Do I believe in myself? Do I believe in my writing? These are questions I’ve been contemplating for a while. I’ve made a few investments in my dreams, but most of the risks I’ve taken have been carefully calculated. I’ve weighed every expenditure and for the most part, I’ve hardly spent any money on my books … More Do You Believe in You?
I’m excited to announce the release of Sweet Sorrow, a novel for young adults. Sweet Sorrow is more than a simple love story between two teens. It also delves into some deeper issues that affect women of all ages. Here’s the blurb: Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in … More New Release! Sweet Sorrow is now on #Kindle
As authors, we often hear about the importance of social media. We’re supposed to establish a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tsu, Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, and other sites I probably have never heard of. Overwhelmed yet? I am. The idea of being in all these places is daunting, especially if you’re new to social media … More When you can’t be everywhere
Hello, everyone! It’s me again with another author advice post. Warning: This post isn’t for everyone. If you’re an author who finds etiquette posts tiresome, this post isn’t for you. If you’re already an expert on book marketing, this post will probably seem pretty basic, but I hope you’ll read on and add your advice in the … More Author Etiquette for Contacting Book Bloggers
Facebook. It can be a fun social tool, an addictive time-sucker, or both. It can also be a useful part of your author platform. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t come into the world of social media knowing exactly what to do and how to do it. And I’ll bet you didn’t learn Facebook … More Facebook Etiquette for Authors
Most of the readers who follow this blog are aware I have another blog – a promotional blog called Authors to Watch. For the past year, I have interviewed hundreds of authors, promoted hundreds of books, and posted dozens of reviews. What started out as a small blog that boasted the occasional post evolved into something quite … More The Death of a Book Blog
I haven’t done many freebie promotions in the past, mostly because I’m not sure it really drives sales or helps with reviews. With my latest release, I’ve decided to do several days of free promotions, and here’s why: Spellbound (Spellbringers Book One) is a re-release of a book formerly titled ‘The Claiming Words.’ For those … More Get Spellbound for Free
I’ve been invited to participate in the Work in Progress blog hop by Juliet B. Madison, author of the popular and well-reviewed crime series which follows DI Frank Lyle. In order to participate, I must link back to her excellent blog which you can find HERE, answer a series of questions, and nominate other participants … More Work in Progress Feature
If you’re a writer (published or unpublished), I’m sure you’ve heard about or experienced the difficulty of marketing a book. It’s hard to draw attention to your book when there are thousands of other books competing for readers’ attention. I’ve blogged about this topic before, so I know I’m not the only one who struggles … More Marketing for Introverts
Which comes first? The book or the bling? I’ve been stumbling across more and more writers who construct book trailers, book-based websites, book covers, and Facebook pages LONG before the first draft of their book is complete. While it is advisable to establish an author platform before you publish, how much is too much? Does … More Write the Book First
Hello, everyone. Since my blog posts have been doom and gloom lately, I thought we could do something fun. As many of you know, I post almost daily on my Other Blog. Authors to Watch is a promotional site where I interview authors, spotlight newly released books, and occasionally post book reviews. I suspect many … More Tell Me About Your Book
As most authors will tell you, writing your book is just a small part of becoming a successful author. Whether you choose a traditional publisher or self-publishing, there’s lots of work ahead for you. Editing, choosing cover art, more editing… it’s a long process regardless of what publishing options you choose. But even after all … More Book Launch: Success or Epic Fail
Thank you, Victoria Barrow, for the promo poster!
There are many advantages to self-publishing your book. As a self-published author, I’ve found the experience to be very rewarding. It’s a lot of work, but fortunately, there are numerous resources out there to help you. Unfortunately, you need to be careful when choosing people or companies to help you. Here are some of the … More The Costs of Self-Publishing
Despite my vow to blog three times a week, I’ve already skipped a couple of days. It’s almost the end of January, and I haven’t done much writing either. I have some pretty good excuses for falling behind (horrific dental work, broken laptop charger, kids, life, etc). There’s always something that gets in the way … More Life (And Other Obstacles to Writing Your Novel)