Top 5 Book Reviews of Summer 2016

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Hello everyone! Fall is upon us, so it’s time to take a look back to check out the top book review posts of this past summer. Feel free to click any of the links below to take a read. Results are calculated by page views.

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4 Ways to Increase Your Chances of a Book Sale

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by Kelly D. Smith

When you publish your book and you want to make an income off your writing, it’s important that you get your work out there and find ways to increase your chances of sales. So I wanted to offer a few quick tips on how to get more sales, and coming up in the next couple of weeks I will be offering a list of more (less detailed) ideas to increase chances of getting your work out there and that should help increase sales.

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3 Simple Ways to Win the Argument With Your Inner Critic

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by Lauren Sapala

If you’re an artist or a writer—or both—then you know what I’m talking about when I say “inner critic.” It’s not just a way of describing a tendency toward self-judgment. For us, the inner critic is a loud, nasty, disgusting creature who invades our thoughts, whips us mercilessly, and sometimes decides to chain us up in the dungeon.

That might sound extreme, but if you’re an artist or a writer, you know how accurate that description is.

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The Winner’s Kiss – Book Review

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The Winner's Kiss

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #3 (3/3)
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux on March 29, 2016
Genres: [Young Adult] Fantasy
Pages: 484
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million

5 Stars, Completed April 3, 2016

– to avoid major SPOILERS read bold text only –

As he spoke, it occurred to her that maybe he, too, felt like two people, that maybe everybody does, and that it’s not a question of whether one’s damaged, but of how easily or not that damage is seen.

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The Happenings of a Pre-Write: The Good and the Bad

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by Samantha Fenton

Some authors swear by pre-writing and can’t imagine it any other way. These authors may pre-write and plan for weeks or months before they write the first word of their rough draft, meticulously planning scenes and mapping characters to ensure everything makes sense. Others prefer to sit down and start writing. These authors may have a vague plan in their heads, but they never go to lengths of planning the way the pre-writers do. Authors like this favor letting the story flow as it pleases and write on the spot.

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What Social Media Sites Should an Author Have?

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by Hope Ann

There are so many social media sites, but does an author really need to be on all of them? Is one or more of them indispensable to the serious author or do they just clutter and waste time? And the answer is… *draws deep breath* everyone has different views. What a surprise.

From what I’ve seen, focused work on most platforms can bring in revenue if you know what you’re doing. At least there are courses on how to grow and make money on Twitter, or using Pinterest, or with Facebook ads, from people who have used these sites themselves. That being said, an author only has so much time, so you want to spend it on what works and not just throw out information and hope it draws some people in. This involves trial and error (or buying a course), analytics, figuring out where your target audience congregates…and is beyond the scope of this article today.

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The Problem With Forever – Book Review

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The Problem With Forever

Buy links:Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Genre: YA | Contemporary High School Romance | Abuse
Read Count: 1
Published: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 480 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: My Shelves  : )
Average Rating: stars
My Rating: 4.5 kisses

This book arrived Wednesday night, and I was on the couch as soon as the packaging was tore off… and didn’t get up until I was finished. What a phenomenal ride!

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Can an Attitude Adjustment Make Your Story Better?

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by Jean M. Cogdell

Well, maybe. Sometimes just like kids, our characters need an attitude adjustment.

A change in attitude at our house could save my kids a world of grief. And me a lot of aggravation. Parents reading this know exactly what I’m talking about.

The mood in our house could go from calm and peaceful to stormy in zero to sixty seconds if someone couldn’t find their shoes or if one of their siblings “stole” a favorite toy.

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Beta Readers, It’s About the Book – Not You

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by Ashleigh Giannoccaro

For me over the last five (now six) books my beta team has proved to be one the most valuable resources. Sometimes we need that unbiased opinion to separate us from our ‘book babies’ so we can see the faults. These are often the first eyes on your work and they give their time and effort to help you make it better. I want my beta team to rip it to shreds so I can sew it all back together better in the end. It’s not about me, it is about putting out the best book possible.

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