Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! It’s that time again. A quick wrap-up of the week, and a little discussion about writing. Hopefully you’ll join in at the end.

This week was a hodgepodge for me. I wrote, I revised, I edited. I read and wrote reviews. I created graphics. I even tried a different tactic to get AMS ads to work for me. (I haven’t quite given up yet, but as of this moment, it’s not working.) Amazon, if you’re reading this (and we all know you aren’t), please give authors access to run ads for their work. Not all of us self-published, so we don’t all have titles on our dashboard. You’ve already written code allowing us to claim titles as ours on our author profiles; transfer that ability to the marketing end of things. PLEEEEASE.

As usual, my pleas will fall on deaf ears. Or uninterested ones. Sigh.

So, yeah, I was all over the place this week. But one thing was constant: words have power. A lot of power. Whether I was writing, editing, or complaining about the powers that be at Amazon, there were some colorful phrases. And I just love it when I’m reminded of that. I think Margaret Atwood said it best:

A word after a word after a word is power.

I don’t often feel powerful. It seems I’m usually reacting to things and not proactively going through life. This quote really inspired me by reminding me that I do have power. And that’s a glorious thing.

And now, this week’s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Posts by others in the industry:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great week! Arrivederci!

49 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Man, I hate that, trying to use a company’s services, because hey, they put them there for you to use, right? And it turns out to be more trouble than it should. Yeesh. I’ve got to set up search categories, and the little I looked into it so far makes it seem like easy-peasy if you publish through them, but if you’re published elsewhere, good luck.

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    • The most frustrating part (well, parts)? 1. They already know how to let an author claim a book. If we can do it on our author page, we should be able to do it on our ads page. And 2. If they let us do it, they’d make more money from us, which is what they’re all about, anyway. So, why not?

      Rant over. Sorry.

      If you’re self-publishing, it really isn’t too hard. Provided it all goes smoothly. And if you aren’t, it’s your publisher’s headache, so…

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  2. I’m sorry you’re having AMS issues, Staci. Have you given them a call? I’m sure you thought of that already. I haven’t really worked with them much yet, too confusing for this pea-brain, lol.
    My week has been a mess; we had to put our beloved dog to sleep on Monday, my grandson fell through a frozen pond and got soaked the same day (thank God my daughter was nearby!), Tuesday our water froze, Wednesday our septic plugged, and I have four days left to finish a book before I blow my deadline- oiy!
    Hope next week brings a little sunshine and lollipops 🙂

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    • Oh, Jacquie… that’s all awful! I’m grateful no one was seriously hurt, but I’m praying for all of you anyway.

      I did reach out to Amazon. Their helpful reply. “This isn’t a service we offer to authors at this time.” Seems easy enough to do, so I’m assuming the “at this time” part was faux courtesy and they never plan to offer that as an option.

      Wishing you a better next week and rapid writing!

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  3. You’ve gotten a lot farther than me in trying to figure out AMS. And I didn’t realize it was a problem for traditionally published authors. Ugh!

    You might have been all over the place this week but everything was related to writing and it all goes with the field. Consider everything you did necessary accomplishments. I have been remuninating about a new book and am almost ready to begin assembling notes.

    Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

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    • I feel like that, too. I thought it was a result of getting older, then I thought it was taking on a new job. After that, I thought it was changes here at home that require my attention. I don’t think it’s any of that, though. I think I’m slowing down, and I think demands are picking up. I’ll figure it out. Eventually. And you will, too.

      I’m glad my review inspired you. Your writing inspires me, and for that, I am grateful.

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  5. Staci, maybe a hodgepodge week but still very active on the writerly front for you. AMS? What is that? Some of this is like a new language to me!

    Wow! I love the quote and this will stay with me … it is wonderfully inspiring and reinforces the reason for our labours!

    Happy Weekend! 😀🌼

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    • AMS stands for Amazon Marketing Services. They’ve renamed it Amazon Advertising something-or-other, but I still call it AMS. Whatever their name, they aren’t equipped to let authors who aren’t self-published advertise. You have to be the publisher of record, and I’m not. So either I convince my publisher to advertise for me the way I want (which would be a huge effort and they’d never agree to) or they give me access to their dashboard and I do it myself (which we all know would never happen). I think, since Amazon allows authors to claim books on their author page, it shouldn’t be hard for them to let us claim books on an advertising page. Foolish of me to think they’d make it easy for us TO GIVE THEM MONEY.

      I’m about to go on a tirade again.

      I’m glad you found the quote inspiring. Wishing you a good weekend, too.

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  6. I’ve had a few of those weeks lately, too. I love this quote. Words do have power and we have the choice of how to use them. That’s very powerful indeed! Have a great weekend Staci!

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