#bookmarketing

Starting to write a new book. Ah. It's almost equivalent to starting to read a new book. Fresh pages. The lure of excitement, of unknown adventures.

Starting to write a new book is easy for one reason

Starting to write a new book. Ah. It's almost equivalent to starting to read a new book. Fresh pages. The lure of excitement, of unknown adventures. Starting to write a new book. Ah. It’s equivalent to starting to read a new book. Fresh pages. The lure of excitement, of unknown adventures.

The courtship between you and the main characters (good or evil). The blush of starting new.

The number one reason to start a new book is the excitement. A writer can do anything. Take the story anywhere. Introduce amazing characters. Kill the bad guy. Break rules. A world of opportunity awaits.

Secondly, we get to finally write “that” book. You know the one. The idea hit us in the shower, or as we woke from a dream, or as we drove to work. The idea that grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go, that kept us up at night, ostracized our families and sent us leaping across the room for pen and paper to write down an amazing plot twist. New books are seductive and impatient. They are sparkly and threaten to leave unless captured.

Don’t believe any writer who drones on about his or her “muse”. There is no such creature. Everything that happens in a book comes solely from the writer’s imagination. Grumpy, fairy godmother-like muses do not sprinkle fairy dust on a laptop and produce a polished manuscript. They don’t cripple the writer’s hands, or stunt his brain. If a writer can’t write, it’s his fault, no one else’s.

Starting to write a new book is hard for one reason

I’ve recently started writing a new book, and it’s sent me into uncharted territory. Brilliant Wreckage lives up to its title. It is outside my usual genre. I write fantasy and paranormal stories. Elves. Fairy godmothers. Witches. Aliens.

Brilliant Wreckage centers around an ordinary woman in an extraordinary time—WWII. She’s caught in its web. Worries about the safety of her fiance fill her days and nights. On the home front, she fights many battles.
On top of everything else, Annie sees visions.
Can she keep her sanity while the world around her crumbles?

Yesterday, I wrote dreck.

Annie got up, had breakfast, went into the garden to plant potatoes. Boring, boring, boring. Where’s the car crashes, the fiery escape from death? I can only keep my faith in the theory that first drafts are shitty, and I’ll find better words when I start to edit.

1st drafts are *#%@. Have faith you'll find better words when you start to edit.Click To Tweet

What my main character is blessed with

Annie Faraday loves, and is loved in return by an amazing man who writes her poetry in his letters home from the Pacific Theater during World War II. He supports her and her dream of becoming a nurse and midwife. He listens to her doubts and fears. Jimmy is her guiding star.

What my main character fears the most

The battle of Iwo Jima plays a prominate part in my starting to write a new book this month.

Annie fears many things. The dissolution of her family as her father slides into alcoholism. The fear her younger brother will persuade their father to sign off on letting him join the Navy. Her future father-in-law, who looks down on her because she pursues a medical career. Oh, and she’s not good enough for his son. But the number one thing Annie fears is the war. Jimmy’s at Iwo Jima, and though he’s not one of the thankless men who stormed its shores, he faces death daily from kamikaze pilots, bombs and anything else that could go wrong.

Will he make it home to her? I know the answer, and it’s not an easy one. I walk a fine line in crafting this story. Annie’s doubts mirror my own. As I said, I’ve never written this type of story before. It’s tricky. I guess I’ll have to borrow some of her faith during the next few weeks.

New book launch announcement next Monday

Please return here next Monday for an important announcement regarding the release of Book #2 in the Enchanted series, Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolf.
I’ll have an excerpt for you to read and a question you can help me answer.

(Purchase Book #1, Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf here)

Until then,

Blessings to you!

Cheryl

I want to take my Alexa Rank to the next level with My Friend Alexa

 

 

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinby feather
Read more

It's not hard to make a video. Little technical skill is required to make a video to impress family, friends, and readers.

How to make a video

It's not hard to make a video. Little technical skill is required to make a video to impress family, friends, and readers.

It’s not hard to make a video. Little technical skill is required to make a video to impress family, friends, and readers. I’ve found a program that (can be) free that is so simple you’ll think there’s a catch. You can make videos for weddings, baby showers, graduations, special occasions, and birthdays. Consider using your book cover and text to make a book trailer. Then post it on your blog, social media outlets, and YouTube.

Here is a video I made of my granddaughter’s recent birthday. The hardest part was picking the photos, cropping, and playing with the lighting, contrast, etc.

Olivia’s 4th Birthday

What you’ll need to make a video

A little bit of time (5-10 minutes or less.  Really).
5-8 photos
A sentiment you want shared (ie, what’cha gonna write?)
That’s it! Oh, and you’ll need to pick a theme from the dozens provided, that will take a little more time because you’ll want to experiment.

Where to go to make a video

www.animoto.com

You won’t even have to sign up for an account, you can sign in using your Facebook info.

It’s wicked easy!
1. Pick a theme
2. Add some photos or a video
3.  Add text
Boom! You’re done.

But is it really free?

Videos up to 30 seconds are free. Anything over that length, you’ll have to become a Prime member, which costs $96 a year.

Impress your friends and family now. They’ll think you’re a techno-marvel.

Post your new video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a host of other social media sites. Email it to a friend or embed it into your blog or YouTube channel.

Brag to everyone about how hard you worked to make something for their special day then smile in satisfaction because you accomplished a new skill.

Now, go forth and create a video.  Send me a link. I’d love to see what you made.

Blessings,

Cheryl

Save

Save

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinby feather
Read more

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.

If you’d like to see my posts as soon as they are available, please subscribe in the box on the right.

To receive my monthly newsletter (and a FREE copy of my short story, Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien), please sign up in the box below.

Blessings,

Cheryl

 

Save

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinby feather
Read more