How to Write a Book Review.

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How to Write a Book Review with Ronovan Writes

Everyone has their own way of doing a book review and in a way that is how it should be. Always remember a book review is an opinion. That being said and out of the way, I do think there needs to be some common considerations taken.

I don’t believe published book reviews on volunteer sites should:

  • Be for tearing down an author and that author’s work.
  • Nor do I think a poorly written book should be praised.
  • And being paid for a review just doesn’t cut it, unless you work for a site that has ads and also gets paid for the service of book reviewing like major newspapers or magazines. But that’s a job, not a volunteer thing. And even then, honesty is the best policy. For most of us, receiving a good book to review is a nice perk of book reviewing.

Poorly Written Books

Yes, I’m…

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Social Media for Authors: Where to Find New Content to Post

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How to Find New Content for Social MediaIf you’re an author active on social media, you know that sharing nothing but “BUY MY BOOK” on Twitter, Facebook or other platform isn’t effective. Constant self-promotion turns off followers and gets boring. To really succeed on social media, you should mix your promotional tweets with re-tweets and new content. But where do you find interesting, relevant content on the web to share on social media?

How often to Tweet Twitter Fact: Limit Your Tweets to 5 a Day for Maximum Impact

Where to Find Content to Share on Social Media

Fromapps to feed aggregators, you can find great content to share – content that istailored to your interests and those of your followers. If you know where to look and which apps to download, you can be sharing helpful, relevant links in no time.

Hootsuite Suggestions is a free app that “analyzes your posting history on Twitter and recommends articles that are relevant…

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Do you know your key words?

Jean's Writing

If not, time to discover which key words will work best for your book.

Still plodding along, I’m not sure when or if this book will ever see the light of day at Amazon. Sigh.

But still I type, I read, I learn and who knows one day maybe, just maybe.

So with that far off hope in mind, I collect useful information.

Such as, using the correct Key Words on Amazon. And knowing the difference between categories and Key Words.

If someone searches Amazon make sure your book is keyed properly so they can find it.

People use Amazon six to seven times more often than Google.

To be honest I’d never really thought much about key words and books. But after reading

How to Choose the Best Keywords When Publishing Fiction on Amazon byDavid Penny

I realize this is something I need to add to my to do…

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Five FREE Tools To Help Self-Published Authors Succeed.

Excellent information for authors to help achieve success.

Nikki McDonagh - author and photographer

It is hard being an author, whether self-published or traditionally, getting your manuscript/book looking good, free of grammatical/typo errors and noticed when it is published, is very difficult. So the more tools at your disposal that can help you do that is surely a good thing.

I have recently discovered a few neat little devices that can help to make those jobs easier.

1: Scrivener – The first and truly brilliant, especially if you are considering self-publishing, is this word processing and book formatting tool – You can download it for a Free trial to see if it is for you.

Don’t take my word for it, though – the self-publishing legend that is Joanna Penn (you can learn more about Joanna and her books to help self-published authors here: has a blog about the value of using Scrivener.


I’m sure most of you have…

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Now Accepting Submissions for issue #2 – Fear



This issue will be guest judged by artist Jason Grim.

“My name is Jason Grim and I am an illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer based in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated from the University of North Florida in 2013 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Photography was my main focus in college, but I am also self taught in digital illustration.

The artworks I create are inspired by cinema, literature, video games, the horror genre, and life events.”

More submission info:

You can also share your #felanfear on twitter and instagram for a chance to be featured on the blog!

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Branding your Books into a Series – Episode 4 of 4…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


See Episode 1 HERE.

See Episode 2 HERE.

See Episode 3 HERE.

This final episode deals with themes that link your covers. For this, I have to thank Madelaine Bauman for letting me use her covers. She has yet to publish her first book, but has finished the covers, so there may still be some minor changes as she gets closer to her big day.


The Divine Warriors” cover is the first in her Order of the White Lion Trilogy. Note that she has three elements – one ephemeral (the flame), one solid (the coliseum), and one environmental (the ominous sky).

As the trilogy comes out, these three elements remain the same presenting the promise of something that comes and goes (the ephemeral element), something that has a physical presence in the story (the solid element), and where the story takes place (the environmental element.)

The also…

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Branding your Books into a Series – Episode 3 of 4…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


See Episode 1 HERE.

See Episode 2 HERE.

Welcome back. Now that you’ve had your introduction to using color to mark your books as a series, I’m sure you see that all over the place. About like noticing a particular make/model of vehicle once you’ve purchased it, or you’ve driven in it for longer than a test drive.

This episode is devoted to branding your series with patterns. For that, I’m going to turn to my own covers from the Followers of Torments Saga.

Though I use abstracts, I have also seen this done with more complex covers through borders, frames, even watermarked images that provide a backdrop to the main focal point. I chose this route because throughout the series, the spider and spider web are a central theme for the main character, and I wanted something to indicate that.


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Branding your Books into a Series – Episode 2 of 4…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


See Episode 1 HERE.

Welcome back. Today, we’re going to discuss using color to indicate which of your books belong to which series. For this example, I’ll be highlighting Tanya R. Simon’s Vengeance of the Fallen series.

Tanya writes thrillers and thriller/horror mashups. This genre typically is represented by dark, muted colors and lots of blood/gore in the cover image. Tanya went a different way. She elected to go with a simple cover design from Createspace and used color to brand the books into a series. She uses some other elements to help with this, as well.

So, what do her covers look like? Let’s take a look:


This is “Mystery’s Choice” the first book in her series. Note the light purple background, the muted purple blocks, and the purple tone in the skin of the woman.

The secondary elements she uses are the contrast between the eyes, lips and…

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