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An Exciting (Scary) New Venture

Author Don Massenzio

I launched my author blog about three years ago and have watched it grow beyond anything I’d hoped. I’ve met many great people as I’ve made some friendships and have helped some authors along the way.

As luck would have it, I lost my day job about two months ago and I’m still in search of regular employment to keep the lights on and put food on the table.

The silver lining that emerged from this is that I’m embarking on a new venture. During the past year, I have edited books for a few select authors as kind of a pilot and test launch of a set of services that I hoped to turn into a business. My extra ‘free time’ and my need to generate some income, I’m launching a book editing/formatting service formally as a separate WordPress site.

For authors that take advantage of these services, I’m…

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Thunderclap’s Broken. Enter DayCause.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Miranda Bay by Susan Tarr | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookI was referring to Thunderclap as recently as last month, then I found out on Monday that they have been rejecting some author campaigns. Susan Tarr, author of Miranda Bay, tried to run a campaign on March 28th. Upon filling the forms and completing the process, she received the standard message:

Hey Susan Tarr,

Thanks for submitting MIRANDA BAY. We will review it within 3 days (Mon-Fri, 10-6 EST) and contact you when it’s approved.

If you’d like it approved within 24 hours, you can upgrade to any of our plans.

You can see a preview campaign page until it’s ready.

Have a question in the meantime? Check out our knowledge base.

Thank you!

However, the very next day she received the following rejection message (emphasis is my own):

Unfortunately, due to a change of rules with Twitter, we are no longer able to approve campaigns that…

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Character description: too much or not enough? #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I love eBooks for the simple reason I have over 800 books, and I don’t have to dust them. I do buy paper books, but only those on writing craft or research for my work.

I have managed to get nearly every book I ever loved as an eBook. Every week I add at least two more books to my library. I have become a fan of hundreds of new authors, most of them indies.

Every now and then I read a book that is traditionally published, sometimes taking a dip into general fiction. I did that this week, reading a book I saw advertised on twitter. I picked it up, knowing I might hate it because the critics loved it.

I can live without a happy ending, and even with no ending at all. Not every story ends happily. But please, make the pages that come before that lack…

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Writing and The Hidden Power Of The Subconscious: Summoning Your Muse – by Ruth Harris…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

 on Anne R. Allen site:

What The Subconscious is to every other man, in its creative aspect becomes, for writers, The Muse.” ~ Ray Bradbury

What Ray Bradbury called the muse, Stephen King called the “guys in the basement.” Others call it the sixth sense, the Spidey sense, intuition, superpower, or the subconscious.

Whatever you call it, your subconscious—the thoughts you don’t know you’re thinking—is what makes the magic happen.

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Book Giveaways in 2018


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Two of the most popular methods that authors and publishers use to hold contests for book giveaways have changed.

  • Amazon Giveaways have undergone a series of changes.
  • Goodreads Giveaways changed significantly as of January, 2018.

So 2018 is a good time for a new post regarding how to host a book giveaway.


A giveaway is one tool that authors and publishers utilize to help with book marketing.

Following are the main goals for a book giveaway.

  • Help create buzz and initial exposure for a new book release.
  • Give the author a chance to call attention (in other forms of marketing) to a contest, rather than always calling attention directly to the book.
  • Hope that some of the winners will write book reviews.
  • Hope that the winners love the book so much that they help with word-of-mouth sales.

When a book is…

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The 5 Traits That All Successful Authors Share – Kobo Writing Life…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

If you want to be a 100 metre sprinter, you need more than just the sort of quick-twitch fibres that’ll carry you to the finish line in around 10 seconds. If you’re hoping to become an actor the ability to convey stylized emotion is a non-negotiable, but it alone won’t get you drowned out by the orchestra after you’ve gone over-time on your Oscar acceptance speech.

Success in these pursuits, like any that strive for greatness, must be a result of both inherent natural ability and the sort of work ethic that can turn even the most talented professional into just another journeyman.

But what of writers? Obviously the ability to throw words together is a major part of becoming a Dickens, but what other traits do successful authors share?

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