Friday, September 25, 2020

New Release!!

I am excited to announce the release of my newest book, A Friend for Anabelle, published by Two Girls And A Reading Corner. 

A Friend for Anabelle is a fun rhyming story about a little girl who longs for a friend (NOT a nap!) but has a bit of trouble finding a friend who will stay and play with her. Finally, she meets more than one friend, and they’re willing – and wanting! – to play with little Anabelle!

This story was inspired by a little girl named Anabelle who is the granddaughter of a friend of mine. My friend has told me many stories of the fun her granddaughters have, and one day when she was talking about Anabelle and her love for animals, the idea sparked in my mind!

So here is to sweet little Anabelle and my dear friend, Tammie.

You can find this on Amazon! Please leave a positive review!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Social Media for Authors

Do you use social media to promote your books? If yes, which is your favorite? If no, you definitely should!! I highly recommend creating a website (author website, not a website for each book), creating an author Facebook page, and getting a Twitter account. Instagram is also good, though I, personally, haven’t seen the value in it. I use Weebly for my author website but I found Word Press is easier (for me, anyway) to use. Both are free.

My favorite is Twitter. Why? Well, I have gotten a lot of followers just by using the #WritingCommunity hashtag, and because those followers retweet my posts, I have also gotten book sales! I have also met friends and through them have gotten editing jobs. Hashtags are very important while using any social media, but especially Twitter.

Visit Mandy Wallace's website at https://mandywallace.com/?s=twitter for information on what hashtags are important for writers to use.

What is very important on social media is engaging in posts and posting more than just your books. You want to market your books, yes, but most of all you want to market YOURSELF…meaning getting readers to know about you, who you are, what you like, etc. Readers/fans want to get to know the author. They don’t always want to see book links or having the books thrown in their face like BUY ME. No, they want to know YOU.

On my Facebook author page, I post my book links and special promotions, but I also post my blog posts, interactive posts (find those on Pinterest!), other author’s books, and more!

On Twitter, I do the same thing. Also, sharing on Twitter (retweeting) is an awesome thing to do.

So get out there and get some social media accounts! You won’t be sorry. Marketing is so important, especially online.


 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

A MUST Read

Is there one author who writes stories that you read and you just can’t put the book down? You have a book hangover in the morning because you stayed up too late reading. I have a few, but my top favorite is Riley Sager. 

The last book I read of Riley’s is called Lock Every Door. So riveting! Very suspenseful. What a twist! The author writes in a way that makes you think, “I know what happens” and then, “What the heck?” and finally, “You have GOT to be kidding me!!”

This story is a suspenseful thriller. I loved it from the first chapter. After a while, I was trying to figure out if there were ghosts involved or murderers. Maybe both? You won’t guess who and why!

If you’ve read books by this author, make sure Lock Every Door is on your TBR list. If you have read this one, tell me what you thought about it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Handwriting vs Typing

 

Do you handwrite or type? Obviously, you must eventually type whatever you have written down in order to publish a book or post on a blog, but do you handwrite first?

I choose typing over handwriting for several reasons:

1. I have terrible handwriting (maybe it’s because I’m left-handed).

2. My hand gets tired and cramped easily.

3. My thoughts run faster than I can write. However, I am a pretty fast typist and therefore can keep up with my thoughts.

 

When my stepchildren were in high school, they told me they learned that handwriting is best. It is useful for visual learners, can be artful, and helps you avoid distractions. It also is supposed to improve literacy and reading comprehension since your brain is forced to mentally engage with the information. I find that interesting. 

However, I will continue to type. The only thing I use handwriting for is journaling, unless I have to quickly jot down some notes when I’m away from my laptop.

How do you write?