Why Authors Need A Business Card – Guest Post…

Why Authors Need A Business Card – Guest Post…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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If you’re a published author and don’t already have some business cards, it might be worth considering. They are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to advertise your books, and a convenient way to give anyone you meet the information they need to find them. Having a business card also makes you appear more professional.

People will often express interest in your writing, but can easily forget the details after they finish the conversation. With your business card in their hand, they are much more likely to proceed to the next step and perhaps to a sale. It also gives you an easy and convenient way to provide people with your contact details and a place to find your buyer links. Quickly handing over a card is far preferable to searching for a pen and scribbling the information on a scrap of paper.

Various online sales outlets allow you…

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35 Questions to Ask When Critiquing a Novel

Rachel Poli

Are you beginning the editing stage of your novel? Did someone ask you to critique their novel or are you asking someone else to critique yours?

Here are 35 questions to ask yourself to dig deeper into that story.

Editing Checklist: 35 Questions to ask when Critiquing a Novel

1. Does the opening of the story hook you? Do you want to read more? Why or why not?
2. What are the conflicts (internal and external) in the story? Is a conflict known right away?
3. Are there too many conflicts happening in the book at once? Or is there not enough?
4. Are all the conflicts important to the story and help drive the plot forward?
5. Is the plot clear and believable from the beginning?
6. Is the plot interesting? Will the readers be able to relate to points in the book?
7. Is the plot resolved at the end of the book? Is the reader satisfied at…

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Between Books – When the Blog Comes in Handy

Pearls Before Swine

This isn't my PC but this is how it looks. I have sticky notes everywhere! Uhh. Google Images Pic.

Only a writer would be folding clothes at twelve o’clock at night and contemplating whether they should make a batch of coffee to spend just a few more hours writing, all of this while the History Channel recaps an episode of Pearl Harbor as background noise. It was then that this post was conceived. In fact, I still have a pair of pants under my arm as I am drafting this. What can I say, gotta write when the spirit moves.

As I took a break from my work to finish laundry that could have waited until morning for normal people, I thought about how much this blog has helped to fill in the gaps during my “Between books” stage (thanks for your support BTW!). I like to think I write at a decent speed (six months to complete the first draft) but after that…

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

How To Write Better Stories: Subplots and Controversy

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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I wasn’t a fan of Harry Potter and I wasn’t at all certain J. K.  Rowling was a good – let alone great – author, despite my author friends saying she was. Then all that changed, and in the process, I saw lessons we could all take away from her writing that’ll help us become better writers.

Using Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets as a reference so you can see examples, I’m showing where the pieces are that  make for great storytelling – and stuff you probably shouldn’t do, too.

Rowling IS a great author, and studying what she did can help you become a better writer, so follow along with me.

For example: Relating to characters in a good way. I don’t know what your mother was like, but Ron’s mom reminds me of mine. Yells at her own children until she’s hoarse, then…

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Book Review – Tripwire – Lee Child

Book Review – Tripwire – Lee Child

tripwireGoodreads Synopsis:

Jack Reacher, ex-military policeman relaxed in Key West until Costello turned up dead. The amiable PI was hired in New York by the daughter of Reacher’s mentor and former commanding officer, General Garber. Garber’s investigation into a Vietnam MIA sets Reacher on collision with hand-less “Hook” Hobie, hours away from his biggest score.

My Review:

I’m hooked on the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child for a couple of reasons. His protagonist, Reacher, is such an interesting character. At one moment he is confident and functioning like a well-oiled machine. At other moments, his social immaturity emerges due to his long engagement with the military, first as a child and then as an officer.

In this story, we find Reacher in Key West, Florida working as a pool digger and strip club bouncer. A PI is looking for him and when he evades him, the PI ends up dead. Reacher then feels some remorse and tries to find out who hired the PI which reunites him with people from his past.

The story evolves into him protecting his past acquaintance while he investigates the mysterious disappearance of a Vietnam helicopter pilot who is MIA.

There are a great deal of twists and turns in this book, more than the previous two in the series. Child’s maturity as a writer emerges with gusto in this book. The ending sees Reacher potentially settling down from his drifter tendencies into something more permanent. It will be interesting to see how this develops in other books in the series.

That leads to the second reason I am enjoying this series. As a writer of a series myself, I like observing how other authors take an established character and put them in new situations while they bring in enough backstory to satisfy readers that are familiar with the character and inform those that are not.

Child does this very well while staying true to his character’s core traits allowing them to evolve slowly, just like those in real life.

I give this book a solid 4 1/2 out of 5 pizzas.



There are still spots available – Looking for Advance Readers

There are still spots available – Looking for Advance Readers

front-cover-photoLooking for Advance Readers

My new book, Frank Immersed, that I co-wrote with emerging author, Kent Arceneaux, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. You, however, as a follower of my blog, can get the book early, absolutely free, by signing up to be an advance reader.

All you have to do is read the book and leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads and whatever other outlet you choose on the release date, December 23rd, 2016. These early reviews are so helpful in attracting attention to the book on Amazon.

If you want to become an advance reader, just send me an email HERE with the subject Advance Reader. I’ll send you a copy of the book around December 9th and you’ll have until the 23rd to read it and post your review on the release day.

I’ll send you reminders to post your review as the time gets closer.

I’m going to accept a limited number of advance readers so it’s going to be on a first come, first served basis.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

Frank and Jonesy are back. This time the case will require all of their talents. Young female passengers are disappearing from luxury cruise ships. After young twin daughters disappear during a family cruise, Frank and Jonesy must go undercover to find out what’s happening.

The stakes are high and the odds are against them. Will this case prove to be more than they can handle? Luckily, the twins’ father, Jim Mason, has special training and associates from his past that will be called upon as the search for the girls escalates.

Follow Frank and Jonesy on this ocean-going adventure as they search for the twins and dredge up powerful bad guys from one of their past cases in this latest adventure, Frank Immersed.

Here is the trailer: