Oct 30 2012

Quick Ways To Lose Valuable Trust

Posted by Mathias

Selling books is just like selling any other product.  First you have to have something to sell.  Then, you have to convince people to buy it.

One way to convince people to buy your book, or any product for that matter, is to establish trust with your potential readers.  Trust is valuable.  It is so valuable, that it should be guarded as though it were the most precious thing in the world.  Give your potential readers a reason to distrust you, and you may find it hard to ever sell another book.  Or, at least sell enough books to make writing worth your time.

There are some really quick ways to loose trust.  But, in our zest to sell our product, we might not even realize that we are doing them.  That is dangerous.  So let’s look at some of the ways we lose our reader’s trust, shall we?

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Oct 29 2012

Why I Am Still, A Year Later, Editing My Novel

Posted by Mathias

Every day I get asked the same question, “Why are you still editing that novel of yours?”

I don’t think the answer is that complicated.  I simply want to produce a quality story in the end.  And, while I and others who have read Under the Darkened Moon think that the story is good, I personally don’t think it is good enough quite yet.  Although, I do think it is quickly getting there.

For me, there is no rush.  I’ve been writing off and on for over twenty years.  My very first novel, which I started back in high school, had three years invested into it and never got even half way done.  For Under the Darkened Moon, I opened the file (started writing the story) on June 18th of last year.  It is now October, nearly November a year later.  I could have pushed this work out there six months ago, at least according to some opinions, but certainly not my own.   As one person in my review group said, “It’s already better than 95% of what is self-published on Amazon and other sites like that.” (more…)

Oct 05 2012

I Do Keep A “Liars List”

Posted by Mathias

One thing I started keeping a few years ago was what I deemed as the “Liars List”. This list is composed of people who leave blatantly false reviews for books on sites like Amazon.com and Goodreads.

Mostly the “Liars List” contains people who rate incredibly awful books as “great”, “awesome”, or some other unwarranted praise. A few are those who trash books that are actually good. But the majority of them are people who, for whatever reason, give bad books unwarranted praise. Presumably this praise is to try and get people to believe the book actually has some redeeming qualities. (more…)

Sep 11 2012

Even “traditionally” published books have errors

Posted by Mathias

People like to knock self-published authors, those brave souls that have decided to try something other than traditional publishing, with broad strokes that lump every self-published author into the category of garbage.  Yes, most of what is self-published is horrid trash.  Bad plots.  Poorly contrived characters.  Not to mention continuity errors, misspellings, and awkward sentences galore!  Sometimes self-published books overcome these problems, Fifity Shades of Grey for one (though don’t ask me how or why), but it is not common.  The crap that is self-published gives everything else a bad name.

But the sad truth is that, for all the bashing of self-published authors who rush their works onto Amazon.com without proper editing and proof reading, traditionally published books are rife with errors as well.  Yes, they are often farer and fewer between, but they are still quite common.  Most traditionally books I read have errors that I spot easily.  So no way a “professional” editor couldn’t.  Usually it’s just punctuation or a cumbersome sentence that takes three or four passes to understand.  These errors stare me in the face all the time, and I wonder how on God’s green Earth they made it past the supposed filters. (more…)

Aug 12 2012

Best Seller Or Best Give Away For Freer?

Posted by Mathias

This post sort of goes along with my previous post about whether or not one is really an “award winning author” or not.  Seems to me that a lot of authors, particularly self-published ones, want to make themselves seem more prominent than they really are.  In a way, I understand that.  It is hard being an author.  I know, being one myself.  We would all like recognition.  But, like I said in my post about “award winning authors” who get some token award and then tout it as some grand credential, “the only person you are cheating is yourself,” when that recognition is overhyped. (more…)

Aug 04 2012

Being Serious Is Better Than Kissing Ass

Posted by Mathias

“Have you read this yet?” emails a friend of mine seeking an opinion on a book he was considering reading. The message contains a link to a fantasy book (self-published) on Amazon. I follow the link and, within five minutes, decide that the book probably won’t be going on my reading list any time soon.

