Daily Archives: January 26, 2015

Wanna swap book reviews?

I am ALWAYS looking for more reviews but I am afraid I feel the very same way about review swapping. No, no I do NOT want to swap book reviews, thank you very much!

lisa maliga

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2015

I’ve never been sought after as a book reviewer until I began posting on some Facebook book promotion groups. I’ve written book reviews in the past, but I don’t mention that on my website, blog or Facebook page. I also joined some groups where readers gave reviews. Soon I learned that 99% of those readers were also authors who needed their books reviewed. I was sent requests to swap reviews several times a day.

“Hi, are you interested for a review exchange?  My book is FREE on Kindle.”

“Hi Lisa, can we swap for your book? let me know. thanks”

“Hi Lisa, are you up for an honest review exchange? I have downloaded your book  and if you’ll give me a go signal then ill leave a positive review for your book. I have two books for free right now and ill appreciate if you”ll choose one…

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There’s a Storm Coming…

Rule #38 for writers: BEWARE OF CLICHES!

If it sounds like a good line – beware. Somebody out there may have already said it, several times.

There’s a storm coming!


yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

The Happiness Advantage for Writers, or, Remember This Feeling!

Writing a thing down ALWAYS makes it real!

In the Garden of Eva

-I worked on my novel and felt good about it.
-I easily requested the book I wanted through interlibrary loan.
-I saw a cool raptor soaring over the highway when I was at work.

I recently skimmed through the book The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor. Much of what he said was common sense, although — as he points out — just because we know something is good for us, we don’t always do it. Achor emphasizes that success does not lead to happiness, as we are often taught to assume. Instead, if you are happy, success tends to follow.

This is very important for us writers to remember. Happiness will not necessarily come as soon as you get an agent, or a book deal, or a title on the best seller list. Instead, we…

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The Family That Reads Together…

LEAST I COULD DO – I read this cartoon online any chance I get. It can a little risque or even raunchy or even downright gross. Yup, I read it any chance I can get! 🙂 Click the cartoon and it will take you to the website where you can check some of the rest of the strip out.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon