Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Teaming Up

As a self-pulbished author, it's your expenses that pay for advertising should you choose to. But there are alternatives to the traditional route of getting your work in front of other readers.

I have a writing friend, Mildred Colvin, that suggested we advertise for one another's book in the back of our books. Which means, for every book that sells for either of us, we're both getting free advertisement.

Another helpful way to promote yourself for free when working with another writer is something, again, Mildred opened my eyes to. A few months ago she suggested to Inspired Reads that they advertise my first book, Abandoned Hearts. They finally did just two days ago. That free advertisement brought over 300 sells that evening alone! I had never heard of this website that is devoted to advertising inexpensive inspirational reads. Of course, I got on the site and suggested they advertise Mildred Colvin's books.

There are a lot of free advertisment opportunities you can find through google. But working with a friend on this will be to your advantage. Then the site you're contacting sees your suggestion for your friend as coming from an interested reader, not someone self-promoting themselves who's work may or may not be any good.

Friday, May 11, 2012

How to Strengthen Your Writing Without Cost

Today I'm skimming through a suspense novel I've read before. I'm jotting down the suspense sequences in the order they occur to balance my next novel's suspense episodes. There's no chance of copying the other author's work, as our suspense involves around entirely different subjects, but I'll use the other author's book as a guide for pacing.

Earlier in the week, I read through a fictional novel from the early eighties. With this book, I took notes on her use of descriptions and emotional phrases. I'll let them inspire me when writing my book and tweak them to fit. Again, there's no chance of me copying someone else' work because our writing styles from the different eras are dramatically different.

Why am I doing this? This method is how I strengthen my writing skills. The older novels, though often too wordy, held a passion that is often lost today. They could describe a simple scene of someone sitting in a boat on the water and your suddenly there feeling everything around you. Or, two lovers can be looking at each other from across the room, not even touching, and you can feel your own skin heat from their intensity. I want to possess that kind of talent. So I study their techniques while balancing it with modern fiction.