Thursday, May 30, 2013

Welcome again :)

This isn't my first blog, but it's my first Blogger blog and the first I've had that looks so sweet.  Many thanks to the very lovely and talented Maddee James and her team at .  I appreciate you making everything look so good!

Check back often for updates on current and upcoming novels, as well as my usual witty commentary on life and writing and the writing life.  See you soon!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

what makes you read?

ImageThings are progressing, slowly but surely, on the publishing front.  My manuscript, Hush Puppy, has reached the proofreading stage at the publisher and the cover is in development.  I feel like I should warn people it's more of a novella than a novel, but the length feels right for the story to me, even if it is on the shorter end.  I don't tend to write giant tomes.  I like to get straight to the point.
 There will be a new web site for all my books (self and traditionally published) soon too.  The blog will move there, but don't worry. I'll make sure you have the link.  It's going to be gorgeous, I think.  Can't wait for you to see it.
I've been trying to figure out how to market Hush Puppy.  The publisher doesn't have a huge marketing wing, so a lot is up to me.  Many authors these days are doing blogs tours to promote their books, contests online, giving away iPads and gift cards, advertising on Twitter and Facebook.  It's enough to make your head fly right off.  I still have a day job.  When am I going to do all that stuff too?? Its a lot of noise and flash, but I have to wonder, just how much of that stuff works? Because I can probably count on one hand the number of books I've opened up based on something I saw on Twitter.  That's not much.  So I wanted to ask you, what is it that makes you pick up a book and read it?
Is the pretty cover? The reviews on Amazon? Or your friend saying, "Oh, you've got to read this! You'll love it!"  What do you think?