Marketing with Mandy Spotlight on Reviewers: Limecello

Marketing with Mandy Spotlight on Reviewers: Limecello

Q: Please take a minute to tell us a little about yourself.

A: Well, on my profile(s) it says Reader, Reviewer, Lawyer, Foodie, Blogger, and Discusser of all things random.” and that really does sum me up. Well, other than the ranting. I feel like I’m a crazy angry bitchy ranter a lot. I think it’s something of a divide though. There are those people who think I’m really nice. There are those who I think if they could get away with stabbing me in the back – literally – would. Or possibly even the front. You know, win some, lose some.

At the least (or most?) though – I will say that what you see is what you get. How I am online on twitter, my blog, emails and so forth, is how I am in real life. No dissembling, no bullshit. I do, however, know how to be civil and observe social niceties. Oh, and I swear, I’m actually not a blithering idiot. I would say “I just come across that way sometimes” but… that rather negates my previous statement, doesn’t it. Dammit. (You did see that “random” part of the bio, yes?)

Q: Where can your reviews be found (what sites)?

A: Reviews. About that. And me being a reviewer. I actually asked Mandy and was like “um, what if I’m more a blogger?” But she was all awesome and said “you’re legit! I consider bloggers to be the same as journal reviewers” But it (me asking) was more like… what if I just spout shit and don’t actually post reviews all that often, but I figured I wouldn’t bother Mandy any more than I had. So maybe I snuck in here and I’m cheating the system. GO ME!

Anyway since um… ’07? I was a reviewer/blogger at TGTBTU. I’m not in the “roll” now but I think if you search for me my tags are still there? Anyway we parted ways in 2010. I’m also a blogger at Heroes and Heartbreakers, and then I have my own blog, which nobody knows what to call/refers to it as Limecello. Personally I think of it as “A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet” but what do I know.

Q: What prompted you to get into reviewing books?

A: Actually, I won something at TGTBTU O_o gosh maybe in early 07? 06? And then Sybil was all “would you like to do a guest review?” And at the time I was all like “zomg! Reviews! Fun!” I was also young and stupid. I posted something like 175? Something? reviews my first calendar year there. Never again. (So for all of you getting excited, sorry. You can leave now if you want – but hey – I try to make up for it by featuring authors at my blog.) And readers. Because I think readers don’t actually get enough love in this community. Anyway. That’s another discussion for another day.

The point is – I was going to do a single guest review. And possibly see how that went. But then Sybil was all “Hey! Where are all your reviews? Give them to me! I want reviews!” And well, if you’ve ever interacted with Sybil, you know she’s crazy. And scary. (She threatened to kill me countless of times within like the first month of my talking to her.) It wasn’t a benevolent dictatorship. But I loved her and feared her. ;) So anyway, that’s how I got started.

Q: How has the experience been to date?

A: Uhhhh well, considering I personally rarely do reviews anymore … am I allowed to say it’s self explanatory? I just don’t know that anyone cares about my reviews. And that’s totally cool. No really. Honest. I like having reviews, and asking other people to do them, because I know – and it seems – people care about them.

Which is great, because I have some lovely, intelligent people who post guest reviews at my blog, and am looking for more people. (I think it’s just people are sick of hearing what I have to say, you know? ;P)

Also, it’s just… well, I find reviewing can take the fun out of reading. You have to worry about remembering it all, and doing it in a timely manner. And then even though you say you don’t care what others think there’s are a lot of potentially dangerous pitfalls.

I never really got into review dust ups, thankfully, although I did have one slight embarrassment. But it’s just… bleh. I think what really also killed it was the demand for them making it like work – HARD thankless unpaid work.

And then I’m totally not someone who only posts positive reviews. In fact general consensus is that I’m a rather tough grader.

So yeah. For those people who review regularly? Give them a candy bar. Or maybe I just need to get out of my head. I very much enjoy reading whatever the hell I like, whenever I like.

