Authors in business; Buffer

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Happy Thursday!

image1So today I want to introduce to you a new app, if you’ve never heard of it, it’s called Buffer. Buffer is a social media app that allows you to post on various social media accounts. It can be used for free if you use up to three accounts but you will have to pay a subscription for more.

I have been using this app for a long time. I used to use Hootsuite but I just didn’t like the format anymore. Then when I found Buffer, I was in love. I think Buffer upped their prices and this is why I started using the free account. However, the free account is enough for me.

If you promote on Instagram, you can also post on your Twitter and Facebook account if they are connected. So I use the free account to post on Instagram and then post on Twitter and Facebook. BTW: the app alerts you when it’s time to post to your account.

You create posts in the app and then schedule them. You are able to schedule up to ten posts. I love Buffer.

This app is great for anyone who needs help in promoting on social media. I call this my social media assistant!

Check it out in your app store!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Authors in Business; 4 Elements to Selling a Book Online

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I-Wrote-A-BookSo last week on Wednesday I wrote a blog about the five elements to selling a book in a book store. Today I want to talk about the four elements of selling a book online.

If you missed the blog last week, check it out here.

So the question is what makes a person buy a book when they go into a book store. What makes someone pick your book over the hundreds of books that are in the store if they didn’t have the intentions of buying your book?

When we go to an online store such as Books a Million, Barnes and Noble, Amazon or iBooks, we browse in different genres, look for our favorite titles but most times, there are new releases advertised on the home page. Books that are on sale or books that are relevant to your resent searches.

So what are the four elements to selling a book online? Let’s take a look.

  1. It’s going to be the cover/title. That’s for sure. No matter where any reader is, it’s going to be the cover and title that gets the readers attention.
  2. The reader is then going to click on the cover and read the synopsis. The synopsis should be error free and detailed enough to sell the book after the cover.
  3. If the synopsis is good enough for their liking, they are then going to the reviews. Now this can’t be done in a book store, however, readers who are browsing online are going to read the reviews. This is why you want to promote readers to leave reviews. Reviews are extremely important. They can sell your book.
  4. After readers read the reviews and are sold they will do one of two things. They will either download the sample or download the book. 

So in the elements of selling a book online, there are only four but the elements are mostly the same. Make sure the cover can sell. Make sure the synopsis can sell. Make sure readers are leaving reviews. Sell them with the first paragraph or chapter of the book. And if a reader decides to go outside of the book store or the online store, make sure your website sells them. Make sure your social media sites and bios sell you and your work. Cross all your “T’s” and dot all of your “I’s”.

Sell your books in any way you can. All elements are important.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Welcome to the Help Me Create a Page Turning Novel Workshop. In this course, writers will be taken through a four week course that will walk them through the steps to write a novel. At the end of the course, writers will be ready to write their next best seller. The workshop helps the writer get their ideas from their head on to paper so that they can prepare for the organization of their story. 

The course starts on September 1st, 2019 ending on September 24th, 2019. 

Writers will also join a Facebook group to interact with the other writers, networking and discussing various topics. Get the help you need in starting and finishing your novel!

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

How to Tuesday: Develop Subplots

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Subplots are what I like to call the peanut butter and jelly to a PB&J. If the main story is the bread and we ate it alone, it would be a dull and dry sandwich.

Subplots are a secondary strand of the plot that is a supporting side story for any story or main plot. Subplots support the main story and sometimes the main characters or the sub characters. When one is wanting to develop a subplot, here are a few things to analyze

  • Is there something going on in the main character or sub characters life that can take on a life of its own, yet can’t stand alone without the main story?

If so this is a good subplot. Let’s say for instance Mary is a suspect in murdering her best friend. But she’s also the sister of her best friends husband. Her double life is the subplot. Let’s go a step further and say that Mary is a detective who is well respected in her community who is working on a case about the abduction of a single mother whose husband is most likely the culprit. But Mary is also a contract killer.

  • Is there a situation that is going on in the story that runs along with the main story?

If so, this is a good subplot. Insert your character into this situation. Make your character deal or solve this problem while solving their main problem, which is the main plot.

