Making the Most of Your Launch Day

Hooray! Your book is coming out! Launch day is your book’s birthday, and no one will be prouder than you. Enjoy that feeling of pride, because you’ve worked hard to create this book and bring it to readers.

Now step back and realize that the world is a very busy place, and it won’t automatically notice your book’s launch without a lot of activity on your part. (No, the hard part isn’t writing the book. The hardest part is gaining visibility in a very busy, crowded marketplace.)

Book launches are on my mind since Vendetta, the second book in the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, just launched yesterday. So I thought it might be fun to pull the curtain back on what can go into a book launch, and let you pick and choose the elements you feel best suit your own circumstances.

Social media is is your biggest bullhorn […]

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Oh Editor, My Editor

Today is the release of An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes! I have a story in there titled “The Chase” along with other amazing stories by superbly talented storytellers. I have read some of them, but I am waiting on the actual book to devour the rest. I’m hungry for them, but I want to savor them as well.

Working on this project through Mocha Memoirs Press was my first adventure with an anthology editor and someone who wanted my story. I couldn’t have asked for a better “first time” for this.

(Side note: The lovely Sharon Stogner has done some proofing for me before, but that’s a bit different.)

My editor for An Improbable Truth is A. C. Thompson, who you all may better know as Alexandra Christian. I have to say that working with an editor helped me not only to write better but also […]

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Of Success and Failure – Magical Words

Hi Y’all!

This month, next week in fact, I was supposed to have new book out. First book in a new series. Big dealio. Mucho excitement. I scheduled this date at several blogs to get the word out. I had PR ramping! Yes, as early as six months ago.

Annnnd it didn’t happen.

Why? Simply put, the book was not ready. BLOOD OF THE EARTH, the first in the Soulwood series, needed a serious—and I mean deeply serious—rewrite. It had bones. It had some good bones. But it wasn’t put together right.

I know, you are singing “The toe bone’s connected to the … ankle bone…” and you hate me right now. But bear with me.

I knew there were problems with the book but I could not see what was wrong. I was too close to it. This is why a writer, even an experienced writer, needs a developmental […]

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Jennifer Estep — Plotting While Wearing Pants

Oh, plotting. You and I aren’t the best of friends. More like casual acquaintances, if that.

When many folks talk about writing, they often talk about two kinds of writers—plotters and pansters. Now, plotters are just what the name implies. These are the folks who plot out their books, which can include everything from doing a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the book to detailed character outlines to creating storyboards of the various scenes/chapters.

And then there are pansters, or people who don’t do a lot of plotting. I am one of those folks.

Usually, when I’m thinking about an idea for a book, I’ll think about my heroine first—her personality, her strengths and weaknesses, her magic and how she can use it to defeat the bad guys. Then, I’ll think about the three big turning points of the story:

1) The first chapter that opens the book. I often think of […]

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Jennifer Estep — A New Book Is Born

Hello! So today, I’m excited to talk about Poison Promise, the 11th book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that comes out on Tuesday, July 22.

I’m always a little nervous on release day. I’ve spent months working on a book, and it is finally out there for folks to read. As a writer, you always want people to enjoy your books, and you are always striving to write the absolute best story that you can with every single book you produce. So I want all my hard work to pay off for a fun, entertaining read for folks.

But writing a series can be a little tricky. You want to give fans of the series what they’ve come to expect. In the case of my Elemental Assassin series, that would be lots of time spent with Gin, Finn, and the other characters, some deliciously evil bad guys, and […]

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Joshua Palmatier — SHATTERING THE LEY

SHATTERING THE LEY Hits the Shelves!

First, I’d like to thank Magical Words for having me as a guest for the next four weeks. I hope to bring everyone some interesting reads about plot, character, my crazy writer’s life, and of course point out that I have a NEW BOOK! Yes, this month marks the release of SHATTERING THE LEY, the first book in a new series being published by DAW Books under my real name, Joshua Palmatier. This first post is all about the new book, since it’s already on the shelves (with a release date of July 1st). So let’s all get LEY-ed! *grin*

Back in the 80s, it seemed like every fantasy novel at least mentioned the magical ley lines that connected the world, usually anchored at stone monuments, like Stonehenge and whatnot. Back then, I vowed I would NEVER EVER write a novel involving ley […]

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Chris Marie Green with a Little PR — Only the Good Die Young

I have a confession to make.

I am a huge 80s-era slasher movie fan. Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Happy Birthday to Me, Terror Train, Prom Night… I’ve watched all of them and more. And no matter how many times I’ve seen these flicks, it’s always as if I have no idea who the slasher is; I still get just as scared, just as adrenalized during the heart-pounding reveal scenes. I’m still a total, fixated wuss.

So I suppose it’s no surprise that I wrote a new series about a ghost from the 1980s who died as if she was in one of these movies. A dark forest, a party with raucous young’uns, a killer wearing a grotesque mask to hide his or her identity…all of these are elements of Only the Good Die Young, the first book in my Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series.

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