Promotional Interview with Hazel Statham

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Name: Hazel Statham

Tell us about yourself – where you are from, how you got started writing, what you do when you are not writing (or anything you want our readers to know)

I live in the UK and have been enthralled by history for as long as I can remember. I felt a compulsion to write at fifteen and completed my first novel-length story at sixteen. The first was quickly followed by two more and I took my inspiration from the Brontes, Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. ‘Jane Eyre’ still remains my all-time-favourite and I think, subconsciously, there is a little bit of Edward Fairfax Rochester in all my heroes. Animals are my other ruling passion and until recently, I was the treasurer for an organisation that raised funds for animal charities. Over the years, we have owned everthing from hamsters to horses and we currently share our home with a lovely Labrador named Lucy. I have a beautiful grandson named Daniel who spends a lot of time with me whilst his parents are working and we have a great time.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I don’t really know. I read all the usual classic romances and suddenly found myself writing my own. I loved to create my own characters and situations and it was something I had done in my thoughts for years – I just started committing it to paper. It started to escelate when a work collegue began reading my work and encouraged the other girls in the office to do likewise and soon I found myself with a small readership.

How many books have you written?

Including the first three, which are now long gone, I have a total of nine completed with one still a work in progress.

How do you decide on their topic?

It has to be historical and set in the Georgian or Regency eras I know and love. ‘My Dearest Friend’ was inspired by a dream, whereas ‘The Portrait’ came from a line in a song from the film ‘Hawks’. The Peninsular War inspires me and several of my characters are in some way connected to it.

What works best to keep you focused and on track?

I like to write when I am alone and there is complete silence.

Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?

Definitely for the love of it. I write for myself and publication is just a huge bonus. I would write even if my work never saw the light of day.

What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?

Self-promotion doesn’t come easily to me but I have approached review sites for reviews and have arranged banner and book cover advertising. I live in the UK but have sent flyers (via other authors) to confrences etc. I have also given talks to book groups.

What are some unique methods?

For me, the Virtual Book Tour is quite unique. Living this side of the Atlantic, I am not able to attend book signing events and this gives me the opportunity to reach a wider readership.

Do you sell through a website?

My publisher’s website, www.wings-press.com Amazon and Fictionwise

Do you plan on writing additional books?

Writing is too much a part of me for me to stop now. It is a compulsion that will not be ignored and I am happier when I have a project under way

Nikki Leigh – Author
www.nikkileigh.com/promo.htm
“Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance”

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Promotional Interview with L. Diane Wolfe

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Name: Author & speaker, L. Diane Wolfe

Tell us about yourself – where you are from, how you got started writing, what you do when you are not writing (or anything you want our readers to know)

Good day! I am the author of The Circle of Friends series. I’m an optimistic, spunky redhead who believes all obstacles can be overcome! Originally from Oregon, I have lived all across America and currently reside in North Carolina. I began writing at the age of thirteen and focused mainly on science fiction and short stories. Becoming an author was just one of my goals – I also loved photography and eventually became a professional photographer as well. My other passions include roller coasters, animals, healthy living, and my awesome husband, plus I am very involved in our church.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always been a reader, devouring several books a week, and possessed a vivid imagination. The desire to write originally sparked inside of me when I read Anne McCaffrey’s “The White Dragon”, and over the years I wrote hundreds of short stories. It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I completed a full novel. LORI was inspired by the wisp of a dream, just enough to see the main characters, and I immediately began writing her story. Halfway through, I had outlines for four more books.

How many books have you written?

Currently I am working on the fifth book in the series, HEATHER. The first four, LORI, SARAH, JAMES, and MIKE have all been published.

How do you decide on their topic?

I had been through a motivational training program that taught success principals, a positive attitude and goal setting, so I poured a lot of that into my books. The stories follow a group of friends from high school through college and beyond and portray healthy relationship dynamics. The theme of the series is overcoming obstacles through friendship and love. So many books out there today, especially those geared towards young adults, are so negative and salacious. I wanted my series to uplift and inspire!

Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?

The first book (especially fiction) is always out of love – after that, you’d better be making money! Now that I teach seminars on publishing & promoting and plan to start my own publishing company in 2008, the goal is definitely to make money.

