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Monday Tips: Find websites that help you market your book

It is so easy to get burned out with information overload. As an author these days, you are expected not only to have a blog but to keep up with Twitter feeds and Facebook postings.

I was recently introduced to yet another website specifically targeted towards authors. This one is called Author’s Den. Here is the link: http://www.authorsden.com/. I’ve signed up for free (there are paid options). It will be interesting to see what happens. Stay tuned and have a wonderful week!

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THWARTED QUEEN is Under the Spotlight on AuthorsAnon!

Everyone,

Did you know that my latest interview about Cecylee is up on AuthorsAnon? Please click here to find.

AuthorsAnon is one of those great websites where authors and readers meet. It also has a list of agents, editors and publishers who are interested in first novels. So dust off that manuscript now!!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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Monday Tips: How to avoid cliches when polishing your prose

I have a date with my editor next month, so I’m busy polishing the manuscript for my new novel, AN UNSUITABLE SUITOR, which I hope to publish in February 2013. (Yes, all of you faithful followers on my blog are the first to hear about this new novel!) Set in the early 1920s in Georgetown, Washington DC and Berlin, Germany it is a tale of forbidden love, family secrets and identity.

 

In the course of polishing the text, my task is to get rid of clichés. So I make a list of words that I think I’m using too often so that I can go back and do a search to figure out just how many times I’m using these words.

Here is a partial list of my words:

SIGH

THIN

OPEN

STARE

GLARE

TURN

With that knowledge, I can then open one of my huge dictionaries and find a more unusual or interesting word. I suggest that you make lists of words when polishing your text.

Have a wonderful week!

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Monday Tips: Tidbits from the Internet

Here are a couple of sites that I’ve found useful recently:

  • One of the benefits of attending the Global Ebook Awards ceremony was that we were all given a coupon to download a free copy of Stephanie Chandler’s book OWN YOUR OWN NICHE, about how to market your business without using any cheap tricks. Stephanie has become known as an authority on this kind of marketing (she’s appeared on NPR). If you would like to know more, click here.
  • At the Global Ebook Awards ceremony in Santa Barbara, I sat next to a business consultant called Connie Ragen Green. She struck me as very smart and capable, as well as someone who genuinely wanted to help.You might find her website useful. It is: http://connieragengreen.com/.

 

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Monday Tips: Find websites to help market your book

In August, I attended the Global Ebook Awards ceremony, in beautiful Santa Barbara. There, I met Jim Cox wo gave a talk about the Midwest Book Review, which he founded in 1976. A voracious reader, Jim founded the business (which was originally a 12-fold newsletter) because he was interested in finding other voices to talk about books, rather than the big giants of publishing in New York.

As the years rolled by, technology changed, and so the Midwest Book Review has become a website with resources for writers. I met Jim and he urged me to make his website my best friend. (He also said he would review my book THWARTED QUEEN!)

If you need a new best friend to help you with your novel, I suggest you go to Jim’s website: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/  

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Monday Tips: Promote your novel by entering competitions

As part of my marketing strategy, I sent THWARTED to every prize I could think of once it was published. My source for prizes were Poets & Writer’s database of contests (and grants) and a newsletter put out by C. Hope Clark called Funds for Writers.

On the one occasion when I surfed the internet to find a contest, boy did I get a nasty surprise. I signed up for International Book Awards, paying $69 via Paypal. Then I tried to send my work. Over the course of the next week, I tried around 5 different email addresses. I discovered that the company who’d taken my money was called JPX media with an address in LA. Naturally, they didn’t have a phone number. After initiating a dispute with Paypal, I got my money back. But I never did receive an explanation or apology.

This is another way of saying that C. Hope Clark’s newsletter and Poet & Writer’s database are solid gold. I’ve never had a problem with them, and I don’t think you would too.

 

 

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Tidbits from the Internet

Here are a couple of sites that I’ve found useful recently:

 

  1. For those of you who don’t know, Jane Friedman is an expert in the area of digital publishing and marketing. Her advice is always sound, and worth thinking about even if you don’t agree with her. I thought you would enjoy reading her interview on increasing the chances of your book becoming a breakout hit. http://janefriedman.com/2012/06/12/increase-the-chances-of-your-book-becoming-a-breakout-hit/
  2. J. A. Konrath is a successful self-publisher who is making real money on Amazon. I thought you might enjoy his post from January on how he does it. http://jakonrath.blogspot.fr/2012/01/100000.html

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Monday Tips: More on marketing books

This month, I feel that I am last getting some traction. I’ve done more giveaways on Goodreads, and I’m very pleased with the result. To date, 2,658 people have participated in my giveaways, and 369 people have listed my books on their “to-read” shelves.

I’ve also been busy in the blogosphere. I’ve done two guest interviews with Morgen Bailey and with Stephanie Moore. Stephanie not only came to me to ask for an interview, but she’s hosting a giveaway of THWARTED QUEEN, which ends April 11. If interested, please go to: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/847094-interview-with-author-cynthia-haggard-giveaway.

Have a great week!

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Tidbits from the Internet: Fleshing out your characters, and how to sell books online

Here are a couple of things that might interest you:

I just came upon this recently.

G. Hugh Bodell launched a website dedicated to bringing his characters alive. The basic idea is that you put your character into a difficult situation, then ask your readers to help you solve that problem.

But I thought it would be a very interesting writing exercise to try the following. How about taking your character out of context and seeing what they do? This works very well for historical fiction, because all you have to do is change time period.

So what would your Roman centurion do in another time period?

The reason why I think this is a valuable exercise is because it will help you to get to know your character better. Why not try it and let me know what you think?

To read G. Hugh Bodell’s blog, go to: http://whatwouldsoroshdo.blogspot.com/

For those of you who want to know more about marketing your novel and don’t mind paying $21 for it, here is the link to Joanna Penn’s “21 ways to sell more books online.”

Have a great week!

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Monday Tips: Strategic Marketing

“Strategic marketing” is a phrase I’ve come upon lately. Basically, it means giving yourself a plan or roadmap of how to go about marketing.

I am always making plans. It comes to me naturally. But I still don’t think I’m a good marketer. For example, I only found out through glancing at my credit card statement that I’d had a campaign running on Google Adwords during the whole of January that cost me $94. Oops. Totally forgot about that one. And I wasn’t happy that Google Adwords hadn’t actually given me any alerts or reminders about it. So I cancelled that campaign.

I’ve decided to restrict myself to running a Facebook ad campaign once a month, and doing more videos to publicize my work.

I experimented with Twitter recently, by actually diving into one person’s conversation and chiming in as opposed to just finding people to follow. The result? I was offered an interview on that person’s website!

Stay tuned for more marketing tips and have a great week!

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