Did 100(ish) Reviews Pre Book Launch Increase My Sales?

A couple of years ago, when I was preparing to release Everyone Dies At The End, I set myself a goal. That goal was to hit 100 reviews on the ARC of it. I spent many months searching for reviewers, I even have a blog about it on Big World Network. This was my way to test a theory that I have heard parroted, that a book with a lot of reviews will sell better. I've heard this quote from hundreds of authors, but only those who complained about struggling sales.

Now a couple of years have passed, the slacker life is difficult, and I realized that I didn't do a follow-up post. I thought today would be a perfect day to share my thoughts.

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Increased Productivity Through Resilient Writing - Guest Post by Peter Prichard

Any professional has setbacks, frustrations and obstacles that get in the way of reaching their goals.  That is particularly true for writers because of the personal nature of the writing process.  The more effective you are in dealing effectively with obstacles and difficulties, the more work you will get done.

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How to store your ideas while working on your WIP. . .

Why do ideas flood me whenever I'm working on a project? I can't be the only one who experiences this phenomenon. Whenever I'm writing my brain seems to kick into overdrive. Before I know it, my mind is pulled off track as a new pressing idea shoves its way to the forefront of my thoughts. I blame it on my ADD, that part of me that begs for distraction.

The problem is, some of them are really good ideas! Today I'm going to discuss your options, and how to organize your ideas for future projects.

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Powerful Time Management Tools - Guest Post By Peter Prichard

The most powerful resource I have found for creating an ability to manage one’s own time is in Stephen Covey’s international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  His 4-quadrant time management model is elegant in its simplicity and powerful in how it helps one organize their time.  The model was so popular that he wrote a follow-up book with two other authors titled First Things First which was also a best seller that primarily dealt with how to manage one’s time. 

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Writing for a Deadline

I'm used to living the slacker life. I prefer things on the quiet side, and I love it that way. I don't have kids, no little Riley running around causing hell. I have two cats, but they are sweet and easy to take care of. And my wife is a wonderful independent woman who gives me plenty of time to pursue my favorite interests, such as writing. My life is pretty easy to enjoy, and I find myself with a lot of free time.

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Setting the Mood for Writing

Right now we are going to focus on when you have time, but not the mood. For all that our little fantasies are fun to write, sometimes putting words to page is more like a chore than the escape it's meant to be. You look at the screen and all you see is the hard work that lays before you.

So how do you get yourself in the mood? When you have time to write, and nothing stopping you but your own motivation, how do you find it?

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‘Soft’ Magic Systems Still Have a Place

The idea that magic in fiction might possess or need a ‘system’ was nonexistent to me when I first read my favourites as a boy in the early 1990s.

Magic was but a component to the awe and wonder within the stories. I didn’t need to know how magic worked, only that magic worked. I never questioned it and certainly wouldn’t have wanted to. Gandalf, for instance, simply wouldn’t have been the same figure of mystery and power if I knew the way his magic functioned.

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Meet Samuel Marquis: Best-Selling Author & Supporter of Indie Authors!

A Colorado native, I am a professional hydrogeologist and #1 Denver Post bestselling, award-winning historical fiction author. My most recent books include my pirate novel Blackbeard: The Birth of America, my World War Two Series (Bodyguard of Deception, Altar of Resistance, and Spies of the Midnight Sun coming in June 2018), and the Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series (The Devil’s Brigade, The Coalition, and The Fourth Pularchek).

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Story Lines and World Building

Say what you will, but nothing is better to me than creating your own reality.
In actual aspect, I use my roleplaying background a lot when I write. You have to consider every side of the story and your characters, make sure the atmosphere fits what you like to write. Hope you’ve caught all your errors, that everything fits the tools you've given them.

How much do you reveal to the audience? How much do you hide?

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The Image You See

I love world building: the stage at which you create literally everything about your world. Magic, religions, realism, everything down to the length of shoelaces if you want to delve that far. All of them are on the table at this stage, and all offer their own benefit.  

In this article I’m going to talk about different aspects of world building, and try to offer some examples from my own experiences.

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Mods and Writers' Block

It's all too easy to blame our writing struggles on the renowned Writer's Block. In this issue of the Support Indie Authors Newsletter, we'd like to address a few tips and tricks to keep ourselves from falling prey to this struggle. 

But to start us out, a few of the Mods here at Support Indie Authors have penned a few lines on what their version of Writer's Block looks like and how they combat it. 

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Ann Livi Andrews
Keeping Momentum

Keeping momentum can be difficult, especially when life and its pressures start to draw your attention away from your writing. Whether it’s kids, school, work, a party, spending time with the people you love, the world is filled with plenty of distractions. And that’s not even mentioning the black hole of a time sink that is the internet.

I have some exercises I do to help myself maintain my focus, and keep me on track when I’m writing anything.

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Maximizing Your Writing Time During The Holidays

I don't know about all of you, but the holidays can be a stressful time of year for all of us.
Dinners to go to, people to see, and that's not mentioning the financial side of things.

All of that can add up to one heck of a stressful situation. What can you do to maximize your writing time during the holidays? How do you keep people from calling you a shut in or hermit? These are some of the steps that I take, so I can keep up my writing.

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Riley Amos Westbrook
New Release From Award Winning Author & Supporter Of Indie Authors Samuel Marquis

SAMUEL MARQUIS is the bestselling, award-winning author of The Slush Pile Brigade, Blind Thrust, The Coalition, Bodyguard of Deception, and Cluster of Lies. He works by day as vice-president and hydrogeologist at an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, Colo., and by night as writer of historical and modern suspense novels. He holds an M.S. degree in geology, is a registered professional geologist in eleven states, and is a recognized expert in groundwater contamination and hydrologeology, having served as an expert witness in several class action cases. 

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