About Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio is the author of Frankly Speaking - A Frank Rozzani Detective novel and the follow-up, Let Me Be Frank. He has also written several short stories.

Marketing your Book with Story Origin

Check out this guest post from Effrosyni Moschoudi via Nicholas Rossis’ blog with Marketing your Book with Story Origin

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This is a guest post by my author friend, Effrosyni Moschoudi. She is well versed in all things Indie and an expert in book promos. She kindly agreed to share with us her experience with Story Origin, a newsletter-swapping service that has helped her promote her work. I hope you find her post as interesting as I did!

Marketing your Book with Story Origin

Let’s face it. Being an indie author is hard work. Anyone who enters the sphere of self-publishing will find out sooner or later that having organizational skills is a must in order to succeed.

Even so, no matter how organized we are, finding time for the mountain of tasks that await us each day is always a challenge. We all could use a little help, but few of us can afford a virtual assistant. This is why for most of us promoting becomes a tedious task.

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10 Surprising Things I Learned About Writing Just in the Past 100 Days

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with 10 Surprising Things I Learned About Writing Just in the Past 100 Days

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1. The stories you feel called to tell aren’t necessarily the easiest to write. But they are the ones that touch others’ hearts and lives the most.

2. Just because you enjoy doing something doesn’t mean it’s the only thing you’re “allowed” to do.

3. Kindness will get you farther in your journey as a writer than you think.

4. People who don’t agree with your words aren’t necessarily interested in having their mind changed. If your words didn’t do it initially, they probably won’t do so after the fact either.

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Nine

Check out another great post from Harmony Kent via the Story Empire blog with the topic: How to Publish with KDP: Part Nine

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Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part nine in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.

So, here’s Part Nine: An overview of your KDP Dashboard.

So, after my last post ( HERE), you now have a KDP account set up. Today, we’re taking a look at what your KDP dashboard looks like, and what the different options offer. Below is an image of your dashboard area >

At the very top of the page, you will see four options … Your Account, which we looked at in part eight, … English, which allows you to…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Memoir Pete Springer, #Writing Jane Sturgeon, #Fantasy Fiona Tarr

Check out what’s new at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore with author updates from Pete Springer, Jane Sturgeon, and Fiona Tarr

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Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first review today is for the memoir of retired teacherPete Springer. They Call Me Mom

About the book

Who Will You Inspire Today? Teachers face this challenge and responsibility each day, but in the process, the author discovers that his students can also have a profound influence on him. Pete Springer takes you on his memorable thirty-one-year journey in education as an elementary school teacher and offers the many valuable life and teaching lessons he learned along the way. Get ready to laugh out loud at some of the humorous and memorable experiences that all teachers face, feel inspired by the inherent goodness of children, and appreciate the importance of developing a sense of teamwork among the staff.

Learn valuable tips for working with children, parents, fellow staff members, and…

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7 Tips to Giving Your Heroes and Villains Exotic Pets

Check out this great post from Charles Yallowitz with 7 Tips to Giving Your Heroes and Villains Exotic Pets

Legends of Windemere

Drizzt and Guenhwyvar

Let’s keep the subject going because maybe there’s more to this than we realize.  After all, a character can be defined by their friends and that includes pets.  Yet, you can’t just toss anything in on a whim.  Not unless you’re being very random and think of animals as nothing more than window dressing.  Totally possible and I’m not one to judge . . . out loud.  So, here are some tips that may or may not help.

  1. The animal you pick needs to be viable for the adventure you have planned.  If there is a lot of traveling then a hamster might not be a good choice.  Traveling through a dungeon won’t do that goldfish any favors.  There needs to be a way that the animal can be in the story without getting underfoot or becoming a hindrance.  Otherwise, people wonder why they’re there and that’s…

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A Look at Body Language in Writing – From the Writers in the Storm Blog

by Ellen Buikema

More than half of human communication consists of body language, which we use to communicate feelings, thought, and ideas without speech. Body language impacts other people’s perception and conveys our emotions far more than we think it does. Physical descriptions of what our characters are doing allows us to show-not-tell what is happening to them internally. It is one of the simplest ways to give the reader a feel for characters’ depth of mood and attitude.

Can you communicate well with others if you sit on your hands? I tried to and discovered that I don’t express myself as well.  I’m a hand-gesturer. Plus, with COVID-19 upon us, I’ve realized how often I touch my face!

I also move around a lot, especially if I’m nervous. The first time I taught a classroom full of adults, I paced the entire time. Thinking back, I wonder if I made anyone dizzy.

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12 Reasons Writers Don’t Always Act Like They Love Their Jobs (But We Do!)

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions Blog with 12 Reasons Writers Don’t Always Act Like They Love Their Jobs (But We Do!)

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1. Not every writing job entails only writing. Like with any job, there are sometimes parts of their work a writer just doesn’t enjoy. Sometimes those parts become the majority of their day, and they just have to deal.

2. We mostly just get emails and tweets about typos and things we did wrong. We don’t often hear positive feedback. It’s there, but it’s not as frequent.

3. Everyone’s always asking us “when we’re going to publish a book.” They don’t ever ask how it’s going, or what the process is like, or how we’re feeling.

4. For some reason, people are mostly willing to compensate writers … just not with decent pay, and sometimes not even with money! Woo!

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