Many people want to use e-books this summer, because carrying your personal library with you is a breeze when all you need to do is take along a small, portable, lightweight e-reader device. That is an ideal option whether you are traveling by car or plane, are going to the beach or just to the swimming pool, or are backpacking into the wilderness or going on a long bicycle excursion.
But those who are new to e-book technology can often feel intimidated by their e-reader devices because they don’t know exactly how they work. Just as when someone
As an avid horror reader in my teenaged years, my mother would often caution me about how much of “that trash” I read, to be careful I didn’t fill my head with horrors so terrible that it tainted my soul. My mother is quite religious and thus the “taint your soul” aspect of her cautions were almost inevitable. Her argument was that we become what we fill our hearts and minds with. Thus if I read too much horror stories, I would become horrible myself.
I guess there might be a certain amount of logic in that. Lately,
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One of the best (and worst) aspects of self-publishing, is the ability to connect directly to your readers using various social tools. The GoodReads platform is a very good example of this kind of ability. And while there have been a number of horror stories popping out from GoodReads.com, there is no denying the possibility of connecting in very real ways to those who read your books.
The primary thing to remember in this task is the fact that your readers are your gold mine. Without them, you’re simply writing for