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Trials, tribulations, troubles and triumphs encountered between the moment your story starts tickling the back of your mind and the day you collect your first royalty check.

5 Things Authors Keep Forgetting

5 Things Authors Keep Forgetting

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Whether you’re self-published or one of the old-school traditionalists, chances are pretty high that you’ve been guilty of at least one of these at some point in your career. They’re easy slip-ups that can pretty easily leave a bad taste in the mouths of your readers and the kick-ass bloggers who make our little world go ’round.

Humility

**gasp** I know, I know. Why would an author need humility? I mean, you wrote the best novel ever, right? Everyone should recognize that and bask in the glory that is your God-like mastery of the written word. Well, chances are good that you didn’t actually write the best novel ever. As a matter of fact, statistically speaking, you probably didn’t even hit the radar for the Top 100. That’s not to say your book isn’t good, or even great, but let’s be honest here: We can’t all be F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hell, we’ll never even be J.K. Rowling.

That being said, even Nora Roberts knows the importance of humility. Staying humble and remembering that you’re just another human being trapped on a spinning ball of rock, hurling through space and narrowly dodging catastrophic collisions with other heavenly bodies, can go a long way.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: People aren’t going to buy a book just because you tell them to. People aren’t going to buy a book because the cover’s pretty (although the chances are much higher if the cover is actually pretty). People are going to buy a book because they want to support the author. Take a step back and ask yourself if you’re being the kind of person people want to like. Is your social media just link after link after link to your chosen POS? Do you give your readers a chance to get to know you?

Friends and Family are the easy sales, folks. Why would you not want your fan base to be made up of friends? Please, for the love of all things holy (to be read as “cheese”), stop chasing your own fans off!

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Don’t be this asshole!

Marketing

In stark contrast to humility, we’ve got marketing. Much like the hydra, every time you think you’ve ticked a box off the marketing to-do list, fifteen thousand nine hundred and twenty-seven more checkboxes show up to stare at you with their beady little glowing eyes of doom. I can’t tell you how many times I see authors publish and assume the book will well itself.

For most of us, this is probably the worst part of publication. Writers are, by nature, I think, an introverted species. We love to be around people, but only so we can watch them and dissect how they behave and interact with one another so that we might, one day, write that revolutionary piece of literature that strikes to the heart of human relations and rockets us onto the aforementioned Top 100 list. Alas, the moment our subjects turn their friendly gaze upon us, it’s like we’ve been pinned to the wall with razor-sharp daggers. The panic sets in and we start looking for escape routes and silently cursing ourselves for not taking note of the exits like James Bond taught us. There’s only one option left as the guy you’d been watching smiles and takes that first step toward you: Kill everyone in the room and burn the evidence.

Fortunately (or not), most authors are only trained killers in theory, not so much in practice.

As the invader approaches, your brain shuts down, overwhelmed at the idea of actually holding a conversation with another human being. You’re acting on instinct and your fight or flight kicks in. We’ve already established that fighting isn’t really an option, so you run like hell, clenching your ass-cheeks together and faking a case of explosive diarrhea. So much better than having to deal with real people.

This tactic is great for our personal comfort levels, but not-so-great for selling books. You have to be personable. Even with the backing of a major publishing house, authors need to be able to interact with their fan bases. You’ve gotta talk to people, folks. I know it’s hard. I know it’s terrifying. I also know it’s necessary.

My method is simple: I interact like mad on Facebook (the easy part) and I’ve gone to carrying business cards around in my wallet. All it takes is a simple “Hello, I just published my first (or tenth) book. What are you doing with your life?” (You can probably drop off that last part for the sake of humility, but you get the picture.)

The moment someone finds out you’re an author, there will be one of two responses:
1) “I don’t read. When does the movie come out?”If this is the response you get, all you have to do is remember the time you had to Google self-defense for that one scene and aim for the throat.
2) “You write books? Where can I get them?” BINGO. Hand them a business card, smile, and pull up your Amazon reviews on your smart phone. Chances are good they’ll pull out their own phone then and there and one-click that shiz! (I did this four times yesterday and sold four books.)

Blog

This one is my personal downfall. I forget to blog (I think it’s been almost a year since my last post) and it’s really hard to get into the habit.

My reasoning behind this little piece of advice is simple: It gives readers a free taste of your writing style and it’s a free marketing tool to get your name out there. You can’t really ask for a more effective tool.

