Don't share. Copy and paste this. How many times a day do we see this on Facebook? Far too many, and I just can't help asking (to no one in particular, just asking a question aloud to myself), why? What's wrong with sharing? I mean, why do I have to copy and paste? What's the deal here?
So, this post today is a question to all who post this stuff on Facebook. I would really like to understand why we have to copy and paste, instead of share. It doesn't even make sense. If I'm going to repeat what someone else has said, I want to be absolutely sure that everyone knows that the words are not mine. You know, just in case of repercussions.
Another thing that gets me, are posts that indicate a Like is not a sufficient response. Such as, type something if you agree, or say something to show your on board. I'm sorry, but the whole point of the Like button is to indicate that we enjoy, or agree, or found favor with a post. Isn't it? So, as far as I can see, a Like is sufficient.
Now, please don't take any of the above as whining and complaining, which it is, but not seriously. I mean all of this in a humorous way, and just want to say that if you get a Like or a Share from me, then I definitely enjoyed reading what you've posted, and there's no need for me to jump through any more hoops to get that point across.
Happy posting! :)
What gives an author pleasure? That is a question I've asked myself, time and again, but I always get the same answer. Recognition of my creations, knowledge that someone, somewhere, enjoyed and appreciated what I have written. For this reason, I feel it is imperative that readers let authors know what they thought of their book.
Such recognition can come in a variety of ways. Which is what I would like to present in this article. How a reader can encourage an author they like.
1. Perhaps the best way to show an author you liked what they wrote is the Review. A review not only tells the author you like his book, it also tells other readers, and there is no better advertising for an author than word-of-mouth. If you really like a book, consider giving a review. The author will absolutely appreciate it.
2. Another way to show an author their work is appreciated is by joining their Mailing List. This tells an author you are interested in their work, and also allows you to keep up-to-date on what the author is doing.
3. Does the author have social media links you can follow? Liking their Facebook page, re-tweeting their Tweets on Twitter, or Following them on many other types of social media is always good. It also helps the author gain other followers, who see the number of Likes or Follows and may decide to check out the author's works.
Those are the most obvious ways, and there are certainly many more. The thing is, if you really like what an author is writing, it is vital that you show them. If readers just read and move on, the author never knows if their work is being read and appreciated. Yes, sales are good, but if the author is writing good material, shouldn't a reader let them know?
Speaking for myself, I would love to have lots of sales and make lost of money, but what I appreciate even more is a comment, a review, or some feedback that lets me know what a reader thought about my book. If you're a reader, and you like an author and their books, why not let them know. It's not time consuming or difficult. I know I would appreciate hearing from my readers.
Birdy & Fishy Book Blurb
Birdy & Fishy is inspired by
This short story is inspired by the two first memoirs of Lily’s Trilogy, Destination: Freedom (ISBN-13: 978-1502852243, ASIN: B013YS2MWI) and Definition of Freedom (ISBN-13: 978-1515144588, ASIN: B01HK25TBU). Both book titles are also available in German and as ONE BOOK The Lily Amis Story.
The Lily Amis Story
The symbolic meaning behind “Birdy & Fishy”
This deeply meaningful short, age- and timeless story inspired by the two memoirs Destination: Freedom and Definition of Freedom is a reflection of Lily’s Life in a foreign country.
Fishy’s desperate desire for freedom, a circle of loving friends and a caring family, the feeling of belonging somewhere and of being accepted and integrated, is what many refugees/immigrants feel and struggle with. Some struggle, just for a while, but others for their entire lives. But, as they say, there is always light at the end of the tunnel and this story, with a happy ending, is a good lesson, to never give up on hope, faith, dreams, goals, wishes, and desires, despite the challenging obstacles, of destiny and our selfish, elbow-society!
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Birdy & Fishy links
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Birdy & Fishy Book Collection
About Publisher, Author, Illustrator & Blogger Lily Amis
Nominated Multi-Genre Author, Blogger and Artist Lily Amis is the Author of “Destination: Freedom” and eleven more books. With her honest memoir she has enjoyed strong media exposure and public interest during the refugee crises in summer 2015. Placements included two features with British newspaper the Daily Mirror as well as interviews with popular UK’s lifestyle websites Female First and Frost Magazine.
Lily Amis had to fight against injustice, prejudice, discrimination and social isolation for almost three decades to become who she is today. An Independent Author living in Switzerland with the goal to entertain and educate readers about important and eye-opening topics in our society with her books and blogger magazine “Read My Mind”.
Her free online magazine is an entertain & educate project by Lily’s Publishing company nasSima design. With passionate and talented Authors and bloggers from all over the world she is inspiring aspiring Authors and readers as well as Indie Artists from all kind of genres such as music, movie and art. The first issue was published on April 4th 2017 and the RMM team is working on the summer issue now.
