Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday's This and That

Some of This, a Little of That...

What's your take on book reviews? Will you purchase a book based on a review? Do you think reviews are just for new books? Dana Lynn Smith shares her insight on 6 Common Myths About Book Reviews over at C. S. Lakin's blog Live Write Thrive.

Raise and rise - not sure which one to use? Check out Brian Klems' post for the lowdown on this tricky question. Don't worry, Klems offers an easy solution.

Nina Amir's guest post, How to Build an Author Platform by Blogging a Book over at Pen and Prosper, discusses how to take blog content and turn it into a book. Talk about a great idea! She also discusses the the importance of blogging as a means to build an author platform. Check it out here.

Have you jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet? Not sure where to start? Jean Fischer offers insight on what Pinterest can do for us in this post, Pinterest for Writers.

Today, November 15th, is I Love to Write Day! If you missed the post with the info on his wonderful holiday, click here.

Thank you! :)

This time of year causes me to reflect on things I am thankful for. Please know that I count you among my blessings. You have enriched my life in so many ways. Your unfailing support is a great encouragement. Thank you so very much, dear blogging friends!

For those of you in the United States, I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving! To those of you outside of the US, have a wonderful week!

I am taking a blog break to visit with family and friends. See you on November 29.

Happy writing,

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  1. Enjoy time with family and friends! If you get a chance to peek in on November 19, you'll have a surprise.

  2. Hi Karen .. book reviews for when you get to read them (if you want to write them) ... Pinterest - nope haven't jumped on the band wagon and there's the copyright issue re photos etc ..

    Grammar is a nightmare sometimes - I simply don't understand it - yet it seems to be embedded in me (usually!!)

    Have the most fantastic break and enjoy meeting up with family and friends .. cheers Hilary

  3. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for the tips and links. And wishing you and your family a joyful and blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time off.

  4. Thanks for all the links, Karen. Hope you have a blessed and joyful time with your family this Thanksgiving. Susan

  5. Thanks for the wondeful lineup, Karen. Enjoy your break!

  6. Carole,
    Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    Thanks, looking forward to it! :)

    I am sure I can find a minute or two to hop over. :) Thanks a bunch!

    I know, have heard about the copyright thing with Pinterest. Not sure how it all works. Thanks so much!

    You are welcome. Hope you have a grand time with family as well!

    Glad to share them all. :) Hope your time with family is sweet!

    You are welcome. :) Thanks so much!

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  7. I started a pinterest board, but then all that scary stuff came out about people being taken to court for posting pictures without permissions and now I'm gun shy about the whole pinterest thing. I love it though and sad to not be able to use it much any more.

  8. I've had Pininterest on my 'to do' list for awhile. It does look like fun but am wary now after reading Angela's message. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  9. Angela,
    I signed up for it but haven't done anything with it yet. And then there was the picture thing, like you said, and I'm gun shy too! Oh well. :)

    It makes me wonder too. My daughter and daughter in law use it, so I should ask them about the ins and outs of it.

    Happy writing,

  10. Thanks for the links, Karen. If I find a book that looks interesting, I will stop by the review page and check it out, just to see.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  11. Ooh, going to read that book review one...thanks Karen!

  12. Thanks for the links.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Have a wonderful break, my friend! You're my go-to person for resources, that's for sure.


  14. I do purchase books as the result of a book review. I find them helpful. On the other hand, I may decide to not purchase a book b/c of the review. I find them helpful.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  15. Joylene,
    You're welcome! I check out the reviews sometimes too. It depends on what I know about the book, too.

    It was an interesting read. Hope you like it! :)

    You are welcome! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanks so much! Have a great weekend. :)

    Thanks a bunch! Glad to be of help. :)

    I know, for me it depends too. But I am glad they are there.

    Thank you! Hope the links are helpful. :)

    Happy reading,

  16. Thanks for the links! New follower here. Thanks for the comment on my A-Z interview.

    I haven't tried Pinterest yet. There's the copyright issues, but I also don't tend to use pictures much with my writing. I have a strong image of things in my head already. I haven't looked into it in detail though, so I might try it at some point!

  17. I didn't know that they reviewed older books. That's good to know. I enjoy reading reviews and have purchased books because of them.

  18. Thanks for the links!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Karen.

  19. Nick,
    Thanks for coming by to say hello. Thanks also for the follow! It was great to meet you over at the A to Z blog. Enjoyed my stop at your blog too. I hear you about Pinterest - have been feeling the same way. May jump in someday!

    I've seen it done here and there, although it does seem more with newer ones. They all come in handy!

    You are welcome! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Have a great time with your family!

    Happy writing,

  20. Enjoy your blog break and your Thanksgiving, Karen!

  21. enjoy your time...and yes, i enjoy book reviews. it helps to put to light what others think of books, too!

    new follower, hi!

  22. As always, thanks for the links. :) Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

  23. Thanks for the links and have a happy break!


  24. Happy Thanksgiving!!! Have a great break!

  25. Ruth,
    Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! :)

    Nice to meet you! Thanks for commenting and following! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

    You are welcome! Hope you have a great one as well. :)

    You're welcome! Hoping to get a lot done! :)

    Thanks so much! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

    Blessings all,

  26. Happy Thanksgiving Karen! Enjoy your time away. Hugs and kisses. xxx

  27. Raymonde,
    Thanks, sweet friend! It's always good to see you.
    Sending hugs across the pond,

  28. Hi, Karen:

    I hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving! To answer two of your questions, I will buy a book based on a review, but that review must come from a friend whose likes are similar to mine. A rave review from said friend can sway me to buy the book each time.

    As for Pinterest, nope, haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet. I see it in my future, though!

    Going to check out your other links now, especially the one on Pen and Prosper.

    Hope you are doing great.

  29. Excellent links. Hope you have a nice break!

  30. Janette,
    Thanksgiving was wonderful, thank you! Hope yours was nice as well. :) Hope you enjoy the links!

    Thanks so much! The break has been great; I needed it. :)

    Happy writing,

  31. I hope your break was relaxing. And I hope you ate lotsa pie and yummy chocolate stuff for Thanksgiving.

    I'll check out the links. Mwah! Love my amigo.


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