Saturday, August 31, 2013

The second stop on this blog tour is heartfelt: Write from the Heart!

The more stops on the My Haunting Love blog tour you visit, the more chances you have to win on Rafflecopter. So don't be shy, come join the party: http://www.2writefromtheheart.blogspot.com/

Readers please note that my husband Cutie (Dan) and I are going to be visiting his parents in Pensacola, Florida all of next week. So... this blog posting and my other one today http://blogsaboutwriting.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-haunting-love-blog-tour-kickoff-stop.html will have to tide you over until the 2nd week of September.

In short, this is what we're talking about:


Monday, August 26, 2013

How do you Foster Success for indie writers?


Fostering SuccessFostering Success answers the question that faces every author: 'You've written a book. Now what?' But what does the prolific author, Melissa Foster have as an answer to the ubiquitous 'now what'? Melissa believes in paying it forward. What does that mean? For openers, her website offers free videos: http://www.fostering-success.com/free-videos
She also leads an extremely popular indie writer's community:
World Literary Cafe
This website is a networking haven:  http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/ An indie author can submit a book for review and it can end up on the main webpage under 'Today's Hot Titles'. Bloggers and Reviewers can get listed here: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/support-wlc-authors  Do you have a blog tour to announce? Do you need bloggers for your tour stops? Click here: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/forum/167 Bloggers can get more followers here: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/wlc-blog-follow  Melissa even has an advise column: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/faqs-melissa
If you offer author services, you can join the marketplace. I have and it works. Link: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/author-services
You don't have to be a writer to benefit from this well visited website; Melissa has a special place for people who like to read: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/readers-get-connected

So come on over and get successful: http://www.fostering-success.com/

Saturday, August 17, 2013

NA fiction plus a great website.

New Adult fiction

New Adult literature is the hot new trend. Most agree that the New Adult age range is 17-27, others say 18-26, or so. Other terms for NA include: Upper YA, Crossover Fiction, and Mature YA. NA characters are often portrayed experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time, military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first serious relationship, etc. When I was a New Adult, back in the late 70s to the early 80s, the big thing for me was learning how to manage money. After college, I felt disconnected and had to remap my home life and my social life.

I went looking for some great NA sites and this is what I came up with:
Since the age ranges for Young Adult and New Adult overlap, a group of authors decided to do something about it. Featuring NA Alley: http://www.naalley.com/  What do they have to offer readers and indie NA authors? A Catalog of NA reads: http://www.naalley.com/p/recommended-na-reads.html and you can email them to suggest a title. Their Resources offer a wealth of NA and YA blogs, including numerous book blogs: http://www.naalley.com/p/resources.html Indie authors, take note: NA Alley offers a list of publishers and agents known to accept NA manuscripts, however this is a fluid market. Link: http://www.naalley.com/p/publishing.html  No NA website is complete without a contest/giveaway section: http://www.naalley.com/p/contestsgiveaways.html Check out the NAA books here: http://www.naalley.com/p/na-sisters-books.html
What is a NA Crush Tourney? Find out here: http://www.naalley.com/p/na-crush-tournament.html  Looking for a press sheet? Find it here: http://www.naalley.com/p/media.html

And for even more New Adult titles, don't forget Write More Publications at: www.writemorepublications.com

Sunday, August 11, 2013

He wants to make a star of you! He wants to make a star of you!

Steve Gadlin's Star Makers
Steve Gadlin became a celebrity after pitching cat drawing service as an investment prospect on NBC's Shark Tank. Click here to see his signature song and dance routine: http://iwanttodrawacatforyou.com/ Now Steve wants to more than just draw a cat for you; he's also a star maker.

Besides drawing cartoon cats who sometimes say "Whoopy" and building websites, Steve has a company Blewt! to delight and confuse. A few weeks ago he launched a brand new project - a talent showcase called Steve Gadlin's Star Makers! It's a loving homage to public access talent showcases of the 1980's. Think Lawrence Welk meets The Gong Show meets Stairway to Stardom.

 He's beginning to air the show late night in Chicago, and on cable access stations in Boston, Sacramento, New York, and Milwaukee - and soon in your town! But you can always watch full episodes on his website SGStarmakers.com, or through his free podcast. This  show is also available for free download in the iTunes store! It's organized squirrelyness. Are you talented and want to share your squirrely nature? Are you just plain squirrely and want to share your talented nature? Click here: auditions@blewt.com


Saturday, August 3, 2013

My favorite blog travel agent: Rebecca Boucher!



Let me introduce you to Rebecca Boucher, writer and blogger extrordinaire! She was the driving force behind Elaine White's Runaway Girl blog tour earlier this summer. Rebecca has an active blog of her own: "My Life with Books and Boys": http://beccab8.blogspot.com/

In fact, her blog tour for All In is now underway. The most recent blog stop is: http://www.pwrspot.blogspot.com/ Visit all the stops and be eligible for a $25 Amazon gift card.

And if you want a luxury blog tour at a youth hostel price ...see below:
Photo: This is just the beginning of my new venture.... so excited. Keep on the lookout for more info!!!!!