Do You Want To Learn To Write Faster?

It’s that gift giving time of year. I love it when I can get great products for free. Over at Make A Living Writing, Carol Tice and Linda Formichelli and put some of their top secrets in a book that is free to you until Sunday. Be sure to stop by and get your download from Amazon.

 13 Ways to Get the Writing Done Faster

A Thank-You for Writers: My New Productivity eBook — Free

This has been a pivotal year in my freelance writing career.

It’s the year I published my first print book. But more importantly, it’s the year I crossed over from mostly working for freelance clients to spending most of my time on this blog and its adjacent community, Freelance Writers Den.

I’m so excited and grateful — I never imagined I would be able to devote so much of my time to doing one of my very favorite things, sharing tips to help other writers earn more money.

It’s still surreal to me that I’ve been able to create this lifestyle, where I’m able to make my living from one of my big passions.

Even my freelance clients are shifting now to places like Freelance Switch, where I write articles that build on what I’m doing here.

I know Thanksgiving has come and gone…but I’m just getting started giving thanks to my incredible reader community.

Actually, the give-backs start today. Here are the details: Read more here.

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Author Exposed: Jeffery L. Schatzer

I love sharing advice from published authors. It’s always a good idea to gather information to see how other writers are getting things done. Author Jeffery L. Schatzer writes picture books and middle grade novels that are educational and fun. His Professor Tuesday adventures have excellent characters that kids can relate to.  I had the opportunity to review his book “Professor Tuesday’s Awesome Adventures In History: Book Three The Underground Railroad.”  Feel free to stop by Kristi’s Book Nook to learn more about the author and his books.

Mr. Schatzer has some great advice on how to get published.  His website has lots of interesting information and reviews of his works.

As you might suspect, many people have the same question of me. “How do I get a book published?”

My advice is simple. First, you have to love writing. Write for the sake of your own enjoyment. If your book or story is published, it is icing on the cake. Persistence is also important. After all, it only took 34 years to get my first book published. Though the route I took to get noticed by publishers was through self-publishing, that route isn’t for the timid. It is a tremendous amount of work. Plus, it isn’t cheap.

Being an author requires a good deal of discipline and focus, especially if you are going to write ‘The Great American Novel.’ If you write a great book, you also have to spend a lot of time promoting and selling it. That means traveling to bookstores and places that carry your books. If you like meeting people and sharing your love of ideas, it’s wonderful. If you enjoy the solitude of your own company and don’t care to mix with people, you may want to reconsider that whole author thing altogether.  Read more here.

Book Reviewer Stacie Theis

Writers often wonder where they should go to get their books reviewed. I personally love to review books that are informational to writers as well as books that are fun to read by authors who reach out to me. I recently started following Stacie Theis at Beach Bound Books. Stacie has a passion for reading and is intrigued by the authors who write books. I wanted to share Stacie’s story here and introduce you to someone who loves promoting authors and reviewing books. Help me welcome Stacie Theis!

TNW: Stacie, please introduce yourself to everyone.

ST: My name is Stacie Theis. I am the mother of 4 and live with my husband and 3 youngest children in San Diego, CA. I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the art program at my youngest daughter’s school and recently started my author interview and book review website http://www.beachboundbooks.com.

TNW: How did you get started reviewing books?

ST: I was contacted by Lynette Hoy of Firetalker PR. She asked if I would review one of her client’s new books and interview him for the blog I had at the time. Her request gave me the idea to create a website and seek out authors to interview. Several of the authors I contacted also requested a review of their book(s) so http://www.beachboundbooks.com was born.

TNW: Do you have a genre preference? If so why/why not?

ST: I do not have a genre preference, although most of the people who have contacted me are children’s authors.

TNW: Are you are writer? If so, published/genre, etc.

ST: I have written two children’s book, but at the present time they remain unpublished.

TNW: What can authors expect when they visit your site?

ST: My site has numerous author interview pages as well as book recommendations. My book review page “Blogging About Books” is also on the same site. Authors may fill out a request form (located on the Home page) for an author interview, book review or both.

TNW: How do you promote yourself/blog/website?

ST: Currently, I promote my website and blog through social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, as well as several author groups also on LinkedIn.

TNW: Is there anything specific authors should know before they request a review?

ST: I prefer to do interviews via email as it has proven to be easiest. Authors are given the opportunity to answer at their own convenience and more able to think through the questions than having to answer on the spot.

TNW: Will you except ebooks?

ST: Yes, I accept eBooks, PDF files and traditional books.

TNW: How much time does it take to review a book?

ST: Typically, a review takes 3-5 days, but may take longer depending on the length of the book.

TNW: How else can authors connect with you?

ST: Authors can contact me through my website www.beachboundbooks.com, via email at beachboundbooks@yahoo.com, on Twitter (@beachboundbook) and on Facebook by searching ‘beachboundbooks.’

Thanks so much for taking the time to share information with us Stacie. I look forward to sharing your tweets and more about you.

Foreshadowing: Where To Begin?

Shadows in the late afternoon.

Image via Wikipedia

I’m not exactly sure what foreshadowing is, but I think I need to learn more about it and utilize it in my middle grade novel. Janice Hardy has a pretty good grasp on the subject at The Other Side of the Story.

Here is an excerpt:

But what is foreshadowing and how can an aspiring author achieve it?

I’ve discovered the most simple way is to either work backwards (in the case of a single book) or give yourself “play room” for future books in a series. To achieve a backward foreshadowing, you need to pick an element of the plot that you want to tease the reader with and then figure out a way for the character to come into contact with the element innocently. One example is our first Cat Adams novel, Magic’s Design. Publishers Weekly noticed the clever foreshadowing we used which I managed by backwards plotting.

Read more here:

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/03/guest-author-cathy-clamp-foreshadowing.html

What Good Is Self Publishing?

Audience

 

If you’re wondering what benefit self publishing is to you, then you’ve asked a good question. Here’s the thing, your project is done and your ready to start selling. The only wait time is you preparing to upload it on a site or sites of your choosing, that’s it. Self publishing gives you control and on one else. Making more money with book sales has never been easier. Book distribution on various sites, gets your book to a designated audience.

If you just want to publish to share information, you can do that too. If you happen to make money while sharing your specific information, then self publishing is a win, win situation for you and your target audience. Feel free to give your information away. It’s totally up to you. Getting a book out for others to enjoy is ultimately what all authors long to do. Whether your book is a mystery, picture book or memoir, self publishing is the best way to get your quality information to the masses without having to wait on a publisher or agent to say when.

What good is self publishing to you? Feel free to share your thoughts.