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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

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Two Landmarks This Week

Earlier this week , I posted my 300th blog post. The overall goal is to reach 1,000 and reach 500 by the end of the year. In the last few weeks, blog hits and comments have noticeably risen, and my colleague and mentor, Lloyd Lofthouse,  for this, saw a big jump between the 300-400 mark.

In addition, Left Coast Voices broke into the top 1 million ranked blogs (there are 400 million) and this went quicker than we anticipated. It is important to set clear and measureable goals. I feel this is what separates those serious authors from the hobbyists. 

I am interested to hear from authors who focus on blogging to sell their books:

1) What were your goals for the year/month/…

2) At what point  in your blog and online development did you begin to see consistent sales rise?

 

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Alon Shalev is the author of The
Accidental Activist
(now available on Kindle) and A
Gardener’s Tale
. He is the Executive Director of
the
San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides
spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area.
More on Alon
Shalev
at http://www.alonshalev.com/
and on Twitter
(#alonshalevsf).

The Right to Respond pt. 2

Yesterday, I mentioned the controversy surrounding a negative book review given by a blogger and the reaction of the author, which kicked up a lot of dirt on the Information Highway.

A good friend of mine,  author Lloyd Lofthouse, has an interesting personal story that touches on this. When he received a bad review from a religious critic who didn’t like the sexual connotations in his first novel, My Splendid Concubine, it made Lloyd reflect on what his Catholic mother would have said. You can read his five short posts here – My Mother Would Have Burned My Book.

Lloyd Lofthouse

I found this fascinating, how we can all live together but in such different worlds. My mother-in-law helped to edit Unwanted Heroes (currently in the 1/4 finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards) and actually worked on a sexual explicit chapter while she and I sat opposite each other in a coffee shop. Let the record show that the cool, sophisticated one at the coffee table was not the uptight, British author!
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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

 

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