Friday Free-For-All – #conclusion #MemorialDay

Happy Friday!

We are celebrating a long holiday weekend here in the United States, and I will be out of pocket through Monday. If any of you are traveling, I wish you safety. If you’re staying home, I wish you a great weekend.

This will not be a long post, but I did want to recap the conclusions from last Friday’s post about finding readers for our books and how readership is declining.

Author Joan Hall found these interesting statistics I want to share with you. I was somewhat surprised by the results of the research. Thank you, Joan!

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Based on the many comments from last Friday, we all feel pretty much the same about marketing our work to potential readers. It’s difficult at best. And yet, we are compelled to keep writing with the hope that a few people will read and enjoy our stories.

Believe me, if I ever find a magic bullet, you will be the first I share it with. I saw this on Facebook and had to share. This sums up book marketing!

John Howell is sharing some interesting book sales statistics over at Story Empire today that you will find interesting.

In the meantime, I’m happy to report that I’ve started a new story that is the second in a series. The working title is “A Bold Bargain,” and like its predecessor, it is set in the late 1940s. This story starts out in Arkansas and makes its way to Missouri. It is always exhilarating to start something new!

I was so proud of my youngest grandson this week. He is in 3rd grade and scored the highest math score of his entire class! I love that he got some recognition!

Me and Connor

I will be out of pocket most of the long weekend, attending another music festival. This one is close by and is a small one that focuses on the songwriters, so there is no wild craziness to deal with, like I’m seeing more and more of at the bigger festivals.

I would be remiss not to take a moment to thank our men and women (and their families) who have sacrificed so much in their service to our country. I do not take it lightly.

Happy Memorial Day!

There will be no regular Monday Post. The Motivational Monday posts will resume on June 5th.

35 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – #conclusion #MemorialDay

  1. Thanks for sharing the statistics graphic, Jan. Very interesting, indeed!

    Congratulations to your grandson for such a great math score, and to his school for (still) teaching it! Thank you for sharing the beautiful Memorial Day graphic, too.

    Another congratulations to you for starting a new book, and I can’t believe I missed the news on the first in this series. It’s right up my alley, so heading over to check it out as soon as I hit “Post Comment.”

    And finally, hope you enjoy the music festival and maybe find some new readers there, too. (I’ve found some in the grocery store, so you never know! 😁)

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and your family, Jan! 🤗❤️🤗

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  2. This boomer reads more than he ever has in his life. As I’ve aged, I watch less television and read more. Mom would be proud. 🤣

    Remembering those who have served our country. Thank you, Jan.

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  3. Hope you enjoy the weekend, Jan. Thanks for the shout-out. I’m still surprised by those statistics. And I absolutely love the marketing graphic. That sums it up beautifully! 🙂

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    1. When I look at those statistics, I can understand why some authors rave about TikTok because it’s the millennials who dominate that platform. Thank you for sharing that graphic. It’s great! I referenced it back to the source, so hopefully, I won’t get in trouble for using it. 🙂 Have a great weekend, too!

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