Calling all authors support your libraries

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

Thank you, Susan Toy and Chris the Story Reading Ape, for reblogging this excellent post and bringing it to our attention. I think this is a great idea!

Originally posted on galesmind:

Library-poster-letter

Let’s start a movement!! If you write, donate your signed books to your local library and volunteer to read them. You get followers and future readers they get you in person.

If you have books donate them to small libraries that have so few and little money to buy more.

Get involved. Children that read get ahead. Ereaders are great but there is nothing like the adventure of going to a library and finding that perfect book. Take your kids get them a card. It is better for their minds and health.

Please reblog and share this post so we get the word out that libraries need our support. We don’t want to see a day when they are no longer there.

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Sweet Sorrow – Tricia Drammeh

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

I’m doing a happy dance right now! Such an awesome review of Sweet Sorrow. Thank you, Jo!

Originally posted on Jo's Random Book Reviews:

Tricia Drammeh is one of my favorite authors because she writes awesome books, and this story was no exception.

Rowan harbors a tragic past; one night changed her life from a cheerful drama girl into a fearful zombie. After months of “dropping out” of the world, the senior play entices her to come back – just in time to notice Eddie, a hot senior football player who has trouble of his own. When she lands the part of Juliet to his Romeo she’s ecstatic, but is he really the bad boy everyone thinks he is, or has he just gotten a rough deal being one of the few poor students in a rich school?

Tricia’s ability to write real characters continues to astound me. Rowan, Eddie, her father, any one of these people could walk right out of the pages and drop into the world next to you and fit…

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Why Do I Blog?

Today, I read a very thought-provoking article on Ronovan Writes. He talks about remembering your reason for blogging instead of getting caught up in blog stats. His post got me thinking about why I blog and what I want to accomplish by blogging.

I’ll admit, there have been times I’ve been caught up in blog stats. How many likes on this post versus that one. Or how many comments and shares. For the most part, I don’t obsess over the numbers, though I do tend to suffer from Blogger’s Guilt when I’ve gone too long between original posts. I worry about how many reblogs I can get away with before I have to write something of my own.

But I shouldn’t think of it that way. I shouldn’t feel like I have to write something. I should want to write. I shouldn’t worry about whether or not my post is well-received. Blogging should be fun. It should enhance my life, not create extra stress.

Why did I start blogging in the first place? I started my first blog because someone told me I had to do it. I belonged to a writer’s meetup group and the leader said we needed to have a blog in case potential agents googled us. I went home and immediately started a blog. Then the blog sat there, daring me to write something dazzling, but I didn’t know what to write about.

As the months went by, I read more and more about blogs and why they are essential for authors. The experts advise authors to blog often, preferably on a schedule. Authors should use their blogs to establish relationships with readers.This is an essential part of branding, they say. There’s tons of advice about blogging for authors. Some say to post excerpts from your book. Others advise against it. Some tell you to talk about your hobbies and your life outside of writing. Others tell you to keep it professional and talk about writing and books exclusively.

So, basically, I started blogging to 1.) attract agents and 2.) target readers.

And how is this working out? Not so great if I look at my original goals. It seems I’m not very good at targeting and branding. I don’t think I really want to target and brand, if truth be told.

Why do I continue to blog? Because I’ve made real and lasting connections with people thanks to blogging. I’ve met so many people in the blogosphere. I wouldn’t trade these friendships for the world.

That’s why I blog. Not for book sales or stats. Not for Twitter followers.

I’m not a brand. I’m a person. I don’t follow brands. I follow people. Real life human beings with thoughts and opinions and stories to tell. If I stop writing books tomorrow, I won’t stop blogging. Blogging is more than a means to an end. Blogging is about learning and connecting and discovering new ideas. It’s about people.

That’s why I blog? How about you?

Do You Love Your Book?

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

I love this article! I often feel guilty about my unfinished projects. As children, we’re often taught to finish what we start. In general, I think that’s good advice, but part of being a ‘good’ writer means knowing when a story isn’t working and giving ourselves permission to put it aside. I’m not saying we should give up every time a story gets tough. But if a project is no longer giving you joy and you dread sitting down in front of the computer, maybe it’s time to put the story on the back burner, at least for a while. Wonderful post!

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My first book took the longest time to write because I spent a lot of time angsting over every tiny little detail of it, and backtracking all the time, although angst or not, I loved every step of the process. These days I write much faster. A couple of times though, I’ve started a story and it’s taken days just to get a paragraph down. I’m a stubborn old mule though so I generally used to try and persevere, and force myself on. Not anymore though. Even though I’m one of the write every day tribe whether you feel like it or not, and I do write every day, I don’t see any point in carrying on with writing something I don’t love just because I started it.

It got me wondering how many writers try to force themselves to write something that they really don’t want to write, thinking…

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#Read #Authors – #Copyright #Infringement #Notification…

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

This is great advice from Chris the Story Reading Ape. Please read1

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

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I have been hearing from a LOT recently that more SCAM BOOK SITES are appearing online in ever increasing numbers…

What can YOU do about it?

If you are an author and YOUR book(s) are being offered without your permission – issue DMCA Notices (SEE BELOW FIRST)

If you are a readerPLEASE DO NOT USE THESE SITES!

It may be tempting to get books FOR FREE or at greatly reduced prices but…

They may be a click farm looking for your email

and you will be infected with a virus.

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AUTHORS – VERY IMPORTANT!!!

DO NOT SEND THE OFFENDING SITE A DIRECT NOTICE.

If they are on Facebook – Use Facebook’s reporting form to remove their link source from Facebook’s server.

My attorney warns me not to click on them, but to send a form letter to their server.

