Kindle E-Book Giveaway Update

Hi everyone! I noticed on my last post that I forgot to mention the deadline for the e-book giveaway that I will be hosting on Instagram. The deadline to enter for a chance to win a free kindle version of my short story collection, Abstract Clarity, is Friday July 28th. If you have an Instagram account, all you need to do to enter is mention one of my two books (Rest in Piece or Abstract Clarity) on your feed and tag my account @b.w.ginsburg48. If you win, I will send you a DM and ask for your email address. This is how I will send you the kindle edition of Abstract Clarity. I will not give out your email address or use it for any other reason than for the giveaway. I understand and respect one’s need for privacy.

About Abstract Clarity: A Collection of Short Stories:

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Cover Photo: B.W. Ginsburg

The real meaning of Hell, a woman’s love for Halloween gone horribly wrong, and a magical pen. A mysterious place called Dream Land and an inanimate object that, with a little luck and hard work, helps change the world. In these five fantastical, terrifying, and beautiful stories, you will discover that there is more to life than the ordinary and explainable.

Kindle E-book Giveaway

 

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Image by B.W. Ginsburg

Hey everyone, as you may have noticed on the left side of this page, I will be hosting a giveaway for my new short story collection, Abstract Clarity. The rules can be found on my Instagram page, or below!

How to Enter:
1.) Mention my book (Abstract Clarity by B.W. Ginsburg) in your feed. Make sure to tag me in your post. This is how you get entered!

Additional Details:
-Make sure you have a way to read Kindle E-books as this is the format you will receive, should you win the giveaway.
-Be willing to give me your email if you win as this is how your book will be sent to you. I will send you a DM if you are the winner. The winner will be randomly selected.
-Please consider leaving an honest review after reading the book if you win the giveaway. I will appreciate it very much!
-At least 5 people must enter. If I don’t receive at least 5 entries, I will cancel the giveaway. I will let you know if this happens. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or send me a DM on Instagram!

 

An Author’s Tools – Balance & Patience

Writing your book isn’t always easy. Many times it’s difficult and time consuming. However, I think that any writer who has finished working on their writing can admit that it’s worth the effort.

Something else that’s worth the effort is advertising your written work once it’s published. This is something else that’s difficult and really, is a never ending commitment. Let’s face it – every single author wants to sell as many of their books as possible. It’s not just about earning money as a writer, but it’s about having others appreciate our work and add it to their literary collection. I think we can all agree as writers that having someone purchase your book is a fabulous feeling.

As writers and authors, it only makes sense that we want people to purchase our books. It only makes sense that we get excited after we hit that publish button or when our books come out in stores. We start wondering when we’ll get our first copy sold, our first review written, etc. This is only natural and we shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

However, at the same time, sometimes excitement can lead to anxiety. We become worried that our books won’t sell, that our ratings and reviews won’t be as good as we’d like, and that maybe – we’re not as talented as we thought. These are also normal feelings. What’s not normal or good, is when you allow these thoughts to overtake your life.

Writing (whether you’re making money from it or not) should be fun. Above all else, writing should be something one enjoys doing. If you start obsessing about how many books you’ve sold or whether or not your work is appreciated, remember the main reason for writing.

I’ll admit, I can get a little impatient when it comes to selling my books. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy selling my books as a self-published author (most promotion is self-promotion which isn’t an easy thing to get done), but I also expected to have more sales by now. This has led me to feel a bit anxious about whether or not I’ll sell more copies and when it will occur. I’m appreciative for every sale and review I’ve gotten so far, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish I had more. I don’t think this is totally greedy, but rather normal when it comes to wanting others to own your work. After all, part of the reason that authors write is to share their work with others.

Still, I realize that something I can get a bit too stressed out and too impatient. Part of the process of being an author (in addition to writing and publishing), is self-promoting and being patient with the results. Not everyone is going to rush out and immediately purchase your books. It takes time to make money. Also we have to remember as self-published authors that every author has to start out somewhere. Before Stephen King was the King of Horror, he was just a first time writer like all of us.

When it comes to looking forward to sales, remember that it is perfectly normal to want as many people as possible to purchase and enjoy your work. However, we also have to understand that things take time and sometimes things don’t work out quite how we expected. Don’t let yourself start to obsess about things that you can’t control. When someone decides they want to purchase, read, or review your book – they will. I know that waiting is hard, but it’s something that we all must learn to do.

P.S. If you’re having trouble selling your work, don’t lose hope. Keep trying the best you can to promote your work while still enjoying the fact that you’re a writer and a published author!

 

Accepting Compliments, Being Proud of Your Accomplishments

I was taught – and believe – that you shouldn’t be conceited or big headed. It’s rude, annoying, and makes others feel lesser.

While I don’t think that a person should be conceited, I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with accepting the kind words of others or being proud of yourself for your accomplishments.

As many of you know, I’ve loved to write for as long as I can remember. I’ve also, since about high school, known that I wanted to be a professional author. I admit that, although I believe in my writing and think I have a talent for it, I did start to doubt my ability to become an author.

