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Book Reviews on Amazon Actually Help


It’s a hard life/job being a small time published author, especially when you first start out. You continue to market yourself time and time again, in hopes of getting your work out there. My first year as a published author went really well. I had quite a few book signing events, which led to being invited to other events where I was able to set up a table for more book signings. I’ve sold quite a few books by myself alone; through social media, emails, word of mouth, leaving postcards here and there. But that’s just small marketing. it takes a lot more effort, time, and money to really get noticed.

Recently, I’ve been doing some research on how to boost sales, broaden my marketing area, and strengthen my marketing skills. A very good friend of mine can tell you straight away, that I’m not very good with computers, yet I try and I am a quick learner.

Social media alone is the largest self-marketing tool that I know of, but word of mouth from readers can be a much bigger step in having your work noticed.

According to Brooke Warner in her Huffington Post blog post, “book reviews on Amazon are what carries it’s weight in getting more attention with Amazon.”

“After you hit 50 (ratings), you get more visibility on Amazon.”

In this line of work, I believe reviews from readers are extremely important. It helps me, the author, know that my work is being purchased, that my work is being seen by others. It also lets me know what people actually think of what I have written. It also lets me know that my work is getting out there.

It takes a lot of time and and a lot effort to put a book together and get it out on the market, yet it takes little effort to write up a review.

If you read a book and truly love it, be sure to let the author know. There’s many webpages out there where their work is being sold. Be kind and leave a quick review. I’m a big Goodreads user and love to rate author’s books. I also click which ones I’ve read, want to read, and have purchased. I then write up a short review on what I thought of each book I’ve read. And if I loved a particular book, I let them know.

I’ve even written reviews on books and posted them here on my blog, tagging their name and a link to where you can purchase that book or see other works by that author. This all helps us authors in many ways. It gets our name out there. Word of mouth goes a long way, it is a small part of marketing, and it does help the author. You never know when someone is actually reading that review; it helps make that decision for them to purchase that book.

According to a blog entry by Mike Briggs, on author Patricia Briggs’ writing, “…that pure, dumb luck plays a major role in this phase of the game.”

He’s right. Just by posting on my blog here, I’ve been able to bring attention to my work and what I do. I’ve had guess blog spots where I talked about what I do and how I got started and why. Other author’s, whom I have reviewed and shared their work here on my blog, have seen my posts and have thanked me.

Small steps can lead to big adventures, yet you have to take those small steps.

With all that said, if you have purchased my book and would like to leave a review, click here and it will take you to Amazon. Also, feel free to purchase a copy if you haven’t already. If you would like a personal signed copy made out to someone, click here. To rate my book on Goodreads, click here.

I will be finishing up my last round of edits on my last chapter of my young adult novel and will be sending it to my editor very, very soon. After the last draft is finalized, I will be sending it off to the publisher. As always, I’ll keep everyone posted.

Cheers!

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National Library Week – Blogging From A to Z Challenge


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This week is National Library Week. This is the time to take the opportunity to thank your local librarian or to have your community become involved in your local library. I grew up two doors down from a library, so I’ve spent many, many days curled up in a corner of the library, with my nose in a book, capturing an imaginative moment with each page I turned. My librarian, Mrs. Zoch, who has since passed away, would help me find the perfect book to captivate my attention. I’m deeply thankful to her in helping me get to where I am today. Because of her, I found a love for books. And because of that, I have become a published author for children. I find the use of imagination helpful in creative thinking.

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Literacy is an important tool in a person’s life. It helps in our advancement in the workplace. It helps us obtain the right jobs for us. As a blooming anthropologist, I’ll be spending many hours in a library, amongst the research materials, trying to uncover the mystery behind whatever group of people I’ll be writing about. Libraries play a crucial role in my job. For years I’ve been working on my genealogy and have noticed that everything isn’t found on the internet. I spent an entire day on vacation, researching my genealogy at a library in Georgia. They have a room that is specifically for ancestry.

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I stared into the library from the doorway and was captivated by the numerous shelves full of records, books, journals, newspapers, and other items, as well as several shelves full of film. None of these items would be found on the internet. After several roles of film, then thumbing through a few records, I found some important documents on a couple of my grandparents. I had searched for years on the internet for these documents, only to find them from taking a trip to Georgia from Arkansas. I actually went to Georgia to visit with my sister and some cousins of ours, but once I learned about the library in Macon, Georgia, I had to make a trip.

Is there bull urine in my energy drink?


Anyone who knows me, will know that I drink one can of Red Bull Sugar Free every morning. It gives me that boost of energy that I need to help me start my day. It’s exhausting trying to keep up with a toddler, especially on your own.

A classmate had turned around and seen me pulling a can of Red Bull from my bag.

She jokingly said to me, “You never go without that do you?”

I responded with, “No, not really.”

She asked me, “What’s in that?” Referring to what’s in my energy drink.

A male student from the back row blurted out, “Bull urine!”

Turning around, I had to give him a look because I knew he was wrong. I’m not against people stating their own opinions, but please, a statement like that needs some evidence to help back it up.

The girl in front of me was grossed out. I politely told her that he was wrong. He over heard me and told me that he was right. Of course when I got home I had to go straight to the computer and find out who was right in this matter. I would think the USDA wouldn’t allow such ingredients to be put in our beverages. You would think. That is their job, food safety. I don’t think drinking bull urine is safe. More like disgusting. But after searching through Red Bull’s website and a few well known medical websites, I found the answer:

There is no bull urine in Red Bull, nor in any other energy drink out there.

According to Katherine Zeratsky from the Mayo Clinic website, “Taurine is simply an amino acid. It can even be found in the human body. There is seventy times more taurine in a human body, than in one can of Red Bull. You can also find it in meat, scallops, baby food, breast milk, and in fish.”

According to the Red Bull website, “the taurine in their energy drink is produced synthetically by pharmaceutical companies and is not derived from animals.”

Those are factual citations from well known sources. Taurine is a part of your body as an amino acid, not bull urine added into your energy drink. So where the myth came from? Who knows, but don’t believe it, it isn’t true. And as for the guy in my class, you bet I showed him the evidence to prove him wrong, though I said it nicely and with a smile. 🙂

Red Bull, anyone?