Monday, February 26, 2018

Publisher's Weekly

Starting March 1, I'm going to be sharing (tweets and FB posts) about news from Publisher's Weekly.  I suspect quite a few authors have never heard of it.

If you go to the news page, you can see the latest in the publishing world.  But you may ask yourself, 'What's in it for me, if I'm an indie writer?'

Book topics seem to trend.  If you're a writer, it's nice to know what's hot this week, so you can see if your latest book is going to be up with what's going on.  It's also nice to know if certain agents are begging for your type of book.  Having an agent is still a good idea, even if you're indie.

So check out Publisher's Weekly or just keep an eye on my social media feed.  Something in there might just bring you fame and fortune just by knowing what's going on in the industry.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books


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