Find the X Factor of the Narrative Voice. Said the Book Publisher.

narrative voiceIt was an afternoon like no other.
The wind of change had blown in shifting our social chit chat from the good fortune of a mild winter to the lament of enduring a bitterly cold southerly blast. And, to what soup was on the menu.
To support my dream of the reality of one day becoming a writer with a little more than spare change in my back pocket, I work shifts at the local food lovers market.
Here I’m lucky enough to meet all sorts of people from near and far.
Shivering, and with a scarf tightly wound around her neck, I barely heard her request above the din of over-the-counter chat.
‘What soup do you have?’
‘Broccoli and Blue Cheese. And, a Tomato and Chorizo.’
‘Right. I’ll have the Tomato.’
Paid up, she was eager to tuck in and enjoy the steaming bowl of hot soup.
Except there was a problem. Deli style, and with only a few tables, there was no room left for her to sit down. Unfortunately with a coat, scarf, and while juggling cutlery, a bowl, and a glass of water, dining a la standing up wasn’t an option.
By this time I had moved on, and was elbow deep in soap suds doing the last of the lunch time dishes.
‘Excuse me? There are no tables left. Can we sit here?’ Exclaimed the soup carrying woman.
‘Of course, not a problem, go ahead.’ I replied while pointing my pink dishwashing gloves at one of the empty bench stools.
‘Thanks.’
And, in between her slurps I found out she was visiting. Turns out one of her long lost relatives hailed from the region. As curious as any other book publisher, she was eager to connect the fragmented limbs of her family tree.
Still washing dishes, I put on my best confidence voice, and shared a smidgen of my writing aspirations with this lady from the big city book publishing world.
Showing genuine interest, and unfazed by my dishwashing skills, she shared more than a few words of wisdom.
One of which was the importance of finding a narrative voice that resonates long after the last page has been turned. Or, as in my e-book publishing case, swiped.
The other, was to read. Not only for pleasure, but to read different genres to dissect and learn from the different writing styles.
Oh, and she also mentioned the colossal number of manuscripts she receives, and how the narrative voice is one of the key determining factors as to whether she’ll continue reading …or….relegate the much loved author’s pages to the “I’m sorry but…pending rejection letter file.”

Newbie Writer. 5 Unanswered Sales Questions.

question markAs a newbie, or is it newbee writer?…These are five questions I’m still pondering.
These questions seem so easy to ask, yet are really complex to answer. Especially if you’re an independent author starting from scratch without the grunt of a Publisher’s marketing and distribution power
It can all seem daunting. Even impossible.
But as impossible is entirely possible, with a little thought, planning, strategic thinking, and by embracing marketing…I believe over time I’ll have some answers.
These questions make me think.
And if I want to become a commercially successful writer, in which I can give up my day/night job and write for a living, then I have to think about the questions posed.
Otherwise, I’m writing for love. Only.
Are you pondering the same questions. Better still, do you have similar questions? Answers even?
Please share!

Creating Book Covers and Titles. 5 Things to Think About.

love book coverAs a newbie writer and e-book publisher, I’m a sucker for new information.
Especially hints on coming up with an attention grabbing book title, and creating an eye-popping book cover.
Here’s five great things to know when thinking about your book title and cover.
1.  The promise of your book is implicit in the title.
2.  Provide a solution to a problem – using as few words as possible.
– A romance reader searching for a new e-book to buy…a murder mystery title, or a title oozing love and heart…
3.  Measure your content by what you have promised in the title.
4.  For your book cover choose a photo/image that best communicates the promise from the title in the book.
5.  Use the photo/image to take as much of the cover page as possible.
Remember to don a marketing hat when creating your next title and book cover. Most of all, have fun too.

PS – The above cover is a one minute job! But I’m sure you get the gist….

