I use social media constantly to promote my fiction, non-fiction, and blogs or book passages that I’ve written for clients. Facebook was one of those platforms that I used, even though I find it bulky. About three years ago, though, I began using it more often and connecting with friends from high school.
We’d comment on each other’s posts and many noticed that I was writing fiction. They’d share my links and left upbeat reviews of my work and book cover images.
Guess how that made me feel? Nice and affirmed.
But I was uneasy.
The email associated with my Facebook account was originally active when I created a profile in 2012 and now I no longer used that email. I also couldn’t remember my password. …
My fifth novel that I’ve co-authored is in the final stage of formatting before it’s self-published and goes live on Amazon in less than a month. While I have no idea how many sales we’ll make, I do know this — this is the first time that my co-author and I have a framework of a marketing plan.
Marketing fiction has always seemed like a strange mystery even though I’m used to writing blogs for businesses. I’ve read books from some of the most respected self-published authors and I’d still scratch my head.
There was excellent advice from David Gaughran where I learned the importance of “also boughts” on Amazon. If you write in a genre like crime thrillers, don’t beg your friends who like romance to buy the book. He’s a novelist and the author of Let’s Get Digital, among other guides for writers. His conclusion is that it’s best to have your customers who buy your book to “also buy” books in your same genre. …
Two siblings killed within a year reveal the seriousness of bad choices
I’ll call her Ms. X, mid-30s, doing time in a federal prison for drug-related offenses. She got released, and while hanging outside of her apartment in Dallas, a car with loud music blaring pulled up, shot several times and sped off.
Bullets ripped through her and Ms. X gasped her last and died.
A large percent of murders go unsolved, about half from recent figures, and this is one that the cops might never bother to try and piece together. …