April 27, 2011

Three Times a Charm with author Dorothy Dreyer

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week we are joined by Dorothy Dreyer. I met Dorothy on Twitter. She’s the queen of the Friday follow (#FF) and a darn good tweeter.

Dorothy Dreyer is a wife, mother of two, and a full time nursery
school teacher. At forty-years-old, she's been living abroad in
Germany for the past 13 years, writing whenever she finds time in her
busy schedule. She's currently seeking representation for her novels.

Germany! I love the internet. Dorothy, tell us about your latest project.

The novel I'm currently pitching is a YA Paranormal Romance called
BITTERSWEET MELODY. It's about Melody, a young muse who has a penchant
for getting in trouble -- which pretty much sucks when you've got
someone like Zeus for a father. After being grounded for a hundred
years, she's put on probation by her Inspiration Officer and is sent
to help two teen brothers who are down on their luck. When romance
enters the mix, Melody finds herself yet again in trouble -- muses
aren't supposed to fall for humans. So Melody must decide between the
boy she loves and her immortality.
Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

Top 3 books I've read in the past year:

Mockingjay by Susanne Collins
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

(I'm really behind on my reading, but hope to catch up this summer.)

Top 3 blogs I follow:

Tahereh Mafi's blog http://stiryourtea.blogspot.com/  - She's a YA
author with a trilogy coming out AND a movie deal already in the
works, but besides that she's simply awesome and always has
encouraging words for aspiring authors.

Market My Words by Shelli Johannes http://faeriality.blogspot.com/  -
Author and Marketing Consultant, runs a fun blog and has many
connections in the publishing industry who often stop by and chat
about the ins and outs of the business.

Miss Snark's First Victim - Authoress Anon
http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/  - Great contests every
month for writers, and agents tend to lurk there often.

Top 3 leisure activities:

Reading (obviously?). Love to curl up in bed or on the couch with a
book. When time permits, that is.

Catching up on favorite TV shows. This has to do with the fact that
I'm living in Germany and missing out on all the cool American shows.
When I get a bit of free time, I head to my computer and search for
what I've missed.

Playing games with my family. Whether it's Harry Potter Clue, Scrabble
or a good game of Hearts, or getting crazy on the Wii or PS3, it's
always fun to get silly with my husband and two kids. Family time is
important, right?

Absolutely! I love family time too. It sounds like the internet is your lifeline to more than just the children’s publishing industry. How can all of us online-addicts keep up with your aspiring career and over all coolness?

I can be found on my blog, We Do Write (http://we-do-write.blogspot.com/) where I interview writers, both published and yet-to-be.

I also have a website (http://dorothydreyer.wordpress.com/) where samples of my writing can
be found.


Hope you can stop by and say hello.

Thanks for the interview, Kai! :)

Thank you, Dorothy, for stopping in for Three Times A Charm! It was so much fun getting to know more about you. Best of luck with your writing.

April 25, 2011

Recents

Recent Reads

The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones– humble rating: Motivational Speaker – I was reading through this and I thought to myself, “This reminds me of the world with the embroidery in it. Which book was that?” Yeah, then I got to the embroidery scene. At first I was flummoxed. How could I have forgotten that I’d read the book before? But in the end it doesn’t matter. I loved it just the same. Mini, Nick, Romanov, Grundo, the goat. Loved them all.








Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg – humble rating: Golf Clap+ – I liked the modern twist to the story. I admit that retellings seem like cheating to me, but they are fun to read. So, what do I know? Maybe I’ll give it a try. Or maybe I’ll just stick to reading them now and again. It isn’t so fun to know the ending, but the journey there can be entertaining.








Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead - humble rating: Motivational Speaker – I give this book an MS rating if for no other reason, than for who Rose ends up with in the end. I would have gone all Strigoi if she hadn’t. Wrapped up a thoroughly enjoyable series well. Only a couple slow books in the series. This book wasn’t one of them.


Recent Rents

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Can I just say that Emma Watson is brilliant in this movie.


My own humble rating system: Please feel free to ask for clarification or to dispute my opinion.  I only ask that we ALWAYS remain respectful to the author.

Chirping Cricket – At the end all you hear is the chirp of the cricket.  I doubt I’ll ever use this because I can’t publicly embarrass someone knowingly.  However, I must have a ‘beginning’ rating in order for the rest to make sense. 

