Monday, January 16, 2017

#WritersLife #Survey 3! - Getting Creative

I have only two stops left on my Cradle Rock Release Party blog tour, C. Lee McKenzie (1/16) and Crystal Collier (1/25) Woot! It's been a hoot!

Now, I'd like to continue my search for answers - Writers' answers to Writerly questions! Here's #WritersLife Survey 3, and I embedded it right into my post for your convenience!

What do you think? Hopefully I'll find out soon! Thanks for playing!

If you have any questions to offer, I'm up for asking! And I'd like to know if you have any trouble with the form. I know it's not quite as user friendly on a smart phone... Here's the link just in case.

Hope your 2017 is off to a brilliant start!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 = Shine Forth

Happy Septendecdischili!
And Happy First IWSG of the New Year!

Fellow writers,
This year I invite you to join me as I challenge myself to reach more readers. I have tried several avenues and attempted many ventures, but I know I could do better. I put together a small list of things for us to try or improve upon...
  • A Newsletter - I have a quarterly one that links to my Newsy Blog, but I need to improve it. I have a hard time with it because it's all about me and I really hate to sound like I'm bragging - it's pure fear and adrenaline, but I try to make it sound positive...
    • Offer giveaways
    • Keep it short and informative
    • Don't send it too often
    • Always have a signup sheet at events
  • The Blog/Author page - I'm still deciding what I want to do. I definitely need to neaten it up and make it more professional-looking...
  • Book Events - I love doing these, but I need to be more pro-active and reach out to schools and organizations...
  • Marketing - the dreaded.
    • More creative videos - let's get viral! See my Cradle Rock guest post at L. Diane Wolf's on Monday (1/9) for some ideas on author videos!
    • Pay for ads on social media - sometimes a little will get you a lot
    • Better giveaway campaigns - with a group? with cooler prizes? hmm...
  • Shiny New Ideas
    • With recent feedback, I'll be revising my Pop Travel screenplay - I'm determined!
    • I'm also outlining a new story - taking a break from my two series once they both have three books. Yes, I can see it within my reach.
Let's break barriers! Let's move mountains! Let's finish what we start!

I will take any and all advice you guys have. Join in the fun in planning and dreaming!

Lastly, I have a few stops left for my CRADLE ROCK Release Party!

1/4 Ken Rahmoeller Dragons
1/9 L. Diane Wolfe Marketing Tips - Live & Online
1/16 C Lee McKenzie Grownup Stereotypes
1/11 M. J. Fifield Crazy Road Trip
1/25 Crystal Collier Poetry & Songs in Stories - Writerly Wed

I'm also happy to announce the winners from my Cradle Rock Release Party December Giveaway!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Beastly News and Video Reviews!!

Another break in the CRADLE ROCK Release Party action!
I have so much to share today!

When you think of bookworms, you probably think of shy, little, glasses-wearing, cuteness like this:
Well, Tonja Drecker with her Kidbits bookworm is now beasting up, creating video reviews! I was lucky enough that she had time to review CRADLE ROCK, and she did a fabulous job! Check it out!!

Talk about stepping out of the library and jumping off the page! She's awesome!!
NOTE: the perfect gift you can give a published writer is a REVIEW!

Now, check out these awesome HoPs and Giveaways!
  • Sheena Kay is hosting a Thank You Giveaway, continuing through January 6! She's appreciating her friends, old and new, by giving away a free book of your choosing. Stop by and join the fun!
  • Chrys Fey is hosting the I Survived Blog Hop January 20 to go with her series TSUNAMI CRIMES which will be on sale!
  • Finally, Patricia Lynne has all sorts of goodies! 
    • She's part of a reader/author blog hop hosted by her blog group, Story Dam called New Year, New Reads - This is a fun and useful blog hop for authors to promote their books and offer them on sale for 99cents AND for readers to use their shiny new gift cards from Christmas on these good deals. On New Year's Day - January 1!
    • PLUS she's releasing an extraordinary new book with this alluring cover!
by Patricia Josephine

Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.

Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him.

But neither can let the other go. When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.

Connect with Patricia!
Goodreads -- Website -- Twitter -- Google+ -- youtube

And now, back to our scheduled CRADLE ROCK RELEASE PARTY!!
My two live December events went very well. I appreciate all who turned out!
LESSON LEARNED: With this being my 4th release party, it becomes clearer who the true book reading fans are, not just friends supporting me on a new venture. This revelation helps me understand myself as a writer. Very positive and eye-opening!

We've had a great turnout so far! Thanks for visiting the stops!
Today, and the rest of the month, here's where I'll be...

12/19 Christine Rains Hiking Faux Pas
12/19 Alex J. Cavanaugh Beast vs Monster - terminology
12/21 Ann Noser CR Quotes
12/21 Heather M. Gardner Discrimination - no joke
1/4 Ken Rahmoeller Dragons
1/4 L. Diane Wolfe Marketing Tips - Live & Online
1/9 C Lee McKenzie Grownup Stereotypes
1/11 M. J. Fifield Crazy Road Trip
1/25 Crystal Collier Poetry & Songs in Stories on Writerly Wed

And don't forget to enter the Giveaway!!

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