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Author Share – Blogging

I’m so excited to have Emily Tilton and Rollin Hand here today for the “Author Share” post about “Blogging”. As a relatively new blogger who still does not know quite what she’s doing, I have lots of questions. But I chose to whittle down our conversation to keep it under 2K.   So I’m going to jump right in with my bigger questions. 🙂

Feel free to pop in with your own questions or comments in the reply section below.

Welcome to Author Share!

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Katherine Deane: So, I have a brand new book out, and am tweeting and promoting on Facebook.  Do I still need to blog?

Emily Tilton:  I have to say that I’m not absolutely sure you do need to. I think there are a lot of bits of the conventional wisdom about what authors need to do to build a fanbase that may not actually be true. Really, I think you need to blog because blogging connects you with a real, instant audience, and makes you friends among your colleagues and at least a few potential readers, even if your actual potential fanbase is elsewhere, like on Amazon scrounging through the also-boughts. That’s without even mentioning the incredible practice it gives you in regularly writing to a deadline, and in editing your own work.

Katherine Deane: That’s good to know, because I actually like “chatting” on my blog.   What should I blog about? Does it always have to be about spanking / or author related stuff?

Rollin Hand: I use my blog as an advertising tool to promote my books. To that end, I have a layout that puts all my ebooks for sale on the right so as you scroll down, all the covers are right there. That said, yes it’s all about spanking and things of interest to spankophiles. There would be no purpose in writing about other things. But it’s not just self promotion. I think it’s a mistake to be constantly pimping your books. That’s ok on release day, but otherwise feature material that is entertaining or informative to your target audience. If you do talk about your books, give your readers an excerpt.

Emily Tilton: Philosophies differ hugely on this issue, I think. For my part, I think that a blog by an author of erotica should always either be about erotica, or be erotica straight up. People aren’t really fans of you, is my philosophy, but of your work in this domain.

Katherine Deane: I read in “Blog a Book” that I need to get to 1000 posts before I will be officially seen? How the heck do I do that? And how long will it take?

Emily Tilton: That seems like a very arbitrary number to me. I will say that it takes a long time, posting regularly, and posting on social media about your posts, before you start getting represented in search engines so as to generate more traffic. I didn’t get over a hundred hits per day until I’d been blogging for six months.

Katherine Deane: How do I get my blog seen?

Emily Tilton: Blog-hops and social media are probably the best methods. I try not to spam Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, but I do put a post in my status on all three every day, and every couple days I also post about my post of that day in the Spanking Fiction groups on Facebook and Google Plus. Triberr, a blog amplification tool mostly for Twitter, requires a lot of work, and can be hard to use, but it does seem to generate traffic.

Rollin Hand: It doesn’t happen overnight. But to be visible they have to know you are there. One thing is that I joined The Spanking Bloggers Network. There may be other networks too, but that is a large one. The other is I reference my blog on Google+ and FB when I think there is something interesting. I also contribute comments to other blogs so you see my name on other people’s blogs and they love it when you leave comments.  I also offer to do articles and stories for other bloggers, and that gives my blog a plug when they use my material.

Katherine Deane: How often should I blog, to be effective without being annoying?

Emily Tilton: I aim for once a day, with no more than four posts per week being promotional “Here’s a snippet and a blurb” posts. I don’t think bloggers are ever annoying unless they post exactly the same thing over and over. Having regular things happening on regular days, like blog-hops and visits from other authors, helps a lot. Consider developing your own regular feature, too, like my “Visual Inspirations” series.

Katherine Deane:   What’s the protocol on adding videos, pictures, or linking to other cool blog posts I see online? If I like it, and think it fits, can I just attach it?

 Rollin Hand: Everything is subject to copyright, but almost none of it is registered. Thus it is a matter of risk assessment. My policy is I’ll use art and photos until someone objects, then I’ll remove them. For unregistered works, in order to recover damages, the author would have to prove actual damages– For use on a non-commercial blog, an impossible burden of proof. Thus I feel like using images that have been around on numerous other sites, posted to Yahoo Groups and USENET in the 90’s etc. is a low risk proposition. I won’t use images or art by artists who I know are actively trying to sell them or who aggressively pursue infringers, e.g., Stanton.

Emily Tilton:  There’s really no such thing as a protocol, except that if someone asks you to unlink something, or take something down, you do. Images are very helpful, especially for driving traffic from social media to your blog.

Katherine Deane:   Rollin, how often do you blog?

