Tips on Effectively Conveying Character Emotion | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books. From The Alliance of Independent Authors

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All successful novels, no matter what genre, have one thing in common: emotion, writes Bella Puglisi one half of The Bookshelf Muse blogging duo, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

Penelope‘s insight:

Character emotion is one of the hardest things for most of us writers to nail down in a novel. This post will give you a heads up any time your character is up against a wall–and you can’t put your finger on the proper emotion to describe it.

Next time your scene needs a little more emotional oomph, remember these tips:

1) Whenever possible, show the emotion instead of naming it outright.

2) To show emotion, choose physical, internal, and mental responses for your character that are fresh and not overused.

3) Choose cues that are specific to your character and make sense for him or her.

Check out this new book, or just use the quick start guide in this blog post to get your wheels turning.

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Picking an Effective Kindle Book Niche 101

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For something as important as choosing which Kindle book market or niche to enter – which can have drastic effects on the difficulty or breaking into Amazon’s vaunted Top 1,000 – you certainly wouldn’t know it from the lack of information about it…

Penelope‘s insight:

I think many people struggle to begin their writing for Kindle, because of all the confusion out there about how to pick a niche. Here are 3 things to think about:

1) What type of niches? (Look for active buyers)

2) Not Your Typical Strategy (find popular niches)

3) Importance of Rankings (Amazon will push your book higher in the rankings)

No matter what, don’t let any of this keep you from writing your book. If you have a subject you are passionate about, then by jove, get to writing!

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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress – Book Review

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seemed to me, through reading her words, that the author was truly healing from incredibly reeling life experiences. Not just one–but two in succession. I could feel her pain as I read, but a little bit of humor started peeking through at times. Not only did her husband leave her for a guy on, but she was also in a devastating car accident, that left her crushed, broken in body, and lucky to be alive. As a woman, it is a blow to our egos when our husbands leave us for another woman–but another man? I cannot image this. Of course, the only place left for her to return to was her roots–a place she knew she would be accepted no matter what. This place was the Mennonite community in which she was raised–and rejected. She was welcomed by her family and friends with open arms and hearts. It was interesting to read about this cloistered community; how they live, work and love.

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Clive West, Author Interview Jan. 4, 2013!


Author Profile: Clive West

Clive West was born in the West Country of England in the early 60’s. He was educated at a traditional English public school before going on to university to study civil engineering. Over the years, he has worked as a civil engineer, tutor of maths and science, schools quiz-master, employment agency boss, and writer.

His work includes a collection of short stories with twists called Hobson’s Choice (also available in print), a full-length novel called ‘The Road’ about the consequences of corruption on ordinary people and an accessible job hunting interview guide (based on his years of experience as the boss of an employment agency).

He has also written a book about lymphedema. This is a disfiguring, life-threatening and incurable disease he now suffers from and which his experience shows that most fellow patients have (like him) been abandoned by their respective health services.

Clive now lives in a rebuilt farmhouse in the Umbrian region of Italy along with Damaris, his writer wife of 22 years and their three rescue dogs. Apart from his fictional work, Clive also writes commercial non-fiction on a variety of topics but especially relating to business and employment. He and Damaris run an indie publishers called Any Subject Books Ltd –

You can also follow Any Subject Books on Facebook –

Clive is now disabled but, aside from his writing, he also enjoys playing the keyboard, listening to music and reading.

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Genre: Crime

Every crime has its victim.

  • The Giddings family – enjoying their rural idyll until events start to spiral out of their control turning paradise into hell.
  • Henry – trapped in a loveless marriage who sees a chance to climb on board the gravy train for a one-way ticket out of misery but doesn’t want to know about the consequences of his actions.
  • Sandra – frustrated by a system where the rich get richer and the poor pay to get a ringside seat.
  • John – a shrewd developer who knows all the tricks and is the guy flicking the switch when the smelly stuff hits the fan.
  • The parasites and hangers on, too numerous to mention, who abuse their positions of trust to feather their own nests but who are outraged when those lower down the pecking order try to do the same.


The noise from the diggers, mixers and other machinery was driving Caroline to distraction. It would start when she was waking the children for school and persist the whole day until just after she returned home with Athelstan. It provided a constant background track of banging, roaring, scraping and shouting that only marginally quietened for a brief period at lunchtime.

It wasn’t as if she could find some way of escaping from it. Work at the hairdressers had been slack with many of the regulars choosing to save money and perm their own hair because of the downturn in the economy. As a result, Sandy had told Caroline that she would only be needed on an ad hoc basis and that she would fully understand if Caroline found another job.

In reality, there were few other positions that Caroline was either suited to or inclined to take up. She just couldn’t see herself working in a supermarket – as an ex farm girl, she would feel like it was a form of imprisonment. Not that sitting at home was especially enjoyable any more because of the hubbub.

