And the marketing begins


I cannot believe the MAKE BELIEVE anthology releases 90 days from today.  It just boggles my mind.  What boggles my mind even more is the amount of marketing that needs to be done.

I have never been one for tooting my own horn so all of this is so new and foreign to me.  It seems so selfish, so egotistical to say ‘Hey, hey, check out my book and please buy it.”  I’m much more comfortable promoting other people’s books and touting their successes.  That’s not to say I don’t believe in my work or that I’m not proud of it. It’s just weird to put myself in the spotlight.

Which is why I’m asking YOU, my lovely fellow bloggers, to put me (and all the other amazing authors appearing in the anthology, if you would like) in YOUR spotlight.  🙂  I don’t bite, at least not hard, and I never leave marks.  I also would love to get my feet wet with a blog tour.

If you have participated in a blog tour, either as host or author, I would love to hear from you with pointers about what you learned and how to make the event run smoothly.  What would you have done differently if you could have?

For those interested in hosting the blog tour, I put a huge page on my website and would love for you to check it out under the News and Events page.

As I am not one to abuse a favor, if you are a YA and/or Fantasy author who would like to trade promotional efforts, I’m all game.  I’ve done author interviews, character interviews, and book reviews on blog tours, and I’ll be more than happy to help you get the word out about your novel or short story.

What do you say?  Up for the adventure?

Goodreads – A must-have site for readers and authors


Goodreads is an amazing site for readers and authors.  It’s a great way to share your love for books and find groups that share you fondness for particular genres.  I have joined several groups centered around Fantasy and Young Adult books because that is what I primarily read and write.  It was while wandering around inside of the group, “Shut Up and Read” that I stumbled upon an excellent blog site catering to YA novels and authors:

Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

I spent a long time weaving my way around this site and I fell in love with it immediately.  Jennifer has a fantastic way of handling her reviews and they are brutal, but honest.   She’s not rude or nasty to the authors, but she does give her sincere opinion, in a gentle way, about what works and doesn’t work.   I like that in a reviewer.  I like to know what I’m getting into before I dive in.  I don’t, however, decide whether to read a book strictly based on a review, but it does give me a starting point, especially if I don’t know anything about the book.

Jennifer also promotes authors by conducting interviews and providing opportunities for blog hops, guest posts and massive giveaways.

In addition to the reviews and author help, she also provides writing tips and all the latest book news as it pertains to YA.

Needless to say, I’ve found a great blog friend in Jennifer L. Bielman, and I hope you all jump over to her siteand check it out.  While you’re at it, don’t forget to follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBielman and Facebook.