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The Three Cs of Promoting Your Books by Joanna D’Angelo #amwriting #bestseller

clip-art-snoopy-921342Something I’ve noticed over the years is the difference between successful authors and authors who sell only a handful of books a year. If you want to get an idea of how you’re selling – check your ranking on amazon and barnes and noble. But shouldn’t your publisher be doing all the work of selling your book? Nope. There isn’t a publisher IN EXISTENCE big or small who does that. Your publisher has to promote many different titles a month (both older and new releases). Whereas YOU just have to worry about YOUR books. Your publisher has to worry about many different authors. Whereas YOU just have to worry about YOURSELF. If you are consistently in the 1 million or higher ranking, you need to re-evaluate what you are doing (or not doing) to sell books. Here are a few key qualities that I have seen that successful authors have in common. I call them THE THREE Cs: COMMITMENT, CONSISTENCY, CLEVERNESS.

tumblr_miy082ZuYC1s0s30po1_1280COMMITMENT: Successful authors are committed, not only to their writing craft but to promoting their work. After they release a new title, they don’t just forget about it and move on to the next book. No way. They have a plan in place to promote that book. That plan – should be in place well BEFORE your book comes out. One year before. One year? But won’t people get tired of hearing about your book a year in advance of it coming out? You’re not LITERALLY talking about your book every single day. USE COMMON SENSE. You are BUILDING your identity on facebook so that when your book DOES come out, you will have lots of friends and followers who know you and (hopefully) like you. People that you have made a CONNECTION with.

Let’s say you plan on promoting your book on facebook. Terrific! BUT, now here’s the hard part: What is your commitment going to be? How often should you post? What should you post about? How can you engage your friends and followers? If you don’t have enough friends and followers, how can you get more? As an author, you have to be asking yourself these questions WELL IN ADVANCE and you have to answer them. Ask other authors. Read books or articles on social networking. Figure out what you want to say and say it. READ. OBSERVE. RESEARCH.

But isn’t that a lot of work? Sure it is. But if you want to sell books, then you have to do it. Or, hire someone who knows how to do it.

But isn’t this just common sense? Of course it is. But if you already know this then why aren’t you doing it? The answer is because YOU ARE NOT COMMITTED.

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 2.15.36 PMCONSISTENCY: The most successful authors are the authors who are consistent. They post on a regular basis  – not just once or twice a month. They ALWAYS have something to share. Some authors talk about their relationships, kids, even their health issues. While others like to share silly stuff about their pets or funny things they find online. The key is to share consistently but don’t bombard your followers with the same BUY MY BOOK post every day. Be creative. Have fun. Share who you truly are. But do it on a regular basis. Why? Because the key word in social networking is the word SOCIAL. It means “taking part”. Engaging with other people. Being sociable. Not hiding in an ivory tower.

A lot of authors have “regular” features on their facebook pages. What does that have to do with selling books you might ask? Well, social networking isn’t just “HEY MY BOOK IS ON SALE”. It’s about ENGAGING, COMMENTING, and SHARING. And you have to do it on a REGULAR BASIS. Some authors have a Question of the Week, Hunk of the Week, Cute Critter of the Week, Funny Video of the Week . . . You get the point right? Other authors run monthly contests where they give away a free signed copy of their book or some nifty “swag” that they got at various conferences. OR they go out and buy something really cool that has a connection to their book/series and they run a contest that way. How do you promote your contest? Some authors purchase sponsored ads on facebook. Or they ask their fellow author friends if they can share the post. They share the contest info on facebook group pages – spreading it out and posting on various groups every few hours, every. single. day. Some cross-promote on other blogs and on twitter to get the word out. The point is to SET UP A PLAN and STICK TO IT. If the plan isn’t getting you sales then re-evaluate every few weeks to see how you can improve/change that.

snoopy-profileCLEVERNESS: It’s hard to be clever. But the most successful authors are just that. They come up with fun and creative ways to engage their readers and they always keep it fresh. Whether it’s running contests, or posting fun content, or setting up newsletters that reward subscribers with free, original content, or making funny videos that go viral, or coming up with a fun way of branding themselves, or working with other authors on unique cross promotional contests or giveaways – they put their creativity to work – not just in their writing – but in selling. Don’t be afraid to spread your wings and think outside your box. Be a little daring. Take a chance on doing something different. Approach some other authors about setting up a YouTube channel and make regular videos that you can post online. Have fun and keep trying even if you flop the first few times. Just keep thinking and doing. Eventually you will hit your creative stride and come up with something that works really well for you. The point is – don’t just sit back and expect others to do it for you. Do it yourself. Motivate yourself. And if you find it overwhelming to go it alone – then team up with other authors and go for it. You have nothing to lose, and so very much to gain.

