29.7.10

What Makes a Good Author Bio?

There's all kinds of advice out there, but here's what I want to know---what do YOU want to know about the authors that you read or are thinking about reading?

Is it important to you where they grew up and where they currently live? Do you want to know about their family?  Their pets? What about their education? Do you like to know a little, a lot, or only those details pertinent to their writings?

What about their actual writing?  Do you care to know why they like to write and what they like to write? Would you be interested in learning something about their writing process or how they began writing?

What is the most interesting detail you remember ever reading in an author bio?

What kind of author bio details make your eyes glaze over?

Your help in this matter will be ever so much appreciated.

26.7.10

Meet an Author Monday


It's blog hop time!  Your chance to meet and interact with new authors and discover great new reads.  All you have to do is select any of the fabulous authors at the bottom of this post and hop to their blog (or click the image above to visit our host, Cali Cheer Mom).  When you're done there, look for our "Meet the Author" icon to hop to another.

If you are a published author or have a book under contract, we'd love for you to join the hop by entering your name and blog url into the Linky tool. Then, every Monday create a blog post with our icon and the blog hop Linky tool in it so our members can keep on hoppin'!

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Right then, while you're here, I'd love to get a little input from avid readers and writers.  It seems I'm continuously learning about new places where authors should have a presence in the form of an author profile or account. There are the big daddies: Author website, Blogger, Wordpress, Facebook and Twitter.

But here are some places I've learned about more recently.  Some have been recommended and others I've simply stumbled upon. So here are my questions: is there anything missing from this list, and which of the following have you found to be especially beneficial, either in searching out new authors or in promoting your book?






Thanks!


22.7.10

Constant Vigilance

Nothing can ever go completely smoothly, can it?  For example, a couple weeks ago I felt like the queen of the small but lovely kingdom of Batavia, Illinois. Three Daves was on the shelves at the public library, an article about the book was to be published in one of the local papers, and I had a reading scheduled at a downtown coffee shop.  I was on the cusp of ruling the world, right? Well...

I went on-line to gaze at my book title in the library's catalog (yeah, I do that sometimes) and it's not there!  Turns out the one and only copy was either lost or damaged and so had to be removed.  No problem, a new book would be purchased and I could soon return to my gazing, right?  Right!?!  Not so easy.  Or so I was told by the women at every single desk in the building.  Apparently there are some highly reclusive and protected individuals that make that decision and I was completely denied any access to them or comfort of any sort. 

Ah, but I had that article to look forward to.  Except I went on-line on publication date and...and...no article.  So I waited patiently, certain that the next week it would be in there, and...nope.

That's okay, though, because I had a reading scheduled at the local coffee shop and they surely had it listed on their website with a nice little blurb and a link. That would make me feel better...er, it would've made me feel better if I'd even been mentioned on their upcoming events.

Grrrr...

But here's the thing---my book is not the center of anyone else's universe. Life is busy, people've got things to do.  They can't be bothered with looking out for the things that are important to me. So I have to. Constantly, it seems.  And when I see something amiss, I'd better point it out, cuz no one else is going to notice. I've had to get a lot more bold about asking for what I want. Sometimes I get it; sometimes I don't.

I asked for my event to be listed at the coffee shop with a link to my site, and...it didn't happen.  But that's okay, the event was successful regardless.  I followed up with the reporter.  Apparently it was a matter of a small glitch, and the article is now on-line. Success. And as far as the library goes...it remains to be seen. But I have people, and they are on it. All I had to do was ask. ;) 

19.7.10

Introducing: Meet an Author Monday!


I'm so excited to be a part of Meet an Author Monday blog hop!  Its a fun and easy way for readers to find and get to know new authors. Here's how it works:

For readers:  Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list at the bottom of this post. The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself! We're all happy to chat and get to know our readers. You're the reason we write!

For writers: If you have a book under contract or for sale, join the hop by entering your name and blog url into the Linky tool.  Then you can grab our super cute button and place it in a post. This enables others who are participating in the hop to comment as they explore your blog. If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog, just follow the link and grab the code.

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And in honor of the very first Meet an Author Monday, I'd like to say how very nice it was to meet in person  Susan Kaye Quinn, author of brand new Young Adult romance, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit.

Susan and I both had our debut novels published by Omnific Publishing and were excited to discover that we both live in the Chicago suburbs. I was even more thrilled when Susan drove out to Batavia to attend my book signing at Limestone Coffee & Tea!


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I also want to say thanks to my friend L who came to the signing and then wrote up an incredibly sweet article about it in her blog, It's My Life.





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And I can't forget my sissy, fellow author and blogger. Her The Fallen Monkey site is a fantastic, interactive resource for writers. Despite the fact that she lives across the pond in London, she has so far attended both of my signings.  Now that's a sister.


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A big THANK YOU and a *mwah* to everyone who attended the signing and to Limestone staff for providing such a cozy atmosphere.  This author was pleased to meet each and every one of you.



    12.7.10

    The Book Experience

    I always think it's cool when a story extends beyond the pages it's written on.  When it becomes more than a book; it becomes an experience. Like Harry Potter. It was about the story, but it was also about so much more. People didn't just show up at the store for the book release, they showed up in full wizard garb, declaring their House. They wanted to immerse in the atmosphere.

    It wasn't enough for me to simply read the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series.  Oh no, I put on my son's Gryffindor robe and Harry glasses while reading.  I told my family it was because I kept getting interrupted and that was my signal for them to leave me alone, i.e. Respect the Robe.  But really...I just wanted to wear it. I wanted the full experience.

    I was ecstatic when I showed up to local book club meetings to discuss Three Daves and found that they'd immersed!  At one they'd pulled out the 80s fashions---Izod, Keds, Sigma Chi-wear---and had my 80s New Wave playlist going in the background.  Quarters sat ready for bouncing and whipped cream just begged to top off a certain shot that shall remain nameless in this blog (you know what I'm talkin' about). Nostaligia for the 80s was a huge impetus behind writing the book, and I just knew I wasn't alone in wanting to go back, for just a little while.


    Another group even invented a new game called Famous Daves. My team won and they let me keep the prize, which was a small, not-so-atomically-correct replica of...you guessed it---Michelangelo's David. And you better believe that some lucky sap will be re-gifted that little white elephant, I mean gem, when we play the game again at my book signing this Thursday.  

    So part of the reason for this particular blog is to say THANK YOU! to the lovely ladies at the book clubs for giving me the experience and the other reason is to hear any ways that some of you have "experienced" a book.