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You Truly Cannot Judge A Book By Its Cover or Its Blurb – Every Book Needs Editing

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We all love to look at book covers. We enjoy the different images, the sexy ones, the elaborate ones, and the ones that intrigue us, but are the covers the most important things about good books? Then again, just because a cover draws my eye and the blurb is intriguing, will I enjoy the read? Not necessarily. I’ve read my share of books with fabulous covers where the story was so amazing, it could be wrapped in brown paper and I would still love it. But we truly cannot judge a book by its cover – or blurb.

With the onset of digital books, covers still attract but it is ultimately the blurb, which sells the book. I’ve discussed the importance of a great blurb, which captures the reader’s attention and sells the book. What happens after the blurb and the cover already hook the reader but when he/she begins reading the actual story, it just isn’t as good as was expected?

Well, in some cases the reader has actually asked for a refund. Oh yes, my friends, readers have asked for refunds on digital books which only cost them a mere 99¢. I’ve purchased my share of books, which turned out to be okay reads or even something I couldn’t finish because they were poorly written but honestly, I never asked for a refund. Print copies, I donate to a local library or book bank, and digitals, I just forget about them or delete them from reader, but I’ve never asked for a refund. I always thought it was too much like going to the movies, sitting through the entire thing and then asking for a refund because it was horrible. I say chalk it up to taking a chance on the unknown. So, when I hear a reader has asked for a refund on a digital book that cost only 99¢, I can only assume the reader is actually doing so to make a statement.

What statement, you ask? A statement I totally agree with and support. Indie publishing is competitive enough without readers being pushed away from taking chances on unknown authors who might be extraordinary storytellers by those who refuse to acknowledge that even the best authors don’t publish without an editor looking at it first. Yes, that’s where the problem is with books that aren’t even worth 99¢ – poor or worse, no editing at all.

Authors who publish through traditional publishing have editors who work for the publishing house who scrutinize the entire manuscript, make suggestions on how to improve it, point out awkward writing, grammar and spelling errors, as well as catch continuity problems. Admittedly, I still find all of the above in traditionally published works but hey, no one’s perfect. Although, I do have to wonder why everyone, including the author, editor, copyreader, proofreader, and beta readers all miss them but what can I say, I guess everyone’s not perfect.

These are all things that an author cannot see without stepping away from a work for months or even years in order to come back and look at a manuscript with a fresh eye. Who has that kind of time, right? No one, not if they want to publish it in a timely manner. It’s for this reason, every author – EVERY AUTHOR – needs an editor who will scrutinize every word, every line, make corrections, pay attention to continuity, and make sure the story makes sense, flows well, and the characters grow as well as making sure the plot coming to a sensible conclusion. It’s a lot more than just putting words on a page and telling a story – it’s creating a world the reader wants to climb into every time he/she picks up the book. It’s a creative work, which will leave the reader happy they read it and eager to read more by the same author, not return it for a refund of 99¢.

So who is your editor? Don’t think you can afford an editor who will do your work justice? Who will polish it until it shines so bright, anyone who reads it will exclaim over its ability to hook, capture, and keep the reader’s attention and never wish to ask for a refund? You can afford an editor. If you’re looking for someone to do all that for your manuscript, just give me holler. It’s what I do and I do it well, without breaking your bank.

Happy Writing Everyone!

Tips on Using Triberr.com to Expand Your Reach

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Recently one of my followers mentioned that although she was interested in Triberr.com, she didn’t feel she understood it enough to maneuver it and utilize it to her benefit. Well in response to that comment, I thought I’d give some pointers about using Triberr to benefit you and help you spread the word.

First – get connected. This means sign up and then start checking out different Tribes.
Once you’re signed up and have your profile established, click on BONFIRES at the top of the site. Under Bonfires, you’ll find everything you need from support threads to Tribes looking for Tribemates and Tribemates looking for Tribes. Along the right side, look for TRIBE UPS, if you’re looking for Tribes to join and LOOKING FOR TRIBES, if you’ve got a Tribe you’re trying to expand. Once you’re here, simply peruse the thread and seek out Tribes related to your blog or the site you’re promoting.

Two – don’t be afraid to reach out to others on Triberr. I’ve found that the folks who join Triberr are, for the most part, the most sharing, and friendly folks on the Internet. Ask to join a Tribe, the worst that can happen is that Tribe doesn’t accept you. How often will that happen? In my experience, not very often.

