4 Tips To Launch Your Successful Goodreads Promo

Here’s another post I really need to keep handy. Hope it helps other readers/writers too. Re-blogged from danalatorre.com.

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I ran a Goodreads giveaway for a book I published a while ago, Savvy Stories. (We recently discussed the importance of Goodreads in your marketing strategy HERE andHERE) Did I sell a lot of books during my promo? Well, that’s not what this particular giveaway was supposed to do.


Most promotions are done to bring awareness to a product. That, my promo did. Big time.

RECON: A quick review of Goodreads giveaway promos showed that most are new releases and most get about 900 or so people to register to win the book being given away. That’s impacted by several things: how many paperbacks are in the giveaway, how long the promo runs, and how well known the book or author is. For…

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10 Things That Make A Book Successful

Yep. I think I need to do some up-dating on my novel that’s already out there, and I need to let the right audience know it’s there. Re-blogged from danalatorre.com. (Sounds like an Italian name. I grew up around Italians. Love the people and the food).

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Why are some books successful when others aren’t? Lots of reasons. A new release carries a lot of excitement by all parties because it’s NEW. Your excitement as an author spills over everywhere. Each little step your baby takes, you are gushing with pride. A three year old book with few reviews is harder to get a fire going under.

But in all cases there are some key elements, some do’s and don’t’s, that will make your book much more likely to succeed.

Your EXCITEMENT plays a major role. People want to be a part of it, want to help, want to see what the fuss is all about. And people can sniff it out when it’s faked.

Damn. People are smart.

But by far the biggest things that make a book successful are and will probably always be a professional cover that makes people want more…

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RELEASE DAY! “Blessing of the Elements” is live!

Promoting an author who has put a lot of hard work and soul into this book. For lovers of dystopia, fantasy, and intrigue, this book is sure to be a winner! Re-blogged from traceeford.wordpress.com

Tracee Ford

release day posterIt’s here! Release day! Blessing of the Elements is available for download on Smashwords and Amazon!

Thanks for sticking around for the last two weeks as the date approached. I hope you liked meeting some of the main characters and reading some of the snippets!

To visit my Amazon page, click here.

To visit my Smashwords page, click here.

If you’re the kind of person who has to have the book in your hand, the paperback is due to release very soon!

Below is the synopsis for the book. If you grab a copy, please review it. If it was terrible, say it. If you loved it, say it. Reviews mean so much to an author! It’s how you show the love to a writer.

Princess Ziltra lives a blessed life in the Kingdom of Kaycon until Queen Osatam of Buscom fixes her eyes upon the prosperous nation…

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Two Tips for Punctuating Interrupted Dialogue

Grammar and punctuation rules change along with new technology and new methods of publishing and reading. Also, the way we read and process what we read is constantly in a state of morph. This is so helpful. Have to share with other writers. Will get back to my own writing next week. Promise.

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In this segment of Copyediting with Keli I’m discussing how to punctuate two different cases of interrupted dialogue using the em dash.

The em dash is the long dash that used to be shown, back in pre-computer days, by typing two hyphens.

Those who use Word can make use of the program’s “auto correct” feature to replace an old-fashioned two-hyphen em dash with an actual em dash (—).

First let’s consider one character being interrupted by another. Here’s an example.

“You don’t get what I’m saying, Tiff, but if you’d just let me expl—”

“I get it all right. You never want to do what I want.”

To show the angry wife cutting off her husband, I used an em dash. When one comes at the end of a sentence like this, it’s followed by the close quotation mark. No period or other punctuation is used.

The second example involves…

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40 Days of Prayer For America-Day 13

Proverbs 14:34–“Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Lord, cleanse your church, give us hearts willing to walk in obedience to You and Your word. Help us to be Your light of love, grace, mercy, and compassion to those who don’t know you. Let the world see Your love through us. As they see Your love, may they want it for themselves. Give the people around us who don’t know You a hunger and thirst for Your fellowship. As our love for You shines outward, may others also fall in love You, the Great God and Creator, the Savior of all who will accept Your great gift of salvation (from the chains of sin). In Jesus’s name, Amen.


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You are the rock and strength of this nation….

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How to write a good foundation

Some of these questions are things I had not considered. I thought of world-building as a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian subject. This is new fodder for my sort-of contemporary WIP’s. Re-blogged from jeanswriting.com.

Jean's Writing

Start with the straight talk about world building that I need.

If I needed it, then I thought maybe someone else needed a bit of help too. I’ve never written a futuristic, or historical story. So I’ve never felt the need to do a lot of world building. However, as of late, I’ve begun to feel my stories needed more depth. 

Even when writing in the here and now, we need to flesh out the world around our characters. More than just the who, what and when.

Things to remember:

  • Community: Is it open, or restricted? What about schools, churches, stores, markets? Who are the neighbors? Traditions and rituals? Standard of living, social conduct, friendly or reserved?
  • Who is in charge of the family, community, town, school, company or wherever your story is centered?
  • What about money and jobs? Do your main characters work? What kind of jobs are available? Why?…

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How to make music with words – Gary Provost QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Pay attention to how your mind responds to the sentence lengths in this post. Fascinating.



This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.
Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length.
And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.
Gary Provost

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