Well, it is a beautiful day out there and I’m going to go out into it very shortly.

It’s been a busy Saturday. Wrote two more chapters in my YA novel. I’m nearly at the 30K mark, aiming for 40-50K.

I also sent out a few more review requests. I’ve been hunting up book bloggers to review some of my work – because one can never have too many reviews. The only problem is that I hear back from one reviewer for every ten requests I make. It seems that there are an awful lot of writers out there these days and most of them are likewise hungry for reviews.

Yesterday I dealt with two interview requests, answering a sheet of questions for both of them. Some interviews are done that way – through e-mail. Others are done in person or over the telephone. You get a nice degree of spontanaity over the telephone or in person – but when you’re filling out answers for e-mail questions you have the opportunity to edit your answers and think them over carefully and add to them until you sound almost freaking brilliant. I think all of those wise people you hear about – such as Confucious and Solomon and the like – were all answering e-mailed interviews.

No question about it.

Last night I helped my wife Belinda move the furniture downstairs. We are in the midst of renovations. I get a new library out of it and Belinda gets a new office. We’re both happy. We’ve got a decorator doing most of the gruntwork but we have to move the furniture. We wound up carrying half of Belinda’s old office furniture upstairs. I was severely winded after a dozen trips up and down the stairs. I am not nearly as fit as I used to be. Too much beer and grease, I suspect.

Today I am going up over the hill to check out the corner video store that is going out of business this month. I’m going to miss the place, but I’ve bought a few of their old dvd’s and they are selling us their shelves for my new library. I also have to go to the grocery store and the mall for a couple of errands. I am looking forward to enjoying the sunshine.

Here’s a couple of links to some useful blog entries I have stumbled across.

Here’s a link to an article on improving your blog traffic. I could definitely use a few more followers to this blog. I might have to learn how to write someday… http://briclarkthebelleofboise.blogspot.ca/2012/03/how-to-gain-blog-traffic-from-writing.html?showComment=1331905113782

Does Bette Middler follow you? http://robonwriting.com/2012/03/15/does-bette-midler-follow-you/

How to Sell a 100 E-books in a day – now yer talking! http://www.molly-greene.com/how-to-sell-100-books-a-day/

And lastly, be sure to pick up a FREE Kindle copy of Jeff Bennington’s enormously informative e-book THE INDIE AUTHOR’S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE! I’ve got a copy and I’ve really learned a lot from it so far. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007D0HTFE

That’s all I’ve got for now.

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon


5 responses to “Hodgepodge…

  1. Good stuff, Steve. 🙂
    How fantastic you are getting a new library!


  2. Quite a variety of things you have out for perusal. And I had no idea there was a vampire/hockey genre 🙂

    Good post. Yes, there are apparently quite a few of us out there. I put out a few feelers for book reviews, but I found many wanting ARC’s or paperback versions, which I haven’t moved onto yet. Are you getting similar responses? Seeking out reviews almost seems like a full-time job in itself (one of the many full-time jobs involved in indie/self-publishing it seems). Well, good luck to you.

    And thanks for the links. I’ll check them out.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog


    • I haven’t had too much problem finding reviewers to accept digital review copies – but one does have to hunt for the proper reviewers. There is still a significant percentage of reviewers who WON’T accept digital review copies.

      Another interesting detail that I’ve noticed is that there seems to be a great many female book reviewers as compared to male book reviewers – or at least that’s how I have percieved it. One wonders if this isn’t just a natural growth from that whole “reluctant boy reader” syndrome that seems to be so prevelant in schools these days.

      Or maybe women are just smarter than us fellas…


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