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We Need A Heartbeat!

Sometimes we have to crawl out of our writing cave and rub elbows with other heart-beating creatures. I'm saying that we actually NEED to get out of our house to stay among the living.

Another way to connect with writers is through local, unaffiliated writing groups. Cincinnati has Cincinnati Writers Project which is divided into a fiction group and poetry group. Use the internet to search for groups in your area. I belong to the local chapter of Romance Writers of America. . .YEP! Romance! And I don't even write romance. BUT that's okay. There are so many cross-genre authors in my local chapter that we have a great mesh of knowledge about the craft. And who couldn't learn and grow more?  There are so many published authors in my group, and their publishing paths are so different, but we love the craft. We help each other understand what is going on in this small, crazy writing world. We have guest speakers that talk about everything from goal, motivation, and conflict to…

Online or Offline, Let's Join A Group!

What online groups can do for you:
·help you set goals ·make you accountable ·celebrate your successes ·help you overcome your failures ·provide you with information ·help you build the confidence to succeed as a writer ·connect you with like-minded people No matter what genre you write in, there is a group for you. At Yahoo Groups, for example, just type in your interest. Related groups will come up in the search. Click on them and read what they are about. When you find a group that fits your needs, simply join by clicking on the join button. One of my favorite groups is called GIAM , Goal Setting, Inspiration, Amity, Motivation, which I found on the Yahoo group list. At the time I joined, it was a group of twenty women who aspired to be published. They shared everything from information on agents and editors taking pitches, self-publishing journey, to cheering each other on in contests they entered. This group has expanded and now offers free on-line classes to its members, as well as a web…

Building Your Network

If you’re like most writers, there are two things you do every day after you get up out of bed:
·check your email ·check out your favorite blogs
But wait! Checking emails and reading blogs are great, but you need to do more. I've covered blogging(and how your blog is one many people should be checking in with every morning), but now we’re talking about building your network. Just having a website doesn’t cut it these days. Yes, we have our own little world that only we writers understand. But your goal is to build name recognition and find potential readers. That means interacting with other writers and readers in the blogosphere—and beyond. I'm talking about joining actual on-line groups and local writing groups. Trust me, there are plenty out there to fit everypersonality. You may be saying to yourself, “Oh no, not me. I’m not a writing group kind of person.” You just hold on to your tool belt. I'm going to give you the group networking tools to put in your toolbox. Writing is v…

What's up with the grog?

I know. . .grog sounds really strange, and when I started to talk about a grog, five years ago, everyone asked me what that strange word meant. I'm sure most of you know, but it's a acronym for Group Blog, GROG. 
If you took the PR PERSONALITY quiz or took the quiz in my new craft book, THE TRICKED OUT TOOLBOX~PROMOTION AND MARKETING TOOLS EVERY WRITER NEEDS, and have discovered that you are a little more introvert and don't want to blog on your own, or your just not ready~a group blog might just be for you. I joined a group blog before I was published. Even though I'm an extrovert and beyond (sorta alien really!), I wanted to stick my toe in the water to see if I was going to like it.  When I was asked to join, the rules were already laid out. Everyone had a specific day, the theme was decided, the audience the grog reached was already in place. If I didn't like it, then the grog wasn't for me. Luckily, I loved it all! I've been part of four grogs, currently t…

To Blog or Not to Blog. . .That Is The Question

Blogging is only going to help you if you do it well. No blog is better than a bad blog. This is not the place to rant, wax poetic, or otherwise indulge yourself. Use our guidelines to help you build a better blog.
Know Your Theme
Before you build a blog, you must decide what your purpose is. Ask yourself these questions:
1.Do I want to be funny and pithy? 2.Do I have enough energy and time to write daily, or at least every other day? (Remember, a blog without fresh content is as stagnant as a mosquito pond) 3.Do I have friends to guest blog? 4.Will I be able to sustain my blog with consistent content? 5.Would I prefer to blog alone, or blog with buddies? 6.If I blog with others, will I be a leader or a follower? 7.If I blog with others, will I be able to set boundaries and resolve problems?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you can move forward. Remember, you have to decide what your blog is going to be about—the writing life, genre specific content, book reviews, some element of craft, et…

The Tricked Out Toolbox~Promotion and Marketing Tools Every Writer Needs

Whether you're just sticking your toe into the murky waters of the publishing industry, traversing the white waters of your already established career, or somewhere in between, The Tricked Out Toolbox is for you.

In The Tricked Out Toolbox, you'll identify your personality type: introvert or extrovert. Read anecdotes from authors about what's worked for them and what hasn't. Get ideas, craft a budget, build a marketing plan, and learn how to execute it.

