Building Your Street Team

Tag: Fiction

  • Building Your Street Team

    Building Your Street Team

    The phrase street team was a new one for me when I first embarked on the publishing journey. I had to ask a couple of seasoned authors what it meant, and though I received varying definitions, I got the gist.   A “street team” is the group of people who act as ambassadors for your book and […]

  • The Ups and Downs of Book Signings

    The Ups and Downs of Book Signings

    It’s the icing on the cake. The cherry on the sundae. The crowning glory. When you look at the long line of people snaking out the bookstore waiting to meet you and get a signed copy of your book, your heart soars. It’s the ultimate validation that you’ve made it as an author. Or is…

  • The Light and Dark of Writing (and Reading) Romantic Suspense

    The Light and Dark of Writing (and Reading) Romantic Suspense

    This isn’t a blog about the ups and downs of the romantic suspense genre. Rather, it’s about the light and dark. To clarify, I’m using those words as a “simplistic umbrella” when describing novel elements and author styles. It’s also how I categorize my works of fiction. Just because I write light, doesn’t mean I can’t…

  • Finding a Good Critique Partner

    Finding a Good Critique Partner

    Critiquing is a critical part of the author’s journey. Whatever your writing, beta readers and writing buddies are a must. If you don’t ask for feedback, you’re not going to produce your best product. So, put ego aside and get psyched to find yourself a stellar critique partner, one who is willing to be honest,…

  • Please Unsubscribe Me from This Newsletter

    Please Unsubscribe Me from This Newsletter

    How many times have you submitted such a request? Probably more often than you’d like. If you’re like me, you probably have subscribed to a few newsletters you look forward to and fully read. And the others? Sometimes you get picked up as part of a “stop by” on a website, signed up for a freebie,…

  • Developing an Expert Network

    Developing an Expert Network

    We all have different gifts, talents, and strengths, but one thing we have in common is connections. Don’t believe me? Well, if you have family, friends, or neighbors, or yes, if you’re on LinkedIn, then you have connections. Now that I’ve proven that point, let’s talk about why it matters. No man (or woman) is…

  • The Importance of Editing

    The Importance of Editing

    You either have a “love it” or “hate it” relationship with editing.  I used to despise the process, but after getting into creative writing, I enjoy it. While I don’t like editing my non-fiction work, fiction editing somehow “feels” different to me. But still, I’m no editor, and yes, some of my emails are cringe worthy. But I…

  • If Life Gives You Lemons…Turn Them Into Characters

    If Life Gives You Lemons…Turn Them Into Characters

    A few recent networking activities turned me sour. I’m a pretty positive person and I like to be around happy people. Sure, we all have our bad days, but optimism is a character trait I strive to embody and am naturally drawn to folks who exude it. That’s why these encounters still weigh heavy on…

  • Writing My WIP’s Climax

    Writing My WIP’s Climax

    Here I am busily working on my work in progress that is quite different from all the books I’ve written before. This is a mixture of suspense and political thriller with a little romance and science fiction tossed in. Of course, most of what I write is romantic suspense, but my WIP is heavier on…

  • Cruising Along to a Book Launch

    Cruising Along to a Book Launch

    Years ago, I went on a Caribbean Cruise with my mother. It was a wonderful chance for us just to get away together and enjoy one another’s company. Of course, it was also a fun vacation, relaxing and rejuvenating trip, too.  Now, as all of us do in airports and malls, I love to people…

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