Thanks go to Annette Drake for hosting me on her weekly Author Spotlight, up at the crack of dawn this morning. Annette is the author of Celebration House (on Amazon), a compelling read about a woman who buys a house to discover ghosts and a unique ability to communicate with them.
And just one week ago, Deb McKnight hosted me on Novel Notions: Self-Published Sunday. Deb is also an author. Her first book, Of Dreams and Shadow (on Amazon), looks to be a powerful tale that begins with a missing child.
In both interviews, I talk a little about the writing process and self-publishing. You'll find another excerpt from Standing Stones as well.
And I finally was able to attend a panel hosted by the Inland Northwest Writers' Group (INWG), here in Spokane at Auntie's Bookstore. Six writers with widely varying experience commented on the vagaries of self-publishing. I gleaned a few new ideas and found some interesting new writers to read.
- Ignore social media at your peril! Twitter, tweet, and cross post.
- Build your community online. Connect to those who comment on your posts.
- If you blog, then blog 2x a week consistently.
- Consider Kobo and Barnes & Noble in addition to Amazon.
- Keep developing your technical skills: E-books rule!
- Make your work accessible on different media -- Podcasts?
And, perhaps most important, book reviews really matter! If you like an author, post a review, no matter how short.
NOTE: If you are a self-published author looking for another way to promote your book, ebooksoda.com (a service much like The Fussy Librarian) is offering free listings for writers -- just until March 24. Here's their For Authors page.
Added to my to-read list: Frank Zafiro (crime/noir), Ned Hayes (historical fiction), Deby Fredericks (science fiction/fantasy), Raymond Hudson (literary fiction), and Terry Fossum (self-improvement).
Happy reading! How did we get to the end of March so fast???
|Here's my book at Auntie's in Spokane!|