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Let’s Give Them Our Support!

I again realized the importance of writing book reviews the other day, when I was talking with a new friend.  I see book reviews on Amazon all the time.  Why are they helpful, and what purpose do they serve?

  • They are helpful tools for Independent authors — those who publish their own books, who don’t have a publishing house getting the word out about them.
  • We advertise for these authors when we help our friends and family to find good books.
  • Writing book reviews is the new “word of mouth” vehicle.
  • These authors thrive on a broad audience base — and what better way to find them a good audience?
  • Book reviews are not hard to write, and they don’t have to be lengthy.  As long as you read the whole book and comment on it truthfully, it is a good review.
  • If you wrote a book and wanted your name out there, wouldn’t you want people to help you?  If I self-publish my books some day, I know I will be hoping for lots of book reviews written by you.  🙂
  • Writing a book is a time-consuming, sometimes very difficult but courageous adventure.  Wouldn’t it be nice to give authors an “atta boy!” or “atta girl!” affirmation?
  • A book review gives life to a book:   instead of seeing just the picture of it on Amazon, a reader can get a much better understanding of it and, if they are like me, would be more likely to pick it up than something with no review.
  • WordPress is a community of writers, and many of them publish their own books.   Let’s support them as best we can!

This blog has a page of book reviews I wrote about my WordPress friends’ books.  I haven’t written a book review lately — but next year I hope to once again spend time in some delicious reading.  🙂  Speaking of which:  my new website will offer a space for book reviews that you have  written.  Let’s build up our community!

 


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English: William de Brailes (active c. 1230 — ...

English: William de Brailes (active c. 1230 — c. 1260) was an English 13th century scribe and Early Gothic manuscript illuminator, presumably born in Brailes, Warwickshire. He and Matthew Paris are the only two English 13th century manuscript illuminators about whom we have much personal information, since he signed two manuscripts, and his life is otherwise documented. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daily Prompt: Ebb and Flow

by michelle w. on September 28, 2013

Our blogs morph over time, as interests shift and life happens. Write a post for your blog — but three years in the future.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LIFE.

 

Hi folks!

When I look back three years

and reminisce

about what life was like then —

I smile

 

Back then I was very hopeful

and I really applied myself

A lot of my pursuits

have yielded success

Other things have worked out as well

 

Dave and I finally have our two households merged

and there is actually a place for everything

*downsizing feels great!*

 

My eating disorder has left the premises

and I am leading a full,  recovered life now

 

I am now a published author of a book —

Some manuscripts for other books I wrote

have been turned down

but there are still a few more on my list to tackle

Of course, who is to say I can’t try polishing my rejected manuscripts?

 

I now own and write for my own magazine

thankfully it’s online, so I can work it remotely

I am still editing and proofreading others’ manuscripts

(also remotely)

and I like reading and writing book reviews

 

I still have my day job

that I’ve had for 27 years

I like the benefits I get there

but at times I wish I could write full-time

I won’t be retiring for awhile

so it’s best I keep using time wisely

so I can write as much as possible

 

Best of all:

I am a seven-year cancer survivor

still as feisty and funny as before

although maybe a little bit stronger

 

I am playing tennis and swimming again

life is wonderful ~ ~

 

What has changed in the last three years of YOUR life?


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Publishing 101 in 2013

Hello my dear family,

I’ve been wrestling with a certain decision over the past three days.

Q.  Should I self publish or not?  My writing teacher always said to have people come to me to buy my writing…but self publishing is equally enticing.

A.  Pending a discussion with a self publishing friend, I shall begin to publish my works in the year 2013, God willing, and see where that takes me.  I will keep you apprised of my path.

I see this as an exciting step in my writing career, and I titled this post as I did because I’m sure it’s going to be a learning process.  🙂

 

English: A whole lotta books in my personal li...

English: A whole lotta books in my personal library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)