Dodge Inbox Fatigue. 15 Tips to Write a Knock-Out Email.

inbox fatigueOpenly discussed around the office water cooler, inbox fatigue is no longer just some lame excuse to dodge the staggering amount of emails flooding inboxes on a daily basis.
24/7/365 – emails keep on coming.
Time stands still for no email. That is, unless there is a technical glitch. Even then, the respite is a trick. It’s only a matter of time before a deluge of emails occurs. Next thing we know, we’re backed up with work due to the “system having been down.”
We’re all busy, and trying to do our bit to strive for a little of what the human resource peeps like to call, “work life balance.”
Turning on your computer to find a staggering amount of emails sitting patiently to be, wait for it – deleted or opened can cause an ache in the temporal lobe before you’ve even had the chance to park your butt for the day.
We’ve become very time savvy. And, for many of us the best way to deal with emails is to allow our eyeballs to activate the brain, by sending the following brief message:
1. Scan
2. Delete
3. Keep
We scan to see what emails to delete and keep.
Aside from deleting the obnoxious spam junk, we simply don’t have time to deal with the majority of the other stuff. Because, in that precise moment of time, we’ve decided to close the window of new-in-coming-information opportunity.
By this stage, we’ve made a mental note of what emails to keep. Next step is to prioritize them according to importance.
Bear in mind, even if spared deletion, emails can sit unopened, and unread for hours, days, and even weeks.
There in lies the other dilemma with emails. As if inbox fatigue, and batting for attention isn’t enough, some people actually leave the office! These pesky vacations can last for days, and in some lucky cases weeks. Leaving about as much chance of your email being read, as well, me asking for a side of Brussel Sprouts.
We’re all suffering from a touch of inbox fatigue. And, be honest – who hasn’t done a block highlight to delete a bulk of emails in one go? I’m guilty as charged.
When sitting down to write your next business email, think about emails you deem worthy to open, read, and action. What makes them stand out in a crowd?
Then, put your fingers to work, and create an attention grabbing knock-out email – too good to delete.
15 EASY TIPS TO CREATE, WRITE & SEND A KNOCK OUT EMAIL
All examples (eg) are courtesy of the emails I receive from Daniel Hall. Thank you.
1.  Think – how can I fascinate?
2.  Make it easy – your reader doesn’t like to work.
eg: I recorded it for you but a word of warning it’s coming down.
Monday at midnight. 
3.  Make your Subject Line Tweet Worthy. Relevant, compelling & 140 characters or less.
4.  Keep it simple – stick to one point.
5.  Readers don’t have the attention span to read long chapters.
6.  Fat free – put the words on a diet. Use short words, sentences, and paragraphs.
7.  Write a killer attention grabbing short, try 40-50 characters opening paragraph.
eg: If you missed the webinar yesterday = 37 characters including spacing
8.  Build rapport. You want your reader to like you.
9.  Set the right tone. Think of your email as a one on one conversation.
–  Use contractions – I’m, we’re, you’re
10.  Write concise paragraphs. Be specific.
eg: Many writers have a problem. They are not sure what to write or where to start once they’ve decided on a subject.
11. Use bullet points (concise, specific, and easy to read).
12. What would you like your reader to do? Give them a Call to Action.
eg: If that sounds good to you then check out the replay but hurry because – – -This is coming down Monday at midnight. Click Here to watch!
13. Sign off with your name. Ensure your email signature, or template contains all the relevant contact information.
eg: Magdalena
14. Add a P.S. – share an afterthought – still relevant to your one point.
eg: P.S. I’m sharing the method that huge companies like Disney and Universal have used for decades to create great content here http://www.realfastderivativeproducts.com/go
15. Finally, and if necessary add your “unsubscribe” blurb

PS: This blog was written by me, Magdalena VandenBerg – author of Contemporary Romance E-Book Love in the Vines – the sequel called, Love Entwined, is in the works.

