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Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #17

Lots of congratulations to go around today! First, to Lisa Cherry, whose book, Soul Journey, was published yesterday! Woo-hoo! Hats off. Kudos to you! Yippee. Hip, hip, hooray!

Also, we want to welcome Helene Poulakou to the Author Blog Challenge. Helene was one of the first people to register, but due to life and circumstances and stuff, she put up her first post of the challenge yesterday. Welcome, Helene, and many congrats on your “Illuminating Blogger” award!


Learn more about Lisa’s gratitude and Helene’s award in the Day 14 recap.


If you’d like to see ALL the writing prompts that have been released to date, please visit the PROMPTS page.


Winner for Day 14 – Melissa Khalinsky. She wins a gift from CK Brooks, the eBook A Deadly July. Price: $2.99 USD. 82,370 words. Published on September 14, 2011. Fiction/mystery. The story continues as the Mono County summer fills with visitors enjoying outdoor sports and leisure activities surrounded by spectacular views. “Wild by Nature” is the county’s motto, but July brings a roller coaster ride of death and destruction. Sheriff deputies struggle to cope with department’s resources stretching thin, ..but just as it seems things can’t get any worse, they do. Offer expires July 8.

Thanks to Lisa Cherry for the Day 15 donation: the eBook Beautiful Daily Affirmations – handpicked just for you…


Onward we go with the 16th writing prompt of the challenge…

Describe the market for your book – to the tiniest detail (e.g., childless divorced women past age 50 who want to remarry). Why that demographic? How do you connect with them to market to them?

Writing Prompt #14:

Did you publish your book as a traditionally printed book, an eBook, or both? How did you come to your decision? Which company(ies) did you use for printing and distribution? How did you select them?

Writing Prompt #15:

This one may take a bit of work, but I promise, it will be worth it. Find someone you know, either online or in the real world, who is a true bibliophile and interview them about their reading habits. Ask questions such as:

  • How many books do they buy per month?
  • How many do they actually read?
  • What do they read?
  • Where do they buy their books?
  • Who is their favorite author (do not take offense if it is not you – that’s not the point here).
  • What do they like about the author?
  • How often do they attend signings/readings? What do they enjoy about them?
  • If they could ask their favorite author any question, what would it be?
  • Which book has most recently surprised or delighted them?
  • Of everything they’ve read so far this year, what would they most recommend?

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie


The Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.