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My first tip would be to enjoy the writing process as much as possible. It sounds simple but is such an important part of any author's fabric it must always be held up as the context for our stories.

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Right on, Mathew! You punched out the basics very well. Now punch lines for hook purposes on Twitter sounds great and I'm going off to try that now. Sales are dismal across all my titles and it's really depressing me.

I've found that the best twitter hashtags are #amwriting #amediting and anything to do with kindle or the ipad. A basic example "Check out Random Stranger, #book 1 of the Abstract series, currently on the #kindle ! #amwriting" and that gets eaten up pretty quickly.

LOVE the book title for your book five! I can just imagine where that story could go. Great idea. My youngest has 8 dream catchers of various sizes hanging from her canopy bed...making sure there are no bad dreams!



Sean Noonan said:

So, working on book five now (Inside a Dream Catcher), the marketing for the whole series is progressing but not yet fired off. We are doing a lot of research and planning before we set things in motion. Its just the same as writing, marketing requires knowledge learn all you can and remember to come from the heart, always.

http://authorselectric.blogspot.co.uk/ here is a link that might some with the marketing.

Don't let the "what if's" keep you from doing what you love.

Yup, I like it too. There are of course dream catchers in it and they play a powerful role. The whole series is based in the Land of Dreams and is a fantasy adventure for anyone who is young at heart. I am also writing several short stories to go with the books and to help teach me (and practise) more about story writing. 

KIMBERLY said:

LOVE the book title for your book five! I can just imagine where that story could go. Great idea. My youngest has 8 dream catchers of various sizes hanging from her canopy bed...making sure there are no bad dreams!



Sean Noonan said:

So, working on book five now (Inside a Dream Catcher), the marketing for the whole series is progressing but not yet fired off. We are doing a lot of research and planning before we set things in motion. Its just the same as writing, marketing requires knowledge learn all you can and remember to come from the heart, always.

http://authorselectric.blogspot.co.uk/ here is a link that might some with the marketing.

Absolutely, though "what ifs" should always be positive not the opposite.



JM Benavidez said:

Don't let the "what if's" keep you from doing what you love.

Grow a thick skin... Not everyone will like what you write - and some of those people will have no problem saying it right out there. Understand that while some people like coke - others only drink pepsi. Accept that there will be people who do not like your writing and focus on the ones that do.

Rule #1: Find a beta-reader in your town, a friend who loves to read and is as picky about grammar mistakes as possible.

Rule #2: grammarly.com is a grammar polishing app you can download as a free version on Google Chrome.It will catch 95% of my grammar mistakes in spite of everything I do or others do to make the book as enjoyable and grammar error free as possible.

Rule #3: NEVER try to edit your book yourself when you got to the end.

WAIT a week and then read it out loud to yourself and you'll catch more grammar and typo's then if you just read line by line with your eyes.

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