Wednesday Writing Update 

Yesterday, Mary Fan over at the Zigzag Timeline blog featured me in an author interview!
You can read the full interview on her website: www.zigzagtl.blogspot.com

At this time I would also like to announce that I am now available for speaking engagements! There are a couple of events in the works that will soon appear on my snazzy new events page when the details are worked out.
(If you are interested in booking me for an event, please send me some information via my contact page.)

Things have been going well for me in the writing realm. I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of marketing. And by ‘getting the hang of marketing’, I mean ‘I found other people who seem to know what’s happening’.

All joking aside, it is coming together for me and starting to make some sense. I’ve been learning to divide the marketing into three different categories: locally, nationally, and on the internet. I’ve been figuring out which tools I need – like business cards – and I’ve been reading, checking out other authors, and researching.

One aspect of marketing that is repeated endlessly throughout my research is the importance of reviews. If you have read any of my works, please be sure to leave a review on Amazon!

A lot of marketing and self-promotion can seem like a shouting contest with all the other authors and book promoters of the world. ‘Building your fan base’ and ‘reaching your target audience’ is a slow process.
On the bright side, I’ve already begun to see results in sales and interactions with my social media presence. It’s always encouraging to see your hard work pay off!

The writing itself has also been going well.
I’ve been making progress on my stand-alone novel. The characters are becoming more and more real, the designs of their world more and more intricate. I love knowing the details of culture and unique animals. This book has a very diverse cast. These characters are the least alike of any set of characters I’ve written.

About a month ago, I went to the local used bookstore with a pile of books I was ready to part with. I traded them in for store credit and bought a bunch more books to take home. Making reading a priority refreshes my writing and imagination, as well as inspires me toward improvement and new ideas. The flow of enjoyable reading seems to correlate with the flow of good writing. This in and out of words brings me a deep peace and satisfaction.

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