Monday, May 26, 2014

Guest Post with author David J. Rollins

Today I'm handing things over to author David J. Rollins. Enjoy & I'll see you guys tomorrow am!

Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know

1) It’s easier to get published than ever before.

2) It’s harder to get read than ever before.

3) Never give up. There is always another way, though you may have to try quite a few “another ways” to find the right one.

4) Rereading sucks, but if we don’t do it, our writing sucks even more.

5) One of the hardest things for new authors is to get reviews. Here are a few tips that may help.
a) Don’t depend on the unpaid professional reviewers that so many websites recommend. If they are interested in your book, those reviewers will still probably take a year, if not more, to post their review, because they are so backlogged.

b) Book Blog Tours are a great way to get exposure and reviews.
c) Some Book Blog Tour companies offer packages where they only obtain reviews.

d) Run a GoodReads Giveaway to find people who might be interested in reading your book. Then run the Comparison Tool on the entrants who added your book to their To Read list and see if their tastes match yours. If you find someone you think might like your book, send them an E-mail offering them a free copy in exchange for a review.

e) When sending a book to a stranger to review, try to gift the book instead of sending them a MOBI file if at all possible. This pertains mainly to the GoodReads readers. It costs you the money to purchase your books, but if you send them a stand-alone MOBI file, they may send it to friends to make it freely available on the internet.

About the author:

David J. Rollins is a paralegal by day, husband by night, and sometimes finds time to write. As a young man, he had had different plans, but that’s the way life works out most of the time.

David has been writing since Seventh Grade. He started with the adventures of Super Pimp and his sidekick Squirt. His hero was Philip K. Dick, who strangely enough did not write about things like Pimps and Squirts. Like any fan, David wanted to follow in his hero’s footsteps. Unlike most fans, he wanted to follow them even after finding out that his hero, at one point in his life, was so poor that he resorted to eating dog food. What David lacked in aspirations, he made up for in determination.

From those humble beginnings, David became the man he is today. He is happier than he ever thought he would be and is living a life he never imagined in his wildest dreams. And that’s the way David’s life worked out. He was and is very lucky.

As further proof of his luck, David has lost every one of the stories about Super Pimp and his sidekick Squirt. He has also never had to eat dog food.

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A bit more about The Sales Crime Policeman:

Genre:  Science Fiction / Humor / Romance
Date Published: November 19, 2013

The future is no place to fall in love.

Amazing advances in technology have all but replaced relationships. People can purchase spouses programmed to their individual tastes and desires, anything from an aversion to expensive guilt gifts to perfumed flatulence. Attachments are even available for the more discriminating customers. Anyone can have anyone they want, as long as they don’t want someone who looks like someone else. That’s against the law. It could also make things a little awkward at social events.

For one man, technology is not enough. He is a Telepathic Vacuum Cleaner Salesperson Policeman, and he wants to fall in love with a real woman. Like most men, he is not perfect. He has no name. He had to give up that up when he became a policeman. He is terribly afraid of roller coasters. And he doesn’t have any attachments.

When he finds the woman of his dreams, she is not what he expected. Like most women, she doesn’t feel the same way about him. She has a spouse certified to be her perfect mate. And she is in prison. The policeman had her arrested, because she is one of the most wanted criminals in his world.

Now, the policeman has to choose between everything he is and everything he wants.

The future is no place to fall in love.

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