Do you like surveys? While conversing on an author marketing support group, I realized that I haven't created a survey to take the pulse of Lines by Leon Nation* since last May. Someone had asked how authors create engagement and deal with inactive newsletter subscribers. In order to retain readers who "have to" sign up … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: Survey Says?
I wrote the final chapter of book two of my trilogy yesterday. Oh, there is still a lot of revising to do, but with the help of my beta readers, that is coming along well, chapter by chapter. I want to thank my beta readers who not only get an advance look at the book, … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: Book two finished. Kinda.
Do you subscribe to your own newsletter? I do because I want to make sure that my subscribers are getting an attractive newsletter free of glitches. I actually use 2 email addresses, and I have been forgetting to open both, and I wondered why my open rate was lower. So, check your spam folder and … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: Author Newsletters
I use the website StoryOrigin to connect with other authors to promote books with each other's readerships, distributing my free books to newsletter subscribers, managing review copies, and recently, to allow access to my new book thought the beta copy feature. If you are an author and have never used a beta reader, you are … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: Beta Readers
So I admit that by doing this I am revealing that my novella will be a trilogy. If you read The View from Here, you will be aware that as fun and exciting the ending was, it could stand alone or continue. So much has been written about the importance of covers, and how you … Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits: Under the Covers
If you are an author, then you probably have a mailing list. If you have a mailing list, then you probably send out newsletters. If you send newsletters, then you probably struggle at times about how often to want to bother your readership. If you probably struggle at times about how often to want to … Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits: What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? Newsletters that is.
Remember these? Yesterday's Open Book Blog Hop reminded me of a post that I wrote. After scouring my blog, without success, I came to the conclusion that I hadn't posted it. So, here it is: Bad Opening Lines I’ve always heard that the worst opening line for a book was: “It was a dark and … Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits: Bad Opening Lines
Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I have time to reflect on the process of writing a book. I am reminded by this iconic scene in pop culture: [Two men sit across from each other drinking coffee in a diner] “This should be the show.”“What should?”“This.”“Just talking?”“Just talking.”“About what?”“About nothing.”“Nothing?”“Nothing.”“You want to do a show about … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: A Book About Nothing (contains spoilers)
I use the NaNoWriMo site to update my progress. It does keep track of many different statistics: Hey, I did have a few good days. January? My last novella* took 6 months. This one in 3? I'll take it. I was close on Day 1 Yikes! But I did write 330 words this morning OK. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Last Day: Yikes! Better get a move on.
As I mentioned on Sunday, I will be scaling back my posts this month as I participate in NaNoWriMo, so I'll offer up this little blast from the past today: https://linesbyleon.com/2020/11/29/returning-to-roots/ NaNoWriMo Update: ~ 2400 words and 5 cups of coffee.