And I might post a “formal review” on it, or I might just discuss it lightly. Or talk about a group of books. Does that count as a review? To me personally, the latter? Not so much. But I still talk about books and what I thought. That part I like.

Of course, if I read a book and have a strong reaction to it – positive or negative, I do still write about it if I’m at all possible.

I’m as I said also actually looking for reviewers to join the blog. (Those innocent, clueless little lambs… kidding!) But if someone is going to be reviewing at ALBTALBS I want thoughtful, insightful reviews. Not just a book blurb and a sentence. So at least I’ve got the substance thing going on…

Q: If you could change one thing about reviewing, what would it be?

A: The drama. Dear God and the “rules” and the “this is how it should be” and… ugh. I mean – just look around the web for the January 2012 dust ups. That’s… yeah. Do not want. See why I generally want to avoid this stuff?

I’m extremely gifted at annoying and offending people all on my own without even posting reviews. It’d be like… using a blowtorch as a fireplace poker. >.> Not that that’s speaking from personal experience.

Q: If an author would like to submit their book to you for review, how should they go about doing it?

A: Very, very nicely. Possibly with a box of chocolates. Or a bottle of wine. ;) Actually, there’s a contact form on my blog anyone is welcome to use. I may or may not respond, and that’s the way this sort of thing goes.

If the message asks for some sort of response, I generally do, but I get a number of WTF message with nothing but book information. No review request, nothing of substance/nothing that tells me what the hell I’m supposed to do with it. Those I ignore. … Or email to friends to mock.

I’m kidding. Maybe. No really. O_o

So yeah. Now that I’ve scared everyone away, I’d love for you to visit me at my blog and sign up for a guest spot!

LINKS:

My blog

My posts at Heroes & Heartbreakers

Twitter – where I talk a lot about anything and everything

Self-Pubbing with iBooks

Read the fine print. Here is a great write up on the matter. So, self-pubs thinking about iBooks please make an informed decision.

LINK to Article

 

Over 60,000 self-pubbed ebooks sold!

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It was difficult to decide to launch a self-publishing endeavor. Even with the support of my friend and fellow author, Michelle M. Pillow, it was still a hard decision to make. So, let me put you in my mindset for mid 2009-2010. I’d had some issues with one of my publishers. I won’t go in to who or what but it’s safe to say that I did not elect to renew my time released contracts with them. Already many of my titles with them had reverted back to me. I’d down some outsourcing, re-releasing several with Samhain Publishing and Ellora’s Cave Publishing but I simply had too many coming out of contract at one time for either publishing house to get out in a timely manner. Plus, I would hear from my editors, this is great but I want some new (non-previously pubbed) work from you. I understood where they were coming from but my readers had other demands. My inbox was exploding with requests/demands for the next books in existing series. Many of the series at that point were out of contract and without a home.

The pressure began to mount as did the emails from readers. After talking with Michelle and realizing she was in the exact situation as I was, we thought, well, we could try publishing them ourselves. Keep in mind, this was still very “new” to authors. We’d already spent years being pointed at and singled out because we were at e-first publishing housing. (We’ve been published since 2004 and it was with an e-first/ebook publisher.)

I know I was actually told I wasn’t a “real” author because of the publishing houses I was with and that I needed to post my sales number to prove I was actually making any money. Insulted, and frankly ready to kick a few select persons straight in the teeth, I elected not to post my sales numbers. It was none of their damn business. I didn’t ask to see their income, asking to see mine was rude.

It was pointed out more than once that I might as well be vanity published instead of bothering with Samhain and Ellora’s Cave and other e-first pubs. I am NOT the only author who went through this. I believe the majority of us with these companies from nearly the start dealt with this. It was just the way it was. So, when it came to 2009-2010 time frame I’ll admit to being gun shy about wanting to publish my own books—re-release or not.

