Here is a list I've compiled of some of the best paranormal / fantasy / romance combo YA books of 2011!! Most are geared toward a female audience. Please share your suggestions in the comments section! We always love to hear what you think!
(In no particular order)
Stand-alone books / first books of a series:
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson…
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on December 27, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments
Found this great list of hashtags for Twitter here: http://twainwannabe.blogspot.com/p/resources-for-writers.html
This is a 'print and keep' post! Also info on deciphering twitter speak below, as well as how to find followers!
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on December 21, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments
Thanks for joining us today! Can you tell us a little bit about your new book?
Hi Jan, thanks so much for having…Continue
Hello! Today I have YA author Jo Ramsey joining us with a post! She is contracted with Jupiter Gardens Press and Featherweight Press! Cluing In was released November 9. She also has a series called Reality Shift, and book 5, From…
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on November 27, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments
What is a SMPK? It is a button you can add to your signature (or anywhere) that takes the user to a page the contains all the places you are on the web via one-click! Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Your Blog, YouTube, etc. Plus, you can imbed a video and info about you and your work, a profile pic, and some one-click links to other places too (like a buy link for your book, your publisher, etc.) It also has a twitter feed of your tweets The site is…Continue
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on November 17, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
Hey everyone! I've been busy with NANOWRIMO, so my posts have not been on schedule, sorry about that, but I am back with a quick one about starting your own online newspaper, and it is soooo easy, FREE - and kind of fun too!!! The site I am talking about is http://www.paper.li.com. I just started an online newspaper about, of course, book marketing and promotion! You can find it at:…Continue
Oops, sorry about the last post, it was made in error! Anyway, for today..... Please share your twitter handle with everyone, so we know who you are and that we should follow you!!!
@veiledvirtues (Jan Fischer Wade) http://twitter.com/#!/VeiledVirtues
We did this over on SheWrites and it was really fun to find and follow everyone!…
It's a week before Halloween so I thought it would be perfect to welcome Author C.K. Volnek to my blog. Her book, Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island became available by MIU Publishing last month…just in time for Halloween. It’s a tween…
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on October 25, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
Have you heard of or participated in Tweetchats? You can use it to filter out all tweets in your twitterstream that do not contain the topic you've chosen (like #writing), thereby creating a group that can chat together. Groups can pick a certain time to meet and chat. It is REALLY easy to use!
1) You need to have a twitter account
2) Go to…
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on October 21, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
Quick Response Codes! I think they are also called 'Semapedia Tags'. They are those two-dimensional, square bar codes, with lots of tiny boxes, that can be read by most smart phones. You put them on physical things, like business cards, posters, t-shirts, books, stickers (to stick on things!), billboards, etc.
The smart phone user scans the code and POOF!!! There are a number of things that can…
Many writers are curious about the different publishing routes, and want to hear actual stories and experiences. PLEASE share with us!
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on October 14, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments
Adjectives and adverbs can make or break a manuscript, pitch or synopsis.Continue
Hi Authors! Today I am listing book review blogs (some geared towards YA and fantasy), and each has between 1,000 and 2,500 followers. I researched about 500 book blogs and these were the ones with many followers and current activity. Try to contact some of these sites to review your new or upcoming release for some widespread exposure! View my July 29th post for a list of 14 blogs that have collectively over 50,000 followers! Good Luck! Jan…
Today I am not blogging about book marketing! Shocking, I know!!! Instead, I am posting about writing mechanics. So, here we go!
Show, don't tell is a direction often given to writers to write in a such a…Continue
One of the best and cheapest ways to get your name and book out there is to trade with other authors. Yup, it is "I'll post your stuff on mine and you post my stuff on yours." First find authors who share a common genre or theme with you - targeting the right audience is key! Play nice and make friends with them! : )
If you want to add your genre and blog info, release date (if…Continue
Another way to market your book is to enter cover art contests! Wouldn't a cover art award be great to promote on your website? After you enter, make sure to spread the word everywhere so that you get lots of voters to the site(s)!!
Here are some I have found:Continue
Okay, today I am not going to overwhelm you with a huge post. Instead, I am going to overwhelm your marketing senses by sharing just a few great book marketing sites (informational sites, not 'pay me to market your book'). Just click on them and add them to your favorites, then browse at your leisure, or when you need info on a certain topic. Have fun!
Your book is out there, on bookstore shelves. Now what? Feel like taking a road trip? A great idea to sell books off of shelves is to go around to bookstores that stock your book and sign them. Books that are autographed sell better - an autograph adds value to your printed book - customers are drawn to them. The best time to do drive by signings is soon after your book is released.
Here's how to go about doing your own drive by book signings:
1) Order stickers…Continue
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on September 13, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments
Okay, so my last post was on where to go if you want to become involved with social communities geared towards authors and books. Maybe you join a few. So now what??
JOIN GROUPS, JOIN GROUPS!!! Yes, I said that twice! There are some wonderful groups out there! Search for relevance, interests, and ongoing activity. Join as many as you want!
START YOUR OWN GROUP: If you don't see a group related to your strong interest, start your…Continue
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on September 9, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
I have met so many wonderful people through BookBlogs and other communities I am a member of. These types of sites are great to meet authors, readers, reviewers, and others in the industry.
So, first, what are some of these sites??? (Note: These are all FREE and generally have a blog feature)
The obvious catch-all sites include Facebook and MySpace. LinkedIn and Twitter can be included as well as other poplular sites. However, I want to focus on writing-related…Continue
Added by Jan Fischer Wade on September 6, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments