Weekly Links: Mishmash

Mishmash of writing links

It’s the middle of the week and you know what that means! Links! woo hoo! Places to go and writing things to learn from the people in the industry who are the masters. (what, you thought I was one?)



Storyfix: Writing in a corset 

Jane Friedman : Hiring a professional editor

Christopher Kokoski : The best place in your novel to put your personal beliefs

Passive Voice : Bamboozled, the new scam Amazon won’t warn you about

Elizabeth Spann Craig : Public Speaking Tips

Helping writers become authors : Most common writing mistake : Are your verbs showing or telling?

The Book Designer: Rhythm and Pacing of Writing

I am stopping at seven links – seven being (supposedly) a lucky number. If you like this weekly linky list, please share with your friends using the share buttons below this post. If you have a link you want to add, drop it in the comments. If you want more info about me or my work go to my books page. WHEW!

I will likely post up something over the weekend about writing and the writing life, but then next week, I am going to be posting up Christmas recipes! Y’all get those index cards out!


Click below to get my latest short story!

Don’t forget about Puppy Love – now available on Amazon 


I have been pounding you guys with writing and publishing, marketing and mess until I know your eyes are crossed. Well, today, I am being more personal. It is December, and a Sunday and I feel a little cuddly. I want to dig into my blanket and read. It’s a perfect day for it. It’s raining. Need I say more?


It is also a great day to curl up with the laptop and write, but I am taking a hiatus from writing until after Christmas. It’s just too busy to get anything really meaty done. Plus, I am working on my end of year post. It’s the one where I talk about lessons learned, things accomplished, and what I hope to do in 2017. A big post, time-wise.

So, for a Sunday Surprise here are the first two paragraphs of my current WIP – the next Shannon Wallace mystery.  And yes, before you ask, it is UNEDITED. This book has not been officially titled yet, but again, that is a good reason to sign up for the newsletter! My subscribers get the news first.

The broiling July sun beat down on me through the car window which was up tight allowing the air conditioner to blast me with all of its cold goodness. I was on my way to the law offices of Howell and Associates to finally get to speak to Mr. Leslie Howell about the trust that was said to be held on my behalf.

I hadn’t had a chance to talk to the lawyer about it prior to this meeting, much to my chagrin, but I wasn’t daunted at all. There would be papers to sign, and legal matters to finalize, but at some point, money was going to be coming into my possession, and I was only too thrilled about that.


In case you missed my post about television series this season, you can read it here — and just know that we are coming to the end of the fall session of series, sad to say! But there are a few winners and a few losers in my book. This is US is definitely the big winner. I just love this show! It’s funny and real life. Macguyver is definitely my loser of the group. It is just as un-funny and un-real. I have seen so many bloopers in each episode that I am amazed at how many there are and why they were not caught and cut out.

EMPIRE and LETHAL WEAPON rank high on my list of favs, but DESIGNATED SURVIVOR was the top over that. I am officially disappointed in Big Bang Theory– and Kevin Can Wait – can certainly wait.


Still working through books for the award contest I am judging. I have found a new author to follow. Love her books. But when I contacted her publicist to get her on the podcast – I was given a rather sad brush-off. Now look, I know how busy authors are. I AM ONE – yanno? But when someone is offering you free promotion and has said she is an adoring fan, it requires a bit more finesse in my opinion. So very soon I will be reading digital issues only, and I will miss my hardbacks.


Okay, so aside from gathering decorations to do up my cubicle at work (for another contest!) – as you can see, I am not doing much. Typical Sunday.

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Book Marketing and Selling Tips

There is a book list on Amazon updated daily called “Amazon Best Sellers: Best Kindle Store” and you can decide on free or paid top 100 books. Knowing what is out there will help with book marketing and selling.


I picked free and wooza-there were some great titles in that.

There were indie authors, indie publishers, and others. It was a pretty neat place to check out.  Here is my opinion of things that we know as indies and what we should pay attention to.

Book Marketing and Selling Tips

What we should aim for as indies

Write fiction. Plain and simple, fiction is the all-time bestselling way to go indie. Literary fiction not so much. Memoir not at all. Non-fiction is remarkable also, but if your aim is to entertain the masses, write fiction.

Write series of novels

In today’s landscape of ebooks and ebook readers, getting to the next book in a series is a matter of clicking. It is SO easy to do, why wouldn’t an author take advantage of that? If someone reads your first book, they can easily click through to the next one and the next one. Writing series of books just makes good sense.

Price it reasonably

This is aimed at indies’ book marketing efforts, more than anyone else, because indies can control their pricing. If you want to develop a readership, price it reasonably. That will vary widely, I am pretty sure. But I range my books and short stories from 99 cents through 3.99. The longer the work the more expensive, and that is because I have to list it for a price where I will make more than 35 cents profit. Yeah. It can be that low!

Get book reviews

I know how hard this is to do – I  struggle with it every day. The people who have reviewed my books are my darlings. I love you. But for those who just DO NOT review a book they read, please reconsider. Reviews (esp good ones) help an author out. People buy when they see reviews. Sometimes they buy out of curiosity when they see bad reviews.

Buy ads

The latest news is: Facebook has been overstating metrics. When the biggest ad market says they have found errors, well, what do we do? Personally, I am not using FB ads until they get their business together. I don’t want to think that I have had X viewers when I really had Y. Having said that, I have used other places to advertise and had moderate success. Consider advertising your books FOR PAY. It works.

In the end, I have to say the three things that have worked best for me are: book reviews, paid ads, and of course, writing another book. Series works!