"I must agree...get a beta reader that is a writer. Readers read but cannot put a finger on why they like or dislike scenes or novels. Writers when doing a beta read, read with a writer's eye. The writer can see the weaknesses and strength…"
"Up until my current WIP, I was Third Person limited. This WIP is 1st person, a PI story that has been fun and has received the best comments from beta readers by far.
As to head hopping - I haven't found many authors who can do it…"
"In most cases, the blurb on the back cover is created by the publisher's marketing team. They write to sell. We write to tell a story. They are much better at that sort of promotion than most authors.
If your talking about writing a cover…"
"My character and his environment (Miami) are tightly coupled. The settings are elements to support the plot lines and the plot lines are woven together to form a smooth flowing story that culminates in crisis. Now - I have an established character…"
"The book potential dictates the format. It is not always a hardcover first. The big payback against investment is the hardcover, but a mid-list author may only see a trade format (the large paperback) or the book may be released in paperback only…"
"I have operated a chain of "brick and mortar" book stores for over 25 years. In that time, I have used every marketing tool available and many more off beat from my imagination. The proof is in the product. A good product sells on its own…"
"People are suspitious of FREE. The comic book industry has Free Comic Book Day the first saturday of May every year. We promote that and set up at local events to draw more people to the stores. I'm amazed when the people want to pay for the…"
That was actually the first book I ever wrote. I published Sin and Vengeance first because pre-readers were raving about it. Then I went back and rewrote Taking Stock from scratch. It turned out to be a much stronger book in the end, but I'm still partial to Sin and Vengeance.
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