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Screen Shot 2016-09-26 at 8.41.14 AMLACHESIS PUBLISHING HAS BEEN CELEBRATING our 11TH ANNIVERSARY ALL MONTH LONG WITH 50% OFF ALL OF OUR EBOOKS! 

In addition to our FREE BOOKS we are ALSO offering 50% off on every other e-book for the entire month of September – including our .99 cent books – that are now .49 cents!!! 

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: PATRICIA GRASSO romances all 50% off #amreading #romance #love

PATRICIA GRASSO POST CARDEVERYTHING by best-selling author Patricia Grasso is 50%. Including already reduced-priced books! All month long!

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DOUGLAS SISTERS SERIES

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LOVE. PASSION. INTRIGUE! Patricia Grasso’s trademark wit  – clever heroes and charming heroines. Enjoy them all at 50% off! Only for the month of September!

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Author 2 Author: Christine Mazurk interviews Kate Moore #amwriting #amreading #romance #JaneAusten

Author Kate Moore
Author Kate Moore

California-based author Kate Moore writes Jane Austen inspired romance. Our Lachesis Publishing author Christine Mazurk had a chance to chat with Kate at the recent Romance Writers of America conference.

ys1headerCM: I met the lovely romance author Kate Moore at the RWA National Conference in San Diego and I asked her to participate in a brief Q & A, which she was happy to do. Kate Moore, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions about your writing career. It was such a pleasure meeting you and learning a bit about your passions.

static1.squarespaceCM: What are 5 things that you have done consistently that have contributed to your growing success as an author. (You can include both writing craft and business/promotional things.)

KM: First, I’m always writing. Whether working and raising kids, or working and caring for aging parents, or volunteering and caring for grandbabies, I’ve made daily writing a priority. It helps to be a fan of “Take-out Tuesday” and to teach your kids to do their own laundry. (Of course, they still do it at my house!) You might find Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals inspiring. 2) Second, I connect with fellow writers at RWA Chapter meetings and local and national conferences, in a long-standing brainstorming group, and twice weekly to write and share works in progress with a group of fellow writers from all genres at our local library. 3) I study the craft of writing. Reading craft books and listening to smart writers talk about craft stirs my brain and spurs creative solutions to problems of character and plot. Ideas are never a problem. Turning ideas into compelling stories takes a playful application of craft. 4) I respect, appreciate, and thank those whose names don’t appear on the cover, but who are nonetheless necessary to a book’s existence—editors, copy editors, agents, publicists and publishers, reviewers, and, of course, readers. 5) As the publishing world continues to change, I say “Yes” to opportunities, experiment with new publishing and promotional avenues, and keep learning to use the tools of social media to reach readers.

CM: What are you currently working on?

06-15 Golden Boy coverbook-the-lonerKM: For the first time in my career, I’m writing two books at once. Yikes! What was I thinking? One book is a post-Regency, London-set, historical romance that combines Jane Austen-like issues of family and social position with spies. Can a girl find a husband while simultaneously figuring out who betrayed her father, a British agent, before his enemies get to her? The historical is the first in a trilogy from Kensington’s Lyrical line with release dates starting in 2018. Meanwhile, I’m writing the last book of a contemporary series for Boroughs Publishing Group set in the beach towns south of Los Angeles. In the “Canyon Club” series three “princes of privilege” from the same exclusive boys school, reconnect ten years later when all their fortunes have been reversed. The Loner, once a penniless outsider, is now a tech billionaire; the trust fund Golden Boy is now broke; and the powerless class nerd, is now a powerful wounded warrior. Each clashes with a woman of wit and warmth who challenges him to grow and become the man he’s meant to be. Both series are Jane Austen-inspired and fueled by unlikely but undeniable attractions.

CM: What is the best thing a reader ever said to you?

KM: “I stayed up all night with a flashlight to finish your book.” J It doesn’t get any better than that!

CM: What social media sites do you use the most and why?

V.G. Donuts (V G stands for Very Good).
V.G. Donuts (V G stands for Very Good).

KM: My go-to social media sites are facebook and twitter. I like Twitter for sharing and discovering sudden flashes of writing insight. I like Facebook as an avenue to connect with readers and fellow writers. I love the interactions. You never know who will post a cartoon that makes you snort your coffee out your nose, an image that inspires awe, or a video that restores your faith in humanity. Meanwhile, trading comments lets you discover other fans of the things you love most from Jane Austen’s novels to V.G.’s Donuts in Cardiff, CA.

