Monthly Archives: August 2015

How to Use Facebook as an Author Before You Have Published a Book

Posted by August 11th, 2015

Like

Trust us, you don’t want get started with social media a week before your book comes out. In fact, many writers nowadays have a presence on Facebook and other platforms before they even have a publication date for their title.

Create a fan page. Reference our previous post on how to set up a brand new Facebook fan page. It’s important to reiterate that while you can let people follow your personal profile, it’s preferable to create a page that is exclusively devoted to your author persona, where you can post news and updates about your publications. Put some thought into what you call the page as it will be your online home in the literary community. You can use the title of your book or a variation of your name. We recommend that you simply use your full name and be sure to select the Artist, Band or Public Figure page category and choose the Author designation. Once you do that, the word “Author” will appear under the name of the page as you can see in the below examples. Because of this description and its strategic placement, you don’t need to add “writer” or “author” in the author page name.

Examples

Cultivate good social media habits. Take the time to reflect on what kind of content you want to share on your page. As with any type of writing, you’ll needto fine tune your social media voice and get used to talking to potential readers in a way that feels authentic to you and is a correct reflection on your work as a writer. Figure out how frequently you want to post. Experiment with different types of content and assess the results. Read a book on social media for more ideas! It takes time and consistency to hammer these details out–and you won’t have the luxury to truly focus on building a social media brand for yourself once your book hits the shelves. Continue reading

Share Button

Book Lovers Day: 6 Members Share the Titles That Have Inspired Them

Posted by August 10th, 2015

Yesterday was Book Lovers Day, and we couldn’t miss this chance to celebrate all the bibliophiles out there. We know that writers are also passionate readers, so we asked several Book Country members to tell us about one book that has inspired their writing. Their answers not only reflect the diversity we have here on the site but also make up a great list of reading suggestions for you to sample. Enjoy!

***

Time to WriteDJ Lutz: Time to Write 

Kelly L. Stone’s Time to Write offers a retort to many of the most common excuses used by novice writers to justify procrastination. The easy-to-read text speaks to me as a writer with potential, not as a poor student (which I was) or worse yet, a slacker (how I often see myself). The short chapters each identify a common problem, offer a solution or two, and then present a few real-world examples of successful writers who have overcome the obstacle. It is a quick read, yet full of numerous a-ha moments that can resonate with writers of all ability levels. Featuring more than a hundred writers, the book’s mantra states—if these writers can find the time to write, so can you. And I have!

 

The Stand

Lynn Montagano: The Stand

I read The Stand for the first time when I was in high school and it completely captivated me. The depth of the characters, the setting, the massive storyline. All of it made me want to write something completely character driven. For me, an author’s job is to transport a reader and make them feel like they’re right there in the middle of the story. Stephen King does a great job with that.

 

 

 

Continue reading

Share Button

Get Advance Reviews for Your Book with a Goodreads Giveaway

Posted by August 5th, 2015

TheHusbandsSecret

Click on the image to view this Goodreads giveaway example.

Are you looking for a way to spice up your book launch marketing plan? A Goodreads giveaway may be just the thing you need.

With more than 20 million community members, Goodreads is an important book discovery tool for authors. A giveaway on the site is an excellent way to create awareness for your book and garner early reviews. Below, we guide you through the process and offer some rules of thumb.

Start early. Run the giveaway for a month and list it a couple of months to a month before your book is released. To list a new giveaway, simply log into your Goodreads account—hopefully you’ve already set up an author profile for yourself and have added your book—and navigate to Giveaways. From the right-hand navigation, select List a Giveaway.

Fill out the giveaway details, and be sure to read the terms and conditions. Use the Tags field to your advantage to appeal to the right audience. For example, if your book is a paranormal romance featuring vampires, you may want to list some of the following tags: paranormal-romance, supernatural, love-story, and vampires. The tags will determine the placement of your giveaway on the Goodreads site. Click here for a list of tags that you can choose from.

Continue reading

Share Button

5 Lessons from J. K. Rowling on Writing and Life

Posted by August 4th, 2015

J. K. Rowling is an author who’s experienced great success—but also failure. Years before her Harry Potter series became an international sensation, she was “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” Even after the smashing success of her fantasy books, she encountered rejection when she submitted her work to publishers under the pen name Robert Galbraith. These setbacks remind us that every writer’s path has challenges and foibles; that’s why we find Rowling’s words to be so powerful and inspiring. Here are five J. K. Rowling quotes on writing and life that have particularly captured our fancy.

On Overcoming Failure

JKRowling-1

Continue reading

Share Button

Romance Awareness Month: 5 Romance Projects to Read on Book Country

Posted by August 3rd, 2015

August is Romance Awareness Month! What better way to mark the occasion than by immersing yourself in a great love story? Here, we’ve highlighted five must-read Book Country romance manuscripts for you to peruse and enjoy. 

***

What-the-Earl-WantsWhat the Earl Wants by Tabetha Waite

A missing heirloom. A gambled away inheritance. These are just some of the elements of Tabetha Waite’s rolicking historical romance. The writer calls herself “a dreamer who was born just 200 years too late,” and we can see why: she has cooked up quite the riveting story. In this snippet from the novel, the main heroine, Miss Athena Hawthorne, has just found that nothing is left of her father’s estate, when she runs into a handsome stranger:

“Athena looked up, prepared to give the individual a proper set down for nearly running her over, but the retort instantly faltered when her gaze caught the expensive flash of a maroon, superfine coat of quality. Not only was that enough to give her pause, but the man above her was absolutely enormous! Tall and broad shouldered with a three layered greatcoat and top hat that only enhanced his size, his face was shadowed, but she could discern his intent stare as it lit on her—could feel it upon her skin. And when he spoke, it was with a rich, smooth timbre. ‘My apologies, miss. I’m afraid I was in a rush and didn’t see you.’”

Sometimes-MomentsSometimes Moments by Len Webster

The self-proclaimed “romance-loving Melburnian” has written a touching contemporary love story that’s worth a blissful afternoon of relaxation. One day Peyton Spencer wakes up to find that the boy who she believed was “the one” is about to leave town—and her—forever. Now, years later, he walks back into her life without a care in the world. She would never allow him her heart’s redemption. Could she? In the following passage, Peyton has just learned the devastating news:

“‘That’s it, you’re just up and moving to the city. That’s all it took. Two days and you changed your mind,’ she cried. She told him she loved him. He never said it back but he never pushed her away. That night they went to the lake. She gave him her innocence and told him that she loved him. Two days later, and he was leaving.”

Continue reading

Share Button