Make August WRITE A REVIEW On AMAZON MONTH @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews

August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews

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 On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry Tyler is starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.

 The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!).  You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time.  The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’ tag on it; however, if you download all your books via Kindle Unlimited, as many do these days, they don’t show the VP tag, anyway.

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 Remember, this isn’t the Times Literary Supplement, it’s Amazon, where ordinary people go to choose their next £1.99 Kindle book.  No one expects you to write a thousand word, in-depth critique; I don’t know about you, but I’m more likely to read one short paragraph or a couple of lines saying what an average reader thought of a book, than a long-winded essay about the pros and cons of the various literary techniques used.  Yes, those are welcome too (!), but no more so than a few words saying “I loved this book, I was up reading it until 3am”, or “I loved Jim and Vivien and the dialogue was so realistic”, or whatever!

 Why should you write a review?

They help book buyers make decisions.  Don’t you read the reviews on Trip Advisor before deciding on a hotel, or any site from which you might buy an item for practical use?  Book reviews are no different.

If the book is by a self-published author, or published by an independent press, the writers have to do all their promotion and marketing themselves ~ reviews from the reading public is their one free helping hand.

The amount of reviews on Amazon helps a book’s visibility (allegedly).  If you love a writer’s work and want others to do so, too, this is the best possible way of making this happen.

It’s your good deed for the day, and will only take five minutes!

 Off we go, then!  A few more pointers:

If you need any help with writing your review, do click on Rosie’s post, above.

A review can be as short as one word.  The shortest one I have is just two 🙂

You don’t have to put your name to the review, as your Amazon ‘handle’ can be anything you like.

No writer expects all their reviews to be 5* and say the book is the best thing ever written; there is a star rating guide on Rosie’s post.

Would you like to tell the Twittersphere about your review?  If so, tweet the link to it with the hashtag #AugustReviews ~ and thank you!  I will do one blog post a week featuring these links: The #AugustReviews Hall of Fame (thank you, Barb!).


 If you have a blog and would like to spread the word about #AugustReviews, please feel free to copy and paste this blog post, provide the link to it, re-blog it, or whatever ~ many thanks, and I hope you will join in to make this idea a success 🙂

#Twitter Work-Out from 30 mins A Day #Bloggers #Writers #Authors @rosieamber1

TWITTER Work-out From just 30 minutes a day.

Recently I’ve been working hard to increase my readership and Twitter following, here is what has been working for me.

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Blog – When you write a blog post add Hashtags and Twitter @ Handles in the title, it makes them SUPER easy to share.

Twitter– When you write your tweets always use Hashtags and Twitter Handles.

Search for an author/guest twitter Handle on Twitter, or Goodreads (under their Author info) or Amazon bio.

TIP – Authors, make your Twitter handle easy to find, make it as close to your pen-name as possible, make sure you have a profile on Goodreads and Amazon (Profiles need to be added to each different Amazon site you wish to be found on)

SHARING IS CARING – Building your audience and your platform requires SHARING. Make every tweet and share WORK. ADD Hashtags and Twitter handles to ALL the posts YOU share. YES is takes a little effort but get into a routine and it becomes easier. Others will then share your Tweets. In RETURN you must start sharing more, aim for 10-20 shares each time you go on social media.

Tip – when possible work from a computer where you can have several tabs open at once then you can search Twitter or Goodreads for the info you need easily.

One step further – For everyone who directly shares your post or tweet on twitter, go share one of theirs, often they have a tweet pinned to the top of their profile page, share this one.

Pinned Tweets – Keep your profile pinned tweet FRESH – seeing a pin with a date which is six months old is boring. Change them weekly at least.


Post on a Sunday and make sure your blog title contains the Hashtag #SundayBlogShare this is a big blog share day and gets lots of views. Tweet your post with the Hashtag, re-share other posts you have done throughout the week and add this Hashtag too.

Remember to search and share 10- 20 other posts you like which use the Hashtag. Twitter is all about the Re-Tweet.

Tip – follow those who share your post and follow those whose new posts you choose to share

#WeekendBlogHop #WeekendBlogShare are also useful.

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Monday posts can use the #MondayBlogs if your post is about writing, BUT you are asked not to use it for any book promotion, be it reviews, cover reveals offers etc


Use #TuesdayBookBlog (created by the Rosie’s Book Review Team) for all your Tuesday BLOG posts about books, all we ask is that it isn’t a straight link to the Amazon page, it must be from a blog post which includes more than the book cover, book description and buying links. It can be reviews, interviews, guest posts etc. We help share relevant posts.