Three – if you’re enterprising enough and don’t mind getting involved with the occasional squabble among Tribemates, or the occasional whiner, feel free to set up your own Tribe and then put it out there in a thread under BONFIRES that you’re looking to expand your Tribe. Each one of us has the opportunity to be the chief of our Tribe.

Four – once you join a Tribe, share! Even if you don’t have time to read every post, it only takes a swipe of your cursor to share a post. The more you share, the more Tribemates will share your posts in return. It’s what Triberr is about. And try to do it at least once a day. I visit Triberr at least three times over the course of a day.

Five – if you want more exposure, feel free to purchase a plan that will push your posts to the top of the Stream, allow you to join more tribes, and be the chief of more Tribes of your own. There is power in being in charge.

Six – if ever you have a problem, the support team at Triberr.com is the most awesome on the web. If ever something isn’t working correctly, your posts aren’t being pulled into the Stream, or any other problem is plaguing your acct, feel free to check out the Support Bonfires. You can find them easily by clicking on HELP under Account, and then CONTACT US. There you’ll find the link to the BONFIRES FORUM where you can post your problem or perhaps find others who are having the same trouble. If no one else seems to being having the same trouble shooting problem, simply post your problem and then copy the URL for your post and Tweet it on Twitter tagging Dan Cristo at @dancristo. You’d be surprised how fast these guys act on things if they know there’s a problem or you can shoot an email to support@triberr.com
If for any reason, you can’t maneuver through to the Bonfires Forum, bookmark the following link:

http://triberr.com/pages/bonfires.php?cat=23

Seven – make sure you’re following Triberr @Triberr, @dancristo, @dinodogan, and @abx at Twitter so you’ll know what’s happening and what’s new.

Eight – have fun, get involved, explore the site, check out the Campaigns for opportunities to earn some cash, and feel free to chat with folks. It’s all about connecting.

If you’ve got more questions about using Triberr.com, please feel free to ask me. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll try to find it for you.

Happy Sharing, Writing, Reading, and Enjoying Life.

Wonderful Client News!

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Great news!

One of my clients, Susan Davis, has just signed a three-year contract with Secret Cravings. I’m proud to say that I edited her debut novel and polished it to shine so bright that it was picked up right away. Huzzah, Susan! I’m so proud to be traveling on this exciting journey with you.

So remember, if you, or anyone you know writing romance, is in need of an editor who can give their manuscript the polish it needs to perhaps get picked up just as Susan’s did, please send her/him on over. I’d love to discuss her/his needs with them.

Happy Writing Everyone!

IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE REFERENCE BOOK …

Writing The Bestseller:

Romantic And Commercial Fiction  

by

Jane Porter (Editor), and

Rebecca Lyles (Editor)

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 Is there a great book in you? Or several great books? 

Writing the Bestseller offers practical advice and wisdom from a dozen successful authors who have sold hundreds of thousands of books, experiencing all the ups and downs of the publishing industry. What to do, what not to do, as romance and commercial fiction have their own rules.

Writing the Bestseller doesn’t sugarcoat the work involved. Instead, authors who’ve been there tell you how to understand the genre and reader expectations. The rewards of writing a bestseller are worth the effort, and these authors share what they’ve learned over the years so you, too, can succeed in today’s competitive market.

“A master class in writing compelling and unforgettable fiction. Writing the Bestseller deserves a spot right beside your keyboard…” – Elizabeth Boyle, NYT bestselling author of LOVE LETTER FROM A DUKE and IF WISHES WERE EARLS.

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Do you write romance, or any commercial fiction for that matter? If your answer is yes, if you’re an author, or an aspiring author, this is the book you need at your side.

This amazing new writer’s guide to writing a romance or commercial fiction novel will make you feel even more confident about your work and assist you on starting yourself on the path to writing a manuscript that will surely gain the attention of editors and readers alike.

With chapters on getting your attitude to a place where you’ll feel the desire to write, to setting your goals, creating characters with not only your head, but your heart, and using yourself to understand  your characters along with information about today’s market. you’ll be eager to start writing. These wonderful ladies even give you great advice on writing hot, steamy sex scenes. With WRITING THE BESTSELLER: ROMANTIC AND COMMERCIAL FICTION by Editors Jane Porter and Rebecca Lyles at your side, you’ll be on your way in no time. They’ve pooled their talents, experience, and publishing know how and are giving it to us. This is a must have guide for understanding the breakdown of plot, scene progression, and building dramatic tension, even crafting the perfect Alpha hero.

