Monday, March 28, 2016

I want to talk a little bit about reviews. Many readers don’t really think about them. Some may use reviews to base their buying decisions on, but those who don’t may wonder what reviews mean to an author or if they are a complete waste of the reader’s time. Well, I’m here to tell you that reviews are extremely important to an author.
Good or bad, if your book has no reviews, it’s not getting any attention.  And if it’s not getting any attention, it’s going to get lost in the vast ocean of books available to readers. With some book distributors, if a book has a certain number of reviews, that book is automatically emailed to potential readers “If you liked X, check out X” sort of thing.  Immediate—and FREE!—advertising to hundreds if not thousands of potential readers.
Some book advertising sites now mandate that a book must receive a certain amount of reviews before an author is allowed to work with them.
I’ve had readers tell me that they don’t think their review will matter.  I tell them it does. Every review, good or bad, matters.  Even if you have nothing good to say, say something. Let your voice be heard, and let a book be heard.
Reviews matter. 
To my reviews out there, good or bad, thank you so much for taking time to voice your opinion of my work.  It is very much appreciated!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

When you cheat...reading books, that is.

I'm a cheater.  Reading books, I mean.  I have about six books started. I'm currently reading The Girl In Between by Laekanzea Kemp, and I'm loving it.  I think I will actually finish this one.  It's wonderful.  About a girl with a disease, I forget the exact name of the disease without looking it up, that makes her sleep for weeks or months at a time--or maybe never wake up at all--and while she's sleeping the reader is immersed in her dream-like world.  It's really getting two books in one.  
Love it.  
Which brings me to my next topic:  are you cheating when you drop one book for another in mid-read?  I do that all the time. Always distracted by the new shiny.  Is it cheating?  I always feel like I'm doing a disservice to the author of the book that I've abandoned.  
Readers:  What's your opinion?

Sunday, March 6, 2016

My journey using Scrivener

I bought the program Scrivener about two years ago because I’d heard it was THEE word processing program for writers.  I downloaded and let it sit on my desktop for well…since a few months ago.  Yeah, I know. I’m the queen of procrastination.  It wasn’t that I was lazy. I was afraid of it. Afraid of the learning curve. There is a learning curve to it. I read the tutorial first, was a little frustrated with it, only because well, I don’t have a lot of patience anyway, but I lost what little patience I had after reading the tutorial…then I took a class on it.  The class was online and it was a lot more user friendly than the tutorial.  I understood it.  I got it.  But I still didn’t use it. I wrote in in and I was like, meh.
My husband also writes. And he raves about Scrivener. Yesterday he showed me what he does, how he uses it and how Scrivener pushes his daily word count. I have to say I love his method. I tried it today and was able to get 1300 words in thirty minutes. I didn’t know about the Project Target section which is what pushes your word count. That, for me, sells me on Scrivener. Writers out there, do you know what I mean? 
Another thing, kind of off topic, my husband writes on a Mac and I use Windows. Mac users have a lot more options for Scrivener than Windows users do. I think most of the tutorials focus on Mac users too, correct me if I’m wrong.
Anyway, I’m going to try using it to write my current WIP, which is the longest I’ve used it. I’m actually going to give it a go, and I think I’ll like it better than Word. I also like the fact that you don’t have to format, you don’t have to paragraph tab. That’s awesome.