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What is your book nyet factor?

Throwback Thursday

It’s #ThrowbackThursday, and I’ve picked a blog post that originally ran on Sept. 1, 2009. I talk about a book’s nyet factor, or say No to bad books. Life is too short to waste it reading bad books.

What is your book nyet factor?

What is your book nyet factor?

What is your book nyet factor? How long do you read into a book before deciding to give up on it? Click To Tweet

Or do you suffer all the way to the end? Don’t laugh—if Amazon reviews are any indication, there are tons of reviewers who force themselves to read those terrible books they give 0-1 stars to.

I ask because I recently picked up a new book at the library, a novel I’ve heard good things about. I’m barely 40 pages into it, and wonder at the wisdom of plunging in any further. Maybe I’m put off by the daunting size – almost 800 pages. Or maybe the Hero’s Journey style of storywriting strikes a chord with me.  This book has no gripping hook or invitation to the other world, and I haven’t related to the myriad characters introduced so far.

I once read you should use the following formula in determining how many pages you should read before giving up : 100 minus your age. I think that’s about right. There are too many good books out there that are more worthy of my time. Goodness knows, I have lists and lists of them, not to mention my TBR pile (currently outweighed by my discard pile.)

What is your book nyet factor?

***2017 Cheryl returning. I hope you’ve enjoyed the flight in the wayback machine to 2009. Have you thrown a book against the wall because it’s so bad? Driven a steak knife through it? (Don’t laugh, I have a friend who boast about stabbing a book). Do you worry the book you’re writing will earn the nyet award? Post your comments below and share your story (or stories)  of reading bad books.

Blessings,

Cheryl

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Book review:Writer on a Budget: Insider tips and resources to help you write, polish, publish, and market your book at minimal cost

Writer on a Budget: Insider tips and resources to help you write, polish, publish, and market your book at minimal cost by Sarah Lentz

Book review:Writer on a Budget: Insider tips and resources to help you write, polish, publish, and market your book at minimal cost

Writer on a budget

I’ve been remiss in not posting more book reviews to my blog. I read a great many books, blogs, and downloads and have learned many tips and techniques about writing and book marketing. I should share this information more often. My latest download is Writer on a Budget: Insider Tips and Resources to Help You Write, Polish, Publish, and Market Your Book at Minimal Cost, written by Sarah Lentz.

Do you need to spend a fortune getting your book to market?

Sarah Lentz says no. After going the pro route for her first book, paying for someone else to edit, format, and build a cover, she determined to find a better, less expensive way to do the same work on her own.

The author takes on a logical journey through the writing process, starting with writing the book, and the steps she’s taken, the pitfalls she’s encountered, and the resources she’s used. At the end of each chapter, she liberally lists her sources, from books she’s favored to blogs and YouTube videos.

You’ll learn the going rates of hiring an editor, what editing software is available, and where to find beta-readers.

In the formatting chapter, she shares the tools she’s used, how to set up styles, insert images and hyperlinks.

Formatting isn’t as hard as you think

The author delves into the ins and outs of formatting a book from cover page to end matter, proving it’s a matter of following guidelines for both ebooks and printed versions. She also praises the ease in creating a cover with Canva.com (as I did in this post).

KDP Select or not?

Should you put all your (distribution) eggs in one basket? How do you choose the right keywords? What categories should you choose, and can you add more than the two Amazon allows? (Her answer is Yes!)

Which marketing books are worth the money (or download)?

Which self-help authors are worth your dollars? Do I launch my Amazon book on Kindle Select, free, permafree, at 99 cents, or more? How do I promote my book before and after launch?

In conclusion

Sarah Lentz has written a helpful, comprehensive book on taking your book from concept to bookshelf. She shares a boatload of books, blogs, links, and advice, and if she has no experience with a resource, she’ll admit it. She has impressed me with the amount of research she’d done and her willingness to share with the D.I.Y. writing community.

Thank you for joining me on my blog today. If you know of someone who can benefit from Writer on a Budget, please share this post.

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Blessings,

Cheryl

 

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Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Russian vampires?

Night Watch by Sergei LukyanenkoI’ve recently started reading The Night Watch trilogy (Night Watch, Day Watch and Twilight Watch).  As a fan of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larrson, all modern Russian writing intrigues me. (even though his stories are set in Sweden). How can you go wrong with the paranormal underground in Moscow?

If you want to visit my Goodread’s author page, click here.

Or read my review below:

Russian vampires. And witches, werewolves and other nasty creatures. This is my second read of the Night Watch trilogy, and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. The Night Watch (the good guys) keep tabs on the Day Watch (the bad guys) and the struggle for power and one-upmanship creates lots of tension between the two factions. If you need a fix of dark paranormal set in Moscow, this is the book.

What brought this on, Cheryl?

In which I start posting more often by including book reviews and the ins and outs of my writing life.  I may include other detritus and observations, because being a writer but not blogging on a regular basis is a crime.  Also, New Year’s resolutions. Pesky resolutions.

What book are you reading for the second time (or third, or infinity times?)

Blessings,

Cheryl

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