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No More Song Lyrics In My Books — Ever

No More Song Lyrics In My Books — Ever

When a writer wants to add a feeling of time and place that resonates with readers, one technique is to include a few words or lines of a popular song from that period. This works even better when the lyrics themselves tie into the scene action.

My final draft of When Red Is Blue included about 10 words from Harper Valley P.T.A. and four lines from Down In It by Nine Inch Nails. I had grown attached to these lyrics, having spent hours contemplating which songs to use and then becoming thrilled to discover NIN lyrics that tied in beautifully with the scene I wanted to use them in.

When I mentioned to Brion (my designer) that I was working on getting licenses to use them, he “strongly recommended” that I save myself time, money and pain and pull both sets of lyrics out of the book. Of course, being stubborn, optimistic and in love with the words that were now part of my work, I ignored him and proceeded to try to get permission.

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Thoughts on the Holy Trinity of Book Promo

Thoughts on the Holy Trinity of Book Promo

I think a lot about book promotion. Not just about doing it (or in most cases, mounting guilt over not doing it), but also about what constitutes good, i.e., effective, promotion versus bad – yes, that would be ineffective promotion.

I think good versus bad needs more clarification. Spammers make a lucrative living off sending billions of unwanted adverts to unsuspecting people on a daily basis. Even though enough people buy whatever it is they’re selling to make them money, I wouldn’t label this promotional method as good, simply because the whole world (except the spammers themselves) hates their guts. So to me, promotion is good if it lets potential readers know about your book (which would then lead to a certain percentage buying it) without making them feel spammed.

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My KDP Select Experiment: What I’ve Learned So Far

My KDP Select Experiment: What I’ve Learned So Far

Prior to releasing When Red Is Blue, I decided to come up with a written promotional plan. In it, “KDP Select” was somewhat hesitantly added with a series of question marks after it, following more main stream ideas such as this website and blog, Facebook page, Twitter, guest blog posts and so on.

Once my list was made, I began researching the pros and cons of each item. KDP Select, it seems, has generated lots of debate. I initially came across a number of anti-KDP Select posts, objecting to Amazon’s exclusivity clause. Taking a closer look, I realized it was only to do with electronic versions and only for 90 days, which, in the lifespan of a book, is an eye blink. There were also a number of authors who were shouting to the rafters about how great KDP Select had been to boost their sales. And a not insignificant number who were “on the fence” in terms of whether their sales had benefited or not. Terri Giuliano Long wrote a blog post looking at both sides of the argument.

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