Amazon Buys Goodreads: What it Could Mean to Authors

Reviews now on Goodreads will be readily accessable on the Amazon site and on Kindle. If you are marketing your book, this could be good news for you. Alternative purchasing buttons are said to remain. Ultimate impacts of the marriage between Amazon and the popular review site are unknown at this point. (You don’t have to share your Amazon purchases on Goodreads if you don’t want to.) Click on the link below for more information.

Amazon Buys Goodreads: The Impact On Authors Book Sales | Bestseller Labs.

A Poetry and Fiction Contest to Build Your Resume

If you have four great poems, here’s a contest. It isn’t free, but it might be worth a look. Check it out by clicking the link below.

Phoebe’s Winter Contests: Deadline Extended to January 20, 2013 | Phoebe.

One Difference Between a Facebook Page and a Blog

When I revived this blog, I just wanted to share some good links with fellow members of our local critique group.

I have a Facebook fan page where I share links of interest to writers of books for children and teachers. Unfortunately, some of my new friends are not on Facebook and I realized that it would be almost as easy to post the links here on my blog.

It all started well, but I have a way of “expanding” everything (including my waistline). I noticed that there was a WordPress feature called “reblog.” It seemed to be like the “share” button on Facebook, and I thought it would be a good way to get to know other bloggers writing on related topics here on the site.

A polite fellow-blogger on another blog I started here the other day (I told you I have a way of expanding everything) informed me that bloggers should ask the other blogger’s permission before reblogging. Oops.

Because of limited time and too many projects, I decided simply to take down all of the posts I had reblogged, so if you are looking for something I posted earlier in the week and find a 404 message, that is the reason.

From now on, I will just post links and comment on them. It takes a while to learn the local culture of any site. Some things are in the printed rules. Others, you have to discover through trial and error.

Fellow critiquers, if you decide to set up a blog here (something I recommend), this note might save you time and possible inadvertent offense.