AUTHOR – MIA

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I have been MIA from the blog world lately – because I’ having a C-section on Monday, and the last few weeks have been rough pregnancy-wise. Cannot wait to meet baby #2 – another boy in just a few days!!

I anticipate I will also not be around much next week, while I’m in the hospital. I do plan on posting my “Authors Share Your Work” post as scheduled on December 1st, it just might take me a few days longer to update than normal.

Thanks for understanding. Happy blogging 🙂

MUST READS: Check out these 2 posts if you’re an indie author!

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2 posts I highly recommend if you’re an indie author-

Laekan Zea Kemp’s blog – her recent post: “October Totals” – I discovered the post below by reading this post, so thank you Laekan Zea Kemp for sharing such great information/links!

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“Guest post by Andrea Pearson” on J A Konrath’s blog

ENJOY!

Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you so much to fellow blogger Sarah, at the “Write Nook,” for nominating me for the The Blogger Recognition Award. I super appreciate it! Please check out her great blog, which was “created with the hope that it will help to bring your writing to life and to discuss all things related to publishing, reading, and writing. Write on.” Thank you again, Sarah!

The rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
  3. Write a post to show your award
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  7. Attach the award to the post (right-click and save, then upload)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created

I began my blog to connect with fellow readers and authors – and wound up meeting so many great people all over the world. I have learned so much from fellow bloggers, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my blogging experience. My goal is to pass on the knowledge I have learned, as well as support fellow indie authors.

The only advice I can give other bloggers (as I am still fairly new to the experience) –is to write what you are passionate about & read a lot of other blogs –interact and learn from others!!

I would love to nominate:

Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Cow Pasture Chronicle’s

Judith Barrow

Bette Stevens

Reading in Pajamas

Writings by Krystol

The Owl lady

Anna Dorbitt

Lewis Editorial

Once Upon a Book Blog

Ink and Quill

Annette Rochelle Aben

Romance 4 the beach

Kate Colby

Sexy Romance Novels

Discovering Talent: Marketing Matters (Gulp)

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Not so long ago, if someone wanted to be a famous writer—or forget fame—publish even an unsuccessful novel—it was not the most attainable goal. Not impossible, obviously, but by no means easy. I used to dream about it when I was a kid, but for me I believed the idea of publishing was somewhere in line with winning the lottery. But it’s different now. The internet has changed the world. Anyone with the dream of publishing can now pursue it.

But hold your hooray and applause just for a moment.

The hard part is no longer publishing. The hard part is making a living off your writing. Because although you can publish, you have to be so much more than a great writer. You really need to be an entrepreneur. This is nothing new. I am pretty sure every self-published author has figured this out by now. I never really thought about it much when I made the conscious decision to become an author—not until I finished the first draft of my book a few months ago.

The scary part is just now beginning for me. I am almost afraid to finish the rounds of revisions with my editor, because that means I have to begin the REALLY HARD part. Marketing. I absolutely hate selling. Okay, pause—I’m pretty good at it, actually. I worked at a jewelry company during college, and I was great (not to toot my own horn) . . . but that is different. People came to me because they WANTED to buy jewelry, I just had to close the deal. If I had to go out and actively seek people to buy jewelry, that would be a whole other ballgame. So, will this prove a challenge for me when it comes to marketing my book? I don’t know, and I am kind of nervous to find out. I don’t see myself blitzing people with ads or auto Twitter emails (nothing against people who do), but that is SO not me.

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So, what do I do? How do I make a name for myself? I’ve read a lot of books about the topic and many blogs, but I am still sort of scratching my head and wondering if I’ll be able to play the marketing game. I wonder how people really make a name for themselves in this world nowadays. I have to believe it is more than just who you know (or how you run your Twitter account). BTW- I didn’t even understand the concept of a #hashtag until a year ago!! But social media has changed the world. A LOT.

There is so much talent out there in the world. Musicians. Actors. Screenplay writers. I am sure there are singers out there who could knock us off our feet before lifting us up into the sky to soar to the sounds of their silky voices, but we may never hear from them, because they may not get “discovered.” Of course, social media has helped fuel the discovery of new musicians, which I am thankful for, but I know there is still a lot of untapped potential all around the globe that we may never encounter, which is a bit depressing. Although they have talent, they may not know how to market themselves—or might be shy to the idea of it (like me).

If I really want to reach my goals in life, I know I will have to fight for the chance to have my books emerge amongst the crowd of millions. I will have to bite the bullet (okay, don’t really get that expression—who would bite a bullet?!) . . . Basically, I need to learn to sell myself. To sell my work. I believe in it. I am investing in it. So, I need to have faith that if I give it my all, despite my nerves, anything can happen.

So, to all of the singers, actors, writers, athletes, guitarists, and the list goes on—to all of you, I hope your talent is discovered. I hope I get the chance to laugh or cry at your movie. To wave my hands back and forth in the sky at your concert. I hope I get the chance to stay up all night reading your book because I have to know what happens at the end . . . .

To every person with a dream, please don’t give up, even if it is hard or the thought of failing petrifies you. You have a world of people waiting for your talent. Somewhere there is a girl or boy with a dream, and you just might be the one who inspires them to pursue it.

Blogging: Bringing People Together

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I have only been blogging for a few weeks now, but one of the things I have found absolutely amazing is the connections you make with people from all over the world. Being slightly obsessed with other cultures, I am always interested to know where someone is from—and I get super excited when I see that I am having a “blogging convo” with someone in Australia, Japan, South Africa, and so forth … I love getting the chance to connect with someone of the same interests from a half a world away!

So, as I am sitting on my patio right now, sipping my coffee and listening to the birds chirp, I am thinking about all of the people I have had the chance to meet because of blogging, and I am eager to continue on this journey to meet many more people from everywhere.

I love that I am learning so much from others as well. I appreciate the insight and advice that my fellow bloggers have offered by allowing their words to be read all over the world. So, I thank you.

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