She had tried shutting all the windows but the noise had somehow penetrated along with the omnipresent dust which got in no matter how hard she endeavoured to keep it at bay. She tried watching the television but its largely mindless daytime babble was somehow eclipsed by the activities taking place on the adjacent land. She felt irresistibly drawn to watching the desecration of her beloved countryside and the television was a poor distraction.

Even when there was little or no noise, which wasn’t often, she still felt confined to her house. On one occasion she had tried tending the little vegetable garden that she was so proud of but had then been confronted by a burly workman clad in dirty jeans and a torn shirt taking a pee against the fence that bounded her garden with the site. It wasn’t the act in itself, goodness knows she had been taken short enough times, nor was it the sight of a man’s penis (and he wasn’t deliberately exposing himself to her), it was the fact that he had smiled and carried on as if he hadn’t a care in the world. This simple act seemed to limit her space still further. Up till then, the back garden had been hers. Historically, anyone within her range of view would be subject to her code of behaviour. Now the garden had been lost and even her presence there seemed only to be tolerated. As long as she accepted what went on immediately outside of her frontier, she would be permitted to access the territory her side of the border, but it could only be on those terms.

While in the back garden, she also felt the leers of the workmen on her and would catch odd snippets of conversation when they came within earshot. One of them she was sure was commenting on her behind when she had bent over to pick up some toy that one of the children had abandoned in the garden. She could have sworn she heard another one commenting on the underwear she had pinned up on the washing line and she knew for certain that one of them had laughingly warned her that one of his mates wasn’t called the ‘knicker pincher’ for nothing.

She resolved henceforth to dry her smalls inside the house – she certainly couldn’t leave the house with washing out in case the labourer who had spoken was right. For weeks afterwards, when she couldn’t find something in her bedroom chest of drawers, she would immediately become convinced that the missing bra or pair of panties had been stolen. Invariably the offending garment would be discovered folded inside another or mistakenly placed inside the dirty linen basket, but it rattled her nevertheless.

It wasn’t that the workmen were particularly close by. Most of the time they were just dots in the distant background and not near enough to have either faces or identities. Logical thinking didn’t stop her from feeling that there would be at least one of them peering over the garden fence to see what she was up to. She always made a point of pulling the curtains in both the bedroom and the bathroom if she went in there.

There was a loop in the housing estate road that came to within about forty metres of their fenceline where it ended in two intersecting circles which she assumed would be turning heads. It didn’t seem too bad – forty metres was quite a long way off, she told herself. At that distance, she needn’t be too disturbed by cars starting up in the morning. It could be a lot worse, she supposed.

Stuart had by this time moved on with his thoughts and didn’t seem particularly bothered or affected by the changes to their environment. Caroline considered that he was lucky, although he admitted that it vexed him that he could no longer take the children for a walk in the woods armed with his I-SPYbooks. The truth was that by the time he got home from work, the gangs were packing up and, besides, the children were now getting older and making friends that took them away from the house. Apart from what the estate agent had told Stuart about the loss in value of their property, he seemed both unaffected and unbothered by the work going on.

In any case, there was less and less of a reason to go for a walk where the fields used to be. Lucian was getting on and he didn’t need as much exercise nowadays and it was also true that the children were no longer particularly interested in playing there. Perhaps they had all been lucky enough to be permitted the enjoyment of the countryside at a time when they were able to appreciate it the most. For the rest of her family its absence no longer seemed relevant. Caroline deeply lamented losing the principal thing, other than her family, of course, that made her life worthwhile.

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5 ways to use social media curator RebelMouse | Poynter

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Authors–go get your personal Rebel Mouse site and start promoting!


If you haven’t heard of it before, here’s what RebelMouse does: You connect your social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.) and it creates a web page that features the latest content you’ve shared. You can set up multiple site names (your author name, facebook pages, books, etc.) and control all of them from one dashboard. Some examples of how to use this social media curator :


Distinguishing capabilities:


1) It can bring multiple social networks together in one space.


2) It can make all that work you put into social networking accessible to people who don’t use those networks, and


3) It can be as automated as you want or as manually curated.


Why not pull content from your books and post on customized specific pages that you can curate and share with your readers? You can also share your author video on the same site or on multiple sites. Experiment and have fun!


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Forget Facebook. GoodReads Is The Best Social Network for Indie Authors | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books.

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I am a member of GoodReads, and if you are an author, you should be, too! Set up your profile first as a reader, then as an author. GoodReads will link your accounts together for you. Thousands of readers are members that absolutely love books and new authors. Book clubs have been formed around reading, and finding new authors and books. If you want to be seen, this is the place to do it!


If you have an e-book, head on over to CreateSpace to get your hard cover printed and ready for giveaways. The outlay is minimal. If you want a proof copy, you’ll have to pay for that, but the rest of the copies can be print on demand. Then you are all set for your book giveaway on GoodReads! GR is the best social network for all writers, including self-publishing authors.


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You’re Invited to the Pinterest Party!

I’m a little kid again.

