Bizarre Things People Say to Authors

Very funny!

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Nobody tells you that when you publish a book, it becomes a license for total strangers to say outrageous things to you that you could never imagine saying to anyone.

I’m not just talking about people who’ve actually bought your book. Even people who haven’t read your book feel encouraged to share, in the spirit of helpfulness.

At first, when you’re on tour, it’s surprising, then tiring — but eventually it’s funny, and sometimes it even gives you material for your next book. All the comments on this list have been offered to me or other writer friends in almost exactly these words:

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Hate Marketing? Be A Sponsor for the July Word Weaver Writing Contest and let me do it for you!

Great idea!

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

Marketing sucks. Be a SPONSOR of the Word Weaver Writing Contest – and I’ll do it for you!

Use the contact me button NOW to become a sponsor and get the exposure you need for you book, product or service. Let’s talk!

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On July 1, 2017, I will announce the rules for our 2nd quarterly writing contest. We plan to do a total of three this year.

YOU hate marketing, right? Of course. Everyone does.

There will be prizes, so we will need sponsors. YOU COULD BE ONE!

Right now I’m talking to people about

  • $50, $25 and $10 Amazon gift cards (I will probably provide those)
  • signed paperbacks, by me and other authors/sponsors (you could be one of those)
  • book covers from real cover designers,
  • editing services
  • on and on – PLUS a secret prize package to be announced during the contest, that may or may not be membership…

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How to Research a Location You Haven’t Actually Been To

A Writer's Path

by Helena Fairfax

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or read any of my books, you’ll know how important setting is to me in my writing. In this post about Richmond Park, for example, I wrote about how I tried to combine the setting for The Antique Love with the theme of the book, and how I used the setting to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of my characters.

So far I’ve been able to visit most of the locations I’ve used in my books. My settings range from Edinburgh to the south coast of France, and they are all within easy reach for me. But sometimes it’s just not possible to get to the place you want to write about. I used to agonise about this. I like to “see” exactly what it is my characters see.

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My New You Tube Videos

Pic of Richard III with words: Rediscovered, Reinterred, Re-Maligned

I am so concerned about the proposed performances of Shakespeare’s Richard III in Leicester Cathedral that I have made a video stating my reasons for opposing it.

Please watch and sign the petition – there are two versions one shorter than the other as I know your time is precious, but the longer one goes into more detail. Also, if you don’t mind and agree with my view please share this post, the videos and the petition to friends and family.

Here is the long version (just under five minutes): Long version

Here is the short version (just over two minutes): Short version