GIVEAWAY Time!

For the release of my of my debut novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED, I’m doing a HUGE giveaway!

It’s open for everyone, internationally. There will be 2 winners. 1 for Instagram and 1 for Facebook. The details are below but if you want to be a part of it, you have to go to my social media pages and follow the rules to enter and have a chance to win a $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

Winners will be announced via my Youtube channel on the 1st of July, 1800 AEST. Make sure you have subscribed and turned your notifications ON!

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY

YOUTUBE CHANNEL


1st PRIZE will receive:

🎁 $50 Amazon Gift Card; and 

🎁 A signed physical book!*

The next 5 winners will receive a FREE EBOOK copy of SHADOW OF THE WICKED!*

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To enter:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

1️⃣ Follow me at @douglas.w.t.smith or @authordouglaswtsmith

2️⃣ Like this post⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

3️⃣ Comment TWO FRIENDS 

For an extra entry, tag DIFFERENT FRIENDS in a separate comment, or SHARE TO YOUR STORY AND TAG ME (@douglas.w.t.smith or @authordouglaswtsmith).

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Good luck!!

*Must be willing to give out full name, address and email to receive gifts. Not affiliated with Instagram, Facebook, Amazon or any other company.

Three Creative Things To Do In Self-Isolation

In this useful post, I write about how to deal with the pandemic by recommending 3 creative things to keep you sane in self-isolation.

We may all need to find some things to do now that we can’t go anywhere.

Whether or not you feel this pandemic is overblown, you will be confronted with the fact that many things you normally do are not available right now.

This is a short list of creative things to keep you sane that you can do for free.

Regardless of what you choose to do, it is important to keep to a schedule. This will give purpose to your day even if you find yourself in quarantine.

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Why and How Should Authors Build a Mailing List?

I’ve done a bit of research into why authors need mailing lists. If you have a strong mailing list, you will sell books. If you don’t, you might, but you might not. Therefore, your best effort is spent building an email list so you can sell more books.

With an email list, you can promote and share new ideas, products, and services and then direct readers to a place where they can make the purchase. I began building my mailing list two months ago and it sits at a comfortable number but I regret not starting when I created this blog.

If you haven’t signed up to my mailing list to recieve exclusive offers, free stories and extracts from my novel. Click the link below to be taken to my sign-up page.

Mailing List

To continue from the title, below are Why and How Authors Should Build A Mailing List. 

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Six Superhero Quotes From Stan Lee

We were all saddened by the passing of Stan Lee, the legendary comic book artist and co-creator of some of pop culture’s most enduring superheroes. As a fiction writer, I have always appreciated Stan Lee’s method of writing, even though I have never written comics before – there are lessons in which fiction writers can learn from him.

Here are six inspiring quotes from the legendary creator of superheroes.

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Paperback or Electronic Books

It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Work in Progress and this week is:

Paperback or Electronic books?

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To Build a World, Part Three

In last week’s post, I discussed some world-building basics for science fiction and fantasy writers. How to Build a World, Part Two.

These included tips about rules and consistency for information dumping, character point of views, and an in depth look at rules and magic.

This week I will point out the physical world, including the geography and cities in your fantasy/ sci-fi novel.

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Work in Progress

It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

For those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and the different perspectives of it. Last weeks post was What Point of View Do You Choose? and this week is:

Work in Progress (W.I.P)

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Ten Reasons to Read Books

Reading books makes us an all round better person by making us happier. It helps our ability to communicate, it boosts our creativity, and brings our humanity into sharp focus.

So here’s a quick list why people should read more books:

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Finding a Literary Agent

It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Plotters and Pantsers and this week is:

Finding a Literary Agent.

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Plotter and Pantser

,It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Character Voice Between Multiple POVs and this week is:

Plotter and Pantser.

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