How Do I Connect With You? Trying to Close the Author/Reader Divide.

Other than this website, my main online hangouts are Instagram and Facebook. Those are the places I connect with readers. I have accounts on Twitter and Google+ even though I don’t use them since I don’t like those platforms. I even have a Snapchat. I think I’ve sent one in the past two years. So, it’s Instagram and Facebook. Thing is, Instagram isn’t really a conversational platform, and Facebook severely restricts access to my page followers. No, really. Out of almost 800 followers of Juli Page Morgan on Facebook, only about 120 of them ever see my daily posts there. So, how do I connect with you? Continue reading

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Miss It Monday: Wedding Announcements

Welcome to the inaugural Miss It Monday post! Miss It Monday will appear when I run across and/or remember something I used to love but is either no longer produced, or is in such limited supply that it might as well be a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

When I was a kid I kept a scrapbook. No biggie there, right? In the 70s a large majority of us kept scrapbooks. Mine was filled with the cards I received for birthdays, pressed blossoms from floral bouquets or arrangements, snapshots, school photos of my friends, newspaper clippings of things I found interesting; you know the sort of thing. But, unlike most kids, the majority of my newspaper clippings were wedding announcements. Continue reading

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I’ve Lost the Best Friend that I Ever Had

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Trust my rock ‘n roll mind to understand Black Sabbath lyrics, right? But the first line of their 1972 song Changes resonated a lot with me recently. “I feel unhappy/I feel so sad/I’ve lost the best friend that I ever had.” Granted, I’ve moved past the unhappy, sad phase, but I did lose the person who was once my best friend. Only I lost this friend years ago and never realized it fully until now. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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And peace on earth.

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Tell Ya What I’m a-Gonna Do

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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! And Die Winter Die. Oh. Ahem. That last one’s just for me. Let’s just insert a sheepish smile here, shall we? But while I’m hibernating until spring I thought I’d get caught up on my list of Things I’m a-Gonna Do. And since you’re hanging with me today, I thought I’d Tell Ya What I’m a-Gonna Do. Continue reading

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Where Is Everyone?

On the sidebar to the right of this post you’ll see all the icons that link to my various social media accounts. Sometimes I think about removing some of them, because I go there and think, “Where is everyone?” There’s no one there, or if someone is there it’s not really anyone with whom I care to communicate. But I still keep the accounts because there are always nefarious-minded individuals who like to scoop up people’s names and open fake accounts with them. If I have the accounts and check in every now and again I can maintain my control over them. But honestly? There are only a couple of places I can be found with any regularity. Here’s my Social Media Update in case you go looking for me. 😉 Continue reading

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There’s A Giveaway Happening!

This isn’t a blog post, per se, but more of a public service announcement. (And it’s fun to type per se. 😀 ) But I have a giveaway in progress right now over at my Facebook page.

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I’d love to have you enter if you’d like. All you have to do is bop over and find first post on the page and then comment with your favorite color. That’s it. And on Monday, October 10 I’ll let good ol’ Random choose a winner.

Good luck!


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What’s Wrong With Fall?

It’s no secret that I’m no fan of autumn. I’m not shy in letting anyone know that I detest everything about the end of summer and the beginning of fall, but this year I started wondering why that is. What’s wrong with fall? Why do I hate it so much? So I got introspective about it. Scary, I know. 😉

Fall Colors

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This is a big reason I don’t like fall. Yellow, orange, red, brown. Warm colors that I dislike even when they’re not all over the foliage. And while I’ll admit (grudgingly) that some areas, like the photo above, do look rather nice with those colors, overall I still don’t like them. No matter how they look for the brief time they’re there, they still indicate death. The leaves are dying from lack of sustenance. Dying, y’all. Starved. To. Death. To me, that’s just not beautiful, or inspiring, or awesome, or any other adjective other than sad.

Fall Hunting

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I’m not against hunting. Not at all. I know it keeps animal populations in check (a big necessity), and it provides food for people and takes the strain off their grocery bill. But as much as I understand it and even support those who like to hunt, I still don’t like seeing photos of dead deer with their glazed eyes all over my social media feeds. Or ducks with limp necks. Or whatever the hunters have managed to kill. I’d also rather not have panicked deer running out in front of my car. Another reason that fall equals death to me. If it’s not SEC College Football or the World Series, fall recreation makes me sad.

Fall Weather

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I hate cold. I don’t just dislike it, I hate it. And I hate it because it hurts. As someone with a chronic pain condition, cold or even cooler weather brings agony in ways you can’t imagine. I’m not talking about an air conditioned house or car. I’m talking about cold, damp weather that clings to clothes and exposed skin, and sinks into the core of your being. No amount of clothing will keep that crap out. And speaking of clothing, once you’re clad for the temperatures outside then you’re set up to be miserable when you enter stores, restaurants, or any businesses you may visit. Then it’s Sweat City, baby, and the hacking cough that comes with overheating. No, you can keep your fall weather. Please. And take winter with it.

