#SharingGraphics

Every now and then, I find a few minutes to create a graphic or two. After I finished with my Christmas sale images, I figured why not do a generic review reminder? One that hopefully won’t be a problem with Amazon, since it doesn’t mention anyone’s books specifically and doesn’t suggest giving a book in exchange for a review. I think this one should be fine. If you have a use for it, please feel to save it. I plan to use it on Twitter, etc, since I want to encourage readers to leave more reviews, period, for any author they like. Maybe this will help. Enjoy!

58 thoughts on “#SharingGraphics

    • Great, Mark. Keep an eye out for more in the weeks ahead. I enjoy playing with graphics, and I think a variety of review reminders, among other generic topics, would be fun. I’ll share as I get them made. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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    • Aw, thanks, Jaye! Glad you like it. This was a pretty quck and simple one, but I hope the message will get across to a few folks here and there. And I’ll do more when I can. 🙂 Merry Christmas! 🙂

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        • I’ve used PaintShopPro for years, Jaye, as I’ve painted all my life and taught acrylics to beginners for years. Then I advanced from wet painting to digital painting, via an electronic Wacom tablet and pen. (I did custom pet portraits for a long time, until carpal tunnel made it too painful to do the tiny detail work I enjoyed.) So, I’m used to this program, though it’s more than what I need for graphics work, and the occasional bit of digital art. It’s a less expensive version of PhotoShop, basically, and does almost just as much.

          If you’d like to see some samples of my decorative & tole style paintings, go here:
          https://marciamearawrites.com/2017/11/05/what-i-did-way-back-bw-before-writing-part-1/ and here are some samples of my digital work & pet portaits: https://marciamearawrites.com/2017/11/05/what-i-did-way-back-bw-before-writing-part-2/

          I really miss painting, but old eyes and old joints don’t like me to spend hours doing it anymore, and once I started writing, I realized I didn’t mind. No time to miss what I did in the past, and that’s fine. (That was then, and this is now.) 😀

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            • If I live to be a thousand-year-old woman, I couldn’t do all the things I want to do, so I decided a few years ago to focus on the things I still CAN do–and can AFFORD to do–and just enjoy the memories of those I no longer pursue. It works for me, plus, I never say never. For instance, we are getting ready to do a complete overhaul of my studio/Mark’s clock-repair room. It became a cat infirmary for two years for an elderly cat who needed a quiet space of her own. We haven’t been in there much since she passed, BUT that’s about to change. I intend to set my painting table back up again, because I can still dabble. I enjoy painting Christmas ornaments, gifts, etc, and will no doubt do a bit of that. Don’t know if I’ll tackle the digital art again, though, since that’s what really did my arm/shoulder in, but again–I might. 🙂

              In the meantime, I take lovely trips on the river aboard the Naiad eco-tour boat instead of canoeing (which my back no longer likes), and I plant easy-to-care for things in my garden instead of exotic flowers that need too much care (for the same reason), and I write all day instead of painting, to reduce the carpal tunnel stuff. At some point, even too many hours on the keyboard is going to hurt, and when that happens, I’ll book more speaking tours and sell the books I’ve already written. Or find a brand new passion in which to indulge.

              When one door closes, as they say. I’ll just keep opening new doors, and finding adventure in different ways. That’s my plan! Maybe I should write a crazy old lady like that into one of my stories? 😀

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    • You are most welcome, Charles. I’ve been trying to think of ways to encourage readers to leave reviews, without doing anything that isn’t allowed. I figured generic can’t hurt. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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  1. Fabulous graphic, Marcia! And many thanks for allowing us to save and use it. It’s perfect for sharing on Twitter and an excellent reminder. I wish it wasn’t so hard to get readers to leave reviews but it does seem to be a common obstacle for most authors.
    Thanks again!

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    • Glad you like it, Mae, and I hope it turns out to be useful. You know, before I started writing, I had no idea that reviews were of any importance at all. I think that’s true of most readers, so I guess it’s up to us to encourage them, if we can do so without stepping over any boundaries. I’ve decided graphics might be a good way to go. So, use away! And keep an eye out for new ones when I can find time. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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  2. Love the graphic, Marcia! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I will use it everywhere. I have mentioned this on my blog numerous times in hopes of letting readers know how important reviews are. 🤗 😘🎁🎄⭐️⛄️🤶🎉

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    • Glad you like it, Janice! Keep an eye out for more in the weeks ahead, as it’s a message we really need to get “out there.” Sure, we writers understand how critical reviews are, but most readers don’t. Hopefully this graphic will help. 🙂 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 🙂 ❤

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  3. I love it. I mention reviews and their importance on the Cheerleader page of my website. I added the image there with a link back to your blog post. https://marciamearawrites.com/2018/12/19/sharinggraphics/ – and I pinned it to my Pinterest board for my website: https://www.pinterest.com/cswclynn/author-reader-cheerleader/book-review-showcase/
    I put up a Twitter post to my website with the graphic that you made so both of our websites should benefit. Hopefully, more readers will understand the importance of reviews. Win-win-win! Here’s that link. https://www.authorreadercheerleader.com/support.html – One suggestion perhaps next one you can put reviews on your favorite book vendor or something like that. So it isn’t just Amazon.

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    • So glad you liked it, Lynn, and thanks so much for sharing. I love what you are doing on your website, and have a note to myself to check it out in more detail as soon as the holidays are over and I have some breathing room. I’ll definitely check out (and share) the links above today, though.

      I will be making more, and they won’t all be specific to Amazon, though that’s where you get the most eyes on your book’s reviews, by far, and many readers don’t know that those reviews on Amazon are what moves our books up through the ranks. Hence the mention. But there will be others, too. 🙂

      Thanks again for sharing, and I’ll be heading over that way as soon as I finish my first cup of Earl Grey. 😀 Merry Christmas!

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      • You are most welcome. Thank you for your kind words about my website. It’s a work in progress. Thanks for stopping by it and when you have time feel free to stop by and explore some more. You can bring a few friends as well. 🙂
        Thanks for clarifying on the Amazon mention.
        I need to get a cup of green tea and then check more things off my To Do List.
        Happy Holidays to all.

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    • You are most welcome, Marje, and I’m glad you can use it. Keep an eye out for more in the future. I’m on a crusade to enlighten those readers who aren’t aware of the importance of reviews. And that would be most of them, I’m afraid. But I figure graphics can’t hurt, and they just might help. If they only spur a few into leaving reviews, it’s worth it. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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        • Our reviews even help the Grishams and Rowlings and Kings of the world, too, so I hope to convince more readers to leave them for any book they enjoy. And I’M behind on reviews right now, too, but that’s something I plan to fix soon! I used to have a review blog, but since I can’t keep up with it, I’m going to transfer my reviews to a separate page here, and then continue adding new ones, as I can. Especially for the folks in our writing community that I’ve read and enjoyed! I’d like to get that up and running in a few weeks, if possible, and of course, I’ll post them on Amazon & Goodreads, too. (I can do 27 kajillion things at once, can’t I?) 😀

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