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Archive for May, 2012

By the way, Melissa’s giving books away during her Tour!  Check here

 
Writers On The Edge, by Melissa Foster
 
In this fast paced, ever-changing landscape of book publishing, more and more authors are feeling like their lives are moving too fast and they can’t wrap their arms around the multitude of activities that are required of them each day. Between the demands of social media, writing, family, and for most authors, day jobs, their heads are spinning. I’ve talked more than my share of authors down from the virtual ledge lately.
 
I could write a long post about why you need the World Literary Cafe, or what’s coming next, with Fostering Success. I could write about tips and tricks that would help you manage these parts of your life–but I’m not going to. Wipe that sneer off of your little lips, please. I’d rather focus on the heart of the matter. You. 
 
Each day is a gift, a blessing, and I don’t mean that in any religious sense.  I mean that in the black and white definition of the word, “Something given voluntarily without payment in return.” and “Something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort by the recipient or without it being earned.”   These are important distinctions. We don’t do much to earn another day on this earth. We exist. Period. 
 
It’s important to accept that before moving on, because what comes next is completely within our own control, and we have to accept and understand this in order to fix the issue at hand and pay attention to what matters. You. Your sanity. Your family. Your life. 
 
The confines of our social world often make us feel like we need to let the parts of our life that really matter, go by the wayside, suffer for the sake of our careers. I’ve never heard so much bologna spewn about one topic so often. We create our lives. We choose when to tweet, post on Facebook, write, or relax.
 
Contrary to what you might hear in the great world of social media, you don’t have to be available twenty-four hours each day. Look at bestselling author Lisa Genova. She turns off her emails all weekend long. Yup, you can wait. Her family matters. 
 
While it’s true that as authors we need a consistent online presence in order to grow our followers, there are tips and tricks to doing that without turning the rest of our lives off, and…sit down for this…if you miss a day, your followers will not unfollow you. 
 
If you do want tips and tricks, I’m happy to provide them, you know where you can find me. However, I suggest that you start with baby steps. Try going without checking your email for  a few hours, or <gasp!> try it for a weekend. There is nothing more freeing, nothing that will spark your creativity in a more effective way, then rejuvenating your mind and body. 
 
Create your life. Own it. Take responsibility for the time you give up and the energy you put forth. Without your writing, you wouldn’t need the rest. Spark that creativity! You matter. Then, we’ll learn the rest. 
 
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Hey!

I know, I’ve been very lax about posting lately.  Volleyball season has started, so there’s lots of running to get my oldest from practice and going to games.  Still, I’m finding time for lots of stuff!

I had my first blog tour recently!  It was, um, different.  For the most part, things went smoothly.  There was one person who never posted the blog I sent him, but I think he was confused.  Every blog he sent me an address for was one he’d been interviewed for instead of one he hosted himself.  I had one or two empty slots, but I put it together sorta last minute.  Next time, I’ll plan more in advance!

I also go asked to visit my old creative writing class and talk to the students about getting published!  When I walked in at the end of class, the instructor mentioned I was right on time because they’d just wrapped up class work.  Next thing I knew, everyone broke into applause.  I’ve never walked into a room and heard that before. 

Class was great.  The students asked some great questions, and I don’t think I stammered much.  After class, I had a few approach me.  Never a bad thing in my world!  Answered the questions they still had, told a few stories (like the Red Robin Incident).  One invited me out for coffee as we were in the parking lot.  She insisted on paying, saying she wanted to tell her family she’d bought a published author a coffee.

My job bought me a coffee.  That was a little surreal.

It’s humbling, thrilling, and a bit strange all at the same time to have someone want to talk to you or treat you to coffee because of your job.  And I don’t want to get used to it, expect it.  Far better to continue to be blown away than become a demanding diva in my mind!

LQQK magazine put a short story of mine in their May issue!  It’s a bit on the funny side.  Well, I think it’s funny anyway.  You can find it at http://www.lqqkzine.com.

Next on the agenda?  Well, in the non-writing part of my life I’ve got a SCA event where I’m in charge of all the merchants!  Taking a copy of ‘Daughter of Hauk’ with me to advertise the book as well.  I’ve got an entire Kingdom full of people who may get it just because they know me from eventing or online lists.  I’ve gotten a lot of positive encouragement from An Tir.  Hmmm….perhaps I should take a sharpie to event just in case someone shows up, book in hand, asking for an autograph.

I’ll be on a podcast in June.  Details to come!

In July, I’m being interviewed on a great internet radio show!  I’ll post particulars when it gets a bit closer.

August has my first book signing event.  We had thought to do it in July, but a few things came up at the store hosting it, so we pushed it back a few weeks.  This is something new for the owner as well, so we’re both hoping it’s a success all the way around!

Ok, need to deal with a few other things around the house before I get writing.  I’m really trying hard to get the first draft of ‘Son of Corse’ (sequel to ‘Daughter of Hauk’) done by the end of this month!  I’m not doing great on time management, though.  LOL

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*Everyone, please welcome my guest for today, Author Lizzy Stevens!*

How to promote your book for FREE

Hi  Everyone,

Thanks for having me today. Today I’m going to blog about all the free stuff you can do to promote your books. I hope that at least one of these ideas helps somebody out.

1. Set up a website. You can do this completely free at http://www.webs.com or http://www.weebly.com and if you want it to be a true dot com you can go to http://www.godaddy.com or http://www.names.com and I’m sure there are others and pay for your domain name for the year. It will cost less than $12 and then you can go back to the free site and use your own domain. You have no fees at all and you have a new website.

2. http://www.facebook.com
Set up a facebook page and friend everyone and tell everyone about your page. Use your page to promote your book. Don’t just open the page but actually go there and post on it daily.

3. http://www.twitter.com
Follow people and ask them to follow you. Tweet and retweet other people’s tweets. Join in on the fun.

4. http://www.myspace.com
Same thing here. Friend people and ask them to friend you.

5. http://www.manicreaders.com has free pages

6. http://www.linkedin.com another social networking site.

7. Start a blog. There are a few different free ones. You can try http://www.blogspot.com or http://www.wordpress.com either one are free.

8. Join yahoo groups. Be sure to follow their posting rules.

9. http://www.goodreads.com is another really good place to promote you book.

10. Get reviews for your book. The more reviews and good ratings the better. You can take that review and then tell all the above places. Out of every good review you get several promo opps out of it.

This list should get you started but the ideas are endless in marketing. I hope at least one of these things helped somebody out.

My new book is:

Blackbeard’s Treasure

Available at:
http://www.amazon.com/Blackbeards-Treasure-ebook/dp/B007AVMUGO/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1334442841&sr=1-10

Synopsis:

Edward Teach, better known as the pirate Blackbeard, was killed November 22, 1718. Two months before, he purposely ran his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, aground at what is now called Beaufort Inlet.

He emptied the ship of all treasures into his other ship, The Tender, and fled to where nobody knows. Two months later, when he reappeared, he was killed in battle, and his body was tossed into the ocean. To this day, nobody knows where the treasure went.

For years, people have searched high and low for his treasure. It has been said that Blackbeard said nobody but he and the devil knew where it was located.
Cassie Andrews returns to Branson Missouri to clean out her grandfather’s house, who recently passed away. While emptying the attic she comes across an old diary belonging to a woman who claims to have been married to Edward Teach. Cassie soon realizes that she holds the key to the famous Blackbeard’s Treasure.

Cassie turns to her friend Levi for help in finding the treasure. “In her zeal to uncover the clues to Blackbeard’s Treasure Cassie lands herself in the hospital.

Attraction explodes off the page as Levi nurses Cassie back to health and together they experience the adventure of a lifetime to uncover their true feelings for one another and Blackbeard’s Treasure.

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