CM: A lot of authors love to write series while others love stand alones. What do you prefer and why?

513pVOFUsvL._SY346_KM: I got the series bug in 2005 after publishing seven stand-alone novels. All of a sudden I had an idea in the middle of the RWA Conference in Reno. I couldn’t write it down fast enough on the back of a green envelope stuffed in my goody bag. What if a famous London courtesan had three sons by three different noble lovers, each of them shaped by her tempestuous relationships with their fathers? Then, what if the youngest was kidnapped? The “Sons of Sin” series was born. I had great fun writing the series and learned so much. It took all three novels to complete the story of the kidnapped boy. I enjoyed staying in the world of the work, fully developing the family dynamics, and using recurring characters, one of whom I’m still writing about today. Nate Wilde, the young thug from To Tempt a Saint, will soon appear in his fifth novel.  Since writing that first series, I haven’t gone back, (except for one novella in an anthology of connected stories about a magic Irish ring, Ring of Truth).

CM: Please finish the sentence: I’m a Romance writer because…

51bA27CP1LL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_51ma1TxCbML._SY346_KM:  . . . because of Jane Austen, and because I believe love is the unfinished business of our lives. Romance is an antidote to cynicism and discouragement. One person’s love can bring us in out of the cold to a circle of warmth, love, and laughter among family and friends, as it does for Darcy, Wentworth, and Edward in Austen’s novels, and Scrooge in Dickens’ most famous story. I try to capture that story of being transformed by love in every book I write.

CM: Once again, I want to thank Kate for sharing some insight to her writing style and career.

Connect with Kate Moore via her website and on facebook and twitter.

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Christine Mazurk, is an Iron Man/Woman Athlete and the author of “Identity”, one of four novellas in the lovely and lyrical Sisters of Spirit Anthology (Lachesis Publishing). The anthology features four stories about four very special friends. Written by four real life friends: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Annette Blair, Lynn Jenssen, Christine Mazurk and Jeanine Duval Spikes (also known as J.D. Spikes Lachesis Publishing author of The Possession).

Check out “Identity” by Christine Mazurk in the Sisters of Spirit Anthology. You can purchase it at Lachesis Publishing and on Amazon.com, on Kobo, on Barnes and Noble and on itunes (iBooks).

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: J. M. GRIFFIN Vinnie Esposito Series and more! ON SALE! #amreading

1EVERYTHING by best-selling author J. M. Griffin is 50%. Including already reduced-priced books! All month long!

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Who said life was simple, complacent, and boring?

After the man of her dreams, Scotsman Aidan Sinclair, walks into her bread shop, The Hole in the Wall Bakery, in Providence, Rhode Island, Melina Cameron’s life takes a sharp left turn. But then Melina’s entire life veers off course when she finds her temperamental landlady in her best friend’s psychic shop next door, lying in a pool of blood, with a crust of bread sticking out of her mouth!

Which means she and her friend BettyJo are suspects in the murder. Unless, Melina takes matters into her own hands and finds the killer herself. But finding a killer is a heck of a lot tougher than baking bread!

GET ALL OF J. M. GRIFFIN’S BOOKS FOR 50% OFF FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER!

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Happy New Release Day! My Heart’s Desire by Patricia Grasso and it’s on SALE! #amreading #romance #historical

My Hearts Desire 2HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY for the gorgeous and romantic MY HEART’S DESIRE by Patricia Grasso.

Get it on sale for only 1.99 right here during the Lachesis Publishing Anniversary Month Sale!

All e-book formats available here! Click on this link to order.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: 

Find happiness with the soaring eagle in the Place of the Winds. Beware the dark sun.

Lady Blythe Devereux has always loved Roger Debrett, the Earl of Eden, Queen Elizabeth’s soaring eagle. Blythe knows with her druid’s instinct that they are meant to be together. And fate will prove her right, if only she can make Roger see the truth.

Fate deals Roger a cruel blow when he’s wrongly accused of murder. In order to secure his freedom so that he can uncover the truth, Roger is forced to marry Blythe, the beloved daughter of one of England’s most powerful and favored men, Richard Devereux, the Earl of Basildon.