Check it out for yourself. The Kindle edition is a bargain, and if you’re like me and don’t have a Kindle, that’s okay because it can be right at your fingertips at all times on your Kindle app. Check it out, if you only have one reference book at your side, this is the one you need.

Writing The Bestseller: Romantic And Commercial Fiction by Editors Jane Porter and Rebecca Lyles, Amazon Digital Publishing, available now in ebook format at Amazon.

TRIBERR – Tribe Up and Increase Your Reach

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Triberr.com is a social media platform for bloggers that will drive tons of traffic toward your website’s blog. Over the years, Triberr has grown and evolved. It has become a powerful traffic tool. I personally use Triberr and now have a reach of over 530K on Twitter. I highly recommend using Triberr.

Triberr.com, created by two enterprising young men, Dan Cristo and Dino Dogan, assists bloggers in reaching their greatest audience from one site. Triberr is a community full of all types of bloggers, who blog on a multitude of subjects, and carry all levels of experience. These bloggers seek out like kind and join together in groups, known as tribes. Most tribes have a common interest or community, meaning that everyone in the tribe blogs about similar topics. For example, the tribes of which I belong generally blog about books, reading, writing, and publishing.

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You can join tribes, or start your own tribe and invite others to join you – it’s all up to you!

Each tribe member tweets (in addition, they can now post to Facebook and LinkedIn if they choose to do so) other members’ blog posts easily by sliding their cursor over a share button to send the link out to all of their own followers.  The tweet is then scheduled to go out using a frequency that can be changed under the settings tab. Triberr is a place to make new friends, find other bloggers within your community, Reasons to join Triberrnetwork with bloggers of all levels and styles, and help others by spreading the word about them, while they, in turn, help spread the word about you. What Triberr really is, is a community. A meeting place of like-minded bloggers. A place to gain support, advice, and establish both friendships and relationships, while expanding your footprint on the Internet as well as increasing your role as a blogger.

Promoting your blog can become as easy as publishing it, allowing Triberr to pick it up from your feed, having your fabulous Tribemates read it and sharing. In return, you do the same for them. Easy!

Recently, I had a problem with my feed for this blog and was going a little nuts over it. Dan and Dino were quick to respond to a simple tweet with a link to my Bonfire post. Bonfire is the forum used by Tribemates to air problems, seek answers, and find new tribes. Thanks to Dan, my feed was back up and running properly in mere cyber-minutes. Now that’s support you can count on, and knowing I have backup like that builds high confidence that my posts will continue to be seen and shared. My Tribemates are awesome, friendly, caring, and share crazy – I can’t thank them enough for all that they do to help me promote both this blog and my review blog, Unwrapping Romance.

I highly recommend joining Triberr.com, getting involved, and broadening your reach while meeting extraordinary people. So check out Triberr and TRIBE UP!

If you’d like to learn more about how Triberr works, how easy it is to sign up and get started, check out A GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED ON TRIBERR. Also, it’s FREE to join! So what are you waiting for?

Happy Writing and Promoting!

Welcome

Welcome to Romancing Editorially’s Blog

Romancing Editorially – Unwrapping Author Services has a new blog where, even if you’re not hiring my services, you can learn more about promoting and networking your book to reach more readers than ever.

My first recommendation to every new author is get yourself a website with a blog.

Why a blog? A website is a wonderful place to showcase yourself and your work but a blog on your website can be a great tool for keeping your website up-to-date and fresh. It’s also a fabulous way to keep yourself in the public eye without constantly just pushing your book/books.

What is your blog about? Anything you want. The blog is about you, what you love, what you don’t, what’s coming in your future, and what’s happening now! Making it your own is what makes it unique and fresh. Use to share teasers, giveaways, talk about the weather or some exciting adventure you had. Whatever you want – it’s yours!

By the way, a website doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg either. Check out WordPress.com for some amazing themes and even get your own domain for less than you think.

Next time, I’ll share with you how to promote that new blog so you reach more readers.

Be sure to check out my services, and fabulous rates. I’m here to help YOU succeed.

Have a great day and Happy Writing!

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