What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?

As in, what HAVEN’T I done? In the physical world, I have done over 200 book signings, traveling up and down the East Coast. (I am a real road warrior!) I have participated in book festivals, expos, fairs, library events and even sold books at art studios. Along the way there have been many local and national interviews, plus articles in newspapers. I have made my books available to many public high schools, as well. Early in 2007, I began teaching publishing & promoting seminars at NC community colleges. I’ve also spoken on the subject of overcoming obstacles to many groups and been involved with writer’s clubs.

Online is another world all together! I maintain a website and blog for my series, posting pictures of my fans & readers from around the country. (A big hit, let me tell you!) I’ve written articles for numerous websites, generated online reviews, and have my books listed on dozens of book & club sites, plus listings and mentions on many, many blogs. I also manage an online writer’s club and promote my books through an art community. All of this has made a tremendous impact on the reach of my books, and I now have readers all over the world.

What are some unique methods?

The art community website is the most unique, as I post both my writing and photography. The virtual tours are also unique and I recommend that all authors take advantage of them! Every year I have a big promotional day for my book’s release, which includes free promotional items to those who order. This year fans who ordered on promo day got to make character name suggestions for Book V!

Do you sell through a website?

I do not sell directly through my website, www.thecircleoffriends.net, but have links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Do you plan on writing additional books?

Oh, yes! In addition to completing my current series, The Circle of Friends, I will be writing a publishing & promoting book to tie in with my seminars. As far as novels, I intend to return to my roots with a science fiction book and may co-write a historical romance as well.

I will always write, as it was my dream, and hope that with my publishing company I will be able to assist other writers realize their dream, too!

Promotional Interview with Melissa Alvarez

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Name: Melissa Alvarez

1. Tell us about yourself – where you are from, how you got started writing, what you do when you are not writing (or anything you want our readers to know)

Melissa Alvarez, is an award winning author, graphic artist and website designer who obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech. She has always been an entrepauneur and owned several successful businesses with her husband. Melissa became involved in the publishing industry in 2000. She formed New Age Dimensions to self-publish her first book, The Phoenix’s Guide To Self-Renewal, which was released in January 2001. It quickly landed in Amazon.com’s Top 1000 where it stayed until it went out of print. At the time, Melissa was manufacturing the 416-page book in her home and eventually couldn’t keep up with the demand. Melissa says, “The learning process that went with the publication of this book was phenomenal. I jumped into the industry in an unconventional way but it was fun and worthwhile.”

Between March of 2004 and February of 2006, Melissa, founder and CEO, operated New Age Dimensions as a small press. The company had 40 authors and over 70 titles released. During this time Melissa designed the book covers, created the print book layouts and ebook files, designed and maintained websites for the company as well as some of the authors. Melissa had the final decision on contracted books. The company won awards for website design and the books published received numerous five star reviews and won many awards including EPPIE’S, the Oscars of ePublishing.

Because of the industry contacts made when Melissa worked as The Guide To Romance Fiction at About.com, she decided to release her first paranormal romantic suspense novel, Night Visions, under the pen name Ariana Dupré. She wanted the book to stand on its own, to receive good or bad reviews because of the writing, not because she knew a lot of people in the romance industry or because she owned the publishing company. Melissa didn’t want her jobs, past or present, to affect the reviews in any way (good or bad). So she kept Ariana’s real identity a secret until enough reviews came in that she knew the book had indeed earned success on its own. Night Visions became a multiple award winning title that is currently published by Cerridwen Press.

In the past, Melissa has been a regular columnist for Suite Magazine, a writing correspondent for The American Kennel Club, a contest judge, a free lance editor, and she is considered a publishing expert and is listed on a Writer’s Digest Top 100 website as such and has appeared on radio shows in the same capacity. As an internationally renowned clairvoyant advisor, with experience in many different areas of metaphysics and as a paranormal romantic suspense author, Melissa wrote an article about the emergence of the psychic fiction genre for Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine. She has also been published in The Writer’s Net Anthology of Prose, Paranormal Experiences Volume One, New Age Dimensions Holiday Extravaganza, and was quoted Book Marketing A-Z by Francine Silverman, How To Operate A Successful Pizza & Sub Restaurant by Shri Henkel and Successful Meetings by Shri Henkel.

Melissa is the founder of International Paranormal Fiction Month, a member of Romance Writer’s of America including the following chapters: PASIC, RWA Online, Kiss Of Death, Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal, and From The Heart. She is also a member of the National Association Of Women Writer’s, a Publishing Expert at Moonspinners Ask the Experts (Writer’s Digest Top 100 Website), a Spirituality & Publishing Expert at BookPromotionNewsletter.com. She also operates two paranormal groups at Yahoo.com, and is listed in the top ten psychics on toppsychics.com and bestpsychics.com.

Melissa can speak or write about the following topics:

* The publishing industry – how to get started, self publishing, owning a small press, critiquing, manuscript formatting, romance fiction, the submission process, looking at both sides of the industry as a publisher and author, ebooks, psychic fiction, and many other topics.
* Metaphysics – clairvoyance, past lives & past life readings, ghosts & hauntings, developing your psychic abilities, spiritual awakenings, spirit guides, empathic abilities, psychometry, telepathy, divination, life paths and lessons, connecting with your higher self, unlocking latent abilities, meditation on the go, crystals, chakras, tarot, pendulums, third eye activation, karma, soul quests, palmistry, elemental spirits, protecting with white light and much more.

Melissa can be reached on her cell at (561-452-4555), via email (contact@melissaa.com) or through her websites: http:/MelissaAlvarez.com, and http:/apsychichaven.com.

2. What inspired you to write your first book?

For my nonfiction book, I had created a journal for myself and then my friends and neighbors wanted copies of it. I decided to open a publishing company and publish it myself so it would be available faster. For my first fiction title, I was almost asleep and saw the opening scene for Night Visions running through my head. I got up and typed it right away.

3. How many books have you written?

I have written three nonfiction books (two are currently under consideration), three novellas, and two novels. I’ve also been included in six other titles.

4. How do you decide on their topic?

I write what I like and what I know about. I’m backlogged right now on finishing books that have been requested that I haven’t completed so those are first on my list. After that I’ll decided if I want to do another fiction or nonfiction title. As Melissa Alvarez (my real name) I write business nonfiction, self-help and metaphysical nonfiction. As Ariana Dupré I write paranormal romantic suspense and I’m currently working on several young adult titles as Jara Jordan. I use pen names to keep my genres separate for my readers.

5. What works best to keep you focused and on track?

LOL having my kids in school for six hours straight. Now that they’re on the same schedule I have one big block of time to get a lot of work done – writing and promotion.

6. Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?

Well, it’s a career for me but I do it for both. I’ve always been a writer and will always be a writer, whether or not I’m making money from it.

7. What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?

Anything and everything that I can do to get my name(s) out to the readers. I buy advertising, send out press releases, belong to online groups, and talk to everyone about my titles and the business of publishing. Most recently I started an online radio show where I’m promoting other authors through interviews and giving live psychic readings. By doing this, I’m keeping my name in the public eye, introducing authors and others in the metaphysical field to listeners and that introduces readers to my books too. My radio show is live on Friday’s at 11:00 AM EST at http://blogtalkradio.com/MelissaAlvarez .

8. What are some unique methods?

As a writer I need quiet. Now, I can write when my house is full of noise but I find that I can put out more work faster and get more accomplished if it’s quiet or if I tune out everyone else. I don’t listen to music when I write or anything like that.

9. Do you sell through a website?

Yes, my publishers. http://www.cerridwenpress.com/productpage.asp?ISBN=9781419908965

10. Do you plan on writing additional books?

Yes, I’m currently finishing up two nonfiction titles for The Lo
tus Circle and then I’m writing the remaining two books in the Visions series for Cerridwen. After that I’ve got another Talgorian book planned and the young adult title. I’ll be busy for a while. 😉

Please visit my website at http://melissaa.com for a complete listing of titles, their release dates and more. You can also get a free download of a short story that I’ve written when visiting my site.

Promotional Interview with Susan Payton

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Name: Susan Payton

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1. Tell us about yourself – where you are from, how you got started writing, what you do when you are not writing (or anything you want our readers to know)

I run a marketing firm called Egg Marketing & Public Relations. I’ve been a writer since I could pick up a pencil, and am thrilled that I have been able to build a career around writing. When I’m not writing, I’m reading: fiction, business books, blogs, websites.

2. What inspired you to write your first book?

It was made easy. I always swore I would never write a book. I don’t write for length very well. But I was presented with a concept and easy format, and in writing it, it gave me the confidence to want to write more books.

3. How many books have you written?

I’ve written one of my own books, and I’m currently working on a ghostwriting project.

4. How do you decide on their topic?

As everyone says, write about what you know. I am an entrepreneur, and my first book is advice for entrepreneurs.

5. What works best to keep you focused and on track?

Lots of lists. I forget things if I don’t write them down, so my Outlook tasks are always dinging at me with something I need to be working on.

6. Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?

Both. They’re two different things for me.

7. What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?

I sent out email blasts to my contacts (and colleagues did the same with their lists). I sent direct mail, and promote it in my signature and on forums.

8. What are some unique methods?

Because my company’s name is Egg, I sent a direct mail campaign to contacts with a plastic egg sitting on paper grass. I included an announcement on my book.

9. Do you sell through a website?

My book is on Amazon and BN.com, as well as a few smaller book selling websites. I promote it on my website, www.eggmarketingpr.com and my blog, www.eggmarketingblog.com.

10. Do you plan on writing additional books?

I do – just as soon as I have time!!

Promotional Interview with Dee Owen

Today’s interview is a little different. Dee & Mike Owen are working and promoting books on behalf of Marjorie Owen (who is deceased). I have heard many parts of Dee’s story and I had a feeling it would be interesting to talk with someone who is promoting work for someone else. I think you will enjoy Dee and Marjorie’s story.

1. Tell us about yourself – where you are from, how you got started writing, what you do when you are not writing (or anything you want our readers to know)

Mike’s Mum passed away at the grand old age of 93. Mum, Mike and I are British. However, Mike & I have lived in the United States for close to twenty five years, Bahamas for two years and are currently residents of Panama, Central America. Mum loved to visit America up to her mid eighties, in particular California, Hollywood being one of her favorite places. As the years went on, Mum found the long journey from England to USA too much. Mum wrote for her own pleasure, told no one and never sort to be published as far as we know. When we found all her hand written books and stories three years ago, my mission began. I love to read. And it was a challenge reading, or should I say translating Mum’s hand wiritng. With Mike’s help I ‘broke the code’ and began typing all of Mum’s works. This lead to Mike asking me what I was going to do with all of them. So I said, “get them published.” Simple to say, but not so simple to do especially when you are not an author and have no clue as to how to do it or where to start. But here we are ready for Mum’s first book to come out in print and two of her short stories already in print.

2. What inspired you to write your first book?

Mum was an avid reader, never without a book in her hand. She loved muder mystery stories. We do not know which of her four books was written first. But the first book we presented for publication and had accepted, is a murder mystery.

3. How many books have you written?

Mum has written four books. Two are murder mystery and two are romance.

4. How do you decide on their topic?

As far as I can tell from all of Mum’s writings, she wrote the murder mystery books from her love of mystery, who done it, and the challenge of solving the mystery. The romance books might have been inspired from her own, somewhat tragic romantic life. This I understand from little snippets of information she would impart when alive, her only diary, and possible reference in some of her short stories.

5. What works best to keep you focused and on track?

I believe Mum just loved to write and it was a divertion from her busy work life. Mum was the head buyer of maternity cloths at a major deparment store in central London.

6. Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?

Mum did not make any money on her writings, therefore wrote for the love of it.

7. What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?

Being a novice to the business, I have joined Yahoo book and promotional groups. I have a blog for Mum’s writings and Mike and I have recently started working on a website. I have hosted author’s book tours on my blog and asked for my links to be put on blogs and websites.

8. What are some unique methods?

So far, I do not think I have come across, or thought of any unique methods, as I am continually ‘picking other peoples brains’!

9. Do you sell through a website?

That is one of the things I plan to do, once Mike and I have made the website, which is a learning phase, as all of it is.

