This morning I’m participating in the Baton Blog Hop, a blog relay which is jumping around the writing-related portions of the Internet. I was tagged by the fabulous Kerry Schafer, author of the BETWEEN series (the second novel, WAKEWORLD, released in February, and if you haven’t read Kerry’s novels, you really should). My part in the hop is to answer four questions about my writing style, and then tag another author who will answer the same four questions on her blog next Monday (and no, I’m not being sexist here–the author I’ve chosen to tag is actually female). And now, on with theRead more
Month: March 2014
Introducing the Author Marketing Series
Today, the Wednesday blog feature introduces a new series on author marketing – but this isn’t your typical marketing “seminar.” Like all of my publishing legal and business blog series, this one will address not only marketing techniques, but legal and business issues that go with them. This new series will cover multiple aspects of author marketing, business planning, and “public voice,” with an eye to helping authors at all points on the publishing spectrum. Unlike the previous series, Publishing 101, which targeted mostly traditionally-published authors, this series is designed for authors on any publishing path. The threshold question for authorsRead more
Left Coast Crime, Part Deux…
The trip to Monterey is over, but the memories (and the photographs) remain. On Friday morning, I joined a lineup of 44 debut authors to introduce ourselves and our novels to a lovely crowd at the debut author breakfast. While there, I met August McLaughlin, whose debut thriller also came out this past year. Our actual meeting was funny: I recognized August in the buffet line, because we’d just become Facebook friends the night before – thanks to mutual friend Jenny Hansen, who introduced us in the virtual realm. August is every bit as lovely in person as sheRead more
Hackers, Rabbis and Ninjas, OH MY! (Left Coast Crime, Day 1)
I’m at the Left Coast Crime conference in Monterey, CA, this weekend, and having a wonderful time. My wrap-up posts are running a day behind, mostly due to an excess of activity, a load of fun, and a lack of sleep. Thursday, I spoke on a panel called “Unusual Sleuths: Your Day Job is WHAT?” The panel read like the start of a joke: a hacker, a rabbi, a ninja, a race car driver and a scuba photographer walk into a bar… Our moderator, Ray Daniel, prepared a fabulous list of questions which turned the panel into an ongoing conversationRead more
Gone Fishing….in Monterey!
I’m off to the Left Coast Crime Conference in Monterey this week, so the blog may be quiet from now until next Monday. I’ll try to post updates when I can, because Left Coast Crime is a fabulous readers’ conference filled with fun people and mystery-related shenanigans, and I’d love to share them with you! If YOU are at Left Coast Crime this weekend, I hope you’ll find me and say hello. I’m speaking on a panel Thursday morning called “Unusual Sleuths: Your Day Job is What?” and also at the Debut Authors’ Breakfast on Friday morning. You’ll also find meRead more
A fishy fail – and win!
I was so busy preparing to leave for the Left Coast Crime conference in Monterey (I leave tomorrow) that I completely forgot to post an aquarium blog today. In semi-redemptive news, I went to the fish store to get the water I needed for a pre-conference water change (my husband will handle the feedings while I’m gone) and discovered the store had a lovely specimen of a rare and fragile species that doesn’t usually do well in reef tanks but for which my reef is unusually well-suited. A feather star. This is our new crimson feather star, who doesn’t yet have aRead more
Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Let’s Go to Ireland!
I’ve heard it said that everyone can be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. All it takes is a love for the Emerald Isle. I hope that’s true, because I’ve always loved Ireland. It’s an enchanting country, where myths seem closer to real than elsewhere. Ireland is a wonderful place for authors, regardless of experience level, genre, or style. When it comes to inspiring landscapes, it can’t be beat. Which is why, this morning, I’m giving another mention to Ireland Writer Tours – a tour company offering three great writing tour/retreats in Ireland this summer, featuring published authors, fabulous tours, writingRead more
“Bad” Reviews, and How (Not) To Respond to Them
Today, we continue the Wednesday series with a look at negative reviews. We’ll start with a universal principle: Not everyone will like your book. And that’s okay. In fact, some people will HATE your book, and that is okay, too. Most debut authors (and many experienced ones) release a book into the world with the unreasonable expectation that everyone will adore it. Or, in the alternative, they think the people who don’t enjoy the book will decide, collectively, never to mention that fact. The truth is, some people will love your book. Some people will enjoy it. Some people will findRead more
Learn How to Market and Promote Your Novels
Please welcome author and independent editor Tammy Salyer, for the sixth in her ongoing series of guest posts: Treat your writing like a passion, but treat your novel like a business. Week Six: Learn how to market and promote your novels You’ve done it. You have achieved a dream—maybe one that was lifelong, or perhaps more spur-of-the-moment, but an achievement to be commended for. Take a minute and think about that. Thousands of people want to write a novel. Of those, only hundreds begin, and of those, fewer still ever get beyond crafting a very long, wordy file that pulsesRead more
Lessons Learned from The Reef: Defend Your Cave
Emperor Maximus Angryfish was the first finned resident of my little reef. From Day 1, he established himself as the king of all he surveyed. As time went on, and other inhabitants joined him, Max had to accept that his territory dwindled from “everything the light touches” to “this cave, this rock, this place that I call my own.” Max accepted this lesson with varying levels of grace, depending on the moment and the interloper in question. However, Max has gradually learned to co-exist with the other tank inhabitants, provided that they respect the proper boundaries. Wherein lies a lessonRead more