Rollin Hand: I like to update every 3-4 days. I think this is critical. The most successful blogs update frequently, always featuring fresh content.

Katherine Deane:  How many views do you get per day, approximately?

Rollin Hand: It runs between 1200-2000 per day, 1400 being about average now.

Emily Tilton: I get 500 a day most days.

Katherine Deane:  Wow, I’m lucky if I get 150 per post.  How do you amplify your posts? How do you get so many hits? Is there a boost thing you use? Tag words?

Rollin Hand: The secret to successful blogging is 2 things: interesting content and frequent updates. I feature stories, mostly mine, but not always. I do some book reviews and articles about the spanking scene, mostly about media. Lately I’m adding artwork and photos to the stories.

In Blogger you can see the search terms most frequently used to find you. Lately I’ve discovered that “F/M stories” is one. So I’ll be featuring more F/M stories.

I have also been fortunate to have been “Chrossed” frequently. Chross’s blog is the most widely followed blog about spanking on the internet. Most weeks he has a “spankings of the week” list where he links to blog posts he thinks are interesting. Being “Chrossed” usually doubles or triples your blog hits for several days. Become a regular (I seem to be) and you get a lot of traffic.

Katherine Deane: What about free stories?

Emily Tilton: When I started the blog, it was basically just a single free story that eventually became the Companion to Explorations (the Companion, by the way, is my worst-selling book). I won’t say it was a mistake, but it certainly didn’t generate the traffic I had hoped it would. It seems to me that I do much better with snippets from books I have for sale. That’s a lot easier, too, and doesn’t make me feel like I’m giving things away that I would rather try to sell.

Katherine Deane: What’s the protocol about visits to other authors? May I visit more than one blog on a given day?

Emily Tilton: As with replies, I don’t think there’s an established protocol at all. I think it can look funny if you’re on more than one blog at once, mostly because we still think in the terms of the metaphor of “visiting”–like visiting someone’s house. The one time it happened to me, I apologized, and I know I’ll try not to do it again, but, really, it doesn’t seem like a big deal.

Katherine Deane: If you had one tip for new bloggers / authors, what would it be?

Rollin Hand: Update frequently and fill the blog with interesting and entertaining content.

Emily Tilton: Develop your own regular series that you post on the same day each week. Human psychology seems to me to favor that approach, because people like to have their expectations satisfied. It won’t happen overnight, but if you’re faithful about it, you’ll eventually grow your fanbase that way.

Thank you both so much for taking the time to share your experience with me!

The biggest things I have taken from these great answers is that it is important for me to consistently post about things that are pertinent to either my authorship ,or  other interesting posts that complement my  blog.  I should also make sure I support the other bloggers and authors,  by visiting, commenting and promoting them.  (Don’t visit more than “one house” at a time 🙂 ) And most of all, I should be consistent and find my niche.

Thanks for stopping by! Please add your two cents below. 🙂

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The wonderful co-hosts who chose to give their time and experience toward this subject:

Emily Tilton

I, Emily Tilton, if I exist, am a human rights lawyer who resides in Greenwich, CT. It’s more likely that I’m actually someone else, who wishes she were as free to play out her real fantasies as Emily Tilton is.

EXPLORATIONS, which now includes some books written in a more conventional way and published by wonderful spanking presses like Blushing Books and Stormy Night Publications, is a narrative version of my nearly lifelong quest to reconcile my submissive erotic orientation with my ethics. See this post on my blog for a frequently updated guide to the series: http://etiltonexplorations.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-explorations-series-so-far.html

Blog – http://etiltonexplorations.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @ETiltonExp

 

 

Rollin Hand

Rollin Hand is a writer of erotic spanking fiction, who has been writing since 1999. He writes what he likes to call the “uncommon spanking story.” The idea, he says, is to write stories with strong plots, robust characters and vivid action sequences while avoiding the cliches that plague the spanking fiction genre.

Rollin’s writings cover a wide range of styles and genres. Orientations are M/F, F/F, and F/M, sometimes mixed in the same story. His genres include contemporary romance, domestic drama, college sorority tales, mystery/thrillers, historical romance, western romance, humor and fantasy. He has written to date over 120 stories, novellas, novels, articles and poems. Although most of Rollin’s works are short fiction and novellas, He has written four novel length works, “Atonement” a private eye-type mystery, “Flash Gordon and the Menace from Mongo” a sci-fi adventure, “LaForge” a supernatural thriller trilogy, and “Pendragon’s Lash,” a blend of medieval and sci-fi adventure.

