Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: Secret Advice for Writers by Victoria Mixon
Book Review – Art and Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers by Victoria Mixon.
The Bad Stuff: It’s a pretty short book and a lot of the information has been covered before.
The Good Stuff: I have been writing for some time now and I’m always looking for new information. There were one or two nuggets in this book for me, but mainly it was that Victoria looks at things from a slightly different angle and explains them in a slightly different way. This resonated with me and I will keep this book on hand for reference in the future.
Overall this book is put together from the authors most popular blog posts. In my opinion it is worth a read, you may not new information from it, but you may look at things with a new found appreciation and understanding. This one gets 4 golden bookmarks from me.
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We need your help! That’s right, you have the power to help us authors out. If you’ve ever wondered how you can help your favourite author, I’ll give you a few tips here.
Firstly: Buy their books (this always seems to help, no matter how often you do it).
Tip 2: Reviews are king. If you read a book and you enjoyed it, leave a review! Leaving a review to say how much you enjoyed the book will make the author feel warm and fuzzy. But more than that, readers like to know what other people thought (which may prompt them to go on to buy the book themselves). It also helps with an authors ranking on places like Amazon.
Tip 3: Ain’t got time to write a review? Then leave a star rating – It all helps.
Tip 4: Share and like posts about their books. Your friends will see your post and may be interested in reading the book too.
Aside from purchasing an authors books, these little things will help out. I can also say, hand on heart, that most authors also have a day job. And, if they could just earn a little more from their book sales they might be able to reduce their hours and… write more books!
So if you can, blog about it, share your thoughts on social media, write a review on Amazon or Kobo or wherever else you can. What are you waiting for… Go help your favourite author.
Supersize Your Subscription List: Build yourself a fan-base and boost your writing career by Steve Turnbull
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Supersize Your Subscription List by Steve Turnbull is a quick read that looks at the techniques used by authors to build a subscription list.
The Bad Stuff: There is not much bad stuff in here to be honest. I knew most of the information in the book, but I have researched this topic and for those that have not, it is a little gem of a book. Could it have been longer? Possibly, but then you would need more content, and in my opinion there is not much that was not covered.
The Good Stuff: The book was short, but it was concise and covered everything that it needed to. I love that the author did not fill up his pages with guff, unnecessary wordage just for the sake of it. He is to the point and summarizes the process well. I learnt a little more about things I was not sure on too, so for me, the book was worth it.
Overall this was a quick and informative read that gave me a little bit more knowledge than I already had. That’s a win in my mind. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 Golden bookmarks.
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