A term you’ll often come across in publishing is brand. But what do we mean when we talk about your author brand, and more importantly, how do you create an author brand? We’ll dig into that this week for Writer Wednesday. [Read more…] about How to Build an Author Brand
Writing and Publishing MM Romances
I’ve been traveling a lot the last few months. Too much, maybe, but I attended two events that were absolutely worth it. In both cases, I came back with pages full of notes, inspired to try new things. And I have. I’ve experimented with new ads, new marketing ideas, some approaches to writing I hadn’t considered before, and much more. And I freaking loved it. Some of it worked, some of it needs fine tuning, and a few things didn’t work for me as hoped. But at least I tried.
Granted, I’m someone who loves to try new stuff, but when’s the last time you tried something new? When did you experiment with something you’d never attempted before, just to see if it would work? [Read more…] about When’s the Last Time You Tried Something New?
After missing a number of weeks due to summer break, we’re back with our weekly posts for Writer Wednesday. Today’s topic is at the request of an author friend of mine, who asked me to share my experiences on how to work with a PA. I’ve had a PA (personal assistant) since pretty early on in my career. Her name is Vicki, and she’s my right hand in my whole publishing career. If you’ve read my books, you’ll see me thanking her in every damn acknowledgment, because I couldn’t do what I do without her. I was just six months in when I found her, and she and I have been a strong team ever since.
So, let’s talk about how to work with a PA as an author and everything it entails. To do that, we need to start at the beginning and that’s the simple question: why and when would you need a PA? [Read more…] about How to Work With a PA
In this week’s edition of the weekly Writer Wednesday post, I want to talk about the concept of reader space and author space and the crucial difference between the two. It’s not gonna be a super long post, because this isn’t that complicated, and yet it’s something I see newbie authors get wrong. That’s because it’s simply something they don’t realize and the reason I know, is because it took me a while to figure this out as well.
I’m so sorry for not posting this last week. In my defense, things got a little crazy trying to finish one book while getting another one ready for release. Anyway, here we are, and we’ll be continuing our conversation about how to write a blurb that sells. Last week, we learned that the primary goal of a blurb is not to summarize, but to sell. And I hinted that the things readers most look for are tropes and familiar elements they love. We also looked at an old-style blurb, as I called it.
This week, we’re gonna bring it all together.
Let’s talk about the one thing almost authors hate: the blurb. It’s that pesky bit of text on the back flap of your book or what readers see when they look up your book on for instance Amazon. For many authors, writing the blurb is the worst thing ever, as some funny memes demonstrate, haha. [Read more…] about How to Write a Blurb that Sells (part I)