Michelle and I talked and talked and talked and decided nothing ventured, nothing gained. We’d stood up against the naysayers with small press and came out the other side smiling, we’d do the same with self-publishing. We’d already been heavily involved in The Raven Happy Hour. It actually comes from a nightclub in my Daughter of Darkness books that was hugely popular with my readers, so much so that it spawned into an online free ongoing story and an online hangout for our readers and fellow author friends. It was wildly popular and very time consuming. It already had a following, a name and we were known for Raven-ish promos so it was a no brainer to call our self-publishing endeavor The Raven Books.

It also was a no brainer to tackle new territory with Michelle. I am a cover artist as well as an author. I’ve done covers for many, many houses (over 500 covers to date) under the brush name Natalie Winters so we already had a professional cover artist at our disposal and I was already doing websites for so many people I lost count, why not do The Raven Books as well? Michelle worked hard teaching herself to format ebooks for us as well as countless other administrative tasks that would bore a normal person to tears. We put out a call and interviewed possible editors and final line editors. We found several we were comfortable with and hired them out on a per book basis.

We started small, hosting a shopping cart site, uploading our formats, having people buy directly from us. Then, one day we read a news release about Amazon opening its doors to indie/self-pubbed titles. We decided, why not? Barnes and noble did the same and then ARE and others did as well. By July of 2010 we were listed our self-pubbed titles on Amazon, BN, ARE and smashwords (who in turn sends to Sony and Diesel and others).

Putting the titles back in front of the masses was hugely successful. That was when we knew we had a “home” for our out of contract books. Self-pubbing!

More titles came out of contract and we went through the process of hiring editors to go through them again, doing edits, new cover art, new ads, the works. As we were able to get a fair number of them back in front of readers again we realized we could actually write something totally new and self-publish it. Immortal Ops 4 was the very first book I wrote totally with the idea I would publish it. Strategic Vulnerability didn’t just do as well as the other books in the series which I’d gotten rights back to and re-released, it did better!

From there other stories were born with the idea I’d be the one publishing them. It was amazing how creatively energized I felt. I knew I didn’t need to worry about certain things my other publishers would and wouldn’t allow in books. I had the freedom to write what I wanted and how I wanted it. Such an awesome and muse librating thing.

I also realized I could do a side project I’d always wanted to do but couldn’t without hurting my author name branding. I wanted to write contemporary westerns that were erotic. Now, the erotic part isn’t really a stretch for me. It’s the contemporary western part that was vastly different from everything written under the Mandy M. Roth name. Thus, my pen name, Rory Michaels was born. It was a great way to keep the branding I’d established and focus on a new one just related to contemp westerns. All the Rory books are new and never before released. And to date I’ve published several new (never before released) Mandy M. Roth titles as well (Strategic Vulnerability, Master of the Hunt, Winter Solstice and Adam’s Angel).

Yesterday, I was finally able to sit down and go through my sales reports. I mean, really go through them. I decided to do every report from my top three sales vendors. The goal was to see what books/series were selling well and which had something left to be desires. I have many books and many series. I need to know when to pull focus. I figured this would be a help. Boy did it ever!

As I compiled the data from July 2010- Dec 2011 (from Amazon, BN and ARE) I was stunned at the unit sale numbers coming in. I already knew how much money had been made. I track that very carefully. But this was actual numbers of unit sales clear as day before me. In my mind I’d somehow thought I’d sold maybe 20,000 ebooks. (No, that number doesn’t jive with my income earned but I didn’t really think hard on it. I knew I was earning more per title than I had when they were with other small presses so I naturally assumed it meant a lower unit sales number than what it was.)

Much to my shock and delight, I saw that I was OVER 60,000 self-pubbed ebooks sold from Jul 2010-Dec 2011 just at the top three. Note: not all my books have been out this entire time. They have been released over the time. I was over the moon with excitement. The number does NOT include any FREE ebooks giving away through KDP select (that total is around 10kish). The total is ONLY units sold and ONLY my selp-pubbed units sold. Not Michelle’s. I would never release her or any author’s sales numbers. None of my titles still with Spice, Samahin or Ellora’s Cave were factored into this. The over 60,000 does NOT include sales figures from the titles when they were with other publishers, these are ONLY the numbers from them being published by me. So be mindful, these numbers are on most titles that are re-releases and just a very few new works. These had already sold first and second editions at other pubs so I was stunned to see them perform this well for me.

