Archive for June, 2013

Promoting your Book on Facebook and Twitter is a Total Waste of Time

Reposting this link from my publisher. Something to chew on for all of us in the publishing industry, hitting our collective heads against the wall.

The Militant Writer

"Facebook author pages (like this one of mine) are a waste of time" Mary W. WaltersWorse, it’s probably turning off many of your on-line friends.

After being told for several years by every guru in the business (most of them styled as “social media experts”) that as a writer I must focus my attention on self-promotion through social media, I now consider myself to have become a social media expert myself — at least when it comes to matters writerly.

And I am telling you that those other social-media experts (and the publishers that parrot them) are full of crap. When it comes to book promotion, your time is far better spent on other kinds of marketing activities, or even in writing your next novel, than it is being anywhere on social media.

For about five years I have read books, blog posts, articles and tweets on the subject of book marketing and networking, and I have Facebooked and Tweeted and LinkedIned until my smile…

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June 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

The Next Big Thing


Today I’m hosting the Next Big Thing Blog Campaign, which originated in Australia, and is now international.  From picture books to YA, authors and illustrators answer questions about their recently published books or those soon to release.  Each nominated author then “tags” the next authors to participate, like a big fun game of “You’re it.” You’ll find out who’s next when you get to the end.

What is the working title of your next book?

My publisher is considering my next holiday whodunit picture book.  So I’d like to talk about my recent release “Tallie’s Christmas Lights Surprise! A Holiday Whodunit.”

Where did the idea come from for the book?

One day in March, there was a news segment about a woman whose holiday lights had been taken.  She thought it was an angry neighbor, since it was March, and decided to investigate by hiding behind a bush with a camera, after she’d replaced the lights.  When they flashed the culprit across the screen, I knew I had to turn the gist of the story into a picture book, where readers discover the clues along with Tallie.

What genre does your book fall under?

Picture book holiday whodunit.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Love this intriguing question… hmmm.  The little girl, Clara, who played Tallie in my book trailer, was the best casting ever..  She was smart, cute and precocious– all of Tallie’s traits. See the video for yourself on Youtube on my web site Now, for Fuego, her puppy, well, that was my Kiki, all along. Mr. Mailman might be Cliff, on “Cheers.”

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Tallie’s Christmas is turning crummy–somebody swiped her candy cane lights!

Who is publishing your book?

Pelican Publishing

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The first draft, and keep in mind this was very different than the final story, took about a month.  Several rough dummies and about ten or twelve versions later, it was finally nearing the final revision stages, about a year process total.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

She’s a young Nancy Drew and Fancy Nancy, rolled into one.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’m nuts about mysteries (and some may say I’m just nuts.  Which is fine by me because you need to be a little nuts to truly be creative).  I wanted to introduce the very young to the mystery genre and the fun of clue-solving, wrapped in a warm-hearted holiday story.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

The story is a gentle message about selfless giving and can be read and appreciated anytime.

Next up on the Next Big Thing…  Eunice Boeve, June 20, 2013

Eunice Boeve grew up in Montana and Idaho but has lived in Kansas most of her adult life.  She began writing in her late forties and has authored five middle grade historical fiction books and two adult westerns as well various short stories and articles. Her books have won several awards including Kansas Notable book award, Kansas Reading Circle, Kansas Author’s Club Coffin Award, and KART.Image



June 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm 3 comments

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