Golf Clap - The polite ovation that follows a well-placed shot.

Motivational Speaker –You are left fired up and eager to get to work making the world a better place.  You can’t wait to tell your friends all the insights and inspiration you took away from it. 

Rock Concert – Hooting and hollering, cheering, singing and clapping throughout the performance.  Swaying and lit lighters accompany ballads.  Riots break out if there is no encore.

April 20, 2011

Three Times a Charm with author Janet Collins

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week we are joined by children’s author, Janet Collins. Janet is one of the few authors in this world who I’ve met in person when she was here in Central Oregon. I’m thrilled to host her on Three Times.
 
Janet Ann Collins used to write feature articles for a newspaper in the San Francisco Bay area and her work has appeared in many other publications including Parents' Press, Bay Area Parent, Sunshine Magazine, Mailbox for Teachers, as well as several anthologies. Once she even won a local poetry contest.
 
Besides teaching in schools, Collins has taught introductory classes in American Sign Language for adults and led many workshops at various conferences. She worked in the dormitories at California School for the Deaf for many years and, with her husband, raised three deaf foster sons in addition to a birth daughter.
 
She is available for local speaking engagements and willing to consider writing assignments.
             
For more information please go to www.janetanncollins.com and visit her blog, http://onwordsblog.blogspot.com.

Janet, I know you’ve been extra busy lately, but you’ve had another book released. Tell us about your work.

I’m the author of three books for children, The Peril of the Sinister Scientist, Secret Service Saint, and Signs of Trouble. My latest release, Signs of Trouble, is about kids who get separated from their class on a field trip. After the exciting story Signs of Trouble includes educational material that helps kids learn to recognize signs, remember safety rules, and appreciate people who are different from themselves.



Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.


  • Top 3 blogs you follow.



  • Top 3 leisure activities.

My top 3 leasure activities are reading, going for walks, and hanging out with friends and family.


  • Top 3 most admired authors.

I admire more authors than I can count, but three of my favorites who write for kids are Bruce Coville, Lee Roddy, and Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Many an hour on the road has been filled with the Haddix books on cd. My family and I love the Shadow Children series.

Janet, where can we find out more about you and your writing?
           
People can contact me through my website, www.janetanncollins.com

It has been a pleasure getting to know Janet a little bit better. Thanks for stopping into Three Times A Charm. Best of luck with your writing!

Involved in children’s publishing? Have something to promote? If you’d like to be featured in Three Times A Charm, send an email to me and let me know; kaistrand (at) yahoo (dot) com. It’s easy and fun!

April 18, 2011

Brush Up Them Tuba Skills, It's Time To Promote!

We know that an aspiring author needs to possess mass quantities of persistence. But honey, the persistence you tapped then is the equivalent of dipping your toes into the deep, cold waters of Lake Try Again. Promotion requires a scuba diving license and the lung capacity of a tuba player.

It isn’t that you or your book isn’t valued or appreciated. It isn’t even that you and your book aren’t important. It is just that you aren’t a priority. Unless, of course, you and your book are surrounded by buzz. But for the sake of this post, you are one of the gazillions of books each year released into the world without buzz.

You will spend hours researching promotional opportunities. You will make many, many contacts asking for blog time, book reviews, classroom visits or store signings. You will even be greeted with some enthusiasm. But to actually make those things happen can sometimes take more persistence than most people are comfortable with.

It’s awkward to call, email and stop into a bookstore multiple times simple to confirm the date of a signing. Then once you do, promoting the event is often squarely on your shoulders.  But to have a successful event, you have to give it your all. Even then you aren’t guaranteed anyone will show up, but you are guaranteed no shows if you don’t promote the heck out of it. Remember it’s in the best interest of the store as well for you to have a good event, so when you feel obnoxious – when you feel like you might be the only one who cares – just keep promoting, chances are no one else will.

There is a line of “obnoxious-ism” that you should not cross.  Listen very carefully for the warning signals that you are approaching this line. Especially if you are only at the stage of trying to secure a date for your event.  When it begins to feel like you are moving mountains to get a commitment, back off or suggest the event happen at a later date instead.  The worse thing you can do is irritate someone to the point that they won’t let you return. After all, you hope to have another book to promote in the future, so you are building relationships and making promotion for your next project easier.

