Book Promotion Countdown

How wonderful! This spells it all out for us! Thanks Nancy!

Nancy's Notes From Florida

Have you sold a book and now you’re panicking about what to do? Does the thought of book promotion strike terror into your writer’s heart? Here are some guidelines to keep you straight on the road to self-promotion. Or if you are a seasoned author, use it as a quick checklist of things to do. Always remember to be courteous, to avoid clogging the loops with your constant pronouncements, and to comment on other people’s posts in return. Don’t feel obliged to do everything mentioned here. Select what works best for you.


Send a press release to local media with an angle that will interest them.
Send notices to alumni newsletters and professional organizations, if appropriate.
Solicit cover quotes from other authors.
Get a professional photo taken or consider updating your photo.
If you’re a new author, reserve your domain name and the domain name for…

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Friends, Can You Help?

This is a lovely read!

Reade and Write

Secrets Of Hallstead House (eBook)

My first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House, is now available for free download on BookBub. Here’s the link:

And here’s the tagline: After moving to a private island in upstate New York to provide nursing care for an elderly widow, Macy must uncover secrets from her past before they destroy her future.

I’m trying to spread the word far and wide. Would you consider reblogging and telling your friends? Every download counts!

Many thanks,


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RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #46 Think & Fresh

Many thanks to Ronovan for sponsoring this fabulous haiku event each week. This week my entry is called, “Fresh Coffee.”

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. I love seeing you all!

I am off to write about fairy magic! See you later.

Now, where is that coffee?


One Word Photo Challenge – “Cold”

“Sugar,” A cold day in Arizona taken in 2012

“Ron – along the shores of the Missouri River in January 2010, Great Falls, MT

Images of “cold” for Jennifer Nichole Wells weather photography challenge.

Click the link on my blog to see other fun photos!

Thanks for popping in today. It was great seeing you all!


Types of Beta Readers

Excellent information for writers and Beta Readers…

Anna Dobritt -- Author


Types of Beta Readers

A Beta Reader is someone who evaluates your story. Long answer; they give you feedback on your story. They are like beta testers for software, looking for bugs and problems. A good beta reader points out holes in your plot, point of view problems, and chronology problems. They point out confusing areas and let you know if you’re describing things too much.

Today I’m covering the different types of Beta Readers, so you can figure out what you need for your book.

Plot, Flow, and Consistency Reader

This Beta Reader is concerned with the following:

Does your plot make sense?

Are there any holes in your plot? Where are the problem points?

Do your characters fit the plot? Where do they cause problems?

Does the story grab your attention? Where does it fail at this?

What This Beta Reader Doesn’t Do:

Spelling and Grammar

Awkward writing

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Author Marketing – How to Create Posts for Twitter That Sell Your Book

Authors, you have got to check out this information on how to market your books on Twitter! Amazing links!

Mundus Media Ink

twitter-wallpapers (1)Tweets are made up of different parts. Every tweet should have a hook – the tweet body, but you can also add other things to them to make them more effective. Things like hashtags, pictures, links, handles, etc. Not every tweet has to have each of them, in fact, it’s best to mix them up, but they all help your tweet become more effective.

Let’s look at some of them a little bit closer.

Here is a site that offers a free twitter ecourse:

The Hook

The most important part of your tweet is your hook. This is the main text of your tweet that catches the reader’s attention. It might be a call to action, a review snippet, a question, etc.

The best tweets are ones that people can respond to in some way – physically or emotionally.

An effective book tweet, should have a link that they…

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What do you think about the new product pages at Amazon?

Chris shares updated information on the Amazon Product pages…


Product Page New


You may have noticed that product pages on Amazon now have a new look.

Amazon began rolling these new product pages out about 2 weeks ago at

In the beginning, the old page was sometimes showing; now only the new page appears. This suggests that Amazon has tested this out extensively. Evidently, the new page is working better overall (although some books may be hurt by the new look, on average more books must be benefiting from the new look, otherwise Amazon will revert back to the old look).

That’s the thing:

  • Amazon knows how to sell books.
  • Amazon has sales data.

If sales are down overall, Amazon will quickly change the look again. So the longer the new pages remain, the more we know that the new look is working (at least more often than not).

I saw several variations of the new…

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Mindful Monday – Memorial Day: An Attitude of Gratitude

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.

Because it is Memorial Day here in America today, I want to talk about having an “Attitude of Gratitude.” By the way, do you really know what Memorial Day is all about?

Memorial Day is more than just a day where we relax, barbecue, and enjoy time with friends and family. It is more than just a long weekend with three or four days off from work. Memorial Day is special.

This should be a serious day for Americans. It is the day of remembrance for all the brave men and women who died serving in our armed forces.

When I was a young girl, it was called Decoration Day. We used to decorate our front yards in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with tiny American flags. As kids, we marched up and down the sidewalks of the city playing like we were soldiers marching. We used to play war, and play at being the one who died mimicking the war movies we watched on television in black and white.

The name, Decoration Day, came about after the Civil War as a way to honor the soldiers who died as Union or Confederate Soldiers. However, it was not until after World War II that the holiday became important to Americans. By 1967, it had been named “Memorial Day.”

This was the day, every year, I accompanied my father and step-mother to the cemetery to lay wreaths on the graves of her deceased family members. I hated this as a kid! I did not know those people and could not understand the fixation with death that my family seemed to have. I thought it was horrendous!

Little did I know, even though I hated going to pay my respects to people who were long gone, I was learning a valuable lesson. The lesson was gratitude. I found out that as an American, I was lucky to have people fight for our American ideals, because those same ideals would come to mean something special to me as an adult, and as a wife, a mother, and a grandmother.

You see, my grandfather was born in Russia and came to America as a young child. He became an American and served in World War I. His son, my father, served in World War II and the Korean War. His son, my brother, served in the Vietnam War. Not to be outdone by my ancestors, I enlisted in the Air Force and served four years during a time when peace was still a dream. I felt like it was my duty to serve Americans and give back to them, some of what they lost for me. It was the least I could do.

Today I honor the men and women who died serving in the American Armed Forces. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifices made so that generations of Americans could thrive and grow. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Image from Wikipedia: The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend.

So tell me… What are you mindful about this week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Thank you for all the fabulous blog posts I am seeing in our WordPress community about mindfulness. It is a joy to see so many of you sharing your mindful goals. Thank you for enriching my life with your experiences, and thank you so much for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.


Sunday Breakfast – break an egg!

Tropical ginger. The flowers are tubules that catch the rain and dew. They get so heavy the branches break.

This post was inspired by The Daily Post Photo Challenge – Broken.

Clink on the link above or on my blog to see more photos from weekly photo challenges!

Thanks for visiting. I enjoy seeing all of you!