Do you want a few great gift ideas?

I know many of you are traveling or cooking a big Thanksgiving feast.

But Black Friday is this week and Christmas is right on his heels. 

Let’s make finding that perfect gift a little easier for each other. I’ve listed a few of my favorite books and things to spark your imagination.

 

Do you have a book for sale or a favorite gift idea to share?

Go to the comments section and share a link to your book, newsletter, seminar or even a favorite gift idea.

Let’s make gift giving a lot easier this season.

Here are my gift suggestions. Just click on the image for more information.

Books for kids:

   

Don’t forget the teachers. Instead of a Starbucks cup, buy something they can use year after year:

I bought these for my daughter’s third-grade class. Loved them!

     

  

Books for the reader: These are some of my favorites…

       

Gifts for your favorite writer:

Bowker Copywrite Now Black Friday sale. 

   

 

Okay, now it’s your turn.

Have you written a book, a “How to” seminar, a magazine, or craft? 

Leave us a link in the comments section.

Plus, add a link to your favorite items in the comments section. 

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

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Do you need to increase your word count?

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

Feeling a bit stuffed? Now you need to write and write lots of words. 

Yes, it’s fun to relax and be with family, but now it’s time to get back on the horse and ride that WIP (work in progress) to the finish line. Or at least around the bend. 

Love, love those Amazon Black Friday deals too! 

But, now that you’ve finished your Black Friday shopping… 

How about a few tips to increase your word count? 

Then check out a post by Janice Hardy (link below). She gives us 3 ways to get the job done faster.

What I liked about her tips…

  1. Take a few minutes and make a list for each scene or chapter.
    • I’m a big list maker. This works better for me than outlines. Listing everything I want to accomplish in a scene gets my mind ticking and my fingers typing. Love this idea.
  2. Write a quick summary of what the POV character wants, and is trying to do.
    • I took a different approach with this tip. I looked at my list and made a quick (2-5 sentences) summary of each item.
  3. Remind yourself why a scene is important. Janice suggests you finish the sentence, I want to write this scene because…
    • Readers need to know is not a good reason. I liked this tip because it can avoid info dumps and bore the reader to death.

Get inspired, click on the link below and read Janice Hardy’s entire post. 

After you read her tips, which ones do you think will help you?

Do you have any tips to help me increase my word count?

Do you worry about word count? 

3 Ways to Boost Your Word Count Every Writing Session by Janice Hardy

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How to join in the holiday rush

I’d love to have a little of that holiday rush head my way.

Now don’t shoot the messenger. I know Thanksgiving comes first and I share your frustration with all the decorations flooding the stores earlier and earlier every year.

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However, thinking about when and how should we market our books take a lot of planning.

A big thank you goes to Nicholas C. Rossis for sending me the link to the article by Taylor at Written Word Media.

If you are wondering when to start, to click on the following link.

Holiday Book Marketing: An Author’s Guide to Black Friday and Beyond

These are great tips on when and how you might want to focus marketing your book.

Are you going to release, or market your book on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

To discount or not to discount?

These are important questions and Taylor gives us the answer.

So what are your plans? Or have you given it much thought?

Share your thoughts in the comments section. Please follow me at @jeancogdell on Twitter and jean.cogdell on Facebook!

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