Of course our focus is on our book. But our book is a small piece of a teacher’s world or a bookstore’s world or a blogger’s world.  More times than not, they will be happy to help you, but it will take some steady and professional persistence on your part to coordinate that help in the end.  One thing is for certain. If you give up trying, they won’t knock your door down to make it happen.

Good luck in the Lake!

April 13, 2011

Three Times a Charm with Author Denise Jaden

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week we are joined by Denise Jaden, author of Losing Faith.

Denise Jaden is, or has been, everything from a professional Polynesian dancer and fitness competitor to a mushroom farmer and church secretary. Most of her time now is spent homeschooling or playing with her seven year old son or in front of her computer writing.

Denise Jaden's writing has appeared in Mississippi Crow Magazine (Spring, 2008)
The Greensilk Journal (Fall 2007, including an editor’s choice award), and The Tidepool Fiction Ezine (Spring, 2009)Her first novel for teens, LOSING FAITH, was released from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster in September 2010, with her next untitled novel expected in summer 2012.


Wait…a mushroom farmer? I’m in the job market, how’s the pay for that? Sorry, back to business. 

In September of 2010, Denise became the proud parent of Losing Faith. Tell us about your book.


A terrible secret. A terrible fate.

When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don't know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.

As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith's final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.


Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

  • Top 3 blogs you follow.

I don’t follow many blogs, just due to time constraints, but I always look in on The Tenners (www.thetenners.com) which is a group of 2010 debut authors I’m a member of. It’s always fun to see what different authors in the group are up to and I’ve always felt like most of them are a step or two ahead of me in the publishing process, to it’s always a learning experience.

Another blog I love to follow is Lindsey Leavitt’s blog (http://Lindsey-leavitt.livejournal.com/ ) for all the reasons above, plus she’s just so darn funny. And I need funny sometimes.

The third is a toss-up between ex-literary-agent Nathan Bransford’s blog (http://blog.nathanbransford.com/) and literary agent Kirstin Nelson’s blog(http://pubrants.blogspot.com/). They both just give an incredible amount of insight into the industry.


  • Top 3 comfort foods for working.

Green tea, sugar snap peas, and dark chocolate.

  • Top 3 most admired authors.

Laurie Halse Anderson – besides being an amazing talent as an author, she’s such an advocate about so many important things, literacy and otherwise related.

Tara Kelly – she’s a fairly new author and at this point I’ve only read one and a half books by her (the half because it’s still a work in progress that’s being written), but I love and admire her ability to tell it like it is – both in her books and in real life.

Suzanne Collins – for creating a series (The Hunger Games) that appeals to such an incredibly wide readership, and also for creating one of my all-time favorite heroines.


I love sugar snap peas too and grow them every year. Never thought of them as a comfort food though. Denise, where can we find out more about you and your writing?

denisejaden on Twitter and Facebook

Thanks for stopping into Three Times A Charm. You’ve been a charming guest, indeed. Best of luck with your writing, Denise!

Involved in children’s publishing? Have something to promote? If you’d like to be featured in Three Times A Charm, send an email to me and let me know; kaistrand (at) yahoo (dot) com. It’s easy and fun!

April 7, 2011

First Spring by Margaret Rose

Springtime. Fresh sprigs of grass poke through last year’s thatch. The flapping of wings fills our ears as birds build nests. The first whiff of summer’s warmth on top of a cool spring breeze. These are familiar signs of spring to us. What if this was your first spring?  You’d wonder where the snow had disappeared and why you don’t have to bundle up in your winter jacket and mittens. You’d smell your first flower and it might make you sneeze.

I love the fresh, new perspective of Margaret Rose’s picture book, First Spring. The rhyme and meter make the story a fun read aloud and the lovely pastel illustrations by Marina Movshina, will stoke a child’s imagination.

Margaret, where did the inspiration for this point of view come from?
     Thank you for having me, Kai! It's a pleasure to find a brand new blog to visit. As you so eloquently stated, springtime is for new discoveries. You never really know what lies buried under the snow when you're a young child. I've lived in the north all my life and I've always enjoyed watching little ones go outside in the spring. I think about chubby baby feet pulled back from tickly grass. My children acted the same way, and so I decided to write about these things after my second son was born.

