5 ways to temper the preachy in your plot #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

We all have issues we care about, and anyone who tells you novels shouldn’t have agendas hasn’t read any lately. But how do we as authors plot issues into our manuscripts without coming off as preachy and one-sided? Here are five ways to prevent “preachy” from showing up in your future book reviews. Click the title above to continue reading.

My list of blog hops for authors (#IWSG Blog Hop)

The benefits of blog hops are many. Sometimes called link-up parties, hops are a great way to meet other writers/bloggers and build your author community; gain traffic and engagement on your site; and I’ve even seen them used as a tool in virtual book tours. To read my list of ongoing, everyone-is-welcome blog hops for authors, click on the title above.

Why book marketing is a marathon with legs of sprinting #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

As someone whose career was in marketing long before I became an author, I want to make sure other authors understand why the marathon mindset is important. Here’s what marketers know: It takes 6 plus touch points to reach someone’s consciousness, which means your brand has to interact with a person at least 6 times before they’ll remember it. Click the title above to continue reading.

Developing your reading list: A strategy for authors (#AuthorToolboxBlogHop)

With so many options and only so many reading hours in the day, how do we as authors narrow to the most practical reading list? The logical side of my brain needed a way to sort the options, and the result is my list of the eight categories of books (and articles) we should be thinking about when determining our reading list. Click on the title above to continue reading.

#AuthorToolboxBlogHop: monthly hop for authors who want to learn more about being authors

This is a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful. Please click the title above to continue reading.