To me this was a huge milestone. It added validity to all the hours, all the hard work, all the sleepless nights of getting the Raven going. We honestly have put in many 18 hour days. It also proved to me that we truly have the best community of readers, friends and fellow authors out there.

I’m sure someone will try very hard to dismiss this accomplishment or belittle it. Sadly, there are many who can only find the negative in things. That’s fine. I’ve been dealing with those people since I started writing just over 8years ago and since I was first published. I’ll be dealing with them until I drop, I’m sure. What matters is that I’m ecstatic over the numbers. They’re not what New York could move but they are what “I” could move and that makes each and every single one so VERY important to me. Thank you for helping me reach this personal milestone and for sharing this journey with me to date. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

Are Michelle and I moving totally to self-publishing (Raven) only? No. We still have offers from large houses and still have titles with Harlequin Spice Briefs, Samhain Publishing, Virgin Black Lace, Pocket, Ellora’s Cave, Random House, Running Press, Adam’s Media and more. We love the Raven and the freedom it provides. But we also love what other houses provide us as well. Every experience we’ve had to date has helped to mold us into the authors we are today. These sales numbers for my self-pubbed titles are being shared because I’m proud of them and simply wanted to share with “friends, readers and fellow authors”.

I’ve always been extremely supportive of fellow authors and have always appreciated my readers beyond words. I hope these numbers inspire others and that we as authors/readers move forth together as a united front in the publishing community and continue to move the industry forward.

Side Note: Raven Jul2010-Dec2011 sold over 150,000 self-published ebook titles!

Mandy M. Roth

www.mandyroth.com

10 Tips For Writing Your Book Fast

This can also apply to fiction as well

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10 Tips For Writing Your Book Fast

The number of aspiring authors is growing as entrepreneurs, coaches, speakers and other professionals discover that writing a book increases their credibility and visibility. As their eagerness increases, however, their patience decreases and therefore many look for ways to get their books written fast.

On and off the Internet there are classes, retreats and webinars that promise to show you how to write a book in incredibly shorter and shorter amounts of time—28 days, 90 days, 5 days, a weekend and so on. How can this be? What does it take to write a book fast?

Here are 10 ways you can get your nonfiction books written fast.
1. Commit to getting your book completed in whatever time frame you’ve set.

Put your family and friends on notice that you won’t be available during this time or segments of time. Then treat this time like you would any job or school assignment. This means temporarily dropping any nonessentials from your schedule.

2. Choose a place to write that is comfortable and conducive to you.

For some, this is a dedicated room at home, without any distractions. For others the local library or coffee shop works best. Don’t wait until you afford a remote cabin in the woods or an escape to a deserted island. 3. Decide on the topic about which you’re passionate. If you want to write a book on dieting, for example, you will have to narrow your topic considerably since there are infinite directions you can go with this topic. Your ideal diet may be one that allows you eat anything you want, but only in certain proportions. Perhaps you’ve come up with a way we can eat fast food only and still maintain our ideal weight. How about a cookie diet or ice cream diet? 4. Gather all the information you have on this topic. If you are a coach, an entrepreneur, or a blogger you already have loads of content in the form of articles, blog posts, reports or speeches with which to work. When I wrote my book, “Color Your Life Happy: Create the Success, Abundance and Inner Joy You Deserve,” for example, I began with the blog posts I had already written about living a happy, peaceful and joyful life. If most of your ideas are still in your head, do a major brain dump into your computer or a recorder.

While you may think that your book would be perfect for everyone, it will be easier to write and more likely to be a hit if you direct it at a specific group. A book for pet owners is far too broad, and will only be able to give cursory attention to all the aspects of pet ownership. A book on diagnosing and nursing your sick pet bird back to health can go into depth and be much more satisfying for readers looking for this exact topic.