10. Do you plan on writing additional books?

Mum’s second murder mystery book is a sequel to the first. If the first sells, I would like for the second to be published. Depending on the success, I may look into the possiblities of a ‘ghost writer’.

Promotional Interview with Jean Hackensmith

You have been invited to share you experience with our readers.

Name: Jean Hackensmith

1. Tell us about yourself – where you are from, how you got started writing, what you do when you are not writing (or anything you want our readers to know)
I live in northern Wisconsin and have been writing since I was about twenty years old–thirty-one years, to be exact, and yes, I’m disclosing my age. I have been married to my second husband, Ron, for 14 years–he’s my biggest fan and my biggest supporter. I am the proud mother of three, the stepmother of two and the grandmother of ten. My children and grandchildren alike are the highlight of my life. Next to writing, my passion is live theater. I founded our local community theater back in 1992 and still direct 2-3 shows a year.

2. What inspired you to write your first book?
I was sitting at the counter in my kitchen at 20 years old talking to my mother on the phone. I was an avid reader, and I was also a doodler. The next thing I knew, this…line came out on the page. Yes, I still remember that line: “Jenny McCall awoke with a scream on her lips.” I thought to myself, Hey, that would be a great first line for a book! Well, it kind of went from there. I, of course, had to decide why Jenny McCall had a scream on her lips, but after that, the story just kind of flowed. It also sucked. Those first few stories were never published, and they didn’t deserve to be. They were a learning experience, though, I’ll tell you that!

3. How many books have you written?
Twelve, counting the newest one, “Daddy’s Revenge,” which I just finished the second draft on a few days ago.

4. How do you decide on their topic?
I’m basically a romance writer, though my books are far from your typical “sweet”, “drippy” romance. My novels have interweaving sub-plots throughout, making them suspiciously close to mainstream fiction. Since I tend to stray from the classic romance genre, I choose a plot first–generally a very complex one–and then decide how my characters can be worked into that plot. More often than not, something on the evening news or a documentary-type channel will inspire an idea. I find time travel romance the most challenging. I like to put my characters into specific times and places in history, so the story itself also serves as a learning experience for the reader. I also like to incorporate little known facts into my books. I’ve had more than one reader comment “I never knew that!” It takes a lot of research, yes, but it is well worth it in the end.

5. What works best to keep you focused and on track?
Peace and quiet. Hence the reason my normal writing time is from around 9:00 p.m. to about 4:00 a.m. Even a T.V. or radio can be distracting for me. My house is like a tomb when I am writing.

6. Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?
For the love of writing, though I’ll admit the monthly income doesn’t hurt either! Even if I never made another dime on my writing, though, I would still be pumping out stories. It’s in my blood and, like food and water, I can’t live without it.

7. What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?
Newspaper, radio and television ads. press releases, book fairs.

8. What are some unique methods?
This virtual book tour, for one. This is totally new to me, but I have high hopes that it will get my name–and my books–out there. I have also written a few plays for our local community theater. The plays themselves are a great marketing tool, because people know I can write a good story. My publisher also has a program called “Books Now!” where their titles can be used as a fund-raiser.

9. Do you sell through a website?
Through my publisher web site, yes… www.porttownpublishing.com. The publisher is at this time offering a $10.00 discount on the entire “Passage” saga.

10. Do you plan on writing additional books?
Oh, yes. As I said, it’s in my blood. I have three ideas floating around in my head right now. Which of them will make their way onto my computer screen next, though, is yet to be seen.

Promotional Interview with Jacquelyn Sylvan

Jacquelyn Sylvan, Author, Surviving Serendipity:

1. Where you are from and where are you now? I’m originally from Passaic, NJ; we moved to the Poconos when I was two. Now, I live in Palmerton, Pa, with my husband Martin, dog Sirius, and two cats, Neville and Hermione.

2. How did you get started writing? I’ve always been a writer. I wrote my first poem when I was about four. I came into the world of novel-writing late, since it took so long for my life to settle down to the point where I had the time and energy to devote to writing.

