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.

How to Request A Reversion of Publishing Rights http://bit.ly/2pm5PtG  #writingparty #writerslife

3 Ways to Choose the Right Protagonist – Few stories can bear up under the weight of a boring protagonist. http://bit.ly/2pivCWq  #writers

5 Things You Need to Know as an Indie Author – scams engulf the Internet. http://bit.ly/2piyEdd  #writingparty

A Productive Rant About Building An Author Platform http://bit.ly/2nOSw81  #writing #bookmarketing

Writer Tip: Stop Bookmarking, Start Archiving http://bit.ly/2plZX6u  #writing #writerslife

My Simple Social Media Method for Successful Engagement http://bit.ly/2plEoTG  #writing #writerslife

Protagonist Boot Camp: Characters Who Drive a Story http://bit.ly/2plZyOE  #writers #writetip

The Complete Guide To Creating Backstory In Speculative Fiction http://bit.ly/2pmiKeT  #writers #writetip

Should You Use Kindle Pre-order? What is Kindle Pre-order? http://bit.ly/2nOAqD2  #writingparty #writerslife

Exploring The Five Layers of Pre-Writing (pre-writing is only as restrictive as you let it be.) http://bit.ly/2nUNDdj  #writing

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.

 

Tips for Deciding Whether to Ditch Your Current Writing Project http://bit.ly/2pe6kFh  #writers #writerslife

Three Reasons Your Books Are Not Selling – Part 1 – Many authors have awful book covers. http://bit.ly/2okoeZE  #writetip

Most Book Trailers Are Awful (But Here’s How Yours Can Be Different) http://bit.ly/2p5HIyh  #writers #writerslife

The Importance of a Strong Opening Scene http://bit.ly/2p0aSQa  #writers #writetip

This is a list of anthologies, journals, and magazines with themed issues. http://bit.ly/2p0Gok0  #writers #indieauthors

The Most Common Entry-Level Mistake in the Writing Game http://bit.ly/2p7oCIL  #writers #writingtips

Answers to Your Ebook Publishing Questions http://bit.ly/2p7CYcl  #writers #indieauthors

What to Put in the Back Matter of Your Book http://bit.ly/2oaowi4  #writers #indieauthors

7 Instagram Fails and How to Avoid Them – Are you on Instagram? Look me up. http://bit.ly/2pgQY3A  #writers #writerslife

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That http://bit.ly/2plJpIG  Three good mini case studies. #writers #writerslife

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.

How to create a fantasy world filled with magic, conflict and compelling characters. http://bit.ly/2nr1MKU  #writingtips

Romance Writing Mistakes | 9 romance writing tips http://bit.ly/2op2bP0  #writers #writingadvice

How you can sell more books in other countries. http://bit.ly/2oiJzmH  #writers #writingparty

7 Tips for Avoiding Book Marketing Trends That No Longer Work – DBW http://bit.ly/2ot28ll  #writers #writerslife

Sell more books with these 2 steps http://bit.ly/2p2zKG3  #writers #indieauthors

Slow Writers: Are they Doomed to Failure in the Digital Age http://bit.ly/2o57x2l  #writers #indieauthors

Book Marketing: Using Amazon Ads to Grow a Newsletter List http://bit.ly/2p5pfSu  #writers #writerslife

WHAT MAKES A MONSTER SCARY? http://bit.ly/2p8JtuI  This is the visceral thrill of the monster. #writers #writetip

How to work smarter so you can maximize your efforts. http://bit.ly/2oiM4pc  #writers #writerslife

Six Tricks to Rekindle your Passion for Writing http://bit.ly/2otlDds  Writing well requires passion. #writers #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.

How to effectively use guest blogging to get traffic. http://bit.ly/2nhxTxE  #writers #bloggers

How To Give Your Hero Some Personality http://bit.ly/2n2gR4I  #writers #writetip

Common ‘book tour blues’ that can happen to any touring author. http://bit.ly/2mPCUM7  #writers #writerslife

The Other Side of the Desk: What I Learned as a Writer Editing a Lit Mag http://bit.ly/2n7qQas  #writers #writerslife

Best practices for finding a designer and receiving an awesome cover design. http://bit.ly/2nRS1pI  #writers #writerslife

Book Cover Design: How can indie authors do it best? http://bit.ly/2mJMfd4  #writers #indieauthors

31 Words and Phrases You No Longer Need in 2017 http://bit.ly/2nb0804  #writers #writingadvice

Learn How To Research Your Book With This Beginner’s Guide http://bit.ly/2orPgLg  #writers #indieauthors

5 Reasons You Should Be Using Scrivener ~ April Dávila http://bit.ly/2og778H  #writerslife #scrivener

How To Create A Plot Twist That Will Shock Your Readers #writers #writetip http://bit.ly/2oi8Zhs 

Book Review – Rise of the Darkwitch

Rise of the DarkwitchRise of the Darkwitch by Ziv Gray

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rise of the Darkwitch by Ziv Gray takes place on an alien world that is depicted so brilliantly I feel as if I’ve been there. People, religion, and politics are intertwined in a fascinating and believable society. The alien beings are mesmerizing from their neck scales to their tails yet retain a spark of human emotion that is relatable and endearing.

The story follows the personal journey of a sixteen-year-old girl from abused slave to feared godling. She has no idea what she’s capable of, and her burgeoning abilities surprise her as much as the reader.

