Showing posts with label indie authors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label indie authors. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Why readers love to be shocked? πŸ™€

I'm sure there's a part of our brains that light up like a Christmas tree when we read something shocking in a book. Let's talk about why. 

It's interesting how we're iffy on shocks and surprises in our everyday lives but we do love it in our entertainment. There's something about the unexpected that is alluring; I've often said that I'm sure there's a part of our brain lights up when something exciting or stunning happens to our favorite character (in books or television) that we never saw coming. It's called being entertained.

As I'm writing a book, I tend to be very conscious of when the story is starting to take a low point. It doesn't mean it's not crucial, however, I don't like to have things go an even course for too long. My rule is if I'm feeling a little bored, so is my reader and therefore, it's time to shake things up.

Shocks can come in many forms. It could as simple as a character's comment or reaction to a situation or something more alarming, like violence, an impromptu sex scene, an argument, unexpected news, sudden death, illness or when unexpected characters show up. Of course, there are many other options but the main idea is to add something that readers didn't see coming; and ideally, neither do you, as the writer.

Shocking twists keep the story alive. Remember, readers, want to be entertained, so entertain them.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Let's Help One Another! 🀝

Independent artists and small business owners have a lot in common. They're both working hard to get noticed (often as a side project along with a job) and don't really have much money to invest in advertising. It's a struggle - but it's a struggle that's filled with passion. Anyone who has a side project probably isn't doing it for money alone because as any new business owner or indie artist will tell you, it takes time to show a profit. They'll probably also tell you that they wouldn't be doing it if they didn't love it.

Somewhere between the time I published my first and second book, I had a friend insist I was crazy. Not to suggest she wasn't totally wrong but her specific reason was that I invested in a book and advertising and wasn't making stacks of cash back. To her, I was wasting my time. Here's a spoiler alert; we weren't friends much longer. πŸ˜„

We have to follow our passion. It's not just for potential financial gains but the personal growth stemming from the challenges and the many learning opportunities along the way. Had I never written a book, would I even be the same person? Where would I be now? Would I still be friends with that imbecile I mentioned in the last paragraph? I can't even imagine.

Artists and small business owners need to work together and try to help one another out. Be open-minded and know that by helping someone else, you're indirectly helping yourself too. To a degree, it is an unselfish act but it also makes you feel pretty good to give a hand to someone you know has been working hard to get ahead. Always be open to new ideas. Maybe you never considered (or wanted to consider) having a YouTube channel but another artist suggests you start a project together. Maybe another business owner wants to collaborate together on a promotion. Hear people out and consider their ideas. You never know where it might lead.

Another great tip is to look into Buy Me a Coffee. This is a great way for people to 'buy you a coffee' through a donation in order to help you have a slightly smoother ride on the road to success.

Follow your dreams because without them, what do we really have?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Support an indie author and they will love you forever ❤️

How can you help out an indie author? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Write a book review. It doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to be long either. Just something to      let others know that you loved their book!

2. Social media!! You got to socialize. ☺️Share, retweet, post a comment, like, share the author's
    book cover on your wall. Be creative.

3. Suggest the book to your library. It gives the author a sale plus puts their book in more people's

4. Word of mouth! Talk about the books. Tell people.

These are just a few simple ideas. Thanks for the love.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Lots of great books out there - learn about them, share them and read! 😊

A few months ago I had an instinct to create a Twitter account that would help share other independent author's books. I decided to call it @booksthatsizzle and I used #oneforthewishlist as a way to inspire people to add interesting books to their wishlist on Amazon or their favorite online retailer's site. I thought this would be a neat way to remind people that if they're interested, this was a great way to keep the book in mind for whenever they might be looking for something to read down the line.

The following is slow however, it's consistent. I don't always have time to pop on the site but ideally, I attempt to daily, if not twice a day. Each time, I share some books, follow authors back and check out the notifications. I also throw out some ideas for book lovers on a budget; recommend interesting books to your local library, do online surveys in order to obtain points that can be used toward Amazon gift cards and even offering to write a review for an author in order to get a free copy. The more we get our books out there, the better it is for all of us.

I try to avoid retweeting books by authors who are already famous and best-sellers. This is because I feel this site should be geared more toward helping other new or indie authors get some extra attention. We don't have fat cat publishing companies backing us so it's important that as a group, we band together and help each other out.

So, do I practice what I preach? Do I 'add one to the wishlist'? Actually, I do. I don't order books at a rapid pace because I don't want to have a backlog of them sitting on my shelf but I am a regular Amazon shopper and do add an indie author on my shopping list on a regular basis. Also, I have been known to suggest that my local library order in books that interest me and also, I've donated a few of my indie books to them as well. It all helps.