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Ron’s Tip of the Day The Right Mixture #3

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at The Right Mixture #3.

In my last 2 blogs I talked about reader’s imagination, including Immerse Yourself in the character, and Backstory. Today we move to Making it Real.

What is Making it Real?

To answer that we start with what it isn’t.

Some people think that Making it Real means lots of blood & guts, graphic sex, and filthy language. While elements of such things do exist in life, that is not Making it Real. Remember, we are talking about using the reader’s imagination.

Enabling the Imagination.

Making it Real means enabling your reader’s imagination. Granted there are lazy readers who simply want to be stimulated. Using their imagination is too much work for them.

But most readers want to take an imaginary journey. And their imagination is a necessary tool for them.

So, how do you enable that imagination? Basically, you tease it like you would tease hair. You stroke their imagination. But since you don’t know all your readers and their individual imaginations, you need to provide for their imagination to work.

Each writer needs to solve the equation of how much grit and how much imagination is needed. Some authors use a lot more grit because their readers are looking for it. But for the rest of us it is necessary to plant the seed, water it, and then let the reader imagine the rest. It is a fine line, but if done successfully it is stronger than the most explicit or descriptive words!

Readers bring more than their eyes to reading. They bring their experiences, hopes, dreams, and imagination with them. As an author you are touching all of these; use them.

More on the Right Mixture next blog.

Tip of the Day: Use the reader’s imagination as a writing tool.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day The Right Mixture #2

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at The Right Mixture #2.

In my last blog I talked about using your readers’ imagination and started out with the tip to Immerse Yourself in the character, particularly the primary. I also mentioned using Backstory.

What is Backstory?

It is a tool writers use to acquaint readers with a character, place, or event. Instead of recreating the entire situation or character’s history, you can tell or have your characters fill in the details. This can take place in a few paragraphs or scenes.

Here is a possible example.

Seeing Gene with a happy smile on his face made Emily feel good. When he had that car accident, I thought he was going to die. Now look at him!

Or how about the same thing from the author’s point of view.

Seeing Gene with a happy smile on his face reminded Emily how devastated she had been when he was involved in a car accident. She had expected him to die. But now seeing him she was overjoyed!

Either one works. It seems like such a minor thing, but that little intro could be the catalyst for future events, actions, or conversation.

That example was only a brief paragraph, but you could have expanded it to a longer, more developed scene spanning several paragraphs. I would caution you that if you do that then definitely play off it later.

Why?

If you spend a lot of time letting the reader experience something, there should be a reason or a payoff for the reader. The example I used above could lead to a mystery about the car accident, or perhaps to a closer relationship between Emily and Gene, or something else altogether.

More on the Right Mixture next blog.

Tip of the Day: Use Backstory to strengthen story

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Ron’s Tip of the Day The Right Mixture #1

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at The Right Mixture #1.

In past blogs I’ve talked about using your readers’ imagination. But that raises a question.

How Do I Use the Readers’ Imagination?

While it isn’t rocket science, it isn’t all that easy either. I wish I could tell you that there is one simple formula that fits all genres and all books. There are principles that fit, but applying them differs from book to book, genre to genre.

So, here are some ideas.

Immerse Yourself.

That means that as you create your primary character or protagonist, you dive deep. It may not be all at once but start with some basic facts such as the character’s personality. Get to know your character inside out.

Grow Your Character

As your story develops, he or she will be meeting different circumstances. The principle here is to let the character grow and respond to each circumstance. That response then becomes part of that character.

Each succeeding circumstance or challenge should build upon that response. For instance, the character may have been tempted to lie but chose not to because of childhood training or religious beliefs. As time goes on this training or belief may be further tested.

Pretest Your Character

I would recommend that when you first introduce the character you indicate a character flaw or strength. Perhaps through another character’s observation or memory. You can also use backstory to show the test or teaching that influenced the character.

Consider Some Development of Other Characters

Adding depth to your supporting group of characters would be helpful. It wouldn’t have to be as deep as the primary, but deep enough that the reader can identify with them.

Next blog: we continue this discussion.

Tip of the Day: Test and develop your Primary Character

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Customer Service

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Customer Service.

I’m an Author, Why Should I be Concerned About Customer Service?

Do you sell directly? For example, you let someone know you have written a book and they want to purchase it right now. Now, you can tell them that they need to go to the Internet or you could carry extra books with you and sell on the spot. If the person is a friend or relative, you can offer them a Friend & Family Discount.

That person is now a customer. In fact, he or she became a customer as soon as they showed interest in your book.

So, What Kind of Service are We Talking About?

That can vary, but offering discounts is customer service, personal delivery (if you offer it) is a service. Basically, it is whatever you do to make and keep your customer happy.

Another example is if you have a website where you either sell your book or you provide a link to a sales page such as Amazon, then you should have customer service available.

I Don’t Have a Website.

Then get one. In this day and age, a website is important whether selling nationwide or locally. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to set up even if you are internet challenged.

Don’t Forget the Proper Attitude.

Remember that the customer is always right even when they are wrong. Be gracious and try to solve whatever problem they have.

Sometimes you just can’t please a person. In that case, be polite, apologize if necessary, and move on. Being polite and helpful doesn’t mean letting them take advantage of you.

Tip of the Day: Consider having a Good Customer Relations reputation.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Tracking

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Tracking.

Tracking?

By Tracking I am speaking of tracking your book. It could be Sales, Royalties, Reviews, or something altogether different. There are a lot of methods out there and I assume they are successful, especially if they’ve been around a lot.

This blog is not about a method, but rather the need for some kind of tracking.

Why is it Needful?

Primarily so you can stay on top of how well your book(s) are doing. If you are not interested in making money off your writing, then the need to track book sales diminishes. But if you want to have a knowledge of book sales, royalties, or whatever then tracking is a must.

Some Tracking Methods are Time Consuming.

I’ve seen some methods that require you investing a great amount of time. If you have time, then I guess that’s fine. But most of us would rather invest that time into writing.

Some Tracking Methods are Expensive.

This is something you need to watch. You don’t want to get trapped into a costly system.

What Should I Do?

You need to weigh the time needed and the cost required against you budgets, your time budget and your cash budget. I have a variety of tasks that I must do every week, and in some cases every day. So, time is essential.  And, of course, watching the financial budget is also a necessity.

Consider how frequently would you need to know how your business is doing. Daily? Weekly? Or perhaps longer like monthly or quarterly. Everybody has different needs. You need to find out yours and go from there.

You might find that the more frequent your reports the more work it entails.

Tip of the Day: Your needs determine the frequency and depth of your tracking.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Self Printing

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Self Printing.

Self-Printing refers to the author selecting a local printer or online printer

When you are publishing a book of 150 pages or less it is wise to consider your costs. You may be able to find a self-publisher who will publish the book but beware the price. For such a small book you may want to check out local printers.

Why Local Printers?

By Local Printers I am referring to Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, and similar office stores that offer printing services. Local printing may offer numerous extras such as binding for extra cost.

You can also select online printers that will allow you to upload a cover for your book. You will want to take a look at a variety of features and compare.

This is easy for the author to do and cheaper than asking a professional. For example, we will handle the printing costs if the author wants us to, but because we will be working to achieve the same or better results as the author, we will be charging an additional fee for our work. We suggest that you do-it-yourself.

Tip of the Day: Best bet for printing is to use a local or online printer.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Small Books

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Small Books.

By Small Book I am talking about books less than 150 pages whether 8.5 x 11 or 6 x 9.

Lately I have been receiving interest from authors wanting to publish small books. These are books that amount to only 100 pages or up to 150 pages. This actually aligns with our intent to help authors out at a low cost.

When I first received this request, I began researching to see if it was doable. An important fact I discovered is that Kindle has a minimum requirement of 100 pages. So, to offer help we would need to do it without Kindle. Big change!

But as I reviewed the needs of potential customers, I realized that the process of working with them so that they could achieve a Print Ready document was entirely doable! So, I created two plans that would accomplish that.

Plan Custom 120 – This is for books of 120 pages or less. We help them with the Front Matter, the book material, and the Back Matter up to the publish step. The last step is either hire us for an additional fee to get the book published or deal directly with a local printer (we would make suggestions).

Plan Custom 150 – This is for books of 150 pages or less. Otherwise same as the 120.

This is exciting because it fits right in with our desire to help new and struggling authors at a low cost.

Tip of the Day: Check out TR-WritingServices.com for our Plans.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Event Writing

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Event Writing.

Have you ever noticed how soon movies come out regarding an event that just occurred? I have. And it has occurred to me that it is probably true of writing as well.

For instance, writing a novel that takes place during the COVID-19 pandemic would be an example of event writing. The novel could be centered on the patient, the doctor, government, the race for a cure, and more.

Such a book, assuming it was well written, might have bestseller promise. The thing is that there is already a promotion campaign of sorts going on. It is called news.

For clarity, I have never written a book based on a current event. On the other hand, current events have inspired me to write books occurring in a different era but perhaps including the event or similar event in that book. It is not that hard to find comparisons in this era to past eras.

But I would argue that just because the topic is current and maybe ‘hot’ it doesn’t mean that you just throw something together. It might sell, but once people discover it is not a well written book the sales might fade or even stop. You always want to put your best efforts into your books.

Tip of the Day: Take a look at Event Writing. It might be just what you need.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Masks

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Masks.

Today’s topic is not a writing tip, but rather a living tip.

Do Masks protect You?

According to most doctors, masks are meant to protect others, not you. I’ve heard some people say they wear masks to protect themselves, but that appears to be an unrealistic expectation.

Should Masks be Mandatory?

No. The purpose of masks is to protect other people from getting infected. That is good, but to legally demand you wear a mask is over the top, in my opinion. But if the law or legal authorities require it, then obey the law.

Should Stores Demand Customers Wear Masks?’

Every store has a responsibility to its customers to provide a safe, shopping experience. But not all stores interpret that responsibility in the same way. We live in a free country and the stores have the right to exercise that freedom.

That said, if the customer got sick because a store didn’t require wearing of masks, then the customer has legal recourse. But the burden of proof in my opinion lies with the customer.

Are Masks Effective?

That depends on what you mean by effective. I’ve never heard of any masks being 100% effective. I have heard that some are more effective than others.

Do You Wear a Mask?

Depends on the situation. When in church, no. When out shopping I usually do. I look at it as a risk assessment. If the possibility of getting the virus appears high to me, I wear a mask. But there are exceptions and sometimes I just can’t stand it anymore.

The key is that it is an individual choice. And usually, I practice social distancing.

Tip of the Day: Wearing masks is a personal choice unless government says otherwise.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Panic

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Panic.

How Do You Handle Panic?

Panic is a real emotion whether based real or imagined events. Look at the pandemic. There is a surge of the virus among younger healthier people while at the same time the death rate is plummeting. What do people focus on? The rise in cases. But they should be focused on the death rate which fell from almost 6% to under 5%.

This same illogical reaction occurs in writers. It can be about their published book, lack of sales, royalties, and more. Then you have the as of yet unpublished book. It can be excessive worry over the story itself transforming itself into writer’s bloc.

Panic is an Emotion

We all feel it at one time or another. I have. Sometimes over my Christian walk and sometimes over my books. But are going to let an emotion control our lives?

What’s the Solution?

Different people may have different solutions, but I believe in facing it head-on. What is the cause of the panic? What are the results of my panicking? And often, what does the Bible say about panic?

God spoke to Abram about that very thing, ‘Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward’, (Gen. 15:1).  As a Christian, we need to trust God. His way is ultimately the best way.

Tip of the Day: Identify the cause of panic and its results, then you address the concern. It might not be as big as you first imagined. And if you haven’t asked God about it, do so now.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Research

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Research.

Lately I’ve been touching on a subject dear to my heart, Research.

Why Research?

Because when you are writing fiction or non-fiction research is a necessary and a sometimes overlooked necessity.

I don’t Understand the Importance of Research.

That’s a fair statement.

Let’s say that you are from Michigan and you are in a bookstore looking for a novel to read. You find one titled “Deadeye Will” (a book I wrote). What would you expect to find?

  • Michigan scenery
  • Michigan cities
  • Michigan people
  • Southern Ohio cities

Which of the above would you least likely expect to see but might?

Southern Ohio cities.

While you might see places outside of Michigan you would certainly expect to see something of Michigan. In that book you see places in southeast Michigan (i.e., Detroit and Pontiac,) central Michigan (Saginaw and West Branch), and northern lower Michigan (Thunder Bay).

All of this requires research. You want enough detail to make for a good story, but you also want it to be as accurate as possible to please the people in those areas that might read your book.

In my opinion, research is the key element that a story turns on. Your book might be fiction, but a good description of where it takes places can bring a book alive. On the other hand, poor research or no research can really hurt a book.

I once read an otherwise good novel based on Noah and the Ark. But it was ruined for me because the author included drinking with a glass. I’ve never seen any evidence that glass existed. It’s a little thing, but it can create a jarring note.

Tip of the Day: Diligent Research can pay big dividends for your book.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Want to Write Novels?

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Want to Write Novels?

Yesterday I wrote about Biblical novels, what about any historical novel. Very similar.

  • Never assume history books are correct

The recording and telling of secular history are often problematic. Unfortunately, the bias of the writer can influence what the ‘facts’ are. Look for multiple sources that are reliable. Most of reliable history is found in previous generations. (For example, most modern history books leave out important facts simply because they don’t agree with modern thinking. Look for histories that reveal what a particular time period was like, not what people of today think it was like.

  • Do Your Diligent Research

History is rich with facts, but if you don’t dig you won’t find the truth. Dig deep. As mentioned above, true history can be difficult to find. It requires hard work.

  • Keep Relevant to the Times

Part of research is to make sure that the clothing, speech, etc. match the era. This is part of diligent research. It will pay off in your stories.

  • Try using fictional characters as primary

This is not always best, but it gives you more flexibility in your story.

  • Try avoiding conflicting characters

Avoid using characters with the same name. Real people with the same or similar names might get in. That’s unavoidable.

  • Have balance between prose and dialog

This is true for all fictional writing. Sometimes allowing the pen to flow is needed; often describing things through dialogue draws the reader in more.

  • Work in historical events

Some of the most interesting and enjoyable novels I’ve read involved historical events, people, and places. When a book brings the times, events, and people alive, the author has done his or her job.

Tip of the Day: Use above guidelines.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Want to Write Biblical Novels?

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Want to Write Biblical Novels?

Writing a Bible-based novel can be successful or risky. But if you use these simple guidelines you should be able to appeal to a large audience.

  • Always assume the Bible is correct

You get messed up if you accept the popular myth that modern science knows better. Science can shed light upon the Bible, but it can never contradict the Bible.

  • Do Your Diligent Research

Use the Bible as a filter, a spotlight or research. When you find a new ‘fact’ shine the spotlight upon it. In my novels I studied the clothing, foods, weapons,and more of that era.

  • Work the Biblical Text into the Story

Sometimes take a direct quote of one or more verses and make them part of the story. Mix the Bible and modern English together so the characters speak using both interchangeably.

  • Use Bible Characters

This is unavoidable but good. If your reader is familiar with the Bible, there will be a common connection between your novel and the Bible.

  • Try avoiding conflicting characters

But the Bible may have more than one character with the same name. This creates a difficulty especially for readers who skip (one reviewer skipped and claimed I was inconsistent with my characters).

  • Use only one Bible version

You can use other versions to increase your own understanding, but only use one in the book. Otherwise you run the risk of confusing your reader. I use only KJV because I believe it is the only accurate version.

  • Don’t Be Preachy

That doesn’t mean no gospel nor no sermons or other Christian statements. It means not being overbearing. The gospel, sermons, etc., should all fit within your story seamlessly!

Tip of the Day: Use above guidelines.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Using Graphic Language

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Using Graphic Language.

Some time ago I commented on not using graphic language and was accused of forcing my religion upon others. Not so, I believed this long before I became a Christian.

A Time for Swearing

The Bible talks about there being a time for this and a time for that. Is there a time for swearing? Don’t people swear?

Of course, they do! And some people, not all, swear profusely. But should a writer include swear words? I say no. You are offending a great many people. You are better off using symbols or simply saying, she swore. Let the reader fill in the swear words.

Some writers use the first two or three letters and let the reader complete the word. This is better than printing the whole word, but usually the beginning makes it obvious what word is being used. But it still has the ability to offend.

Yes, people swear; some swear a lot; and some swear in very ugly words. But not all do. Don’t you want this last group to read your book?  

Tip of the Day: Use the author’s imagination.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Using Graphic Text

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Using Graphic Text.

Some time ago I commented on not using graphic descriptions and was accused of forcing my religion upon others. Not so, I believed this long before I became a Christian.

Graphic Sex Sells

Of course, it sells. You can have a best seller with graphic sex, but that doesn’t make it a great book.

My books have sexual scenes in them, but they are not graphic. At the same time, the readers has the freedom to insert their sexual imagination into the story. Good writing allows the reader to use their imagination. Bad writing spells it all out and depends on the reader’s lust.

