A Look-Ahead to 2017 from a Writer’s POV

Kristen Lamb’s post “After the Dumpster Fire of 2016—How to Make 2017 ROCK!” is an inspirational look-ahead for writers and how to accomplish more and better writing in the new year.

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One thing you should be doing is reading. After all reading books is probably what brought you to the craft of writing in the first place.  A quote from Kristen, for writers about reading, especially if you swear you don’t have the time:

Reading is how we hone our skills and learn. I do a lot of editing and one of my biggest complaints with new writers is it is clear they do not read. They beat up a lot of the same words, the same tired descriptions and their dialogue sounds like a bad soap opera. Often I can tell in less than ten pages they have no plot.

But these are the same folks who will claim they have no time to read.

I read about three books a week. No I don’t sit with a nice hard back the way I would prefer. I listen to audio books and it isn’t my preference but it works with all I have to do. I can’t sit and leisurely page through while folding laundry. I can, however, listen to an audio book and with Kindle Unlimited and an Audible membership I can afford my habit.

No, not all writers are plotters, but I will be blunt. Pansters really are plotters but the reason they can get away with not sitting and outlining is they literally have read so many books that structure is hardwired into their brains and they can navigate a 60,000-110,000 word story intuitively.

Successful pantsers are extremely well read (plotters too but pantsers even more so).

If we don’t spend time reading, we will probably spend way more time with crappy drafts. Most people are not born writing savants. Stephen King didn’t become Stephen King without reading fiction and using others to refine his craft.

You can read the post in its entirety here.


Historical Romance Network Releases Video

historical romance networkA group formed recently called Historical Romance Network, created out of a sense that historical romance might be losing popularity. (Gasp! Say it isn’t so.) Perhaps historical romance is considered less relevant than Navy SEAL romance, or perhaps readers have a misconception that all the historical heroines are simpering weaklings and all the men are domineering rakes ready to rip off a lady’s bodice and have his wicked way with her causing her to fall immediately in love with him. Not so.

HRN, of which I am a member, is going to counter those notions with a blitz campaign, and we’re starting with an awesome video. One of my covers made it into the video (around 54 seconds) and I’m thrilled to be included. Without further ado, our video:

Please take a moment to share the video with fellow romance novel lovers. Even if they aren’t historical romance readers, maybe we can change their minds. And we’d love you to come visit our site at www.historicalromancenetwork.com.

Maybe Facebook Ads Aren’t Fraudulent

In all fairness, here’s the view from the other side regarding my last post indicting FB ads. Jon Loomer, in Facebook Fraud Response: Are Facebook Ads a Waste of Money?, says that it’s all in how you target your ads.

His site is for “Advanced Facebook Marketers,” and to read his view on the Veritasium experiment cited in my last post as well as how to make Facebook ads work, click here.

I would love to hear your thoughts on whether you think he’s correct and FB has improved since 2012 or whether you still think that FB ads are a waste of money.

Facebook Fraud: Beware of FB Ads

As with many writers, I’ve toyed with the idea of using Facebook ads in order to reach more readers. I’m sure businesses of any ilk have the same thought. Well, it’s past time to rethink.

Here is a video from the owner of a YouTube science channel called Veritasium. This likeable, watchable man did an experiment or two to see if Likes on FB actually cause your posts to reach more people. He dealt with Like farms (people paid to click Like) and legitimate FB ads that should have brought real Likes. They didn’t.

And worse, as his FB Likes grew, since the percentage of people who were showed his posts by the FB gods stayed the same, his posts were reaching more fake-Like people and less of his engaged, interested followers.

Definitely worth watching this one: