Friday, February 15, 2013

double take

Elizabeth Arroyo is bursting with good advice! 
To help promote her wonderful debut novel, 
she has written a brilliant guest post on COMMUNITY RESOURCE SHARING - where we pool our resources for a common goal! Sounds excellent to me!

Hi Everyone! Thank you Tara for hosting me!

I wanted to talk a little bit about community resource sharing. The blogosphere has captured that pretty well. We have groups like Writers4Writers, Tara's brilliant idea about writers coming together to help organize physical events in the community, and all the wonderful bloggers willing to give a helping hand to other writers. We seem to "get" the power of sharing.

Here's a list of why it works so well and what to think about if you decide to organize a network.
  • Common Goals. Readers: writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, etc. When designing a group find the common goals that link everyone. When it comes to books, we are all readers. Love of a good book and making that available to readers are our common goals. 
  • Stretching your resources. When planning an event start brainstorming everyone that needs to be around the table. Form a list of major contributors and what they can gain from and what they can provide by being part of your network.
  • Don't do it alone. Networks should have a round table atmosphere. Everyone participates, no one leads. Yes, you have to have that one person who organizes everyone else, but that person should not, let's say that again, That Person Should Not be made to carry the bulk of the responsibilities nor rule with a sword. A pen, yes. No sword. Organization is key and a strong coordinator. I handled this by "volunteering" folks to do things they suggested.
"Wouldn't it be a great idea if we took a shuttle to the moon," says participant number 1
"Yes, it would," says I. "Why don't you see who would fund something like that?"
Participant one scratches her head and nods. Hook, Line and Sinker.
  • Have clear, concise goals and expectations.
  • And...have fun! Get to know each other. Do fun things. Hopefully, the network will prosper and be called family.
About Elizabeth:
Elizabeth has worked in the community for the bulk of her professional career. She enjoys quiet moments, action flicks, and dancing with her four-year-old.  THE SECOND SIGN is her debut novel. You can find more information about Elizabeth at:

Watch the trailer at

Dark YA Paranormal Romance
Sapphire Star Publishing

When a demon guardian comes to collect seventeen-year-old Gabby’s soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake—her almost boyfriend—begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

The Second Sign
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth!
Nope, can't do it alone. (And glad I have co-hosts for the IWSG now.)

E. Arroyo said...


Thanks for hosting me, Tara!

Dana said...

I agree: networks are so important.

Congrats, Elizabeth!

Unknown said...

Congrats, Elizabeth! Community is so important, for many reasons. But I think the #1 reason is knowing we're not alone.

Al Diaz said...

Best of lucks to Elizabeth. That book really appeals me.

Anonymous said...

I love the community and support. My favorite aspect of this online gig. Great gook cover by the way!

Nickie said...

I love the premise -- sounds like lots of action, plus some paranormal elements. Congrats on the release, Elizabeth!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Congrats to Elizabeth :)

Nicki Elson said...

Excellent point about not leaving all the work for the leader! That's what's made me shy about stepping up to lead ever since I survived the Grade School PTA, ha.

Rena said...

Your book looks great, Elizabeth, and you're so right about the community. Great post.

Christine Rains said...

Awesome post! The writing community is fantastic. It's definitely important to remember you're not alone. Good luck, Liz! And have a wonderful weekend.

Sherry Ellis said...

I agree - nobody can do it alone. Great post!

Shallee said...

Congrats, and sounds like a cool book! It's so true that we need this writing community to help each other out.

M Pax said...

Definitely can't do this alone. Congrats to Elizabeth!

Tara, have a wonderful weekend!

momto8 said...

congrats Elizabeth!

Unknown said...

I don't know where we would be without our writing community. It's the best.

Congrats, Elizabeth, on your book. :)

Tamara said...

Congrats to Elizabeth, the book sounds like lots of fun. Always love demons and angels! :)

Leigh Covington said...

Congrats to Elizabeth! The book sounds amazing and I love the cover!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congratulations Elizabeth!
The online writing community rocks!

E. Arroyo said...

Thanks everyone! Yes, the writing community does Rock!

Misha Gerrick said...

Excellent tips, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing. I can definitely see how the pen is better than the sword when it comes to keeping such group-orientated projects alive.

Julia Hones said...

Lots of great ideas here. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Yolanda Renée said...

The book sounds intriguing, good luck with your tour! Your post has great information, especially about one person not being made to carry the full load.

Have fun and sell, sell, sell!

Julie Flanders said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth! And thanks for this great post, you make such great points. Thanks for hosting, Tara!

Kelley Lynn said...

Congratulations Elizabeth! How exciting!

Tara Tyler said...

I thank you and Chandara (Elizabeth) thanks you!

Great advice, Elizabeth! Good luck with your launch! Glad I could be a part!

E. Arroyo said...

Thanks Tara! And thanks everyone for your awesome comments!

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