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Liebster Award!

Hey everyone! My good friend Sarah from sarahwarsi.com has nominated me for the Liebster Award. While my anxiety blog at Getting Through Anxiety has been nominated several times for this award, this is the first time that my author page has been nominated! I am so excited to receive this award and honored that such a wonderful individual has selected me, along with other great blogs, to be a part of this great achievement!

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Instructions for accepting the award and passing it on:
Answer the questions that were provided, and then share some facts about yourself.
Create a new set of your own questions for others to answer.
Nominate at least 5 other bloggers and share your blog post with them so they can accept their awards

Sarah’s Questions For Me To Answer:

What is your favourite blog post that you’ve written and why?

Going through my posts, I think I’d have to say that one of my favorites is the post entitled: Accepting Compliments, Being Proud of Your Accomplishments. I think that, many times as writers, we doubt our abilities and talents – causing us to find it hard to believe that someone can actually enjoy our work. Additionally, I think that we sometimes fear that it’s not okay to be proud of the writing that we produce – we worry that it will make us conceited. The truth is that it’s okay, and even good to give ourselves the credit that we deserve!
What is one thing that people may not know about you that might surprise them?

While I’ve always liked reading and writing, I actually used to think it would be really cool to be a fashion designer! I really like clothes and would sometimes even draw out on paper what I thought would make cool designs!
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting their own blog?

I would first and foremost tell them that, if it’s not something that they’d think they’d enjoy, to not bother. I think that blogging should be fun, or at least, something that the blogger finds beneficial. Also, while I think the writer should blog for themselves, writing for an audience and really having a passion for what you’re writing can make your posts more meaningful to both yourself, and others as well. Lastly, I think someone should understand that blogging doesn’t always lead to making a profit and that blogging should be mostly about the love of writing, helping yourself, and others. There’s nothing wrong with possibly blogging for money, but not including true passion and love within your posts, in my opinion anyways, would be a huge mistake.

Questions for My Nominees To Answer:

1.) What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

2.) What have you learned about yourself through blogging/writing?

3.) Do you ever think of turning your blogging into something else? A book? A newsletter, etc.? Explain.

MY NOMINEES!

1.) Travis– An inspirational blog written by an inspirational man.

2.) K.M. Allan – A kind and talented writer who is constantly trying to support others.

3.) Mary – A great friend, blogger, and all around great person!

*I know that I’m supposed to nominate at least five bloggers, but I’ve nominated many people for this award. To see the full list of my nominees, please feel free to click here! Thank you and congratulations!

 

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THANK YOU!

Hey everybody! I’d like to take some time to thank all of you who continue to support my writing! Being an author is so much fun and you have all made my dreams come true by cheering me on and allowing my words to be a part of your everyday lives. Whether you simply stop by and like my posts or have purchased one or both of my books, you have contributed to making me very happy and I appreciate that very much.

I must admit that I wasn’t always sure that I’d be a published author. There have definitely been times when I’ve doubted myself and even now that I’m officially published, I still wonder if I’m good enough. You guys have been so kind and instrumental in my writing journey and I just want to thank you for being here for me.

I wish you all the best in accomplishing your own dreams and please remember to never give up! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Thanks,

B.W. Ginsburg

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Don’t Sell Indie Authors Short

Before I begin this post, let me be clear – I am not writing this so that you will purchase my books. I am writing this post because I think its message is important.

I think as writers, we all worry that we’re not talented enough; that our writing and our stories aren’t good enough to share with the world. I also think that for those of us who are independently published authors, we sometimes feel inadequate or question our legitimacy as writers because we have not been published in the more traditional sense.

I can honestly say that I can relate to this issue. While I believe in my writing and in my stories, I sometimes feel like I’m not a ‘real’ author. No traditional publishing agency has ever offered me a contract or anything of the sort. I’ve taken it upon myself to get my fictional pieces out there and, because of this, I sometimes question whether or not I can call myself a true author.

Additionally, I think a lot of people sell indie authors short. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, whose writing are you going to put more faith in? A household name like Stephen King or a name you’ve hardly ever heard of or never heard of before? I’m not saying that there aren’t amazing people out there who take chances on new authors, but I don’t think it’s a very popular thing to do.

I’m going to admit something, I’m the same way. It’s hard for me to spend money on a book written by an author I’ve never heard of and who has published their books themselves. There are a lot of books out there that I don’t like that are written by well-known authors, so buying something written by someone I’ve never heard of is especially difficult.

However, I have learned something. Every writer deserves a fair chance to be heardWhile it’s a cliché, every author was once a writer that wasn’t super well-known. Even Stephen King had his days when people sat and thought, “Who the hell is that?”. While perhaps not self-published, the King of Horror would have never become the famous author he is today if no one ever took a chance on him and read his work!

