Book Review of Historical Fiction Novel Ridgeline by Pamela Foster

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review.  Each time, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. I was on hiatus for a while because I traveled to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan to train with my new guide dog. We have been home for a short while, and I'm back to writing

This week, I'm sharing Ridgeline, a historical fiction novel by an excellent writer, Pamela Foster.

I've reviewed another of her books,

Ridgeline

Ridgeline - a historical novel by Pamela Foster

Book Description

Book One of The Long Journey Home Series

by Pamela Foster

      Jeremiah Jones set off to war, a boy full of pride and ignorance, seeking glory and to prove his manhood. That boy never returned. Wounded to the depths of his soul, Jeremiah clung to sanity only by holding tight to the memory of Maggie, the girl he'd loved since the first time he saw her in his father's church. But Maggie had married another.

      His soul seeking peace, but his warrior's heart wanting only battle, Jeremiah's mind is caught in the middle, between heaven and hell. Though he rides the saddle-preacher circuit, bringing the word of the Lord to all who'll listen, inside rages the killing beast that war birthed within him. The only ones he can count on are two ghosts; the first two men – but not the last – who tried to stand against him. Tried, and failed.

      Cold company indeed, for that long journey home.

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16 Free Writing Competitions with Worthwhile Prizes

GUEST Post Written By Cathy Bryant

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You’d love to enter writing competitions, but they’re so expensive. And what are the chances of winning? It doesn’t make good financial sense. You shake your head firmly, close the window on your screen, and sigh a little.

And then, I hope, you remember that not all writing competitions charge a fee, and you have some fun entering the free ones below.

You literally have nothing to lose – not even a few dollars – and there are some excellent prizes out there, just waiting to be yours.

I’ve done pretty well by entering these myself. Who doesn’t love accolades and money for their creative work?

1. Open internationally, this contest asking for a funny poem is a firm favourite in the writing comp world. It has twelve prizes ranging from $100 to $1000, and there’s no fee to pay. Entry is simple via a form on the site. Disclosure: I won this in 2015 and it’s just glorious. I got a shirt and a certificate as well as the money. Money is useful for grown-ups, but my inner child loves a fancy certificate. https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

2. Again open worldwide, this comp from ThinkGeek is for techie haiku. Surely if it’s funny, as most entries are, then it’s a senryu? Either way, you could win a $50 ThinkGeek voucher. If a friend or relative does your tech support, as in my case, then giving them the voucher would be a great way to say thank you. Or, you know, you could actually pay them, though that seems a bit extreme. After all, they’re IT people and we’re writers. They have all the money already. http://www.thinkgeek.com/haiku/#details

3. Another international competition, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has a delectable £30,000 prize and is a must-enter in your comp list. This year’s has already been won – congratulations to the winners! – but the next should be open early in 2016. Get writing short fiction now! How often do we writers see a prize that big, without having to pay a hefty entry fee? http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/5/

4. The prizes for the regular themed fiction comps at On the Premises are small, but they host several comps and mini-contests per year, so it’s worth having a go. The themes make great prompts, too. The easiest way to stay informed is to sign up to their newsletter. I never win these but I find the prompts useful, and I usually place my work elsewhere eventually. http://onthepremises.com/index.html

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Digital Publishing Resource Book Review: Author’s Quick Guide to Making Money with Your 99 Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein

If you've perused the digital shelves of Amazon Kindle looking for advice on how to earn more as an author, you're not alone. Every author wants to earn more, because the fact of the matter is that royalties are no big whoop, even if you're selling a $20 tome.

"Authors earn more money BECAUSE they're authors than they do from actual book sales."

-- Ronda Del Boccio

I have a couple books at 99c. Perhaps you do too. This little volume by Kristen Eckstein is right in line with what I teach all my mentoring students about earning money from y your books. You have to think outside the cover. So heer's my review of a helpful little book

Author's Quick Guide to Making Money with Your 99-Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein

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99-cent Kindle books seem to be winning the book publishing popularity contest. Every day more of them are released, flooding the market with affordable information. The key with 99-cent Kindle books is to deliver an instant solution to a relevant pain point, and to have a solid back-end in place to make your money elsewhere. This book will show you:

  • How to get (and keep) happy email subscribers - and build your platform
  • The truth about using Amazon Advantage affiliate links inside your book
  • A dozen products and services you can recommend in your e-book - and make money from later
  • How affiliate marketing works - and when it's a good fit for your book
  • What exactly to advertise in the back of your book and how to build a system of passive income
  • Exactly how each sale of one of my 99-cent Kindle books nets me a minimum of $27
  • And more!

Get this Author's Quick Guide today and start earning more profits for each book you sell!

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How to Add a Send to Kindle Button to Your Author Website or Blog

imagine you're putting out great material on your blog and your reader is too busy to digest it all right then. You can add a special button that lets them send it to their Kindle app or reader to read later, even when they're not on the internet.

