Category: Personal Experiences

Reaching More Readers: Book Review Blogs

Following up on my first post on this topic, I’d like to take a moment to focus on method #2 for ways to try to reach more readers: Submit Your Book to Book Review Blogs. I have to admit that I have been sucked into the world of book blogs. Through the Writer’s Cafe, a group I belong to on LinkedIn, I discovered Book Blogs, … Read More Reaching More Readers: Book Review Blogs

Reaching More Readers: Getting Started

Now that my debut novel, Blue Violet, is released, my primary goal for this book has shifted from writing/publishing to attracting readers. Based on blogs I’ve read, and my own personal feelings, most writers will tell you that their main objective is to reach readers (and give them a positive reading experience). The side-benefit of that goal is making enough money to sustain the habit. Whether that means just covering the expenses of editing … Read More Reaching More Readers: Getting Started

1st Book Published… Now What?

In case you can’t tell from my various posts, let me tell you that I am beyond thrilled to have my first book – Blue Violet – finally published. I wrote the first draft almost three years ago, and to have it available for readers, rather than just talking about how I want to publish a book, is almost surreal. It has been especially fun to have … Read More 1st Book Published… Now What?

In the Homestretch of Self Publishing – Part #2

Today is publishing day and I am wrapping up the last steps of getting my first book – Blue Violet – out there for purchase. If all goes as planned, tonight I will be announcing the book and watching the proverbial floodgates open on sales (or the trickle in sales of a first time / unknown author).  Which brings me to what I get … Read More In the Homestretch of Self Publishing – Part #2

In the Homestretch of Self Publishing – Part #1

As the title suggests, I am now in the homestretch of self publishing my first book – Blue Violet.  The biggest chunks of this process are done.  The book is written. All the major edits are applied. The book cover is designed.  And what I have left to do is a laundry list of final steps. What I’m finding to be the hardest part in these … Read More In the Homestretch of Self Publishing – Part #1

Social Media for a 1st Time Author

In one of my very first posts on this blog I talked about my initial foray into the use of social media as a self-marketing tool for a first time self publishing author.  I am now 6 weeks, 18 blog posts, 73 tweets, and multiple Facebook entries and Pinterest boards into the process.  I have to say that my social media experience so far has been interesting, entertaining, … Read More Social Media for a 1st Time Author

The Misadventures of Talking Heads

While my first round of edits for my upcoming release, Blue Violet, revealed the need to bring tension forward in the story as well as the need to show instead of tell (see previous blog about my new love of editing), round two of the edits has revealed my bad habit of writing talking heads. Talking heads happen when your characters are in conversation but … Read More The Misadventures of Talking Heads

Book Cover Part 1 – Getting Started

As I travel down this path of publishing my first book – Blue Violet – I now find myself at the point of creating a book cover. Every blog post, article, and website I’ve seen so far has stressed the importance of a good book cover. According to a Taleist report, authors who got outside help with issues such as editing and cover design … Read More Book Cover Part 1 – Getting Started

Getting Your Writing Un-Stuck

While I am still in the process of editing (and soon self publishing!) my first book – Blue Violet – I am also in the process of writing the follow-on book – Hyacinth. A few nights ago while writing, I got utterly and completely stuck. I’m talking full on, dead-in-my-tracks, stuck. I honestly could not figure out how to get my characters from point A to point … Read More Getting Your Writing Un-Stuck

Writing Readable Romance

Writing romance scenes is possibly one of my biggest weaknesses as a writer. So this blog entry is not a “how to” by any stretch of the imagination. This is more of a “come commiserate with me” moment. The ironic thing is that romance books were my first love when it comes to what I prefer to read. My mom had an entire bookshelf … Read More Writing Readable Romance