Sunday, May 13, 2018

The future of weekend reviews

When I started this blog I thought that it would be a good idea to review books on it. I called my reviews 'Weekend Reviews' and posted them on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. I thought it was nice to have an assigned day where I did something special, kind of like when youtubers have things like 'scary Saturday' and play horror games. I didn't think about how weird it would be that I was trying to sell books while reviewing other people's books. At the same time as I was reviewing my books on here, I wasn't taking the time to post the same review on amazon, goodreads, Barnes and noble, or anywhere that would help the author sell books. It would be very random for someone to just come across my blog, and highly unlikely that they would buy a book based on my short review. To be honest, when I like a book there's not much that I say about it, so my reviews were short and there wasn't much to them (like some of my blog posts). I have decided to discontinue weekend reviews and focus on something that will benefit my blog instead. I may bring something else to my blog in the future, but I have nothing planned yet.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Barnes and Noble

I saw an article this morning that said Barnes and Noble is failing. I don't know if that's true, but I think it probably is. I know from personal experience that a lot of stores are failing now that there is so much online competition. I can still remember when Borders went out of business (at least the location near me), I had to hurry up and use my giftcards. I had always loved Borders, since they had a big selection of manga. I don't really read a lot of manga, but I was really into Death Note at the time. As much as I loved Borders, Barnes and Noble holds more memories for me. My dad used to drop me and my sister off there and we would look at almost everything in the store. When we got hungry we would eat something from the store inside. I tried my first overpriced grilled cheese there. There was something about Barnes and Noble that made me want to see my book in print on the shelves. I got away from Barnes and Noble recently, since I didn't feel they had enough content that interested me lately. The last time I went in one there were a lot of books that inspired movies and not much else. I was disappointed, and I also found the prices too high. I turned to book outlet or the local library for paperpacks, but I still like to go to Barnes and Noble or Books A Million from time to time. I would be sad to see them go.

Friday, May 4, 2018

The new and improved opening of Zombie Bite

“You look like Carrie on prom night,” I said, aiming my gun at the man’s face.
His wild eyes stood out against his blood-soaked skin as he studied me. “Carrie?” he choked out. I had heard his voice before. It was the one that had come across my radio asking for help.
“Yeah, from the old Stephen King movie. I like to watch old movies,” I explained as I sized the man up. I had to hold my breath as the rancid smell of his body odor stung my nose. His face was a mess that consisted of wrinkles and bruises. His stained Harley Davidson t-shirt clung to his skeletal frame. He managed to sneer at me, exposing a set of crooked, yellow and brown teeth.
“What’s going on?” The man growled as if he was seeing me for the first time. “Who the hell are you?”
“I came here to help you,” I answered. “Most people know to stay away from schools, so why are you here?” I asked. The infected tended to visit places that held memories for them. I'd heard people call the infected zombies, but that wasn't right. Zombies ate brains. The infected were just cannibals with no preference.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

My To Be Read List

Part of being a writer is being a reader, but I haven't been much of one lately. I have read very few books during the past two years, but I think I'm getting back into the swing of things. I actually have a list of books that I'm planning to check out. I know that I'm not going to read all of these, but I'm going to try.

The first is my current read, Hidden Bodies, the sequel to You. 

The next book is one I've seen in Book of the month unboxings. Actually, the next few will be books I've seen in these unboxings. Our kind of cruelty kind of reminds me of You, well the blurb did anyway.

I've been wanting to read Final Girls for a long time, and it'll probably be my next read. I love the pink and black copy with the black pages. I think it would look nice sitting on my bookshelf, but I'll probably end up getting it from the library.

The youtuber (chapterstacks) who got me interested in You also got me interested in this next pick.

I've been more interested in horror and thriller novels lately, so that would explain my interest in the next author.

Finally, my love for video games and popular movies means that I fan girl over books that involve games and movies. I want to read Ready Player One.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Slide into my DMs, or don't: The 5 types of messages you'll get when you join a facebook writing group

A few months ago I decided to check out the writing groups on facebook. I joined the ones that were suggested to me and searched for some based on my own interests as well. I really like connecting with other people, and whenever I ask for advice people are usually nice to me. Whenever I post something, or answer something I always end up getting private messaged. Below is a list of the five types of messages you'll get upon joining a facebook writing group.

  • The guy who wants to let you know he's single. Every time I post something at least one guy shows up in my inbox, telling me that he's single. Whenever I actually go to his profile it seems like he's auditioning for the new 90 day finance show: Before the 90 days: stalking the prey.
  • The person who expects you to write an article/blog post/story for them but doesn't want to offer any type of payment. I've had at least four of these this week, one of them wanted me to write their about me section. Seriously? You can't think of anything to put in your about me section? These people usually try to make it sound like they're doing you a favor. They're not. Most of them aren't even offering you credit for your own work. They also get angry if you tell them no. I usually block them as soon as their message shows up in my inbox. 
  • Buy my stuff. Did you know I have this really cool book/program/website for sale? You can own it for 10 easy payments of 99.99. 
  • The scammer. Sometimes the scammer and the person trying to sell you their stuff go hand in hand. Sometimes the scammer tries to get you to click a link that may or may not be a virus. Sometimes the scammer has a sad story and needs money (example: their goldfish's dying wish was for them to write a book and they need your money to do it). 
  • The person who actually wants to build relationships with other creative types. This is the type of message that I actually look forward to. I love connecting with others who are in the same field with me. I actually don't mind helping them out or giving them advice, as long as they're willing to do the same.  

Friday, April 27, 2018

Try Kindle Unlimited for Free!

I haven't been able to update much because I'm editing my book to be published again, but I did want to check in. I noticed that kindle is offering unlimited for free (first month only), so I decided to share it. I haven't had much luck with kindle unlimited in the past, but I did have an ugly cover and a mess of a book. I'm planning to try kindle unlimited again, along with matchbook, where if you buy the paperback you'll get the kindle ebook free. I don't believe you should have to pay for something twice, so it makes sense for me to offer it for free.

Monday, April 23, 2018

How to gain a following online

Recently I decided to join a few facebook groups that are dedicated to writing. After browsing through the groups I noticed that one of the most asked questions was how to get people to follow you/how to build a presence online. I'm not the best at building an audience, but I do want to share what I've learned so far. On Twitter I use hashtags. There are hashtags that are used during certain days of the week to promote you and your work. The picture above shows some of the hashtags that I've found work in getting noticed (yes, that is my awful handwriting). Instagram is kind of the same. You use hashtags (like writersofinstagram) to gain a following. I have also noticed that doing something called follow for follow helps on these sites. Some authors/bloggers do blog tours, but I have never done one of those before. Updating your blog more often also draws attention to your blog, just make sure that you're writing content that you're proud of. You don't want to draw people in with something that has nothing to do with you as a writer, do you? On facebook I have joined groups and tried doing follow for follow. Building relationships while in these groups really does help to build a following. Another thing that I have learned (this one is really important) is to be yourself and let your personality shine. No one wants to follow someone that they don't like, and you can't be liked if people can't relate to you. Write about things other than writing, tweet about things you like. It's very important to sell yourself as a writer in the beginning. I hope these tips helped you, and if you have any tips that you think could help me please feel free to leave them in the comments!