Anytime the reader uses his or her imagination it is a good thing.

Graphic Violence Sells

Of course, graphic violence sells. I’m not talking about what sells but about good writing.

My books include violence. In one book a man was beheaded. But I didn’t use a graphic description. But the readers can picture in their own minds the event.

Like I said, anytime the reader uses his or her imagination it is a good thing.

Let the Reader Imagine

I believe an author should appeal to the reader’s imagination. It is one of the writer’s tools. It requires skill and hard work. But the result is worth it!

Tip of the Day: Use the author’s imagination.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Page Setup

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Page Setup.

Below is based on my book TR Independent Books Guide to Writing for 9 x 6:

  • Do setup before writing
  • Remember the number of pages impact headers, footers, and margins
  • You can change setup at any time prior to publishing.
  • Margins need attention: number of pages dictate how wide or narrow margins should be. You can adjust later, but remember margins affect every page.
  • Recommend start for 9×6 margins of Top: .76”, Bottom: .76”, Left .63” Right: blank, Gutter: none (same as Left)
  • Title of book goes in header on odd pages
  • Author’s name goes in header on even pages

A good practice is to always preview your book before publishing. You don’t want the gutter too big that it becomes part of the front or back covers. Nor do you want it too small causing the front and back covers to overlap the gutter.

Tip of the Day: Pay attention to your page setup.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day More on Video

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at More on Video.

The content of this blog is based on an article from Kindlepreneur.com.

Here are some ideas about using video.

  1. Book Trailers

Kindlepreneur can help you with Book Trailers. (I have no affiliation with him.)

A good trailer is about atmosphere and a glimpse into your story. There are three elements needed: visuals, soundtrack, and a story.

  • Research and Travel Videos

When traveling to research your book, why not take videos? Later you can experiment and show your readers the travel and research that goes into the book.

  • Live Readings

Before the internet, there were book tours and live readings. So why not make a live reading online for all to see. You can use Facebook Live or YouTube to read some chapters from your newest book.

  • Behind the Scenes Talks

People love behind the scene action of favorite movies or shows. You could do the same with your book.

Reveal some inside information about what went into it, the writing process, background information on characters and story world, and the future.

  • Day in an Author’s Life

Vlogs are popular and do well on YouTube. Why not do a “Day in an Author’s Life” vlog showing how an average (or not so average) author’s day?

Tip of the Day: Check out kindlepreneur.com.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Why Use Video

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Why Use Video.

Some of the content of this blog is from Kindlepreneur.com.

A growing number of authors are taking a serious look at using video to market their books. But if you are hesitant, Kindlepreneur answers your misconceptions (edited for this blog).

I’m not Comfortable putting Myself on Video.

Authentic authors put themselves out there anyway. Our books contain intimate and private thoughts, parts of our past, our lives, and our outlook on the human condition. In this over-crowded world, personal brands win. We look for faces. We look for people who are authentic and human.

Or you can create video without showing your face. The bottom line is: your writing is personal already, so don’t be reluctant to get personal on video.

The Technology is too Complicated.

Video … is in many ways, easier to use and understand…If you know what to look for and have a checklist, video technology becomes simple.

It Takes too much Time.

Decide how you want to spend your time. In the beginning, producing videos will cost you much more time… because there is some experimentation.

If you hate video, don’t do it.

Tip of the Day: Check out kindlepreneur.com and learn how to market using video.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Take a Break

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Take a Break.

Do you suffer from Writer’s Block?

There are probably a number of descriptions of what Writer’s Block is but I’m going to keep it general. Because where you are writing books, blogs, or anything else writer’s block can occur. And there are many causes and helps. But I am zooming in on taking a break.

What do you mean by Break?

In general, I mean get away from your writing or change what you are writing.

Get Away from Your Writing.

Ever seen the ad where the policeman tells someone to step away from the counter? It is an amusing way to advertise their product, but it illustrates a good point. Separating yourself from what you are doing can be good. In the case of writing, it gives your brain a rest.

Change What You are Writing

I have found that if I switch from writing one book to another book or to a blog that the change itself refreshes me. My mind shifts gear and focuses on something else.

Why is That Important?

Your mind can get so focused on something that it tires out and freezes. When you break that focus you allow your mind to relax and get recharged.

Tip of the Day: A Break from your Writing can be Beneficial.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Picture in Words

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Picture in Words.

What is Picture in Words?

That is best described as the old but true phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. But that can be reversed to say, ‘a thousand words can paint a picture’.

Explain.

When you, the author, sit down and write a description of a scene you are in essence painting a picture for the reader. That reader then ‘sees’ whatever you are writing.

This is very important in writing and it is not a skill we get when born. Rather, it is a skill that we acquire over time. I spent 40 years of my life developing that skill. It didn’t just show up when I turned 60.

Does that mean I need to take a course on it?

No. I wasn’t aware I was developing that skill. But if you write often enough there are skills you will acquire through repetition and growth. Courses won’t hurt and may save time, but repetition is a great educator.

How can I further develop what skills I need?

We have a free Guide to Writing that gives you some basics on writing and on the business of writing. Get those and build on them.

Tip of the Day: Get our book on writing and build on your skills through application and repetition.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Commitment

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Commitment.

What commitment?

Commitment means you are in it for the long haul even if there are obstacles. Commitment to what is the question. I write a blog, am I committed to it? I write books am I committed to it?

Question: What does it take to stop you?

The answer to that question reveals how committed you are, and it tells you what you need to do to be more committed.

Instead of measuring yourself by sales and royalties do this:

Measure yourself by these simple questions: Do I still enjoy writing? Am I working to improve my writing? Am I a fan of my own books? Am I willing to put in long hours writing?

Do You Enjoy Writing?

A very simple question. Only you know the answer, but it is no then you need recharged or another avocation.

Are You Trying to Improve Your Writing?

Are you reading other authors to pick up ideas?

Do You Put in the Time?

Do you have a tight schedule or are you going beyond scheduled time at least some of the time?

Tip of the Day: Re-evaluate yourself periodically.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Series or a Single Book

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Series or a Single Book.

Should I Write a Series or a Single Book?

I have written single books and I’ve written books within a series. The answer really depends on you. Some people only want to write one or two books at the most. And that is fine.

For such people I would encourage them to think about multiple books, series or not.

If I Write multiple books should they be in a Series?

Experts contend that a series of books is easier to market which is probably correct. If a reader enjoys one of the books, they are likely to want to read the other books of the series. But as stated above it is up to you.

You may have several books in mind and none of them relate to the others. I say go ahead and write them but remember that marketing will be more difficult.

I Favor a Series

Aside from the aforementioned marketing advantage, a series , in my opinion, lets your imagination explode! One story leads to another.

In my series Christland that is what happened to me. Sometimes I was already working on the next book while still working on the then current book. I’ve now written one complete series, am working on final book of The World That Was and have started working on a new series. I thrive on this!

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Control

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Control.

I recently blogged on Being an Indie and the tip was ‘Being Indie gives you control’. Today I will look at Control.

What Do I Mean by Control?

When I started writing I made certain decisions. My first novel was based on the Bible. Although my book was fiction, it was important that it was based on reliable history. I therefore wanted it based on the King James Bible since that has stood the test of time and is considered by knowledgeable Bible experts to be the only Bible for English speaking people. Yes, there are other versions, but these have serious historical, reliability, and accuracy issues.

Control in this case meant I wanted the ability to insist on the Bible I quoted from.

It also means that I would be able to design the book interior as I wanted. But I quickly found out that the publisher had greater control that I did. Same thing for book covers. These are important elements affect an author’s success and the publishers had control over that.

I Thought Self-Publishing Meant You Have Control

Me too. But you don’t. They have the final say. You can’t change your mind and go with someone else, because you paid $400 – $800 or more for the package and you paid it upfront. But as an Indie you can go with KDP or someone similar and pay only for the things you want. If you use their tools you might not spend any money!

Tip of the Day: The more control you have, the better; and you save money.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Being an Indie

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Being an Indie.

I have blogged in the past on being an Indie Author and an Indie Publisher. But I’ve never blogged, to my knowledge, about just being an Indie.

What is an Indie?

For starters Indie is short for Independent. Basically, that is a person who has chosen to write and publish their books apart from traditional or even so-called self-publishing venues. It is a person who is going the DIY (Do It Yourself) route.

What is an Indie Author?

This is a person who takes the responsibility of writing, editing, and proofing. It doesn’t necessarily mean that person does each of these things. They either do them or hire someone to do them, but they are in control of all it.

What is an Indie Publisher?

This is a person who takes personal control of everything required for a professional looking book. He/she controls the printing of the book, the book cover, and all preparation. Again, it does not mean that this person personally does each of these things. They may hire it out, but ultimately, they are in control.

What is an Indie Marketer?

Once again, we have a person taking personal control. In this case, it is taking control of marketing the book. This may involve personal work and/or hired work.

Tip of the Day: Being Indie gives you control.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Type of Business

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Type of Business.

In my last blog I referred to the naming of your business. Today I want to discuss what I believe is the best type of business for writers.

If you watch my video series Its Your Business you will learn about Types of Business. There are Corporations, Limited Liability Corporation, Partnership, and Doing Business As (DBA). I favor the DBA because it costs less, easier to establish, and requires less reporting.

Its primary problem is lack of protection.

Essentially, a DBA is simply a name recognized by the government as you (individual) doing business under that name.  It allows you to concentrate more on the writing and less on trying to meet a lot of government red tape.

If you must have a corporate structure, then an LLC is best. You have maximum protection while enjoying the benefits of being incorporated. But if you don’t have a convoluted business I believe the DBA is the best.

Because a DBA is a recognized entity it allows you to set up a Business bank account, conduct business, enact contracts, and most other business activities. All of that with minimal costs!

Tip of the Day: Take a deep look at a DBA.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Revisiting Your Business

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Revisiting Your Business.

Recently I wrote a blog on Its Your Business (intro). Have you watched the video and the video series? I am constantly looking at ways of improving how I communicate with you and how I can help you.

The video series demonstrates that I am relatively new at using video, but it also demonstrates that I have information that I can impart to you for FREE! Following is a description of why I feel that treating your writing as a business is so important.

I started writing as a teenager. If you were to see those first pitiful attempts, you would shake your head. How did he ever become a writer? But I did.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know much about writing and had to learn through the school of hard knocks. But you don’t have to.

I struggled through my teen years, early adulthood, and middle age without being able to put together a complete novel. Moreover, I had no idea that I should approach the whole thing as a business. The result was that my struggles were painful. I knew I wanted to write but that was it! If I had treated my writing career as a business, I would have made better decisions, sought out experienced advice, and studied my craft.

It was this experience that inspired me to help others who want to write. The Its Your Business video series along with the cheat sheets are free to you to download and use. Learn the principles without the years of frustration.

Tip of the Day: Go to Its Your Business and upgrade your career!

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Story Location

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Story Location.

Where (and when) does your story take place? This is not as critical to your story as you may think. Stories have been written where the location is never disclosed to the reader without hindering the story itself.

However, if you do state a location, whether fact or fiction, be sure of your description. This is especially true of actual places. You don’t want a reader who has been there to dispute your facts.

A good example of this was a story (don’t remember the name) where a man owned two cats who helped him solve mysteries. The thing is you never know the city or even the region he lived in other than the Midwest.

Putting this principle to work requires a bit of research on your part. When writing Perished: The World That Was I had to research the first five hundred years after the Flood. Why? Because little is known outside the Bible’s narrative of what that world was like. By looking at the rise of civilization after the Flood I got a peak into the past.

Tip of the Day: Research location or time of your story. Readers will notice.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Become the Character

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Become the Character.

There is a lot of good advice about character traits. We can all learn to do better regarding our character traits. But why not go further and become the character?

What Does Become the Character mean?

It means that you (the writer) immerse yourself into the character. You let the character live the story instead of you forcing the character into a certain mold. There are a lot of areas where you the writer dominate and decide. But the actual details should be generated by the character.

For example, in my book Perished, when Adam was talking or doing something, I became him. I saw what Adam saw, experienced what he experienced, and thereby made decisions. These decisions were his not mine the author. How did I do that?

First, although Adam is an historical person, I am the person who created his personality in the book. Second, because of that I knew him and felt him. And third, I let my imagination impose his personality upon mine. Finally, Adam became the author, writing his own scenes.

Does that make sense?

Chances are you have gone through a similar process but just didn’t realize it. You know your character inside/out, so why not take that next step and let the character take control?

Tip of the Day: Use your imagination and let the character take control.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Plotting

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Plotting.

The plot is the framework of the story. It’s the structure upon which you build, insert characters, scenes and the like. You want to always keep the plot in the back of your mind so you can call it back when needed.

The plot is essential. Without it your story will ramble, bore, and ultimately fail. The plot does not guarantee success of the story, but no plot will guarantee the story will flop.

Every scene should somehow connect with that plot. Think of the plot as the foundation of a building. It is the necessary framework to support that building and you are the engineer building the story character by character, and scene by scene.

You probably have a library filled with books in your favorite genre. Examine some of them and you will see how important plot is to the story. As with other aspects of writing you can find entire books written about plotting. Check out your library or local bookstore and you will find some excellent books. But mostly remember to keep your plot in mind when writing.

Tip of the Day: Always keep the plot in mind.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Discover Your Audience

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Discover Your Audience.

This can be tricky. If you have previously written books, then you already have something to gauge who is your audience.

Principle

So, there are three principles:

  1. New Authors: Make use of reviewers. Identify those with a positive view.
  2. Established Authors: Review sales data to see who buys and who reviews your books.
  3. All Authors: Look at other authors in your genre. Who is in their audience?

Make a list of audience possibilities. Then narrow the list down until you have gotten it as refined as possible.

Tip of the Day: Make a list of audience possibilities. Then narrow the list down until you have gotten it as refined as possible. 

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Memorial Day

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Memorial Day.

Today is Memorial Day. It is the day set aside to honor those who died defending the very values and country we love. I hope that all of you are enjoying yourselves.

While you do, always remember the sacrifices made. Men and women of our services died so that our representative democracy could continue. They died so that if we want to worship God we can or if you want to deny Him, you can do that also. They died so we could lift up praises to God and thank Him for giving us this nation.

They died so that a man or woman in Rhode Island could vote, or in Iowa, or in W. Virginia, or anywhere in the United States. They died so that our flag would bravely wave. They died for the right to salute the flag or pray for the President or to vote.

They died for the people living then and they died for the people living now. They didn’t choose to die (in most cases) but when the time came to take a stand, they did.

Tip of the Day: Remember those who in uniform died for us all.  

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

Let’s do it!

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Scheduling

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Scheduling.

Scheduling seems like a “Duh” item. But I believe all of us need a refresher once in a while. This is another thing taken from our Guide to Writing that is given to prospective clients.

Why is it Important?

First of all, it is important. God through His Word has told us to Redeem the time. Now that is talking primarily about salvation. But redeeming the time is making good use of your time. We often wait on making decisions or action upon decisions until it is almost too late or is too late.

Secondly, scheduling is more than setting a time for a particular task. It is making priorities!

When you think of it as making priorities you should be focusing on the most important tasks and goals.

What is a Good Scheduling Task?

In my opinion, it is the old fashioned “to do” list. It has changed over the years, but it still is simple. To be a successful tool, it needs to be practiced daily and kept simple.

Tip of the Day: Make and keep a daily ‘To Do’ List.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Mentors

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Mentors.

What is a Mentor?

A Mentor is a man or woman, usually a businessperson, who guides and makes suggestions to improve your business.

Do You Use a Mentor?

Yes, I do. When I started out marketing my books I started locally. I had initial success. But then we moved to Florida to take over the care of my mother-in-law. That quickly became a 24/7 job and impacted my business.

How Did it Help Impact Your Business?

It forced me to rely almost entirely on the internet. That meant no more Local Marketing, as that involves travel, meeting with bookstore owners or managers. Recently I have returned to Local Marketing as the primary model.

Has the Mentor Helped?

Yes. My Mentor is part of SCORE, an organization of volunteers. Let me say this, no matter your success or lack of success, you should consider SCORE. It is always good to have an extra pair of eyes on your business.

Tip of the Day: Take a look at SCORE.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Marketing in Chief

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Marketing in chief.

There is a world of information out there on book marketing. The advice ranges from email marketing to Social Marketing and beyond. And sometimes the advice seems to be contrary.

What Should I Do?

The first thing to do is remember that you are Marketing in Chief. In our book Guide to Writing we make this tip: As Marketer-in-Chief you are responsible for overseeing every aspect of marketing whether you do it or hire someone.

We also state: “Most authors don’t want to do marketing, but if you want to succeed then you will find a way.”

In other words, you can’t blame someone else for the failure of your marketing. You either hire someone or do it yourself, but either way you are responsible.

What Does That Mean?

Basically, it means that you are responsible for all aspects of marketing. It is your job to find out the information needed and then act on it. If you are new to the business, I would say you start with Local Marketing (news media, bookstores, etc.) and slowly expand to a wider audience. There is no one-size-fits-all plan. Do your diligence.

