June 17, 2011
First of all, I woke up in a frenzy this morning. Had a heap of things to do before I had to run off to work and do all those Friday errands that have spilled over from the last Friday when I didn’t get the errands done. So. I forgot the mashup.
Ha Ha! Joke’s on me cause I ended up finding 2 really great reviews today! Yippee! So In honor of the really generous folks who review us poor dejected indies, this one’s for you! (and me of course; it’s all about me.)
I really want you to go over and comment if you can, if you find the time, if you care at all about indies and their support system cause reviewers are part of it, baby. I don’t care if you read the review, but as writers, it’s nice to show any reviewer support. So without fanfare and excitement, here are my three:
- Sibel Hodge is a stunning writer and she reviews too. She posted a review today for One Insular Tahiti. Thanks so much Sibel
- Big Al is probably the best known and I really love his site. It’s full of great, insightful reviews of tons of books. You could drown in the reading list. He reviewed Anomaly a month or so ago
June 10, 2011
In honor of finishing Kristen Lamb’s book We are Not Alone I’m using her as a theme for my mashup this week. If you haven’t visited her blog and you are a writer trying to find ways to make sense of this whole social media thang, you really should subscribe. You should buy the book, in fact. (Just don’t take the advice of creating a MYSpace profile. She will tell you that after the book released MYSpace went ballistic.)
Speaking of Kristen Lamb, I’ve been working on advice from her blog to create posts that invite comment. Not working for me yet as I haven’t managed it successfully, but Vivienne Tuffnell’s blog is rich with comments. Each post she writes is full of people writing back to her and to each other. How does she do it? It’s worth the visit for investigation.
Mark Williams and Saffina desForges admittedly used Kristen’s (hope the first name’s ok, hun) advice to move into the top 10 – and one of them will correct me on the numbers I’m sure if it’s higher, and I think it is. They read Kristen’s book and applied the advice. They took off. I’m sure it has something to do with the writing, but readers have to find a writer first before it can become a sensation. These two even received mention on Kristen’s advice blog. I’m sending you to Mark Williams International because it’s wonderfully picture heavy and comment laden.
So how many of you have read and employed the advice in the book? Tell us about your successes and your failures. I’m listening.
Thea’s Three Mashup
May 20, 2011
This week is all about reading and reader reaction.
1. Mariyta’s Musings: Why She’ll only buy indie authors
2. Big Al’s Books and Pals is a review site. (Big Al gave Anomaly 5 stars) and Big Al has a very active forum thread on Amazon.com. I really enjoy how he puts reviews together. You might want to check him out and see what he’s read lately.
3. I’m pretty sure i fail still at the tips on this posting, but it talks about creating great content that readers can read with ease. I just kind of happened upon it, so I’m not sure of the blog name (I think it’s 1st web design). but you see the linkie thingie, right? click, read, and learn.
That’s it for this week. I’m having fun doing these mashups. If you’ve found a place you liked this week, feel free to add the link below in the comments section.