Give Yourself A Pat On The Back!

people-2607201_1280We work hard at this writing stuff. We deserve a pat on the back once in while.

And who else is gonna understand anyway? Except other writer types?

The biggest things writers lack is confidence, and that starts by acknowledging that what we did is worth some praise.

Big or small, let’s talk about them all – and build that confidence we all need.

Applaud YOUR writing accomplishments for the week here.

Or praise another author friend who did something worth noting.

 

Imagine if you saw 10 other people telling you your accomplishment was noteworthy. What difference could that make in your writing the next week?

Let’s find out.

You have questions. Ask away.

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your humble host

This blog has long been a friendly place to come and learn, and what better way to learn than to ask?

You have questions. Writer stuff, marketing, motivation, you name it.

ASK ME

Your questions. Your challenges. Your issues.

If I don’t know, we’ll put it out to my vast network of author friends and get an answer. Or I’ll make something up.

 

Many people helped me when I was starting out because I was willing to ask what I needed to know.

That shortened my learning curve substantially.

– Dan Alatorre

So go ahead. Ask me anything.

Food For Thought (a.k.a. A Writely Kick in The Rear)

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The hard part is the thing you don’t like doing. That’s what will zap your strength and determination, and that’s what will impede your success. That will be what frustrates you and drives you up a wall.

So that’s where you have to give the extra effort.

 

Thoughts?

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What if a REVIEWER (a hypothetical but very possible situation) did…

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I have a friend who I see on a regular basis. Our eight-year-old girls play together and stuff, but the friend also performs a service that I use on occasion. (Nothing sinister; it’s more often than you go to the dentist but less often than you probably go to a fast food restaurant. I am being evasive on purpose because the friend does not know I’m writing this and identifying the service would 100% identify the friend. And that’s not important anyway.)

My friend has an older child who is about fourteen and is a VERY avid reader. Let’s call that kid “Michael.”

So when our kids attended dance class this past week, the friend also brought Michael.

I’m sure Michael doesn’t have any interest in watching seven and eight-year-old girls dance, but he got dragged along for some reason and I don’t tend to question these things. Moms know best. Maybe it was time he realized his younger sister has good balance or rhythm or something. Maybe he’s too young to be home alone. It’s not important. Stop getting hung up on these unimportant details!!

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Anyway, Michael had read my book The Navigators and finished it a week or two ago, so he was gushing about what a good story was.

This, I was happy to let him do.

And we talked about the possible sequel and everything… (which is totally happening.)

As always, I said he should write a review – and he said he would.

Then it occurred to me.

As an avid reader and only being14 years old, he is spending a lot of his very limited money on books, and if he were to post reviews for the books he wrote and let people know they can send him books and he would review them, he might save himself a lot of money and also be getting free books.

So…

I suggested to him that he should consider starting a blog and reviewing his books there (with a follow up review posted on Amazon) and then a bunch of authors would probably start sending him books for him to read. Some would be e-books, some would be PDFs, but some would be actual paperbacks.

The thought of getting free paperbacks made him smile from ear to ear.

I’m not sure you get a lot of 14-year-old kids that happy that quick.

He reads between one and two books a week, every week, so over the course of the year that might be 50 to 75 books. Spending an average of $10 per book, that would save him between $500 and $700 annually – a lot of money for 14-year-old!

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t write 75 books a year, so I’m not gonna be able to keep him busy.

But together we could.

And that got the wheels turning.

What if…

If I go to this kid’s house and set him up up with a free WordPress blog and then feature him here to get him launched, would you subscribe to his blog and follow his submission policies – which I would probably write for him with your input – and send him a copy of your book/books for him to review on Amazon?

This is hypothetical, but it’s also very possible.

Kinda like our very own in-house reviewer.

I like that idea.

Think about a bookworm being inundated with free paperbacks from all around the world for him to read. It’s probably as close to heaven as a 14-year-old gets.

Not counting internet stuff. And video games. And girls. And – well, you get the idea.

Think about every one of your books getting a review right out of the box from a friendly source. And older books getting a fresh review.

What if we eventually got several kids to do this?

Most of the time when I get paperback copies of a book made, it costs me between three and five dollars per book, and to send one via media mail to a reviewer costs another two or three dollars, so you’re talking less than eight dollars to get a review.

Less for ebooks and PDF copies, obviously.

I also told him if his review will less than three stars he could simply email his review to the author and ask if they want it published, but for 3 stars to 5 stars, most authors would be happy to have that review and have that kind of exposure. Eventually, after he built a following, he could charge for advertising on the site and have them self a nice little “business.”

As a 14-year-old, that’s a pretty big deal.

What are YOUR thoughts?

If “Michael” starts a review website, would you be interested in sending him your books for him to read and review?

Give Yourself A Pat On The Back!

people-2607201_1280We work hard at this writing stuff. We deserve a pat on the back once in while.

And who else is gonna understand anyway? Except other writer types?

The biggest things writers lack is confidence, and that starts by acknowledging that what we did is worth some praise.

Big or small, let’s talk about them all – and build that confidence we all need.

Applaud YOUR writing accomplishments for the week here.

Or praise another author friend who did something worth noting.

 

Imagine if you saw 10 other people telling you your accomplishment was noteworthy. What difference could that make in your writing the next week?

Let’s find out.

You have questions. Ask away.

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your humble host

This blog has long been a friendly place to come and learn, and what better way to learn than to ask?

You have questions. Writer stuff, marketing, motivation, you name it.

ASK ME

Your questions. Your challenges. Your issues.

If I don’t know, we’ll put it out to my vast network of author friends and get an answer. Or I’ll make something up.

 

Many people helped me when I was starting out because I was willing to ask what I needed to know.

That shortened my learning curve substantially.

– Dan Alatorre

So go ahead. Ask me anything.