As an introvert, I was surprised to find one of my favorite things about being an author is in-person events. Because y'all are seriously so fun to meet and connect with. Here are just a few encounters I've had in my year of being published: A girl around 6 years old wanted my psychopathic murderer book. Another kid, this time a young teen, marched straight up to my booth and quickly spilled out: "I like writing stories and I wanna know what my options are, and my teachers say a journalist, but what are my options?" This summer at an event, a lady was looking for someone to room with to save money. Probably not looking for a murder author, but it didn't occur to me at the time... In this blogpost, I tell how each of those stories ended. Check it out.
Almost a year of selling "I Know You Like a Murder". I'm no marketing expert by any means. But I googled and read books & articles and experimented. And thought I'd share the results so you can learn from them. In my last post for patrons I gave my most successful marketing tactic. But there's… Continue reading The one thing that makes or breaks my marketing
"We are all detectives with every good story." That's what my friend Amber said when reading I Know You Like a Murder. It's true. Books invite the reader to figure out what's happening between the lines. And a good story keeps the reader guessing. In "I Know You Like a Murder", you as the reader are the… Continue reading Life is a mystery. You’re the detective.
Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with politics. Let's not go there 🙂 If you don't follow me on other social media, you missed out on a survey to vote on the title of my short story. (I'm sorry, I actually planned on posting it here, because you're some of my greatest fans, but I… Continue reading The book title that got the least votes, but wins
Used bookstores. The elitist book-lover's nook. Libraries or Barnes N Noble or (God forbid) Amazon is for novices. Used bookstores are the bibliophile's home of choice. The smell of the books, the cats roaming the stacks, the treasure hunt for some undiscovered antique or classic. It takes dedication. I too love the atmosphere of a nice used bookstore.… Continue reading The Problem with Used Bookstores