Fall Education

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Oddly enough, this is the big one for me, the main reason I think that makes me hate fall. Back to school. I know, I know. I don’t go to school. But I used to, and I’m going to admit something I rarely hear anyone admit: I hated school. Hated it with every fiber of my being. Always did. I wasn’t one of those kids excited to start Kindergarten. Nope, I didn’t want to go. That carried over every single year until my last year of college. Just the thought of the quiet of a classroom set my teeth on edge and brought on anxiety. I seriously disliked parent/teacher conferences when my kids were young because I so hated the sounds and smells of a school. One year when money was tight I worked as a substitute teacher. Threw up every morning they called me to work. Gritted my teeth and counted the seconds until I could get the hell out of there, just like I did when I was a student. So the main thing about fall to me was having to go back to school, the most horrible situation I could think of.

So nothing about fall is enticing or pleasant to me since it induces anxiety, physical pain, emotional revulsion, and a stuffy nose which I didn’t even bother to mention above. I know that when fall arrives, winter can’t be far behind with freezing temperatures, frozen precipitation that makes just walking to the mailbox dangerous, and sends cars crashing into each other. No, fall/autumn/whatever-it’s-called is just evil to me. It’s always meant the death of everything pretty, whether it’s plant life, animals, or personal freedom.

I’m sorry, but I’ll never like this season. Give me spring and summer; give me warmth, and sunshine, and pinks and creams and purples, and baby animals, and sand, and swimming, and life. I’ll be huddled over here under a blanket, waiting.

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Looking for FREE E-Books?

Think I’m going to be pricing any of my books as free? Ever? Yeah, that’s never gonna happen. If you’re looking for free e-books you’ve come to the wrong author. Lemme explain, ‘k?

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This weekend I went to the butcher’s for a roast and some sausage, and they made me pay for my purchase. I bought some vegetables from a roadside stand, and they, too, made me pay for my purchase. Then I went to see a movie with some friends, and we had to pay to be entertained. I know, right? I didn’t get any of that stuff for free, even though none of it was stuff I absolutely had to have in order to survive. I mean, it was just stuff I wanted, and the people who made it required me to pay for their product!

Because they have to make a living, too!

I write for a living. Granted, I haven’t been doing a lot of writing, but all my income comes from my books. That’s my J-O-B. My books are the products I produce and sell. Like my butcher, and the farmer with the roadside stand, and the movie production company, I’m not going to price my product as free. I don’t care how badly someone may want it. My books cost $3.99 each. If you want them then that’s what you pay. I’ve got bills to pay, just like everyone else, and my books are where my money comes from.

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This isn’t to say that I don’t give away books from time to time. Just last month I decided to give away a signed print copy to someone among those who responded to a certain Facebook post. There are times I just up and gift someone a digital copy. Bloggers who have supported me in the past usually get a free copy when a new book comes out. No, I still give away my books. But I will not, ever, price them as free on retail sites like Amazon, etc.

You Do You

I know lots of authors have a least one book as perma-free, and more power to ’em if that’s how they want to roll. A perma-free book has been touted for a couple of years now as a good way to get readers to buy an author’s other books. You know, draw them in with a freebie (especially if it’s the first book in a series) and then the readers will pay full price for other books by the author. And several years ago it worked. For a short amount of time. Now? There are so many free books out there that readers can spend the whole day downloading them from reputable sites, filling up their e-readers with tons and tons of books.

And then they don’t read them.

Several surveys over the past year (and no, I can’t remember where they are or I’d give you a link, but I read them) have shown that readers very rarely read free books, especially ebooks. Those downloads get shuffled into a folder where they’re promptly forgotten. Why? Because the reader places no value on them. They’re just free books, that’s all. Stuff. Filler. Junk. Maybe on a rainy day they may open the folder and see if a title or cover jumps out at them enough to give the book a try, but more often that not those books go unread.

I place more value that that on my work.

Anyone who thinks writing a book is easy is free to open up a blank Word document and start typing right now. Or talk to some of the readers who, inspired by the books they loved, decided to write and publish their own books and got horrible ratings and reviews because of writing, plot, grammar, realism, etc. Writing a book, a good book, is hard. I put a lot into it, and I deserve to be paid for it.

Of course, creating the characters, setting and storyline, research, writing the first draft, revising, revising, revising, revising and revising is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also paying for the cover art and design, classes and books (because, like all jobs, writers take courses to make us better at what we do), conferences, etc. All of those business expenses take money, and that money comes from selling books.

So unless you’re on an illegal pirate site where they purport to offer free downloads of books, or you found a douchecanoe somewhere who ripped off one of my books and is offering free downloads (in other words, if you’re stealing my books) then you will not find them listed for free. Not at any reputable sites. You know, the ones where honest people go to find books.

I don’t work for free, and I’m not sorry. My e-books are $3.99 each, and I think that price is more than fair. My print books are also priced competitively. And they’re good enough to merit those prices. You may catch me doing a pop-up giveaway on my Facebook, or giving away a couple of e-books to a newsletter subscriber, but as for free books on retailers? You’ve come to the wrong author.

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The Power of a Reader (And a Poll!)

In my last blog post I let you know that I don’t expect you to feel required to write a review when you read my books. All this unrelenting pressure on the reader to perform a job after reading The End is something to which I do not subscribe. Just read my books and derive enjoyment from them. No book report required. 🙂 This isn’t saying I don’t run into the problem drowning a large number of authors these days, and that’s how the hell do we get our names and our books in front of new readers? How do the people who would like our books actually find our books? Well, according to several well-conducted research polls, it’s word of mouth that does it. That’s right, it’s the power of a reader that spreads the word.

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A reader who swears they never read or even glance at written reviews will perk up their ears if a friend praises a book.

Stands to reason, right? No one knows who those faceless, often nameless reviewers are at Amazon or Goodreads. But friends and acquaintances? They know you. You know them. Strangers can stand three feet from you and yell about how great something is and how you must give it a try, but why in the world would you believe them?

That’s why you don’t see very many posts about my books on my social media accounts. Every once in a blue moon I’ll put something on Facebook. I recently had a post go viral (over 19,000 shares and over 13,000 “likes” last time I looked!) and because of it I gained a lot of new followers to my profile. My daughters asked me why I wasn’t taking advantage of this by posting about my books. Honestly? I never thought of it until they mentioned it. And then I only posted once.

Because I don’t want to be that author.

You know the one. Every single Twitter post is automated and contains a line from one of their books (that just falls flat because there’s no context), a bunch of hashtags about genre or price, a snippet of a review, and buy links. In other words, “BUY MY BOOK!!!!” Might as well just come right out and say it. And all Facebook posts are book-related, or writing related, or book-related again, or they’re just sharing their author page posts, OR they just post the exact same thing on their author page and their profile so it shows up twice on your newsfeed. Even worse? When they’ve linked their Twitter feed to their Facebook feed and FB readers see their replies to tweets in their newsfeeds! And every pin on their Pinterest account has to do with their books. Every. Pin. Look, I’m an author, too, and I understand their frustration, but Lord have mercy, that’s nothing but spam. That’s right, I said it. Unwanted advertising=spam. If I follow/friend an author on social media, I wanna be social. I want to know the author, not be bombarded by BUY MY BOOKS!!!!

But it’s so easy to fall into that trap, y’all. Speaking of spam, you ought to see my email inbox. Twitter for Business. Pinterest Partners. Those are the ones wanting me to bombard you with advertising for my books instead of interacting with you as a person on Twitter or Pinterest. And every time I post from my Facebook author page I get a big ass blue button that tells me I could reach more than Facebook’s designated five followers by paying to “boost” (read: advertise) that post. But that’s pretty much the same thing as a stranger yelling at you. Dang, y’all know I’m an author and that I have books. Talk about preaching to the choir!

Friends telling friends about books, though? That’s what the majority of readers say works for them. A word over lunch with co-workers. At the gym. Over a glass of wine while waiting for the Netflix program to load. Texting during a traffic jam. My younger brother got his bank teller interested while making a transaction one day! Friends telling friends. Word of mouth. From your mouth to the ear of a new reader. The only drawback is having your friend forget both the name of the book and the author’s name, and then forgetting to ask you about it later. After all, your friend still has a long afternoon of work ahead of her. Or she’s about to do kettlebells and she’ll be lucky to remember her own name after that. You know what I mean.

So here’s where the poll comes in.

I don’t mind one bit sending you things you can hand to your friend/co-worker/bank teller/interested party when you’re recommending my books. Something you can pass along and say, “Here’s her name and her website. All her books are listed there, and you can even read the first chapters of each one!” And she’ll put that thing in her purse or her wallet, and hopefully when she runs across it again she’ll check out my books. And then maybe pass that reminder thing on to another friend.

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But here’s the question:

What kind of thing should it be?

I used to have bookmarks made. Great if a print book is handy, not so great if a reader only reads ebooks. Plus, they’re a little big. Would a business card size be better? Or something else? You’re the reader – you have the power to sway a new reader. So let me know how you can best do that. You know what works and what wouldn’t. I will be forever grateful and will go into production immediately!


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