800 Followers! Shout Out to Those Who Helped Me Get Here

800 Followers! Shout Out to Those Who Helped Me Get Here

Greetings all,

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All stock imagery from Pixabay.

I’m still happy to report the blog is going at a fairly steady rate, and it’s all thanks to you! I’m honored to see more and more people take an interest in my thoughts and words.

As is usual when I hit a benchmark like this, I’d like to pay it forward by giving a shoutout to my five most-recent followers (as I type this).

 

Vibe a Little: This is a page that combines imagery with some prose/poetry. It has a very Instagram feel to it, but it’s great for quick fixes for those who want some creative fuel for their day.

The Geek Astronaut: Thiago (awesome name by the way!) blogs about mostly nerd stuff. You can pop by his page to see posts on Anime (and the like), books, TV shows, and stuff about his life. It’s eclectic in a lot of good ways. You might not be able to track what he’ll post about, but he’s consistently putting out content, and it’s entertaining.

The Working Writer: I haven’t dug into this page yet because it’s essentially a course. It’s designed as a writing-for-profit site that offers a free course on how to do just that. I’m interested, but I confess I haven’t had a chance to look at it, so I can’t offer testimony about how it works and the advice it gives. Fair warning: It makes you register before showing you any content.  That puts some people off, so I thought it was far to at least tell you that was a thing.

Laura Bon: Laura is a christian author, which is cool as we have that in common.  I haven’t read any of her books as yet, but her blog posts Bible verses and prose, and that’s alway since. It’s good to see fellowship on the blogverse.

What Irin Reads: This is a pretty new review site. They only have one post (that I can see), but I’m sure if you give the site some follows, that content will start surging. The review on the page is fairly detailed without being too long, so once those reviews start populating, they’re worth a read.

There were other bloggers, but their pages aren’t linking up. I’m not sure if it’s a hyperlink issue or if the sites are down, but they do exist and I will look into their pages once I get to a place where I can work a little more deliberately.

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I want to thank these five bloggers and all the others who’ve decided to keep some sort of track of my antics. I can’t tell you what a blessing you are. I hope my blog is engaging. Please always feel welcome to comment or ask questions as much as you like.

Thanks for reading,

Matt

 

 

700 Followers! Shout Out To the New Friends!

700 Followers! Shout Out To the New Friends!

Greetings all,

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All stock imagery from Pixabay.

I’m not sure what the recommended rate of growth is, but I feel like I have a ton of momentum, and all of you who follow me and share my posts are to thank for it.

As is usual when I hit a benchmark like this, I’d like to pay it forward by giving a shoutout to my five most-recent followers (as I type this).

 

Amaysn Reads: Tasha’s page is a review page. Gryffindor though she may be (I’m a Slytherin, and I can’t deny it.), Tasha is a pro-and-con reviewer. See below regarding why I like those. This page is unique because it has mashup reviews. These are quick-hitter reviews on multiple books (usually two of the same genre).  So you can scan these reviews and get a few notes on a few books at once to gain perspective. Then, her followers can determine if they want to try a book out or not.

Gerardo Writes: Gerardo is a writer of YA novels. He currently has two book s out.  He also writes review (which is how he grabbed my attention). His review on Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth caught my eye as I’m thinking about reading more of her work. His review was brief, but I like that he gave frank honesty while insisting on offering a positive comment as well. Those sorts of reviews are pretty valuable to me as I tend to want to get a sense of the good and bad of any book I’m thinking of including on my already-too-long TBR.

Books and Mermaids Reviews: Roubeeni’s blog is essentially just another link to her Goodreads page at the moment, but that’s still a solid sort of blog for lovers of words on paper. She’s reviewed 54 books across a variety of genres. Each of her reviews are at least 100 words, so it’s good, in-depth information.

The Curious Chapter: Kim’s blog is great for book lovers. She gives info on cover reveals, new releases and more. She also, of course, does reviews.  She reviews mostly romance-based stories. Even though that’s not my bag at all, I love the depth of her reviews and the number of ways she provides readers to connect with the authors and their books. She just gives so much content for readers.

Randicri.com is a foreign language site. I wanted to him credit as he was my fifth-most-recent follower. It looks like a social media networking site or business networking site. If you read the language (it might be Italian or French maybe), give a look, even if it’s just to tell me what it’s about.

meeting-1019875_960_720Since I couldn’t really tell you much about Randicri, I wanted to give you five descriptions of blogs on which I could speak intelligently.

Eva Newermann: Eva’s a Norwegian artist and writer. She has two books out, but I’m most impressed by her art. She does landscapes with Acrylic paint.  If you like art, check this site out.