Read

This one seems like a no-brainer, but stop and ask yourself how long it’s been since you’ve taken time away from writing to actually read. Personally, I go through a book or two a week. Primarily because it’s easier to read at my day job than it is to write.

You need to read. Especially in your genre. It’s a roadmap to better writing. It keeps your eyes sharp (“Why would you put a comma there?” or “OMG! Typo!”) and it trains your brain to think in a more natural cadence. You’ll find that the more you read, the less you’ll find yourself editing when that first draft is finished. It’s also a fantastic tool for overcoming writer’s block. My favorite thing in the world is when I finish a good book and suddenly can’t wait to sit down at the computer and bang out all the words. Nora Roberts in particular has a penchant for making me want to write.

Review

This one is a touchy subject for many authors and, honestly, I can’t say I blame them. Leaving honest reviews is hard for everyone. Leaving an honest “bad” review is even more difficult. A lot of the authors I know simply refuse to leave reviews because they’re afraid that author will send their cronies out to destroy their reputation.

Here’s my advice: Be respectful, be honest, and be constructive. This community can be brutal. There’s no denying that. However, we know that reviews can make or break an author. We spend a good portion of our time trying to convince people to leave them for us. Why would we not be willing to do the same for a fellow author?

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of leaving a less-than-stellar review, be sure to tell the author why it didn’t resonate with you. Especially if you’re like me and pay money for your books, even if you receive an ARC. I am entitled to my opinion and, if you’re a professional, you can take a little criticism and find a way to make yourself better.

We, meaning authors, have to learn to take criticism. As nice as it would be, we can’t all win a trophy. That’s not how the world works. There are no “safe zones” and yes, words can hurt like a bitch. But they also have the power to create change. As authors, that should always be our goal. We’re in the very unique position of knowing what a bad review feels like and also knowing that we could all use a little advice every now and then. Take the bad reviews with a grain of salt and find the nugget of good advice that can generally be found in every single review you receive. Sticking your head in the sand or throwing a temper tantrum isn’t going to make it go away. It’s either going to make you continue writing poorly or it’s going to make people afraid to leave reviews altogether. Neither option is good for your career or mine.

As always, I hope these tips have been helpful! If you have an aspect of ‘The Biz’ you’d like me to talk about, let me know down in the comments! I’ve been through the process of publishing seven times now and I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned!

You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Instagram.

Oh, and BUY MY BOOKS!

Happy writing! ~D

 

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**NEW RELEASE** ‘Porter’ by David Michael


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**About The Book**

Cameras don’t catch all of the action…

 Porter Hale is a sex god—The Prince of Porn with dreams of grandeur.

 When he meets Holly Nash, the biggest casting director in Hollywood, the doors to his future are thrown open.

Just one problem: She loathes porn.

Porter is walking into Holly’s world and the price of admission is higher than either of them could have guessed.

 As sparks fly and passions blaze into something wild, they are forced to accept that someone will have to sacrifice their dreams or risk their lover’s heart.

 When dreams collide, the aftermath can be messy.

Now Available Exclusively on Amazon!
Amazon US
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David Michael

**About The Author**

David Michael is the author of The United Series – a five-book paranormal romance series – and the Dick Dynasty Trilogy.
His passion for writing was born of his passion for reading. He spent his childhood escaping into the worlds created for him by authors and has always aspired to join their ranks. After the publication of his first novel, he couldn’t be stopped.

David lives in Salt Lake City, hates the snow, loves his pets (two cats and a dog), and more often than not can be found sitting in front of his laptop in his underwear hammering away at the keyboard (usually chatting on Facebook). He’s a firm believer that what you put out into the universe comes right back to you and always looks for the silver lining around the rain clouds in life.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Amazon, Goodreads, and WordPress!
He would love to hear from you!
You can email him at author.david.michael@gmail.com or visit his Website: http://www.authordavidmichael.com

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2015 in Mountains and Mole Hills

 

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Cover Reveal and giveaway for ‘Porter’: Book One of the Dick Dynasty Trilogy by David Michael

Cover Reveal and giveaway for ‘Porter’: Book One of the Dick Dynasty Trilogy by David Michael

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About The Book

Porter Hale is a sex god—The Prince of Porn with dreams of grandeur.

 When he meets Holly Nash, the biggest casting director in Hollywood, the doors to his future are thrown open.

 Just one problem: She loathes porn.

Porter is walking into Holly’s world and the price of admission is higher than either of them could have guessed.

 As sparks fly and passions blaze into something wild, they are forced to accept that someone will have to sacrifice their dreams or risk their lover’s heart.