You can find some of Rollin’s stories on his blog atwww.disciplinarytales.blogspot.com.

On Facebook he ishttps://www.facebook.com/rollin.hand.58

Check out his Amazon author page at

http://www.amazon.com/Rollin/e/B009ZJUH50.

 

Author Share – Putting it All Together

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Thanks for joining me today in the first of the “Author Share” series. I have asked Cara Bristol, Patricia Green, and Renee Rose to share with us some of their experiences in the broad topic of “Putting it All Together.” These women are amazing at what they do! And I am blessed to call them each, friends.

 

Katherine Deane: Ladies, thank you so much for joining me today for the first of the “Author Share” Series.

You three are at the top of your game – selling books like wildfire. They’re fantastic, and I adore them!  But there seems to be more to it, than just book writing. I read your wonderfully written blogs, see your promotions, and follow your posts on Facebook. You make it look so dang easy!

Now for a gal like me, just trying to get a handle on all this juggling, I feel overwhelmed just watching you.

So, how do you do… IT?

How do you combine writing, blogging, promoting, and social networking into a workable routine without burning out. (I remember an awesome series by Patricia Green about Burn Out, recently).

 Cara Bristol: When I am actively writing a first draft of a new book, I write a minimum of 1K every day and shoot for 10K per week. Writing comes first, promotion is second. But a big second. Recently, I started reserving Sundays for blog time—writing a week’s worth on that one day, leaving me free to focus on writing during the week. When I have a book release, the week before, during and after, I generally ONLY work on promotion.

Katherine Deane: Do you have a percentage that you use for each activity?

Renee Rose: I wish I could break things down that way, but while I do consider myself a full-time writer, I’m also a mother of two kids who go to two different schools (one hour each trip for pick up and drop off for school) and I see clients during the week for my Feldenkrais practice, teach dance, organize PTA events and generally run around like a chicken with my head cut off.

 

Cara Bristol: When I was a new author, I spent about 90% of my work time writing and 10% on promotion. Now that I’m multi-published, it’s about 50/50, but it varies by where I am in a book project. Of my social media time, the allocation is probably 50 percent blogging, 30% FB, 5% Twitter (used to be more), and 15% all other combined.

 Patricia Green: Not exactly. I read somewhere that an author should spend 80-90% of their time on writing and the other 10-20% on promotions/marketing. I try to use Mondays for promotions (like this interview, blog posts on my blog, blog posts for other people’s blogs, community outreach, etc.) and then use the rest of my week for writing. I do post on FB and Twitter nearly every day, but that takes maybe 10 minutes of my time altogether.

Katherine Deane: What does your weekly schedule look like?

Cara Bristol: I write six days a week, on the seventh I blog. I am on FB and Twitter every day. I catch other social media (Pinterest, Goodreads, Google groups, etc) when I think of it. I’ve found that it works best to focus on two or three things rather than engaging in a smattering on many. But one has to keep one’s ear to the ground because what used to be the “go-to” place can change.

Renee Rose: Basically, I do the email/social media stuff in all the snippets in between. I can retweet from my smart phone while waiting to pick the kids up, or read emails, or laugh at FB posts. I always write in the hour or two after my kids go to sleep, and I hold that time sacred. The rest I fit in if I’m not booked with clients, or if the kids aren’t especially needy, etc.

 Patricia Green: My schedule is weekly, but I keep a “blogging calendar” to keep track of the various obligations I have.

Katherine Deane: What is the most important of them all? (Please don’t say “all of them”. LOL, I’m overwhelmed as it is!)

Patricia Green: By far and away, the most important task I have to do is write. If I don’t do that, I’m out of business. If I have a writing deadline, if takes precedence.

Cara Bristol: This varies by author because it all depends on how much you invest in the activity. For me, it’s blogging. I post about four times a week. With blogging, I can control the message, and I’m not limited by space requirements. And I enjoy blogging so I’m motivated to do it.

Renee Rose: I don’t know. Blog posting, I suppose, but I get more sucked in to the Facebooking.

Katherine Deane: If you had one tip for new and aspiring authors, what would it be?

Cara Bristol: Get socially connected so that people know your name before you publish. Get your blog established, build a cadre of FB friends and Twitter followers, get to know other authors in your genre.

Patricia Green: Write more books!

