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Linda Black Linda (Pennington) Black is a native Arkansan who is a public speaker and an award winning author and poet. Her works include a published poem in the anthology, SISTAHS WITH INK VOICES, and children’s picture books, THE ADVENTURES OF BOOTS: THE GIANT SNOWBALL, A PORPOISE FOR CARA, S.T.O.P. BULLYING and MY DADDY IS A STAR. Linda lives in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and is a member of the Hot Springs Village Writer’s Club and the Arkansas Pioneer Branch of the NLAPW. Linda plays a key role in the planning and organization of The Arkansas Writer’s Conference each year.

Are Best-Selling Books Really Any Good

Posted by Linda Black on Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Are Best-Selling Books Really Any Good?

Posted: 12 Jul 2017 07:28 AM PDT


Many authors that I speak with, whether self-published or published by a leading publisher, regardless of genre, a writer’s credentials, or the marketing campaign behind their books, will ask about how they can become a best-selling author.  It is understandable that they’d want to make a list – they seek fame, fortune, and to be heard in a big way.  But do our best-seller lists really represent ...

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Do you need a prologue or an epilogue?

Posted by Linda Black on Friday, June 30, 2017 In : Book Buzz 

Do you need a prologue or an epilogue?

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jun 5, 2017 5:22:26 AM

Epilogues and prologues are sometimes enigmatic parts of a novel that can even perplex the author of a book. What are they, and are they necessary? The answer to the second question is no, you don't need them. The inclusion of an epilogue or prologue or both is purely a matter of style. Some authors find them useful, but most authors in today's publishing world don't include them in their books. I have...


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Authors Don’t Need To Panic When Talking To The Media

Posted by Linda Black on Thursday, June 15, 2017 In : Book Buzz 

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Authors Don’t Need To Panic When Talking To The Media

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 12:51 PM PDT



As a writer, you must overcome many obstacles.  You write a book that’s worth publishing.  You find a literary agent, book publisher, or self-publishing platform.  You market and promote the book. Then, opportunity knocks, and the news media wants to interview you.  Finally, your moment has arrived.  But with it also comes pangs of fear, feelings of insecurity and even a touch of pani...

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E-Book Giveaway

Posted by Linda Black on Tuesday, February 17, 2015


February 17- February 19

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It's Christmas time again!

Posted by Linda Black on Thursday, December 5, 2013
I'm featured on the home page this week, snowfall and all...CHECK IT OUT! Christmas time is here and there's nothing like kicking back with a good book ( The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball) and watch the ground become a beautiful white blanket.


http://www.willowmoonpublishing.com/index.html

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Remembering 9/11

Posted by Linda Black on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lest We Forget

Mass destruction we never knew
until nine-eleven, our blood they drew.
We then realized death by numbers,
numbers far too numerous to mumble.

On that day in two thousand one,
the peace we knew was over and done.
Every casualty counted as the world watched numb,
three thousand plus, more than from a terrorist bomb.

All of the wars fought in the past,
could not compare to this in mass
We learned what homeland security means,
from the heinous deeds of terrorist teams.

As I s...


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Petition on Anti Bullying

Posted by Linda Black on Wednesday, June 5, 2013
http://t.co/fQTF5XvC2S
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Interview with keynote speaker of Arkansas Writer's Conference

Posted by Linda Black on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/famed-little-rock-born-journalist-hot-springs-music-festival

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REVENGE BY Madelyn F. Young

Posted by Linda Black on Monday, May 27, 2013
REVENGE by Madelyn F. Young http://wp.me/p2opN0-W  via @wordpressdotcom
 

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What do you think about bullying?

I'm currently writing a book and would like to get some input. How would you like your story published in a book? If you have a story to tell and would like to share it, please go to my blog site and post your comment.

Linda's Write Spot

Are Best-Selling Books Really Any Good

July 23, 2017

BookMarketingBuzzBlog


Are Best-Selling Books Really Any Good?

Posted: 12 Jul 2017 07:28 AM PDT


Many authors that I speak with, whether self-published or published by a leading publisher, regardless of genre, a writer’s credentials, or the marketing campaign behind their books, will ask about how they can become a best-selling author.  It is understandable that they’d want to make a list – they seek fame, fortune, and to be heard in a big way.  But do our best-seller lists really represent the best books out there?

