Penalty Points for Indie Writers

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Media editors often penalize writers who use illustrations or photos in fiction, except, of course, in children’s books. In novels, they consider graphic support “unprofessional.” In the case of indie writers, I believe they are wrong. Here’s why. I was an editor at the Reader’s Digest for many years. We loved pictures with our stories, which were either… Continue reading Penalty Points for Indie Writers

Poison Heartbeats Ad Campaign

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  Every book I write has an “Ad Campaign” using artwork from chapter headings. The “ads” themselves always run with a review blurb and a link to the book. On Twitter, I also use hashtags within the blurb copy. The blurbs change because I have a lot more editorial/reader reviews than pictures. Here are a few… Continue reading Poison Heartbeats Ad Campaign

Wrinkled Heartbeats Ad Campaign

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Every book I write has an “Ad Campaign” using artwork from chapter headings. The “ads” themselves always run with a review blurb and a link to the book. On Twitter, I also use hashtags within the blurb copy. The blurbs change because I have a lot more editorial/reader reviews than pictures. Here are a few examples… Continue reading Wrinkled Heartbeats Ad Campaign

Why don’t more readers review your books?

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Every author loves positive reader reviews, even though they rank far down the ladder as promotional requirements. Email marketing, websites, blogs, book signings, public speaking, social media, awards, blog tours, local media, editorial reviews, and business cards will, individually, sell more books than a good five-star review from a reader. That’s right; a good business… Continue reading Why don’t more readers review your books?

Wrinkled Heartbeats Wins the Silver Medal in a Crowded Category at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

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Wrinkled Heartbeats has won the Silver Medal in the crowded category of Action Fiction at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. It is available as an eBook, a paperback, or a hardback from Templeworks Properties. The novel was also chosen as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It received that award as one of the best First… Continue reading Wrinkled Heartbeats Wins the Silver Medal in a Crowded Category at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

Are you a Road Warrior or a Cyberwarrior?

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For Indie book writers, only two avenues lead to getting your work into the hands of readers: Road Warrior, or Cyber Warrior. You do not have to take your pick. They combine nicely. But you only have these two choices. It simplifies things. Road Warriors enjoy eye-to-eye contact with their readers. Road Warriors meet their… Continue reading Are you a Road Warrior or a Cyberwarrior?

“Wrinkled Heartbeats” a Finalist at 2016 Indie Book Awards

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Wrinkled Heartbeats was recently chosen as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It received the award as one of the best First Novels of the year. It is available as an ebook, a paperback, or a hardback from Templeworks Properties. The book has also received an Awesome Indies Approval badge, which includes the following… Continue reading “Wrinkled Heartbeats” a Finalist at 2016 Indie Book Awards

What is an Indie Writer?

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What is an “Indie” writer? John Grisham started as one. Mark Twain was one. Edgar Allen Poe was an Indie. Spike Jonze, John Cassavetes, and Quentin Tarantino are all Indie Writers/Directors. They are all Do-It-Yourself experts. Indie authors assume the responsibilities of writing, editing, proofreading, formatting, designing, printing, publishing, promoting, and selling their work. They… Continue reading What is an Indie Writer?

Fishing for reviews, catching a big one.

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  As Indie writers, we chase after three kinds of reviews: editorial reviews from mainline media, blog reviews from cyberspace, and reader reviews from the people who buy our books. Readers occasionally write reviews, but usually, they read, close the book, look for another. They bless us with royalties. Blog reviews are the easiest to… Continue reading Fishing for reviews, catching a big one.

Trust always sleeps on a bed of truth.

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  A non-fiction writer asks about citing “original” sources, as opposed to taking something already on the internet or in print and using it in his work. I replied that trust always sleeps on a bed of truth. At magazine’s such as the Reader’s Digest and newspapers such as the New York Times, sources are… Continue reading Trust always sleeps on a bed of truth.