Create an outline of the key points you want to make.

Create a working title for your book and then convert it into a question. If you’re writing a book on attracting a man, perhaps your title in question form could be “How Can You Become Irresistible to Men?” Now make a list or record the answers to this question. These become your chapter headings.

6. Expand on each item from your list in as much detail as possible, in no particular order.

This can be done fast by having someone interview you while you record your answers in any order you wish. You can do this on your own without an interviewer, of course.

7. Resist editing what you’ve written and focus instead on finishing your rough draft.

This is the greatest challenge for writers. Each time you come back to your manuscript after a break, continue where you left off without going all the way back to the beginning. The editing and polishing of your book can only be done after you have a completed manuscript.
8. Gather the elements that can help convey your message.

Help your reader have a deeper and more meaningful experience by including relevant illustrations, quotes, tips, activities, charts, guides or other features.

9. Write your introduction telling the reader what they can expect from your book.

10. Now that you’ve finished your rough draft and introduction, print off the whole thing and read it through from beginning to end.
Use your red pen to edit your manuscript. Make the changes in your manuscript then turn over to a professional editor (not your nephew.)

By following these ten steps you can complete your nonfiction book successfully and in a short period of time.

Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. is an author, coach, speaker, radio host and entrepreneur. Her book, Color Your Life Happy, promotes making choices that give you the life you want. Her forthcoming book, Color Your Life Published: How to Write a Nonfiction Book in 90 Days, gives the ordinary person reassurance and guidance in getting their books published and creating multiple streams of income. Join Flora on Facebook under Color Your Life Published. Get her free ebook, It’s Time to Write Your Book, at http://www.coloryourlifepublished.com

 

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How to build self-confidence in Public Speaking

Public speaking. If you’re an author, you will, at some point, be required to do this. I thought the following article would be helpful.

How to build self-confidence in Public Speaking

Self-confidence is a very important thing a public speaker should gain yet many struggle to obtain it. If one does not have enough confidence in him self and takes on the stage to speak in front of many people, tendencies are he might not have the strength to even start his speech, or mess it all up on the way and be embarrassed vowing not to speak in public ever again. It is a good thing self-confidence can be learned and built on by anybody, especially by those who really have the sincere desire to come out from their shell and shine. It’s just that attaining self-confidence does not have a short cut. It is a matter of long preparation, practice, and good mind setting.

The first step in achieving such self-efficacy is changing the way you think. Start thinking positively. People who have a low self-confidence are the ones who think “low” of themselves. Control your views about yourself and accentuate the positive. Being optimistic would likewise help. Remember, whatever you perceived yourself to be, it will come to life. If you think of yourself as a very timid and shy person, then you will be one. If you consider yourself someone who has this so called “stage fright,” then you will surely have that kind of fear, and will never be able to confidently speak in public. If you are awfully afraid to commit mistakes, then you will definitely make a ton of them. Try foreseeing yourself appropriately dressed up, comfortably standing behind a lectern with a microphone properly held in your hand, uttering the words correctly within the right tone and volume of voice, and executing significant gestures with your other hand in front of a crowd that is so attentive, convinced, and satisfied. You are the master of your thoughts, steer it in a way that would help you be confident and successful.

Then after you have set your mind into thinking only the positive things, think about what is important to you and what your goal is. Once you have discovered what is important to you and set a specific goal in achieving it, you will be inspired or motivated to take action and better yourself. Your speaking assignment is important; therefore your aim is to successfully finish it with a resounding applause or perhaps a standing ovation from your audience. That is more important than the obstacles hindering you from a well-delivered speech — fear, shyness, nervousness, or low self-confidence.