Use #wwwblogs (Women writing Wednesday) for blog posts written or about women.


Thursday can be a quiet day, I use #IndieThursday for book reviews from Indie authors.


I use #FridayReads to share books I’m reading, have read or am going to read, plus I share book posts from others and add this hashtag.


Saturdays can be used for #ArchiveDay any post you’ve posted previously can be re-shared using this Hashtag today.

Also #WeekendBlogHop and #WeekendBlogShare can be used and shared from today.

Your time is valuable – make it work, don’t get bogged down and distracted by non-relevant posts and Tweets in your 30 min work-out. Make a note of any of interest and return later in your leisure time.

Find me @rosieamber1

Useful Tips for the author, writer and blogger in you #WriterTips

Over on my blog, I recently ran a series of posts dedicated to helping others, mainly from a reader’s point of view.  Check out the links of ones which interest you.

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May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter helps others share your posts

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views.

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts

July 8th 2015 – Automated Tweets, LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM? make use of them

July 15th 2015 – What’s Your Book Genre?

July 22nd 2015 – Should you write dreams into your work?

July 29th 2015 – What can I read in the first 10% of your book?

August 5th 2015 – Dialogue – he/she said

August 12th 2015 – Creating Twitter Lists –

August 19th 2015 – Making best use of your Twitter “Thank-You”

POWER those blog post titles for social media sharing #BookBloggers #Writers

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Twitter is a great place to share blog posts, with just a few easy steps your tweet will work better.

Everyday twitter feeds are full of tweets which are empty of hashtags, pictures and purpose. These get passed-over by most readers.

First make your blog title work. If you add all the Hashtags and Twitter Handles of those your post is about in your title, sharing is easier.

If you use WordPress, lots of blog readers share via the sharing buttons at the bottom of your post, 2 clicks and they have shared and moved on. They won’t add anything extra, so provide all they need to begin with.

Here is an example of a weak blog title, “Twitter Tips”

To this; Add the WOW factor to your tweets, try a strong word like; NEW, WONDERFUL, BRILLIANT or KICK_ASS and add a hashtag such as #TwitterTip #Amwriting. Think of other strong words, but be careful don’t overuse them in every tweet.

Change this; “Diana by L Card”

To this; WONDERFUL #Bookreview DIANA by @LCard A modern day Goddess? Or #Greek #Tragedy? (and add you blog post link)

There are others who personalise each tweet, it takes effort to “Live” tweet but they spend time thinking about how to present blog posts on Twitter, particularly on the hashtag days, with a catchy headline that will make people click, and pictures if relevant – you need to leave 23 characters for the picture. With books, you need to say what it’s ABOUT either in a few relevant words or some genre Hashtags.

I believe every tweet needs to work hard for you with a link back to a blog post or a page or Goodreads/Amazon link to a book. Even if you are thanking someone for sharing your post, get a link in for instance “Thanks for sharing the review of my book (Link)”

Add a .(full stop) before the name of the @person like this .@person and others can eavesdrop on your conversation and might click on your link.

Make use of the new Twitter facility to “add a comment” when re-tweating and you can make sure there is a link to your post or book.

Pictures on Twitter get much more attention than a post with just words. Find out how to add a picture that doesn’t cut off half your book cover. I use “paint” I set up a template 1024 pixels wide by 512 high and fill it with pictures and words, getting away with lots more than 140 characters because my picture only takes up 23 characters of space. Do make sure of copyright rule when using pictures.

Finally here is a great article for those of you who are tempted to use a re-tweeting service,

No way am I an expert on Twitter but I love learning and sharing what I find, what great tips can you pass on?

NEW Book Bloggers Hashtag #TuesdayBookBlog


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Most Twittering bloggers know about the benefits of ‘blog share’ days; it all started with Rachel Thompson and her fabulously successful #MondayBlogs.  Now, there is also #wwwblogs on Wednesday (Wednesday women writers), #SundayBlogShare, #ArchiveDay on Saturday, and many more.

Since Rachel started #MondayBlogs, she’s been battling against people using it for book promotion; her view is that you have six other days of the week to promote your books, but #MondayBlogs is about the writing itself ~ in other words, blog posts about anything other than your book! She now states that there should be no book promotion of any sort on #MondayBlogs, not even third party reviews, which is understandable as there are so many ways in which her guidelines can be abused.

