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The Creative Process

Some insightful thoughts from a fellow writer on the creative process. I hope you enjoy the post.

Surprised By Joy

Be the moon and inspire people even when you are far from full.” – K. Tolnoe

I’ve thought a lot about why I write – to process my experience in life and to connect with this great Word Press community. But recently a friend asked me how I write and it became the topic for my post on Wise and Shine today: When I Write.

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Book Giveaway: WEI TO GO by Lee Miao April 5th

Writing and Illustrating

Lee Y. Miao is the debut author of a middle grade book, WEI TO GO!, illustrated by Penny Weber and published by Clear Fork Publishing on April 5, 2022. Lee has agreed to send a copy to one lucky winner living in the US.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Thank you for helping Lee and Penny.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: 

Twelve-year-old Ellie Wei Pettit, a word nerd, hyper-analytical, and directionally challenged, hopes to focus on summer softball. And if she could just lose her sports-whiz brother Kipp, life would be perfect. Until out of…

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Book Giveaway: ETTY DARWIN AND THE FOUR PEBBLE PROBLEM by Luaren Soloy

Writing and Illustrating

Lauren Soloy has written and illustrated a new picture book, ETTY DARWIN AND THE FOUR PEBBLE PROBLEM published by Tundra Books. Lauren has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States..

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book, so thank you for helping Lauren.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an…

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Children’s Book Review Lottery! Enter Here!

#SupportanAuthor #WriteaReview

This week I’m piggybacking on a great idea that was originally posted on the blog kaylaannauthor.wordpress.com, just last Wednesday. Here on writerreaderteacher.wordpress.com I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting my own “Children’s Book Review Lottery”.

Writers and illustrators can get plenty of craft and network support from critique groups, mentors, societies, guilds, etc. But one area we need more help with is getting reviews. In her post, KaylaAnn pointed out it takes 50 reviews to get your title to pop up with the marketing tags of, “Customers who viewed this item also viewed this . . .”

In order to get visibility you need reviews, we all do. What better way to support fellow writers than to offer a book review lottery!

I will choose one title per “Children’s Book Review Lottery”. Entrants can be picture books, early chapter, chapter books, or middle grade books. At the end of the month I will post my review to Amazon, Goodreads, WordPress, Twitter and Instagram (story). As Kayla offered in her blog, I will only post a review if I feel comfortable giving it 3 stars or more. If I feel that the book deserves less than 3 stars, I will send my review directly to the author and ask if they still want me to post it on Amazon (only). I will do “Children’s Book Review Lotteries” as often as time and money allow.

All that’s left for you to do is to enter. Just leave the title of your book, a link to it and a compelling blurb in the comments at the end of this post. In order for your entry to qualify you need all three requirements. I will let you know personally if your book has been chosen.

I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing your book!

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Book Reviews Matter

A great idea to support fellow authors,poets,illustrators.

KaylaAnn

Whether I am speaking to novice writers or veteran authors, I cannot say this enough: Reviews Matter.

Perhaps as an author, you are okay with simply self-publishing your book and putting it online, but realistically, you want people to read it. You want people to love it! You want them to tell their friends all about it!

One way that you can get more people to read your work, is if the people who have already read your work review it.

On Amazon we’ve all seen those sections underneath books that say, “Customers who viewed this item also viewed. . .” or “Sponsored products related to this item.”

Do you know that the only way to get your book to pop up on those suggested reading links is if your book gets at least 50 reviews. Here’s the cool thing though, it does not have to be 50 good…

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