Remember, that while TR Writing Services is not a marketer, we can help you with preparation and publishing to set up your marketing plan.

Tip of the Day: You are the Marketer-in-Chief; take responsibility!

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day New Normal

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at New Normal.

If you have been listening to the news media and all the ‘experts’ you have heard the expression a ‘new normal’. That ‘new normal’ is not a good thing. It implies that we will forever be living with less and enjoying life less.

You hear it repeatedly, but I refuse to accept that meaning. My ‘New Normal’ is basically a return to the ‘Old Normal’. Yes, it will take time to return to a semblance of normalcy. But we all need to remember that COVID 19, while it may stay with us, will come under control. We have seen throughout our history devastating diseases that now are controlled by proper medicines, etc. (Think of leprosy that was the terror of old; it still exists but is controlled, managed, and cured. Or think of Epilepsy that once devastated lives but now is better controlled. Or Polio.)

The recession we are in right now is not a result of failing economic institutions, it’s the result of the nation being shut down. The economic policies that brought America back from the Bush/Obama years and were enacted under Trump are still here.

We have every reason to be optimistic. Don’t let the continuous drumbeat of negativism get you down. Better days are coming. Ignore that drumbeat and focus on a return to the days of a booming economy and do your part.

Tip of the Day: Make your ‘New Normal’ as good or better than the ‘Old Normal’!

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day What to Write About

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at What to Write About.

Ever wonder what you should write about?

I have. And arriving at the answer is not as difficult as you might thing it is.

Genre?

What genres do you enjoy reading? In my case, I love to read books on history, such as seen in the Bible or national history. I love history past and history prewritten (i.e. Old Testament and Revelation). I love reading books about wars and warriors of our past, such as Rome, Israel, England, and America. I have enjoyed our revolutionary war, our civil war, and modern day wars in Iraq and the Middle East. Then there are the stories that take place in the future and concern the End Times.

But I also love Science Fiction plus Mystery. Guess what? These genres have recently become the genres I write in. And that is not an accident. Looking at what you enjoy reading is a good place to go when considering what to write. Yes, check the market. But first check your heart.

Tip of the Day: Enjoy the Do. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy it!

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Enjoy

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Enjoy.

There is a television ad for toilet paper that caught my imagination. It’s for Charmin and involves three bears: Papa bear, mama bear, and their son. These cute commercials usually end with the motto ‘Enjoy the Go’. It got me to thinking. What if we changed that to a motto for our career and said, Enjoy the Do’ or something like that?

Enjoy the Do

This motto applies to every job out there. But I apply it to my own life. I have a few authors which I consider my favorites. I know I can depend on them to provide a great read. But let’s take this a step further.

Do you enjoy the books you write? When desiring a book to entertain yourself, does your attention turn toward the book(s) you’ve written?

Mine does. Not to do a rewrite (see my blog on Rewrites) but to entertain myself. In all modesty I love my books. And you should love your books. They are an expression of your skill of telling a story. So, relax, grab one of your books and enjoy it! Fall in love with it again, but as a reader rather than a writer.

Hopefully, when asked who your favorite author is you can add yourself to that list of names. I believe that loving your work will motivate you to continue writing and enable you to write better books. It’s a win/win.

Tip of the Day: Enjoy the Do. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy it!

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Rewrites

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Rewrites.

What are Rewrites?

Rewrites is simply a term meaning taking a previously written book and rewriting it. Your writing skills grow with you. What skills you had when you wrote your first book should have grown considerably since then. Perhaps it is time to take that book and rewrite it.

What Does That Involve?

At least the following: Reread the book, mark the misspellings, the grammatical mistakes, and even such things as the paging. Then go back to the beginning and start rewriting the book chapter by chapter, page by page.

That Sounds Hard?”

It might be. But you will be looking at the book with fresh eyes. Your imagination will come into play causing you to redo scenes and maybe add new scenes. Or remove scenes altogether.

I learned the value of this from one of my favorite writers, Jerry Jenkins. I have learned since then that rewriting can recharge my imagination and make my newest version better than the original.

 I have been doing this for the past few weeks and the entire process has been energizing. It is equivalent to seeing your first book being written and published. I have now entered the final stages of the rewrite and when ready I will let you know about it.

Tip of the Day: Consider reworking your previous novels.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Calling

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Calling.

A while back, I wrote that my writing career is a calling from God. As a born-again believer since May 9, 1973 I have been aware of God’s love for me, His discipline of me, and His guidance are all expressions of His love. I also know He has a plan for me.

But most of all I am humbled by the fact that I am unworthy of such love. We are all unworthy, but God loves us and sent His Son to take our place in judgment upon a cross. But while He died so that we might be saved from eternal damnation, He also desires our very best!

It was by His grace that I was enabled to write, and it was through His grace I was ‘called’ to be a writer. What special ability or trait qualified me for such a calling? None!

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior by asking Him to save you and enter your life, then you are born-again. And if born-again you belong to Him. If you are also a writer, then it is possible He wants to use your writing skills. Whether called to become a writer or you are already a writer, He has a plan for you!

My job, and your job, is to discover what that plan is. It may take you down roads never traveled or open vistas never seen. But submitting yourself to His will and guidance is the right place to start.

Tip of the Day : Seek God’s Will for Your Writing Career.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Renewal

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Renewal.

How have you been spending Stay-at-home?

Teresa and I have continued with her rehab, we have sought to maintain a sense of normalcy, and we have been engaged in renewal.

What Does That Mean?

As a writer I interpret Renewal to mean: An effort to review and improve on my writings. This can be as simple as writing a new book, or a more complicated review of both our writings and the marketing of our books.

Previously I have noted my return to local marketing. I believe in a balanced approach featuring local marketing and a national marketing. But the main emphasis is local. This is the place I can have the most impact.

