Christmas or Xmas?

by | Dec 1, 2018 | Writer Services

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The book writing world is teeming with arguable rules and guidelines not dissimilar to the controversy above on the right way to spell this December holiday. And because of this, we can find that, as authors and entrepreneurs, though we please the majority, there are always a few grammar zealots who just don’t get it.

They’ve lost their way (or never found it to begin with) as to their purpose when it comes to communicating with the written word.

Writing is CREATIVE in the greatest sense possible. Most rules of writing can only exist as “suggestions” of what to do, based on popularity and common expectations.

Granted, the further we stray as writers from “the norm”, the greater the chances of creating confusion, upset or other non-optimum reactions to more and more people. But, as with everything in life: the greater the risk, the higher the potential for creating greater positive outcomes.

Be True to Your Writing Vision

More importantly, we must be true to our creative vision and integrity and NEVER allow a rule to deter you from expressing yourself in the manner you desire.


But there is a need for balance. If you go too far, too quickly, you will lose your reading audience. You will alienate yourself by being too “out there,” beyond the boundaries of expectation to the extent that your writing becomes something that is too difficult to understand.

So, along with Creative License, there must also be the necessary aspect of understanding. Otherwise, your written material will not communicate.


Here are the points to take away from this: 1) Don’t worry about the critics in how you present your creativity and 2) make sure that your creativity communicates (will be understood) to those who will be reading it.
Everybody has opinions. Don’t let the tiny angry mob of overly opinionated individuals sway you from writing what you want to write, in the way you want to write it, if it is very important to you. Otherwise, follow the etiquette of writing and the rules of the road.

In other words, follow the rules, but don’t be a slave to them.

Should it be Christmas or Xmas? You decide as the writer of your visions.

Just Imagine!

Robert Nahas, Founder/CEO
Writer Services, LLC

Now that you’re seriously considering reaching out to book clubs to promote your book, it’s important to know how to make your book club appearance or call-in a success. Here are some tips to help you facilitate a discussion that book club members will enjoy:

  • Set expectations with the organizer. Let the organizer know how much time you have to speak, and make sure you arrive or call in on time.
  • Be prepared. Plan to talk casually about how you got the idea to write your book, or how you became a writer. Share some anecdotes and be ready to answer questions.
  • Be engaging. Smile when you speak, and include some humor if possible. Keep your talk short and concise.
  • Expect awkward silences. Even the most well-organized conversations can have lulls. Be prepared to fill in gaps with anecdotes to keep the conversation going.
  • Be open to critique. Book club members may be critical of your writing or you as a person. Stay patient, gracious, and compassionate. Conducting yourself with poise and dignity will serve you well in the long run.
  • Upsell gently. Let listeners know about other opportunities to connect with you, such as your website or social media profiles. Talk about your next book or any other available works.
  • Ask for help. Let listeners know that you appreciate book recommendations and would love to connect with other book clubs and readers.
  • Send a thank-you note. A few days after the event, send a thank-you note to the organizer to show your appreciation for their time and support.

By following these tips, you can make your book club appearance or call-in a success and generate interest in your book among readers.

There’s more you can learn about this, so come back regularly to find more awesome information that will set you apart from your competition. 

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