Building Your IG Following

About six months ago, I had about 250 or so Instagram followers.  Let me say, first, I LOVE ig. Love it so hard. No politics. Few ads. Little conflict. My kind of place.  It’s also really, really hard to reach out to anyone else. To create meaningful interaction, even though the endless scrolling through lovely pictures soothes my soul. To be fair, the 250 was a huge improvement over a year ago, when I still hadn’t heard of tagging, but I digress. Somehow, I don’t even remember how, (it probably popped up in my feed) I saw a post ...

Setting Up A LinkTree on Instagram

If you have been wishing there was some clickable way to allow your followers to click over to more than just your website, this is an easy and free way to accomplish this! First, let me say, I’m not affiliated with this company, a fellow author was using them, and recommended them to me. I signed up for the free version to start. The free version includes walking you through the LinkTree set up, tracking of link clicks, and a couple of themes. How it works: This site puts a link in your bio page, which then one-click links to...

2018 NEORWA Writers Conference

  Where to even start with this past weekend?  Every year the NEORWA conference seems to come at the best and worst of times. I’m overly busy, I can’t squeeze in enough time to write, yet alone hold down my day job (the one paying the bills right now).  But I also know when I walk out of there, I’m going to have accomplished a couple of things. First, my love of writing is going to be reignited. Somehow, someway, listening to everyone TALK about writing, TALK about craft, AND deadlines AND plotting AND character, AND even all of...

2018 RONE Voting!

I am so excited!!!  My book, Shadows of Ghosts, is up for a 2018 RONE Award in the fantasy category!!!!  Tomorrow is the last day to vote- May 27th. This is the final round of voting, so if you have a moment, I’d really appreciate it if you could cast a vote for Shadows! Here is the link to the site:  www.indtale.com On the homepage, the link to the contest is at the top right- IND’SCRIBE/RONES, 2018 RONE Awards, go to week 6. Direct link (hoping this works): http://indtale.com/2018-rone-awards-week-six Also, you have to subscribe on the website at www.indtale.com in order...

Fan Girling!!!!!

I’ve spent way more time than I’d like to admit obsessing over what to do this year.  Trying to fit in solid, productive writing time, plus working full time (gotta pay those bills) leaves little time for the fun stuff associated with writing- aka, the reading part of it.  My plan this year was to attend some author events, just to see how the big girls do it, and had several on my schedule.  My two favorite authors- Karen Marie Moning and J. R. Ward both had big books coming out this spring, and both (somehow) managed to have...

Final SoG Book Signing!!!

  I’ll be having my final book signing for Shadows of Ghosts this coming Saturday, January 27th from 1:00-3:00 at the Learned Owl Bookstore in Hudson, Ohio.  These last couple months have flown by so fast- I know when I scheduled this it seemed so far away!  A big thanks to all of my readers and supporters who have made this journey the wonderful trip that it’s been!  I couldn’t have done any of this without you!!! I just sent in the MS for Reflections of Your Heart, book 2, to my editor at the beginning of this month,...

Insecurities, Successes and Coffee

  So it’s always the same thing whenever I sit down to start a new project.  Am I all written out?  Are the ideas going to come? And if they don’t, what am I going to do?  I’ve spent the past month finishing up (my) final edits on Book 2 and getting ready to send it over to my awesome editor at TWRP, but before I did that, I felt like I had to  get Book 3 at least partly finished. Honestly, there’s just something about knowing where the story is headed next that gives me a sense of...

What Happened to 2017?

This morning I realized, a little bit too late, that 2017 is almost over.  I can’t even begin to tell you half of what happened this year, because it’s pretty much a blur of missed doctor’s appointments and deadlines barely met, and I’m pretty sure that next year will be more of the same.  For someone who on January 1st was damn confident they were the Queen of Multitasking, this year has sure been the great equalizer. On one hand, I feel like I have accomplished nothing.  Zero. Nada. On the other hand, I feel like I haven’t had...

Writing Under Glass

So I had this brilliant idea to volunteer for something that sounds kind of like a cool science experiment- writing in a store-front window at a bookstore up in Cleveland- AppleTree Books.   The basic concept: sit in the window, write, maybe talk to some people about writing, get work done, have fun.  Win-win. As a bonus?  The whole month of November was NaNoWriMo, so I absolutely needed to get at least 50,000 words written last month. (I was actually shooting for 65,000-70,000.)  But let’s keep it real.  I’d have settled for 50,000- that’s solid first draft territory.    I’m...