ECHOES OF TERROR

MARCH 22, 2017 Today is a special day for me. It’s release day for ECHOES OF TERROR my thriller set in Skagway, Alaska. I’m sure Sergeant Kenneth Cox (who spent over an hour with me in 2007 explaining what the Skagway police department would do if a teenage girl was … Continue reading

From Paperback to E-book

Back in 1997 Silhouette published Heiress Seeking Perfect Husband under their Yours Truly line. I loved the story. It’s a “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find Prince Charming” type of story and is probably the most humorous one I’ve ever written. When the publisher dropped … Continue reading

And the Pitch Goes On

When I hear someone talking about giving a pitch, I think they mean they’re going to pitch a story to an agent or editor. However, last Saturday I attended a meeting for a start-up Sisters-in-Crime chapter where the program was to be “Pitches,” and discovered what we’d be doing is … Continue reading

Are You a Writer or a Promoter?

Last week I received my Authors Guild Fall 2015 Bulletin. In it one article echoed the feelings I’ve had this year. Roxana Robinson, AG President, wrote “Should Writers Be Performers?” Her point, which I feel is true, is that over the years publishing houses, large and small, in order to … Continue reading

Marketing: Killer Nashville Sessions

I attended two sessions during the Killer Nashville Conference that dealt with marketing. On Friday afternoon Kay Kendall, Debi King McMartin, Anne Marie Stoddard, Julie Schoerke, and Jerri Ledford discussed “The Do-It-Yourself Publicist.” Later that day Claire Applewhite, Darryl Bolinger, Ray Peden, Nancy Sartor, Maryglenn McCombs, and Stacy Allen discussed … Continue reading

Social Media or In Person?

Nowadays most writers post on Facebook, tweet or retweet on Twitter, write blogs, blog hop, hold contests, put on Facebook events, create video chats, and… Well, the list goes on and on because writers are constantly trying to find ways to reach readers. And the advantage of the Internet is … Continue reading

Social Media Burnout

On one of the on-line groups I belong to the discussion has been about blogs (Are they worth the time and effort? Do they help sales?), and commenting on blogs. (Are you being rude if you don’t comment or does it matter?) The topic has also included other social media … Continue reading

BURNOUT

I’ve just about reached my limit on the emotional and physical energy needed to publicize my books. I’ve blogged, guest blogged (I have a few of those still to come), talked to groups (and scheduled talks) created rack cards (twice since I had to change the release dates from what … Continue reading

Circles of Fate

Last year Pam Thibodeaux offered me four spots in 2015 on her blogspot. (www.pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com) On May 9th she ran the 3rd of those blogs, that one was about A Killer Past, and in July she’ll run the 4th  blog, which will be about Eat Crow and Die. This is just one … Continue reading

To Market, To Market

I love writing. Sometimes the words and ideas flow. Other times, I feel as though I’m dragging them out of my head. But after a while I have a rough draft, then I edit and edit and edit until I feel the story is ready to go public. I query, … Continue reading

T is for Twitter

I have a Twitter account. @marisSouthHaven. I Tweet. I retweet. I favor tweets. I have no idea what I’m doing. Several years ago I watched Jane Friedman demonstrate how to manage a tweet account. She made it look so easy. I went home and downloaded a program that was supposed … Continue reading

How Do I Get Organized?

 I’m considered by most to be a Type-A personality, anal retentive, and organized. Well, not organized in the sense of being neat and tidy, but when my husband wants information about the cars, his boat, a bank account, etc., I have a file for it and I know where the … Continue reading

How to Get Noticed

Earlier this week another writer and I were talking about how to sell more books. The question was: How does a writer get his or her work noticed? When I started writing, I though a writer sat at a desk, typed out a story, sent it off to an editor, … Continue reading

Can an Introvert be a Successful Writer?

Can an introvert be a successful writer? And no, I’m not implying I’m an introvert, but this week I’ve been busy doing marketing, so the question came to mind. I used to believe a good book would succeed no matter what, but I’ve discovered that isn’t always true. Over the last … Continue reading

Newsletters

This week I’m working on revisions to my third “Crows” book (Eat Crow and Die), but I’m also still mulling over all I learned while attending Sleuthfest 2014. The sessions I sat in on primarily followed various publishing options and promotion. With over a million books being published each year, … Continue reading