By Charmed Social Media Management
If you are limited on resources to boost promotion of your book release, here are 3 simple ways you can help yourself!
Social Media has of course turned into a huge outlet for creating any sort of following, we all know that. So how should you implement Social Media to your advantage? Certain niches can reach their target audience easier, others have to use the available features to put yourself in front of the correct people you are trying to appeal to. In that case, I would create a budget for the paid ads. This way you can configure the settings to target specific people you want to see your promos. You can also select common interests that your target audiences may have. For example; if your readers may also like Harry Potter, then you can select Harry Potter as a common interest and those people will see your promotion!!
Book Release Facebook Event
Tiffany has been a part of this for other Authors and intends to have her own for her next book release in February. I will be creating a Facebook event on her fan page that will also host other Authors. The goal is promote her book release with the support of those other Authors who will also generate more attention for their books. We will have games and contests for anyone to join, with prizes being given away. Anyone who wants to join these games & contests for free, just has to join the event and participate! That's all! Then in turn, Tiffany & the supporting Authors can market their books with little effort.
Swag Items are promotional items people use on a regular basis to help promote your book. Examples are; Bags, Coffee Mugs or Tumblers, Apparel, etc. All with your book cover on it. Your fans use these items in public, in turn helping to promote your book! For more info on Swag Items, click HERE.
Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to The Tiff List on this website, the January Newsletter for Subscribers will have a discount on Book Covers! Any genre welcome!!
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By Eris Marriott
As a writer, you’ve probably come across the point in your creative process where you realize one of the following things, if not something similar:
At this point, you’re probably thinking:
“What was I thinking? I’m going to have to start over!”
Before you come to this as your sole conclusion, ask yourself if you can salvage what you have before scrapping. How extensive is the task of self-editing based on the conclusions you’ve come to? Now, don’t make those decisions right away. Wallow in the frustration—take a break. You make poor decisions when you’re upset with something that is like an imaginary child. It hurts when you come to these conclusions and there’s no sense in denying it. However, just ensure that it’s not extreme self-doubt, frustration from trying to edit too early, or something else.
If it’s not and you really are one of the proverbial pickles mentioned above, stop and think carefully about what that means. Some walk away with a negative association with a conclusion. You think, “I’ll never be a good writer.”
I daresay, if you acknowledge one of those three points or something to the effect of those three, you are a good writer. If you’re finding mistakes you never knew you were making and you know that they have to be fixed in a revamp, then isn’t that evidence to state that you’ve become a better writer? That you’re growing, learning, and have the skills to make something even better than when you first started?
Many writers go through tens of rewrites before they have something they’re ready to put out for publication, whether they go via self-publication or traditional publication. Just think: you’re already in good company if you’re like other writers in the way you approach the process. You acknowledge, “This is no longer my best; I know I can do this story more justice.”
Now, don’t rewrite yourself into oblivion, but if it takes you a few tries to get the book right, then go for it! Each draft is, essentially, starting over. You’re back to draft zero or one or whatever you want to call that first hodgepodge of thoughts. Maybe make a draft zero where you’re just outlining and rebuilding character arcs. Maybe make that draft zero something that every “pantser” knows and understands to be your barfed up beauty. And that’s okay!
Embrace the process! Embrace the fact that you’re going to want to start over. It just means you’re dedicated to producing something beautiful, rather than something you can never find pride in. If you’re at the point where you think nothing you do is good, now is not the time to try writing it again. Let yourself get past the self-doubt. If you’re at the point of self-deprecation where nothing seems good, maybe it’s time to talk to someone about it so you can move forward, as there is a point where you have to acknowledge that your work is done.
Even still, every writer knows there will be a point where they’re not happy with their old works anymore. But the reason why you’re not happy is something to rejoice in: you’ve gotten better and more defined in your style and prose. And that’s a wonderful thing to understand.
So write away and rewrite until the words on your page sing. Eventually, something will stick and you can finally start looking at getting your work out there and sharing with others. Don’t be afraid of starting over. Sometimes, the lessons we learn the first time serve to be invaluable in our second, third, and so on attempts. Without them, we would never become the great writers we stand to be by moving forward.
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By Eris Marriott
For a writer, finding balance between the things that make our mood swings take flight in a proverbial breeze and the step-by-step underpinnings of our work is tough. Too much emotion puts us on the verge of melodrama and too much logic makes a book sound more like a “how-to” manual than an enjoyable piece of literature. (However, if you’re writing a ‘how-to’ manual, perhaps this doesn’t apply to you. Even still, not sounding at a level of appeal to your audience can affect the reception of your ‘how to’ manual as well. So you’re not entirely off the hook.