In order to create subplots, you have to first have built and created good characters. They need to be complex, have issues, have problems. Basically, they need to be human. You have to be able to pull something from them. Going through a divorce, a subplot could include emotional issues. Have abusive tendencies, you could create a subplot about this person abusing another character.

Another way is to pull subplots from the main story. If you had a story that was based off a woman getting over a heart break, you could include her now trying to be a single mother to a son who’s being rebellious, skipping school, having sex, being disrespectful. At the same time, her mother finds out she has cancer. She is then told that she has a new job where she is making three times what she’s currently making but the job is four states over. See the dilemma? The idea is to create conflict. So if you are struggling with sub plot development, you must create conflict within a situation or a character but make sure the characters are authentic, or the conflict won’t be true to your story or your character.

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

What’s on the Next Page?

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471213-best-ebook-readersI’m the type of reader who is always wondering what’s on the next page. Depending on the author, I can normally figure it out. James Patterson of course, keeps me on my toes unless I’ve read a spoiler.

But from a fiction author to another fiction author keep your readers wondering what’s on the next page. A book shouldn’t be predictable. What’s the point of reading it? Twists and turns can be a turn off to some people but you don’t want to reveal too much too early.

One thing about me, I can’t do romance. Romance with no other sub-genre’s is boring. It’s predictable.  Nothing but love and sex scenes; a woman or man falling for someone they can or can’t have. Predictable.

One thing that keeps readers coming back is the flow of the story, did the author drag the story out (I personally hate those types of books or movies…I’m like END IT ALREADY) Don’t take up too much time describing the scenes, the character…leave a little to the imagination but enough to make it clear to the reader.

Millions and millions of books have been written and published over the years so at some point some things will be predictable.  Put your own twist on your book. Make your readers want more. That includes a Prologue or Epilogue. Cliffhangers are perfect for NOT being predictable. If you ever want to know how to make a book flow and not be predictable, read your favorite author. Take time to read other authors and get a feeling for how books should flow. Being predictable is one way to run your readers away. A reader comes to a book to be entertained, to take them out of their own lives and into someone else’s. So make sure your story is not predictable. Be creative. Make your story, your way of writing stand out.

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Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique Watson

Using a Business Plan to Help your Literary Career

When people think about Business Plans, they think about starting a new business, needing money to start up this new company and quitting the job they already have. But a business plan is simply a guide to success.

A plan is very important to have in any type of situation or case. We have emergency plans, traveling plans, financial plans. But when it comes to the literary field, having a plan is just as important.

When we start writing books, the only thing on our mind is to have our book published and for someone to read it. We aren’t thinking of ten years from now. We aren’t thinking about marketing or promoting. We just want our book read and we want to reap the benefits from it. Simple as that. But when we start to make a career out of writing books, whether we have a full time job or not, it’s important to have a plan.

To start, you should make a list of short term goals and long term goals. Ask yourself general questions:

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What do you expect to reap from writing books?
  • Will you always have a full-time job or do you plan to quit and take on writing full-time?
  • Are you financially ready?

These are things to consider. Once you’ve asked yourself a ton of questions and have answers to those questions, it is now time to start making a plan; making those dreams come true.

This will mean that you will have to sacrifice in some places. You may need to do a better job at saving so you can hire a good editor. You may need to start promoting more so more people can get their hands on your book. You may have to spend an extra hour or two at night writing because you get home late from work each night. In anything that you do, it’s going to take hard work and sacrifice. But ask yourself, doesn’t the dream ahead sound well worth the sacrifice right now? Sure, it does! So, use this motivation to push ahead.

Your plan should not be tedious. It shouldn’t be hard in any kind of way and it should be attainable. Also, give yourself short term goals you can meet once a week or every month. Like spending a little more time researching an illustrator or editor, using your lunch break to eat and write, putting away twenty extra dollars each month. It’s all possible!

Consider your literary career a part time career. All of this hard work is a means to an end-beginning. Start creating a Business plan for your literary career so you can see your dreams come true!

-Your Literary Mentor

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