My post for today has to deal with my newsletter. For the past two weeks I have been searching for a good book deal for my newsletter for September, however, all of the books that checked the deal box came up short in other areas. I tried reading several of them, but I kept running into a lot of unnecessary language that (I don't think) needed to be there. I tried to recommend books that are pretty clean, but it's getting harder and harder to find books (especially mystery and crime) that are not littered with language. I've never understood why "they" deem it necessary for that to be included. Whoever "they" are...authors, editors, marketers somehow think that it is necessary or that all readers want that kind of stuff in books. Maybe it's just me...or maybe not anyway the point is that I had a horrible time trying to find a book that I could recommend for my newsletter. However, I did come up with a solution, so the crisis has been adverted.... but I don't think this issue is going away so I might have to start my book deal searching a bit sooner.
Until next time....
I try to keep most of my posts upbeat, but I think that this one is going to be a little more realistic. I am trying to finish my next Bible Study by November, but something is always coming up to distract or just get in the way of me completing the necessary tasks to finish the book. I'm still in the editing phase and if I don't make some noticeable progress soon, I will be off my timeline and that's something I really do want to do. The weekends are when I do most of my author to-dos, but sometimes there are just too many errands, or I just need a break from the work week. Sundays are the only day when I can really catch my breath before Monday swoops in upon me. If I can just get through this editing then I think...I hope, I will be on the downside of this whole process. However, from where I'm sitting now it seems a long way off. Anyway, I'm trying to advertise my book, The Fatal Truth, publish my new Bible Study, and maintain my author website and newsletter all at the same time. My only goal, as an author, is to create books that readers love and to establish a connection with those readers. Some days are more trying than others, but in the end, I'd rather write than do anything else in the world. I hope will be succeed in my goal.....here's hoping.
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I was looking at book review services for my new book and it got me thinking about book reviews. Lately, it has been hard to find people that will leave a review. I'm not sure if it's because they are just too busy or they don't want to post their opinion, but I have readers telling me constantly that they enjoyed my book...they just never get around to leaving that review on Amazon. So, I wonder if reviews are really that important. I know some readers who couldn't care less about reviews, if they want to read a book, they'll read it regardless of what the reviews said. Then, there are some readers who read books solely based on book reviews. So, as an author, I wonder where the happy medium is...if there is one? I tend to think that reviews are still important because it lets other readers know what a great book it is, or it isn't. However, if you can't get readers to leave reviews then you have to go to the professional reviewers which can cost quite a penny. I don't understand why reading a book and leaving a review costs so much....is it because of the effort or is it the company name you're paying for? A lot of authors repeat over and over that you shouldn't pay for reviews, but when you're an indie author with a non-existent budget, what are you supposed to do? What other options are there? I think you have to do what you have to until you can afford to do something better. Why is that so wrong? Anyway, just some thoughts I had while looking over the reviews for my new book. Maybe I should do a poll or survey about book reviews because I really would like to know how important readers think they are. Something to think about.
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Just a thought or two I have had lately...I was scrolling on Facebook looking at the different posts and things and it just occurred to me how much bad news is out there. Whether it's crazy news headlines, the latest crazy celebrity stunt, or somebody's critical post- there's just seems to be crazy nonsense everywhere you turn. So, my remedy for this has been to escape into my books. Whether it's writing or reading, I have decided to escape into a book and maybe find some relief there. There is something wonderful about opening a book and waking into the highlands of Scotland or the streets of Paris or into a magical world that can only exist in your imagination. Just to leave all the baggage of your life behind for a little while and exist somewhere else...somewhere your troubles can't find you and everything ends the way it should. Reading really is a wonderful thing and I wish more people would realize what they're missing. Reading adds so much to your life and the stories you find in between the pages add a little something to you that is hard to describe. So, when you find that life is becoming a little too crazy, pick up a book and do what I do - escape into reading.
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This was supposed to be posted on July 29. Not sure what happened, but here it is.
I was straightening up my bookshelf in my bedroom last week when I began to look at the variety of book genres on my shelves. I would’ve have bet that there were more mystery authors in my collection...but it turned out there were not. I guess that’s a good thing that I don’t only read one genre, especially when it comes to writing. Anyway, I decided to look up the top mystery writers to see which ones I’ve checked off and which ones I haven’t read yet. There were the usual suspects like Arthur Conan Doyle (3 cheers for Sherlock Holmes!) and Agatha Christie. However, there were quite a few on that list that I’ve never read such as P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Dorothy L. Sayers. My usual mystery bubble includes John Grisham, Mary H. Clark with a few classics thrown into the mix. However, as I looked over the list of new authors, I decided to take a leap and try some of the authors on this list. Right now, I'm in the middle of a Sherlock Holmes novel, but I'm thinking of trying J.T. Ellison next. It's not easy, at least for me, to find a new author so here goes nothing. Who knows it might be a detective's dream.
Until next time...
A North Carolina author who published her first novel, Killer Deception, in 2020. She doesn't profess to be a professional blogger, just a writer with many thoughts.