Renee Rose: Join the Spanking Fiction Facebook group! Once you’re in there, you have a whole community to gain from.

Katherine Deane: And for my own sake, do you have a house cleaner? Seriously, there seems to be a direct correlation between the messy kitchen and piles of laundry and my good writing days.

Patricia Green: Yes. I have a housekeeping service. The only thing they don’t do is laundry and window washing. I have a window washing service for that twice a year. It’s an expense I’m willing to shoulder because I like a clean house, my back is wonky, and I’d rather spend my time working. My husband doesn’t do housekeeping. We divided the chores up early, and the housekeeping fell to me. It’s his job to make big bucks. 🙂

Renee Rose: I agree, my good writing days correspond with messy house, too! 😦

 Cara Bristol: I do have a housekeeper. I rewarded myself with one when my royalties reached an arbitrary goal I’d set. But my housekeeper only comes twice a month—so the daily stuff (dishes, laundry, sweeping) still remains. But I have learned to turn a blind eye to the house until I have completed my daily writing, and I have stopped picking up after DH all together (he does his own laundry and he is responsible for cleaning his office/the library and his side of the master bathroom).

Katherine Deane: LOL, I’m glad to see we all have something in common! My next big goal is to sell enough books to afford some weekly cleaning help. 🙂

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As we can see, each author does things differently. They have found what works for them. Writing, blogging, promoting, social networking – it’s all important. But the gist of it, is to combine these activities into a cohesive structure that works for each of us.

My plan is to figure out how to do each of these different activities through specific blog posts utilizing the experiences of other SMEs (Subject Matter Experts). Stay tuned as I delve deep into this thing called authorship.

And please don’t forget to reply. I’d love to hear your experiences and suggestions! And if you have any further questions for the authors, about this week’s topic (Putting it All Together), please reply below.

Next week’s “Author Share” post will be about blogging. I can’t wait to share our discussion!

Thanks again to Cara Bristol, Patricia Green, and Renee Rose for getting this series started.

Happy Spankings Writing!

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About the authors:

Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol has written everything from mainstream long and short fiction to nonfiction magazine and newspaper articles. She sold her first erotic romance in 2009. She is best known for her spanking romances, but she has also written in the science fiction romance, contemporary, and paranormal genres. Multi-published, she has released more than a dozen erotic romances, including two series: the Rod and Cane Society (spanking romance) and Breeder (science fiction romance). Cara lives in the Midwest United States with her husband. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching reality TV shows.

Author website

Twitter @CaraBristol

Facebook

Email: carabristol50@yahoo.com

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Patricia Green

Patricia Green is a full-time fiction writer specializing in erotic romance. She provides the reader with love stories that emphasize fun characters with quirky personalities. Patricia is the author of more than 20 published novels and novellas.

In her personal life, Patricia is married and the mother of twins. When she’s not being the angel of domestic harmony and a semi-crazed creator of fictional friends, she loves to read, crochet, knit and watch hockey and baseball.

You can reach Patricia Green in the following ways:

Email: pig (at) patriciagreenbooks (dot) com

Website/Blog: http://www.patriciagreenbooks.com

Spanking romance pages: http://patriciagreenbooks.com/books-featuring-spanking/

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Patricia.Green.Romance

Twitter: @PatriciaIGreen

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Green/e/B002RCB0IK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Renee Rose

Renee Rose is a multi-published author of erotic spanking romance.  Her latest release The Bossman, won Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author contest. Her blog can be found at www.reneeroseromance.com. She can also be found on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Liebster Award

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Thanks so much to spanking romance author, Tara Finnegan for nominating me for this award and for her awesome questions. Click the link on her name above to get to know more about Tara. 

 For future Liebster Award recipients, here are the rules:

 

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

(Ok, I did not adhere perfectly to the rules, but I came close. Thanks!)

1.   How often do you blog, and why did you start?

Hehe, that is a good question! I started just over a year ago, and am still trying to get consistent with my blogging. My goal is three times a week. Wish me luck!

2.   What was the first full book you ever wrote?

The first book I ever wrote and published, is called The Winter Storm. Casey McKay, Renee Rose and I each wrote different stories, and put them together into a “group story”. It was a lot of fun!

3.  What prompted you to start writing?

Hmmm, I don’t know. I think I liked what I read so much, that I wanted to create something too. And I had so many ideas running through my head, it made sense to try to put them down on paper.

