It's the beginning of the second quarter! This year I've been trying a new way to plan, which includes quarterly goals... and quarterly reading lists!
So, here are ten books I hope to read this quarter!
1. SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL
SAVE THE CAT!® by Blake Snyder is a popular screenwriting book series and storytelling methodology used by screenwriters, directors, and studio execs across Hollywood. Now, for the first time ever, bestselling author and writing teacher, Jessica Brody, takes the beloved Save the Cat! plotting principals and applies them to the craft of novel writing in this exciting new “workshop style” guide, featuring over 20 full beat sheets from popular novels throughout time.
Whether you’re writing your first novel or your seventeenth, Save the Cat! breaks down plot in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method so you can write stories that resonate! This book can help you with any of the following:
Outlining a new novel
Revising an existing novel
Breaking out of the dreaded “writer’s block”
Fixing a “broken” novel
Reviewing a completed novel
Fleshing out/test driving a new idea to see if it “has legs”
Implementing feedback from agents and/or editors
Helping give constructive feedback to other writers
But above all else, SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL will help you better understand the fundamentals and mechanics of plot, character transformation, and what makes a story work!
2. HOW YOUR BOOK SELLS ITSELF
Bethany Atazadeh & Mandi Lynn
Are you terrified of marketing your book? Do you have it ready to go (or already published), but you feel stuck because you don’t know what to do next?Book marketing can feel like you’re never doing enough. It can seem impossible. How do you know if you’re focusing on the right marketing tactics? How do you know which strategy will work for you? What if you’re missing something?We’re here to help! Bethany Atazadeh and Mandi Lynn have each successfully marketed multiple novels and want to help you discover the best marketing tactics for YOU—starting with the book itself.Your book is your MOST powerful marketing tool.In these pages, we’ll walk through the ten fundamental aspects of your book that can make or break sales, and help you get them right! We’ll discuss genre, covers, titles, blurbs, formatting, editors, taglines, keywords, categories, how to develop a marketing mindset, and how to choose the right marketing strategies for you. This book is PACKED with information to help you succeed. Get your copy now!From indie authors Bethany Atazadeh and Mandi Lynn, please enjoy the first book in this new series, Marketing for Authors.
3. GROW YOUR AUTHOR PLATFORM
Mandi Lynn & Bethany Atazadeh
“How do I get my book discovered?” It’s a question every writer asks, whether it’s their first book, tenth book, or if the book still needs to be published.
Every year the amount of books published grows exponentially and your story only gets lost in the shuffle. You know you should be marketing, so you start a website, maybe a newsletter or blog, but you’re really just talking into the void. How do you find a place for yourself on the world wide web?
From indie authors Mandi Lynn and Bethany Atazadeh, book two in the Marketing for Authors series is dedicated to teaching you the many things you can do to start or grow your author platform.
Your platform is your base for all your marketing, so build it well.
Each chapter of the book is dedicated to focusing on a different platform you can use to increase exposure for yourself and your book. We’ll be talking about your website, email marketing, content marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogs, YouTube and Pinterest. Learn from Mandi and Bethany’s personal experiences using content marketing methods to gain thousands of followers that translate into book sales.
This book is loaded with information to teach you how to create content that shows up and that people want to share. Stop struggling to make a footprint online and instead make the web work with you.
4. BOOK SALES THAT MULTIPLY
Mandi Lynn & Bethany Atazadeh
The key to book marketing is not trying to sell your book to everyone, but selling it to your ideal reader.
Learn how to write sales copy and create graphics that help sell your book, whether in paid ads or on social media. You’ll get helpful tips and techniques to successfully promote your book through advertisements on Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads Giveaways, and even email advertisements. You'll also learn about many free ways to promote your book, such as newsletter swaps and ebook promotion websites.
Book marketing doesn't have to cost hundreds of dollars or require years of experience.
With an entire resources section at the end of the book, you’ll walk away feeling empowered to start promoting your book and ready to discover new readers. By the end of this book, you’ll know where to invest your time and money to multiply book sales.
5. CHAIN OF GOLD
Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.
James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.
6. CRESCENT CITY
Sarah J Maas
Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
7. PIRATE PRINCESS CHRONICLES
Peter Pan is more than the mischievous boy who won't grow up. Better lock your windows. Join Rommy and her friends on this rollicking adventure through a reimagined Neverland where mermaids are murderous, plants may eat you, and the heroes aren't who you thought they were.
Hook’s Daughter - Book 1
Her biggest hero may be Neverland’s greatest villain.
Stuck at an exclusive boarding school year round, Andromeda “Rommy” Cavendish counts down the days to her seafaring father’s twice yearly visits.
But he never shows up.
Worried that something awful has happened, Rommy dresses as a boy and sneaks out of her school. Traveling through nineteenth-century London, she discovers more questions than answers. To find her father she’ll have to go to the magical island of Neverland where heroes are villains, and her father might be the baddest villain of them all.
8. BETWEEN WORLDS
Do you believe in faeries? Alexis does, but not instinctively. She prefers a logical explanation for her friend Molly's disappearance. But after coming up with only dead ends, she wonders if the impossible could be possible.
Is Molly lost in the Faery Realm? Determined to find her friend, Alexis makes a deal with one of the fae to bring her into the Faery Realm. But it is dangerous, and if Alexis isn't careful, Molly won't be the only one who needs saving.
9. SUMMER AT ENIDS
Lydia is running away from her problems and into her eccentric grandmother’s arms. Spending the summer hidden from the world, she rediscovers faith and creativity... and finds healing for her heart. Weston has been living in the safety of Enid's woods for two years, ashamed of his past. When Lydia comes along, he's forced to look back just to see how far he's come...so he can finally move forward.
10. SILENT NIGHT
Emma K. C. Couette
In a future world, the skyscrapers of Haven City have crumbled and the government of today is no more. Death lurks around every corner and tomorrow is not promised. The Resistance and the Assassin's Guild fight for control of the city, but after decades of a silent war, no one expects victory.
In this lawless city, enemies are abundant, but three people are feared above all: the Charger, Black Death, and the mysterious assassin called Silent Night.
Silent Night has spent her whole life clawing her way to the top of the assassin list and has reached second place at the age of 18. She is days away from becoming Agent One when the tables are turned and a horrible truth is revealed.
The next day, Silent Night seeks out the Resistance, to aid in the destruction of the Assassin's Guild.
Silent Night expects hatred and mistrust from her former enemies, but one boy will surprise her and that boy might just be the death of her.
And there we have it! 10 books I plan to read over the next three books! Some are to help me with my self-publishing adventures, some are books I've been waiting forever to read, and others are by amazing Indie Authors I've gotten to know!
I also now have a TBR jar so this system might definitely change next quarter!
See anything you want to read on this list?