Lif Strand

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Recent posts by Lif Strand

Here's a link to a dog story I wrote recently.  It's called... wait for it... A Dog Story.
https://lifstrand.com/a-dog-story/  

The dog story is about an Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Pasha, and takes place about 20 years ago.  It's also a warning about the nature of LGDs (livestock guardian dogs).  They take their jobs seriously.
1 month ago

Burl Smith wrote: Awesome; in this genre we might consider: "Just what did Syd Barrett do wrong?"
The chopped 150 pages might be a lure to afficianados of the scene. Definitely putting this on my 'Want' list.



Not just Syd Barrett, but so many driven musicians.
What do you mean by "chopped 150 pages"?
1 month ago
I have two books I'm promoting right now.  One is Evolution Device, a novel of music and magic, and the other is Mage Music, a... well, it's hard to explain.  It's about magic and how it works.  You can read about them on my blog at https://lifstrand.com/holiday-gift-suggestions/



1 month ago
Wondering if anyone has actually made a wall with wine (or other) glass bottles for passive heating.  I'm thinking of dedicating my wine bottles to building a trombe wall for a stand-alone battery shed for my PV system.
2 months ago

Leigh Tate wrote:Lif, by editorial reviews, I mean reviews by print and online publications (I probably should have used the word "magazines" in my initial post) in a similar genre as my book - homesteading, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, etc. I don't subscribe to magazines, so I have no clue as to what some of these might be. I already have peer reviews from fellow authors, editors, and homesteaders, which I opted to put in a "Praise For" section on the first two pages, rather than do blurbs on the back cover. Of course, I have staff here at Permies willing to do reviews for me, plus a few specifically chosen homestead bloggers of influence as well. That seemed a better route to go than Reedsy, which doesn't seem to have anyone geared toward my niche. I thought for this book I'd expand on what I've done in the past and see if I can get something to add under "editorial reviews" on this book's Amazon page. I could use my peer reviews there, which I may end up doing, but wanted to see if I could add some other kinds of publications to my list.


So what you're looking for is names of magazines and other publications that might want to review your books. I assume you know the biggies: Mother Jones, Mother Earth News, Countryside & Small Stock Journal. I've subscribed to those at various times over the years.  I think Countryside is my favorite of the three.
3 months ago
If, by “editorial reviews" you mean endorsements such as are found on front covers, back covers, inside in the front matter of books, or on your book's Amazon page, that's one thing. But if you are talking about book reviews by professional reviewers and that are found in other publications, that's another.  

When it comes to endorsements, you will have to make a list of people whose endorsement you'd love to have gracing your book's covers.  You do this by finding other books, or blogs, magazines, podcasts, etc. in the field (homesteading, in your case, but it could be anything relevant), and then researching till you get contact info for the author.  You could also ask anyone who is an expert in homesteading or related field -- but who isn't necessarily a writer.  Then you've got to put together a letter describing your book and asking for the endorsement and get that letter (individualized for each person) out via snail mail, email, Messaging, or -- best of all -- asking in person and having the letter available to hand over.  You will want to be able to immediately send a copy of your finished & polished manuscript to the author/blogger/expert, so make sure your book is written before asking anyone to endorse it!  You might check out https://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-get-editorial-reviews-self-published-book/ for a good idea of a letter.

If you're talking reviews by professionals, then a good way to start is with anyone who's written a review of your original book (a positive review, of course!).  After that, go to anyone who reviews books -- bloggers, podcasters, media columnists -- even professional reviewers that you might have to pay for reviews.  (For book bloggers try researching https://blog.reedsy.com/book-review-blogs/) If you go the paid professional route, you can find some of the review publications by Googling "* Book Review" (use the quotes and the asterisk as shown).  Their websites will instruct you on how to go about it.  Most important of all, do your homework: find out what the reviewers require in order to review before you ask them for a review!

In general, for professional reviewers you'll need to be prepared with information that will help the reviewer decide whether or not to review.  Be prepared to provide the following info:
>> Title, publisher, date of release, and genre
>> The cover copy or a brief description of the book.
>> Your book's target audience, and comparable books (books like yours that would share the same target audience).  
>> A summary or outline or table of contents of the book

Note that you need to get your endorsements and reviews early on -- ask well before your book will be published!
3 months ago

Candace Williams wrote:I long to visit Scotland because I have family roots there on my Father's side. Also hubby and I have been playing some Celtic music. There is so much emphasis on Ireland and not much is shared about Scottish music, food,culture which has made me curious.
 Also what time of year would those of you who live there believe would be best for visiting? I had never heard of the midges you describe.



I've come across some great Scottish folk/rock music.  I love it!  I find it in a newsletter I get called Music Scotland, which introduces new music across genres, just as long as the band is Scottish.  Check out musicscotland.com to subscribe.
4 months ago

Skandi Rogers wrote:Here's a few pictures to enjoy.



I've heard about those midgies!  Thanks for the reminder.  And thank you so much for posting the photos -- now I really REALLY want to go!
4 months ago
It's Scotland I want to visit -- maybe for a good long while -- and I don't know why. It's always called to me, which is kind of funny since I believe I photosynthesize in order to thrive (why I live in the US Southwest).  But Ireland, Wales, and England are where it seems to me the magical gardens grow. Green places that get actual rain (I've gotten approximately 3" of rain since last January and it's rather parched here right now). Flowers. Ferns. Mushrooms. Somehow in my mind Ireland and the UK are never humid, are always lush, and there are little winged beings hiding under leaves and petals that aren't biting insects.

Perhaps I should stay home so as to not risk disillusionment, but a girl can dream, can't she?

4 months ago

Anne Miller wrote:

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This sounds like fun! I will give an apple to a person posting in this thread after this post.  So post something to make me happy so I feel the post deserves an apple.

The best new thread to the UK and Ireland forum get a piece of Pie



It's Scotland I want to visit and I don't know why. It's always called to me, which is kind of funny since I believe I photosynthesize in order to thrive (why I live in the US Southwest).  But Ireland, Wales, and England are where it seems to me the magical gardens grow. Green places that get actual rain (I've gotten approximately 3" of rain since last January and it's rather parched here right now). Flowers. Ferns. Mushrooms. Somehow in my mind Ireland and the UK are never humid, are always lush, and there are little winged beings hiding under leaves and petals that aren't biting insects.

Perhaps I should stay home so as to not risk disillusionment, but a girl can dream, can't she?
4 months ago