Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome A to Z Bloggers - Avast! Awesome People Ahead!

This is my, oh my goodness, FIFTH YEAR doing A to Z! I keep saying I won't do it the next year, but then I get psyched up and find a way. This year, C. Lee McKenzie coaxed me to be a MUFFIN COMMANDO A to Z regulator, so I had to join in. But it's so fun, it was easy to give in. So...

Welcome one and ALL!

I ADORE the A to Z challenge so much that I usually do 2 or more themes. This year is no different. For 2015 I'm ALL ABOUT THAT PLACE - I'll be highlighting special Blog Friends' places (forgive me if I leave any out, I know I'll meet more this year, and please mention others in the comments!)


I'll be giving ADVICE ABOUT ATTENDING book events!

Without further ADO!
I completely recommend everyone go visit these ABSOLUTELY A-ONE blogs. And how convenient that two of our A to Z Challenge Founders start with A...

ALEX J. CAVANAUGH - Our Admirable Admiral, the Ace of the IWSG, and All-Around good news spreader! He writes Awesome sci fi space sagas, with his latest DRAGON OF THE STARS coming out this month (4/7)

ARLEE BIRD - An Advanced word juggler, Arlee Adores blogging. Besides "Tossing it Out" he hosts three more! Wrote By Rote, A Few Words, and A Faraway View - I don't know how he does it ALL!

ANNALISA CRAWFORD - not your Average contemporary Author, Annalisa writes stories with dark twists and some Adopt a hint of paranormal

ANGELA BROWN - Paranormal romance is Angela's Avarice. She can write up a storm of words and tame them into a stunning story you're sure to Appreciate!

And now ALL ABOUT THAT PLACE - That book event place!

AIRPLANES are not the way to go unless you have tons of money to burn.
When choosing an event, I recommend starting out local. When I do venture far from home, I go to places I have friends and relatives. That way I can stay with them and save on ACCOMMODATION expenses. Plus I have their support!

ASK questions! Talk to others who have been to the event. Ask for help, ask for advice, ask for directions, ask for details. Anything you want to know, ASK! Email the hosts with questions. It never hurts to ASK!

ADVERTISE - Believe it or not, you have fans! Make sure people know where you will be. Talk up your event on social media. You might be surprised at who shows up.


WM Anderson said...

I'm struggling to make sense of lots of blogs that seem to be just advertising their publications... In Australia we are up to 18 hours ahead of everyone else... I hope i am not going to embarrass myself ny merely enjoying the challenge!

WM Anderson said... merely... forgive my typo

Anonymous said...

I'll have to check out those blogs you mention :)

I signed up for the Writers Digest Conference in NY this July and dropped a lot of dough on it. I just saw it and was like "I'M GOING!" but after this one I'm thinking more low key, LESS EXPENSIVE workshops and book events, because I'd like to continue to eat.

Cool post!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Tara! I appreciate that. And I do follow those other awesome A people.

Nick Wilford said...

What a bunch of A-stars! I love them all.

randi lee said...

Great series of A-listers. I'm a big fan of all of them :)

S. L. Hennessy said...

You picked some great bloggers to highlight here!! And I love you post. It's a great way to help inform other writers.

Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

Carrie-Anne said...

Since I was reading old books even when I was a child, I picked up the spelling aeroplane very early on, and have been using it ever since. I've kept using it even after finally discovering that's more of a British spelling, and a rather old-fashioned U.S. spelling. I'm pretentious like that.

Chrys Fey said...

Alex and Angela are perfect choices for A. :)

-Chrys Fey
Tremp’s Troops - A to Z Co-co-host
Write with Fey

Robin said...

Wow. You packed a lot of A into one post.

I think advertising (and publicity) can be the toughest part of this entire process... not that I've experienced it yet. BUT, we don't want to spend time here. We just want to write. It's tough. You've given some good advice here, though:)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You picked some wonderful bloggers for A.

All of the events I've attended were ones I could drive to, although there was sometimes a hotel stay involved, especially road trips to Florida.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Those are wonderful bloggers and I know them all. I have a local writing event later this month. I've never traveled for one but I do have relatives in a lot of different places where I could go. Have to give it some thought.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - what a great start to your A -Z .. great bloggers, fun A words .. and yes definitely don't take the plane - start local ..

Cheers Hilary

Camila Rafaela Felippi said...

I have to confess I'm really afraid of airplanes ):

Patricia Lynne said...

Awesome list of A+ bloggers. =)

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Heather R. Holden said...

Your fifth year? Whoa, impressive! I can't even imagine doing one year...haha.

Also, love the advice! If I ever have the opportunity to do some kind of event for my art/comics, I'll have to keep these in mind... :)

Christine Rains said...

Excellent bloggers for A. Love them all! :) And your advice is awesome. Going to events is expensive. Save any way you can.

Elizabeth Hein said...

You highlight a great group of bloggers here. All different and all great.
Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

Donna McDine said...

Great list of profile bloggers! Your book event tips are terrific! Looking forward to more. Cheer to my fellow Muffin Commando Squad member!

Liz A. said...

Lots of good bloggers. I've never been to a book event. I might have to try it.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could attend more events, but alas, airplanes are the only way I can go, trapped as I am out here in this eastern island nation. :P

Great post!

<a href="“>N J Magas, author</a>

Claudia H. Blanton said...

Happy 5th Anniversay! Wow, that is something to celebrate, this is only my second time participating. Glad to run into some veterans for guidance. Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Awesome post, and wow - I can't believe you've been part of A to Z for 5 years - that's quite an accomplishment!

Thanks for the advice, and for pointing us to some great fellow bloggers!

Juneta Key said...

Great post, and great choices for your A. Wishing you the Best,
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Rhonda Albom said...

Alex and Arlee are both A's. I never really thought about it before. Great theme. I take airplanes often as NZ is so far away from everywhere.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Oops, I almost missed that you mentioned me in this post! Thank you :-)

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Great advice, especially about asking questions!


Fifi Islaih said...

Thanks for the advice!

Rena said...

This is excellent advice, and I'm totally paying attention right now as I get ready to embark. Keep the wisdom coming!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Great theme!
I love all these bloggers.

I've yet to do a real book event.
Scare the pants off me!