What Every Writer Wants

Google GSome writers will say they want fame, others money, some just want luck. I think what a writer really wants is Audience.Writers want what they write to be read.

But as the explosion of blogosphere and the self-publishing industry demonstrates again and again, publication does not guarantee readers. Good writing might.

Here are some ideas for finding and building an audience with a blog. None of these ideas require an advanced degree in rocket science; they all require hard work, and they’re all working for me.

  1. Write for your audience. (This post is for Live to Write – Write to Live readers: writers – you.)
  2. Say what you want with economy and grace.Like everyone else on the planet, your readers are pressed for time, so don’t waste theirs. (I aim for a post of 400-600 words.)
  3. Practice your craft and give your audience a polished performance. If youwere a pianist, you wouldn’t invite your audience to listen to you play scales or learn a new piece; as a writer, you don’t want to show your audience your rough draft. (This essay went through three drafts.)

    THIS IS PART OF A BLOG QUOTING DEBORAH LEE LUSKIN

    SEE: LIVE TO WRITE – WRITE TO LIVE

Deborah Lee Luskin is the award-winning author of Into the Wilderness, a love story set in Vermont during the Goldwater – Johnson presidential campaign in 1964. She blogs every Wednesday at Living in Place.

Live to Write - Write to Live

Google GI asked Google, “What does a writer want?” I found a variety of answers. Lev Raphael says we want “Everything,” and quotes Roxane Gay saying writers “want and want and want.”

Some writers will say they want fame, others money, some just want luck. I think what a writer really wants is Audience.

Writers want what they write to be read.

But as the explosion of blogosphere and the self-publishing industry demonstrates again and again, publication does not guarantee readers. Good writing might.

Here are some ideas for finding and building an audience with a blog. None of these ideas require an advanced degree in rocket science; they all require hard work, and they’re all working for me.

  1. Write for your audience. (This post is for Live to Write – Write to Live readers: writers – you.)
  2. Say what you want with economy and grace.Like everyone else…

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Reasons Why Book Reviews Are Important

Reasons Why Book Reviews Are Important and what they mean to the reading and writing community include:

  1. More reviews get authors exposure to other book review sites, blogging communities, and book clubs.
  2.  Potential readers are more likely to be influenced by a good book review than the marketing blurb from the publisher.
  3. Reviews can determine if a book is suitable. For example, they may give the helpful recommendation “If you liked this, then you might like that”.  This is particularly useful for a debut novel or authors with a smaller following.  Example:  If you “like” GAME OF THRONES, you might try this smaller publication book.

Source: 12 Reasons Why Book Reviews Are Important

Why women should never feel obliged to “laugh off” flashing

Sometimes when I think about the the fact that one in five women has been the victim of a sexual offence in her adult life, I think about how lucky I am not to be one of them. And then I remember that I am one of them, because about ten years ago, I got #flashed. This is how it went. I was living in Sheffield, walking through the underpass to the tram stop, toddler son in tow, when a man called from a few feet behind me. I realised later that he must have been waiting there for some time, standing ever so still until someone – some woman – came into view.

Source: The Pool | Why women should never feel obliged to “laugh off” flashing

Why Do I Blog?

that little voice

Once again I’m pondering the reasons why I blog, what I want to do with my blog, and specific goals for cyberspace communication.

This is an uncomfortable exercise for me, because I’m more of a ‘seat of my pants’ planner. Setting goals makes me accountable, and who wants to be held accountable at my age?

I blog because I like to write, I like the feedback I receive when someone let’s me know they read my post (my ego needs feeding on a regular basis), and I like the connections I make with other bloggers and readers. I’ve moved into a community filled with witty people, smart people, talented people, creative people, thoughtful people, driven people, retirees, workers, youngsters, seniors, in-betweens, people in pain, and those working their way through pain.

This community doesn’t require much from me: perhaps some consistency, consideration of others’ feelings, a bit of respect, and a message…

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TRIPLE TEASE PUTS FIFTY SHADES OF GREY INTO THE SHADE SAYS ACTOR

 

WHEN DO YOU THINK THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS?

WHEN DO YOU THINK THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS?

by award-winning author Tony Flood

Do the ends justify the means? That’s the moral dilemma in my crime thriller Triple Tease. But what about in real life? Do you think that the end sometimes justify the means?
And, if so, in what circumstances?
In Triple Tease super delicious heroine Katrina takes revenge for the assault on her sister and then challenges suspicious copper DCI Livermore to ignore the rule book. She offers to help him catch a serial killer by acting as the bait in a honey trap.
Actor Brian Capron, who played serial killer Richard Hillman in UK TV soap Coronation Street, says: “Triple Tease is a riveting tale brimful with colourful characters and sensual sex – so hold on tight. If this ever makes it to the screen compassionate DCI Livermore would be a great character to bring to life (with me playing him of course!). Let’s hope Tony Flood gives him another outing.”
But, what about you? In what circumstances in real life do you think the end would justify the means?   #James #Bond (seen above being played by #Sean #Connery) often made the end justify the means, but if it is in real life, would you? And how far would you allow one of your lead characters go in a book?

 

 

 

THESE BOOK CLUBS CAN HELP AUTHORS AND READERS

THESE BOOK CLUBS CAN HELP AUTHORS AND READERS

by Tony Flood, author of spicy crime thriller Triple Tease and celebrity revelations book My Life With the Stars (www.celebritiesconfessions.com)

Authors and readers can benefit from joining the UK Crime Book Club and the One Stop Fiction Book Club.

Those who like #thrillers and #murder #mysteries should check out UK Crime Book Club, a site to celebrate all UK based crime writing, authors and readers

Crime fans who join the club can discuss, review and see plenty of offers. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1116799071717588/permalink/1128624657201696/?comment_

Look out for postings and books recommended by David Gilchrist and Kathryn Bax, as well as Rob Crouch’s new thriller No Accident (being launched this month) and Tony Flood’s spicy crime thriller Triple Tease, recommended by the Sun newspaper’s Stuart Pink, best selling authors Peter James and Tamara McKinley and actor Brian Capron of Coronation Street fame.

One Stop #Fiction Book Club, where free books are available for those wishing to provide reviews, can be found on https://www.facebook.com/groups/460546824151750/?pnref=story

Kathryn Bax says she runs this site to enable authors to help each other in giving advice and tips on book #marketing, social #media etc. The site has more than 300 members, and the first 500 will be eligible to be invited to enjoy a year’s #free marketing for a new website coming out in September – and the ability to showcase their work for free for the lifetime of the website.

Kathryn Bax explains: “Members out of the 500 will be invited. We aim to have a high standard for inclusion which will be determined by a number of variables. If you are included then you would be offered a free year of not only being on the site where you can showcase all your books under your genre and be included on pages where we match other authors in the group who write similar books to yourself to increase sales for everyone, but you would also be advertised through our weekly newsletters to subscribers when your books are either reduced or free.
“Each member will be given a profile page which we expect you to write the material for, provide a photo and a link to your books and this is where you can converse with your readers, if you so wish. A
“As an add-on paid service you can have a 4 or 8 page static author website which we will maintain for you for a year, renewable thereafter, and we will also create FB author pages for you etc. In addition to that we will be providing a stable of editors, book cover designers, formatters, and people to help you publish your book. If you would like to know how to publish your book, how to get the best out of social media, how to market your book, etc. we will be putting together a video course for this purpose. We will also be providing launch teams to help you get your book off the ground.”
Meanwhile, you might like to get signed copies of spicy crime thriller Triple Tease or celebrity revelations book My Life With The Stars at specially reduced prices from http://www.celebritiesconfessions.com