Friday, May 27, 2016

Marketing Skills - A Must Have

I know, I know - you just want to write and not deal with marketing. I feel your pain. But there are some positives to marketing your own book. The number one reason would be to interact with your readers. Building relationships are key to getting your books out there. 

I mean, don't you want to see your novels out in the mainstream? If the answer is yes, then you need to get to know your readers. Believe me, I am just as guilty of not working on this stuff every day, but I don't think you have to.

Recently I was sick with pneumonia and then some other issues took precedent in my life and I wasn't following through on things I needed to do with marketing. But we all get sick and things come up so simply go on your fan page and tell your readers. It's not that complicated.  Most will forgive you and besides, no one likes to be bombarded with to much social media marketing anyway. Give yourself a break and catch up when you're ready.

Now once you're back at it, you can do some catching up. Write a blog post, contact those who offered to put you on their blog as a guest, write a newsletter. And if you have them, send out an ad.

Time is on your side, it just means it will take a little slower to get the word out about your novels. That's completely up to you. I know authors that are on it all the time and usually benefit from their hard work pretty quickly, but if life has you down, it will take you a little longer.

That's okay!

So work yourself back into the mainstream and take it one step at a time. You will get it caught up and feel much better that you did!

What are some of the things you do you open communication with your readers?

Until next week, don't forget if you would like to read my first book for FREE then go to this link and download it. Free Fable 

Once you've enjoyed Fable you can read Lore. It is online now for your reading pleasure and it's a big book so it should keep you busy for a while!

Love, Lisa

Monday, May 23, 2016

Lore Is Here!

It's done! Lore is finally published on Amazon! What's so unusual about that? Well, all the road blocks I have dealt with along the way. 

Yes, I am so grateful that this feat has finally been accomplished, but believe me, it was a long, tough journey. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for sympathy, only amazed that it's done.

There is nothing easy about self-publishing, but it is worth it in the end. I did have some learning curves - learning to write by myself instead of with my sister - several setbacks with critiques, such as deaths in families, vacations, weather constraints and the like. Also a total rewrite and a new beta reader who went through the book with me page by page, and then the dreaded issues with formatting the book for paperback and ebook. (Thank God for my sister!)

See, when it comes to understanding all this stuff, such as marketing, getting around the different sites, formatting, ect... I'm lost. Sure, I can write the book, and even though it might take me a while to get it right, or where I like it to be, I can do that. It's all the other stuff that gets me stymied. I've even been working with my daughter on some of the marketing and she's as lost as I am.

I am taking a class, but the information assumes I understand what he's talking about - I don't in a lot of cases. The easy stuff like rewriting my book descriptions I got that, it's the facebook ads, landing pages, and tracking. I have no clue.

So I'm back in that learning curve again. I'm even trying to figure out how to do a launch party on line. There's so much to learn, and along the way I have to write the next book. Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it.

There needs to be a course that goes through it all step-by-step. You know, marketing baby steps for the computer software illiterate. Now that course could make a lot of money because I know I'm not the only one who doesn't understand how to do all this stuff.

But in the meantime, bear with me. I will have a launch party on my Fanpage and I will learn to make the ads. Until then, Lore is on Amazon for those who would like to download the book. And I would sincerely appreciate anyone who reads it to leave me a review. It really helps author's ranking and get my book out there more.

Here's the link to Lore and I hope you enjoy it! Lore book 2 of The Lorn Prophecy

Until next week, enjoy Lore and let me know if you liked it!

Love, Lisa

Friday, May 13, 2016

If I Didn't Laugh ...

Well, I have to say, my life sure is interesting, to say the least. Truly, If I didn't laugh half the time, I would shed tears. But just when I thought it couldn't get any crazier, I am abruptly woken from a nap from a loud crash in the living room.

Now my first reaction was someone's trying to break in - which scared me to death. I threw on my pants, I'm sure whoever it was did not want to see me in my underwear - there's somethings you just can't unsee - and I began to slowly walk toward the sounds.

Another crash happened and I stuck my head around the corner to see ... no one?! I was like "what is going on"?! 

Then out of the corner of my eye I spotted the culprit. A squirrel. And not just any squirrel, he must have weighed at least 3 lbs (which is pretty big for a squirrel) and he was up on the side of the wall yelling at me with his chirps, twitters, and I'm not sure what other word would describe the sounds coming from him - but he was mad big-time!  

I ran to the front door to see if he would be willing to escape my house, but he wasn't having it. He stared me down and continued his yelling. I ran to the other side of the room to my cell phone and hurriedly unplugged it to call my husband Rick. Just as I clicked on his number the squirrel dashed back into this hole up near the ceiling. I guess the hole leads to the sofits outside.

Now, don't judge me.

Those of you that know me personally know that I hate this crappy cabin we've been forced to rent since the rent in Denver metro is outrageous now. It's a 1948 rock cabin with cement walls, except for the living room which is wood walls like a log cabin - well kinda. And since moving here I have done nothing but freeze half the time. Plus I've gotten sick twice, and I never get sick. Trust me, it's like living in the arctic when it's snowing up here.

So, needless to say, yes there are holes big enough for a squirrel ( or very large rat) to fit through. After the chaos died down, Rick told me to spray the hole with bug spray. He said they hate that smell. It must have worked because he didn't come back in.

Once my husband got home he found some steel fencing and covered up the hole. We thought the problem was solved - that is until Tuesday afternoon.

Here is was, lying on the couch, sick with a high fever, (from living at 8200 feet in the middle of a canyon) watching TV. All of a sudden my cable goes out. The very first thought that crossed my mind was - that squirrel is paying us back. He chewed up the wire.

When I said that to Rick he thought I was losing it. There's no way since the wires didn't go into the sofits. So I call Xfinity. Guess what?! The guy tells me our house is the only one out. Could we have critters around here that could have chewed through a cable?

I had to laugh!

Sure enough when they installed the cable the guy ran the wire right underneath the hole outside where the squirrel was coming in. Yup - paybacks.

Also explains why it's so cold in this place. So those who had convinced me how great it was for a writer to live in a house like this and get to have all this quiet, alone time to write my manuscripts, I have this to say - NOT!

Even though it is true, try to find the positives in your not so great situations, and believe me I work on it everyday, it is tough to be all smiles and joyful when you're living in a house like we do. 

It's pretty interesting though that the one reprieve I've had is a squirrel breaking in and cursing me because he freaked himself out knocking over my stuff. 

Life sure is funny...

Until next week, I'm very excited to say the proof came back for Lore and I am ready to order books! The electronic book should be ready soon for those who prefer to download. And again, if you would like to read Fable for free just follow this link: 

I promise if you click on the link nothing will bite you or jump out at you. You'll simply get to read a fantasy fiction book that will hopefully take you away from all those stresses for a little while. 

Take care, Lisa