Category Archives: non-fiction

Smashwords ebook sale: March 5-11

Detour Trail, my western romance about adventure along the Oregon Trail, is half price on Smashwords March 5-11: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/360381

Hot Yellow Planet (sequel to Pretty Pink Planet) is free during the Smashwords sale:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029

Pretty Pink Planet (Lori and Chiing’s first adventure) is always free on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615
Hidebound (SF adventure/romance) is also on sale (half price): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82218
Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure is also half price: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560

 

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How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically

I’m rereading How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically, and this time I’m flagging the ideas so I can find and focus on them. There’s no way I could have dog-eared all those pages!

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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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Writing and Editing: The Naked Writer

I reread The Naked Writer (“don’t submit your raw and naked words …”) now and then to refresh what I’ve learned about grammar and punctuation, etc. rules. (I swear I never knew that!) Anyway, I’m doing more serious editing work now–not just my own writing and a few others who asked for my help–so I’m rereading it again. For those who want to learn or read a refresher course that’s fun to read, check out The Naked Writer by G. Miki Hayden.

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Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure on sale

Selling, buying, remodeling. Now that’s a challenge–’cause they even took the kitchen sink! Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure is on sale this month at half-price:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560

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