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Social media

June 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Social media can be a useful tool in reaching people so they hear about your book. Gaining an international audience is now an attainable goal for an unknown author with a small print or self-published book, thanks largely to social media. A few years ago, that kind of thing would have been next to impossible. Sites like Facebook and Goodreads can make a huge difference to an author’s marketing. This doesn’t mean that having no social media platform means your book won’t sell. However, there’s no doubt that pages on social media sites can made a huge difference, so even […]

An author website

May 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

In my role as a professional editor, it still surprises me when I encounter authors who don’t see why they need a website at all. Some prefer a Facebook author page, and don’t get me wrong, they’re good too, but I believe a website is an essential tool in an author’s marketing strategy, especially if you’re only producing ebooks, not print books. The advantage of your own website over something like a Facebook page is that you can design it (or have someone design it for you) to your own specifications and you can fill it with whatever you believe […]

The importance of marketing

May 22, 2016 at 12:25 pm

When I became a published author, I knew I would have to make sure I got my name out there so people heard about my books. However, I don’t know if I anticipated just how constant my communications would have to be. I always see a distinct difference in my trilogy’s Amazon ranking immediately after I’ve done an author event. Recently, I haven’t been ranking that well, as I’d had trouble finding the time and motivation to put myself out there. However, I attended a school fete recently, and sure enough, the following week, my Amazon ranking improved. It happens […]

Happy endings

May 15, 2016 at 12:24 pm

It was my sixteenth wedding anniversary this week, and as my husband and I celebrated, it was nice to see others celebrate with us by offering their congratulations. Over 80 friends ‘liked’ my Facebook post about the anniversary, and it made me thankful that so many rejoiced in the sixteen years we’ve had together. It also made me reflect on something I’ve noticed as an author, and that is that the majority of people like stories with happy endings. Now, I’m sure you’re aware that numerous classic stories, which have stood the test of time when it comes to popularity, […]

Happy Mothers’ Day!

May 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

It’s Mothers’ Day today where I am, and yes, since this day celebrates lots of mothers I believe the apostrophe should be after the s! 🙂 I am mother to a beautiful young boy who’s growing up a bit too quickly for my liking. However, he’s now at the stage where he wants to buy gifts for me with his own money. This can be great if he gets me something I like, which is some of the time. I guess that’s better than none of the time. 🙂 At least my husband also gets a joint gift from both […]

Four things prospective authors should know

May 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Today I’ve been reflecting on what I expected when I first became a published author and what the reality has turned out to be. Fortunately, I think I was fairly realistic, although, as with anyone with a good imagination, I had no trouble imagining myself achieving fame and fortune because of my writing! I must confess I still do at times. So I was thinking of four things I’d tell prospective authors if they ask and I’ve come up with these: You will probably not become a famous author. You might, but there are far more of us out there […]

Milestones and Achievements

April 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm

My husband turns forty this week, and in the midst of all the preparations for his birthday party, I’ve been reflecting on different milestones and moments of achievement in my life. I passed the forty milestone a few years ago (I won’t say how many!) and we celebrated fifteen years of marriage last year. Our son will be ten this year, so that will require another celebration, as he enters double digits. These are some recent milestones in my personal life. There have also been milestones and achievements in my writing career. Having The Heir accepted for publication was one […]

Books that become movies

April 17, 2016 at 8:34 am

I know a lot of people usually complain when their favourite book is made into a movie. ‘It’s not the same!’ is the common mantra. Of course, books and movies are different animals, so some changes should be expected, but there have certainly been numerous times when I too, have cried foul about a favourite book being mangled by a movie. However, I’m always still happy to see the movie version of a book. There’s something incredibly exciting about seeing the characters I loved on the page being brought to life on the big (or small) screen. And it’s always […]

The book cover dilemma

April 10, 2016 at 12:31 pm

I’m sure most of you are aware by now that I have a new release coming up later this year. It’s called Once Confronted, and it’s a contemporary drama about a young woman who endures something horrible and has to find a way to recover from it and work through all the problems that life throws at her as a result. I’m both excited and nervous about its release, which is a pretty normal way to feel about it! One thing that is always a dilemma when a new release is coming up is what to do with the cover […]

Admiration when you don’t expect it

April 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm

I haven’t been doing too many author events so far this year. It’s been difficult to get myself back in the swing of things. Also, with a new release coming up later in the year, I’m trying to build up to what will be a blitz when it’s available. On Friday night, however, I hosted an Intimo party. Intimo is my favourite brand of lingerie. They provide great quality garments that really last, and since I needed some new stuff, I thought I’d invite others to a party so they could see what was on offer. One of the ladies […]