With his heart hardened against love, Roger tries to see Blythe as the young girl he’d known years earlier, but her seductive beauty, warmth, and charm, entice him at every turn. And when an unseen killer stalks them through the halls of Hampton Court Palace, Roger must do more than catch a killer. He must protect his heart’s desire.

Patricia Grasso is the author of eighteen historical romances including the Douglas Series which follows the love stories of the amazing Douglas sisters (Angelica, Samantha and Victoria) in Regency London and the Lords of Stratford Series, Regency historical romances with a fairy-tale twist about the aristocratic families in Stratford-on-Avon. And the Devereux Series, a lush, lavish, and compelling series about the noble Devereux Family in Elizabethan England. (Note: this is a re-release)

Her books have won various awards including the National Readers’ Choice Award, New England Readers’ Choice Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice and KISS Awards as well as the B. Dalton and Bookrack Awards for bestselling first-time author.

A native of Massachusetts, Patricia makes her home in the Boston area. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and, for many years, used her “leisure” time to teach in a public high school.

Her website is: www.patriciagrasso.com.

Patricia Grasso‘s latest release is MY HEART’S DESIRE (a re-release in the Devereux Series). You can purchase it at Lachesis Publishing for only 1.99 FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF SEPTEBER! You can also get it on amazon, BN nook, or kobo

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Reading gives us hope . . .

We certainly believe that books give us hope. Telling stories keeps us connected in our humanity. And that is what makes books so precious. Happy Reading!

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Sneak Peek Monday: Identity by Christine Mazurk in the Sisters of Spirit Anthology (women’s fiction/romance)

SISTERS-OF-SPIRIT-COVERToday’s Sneak Peek is Identity by Christine Mazurkone of four novellas in the lovely and lyrical Sisters of Spirit Anthology (Lachesis Publishing). The anthology features four stories about four very special friends. Written by four real life friends: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Annette Blair, Lynn Jenssen, Christine Mazurk (Lachesis Publishing author of Passion’s Race) and Jeanine Duval Spikes (also known as J.D. Spikes Lachesis Publishing author of The Possession).

What It’s About:

Four life-long friends face the biggest changes of their lives.

Four sisters—not related by blood—but by spirit, each embark on a quest

Four women find out what they’re truly made of, and what love really means.

In “Identity” by Christine Mazurk, a young woman embarks on a complete life-change after losing more than 100 pounds, and through a twist of fate finds herself training for a marathon under the guidance of a super sexy coach. But when she starts falling for the hunky trainer, can she trust her new-found confidence to take her to the finish line?

EXCERPT:

Bryce Evans and her three friends separated on the beach, their laughter dying on the breeze. A supportive silence descended as they each meandered to a different area among the sand and rocks. Bryce wandered toward the water, drawn as always by the solace of the ocean’s rhythmic swell.

She stood staring out, pensive, reflecting on her future, when out of the corner of her eye, she caught a flash of sunlight on a tiny buckle. She bent down, and noticing a small red leather strap, reached to dislodge it from the sand.

A luggage tag. She brushed off the sand, the texture of engraved words and a symbol rough against her fingertips. The symbol looked familiar, but she couldn’t remember where she’d seen it, and next to the symbol, the name John Connery.

A wave of sadness washed over her as she pressed the tag to her heart. A weight settled in her chest, and she wondered if the feeling connected to Mr. Connery, or to her own unrest?

She turned, eager to share her find with her friends, and noticed they each studied an item they held in their hands. Marina, a smile cresting, held a pair of sunglasses, small and red, probably belonged to a little girl. Anastasia fumbled with a crusty old camera, battered beyond use, but she opened the case and removed the chip, studying it with a dreamy expression on her face. And Clara, she cradled a small turtle shell on a rope, her fingers gentle as she tried to dislodge something from within.

The girls hiked back toward the car with thoughtful expressions playing across their faces. Bryce watched her footing on the rocky, rutted path, but once again smoothed her thumb over the silver luggage tag.

How odd that on their first visit to this particular beach, they each found something other than unique shells, cool rocks, or colored glass? A hidden cove, Marina called it, a beach protected by a reef and used only by the residents of the few houses standing yards away from the marsh grass and milkweed.

Privately owned, but closed for the winter, she said the owners would return to the island after the first of June.

Strange, too, that Bryce found an ID tag.

Just last night, she told her friends that though she’d lost close to one hundred pounds and had reshaped her body, her soul felt empty. Or lost. Her small boutique thrived. She even signed an exclusive with two new, young and talented designers, but that defined her as a business woman, not as an individual. Who was Bryce Evans? What would fulfill her?

