I was thinking about blogging a scene once every week. Then, I thought I would send it out in a newsletter, again once a week, instead. If I do that should I blog or put the entire prequel in a newsletter? Or would it be better to put only part of it in the newsletter or blog then later publish it as a free eBook?
I like the blog idea because it would allow readers to make and read comments, which, of course, is the purpose. Also, previous scenes would be available to those who started reading after the first scene was posted. The only drawback that I’ve thought of is that I would not know how many readers I have since my blog is part of my website.
The newsletter idea is appealing because I would know how many people have signed up for the weekly issues. I could also add news about contests, book launches, etc. The disadvantage, is that no one would be able to make comments. However, as I sit at my laptop and write this blog post, I realize I could send the readers to my website and have them make comments on my forum. Hmm, that could work, too.
What do you think? What have you done to help promote your first book?
I deliberately have scenes in my books where my main characters are struggling, hurting, or facing a hard decision. We all have problems, and we can learn from fictional characters the correct way to handle them or the wrong approach.
However, the question is, how do you handle your problems and decisions?
The characters in my stories have problems, some small and others huge. At times, my characters use the wrong approach to solving troubles. However, as they mature, I have them make better choices.
I want readers, through my characters, to understand God's love, forgiveness, and guidance in a deeper way. Then, of course, apply them to your life. If we are willing to allow God to take the driver’s seat of our lives we can sit back and watch the world, and our problems, go by.
Sometimes God takes away our problems or illnesses; however, many times, He calms us and helps us through them. Either way, He is always there for us.
You’re having family or friends over for dinner. At the store, you find what you’re searching for, steaks or prime rib or whatever your favorite is. Then you look at the price, and your heart stops and restarts at ten times the normal pace. You check with the butcher. Yup, the sign’s correct. You take out the old mental calculator and...You know before you push the buttons, that it’s way more than you wanted or could spend.
You buy them anyway, knowing that everyone will enjoy them. Then, when you get home, you find a flyer from a different store and the exact same item is on sale for a substantially lower price.
Or the time...
The list goes on and on.
Here’s my latest story. In my blog on May 20th, yes 5/20/2015, I talked about Plotters and Pantsers. I discussed both and admitted to being a Pantser. On June 4th, I discovered Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell.
I was so fascinated and bought the book.
When it arrives and I finish reading it, I will post my thoughts on it.
Until, then, keep on writing!
However, the important fact is that we are in this together. We’ve cheered for each other and we’ve shared tears. We’ve learned from one another, and, most importantly, we pray for each other. In our critique group, there is no competition. We help each other become the best we can be.
I’ve realized, over the years, that my best supporters aren’t those who say I’m a great writer. They aren’t even those who never find anything wrong with my writing. They’re the ones who gently show me the correct or a better way. If something isn’t working, such as the plot is too slow, or the character needs a bigger arc, they tell me by sandwiching the problem between honest praises.
Because of these wonderful people, I keep my fingers to the keyboard, as I press on toward my day of success.
So, I say a huge
to my critique group!!
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