If we think of the butter as our resources of time and brainpower, and the bread as the many social media platforms available for an author to promote their work, Bilbo’s statement reveals a profound truth.
Learning from history is beneficial, but so too is developing the skill of imagining possibilities.
The fastest way to get a new viewpoint on your story is to get down on your hands and knees and look at the world from that vantage point.
These days, online profiles are essential to the marketing process. Most books have profiles in their insets, but building your brand goes beyond the cover.
The journey of writing is fraught with difficulties and many of them can catch you before you finish even your first draft and sometimes even before you start.
My own interpretations of how Facebook can be beneficial as a promotional tool for authors.
When you’re trying to promote your new release, one of the most important things you can do is ask readers to post a review of your book online. When I’m looking for a new book, I take into account how many reviews that particular book has on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the Kellan Publishing Bookstore.
But, like every other millennial, I’ve grown up on the receiving end of it. While I don’t imagine I’m conscious of every bit of tailored marketing I receive, I do know this: if it feels too much like marketing, it can backfire.
Science fiction is based on speculation. Without that speculative element – the warp drive, time travel, eugenics, rogue A.I. or what have you – it wouldn’t really be science fiction.
Believe it or not my romance novel, More Than Love, started as a creative writing project for a college course.