Finding Books to Read

To coin an old phrase the following may appear to be ‘teaching grandma to suck eggs.’ In other words telling people something they already know and perhaps better than the writer. Nevertheless, a few, especially those new to the topic, may find some of the following information helpful. Note: The origins of the above phrase … More Finding Books to Read

Gifting Books

No matter the time of year or occasion, books are recognised, by most people, to be enjoyable, acceptable, gifts. And, of course, this is more so when it is a special celebration: Birthday; Christmas; Mother’s Day; Father’s Day; etc. In the past people had to go to a physical bookshop but now, with the advent … More Gifting Books

Pinterest for Authors

Not another account to manage! No doubt many self-publishing authors will react that way. Life is hectic enough with having not only to write, format and publish but also publicise and market books. On top of which there is the need to constantly interact with readers, fans, followers, customers etc. No matter the perspective taken, … More Pinterest for Authors

Book Selection

In Readers Selection Processes the overall influences to book purchasing were considered. In this article, the more immediate motivations will be contemplated. Naturally, everyone is different and have varying likes, tastes and appreciations. Consequently, most will read the following subjectively rather than objectively. (In fairness, it must be acknowledge some of the comments are down … More Book Selection

Writing Reviews

Though this discussion will concentrate upon the writing of book reviews, many of the principles will apply equally to the writing of reviews for other products. Who reviews are for and what readers would like to gain from them has been previously discussed in Reviews – What Wanted? This discussion is intended to enlarge upon the … More Writing Reviews

Pinterest – Buyable Pins (Selling from Pinterest)

No doubt, like the writer, many independent (indie) authors will have noted Pinterest’s introduction of ‘Buyable Pins’ (Pins from which a user may directly purchase an item) with interest. After all, most authors, whether indie self-publishers or traditionally published, are constantly looking for additional ways to engage with their fans and readers. And, if there … More Pinterest – Buyable Pins (Selling from Pinterest)

Wattpad

The majority of ‘book orientated’ internet users will more than likely have heard of Wattpad even though they may not have used the site. What is Wattpad? Originating in 2006, it is a free online storytelling community where writers of all sorts may submit their works: essays, articles, novels, short stories, etc. The site has … More Wattpad