Marina’s impromptu modeling of her treasure had the girls giggling. She still wore the heart-shaped sunglasses she found, the lenses smudged with sand and salt. Bryce laughed. “Can you even see through those things?”

“A bit blurry, but then that’s how my life’s been lately.” That brought on a fresh wave of laughter.

“You’ll be the fashion plate once they’re cleaned up,” Bryce added with a chuckle.

“Well, at least you guys have jobs,” Anastasia shrugged her shoulders, the beat-up waterproof camera hanging from her wrist.

“So, you’re the one who sent the SOS.” Clara turned to Anastasia. Her fingers stroked the turtle shell that held her artifact, carefully wrapped in weatherproof material, and cradled within the shell.

Anastasia shook her head, the sunlight highlighting the teal streaks in her curly blonde hair. “No, it wasn’t me. I’ve been too busy searching for work.”

Clara looked at Bryce. “Not me,” she replied. “But like I said last night, I needed this. Marina?”

“Nope, I’ve been suffering in silence, trying to figure out what to do.” Her eyes looked sad, though she smiled. “It’s like the Universe sent it, brought us together in our time of need. As connected as we are, it shouldn’t surprise us that we’re dealing with personal issues at the same time.”

The other girls nodded.

Last night, they shared their problems, and though no solutions appeared, their spiritual bond eased the loneliness of dealing with them. Maybe this SOS was the Universe speaking to them. Could their journey—the search for what they most wanted in life—have begun?

 

*     *     *

 

Back at the house, after a few glasses of wine and an outstanding dinner, they sat around the large dining room table, studying the unique treasures set before them. Bryce picked up the tag and flipped it over. The business card inside was water-stained and illegible, except for a small logo and the words: John’s Gym.

“I felt such sadness when I touched it,” Bryce said. “And get this, it’s engraved: John Connery—my hero, and under that, the name Mike. Mike’s hero; such a sentiment, makes me want to return it to its rightful owner, but how did John Connery’s luggage tag end up on that beach?”

“Leave it to Bryce to feel her item,” Clara said.

“A true empath,” Anastasia added.

Marina nodded, the small sunglasses now worn like a headband, holding her blonde hair off her face.

“I’ve seen this symbol somewhere.” She passed the tag around to the girls. “But I can’t remember where or what it stands for.”

Both Clara and Marina shook their heads.

Anastasia studied it a second, and then said, “I’ve seen it on the back window of several SUVs. But what does a thick M with a dot over it mean?”

Clara burst out laughing, “Anastasia, you amaze me. You never miss a thing, do you? If it had an aura, you’d see that, too.”

That got a smug ‘that’s how I roll’ look from their friend.

“So, Marina, what are you going to do with those?” Bryce asked as she opened her iPad to search the symbol and the location of John’s Gym.

Marina plucked them off her head, and stared at them with intent. “There’s a story in these.”

Marina worked at a preschool, one she wasn’t too happy with at the moment, but because she loved the kids so much, she fought the urge to quit. Even though her dream was to write fulltime. She was a writer, not yet published, but trying, and though they all had active imaginations, Marina constantly searched for her next story. She was by far the most prolific of the group, and she also was the glue that cemented the Sisters.

Their bond ran deep, a universal connection they recognized the instant they met, and over the years, intensified.

“It’s an Ironman symbol,” she said when the link opened. “I watched one once. It’s an intense, all day triathlon. I remember thinking never in a million years. Why someone would choose to put their body through that is beyond me. Running a few miles a day is grueling enough.”

“Never say never,” Marina said. “Two years ago, could you fathom losing this much weight?”

“No,” she replied as she clicked the link for the gym. When it opened, she gasped. “Oh, good God, John’s Gym is three blocks from my boutique!”

 

*     *     *

 

Instead of eating breakfast, Bryce went for a run. She ran along the water’s edge, past Marina’s mom’s memorial rock, and up the steep road that led to the golf course and South Beach.

They were heading back to the mainland on the evening ferry, and as she ran, she decided to stop at the gym on her way home. She turned and sprinted back to the house.

After sipping a protein shake, she showered and put on her ‘skinny jeans’ and a bright purple polo, which enhanced the green of her eyes, then she took her backpack downstairs and set it by the door. She dropped her high-heeled sandals next to it, and went to help the girls close up the house.

