How to make promoting your book fun

Pick a Whacky, Quirky Holiday!

Thanks to Chris The Story Reading Ape for pointing me to a post by

She points out that marketing our books, or blogs, don’t need to be boring.

Check her list of quirky holidays and see which one might work for your book or blog.

Use quirky April holidays for book promotion by

After checking out Sandra’s list, I got to thinking. What about weird and wacky holidays in May, June, etc.?

For instance, who knew about…

World Naked Gardening Day
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Too bad we have very large mosquitos in Texas. But, you get the gist. If you want to know more about weird holidays for the rest of the year, click on my link too-

WEIRD HOLIDAYS IN 2019

Which of these wacky holidays set you to giggling or you found shocking? 

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Do you want to write dialog like a pro?

Of course, we all do.

Quote on editing by Don Roff

I’ve been a big fan of and save many of her articles. Here is one of my favorites.

Perspective: Self-Editing Your Dialogue and Characters

She explains how to avoid stilted dialog and shows us how to add dimension to enable the reader to relate to your characters.

Do you need to tweak character dialog?

If so, read Kristen tips to make your character come alive.

Read her article, then go back and read some of your WIP.

Do you see any stilted conversations? 

Do you have a tip for adding life to characters?

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How to avoid turning off your readers

Okay, confession time. I haven’t been writing for the past few weeks. Nothing but cold, wet weather and to top this misery up pops Daylight Savings Time. Yuck. Green sickly emoticon

But, today is sunny so, I’m back at my desk attempting to make some forward progress on my blog in addition to the 2 WIP sitting here.

You may ask what I’ve done all my time…

Ahem, Jean Cogdell BitmojiReading, reading and reading. Devouring books of all types. The good, great, bad and ugly. Some I’ve not been able to finish. Life is too short to spend hours reading junk. So, I may toss a couple of duds in search of a really good read. Found a few.

All this reading got me to thinking. Why do I reject a book after just a couple of chapters? Or even a few pages? And most of all, what can I do to avoid readers rejecting my stories? No writer wants them to run screaming from our books. Not unless we scare the pants off of them. LOL Nils Holgersson statute

Look what I found…

TOP 8 PROBLEMS THAT TURN READERS OFF BY CARLY HAYWARD

Ms. Hayward gave me a lot suggestions. Some I related to and some I need to chew on but all I want to avoid in my writing. Whether you write, children’s books, novels, flash or short stories these tips will help you tighten up your writing.

My takeaway…

  1. Head Hopping
    • While this may not bother some readers, it drives me nuts. I already striver to avoid this one.
  2. Missing Main Character
    • This happens when a writer fails to introduce the MC within the first few pages.
  3. Too Much Backstory
    • Okay, here is another of my reading pet peeves. Try not to put the reader to sleep with history.
  4. Floating Head Dialog
    • Ground the reader before throwing them in the middle of a conversation. If you must start in the middle of a conversation, make sure the reader understands who is talking.
  5. Action without Grounding.
    • We’ve all heard, start with action. But you still need to ground the reader or they won’t care what’s happening.
  6. The Recap
    • Easy going over past events. Instead of a character going over what led them to a place, show the reader what happened to avoid boring the reader.
  7. Distant Beginnings
    • In an effort to convey a sense of mystery a writer may leave too many details vague. Don’t. You need to let the reader connect to the character.
  8. Overdone Beginnings
    • Don’t start with a cliché. There are no new beginnings, but add something to yours and make it special. Hook the reader with something unique.

Be sure and click on Ms. Hayward’s article (here) and read everything she has to say about engaging your reader.

Which one of these 8 puts you off a book?

Do you have any suggestions to add to Ms. Hayward’s list?

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Can you really recognize a liar?

We all like to think we can spot a lie from ten paces. But can we really? How many times has someone fooled you?

Ernest Hemingway quote - A writer of Fiction...

Why am I asking about liars? Because knowing how to spot one, is helpful in writing. If we know how people recognize when someone is lying we can use those signs for a villain. The body language of a liar is great fodder for a story.

Add body language of a liar to round out your antagonist.

 So if you bullshit meter needs fine turning then check out this article on this subject…

10 Easy Ways to Recognize Liars by 

Here is the show don’t tell, tips I gleaned about liars.

  • Fails to make eye contact. Looks at the floor, ceiling or hands. Or, make eye contact with an unblinking stare.
  • Avoids using contractions.  “I did not…” instead of “I didn’t…”
  • Answers question with a question to stall for time.
  •  They fidget sometimes excessively with ear, nose, or pockets, purses or play with keys etc.
  • Turn away from the speaker, blink rapidly, smile falters. Cross their arms which is a sign of being “closed” to the subject.
  • Runaway talker. They might embellish their story to make it more believable.
  • Gets angry. Becomes defensive. Tries to divert attention on to another person.
  • Changes the subject to avoid answering a question.
  • Eyes are the big tip-off. Right-handed people will look up and to the left if trying to remember. If trying to make something up, they look to the right.
  • They may blink rapidly or rub eyes.
  • Sweating,  blushing, trembling and difficulty swallowing may indicate a lie.
  • Don’t miss the micro-expressions. A fleeting smile, a furrowed brow, etc. Although quick, these can tell you a lot.

Knowing the signs of a liar is great fodder for a writer.

What do you think? See anything to help with your writing?

Do you have any tips about the body language of a liar? Or truth teller?

How do you describe a lying snake of a villain?

 

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