Book Review of Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. While this book  could help with social media for authors trying to navigate the hashtag infested lands of Twitter, it may also be useful for anyone who is new to or confused by Twitter.

Social media can suck a lot of time out of your life, in case you hadn't noticed. And if you want to learn how to use sites like Twitter more effectively, there area a lot of guides. I searched "how to Twitter" and got 4,908 results

Screen grab showing 4,908 search results for "how to twitter" on Amazon

SO if you're new to Twitter or totally confused by it,  which guide should you choose? There are good and bad books on the topic. Many are written above the head of the newbie who wants to wrap their head around all the hashtags, at signs and brief messages.

Author Ian Lamont offered me a digital copy of Twitter in 30 Minutes, and I have to say, this is the perfect guide for the Twitter greenhorn. Here is the book info from Amazon.

Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont

Updated and revised third edition of the top-selling Cover of Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian LamontTwitter book! Are you interested in using Twitter, but don't know where to start? Are you mystified by hashtags, retweets, and other strange conventions? The revised and expanded third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes is here to help! This unofficial Twitter tutorial will walk you through the basics, using plain English, step-by-step instructions, and lots of examples from real Twitter users. In no time, you'll learn how to:

  • Create a new Twitter account online or on your phone
  • Customize your Twitter profile with photos and a bio that's right for you
  • Navigate Twitter icons, the Twitter app, and
  • Follow other Twitter accounts … and block those you don't like
  • Identify local people and organizations on Twitter
  • Find people who share the same interests and hobbies
  • Compose your first Tweets
  • Share photos on Twitter
  • Use hashtags, retweets, and other Twitter conventions

There's more. Twitter In 30 Minutes shows you how all kinds of people use Twitter to promote their businesses, connect with their Twitter followers, explore their interests, and have fun! It's peppered with real-world examples, from everyday people to top Twitter celebrities.

Authored by award-winning technology journalist Ian Lamont, the revised third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes covers Twitter's new interface for the Web and mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android phones. There are new screenshots, along with instructions for Twitter registration on iOS and Android devices.

s is a perfect introduction to people who are new to Twitter, as well as those who already have accounts and want to learn how to get the most out of Twitter. Buy the book today!

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Book Review of 6 Divine Principles of Success by Zohar Radiance Halevi

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each 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 often review fiction, but this time it's a personal development book to help you live a BLISSful life. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, and I believe this is one you will enjoy if you care anything about self mastery and living a hapy life.


6 Divine Principles of Success: The Sacred Tree of Life and the Secret of Empire Builders by Zohar (Radiance) Halevi

What are the six divine principles of success?

This book reveals for the first time a sacred and over 2000-year-old system for personal and economic growth, based on six principles from the divine tree of life. It shows that these six principles are common to the endeavors of empire builders such as Bill Gates, the Roman founder Emperor Augustus, and the biblical King David. As such, they are a unique formula to great financial success.

The contents of this book have been tried and tested with great success by a variety of groups prior to publishing. Businessmen and senior officials of more than four groups which have implemented these principles mention the following benefits:

• Allows you to better read both client and company interests.

• The six principles together will help you create a bigger sum than its parts, allowing a more efficient and profitable economic performance with moderate growth.

• Provides tools to improve relationships and increase business partnerships.

• Improves performance and reduces the working day. And as we know - time is money.

• Improves the quality and delivery speed of products and services.

• Maintains business and personal development success, as well as relevance in changing market conditions, and the lead in various sectors.

• Enhances constructive pleasure and builds positive energy.

• Brings you a few steps closer to the "American dream."
“I have been surprised and delighted by the ability of this book to enrich my life.” -  Keren Peled

Zohar (Radiance) Halevi is qualified in a multitude of disciplines: lawyer, computer programmer, expert in investigating, expert in the art of persuasion, mediator, personal and business coach and more.

This book is a product of the author’s life work over twenty-three years, to identify and analyze the sacred formula of universal human success. He skillfully integrates different sources of wisdom into a new, flowing and exciting perspective, as an inspirational masterpiece aimed at unifying personal development and economic growth.

Managers and businessman must have this book.

That's the book page on Amazon. What did I think of the book? Continue reading "Book Review of 6 Divine Principles of Success by Zohar Radiance Halevi"


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!

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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!

Do I find this book helpful for me as a fiction writer? Continue reading "Writing Skills Book Review of Creative Characterization by Jan Morrill"


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

Throughout the book are wonderful little gems like this one from chapter 1 Continue reading "Book Review: The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick"


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.

Cover of Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo

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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Writing Skills Book Review: Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen

Some writer friends and I had a rousing discussion about whether our work in progress books were cozy mysteries or not.

A cozy mystery has a dead body or two, but not a lot of gore. The reader can cozy up with a good book by the fire, under a blanket, and have a good story without being terrified or having a lesson in forensics. An amateur sleuth gets involved trying to solve the riddle of "whodunit."

I go into more detail about it in this article.

Hannah Swensen (Murder She Baked) series and the Cat Who series are examples of cozies. I like them, because I'm not a big fan of true crime.