What are the first signs of spring in your part of the country?
      Mud. Everywhere. UGH. This year has been exceptionally snowy winter in Minnesota. All the sand that used to be on the streets is on the lawns and curbs. Frankly, I don't think it's pretty at all. The only fun part about early spring is people wear lighter jackets and you can identify men from women for sure at a quick glance. LOL

Books are often compared to children, for authors. What is your biggest hope for First Spring?
     When I autograph these books to children, my wish is that their life is full of springtime joy. When someone reads this book to a child, I hope it inspires them to share a memory or make a new one with that child.

The reason this interview came about is because both Margaret and I shared the idea that our books would make great Easter gifts and now is the time to order to make sure you get them on time for Easter. Both books are available from Guardian Angel Publishing (links below). My ideal Easter basket has lots of Starburst jellybeans, Cadbury Eggs, a chocolate bunny (this one is peanut butter filled) and a book:

http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/weaver.htm


Margaret, for fun, “fill” your ideal Easter basket for us.

     Let's see…chocolate is a requirement. Dark chocolate. A coupon for a nap, a bike ride, and a walk while holding my hand. A long conversation about what's happening in your life. An extra-large hug and a belly laugh 'til tears run down our faces. A busy Easter dinner after church and help with the dishes. And no crazy Easter grass in the basket because the dog drags it all over the house!

Readers, do you have a springtime memory to share? Margaret Rose is giving away an autographed copy of First Spring. Funny? Serious? Poignant? You write it. She can't wait to read it. Make sure you include your e-mail address. Contest is open through 4/14/11!

Keep up with Margaret Rose: http://www.margaretrosewrites.blogspot.com/
Buy First Spring: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/first-spring.htm

April 6, 2011

Nancy Stewart and One Pelican At A Time

One Pelican At a Time

About the book:  One Pelican at a Time is the story of two girls--Bella and her best friend, Britt--and their valiant struggle to save the life of the old crooked-beaked pelican. Along the way, they help other endangered pelicans as well

Nancy, just from the description of One Pelican at a Time, I can hear the seagulls calling. What inspired this particular story?

Nancy:  My husband and I bought a condo on the water in Clearwater Beach, Florida, three years ago.  Although I didn’t know it would, that decision had a profound effect on me.  I watched the marine life on our daily walks and quickly grew to love it all, particularly the brown pelicans.  Who knew the spill would happen, and I would have the opportunity to help in a small way with their redemption?


Don’t you live in the mid-west?  Can you really know enough about saving pelicans just from a few trips south? Was there research involved? Field trips?

Nancy:  I try to get to Clearwater Beach as much as possible. And there was research involved.  We have a bird rescue facility close to the condo.  It’s called Sun Coast Seabird Rescue.  I spoke with them at length and had the opportunity to visit some of the oiled birds, before and after their cleaning.   It was heartbreaking and heartening at the same time.  And I think it helped with the authenticity of the book.  By the way, their web address is:  http://www.seabirdsanctuary.com/

Tell us a little about the personal growth of Bella and Britt during the story.

Nancy:   Because I was writing about the two girls, their character development needed to be different. They had to be seen as separate children reacting differently to the crisis.  Bella is Type A all the way, a go-getter, wanting every answer now.  Britt is more studied, quieter.  She is a thoughtful and sensitive girl.  I hope these differences come through in my writing.  They certainly did in Samantha Bell’s beautiful illustrations.


This is a series, correct? What is next for Bella and Britt?

Nancy:  Yes, it is.  The first book written was Bella and Britt Save the Beach.  It deals with trash along the beach—a big problem.  It was to be the first one launched by Guardian Angel Publishing, but then the spill happened, and Pelican was written and went first in the series lineup.  The second book is Sea Turtle Summer and features the girls’ struggle to save a sea turtle’s nest after they make sure the female turtle gets safely back into the water.  I’ve had so many people ask for a Bella and Britt book dealing with dolphins and/or manatees.  I’ve been giving it some thought, but no matter where my muse takes me, the girls and the old crooked beak pelican will be dear to my heart.


Let’s learn a little about you! Can you share with us a favorite memory from when you were the target age of the book?

Nancy:  The target age is between seven and twelve.  I do have a favorite memory from about the age of nine.  It was right at the end of school, probably May, and our school was holding a flower show.  There was a contest, and I picked flowers from my Mother’s garden that morning and arranged them.  I remember there was a large pink peony right in the middle.  I won the contest!  I even remember what dress I was wearing.  Why is this such a strong memory?  Maybe it says something about my competitive nature, although I want it to be only that I love flowers and gardening so much!


