JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS

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NOTICE:  JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS WILL RETURN TO IT’S ORIGINAL BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION IN AUGUST.

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JB’s Journal for Writers is a weekly newsletter dedicated to the writer who never has enough time and is crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help writers sell books.

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EDITOR’S COMMENT ON BLOG MAILING LIST 

Please send me an email if you want to add your name to our mailing list. In appreciation, a courtesy download of SETH will be made available in either epub for your reader or as a pdf file. Just indicate which you would prefer. Thank you.

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ELEVEN SECRETS TO WRITING EFFECTIVE CHARACTER DESCRIPTION byRachel Scheller

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: Rachel Scheller has written an excellent article on breathing life into the character. Anyone can create a list. What I like about this article is the author provides an in-depth discussion on each point. For example, “Select physical details carefully, choosing only those that create the strongest, most revealing impression.” Another,  “Verbs are the foot soldiers of action-based description.”

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FEATURED ARTICLE

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THE ART OF PHYSICAL SURVEILLANCE by Piper Bayard

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  This is a great read for anyone who writes mystery, crime or spy fiction novels. The author creates a subject and follows through with all of the steps involved in surveillance Successful surveillance is a team effort rather than some Hollywood dude in a forgettable action flick that stretches credibility. Good stuff.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

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SIX FREE SITES TO GET AMAZING IMAGES FOR YOUR EMAIL MARKETING CAMPAIGNS from Campaign Monitor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is my kind of article. Some of the sites have limitations such as Death to the Stock Photo which is a free subscription service that sends out ten to twelve photos a month. Others covered are Gratispgraphy, Unsplash, (Awesome), Imcreator, Pixabay, and Picjumbo.  Love free. Pixabay is a great site.

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DO YOU NEED TO RETHINK YOUR WEBSITE’S KEY ELEMENTS? by Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  Think of this as taking a website rather than a car to the local service shop for a check up. Jane talks about the person who searches for a website and the visitor who stumbles on the page. The author gives good information on helping newcomers and maximize traffic.

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NEGATIVE REVIEWS (AND WHY I DON’T READ THEM) by Laura Heffernan

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  This is a fun article.  A negative review may be an unsettling experience. The author notes three different negative reviews. What I like is the author raises the question, “What if they reviewed the wrong book?” or “What if the Reviewer is wrong?”

Question. What is your response to a negative review?

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BONUS

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BEGINNERS GUIDE TO INDIE AUTHOR JARGON: BOOK MARKETING GLOSSARY by Jay Artale

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  This article is helpful for the new author entering the writing arena and overwhelmed with the behemoth, social media. The author has a bucket full of terms with an explanation for each subject. For example, what is content marketing? This is one of those articles to have close by for quick reference.

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SEVEN SIGNS YOU’RE STUCK IN RESEARCH HELL by Abria Mattina

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  This is my kind of article. I often become mired in research hell. I recently finished an international thriller, THE BEIJING MEMORANDUM. I often researched two or three items in one paragraph. It was a gut-busting expense of time. This is an excellent article for anyone who worries their WIP has become a textbook or simply a catalog of facts.

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A WORD COUNT GUIDE FOR EIGHTEEN DIFFERENT BOOK GENRES by Blake Atwood

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  I like this article because the author also explains why word count matters and the average length of a book from the perspective of publishers.

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FIVE THINGS I THOUGHT YOU KNEW (but I guess you don’t) from Build Book Buzz

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This article is a surprise and important to read. Many authors handicap their writing effort because it is self-published. The article refutes the concern. The final point is chilling. “People will disappoint you.” Tough, important love.

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E-BOOK SALES DECLINE 13.9% IN 2016 by Michael Kozlowski

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AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION: THIRD YEAR OF STRONG US AUDIOBOOK GROWTH

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  Important information for authors planning their next release. The market may be signaling change and audiobooks are an expensive proposition.

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SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT

“I liked Seth.

The book and the man.”

Ray Simmons

READERS’ FAVORITE

 

Hello, Chief.

Thought I’d make your day. United States Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 96, Section 1962 (a), RICO Act, says it shall be unlawful for any person who has received, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity. Interesting, don’t you think? There’s more. A guilty verdict isn’t pretty. Up to 20 years in federal prison on each count, a fine up to $25,000 and forfeiture of all properties gained thru the violation. Heavy stuff, Chief. You should have thought about it a little while longer before taking money from Boyd. Now I’m going to tell everyone what you did. Bet your three children will be proud of you. Especially your son who’s a cop in LA. I can imagine your wife’s joy when they take her house away and leave her homeless. We’ll talk later.

Seth.

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