I’m inundated with writing information

I get posts from the sites listed below either daily or weekly. They take over my email stream. And if I read each and every one of them every day, I wouldn't have time for anything else including what I'm sitting down to do WRITE! Mind you, this list doesn't include posts from blogs I regularly follow, a daily poem, and other various emails from the Writer's Market, Amazon, Powell's Books, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter the list goes on and on. So what do you think? Which ones should I continue getting? Which ones should I toss? Also, are there any that I'm missing? I'd love to hear from you. Storyfix is about getting real with your writing dream. About writing the kinds of stories that attract a readership through an understanding of craft and harnessing the power of the underlying principles that make it so. If you want to publish your work, if you want a career as a writer, then you've come to the right place. ~ Larry Brooks Copyblogger has been teaching … [Read more...]

Kindle giveaway – ends tonight

My publisher, Mike O'Mary of Dream of Things put Leaving the Hall Light On back in the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select program. He has also decided to give the Kindle version away for two days yesterday and today, hopefully to kick start sales again. As of today the second morning it looks like the giveaway is going well though I won't know the actual count of books downloaded for free until tomorrow morning. Other book sales are going on too.It looks like I sold a few paperbacksin the last couple of days, and surprise, surprise, a hardback sold through my Amazon seller's account yesterday as well. Go there is you want a signed first edition. Of course the question still is: does a giveaway promote more sales once the giveaway is over? The last giveaways my publisher held did. According the webinar I heard yesterday by Howard VanEs through SheWrites on the subject of Cashing in with Kindle Books, a book giveaway should show up positively in the ranks for a few days … [Read more...]

Another book launch – oh my!

I now have a paperback edition of my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On, in my hands. It just arrived. Getting it to this point has taken just short of three months, but well worth the time and effort. The edition looks great. I decided to keep the same cover design because it has been my brand for the last year. I felt changing it could be confusing to my followers and even to me. Plus I love the front cover photo, taken by my young girl friend, Madison Poulter, whom I've known since she was eighteen months old. Can't believe she's off to Lewis and Clark College in the fall. So both my publisher, Mike O'Mary at Dream of Things and I have been doing a lot of planning to get ready for the launch. Mike made an excel spreadsheet with activities to accomplish between now and January. Here are some of the things we're doing right now: I've communicated with friends and family about the launch and asked them to write a review and post it on Amazon if they've already read the … [Read more...]