If you'd like to add a Send to Kindle button to your website/blog, here's how to do it.

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Authors: how’s your linkedIn Profile?

have to admit I'm not a huge LinkedIn user. Oh, I go in every day and RIPL (my "social media quickie" technique for posting quickly to the main networks), but I don't hang out there. I do, however, have a strong profile.

Here are tips for rocking your LinkedIn profile so you can build a strong author platform..

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What Does Grumpy Cat Teach Authors about Book Marketing?

You've probably heard of Grumpy Cat. It all started with some pictures with a few words added. The phenomenon has now grown to merchandise like stuffed toys and bookmarks. Now, there's a movie - Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever.

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Consider what else you can offer BESIDES your book. This will help you with book marketing and beyond.

  • Classes
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Workshops
  • Related products (equipment, toys, etc.)

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9 Woes of the Writing Life

The writing life is wonderful - and woeful!

9 Woes of the WritingLife - infographic credit to Leslie Lanfields

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Enter the Hither and Thither Fantasy Writing Contest!

Do you write fantasy stories? Here's a chance to win prizes for our work!

Hither and THither Fantasy Writing Contest Details

Contest Description

Help us escape reality with your most fantastic fantasy stories yet! Submit accounts of beasts, pixie dust, and witches, or enchant us with spells and poisons. We want to read tales that are so lifelike they make us forget we aren't surrounded by kingdoms and dragons.

Submit your best original fantasy fiction stories of any length. And, as always, there is no entry fee. The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.

  • Authors will retain all rights to work submitted to the contest.

 

  • Submissions close on August 10th, but voting will continue for an additional week
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but each individual participant may win only one prize.
  • Physical prizes can only be shipped to the United States, Canada, countries in the EU, and Australia/New Zealand. Cash prizes can only be transferred to PayPal supported countries.
  • There is no age requirement for participation but all stories must be rated appropriately by their authors.
  • Inkitt staff are not eligible to receive prizes, or be chosen as winners.
  • Before submitting a story be sure to check our guidelines page to ensure that you comply with all of our publication rules.

Judges

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Deadline

11:59pm PST on August 17th

Prizes for Winners

1st Place

$25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of their choice (created by Inkitt’s designer).

2nd Place

$20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

3rd Place

Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

Top 10%
All top 10% contestants receive a badge to their profile!

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Writing Skills Book Review of Creative Characterization by Jan Morrill

Having taken Jan Morrill's live workshop on creative characterization, I was thrilled when I saw the announcement that she had made a print (and Kindle) workbook to accompany it.

Creative Characterization by Jan Morrill

cover of Creative Characterization by Jan Morrill

 In Creative Characterization, award-winning author Jan Morrill discusses six different methods she uses to develop characters such as those in her historical fiction, The Red Kimono:

• Interviewing
• Describing Photos and Paintings
• Writing Letters
• Writing in a Different Point of View
• Accessing Character’s Inner Child
• Internalization

The exercises in this workbook will help develop characters, and may even lead to a bit of self-discovery along the way!

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Authors: How to Invite People to a Facebook Event

Facebook is a HUGE part of social media for authors. No matter what kind of event you're doing, you can set up a Facebook event and invite your friends and contacts.

  • Speaking
  • Reading from your book
  • Book signing live in person,
  • Book launch party
  • Webinar
  • Teleseminar
  • Virtual book tour

You want to do this from your FACEBOOK PAGE, not your profile.

  • A PAGE is for businesses, authors, etc. It says "Like" or "Liked" when you're on someone' else's
  • A profile is the personal presence EVERYONE on Facebook has. It's where you go when you login. It says "Add friend" or "friends" when you're on someone' else's

When you host an event,

  1. go to your author PAGE,
  2. click events, and click ADd Event,
  3. complete the information,
  4. then invite guests.

This short video shows you how to invite friends to a Facebook event. Watch the video.

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7 Simple Writing Hacks to Improve Your Skills

I came across this excellent, to-the-point article by Michael Hyatt in which he shared some simple ways to improve your writing skills. As a veteran writer, I can tell you that he is right. 

7 Simple Writing Tips

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How to Add Playlists to Your YouTube Profile: Video Tutorial

How you show up in social media is a huge part of your author profile. And while some networks have no organization (Twitter and Facebook, for example), YouTube allows you to organize the videos you upload and/or those you want to systematically share into playlists.

See how I do it on my profile - and be sure to subscribe while you're there! View & Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Now.

You'll observe I have playlists for things like Amazon Help for Authors, Book Marketing and more. You can do the same thing for your audience, choosing categories (playlist names) that tell your reader/viewer what to expect.

Here's how. Watch the video tutorial.

The more robust your YouTube channel is, the more helpful it will be to you in building your author platform!