In my mind, I’m back at the long table in Mrs. Morrissey’s kindergarten class, and the colored sheets of construction paper are being passed around, along with various magazines, blunt scissors and Elmer’s glue. I flip through page after page until I land upon wild nature scenes that strike my fancy, striped and fuzzy kittens, bright colored gingerbread houses, or desired toys. I feverishly cut, paste and slap those pictures onto the purple construction paper to overlap and create a beautiful, colorful collage. Once various circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles have been cut out, glued on, and fill the paper to its very edges, I lean back in my small wooden chair. I hold up my masterpiece with my chubby little hands, and let out a satisfied sigh. Another day of hard work for a six-year-old.

Now, 40 something years later, welcome to Pinterest–collage-making for adults. Since my adulthood, it has been several decades since I have been this excited about something. Pinterest has given me back my right creative brain. When I am pinning, I get a rush, not unlike the one I had when I opened up that box of 64-colors of Crayola crayons in first grade. I anticipate the satisfaction of creating something truly unique in my daily Pinterest boards. My right, creative brain is just on overdrive right now and my left, logical brain is sitting in the waiting room. I woke up at 5 a.m. this morning and could not sleep. Oh, the possibilities! I can make collages daily and I am not wasting time! Oh, for joy!

If there is any truth to the left-brain, right-brain theory then Pinterest, disguised as social media, is doing a darn good job of tapping into my dormant right.

The Right Brain

According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities that are popularly associated with the right side of the brain include: Recognizing faces, expressing emotions, music, reading emotions, color, images, intuition, and creativity.

The question is: how can you use Pinterest in this social media crazy world for your business? Here are a few ideas you can grab onto right now:

1) Make boards showcasing your books, products, or business.

For example, if you are an author, you could create one board specifically for “Books Worth Reading”. Keep this board at the top of the page, and showcase the most colorful book as the cover. If you are selling the books, grab your pin from the location where the book is for sale. The “picture” then becomes a link.

If you sell a product, get a great picture of the product or products, and create a board called “Products I love”. Again, set the cover to the most colorful picture. Grab the “pin” from the website where the products are sold. That picture is now your link.

2) Make some fun boards showcasing things you like.

Don’t forget to also create some fun pins to go along with the business pins. Think animals, nature, home decorating, beauty, or food. Pay attention to what boards people are following, and find more pictures to add to your “fun” boards. Mix them up to showcase lots of fun and lots of color. Go crazy with it! Be a six-year-old again.

For your own ideas, check out my Pinterest boards, and follow a few that you like. Pretty soon, you’ll be an expert pinner at the Pinterest party, too! We’re adults now, but why not have fun at the same time? :mrgreen:

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Self-Publishing Authors can Connect with Readers INSIDE their E-Books.

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I thought I had heard it all until I read this post. I had to read it twice to make sure I was reading correctly. Yes, authors can now interact with their readers INSIDE their ebooks as the reader is reading. The new connection platform is called a WeJIT.


You won’t disturb your reader–they can ignore WeJIT if they like. The readers can link up with their social media platforms like FB and Twittter. Readers can engage with the author on book discussions and post the discussions on their FB, twitter, etc. and get their friends involved! Their friends can then become a part of the discussion and could, in turn, become interested in your book.


Why put WeJITs in your book?

Increase readership Increase awareness Sell more books

The future is here now! Can you see the possibilities? This is very exciting news to me.


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Plotter, Pantser or Plotser?

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This post gives us some a good idea of what kind of writer we happen to be: Plotter, Pantser or Plotser? Or maybe a little of each? I tend to be very methodical and organized, but I don’t like to translate that to my writing. I like to feel free to be able to create whatever characters and worlds I choose.


However, it does help to have an idea of where you want to go. I agree with having a very basic plan when starting. This post will give you that quick plan–if you’re not sure where to start.


No matter which kind of writer you are, just start! That’s the key to getting your book completed.


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Writing your Kindle Book from an App? Yes! It is possible.

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I never considered writing a novel from an App! I now know that it is definitely possible with the technology we have available to us today. My memory reaches back to remember a game that we played as kids, where you had several circles of various shapes all attached together with a brad. You spun those circles to land on various word choices, which when put all together, would create a story. This is the logic behind the “Brainstormer” App ($1.99) for the Iphone.


If your car battery dies, you can give it a jump start to replenish lost power. Your brain may need the same boost, but it’s probably best that you not do it with an electrical charge. 🙂 Filled with thousands of possible combinations between three columns, the app helps create the perfect prompt to get your juices flowing again.


How clever!


From the website: “There’s no perfect formula for crafting a novel. In fact, some of the best tales that withstand the tests of time are the ones that break the rules and invent a new narrative. The simplest of ideas can blow up into 100,000 words of masterfully crafted storytelling with proper development. While the words are the most important part of any novel, what is a craftsperson without his or her tools? We’ve collected eight apps that will help you turn aspirations into novelizations. ”


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