Monday, February 19, 2018

Social Media Posts and Ads

Social media posts should be like billboards, that readers might take one or two seconds to read.  They should be short, easy to read, and catch the reader's eye to make them want to read it.  I think of it this way...if it were a billboard on the side of the road, how many people would stop to read the whole thing, especially your top post?  That one is like the hook for readers, to reel them in.  If it has wording that's difficult to read (either in color or font), no one's going to stop to read it.  If it's small, they're going to ignore it.  It has to catch the reader's interest and keep them scrolling past the first post.

Every day, I make a 'top' picture post that I pin to my page, so that the 'drive-bys' can just click and move on if they're in a hurry.  It has the list of books I'm promoting for the week with my logo and name of my site at the bottom.  I then include a picture of some type above the books and logo with my own saying.  I do this by the month, so every month, I have to come up with around 28-31 new sayings for the next month.  I'm sure I repeat myself, but it's not easy.

I'm working on March's things right now, so yesterday, I went to Pinterest and found sayings about love.  I took some of the sentiments and made up my own sayings from that.  It was easier than coming up with the thoughts by myself.

Then, I went to Pixabay.com and Pexels.com and got pictures from creative commons, for free.  Using Paint.net, I create one posting per day for Twitter.  I also post them on Facebook under SweetTale Books.

Then, for each book (I have 59), I've created two postings--one with a blurb and one with a saying at the top to describe the book.  On top of that, I've been adding quotes and interesting facts for the day.  Thus, I put either three or four posts a day on social media (three on the weekends).  At the top of those posts, I add links and other sayings.  It helps keep my writing name out there, but it's a lot of work.

I've seen many writers do the same thing, with different posts each day.  It's a lot of work, but well worth it in the long run.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, February 12, 2018

Writing for ME!

Do you ever have the pressure of worrying about what others think of your work?  This seems to be doubly true when writing a book.  Everyone's a critic, and trolls love to put writers down.

So what do you do?

Shake it off and write for you!  Forget about the rest of the world.  They seem to thrive on getting ahead, so they're not worth worrying about.  Trolls love to put others down to make themselves look good, so they're not worth your time, either.

If you're true to yourself, then you're true to your targeted audience, and they're who you write for anyway.

So write and enjoy your own personal journey.  Don't write for anyone else but yourself, because then, your words will be real and the story will flow.

Have a super week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ah, the finer things of life...

Have you ever read a book that's just 'elegant'?  It has a certain class to it, that makes you feel like you've just slept on satin sheets or something.  The words just flow and the story is surreal in its finesse.

Yeah...I've read maybe two or three of these in my lifetime.  They're tough to find, but you feel like you've just rubbed elbows with the elite.  They usually make you feel as if nothing can hold you back in life except for yourself.

On the other hand, is this real life?  Would you rather get dirty with the average person who rises above their past and makes it on their own?  Or maybe you like the feel-good story a romance has to offer?  Or maybe a mystery that shows that life isn't all roses?

What do you like to read?  Do you think we need more of these elegant books in our lives?

I'm curious to know.

Have a super week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, January 29, 2018

Why Do You Write?

What makes you put pen to paper, fingers to the keyboard, or ink pen to parchment?  What is your compelling reason to write anything?  Even if it's just a thank you note, your inspiration has to come from somewhere, to put those thoughts into words.

For me, my brain seems to be wired differently than others that I know.  I seem to be able to escape to another realm, to allow myself to live someone else's life in my head.  Once I do that, I have to write it down or I'll forget it.  It's a magical thing for me, to be able to vacate my current life and vacation in someone else's dreams, even though it's all in my head.  I know...very odd, but fun to do.

The compelling part of the whole thing is that I have to write it down.  I can't continue doing anything until that scene is on paper somehow.  Our youngest daughter is the same way, but she refuses to write down that story in her head.  She keeps reliving it over and over and over again, changing bits and pieces each time the story line enters her brain.  She's worried that if she puts it on paper, the magic will be gone for the story line, or someone might steal her idea.

If you're like our daughter or me, put it on paper.  Get it out of your head so you can live your life.  I tell her that, too, but she refuses, living that magical story in her head.  I hear so many authors saying their character has hijacked their lives, wanting to tell their story.  They can't go to the grocery store without a character talking to them the whole time.  The only way to silence the character is to write down their story.  It's the same thing for our daughter and me.

Most people think that's a sign of something mentally wrong with the writer, but I get it.  I understand.  As a writer, you become entwined in the character's life, that's all you can think about.  It's all part of the job.  But if you don't get that story out, it's going to haunt your mind.

What's your compelling reason to write?  Are you an author just trying to get the story out of your head, too?  Good luck with that! 

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, January 22, 2018

What does Twitter really do for an author?

I'm going through a crisis of Twitter.  They changed their terms of service and can now track me anywhere, even when I'm not on Twitter (and you should see the things I search on, for researching my books!).  I even got an email that I may be followed by a Russian bot.  Do I care that a Russian bot is following me?  No.  A follower is a follower is a follower.  I don't even care if they retweet me, because any exposure of my books is good, in my opinion.

What does Twitter really do for an author?  Like a billboard for your books, it gets your author name and title out there.  However, many days, I feel like I'm playing the 'retweeting game,' where you tweet me, I tweet you, and that's that.  Nothing feels like it's worth it.

I had this revelation, though, when retweeting people's books this morning.  When I see their name, I have an automatic image of what they write/produce.  That seed's been planted in my brain of what books are out there, from people I follow, or my 'friends.'  If I see that book in any other place, I have an instant fondness for that, because I 'know' the author through Twitter.

If I didn't have Twitter, I wouldn't know any of these authors at all.  I wouldn't be able to interact with them, because I don't spend much time on other social media.

Wow.  It was like a slap in the face that maybe Twitter is a great tool for authors.  Maybe a 'tweet for a tweet' is helping.

Thank you to all my retweeters.  I consider you to be in my 'family of authors' that are my friends.

Have a super day!
SweetTale Books

Monday, January 15, 2018

Missing some punctuation, much?

With the advent of making twitter posts DOUBLE what they used to be, I've noticed that more and more people are ignoring punctuation.  I'm seeing periods just ignored, most of the time.  Here's an example:

Bob wasn't stupid he knew Jane didn't love him he just didn't care.

I THINK the author meant to write:

Bob wasn't stupid.  He knew Jane didn't love him.  He just didn't care.

I see whole paragraphs written with not a period at all.

What's up with people?  Missing punctuation can change the entire meaning of the sentence.  Here's an example, from Let’s eat Grandma! How to use, and not use the comma

These have two different meanings:
Let's eat, Grandma.
Let's eat Grandma.

Are you inviting her to eat or are you a cannibal with Grandma on the menu?

It's the same thing with periods.  Lack of a period can mean changing the entire meaning.

We went out to the car whose sunglasses were tinted.

is much different than:

We went out to the car.  Whose sunglasses were tinted?

So please, for the love of people who like to read, use punctuation.  It may change someone's life.

Thank you!
Markee