To Rewrite or Not? That is the Question.

dog and laptop textTo rewrite Love in the Vines, or not? That is the question. I’m fishing for your opinion.
Last year I wrote and self published my first e-book Love in the Vines.
Set in the intoxicating world of wine and food, Love in the Vines is pure contemporary romance escapism. A smorgasbord of food, wine, love and betrayal.
“Like wine, love begins in the vines. Betrayal begins in the heart of a marriage.”
Not blessed with the patience gene, I feigned nonchalance while anxiously waiting for the book reviews to coming rolling in (…oh the naivety!).
Reviews can be as rare as hen’s teeth and it wasn’t until a month or so after I had published that one landed. Thankfully, it was a good one.
A few months later I had garnered more than a handful.
A couple of the reviewers delved deeper to expose technical flaws that had distracted them from enjoying the story. The two frustrating, and sometimes confusing issues they shared was; the inconsistency of writing from the first person point of view. The shallow development of one of my main characters didn’t help my cause.
When a trusted friend who had also read my book shared the same feedback I knew something was off kilter…
Being slightly obsessive, and not happy to leave anything that needs fixing broken, I don’t want to sit back and listen, and learn “for next time.”
As hard as some of it is to swallow – there’s no denying feedback is worth its weight in gold, and I want to do something positive with it.
I’d drive myself around the bend if I thought I had to do this every time someone wrote a negative review. But, in this instance there is a trend…the story is great, but technically it needs a little work.
This gave me the idea to take my book off sale, iron out the technical kinks, and make some necessary changes. To me, doing this is a no brainer.
I’m sure if I’m honest, and explain what I’m doing I won’t annoy anyone who has already read Love in the Vines. After all, I’m not reinventing the words or changing the plot, but just giving my book some editing TLC.
By the time the revised version of Love in the Vines is back on sale, I hope the nagging voice inside my head of “come on, you’ve got to do something” will be silenced.
Have you, or do you know a writer who has published a book, only to take it off sale to make editing changes before putting it back on sale? Is this common, or a total no-no?
I look forward to hearing from you.

Amazon Book Review. Love in the Vines 4 Stars. Amazing!

Happy New Year! Watch out world, 2013 here we come…
This morning was cause for a double celebration.
New Year’s Day, and a fabulous FOUR STAR REVIEW by Katrina Joyner of Love in the Vines on Amazon.
I’m really grateful of Katrina’s time to read and review my book, and I’m chuffed with her comments, and constructive feedback.
Any comments good, bad, or just plain ugly can only help me become a better writer.
To read Katrina’s review…continue reading below.
4 star reviewLove in the Vines Cover Master 72Review of Love in the Vines by Katrina J Joyner

Love in the Vines is about a married woman, Carla, who takes a job at a winery. It’s a new and lush world for her; a fruity opportunity that also brings in a new man in her life: Matt. He’s single-minded and handsome, and he quickly finds himself very attracted to the new girl. When she responds favorably, it becomes love in the vines. And some other places as well.
The author makes no secret on what’s going to happen between these two lovebirds. A discerning eye knows what’s coming by chapter 2. No clumsy attempts at mystery in this book. It’s not knowing or not knowing the end that matters. It’s how the story is told, and this story is told through the making of wine. The subject is obviously well-researched, which only makes the main backdrop of a winery a bit more believable. You are thrown into wine-making as the main character is, learning things as she learns them, and experiencing her marvel and discovery of her natural talent with her.
To read the full review – click here.

Author’s Note
Love in the Vines
is written by Magdalena VandenBerg, and is her first contemporary romance e-book. Set in the intoxicating world of wine and food, Love in the Vines is a journey of food, wine, love and betrayal. Like wine, love begins in the vines. Betrayal begins in the heart of a marriage.
BUY YOUR e-copy here of Love in the Vines on Amazon for Kindle.
If you don’t have to own a Kindle device – simply download Kindle to your PC, Mac or Mobile. It’s easy.

Ten Points to use When Writing a Press Release

Writing a press release takes time. Writing a half-way decent one to grab the attention of the word worn deadline weary journalist requires time, thought, a strategy, and a steadfast desire to use a clear and concise format devoid of tempting flowery adjectives.
blank paper text TEN POINTS TO USE WHEN WRITING A PRESS RELEASE
1. Grab Attention
Grab your reader’s attention by writing a compelling motivating headline, summary, and lead paragraph.
You want the reader to read more.
2. What’s the Hook?
Pick a hook, an angle and stick to it.
Don’t dilute your key message with nice to have but not important information.
3. Professional Writing Please
Ensure your release is well written, and free of spelling and grammar mistakes. Many journalists, and media types are professional and well-trained writers, or at least are very savvy with the written and spoken word. Sloppy error riddled writing is destined for file 13, or the delete button.
On that note, don’t forget to double-check your email subject line for spelling mistakes.
4. Keep the Format Simple, Clear and Concise
I often use the format below, and while searching for a company to distribute my releases in the USA I came across the services of PRWeb. They have a brilliant press release guideline, it’s a truly valuable resource containing all you need to know about formatting and writing a press release (download option at end of this post).
Here’s a brief overview of the PRWeb format guidelines to use when writing a press release:
**Headline

A short attention grabbing snapshot of the information to be conveyed. It should capture the reader’s attention and inspire them to continue reading.
A headline is not the place for a sales pitch or advertisement.
Contains keywords people are likely to use when conducting an online search.
When writing your headline take note of its length. Search engines have specific headline limits of what they will display.
Please use Title Case – Not Caps. No one likes to be yelled at.
**Summary
The summary generally follows the headline, and is a short snapshot of the information contained within the release. This is a good time and place to mention you, and or your company.
**Dateline and Lead Paragraph
The dateline runs before the lead paragraph, and identifies the city, state, day, month and year the release was generated.
The lead paragraph focuses on the key message told in a clear and concise tone. It must grab the reader’s attention and at the very least answer the six questions they will ask of Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How.
**Body Copy
This is your time to tell your story in an interesting, neutral and objective way. Keep in mind you are writing a press release, and not an advertisement or sales pitch.
**Boilerplate Statement
Defined as “A unit of writing to be used over and over again without change” the boilerplate statement follows the body copy and could incorporate an “About You” or “About Your Company” statement.
It should also include the important people, services, or details outlined in the release.
**Contact Information
Now you’ve got the reader’s attention of the media make sure they can contact you in more than one way. Include your full name, company name, website address, phone number, and email address (this is the only place to add your email address).
5.  Use Short Paragraphs
Ideally try to keep your paragraphs short and sassy in length.
As a rule of thumb PR Web recommends limiting each paragraph to three to four lines. 
6.  Press Release Length

My rule of thumb is to keep my press releases contained to one page.
PR Web suggests sticking to the standard length of 300 to 800 words.
7. Make sure your release is informative, relevant, and timely
Your release should contain information that is interesting enough to be reported on. There’s a host of reason why you should write, and distribute a press release….whatever you do resist the urge of writing a release for the sake of writing a release!
Has your book rocketed up the best-seller list?
Have you been awarded a prestigious writing prize?
Have you written multiple best seller e-books?
Is the subject relevant, timely, and of interest to readers?
Is this your first e-book, or are you introducing a new product or service?
8.  Invest Time in Building Your Media List
Invest time to build and target your media list to ensure your release lands in front of people interested in receiving the news you have to share.
9.  Target Your Message
A finance editor most likely won’t have the time, need or desire to open, let alone read a press release on the latest romance e-book you’ve written. A Life Style Editor, an avid blogger of romance e-books, or a weekly woman’s magazine will be far more interested.
After, and only after you’ve sent your release to the media if its appropriate post your release on your own social media sites.
10.  Follow Up
If you’ve targeted your media list don’t be afraid to make a follow-up call, or send an email to the relevant journalist/person to gauge their interest, and hopefully you’ll then have the opportunity to give a more detailed pitch.
What’s the worst that can happen? You get a “sorry it’s not for us” response, but at least you’ve established a contact to pitch other story ideas you many have.