Lily Amis Socialmedia & Blogger magazine
Lily Amis Book Collections: www.society6.com/nasSimadesign
RMM Magazine: www.nassima-design.com/RMM/spring2017
Lily Amis Amazon Authorpage: https://www.amazon.com/Lily-Amis/e/B00PSLRSS8
Lily Amis Smashwords Authorpage: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MissLilyAmis
Twitter: @nasSimadesign and @ReadMyMinMag
Facebook: @LilyAmisAuthor, @LilyAmisMemoir, @LilyAmisShortStories, @ReadMyMindMagazine
Meet Bailey Ziehmer, an 18 year old published author who loves Marvel, dreaming, and tacos. She loves writing vampire books and likes to go out of her comfort zone at times. She's trying to write other supernatural books. If your looking for books full of twists, turns, and cliff hanging endings then check out what she has to offer.
Two books she has written are The Unforgettable Vampire and The Unforgettable Relationship. Both are available in eBook, Paperback an Hardback formats. Here is a bit of what The Unforgettable Vampire is about.
"In The Unforgettable Vampire, you meet Bailey Chase, an eighteen-year-old girl who lives with her alcoholic dad. They just moved to Williams, Arizona, where Bailey expected a new start and a new life. Sadly, at first, she doesn't get her wish. Her dad is still an alcoholic, and her mother is dead. The worst part is she has had to up and leave all her friends. When Bailey meets Damon Jackson, it isn't love at first sight. And when Bailey finds out what he is and what the town is full of, she instantly draws more attached to the town. Damon is the bad boy of the town, the one most girls throw themselves at, but Damon won't let them in. Bailey and Damon end up discovering they're more alike than they thought, and their friendship turns into something more. You soon find that Damon is an -uncontrollable monster, - according to his brother, Steven Jackson. Though Damon may try to fight it and others may not believe it, Bailey ends up being the one thing Damon needs: a friend, a lover, and an unforgettable angel."
You can check out her books on Amazon by clicking the book covers below.
I asked Bailey a few questions about being an author. Here is what she had to say.
How has your writing progressed or changed as you write more books?
When I wrote The Unforgettable Vampire Book 1 I had just turned 17, had a disability in writing, and had no help. Now I’m 18 and in just the 1 year I’ve learned the difference between words, found out how you’re supposed to write as an author, and learned that less is sometimes more.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Trying to figure out what they think or would do in certain situations.
Have you ever gotten writer’s block?
Yes, many times, but usually if I work, nap, or watch some TV. I get out of it and start writing again.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Defiantly a Butterfly because like a butterfly my writing as evolved and changed shape to become something beautiful.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, when I first start I’m energized but at the end of the day or when I’m done writing a very emotional scene then I’m exhausted.
How have other authors helped you become a better writer?
Since I’m only 18 they have helped guide me through the author world, told me what was good and what was bad, helped with promoting, and gave some great advice.
There you have it. It just shows that no matter whether your think your can or can't, whether you think your too old or too young, if you put your mind to it, you can do it. Write on, Bailey! Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. You can find out more about Bailey and her books using the following links.
I invited author Traci Sanders to give us a blog post that might be of help to us Indie Authors, and here it is.
Traci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of ten published titles, with contributions to three anthologies.
An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children's, romance, and nonfiction guides.
Her ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.
TIP 272: Creating calls-to-action for your books (and blogs)
This tip, and many more like it, can be found in Beyond The Book: Tips on publishing, marketing, and networking to build your brand, now available in digital and paperback format.
Beyond The Book: Tips on publishing, marketing, and networking to build your brand (Write It Right Book 2)
This tip is about creating a sense of urgency with your readers. Authors and bloggers need to establish what is known as a Call to Action. This is a statement found at the end of a writing piece, usually involving a link to more information about something. It can be effective at the end of a book, blog post, or article.
Once your readers have experienced your writing, they may be hungry for more; or, they may wish to go tell others how they feel about what they just read. This is why a call to action is important.
This is the call to action at the end of one of my books:
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
My ultimate goal in writing is to tell a good story that evokes strong emotion in readers, with characters that are compelling and authentic. If you feel that I accomplished that goal in this book, I would be honored if you would share your thoughts with others on Amazon.
If you have any further questions or concerns about this book or any of my titles, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out my debut contemporary romance novella,
When Darkness Breaks
“Reviews keep authors writing!” TS
Please share your thoughts on my books at Amazon and Goodreads.
Blog posts and articles can also contain calls to action. After each article or post on your blog, your readers should be left with something to think about, answer, or share. At the bottom of each of my poems, articles, or books on my blog, there is a link which sends the reader to different posts on my blog. (I’m giving all my secrets away here, huh?)
See an example here:
“Poop Camp” – A Word With Traci
The longer a reader stays on your blog, the higher the chances are of them doing one of three things: sharing your information, buying a product, or commenting on a post or article.
I've decided to give away two prizes during this tour:
*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Before You Publish - Volume I
*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Beyond The Book - Volume II
To enter, all you have to do is email me a proof of purchase of a digital copy of either of these two books during the tour.
I will draw TWO winners total, at the end of the tour.
Please email your proof of purchase (can be a screenshot) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more useful information from Traci Sanders by checking out these books.