I want to thank these six bloggers and all the others who’ve decided to keep some sort of track of my antics. I can’t tell you what a blessing you are. I hope my blog is engaging. Please always feel welcome to comment or ask questions as much as you like.

Thanks for reading,

Matt

 

 

600 Followers! Shoutouts to my Newest Followers!

600 Followers! Shoutouts to my Newest Followers!

Greetings all,

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All stock imagery from Pixabay.

I honestly feel like things are picking up on my blog. I’m seeing steady growth, and it shows in how quickly I’m gaining followers. I have you all to thank for it.

As is usual when I hit a benchmark like this, I’d like to pay it forward by giving a shoutout to my five most-recent followers (as I type this).

Belle.Shelf: This is an eclectic review site, which is something I appreciate. I love fantasy, but a diversified reader is cherished in my opinion because it means, hopefully, I won’t piss her off when I shift gears so much!  The book-review formats are short, quick reads that are fair and honest.

Holy Spirit, You are welcomed here: I haven’t visited this site until I was writing this blog. I read the fist post, an anecdote about someone’s relationship with his/her mom. (I can’t find an “about” page, so I’m still trying to learn more.) What I know is the posts are powerful and motivational.

Boba & Books: This is another review site (most blogs that follow me are). What drew me to this was actually a “rant” review for a fairly well-regarded book.  I don’t tend to use “stars” or “ratings” very much on my blog. I stick to my criteria, but a “rant” here or there probably lends a bit of credibility to a reviewer. It’s harder for me because I usually only read authors I already know I’ll like. But, for someone with a broader reading list, those occasional rants help.

Suzie’s World: Suzie has an eclectic blog. She does music reviews, and I love music, so it’s nice to read about it from time to time. She also posts some original compositions. Check out Starry Night, it’s pretty good.

Fiction No Chaser: I like the layout of this blog. It has the genres right up front, so I can click straight to what I’m most interested in. Jess and Teagan are a fun pair that provides reviews for Fantasy, YA, Paranormal/Urban, and Contemporary books.

meeting-1019875_960_720I want to thank these five bloggers and all the others who’ve decided to keep some sort of track of my antics. I can’t tell you what a blessing you are. I hope my blog is engaging. Please always feel welcome to comment or ask questions as much as you like.

Thanks for reading,

Matt

 

 

A Few Bits of Good News!

A Few Bits of Good News!

Greetings all!

thanks-1183283_960_720As I type this, I officially have 504 followers! I’m simply thrilled each day someone decides to click on my website and decide to keep up to date on my posts!  As is common whenever I hit a milestone, I’d like to take a bit of time to give back to those who followed me by spreading word about their blog, so I’d like to talk about my five most recent followers.

MovieBabble:  I’ve only just discovered this blog since it started following me. Looking at the main page, I’m just startled at how much content they pack into this page. It’s essentially a film review site. I’m honestly excited to check out some of the reviews. I’m always interested in what people think about what’s out there.

Ris Reads: Marisa is a young woman who provides reviews.  Anyone who talks about books is super in my opinion.  She’s new to the review world, but she has good taste in books judging by her last few reviews.

Luna Lestrange Reads: I spend about 10 minutes a day looking for book reviewers. Luna prefers Young Adult (I have a book I’d like you to beta read if that’s your genre, Luna) stories. Her last few reviews highlight her interest in that area. She’s my newest follower, and I’ve only seen on of her reviews, but she’s brief and conversational, which I appreciate in a reviewer.

Stories to live by: Courtney is another reviewer. What drew me to her was her openness about content. In her latest review, the book she read made light of religion, she said.  She wasn’t positive or negative about it, just informative. That way readers who might not appreciate it, don’t buy the book, and those who like that sort of thing know it’s their kind of story.  I appreciate that sort of information.

Nifflerreads: This is a reviewer who read 36 books in January alone. That’s about one more book than I read last year. So anyone that prolific get’s my attention. It means viewers can count on more consistent reviews.

AnUnusualOccupationCOVERV1I want to thank those five and all the others who were kind enough to follow my blog. I hope you also decide to subscribe to my newsletter and maybe even try out my books.

Speaking of my books …

I’m happy to announce that after only one day of availability, An Unusual Occupation already has a five-star review!  You can check out that verified-purchase review here. I’m so flattered by this review. I love Bob as a character, so any time a reader connects with him, I’m so pleased. I want to thank the reviewer for not just buying my book, but liking it and telling people about it!

Thanks for reading,

Matt

More Than 400 Followers!

