Readers Meet Authors and Bloggers

Sounds like a good place to meet. Just joined myself.

Jo Robinson

I started a Google+ community a while ago called Readers Meet Authors and Bloggers. The aim was to promote interaction between bloggers (who aren’t always authors), and readers who had other passions to promote (photography, art, cooking, knitting, animals, personal healing, funnies – you name it), but still loved to read. Probably due to my own fault – I’ve had a whacky and seriously stressful couple of years – I’ve neglected it, and community moderators have lost interest and stopped going there. My fault, but still a viable community.

These days it’s become pretty much an “Oy Buy My Book” spammy kind of place. I still believe that it has potential though, and with three thousand, five hundred odd members, I think that it has the potential to be a good place to market as well as interact with other writers in the future. Rules need to be put…

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On my second Cocktail, now I think I can.

73825-dec2b302c2b20142b113a513a342bamLast night, I went out on the town and had a few drinks. All day long, I have been in sort of a funk. Not feeling bad, just had the lack of focus. I couldn’t do any writing today so I went outside and worked on the hayloft making it into a man cave. I guess since I didn’t have to really think, I was able to function. Later, I came in for dinner and was back into my state of funk, not really wanting to do anything. I checked my email and still no spark. Finally, I decided to have a cocktail and see if that would bring me back to normal to allow me to get some writing done tonight. For some reason, I have not been in the writing mood this week. Since i planned to stay home tonight, I wanted to write a little. This blog is my attempt at getting the juices flowing. I really do not want to drink that much, just hoping it will help me get out of the funk that are under-motivating me today. Normally, I have several stories demanding my attention. I need a clear head to get them written.  I just have to find the motivation to do so. I think I will stop writing tonight and join my wife watching the first Harry Potter movie. Maybe that will trigger my mind to start writing something. Have a great night and talk back, I’m listening.

A little help for a fellow author, Norma Horton

Ordinarily I do not post a personal request from authors but this time I made an exception. I have reviewed her latest book and can see why she drew so close to landing a book deal. Read on and if you can re-blog this to get the word out to everyone about her.
NLB Horton's profile photoMy name is Norma Horton. You are participating in the tour for The Brothers Keepers that Teddy Rose is hosting during January and February.
This email is a personal appeal during the month of February. Right off the bat, let me tell you how much I appreciate the help you already have been in promoting my work. But February is an extraordinary month and presents an equally extraordinary opportunity.
When Camels Fly was considered—in its entirety— by multiple imprints at EVERY SINGLE ONE of the Big Five publishers. The manuscript reached the final-decision level in three. This rarely happens to an unpublished author’s work because houses only release one or two books by previously unpublished authors every year.
In the end, they all said, “there’s something here,” but didn’t know what to do with my protagonist, Grace Madison. Apparently, women my age just don’t do the things Grace does, and we’re not interested in reading about such adventures, either.  (Pfffffft.)
So my literary agent and I decided to rely on my decades in marketing and advertising to self publish. Even though it is almost impossible to break out as a self-published author, my books are doing well.
But back to February. With a more than 90 percent rejection rate, BookBub is THE place for indie authors to break through the crowd. When Camels Fly will be a featured book on BookBub FEBRUARY 12. Repercussions/sales from a single-day listing last for three to four weeks. This BookBub spot follows an Amazon promotion of The Brothers’ Keepers the first week of February.
During the remainder of February, Goodreads, BookMovement, Kindle Nation, The Fussy Librarian, Library Insider, and about a half a dozen other book-promoting websites will feature When Camels Fly. To be honest, February will tell my literary agent and me if my work appeals to the general market. If it does, she is returning to the Big Five with sales numbers, and I’m sure their acquisitions staffs will enjoy negotiating with two middle-aged women.
: )
Easily a hundred thousand new readers will be exposed to archaeologist Grace Madison and her family and friends in February. These really are miraculous opportunities.
If you’d like to promote these promotions, here are the details.
first week of February:  The Brothers’ Keepers $1.99
February 10 through 21:  When Camels Fly $0.99
February 22 through 26:  WCF $1.99
February 27 through March 3:  WCF $2.99
My dedicated hashtag for this promotion is #NLBPromo if you care to tweet about it. I’m also designing a graphic in which you can embed a hyperlink to the relevant Amazon listing in case you want to share the word about the promotion on your blog or website or facebook page. Or Pinterest!
I’m also considering releasing to any participating blogger a sneak peek of book 3 (if I still retain rights to do so). I do not have the parameters of this worked out yet, but am shooting for an ARC of the book by August 1. It will release next January.
So, know that I appreciate your time, your reading, your reviews, and your support. I learn from what you think of my work, and it informs my writing. (Book 3 has Grace in London right now before heading for Greece. There’s mischief afoot!)
Thank you for what you’ve done, and for anything you are comfortable doing.
Talk back, I’m listening. Help Norma out by spreading the word.

Stop Begging. Please.

I, too am reluctant to push my books anymore after being inundated with constant buy my book. Very good article so I re-blogged it. A.G.


Badly written self-published books don’t make me feel embarrassed to admit that I am self published.

Neither do poorly edited ones.  Or bad covers.  Or even gay dinosaur erotica. As far as I’m concerned if an author wants to publish a text file that is the word “banana” repeated eighty-thousand times and a reader wants to pay money for it, both have my blessing.

No, what makes me ashamed to admit that I am a self-published author is the constant begging.

PLEASE buy my book!
PLEASE leave a review!
PLEASE support my Kickstarter!
PLEASE donate to my website!

Seriously, people, stop it. You’re making us look bad.

Believe me, I understand that it is tough to support yourself with a full-time job and also write full time.  It’s frustrating to spend a year of your life on something and see it selling like pork chops in…

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Response to Teacher’s pet

73825-dec2b302c2b20142b113a513a342bamThe Teacher that sticks out in my mind was Mr. Yeager my history teacher. He asked us “Everyone makes a mark in life, some small, some large. Though it maybe famous marks where they are remembered by many both infamous or as heroes. What will your mark be?” That made me think that I wanted to be remembered long after I left this world, not as a famous person or infamous but as a person. as time went on I forgot all about his question until later in life, then it came back to me. I had a very successful business life but would anyone but my family remember me, the answer was “NO”  I had been toying with writing from my young years and used it to relieve my stresses in life. I decided to make a lasting mark by writing several books. They may never become a best seller but over time, they will be read by many even my grandchildren. That is the only mark that I could make. This post was in response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Teacher’s Pet.”