Content makes up the daily dose of the news, stories, and material we listen to, watch, and read. People and events create the content media use to write, produce, voice, edit, and publish their stories.
It’s the media’s job to report on news relevant to their audience.
A well written and formatted press release is a tried and true way of hooking the media’s attention, and supplementing their diet with juicy newsworthy content.
While working in PR and Marketing for Cirque du Soleil writing press releases was an integral part of my job, as was the distribution, and having access to people with the right contacts to secure media coverage. Whether you are working for a big company, or are like me – a one person indie writer, editor, and publisher – the same principles apply when writing and distributing press releases.
Without the right contacts to distribute my press releases announcing the release of my two e-books, Minnie Moo The Extraordinary Adventures of an Ordinary Cat, and Love in the Vines, in the States I called in the experts.
After an extensive online search I decided to use a news release company called PRWeb. Unfortunately this isn’t a freebie service, and thankfully I was happy with their cost structure, reach, results, and reporting. I highly recommend reading The PRWEB Writing Great Online News Release – it’s a superb guideline and tool to use.

Author’s Note: Excerpts from  The PRWEB Writing Great Online News Release have been used in this blog.

A Guilt Free Holiday Romp…

summer winter text collageIn the spirit of the holiday season, and sharing the e-book love, I’m going to indulge in a little shameless, and totally harmelss self promotion about my e-book Love in the Vines!
Food, wine, love and betrayal. Like wine, love begins in the vines. Betrayal begins in the heart of a marriage. Love in the Vines is a contemporary romance e-book set in the intoxicating world of wine and food.
Love in the Vines is your guilt free holiday romp, and is a great gift idea too!
Download your copy of LOVE IN THE VINES from Amazon Kindle – if you’ve read it thank you!
SIX MORE REASONS TO GET YOUR COPY OF LOVE IN THE VINES
Here’s what the reviewers have to say about Love in the Vines…

“I enjoyed the way the story unfolded against the romantic backdrop of a winery with realistically drawn characters.”

“Definitely a story of the easy drinking variety, perhaps a merlot! A great read.”

 “We wonder how far Carla will go and whether she will actually reach Affairsville”

“The story captures your attention in the beginning. You won’t want to stop reading.”

“A fast-moving, sexy story. You will enjoy reading it. You’ll be asking for a sequel!”

”As the grapes ripened on the vine his attention to Carla blossomed.”

Love in the Vines Cover Master 72Love in the Vines by Magdalena VandenBerg is Out Now on Amazon Kindle.

First Draft Edit. Five Things to Ponder.

A worn down building in Mexico sporting a "For Rent" notice in spanish.Oh, the joys of reading through the first draft of your next book.
It’s a little like looking through a dilapidated old fixer upper of a house, then laying out your hard-earned dosh (that’s kiwi speak for dollars) to buy it, before kissing goodbye the next chunk of your life to the mistress of renovations.
Despite some seriously cringe-worthy moments of “did I really write that” – the first draft of my NaNoWriMo inspired “Love Entwined” is not what I would call truly awful. But, there is no denying, it is definitely in need of a truck load of love and attention.
That’s my way of saying it needs work. And lots of it.
Turning the pages, I find myself thinking…“well, the bones of the story is there – yep at least it’s got good bones.”
How many times have you heard a designer, architect or a “move that bus” TV guy talk about the good bones theory? For some reason, if a house, castle, shed, or whatever else is left standing, isn’t derelict and destined for doomsville, it’s all down to its “good bones.”
With that theory in mind, there is hope for my first draft.
It doesn’t need to be knocked down, totally demolished, and rebuilt into a fantastically spectacular book. Rather, it’s crying out for a good old-fashioned dose of lots of hard out editing work.
With careful and constructive renovations, along with what I hope could only be termed creative flair, the good bones will get meat on them while morphing into a story worth telling. And worthy of my reader’s valuable outlay and time.
Along with the never ending search for spelling mistakes, here’s a list of the top five things I’m paying particular attention to while reading/editing my way through the first draft of Love Entwined.

