Author Branding: One Author’s Journey of Failing at Instagram

  One of the things that new writers hear about all the time is the need to find a brand. As if authors are breakfast cereals that can be boiled down to zingy catchphrases like ‘delicious and nutritious’ or ‘heart-healthy.’ Not gonna lie, the idea of defining my author brand was the stuff of nightmares. But it was a nightmare I knew I’d have to face… someday. Well that someday came…

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[News Flash] March 22, 2021

Many thanks to Liv Arnold for talking with us this week about her novel, ETCHED IN STONE. Read the full interview here! And congratulations to Greta Kelly! She revealed the cover today for her second book, THE SEVENTH QUEEN. We can’t wait to read it!   Did you know that Lyn Liao Butler has been putting the finishing touches on THE TIGER MOM’S TALE from Kauai for the last 2…

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Self-Promotion, Branding, and the Bicycle Book Tour!

If you’re looking for some real pro tips on author branding and promotion, I’m going to point you to Lainey Cameron who has some of the best advice out there. I especially recommend the panel she moderated at AWP 2021 called Debuting During a Disaster with four other incredible authors and marketing geniuses including Lisa Braxton (a Former Debutante!), Eddy Boudel Tan, Barbara Conrey, and Linda Rosen. As for me,…

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Interview with Liv Arnold, author of ETCHED IN STONE

This week’s interview is with Liv Arnold whose romance, ETCHED IN STONE came out in February 2020. Below, Liv talks about her dreams of flying, her job promoting shavers, the time she called the cops on herself, and a special skill she’s never learned. Enjoy!   ABOUT LIV Liv Arnold has worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now runs her own freelance business. She grew up in…

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[News Flash] March 15, 2021

Thank you to David Heska Wanbli Weiden for sitting down with us this week to talk about his novel, WINTER COUNTS. David will be reading with the River Styx Reading Series TODAY, March 15. Click here for more information. And Parade Magazine can’t wait to read WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce, and neither can we!   MONA AT SEA by Elizabeth Gonzalez James was named a…

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Interview with David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of WINTER COUNTS

I’m so excited about this week’s interview with David Heska Wanbli Weiden. I got to read an advance copy of his book, WINTER COUNTS, last summer and immediately fell in love with this story about Virgil, a Native American vigilante fighting to keep heroin off his reservation. Below, David talks about the meaning behind his book’s title, the people his characters are based on, and his next big project. Enjoy!…

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Stepping Past the First Gate with The Old Kingdom Series

There were—and are—many stories that inspired me to dive into writing, and specifically writing fantasy. From THE LORD OF THE RINGS to THE WHEEL OF TIME, these are expansive universes filled with heroes and villains, wild magic and desperate battles. But few stories made me feel like writing was an actual thing I could do than the Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix. I first discovered Garth Nix in high…

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[News Flash] March 8, 2021

Greta Kelly spoke to the Functional Nerds podcast this week about her debut novel, THE FROZEN CROWN, available now!   MONA AT SEA by Elizabeth Gonzalez James was named one of the Best Beach Reads of the Summer by SheReads! Penguin Random House is doing a giveaway of Lyn Liao Butler’s debut, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE. Click here to enter. Ms. Magazine included WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny…

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Ray Bradbury is my homeboy

The most formative moment of my childhood, and probably the event that influenced me most as a writer was, ironically, when my parents bought me my own TV when I was 6. And not only did I have my own TV but we had glorious, glorious cable, beamed straight into my bedroom. I watched so much TV when I was a kid that it’s actually amazing my rotted brain didn’t…

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My Favorite Books: Recent, Childhood, Generally Unforgettable

Oh, my — you want to talk about favorites? Shall I mention fangirling? Let me tell you, I am the fangirl of all-time. Really. I have traveled across oceans, crossed borders, spent way too much time online, to hang out with some of my favorite screenwriters, actors, and novelists. To this day, I still get the giggles or at least self-conscious when I’m around certain authors who in the early…

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