When visiting the beach, are you more likely to be found building a sand castle, playing in the waves or sunbathing?

Nancy:  None of those, actually.  You’ll find me walking at water’s edge, my toes in the surf.  It’s a great place for me to get ideas for books or, if I’m “written out,” just think of nothing at all!


What did you want to do when you grew up that you ended up not doing, and why didn’t you do it?

Nancy:  Oh, that’s a tough one, because I always only wanted to be a teacher.  Perhaps it was the time in which I grew up when girls’ options were a bit more limited, but I really don’t think so.  I just always wanted to teach.  It is strange, though, what happened with my teaching of young children.  One day I went happily to school, as usual.  The next day I had burned out.  That quickly it happened.  The very next year I began graduate school and became a university professor of education.  Oh, how I love writing those books for young children, though!


Where can our readers learn more about you and One Pelican at a Time?

Nancy:  My website is:  www.nancystewartbooks.com



Thank you, Nancy, for stopping by today.  I wish you and One Pelican all the best!


April 5, 2011

Three Times A Charm with Jen Daiker

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week I’m so excited about welcoming Jen Daiker. I met Jen through Twitter and when I clicked over to her blog I was hooked. She is more fun than should be allowed in one place.

Jen can you tell us a little about yourself?

I is a 25 year old (as of March 29th  J) Adult and Young Adult writer. I’m currently querying to agents for my Adult Chick lit titled – In the Mind of a Celebrity Stalker. Hoping to be repped but for now just trying not to go insane in this overly chaotic - yet fun – field.



Jen maintains a blog called Unedited. That and her pink hair are the reason I’m sure she’s destined to be a published author. Unedited is full of energy and spunk and oozes VOICE! Jen, what is your approach to Unedited?



Unedited is a blog about me and what I'm doing. It can range from fun little writing exercises all the way to random hunks - yes I mean hot guys - who would be characters in my books. I share books, thoughts, and truths. Everything pertaining to my journey into the writing world and the publishing world. Currently I am co-hosting the A to Z blogging challenge where for 26 days we get creative with the alphabet we've all learned and loved.

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better. (Can I just add how much I love that Jen is an over achiever and answered SO many top 3’s and gave us ALL of the links!).

  • Top 3 books you’ve read in the past year.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (www.stephanieperkins.com)
Firelight by Sophie Jordan (http://www.sophiejordan.net)
The Wake Trilogy (all 3) by Lisa McMann (yes I’m cheating) (www.lisamcmann.com)

  • Top 3 blogs you follow.


  • Top 3 pieces of advice

Don’t walk into traffic.
Playing guns with real guns can leave a mark.
Don’t make out with your mom (or dad).

Wait you wanted writing advice? Let’s see here…

Read, lots.
Write crap, it’s better than writing nothing.
Stay friends with weirdo’s, they make for good stories.

  • Top 3 comfort foods for working.

Sour gummy savers
Chocolate (both caramel and peanut butter)
Raspberry lemonade (yes I realize that’s not food)

  • Top 3 leisure activities.

Lying to strangers
Sleeping in hammocks
Visiting the beach

  • Top 3 status updates. (If someone else’s, please give them credit)

Courtesy of Me!
My brilliance shocks me
Wishing I could apparate
My wish: That leopard slippers were considered work appropriate

  • Top 3 tweets. (If someone else’s, please give them credit)

Courtesy of TaherehMafi (http://twitter.com/#!/taherehmafi)
I once knew a tortoise who lived life in the fast lane
I will be the girl sobbing into my popcorn
Being a writer is a lot like being pregnant. You’re tired all the time & you’re carrying around a baby that keeps kicking you in the gut.

  • Top 3 most admired authors.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (http://www.susanelizabethphillips.com)

  • Top 3 source of inspiration.

Tree’s (tall piney ones for my serial killer novels)
Trash TV & Chick Flicks (perfect insight for humor & chick lit novels)
Calming music (helps empty my mind)

  • Top 3 songs on your work-time play list.

I chose artists vs. actual songs:
A Fine Frenzy (www.afinefrenzy.com)
Adele (www.adele.tv)

I know you like to be virtually stalked. Where can we find you?