Because there are so many avid readers, writers and book bloggers who understand the benefit of blog share days, Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team is introducing a new hashtag on Tuesdays, for book posts only: #TuesdayBookBlog. The first day this will be used is Tuesday, November 3rd.

As anyone who starts a hashtag knows, the main difficulty involved is dealing with ‘hashtag abuse’ ~ tweeters who spot a popular hashtag and add it to any tweet, whether relevant or not. We will do our best to limit this; please feel free to point someone in the right direction if you see this happening.

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So what are the guidelines for #TuesdayBookBlog?

DO post:

Blog posts only!

Book reviews ~ either for your own books, or other people’s, or book reviews you’ve written on your blog.

Author Interviews ~ yours or others’.

Cover reveals ~ yours or others’.

Upcoming/new releases ~ yours or others.

Articles or guest posts about books/writers ~ you/yours or others’.

DO NOT post:

Anything that isn’t a blog post

Blog posts that aren’t about books/writers.


Blatant promotion of an existing publication that isn’t a proper article – in other words, we don’t want to see a blog post that consists of nothing but the cover of your book, Amazon blurb and buy links. This was one of the ways in which #MondayBlogs was abused, after people were told they couldn’t use the hashtag for tweets with Amazon links.

To get the most out of #TuesdayBookBlog:

Retweet others on the hashtag and spread the word. Hashtags work best when you do your bit, too.

The power of Twitter is in the retweet, more than the tweet. Hashtag retweets are never guaranteed, but do remember that the more you do, the more you are likely to get back.

We hope you will achieve good results from #TuesdayBookBlog, and look forward to seeing you there!

The Smell Of Cinnamon – October Writing Prompt with a difference.

If you will forgive me, I shall throw this prompt upon its head,

I rarely write prose or poetry, but I eat, sleep and live for books, so I found you three books all to do with cinnamon.

Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke, (Joanne’s books are all fun food themes in their titles)


April is a busy time for Hannah Swensen and her bakery; the warm weather makes folks in Lake Eden, Minnesota go wild for something sweet. When Hannah hears that the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band will be playing at the town’s Weekend Jazz Festival, she’s more than happy to bake up a generous supply of their namesake confections to welcome the band to town. Before the festival even begins, tragedy strikes when the tour bus overturns. Among those injured is Buddy Neiman, the band’s beloved keyboard player. Buddy’s injuries appear minor, until his condition suddenly takes a turn for the worse – as in dead. Hannah’s no doctor, but she suspects that the surgical scissors someone plunged into Buddy’s chest may have something to do with it. Hannah isn’t sure just how she’ll unravel the mystery, but one thing’s for sure: nothing’s sweeter than bringing a killer to justice.

Cinnamon Toast and the end of the World by Janet E Cameron


Stephen Shulevitz remembers the end of the world. Two o’clock in the morning on a Saturday night in Riverside, Nova Scotia, when he realises he has fallen in love – with exactly the wrong person.

There are no volcanic eruptions. No floods or fires. Just Stephen, watching TV with his best friend, realising that life, as he knows it, will never be the same.

The smart move would be to run away – from Riverside, his overly dependent mother, his distant, pot-smoking father, and especially his feelings. But then Stephen begins to wonder: what would happen if he had the courage to face the end of the world head on?

Expecting To Fly (Cinnamon Girl #4) by Cathy Hopkins


India Jane’s under pressure from all corners

It’s decision time for India Jane: what subjects she needs to take, what career paths are open to her – and who she wants as her boyfriend.

On the one hand she feels that she’s standing on the threshold of her future, with hopes and dreams to fly with. On the other hand, the harsh realities of life mean that her dreams and the boys in her life never go according to plan!

The #Mystery Book Tour 2015

Good Morning Readers.

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I will be running a mystery book tour during November from my blog.

I have some spaces left if any of you authors have a book which fits the category and would like some free publicity for it.

No giveaways needed, I have a few questions for authors to answer for the posts, all that is needed is help sharing the posts and the tour.

Anyone interested can drop me a line via the contact box on my blog, first come, first served until spaces fill up.

Introducing Myself to The Write Stuff readers @MarciaMeara

Hello Everyone, this is a quick post to introduce myself to you all and to say how thrilled I am to be invited to join this team blog.

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I’m Rosie Amber a book reviewer and avid reader, I live in the UK and  I blog here,

much of the time I hang out on Twitter @rosieamber1

I won’t say anything more because Marcia has a post planned soon which will tell you lots more about my book reviewing, catch up with you all soon,