Things to Consider Before Starting A Second Blog

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Some people find they love blogging so much that they want to do more of it. And sometimes, the urge to start and manage a second blog becomes too tempting to resist. That’s why many blogs fail — because people aren’t prepared for them. You’d think, already having one blog, you’d know better. But we’re writers, we’re not perfect — sometimes we make bad decisions that can hurt one or both of your blogs.

In this post, I’ll mostly be talking about starting a second blog on top of one you plan to continue keeping up with — not starting another blog to replace one you’re leaving behind. Most people assume they can keep up with more than one blog simultaneously, underestimating the amount of work that goes into each — causing both to fall apart. I don’t want that to happen to you. So here’s what you should think…

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“Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay

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          “When I was twelve years old I was raped and then I ate and ate and ate to build my body into a fortress. I was a mess and then I grew up and away from that terrible day and became a different kind of mess – a woman doing the best she can to love well and be loved well, to live well and be human and good. 
          I am as healed as I am ever going to be. I have accepted that I will never be the girl I could have been if, if, if. I am still haunted. I still have flashbacks that are triggered by the most unexpected things. I don’t like being touched by people with whom I do not share specific kinds of intimacy. I am suspicious of groups of men, particularly when I…

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3 Ideas for a Successful Book Launch by Kristen Hogrefe

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A myriad of writing resources talk about honing the craft, but fewer address how to prepare for a book launch. No matter our publishing path, the industry expects us writers to play a leading role in spreading the word about our books.

Join Kristen Hogrefe on the Seriously Write blog as she provides three tips for launching your new book. While you’re there, share your experience. 

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Do you have any tips to add for launching a book into the marketplace?

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How to Build an Author Page on Amazon.co.jp

Don’t worry. You don’t need to speak Japanese to understand Stevie’s instructions.

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

How’s your Japanese?  Mine is a little rusty, and because I sell a few books on Amazon.jp every week I thought I’d set up my author page. To save you the arse-ache of what I’ve had to go through to set mine up, here’s an easier way of doing it than toiling backwards and forwards from Amazon.jp to Google Translate:

1. Sign-in to your Author Central Account at: http://authorcentral.amazon.co.jp  I did set my account up a couple of years ago, but never got around to making an author page.  If you haven’t registered with Amazon.jp, they’ll need to confirm your email address first before they accept you.
2. Once registered, click the “本” (Books) tab on the top of the page.
3. Your books are displayed under “外国語の本” (Foreign Language Books).
4. Click the “さらに本を追加する” (Add more books) button near the top of the Books tab page. This will automatically…

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The Value of Consistent Book Marketing

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From my years in publishing, I find many writers expect to have instant success.|

While they may not say it verbally, they show this expectation in other ways. It makes sense since we live in a fast-moving, instant message world. One of the ways I see this expectation is in contract negotiations with new authors. In the details of the contract sometimes writers try and narrow the length of the contract to two or three years. I understand their desire but I often end up explaining that books sometimes take several years to take off and reach the public. At Morgan James Publishing, we’ve had a number of books with modest sales in the beginning, but the author consistently works at marketing and spreading the word about their book. These authors try multiple approaches to reach their audience. Then almost without explanation, their book begins to consistently sell…

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A Call for Reviewers (of Memoir)

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My memoir Even Rain Is Just Water is now available for review. And I’m offering a digital copy (epub or mobi) of the ARC (advanced review copy) via Netgalley to followers of my blog, ahead of the June 30th paperback release. I know some of you love to read memoirs as much as I do!

Here is what a few readers have said:

“Even Rain Is Just Water is a thought-provoking, tear-jerking and heart-wrenching memoir depicting the journey of a child as she endures developing tools to escape a stifling home environment. You’ll cheer her on as she approaches each heartache with strength and determination.”

BETTY TUCKER, author of Don’t Worry If the Mule Goes Blind

“WOW! Lynette’s account of rejection, revelation and redemption will evoke a myriad of emotions. Her story will offer hope to many. It’s proof that with faith, strength, courage, and determination you can move forward, no matter what obstacles you may face along the way.”

DONA M. DEANE, author of It’s All Up to You: Strive to Feel Better, Do Better and Live Better

“All through her childhood, Lyn knows that her mothers feels differently about her than she does about Lyn’s sister Ne-Ne. To escape what she does not understand, she embarks on a painful life filled with homelessness and trauma. Redemption will come at a price she cannot imagine. Thoughtfully and sensitively presented.

POLLY KRIZE, Netgalley Reviewer

“Like the flower coming up through the sidewalk, Lyn triumphs again and again.”

CHERILYN CHRISTEN CLOUGH  littleredsurvivor.com

“A remarkable and heart-wrenching accounting of Davis’ … undeniable courage and tolerance for suffering a lifetime of conflict, adversity and emotional abuse…”

D.G. KAYE, author of P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy and Conflicted Heart 

“A courageous voyage of one daughter’s remarkable journey in finding love, security and a place to call home against the demons of her past.”

MARY A PEREZ, author of Running in Hells: A Memoir of Grit and Grace

“This book tells the author’s incredible life story. The author has survived so much abuse, yet still has a strong faith in God. She is inspiring!”

CYNTHIA BAILEY-RUG Cynthiabaileyrug.wordpress.com

“Firstly, I love the title… This is a tale of God, belief and is beautifully told. I would recommend as a book club read as it asks as many questions as it answers.”

TRACY SHEPHARD, Netgalley Reviewer

“Great memoir! And I would highly recommend this book.

LISA CLARK, Netgally Reviewer

 

Read the first few chapters on Amazon’s Look Inside. If you would like to review Even Rain Is Just Water, contact me at lynettedavisauthor (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

there once was an autobiography . . .

Nancy Chadwick, Memoir Writer

x4thblvdkicks-jpg-pagespeed-ic-ccvycxw7nfI had an autobiography. I wanted a memoir.

After years of chronicling my life experiences from girlhood to teens to adulthood, I had an autobiography. However, “One’s autobiography does not a memoir make!” I proclaimed in my essay, “I Called You a Memoir” published in the Magic of Memoir. I shared what I most remembered from my girlhood–white anklet socked feet fitting snuggly in red Mary Janes, wearing a navy dress, patterned in tiny white polka dots with an appliqué of paint brushes and an artist’s palette in primary colors at the hem–while posing for a photo on my first day of kindergarten. And I remembered marking my teen years with shaving my legs and applying makeup while undisturbed in the private confines of the upstairs bathroom. I accepted my adulthood in college, my first job at Leo Burnett advertising and subsequent jobs in advertising before moving on to work…

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How Long Should Novel Chapters Be?

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Hi author friends,

I’m up to chapter eighteen of my re edited novel; going great, now getting readability percentages in the nineties (before submitting to autocrit I sat in the seventies and low eighties). It occurred to me, how long should each chapter be? Thanks to Writers Digest, I found the answer. Hoping it assists you . . . Glennis

How Long Should Novel Chapters Be?
By: Brian A. Klems | March 3, 2015

Q: When I’m dividing my manuscript into chapters, how long should each chapter be? Are there any requirements on length? –Anonymous
There are no hard-and-fast rules on how long or short a chapter needs to be. It could be three pages. It could be 22. It could be 40. You shouldn’t set manuscript guidelines for yourself on chapter length. Each chapter in your book tells a mini-story that forwards your overall plot. [Like this quote? Click…

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