My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

5 things I thought you knew (but I guess you don’t) – manage your expectations and you’ll be a happier #author. http://bit.ly/2rhq3Ek 

6 Problems with “Edgy” YA Fiction (And How to Fix Them) http://bit.ly/2s9dmzR  #writetip

Launch Higher: How to Get Book Reviews Before Your Launch Date | a few ways to start getting reviews. http://bit.ly/2t77Lr2  #writerslife

Why You Should Outline Your Fiction Novel http://bit.ly/2s9dkb8  Use the method that works best for you. #writetip

Writing Original Fiction: Avoiding Clichés, Tropes, and Stereotypes http://bit.ly/2t91fQs  #writingadvice #WritingABook

Everything You Need To Know About Writing Robots and AI http://bit.ly/2rjiux4  How is AI used in fiction? #writetip

Tone and mood are two powerful elements of writing that affect how readers feel. http://bit.ly/2r7Onta  #writetip

HOW TO CONQUER WRITER’S BLOCK http://bit.ly/2rQaEhX  Write those bad ideas out of your head. #writerslife

Here’s a complete overview of the differences in the new Twitter. http://bit.ly/2sAzvHq  #writerslife

Creating a strong author platform – You build your fan base by working at it. http://bit.ly/2sel7Cu  #writerslife

Book Review – The Stand

The StandThe Stand by Stephen King

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Do you think Stephen King is a good writer? I do. I love his characterizations and his descriptions of settings. I’m a fan. I’m not fanatical. I haven’t read everything he’s ever written, but I’ve read many of his books. Back in the day, I read The Stand, and I loved it. For many years, if anyone asked what my favorite King book was, I always said The Stand. Recently, I decided to reread the book for old time’s sake.

It is one of the worst books I’ve ever read. It is slow, plodding, unfocused. It is absolutely full of passive voice (he was running instead of he ran.) It had long monologs pontificating about the failings of society which did nothing to further the plot. If he had kept to the plot, the book would have been a quarter of the length.

All of which tells me this. Stephen King is a good writer. But he wasn’t always.

So, the next time you think of yourself as a wannabe writer or an aspiring writer, stop. Just stop. Don’t fall into that trap. Did you write that piece you hold in your hands? Then you are a writer. Maybe not a published writer. Maybe not even a good writer. But all that is fixable. Writing is not a God-given gift. It’s work. You have to learn the craft. You have to apply the craft. It takes a long time, and it’s not always fun. But it’s doable.

Stephen King is a good writer. But he wasn’t always.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

What Does It Mean to Move the Plot? – everything in your story must move your plot. http://bit.ly/2slI8Cm  #writetip

How Understanding Cosmic Horror Can Improve Your (Love)Craft http://bit.ly/2qEitEh  #writetip

How to Use Twitter for Writing | Using Twitter makes you a better marketer. http://bit.ly/2rKZWK0  #writerslife

The Perfect Cover Letter: Advice From a Lit Mag Editor http://bit.ly/2rUcT4g  #indieauthor #writerslife

It’s Okay to Be Selfish with Your Writing – your writing time is sacred and needs protecting. http://bit.ly/2qXR9QI  #writerslife

Reality vs. Expectations—Remaining Calm When it ALL Goes Pear-Shaped http://bit.ly/2sWGGXx  #indieauthors

How Much Does It Cost To Self-Publish? http://bit.ly/2qQoKNk  #indieauthor #writerslife

Your Writing Platform: Letting Readers Know the (Sort of) Real You | Your Online Persona http://bit.ly/2rDnPkR  #writerslife

Hiring an Editor: Who, When, and How to Avoid Scams http://bit.ly/2s9Rqoq  #writingtips

What Makes a $100k Author: 8 Findings Every Author Should Know http://bit.ly/2rEfyOS  #indieauthor #Motivation

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

Consider the following before choosing an editor. http://bit.ly/2qVSIlJ  #indieauthor #writerslife

3 Steps To Creating A Winning Sell Sheet For Your Book | An integral part of your media kit. http://bit.ly/2r7VPFG  #writetip

4 Ways to Write Meaningful Comedy – entertainment is the key to winning readers over. http://bit.ly/2qr2Pw5  #writetip

5 Things For Authors To Tweet About (That Aren’t “Buy My Book!”) http://bit.ly/2slG7WC  #indieauthor

Examples of Adjectives from Top Authors’ Novels | Be creative with descriptions. http://bit.ly/2qFoe3V  #writetip

How to Write a Book Proposal | Book proposals are used to sell nonfiction books to publishers. http://bit.ly/2ravCro  #writetip

How to Write a Sizzling, Scintillating Synopsis-What a synopsis is not and what a synopsis is. http://bit.ly/2rnwFF5  #writetip

How NOT to start your novel: Six First Page No-Nos http://bit.ly/2rnnrIT  #writetip

Writing Fiction: A Good Story Must Be Disturbing | your basic aim is to tell a good story. http://bit.ly/2qFpvYF  #writetip

One Simple Strategy to Draw In More Buyers http://bit.ly/2rnLoO6  Some really impressive examples of book cover makeovers.