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing. She loves chai tea, social media, and good writing.

Connect with Joanna on twitter@JoannaDangelo, on facebook and on pinterest.

Her facebook page is: Love Romance Novels (on facebook)

Her other blogs are: thepopculturedivas and therevolvingbook

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Not Quite NaNoWriMo: Week 4 by LeeAnn Lessard and Joanna D’Angelo

1410734968LeeAnn: I am slowly making my way through what I’ve already written. It’s slow progress due to other commitments within Lachesis Publishing Inc. I should be done soon and getting some new writing done. This exercise in discovering my book brought to mind some great advice I got from a quote from one of today’s top selling authors of all times – Nora Roberts. “You fix anything but a blank page.” At the time I didn’t think much of it, but in days like these ones it makes complete sense. You’ll have good days when your writing is amazing and bad days when your writing is crap. Here’s hoping for more amazing days than crappy ones

 

41Pizy1TreL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Jojo: It’s been a stressful few weeks for many reasons, and what I’ve learned is that I need to set smaller writing goals that are doable for me while working on the big goal of writing “the book”. I just read how Toni Morrison would get up at 4 am and work on Beloved before she went to work. I get up really early too, but I spend that time working on Lachesis stuff. LOL. So I need to carve out a “routine” for my own writing. I’m figuring it out. In addition to thinking time. Thinking time about my characters and my story is important.

At the end of the day the process of writing is the joy. I have to remember that.

Peace and creativity to all.

Jojo and LeeAnn.

DEADLY-SECRETS-COVERScreen Shot 2015-11-01 at 9.49.09 AMLeeAnn Lessard writes under the pen name Leeann Burke she is the author of the romantic suspense DEADLY SECRETS. She is also the Publisher of Lachesis Publishing. Connect with LeeAnn on facebook.

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing

Connect with Joanna on twitter@JoannaDangelo, on facebook and on pinterestHer facebook page is: Love Romance Novels (on facebook) Her other blogs are: thepopculturedivas and therevolvingbook

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Not Quite NaNoWriMo: Week 3 by LeeAnn Lessard and Joanna D’Angelo

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LeeAnn: I’ll be honest I’m finding it hard to make time to get back into my writing this past week. I have a very tight and busy schedule, like most of you. So when I challenged myself and Joanna I had to look hard at my schedule and see what I could give up in order to put writing back in. That’s how I figured that Sundays were my best writing days.

When I sat down last Sunday I found it harder than usual to get down to writing. My thought process was all over the place and I couldn’t really concentrate for long. Until then I hadn’t realized that the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut had affected me. I don’t know why it would since I don’t have friends or relatives in either locations, but all the same it shook me up. I had to make a decision to either walking away from writing for the day (miss my challenge for a week) or force myself to write (probably have to rewrite everything next Sunday). I’m not one for procrastination and putting things off. I also hate not meeting any challenge I give myself. So I decided to do a little of both, I wrote for a little while longer but not as long as I have in the past.

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Joanna: Sometimes things happen and you stumble and fall. And then you have to try again. I stumble a lot when it comes to working on my own projects. I know myself enough to understand that when I pile too much onto my plate I get sick. And this past week I’ve been battling a cold/ear/throat/bronchial infection. So I need to rest and re-focus my energy and then get back to shaping my idea.

Hopefully both LeeAnn and I will have better things to report next week. 🙂

Hopefully the world will also be a little more peaceful.

Until next time,

Take care,

Jojo and LeeAnn.

DEADLY-SECRETS-COVERScreen Shot 2015-11-01 at 9.49.09 AMLeeAnn Lessard writes under the pen name Leeann Burke she is the author of the romantic suspense DEADLY SECRETS. She is also the Publisher of Lachesis Publishing. Connect with LeeAnn on facebook.

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing

Connect with Joanna on twitter@JoannaDangelo, on facebook and on pinterestHer facebook page is: Love Romance Novels (on facebook) Her other blogs are: thepopculturedivas and therevolvingbook

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Not Quite NaNoWriMo: Week 2 by LeeAnn Lessard and Joanna D’Angelo

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Image: kendramerritt.com

LeeAnn: This week as I sat down ready to get the writing started I found myself staring at a half filled page. I should feel encouraged since I’m not looking at a blank page. However I wasn’t. What is wrong here? I know my characters ins and outs even the villain.

So why am I not writing?

