• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

advertise your books for free

We’re in the wayback machine again for #ThrowbackThursday, looking at how you can advertise your books for free or almost free.

Advertise your books for free

Where to advertise your self-published books for free. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comIf you, like me, rely on Facebook or Twitter for publicity, this is for you. Several websites will do your publicity for you. Yes, they’ll advertise your books for free or almost free.

Happy birthday! All that’s missing is chocolate cake!

I did not create this list, and I want to give the proper credit. This list was compiled by C. Glockel and is awesomesaucealicious. It’s from her September 2014 tumbler post. I haven’t checked out all the links, but if 50% of them are active (and it’s probably much, much higher) I (and you) will have saved a ton of free-for-my-book publicity research.

This link is a Google doc.  http://bit.ly/1zZdEsw

To check out (and buy) her books, go here.

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The five whys. Why.

The Secret of the Five Whys

The secret of the five whys is known to a few writers, but it’s such an awesome way to know your characters and thus make plotting easier, that we had to share. Feel free to pass it on.

The five whys

A long time ago, when I started writing, a friend (hey, Lisa!) would grill me on my character’s motivation. One answer was never enough for her, she had to ask and ask and ask until the character was stripped bare. Only then would she relent and let me continue telling the rest of the story.

I named her method “The Five Whys” because that was the average number of times she asked me “Why?” about the character.

Let me give you an example.

Continue reading The Five Whys #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

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build a character arc

How to Build a Character Arc

Impersonator. #AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com Character arc

A WRITER CAN POUR plot twists, solid conflict, steamy sex, non-stop action, and a fluffy kitty or two into a story and still miss the heart of the reader if the main characters in the story fail to demonstrate some sort of character arc. Readers relate to characters through their goals, motivations, and conflict, but also through their flaws, disappointments, and their triumphs. Characters that fight a flaw or inner demon and conquer it (or in a tragedy, fail to conquer it) will touch the reader on a deeper level.

Continue reading How to Build a Character Arc

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