Checking those Winner Lists

I got a “Winners Announced” email the other day.

You know that feeling, right? When you hastily click on it, frantically scan the list. And slowly realize your name isn’t there. So you delete the email with a particularly painful stab of the finger.

Being a Tech Savvy Writer

There are two reasons for a sharp indie author (such as myself) to setup his or her own website with all the effort that entails. One is to keep up with the rapidly changing internet world, making changes when desired instead of waiting on some support person.

The other is being cheap.

Twitter Ecology

Being an indie author is a challenge. Because of the distractions, for one thing.

Distractions such as succumbing to the temptation to check sales reports six times an hour, or trying to figure out social media. Even, occasionally, performing real work to pay the bills.

My DOM – Distraction of the Moment – is Twitter ‘De-tweeting’.

The Lofty Goal of Twitter Influencer

“You need to be a Twitter Influencer.”

Apparently that’s how I’ll be successful. That’s how I’ll show my prowess, prove my true worth. So naturally the next question is, how do I become one?

“Well, you need to be active,” Becky said. I was! “You’ve got to have followers.” I did!

“You must follow very few people in return.” Thus my dream of Twitter power died on the spot.

Indie Publishing and the Kitchen Sink

As an indie writer – and still a fledging, really – it’s my responsibility to come to grips with the marketing nuances.

My first blip on Amazon’s blue line meant someone had borrowed my book. A real turning point for pros such as myself. “Rented!” I told my husband. “My book’s been rented!!”

“But does that pay anything?” he asked. He doesn’t comprehend the full amount of study, of reading and evaluating that a sharp indie such as myself does.

“If no one else rents a book this month, I get 1.2 million dollars.”

Finding Mental Health on Twitter

I found a real catharsis on Twitter.

If you google that word (catharsis, not Twitter) you’ll find two definitions. The second is purgation, a cleansing or purification. The first is the process of that release. Odd, as they both fit so well.

No, I didn’t follow a super genius psychologist, or someone beating the drum of self-actualization. I found something so much better.

“Unfollow.”

Writer’s Block

Lately there have been comments on Writer’s Block. From writers, I mean.

A lot of smart comments of my own ran through my head. Smart, as in smart-ass. Things to show how clever I am, to jump on the bandwagon. Sneer at the concept, laugh at the thought that lesser folks suffer from this.

But if I look in the mirror …

How to Write a Useful Review

So your writer friend asked for a review. You read the book – and maybe even liked it. But you’re not ready to declare it the next great novel.

So what do you do?