4.  Aside from writing, what is your favorite pastime?

I love to run (but haven’t been able to get consistent with it yet, this year), sing, do crafts, and sew. (I make a mean tutu, and made the flower girl dresses and Bridesmaid dresses for my sister’s wedding 🙂 )

5.   What is your proudest achievement either in writing or in life?

Well, in writing, I officially became a published author just over a month ago! That was a pretty big moment for me.

As far as life goes, I’ve had a lot of blessed moments. These are just a few that come to mind:

Becoming an All American on the Track in College (5000m)

Finishing my first marathon

The births of my children

Singing the National Anthem at the Military World XC Championships

6.  What do you want most to achieve in life? Have you already achieved it or are you actively working on it?

Honestly, I don’t know. I know that I want to be remembered for being a blessing to others, and when I die, I want to look back at my life and be at peace, knowing I truly accomplished something worthwhile.

Most people, by the time they finish college, know their direction. I’m 41 (closer to 42), and still don’t know what I truly want from life.

I think I just want to have peace in my heart (not just happiness. That’s an emotion that can come and go. But true peace). I want to give my all in whatever direction life takes me in each moment.

I want to achieve a peace in my heart, and know that whatever accomplishments I have, whether they are big or small- if I give it my all, then I have succeeded.

Hehe, I think I might be a hippy at heart. Which conflicts greatly with my Type A personality and need for control. (Don’t ask. It confuses me too!)

7.   If you had the opportunity to meet one person you really admire, who would it be, and what would you want to ask them?

Ok, you know I can’t just go with one! 😉

Julie Andrews (amazing actress and singer. I adore her, and know almost all her songs by heart! I love her! And she’s just as good now, as she was 20 years ago!)

Erica Scott (ok, I am a huge fan of hers. Her book, “Late Bloomer” was what gave me the push to talk to my husband about my spanking desires. It also opened up lots of fantasies in me. 🙂 I wish I could do spanking videos. I would love to play the part of a kicking, howling young woman getting her bottom blistered.

Here’s a pic from her blog. (She was kind enough to let me post it!)

erica scott_srah gregory spanking

 

Unfortunately, this doesn’t fit with my conservative family life right now, so it will have to wait a few more years. 😦

But if god blesses me with a decent body, in my 50’s, I am sooooo doing a video! (there’s my bucket list addition, hehe)

Here’s another cool one from her blog, called “The Stranger

Ok, this is probably going to give me nightmares and “really happy dreams” all night!

erica scott_the stranger

 

8.   What makes you happiest?

Chocolate twizzlers and red wine! Mmmm

Actually, I am at my happiest when I make a goal for the day (any goal, it doesn’t matter), and I accomplish it. LOL, this happens less often than you might think. I tend to be very creative (flighty?), which means tons of thoughts collide and overwhelm me. I’ve had moments where I couldn’t even read a book, because I was so overstimulated that I couldn’t decide what to read. Too many choices. Phew! A huge cycle of ‘ugh’.

Even funnier, is the fact that I am Type A and very in need of control.

These two dichotomous energies battle, sometimes leaving me worn out and mumbling. Hehe, poor hubby gets a little nervous when those cycles hit.

Luckily, they don’t hit too often. Maybe every 2-3 months 🙂

Anything else?

Let’s see…

Fave movies – Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Fave songs to sing – On My Own from Les Miserables, Star Spangled Banner, My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music

Fave outfits – Gap loose fit jeans and Target t-shirt; black yoga pants and t-shirt; no bra whenever possible

Fave food – anything chocolate

Fave drink – merlot and cabernet

 

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

 

I am tagging Joseph McNamera, Corinne Alexander, Celeste Jones, Natasha Knight, and Renee Rose

Here are your questions:

  1.  When did you start blogging and why?
  2. How often do you blog, and what about?
  3. What are your favorite genres to read?
  4. Who has been your biggest influence in writing and or life?
  5. What is your happiest memory?
  6. Do you have a spanking relationship in real life?
  7. Kirk or Picard?
  8. If you could only choose one implement to be spanked by (or spank with), what would it be?
  9. Who is your favorite written character?
  10. If you could travel in time, what time period would you go to?
  11. What grounds you?

Thanks!

Happy Spankings!

Author Share – Series Intro

Phew! This has been a roller coaster month for me.