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Writing Skills: What Flaws Does Your Character Have?

I once read a series called The Celtiad. It was good in many ways, but the hero was a superlative bard, an expert shot, and more. While everyone has great skills, flaws are essential for interesting characters.

Is your character overly sensitive? Easily offended? Protecting a secret? Here are some possible character flaws yours might possess. Be sure to remember this when writing to keep each scene realistic within its context.

Common Character Flaws

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How to Participate in a Join.Me Web Conference

There are a number of web conferencing / webinar services such as GoToWebinar, Instant Teleseminar, and Join.Me.

I observe that the moment someone meets a new platform, they go into freeze mode, followed by whining and flailing of arms (perhaps metaphorically) "I don't know what to DO-OO-OO-OO!"

This very thing happened when I tried getting an author friend into a Join.Me webinar. Just because she hadn't seen it, all of a sudden, the perfectly normal activities of dialing a phone and clicking a link became foreign to her.

Yep, that's all it is.

If you can dial a phone and click a linbk, you can join a Join.Me web conference.

I use Join.Me because its affordable and it has a few tools, like being able to circle things onscreen.

Here's what to do.  Watch the video tutorial.

If you decide to use join.me, feel free to share this tutorial with your attendees.

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44 Ways to Reach Your Audience: Content Formats for Authors

As an author, sure you're going to write, but why not shake things up from the usual string of paragraphs? Here are 44 ways you can share "content" - share the good stuf your readers crave.

Some examples of content formats are:

  • Vlog - video blog
  • lists
  • "Day in the Life" posts
  • Giveaways
  • Reviews

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Book Review: The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Since every author needs social media and since I'm always reading articles and books to keep on top of things, I thought I'd share one of the excellent books about social media.

And it won't overwhelm you with hundreds of services you don't understand, either. Please take a close look at this book review and grab your copy of...

The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

One thing I love about this book is that it won't overwhelm you. It gets right to the questions you probably have including:

  • How to optimize your profile
  • How to get more followers
  • How to respond to comments

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How Can Fiction Writing Techniques Amp Up Your Nonfiction? Video Tutorial

PoIf you're only or primarily a nonfiction writer, you may not have thought about blending good fiction writing skills into the mix.

Just like a good novel, your nonfiction, how-to or self help book will capture your reader's attention much better when you see the world through the eyes of a storyteller.

Watch this video tutorial to see how.

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Authors: 21 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

As an author, you know you need to be in social media. That's NOT a news flash, is it?

You can't just barf out links to buy your book and expect people to fall all over themselves rushing to buy your book. That's obvious, right? Yet, you'd be surprised how often I see link-barfers wondering why their sales are lagging.

Book marketing isn't about being pushy. It's about building relationships and getting people excited about your book.

Here are 21 rules for an effective social media marketing strategy. The golden nugget is to be a person of value and share other people's good stuff too. Here are the rules... Continue reading

Indie Publishers: Make the Most of Kindle Unlimited Video Tutorial

Kindle Unlimited is like Netflix for books. It's Amazon's $10/month unlimited lending library. Some indie publishers complain all their book sales dried up since enrolling their books. Others are doing great.

Kindle Unlimited

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to make the most of it.

Some ideas to Keep Kindle Unlimited from Robbing You of Royalties:

  • Put only the first book in a series into KDP Select.
  • OR enroll a book for 3 months then take it out.
  • OR rotate boks in and out of the program, perhaps once a year.
  • Remember you can exclude a KDP Select title from KU by following the procedure

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Writing Tips: Writing British Characters? Use These Britishisms

If you're British, you might be offended if someone says , "Please hand me my fanny pack." That particular "f word" means  something less tasteful on that side of the "pond."

I've read books by American authors that include a British character Few make the dialogue sound real. There's a different cadence, and the idioms  are nowhere near th same.

If someone calls you a tosser, they're saying you're an idiot.

A dodgy person is suspicious.

Here's an infographic that might help you!

British Expressions

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Amazon Censorship: Interact with an Author and Your Book Review Goes Down!

If I have ever connected with you on the social web and I've reviewed your book - grab a screen capture, because Amazon might tear it down any second.

If I have ever reviewed your book on this site, the Amazon review I also do could be pulled down. Why? Simply because I interact with authors whose books I review, whether I know you or not. And the way Amazon is behaving, that means reviews from people like me, including your friends, fans, and anyone who tweets or FB's you, could be censored by Big Brother Amazon.

Big Brother Amazon: "We removed your customer review because you know the author."

Here is a snippet from an article in The Guardian.