Nationally I can purchase plans that will market our books for us, but locally I have a more hands-on approach. For example, getting our books into the local bookstore market. Instead of hoping someone will see one of our books and suddenly become a viral spokesperson, I think it makes more sense to personally and actively push our books. This means doing the hard work of finding bookstores, developing a business plan, and enacting a marketing plan.

To do this, I need to be working toward these things now (I am) so that when bookstores reopen, I’ll be ready. Our careers deserve our best efforts, our best writing, and our best marketing.

Tip of the Day : What are You Doing?

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Taking Charge

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Taking Charge.

Let’s say the nation’s business opens tomorrow. For a writer it would be exciting to see bookstores reopen, libraries reopen, and a host of book venues reopen. What would you do?

The reopening of bookstores would ignite my plan to get my wife’s first novel into a local bookstore. During this forced ‘stay home’ I’ve been working with that goal in mind. And once I get hers in, I would try to get my latest novel into the same store.

Another thing I would do would be to start visiting the local library. I may not go as much, especially since my wife is doing rehab and my presence is sometimes required. It would cause some balancing on my part, but I’m up to it.

For the most part I would return to what I was doing prior to the virus invasion. But there will be differences. They call it the new normal, but I call it normal with a twist. The new normal sounds too much like letting fear regulate your life, which I oppose. But using commonsense and making only slight alterations can be very helpful.

Tip of the Day : Let’s resume life as normal with a twist approach.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Reopening

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Reopening.

Florida is moving toward reopening for business. So far they’ve reopened beaches, parks, and restaurants. It looks like it will be a step by step approach. Take a step, evaluate the risks and the actual results, then if okay take another step.

Some people oppose any reopening of businesses until we’ve reached a certain level of testing that may not be achieved for months. I think that would be a disaster. I understand the fear, but we can’t let fear determine our future.

But the health experts say we should wait.

That is true and it is why you don’t put health experts in control of a nation, or a state, or a community. They have value, but they tend to be myopic, in my opinion. They only see the risk to physical and mental health. And that is what should be their concern.

Economic advisors, on the other hand, only see the economic risks. They would also be dangerous if put in command.

A better idea is to have a non-healthcare person, say a Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis, who is advised by health experts and economic experts, make the call. He balances the two out while understanding there is risk whichever way he goes. That is one reason he holds the office.

Tip of the Day : A guided, balanced approach to reopening is the best way to go.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day The Trouble with Narration

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at The Trouble with Narration.

When I began writing I loved narrating a story. And if I’m allowed to say so I was pretty good at it. My prose could wax eloquent as I described trees, flowers, buildings, or even people.

But then I learned the trouble with narration. It could detract from a story. I learned to allow the story to be told by the character. When I did this my stories came alive!

But narration still has a place. For me I try to balance out who is telling the story. If there is a formula it would be I, the narrator, tell the surrounding story while the character(s) flesh out the real story.

For example:

A week later, Methuselah watched as a caravan came to a stop in front of his house. A mob of homosexuals following the caravan quickly dispersed when they saw him. Although 869 years old, he stood strong, muscular, and tall, thus creating an imposing picture.

He recognized his grandson Iram and Bocheru, but not the young lad with them.

“So, this must be young Jareb,” he boomed, as he wrapped his arms around the boy.

Methuselah stepped back and eyed Jareb. “Aptly named young Jareb. For thou shall indeed be a great avenger.”

I mixed narration with character speech and achieved a scene that brought the reader instant curiosity.

Tip of the Day : Mix narration and character speech to achieve the end result.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Character’s Thoughts

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Character’s Thoughts.

In today’s blog I am discussing how to make use of your character’s thoughts in your book. There is more than one way to do this, but I prefer using italics to indicate thoughts. Let’s take a look.

Here is a sample.

Henry thought to himself that to cross the river would be too difficult.

While some would accept that method, it is really the narrator telling you what Henry thought. But when I use thoughts, I want the readers to feel like they are actually listening into Henry’s thoughts. Something like this:

Henry stared at the river. This is going to be more difficult than I imagined!

By doing it this way I conveyed several bits of information. For example, you could gather that Henry had been thinking about this crossing for a while, plus he already had determined it would be a difficult crossing. But seeing it up close made him realize he’d underestimated the difficulty. All of these are possible depending on context.

When you access a person’s thoughts and listen to that person, you gain more information than a narrator could provide in the same amount of text. It only took one sentence for you to hear the character. But it took three sentences for me to describe what you might have discerned.

You can use this technique for one or for more characters. However, be very careful about using multiple characters at the same time. It’s okay to use different characters over time, but it can be problematic in the same scene.

Tip of the Day : Use italics to indicate thoughts

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Collateral Material

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Collateral Material.

Ideas for this Article come from Penny Sansevieri, Author Marketing Experts

In today’s blog I am discussing collateral material that you might want to include in your Media Kit.

Newspaper clippings

There’s a possibility you will have interviews with local newspapers. Once you’ve had an interview watch for its publication. Then cut it out and make copies of it for your Media Kit.

Relevant Articles

It is possible someone reviewed your book and published the review in the newspaper. Again, you want to cut these out and make copies. Or it is possible that an article was written on a related subject to your book.

Newsletter

If you write a newsletter that relates to your book, copy it and put it in your Media Kit.

Business Card

A business card is a must! Although not as powerful as in the past business cards are still effective. You can easily get one printed through Vistaprint.com or some other venue. If you have plans to create one, use a picture that represents you, your business, or your book (if only one book). It should use a firm stock, have a front and a back. On the back I recommend a white background, instructions on contacting you (like your email address) and perhaps your motto.

And be sure to include your business card in the kit.

Tip of the Day : Add relevant information to your kit, such as newspaper clippings, newsletter, and business card.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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