The ferry ride, as usual, was filled with laughter and chatter as they highlighted moments from their weekend. After a flurry of hugs, and kisses, and goodbyes, Bryce headed for the Long Island ferry, anticipating a much quieter ride.

She used the time to once again reflect upon what she searched for. What was missing?

Bryce parked her Jeep behind the boutique and walked to John’s Gym. She hesitated for a split second before pushing open the door. The first thing she noticed was the hunk lifting weights with a petite blonde, a tall guy with broad shoulders and well developed, toned muscles, his dark hair clinging to his neck. He grabbed a towel, said something to the girl, then turned and walked in her direction. He gave her the once over, his gaze traveled from the top of her head, down to her toes, and back up again.

Her breath caught in her throat.

As he approached, she noticed his light-colored eyes and warm smile. He extended his hand. “Hi, I’m Mike Connery. How can I help you?”

When she gripped it, electricity shot up her arm. She let go, her heart now beating twice as fast. She opened the front pocket of her backpack and extracted the tag. “I think this belongs to someone you know.”

His eyes welled and a look of devastation crossed his face, and her heart somersaulted in her chest. The muscle beneath his jaw pulsed as he reached out to take it from her.

“Where did you get this?”

Like what you’ve read? Check out “Identity” by Christine Mazurk in the Sisters of Spirit Anthology. You can purchase it at Lachesis Publishing and on Amazon.com.

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So You Want To Be A Bestselling Author? Part 11: The Literary Agent

Today we chat with the wonderful and amazing Michelle Grajkowski who is the founder of the dynamic 3 Seas Literary Agency.

Michelle and KelseyAbout Michelle:

From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?)

Since then, she’s successfully sold more than 475 projects into all the major publishing houses. Her clients include New York Times Bestselling Authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. Michelle primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction. She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.

When not curled up with a great manuscript, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two crazy puppies, who refuse to grow up, Libby and Gizmo.

Tell us about 3 Seas Literary Agency and how you launched. (bad pun 😉

Well…  I really came into agenting in a round-about way!  When I was in high school, my aunt published 3 books with Harlequin.  She dedicated one of them to me, and I was hooked. I really thought I wanted to be a writer. So, I attended the UW Madison and majored in Journalism, all the time thinking I would write. But, while there, I was working as a student for the UW Hospital in the Purchasing Department and discovered my love for business. I knew I wanted to go into sales, so I changed my focus from writing to marketing and public relations.

Right out of college, my first job was selling computers to the education market in the state of Wisconsin. I loved selling – the networking, communication, problem solving – everything that came with the career, but I HATED computers.

Flash forward a year –  my aunt had suffered a health scare (and thankfully is OK!), but to get her back into writing, my mom, my grandma, my aunt and I all formed a critique group, and I started writing a romance. Let’s just say I got through one chapter . . . Anyway, I loved going to the meetings. I loved editing, brainstorming, critiquing – everything that goes into writing, but the writing itself! I told my family I would rather sell their stuff than to write my own.

And, thank God for my aunt – she told me people actually do that for a living.  I knew right then and there that agenting was the career for me.

So, I joined RWA, read the RWRs from cover to cover, learned who was buying romances, took a trip to New York and met with all the major houses while I was there. I asked them if being an agent in Madison, Wisconsin would be a problem, and thank goodness they all responded with a “no.”  They said with email, phone and FAXES (am I dating myself or what?!) that an agent could agent from anywhere – as long as they had an eye for talent and an understanding of the business.

client breakfast 2The rest, as they say is history! I officially opened my doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000. Seven years later, my amazing Aunt Cori joined my agency as an Agent.

My business truly is a family affair!  My grandma helps with office work, my mom with my computer needs, and in January, I hired my husband as my full-time business manager. He has his MBA and retired the beginning of this year after 24 years in the military. It’s been a remarkable journey, and I’m so blessed to have built a successful business that my family is such a huge part of!

Who are some of the authors that you represent?

3 Seas represents about 60 authors, including Lachesis’ own JoMarie DeGioia. Personally, I also represent NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Alexis MorganKerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. The agency also represents award-winning YA authors Jennifer Brown and Natalie Richards. And, recently, I just sold an amazing non-fiction project, PENGUIN’S CAN’T FLY, to St. Martin’s Press by nationally renowned motivational speaker Jason Kotecki. As a whole, we mainly represent romance, women’s fiction and children’s books (YA and Middle Grade), but we also represent mysteries and thrillers as well as select non-fiction titles. Our client list can be found on our website, www.threeseasagency.com. We are also active on Facebook and Twitter.