More Than 400 Followers!

thank-you-1606941_960_720I’m honored to announce I’ve passed the 400 mark with followers. Each person who interacts with me is a blessing, and I can only hope to continue to grow and provide information and content you all enjoy.

To celebrate my 400th follower, I’d like to give a shoutout to my last five. I hope you give their blogs a look and maybe start following them, too.

The Book Dutchesses was the most recent to follow my blog. They’re a pair of readers (Candyce and Isabelle) who provide book reviews. They also have this charming thing they call a Bookstagram challenge. It’s a clever way to blend blogging and Instagram, which I’m not on, but should probably fix…(I probably won’t).   Still, it’s a clever thing.

Wellreadmisty (most of these blogs do reviews, but you can never have enough of those) does reviews. I’m a fan of her quest board style TBR pile.  (PSSST…if you’re reading this, Miss T, Caught would count for seven of those blocks…just say’n.)  Anyway, her TBR pile is like a little quest board with different achievement style clues like “A Book Published by a Small Press.”

Fantasy Read 2017 is pretty new (at least it only has one blog up). But it’s about Rise of the Dragons, so I’m excited to see what else comes from the blog.

Bethan May Books who reads primarily fantasy (which makes me a fan). She has a review policy, though she’s not open to submissions just yet. Review policies are great though because they help guys like me find willing readers who can spread the word about books.

Sulaimaniac96 is a creative writer who’s looking for people to offer critiques on stories. I have to give a bit of a content warning here as some of the shorts can maybe be a bit steamy. (I’ve only read one so far.) Still, it’s a chance to read some free content and help a writer get some feedback. For the record, the story I read was solid.

I like to use these “benchmark” posts to spread the wealth. I hope you’ll give these blogs and more a chance just as you’ve given me a chance. I can’t thank you enough for visiting my blog and showing interest in my work and posts.  I hope this is a small form a gratitude.

Thanks for reading,

Matt

Some Things for which to be Grateful

Some Things for which to be Grateful
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These two came by to tell me they loved The Journals of Bob Drifter. They also wanted a sequel. While that’s not currently a plan, I did tell them there will be a book they might want to pay close attention to coming in 2019.

I’m spending a few days recovering from a productive, enjoyable, and exhausting AwesomeCon.  I’ll post more about the event later (probably next week). But since I post something every Wednesday and Saturday, I thought I’d share some achievements and milestones with you all.

The first is how successful AwesomeCon was as a whole. I met a lot of new friends. I had several readers approach me (more on that later) to tell me they liked my work, and I sold a solid number of books.  Thus far for yours truly, if I had trouble making back what I paid to have the table. I’m not consistently earning back that money plus a little extra, which I plan to use to order more books for the next event. This would have been enough of a blessing by itself, but my week has only gotten better.

I can say with pride that I now have 300 followers! Raven and Beez was my 300th follower, and I’m always overjoyed when people think enough of my goings on that they let me bombard their WordPress reader with my thoughts. The fact that I’m slowly growing followers is a motivating thing. There’s a lot of perseverance required in this line of work. It’s an evolutionary process, requiring years to build an audience and establish a rapport with true fans.  I’m simply amazed I’ve  come this far, even acknowledging how much farther I have to go.  I want  you all to know how much I appreciate you. I hope my blogs and post are useful and entertaining.

2017-02-23-bob-drifter-coverThe last thing I wanted to share with you all was a very special 5-star review for The Journals of Bob Drifter.  I was at AwesomeCon during a particularly slow hour when a woman approached me to tell me how much she enjoyed the book. Cathey was so emphatic in her praise that I didn’t really know how to react. You always hope for someone to like your work, but before she even posted this review, I genuinely felt how much she loved it. That sort of moment is what makes a lot of late hours and months of bad sales seem worth it. Just coming up and telling me what she thought was a supremely inspirational moment for me. That review just sort of enchanted the euphoria to another level.  Cathey, if you’re reading this, I can’t put into words what that meant to me. I give you my word that I’ll always push myself to tell compelling, powerful stories. I hope to introduce you to characters that are as inspirational as they are emotional.  Thank you.  I make that same promise to all of you.

As happy as I am, I will need a bit more time to recover and get back into routine. I’m still waiting on the editor to get back to me with Sojourn in Captivity and then the second edition of The Journals of Bob Drifter. I’ve started an outline for a short story revolving around Kaitlyn from Caught. I have a very ambitious goal for 2019, and I’ll have to get to work if I want to meet it.  So I’ll rest up a few days and then charge forward.  I want you all to know how much I value your comments, likes and questions. Every email or message I get is precious to me.  Thank you all and thank you for reading.

Matt