Me, an Entrepreneur? Yeah, Right!

Once upon a time, I had my passion and purpose in life all figured out: I was going to be an actor. I pursued that dream through college and beyond, before making a decision that would take me off that path forever. During my four years studying theatre at college, I fell more and more in love with the craft. In the last semester, I also discovered a talent and inclination for directing. I wanted to immerse myself in the theatre world and thought a graduate degree would be the logical next step. After auditioning for grad school and not getting accepted anywhere, however, I had to face a hard reality. I could have moved to L.A. or New York and pounded the pavement, but that just didn’t appeal to me. I knew that to do that would mean developing a business acumen that I just had no interest in. Of all the vast choices offered in college, there were three areas I knew for sure I wanted to avoid like the plague: science, math, and business. If I moved to an acting hot spot, I would be spending most of my time working a lousy job to pay the bills. The spare time I had would be spent in hustling, trying to find an agent and getting myself into auditions as often as possible. That wouldn’t leave much room for doing what I actually wanted to be doing: acting. So I decided to let that dream go. I still had an outlet for creative expression in my local theatre, so it wasn’t a total loss. The new challenge...

What Makes a Book Review Rock?

Something I’m going to start offering on Lady Myers’ Wordsmithing is book reviews of independent authors. My goal is to offer one a week, with the intention of shining a light on indie authors who are putting out good stuff and warning readers about what to stay away from. There will be reviews of fiction and non-fiction books, and I will share reviewing duties with a new team member (introduction coming soon!). A select few genres will be represented, as I want to focus on what I like to read and develop strong skills for consulting with indie authors in those genres. Fiction Fantasy, including Steampunk, Epic, Paranormal, Sword & Sorcery, and more. Historical Fiction Mystery/Thriller Non-fiction Memoirs/Biographies Personal growth Business growth I have been thinking about what makes for a quality review, and thought that before exercising my research muscles, I would give it a go on my own and solicit feedback from readers. Ranking I am inclined to develop some kind of ranking system, whether it be letter grade or star based. This will let me go with my gut and give readers a quick feel for the book. What do you think about this? Do you put much stock in the ranking of a book? Which kind of system appeals to you? Plot Synopsis Obviously the trick is to reveal enough without spoiling anything for the reader. I don’t want to sound “blurby” either. I find that when I read reviews with lengthy synopses my reaction is that if I just wanted to know what the book was about, I would look at the description on...

Review: Virtual Book Tour Magic

Dana Lynn Smith, Savvy Book Marketer $17 Who it’s for Anyone who has a book to promote and wants to do it themselves but isn’t sure how. Why the you should listen to the author She has 16 years of experience in the publishing industry, a degree in marketing, and personal experience with VBTs. She has written several guides to help authors and independent publishers. What I liked most The Table of Contents is linked to the text, so it’s easy to “flip” back and forth between sections. Links to examples were helpful, as was the trouble shooting section at the end. Dana gives a concise, clear definition of what a Virtual Book Tour (VBT) is. Mainly, it’s appearances on blogs/podcasts/social media scheduled to maximize sales of your book. She defines four types of tours: A Traditional Tour lasts one to three weeks with about one stop a day. An Extended Tour lasts several months, and the author maintains an extended presence on each stop (such as weekly guest posts for two months). A Blastoff Tour is used to raise Amazon sales in a short time period; the author’s content is more standard for multiple appearances. A Social Media Tour involves using Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more to have chats, contests, etc. Keep in mind that VBTs are win-win-win as hosts, authors, and readers all benefit in numerous ways. Another plus is that while there is a fair level of work required, overall VBTs are less time consuming than traditional tours. The bonuses provide a detailed checklist and in-depth advice on writing content for your VBT. A few of...

Resting Into My Goddess Year 2012

Happy New Year! All that celebrating was fun, but do you know what I am craving right now? Rest. Lots and lots of rest. I was somewhat expecting this as I began my detox this week but I was also expecting to be much farther along in planning my year. Turns out that this dreaming/creating/planning stuff takes quite a bit of energy. On New Year’s Day, I set up my play station with fun paper, scissors, glitter glue, and magazine cutouts, fully intending to have everything in a binder by the end of the day. After all, I’d been answering the questions in the Goddess Planner for the last couple of weeks, so now was the fun part. I had all day to do it. Instead I read, slept, and watched TV. I couldn’t figure out my lethargy. I’d purposely taken it easy the night before, overindulging in neither food nor drink. I was up until the wee hours of the morning but I had slept in. Eventually I began putting some stuff together, and discovered that along with my word of the year, Grace, I also wanted themes of Vibrance and Imagination. I cut out more images and let my mind wander. I decided that there was no real hurry to finish my planner right away and went back to couch surfing. I’ve been slowly toying with it over the last couple of days, but I’m giving in to the idea that this week needs to be about rest. I have so many ideas for my life and particularly my biz, but I’m just not ready to dive...