You can find out their server here:

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Let’s Talk About Trigger Warnings

This is a post I’ve been thinking about for a while. It’s about trigger warnings. When are they appropriate? And who decides what content is controversial or upsetting?

I started thinking a great deal about trigger warnings when I released Sweet Sorrow a couple of weeks ago. For a while, I was on the fence about adding a trigger warning, but I finally came to the conclusion that although the book isn’t graphic, I should give readers an opportunity to make an informed decision before reading.

I’ve used trigger warnings in the past. I used one with The Fifth Circle because that book deals with sexual abuse, domestic abuse, and mental illness. There are some graphic, disturbing scenes and I felt that it would be important to add a trigger warning for those who are dealing with their own issues and are trying to avoid books that contain such subject matter.

I understand it isn’t possible to put trigger warnings on everything, nor is it possible to list every conceivable trigger. I don’t think trigger warnings should be mandatory, but as an independent author who has control over my book blurb, I would like to help readers avoid an acute panic attack if I possibly can. After all, I don’t want to tread on someone’s recovery when, for me, it’s as simple as adding a sentence at the end of the blurb.

Trigger warnings aren’t about avoiding hurt feelings or preventing offense. I use trigger warnings to let readers know when there is content depicting abuse or violence, but I’m sure there’s other subject matter in my books readers might find offensive. Some people might be offended by the interracial romance in one of my books. Or they might be offended by the foul language in another. Like I said, this isn’t about preventing readers from being offended. I use trigger warnings to help readers who might be struggling with PTSD and anxiety resulting from abuse or sexual assault. Other authors might choose to identity other triggers. And, yes, other authors might choose not to use trigger warnings at all.

I would really like to have a thoughtful discussion about the use of trigger warnings. I’d love to hear your opinion; however, please don’t leave comments about how our society is sissified and how when we were kids, bullying built character, and parents beat their kids for their own good, and yada yada. Please be sensitive. There are some people dealing with truly horrific trauma, and I don’t want to make light of their pain. “Get over it and move on” is not helpful advice.

What do you think? Are there any authors out there who have added trigger warnings to your book descriptions? As readers, do you find trigger warnings helpful? When are they necessary? Are they necessary at all?

#Read NEW RELEASE ‘Sweet Sorrow’ by #Author Tricia Drammeh #FREE 9th to 12th April

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

So excited to be on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. Do you want to find out how to get a free copy of Sweet Sorrow? Stop by Chris’ blog to find out how.

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

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Genre: Young Adult Romance

Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in the school play, but it’s impossible to concentrate on her lines when her secret crush is cast as Romeo. Eddie is a fallen football hero and the subject of widespread gossip. Not only has he lost the respect of his peers, he’s also earned the open animosity of Rowan’s father, the high school’s football coach. Eddie isn’t the only one with a tarnished past—Rowan has secrets of her own. When the truth is revealed, will Rowan replace Eddie as the most hated student in school, or will Rowan and Eddie share the stage together?

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Tricia Drammeh – an update on a new novel

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

Susan Toy is featuring Sweet Sorrow on Reading Recommendations! Please stop by and check it out.

Originally posted on Reading Recommendations:

Tricia Drammeh has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations. I have also listed Tricia as one of my All-Star Authors and I highly recommend her writing. Tricia is back now to tell us of a new release!

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Sweet Sorrow
by Tricia Drammeh
Young Adult Romance

Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in the school play, but it’s impossible to concentrate on her lines when her secret crush is cast as Romeo. Eddie is a fallen football hero and the subject of widespread gossip. Not only has he lost the respect of his peers, he’s also earned the open animosity of Rowan’s father, the high school’s football coach. Eddie isn’t the only one with a tarnished past—Rowan has secrets of her own. When the truth is revealed, will Rowan replace Eddie as the most hated student in school, or will Rowan and Eddie share…

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Guest Blogger Susan M. Toy

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

An excellent letter from an author to readers. I’ve discovered many excellent books through word of mouth. Reviews are appreciated, but a simple letter from a reader is probably the most amazing thing an author can receive. Thanks for writing this, Susan. And thank you, Amy, for posting this on your blog.

Originally posted on Reade and Write:

This week I would like to welcome guest blogger Susan M. Toy, whose blogs I enjoy very much and who has much to teach writers:

 KindReaders...ThankYou!!!

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Kind Readers,

Since I am an Author, you mean the world to me, because without you the words I write have no meaning at all. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking the time to read what I write. You make me the Author that I am, and I owe you everything!

You, on the other hand, owe me nothing. You’ve done your bit by reading. You definitely do not owe me a written review on an online site – especially if you’re not used to writing reviews of whatever you read. I’m speaking for myself here when I say that…

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New Release! Sweet Sorrow is now on #Kindle

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I’m excited to announce the release of Sweet Sorrow, a novel for young adults. Sweet Sorrow is more than a simple love story between two teens. It also delves into some deeper issues that affect women of all ages. Here’s the blurb:

Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in the school play, but it’s impossible to concentrate on her lines when her secret crush is cast as Romeo. Eddie is a fallen football hero and the subject of widespread gossip. Not only has he lost the respect of his peers, he’s also earned the open animosity of Rowan’s father, the high school’s football coach. Eddie isn’t the only one with a tarnished past—Rowan has secrets of her own. When the truth is revealed, will Rowan replace Eddie as the most hated student in school, or will Rowan and Eddie share the stage together?

Sweet Sorrow is currently only available on Kindle. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can begin reading it for free right now. If you don’t have KU, you can grab a free copy of the book beginning Thursday April 9th through Sunday April 12th. Please mark your calendars and feel free to share this post with your friends. I’m hoping lots of readers will take advantage of the free promotion.

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