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

10 Great Truths About Making A Living As A Writer. Okay, turn it up to 11. http://bit.ly/2qZLYnU  #writerslife

7 Lessons from Books Made into Movie Adaptations | make your novel blockbuster material. http://bit.ly/2qZfBWo  #writetip

20 Websites To Sell Your EBook http://bit.ly/2ryXaoT  #indieauthor #writerslife

44 Essential Twitter Hashtags Every Author Should Know | Here’s what you need to know. http://bit.ly/2r34ufd  #writerslife

7 Tips On How To Deal With Backstory | There’s a way to artfully create histories that enrich your characters. http://bit.ly/2rCeGbF 

Practice with the Tools of Writing to Become a Master of Your Trade http://bit.ly/2rgEZY2  #writingtips #indieauthor

How to Avoid the 3 Most Common Weapons Mistakes Writers Make http://bit.ly/2qOD2QY  #writingtips #writetip

Everything You Need to Know About Beta Reading – How to Work with Your Squad http://bit.ly/2rMLxuD  #writerslife

5 Legal Myths That Writers Still Fall For, Debunked – reducing unnecessary worry. http://bit.ly/2rPSoDi  #writerslife

Fast, Cheap, and Good: What Publishing Compromises Are You Making? http://bit.ly/2rXKsjE  #indieauthors #writetip

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

Eleven Ways to Boost Your Creativity http://bit.ly/2pCbSJr  This list should be extremely helpful. #writerslife

Using Conflicts in a Story: 6 Helpful Examples http://bit.ly/2r4H3y9  #writingtips

Classic Story Structures and What They Teach Us About Novel Plotting |Some hard-and-fast rules. http://bit.ly/2r4HGrv  #writetip

Behind The Scenes Of An Indie Author Business: Technical Architecture http://bit.ly/2pygeWE  #indieauthor

Your Author Strategy: 3 Steps to Launch Your Writing Career http://bit.ly/2qnqjVk  #bookpromotion #indieauthor

5 Steps to Great Cover Art | cover art is only the beginning. http://bit.ly/2pTNfYJ  #indieauthors #writerslife

Writing Tips: 7 Strategies for Writing Suspense http://bit.ly/2qQQQvQ  #writingtips

Show Your Baddie R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Make Them Memorable | http://bit.ly/2ryoa7V  Don’t waste good villain potential. #writetip

Making Connections at a Writer’s Conference – Tips to make the most of your next writer’s conference. http://bit.ly/2pW9Und  #writerslife

98 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales http://bit.ly/2rqtR7I  #bookpromotion #writerslife

 

BONUS! Don’t forget the 50 author book signing extravaganza THIS SUNDAY, May 21, in Boca Raton, FL. This is the 2nd Annual I HEART BOOKS Signing Event put on by the Florida Writers Association. It is FREE to the general public and features 50 authors across all genres. Come in, explore new titles by new-to-you authors, buy books, get autographs, and enter raffles! https://www.facebook.com/events/1738484849765592/

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

10+ Best WordPress bookstore themes for selling books & ebooks online http://bit.ly/2pn0CkZ  #indieauthors

Everything You Need to Know About Beta Reading – What Do Beta Readers Do? http://bit.ly/2pqWBLt  #writerslife

The Essential Guide To Nailing Your Character’s Appearance (plus a character sketch template) http://bit.ly/2qNll5p  #writetip

The Amazon Bestsellers Rank Explained by Richard McMunn http://bit.ly/2r1m7ZM  #indieauthors #writerslife

6 Tips for Book Marketing with Little to No Budget http://bit.ly/2pjMVag  #indieauthors #writerslife

Setting Up Your Scrivener Project for Easier Compiling http://bit.ly/2q5ozhF  #writingtips #scrivener

How to Create a Back Book Cover Blurb that Sells http://bit.ly/2r9gVmA  A back book blurb is a marketing exercise. #writerslife

The Best Pet for a Writer’s Health and Well Being | Writing and Wellness http://bit.ly/2r9l3TI  #writerslife

10 Writing Career Mistakes I Made So You Don’t Have To http://bit.ly/2qzRX2T  #writerslife #indieauthors

7 Steps to Developing an Effective Author Platform–Steps You Can Take To Get Started Now! http://bit.ly/2q7pIqC  #writerslife

BONUS! Mark your calendar for the 50 author book signing extravaganza coming up on May 21 in Boca Raton, FL. #iheartbooks #bookevent #IARTG This is the 2nd Annual I HEART BOOKS Signing Event, put on by the Florida Writers Association. It is FREE!

