Planning a speaking engagement or book signing? Before you get behind the podium, review these three important steps. Dana Kaye tells you how to make a great impression for yourself and your book.
Telling is a quick, efficient way to relate lots of information to a reader in a short amount of time. It works for writing transitions or other places where you need to move the timeline ahead, or where showing mundane details would bore readers. Despite its usefulness, “show don’t tell” is probably the most commonly given advice in writing. So why is it so hated?
Telling stops your story cold.
Every sentence spent telling your readers about something is time not spent moving the plot along. Imagine meeting someone for the first time over coffee and the entire conversation is her talking about people you have never met and her deepest darkest life experiences? You’d probably think she needs some serious counseling, but so many of the manuscripts I see begin this way.
Telling creates distance from your characters.
When readers don’t experience important parts of the character’s story with…
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Having your book accepted by a library has a number of benefits. Every author wants to have an edge when applying to a library. When it comes to non-fiction books there is something an author can do to get an edge. The author can add an index! This articles makes a good case for it.
This blog post from Helen Sedwick outlines why it’s so import to file for an EIN with the IRS, instead of relying solely on your Social Security Number. It’s quick and easy to fill out the form with the IRS – and you get your number immediately.
While already filling out federal paperwork, I also used this opportunity to file for a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. This form takes a little longer to fill out, and it can take several months before you hear back from the Copyright Office. Technically, your copyright exists from the moment you actually create your content. But having everything in place now could save a lot of effort and anguish down the road in the case of infringement.
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Title: Even Rain is Just Water: A Memoir of Rejection, Revelation & Redemption
Author: Lynette Davis
Print Length: 296 pages
Publisher: Reflections Books; 1 edition (May 30, 2017)
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
*I received this book as a gift from the author*
When I first read the title of this book, I knew that I would read it. With a powerful statement, as Even Rain is Just Water it had to be good. I was not disappointed. Lynette Davis gives us a riveting account of her life as the victim of emotional abuse at the hands of someone who is to be a girl’s first teacher, supporter, and motivator. Her mother.
The testimony switches back and forth between Lyn’s experiences as a child and as an adult, both of which include some form of emotional abuse and neglect. Lyn’s…
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When I am not being an author, my full-time job is in public relations.
As one might imagine, the value of, say, being quoted in a magazine feature article, is harder to measure than most other marketing efforts. It’s pretty rare to see a direct jump in sales as a result of such a placement.
More often than not, these mentions are cumulative:
A reader sees you over here in a magazine.
Then later they see you over there in a newspaper.
Later, her friend mentions your book as one of many on a list of new releases.
And in this way, a person gradually develops a familiarity with you without being able to point to a specific touchpoint for it.
Because of this, I sometimes find myself in the position of having to explain to clients why what I do for them matters.
The same is…
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I recently read the bookMiracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life by Eric Metaxas. In this book, Eric tells numerous stories of modern-day miracles.
One story in the book is about a woman who suffered from two autoimmune disorders. She was deathly sick and had to live in almost complete isolation because her body reacted violently to any chemical. She could only eat a handful of foods.
After this woman accepted Christ, a group of people began praying for her healing weekly. After a year or so of doing this, they saw a little improvement, but not much. One member of the group thought they should call in a lady who had a prayer ministry. The lady came and prayed for the sick woman.
This lady did not pray for just one day with her, she prayed for five full days with…
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