking curser and start your book. How? With a mind-blowing opening hook.

Even if you’re new to writing, you know the importance of the opening hook. It grabs your reader’s attention and convinces him to buy.

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Without a compelling, question-producing opening, they aren’t going to read further. You have a few sentences to make an impression. Nowadays, no one has the luxury of time. You have to hit them fast and hard.

Your reader wants to be drawn into a believable world from word one. He expects to be entertained. Don’t disappoint him. Skip the protagonist sitting with a cup of coffee, contemplating the letter she received from dear Aunt Sally. Jump her right into the story—Aunt Sally died, but collecting the inheritance means quitting the job your protagonist loves and moving back to the town that gave her heartache.

Conversely, don’t plunge the reader so quickly into the story with a one-line exclamation from the protagonist. The reader has no context in which to place it. It’s a cheap device that’s been overused.

Instead, start where the protagonist’s problem begins, raise questions that intrigue the reader, and filter in back-story later.

What is a hook? It’s a device to catch the reader’s attention and pull him into the story.

A hook prepares the reader for what’s ahead—the immediate future of a character and introduces the conflict. It sets the mood and style and gives the setting—all the elements of who, what, why, when, where and how.

Continue reading How to Take the Headache Out of Starting Your Book—The Opening Hook

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Why you should have an email list. An email list is an easy way to build relationships with and stay connected to your customers.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday blog explains why you should have an email list.

Why you should have an email list. An email list is an easy way to build relationships with and stay connected to your customers.

An email list is an easy way to build relationships with and stay connected to your customers.

The letter “E” is for Email List, a tool every blogger should use. I’ll explain why you should have an email list and outline the simple steps to set one up.

Okay, a raise of hands—how many websites have you visited in the last 24 hours? How many had a pop-up requesting your name and email address? How many did you fill out?

If you’re like most blog visitors, you hate those annoying pop-ups. But guess what? They’re very effective in capturing and retaining loyal customers. Whatever your business,whenever a visitor to your site fills in those two little spaces, they’re inviting you into their mailbox. Amazon won’t share your buyer’s information with you. Social media outlets might be gone tomorrow, taking your followers with them. But once you’ve set up an email list, you own it. Your subscribers are an asset you’d be foolish not to use.

Continue reading Why You Should Have an EMail List #ThrowbackThursday

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