Besides normal life activities, I did the following:

 

  • I published my first book (with my good friends Renee Rose and Casey McKay).
  • I did a few blog hops.
  • Made some book trailers.
  • Played in the snow (that’s a once every two or three year thing for us, here)!
  • Started spring cleaning (and promptly got distracted) Alas, my sewing room is still in shambles
  • Started the long process of editing a story I wrote over a year ago
  • Outlined two new stories…

 

And then I shut down. Seriously, my brain and body just went into overdrive, and I shut completely down!

I found myself missing blog posts, forgetting to review books I had read, missed replies on fb, and completely screwed up the whole “Twitter” thing…

I had not been juggling the different responsibilities between home life and author life well, and it frustrated and overwhelmed me.

 

I am happy to announce I have gone back into planning mode and now have…

A Game Plan!

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Woohoo!

I feel so much better when I am organized.

LOL, I’m not there yet, but I have taken the first steps.

I have started talking with other authors about how they make it all work.

I’ve made a spreadsheet (I love Excel!) of goals and potential posts.

I have started reading books like:

 

Marketing Matters”, by Cassandra Carr

How to Blog a Book”, by Nina Amir

And

Book Marketing… in a Nutshell”, by Shelia Clover English

 

Knowledge is Power

 

 

The biggest thing I have gotten out of all of this, is that I need to be consistent and more active publically.

I want to be more consistent with my blogging, as well as my social networking, and promoting, but honestly, have NO FREAKING idea how to do all this stuff!

LOL, I was silly enough to actually believe that all I had to do was write a book, and people would buy it. Then I would write another one. And more people would magically appear to buy it.

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Ok, maybe I had a tiny niggling that there was more to it than that. But I chose not to accept this reality.

Remember, fantasy (and escaping reality) is my forte.

La, la, la! I can’t hear you!

 

Well, I am going to consistently blog more, and am going to do something really cool!

Starting next week, I will be hosting a weekly series called,

 

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(By the way, I made this image myself  at pixlr.com. Yeah, Me! I did something geeky! 🙂 )

 

 

This will be a cool chance for me to ask the experienced authors and bloggers questions like:

 

Why is blogging so important, and how do I do it?

What’s involved with marketing my book?

What do all those colors mean in edits?

How the %$#^ do I tweet properly and get my message out without bombarding people with a gazillion tweets?

Where are the best places to promote?

How do I ask for reviews?

 

The list goes on…

I have a ton of questions as a new author.  🙂

And I am so blessed to be a part of a community of experienced men and women who are willing to share their experiences and wisdom.

The first topic will be next Monday, April 21, and will be a general overview of “putting it all together”, and will include the talents of Cara Bristol, Patricia Green, and Renee Rose. Multi published authors of over 50 books between them – these amazing women do it all, and do it well!

 

I hope you like the new series, and will join me in the discussions. Feel free to ask your own questions or impart some of your own thoughts and suggestions. See you after Easter!

And the winner is…

Kenzie has just won the $5 gift certificate to Bushing Books for commenting on LOL Day!

Congratulations! Please send me your email address!

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LOL was such a fun day for me!

I loved meeting all the new people, and talking about my favorite subject.

Harrison Ford!

No, I meant spanking 🙂

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(Ok, I chose this picture because I have a “thing” for the housewife look. And I like the reminder:

Tackle daily tasks with a joyful spirit, a smile on your face, and a killer outfit. Everything else will fall into place!)

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So…

LOL2013 gave me a lot to think about.

I started blogging last February because I wanted to share my spanking journey.

I have not been doing as much of that as I would like.

I have been busy juggling home life, authorship (I am editing my first book!), reading and reviewing, and lots of other wonderful things.

I love all of it!

But I miss the intimacy of blogging. I miss starting a post in one mind set, and ending with a peaceful refreshed feeling of closure.  Writing / blogging does this for me.

It opens me up to be vulnerable, but in a safe setting.

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I like blogging!

It calls to me.  It feels natural, and unforced.

When the words come rushing from my head, onto the screen, I don’t worry about whether or not, I am using too many “ly”s, or passive speech. I just write. I embrace. I am.

With that being said, I don’t want to just quit doing all the other fun stuff.  I want to keep juggling.

LOL, I am a somewhat energetic woman (some people call that ADD or hyperactivity 🙂 ).

Continuing to do several things, will refresh and energize me.

But I do need to come up with a game plan, and prioritize what I want to put more focus on.

Wish me luck as I strategize, prioritize and any other “ize” I can think of.

But I know one thing I am absolutely going to do- Put more time into my blogging.

I have a story to tell!

My story.

Wish me luck!

🙂