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Monday, March 16

Do I Need a Website / Vlog + Gabe's Guardian by Beverly Stowe McClure


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I discuss an important question that many writers ask "Do I need a website?"

This is a video from 2017, but still worth watching. :)

Enjoy!

Do I Need a Website?


Length: 7:46


Thanks for watching!


Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on the video on YouTube. To go to this video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

QUESTION: Do you have a website (separate from your blog)? Why or why not?

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Just released today -
The latest from Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. 

Gabe’s Guardian Angel

By Beverly Stowe McClure



Young Adult Fiction: Boys & Men / Loners & Outcasts / Bullying

Print ISBN 9781939844668 $15.95

EBook ISBN 9781939844675 $4.99


BOOK LINKS:




Gabe never asked for an angel…

Gabe Montana’s clumsy. He’s overweight, and he’s dyslexic. Worse yet, the bullies make his fifteen-year-old life even more miserable—so miserable he wants to die.

Charley, his guardian angel, says no to that idea, and comes up with a different plan. He’ll give Gabe self-confidence so he can solve his problems, not run away from them. But Gabe wonders why the angel doesn’t just help with the bullies. What’s with this self-confidence stuff?

Can Charley help Gabe stand on his own two feet? Will Gabe give up hope life can improve for him? Or will he finally listen to the angel’s advice?


PRAISE:

“An important read for young adults and their families.” - Donna McDine, multi-award winning author of stories for children

“It takes a tough subject and handles it in a positive, uplifting way. A must read for teens and tweens.” – Sandra Cox, author

“Gabe’s Guardian Angel is a good read for any youngster who has ever felt isolated and bullied.”– L.G. Keltner, author


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers and clouds. She’s sometimes known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why.

www.beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com



Wednesday, March 4

Dear Author with No Reviews / IWSG




We've decided to do something different and have TWO book options for you to choose from. You DO NOT have to read both books unless you truly want to.

The Lovely Bones
Chill Factor
Discussion Day is March 25.

We will have open discussions with a few optional questions for The Lovely Bones and Chill Factor on March 25. We will pay both books equal attention.


Join the book club: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/214387-the-insecure-writer-s-support-group-book-club 


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


Dear Author with No Reviews,

Last year, I saw several authors (not from IWSG) complain about not being able to get reviews for their books, no matter what they did. They panicked because reviews = sales. The thing is, it is hard to get reviews, and it’s even harder now than it was, say, five years ago.

Reviews are very important to authors. It's true. That's why you may see posts from authors on social media encouraging readers to post reviews. (These types of posts are gentle reminders. They're not trying to be rude or selfish.)

With self-publishing growing every year, with small publishers signing dozens of authors a year, and with many authors publishing several books a year, no wonder it’s hard to get reviews, because all of these authors are looking for reviews, too.

Reviewers are back-logged. They either don’t respond to review requests anymore or have to pass. Even if they accept, there’s no guarantee that they will finish the book. Or like it. And the important thing to know is that they aren’t required to post a review, even if they accept a book to review.

Every author is facing these odds. (Unless, of course, you’re a big name or are published by one of the Big 5 with a team pushing your book.)

Simply put, this is just the way it is. And, again, everyone is struggling to get reviews (and sales). Honestly, it sucks, but that’s the publishing climate we are in, and we have to accept it and adapt.

Reviews may not pour in, but you should cherish every little one that you get simply because they don’t come easily or often. And, please, don’t hate on any reviews that you do get, like a four-star review that is nit-picky (I did see a post ranting about this), because a four-star review is awesome. Take it!

There’s a saying that reviews are for readers, not the author, so if a four-star review gets you down, don’t read your reviews anymore.

I don't actively go looking for newly posted reviews of my books, and I am much happier for it. Once you come to term with these things, you will be, too.


Updated to Add: Amazon does make it extremely tough for people to post reviews and for authors to keep the ones they have. Half the time, I can't post reviews there. Many commenters have mentioned Amazon turning down reviews, but there's a reason why I didn't talk about Amazon in this post, and that's because Amazon is not the only place where reviews can be posted. Reviews anywhere are helpful.



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