How to Write Story Beginnings

Libby, thank you so much for sharing this post. I have struggled with my story openings so many times. This was very helpful and timely, as I am starting the revision of my WIP. Reblogged from https://libbysommer.wordpress.com

Libby Sommer, Author

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I’m trying to write a good solid beginning for my new book. I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to maintain the narrative momentum necessary to complete another book length marathon because what I do best is the short form: short stories, flash fiction, prose poems. I’m a sprinter rather than a long distance runner. However, I do have an idea for the setting of the story, the main character and the situation. But that’s all.

Here are the first few paragraphs of my work in progress. My fingers are crossed that I will make it to the end of the story.

“From the window all she could see was a thick expanse of white. She imagined that beyond the bleached park, bereft of native flora, but sprouting feral Norfolk Island pines, lay the immense Pacific Ocean, its agitated waves unravelling along the distant sand of the beach. A…

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Books I’m Reading

Now that I'm working on the revision of Frienemies I'm finding time to read books by other authors on Goodreads as well as ChapterBuzz. On Chapter Buzz, I'm reading a book (rough draft) by Sheri Levenstein titled Sasha's Journey.  What do a talking cat, missing parents, and a teenaged girl who hears voices in her head have in common?  … Continue reading Books I’m Reading

My thoughts on marketing with a BookBub ad

Great information on advertising with BookBub: their requirements for advertising with them and their benefit to authors. Reblogged from https://byrdnash.com/

Byrd Nash, author

In July, I ran several ads with different email newsletter groups that target readers looking for deals.

Readers sign up for free to these email newsletters to receive a daily or weekly newsletter telling them about current book deals on Amazon (sometimes Barnes and Noble). Authors can advertise their book deals in them for a fee.

These groups require authors have:

1.) An ebook version that will be put on sale during the dates of your ad.

2.) That your ebook is slashed by half in cost OR

3.) is priced at 99 cents (what they prefer).

4.) That your book is usually priced much higher $3.99 and up and is not a short story or novella. They want their readers to get “value for money.”

These are temporary sales to tempt readers to check out your book. Be aware it is unlikely you will make the money back on…

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Get the Most out of your Social links with Linktree

This sounds like a great tool for busy writers with lots of social media outlets. I’m just concerned about someone hacking the list and copying them for their own personal use, preteding to be you. Reblogged from https://arimeghlen.co.uk.

I don’t know about you, but the number of places I can be found on the Internet seems to be growing. 

While I don’t do much on all my social media platforms, it can be good to have a presence.

Thankfully, my blog allows me to automatically post on some of them, keeping them active enough but without me putting in more effort (no one has time for all that!)

But this means I have a ton of links to share.  That’s where LinkTree comes in.

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What is LinkTree?

Linktree is an online tool that allows you to centralise all your links.

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This is especially important on platforms like Instagram where the only active link you have is on your bio.  This means you have to decide which is the most important link for you to share.

Maybe that’s your blog, or your Facebook or your Amazon page.

This is…

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Celibacy in the 21st century and the age of millennials

This is such an important topic, especially in the promiscuous society in which we live. Relationships are not meant to be tried on like a pair of shoes or a new wardrobe. It’s important to get to know each other through courtship before marriage. Living together first to see if it’s going to work out isn’t the same thing as being married because you don’t have the same level of commitment. Reblogged from https://pocketsfullofloveblog.wordpress.com

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Growing up, I never felt as if I had to wait. I never felt pressure from my peers or family members to wait until marriage to have sex, especially not from most of my hormone and emotion driven peers. The general rule was once you were 18, you could do whatever you wanted to do. Yet, something changed for me when I became a Christian, started to develop a relationship with God, and learned that sex was originally intended for marriage. It was then that I felt compelled to, and decided to wait until marriage to have sex. Since then, I’ve had some near calls, but I’ve kept my commitment to myself and God. That is why I’ve been pleasantly surprised in recent years to find more people who are choosing to remain chaste until marriage. Some of them are in their twenties, some of them aren’t. Some of them…

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Things My Mom Taught Me About Life

If we would all teach our children these values we would have far less crime and far more compassion and self-respect. Reblogged from https://pocketsfullofloveblog.wordpress.com

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In honor of Mother’s Day this month and my lovely mother who passed away in December of 2017 from pancreatic cancer, this month’s blog post is dedicated to her, our bond, and the things she taught me in life. Below are a few important things that she taught me about life and how to live it.

  1. My mother taught me to stand up for myself, to never let anyone half-love me, and not to be a push-over. Because of her I know my worth.
  2. She taught me to believe in myself. She taught me to follow my heart, and to chase my dreams confidently without doubting myself or abilities.
  3. My mom taught me to save money for a rainy day or hard times. She taught me to handle all financial matters myself, so that no one can manipulate or use me.
  4. She taught me to keep going in life when…

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Why You Should Have An Agent And How To Get One

K.M. Allan, imho, is one of the best writing advice gurus today. Her advice is always practical and easy to understand.

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If you’ve been following my blog for the last few weeks, you’ll know I attended the KidLitVic writers conference.

There, I gleaned many a tip on the publishing industry, including the following about snagging an agent.

Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Publishing Services and Jacinta Di Mase from Jacinta Di Mase Management provided their expertize for this panel and let all the agent-less writers know exactly what an agent does and how to get one.

Why You Should Have An Agent

If you can get an agent (and realistically that’s a big IF), they will provide writers with the following benefits:

  • A chance to frog-leap the slush pile.
  • Deliver to publishers a book they know has been vetted (which works in your favor).
  • Provide another set of eyes to ensure your MS has what it needs to be a structurally sound and polished.
  • Expert advice about who is the right publisher…

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Readers of Historical Fiction…

Hi, everyone.  Thank you for joining me today.  As you know, I don't often try to draw attention to myself, but today is an exception. I need the help of my friends and fans.  I just posted the last chapter of Frienemies on Chapter Buzz, where writers can post their works in progress and get feedback.  But … Continue reading Readers of Historical Fiction…