  1. The Characters. Their development, and the cultivation of their personalities and roles, along with their introduction into the story.
  2. Two timing adjectives. To quote The View Outside blog “they don’t need to travel around in pairs.”
  3. Stripping and peeling back the scenes and dialogue to get to the heart of the matter. That’s a nice way of saying “less is more.” Cut, slash, and toss out what’s not needed.
  4. Emotional connection. Does the emotion and tension resonate and strike a chord without going overboard and sounding too cheesy?
  5. Pace. Is the story crawling along at a snail’s pace, or is it sprinting faster than Usain Bolt blitz’s the 100m?

Magdalena’s e-book Love in the Vines is now available on Amazon Kindle. Love Entwined is the sequel, and is due out early-mid 2013.
Love in the Vines
is a contemporary romance novel set in the intoxicating world of wine and food. Food, wine, love and betrayal. Like wine, love begins in the vines. Betrayal begins in the heart of a marriage.

 

Ten Things I now know as a Newbie E-Book Writer.

I still consider myself to be a certified newbie.
Before I started writing in earnest, there would always be some sort of drama and dialogue going on inside my head. Now, some might say, I have a problem and need to visit the brainy peeps in white coats. But, really it’s just my imagination at play.
Transforming the scenario’s inside my head into stories, and ultimately publishing them as e-books requires more than the “ten things I now know” written below (hello that’s an unintentional rhyme). They are however, ten steps in the right direction.
Please note – if you are looking for a meaty how-to-e-publish post, I’m afraid this post will disappoint. It’s my intention to blog more on this, and e-book marketing in the near future. 
1.  Commit
Make a commitment to write with the intention of publishing an e-book. Commit to wearing more than a writer’s hat. At some stage, and sometimes all at once, you’ll be wearing a marketing, publishing, and a therapy hat. 
2.  Show Up
If you don’t show up to write, not a single word will get written. All you’ll have is a blank screen, or page. Time, focus, and words strung together into creative sentences, are a few of the necessary ingredients of writing. Make, and schedule time to write.
3.  Go with the Flow
As a runner, for me writing is a lot like pounding the pavement. Not one day is the same. Some days I feel like I can run for miles, while the next…my legs feel like I’m lugging around blocks of of concrete. With writing, one day you’re on a creative roll, the next your river of words has dried up to a mere trickle….Frustrating? Definitely. I’m learning, to go with the flow. If you’ll pardon the pun.
4.  Be a Sponge
Soak up as much information from others about writing, and the world of e-book publishing. Follow related blogs, befriend google and ask questions, join forums and groups – Amazon and Goodreads, a great place to start. Take webinars – online seminars cover a load of subjects from publishing on blogging, Kindle, e-book marketing and PR, success stories…they’re free, and jam-packed with juicy relevant information.
5.  Don’t be Afraid
Whether your brazen, über confident, or super shy, you’re going to need bucket loads of courage. To write, e-publish, read reviews, find your readers, navigate your way around the marketing, and dealing with angst and uncertainty. All require a badge of courage, and a willingness to venture into the soon-to-be-known territory
6.  Establish your name
As a newbie author you probably count your Mum, and a couple of good friends as die-hard loyal readers. I know I do. Expanding your reach beyond that precious three, requires a plan to find readers who, over time will like, love, and trust you enough to buy your books, and share the book love with their friends and family. Establishing your writing name/brand is an essential part of the marketing plan.   
7.  Marketing

Writing with the intention of selling requires at the very least, the backbone of a marketing plan. Step one, know from the onset who you perceive your readers are. Step two, know where to find your readers. A healthy mix of digital, with a little traditional marketing is needed to get your name established, readers, and sales. Without going into too much detail – to build a marketing foundation the must do/have basics are:

  • Blog. Create a blog relevant to establish your identity and what it is you want to be known and recognized for. Whatever you do, have a contact me page.
  • Website. At this risk of sounding like an old fashioned fuddy duddy – in this day and age if you’re not online, well let’s just say you risk extinction. Having a digital presence is crucial if you want to have a ounce of e-publishing success. For the budget conscious, like me, my free wordpress blog site doubles up as my website. And I love it.
  • Social Media. Its social, and its media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr connects you with like minded people who are interested in what you do. It’s a platform to interact.
  • PR. Public Relations interacts with social media, your blog, and or website. In fact, they all interact. But, a good old fashioned press release to announce your book, what it’s about, who the market is, how and where readers can buy it from, the price and why people should buy your book is like a one stop shop of information for media, and potential readers.
  • Elevator Pitch. A long lost friend stops you in the street and asks you, ‘so, what are you doing now?’ What’s your 15, ok maybe stretch it out to 30 seconds summary of what you do? By the time it takes you to ride the elevator from the ground to the penthouse suite, is all the time you need to sell yourself, and your book.
  • Be Consistent. Just like you show up for writing, be regular and consistent with your marketing. The key is consistency with relevant and engaging content. It’s not all about sales, don’t be afraid to mix a little sales with social. People want to get to know, like, love and trust you.

8. Accept Not all Reviews will be 5*****
Develop a thick skin. No matter what, getting and reading a review is a daunting task. One, I’ll never quite get used to. The way I survive reading a review and minimizing the possibility of a bad one completely ruining my day, is to allow myself only a couple of hours to think about it. Tops. Then, I have to let it go.
My policy. Focus on the positive, and respect your reviewer’s opinion. If you don’t like what you read, don’t even think about stepping into the boxing ring and going glove to glove with the reviewer. Sure, it’s tempting, but I believe, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Same applies if you get a great review. If you turn around and laud the reviewer with adulation, and praise, you no longer have an honest review.
Whether the review is good, or just plain ugly and brutal, try taking something positive from it. It’s easier said than done. One reader gave my book a 1* rating, and didn’t back it up with a review. Where’s the positive in that I asked? Well, after digging around, I found out the reader wasn’t in my target age group, and more than likely was never going to enjoy my story.
As hard as it is sometimes, I always appreciate the time and effort it has taken the reviewer to read your book, and write and post a review.
9.  Believe
For many self belief is the biggest hurdle. At times I’m plagued with self doubt, and throughout my day I can be heard muttering sound bites of encouragement. ‘Back Yourself’ has become a personal favorite. As Jack Canfield once said “tell people you’re a writer when you think you are.” I now tell peeps I’m a writer. And yes, I believe it too.
10.  Reality Check and Luck
This is a goodie. How do you measure success? By achieving your own goals? Showing up? Sales? Or….is it the little things you achieve, and learning from and surviving the failures, disappointments, dark days, mistakes, crankiness, writers block…that ultimately point us in the direction of “being successful.”
Writing with the intention of selling your book is a magic combo of content, marketing, luck, and giving people what they want at the right time.
Timing is everything. Whether it’s an overnight runaway #1 best seller, or it takes you a few months, or years. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will your writing career. Either way…believe, believe, believe in you.

Magdalena has recently written a contemporary romance e-book, Love in the Vines. Food, wine, love and betrayal. Like wine, love begins in the vines. Betrayal begins in the heart of a marriage.
Her first e-book was an mage to her cat, Minnie Moo….Minnie Moo The Extraordinary Adventures of an Ordinary Cat.
Both e-books are available to buy on Amazon.
Having successfully completed NANOWRIMO writing 50,000 words in 30 days (the month of November), Magdalena is currently working on the sequel to Love in the Vines – Love Entwined.
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