I recently read a book by a self-published author and I couldn’t get enough of it! His writing style was incredible and his story was a fantastic one to read! I admit that there have been some self-published authors that when I have read their work, I haven’t really enjoyed it, but there have also been independently published authors that I have found quite talented.

If you’re reading this post and thinking, yeah, but it’s still a crap shoot when picking what indie authors are actually talented, you are absolutely right. But you know what, it’s the same thing with authors who are famous or highly well-known. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read books by well-known writers and simply not understood the appeal. We all have different tastes and dismissing self-published authors solely based on the fact that they are not traditionally published would be a crime against literature and honestly, a shame. Writers work extremely hard so that their finished product can be a successful one – selling them short would be a huge mistake.

So yes, I understand how tough it can be to take a chance on a writer who is relatively new to the game. But passing an author by just because they may not be experienced as other writers can be dangerous to literature. After all, we could be missing out on something truly spectacular.

Next time you see or hear about a book that interests you, but hesitate to purchase it because you’ve never heard of the writer or because they’re self-published, consider this: by not reading the author’s work, you may just be skipping out on wonderful opportunities – the chance to give hope and confidence to an up-and-coming writer and the chance to read something earth shatteringly fantastic!

So give all authors a chance! Don’t just read books that are written by authors that are famous or well-known. Don’t think that just because someone wasn’t traditionally published, that they can’t be talented. Good writing is not dependent on whether or not an author is a best-seller or someone just beginning to get their toes wet, it’s dependent on how hard a writer works and how much talent they bring to the table – or should I say to the page? So take a chance on a book that sounds interesting, you may just be pleasantly surprised!

 

*This post was inspired by the book, The Appointment, by Luke P. Narlee. Luke did not ask me to write this post, but rather it was my decision to spread awareness to the reading community that self-published authors can be just as talented (if not, more so) as authors who are lucky enough to find traditional publishing opportunities. I can honestly say that Luke’s book is one of the best novels I have read all year. If that doesn’t teach me the lesson that all writers – no matter how experienced – can have talent, then I don’t know what will!

**Special thanks goes to all those who support indie authors. Thank you also to those who have taken a chance on me as an author – I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your support.

If you’d like to check out Luke’s work, please feel free to do so below. Also, please remember all of the indie authors out there and don’t pass them by when considering your next read!

https://www.amazon.com/Luke-P-Narlee/e/B01MAUYYVP/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Thank You,

B.W. Ginsburg

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Writing Review

Hey everybody! I just thought I would give you all an update on my writing. Thank you for your support!

Current Published Work (Available for Purchase):

  • Rest in Piece – Novel, YA Fantasy/Horror Fiction, Published in 2016, Available for Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon.com.
    • Kindle Price – $4.99
    • Paperback Price – $12.99
  • Abstract Clarity – Short Story Collection, Adult Fantasy/Horror Fiction, Published in 2017, Available for Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon.com.
    • Kindle Price – Reg. $4.50, Sale – $2.99 (Sale now – December 12th)
    • Paperback Price – Reg. $12.99, Sale – $9.99 (Sale now – December 12th)

Additional Writing:

Freelancer for The Seeds 4 Life – Site for inspirational articles.

Mental Health Blogger – Getting Through Anxiety

Current Projects:

Adult fantasy/romance novel about love, fate, supernatural forces, and healing.

Adult detective/thriller/fantasy novel that includes solving crimes, experiencing the impossible, and finding the answers one’s been looking for.

Social Media:

In addition to the writing you see above, I also post pictures and the occasional poem on my Instagram Page.

Questions?

If you have any questions about my past, current, or future works, would like to be interviewed on my blog, or would just like to talk about your love of books, please feel free to contact me through the Contact Page , Instagram, or in the comment sections of this blog. Thank you!

-B.W. Ginsburg

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Site Update!

Hey guys! I decided to update my author site a bit. I was getting a little tired of how the other one looked. I hope that this one is just as easy, if not easier, to navigate and that you all enjoy exploring everything the site has to offer! If you have any questions about the site itself, my books, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask. As always, thank you for all your support!

-B.W. Ginsburg

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Reviews for Rest in Piece!

Hey everyone! As a writer and reader, I understand the importance of not wanting to spend ones hard earned money on a book that they are not going to enjoy. While everyone’s tastes are different and reviews are not always a guarantee of what you will receive, they are definitely helpful when deciding whether or not to purchase a book, or any other item for that matter.

For ease of access, I have compiled a number of links below where you can find reviews for my YA horror/fantasy novel, Rest in Piece. Special thanks goes to all who support my writing!

Reviews for Paperback version of Rest in Piece:

Reviews for Ebook version of Rest in Piece

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Kindle E-book Giveaway

 

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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!