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Face Plant Goals

Diana here:

It's that time of year writers embrace or fear. National Novel Writing Month. The questions start:
Should I do it?
Will I be able to hit such a high word count?
But in the USA it's the month of Thanksgiving how can I write and prepare for family?

I suggest if you are in a slump give it a try. Just don't set your goal so high. How many words did you write last month? Increase that number by 500 or 1000 and see what you can do when you push yourself through a busy month.

I'm giving it a try even though I'm going to be gone for a week to a conference. I'm not aiming for 50K but 20K. My true goal is to get words down every day, even if it is only 150 words. My daily writing has slid out of control. Notice I said slid, not risen. I have face planted. Time to get up and brush myself off and set a goal I can achieve.

How about you? Any advice on hitting your word count every day?

Book Brush Review

I've had the chance to review Bookbrush.com and see how it compares to Canva.com for author use.

The templates made for authors and the ability to search for the right photos fast makes this a purchase I'm likely to make. I do mean fast. The two graphics I made below took me less than a minute. They aren't the best but hey it's a start. 😃

Things it can do in the free version:

  • Make up to 3 graphics a month
  • Upload your own graphics background
  • Choose from their graphics library
  • Templates for paperbacks, e-readers 
  • Limited amount of bookseller stamps

Things it can do in the paid version.

  • Gradient colors in the background.
  • Line spacing
  • Premade templates to insert your background graphic and book image to look like a book or electronic device
  • Make a custom template to reuse many times
  • Tons of free images (on canva it seems like the ones I really want to use are a $1.00)
  • You can upload custom fonts
  • It's easy to make 3D covers
  • You can make book videos! 
  • Adding a stamp for your bookseller takes seconds

Here are some images and one video I've been playing around with for FaceBook ads.

Get it now!

Here's one for my series.

A Time for Love

There are two options available:  the free version where you can make 3 graphics, but no videos a month. You won't have access to everything this site offers but it's still powerful.

The second option is $96. a year or $8.00 a month to unlock the power of this beast.

Make Money with a Backlist

Diana here

Do you have a backlist?

Are you indie pubbed, traditional or both?
Are you using an automation sequence?
Feel like you should be making money and you aren’t?

I kept hearing there is money in the backlist but couldn’t figure out what that meant. Of course, it means the more books you have the more you sell right? But how did readers know about them? If you’re traditionally published, you can link to your newsletter and website but that’s it. You can’t add a chapter of another book that isn’t published by that publisher.


If you are building your newsletter list and you have an automation sequence set up it doesn’t matter who publishes your books.

If you have a reader magnet—a free book, novella, short story to give away to those who sign up for your newsletter you are on your way to getting a fan for life.

For years I had a magnet but once a newsletter subscriber downloaded the free book they only heard from me when I sent out a newsletter.

Now, they get the book and a series of emails well-spaced out. Those emails ask questions about what they like to read, anything to get a conversation going.

Then this is where the backlist makes money. You space these out! Send an email about the next book in a series or a stand-alone book and you tell them how you came up with the idea, something about the characters, or maybe even photo of the setting that inspired you. Do this for every book in your backlist.

I know this works because I use readerlinks.com to track the links to those books so I can see who clicks. I don’t know if they buy that book but since my sales are going up some books are being purchased. By using readerlinks.com I can even track my traditionally published books and see if they are getting any interest.

A great book to help you with this is The Newsletter Ninja  https://amzn.to/2VRGG9L that’s an affiliate link because I wanted a short link in this post, not one that stretches to another country.