I love this kind of underdog story. However, the ending prevents me from giving it full marks. I like books to have a satisfying, all-ends-tied-up conclusion even if they are part of a series. I expect there to be an overall series arc and beneath it individual book arcs. Rise of the Darkwitch doesn’t have that. It ends abruptly in the middle of a pivotal scene. I was left confused and rather annoyed.

But although the ending was not satisfying, the scenes leading to it were. I recommend Rise of the Darkwitch to science fiction fans who enjoy delving into alien cultures.

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Book Review – Monkeyboy

Monkeyboy (An Anki Legacies Adventure)Monkeyboy by S. Shane Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Evolution takes a giant step forward when a monkey from a troop that can only say howdy eats a magic stone that increases his intelligence tenfold. He is adopted into a loving family and treated like any school-aged child. His fondest dream is to find more stones to feed to his cousins so as not to be the only monkeyboy.

He’s not the only one with such a dream, however. A radical group also searches for the magic stones with the intention of creating an army. Monkeyboy’s focus shifts from finding the stones for personal gain to finding them before they can be misused.

Monkeyboy by Shane Thomas is a rollicking adventure any child will enjoy. It’s full of juvenile humor. The pace never quits and, of course, Monkeyboy and his friends save the day.

As an adult, I enjoyed the story for other reasons. I liked that there was no stigma surrounding adoption. I liked that the adults weren’t depicted as overbearing or dismissive as is so often seen in MG fiction. The parents were supportive, understanding, and forgiving of Monkeyboy’s antics. They were protective of their children, yet included them in their excursions so they could learn outside the schoolroom.

Inventive and entertaining, Monkeyboy would make a fine bedtime story.

I was given a free Advanced Reader Copy of Monkeyboy in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

28 Things You Don’t Need To Worry About When You Write A First Draft #MondayBlogs #Writers

How to reveal your characters’ vital qualities. http://bit.ly/2mNhkbW  #writers #writetip

5 Things Nonfiction Authors Can Get Sued For | Jane Friedman http://bit.ly/2mmBuNM  #writers #indieauthors

Your Author Blog–What Should an Author Blog About? http://bit.ly/2mmHOEZ  #writers #indieauthors #bloggers

How to Land an Agent for a Self-Published Book http://bit.ly/2nAXJyZ  #writers #writerslife

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing: How to Build Fantastic Worlds http://bit.ly/2n6ZelV  #writers #writetip

How to do a better job getting your books into the hands of readers. http://bit.ly/2nJhhC4  #writers #writerslife

The best book printing methods to create books. http://bit.ly/2nRnY1B  #writers #indieauthors

The Reasons Branding Confuses You and How To Fix That Right Now http://bit.ly/2ndpoVK  Excellent post. #writers #writerslife

What is and isn’t allowed on Amazon? http://bit.ly/2n7rJQn  #writers #writerslife

Book Review – Horror Guide to Florida

Horror Guide to Florida (Horror Guide to ... Book 2)Horror Guide to Florida by David Goudsward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Horror Guide to Florida by David Goudsward is an encyclopedia of all the urban legends of Florida and the movies that were made to celebrate such legends. It’s totally addictive. You know how sometimes you look up a word in the dictionary and the word next to it is interesting too and before you know it you’re so engrossed that you read words for an hour? Yeah. Horror Guide is like that.

I bought Horror Guide at a local book fair where I met the author. I found him as fascinating as his book. He told me all about his next project. I can’t wait to read it.

If you live in Florida or if you plan to visit, I highly recommend Horror Guide to Florida. It’s a terrific reference book and will help you plan interesting road trips. I know you’ll enjoy it.

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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.

 

Authors: Take these Five Basic Steps to Secure Your WordPress Website Today! http://bit.ly/2lLi9oV  #writerslife

Why You’re Starting Your Novel in the Wrong Place http://bit.ly/2mJF838  #writetip #writingadvice

Write narrative with different purposes. http://bit.ly/2n7v8lb  #writingadvice #writingtips

Read 5 types of story beginnings and tips for making your own effective. http://bit.ly/2ngtYnw  #writingadvice #writetip

The Best Advice for Writers in 2017 http://bit.ly/2mJRDLV  #writers #indieauthors #writingparty

5 Rules for How to Write a Sequel to Your Book http://bit.ly/2nj8aaJ  #indieauthors #writingtips

Don’t let insecurity stop you from writing that book. http://bit.ly/2myzkaz  #writers #writerslife

Tips for Writers—How to Use Weather to Enhance a Story http://bit.ly/2mSdoZO  #writetip #writingparty

Does having an author blog boost your career? http://bit.ly/2mnjVZV  #writers #bloggers #writingparty

5 Theme Examples: How to Develop Story Themes http://bit.ly/2ndRAsu  #writingtips #writingadvice

Book Review – The Missing Yesterdays

The Missing Yesterdays (The Adventures of Tremain & Christopher #1)The Missing Yesterdays by Terry Marchion

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In The Missing Yesterdays by Terry Marchion, Tremain, a lovable and eccentric scientist, is up to his armpits in wacky experiments. When one goes wrong, it causes an entire civilization to disappear. It’s up to Tremain and his nephew, Christopher, to set things right. But how?

The machine that seems to be at the heart of it all sends them to realms unknown. They must unravel the puzzle of where and when they are and restore the course of time before they too wink out of existence.

I love time travel stories. I love the inherent paradoxes. The Missing Yesterdays is a good introduction to such stories for young readers–the story is not too technical and the paradoxes are not overly convoluted. There’s just enough adventure to whet young appetites and open the door to more. Recommended for Middle Grade and up.

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