What can a literary agent do for authors that they can’t do for themselves?

This is such a great question because our role ever-changing.

As an agent, I handle each one of my author’s careers individually, and I try to cater to their individual needs. Some of my clients call with a nibble of an idea which we brainstorm. I love, love, love to brainstorm! From that point, my authors will send me their proposals and full manuscripts, which I edit and critique.

It’s an agent’s job to know the market, to know the key players and to help our authors make the best deal possible for their individual career. So, I spend a lot of time developing relationships on all levels.

An agent also needs to understand publishing contracts. It’s our job to make sure our clients are signing the best contracts possible. I send my contracts to my attorney who reads over all the fine print and together we negotiate boilerplate contracts so the terms tip to favor my authors.

We also help with marketing and publicity ideas, and use social media to get the word out about new releases, etc . . .

The most important value that an agent brings to the table, though, is advocacy. I love each and every one of my clients and am there to fight for them however they need me. If they have an icky copyedit, I call the editor to discuss it so they don’t have to have that conversation first. If there is an issue with the cover, I try to smooth it over and fix it with the editor. If royalties don’t reconcile, we are there to work with the accounting department to fix the errors.  And, if an author receives a rejection or a not-so-happy review, we are there in their corner, lifting them back up and making sure everything will be all right.

I love my job – I love advocating for my clients and helping them reach all their goals and dreams.  It’s a blessing, and I feel so lucky to be able to work in such a fun, creative business.

What do you think the role of the author is, once his or her book is released?

That’s when all the fun begins!!  Social media has changed the game face of publishing forever.  Readers are reaching out to authors in so many more ways than was possible even five years ago. It used to be that readers would send paper fan letters by the bundle! Now, with social media, a reader can interact with her favorite authors in real time! As an author, it’s so important to make those connections – through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs. It can be really time consuming, but building that relationship is so important. As we continue to see the number of books published continue to rise, it’s so important to have a presence on the internet so when an author has a new release, they have fans ready and engaged to purchase the book. Even more importantly, their fans will have a platform themselves to tell their friends about the book! Word of mouth is the best way to be discovered!

In your opinion what does it take to become a bestselling author?

First and foremost, an author must have a compelling voice! Readers all want the same thing – to be carried away to a new world. To feel like the characters in the book are alive, are their best friends, are people they can relate to, even in a different place or time. They want to feel – to be emotionally invested, whether it’s through humor or pain, they want to feel.

The second step is to find a strong publishing house that can help promote your book – to get it into the hands of readers through strategic placement, marketing and pricing promotions. A strong publisher who can help create an amazing package – from the editing to the cover to the cover copy.  A strong publisher who utilizes the media and their readers to help bolster the discoverability of their authors.

And, finally, it all circles back to marketing – an author needs to put themselves out there, to really reach out to the fans, and to discover new readers through blog tours, Facebook posts, book signings, events, conferences, writing groups, book clubs, etc.  There is no one-size-fits-all marketing plan – and you don’t have to do everything.  But, you need to figure out what works for you and for your fans and to reach out in the best way that you can.

What are the top five things that every author should do when submitting a manuscript to an agency or a publisher?

1)    Be Professional!
2)    Adhere to the individual submission guidelines.
3)    Address the e-query to the specific person you are querying to.
4)    If this is your first manuscript, don’t query until it’s complete.
5)    Put in your query any important information, like contest wins, published books and other credentials.

client breakfastYou attend many conferences and take pitches all the time. What are some definite Dos and dreadful Don’ts when pitching?

My favorite pitch goes something like this:

“Hi, I’m Aretha Author and I write historical romances. I love to write American set historicals, and am a huge fan of Gone With the Wind. Today I would love to tell you about my latest project, Scarlett’s Revenge, a 100,000-word Civil War set historical romance where, even though Scarlett goes hungry again, with perseverance and a sexy little red curtain dress, she rebuilds her childhood home of Tara, and reclaims her lost love – Rhett, who frankly, my dear, does give a damn.”  (OK, that’s a huge run on sentence, but you get the point!)

