Check out this helpful post from the PBS blog with four useful GDPR resources for authors.
Check out this great post from the How to eBook blog on creative ways authors use images for social media marketing.
Whether you’re promoting a specific book or trying to drive exposure to boost an author’s brand, posting eye-catching images is imperative to capturing readers’ attention on social media.
Some social platforms revolve around sharing visual content, including Instagram, where photos still generate 36% more engagement than videos. And on platforms where images are optional, including them dramatically increases engagement. For example, Facebook posts with images see 2.3x more engagement than those without images.
You don’t have to be a professional photographer or have an expensive DSLR camera to take original high-quality photos for your social media marketing campaigns. Your smartphone can take excellent pictures, and there are great articles with tips and tricks for easily shooting and editing pictures, including guides specifically from book bloggers. And you can use free tools like Canva or RelayThat to easily create custom graphics.
So what kinds of images should you share on…
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Check out this great post from Mae Clair on the Story Empire blog on the topic of becoming a reformed pantser.
Hello, SEers! Mae here today with an overdue confession. Perhaps I should explain how it came about…
Even writers who carefully plot, plan, and meticulously outline their novels have the unexpected happen. For authors who routinely pants their books, it’s common to have twists pop out of the blue. But what about characters? I’ve found that when a character appears unexpectedly, an earthquake usually occurs with fault lines splintering everywhere.
As an example, while working on my last novel, End of Day, this popped from the keyboard:
Jillian had no intention of taking him fishing, or of getting involved and becoming friends with his mother. Getting involved was how people got hurt. How Madison ended up with a shattered mind and a life spent staring at four walls.
Who knew Madison had a shattered mind and spent life staring at four walls? Certainly, not the author (a favorite phrase…
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Check out this great post from Jane Bwye’s blog on the topic of setting.
Today, Lela Markham shares a valuable message about settings for a book. A very warm welcome to my long-standing friend from Authonomy days; we are privileged to have you with us, Lela – over to you.
Some years ago, I had the opportunity to interview a jeweller. As part of the interview, he showed me some of the gems he was working on. I was unimpressed. Sitting there on his work table, they were dull and uninspiring. He was apparently used to that reaction because he then showed me what makes gems sparkle. He put uninspiring jewel upon jewel on a black velvet cloth and suddenly, they sparkled.
“Setting is everything,” he explained.
I am a character-driven writer. They appear to me when I least expect them and they want to tell me their stories, which is what makes the plot. Given that beginning, I focus my writing on…
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Check out these great reading links from this post on the When Genres Collide blog.
- http://teagansbooks.com/2018/05/19/getcaughtreading-2018-the-books/ I got this book on my Kindle recently, and I finally found a moment to open it. I can tell you that it did not disappoint. Diana is an amazing talent with “high” fantasy. She’s easily as good as Terry Brooks or Robert Jordan (my long-time favorites). Her world-building and prose are superb in this and everything I’ve read from her. And she’s written so many books! Just pick one and see if you can stop. (As the old potato chip commercial used to say, “You can’t eat (read) just one.”
- http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2018/05/19/we-are-flying-guest-post-by-gigi-sedlmayer/ ‘Yay, we are flying!’ Matica yelled breathlessly, utterly thrilled. ‘We really made it. Yee-hah!’ Were you afraid you would chicken out?a voice asked her in her mind. She had to grin. Yes, I was but not anymore. We did it.
- https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/rosies-bokreview-team-rbrt-womensfiction-the-women-of-heachley-hall-by-racheljwalkley/ When book illustrator, Miriam Chambers, inherits…
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Check out what’s new on the shelves at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore from this post on the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
Delighted to welcome Jim Webster to the Cafe and Bookstore with his books. This week Jim received a terrific review for Tallis Steelyard and The Sedan Chair Caper from Robbie Cheadle.
About the book
Rather than his usual collection of anecdotes, this time Tallis presents us with one gripping adventure. A tale of adventure, duplicity and gentility. Why does an otherwise respectable lady have a pair of sedan chair bearers hidden in her spare bedroom? Why was the middle aged usurer brandishing an axe? Can a gangster’s moll be accepted into polite society? Answer these questions and more as Tallis Steelyard ventures unwillingly into the seedy world of respectable ladies who love of sedan chair racing.
One of the recent reviews for the book
In this entertaining book by Jim Webster, the reader is treated to…
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Check out this post from Barb Taub’s blog featuring a review of the Howarth Family Trilogy by Judith Barrow.
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.—Simone Signoret
In my last post here, I talked about why I could never do a generational family saga like the epic miniature tales and historical sweep of Judith Barrow’s Howarth family trilogy. But it wasn’t until I read the title of the prequel, 100 Tiny Threads, that I really started to understand what she was building wasn’t so much a generational epic, but an examination of the things that tie families together even as they drive them apart.
Mary is a nursing sister at Lancashire prison camp for the housing and treatment of German POWs. Life at work is difficult but fulfilling, life at home a constant round of arguments, until Frank Shuttleworth…
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