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Rituals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Davenport Oct 8, 2012. 4 Replies

This is kind of a common question, but it's good to revisit it once in a while. The best thing is to steal other people's rituals. So what are your best rituals for writing? How do you get into it?My…Continue

How Much Promotion Is Too Much

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Brantingham Aug 24, 2012. 2 Replies

I am a poet, writer and blogger, and I tend to publish or post three or four times a week. That sounds like I'm bragging, but I'm not. Poetry can publish all the time, and I'm trying to promote a…Continue

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Nov 21, 2012
Matthew Davenport replied to John Brantingham's discussion 'Rituals'
"I like to listen to someone talk about writing: for example, I listen to the self-publishing podcast, or the Lovecraft Documentary on Crackle, or the Audio Book of Stephen King On Writing. It doesn't take much. Basically just something to get…"
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Oct 8, 2012
Kay Elizabeth replied to John Brantingham's discussion 'Rituals'
"Great question, John! I don't have any rituals per say apart from perhaps timing. I prefer to write in the wee hours of the morning when everything's quiet. I can think much more clearly then. "
Oct 4, 2012
KIMBERLY replied to John Brantingham's discussion 'Rituals'
"When we go on vacation we tend to seek out nature, beauty and peace. To set up your writing space in the same way will produce great things! Tara, it sounds like you are doing the this!"
Oct 4, 2012
Tara Henry replied to John Brantingham's discussion 'Rituals'
"I change my environment as drastically as possible. I light a strong candle, let in natural light and have a huge plant nearby. Two outta three ain't bad either! It helps to feel somewhere else and draw on natural elements."
Oct 4, 2012
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Rituals

This is kind of a common question, but it's good to revisit it once in a while. The best thing is to steal other people's rituals. So what are your best rituals for writing? How do you get into it?My two new rituals (as of June) are to make lists and to use a timer. Both are magic and the output increases.See More
Oct 1, 2012
John Brantingham replied to Sean Noonan's discussion 'What is your best tip for new authors?'
"I think the best advice is to write every day. This is what the muse is. Whatever you do on a regular basis is what you tend to think about on a regular basis. If you're writing, all of your experiences go through the filter of your writing and…"
Oct 1, 2012
John Brantingham replied to scribbler's discussion 'Share the story of your book cover please!'
"I did not like my book cover at all. I felt it didn't reflect what was on the inside, but I also understand that the cover art is the work of a professional, so I let it go. The publisher liked it and thought it would get people to read the…"
Oct 1, 2012
John Brantingham replied to John Brantingham's discussion 'How Much Promotion Is Too Much'
"That makes a lot of sense and then that raises the question of how to bring people to our sites when we're promoting a lot. Too much direct marketing is annoying especially among friends, but we still want people to know we're doing…"
Aug 24, 2012
Kay Elizabeth replied to John Brantingham's discussion 'How Much Promotion Is Too Much'
"It's very hard to quantify as we're all different. Most people and sites I follow I get email notifications of their new posts. If there's more than two a week, and ideally I'd prefer one a week, I unsubscribe. I do feel that…"
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John Brantingham replied to Robert L. Allen's discussion 'Help! Dashes or Hyphens' in the group Fiction Writers
"Yes, that's right because the one-thousand is two words that have become one just like mother-in-law.  "
Aug 22, 2012
John Brantingham posted a discussion

How Much Promotion Is Too Much

I am a poet, writer and blogger, and I tend to publish or post three or four times a week. That sounds like I'm bragging, but I'm not. Poetry can publish all the time, and I'm trying to promote a couple of  upcoming novels and to create a brand. The thing is that I want to support those places that have my work, but at the same time, I don't want to annoy facebook friends and email friends. So my question is how often should someone promote and where? How often do you do it? When does it become…See More
Aug 22, 2012
John Brantingham replied to Robert L. Allen's discussion 'Help! Dashes or Hyphens' in the group Fiction Writers
"Dashes are created to create asides. Hyphens are used to make multiple words into one term. It should be a hyphen with no space after or before. So use the first one."
Aug 21, 2012
John Brantingham replied to Sunny Frazier's discussion 'WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE?' in the group Fiction Writers
"I think there was only a very small sliver of time when authors didn't have to promote much. Those old-time authors we think of as great did readings and meet and greets constantly. Twain and Dickens for example were known as much for their…"
Aug 21, 2012
John Brantingham replied to Sunny Frazier's discussion 'WRITERS' TRICKS OF THE TRADE' in the group Fiction Writers
"So glad to be a part of this!"
Aug 21, 2012

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At 7:50am on July 14, 2012, Jack Everett said…

My Dear John, you are the first person I can ever recall volunteering to do a review for me without being asked or begged. I find it refreshingly wonderful. All power to you my friend; may you reign supreme in anything you do. So pleased you are enjoying what was meant as an introduction to the characters, it had always been planned as a series but other books, other ideas seemed to cry out louder. Jack

At 8:12pm on July 15, 2012, John Brantingham said…

I love historical fiction and you're doing it well. I really enjoyed the way your characters are flawed and muddling through life even when they're heroic and wise.

At 3:59am on July 17, 2012, Gerald A Simpkins said…

Hello, John. 

I am just getting to my email today.  Been getting ready for a big concrete pour/finish here tomorrow and only got inside at dusk.  Just looking thru email and saw your friend request.  I am a newbie as I suppose you know.  I will happily share anything that I know or have learned regarding the onerous job of publishing, graphic art as it applies to cover art, etc.

 

Just finished my book and am currently wading through the wonderful world of self-publishing as time permits.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Gerry

At 6:58pm on July 19, 2012, Jack Everett said…

Dear John,

We have a story in 4 episodes running on http://criminalties.blogspot.com that directly relates to the book and right next to it is the link to buy. I also constantly tweet to more than 1600 followers about the book as well as talking and plugging it on FB. There aren't enough hours in the day to do any more. I have tried to get signings, forums and readings but we are in a double dip recession over here and no one is buying anything.

My only surprise is the volume of competition out there it seems that everyone and his brother has written a book. However I am always open to suggestions and I have a certain following for my thrillers in Florida, maybe I can tempt them to try a medieval mystery for once. Regards, Jack

At 6:18pm on July 27, 2012, Gerald A Simpkins said…

Hi John,

Just did get my book ok'd for e-book at Amazon Kindle.  Also ok'd for paperback as soon as I get a sample and review it so I can release it.  Posting updates on author sites today.  Will be doing Smashwords upload soon so as to extend book to Barnes & Noble, Sony, etc.

 

After that will be the equally onerous job of talking it up on twitter and facebook.  All new to me as I shun social media sites like they were the plague.  More to learn than I bargained for, yet I suspected that it was this way even before confirming it with my own research.  Good for an old gent like me to keep the neurons firing.  Am looking forward to just writing again as I pen the sequel this winter.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Gerry

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