From there, I love it when the author takes a break and we start to converse.  I get to ask questions about the story and the characters, and she jumps in with concise answers, leaving us with time at the end to discuss other things, like career plans, successes, etc.

Here’s the thing —  you have 8-10 minutes to “pitch” your book to an agent or editor at a conference.  And, honestly, most of the recent authors I have added to my list I have met at conferences. Not because their pitch was perfect. But, because during that pitch I had time to ask questions and to get to know them. For me, my relationship with my authors is crucial. I want to feel a connection to my clients, to really get to know them and to develop trust and a solid foundation. This pitch appointment is the first step.

I know it feels like everything is riding on this quick little appointment, but it’s not. Most agents that I know request everything they are pitched because honestly, some of the worst pitches are the best books! We can’t tell what your writing is like until we read it.

Another way to look at this is to put the power back into your court. As much as you want to find an agent, we want to find an author to add to our list. Try to think of this as an interview. YOU are interviewing US. Can you work with the person you are pitching to? Do they make you feel comfortable? Do they have the type of personality that matches yours? Take the time to get to know the agent. Pitch them the book, tell them about your career goals and successes. But, leave time to ask questions – about anything. The business, what they are looking for, if they are enjoying the conference . . . just anything pertinent. After a couple of hours of straight pitches, I promise, the conversation will be super appreciated – on both sides!

Does chocolate go with every book?

Doesn’t chocolate go with everything?  J

OK, one of the downfalls (or I guess huge benefits) of my husband being my business manager is that he feels like one of his duties is to keep my candy dish on my desk full!  It’s truly a double-edged sword. My heart loves him for it, my hips are another story. 😉

Favourite spot to read a manuscript: office, couch or bed?

My favorite spot is my front porch!  It’s so relaxing hearing the birds singing while I’m reading and sipping tea. I almost feel guilty doing my job – almost!  J

Where’s the strangest place you’ve been pitched?

Luckily I haven’t been approached in many strange places.  But, the strangest query I ever received was an email query that was written in a very pale pink script font which I couldn’t read at all on my screen. So I had to copy the entire email into Word, change the font color and the font in order to read it.  I don’t recommend that as an attention grabber when trying to find an agent or an editor!

Thank you so much for sharing your insight with us today!

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Sneak Peek Monday: Weekends by Lindy S. Hudis (mystery/suspense)

WEEKENDS COVER 2Today’s Sneak Peek is from the mystery/suspense Weekends by Lindy S. Hudis.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

An innocent-sounding family reunion at an exclusive California beach resort turns into a weekend of murder, deceit, exposed secrets and unexpected intimate encounters.

John Peterson has it all: He’s a respected, successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer with a loving wife and grown son, the strikingly handsome young film director Joe Peterson. John also has a secret and he decides to gather his disparate family members at the elegant Hotel Del Moor in picturesque Linda Bella, California for some luxurious fun, togetherness and re-connecting before revealing his secret. Unbeknownst to the family, a brutal serial killer is lurking in the midst of all the wondrous festivities.

EXCERPT:

The man woke up next to victim number twenty. He had tied her firmly to the bedpost by her wrists and ankles, then passed out. She was nude, her eyes red from crying, her face had a petrified look on it. Her nose was also swollen and bloody from the repeated blows to the face.

He met her at a local watering hole. She said her name was Lisa, and she was beautiful – just the type. The man smiled, nodded, and feigned interest in her pathetic little life. As she was babbling on and on about how she was an aspiring actress, he reached in his front, right pocket and pulled out his trusty pills. He plopped them into her drink when she wasn’t looking. He sat back counting the minutes until the drug took effect.

Getting her out to a taxicab was so easy, the cab driver just figured she was some drunk bar slut, and she was. The man ordered the cab to take them a sleazy, roach infested motel in Alphabet City, a seedy neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Once there, he took the young woman, tied her up, and raped her until the sun came up. As she started to come to, and realize what was going on, she started to cry out for help. In New York, a woman can scream and scream until her face turns blue – nobody would ever come. That was the beauty of all this, the man thought. Just in case she did holler, he duct-taped her mouth shut.

Now it was morning, and the man was bored. He got up, showered, and dressed. The woman looked at him, frightened and confused, as he pulled his jeans on. He checked his watch and realized he needed to move quickly. “See ya.” He sneered at her, and promptly walked out the door, leaving her tied and helpless. The man had a plane to catch.

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