Best-seller lists are in today’s world a manipulated reward for those who know how to game the system.  Through pre-launch orders arranged by an author’s marketing team, family and friends, one can hit a best-seller list not because of the merits of the book but the proof that expensive and persistent marketing has a pay-off.  Nothing wrong there, but one should not be fooled into thinking that a best-seller is necessarily a great book.  Heck, it may not even be a good one.

Once a book gets on a best-seller list it tends to beget more sales.  More people – reviewers, media, consumers – pay attention to these lists and further create a demand for a book they know little about. It’s a process similar to when people choose the brand item vs. the generic or unknown label simply because it seems familiar and recognized in an authoritative way.

Then again, there’s almost a deliberate opposition to best-sellers by the literary snobbery.  Whether it’s jealousy or something else, the elitists may purposely damn a book because it is popular and on a list.  Everyone likes to knock a leader off his perch.  But that kind of prejudice seems uncalled for.  A best-seller can be a very good book.  But its selling status is not necessarily an indicator of the content quality, just as a beautiful person may be ugly on the inside.  No guarantees there.

Best-seller lists used to be influenced by a number of factors, including traditional reviews by a respected handful, huge advertising campaigns, big publicity tours, and positive word-of-mouth.  Now a big player is pre-order shenanigans arranged by people who know how to process a certain amount of orders by reaching out to an author’s list of connections, including ones the author will underwrite book purchases for.  Further, social media is now dictating popularity and fueling book sales, but again, the buzz is not necessarily based on the book’s purity – just its author’s financial ability to get influencers to post on his behalf.

Best-sellers are created and rarely just materialize organically.  It’s a crafted, controlled process that represents not so much the best of books but the best of book marketing.  

What will it take to make these lists purified and truly representative of real consumers and their reading judgments?  We may never know.

 

Do you need a prologue or an epilogue?

June 30, 2017

Do you need a prologue or an epilogue?

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jun 5, 2017 5:22:26 AM

Epilogues and prologues are sometimes enigmatic parts of a novel that can even perplex the author of a book. What are they, and are they necessary? The answer to the second question is no, you don't need them. The inclusion of an epilogue or prologue or both is purely a matter of style. Some authors find them useful, but most authors in today's publishing world don't include them in their books. I have...


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Authors Don’t Need To Panic When Talking To The Media

June 15, 2017

BookMarketingBuzzBlog


Authors Don’t Need To Panic When Talking To The Media

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 12:51 PM PDT



As a writer, you must overcome many obstacles.  You write a book that’s worth publishing.  You find a literary agent, book publisher, or self-publishing platform.  You market and promote the book. Then, opportunity knocks, and the news media wants to interview you.  Finally, your moment has arrived.  But with it also comes pangs of fear, feelings of insecurity and even a touch of pani...

Continue reading...
 

E-Book Giveaway

February 17, 2015


February 17- February 19

Continue reading...
 

It's Christmas time again!

December 5, 2013
I'm featured on the home page this week, snowfall and all...CHECK IT OUT! Christmas time is here and there's nothing like kicking back with a good book ( The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball) and watch the ground become a beautiful white blanket.


http://www.willowmoonpublishing.com/index.html

Continue reading...
 

Guest blogging on Deanie Humphrys Dunne's site today-come join me...thanks

November 10, 2013
 http://www.dhdunne.blogspot.com/
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Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2013

Lest We Forget

Mass destruction we never knew
until nine-eleven, our blood they drew.
We then realized death by numbers,
numbers far too numerous to mumble.

On that day in two thousand one,
the peace we knew was over and done.
Every casualty counted as the world watched numb,
three thousand plus, more than from a terrorist bomb.

All of the wars fought in the past,
could not compare to this in mass
We learned what homeland security means,
from the heinous deeds of terrorist teams.

As I s...


Continue reading...
 

Petition on Anti Bullying

June 5, 2013
http://t.co/fQTF5XvC2S
Continue reading...
 

Interview with keynote speaker of Arkansas Writer's Conference

May 29, 2013
http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/famed-little-rock-born-journalist-hot-springs-music-festival

Continue reading...
 

REVENGE BY Madelyn F. Young

May 27, 2013
REVENGE by Madelyn F. Young http://wp.me/p2opN0-W  via @wordpressdotcom
 

Continue reading...
 

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