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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