Critique of SING ME NO SAD SONGS (from Word Hustler)
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What a relatable, well-drawn tale. Your characters, emotions, and circumstances in these first 50 pages are well-written and very engaging. The main character of Alanna is a likable Everywoman who many readers will be able to relate to, especially regarding those familiar passages of time like going through a divorce and maintaining a successful career.
Your style is very clean and easy to read. The straightforwardness with which you weave these tales is an insight into the main character’s mind and heart. The pacing is also masterful, as you manage to travel back and forth in time with little disruption to the overall narrative, a feat that is not easy to do.
There is so much going on in the story, it definitely made me want to read more to find out what happens next to Alanna, Mark, Liz and Jared.
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Book signing do work. First people have to know you are having one. Join www.authorsden.com. It cost $4.00 a month. Once you put an event in, it goes on the internet. I had someone come an hour away seeing my signing.
Go to a radio station and ask for an interview a few days before your signing. It's free advertising.
Don't just sit at the table when people come around. Greet them. Don't push yourself on them if you see they aren't interested.
Give your business cards to the bookstore manager and ask him (her) to put one in every customers bag when they buy a book from their store.
Remember one important thing. You can talk forever about your book, but what a reader really wants to know is, "What am I going to get out of reading your book." You can skip the long talk describing your book, talk about what they will get out of reading it.
Pass out excerpt from your book. Make sure you publisher, online bookstore, your website is on it. Anywhere they can purchase the book.
Give a free gift out. Try to give something relating to your book. My book is spiritual and I give out prayer cards. It shocked me on how many people want them.
This is why writer's groups in bookstores are so important. You get so many ideas from others. Always carry your business cards and leave them on the tables when you pay for your meals were you eat, put them in the envelope when you pay bills by mail, or leave them on the boards in stores, on the counters in stores. Leave them wherever you can.
Thanks for adding me to your network of friends. I'd like to take you up on your offer regarding your desire to post items of interest, news and other pertinent information to writers on your web site.
Last Saturday I held a book signing at a local bookstores/coffeehouse in my hometown. I was wondering if you might find the article interesting and newsworthy? The story can be found in the Hollistonreporter.com specifically in the Now Featuring In Arts section.
"On Saturday, June 21, Chris Tatevosian, Holliston High School Class of 1979, hosted a book signing event at Coffee Haven on Woodland Street". Please visit the article and let me know what you think. I look forward to getting to know you better. Have a great evening.
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I'm from Berkshire, England and am a freelance poet. I left the British military after 13 years service ( Army )Visit me on my website
POETRY FROM TOM MCGREEVY
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Kudos to you! You are inspiring.
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