Category Archives: A blog about the topics of writing

What phrase do you hear that drives you bonkers?: Looking at you writers

 

The next time you hear a loud, bellowing scream, it will be because I read this in a book or it came from the tv or through the radio. It’s complicated.

How many of you have heard this from a TV show or in a book? To say this is getting overused is truly an understatement.

You see and hear this in areas where it is not complicated. However, the writer is too lazy to write out the scene.

Stop being lazy. Give your readers and viewers the sense that they are not total idiots and explain to them the situation instead of expecting them to accept it. Why not give your audience some credit in that they might understand?

If you have a short show that is 30 minutes with commercials long, maybe hold back from using it. How about you create a scene that works? Why cop-out? You have roughly 22 minutes to explain why the situation is complicated. One can do this in two to three sentences.

If it is in a movie or a book, you have the time to write it out. Yes, you do. Do your job.

Yes, there are some instances where it fits. But every single time has gotten old.

My Children’s books are At Walmart

 

 

I found out by accident that my books are at Walmart. Consider my mind blown. I knew my publisher was looking into new ventures, but I would not have even come close to thinking Walmart.

When I told my friend, Vicki, she was excited. She said this means I have made it. I did chuckle, for I was not too sure bout that.

Depending on where you live, some of my books will only be online for Walmart. Others will be in the actual store.

Yes, I immediately checked out the Walmart closest to me, but nope no luck. Now, that would have been awesome. I need to know someone, anyone, who lives in an area where they are in the actual store.

But while the hunt is on for this to happen, I will continue to work on my two series. Plus, other projects screaming at me to pull them out of my file cabinet to work on them.

Volume four to my children’s chapter book series is rounding out the last edits. After, I will work on Squirrel Mafia 2.

Maybe by the time I send them off to my editor, I will find a store that has Jasper in it.

Here is the link for Walmart:

Evaluating 2020 : When it comes to your brand

 

Now that the year is winding down, it is a good idea to access how you did in whatever part of your life or business that comes to mind.

When it comes to writing, aka my business, I go over my marketing calendar to see how I did as far as time and effort.

It is a simple calendar. I mark daily, I try anyway, how I did. By doing this I get a good overlook on how I am doing and if I am progressing forward. I also mark if I worked on any of my manuscripts,  if I did any editing, or if I start any new book.

This year I did pretty good in posting about my brand, having more guest posts on other sites, and having more interviews. My books made it in the top 100 multiple times on Amazon. It made it and in the lower 50 many times.

Marketing one’s books and brand is tedious and takes a lot of time, especially away from writing. But it is a necessary part of being an author.

When one compares to where one started at the beginning of the year, it is a way to see what worked and what didn’t. It helps me to proceed for the next year.

It could help you progress better than the year before. That is my goal.

Good luck to you all in 2021.