Now, realize your strengths and capabilities; look back to your achievements. Highlight your strengths. Perhaps it would help if you jot down all the things you have accomplished, the successes you have earned, be it very small or great ones. It could be a medal or trophy from high school, or as simple as a “good job” from a teacher or a friend. Write down the good qualities in you; the things other people say you are good at. It could be in the field of sports, culinary, music, leadership, time management, housekeeping, gardening, teaching, or as simple as making friends. Note it all down and you will be surprised how long your list would be.

After you have undergone these steps, you should be ready to commit yourself to success. Obligate your self that you will confidently stand out there and deliver your speech like there is no tomorrow. Do this with willingness. Forcing your self to commit will not help. To be more exciting, try orally promising to yourself in front of the mirror that you will do your part with the best of your abilities. Take this promise to your heart and always bear it in your mind and you will be successful. Good luck!

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Guest Blogging and Author Interviews Tips and Tricks

Guest Blogging and Author Interviews Tips and Tricks

When invited to guest blog on another’s blog it’s important you make the experience as painless as possible for the person hosting you that day. I know what you’re thinking “but I’m the author, it should be me, me all about me”. Odds are, the person you’re going to be visiting that day is also an author, if you’re lucky one with a very large following or steady fanbase—or they’re probably in the industry somehow. Regardless, they are doing you a favor. They are helping you reach more people, even if it’s just a handful, they are helping.

Here are some pointers to help you make your blog post as “user friendly” as possible. While it may take you a few extra minutes it will make you appealing as a return guest blogger. And you never want to lose marketing avenues.

Tips and Tricks:

Due Date: Be timely and don’t email a bunch of times with various questions. If you have questions, put them all in one email.

Forms and files: Fill out any forms you are given properly. Example: If they have a spot for name and you leave it blank do not be surprised if they accidentally use your real name (on your email if you sent from non-author name account), or if they leave your name blank. I’ve seen this happen before. Not effective marketing in the least.

If no form was sent to you and you’re winging a blog post be sure it’s more than just a shameless “buy my book” self-promo plug. That will turn off readers and do the opposite of what you’re wanting. There is nothing wrong with including a buy link to your book or even mentioning your book but do so in a way that “fits” with a post.

Example: In my upcoming release (name of title) I tackle the age old question of blah blah blah and find that in today’s society blah blah blah. Go on with some related relevant info or discussion starters.

Linkage: Provide proper URLs. This does not mean you type in www.yourweb.com and expect it to link perfectly later. You must type in http://www.yourweb.com (or whatever the exact url to your site is).

Be sure you provide your website addy and that your website is up to date. There is a chance people who are reading the post will in fact click through the link. Nothing worse than having them show up on your page to find it’s totally outdated. Stay current and make it easy for them to navigate around. Once you have them there, the goal is to keep them there a bit not frustrate them into leaving. And ALWAYS make your buy links on your website easy to spot, understand and access.

Cover/Photos: Some bloggers ask that you send the cover to them and they in turn handle sizing and what not. More often than not, they will ask you to provide a URL link to your cover. It is important you send the url to a cover that is sized properly for a blog post. Another words, do NOT send them to your full high res on the web or your jumbo-sized low res. You will often find your cover left off the post if this is the case because they deal with many guest bloggers and time is a factor.

Don’t know how to find the URL of your cover? It’s easy. Simply find your cover on your website or your publisher’s site. Right click on it. Click on view image. The image should then become the only thing you see in the window. If so, go to top of the navigation page and copy the URL in the title bar. Paste this into your form or email. That’s all there is to it. I make sure I have three sizes on my website of each cover. A thumbnail size often shown while browsing online bookstores, the web res, the slightly larger (and most used on the web for blogs) size and then my larger low res. This is rarely used but I still have a “ghost” page on my web that hosts only my covers in various sizes so I can go to it and get the urls for the size I might need.

Does the blogger want you to send them a separate file of the cover at a smaller/different size than what you have and you don’t know how to resize your cover? That’s easy. I made a step by step video on the matter. You can watch it here.