 When dreams collide, the aftermath can be messy.

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David Michael

About The Author

  Author by day, bartender by night, David Michael spends nearly all of his time working and he loves every minute of it. The passion that he has for both of his jobs runs nearly as deep as the passion he has for his family and friends.

No stranger to the day-to-day struggles of mortal existence (sigh), David found that the best way for him to cope with the burden was to escape. As a kid, he read everything he could get his hands on. From Stephen King to Nora Roberts–he devoured it all.

He began writing seriously in 2009 and since then has published five full-length novels to-date. ‘Porter’ will be his sixth.

Still an avid reader, if he’s not tending bar, writing, or playing RPGs, you’ll probably find him outside with a book in-hand. Don’t bother talking to him if you find him in this state… He won’t hear a word you say.

Social Media

  You can connect with David by following the links below!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theunitedseries

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/author_DM

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Authordavidmichael/posts

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/David-Michael/e/B00HGUDM9S/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1429484440&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7448521.David_Michael

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Mountains and Mole Hills

 

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My Kryptonite

My Kryptonite

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Marketing is the BANE of my existence. I’m genuinely TERRIBLE at it. I’ve always been a helper. Someone needs sharing, I share. Someone needs help with promoting their book, I do what I can to get it done. When it comes to asking for those favors, I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’m always trying to do everything myself so that, if and/or when I succeed, I can say I did it on my own.

But that’s not how this game works.

That saying “It takes a village”? Yeah…. It applies to a WHOLE lot more than raising children.

I’ve finally got a small street team going, so they pimp me out when and where they can, but I REALLY need to get better about doing it myself. Books aren’t the only thing you sell as an author, come to find out. People are buying YOU as well.

I’m working on getting a website up (finally) so that Facebook and Twitter aren’t my only marketing platforms, so that’s a bonus, but I also need to use every tool I have in my arsenal. Which happens to include this blog. Time to kiss the pride goodbye and get myself and my books out there.

What made me realize this change needed to be made? Well, people started asking me where my books are available… That genuinely shocked me, believe it or not. I thought I was doing a halfway decent job of making that information available.

Apparently, I was wrong, so here it is! A one-stop-shop of sorts!

3167e-finalBlessed: Book One in The United Series (Digital: $1.99 Paperback: $11.99)
Currently available at all of the following locations:
Amazon (Kindle and Paperback)
Barnes & Noble (Nook and Paperback)
Apple (iBooks)
Scribd. (Apple, Android, and Kindle)
inktera (ePub format)
CreateSpace (Paperback)

 

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Cursed: Book Two in The United Series (Digital $3.99 Paperback $11.99)
Currently available at all of the following locations:
Amazon (Kindle and Paperback)
Barnes & Noble (Nook and Paperback)
Apple (iBooks)
Scribd. (Apple, Android, and Kindle)
inktera (ePub format)
CreateSpace (Paperback)

 

Saved: Book Three in The United Series (Digital $3.99 Paperback $11.99)DAVID-MICHAEL-SAVED-Goodreads-Web-ready
Currently available at all of the following locations:
Amazon (Kindle [Free to borrow from the PRIME Library!] and Paperback)
CreateSpace (Paperback)

 

 

 

With that being said, take my word for it… MARKET YOURSELVES AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! It’s the only way you’re going to get out there!

And follow me on Facebook and Twitter! 😀

A always, happy writing!
D

 

 
 

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Third Time’s The Charm?


Well, I’ve done it! I’ve published three books! I’m beyond the half way mark in this series and still going strong!

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‘Saved’ is the title of said third book and it’s a beast. I broke 100k words with this manuscript and, after formatting, it weighed in at 426 pages in print. (this feels a bit like writing a birth announcement…)

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What now?

Well, I keep writing. I’m 47,000(ish) words into the fourth book, Damned, and I’ve got the confidence thing down.

At least where writing is concerned.

Marketing? Ahhhhhhahahahahahaha! I have no hope. I rely HEAVILY on the BRILLIANT friends and fans that I’ve made over the course of this crazy, never-ending journey for that stuff. Sale graphics, promotional teasers, book trailers, blog tours, release blitzes, reviews, interviews, takeovers… It’s seriously a veritable LANDSLIDE of things that I don’t know how to do.

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Thank the powers that be for my street team! Those girls keep me going when all I want to do is lie down on the floor and never look at a computer again.

That’s not to mention the readers, bloggers, family members, and OTHER AUTHORS who have supported the hell out of me over the last six months! I love them all dearly.

