Goodreads for Authors now available as a paperback

My ‘Goodreads for Authors’ book is now available as a paperback. Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/1482689960 Amazon.co.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1482689960 Amazon.de – http://www.amazon.de/dp/1482689960. This edition is in English. It is currently being translated into German. Sign up for free updates here: http://www.michellebooth.net/goodreads-for-authors-updates/. Things change frequently on Goodreads!   You may also like:Goodbye To ColaGuest Author Interview: Corey Lynn Fayman, Border Field Blues App...

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Goodreads for Authors course – whatever your learning style

Back in the day, I used to assess the students at the school I taught in to discover their brain’s preferred learning style. They were generally split fairly equally – a third preferred visual learning (they need to see things in order to understand and remember them), a third preferred auditory learning (they needed to hear things in order to understand and remember them), and a third preferred kinaesthetic learning (they needed to move in order to understand what they were being taught, and remember it). Kinaesthetic learners have been poorly served in many classrooms for years. It just isn’t practical much of the time. Modern learning methods – especially online learning – have made great efforts to cater for all three main learning styles though. Digital courses can be controlled by the learner (making the kinaesthetic brain pay more attention), and can be seen (static images, writing, and video), and heard. If you are relaxed and feel in control of your learning, and that learning caters to your brain’s preferred style of learning, you are much more likely to enjoy what you’re learning, understand it better, and remember it. This helps everyone but especially the poor kinaesthetics, who have had to sit on their hands on classrooms for years! I have been working hard to turn my book, ‘Goodreads for Authors’, into a digital course. I was fortunate to meet the very talented Cathy Presland, who has numerous digital courses available on the Udemy platform. She taught me the ropes and we created the course together. Anyone joining the course gets lifetime access to its 7+ hours of instruction and it’s on a great, no pressure, dip-in-dip-out platform. That means you can just log in to get the information you need when you need it. If you join, you’ll be able to ask us questions and receive quick answers, and will also be eligible for membership of our private Facebook group for authors. The group is fun, we all help, encourage, and promote each other, share tips and ideas, and discuss what’s working and what’s not in the ever-changing world of digital book promotion. I hope you can join us. https://www.udemy.com/goodreads-for-authors-book-promotion-and-marketing/     You may also like:Why The Last Friday Of Every Month Is Important If You Own A KindleGuest interview with Paula Margulies author of The Tao of Book...

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Chattering parrots – inspiration for Mimic

Chattering parrots – inspiration for Mimic

I spent a lovely couple of days with my fiance (and dog!) at a fabulous guest house in Wales last week. It is called, appropriately-enough, The Guest House, and it was a wonderful find. Great food, lovely hosts, and comfortable beds. What more can you ask? Well … parrots! There were 3 resident African Grey parrots – the same breed as Mimic in my book, ‘Mo – The Talking Dog’. I’m writing the follow-up at the moment (the trip was part work as I like to get away to write sometimes). Jenny, one of the owners of  The Guest House, was able to give me lots of stories about her parrots. They really do converse, not just repeat things. We heard them talking to each other, and Jenny told us that they request certain items of food. She offered one a grape and he said he didn’t want that, he wanted a biscuit. She insisted on the grape, not the biscuit – and he insisted on the biscuit, not the grape! I read an article this morning about a 2011 study using African Grey parrots (they seem to be the smartest). The scientists have proven that the parrots use reasoning. I think Mimic needs to feature more in the next ‘Mo’ book, he obviously has a lot of potential for character development! If anyone has any parrot stories they would be willing to share, I’d love to hear them. If you would like to get to know some parrots, I highly recommend The Guest House Abergavenny – and the food! You may also like:Mo The Talking Dog Is Live!Book Review: Get Off Your...

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New book coming soon … Goodreads For Authors

I’m happy to announce that my new book, ‘Goodreads for Authors’, will be published this week. I have been researching and writing this book since late last year, with the help of the wonderful Anna Maria of Coo Farm Press. Anna is a researcher and proof-reader who has a passion for books. It makes it a lot more fun working with someone who really believes in books! I’m now thoroughly in love with Goodreads. I had been a member for about a year, but with no understanding of how it worked or what I was really there for. Having to study it for weeks has made me understand it and the ethos behind it, with the result that I’m now quite evangelistic about the site. It was founded by Otis and Elizabeth Chandler in 2006. Otis loved looking at his friends’ bookshelves in their homes and wondered if it would be possible to set up a site which represented people’s bookshelves. The amazing result is Goodreads. People indicate the books they have read, or own, and give them a star rating – or write a review of them. They make friends on Goodreads (often friends from the physical world or other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter) and their friends can browse their virtual bookshelves. It may not sound like fun but it really is! I have made contact with friends from years ago just by finding out that we have similar taste in books, and we’ve renewed contact. There are also lots of contests and opportunities to win books in the Giveaway section. For authors, who also tend to be book-lovers, it means that we can show our readers and potential readers what our reading choices are. We can also interact in book discussion groups – you’ll find me wittering on about Twlight! – and post videos, blog entries and more. If you’d like to connect with me on Goodreads my URL is: http://www.goodreads.com/michellebooth. My book will be available on Amazon in Kindle format on February 20th and on other sites (and formats) at the end of March.     You may also like:A Little About MeDoesn't a bargain make your...

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Would You Like To Read A Bit Of ‘Mo’?

Would You Like To Read A Bit Of ‘Mo’?

Thanks for the wonderful India Drummond, I learned how to embed Kindle book samples in websites today! I’m so excited I just had to share a little of my popular children’s book, ‘Mo’! Click here for the embedded sample. You can find the instructions for embedding Kindle books in this post from India. I love computers, and the Internet. Nowhere else are you constantly learning yet don’t feel a bit stupid for not knowing before!   You may also like:Einstein's Desk Was As Cluttered As Mine!Book Review: Get Off Your...

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Mo The Talking Dog Is Live!

Mo The Talking Dog Is Live!

My children’s novel, Mo, was finally published this week. I started it about 6 years ago – so it’s been quite a wait! It has gone through a few changes and development from the original plot I had in mind and there was a lot of red pen involved when it was being edited and proof-read!   Mo himself was brought to life by my brilliant illustrator Sam, of SpeelioDesign. He went through a few design changes:  The scene being pictured is when Mo, led by his friend the African Grey parrot Mimic, raid the ‘fridge. So we wanted to show the items in the ‘fridge. The bottles and cartons in the door didn’t have colour at first, so the emphasis would be on the characters, but we decided to give the door contents some colour. We also got rid of the cheese and replace it with a pear. After consulting with children, we learned that Mo’s teeth were a bit scary, so we lost those! Sam made his eyes a bit more appealing too and gave Mimic more colour and less beady eyes. We decided to put the book’s title in Mimic’s wings, lighten Mo’s fur a little and make his eyes softer and just a little cross-eyed as he is looking up at his name. Sam went for bolder, brighter primary colours as, of the different options we showed the children we surveyed, the brighter colours were considered much more appealing. The children commented that they would be more likely to pick up a book with a cover like this, the colours draw them in. Once the book was live on Amazon, the hard work really began! It’s been a mad round of press releases, social media, registering for Amazon promotions, submitting the book to book reviewers and sites and much more. And there was me thinking that the writing would be the hard part of the publishing process! One of the things I have done is joined the Author Marketing Club. They provide training to teach hapless authors the ins and outs of promoting themselves. No mean feat considering the fact that most authors would rather hide in a dark room with a laptop than tell the world about their work!   You may also like:Einstein's Desk Was As Cluttered As Mine!Are You An...

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