Only provide one cover/url link to cover unless specifically asked to send more. Don’t assume the blogger wants to have endless photos of your covers on their blog. Don’t send a bunch and say use what one you like and if it’s not sized properly, don’t expect a cover on your post. And please, please, please send professional looking covers and photos. Glamour shots are a thing of the past. Pics of your cleavage—not really the “face” you want to put forward to be taken seriously in this industry.

What if I don’t have all the info for my post yet, like I don’t have cover art yet or a book title?

Honestly, pick another book to feature. If you can’t, politely ask the blogger if they would mind you sending this info at a later date. Do not assume they will be fine with this. Many pre-load the posts, meaning they spend several days going through and loading their blog for several months out and do not want to stop again and again to enter or tweak posts. If you really want to feature a book that doesn’t have all its info be SURE you keep YOUR website up to date. So if anyone clicks from the post when it comes up they will then see the cover and the buy links and the title and…. Well, all that good stuff.

This info is all well and good but I’m having trouble finding blogs that will let me do a guest post or interview me. How should I go about this?

You should have a network of peers. It’s very important you be out there, be it facebook, twitter, etc getting to know other authors in your genre. I’ve said this too many times to count but we, as authors, need to support one another. Writing does not have to be the solo career they make it out to be. That means, get talking with other authors, pay attention when they post they’re guest blogging somewhere or if they’re looking for people to guest blog on their site. Read their posts. Read their info and bios and learn from them—buy their books. I know this sounds stupid to type out but really, authors are readers too and what better way to know the industry than to study it from the inside out. Plus, I’ve gotten more readers by recommending fellow authors than I can count. Readers like knowing you’re not all about you—that you’re a team player. If you can’t play well with others, I suggest you get out of the business because at some point you will need the help of the fellow authors you’ve snubbed and then what?

Another way to find places to guest blog/be interviewed is to troll the net. Find blogs that deal with what you do and see if they have guest bloggers or do interviews. Read them to be sure you “fit” with what they do. No point if you write inspirational fiction and you’re on an erotic fiction blog. Not really your target market. Next step: contact them and politely ask to guest blog or be interviewed. Be sure to provide a brief bio, your website, author name, all that good stuff so they can peek and see if you fit what they’re looking for. Don’t be upset if you don’t. Move on to the next one. There are plenty more out there.

What should I do when my interview posts?

You should tell your readers that you’re guest blogging and give the link. Put it in your newsletter, mention on your website, your blog, your author board. And for heaven’s sake, even if NO ONE comments (which is actually quite common bc many people get a blog feed and do not go directly to the blog site) you still need to comment–even if just to thank the host for having you. And if people are there commenting, comment back.

Pay it forward or back or sideways: If you have a blog, open it to the people you’ve guest blogged or interviewed at. The worst they can say is thank you but no. Many will welcome the exposure even if your blog doesn’t generate much in the way of views or hits just yet. Make it easy for them to guest blog or be interviewed by you—have a ready-made form to send them. Keep it light, simple and to the point. Give them a clear date of when it will post.

If I missed anything be sure to tell me and I’ll try to answer it. I’ve been blogging for over 8 years and a published author for 8 years. My background is art and marketing and when you put it all together I’d like to think I know enough to “get buy”.

Mandy M. Roth

Mandy M. Roth grew up fascinated by creatures that go bump in the night. From the very beginning, she showed signs of creativity—writing, painting, telling scary stories that left her little brother afraid to come out from under his bed. Combining her creativity with her passion for the paranormal has left her banging on the keyboard into the wee hours of the night. Her books have won numerous awards, including an RT nomination for Best Paranormal Erotic.

Mandy lives on the shores of Lake Erie with her husband, their three boys and a boxer pup named Hercules. When Mandy is not writing, she’s doing cover art for various places with a super double secret brush name. She also co-hosts a live talk radio show, Raven Radio, which was recently mentioned in Romantic Times Magazine and has given several marketing workshops for authors. She has a Bachelor of Science and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Marketing.