Mary Findley Mary's Comments (member since Dec 12, 2011)

Mary's comments from the Author Talk Book Club group.

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Mar 20, 2012 05:48PM

36442 Hamilton wrote: "Can I ask, what do you do when you feel stuck in your writing?"

I work on something else. Right now I have 3 personal WIPs, one joint project with my husband, one Curriculum subject, and I have also been getting involved in reviewing other authors' books and designing covers. Always something to do until that stubborn book begs to be written. Come back! Here's how to finish me!
Mar 12, 2012 07:23PM

36442 Hi, Ava. Goodreads is a good place to find readers, but you have to go where they are and join their discussions. Find a group that reads the genre you like and join it. Join several. Introduce yourself. You might even suggest books people are looking for that are not written by you. I do that all the time. And people say, "Who is this person who suggests books?" They become blog followers and friends, and for all I know, buy my books. Also, If you don't have a Twitter account, get one, find people to follow, people with a relationship to the subject you write about, and retweet their tweets. Gradually work in some of your own. People will start following you and retweeting to their followers. Hopefully you have a blog that has your book links. Tweet and share your blog, especially if you write book reviews or have subject matter people are discussing. It takes time.
Mar 10, 2012 04:42AM

36442 I have seen many movies and books where people impart wisdom with the "grasshopper" line. No one ever added the pushing up the corners of the eyes part. It's a charming, iconic line I never get tired of hearing, and it doesn't need the addition, whether it's "racist" or not. :-)
Mar 03, 2012 12:04PM

36442 Well, D., I didn't say you would be free, because maintaining a blog and making Tweets and spending time online looking for sites to upload your books and garnering followers and stuff will make you say, "When do I write?" But even traditional publishers make authors do a lot of that themselves. We have 15 books now, and everything I do, I do x15. :-)
Mar 03, 2012 11:52AM

36442 D., I am coming late to the party, and you have already gotten some great advice. Just let me add a run, don't walk. Smashwords, Amazon, and CreateSpace will do right by you for self-publishing, and the ice is starting to crack with traditional publishers to notice Indie books. Join an authors' group (maybe several) to ask questions, listen, get yelled at, whatever it takes (they aren't always nice, but they are almost always helpful) and you will grow on your own. We started seriously promoting with a blog and Twitter last September, and already have over 400 followers, close to 5000 views, 300 Twitter followers, many of whom have thousands of followers themselves, and I seriously think we are about to launch. I do our writing, editing, converting, book covers, everything! And we have great advice from many more experienced indie authors. May you be free to succeed!
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Feb 07, 2012 06:47AM

36442 Taking courses in English is a good idea. The Elements of style is a GREAT book. Also, read good books -- ones that use the language well. English and lit teachers can recommend them. Read books in the genres you wish to write. Get a feel for how good authors express those themes and stories.
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Jan 27, 2012 03:52PM

36442 Sorry. I should have said the first "one."
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Jan 27, 2012 03:49PM

36442 Renee, "its" and "it's" is the classic example. The first on means "belonging to it" and the second is a contraction for "it is." Also one of the most common mistakes I see in billboards, signs, and facebook posts. :-)
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Jan 27, 2012 03:42PM

36442 My version of Microsoft Word is backwards on several common issues of possessives and plurals. No help there. :-)
Jan 23, 2012 09:34AM

36442 Thomas, I end a chapter usually at a complete change of scene and action. Honestly, I don't like every chapter in a book I read to be a gasp or a cliffhanger. I know that was a technique used in the days of serials to make people want to buy the next issue, but I have the whole book in front of me and I don't need to be grabbed by the throat and shaken to make me turn the page. My books have more action and mystery in them than many "typical" romance so that will, I hope, naturally make the reader read on.
Jan 21, 2012 04:38PM

36442 Very true, Shawn.
Jan 21, 2012 01:53PM

36442 I am very touchy. Comments were flying and everyone had a slightly different opinion. Move this up, move this down, make that bigger, those women are ugly. That looks scrapbooky. I got over it. :-)
Jan 20, 2012 06:32PM

36442 Your covers are among the best I have seen, Shawn. Very clean and beautiful. I have been collecting clipart and photos for years and learning graphics arts, plus getting feedback where I can. My most recent cove rredesign was prompted by a friend of many years who said, "I really don't like any of your covers," although I have had good comments from others on them. I have joined some author groups on facebooks which included experienced designers and got lots of feedback on the latest ones. My critical friend said she saw improvement. :-)
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Dec 14, 2011 12:42PM

36442 There are so many worthless reviews, 5 star raves, as I just heard today, ones that have one star and a series of unintelligible letters.
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Dec 14, 2011 12:05PM

36442 Kathy,I agree with you. I am just beginning to write reviews that are actually for real, live people. and I don't see any point in being dishonest. I have to, as you say, recognize the effort represented in a book, and the "chops" an author may bring to a work (personal experience, his/her editorial process, to what extent he/she was true to the state purpose or genre or audience. And I don't like it much if it is a good story but not well-written.
Dec 12, 2011 01:49PM

36442 The non-fiction book my husband and I co-wrote is partly history, and partly an attempt to restore unified study of History, Science, Literature and Culture. Secular Humanism has become an Established religion in America, but the history of America really starts with Nimrod at the Tower of Babel and even before, with man trying to make himself a god-king. We present historic and scientific evidence of the threat of secularism to freedom, to our future. It also has an illustrated version.
Antidisestablishmentarianism by Michael Findley
Illustrated Antidisestablishmentarianism by Michael Findley
PLEASE READ! (27 new)
Dec 12, 2011 01:18PM

36442 Thank you for posting on your blog about this issue, Beth. I am new to this group, and still fairly new to publishing and promoting, and I was not really aware of spamming reviews like you describe. I am always learning something new. Appreciate your taking the trouble when you had family issues and little time.
Latest Blog Post (83 new)
Dec 12, 2011 12:17PM

36442 It's selfish, I know, but I'm going to post this first and then go back and read all these others. Part of a series on our e-book publishing journey, this one is about covers
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Dec 12, 2011 12:14PM

36442 Hello, I saw that one of my Goodreads friends had posted in this group, so I thought I would check it out. I recently made a blog post about long lists of members that you get lost in, but ... oh well, if there are people I can learn more from, and friends I can make, I'm ready!

Mary C. Findley, Goodreads Author, e-books published on Amazon and Smashwords, available also in B&N, iStore, and others. My husband and I have 12 books between us, including 2 illustrated versions and one with Teacher/Student versions. We have a blog where our books are linked, so I'll post that. I have recently done some book reviews and some posts on our book-publishing experience and what I have learned from prowling Author Sites. Hope you'll visit!

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