So I was thrilled to find this book,

Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen.

Writing the Cozy Mystery, front cover

I've read cozies of all sorts, from paranormal to historical, shopaholic to inept bounty hunter, and I may end up writing a series of my own.

This book is well organized and cuts right to the chase. I'd rather have 49 pages that get right to the point than wade through 250 looking for useful hints. Have a look at the table of contents: Continue reading "Writing Skills Book Review: Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen"


Writing Skills Book Review: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Point of view is perhaps the most difficult skill to develop. SOme writers have more trouble with it than others, but whether trying for deep POV or not-so-deep, it tends to vex every writer to some degree. So if you find it a challenge, you're in good company!

I came across this book and decided to read it so I could see if it's a worthy resource for you.

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by jill Elizabeth Nelson

Deep point of view is so fully in a characters mind that the reader doesn't just read your book; she lives the story. Go deep enough and your rreader will feel the joys and sorrows so completely that those people on the pages come to life.

Yet there are so many ways, subtle and not so subtle, that an author can ruin the mood and come out of the character's perceptions so much it annoys the reader.

How is this book organized? Have a look at the table of contents. Continue reading "Writing Skills Book Review: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson"


Book Review for Authors: Using Twitter for Business by Paul Teague

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Starting now, each month on the last Thursday I'll do a review of a book of value and interest to authors.

Do you use Twitter?

Do you like it?  Does it drive you nuts?

At my last live event, several authors came up and said one of these things regarding Twitter:

  • "It's so stupid."
  • "It's a waste of time."
  • "I just don't get it."
  • "I don't understand why it's important."

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OK, it CAN be a stupid waste of time. But so can nearly anything else in life, if yu think about it. The trick is knowing how to make it work for you.

Readers of many genres are on Twitter looking for their next good read. you want to be there too. But like anything else, there's a learning curve. There are los of ways to NOT have Twitter work well for you.

Twitter, as Paul Teague points out in his book Using Twitter for Business, is a valuable piece of web real estate. That doesn't mean yui need to spend hours and days messing with it, though.

It really helps if you can have someone show you the ropes, as they say, without you having to fumble around. Is this book a guide I would recommend? Continue reading "Book Review for Authors: Using Twitter for Business by Paul Teague"


Writing Skills Book Review: Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall

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As an author, I read books about the craft of writing, publishing, book marketing and similar topics writers need.  Today, I'm reviewing an excellent book about writing battles.

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Have you ever been reading a good book but found yourself brought right out of the story by a ridiculous fight scene? I have.

One book I read is otherwise excellent, however, the author wrote a hand-to-hand combat scene in which a man bit out a woman's Adam's apple.


In case you, like this author, don't know your anatomy, only men have that bobbing little apple-like protrusion. It's not possible for someone to bite a woman's (nonexistent) body part and ruin her vocal chords, leaving her with a permanently husky voice.

I've also read stories in which a tiny woman wields a battle axe. If you've never picked up one of these weapons, it's heavy and requires a solid wallop. Not something a tiny woman, or man for that matter, could manage.

I read a sword fight scene in which the warrior pulled a heavy, long sword from his back, when it would not be possible.

Feel free to share any battle blunders you've read in he comments. I'd love to read them, and I'm sujre others would as well!

Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall is a top-notch resource for authors writing fight scenes. Chapters cover everything from true crime to were-creatures to nautical fights to fantasy to swordfight, and everything in between.

Here is the book description from Amazon:

Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne HallThis is the bestselling original by Rayne Hall, published in 2011 and updated in 2013.

Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement.

The book gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader's emotions.

You'll decide how much violence your scene needs, what's the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defence and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action.

There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns.
For the requirements of your genre, there is even advice on how to build erotic tension in a fight scene, how magicians fight, how pirates capture ships and much more.

You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders.

Please note: This book assumes that you have some fiction writing experience. You'll benefit most if you've already mastered the basics of the craft and want to learn specialist techniques. It is not recommend for absolute beginners.

The book uses British English.

I like how the book is structured, beginning with  what the author should consider before the fight  commences.  Then, various weapons have their own chapter.  Male VS female combatants, self defense, and psychological barriers take you deeper into planning. Finally, the book moves into writing skills such as pacing, dialogue, making the reader care and creating erotic tension.

The first decision is whether your scene is to be "gritty or entertaining." Each style has a different presentation on the page.

Chapter Two is all about location.  Different battles lend themselves to different weapons. This chapter helps you decide upon staging.

The third chapter is one of my favorites, because it gives a six-step method for weaving the fight scene into the story. It's not just about the battle.

You'll be able to pick and choose the chapters to read when planning your battle. If you're not sure which polearm or sword to incorporate, you'll get the basics here. That will help if you need to do ore research.

I love that Rayne Hall includes blunders to avoid in each chapter. This helps the author avoid rookie mistakes that ruin the story's credibility.

Read my Amazon 5-star Review of Writing Fight Scenes.

About Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction. She is the author of over fifty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple
picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.

She is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies (themed short story collections). Her books on the writing craft are bestsellers.

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