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Reviews

Reviews are one the most important things you can do for an author. They can the difference between an author’s success or failure. Book sales are important too, but not many people buy books without having heard something about them first. Yes, people do pick up books they have never heard of before they picked up the book at the book store, but in this day of digital content it is much harder to get books into book stores. So, authors have to depend on reviews. It doesn’t matter if the reviews are on Amazon, Good Reads, Chapters, or a book review blog as long as it is out there for people to find and read.

The best thing you can do for your favourite authors is to review their books and post it somewhere for others to read. A good review is preferable, but if you had a problem with the story it is okay to say that. You don’t have to whitewash a book to leave a review. All you need to do is to leave your honest opinion. Just leaving a review is the most important thing and the author will appreciate it.

 

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Books I Want to Read

It is hard to wait for my favourite authors to come out with the next book in a series that I am reading. As a writer I know that it takes time to write the book and then get it published. But if I don’t have something else to do I can be really impatient. Fortunately I have many favourite authors whose books I look forward to reading.

But there are two books from favourite authors I would really like to read that it seems very unlikely I will ever get the chance. The first one is the sixth book in the Wiz series by Rick Cook. It is called Wizardry Capitalized and he didn’t finish it due to issues with writer’s block. Parts of it are available to be read online, but it is not the full novel. The second book is the third in the Captain Yor books by Roy V. Young. It is called Year of the Thogs and according to Wikipedia the company that was publishing the books didn’t survive.

Other authors are taking many years to put out the next book in their series and I wait impatiently for them, however those two books I will not get to read in full. And I really want to read them.

 

Your Local library

Your local library is a great resource for writers. Libraries have lots in offer. Starting with access to lots of books and if you want to be a writer you have to be a reader. They also have books on writing to help hone your craft. Libraries also will bring in speakers to give talks to people who are interested. There could be someone who knows about the publishing industry or it could be an author. Most authors are willing to talk about their writing even if the event is supposed to be a signing.

Libraries are a great place to sit and write. They are a quiet place with the main distraction being the shelves of books surrounding the tables. And if you want to read an author’s books before you purchase the book, ask the library to get it for you. This improves their collection because if you enjoy the book someone else visiting the library likely will as well.

Many libraries are willing to provide space for writers’ groups to meet. This is part of supporting the community. And libraries are big supports of communities because that is what they are there for and the communities are also where they get their support. So, show your local library some affection.

 

The Kings of Proster

My fantasy series is called The Kings of Proster and I keep being asked about how many books it will be along with when I will have them out. Unfortunately I did not get the ones due out last fall out yet. I am having some slight issues, but I should sort through those in the next while. Then I will put out Lovers & Losses and Fighting for the King.

I have planned out twelve books. Six are currently out, two coming, three I have to finish writing, and one I will write when I’ve got the rest of them finished. My brain has been hinting there might be a prequel book and maybe some stories from the neighbouring kingdoms, but neither of those projects are going to happen before The Kings of Proster are all written and available for sale.

In the meantime, you can enjoy For Wealth and Glory, Closing the Portal, Mistakes Made, Wasted Love, The Mystery of the Magic, and The King’s Ransom. They are available in hard copies and just recently I have converted them all into e-book format. And hopefully I will have the next two out soon.

 

Same Character, Different Name

I write a story and when I go back to read it I find that I’ve written about a character who is similar to another character from a different story. That female archetype seems to be my brain’s favourite to put into a story. The backgrounds are different and the story itself is different, but the character is practically the same.

I know why I write her. She is the person who I spent many years wanting to be. Maybe is some ways, I still want to be her. But I write stories about her instead. I don’t get tires of writing about her, but I get worried about not growing as a writer because I only write one character.

I don’t want readers to skip my books because they see the same character by a different name. I do write stories with other characters, but that one archetype keeps popping up. I don’t want to get rid of her, but I don’t want my readers to tire of her either.

I’m not sure the answer, but I am sure that she will show up in another story with a different name and new background details. In the meantime, enjoy the story.

 

New Start

October of last year one of the partners in Mantler Publishing left the company and caused some rethought along with some reorganization. So, Mantler Publishing has been disbanded and a new publishing company had grown out of it. Lit-N-Laughter has changed its focus. Mantler Publishing was putting out a broad range of material, while Lit-N-Laughter is focusing on light and fluffy books.

We have changed our Smashwords account and Facebook page to the new name and description. Lit-N-Laughter has its own webpage at litnlaughter.weebly.com.

There are still some things we are sorting out, but those might take a while to settle out. We are not yet ready to accept full novel submissions yet, however there are a few other things we are looking for. I wrote a post about some of what we are looking for. Hopefully we will get to the point where we are accepting submissions.

So, keep any eye out for future Lit-N-Laughter titles, which should be coming out over the next while.