Write this, that, and the other!

Keep your writing life interesting. Why bind yourself to only writing novellas or novels? Branch out, get your name far and wide. Take chances, you never know what’s going to be your big break if you never try.

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Write for anthologies

Contests

https://shortfictionbreak.com/the-vacation/

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Apply to magazines

https://1428elm.com/author/tjacobs/

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Flash fiction

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bys94diEPDLrLUVob2VrazFBUDQ/view?usp=sharing

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TV scripts – what?

Ya I said it go for it (top secret)

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If you sell one or two small pieces a month, that’s cash flow, and putting your name under new eyes too.

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Can’t forget blogging – and guest blogging

 

I have a few fun projects in the works, however, they’re always confidential but if you stick with me, you’ll learn about them as they come to fruition.

Share your fun ideas to keep your writing alive.

Free or Affordable Book Promotions

I created a similar list a few years ago, but times change. New places arrive and old ones shut down. Here are some of the current ones I use, some free, some with variable pricing. Some with special fun features.

 

The Independent Author Network, truly does what they say they are going to do. They have free offers and low priced (ONE-TIME FOR LIFE PAYMENT) plans, that make it worth the few extra bucks.

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/Theresa-Jacobs.html

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Readers Favorite offers free reviews, and fairly quickly I might add. They are professional, in-depth and honest. Your review gets posts on their site, Amazon, and good reads. Plus so much more.

https://readersfavorite.com/book-reviews.htm

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All Author gives you a landing page of your own. They also create fun interactive blurbs and gifs. You can set up auto-tweets too. Check out this cool GIF I made.

https://allauthor.com/

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Book Bub also gives you a landing page and you can follow others. I haven’t seen anything truly interesting about them as of yet. But free is free!  (I can’t tell you how many time I’ve written boob bub – laughing had to share)

https://www.bookbub.com/launch

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The Awesome gang, reviews and gives you a spotlight page. They email every Sat new books and reviews.

 

 

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The Indie Reviewers, once again Free reviews! Which we all need to pimp our books. The one big bonus with finding these reviewers is that most of them have their own blogs and post their reviews on them. This gives you a completely different audience with every single review. The hard part is finding a reviewer who is not so bogged down that they have the time to accept you.

http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/

Review

 

 

The Bold Mom, this is for the Horror Genere only. The site is unique to all the rest and professionally done. SHe advertises, spotlights and reviews, depending on what you need. the prices vary.

http://www.theboldmom.com/

 

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Many new authors don’t know Amazon has its own author promotion site. Author Central. Make sure you sign up…and don’t forget to update your info as you change.

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2

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Of course, everyone knows about facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…and on and on – however, don’t underestimate creating your own website, even if it has to be free for a time.

http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage

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Write everywhere – Blog on multiple platforms. Connect your blog to your Amazon page. Also submit to magazines, contests, guest blogs. Even simple idea’s like writing reviews or plots on IMDB can gain you new eyes. Don’t think any platform is too small or doesn’t have even viewers. Give it a shot!
http://www.imdb.com/

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Happy writing folks! See you next week 🙂  Theresa Jacobs

Please add your promotion idea – or even places you own – in the comments.

Writing a writers Blog

 

I like to keep my blogs relate-able to who I am in real life. I have been sharing my writer’s journey since week one. Which has only been two years now. And boy-o-boy that two years have flown!

Occasionally people will ask, what does a writer blog about and while I am not going to post others here without their permission – which I admit to dropping the ball on – here are types of blogs writers create…..

There are the informative, dry bones, how-to….. which are perfect if you need quick info. 

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There are the writers who come up with ingenious tales or insights into real life, and they share these gems with us. When you read blogs like this, you think “I am not worthy to write at all!”   

 

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I’ve even come across a writer (who I shall not name) that was sharing stories, books for sale, contests, and inviting writers to create short stories in their comment section.

