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October 25, 2011

Win a FREE download of my suspense novel

 
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Since I write in the suspense genre, and really enjoy scary villains, I’ve decided to host a Hallowe’en contest.
The rules are simple…
1. Create a villain
2. Describe him/her in 100 words or less.
3. Make me cringe
4. Type villain’s description into comment section of
this post along with you first name and your email

I will choose my favorite villain by midnight on Oct. 31st and the winner will receive a free download of my suspense novel, When Love Won’t Die.

Also, if your villain really inspires me, I will use him/her in one of my future suspense novels (with your permission).

October 18, 2011

Will you be participating in Nanowrimo?

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I can’t believe it’s that time of year again – Nanowrimo time.

November is Nanowrimo month – a time for writers to dedicate themselves to writing 50,000 words on a new novel or WIP, with the help of the *free* Nanowrimo organization. Check out the website, sign up, find your region to connect with other writers and prepare to write and write and write.

My first novel, published in September 2010, was a direct result of the Nanowrimo process.

What are you waiting for? Go sign up…now!

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

October 12, 2011

Getting ebook reviews

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Every author wants feedback, but getting book reviews can be time consuming and challenging. 

Here’s where I think that having an ebook provides a real advantage.

According to statistics, over two billion people use the internet on a regular basis.  That’s two billion potential customers for your ebook and the potential for tons of feedback.

So how do you go about getting the word out to reviewers?

Well, in my case, I submitted my book to an actual publisher (not a vanity press) so that I’d have the clout of my publishing company to help publicize my book.  My publisher submits all their books to many different review sites so they’ve already done a big chunk of the work for me.

But don’t despair if you did decide to self publish.  You can google “ebook reviewers” and get lots of results from blogs (where the owner has already compiled lists for you) to other sites that list ebook review sites.  Here are a few to get you started:

http://www.ebookcrossroads.com/ebook-reviewers.html

http://www.tinahunter.ca/links/ebook-reviewers/

http://www.twilighttimes.com/practical_tips4.html  (scroll down the page to find reviewers)

Getting reviews not only hooks potential new customers into buying your ebook but having numerous reviews also means that your ebook’s title will show up with more results with search engines. 

My suspense novel has been reviewed on amazon.com, the Pen and Muse, Coffee Time Romance and most recently on Pulist http://www.pulist.net/when-love-wont-die.html

It may take some time but keep contacting reviewers online.  All it costs is a free download of your ebook.  And don’t forget to encourage everyone who’s read your book to go and post a review wherever it’s available.

Don’t be discouraged if you submit to review sites and don’t get a review.  Just make sure you submit.

October 5, 2011

Contests for Playwrights

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You’ve written a play and wonder what to do next? Getting a production is great. If you can find a local group willing to do your play, that’s probably the easiest. If you can’t, you can always try entering contests where often there’s prize money alongside getting a production. WomenArts is a great newsletter filled with opportunities for playwrights and screenwriters.

October 4, 2011

Muse Online Conference

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Hopefully you’ve registered for this FREE online writing conference. The workshops and handouts are amazing and there are chat rooms for meeting/greeting and Q&A as well.

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