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Elizabeth Spencer, Rambling about Writing. Mostly.
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My 2017 Year in Review

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:00am
It’s 2018! You know what that means, right? It’s time for self-indulgent introspection! Let’s start by checking my 2017 resolutions and seeing how I did! My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions I did okay! Okay-ish? I did edit my new YA fantasy, the tentatively titled Garden in the Waves. It took WAY longer than I expected, […]

Learning How to Market Books #4: Learning more about Facebook

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:00am
A month or so ago, I tried my first Facebook ad campaign. It was unimpressive. “That’s just what marketing’s like!” I told myself. “You never make back the money you put into ads. You’re paying for exposure!” I’m not yet convinced that’s wrong. When I see someone talking about making big bucks in marketing, I […]

Learning How to Market Books: I Take Back What I Said About Goodreads

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:00am
I ran my first Goodreads giveaway back in October. I wrote about the experience here. I was pretty happy about it! I gave away 3 copies and 480 people put it on their to-read list. After one month, I haven’t seen any reviews (or sales) that I can attribute to it, but it only cost […]

Thoughts on National Novel Writing Month

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:00am
National Novel Writing Month ends tomorrow, November 30. So if you’re still pushing toward 50,000 words, you still have time! Go go go~! Like I said a month ago, this was my first serious attempt at NaNoWriMo. It’s been a wild month, full of write-ins, friend-making, and writing-encouragement cake. I had a lot of fun, […]

Why I’ve Never Done NaNoWriMo (But I Am This Year)

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:00am
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is one of the most well-known writing events out there. Every November, NaNoWriMo challenges you to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. People hold local write-ins in their communities, meet other local writers, and write like crazy. And it’s hugely popular. Every November, every author […]

Learning How to Market Books (Post #3): Goodreads Giveaways

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:00am
I finished my very first Goodreads giveaway last week, and it was was awesome. Since it’s still fresh in my mind, this seems like a great time to share what I learned. Let’s get to it! You are going to need print copies of your books. Goodreads only has one way to do giveaways at … … Continue reading →

Beta Reading Novels and the Three Kinds of Feedback

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00am
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ve probably noticed that I looooove to break things down: “writing” isn’t just “writing,” it’s a collection of skills ranging from grammar to description to character building. You can’t just ask for an “edit,” because there are levels of edit. So it’s no surprise that I love […]

Learning How to Market Books (Post #2): Facebook Ads

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:00am
OK, first thing’s first: this is not a post about how to be successful with Facebook ads. I created my first Facebook ad last month. I’ve run a single one-month test. I’ve got a lot to learn. But if you’re an author who doesn’t know where to start–or what to even think about–maybe this will help. […]

Do authors need to read a lot of books?

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:00am
Yes. Post’s over! You can all go home now, guys. You–…what? I need to write a little more than that? Honestly, this is one of those questions I’ve never understood. “The best writers are avid readers” appears in every “Advice for Writers” forum, book, and blog ever written. But writing communities are full of posts […]

The Fixed and Growth Mindsets: How a Popular Psychology Book Applies to Authors

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:00am
First thing’s first: want a free copy of Justice Unending? Then check out my Goodreads giveaway! It’s running from Sept. 25 to Oct. 21 and is available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada (sorry, everyone else! Shipping is expensive.) Good luck! And now, on to the post! About a year or so ago, I […]