From the of author of a dozen thrillers and entrepreneur Mark Dawson suggests:
- have at least one free book on offer;
- build a loyal following via interaction;
- have a well thought out and researched marketing plan before you begin to spend your budget.
From the Founder of the Alliance of Independent Writers, Orna Roberts suggests:
- develop your own email distribution list as one of your key pillars in your marketing plan,
- speed up your operation by using a database manager like Mail chimp and
- don’t start spending money on advertising until you have at least three books out there.
- So far, there have been two other Amazon Academy events on this side of the pond: one previously in Dublin and this one in London. And there will be one more in Newcastle coming soon! After that, Amazon will review feedback to see if they will do it again and I, for one, hope they will.
Charles French has posted some unforgettable quotes for writers and I plan to post them on my “real” wall at home so I will never forget why I am writing fiction. (https://en.wikipedia.org) “Write what should not be forgotten.” Isobel Allende (https://en.wikipedia.org) “That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.” Tim O’Brien (https://commons.wikimedia.org) “Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So […]
via Quotations on Writing — charles french words reading and writing
These are a beautiful quotes, especially Mother Theresa’s “Love until it hurts” and a wonderful way to begin the New Year for only love can heal all hurts and hearts.
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ~C. S. Lewis “When suffering comes, we yearn […]
via Deep in December — Mitch Teemley
At this time of year, I think of The Little Match Girl fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. “It was terribly cold. It had snowed that day and it was almost dark”, begins the story of The Little Match Girl who carried with her a little box of matches to sell, but no passerby had stopped to give her even a penny as she walked along, hoping for someone to buy her matches for a penny, but no one even glanced her way.
The Little Match Girl was so terribly cold and her thin little body ached with the cold. She had no coat or shoes. Her old hand-me-down sweater was soaked through from the snow that had fallen earlier in the day. She shivered uncontrollably as the snow started falling again. She saw a place between two houses where she could sit down and look across the street.
There she saw warm yellow lights from windows. She thought she could even smell the holiday goose that was headed for the dining table. She was so weak from the freezing cold and so hungry she could no longer stand again, so she took one of the matches and lit it and she began to feel warm and then she lit another one. She knew she dared not go home, her father would beat her.
She began to dream of her grandmother and lit another match, but this time all the matches came aflame. To her it was like heaven with the sky ablaze and she saw her beloved grandmother as she watched as a star fall from the sky. She remembered what her grandmother told her, when a star falls a soul goes to heaven. “Take me with you Grandmother” she cried, and her grandmother picked her up and flew to heaven with the tiny Match Girl in her arms. The next morning, the little Match Girl was found frozen to death on the street corner where no one had stopped to give her even a penny.
This is more than a fairy tale, it is real because around the world there are many little Match Girls and Boys and they are dying for want of a little kindness from those of us who have shoes, warm coats and Christmas dinner waiting.