The reason? All the reviews, save one, were nothing but hype. Lots of OMGs (often with lots of trailing exclamation points). Lots of people proclaiming the book as the “best” thing they’ve read in years. But no real reviews of the book. It was just post after post of nebulous praise. I bet the author called in every favor from every friend she had to accomplish this task. At least, that’s the way it seems. After all, if the book is so good, the “best” thing in years, why did it have to be self-published?  Not saying it isn’t good, and not that publishers don’t make mistakes and pass on good books, just saying that it is not likely to be the “best” book writen in years. (more…)

Jun 26 2012

Tuesday Morning Twitter Follower Welcomes

Posted by Mathias

Welcome to the following new followers on Twitter!

Piper Biswell‏@PiperBiswell

Master of the launguage giberish, Currently writing bad sci-fi novels, And out of touch with recent music.

Chuck Barrett‏@Chuck_Barrett

Author of award-winning thriller, THE SAVANNAH PROJECT and THE TOYMAKER. Retired air traffic controller and commercial pilot. (more…)

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Jun 23 2012

Saturday Evening Twitter Welcomes

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matt t. schott‏@matttschott

Author of the Award Winning ScFi novel, Lord Skyler & The Earth Defense Force. I Quest for Knowledge to Obtain Wisdom please RT my favorites,

 JimLeCurn‏@Jameslcurnow

Devoted cinephile and founder of CURNBLOG.

Madeline Harvey‏@MadelineHarvey

People call me Mad Harvey, but I’m not all that angry. I’ve penned one unremarkable novel and have high hopes for the next. I’m here for the wine and cheese.

arknow.net‏@arknownet

The goal of the Social Network ArkNow is to create an informational and social environment to reduce risks of natural disasters on humans.

william d. hicks‏@wdhicks

Author of Twist, Killer Flies, Heavy Petting and AHA! http://www.amazon.com/s/177-1134958-8417613?url=keywords=william+d.+hicks

Shannon MacLeod‏@TheMacLeod

Writer of romance, teller of tales, weaver of dreams – Author of The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups, coming 12/3/12 from Lyrical Press!

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Jun 21 2012

Start Your Own Trend, Don’t Copy!

Posted by Mathias

I hear aspiring authors such as myself say it all the time. They say they are going to write a vampire novel because vampires are hot. They say they are going to write chick lot because that’s where the money is. They say they are going to write a novel about this teenage wizard because Harry Potter was a smashing success. They say they are going to write a post apocalyptic adventure with teens fighting each other and struggling to survive because, well, because look how many copy’s The Hunger Games has sold.

What these people are doing is writing for other people and trying to hop on a trend. They are not writing for themselves. And, if you ask me, it shows in their final products. I’ve read more than my share of these concoctions.

It seems that every time one of my friends opts to put up a novel on Amazon written in such a manner they ask my opinion on it. Ok, ignore the fact that vampire (the blood sucking type) novels are not really my thing. But I do like a good story. Note I said “good”. It doesn’t even have to be great! (more…)

Jun 18 2012

More Monday Morning New Twitter Follower Welcomes!

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Monday morning brings more new followers on Twitter!

Ken Lind‏@Ken__Lind

Personal computer network guru; internet marketing entrepreneur; fisherman & published writer. I enjoy all this plus being an avid reader. I adore books!

Richard Stephenson‏@RStephenson5

Speculative Fiction #IndieAuthor of the #dystopian #novel COLLAPSE @CollapseNovel about the future downfall of America. Coming July 6th. #FREE sneak peak @

Carol Tibaldi‏@cat5149

Author of historical mystery novel WILLOW POND http://amzn.to/AthqHg

Daniel Kenyon‏@dnlkenyon

I am 35, male&live in Palermo. I’m a crime thriller writer, journalist, editor, Italian2English translator&English teacher. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KAS078

On Writing‏@LRBarlow

Popular fiction writer — suspense, sagas, historical & contemporary romance — getting back into the game with indie published backlist.

Mark O’Brien‏@markobrienwrite

Author of ’72-Hours to Crack the Universe’s Code’ and soon to be released ‘teen fantasy.’

Roberta Loufek‏@robertaloufek

Author. Interested in ePublishing, photography, travel, reading, and writing.