Promoting your Book Online

Day 18 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: List a few free sites that help you promote your book? 

In today’s blog post, I  will jump right to the point. We are talking about really good websites to promote your book. 

I’ll give you three really good options all of which require some buy-in from you and the other parties participating in the promotion.

The first website I will recommend is Reedsy. This website has hundreds of email newsletters that you can promote your book with. Some are paid and some are not.

The second wealth website I will recommend is Book Funnel. Not only does this website have tools for publishing your book, sharing it with arc readers, and sharing special signature copies with fans. It also has a promotional tool where you can collaborate with other authors and promote books jointly. I recommend having a mailing list of at least 1000 subscribers before you get started because many of the promotions require you to have a small audience before you start promoting.

And last but most problematic is Facebook. Although the platform has been restructured to prevent organic growth, Facebook shines when it comes to active groups. Groups are a good way to get into a space with other writers and readers to participate in a writing community. Please don’t enter a group to promote your book, join a group to learn and listen, so you become a better writer and better at understanding the bigger picture of the genre you write. 

With that said, start blogging every day and telling the story of your creative work. There are dozens of people who need inspiration and the riveting story of a passionate go-getter will inspire them as well as keep you on the path to your goals.

Stay connected.

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Transcendence

Day 17 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: If your book was turned into a movie what would it be called? Why?

If my book were turned into a movie, I’d call it Transcendent Secrets and Universal Connections.

I’d choose this title because the main character is searching to belong in a topsy-turvy world. On his journey, he finds the connections in old places that he must examine to overcome his current mindset. 

For most people, this is the universal quest that allows us to relinquish burdens and seek the higher planes of performance and purpose. 

When we read old stories and the characters and their circumstances contain relevant themes in today’s world, I wonder if things change or if we are repeating ourselves in a computer simulation.

Either way, when we look to these old places for transcendence we often discover the best pathway forward. It’s like watching film to get better at a sport or public speaking.

I don’t know how I got on the topic of self-study from turning my book into a film and choosing a title, but writing on any topic has this way of clearing out clutter and offering insight on the themes and ideas that we need to examine.

Stay connected.

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Works in Progress

Day 16 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write about your upcoming work in progress

My upcoming work in progress is the second installment of Dorean Black, A Mother’s Song. It follows the aftermath of Book 1 and answers questions about the terrorist cell that has infiltrated the Dark Moon City of Seven X while exploring more of Dorean and Philip’s backstory.

I had the most fun exploring the lore of the Dark Moon City and revealing its strong connection with Dorean’s family. It was like scripting a dream, and I can’t wait to get through with the edits and share it with you. 

Tell me about your work in progress on Twitter under this post. I’d love to hear about it. 

I’m working on a good way to allow comments on this blog while avoiding spam. I’ll let you know when I find a really good method.  

Keep Writing and Stay Connected!  

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes Blog Challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Building

Day 15 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: How do you build a scene in your writing?

When crafting a scene, I start by thinking of the ending then I draft an outline and short-list of goals.

It’s important to know where you’re going with your characters and your plot so your writing is focused and efficient.

The same goes for other endeavors. You wouldn’t waste your time writing a business plan you were never going to start or entertain opportunities you were too afraid to follow through with.

Start with the foundation, frame it properly then start with the details that make your project unique. There is electrical, plumbing, drywall, and a number of other things, but the first thing is always the blueprint with the full picture. Your job is to bring the picture to life.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Book Genres

Day 14 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: What’s your favorite book genre?

Usually, when people ask me to talk about my favorite genre of book I talk about the books I don’t like.

As I’ve grown wiser, I’ve learned deflection is a defense mechanism that prevents people from really getting to know you. So, here goes. 

My favorite book genre is short science-fiction. I like finding the largest anthology of sci-fi current to the year and going through each story. 

It’s just like watching Black Mirror or the Twilight Zone, but the plots and epiphanies hit like anvils and the stories are pure watersheds of inspiration.

I enjoy a few other genres. Especially books that blend elements of sci-fi and fantasy or mystery and horror, all of which make for a good read.

I find the territory on the fringes of genres has the most significant landscape for growth when writing. It’s like exploring uncharted territory. 

Keep reading and keep writing. 

Stay connected.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Perfect Villains

Day 13 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write about what makes the perfect villain

When we think of typical villains, we often think of anti-social outsiders with a vendetta against societal norms. 

This typical villain approaches with cosmic ray guns or a diabolical plan for world domination. In the end, the villain is willing to do the one thing heroes usually don’t. They’re willing to hurt people to get what they want.  