Some people argue that experience helps an author capture the framework of what they’re writing. In a sense, I agree. However, I cannot experience what my main characters have experienced because 1) the MC in my sister series is a Reaper who collects souls and travels time and 2) my other MC is dying and will die of lung cancer (not major spoilers, they’re accepted early on in both plots—there’s more to my circus than just the monkeys). So, if I can’t die and I can’t collect souls, how on Earth do I find the ability to generate something comparable to what a person would actually feel?
First off, there’s some good news. If you don’t know, your reader probably doesn’t either. However, much like you, they do know what doesn’t work. When a character just keeps chatting after someone’s died, there might be some question as to whether or not being aloof to such a thing would make sense to that character. Do they display sociopathic tendencies (I wouldn’t label them as such in a post as my mother has a degree in psychology and might kill me for diagnosing without more information; having information to remove your insensitivity is another key point that I’ll mention now but leave for later) or is the death just not framed properly in relation to the character for them to give more than a “meh” to the corpse on the floor.
On the other hand, having someone fling themselves into hysterics and going on and on about it might seem out of place, too. So, you have to ask yourself: what would I do? More importantly: what would your character do? And once you’ve asked yourself that, show the reader what you would do so that your response explains itself. Don’t just tell. “Show and don’t tell” is one of the most important things you can do as a writer. I’ve never shape-shifted into a wolf, but my character does (a Dire wolf to be exact) and for him, that’s a natural occurrence. Now, do I get the feeling of natural shift completely right? Well, it’s an in the works first draft, so I’ll be the first to admit: no. I still have a long way to go to get it right: self-edits and then professional.
But I can say this: my character doesn’t say much about how odd it is except for in relation to other shifters like him and, to him, he’s accepted it as a part of his reality. I’ve laid the groundwork of the past to keep you guessing, indicating he wasn’t always like that, but it’s a part of his personality to just accept things and move on throughout the rest of the novel (no matter how strange) and that’s what he does when he shifts. He does; he does not stop to think until it’s over. I know this because it stemmed from a personal option on how to respond. His opposite, the co-MC, reacts with caution, suspicion and disbelief without corroboration from him. She is left emotionally and mentally scarred from her first discovery of her powers. Two separate responses, that I came up with, are established in the framework of the novel so later actions don’t have to be justified so much more than painted into the blended concoction you’ve already made.
Now, this is a lot of self-analogy here and, realistically, I can never get it right because “right” varies by author and I still have a lot to learn on this, just as experts in the field do. Writing is a process of constantly growing. But I can say: this is what has worked so far for me. Establishing narratives and frameworks unique to each character to justify their actions, while putting in my own apprehensions of believability into the scene, I can create something (I hope) that is as realistic as can be in a world where time is something that can be bent and 18-year-old high school grads can work for the Grim Reaper.
For you, the reader (and writer), I daresay the answer for what works for you is based on your own perception and the editing process to come. But, most of all, don’t be afraid to get it wrong. I know I have, despite my examples. And that’s okay: I’m going to edit it to make sure it’s streamlined. And so will you. But, often, getting it wrong is what makes the difference between getting it right someday or knocking it out of the park.
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By Gabriel Eziorobo
Cliches are words or sentences that have been used over and over in time past. They have been used by different people both in speaking and in writing. As a result of this familiarity. They are no longer interesting, attractive, valuable, or charming for readers to read and also writers to use when writing.
- You will reap what you have sowed.
- The man has kicked the bucket.
- Charity begins at home.
- Show me your friends and I will tell you whom you are.
- Bad manners corrupt good manners.
- If you are in my shoes what would you do? e.t.c
There are lots of them but those are the common ones you can easily see. They need to be replaced with your own words or sentences. They no longer attract readers and readers are not looking for writers who make use of cliches when writing. It doesn't impress your readers and it doesn't make you a creative writer.
1. It doesn't make you a creative writer:
It will not make your writing a unique one or special. It will not impact something new to
your writing. And it will not take you to a higher dimension as a writer. Why? They are outdated for you to use and should not be found in your art work. Writers have been using them for long and the new generations are still using them. You can see it doesn't make sense to begin using cliches. You have to put your words or sentences in place of them for your work to look different.
2. It doesn't impress your readers:
Readers are getting tired everyday by day from reading books or articles that contain cliches. They want to read something new. Something new they can share with their friends or family members when they finish reading. This is something you should be concerned of as a writer and stop using familiar words. It doesn't impress your readers to keep reading your written work.
Note: Cliches are not only the words or sentences that have been used by different people in time past. It can also be the things writers have been doing in the industry that are no longer attractive to be used when writing. You should avoid cliches in your writing. Make use of your own words.
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