Amazon accused of 'Big Brother' tactics over customer reviews

Author Jas Ward has launched change.org petition after it emerged that the retail giant is monitoring social networks to screen would-be reviewers
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If you interact with an author in any way online, beware: Amazon might decide that you’re “friends” and ban you from leaving a review of their latest book. The online retailer appears to have tightened up its review policy to weed out people boosting their mates’ books with glowing notices, but whatever algorithms they’re using to work this out seem also to be catching anyone who engages with their favourite writers on social media. The policy has prompted allegations of “Big Brother” activity and sparked a petition calling on Amazon to reverse the decision, organised by US romance author Jas Ward, which is heading towards 11,000 signatures as of Thursday morning. Ward has penned an open letter to Amazon on the change.org petition site, writing: Read More

This is CENSORSHIP plain and simple.

Social media and email mean that even the loftiest star authors ae no longer out of reach. Most authors have a Facebook author page, a Twitter account, Instagram, and the like.

  • If you know an author, you may not be able to review their book.
  • If you tweet your favorite author, you're out as a reviewer too.
  • If you read a great book and review it and tag the author in social, watch out!

This is bad for authors and avid readers alike! Reviews are highly valuable and should not be stopped.

Amazon Customer Review Guidelines

friends of the person, group, or company selling on Amazon may not write Customer Reviews for those particular items.

So...Tweeting someone now makes them a close friend or family member? When did that happen?

What can you do

1. Sign the petition.

2. Tell your author and reader friends.

3. Make a lot of noise all over the web to bring this censorship to light!

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Amazon’s Indie Author Smackdown: Changes to KDP Select Payouts

Amazon has changed the way it pays authors who participate in the KDP Select program. Here is the email from Amazon:

In mid-June, we announced a change to the way we will pay for authors’ participation in Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) (https://kdp.amazon.com/community/ann.jspa?annID=786). Starting today, the payout of the KDP Select Global Fund will be based on the number of pages KU and KOLL customers read.

 

In mid-July, we will post results for the fund in June, expected to be at least $11M, making June the largest monthly payout so far. As previously announced, the KDP Select fund for July and August will also be at least $11M.

KDP authors can now see the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0) for each of their KDP Select titles on the "Promote and Advertise" page in their Bookshelf (https://kdp.amazon.com/bookshelf). Please keep in mind that, because it is based on settings specific to this program and intended to normalize the count across all KDP Select titles, KENPC may well vary from page counts listed on a book’s Amazon detail page or page counts for a print book. As measured using KENPC, during the month of June, KU and KOLL customers read nearly 1.9 billion Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENPs) of KDP Select books.

For information about how we determine a book’s Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0), you can read more here:  https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A156OS90J7RDN.

 

We welcome your continued feedback and ideas about how we can further improve Kindle Direct Publishing and Kindle Unlimited.

 

Best regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

 

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Some questions Authors have:

What's a Kindle page?

There are no page numbers in Kindle, and anyone can adjust the font. Thus, it is unclear what they're calling a page. They're normalizing, but will it really be in our favor?

How will this affect payouts for the average indie publisher?

The program is new enough that it's hard to tell.

Screwdriver

It feels to me like a way to apply a screwdriver to a place where sun doesn't shine!

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Book Marketing Skills Book Review: Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo

I encountered author and social media Frances Caballo through her podcast of the same name. It's short, useful, and straight to the point. Based on that, I hadhigh expectations of her book. I'm happy to report that she did not disappoint. I'd recommend listening to it. Here's the link.

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Review -  Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo

Warning - this book COULD overwhelm you. It's not one of those how-to books  you'll want to read cover to cover. There is a LOT of info. It's like the writer's social media desk reference, teaching the networks, tools and helpful hints and tricks to master them.

With a table of contents several pages long, this will no doubt be clear to you right away. But fear not, because each chapter is broken down into nice "bite-sized" pieces.

The only thing I worry about with this book is that you'll be so inundated with the various tools, planners etc that you throw your hands up in the air and stick your head in the sand.

That said, it's an essential reference. You'll get not merely an overview of the various social networks and the tools to manage them, but  guidance on how to make the most of all of it. Nobody can predict which tools YOU will prefer, but with the listing and descriptions, you can check things out and make your best decisions.

Don't try to be in all networks. Pick one and get used to it, then branch out from there.

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Frances Caballo's website - SocialMediaJustForWriters.com

Frances Caballo on Twitter - @CaballoFrances

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How Can Kindle Countdown Deals Help You Sell More Books? Video Tutorial

Have you tried Kindle Countdown Deals yet?

This is 1 of the 2 book promotion opportunities within the KDP Select program for Kindle Direct Publishing authors.

This allows you to run a special limited time promotion of your book. THe prie could go down to 99 cents, then go to $1.99, and so forth over the span of a week before returning to full price.

Watch this video tutorial and see how to use it.

Try out Kindle Countdown Deals and let me know how it goes!

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What Does Your Character Fear?

What does your character fear? It's an important question, because fear is perhaps the biggest motivator of action.

Here are some ideas for what fears might motivate your point of view characters and minor ones too.

Fears your characters may have

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