$.99¢ PROMO ENDS TODAY (8/31)! TRANSMUTED: Space just got complicated. https://amazon.com/dp/B01MQWZ6YA #amwriting #amreading #scifi

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “Show don’t tell.” (Maybe not as much as my editorHIDING IN SOFA thinks about it, but that’s another blog.) And I’ve reached the conclusion that sometimes the adage is over-stressed. Sometimes telling is better than showing. There! I said it. (Was that a knock at the door?  *Turns out lights and hides behind sofa.*)

Does your reader really want to know the day-by-day, real-time movements of MC as MC moves from point A to point B? I think not! For example, A happens—OMG it’s shocking; what is MC going to do? Over the next two weeks MC worries and frets, chats with friends, takes long walks and finally arrives at B with a plan. That boring period between points A and B is told in two or three well-written sentences without losing pace by showing MC’s actions in detail (and employing padding to make those two weeks interesting). Save it for when MC arrives at point B, shoots his neighbor in the head, and then buries her in her own garden under the rose bushes (oops—spoiler). Plot and drama advance without unnecessary words or loss of rhythm.

Am I wrong? Lazy? Just making excuses? Seriously—tell me—what do you think?

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Plotter vs. Pantser: John Scalzi and the Gremlin on My Shoulder

When I started writing, I read all the tips and tricks and how-to blogs and books. I was doing it wrong. Plotters were good; pantsers were bad. I was, and am, a pantser. I tried to plot using every form and method available: the column system, visualized thinking, the snowflake, starting with the ending—nothing gelled. After spending three hours one day struggling to plot a simple chapter, I gave it up, turned to my keyboard, and let the words flow. I haven’t looked back, but ever so often the little gremlin on my shoulder will whisper, “Pantsers are losers.”John Scalzi

A year after I’d thrown in the towel, I read a blog post by my favorite contemporary science fiction author. OMG! He’s a pantser! I jumped from my desk and ran to tell my husband. “You’ll never guess,” I said, excitedly, “John Scalzi’s a pantser.” At which he replied, “Have you got plans for dinner, or do you want me to order take-out?”

And so, I say, “Thank you, John Scalzi. I may never be as good a writer as you are, or have as creative an imagination, but with your help, I slapped down that gremlin bitch.”

Only a thousand words a day—you’re pathetic!” Noooo . . . .


2017 KindleScout winner: TRANSMUTED, book one of the Dark Landing series, available on Amazon. Book two, COLLUSION, coming soon eventually soon.

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Author Spotlight: Diane Morrison

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5 Things I Learned About Promoting A Book on Social Media

  1. It’s hard.
  2. Hello? Is anyone out there?
  3. You can link directly to your book’s Free Preview on Amazon. It’s more likely to be read than sending a prospect to your sales page and hoping they click “Look inside.” (Of course, there’s a “Buy” button there as well–Amazon knows its stuff, after all.) Instructions to obtain your preview link.
  4. When sharing your Amazon sales page link—ALWAYS use the short version.
    So, THIS: https://amazon.com/dp/B01MQWZ6YA
    But, NEVER this: https://www.amazon.com/Transmuted-Dark-Landing-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01MQWZ6YA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501948244&sr=8-1&keywords=Transmuted).
    NOTE: Readers posting a book review who linked in from the long version (tagged [for lack of a better word] as provided by the author) are more likely to have their reviews deleted by the ‘Zon police. If you want to learn more about how important it is to use the right link, check out Amazon Link Anatomy: What you Don’t Know Might be Killing your Reviews by #DaveChesson.
  5. Pimp your book at every opportunity: TRANSMUTED ~ Babylon 5 meets Firefly ~ 2017 KindleScout winner ~ Action, Adventure, Humor, Romance ~ $.99 on Amazon through August ~ Read a free preview!

Okay, I lied–there are only two things. 1. and 2. are cheats, and 5. is just shameless self-promotion. Which is the whole point if you think about it . . . and I do!

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Author Spotlight: Merri Halma

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Am I the Only ‘Zon Author Who Didn’t Know About This!?

I found out recently that I can provide readers/buyers a shortcut to my preview pages on Amazon  It’s a neat little promotional thingy that offers something more subtle than sending prospective buyers directly to the sale’s page (but you can bet your sweet little ‘Zonie-‘Zon-‘Zon there’s a “Buy” button as well). I’m probably the last person to know about this, but in case there’s at least one other author that’s as social media-challenged as I am . . .

Open your book’s sales page and look on the far right under the price block and click the link:

On the next screen there’s some cool stuff on the left, but click “Try it now” on the right:

On the preview screen, click “Share”: 

And get a pop-up with a sweet and short link (or share directly to your accounts):

Check it out (she says slyly): http://a.co/6LP99QV
TRANSMUTED by Robin Praytor
(Book 1 of the Dark Landing Series)

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