Reviews, Thanks & A NEW Thesaurus is Coming!

Happy Wednesday, Musers! I hope like me, everyone is getting back into the rhythm of work, school and writing again, carving bits of time to work on your latest and greatest projects. I am so proud of each and every one of you for your perseverance and dedication to this writer's road!

You Are Awesome

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First, a big THANK YOU to everyone who has so kindly posted a book review on Amazon of The Emotion Thesaurus. Great things have happened as a result--the ET is #3 on Amazon's Highest Rated List for Writing Books and I am sure that the rating helped the book get picked up by the University of Illinois for their Creative Writing program. Seriously, thank you!

Have you fallen for a book lately?  If so, consider writing a review for it. :) Writers more than anyone know the work behind those breathtaking worlds and characters so intensely original they sweep us right into their stories. I'm sure most of you know about the recent black mark caused by a select few who paid in bulk for fake reviews, but this should not take away from all the honest reviews out there, am I right?

You Are Awesome, Pt. 2

The ET Loves You, Too!
I also want to piggy back on this to also give our sincerest appreciation to those of who have purchased the Emotion Thesaurus book and then recommended it to other writers on industry listservs, critique groups, teachers and more. You've posted on blogs, mentioned it on forums and even written about it in newsletters. Word of mouth is the most valuable currency and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our readers. The ET is a success because of you and we are determined to continue to work hard and bring you helpful new content! 


And Speaking of New Book Content...

As Becca and I wind up what we've dubbed 'The Discoverability Tour' for the ET, we are turning our attention to the next Thesaurus Book. *cheers* I can't tell you how excited we are about this! However, in the interest of sharing what we learned from our first attempt at launching a book into the world, we're open to some future posts on Marketing if this would be helpful to readers. So, if you have specific questions you'd like us to answer/discuss about our choice to launch the book by sidelining it in favor of Random Acts Of Kindness For Writers, what we did to encourage discoverability, our marketing focus or anything in between, please leave them in the comments!

A New Thesaurus On The Blog? Yep!

By Husky via Wikimedia Commons
It's time to tuck the Character Trait Thesaurus into our sidebar and move to a new Thesaurus! Becca and I have picked something that we believe will help writers in a vital area of description. We'll have the official introduction for it this Saturday, so check back. I will say this: it will help you build your characters!

Spam Must Die

One last thing...The Bookshelf Muse is becoming a huge target for spammers using the Anonymous function to leave comments to create back-links. Now while our spam filter catches these before they hit the blog, we still get emails for them. I'm talking 40 or more emails a day...so you can imagine how bloated our inboxes are getting. We've decided to shut off the ability to leave anonymous comments because of this. I know a few of you may not have Blogger, Twitter or Facebook accounts that allow you to comment otherwise, and I apologize. However you are always welcome to send us emails instead if you like. Just click on our blogger profiles! 

Oh, I am hanging out at two different places today, so I hope you'll stop in:

@ Seeing Creative: The Subtle Knife: Creating Characters Readers Trust But Shouldn't

@ The Writer's Dojo: Emotion-Charged Settings

Don't forget to comment if you have any questions or topics you'd like us to cover in future posts regarding what we did to market our book! If something we did might help you, we're happy to talk about it!

28 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

That's great news ladies! Congrats. I look forward to the new book.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I can't wait for the new thesaurus and the new book. :D

Catherine A. Winn said...

I'm so happy for your success with The Emotion Thesaurus. I can't even begin to tell you how it helped me as a fledgling writer! I kept sending people to your blog to use it. Now a new thesaurus?! Wowie! Zowie! I cannot wait!!!!!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Can't wait for the new thesaurus and the new book!

Ava Jae said...

I know I've said it before, but CONGRATULATIONS! You ladies deserve all of the success you've had with The Emotion Thesaurus and more. Can't wait to hear the details on the new thesaurus!

Patti said...

A second book, I'm so excited. I love the first one.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Woot! So excited for the next thesarus.

Turn off the anonymous comments and the spam goes away. I did that. Just let people know they have to be regisered somewhere if they want to comment.

Kelly Polark said...

Wow! That's exciting news, you two. I bet you are hard at work though!!! Good luck!

Beth said...

Can't wait to hear more about your new venture!

Angela Ackerman said...

Aw gosh you guys--thanks! But this post is about thanking all of you! Really, Becca and I would be lost without everyone's support of us. We can't even begin to articulate what it means to us. :)

I hope the next thesaurus will help everyone with a new aspect of description--I'm looking forward to adding a new one to the sidebar! :)

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Congrats on the success of ET! It's a great resource and I looked at it just yesterday when revising a scene in my WIP. Looking forward to seeing your new thesaurus!

Joan Satterlee said...

I can't tell you how helpful ET has been to me as a writer. Are you going to compile the other thesauruses on your site? Please say yes! My finger is ready to push the "buy" button. :-)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great news about your new book. We've been getting lots more spam lately too. It's really annoying.

Laura Pauling said...

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Looking forward to the new book! Even with all the paid for reviews, I still base many purchases on the reviews from Goodreads and Amazon. I read them and see if there is a theme running through them.

I know many authors declare they don't leave reviews but I love leaving them for books. I love leaving them for friends' books. So there! ;)

Sarra Cannon said...

Yay! A new thesaurus. You guys rock, seriously. Your ET is probably my #1 must-have writing tool on hand. I need to go leave a good review, so thanks for reminding me. Keep up the amazing work!

Marcy said...

Blogger ate my comment the first time, so I'll try again :)

I'm looking forward to the new thesaurus coming out, and also to your series on marketing. Marketing is an area where I'm very weak and I know I need to learn more about it before I have a book out.

Angela Ackerman said...

It is wonderful to hear how much the ET is helping all of you! I hope that you guys will be just as satisfied with our other books as they come out, and our blog thesaurus content as well. :)

Diana said...

So excited for the new thesaurus! My copy of the emotion thesaurus is a constant companion to my laptop. Wherever I go, they both go.

Martha Ramirez said...

YES!!!! Can't wait to see!! Super congrats on making it to #3 again. Good to hear I wasn't the only one who was getting those dumb Spam emails every single day. Yes, very annoying.

Gina Fava said...

Fantastic! Congratulations :)

Susanne Drazic said...

Another thesaurus? Yes!!
: )

Traci Kenworth said...

Wohoo!! Looking forward to it. Good luck!!

kittyb78 said...

Spam is always a big problem, especially for a wildly popular site like this one.

Ooh! I'm all excited about this new thesaurus.

TeresaR said...

I can't wait to check out the new thesaurus too!

I've noticed the same thing about the spam. My blog doesn't get nearly the amount of traffic that I'm sure yours does, and I still get those Anonymous spam message. Grrrr. Unfortunately, I'm using Disqus for comments and I think I have to open comments for everyone in order for it to work.

creativewritingintheblackberrypatch said...

That's wonderful! You are a great help to all of us writers.

Karen Lange said...

Oh yay, a new one! Congratulations to both of you! :)

Tracy Campbell said...

I can't wait to add the next book to my collection. Perhaps, it won't be long before I amass a shelf full.

Book Omnivore said...

I can't believe how far you and Becca have come since this first started. You really have created quite the phenomenon.

If you need a hand dealing with any of your overspill email or admin tasks, just give me a shout.

Good luck with your new book! Fiona xx

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