With checklists and worksheets galore, real-life advice, and an easy to read format, this user-friendly, practical guide allows you to pick and chose what promotion and marketing tools will work for you. If you buy one business book this year, make itThe Tricked Out Toolbox.

"In today's tough market, savvy promotion is often a key ingredient to an author's success, but few authors are familiar with all the tools available to them. They spend a fortune on the things that don't work and overlook opportuni…

Creating Synergy With Your Marketing And Promoting

I don't care what anyone says, unless you are an anomaly, you have to connect with readers through social networking. And it doesn't matter if you are published through a publisher or self-published. The tech era is here and not going anywhere. But we can look to the future to see what is or might be in store for 2012. Today isn't too early to start planning your promoting and marketing strategies for your novels. Over the past few months I've been watching a couple different marketing and promoting trends that have to do with our industry. Marketing and promoting has always come easy to me, and when I wrote my non-fiction marketing and promoting book, The Tricked Out Toolbox (February 2012), I keep my ear low to the ground to see what is rumbling in that arena. Here are a few of the strategies that I'm going to be adding to my list of tools in my marketing and promoting writer tool box. We’ve already taken a look at adding to our PR Buddies by promoting them in our n…

The 411 On Author Websites

(If you haven't checked out Will Write For chocolate by Inkygirl, you should! Love her comics!)       Last week we discussed whether or not you should have a website. This week we are going to look at what your website should and what your website should have on it.  I've had a wordpress website, but I've found that blogger really does have everything I need. 
You have your end goal in mind; you’re a professional writer and you’re presenting yourself to the writing community at large. Now let’s take a closer look at the most important elements of a website:
·         Creating a brand. ·         Simplicity. A website must be easy to navigate. Make it crystal clear what type of book you’re promoting.  ·         Fresh Content ·         The front page of your website creates a first impression. Does it tell readers what you are about and what they can expect from your books? Are the colors, tone, language, graphics, and overall visuals in line with your style of writing?  They shoul…


The other day I was cleaning out one of my old blogs. One of them. Yes, I’ve had many over the years. I dabbled in an anonymous blog, attempted a serial story blog, played with Tumblr, created one for Amazon Affiliate sales with Blogger, started up a free site, bought a domain name, and recently launched a book review site.
Sigh. What was I thinking?
Sure blogging is a great way to stretch our creative minds. It’s also a great distraction, along with Twitter, writing groups, author sites, book clubs, Facebook, critique groups, forums, Etsy (aka: porn for women) and the latest, Pinterest. Each of these items can help grow our platform, but they all pull us away from our main objective - to write fiction.
As I was cleaning posts off my old blog, I came across one that gave my readers an update on my writing life. Healing Touch hadn’t been released yet and Off Leash was a WIP still listed as “Untitled”.  There were others. Some I’ve completely forgotten about.
I read through …

Are you a worry wart writer?

Seriously, what the H*** does that mean?
It means that worry won't get your next book written, it won't help you send out that query to your favorite agent, it won't help you take the leap into self publishing. It will only help you stand still and do nothing. 

Stop being jealous. This does nothing for your creative flow. It does nothing but put a nasty taste in your mouth and stop you from writing your stories. It's time to put all that to rest and cheer each other on. I promise you will not only feel better about being happy for others, but you will have more energy to put toward your books.

Stop procrastinating. Yes! I don't want to hear that you are busy. I'm busy! I out line how busy I am in my blogHow Bad Do You Want.If you haven't read that post, you should! I promise it is one you won't forget. Procrastination will get you no further to publication. You say you want to be a writer, but do you really mean it? Are you doing what is necessary to get i…

What came first, the website or the author?

We've covered a few things that you need to promote and market your career already.
PR Personality Test
What Is A Brand?

What about a website? Do you need a website? Do you need a website before you have a book out?

Why don't you just go ahead and ask me, "what came first, the chicken or the egg?"
This is sort of like the big debate on the pricing of ebooks. Nonetheless, it's all important information for you to put in the back of your head. OR in your writer's toolbox to refer to when you are thinking about a website. All I can do is give you pros of having a website at all stages of your career, starting without a book.

Author Buzz Founder, MJ Rose gave me a quote for my upcoming non-fiction book, The Tricked Out Toolbox~Promotional and Marketing Needs Every Writer Needs.
"Yes, you need a website, but it doesn't have to be complicated. People go to your website after they hear about you and your book. No one wakes up and says I'm going to start se…