Wednesday, June 5, 2024

IWSG, Summer Reading Adventure, WEP, updates

Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: Liza at Middle Passages, Shannon Lawrence, Melissa Maygrove, and Olga Godim!

June 5 question - In this constantly evolving industry, what kind of offering/service do you think the IWSG should consider offering to members?

I'm happy with this monthly bloghop check-in. There was a book club, and I LOVED that. I loved finding new-to-me books there and discussions with others. But I guess it wasn't popular enough. I don't know an answer here. Maybe members with popular social media pages ("Bookstagram") accounts would want to offer to showcase new book releases from members??? I don't feel that I qualify as such a person, so I can't detail the plan better. I believe my socials really only reach the speculative fiction crowd (fantasy, sci-fi, etc). I'm not a marketing expert, I just learn what I can. 

This question is hard. I'm going to talk about a reading challenge now.

📚 Reading Adventure (based in the United States). 🕮 Adventurers must submit by August 31, 2024. (There doesn't appear to be an actual "signing up" stage. You just do the activities.) I plan to keep track this summer here, on my blog.

Summer Reading Adventure 2024

WEP - June is an update month. My spouse and I have been dealing with some rough life stuff. I've got family members going through hard times. I can't talk about everything that's going on right now, but some of it is definitely stranger than fiction. I'm having Internet issues lately, too. It is always something, isn't it? And a friend who usually helps me has dislocated her wrist, so she's not available right now. 

#AtoZChallenge 2024 - Road Tripping. I'm behind on visiting the Reflections. I'm behind on everything right now. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Reflections #AtoZChallenge 2024 and #IWSG Distractions

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I have won because all of my posts are posted. (There were some issues getting a few to post at the intended times.) I wish I had pre-scheduled all of them like I usually do, but life didn't work out. I did visit and comment on about 80 blogs in April.
  • Do you believe your blog saw an increase in traffic and comments during April 2024?

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Yes. Not as much as in previous years, though.

  • Did you check the MasterList to be sure your entry was correct?
  • Will you do the challenge again next year?
  • Have you followed the social media of the A to Z Challenge?
  • What was your favorite comment left by another A to Z participant on your blog during the challenge? 🏆
This one, on the first day, is probably my favorite from the month.

Erin Penn comment @JLenniDorner blog
  • Did any other A to Z participant make you and your blog feel especially valued this year?
Yes. Ronel, our wonderful graphics person. Her comments really got me through this year. 
Also, a huge thanks and shout-out to Natalie Aguirre, Locksley, Timothy S. Brannan, Frewin55, Donna B. McNicol, and TWW for your comments.
  • Do you have a favorite blog that you found during the challenge this year?
Yes. A history blog with ancient coins. Love it! @CoinOfNote
  • Do you feel you had a positive impact on the Blogging Community during the hop?
Yes, I hope so!
  • Did you invite or encourage any other bloggers to join the challenge?
  • Will you consider doing the challenge again next year?
Yes, you betcha! 

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Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: Victoria Marie Lees, Kim Lajevardi, Nancy Gideon, and Cathrina Constantine!

May 1 question - How do you deal with distractions when you are writing? Do they derail you?

I hate distractions. "I love you, but leave me alone for an hour." 
Yup, they derail me, especially if I have to do something about the distraction. If whatever the distraction is can be done in less than five minutes, I'm fine. Any longer, it'll take me out of my mindset. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Zero Errors #AtoZChallenge

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Zero errors...
Nothing, seriously nothing, will cause errors to be found like publishing.
What will you do when readers find your mistakes?
Do you fix them and re-upload your manuscript so future readers have a better experience? 
Sometimes there are limits to the number or corrected copies allowed. But most self-publishers allow chances to update fixes.

  • Even the most famous authors make mistakes.
  • Different styles make some errors debatable. 


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Monday, April 29, 2024

You Want More Books #AtoZChallenge

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You want more books.
Because readers may want more. One book can sell another. If a reader likes a book, they might see what else the author has to offer. This is why many authors give short stories away for joining email lists and such. They like the free sample, they come back for more. 🤞 That's the hope and goal.

So don't stop at just one. Write more books. Enter more writing contests. Keep readers coming back for more and telling others about you. Keep making connections. 


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Saturday, April 27, 2024

X, Facebook, Instagram, and the Social Media Promotion Circle #AtoZChallenge

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Promoting a book using social media is almost required nowadays. Doing it too often will annoy your followers and cause them to flee. People don't want to just see ads. (Proof is in the people who will pay extra on streaming services to not see commercials.) 