 

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All well and good! Be creative, share your work, entice people to join in. The problem was they never actually interacted with their followers! I was right in there, enjoying the blogs, laughing, leaving comments, and then I asked a direct question. After a few weeks of no response, I did some investigating and discovered that writer, drew people in like a banshee, made crazy book sales, does public appearances, and yet doesn’t interact with the general public, who are the very ones supporting them! Therefore, I never bought any of their product and dropped their blog like a hot potato. 

This list can go on and on. Some writers do book reviews, author interviews, share chapters, or stories of their own works. The list is unending. If you are a writer, use your imagination. Read lots, comment too, connect and find what works for you. I do whatever I feel that week, from info, to woes, to my newest endeavor.

Share your blog ideas with us too 🙂

BE YOUR OWN HERO (2)

 

Sign up for my author Newsletter – only notify with essential updates. 

https://t.co/iK04QLnuo1

 

Happy writing folks, Theresa Jacobs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antisocial Media

 

 As an indie writer, our jobs are not only to write, but to market, and network, to build a solid community around us. There are days, however, when being “on” through social media can become overwhelming.

Many writers use their personal, and author accounts, as one. I do not, I keep mine separate. I do share some personal details on my writer’s account, but I try to stick to human interest style posts. I share the mundane daily stuff or any political, or religious believes with my family and friends. As a writer, I feel that the public only truly wants to read my stories, not know that I have dinner plans with friends, (unless their famous people perhaps).

 

But there are days when the thought of more marketing can be overwhelming, or just plain boring. So I just don’t do it that day. Some sites say you must be present online hurry-2119711_640every day. We have many hats to wear and life is extra busy when you are working, raising a family, writing, marketing, and seeking other avenues of promoting your work.

It’s enough to drive a person mad.

 

 

 

I say nope, I need me time TOO!

Stay sane, be happy, be creative, and stay healthy. Happy writing folks. Theresa

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B786Z7K

(.99 cent sale)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/596600

INTERNET

We are all alone.  Adrift

On a sea of Connectivity

Between you and I is a Rift

Filled with Electric Activity

So instantly we can Communicate

Never in person. Worlds Apart

Invisible waves Propagate

Our need of others in our Heart

A void to fill that cannot be Found

In our everyday Lives

Only in worlds Abound

Together. Alone.

We will Survive

 

(c) Theresa Jacobs 2016

INTERNET


We are all alone, Adrift

On a sea of Connectivity

Between you and I is a Rift

Filled with Electric Activity

So instantly we can Communicate

Never in person, worlds Apart

Invisible waves Propagate

Our need of others in our Heart

A void to fill that cannot be Found

In our everyday Lives

Only in worlds Abound

Together, alone, we will Survive

The Internet is a Succubus


Poem © Theresa Jacobs 2016

You can Read how got I lost in the web below, or you can stop time wasting and go write.

I planned on writing after work last night. Usually, this is not a problem for me, somehow I got lost in the web… and I’m trying hard to recall what I even did.

The most important task was filling out an application for a writers site, that did take longer than anticipated. But it was an accomplishment — so Check.

Then I planned on writing, and thought, I’d better view my email first. Of course, I had some comments from G+ — So I responded.

Seeing as I’m on G+ already, I had to browse others posts, read some blogs, gotta keep up with everyone.

That led me to check both my Facebooks accounts, respond to questions, share a new author site.

Notifications for emails pop up with a few more blogs to read. Read another author’s short stories.

Oh yes, write my blog for tomorrow morning — another writing accomplishment, Check.

Time to write and I Lost the link to the new Bibsco program I downloaded..search computer… that distracted me to clean up my desktop, change my pic, change my desktop, and delete some files. I finally find the program, open it and not sure where I left off… now I’m exhausted and decide to turn in.

Hit the bed for tv, do Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and candy crush, while watching three shows. And I wrote this … wow, I may need an electronic vacation.

Not that you need me to tell you all this — but that is the difference between setting a writing schedule and sticking it — or letting your mind wander — now I must go write.

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