I cannot stress this enough: IF YOU ARE TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE SCENE AS AN INDIE AUTHOR, FIND A SUPPORT GROUP!!!

You can start with me if you’d like. My Facebook page doesn’t turn people away, and my fan page is always looking for new friends! Not to mention my Amazon Author Profile (where you can also buy this pretty book AND the first two in the series)

As always, Happy Writing!
D

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Mountains and Mole Hills

 

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Best Idea Ever! #CockInASock

Best Idea Ever! #CockInASock

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So, with this whole #CockInASock thing encouraging men to strip down and strap socks to their tasty bits in an effort to raise awareness (and money) for cancer, I was forced to sit back and ask myself, “What am I doing to really make a difference in the world?”

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Well, aside from telling my stories and hoping that they impact people for the better, I’m not doing a whole lot.

Time to fix that.

Now through April 13th, 2014, 50% of the proceeds from BOTH of my books, Blessed and Cursed, will be donated to The American Institute for Cancer Research!

To raise awareness of my crusade to raise money, I posed a challenge to my Facebook fans. I told them that if my promo graphic could reach 5,000 people (the most people a single status of mine has EVER reached was 2.5 thousand) I would post a #CockInASock photo of my own.

Well, they BLEW ME AWAY!

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The post hit 5,000 views in less than 24 hours. As of right now, they have almost doubled that goal! I’m seriously FLOORED by the support my fans have shown! 63 comments, 107 likes, and 61 shares. Just… Wow. That’s a pretty good portion of my fan base! So much, actually, that the Amazon Bestselling Author Lola Stark has agreed to donate 50% of the proceeds from her first book, Tattered Love, to the cause as well!

So, in true David fashion, it’s time I follow through with my end of the bargain. The much anticipated #CockInASock photo!

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Pardon the whiteness.

Don’t forget to support the fundraiser and grab your copies of Tattered Love by Lola Stark, Blessed, and Cursed (by yours truly, of course, David Michael). Full links can be found below!

Tattered Love by Lola Stark:

http://www.amazon.com/Tattered-Love-Needles-Kiss-Stark-ebook/dp/B00F2VCP6Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1396230890&sr=1-1&keywords=tattered+love

Blessed: Book One in The United Series by David Michael:

http://www.amazon.com/Blessed-United-David-Michael-ebook/dp/B00HGE0EHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1396231182&sr=1-1&keywords=blessed+david+michael

Cursed: Book Two in The United Series by David Michael:

http://www.amazon.com/Cursed-United-David-Michael-ebook/dp/B00J52MB1U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1396231228&sr=1-1&keywords=cursed+david+michael

As always, happy writing and thanks for your support!
D

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Mountains and Mole Hills

 

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Cover Reveal for Cursed: Book Two in The United Series


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Title: Cursed

Author: David Michael

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Series: The United Series

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Cover Designed by Louisa at LM Creations

About the Book

Haunted by a lifetime of bad luck and worse decisions, Luke is tired of running. The police, his past and rival gangs all seem to have a bounty out on his head and he wants out. Unfortunately, Los Hermanos take the saying “Blood in, blood out” very seriously.
Sarah has been watching Luke from the shadows since they were both kids. She had always done what she could to keep him out of trouble without getting directly involved and letting him know that she was there. The time for hiding in the shadows is over. The kind of trouble he has gotten himself into can’t be swept away by calling in a favor. The only person she can rely on to help this time is all but a stranger to her who happens to have a knack for running into her at the most inconvenient times.
Makkar is new to the scene and isn’t quite sure what is expected of him. He has a new charge that he’s not allowed to tell anyone about and it’s eating at him. He’s a talker by nature. When he meets Sarah, something inside of him just clicks. She’s sexy, mysterious, dangerous and best of all; She rides a motorcycle. He can’t stay away from her.
Luke has to decide between what’s best for him and what’s best for those around him. He can’t bring himself to lose Sarah again and his new friend Makkar seems just as determined as she is to follow him through to the end.
The very. Bitter. End.

 Add it to your TBR on Goodreads!

About the Author

David Michael

David Michael, author of The United Series, is a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, a hater of snow, a lover of Star Trek and has an addiction to coffee that is excessive even for an author.

He lives in Salt Lake City where he is currently majoring in Psychology, working a “big boy” job, and writing full time. He shares a living space with his best friend, idolizes his mother, and has a strange knack for making friends with people on the other side of the planet instead of his own back yard.

Connect with David Michael

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