However, with some help from self-publishing, I published not one, but two books! Since publishing my work, I have received quite a few very nice compliments. One of my friends said that the book (Rest in Piece) was even better than she expected and another friend said that she hoped to one day be half the writer that I am! Those are two amazing compliments! I’ve also had a few good reviews for my books as well!

This is a very exciting thing for me and calls for celebration as well as appreciation. Now, yes, I shouldn’t become too big headed or conceited. Am I the best writer in the world? No. Is there room for improvement? Of course! However, there’s nothing wrong with being proud of myself. Not every writer is lucky enough to get such fabulous compliments for their work.

I’m not writing this post to boast. Rather, I’m writing this to assure you that it’s okay to celebrate your success. It’s okay to paint the town red when you hear that others are responding well to your hard work. As long as you don’t throw it in others’ faces to be mean or disrespectful, it’s okay to illustrate how happy you are that you’re being recognized by others for what you’re good at!

Be proud of your success and accept the compliments that are thrown your way! Use them to fuel even more success and confidence!

*This post is dedicated to all the writers in the world. It is also dedicated to them people who were kind enough to compliment my writing along with purchase my books and write reviews. Thank you!

Rest In Piece – Who Doesn’t Love Heroes?

 

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Picture Taken By: B.W. Ginsburg

From Superman to Sydney Bristow from Alias, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Louise Erikson, the protagonist in my novel, Rest in Piece, is only twelve years old but is already given a chance to become a heroine. When she sees a mysterious image in a puzzle, her whole world is turned upside down. Will she be brave and take on the challenge placed before her, or will she find the task too demanding? Find out by purchasing your copy today! Kindle and paperback versions are available on Amazon.com!

[Picture and description also found on my Instagram page]

 

My Writing Life

If you were to ask me when I knew I wanted to be an author, I’d probably have to say in high school. However, if you asked me when I began to love writing, I’d have to go back way further than that.

I always remember being in first grade and, with my finger, tracing in the carpet a letter. Maybe it was the letter ‘B’, I’m not totally sure. I even think my teacher at the time commented about it and how it showed I was interested in letters or writing or, something like that. It was a long time ago so the memory is a little fuzzy. I do remember tracing in the carpeting though and I remember loving to write.

As time went on, my best friend and I would write stories together in elementary school. We’d pick up a notebook and just start writing. I also remember distinctively writing poetry – maybe not very good poetry (it centered around a crush I had and I remember just repeating the same lines over and over again), but poetry nonetheless.

Above all else, I’ve always liked to write stories. I’ve tried my hand at writing poetry and even song lyrics (some have come out okay), but neither of these have felt as good and as right as when I write stories.

When I was younger, I read a lot. I still read today, but not as much. Sadly, I think I’ve become what is  known as a ‘mood reader’, a term I’ve recently learned means that, well, I have to be in the mood to read. Unfortunately, I’m often not in the mood. This is going to make me sound old, but I think due to the internet and TV, I sometimes tend to choose that over reading. It’s instant gratification and takes less thinking. Plus, it’s a lot more visual. I’m not saying that I like it more, it’s just how things have turned out. Trust me, I still love to read and find it way more essential than watching TV or surfing the web.

My point is that I’ve always loved to read and have found it extremely important. I think the love for reading is what made me love writing. Being a writer helps you become part of the literary world. I’ve admired so many authors over the years and have enjoyed reading their work. Now, as a writer, I can express myself and my ideas through words and literature. Hopefully, just as I’ve enjoyed many books over the years, readers will enjoy my writing.

The thought that someone could read a book that I wrote and fall in love with it makes me so happy. It’s not about the money or the fame (though those are nice things), but rather it’s about being able to give something to others that they will enjoy. Also, I love the idea of being part of something so wonderful.

So that’s my writing journey in a nutshell, or a post for that matter! What’s your writing journey? When did your love for writing begin?

 

 

The Importance of Reading

Today’s post is a little different in that, instead of it being about writing, it’s about reading. Also, this post is a little more observational than anything else.

I don’t remember when or why I really started thinking about this one day, but I realized how important reading truly is and how much we do it without even realizing it. There are words all over the place – in books, on billboards, in restaurant menus, in magazines – everywhere. If you don’t know how to read, you really can’t get very far in life.

I’m sure that many of you reading this have already come to this conclusion, but I don’t think it’s something that most of us really think about. I think it’s something that we just do without giving a second thought to it. What if we didn’t have the ability to read? How scary would that be?

I don’t have any kids and I’ve never donated money to any charities that teach kids to read (I don’t really make any money to be able to do so), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the importance of teaching individuals to read. When I was in elementary school, our class had the opportunity to read to first graders and let me tell you, it was quite inspirational. Maybe I didn’t realize it at the time, but thinking back, it was a wonderful opportunity. Here I was teaching someone to read – helping them spell out the words and everything. I (and many others) helped kids learn to read! How great is that?

My point is that reading is important. I think that so many of us read without even thinking about what a blessing it truly is. The fact that we can actually sound out words in our mind and understand them really truly is amazing and highly beneficial. So much in this world can only be understood if one has the ability to read.

So take some time today to really think about how blessed you are to be able to read. Even if you don’t like to read books, being able to comprehend the words in front of you is important. So many in this world don’t have the ability or struggle in their journey to learn.