The Advice Column

Okay, so it’s not really an advice column, but this is going to be where we catalog really good blog posts we find or write which pertain to publishing, blogging, or public relations.  We are still pulling blog posts and creating the graphics that go with them, so this page is going to look a little bit jacked up today.  However, the links to the actual blog posts are live.

If you know of a blog post you feel would be a good addition to The Advice Column, shoot an email with the link to jena@puretextualitypr.com and we will get it added. jena@puretextualitypr.com

Enjoy!

 

Twitter For Dummies

Twitter for DummiesAre you just getting started out on Twitter and not sure where to start?  Have a Twitter account that you’ve neglected simply because you don’t understand it?

Twitter For Dummies is a FREE quick guide on the basic how-to’s of Twitter which gives you the knowledge you need to get the most out of the social media giant.  Connect with your audience or make new friends, 140 characters at a time!

Click here to read it online or download the FREE Twitter For Dummies PDF Here.

Written By: Jena Gregoire
Source:  PureTextualityPR.com

Subject:  Publishing; Public Relations, Social Media

Facebook Fanpage Tips:  Increasing Your Reach Organically

Facebook Reach PostA quick write-up with tips for increasing the number of views you get on each status you post to your Facebook fanpage!  Just remember, snowballs! *you’ll get it after you read the post*

Read Here…

 

Written By: Jena Gregoire
Source:  PureTextualityPR.com

Subject:  Publishing; Public Relations, Social Media

 

 

Open Letter to Indie Authors

open-letter-graphic1Dear Indie Author Community,

Something bad is happening in the Indie Author Community.  Several bad things, in fact, and if something isn’t said to you, you’re going to ruin your writing career before it ever gets started.  What is about to follow in this letter is not an ‘I know everything’ bomb.  This letter is to serve as what should be common sense for all of us.  All of this I have learned through experience as a jaded reader, a disappointed fangirl, a pissed off… (READ MORE)

Written By: J.M. Gregoire
Source:  JMGregoirebooks.net
Subject:  Publishing; Public Relations

 

 

A Little Love Letter for Book Bloggers

Love LetterOkay, this isn’t really going to be a letter, exactly, but more of a defense piece for the book bloggers the world ’round who bust their ass for very little, if any, return on their invested time.

Every Thursday when I wake up, I get stupid excited.  From the moment I get up until the moment I go to bed, there is a super-fun thing happening on Facebook.  IABB Confessions.  If you’re an author, reader, or book blogger, you may already have seen… (READ MORE)

Written By: J.M. Gregoire
Source:  JMGregoirebooks.net
Subject:  Publishing; Blogging; Public Relations

 

 

My Love/Hate Relationship With Conventions,
and How to Make Them Work For YOU!

lOVE HATEAuthors and convention directors alike seem to have a love/hate relationship with conventions and book signings.  Convention directors are killing themselves to fill the seats while authors are spending a lot more time complaining about disappointing turn outs.  Well, I know some secrets, peeps.  I’ve seen some stuff, I’ve heard some stuff.  Most importantly, I’ve LEARNED some stuff, and today I’m going to share that stuff with you… (READ MORE)


Written By: J.M. Gregoire
Source:  JMGregoirebooks.net
Subject:  Publishing; Public Relations

 

 

 
Authors Beware: They’re trying to screw you!!!!
(*and not in the good way*)

Authors BewareI was in the middle of typing up a big, long blog post this morning when I got an e-mail that completely ripped me from my bloggy groove. Don’t worry, the big, long post I was planning for today will go up tomorrow. For today, I am going to interrupt your regularly scheduled bloggy goodness to bring you a very important public service announcement.

I was going to title this post ‘Newbie Authors Beware…’, but I realized… (READ MORE)

Written By: J.M. Gregoire
Source:  JMGregoirebooks.net

Subject:  Publishing

 

 

The Perils of Using Stock Images & Cover Clones

perils 3There have been a few times over the past year where I have thought about doing this post and I put it off thinking that you all would read it and think I was just picking on authors.  That is not the case and I want to get that out right away.  I think that this could be an important lesson to authors (and marketing teams) out there and someone will find it helpful.  So here I go… (READ MORE)

 

Written By: J.M. Gregoire
Source:  JMGregoirebooks.net & PureTextuality.com

Subject:  Publishing

 

 

I think everyone should just give Anna Todd
and fanfic writers a break…

ANNA TODDI wont try to hide the fact that I originally skimmed over the Anna Todd story back in October, and followed it up immediately by a dramatic eye roll. Another one, I thought. For some reason, the story is suddenly making rounds on social media again, and this time, it is accompanied by some pretty nasty comments.

Anyone who knows me is well aware of the fact that Fifty Shades makes my soul hurt, but my issue with Fifty Shades has nothing to do with the fact that it was a Twilight fanfic. My issue with Fifty Shades is that it is genuinely fucking horrible writing. It’s a story with potential, but it BADLY needs an editing team……and a sexuality reality check. THERE IS NO WAY SHE HAD NEVER SO MUCH AS TOUCHED HER GIRLY BITS BEFORE MEETING MR. PSYCHOPATH!!!!

I’m going to stop myself right there. I am not here to bitch about Fifty Shades of Grey. I could go on and on about what makes Fifty a shitty read for HOURS. I am here to talk about the latest news regarding a fan fiction author hitting it big.

I am completely open to intelligent, RESPECTFUL discussion on this, but any nasty comments will be deleted. We are all adults here and if your argument is valid, you can make your point in well thought out and dignified way. Remember, everyone, like you, is entitled to their opinions… (READ MORE)

Written By: J.M. Gregoire
Source:  JMGregoirebooks.net

Subject:  Publishing; Public Relations

 

 

Icing on the Cake: The Value of Good Artwork

ICINGAn awful lot goes into making a good book. You need strong, well-developed characters that people care about, a deep and fascinating story to draw the reader in, and a solid and consistent setting to tie it all together. You need to read and reread your work, ironing out continuity errors and correcting typos. A finished novel is the culmination of countless hours of hard work and intense planning. If you’ve done your diligence, and the stars are properly aligned, what you’ll end up with is something that will make you proud, and something that will certainly be worth reading. Unfortunately, the end of the book is just the beginning of the battle, because before anyone will ever know what a fine job you’ve done, you’ve got to convince them to give your book a try. And in order to do that? Well, you’ve got to find a way to catch their eye… (READ MORE)

Written By: Joseph Lallo
Source:  PureTextuality.com

Subject:  Publishing

 

 

How to Spend the Rest of Your Life Working Your Ass Off
OR – The Realities of Self-Publishing

SELF PUBBINGYesterday, I read an article an author friend of mine posted on Facebook. The article was from 2013 and was written by an author who was once traditionally published, and when faced with his next manuscript being rejected by many traditional publishers, decided to turn to self-publishing. What he found was what many of us indies face every day. Big news outlets who once reviewed his prior works wouldn’t give him the time of day on his indie title.

You can read the original article here. For the purposes of this post, I will paraphrase the basic message of his article with this image (see image on left)…(READ MORE)

Written By: J.M. Gregoire
Source:  JMGregoirebooks.net

Subject:  Publishing; Public Relations