This is the external villain, the villain of comfort, the villain we expect, the villain we can see from a mile away. 

The internal villain has no shape or form. This villain is a dream deferred, a distraction, a desire.

It is conjured out of anxiety and fear which is good territory for writers and entrepreneurs as it creates obstacles for them to overcome. 

The perfect villain is the collision of the aforementioned archetypes. To create a villain without internal conflict and external conflict makes a boring villain. The same with your hero. The same with you. 

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Perfect Heroes

Day 12 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

The perfect hero is probably someone who loves you for being yourself.

Choices

Day 11 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

Write about a great first line in a book you’ve read

Simplicity matters. One of my favorite first lines is written by S.E. Hinton, “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” 

The story that follows is just as enthralling as the first line and each moment buids a journey to a rewarding and complete story.

I enjoyed the simplicity of this tale the most. The focus was remarkable and intelligent. The story isn’t wordy. It’s not driven by metrics. It’s driven by plot, characterization, and compelling choices. 

Stay connected.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Best Writing Advice Ever: Be Anti-Social

Day 10 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

Talk about an inspirational TedTalk

The hunger to find new creative work stirs many writers into a creative frenzy or creates mental barriers for a writer’s inspiration. Whether we find our elusive idea or not is completely up to us, but what if your social skills were the key to discovering new inspiration.

I’ve been working on some newsy parts of my new short. Please forgive the formal opening, but I digress.

An intriguing Ted talk on the subject, Three anti-social skills to improve your writing by Nadia Kalman bares a clever review of social habits that aren’t usually celebrated, but create inspiration for your creative endeavors.

The video describes a bus ride where the narrator uses eavesdropping, pretending imaginary people are real, and muttering as fuel to drive creative brainstorming. It takes about 3 minutes to watch and there are vampires if that’s your thing.

For the hungry writer, searching every moment of your day for tidbits and breadcrumbs that end a creative slump is a bold way to keep your writing fresh and your entrepreneurial mindset refreshed and poised to search new territory for creative work.

No matter your craft, the world is filled with events and remarkable moments that lead to all-new ideas. You’ll find them if you relax and allow yourself to experience the world. This requires you to do a couple of things: put down your phone, sit still, watch the world, connect old concepts to new concepts and create an all-new vision. 

Stay Connected.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Working on the Best Ideas

Day 9 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

Talk about the book idea you wish you had thought of first

The book idea I wish I thought of first was actually a scene in a cartoon. And it wasn’t the entire series that had the idea, it was a specific ending that contained the “plagiarism.”

I was young at the time and thought I was writing the most original story in the world.

My all-new character had been overlooked and weak for the entire series then he trained, overcame his weaknesses, and ascended to true power. He defeated the boss and saved the day in the end.

I was mad that the writers of my favorite cartoon had stolen my ending and ruined my writing career. I was eight at the time, and I look back now and wonder why did they take the hero’s journey from my original work.

When I got older, I realized the hero’s journey is everyone’s story. You learn and get better. It’s the way of life.

They Stole My Idea

When you create a new idea it takes hours of scrutiny and hard work to polish it up, scrutinize it and prepare it for the public.

You put your heart and soul into your new creation, and the second you are ready to ship it, you find that your golden idea has already been created by someone else.

You start to wonder if your cloud-based hard drive is hacked or if you didn’t develop your idea fast enough.

This is the case with most book ideas and business ideas. You find out your golden idea has been created and shipped by someone else.

When I come up with a new idea for a story, I usually comb the internet to see if the idea has already been created. And in my field of creative writing, in its many forms, most story ideas have already been written.

That’s why it’s important to know everything about what you do and have a deep understanding of the big topics in your industry at the time and in the past.

This gives you a 50,000-foot view of your field. Whether it’s entrepreneurial endeavors or creative efforts like writing, knowing the scopes and themes of your industry helps avoid collisions with old work. 

This is important for several reasons.

Number one, it allows you to look at where everyone is going and make a decision about where you want to be.

Number two, you can check new source material and find new ways to say old things.

Number three, you will dig deeper into your craft and find more inspiration.

I’m sure there is more to discover in the places we believe people have already mined for creative inspiration. You may find more by looking into the ideas that have already been created than the ideas that happening right now. Often you’ll find the source material for things that are happening right now.

So dig-in, don’t wait, create your story. But look-back this time, there’s something to learn about where you’re going from the people who attempted the journey in the past.   

Stay Connected.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the #fridaywritesblogchallenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge and join the community.