People DO still read during the “Summer Slump”
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by Ginger
4d ago
As the summer sun heats up, the temptation to take a break and relax becomes irresistible. But while it’s commonly believed that book sales tend to dip during these warmer months, there’s a golden opportunity hidden within this “summer slump”, especially for self-published authors. It’s possible to turn this seasonal slowdown to your advantage, ensuring your books become the go-to reads for vacationers everywhere. From understanding the summer reading habits of your audience to crafting compelling marketing strategies that resonate with the season’s vibe, Ginger covers everything you need to ..read more
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Add these Books for Children to Your Reading List
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by Hidden Gems
1w ago
Do you have a young reader in your life? Or maybe you’re looking for some titles to keep your kids busy on a Memorial Day road trip. We have a handful of books for children to add to your reading list! Our Hidden Gems ARC readers loved the following titles, and we bet your young bookworm will, as well. Oceanius’ Waves by Lion Tales With 14 ratings and an outstanding 4.8 average star rating, Oceanius’ Waves is a picture book recommended for children 5-8 years old and describes the Elemental Protectors’ journey to save Water World. Oceanius’ Waves is a standalone story that is part of the Elem ..read more
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Using Science Fiction Writing to Reflect Reality
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by Ginger
1w ago
Science fiction, a genre where futuristic worlds and advanced technologies serve as the setting for exploring profound societal issues, has always been more than mere escapism. For as long as the genre has existed, it’s been used to mirror both our deepest anxieties and our highest aspirations. By using fantastical backdrops to delve into pressing issues, authors not only captivate readers but also subtly encourage reflection on real-world challenges. By providing examples of how legendary sci-fi writers have used their stories as platforms for commentary and change, Ginger illustrates how we ..read more
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Self-published authors write the way to a better tomorrow
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by Ginger
2w ago
As self-publishing has become more accessible to everyday people, traditional publishers have seen their dominance and control over the industry start to fade. Aside from giving authors more control over their careers, this shift has also led to a significant transformation within the fiction landscape, enabling a wider range of voices to share their stories. As more people are given an opportunity to express themselves, we’re seeing the emergence of fresh ideas and sub-genres that are adding depth and variety to the literary world. As Ginger explains below, self-publishing has not only turne ..read more
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Thrillers That Will Keep You on the Edge
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by Hidden Gems
2w ago
Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of twists, bone-chilling scenes, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Hidden Gems ARC readers have had the privilege of diving into a plethora of suspenseful tales in recent months. Here’s a roundup of the most beloved and highly praised page-turners. Shadow in the Ward by Ari Gray In a future where AI threatens to replace the human touch in medicine, Dr. Seth Kelley faces burnout in his high-stress job. Joining a hospital trial using AI, disaster strikes when the system malfunctions. Seth, a programmer and medical student, must outsmart ..read more
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Using Alternating First-Person POV in your Novel
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by Ginger
3w ago
There are many ways to tell a story, and authors tend to write in the style that they find most comfortable. Yet there are sometimes reasons to select one style over another, aside from personal preference. For example, an alternating first-person point of view, with chapters switching between the perspectives of the main characters, can enrich storytelling in a variety of genres by offering a more intimate connection to the characters’ inner thoughts and feelings. Ginger discovered success with this POV style years ago, and has been using it in most of his novels ever since. Through his ..read more
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Spicy Romance Novels for your Summer TBR
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by Hidden Gems
1M ago
If you’re a regular on the Hidden Gems blog, you’ll know that spicy romance is the most popular genre in the Hidden Gems ARC program. Our readers know that no two love stories are the same, so they scoop up new books every chance they get. From mafia romance to light hearted rom coms, if you are looking for a new novel to add to your summer reading TBR list, there’s something for every romance reader on this list! Savage Betrayal by Ivy Thorn With over 80+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, Savage Betrayal is the first installment of the Dark Redemption series, a mafia romance duet. Fans of age ..read more
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The Author’s AI Toolkit – Prompting 101
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by Craig
1M ago
Last month, I kicked off this new AI author toolkit series with a brief overview of artificial intelligence (AI) and its importance for writers, including some available options and a preview of key topics we’ll explore in future installments. To truly benefit from this series, however, it’s essential that you understand the basics of how to interact with AI. That is, via Prompts. By now, most people are at least familiar with the terms “AI Prompts” or “Prompting” or “Prompt Engineering”, but may not be clear about what they really mean or why they are so important to AI. Even among those tha ..read more
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Some Good Mystery Novels to Add to your TBR List
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by Hidden Gems
1M ago
One of the most amazing things about the mystery genre is that there truly is something for everyone. No matter which side of the spectrum you prefer, we can all agree that page-turning intrigue is a must. If you’re looking for some good mystery novels to read, this list of books enjoyed by our Hidden Gems ARC readers is for you. Murder at Dawn by Patrick Kelly With 60+ ratings and a 4.7 star average, Murder at Dawn by Patrick Kelly is the final installment in the Wintergreen Mystery series. This series follows retired detective Bill O’Shea, after a murder takes place in Wintergreen, Virgini ..read more
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Using Facebook Ad Rules
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by Ginger
1M ago
If you’ve ever wondered why some of your carefully crafted Facebook ads seem to rarely get shown, while others are capturing all the spotlight, you’re not alone. The ad giant’s algorithms are perplexing, and often leave authors both puzzled and frustrated as they struggle to promote their books. That’s why today, Ginger is diving into some of the reasons why not all of our ads are treated equally and what might be happening behind the scenes to cause this apparent imbalance. Fortunately, he’s also giving us some ideas on how to level the playing field. One of the most powerful tools to make s ..read more
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