NaNoWriMo update

I finished typing about one stroke away from midnight last night. Towards the end I didn’t take any breaks or fix typos. Even as I was getting validated, there was a notice that the contest was closing. Now I’ll work on all the projects I left lying by the wayside.

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Guest post: Putting Words In Their Mouths – How I Write Dialogue by Kristen Bailey

Today’s guest blog post, on the topic of dialogue, is brought to you by novelist and short story author Kristen Bailey. Putting Words In Their Mouths – How I Write Dialogue When I was little, I was…

Source: Guest post: Putting Words In Their Mouths – How I Write Dialogue by Kristen Bailey

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Joy’s ebooks

My story (SF and fantasy) collection of 14 reprints, The Doorway and Other Stories, is available on Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2

 
Hidebound (SF) is available on:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ICFOHY  and
 
After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.
 
Pretty Pink Planet (SF) is available free on  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615 
 
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.
 
Hot Yellow Planet is available on: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029 
 
In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.
 
 
How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink! 

 

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Review of How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically

How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers) (Volume 3) (Paperback: October 24, 2016)

It’s hard to do justice to this book because it covers so much territory. I’ve been reviewing, promoting, and marketing for a long time, but I learned a lot more in this book; and even as I was reading it, I used the Tweet, etc. icons function on my Amazon buy page, per her suggestion. 

The author tells you how to use endorsements and blurbs in promotion–and how long an excerpt should be (fair use) and how to use elipses in these excerpts. (I knew that about elipses, but not everyone does.) I appreciated the Amazon info about the excerpt length she shared; and there was more useful information about working with Amazon.

Re: Networking: I’ve written blurbs for books and acknowledgments and received acknowledgments; she gives tips about that and more; and she addresses the importance of exposure and frequency. “This is a process, not a project.”

I also learned more about Amazon Prime and may use it. Oh, and that “As seen in …” tip is another one I can use right now. I’ll be rereading it again. And I learned more about reusing your Amazon review.

So much into, including the Ten-Best Lists tip. (One of my books was listed on MyShelf.com; I’d forgotten that!) Oh, oh. I haven’t kept track of my book reviews. I could have had a notebook for that!

The Questions and Answers section is very helpful; and then there are the Appendices:

“… Each publishing occasion that calls for a query…is different. Ditto for each circumstance that requires a media release. Thus, the samples (templates?) in my appendices are merely suggestions. …”

I’ve only scratched the surface! This is a must-read book for writers; I know I have to read it again. I wish I had a print copy ’cause it’d be full of flags! Highly recommended.

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13 Reasons Authors are Mistaken for Serial Killers

Guest post: Seriously. I once spent an entire afternoon googling Fort Worth hotels to find the right one with a balcony to toss someone off of. I was like the Goldilocks of murder.

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Pantsing 101: 3 Secrets that make pantsing easier

Guest post: No one talks about it, but there are a lot of secrets that make pantsing a novel easier.  In fact, some of the secrets are dismissed by outliners (go figure) Turn off spell check That wavy red line…

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Sugar Time spotlighted (link)

Sugar Time is in the spotlight on Cover me it’s Monday: http://www.michelprincebooks.com/the-little-people-in-my-head/cover-me-its-monday-with-sugar-time-by-joy-smith

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