August Ketchup

31 Aug

August’s Ketchup

August’s Ketchup is here! For those of you just now checking in this month, I write “Ketchup” posts at the end of every month, describing my big moments, top blog post, the post I wish received more views, my top referrer, and more in order to show what goes on behind the scenes here at ShannonAThompson.com. I hope these insights help fellow bloggers see what was popular, but I also hope it entertains the readers who want “extras” for this website!

Thank you for celebrating August with me.

Big Moments:

#1 Clicked Item was Take Me Tomorrow on Amazon

#1 Clicked Item was Take Me Tomorrow on Amazon

The paperback of Take Me Tomorrow released! I love being able to hold it in my hands, but I love it even more when I know readers have their copies, too. I’ve even received a few photos on Instagram. (Eeeeee!) Thank you for reading my latest novel. I truly hope you’re enjoying it, and I’m unbelievably grateful to all of you who have read, reviewed, and shared Take Me Tomorrow. A sequel has been written, but it is up to you to get it released, so I’m crossing my fingers. :]

My short story, The Pink Scarf, was published in an adult anthology, Ashtrays to Jawbreakers. And it’s free. That’s right. Free. Just click here to check it out.

We also hit 200 ratings on Goodreads. 

Top Three Blog Posts:

1. What I’ve Learned Rewriting a Seven-Year-Old Novel: As many of you know, I’m rewriting November Snow – slated for release in November of 2015. It has been quite the adventure though.

2. For Writers: Exercise Your Body, Exercise Your Brain: Because we could all use an excuse to get up from the computer every now and then. (Specially for 30 minutes, 3 days a week.)

3. The Pros and Cons of Beta Readers: Just because two good people are in the same room that doesn’t mean they are good for one another.

The Post I Wish Got More Views:

Managing Multiple Projects at Once: Since I’m going through this right now – between November Snow and Death Before Daylight – I thought this was a personal and helpful post to share with others as they also go through it. Perhaps I’ll even talk about this more as I dive deeper into my current projects.

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Guest Post:

Top Productivity Tools All Writers Should Know About: Thank you, Ninja Essays.

Other Blog Posts Organized By Topic:

News:

Writing:

Reading:

My #1 referrer was Facebook

My #1 referrer was Facebook

At the end of the month, I also like to take a moment to thank all of the websites who supported me by posting reviews, interviews, and features. If you would like to review my novels or interview me, please send me an email at shannonathompson@aol.com. I always love speaking with new bloggers, writers, and readers! And I will share your post on all of my websites.

Reviewers:

(Take Me Tomorrow) Endless Reading, Bookish Lover Reviews, The Modest Verge, Death on the Road, Another Night of Reading, A Literary Mind, Honya’s Bookshelf, Trials of a wanna-be-published writer

(Seconds Before Sunrise) Tranquil Dreams, Tamara Morning

(Minutes Before Sunset) Mel’s Shelves, The Bibliophilic Book Blog

Interviews: eBook Review Gal

Awarders: Between the Lines

Since I talked about November Snow a lot this month, I thought I would pick out a snowy picture to represent this Ketchup post. Picture by MachoArts.com

August2014 ~SAT

 

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10 Responses to “August Ketchup”

  1. lifecoachwriter August 31, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    This is a really great way to sum up the month, so bloggers like me, who missed a lot, can take a second look. What a great idea!

    • Shannon A Thompson August 31, 2014 at 12:28 am #

      I’m glad you like it. 😀 I wish blogs I followed did it, especially when I was trying to figure out what worked and what didn’t. That’s why I started to do it, and I love it. It also helps me see what readers liked more, so I can continue to create better pieces for them.
      ~SAT

      • lifecoachwriter August 31, 2014 at 1:22 am #

        Very clever. That’s an excellent idea. Who wants to spend hours collating stuff, which no-one reads? I wish the mag I write for did that and my weekly pitch ideas weren’t so hit and miss, when it comes to stats. I’ve had to really expand my comfort zone and write about anything and everything; from how to fix dying house plants to Psyc articles. I’d much prefer to stick to a specific niche.

  2. John W. Howell August 31, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Really good idea. I have been following you for a year and this is the first Katchup I have read. Well done.

  3. joyackley August 31, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    I didn’t find your short story, The Pink Scarf, in the anthology you mentioned. What did I do wrong? I wanted to read it.

    • Shannon A Thompson August 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Strange…I just checked it. It is there. It’s on page 84 of the PDF file (the very last story in the anthology.) I hope that helps, and I hope you enjoy the short story.
      ~SAT

      • joyackley August 31, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

        I found your story this time. I enjoyed it. The Pink Scarf is well written and I was pulled right in. I don’t know why I didn’t see it, but I could have sworn when I first downloaded the PDF, your story was not in the index. Very strange. Can’t explain it but glad I found it.

      • Shannon A Thompson August 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

        I’m glad you found it, and I’m also glad to hear that you enjoyed it. :] Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
        ~SAT

  4. Mishka Jenkins September 1, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Another great month for you, congrats! How quickly this year is going though 😀

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