JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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SOCIAL MEDIA CHEAT SHEET

JB’s Journal for Authors is a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to the authors who never have enough time and are crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help authors sell books.

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INFOGRAPHIC: THE INDISPENSABLE SOCIAL MEDIA CHEAT SHEET by Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: This is the second installment of a series with the first being image sizes for social media sites. This discussion relates to keyboard short cuts and tips on posting to six different social media networks.

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FEATURED ARTICLE

2018 Release

EVOKING EMOTIONS IN READERS IN A MASTERFUL WAY by C.S. Lakin from Live Write Thrive

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EVOKING EMOTIONS IN READERS IN A MASTERFUL WAY – PART TWO by C.S. Lakin from Live Write Thrive

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: I cannot begin to say enough on the value of these two posts. A new author may write “Mary is sad.” That’s it. Let the reader describe Mary’s sadness. The author suggests a better approach. For example, get inside your own head when you are sad. Write down every nuance of your sadness. Then use that model to describe Mary’s sadness. The author also discusses micro-tension. Good stuff. This is helpful reading with a cup of coffee , a quiet room and a warm spring sun shining through the window.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

2018 Release

ISBN FOR SELF-PUBLISHERS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE from The Reedsy Blog

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: If an ISBN is on your horizon, this is a must read for you. Especially helpful are reasons for obtaining an ISBN and the case against getting one.

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AVOIDING THE PITFALLS OF PUBLISHING WITH AMAZON KINDLE SELF-PUBLISHING PLATFORM by Doris Booth from Writers & Readers Magazine

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Hopefully, I will publish two books this year with Amazon. I am going to save this post for an important reason. Doris Booth takes on the question, should the author publish exclusively on Amazon or go marketwide?

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2019 Release

MOST COMMON WRITING MISTAKES, PT. SIXTY-FOUR: POV PROBLEMS by K. M. Weiland from Helping Writers Become Authors

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: I recently received my manuscript from my editor. Oh, did she beat me up on POV. What I liked about this post was its comprehensive approach to the issue of POV. The hallmarks of excellent POV are discussed along with avoiding POV problems.

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EIGHT TYPES OF OPENING SCENES THAT COULD WORK FOR OUR BOOK by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is another excellent post from Amanda Patterson who is often featured in the Journal. What is helpful in the post is how to adapt each scene into a novel. I enjoyed the Montage approach for the opening scene  It would be a fun approach with the girl standing on the train platform, the cool hero getting out of the car in the railway parking lot (of course his latest crush is driving the car) and a villain advancing toward the girl.

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THE DO’S AND DON’T OF CRAFTING YOUR STORY’S LOVE INTEREST by Kristen Kieffer from Well-Storied

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Bit of a long post but well worth the read. Perhaps the telling point is the love interest must have an outside life or the character is a cardboard cutout. Kristen points out the author must give the love interest purpose and depth.

 

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EVERYTHING WRITERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PITCHING THEIR BOOK by Nathan Bransford

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The author’s focus is the one sentence pitch and tips for pitching in person.

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BETA READERS VS EDITORS VS ARCs by Craig Tuch from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Craig explains the role and value of each review. In addition, he describes the different types of editing

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WHY IS HEAD HOPPING  CONSIDERED LAZY WRITING? by Jami Gold

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HOW TO CONVEY AN ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIP QUICKLY by Writing Coach from Writers Helping Writers

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WHAT IS A HARD-BOILED NOVEL? by Otto Penzler from CrimeReads

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STRANGE SALES PATTERNS FOR BOOKS EMERGES from BookMarketingBuzzBlog

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HOW TO WRITE A NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL by Nathan Bransford

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AUTHORS ARE TAKING FRIENDLY FIRE IN AMAZON’S WAR ON FAKE REVIEWS by Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader

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