Your fans do want to know you have a new release.
They just don't want to be "hit over the head" with the message constantly.

Getting five followers to share a post about your new release is known to be good for sales. More so if those shared posts get liked and shared. Likes give you evidence that someone saw the post. 

The Social-media Promotion Circle:

First, a possible reader learns your book exists via social media.
Second, that possible reader goes to the buy site and considers your book.
Third, your possible reader acquires your book.
Ideal Fourth, the reader leaves a review and gives stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Astounding Fifth, the reader shares their thoughts about your book on their social media!
🤩 Magical Sixth, followers of that reader learn your book exists. ⭕ Circle repeats.

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Winner for Contest #AtoZChallenge

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If you held a contest, mention your winner. Congratulate them on your blog and social media.  I appreciate the comments, but I'm not sure that I found any extra title suggestions I especially want to use. "Dark Bequest," was pretty close though. Thank you, Frewin55

Dark Bequest at the Shamlin Ruins


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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Verify Publication #AtozChallenge

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Verify Publication

Tale as old as ... well, as old as self-publishing online.
You think you've done everything right. Uploaded your correctly formatted manuscript, correctly sized cover, spell-checked book description, and intriguing author biography. 
But then the publication date rolls around, and your precious book isn't for sale?
First, Amazon uses the Pacific timezone. So it might not be available until a certain time during the hours they use.
Second, something could be wrong. Contacting customer service is known to have mixed results.

Ideally, have a friend buy a copy on release day to verify that it works, that they get the product you intended, and that everything looks as you desire. 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Update Profiles #AtoZChallenge

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This was touched on yesterday. Update your social media profiles and biographies to include your new publication. Books sell better when readers know they exist. 

This may seem like a foolish checklist item. But consider if someone writes a nice review and tries to tag you when they share on social media. How do they know they've found the right author? There are new sites cropping up all the time. Maybe you don't have one listed in your book bio because it didn't exist at the time of publication. This is why it's best to keep sites updated as much as possible.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tie in Goodreads, Book Bub, etc #AtoZChallenge

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Once you have your release date and book description, tie your book to as many online places as possible. The AllAuthor site has excellent promotional opportunities. 

Add the book to your Goodreads profile, Book Bub, etc.

Put it in your profiles. Think of all the ways someone might search for your book. Your author's name, the book title, and the characters. Find ways to make those searches lead back to you, to a buy link.

If you get your book in a library, put that link somewhere fans can find it (your blog, social media, etc).
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Monday, April 22, 2024

Select Pre-Readers #AtoZChallenge

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Select Pre-Readers

Better known as Beta Readers (you being the alpha). Developmental editors may also be needed. There are readers and editors for books that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Many sellers prohibit buying, paying, or trading for reviews. Genuine reviews written by the release date are especially valuable for initial sales. A zero-star, unreviewed book can be intimidating for many readers (unless they are already fans of the author). 

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Release Date #AtoZChallenge

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Release Date

The sooner you know this, the better. 
You need to know you'll be done with your editing, cover, and formatting.
Let as many people as possible know your release date. Put it in your email signature. Create social media posts. 
Some publishing sites will promote your book if you give your release date in time. (Check out BookBub.) This also builds time for pre-orders.

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Quantity #AtoZChallenge #SocialMedia #Author #Writer

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Consider if the manuscript will be a stand-alone or part of a series.  Should people follow you as an author? If there are plans for more books, yes! Amazon

You could just post links and say what sites they lead to. Or you can get icons (some free, some paid, depending on your search skills-- I bought the coffee cups years ago, along with a blank to edit).

Please visit the author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon Please follow @JLenniDorner on BookBub Follow and friend author J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads please Please visit author J Lenni Dorner on Smashwords J Lenni Dorner on Storygraph Visit @JLenniDorner on AllAuthor
There are author-specific sites to ask readers to follow you on, but also social media sites.

Follow @JLenniDorner on Twitter please WhatAreThey is the Facebook fan page of @JLenniDorner — Please click Like and Follow! Follow @JLenniDorner on Pinterest please Please connect with J Lenni Dorner on LinkedIn Please follow J Lenni Dorner on Tumblr Become NaNoWriMo buddies with J Lenni Dorner please Instagram of @JLenniDorner Mastodon

Remember to interact with your followers. Grow friendships. Put the social in social media!

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It's important to keep your latest blog posts linked to your social media.

The above are ones I use. But there are PLENTY more. 
Do you have a favorite site to follow authors?  

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