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This is the 2nd Annual I HEART BOOKS Signing Event, put on by the Florida Writers Association. It is FREE to the general public and features 50 authors across all genres. Come in, explore new titles by new-to-you authors, buy books, gain signatures, and enter raffles! https://www.facebook.com/events/1738484849765592/

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

Sell More Books on Amazon’s International Author Central Pages http://bit.ly/2q8arH5  #writerslife

What The Heck Are Likable Characters? What if readers hate your characters? http://bit.ly/2oLZRpg  #writingtips

The Psychology of a Good Book Cover | It’s all about knowing what works. http://bit.ly/2oXPCtW  #indieauthor

Starting an Email Newsletter: Why Do It + Which Service to Use http://bit.ly/2p7l6Ad  #writerslife

Why The Best Book Marketing Cannot Sell A Poor Book – get ready for some truth telling. http://bit.ly/2qhYGep  #writerslife

Write A Novel Readers Love: 5 Tips http://bit.ly/2oVkvPK  #writingtips

The Indie Author Budget – Why You Need One http://bit.ly/2p1mMYU  #indieauthor

Scrivener Name Generator ~ Another Great Resource to Have on Hand http://bit.ly/2p437sd  #writetip #scrivener

How to Plan Great Book Signings | To be sure your book signing is a great success. http://bit.ly/2qikN45  #writerslife

Top 12 Crippling Mistakes of the Self-Publishing Newbie http://bit.ly/2pXK1Ik  #indieauthor #writerslife

 

BONUS! Mark your calendar for the 50 author book signing extravaganza coming up on May 21 in Boca Raton, FL. #iheartbooks #bookevent #IARTG This is the 2nd Annual I HEART BOOKS Signing Event, put on by the Florida Writers Association. It is FREE to the general public and features 50 authors across all genres. Come in, explore new titles by new-to-you authors, buy books, gain signatures, and enter raffles! https://www.facebook.com/events/1738484849765592/

I heart books gram

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

Making Yourself the Brand | Be the you that your readers will love. http://bit.ly/2pWsEDq  #writers #indieauthors

The Ultimate Guide to Canva for Creating Viral Pinterest Images http://bit.ly/2pMoyl5  #writerslife

Exactly how I self-published my book, sold 180,000 copies, and nearly doubled my revenue http://bit.ly/2p2qzXE  #writerslife

How NOT to start your novel: Six First Page No-Nos http://bit.ly/2oDldQt  Decide where the story really starts. #writing

Today’s Publishing Landscape: Two Generations of Literary Agents Speak Out | A literary agent Q&A http://bit.ly/2p94d6y  #writers

Research is a necessary part of writing almost any book. #writingtip #amwriting #amediting http://bit.ly/2n9kplK  via @standoutbooks

How Do I Know When My Novel Is Done? http://bit.ly/2p4650o  #indieauthors #writerslife

How To Promote A Book By Author Richard McMunn http://bit.ly/2q4RwtV  #writerslife #bookmarketing

Bios: One Size Won’t Fit Me http://bit.ly/2q78LgU  Crafting a Bio. #writerslife

Do’s and Don’t’s of Believable Dialogue http://bit.ly/2pdUlsx  #writerslife #writingtips

Book Review – From A Far Land

From A Far LandFrom A Far Land by G. David Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In From A Far Land by G. David Walker, we follow a seventeen-year-old boy (almost eighteen, as he so often tells us) as he steps through a door in an empty cottage and into another world–a beautiful world filled with magic, hybrid humans, and danger. His first inclination is to find a way back to Earth, but as his path becomes enmeshed with those around him, he learns to accept his fate.

From A Far Land is a study in excellent world building. The politics of the alien society were well-drawn and consistent. Characterization was also on the mark. I loved how everyone, even the bad guys, believed they were right, adding to the main character’s dilemma of knowing who to trust.

I enjoy stories about ordinary people who turn out to be more than they seem, and From A Far Land delivered on that point. But the prophecy the main character followed was never fully explained, and I didn’t get it. Also, there was a bit of time travel at the end that didn’t work for me.

On the whole, From A Far Land is an engrossing read, and I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys a light fantasy.

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