No character, not story, right? But do you know your characters? And should you? Each character is consists of several parts, which, together, give the reader the idea of a real person. These include traits, nature, favorite and hated things, gestures, speech… When you give your character something specific in all these areas, they will look much more alive. If you really know your character, it will not be a problem for you to tell how they would behave even in an unrealistic situation, and you will avoid difficulties.Continue reading “Who is Your Character?”
I grew up in northern New Jersey with my brother and sister. We share treasured memories of high school, the Jersey shore, and tons of family time with cousins, all of which became part of April’s Heart! My romance novel is set in high school in the eighties and although a work of fiction, basically follows the skeleton of my life, especially my dysfunctional family!
I have been a teacher for thirty years, so writing, language and vocabulary are definitely in my wheel house. Once I finally got started, writing the story, then editing it, was the easy part. I love the romance genre, and after reading so much of it, I felt like I could do it too! I work full time, but became very immersed in my eighties world, and would write whenever I could.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Shilah Ferr”
My journey was perhaps the reverse of what many authors follow. I did not start out wanting to be a writer and then spend time finding good stories to tell. Instead, I was bequeathed a story that demanded to be told and spent time struggling to learn how to be writer who could effectively tell that story. In one sense, I have been writing all my life. I practiced law for decades and have been an administrative appellate judge for 14 years, so words have always been my tools. And I have been a voracious and eclectic reader since I was a toddler. I did think that background would make it easy for me when I decided I needed to write a book. I thought wrong. My father’s crew took the only color footage of the aftermath of the atomic bombings and he spent his life trying to get access to the footage to show the American people the true effects but the footage was classified as top secret for decades. His last wish was to have his ashes scattered at Ground Zero in Hiroshima.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Leslie A. Sussan”
Born in eastern Ohio, Tom grew up tossing newspapers, mowing the cemetery and camping with his family in a tent trailer. Banging on a bass drum and running student council scared the principal enough to allow Tom to graduate from high school. He then migrated to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University where he ran student government while completing his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Tom Gormley”
It’s never too late to chase a writing dream. But in order to pen it best, an author must first live it. International Bestselling Author Rita Delude has done just that. Raised by a hardworking alcoholic in a house full of both chaos and love, Delude creates rich, deep characters, who pop from the page. Unafraid to dive into important young and new adult subjects like bullying, bigotry, homosexuality, drugs, kidnapping, and sexual abuse, she also writes adult contemporary, historical, paranormal romance, and suspense/horror. Together, like the quilts she sews, her stories stitch together the experiences she’s had as a junior high teacher, college professor, newspaper reporter, parent, and grandparent.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Rita Delude”
I have always thought it was important for everyone to have their type of art. And “art” in the all-inclusive sense: cosplay, video games, dance, painting, whatever works for you. I seem to do reasonably well with words. I prefer writing in speculative fiction because, at the beginning of a project, you have all the freedom to create your world and your rules, but then you have created enough structure that you have to follow your own rules.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: David King”
Hello! I’m E.B. Roshan and I’m excited to share a little bit about myself and my writing with you today. In addition to being an author, I’m wife to an exceptional man and mother to two sons. After spending several years living in the Middle East and Asia, our family has settled in Missouri, where we serve the local refugee community. It has the dubious distinction of being the flattest place I’ve ever lived. In my free time, I enjoy working on my ongoing romantic suspense series, Shards of Sevia.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: E.B. Roshan”
If you’re an independent (indie) author, like me, you’re either selling a lot of books right now or searching for ways to do so. Most of us are probably doing the latter. That was… is me. I have read every blog, watched every YouTube video, joined every author Facebook group, and purchased every book on the subject. OK, maybe not every one, but I can honestly say I’ve done a lot.
The problem with researching multiple sources is that you never get all the information in one nice little package. Every resource has a different viewpoint and approach. Today you might read a blog that says selling exclusively through KDP is key. Tomorrow a Facebook post might tell you the complete opposite. Who is right? Nobody is. They’re all wrong. But at the same time, they’re all correct.
Every book has its own story- not just the words written within but also how it became a success- or a failure. You can’t look at the success of one book and apply its marketing strategy to another. Like the story within, the author must write the book’s success story in its unique way. Some people say they owe their success to a well written Amazon ad. Others say it was attending conventions. Still others say a free giveaway put their sales through the roof. Every story is different.
Of all the variations of marketing, there is one technique that seems to be consistent throughout. Be persistent. Don’t give up.
To choose the right marketing path, you have to become familiar with all the possibilities or, at the very least, know they exist. Then you can select the one you feel fits your book the best. That is why I created the 30-Day Book Marketing Checklist. For just one low payment of- no, no, this is not an ad for a product I’m selling. It’s a free outline of all the ways I have found to market a book. When you have many sources of information, it becomes difficult to keep them all organized in your head. You begin to forget where you found those gold nuggets last week or last month. And the internet is packed full of gold nuggets, but it also has a lot of fools gold. You’re going to need a big shovel to get through it all. Which is the very thing my checklist is- a big shovel that helps you dig through the sludge.
Marketing is a chain reaction. It starts with you and gets handed off to others like dominoes falling in a line. First, you have to get out there and show your face. Become that familiar figure people know and trust. Then those people pass that trust to those who know and trust them. After a while, everybody else is doing a lot of your marketing work for you.
Marketing is multi-targeting. People need to hear about you multiple times in multiple ways. If someone hears a friend mention your book, then they see it on a Facebook ad, then see it in their email, and then they will want to buy it. Three time’s a charm.
Marketing is a continuous effort. You have to keep it going continuously. You can’t just put an ad out for a week and stop. People need to see it more than once.
Go through the plan. Do as much of it as you can as often as you can. Marketing works. Now go and sell your book(s).
And buy mine!
Article and graphic by Jeffrey David Montanye
I live in Chesterfield in the UK, and have four boys, one girl, and a granddaughter born this April! My children range from 22 to 12. I have seven cats as well! I’m in my mid-forties (not telling my age!) and I am disabled, I have a condition which means I’m reliant on a wheelchair. I love to crochet, knit and also make quilts. I was born in Essex and lived there until I was 28 when I fled to the country! I loathe the city, and my ideal is sitting in a cabin writing surrounded by trees with a view of a lake and mountains!Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Elizabeth N. Harris”
I was born and raised in Georgia (the state, not the country), though I lived in the Midwest while I was in college. I love travel, animals, and caffeine. My first love was poetry, and the styles and content have grown with me. I have also had some success with short stories, lifestyle articles, and other creative writing. Last month, I released my debut novel, a literary fiction novel that bends genres.
I have held second jobs in editing and freelance writing while working full-time desk jobs. I solicit writing gigs and apply for various writing contests just to be able to do what I love while I also earn a living in a completely different field. My life’s goal is to be able to write freely, without the ever-present concern of poverty lurking nearby – to be able to earn my living with my words.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Lynda Abernathy”