Tag Archives: readers

Taking notes on a trip down memory lane

I recently donated an “annotated” book to a charity auction because I’d noticed that these personalized books tend to be in higher demand than simple signed paperbacks. The idea is that the author goes through the book and makes notes … Continue reading

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Book Signings Are Fun by Beth Carter

Over the years, I’ve had at least thirty book signings. I admit I’ve slowed down because it’s much easier to promote my work via social media while at home in my yoga pants (or let’s face it, pj’s.) Sometimes as … Continue reading

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Readers make me smile!

I am a firm believer that the stories in a book are a collaborative work between the writer and the reader. As a writer I work hard to find just the right words to describe my world and bring my … Continue reading

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AUTHORS and BOOK CLUBS

As an author, I’ve met with two very different book clubs. One had 6-8 female readers located in the tiny town of Ash Grove. The other book club was large–about 30-35 members, half of whom were men, not exactly my … Continue reading

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Are you afraid of the sophomore slump?

Wikipedia defines the sophomore slump as, “an instance in which a second effort fails to live up to the standards of the first effort.” Like say, the second book of your series, which is about to release in, ohhhhh, maybe … Continue reading

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Fall Conference Takeaways & Tips by Beth Carter

What a busy fall this has been! On the heels of my mid-August release of SLEEPING WITH ELVIS, I attended three writers’ conferences and book signings in September and October. Whew! I’m just now catching my breath. All three conferences … Continue reading

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Beat the Block.

Yeah, yeah, this has been done a million times before. But not by me! 😛 Today I’m talking about Writer’s Block, this enigmatic phenomena of when your creative brain hits a wall in a juicy explosion of frustrating glory. And … Continue reading

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Paid Book Promotions: Yay or Nay?

Hello, lovelies! I wanted to do an elaborate post about Writer’s Block (which will likely be my next topic here at the SMP blog), but it’s been a crazy few months and I’m a little short on time (deadlines abound … Continue reading

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Use Focus Groups Before Your Novel is Published by Beth Carter

What? Use a focus group for novels? Why not! Marketers use focus groups. So can authors, I say. And I did. Let’s back up a bit. We write for readers, right? And we write because we love it but we … Continue reading

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Dialogue Tags – To Be or Not To Be?

by Linda Bennett Pennell Man, there certainly is a lot of advice for authors floating around these days! If interested, a writer could spend most of his/her time reading, rather than slaving away on the ole manuscript. Some advice can … Continue reading

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