I just designed a new Facebook Author’s page for my Facebook followers. It will be similar to this page. Posts will be about sci-fi reviews, books, writing and promotional tips, and more. Head on over and let me know what you think.
Part of branding is also having a YouTube page, nowadays. You could post video blogs to share with other groups that promotes your books. You could even do reviews of movies and books. There’s a wide range of things you can do with it.
Here’s the vid. Enjoy.
As you are writing you can easily insert actual events to make your story sound more real. While writing my first book I added some actual UFO reports into it. Here’s an example when I did a flashback of 100+ years from the story’s timeline. It gave it a Project Blue Book feel to the it.
Socorro, New Mexico—1964
At 5:45 p.m., Police Sergeant Lonnie Zamora spotted a speeding car outside the small town of Socorro, New Mexico. Desert, sand, and cactus were the only things around. That—and the speeder. Zamora turned on his siren and hit the gas, his eyes fixed on the speeding car.
To the northeast, he heard what sounded like explosions. A funnel of blue-and-orange flame rose so high it could be seen in the sandy, hilly desert for miles. God, it must be the dynamite shack exploding. He gave up the chase, and turned his car in the direction of the flame and explosions.
He then steered a hard right onto a dirt road, wheels spinning rock behind them as he tried to climb a steep hill. It took him three tries before he made it to the top of the damn hill. He stopped for a moment to get his bearings and saw what looked like an overturned white car over a hundred yards away. It was off the road with two people standing nearby.
The object shined like whitish aluminum, not like chrome, against the mesa background. For some reason, it somehow looked out of place to Zamora. He couldn’t put his finger on it. The people appeared to be alright by the way they moved. They wore what seemed to be white coveralls. The only unusual thing about them was, by their size, they were either small adults or large kids. He couldn’t tell for sure, but it seemed they
appeared to jump in surprise when they looked his way.
Sergeant Zamora drove along the road to get closer. He lost sight of it for several seconds driving around a large hill. After getting close enough, Zamora pulled over and stopped his car. He radioed in, reporting he would be leaving his car to render aid. “It looks like some kids were joy-riding and flipped their car.”
As he stepped away from his vehicle, he heard a thunderous roar. The two people had disappeared. He was shocked. It wasn’t an overturned car. It was an oval-shaped object. Rising into the air. Light blue and orange flame centered underneath as
it rose. Around the fire, he saw what looked like four landing gears retracting into the object.
Fearing the craft was about to explode because of the roar, he ran to the other side of the road and dove for cover. He looked up and saw the object low to the ground, slowly moving away from him.
It was oval. Smooth, with no windows or doors. Centered on the side was unrecognizable red lettering. It didn’t look like any Earth language he was familiar with.
It sped up, rising into the evening sky. It immediately took off across the country and was soon out of sight.
If you would like to read the whole book, USA: Eliminated!, you can find it on Amazon here… http://www.amazon.com/dp/1701788128
As we are writing our stories we often find ourselves typing “he said, she said, they said this or they said that.” Too many saids on a page will sound unprofessional. Also, you need to add some color, emotions, to what the character is saying.
In a lot of cases you can describe what the person is doing as they are talking without using he said. For instance…
Jack reached for the rifle. “You’re not going to make me use this, are you?”
But, if you prefer to use the colorful alternatives, here’s a list for you to look over.
Something for my fellow authors. Ever need to describe a voice in your writings and just can’t think of anything. Well, here are some examples that might help you on your way. Enjoy.
My wife got me to sign up with Pinterest after seeing the image below. I know in the past I just couldn’t come up with an alternative to very (something) but this will help a lot. I’ve printed it out and posted it on my desk shelf to check when I get hung up again. Thought you might be interested.
A little something for my fellow authors (and other small businesses). I was just reading “The 10 Commandments of Author Branding” by Shayla Raquel about using social media. It has a good section on Facebook and she mentioned something I wanted to share. On page 50 she says… “Fact: according to Facebook’s policies, you’re not supposed to use your profile as a business.” If you do, Facebook can suspend your profile or shut it down. For authors, it’s best to create an author page on Facebook for your business (it’s still free).
I just started reading a book called “The 10 Commandments of Author Branding” by Shayla Raquel. I saw her last October at Writers in the Field speak on branding and bought a copy of her new book. So far I’m still in Commandment II, Thou Shalt Have a Local Writing Community. One thing I liked was she said you should start branding yourself before you publish your book. Now she tells me. I’ve already published my second book. Oops.
There are some other things she mentioned I liked as well. Be yourself on social media, not a businessman/woman. I spent right over 30 years running my DJ business before retiring and I find it hard to switch back when it comes to promoting my books. So, here goes nothing.
If you’re interested in checking out her book you can find it here.