Link of the Week – Magic Text to Sell More books

March 7, 2017

A friend shared this blog post with me recently and, like her, I think the information is worth passing along. It comes from the Where Writers Win blog. The post discusses results found testing a variety of text used describing books featured in BookBub daily newsletters. It’s worth the read and can help when creating your own descriptive text across the mediums. Check it out.

https://writerswin.com/six-magic-phrases-you-can-use-to-sell-more-books/


Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival 2017

January 10, 2017

It’s time once again for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival. Time to kick your writing into high gear.

winterwritingfestfacebookimageThrough the bleakest part of winter–January 10, 2017 thru February 28, 2017–the much-anticipated SEVENTH Annual Ruby Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning with support, advice, inspiration, and regular writing sprints in our chat room. There are fun prizes for participants all along the way, including books, critiques, gift cards and Ruby-inspired gifts.

Unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you by busy, hard-working women: i.e., we schedule it for AFTER the holidays, and we let you DESIGN YOUR OWN approach to “winning” so it actually fits in with your real life

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can help you reach your goals.

Get more detailed details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog on the Opening Ceremony here.

Check out the great advice for a successful Winter Writing Festival at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Blog here.  Or better still, bookmark the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival website!

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/opening-ceremonies-2016-ruby-slippered-sisterhood-winter-writing-festival/

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/goal-setting-advice-for-the-winter-writing-festival-2/

http://www.rsswwf.com/

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Link of the Week – Body Language

November 15, 2016

642px-olympicclubtimesdemocratheadline-2I have a confession to make. I happen to really enjoy the blog Art of Manliness. There is always some interesting articles and tips.  Last week, an article was posted that I think is useful for everyone, including authors—How To Use Body Language to Create a Dynamite First Impression. For writers, it is often important to use a character’s body language to get actions, reactions, and emotions across to the reader. How someone stands, sits, moves, and the expressions they wear are communicating signals about themselves. This articles explains what the body language is saying from head to toe. Very useful for pen monkeys.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/11/09/use-body-language-create-dynamite-first-impression/


Link of the Week – Morguefile

October 25, 2016

Being a blogger and writer of a newsletter, among many other creative hats, I find that I’m often in need of stock photos. No doubt I’m not alone. There are loads of great sites out there that offer both free and paid royalty free pics—Depositphotos, Dreamstime, CreativeCommons, iStock, Bigstock, to name just a few.

Here’s another to add to the list—Morguefile.  http://www.morguefile.com/

Morguefile is “a community-based free photo site, and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.”

For those who like to take pictures, Morguefile also offers a daily photo challenge called #Quest. Check it out! http://www.morguefile.com/quest/1

 


Link of the Week – Click To Tweet

September 27, 2016

twitter-bird-1366218_960_720In this digital age, authors and entrepreneurs are tasked with marketing themselves on social media. Love it or hate it, Twitter is a big part of our society. In our community of authors, we often request that our peers throw us a bone and tweet about our latest book, a discounted price, a giveaway, or other general news. But even when we create the perfect tweet to share, our peers have to take the time to go to their accounts to do the sharing, meaning they just might not do it.

There is an easier way. Click to Tweet is so simple, there really is no excuse for not sharing. At Click to Tweet, write a tweet and the site will generate a clickable link. Once someone clicks the link, it will share your tweet to their Twitter status box. It literally takes mere seconds. Click to Tweet also tracks the activity of the link, too.

For giggles, here’s one for you to try.

http://ctt.ec/2s0rO

See…super easy! And thanks for the share!

https://clicktotweet.com/


Link of the Week – Exploding Writing Myths

May 31, 2016

excaliburChuck Wendig is at it again. He’s giving great advice with his unique wit and awesomely foul language. This time, he’s debunking a few common writing myths in a blog he wrote earlier this month.

Totally worth the read. Check it out.

CROTCH-PUNCHING THE CREATIVE YETI: EXPLODING MORE WRITING MYTHS

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/05/17/crotch-punching-the-creative-yeti-exploding-more-writing-myths/


Link of the Week – Power Thesaurus

April 26, 2016

Can’t find the right word? Do I have a site for you.CC - RF - Thesaurus

Power Thesaurus is a super easy word finder with an endless supply of synonyms and antonyms. It even has filters based on action, sounds, topics, and parts of speech.

Power Thesaurus is a fast, convenient and comprehensive online thesaurus.

It’s crowdsourced, meaning it has been built by a community of writers for writers.

Check it out! You might just bookmark the site.