Day 1: 3 Writing Books

3-2-1 WRITE! party

Hello lovelies! I am so excited to be a part of Kate and Rebekah’s 3-2-1 Write party! We are all so excited for you to read our posts! (Psst. . . click on the banner above and it will take you to the hosting site so you can read everyone else’s posts!!!)

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Today we are each going to share with you three books that have helped us as writers. Now, to be perfectly honest, most of my “learning” when it comes to writing was done online by following some awesome blogs, but I did find some great books that focus more on the publishing and marketing side of things, so here are my three favorites that I have read!

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Where Do I Start by Molly Evangeline

My mini review: This book was so helpful! It was short, to the point and easy to comprehend. I would highly recommend it if you are considering being an author. I went the Indi publishing route and am so happy that I did. I will probably do a more in-depth post on why later, but seriously, this book helped me so much. All those little bits of information and questions that you don’t know to ask. . . this book answers them!

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5 Minute Book Marketing for Authors by Penny Sansevieri

5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors: Easy and effective ways to market your book every single day! by [Sansevieri, Penny C.]

My Mini Review: This book really helped me as well. I hate marketing. I think everyone probably does. I don’t want to be that pushy salesperson but I found out through this book that that isn’t what marketing is. Marketing is really presenting your product in the most attractive way possible and knowing the ins and outs of what people look for. The title really intrigued me because I don’t have a ton of time to market, so I was hooked by that alone. But I am really happy that I read this. I plan on buying the paperback so I can use it and mark it up. Open-mouthed smile

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Goodreads for Authors by Michelle Campbell Scott

My Mini Review: This book was also very helpful. The first half discussed the ins and outs of Goodreads in case you are starting from the ground up, but after that, the info got SUPER helpful. From how to interact to others and how to treat reviewers and even how to get your book out there more. I found it very informational and it is short, so it makes a quick read.

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There you have it! My three recommended Publishing and Marketing books! I hope you found this post helpful! Also, here, is your scavenger clue for the day!

ourselves ~ C.S. Lewis

Head on over to Rebekah’s post to finish up the quote and enter the giveaway!

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And, for some fun! Comment below with any questions or writing book recommendations you have! I will be available for a few hours to chat back and forth in the comments! Otherwise, see you tomorrow!

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

10 thoughts on “Day 1: 3 Writing Books

  1. I have to admit I haven’t read any of these and never heard of the last two. I think I need to get them because I don’t like marketing and I’m still trying to figure Goodreads out. 😛 Thanks for sharing them!
    I’m looking forward to seeing what else you share at this party! 🙂

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  2. Hi! I don’t have any writing books to recommend (except some of the ones that are on the other blogs =), but I do have a fiction book I’m enjoying quite well right now. It’s called “London in the Dark.” Perhaps you have heard of it? So far my favorite thing about it is that my favorite character, though almost perfect, seems real too. The author managed a very good balance there. =P And somehow the name “Dudley” doesn’t sound so odd as it once did.

    Thanks for all you’ve written!

    ~ Liberty Bluebelle

    “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

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  3. I actually haven’t read any writing books. *blush* So many of them look so dry, and I’ve found loads of great advice for free on various online blogs and forums. It’s just been easier for me to swallow that kind of thing in smaller increments. One blog I’ve subscribed to is http://inkandquills.com/ which has had some good articles. I would also recommend the course Karen Kingsbury has been offering through Liberty University. https://www.liberty.edu/ce/enroll/#/school/KKN There’s a fee since it’s through LU’s Continuing Education program, but you don’t have to be an LU student or graduate to take it. It took it last year and while Mrs. Kingsbury mainly talks about things from the perspective of a Contemporary Christian Fiction writer, there was plenty of general information that was applicable for me as a fantasy/fairy tale retelling writer. There are suggestions for writing exercises you could do to practice what you learned, but nothing is required aside from a very short and easy quiz that follows every video. There’s also nothing to purchase aside from the course itself and you do everything at your own pace. 8 lessons total, as I recall. I found it very informative and since it’s taught from a Christian perspective, very uplifting as well. #ShamelesslyPromotingMyAlmaMater :p

    The books you shared do look interesting, though. I think I’d like to try getting traditionally published before I consider indie publishing, but I’m sure that book would be good to have for the sake of possible future reference. My B.S. Degree was actually Interdisciplinary Studies in Theology and…wait for it…Business Marketing. But even I can’t say I like marketing very much. 😉 Sounds like that “5-minute Book Marketing” book would be a great resource! I’m very interested in “Goodreads for Authors” too, and of course, “The Emotion Thesaurus”. They would both be very useful. 🙂

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    • Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for all of that information! That will be very useful and I am super interested in that course! I love the marketing book because it isn’t so salesy. I really dislike that approach, so I found it super helpful! And I am subscribed to the ink and quills blog. Also, I actually had a hard time writing this post for the reason that I (up until the last few months) haven’t read any writing books. I mostly follow sites that I read posts like you. Super helpful that way and a great way to learn, I agree. Thank you for the comment! Blessings!

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