Thursday, July 18, 2013

Weds check-in: Free for you because . . .

Another crazy few days. Another late check-in. But let's get the WEDS ROW80 check-in out of the way so I can get back to something just for you: It's free! Available instantly because all you have to do is read on! (and I'm not talking about my books). Read on!


I'm doing the happy dance! Finished the edits (Sections 1-3) on Years of Stone yesterday morning!!!! This is maybe the 6th or 7th or 8th round of editing, so I'm really done. Started work on the cover and a new web site that's more author-like. My ultimate goal: To publish Years of Stone and Standing Stones before year-end AND

Not sure what's next. Got a big presentation Tuesday next week, so it's immersion time. Went to a fabric sale last night (yes, I'm a quilter) that started at 10 pm just to get that 40% discount. Skipped exercise this morning to get caught up and . . . Tomorrow I take my visiting mother-in-law (who wears a size 2) to 6th floor Macy's clearance center (70% off), and I promise to set my goals on Sunday more specifically.

Now for the FREE article for YOU!

I ran across this neat article by Gregory Ciotti, a copywriter, "The Five Most Persuasive Words in the English Language" because I was looking for a video of that funny and annoying little 6-second TV commercial from the 1960s.

A black bird appears on the TV screen and screams out, "I've got six seconds to sing: Buy Kraft cottage cheese, you'll love it, love it. Buy Kraft cottage cheese!"

I've been feeling like that bird this week: I've got six seconds! Yack!

But at the bottom of the article, I found a link to Ciotti's article on those five most persuasive words. So I jumped over instantly to take a look because today, we writers must market as well as write. Maybe I'll learn something new!

Here are those 5 most persuasive words in order of their importance: 

you, free, because, instantly, new

Really, Ciotti's explanations of each word are quite useful. I'm plugging them right into my marketing plan -- keeping in mind that my genre (historical fiction) trumps marketing. And what works for cottage cheese may not work for me.

How do we market without being too intrusive? Without sounding like a crazy bird? With only six seconds? How have you integrated marketing into your daily/weekly writing?

And here's the link:

Beth's Raffle Quilt Square (July 2012)


  1. First, your quilt square is divoon!
    and second, you are funny. You should skip exercise class more often.
    Thanks again for the heads up on the bible-study hackers. I have no clue.
    ~Just Jill

    1. Hi, Jill. Thanks for visiting and for the compliment about that quilt square. I think the final raffle quilt will be queen-sized with each square a different red-and-white. I'll post a pic after our next guild meeting when more squares come in, but it is fun to work on a group project like this. I'm just a beginner to intermediate quilter. Some of those ladies are rather amazing in their quilting skills! Perhaps that's just like writing. We take pleasure from our craft. Re the bible-hackers, that was pretty amazing to find that from our ROW80 linky. No repercussions so far!

  2. I wish I could have that quilt for free! It looks lovely :-)
    Congratulations on finishing edits!

    1. Hey, Deniz. You can always look! Yes, I'd say when I can't bring myself to look any further, I'm done. But two more scenes tickle my to-do list, so I don't know if I'm really done. Yet. Thanks for stopping by.


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