I’d like to thank Alex J Cavanaugh for thinking up the IWSG idea, and Kathy at I am a reader not a writer for the Reading Clean Giveaway Hop, along with Clean Teen Fiction and One Librarian’s Book Reviews for co-hosting. It should be interesting to see how two different hop lists look at the bottom of this post. The giveaway hop list is first, followed by the IWSG hop.
Once upon a time…an insecure writer wrote and edited and repeated the process without making much progress because she tried to write what she, young teens, and their parents (who buy the books) wanted in middle grade fantasy. Not only that, she tried to do all the platform building that agents and editors wanted, which left too little time to do the writing and editing required to create that perfect story (and still be a good wife and mother).
After all, the Golden Rule says “do unto others as you would have them to do unto you” (or something similar in other religions than Christianity). But it felt more like “What goes around, comes around” in the worst sense, a vicious cycle. Like a hamster wheel. Lots of spinning and never getting anywhere because this writer was the type who wanted to please everybody.
You probably already guessed that writer is me. It took a lot of hours away from writing to build an audience on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, and my blog. (Even now, I have nowhere near the audience I would like to have when I publish.) It took even more time to give other writers feedback when I featured their books on my blog. I’m not talking just a interview or review and giveaway. I’m talking proofreading and editing, including teaching things to avoid like telling v. showing, repetition, passive voice, adverbs, head-hopping and the like.
One of my biggest insecurities has been whether I’m wasting my time helping other authors learn the craft of writing. Would they return the favor as the Golden Rule suggests? To my pleasant surprise, I found most authors do. But still, I’ve spent more time giving feedback than receiving it. So I asked myself, would I be able to edit and later market my books without more support from other writers? I doubt it. That’s why I’m here, to find the supportive people who try to give as much as they get.
I have succeeded in getting support in a few important ways which I’ll tell you next month. I’ve also gotten support by sharing tasks related to platform building (explained in this post). Blog posts are so time consuming, I finally decided I would either have to find a blog partner or never finish my book. I’m happy to say I haven’t regretted posting that ad.
Paul R. Hewlett, an author whose books I featured previously, answered. I’d read his book, and how could I have asked for any subtitle better than Lionel and the Golden Rule to know I had found an author who wouldn’t be stingy in sharing his time and talents? Plus, he’s got more experience in publishing and marketing than I do. In his last post, he shared some things he did to market that didn’t work the way he would have liked.
I trained Paul on Blogger and Rafflecopter by email and Skype. He’s great to work with and now I have someone with similar book genre and ideals to help carry the load, and I have time to write. So I thought, why not do a giveaway of his books to show my appreciation? Helping him find a wider audience for his chapter books seemed the perfect way to send something good back around. And I can guarantee Paul’s books will be teach your children to be better people without it seeming like they’re learning a lesson. As a bonus, these stories about the magical adventure of a boy who finds a Three-toed Potbellied Walbaun foot are the kind parents will enjoy reading too.
The Kindle ebooks are very inexpensive at 99 cents, so if you’d rather purchase them now than enter the giveaway, just click on the pictures. Or you can go through my Amazon Store tab at the top of my blog. That’s my own marketing experiment, and so far I’ve made 23 cents. Oh well, if you can’t get gold, copper will have to do.
So, on to the giveaway. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below for two separate winners who each get their choice of Lionel’s Grand Adventure Kindle ebooks, open internationally. You can convert the books to Nook or other formats using Calibre (free download here). Remember if you like a book, the best thing you can do to help the author write more books is to leave a good review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your blog if you have one, and any place else you hang out online or in person.
Please take the time to comment (scroll down past both linky lists) and tell me if you think most writers do a good job of treating others how they would like to be treated. I’d really like to hear if you’ve been the recipient of an unselfish act of kindness. But for the giveaway, you need to tell me which ebook you’d like to win. Thanks for visiting and please come back Saturday for Paul’s post on book covers.