3. What do you do when you are not writing? Well, I work as a phlebotomist (read: nasty vampire lady) during the day, to keep us in beer and skittles, and I love hiking, karate, and having a quiet night with some wine, Cheez-its, and a good movie.

4. What would readers like to know about you? Hmm…the secret to my success, perhaps? It’s that I never grew up. I am 27 years old, and no matter what anyone tells me, I do now and will always believe in magic. I believe in unicorns, in dragons, in faeries. And, because I believe in them, I’m able to write convincingly about them.

5. What inspired your first book? I’ve always loved epic fantasies, but the good ones always seem to star men. I wanted to read an epic fantasy with a REAL female lead, someone I could relate to, someone anyone could relate to. So, I got sick of waiting, and wrote it myself!

6. How many books have you written? Two and a half, one published, one under consideration, and one I’m currently working on.

7. What are the titles of your books and what genres are they? Surviving Serendipity is my YA Fantasy, which is being released January 15, and A Bittersweet Moon, a story about werewolves in our time.

8. How do you decide on that topic or genre? I don’t decide the genre; the genre decides itself. I do tend to be drawn to the magical and otherworldly, but for the most part ideas simply pop into my head. The ones I can’t shake become books. Surviving Serendipity rolled around in my head for over a year before I finally sat down and wrote it.

9. How do you manage to keep yourself focused and on track? It sounds silly, but it’s a sense of debt which keeps me going. I’m indebted to my book, because I believe in it, and I feel like I owe it to the story to make sure it gets read by as many people as possible; I owe it to my publisher, because she believed in me enough to give me a contract; and to my family and friends, because they have so much faith in me, and I want to give them something to show for it.

10. Do you write to make money or for the love of writing? I do love writing, but if I didn’t want to make money I’d just have a boatload of files no one would ever see. The possibilities of a successful—and I’m talking Stephen King successful—career in writing are very seductive. Honestly, though, I’d be happy to be able to support myself solely through writing.

11. What are some traditional methods of marketing you have used? I’ve already started some web advertisements, and I’m using my website, several blogs, and an email newsletter as well.

12. What are some unique methods of marketing you have used? I’m constantly thinking about unique ways to market, but it’s difficult; let’s face it, writers are creative people, and it seems as though every time I think of something “unique” I soon realize several people have already been doing it for years. Right now, I’m trying to join an advertisement campaign my alma mater runs, which would hopefully culminate in my smiling face on a billboard above the most-traversed highway in my area.

13. Do you sell through a website? If so, what’s the address? If not, why not? I don’t sell through my website yet, since my book isn’t available until January. Once that happens, I’ll be putting up a link to my book’s page on Amazon. My URL is http://www.sylvaniamania.com.

14. Where can people order your books? Through Amazon, and I plan to petition Barnes&Noble’s and Borders’ Small Press departments to include me in their warehouse; they can special order it, but if it’s in their warehouse there’s a bigger chance it’ll be on their shelves. One of my goals is to make the book as available as possible, because the easier it is to buy it, the more people will.

15. What format are your books – e-book, print, audio etc? Print, definitely, and I know my publisher plans to make it available as an e-book. No plans yet for audio, but I wouldn’t turn it down if approached.

16. Will you write more books? I think it’s a sickness I’ll never recover from.

17. What do you have in the works now? I’m currently working on a book that’s a bit offbeat for me…no mythological creatures to be found! It’s a story about a girl lost in the Alaskan wilderness, with a cruel yet inspiring twist.

18. What does the future hold for you and your books? I feel that the possibilities are only limited by my imagination. As long as I have big dreams for my books, and continue to chase them, not even the sky can hold me back.

19. What was the most successful thing you did to promote your books? It’s hard to say, since I’m not able to use book sales to judge. I’ve gotten very good feedback on my newsletter and website, though.

20. What was the least successful thing you did to promote your books? Again, hard to say, but raising interest for programs in local libraries has been a major challenge for me. I’m very new at this, so I’m still working out the kinks in all of my marketing strategies. I try to view everything as a learning experience, though…taking “failures” back to the lab, tweaking them, and trying again. Eventually, I’ll get it right!

This interview was done in conjunction with Nikki Leigh. For more information, visit – www.nikkileigh.com/promo.htm.

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