April 4, 2011

Recents

Recent Reads

The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki– humble rating: Golf Clap (minus) –Such a great title.  Walked around saying it aloud, often. I’m sorry to report that this story never managed to captivate me like the title did. As a matter of fact, after plodding through the story it came to what I felt was its natural end and then kept going. I never, ever do this, but I flipped to the last page, saw the ending and returned the book to the library. I tried to like it. I really did. The writing was fine, I think it was strictly the dreaded “personal taste.”








Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly – humble rating: Golf Clap+ – Really, really enjoyed this story. I’ll be buying a copy for my daughter who is studying to become a Musical Therapist. The only reason I didn’t give this story a M.S. rating was because of the sex scene at the end.  I was pretty convinced they were in love and that was where their relationship would end up eventually, I just didn’t think we needed to be there with them when it did. I know people really have divided views on this, but I feel the way the scene wasn't necessary






Will (Death by High School Musical) by Maria Boyd - humble rating: Motivational Speaker – Absolutely love Will’s voice. Loved his journey. Loved him. Not super crazy about the dialogue being in bold instead of parenthesis, but whatever floats their boat, I guess.


Recent Rents

Burlesque – loved it
Indian Jones -Temple of Doom - stupid


My own humble rating system: Please feel free to ask for clarification or to dispute my opinion.  I only ask that we ALWAYS remain respectful to the author.

Chirping Cricket – At the end all you hear is the chirp of the cricket.  I doubt I’ll ever use this because I can’t publicly embarrass someone knowingly.  However, I must have a ‘beginning’ rating in order for the rest to make sense. 

Golf Clap - The polite ovation that follows a well-placed shot.

Motivational Speaker –You are left fired up and eager to get to work making the world a better place.  You can’t wait to tell your friends all the insights and inspiration you took away from it. 

Rock Concert – Hooting and hollering, cheering, singing and clapping throughout the performance.  Swaying and lit lighters accompany ballads.  Riots break out if there is no encore.

April 2, 2011

How To Help Your Favorite Authors/Books

You reluctantly closed the back cover on the book. A sense of loss and longing washes over you. You don’t want to be finished. How can you walk away from the storyline or the characters who you think you’ve seen downtown, they’re so real?

But wait. Maybe the author has more books. Maybe this is a series. You jump online and GoodSearch her name. You find her website and see that she doesn’t. WHY?????? Well, probably because her writing hasn’t taken off yet and she has to earn a living with a day job.  How can you help change that?  How can you help your author toward financial freedom so that she can be writing all the time?

Word of mouth is HUGE! Tell all of your friends about the book. If you can part with it, loan your copy to a trusted friend or family member. Donate a copy to a library. SPEAK out loud frequently using the book’s title, the author’s name. You hold the power!

Make it social. There are many, many ways through social media to help your author attain a fulltime writing career.  Facebook the book’s link from Amazon and or Barnes & Noble. It posts the book’s cover art, which people will recognize and associate with ‘recommended’ even if they don’t read the blurb.

Write a recommendation about the book and post it to Amazon, B & N, and/or Goodreads. You don’t have to be a professional book reviewer as I proved in this review of Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure. Sometimes an avid reader’s enthusiasm is far more persuasive than a professional reviewer.

“Like” the book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Weaver received more than 25 likes on B & N in a weekend and suddenly had a sales ranking for the first time on that site. That ROCKED my world.

Tag the books on Amazon. Near the bottom of the book’s page is a list of words that will help readers find the book when they are searching. Example: The Weaver has tags like, story telling, gnome, fantasy, kai strand. Help your favorite author or book by clicking on each one of the tags there and add more you think might help it come up in a search such as, 9 – 12 years old, knitting.

The more popular the book is and the more it is recommended by readers, the more cents are deposited into the author’s bank account. Not only that, but if a publisher is considering purchasing a manuscript from your favorite author and they see that her current title is well liked and highly recommended, they are more likely to take the chance on partnering with her on her next book.

Last, but certainly not least, your public support of an author and her work goes a long, long way in encouraging your author to write more.  Writing is very subjective and often an author only hears when someone doesn’t like her work. Pat her on the virtual back and buoy her very real spirits by “liking,” “tagging,” “facebooking,” and reviewing her work. You’re more likely to see more from her then.

Your opinion really does matter!  Now, let’s play tag!