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Happy Thursday! Snow is gone, sun is actually shining right now. And my husband’s 5 month old kitten is full on toddler mode. LOL

So, something happens to me on Twitter. Talking with other authors, publishers, and friends, it happens to them a lot. And it’s those annoying automated direct messages we get whenever we follow someone new.

I’m about to be blunt. To me, those things are the literary equivalent of an unsolicited dick pic!

Look, we know you’ve got a book out. Or do covers. Or have a blog. We took the five seconds to scan your brief description. But to then send me something that’s little more than ‘BUY MY BOOK!!!’ is annoying. Really? You’re so lazy that you can’t say hello like a real person? You’re too busy to bother connecting with your readers?

You’re so full of yourself that you honestly think I’m going to buy a book when you’ve done nothing more than shove the link at me? Before I’ve had time to say hello to you?

In this age of social media, the key to selling books isn’t to scream about it all day long. It’s not a used car lot where you’ve got to wheel and deal and try to constantly put the product in front of readers. We get it. You wrote a book. You’re proud of your accomplishment. It’s up for sale.

But I want that buy link shoved in my face about as much as I want to see your anatomy. Which I don’t.

Give me the chance to learn who you are. Say hello, ask how my day’s going. Have an actual conversation with me. You’re a writer! Words are your thing! Use them!

Develop a real connection with potential readers instead of spamming them.



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Hey! It’s Monday! I think I’m recovered from Friday…only time will tell.

By the way, Billy Joel puts on a great live show.

There’s something a lot of new authors don’t quite understand. Other authors are not your competition. There’s a ton of readers out there. And they’re not going to stick to your titles only. They’re going to read other authors, different genres.

They’re not cheating on you when they do this. Nor is the author whose book they bought just now robbing you of a sale. You are not in competition with your fellow authors.

It’s a simple case of math. It’s going to take you longer to write a new book, have it pass through the arms of your beta readers, get it polished, submit it, find a publisher, have it go through their editor and proofreader, and finally go up for sale than it will for a reader to read it. If they waited for you to finish all of that, they’re going to get restless. Bored.

And then they’re going to find another book to read in between yours.

So, stop trying to talk over another author and push your book. Don’t be that used car salesman that’s always in the face of their reader. Cheer on your fellow authors. Encourage them when they’re stuck. Help them promote. Go to their virtual release parties. Stop in at a book signing, take a picture together, and share it on twitter.

Don’t go after them like they’re the enemy. Especially in public or on social media. Even if you personally don’t care for them. In this business, nice guys finish first. You don’t want to kill your own reputation because you get frustrated and mouth off online about how author x came to your event and talked about his books instead of letting you pitch yours.


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Good morning!

I need more coffee. LOL. It’s one of those mornings where I’m trying to get so much done that I’m thinking I need some sort of i.v. pole hooked up with my coffee machine.

The road from the day you start writing until you hit the level of success you dream of is long. Longer than most of us want to traverse. Some of us have the patience for it, stick to it during the rocky parts. Find ways to swing over the pits and keep moving forward. Others don’t. They give up and go home, either convinced they’re a failure or blaming anyone else they can on their lack of overnight success.

What those authors don’t realize is the thing that keeps the rest of us going is remembering the small victories along the way. How it felt to get that first contract…holding your book in your hands as a printed copy for the first time….seeing someone’s face light up because they’re meeting a ‘real’ author and knowing it’s you they’re so excited to meet.

Reading a review from someone you don’t know, that loves your book. Getting emails or messages on Twitter/FaceBook from readers asking when the next book is coming out.

Being asked for your autograph or to pose for a photo with a reader. Signing the Wall of Fame at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR.

These small things matter. They’re not going to happen every day. Some only happen once, others will have months in between. We use the memories of these moments to get us through the bad times. The dry months when no one wants to buy a book or leave a review.

And we should never forget them.


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