It didn’t take long to realize that although I knew my characters I no longer knew where they were and where they were going in the story. I have no choice but to go back to the beginning and take it from there. No, I’m not ditching the first 78 pages, I’m simply going to reconnect with my story by looking over the pages that I have written. No I promise I will not do any massive edits (Note to self you are not allowed to edit this book yet). Once I’ve done that I’ll be back on track and writing away . . . or so I hope.

Wish me luck for this coming week!

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Image: www.kidnurse.org

Jojo: This week I worked on my heroine. Who she is, her background and her personality. I spent most of my time on Google. I got caught up in finding that perfect name for her. I know it may sound extreme, but I need to know her name at this stage, because if I don’t know her name, I won’t be able to shape her story. Google can be your friend and your foe. A veritable time-suck. I tend to get carried away – researching the meanings behind certain names, etc . . . Maybe I’m procrastinating, but at this point my goal is to get all the background down. Build my character breakdowns and the world they live in. Once I have that done I can start to formulate the bones of the story. Onward and upward. Have a great week.

cheers!

LeeAnn and Jojo

DEADLY-SECRETS-COVERScreen Shot 2015-11-01 at 9.49.09 AMLeeAnn Lessard writes under the pen name Leeann Burke she is the author of the romantic suspense DEADLY SECRETS. She is also the Publisher of Lachesis Publishing. Connect with LeeAnn on facebook.

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing

Connect with Joanna on twitter@JoannaDangelo, on facebook and on pinterestHer facebook page is: Love Romance Novels (on facebook) Her other blogs are: thepopculturedivas and therevolvingbook

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We’re Writing As Fast As We Can: Week 1 by LeeAnn Lessard and Joanna D’Angelo

At least LeeAnn has something to review
At least LeeAnn has something to review

LeeAnn: This week was quite interesting between commitments and juggling my tight schedule to meet my first writing week challenge. I decided that instead of just jumping back into the book I had been writing a few years ago that I would get to know my story and characters once more. So I sat at my desk with my new mug filled with tea. (Notice the typewriters on my mug? LOVE it), a new notepad (I’ve always used one) and my trusty companion Buddy my computer. Yep, my computer has a name.

As I looked over my detailed notes, and I mean superbly detailed, I find myself getting sucked back into my book and loving every minute. I’ll be honest I’m more of a pantser when it comes to writing, but for this book I was straddling the line and becoming more of a plotter. I’ve never gone to such an extent to get to know all the characters in a book before writing the first draft. I know quite a few authors do, but I just never had the patience. I’ve always wanted to dive into a story and let it take me where it goes. However, now I know what my main character’s strengths are along with their weaknesses, their hidden secrets and desires (so fun to discover these little treasurers). This should make it easier for me to ease back into writing. I’ll have to let you know next week.

Happy Writing,

LeeAnn

Peewee the Wonder Dog
Peewee the Wonder Dog

jojo: This week, was crazy busy for me too. Between juggling Lachesis work and doing a gazillion errands, and making dinner for my nephews every day, and taking care of my sister’s “special needs” shih tzu, and lots of other chores that I won’t bore you with (I know excuses, excuses) – I haven’t been able to carve a little “me writing time” into my schedule yet. When I try to pile on too much all at once, I start feeling all the agita! So I’ve decided that I’m going to devote one hour a week every Sunday morning (to start with) on my own book. For now, that’s all the energy I can give it. Although I do a lot of thinking about it as I wind down in bed at night, does that count? LOL. Until next week. Ciao! jojo

DEADLY-SECRETS-COVERScreen Shot 2015-11-01 at 9.49.09 AMLeeAnn Lessard writes under the pen name Leeann Burke she is the author of the romantic suspense DEADLY SECRETS. She is also the Publisher of Lachesis Publishing. Connect with LeeAnn on facebook.

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing

Connect with Joanna on twitter@JoannaDangelo, on facebook and on pinterestHer facebook page is: Love Romance Novels (on facebook) Her other blogs are: thepopculturedivas and therevolvingbook

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NaNoWriMo – not quite – but close! What we’re doing to get creative by LeeAnn Lessard and Joanna D’Angelo

BARNETT-LACHESIS-LOGOLeeAnn Lessard: I have been with Lachesis Publishing since it was the original owner’s dream in 2005. I started as a contract employee and grew within the company until a few years ago when I took over with my business partner Joanna. Now I’m the Publisher of this great little treasure of a publishing house. At first I made sure to make time in my schedule to keep writing. However as I took on more responsibilities within the company, writing had to be put aside. Well, I’ve decided now is the time to put writing back into my life. Not full time but a little here and there. So I challenged my business partner and Editor in Chief here a Lachesis Publishing , Joanna to do the same. This way I have someone to keep me accountable and to complain to when things get a little tight for time. Joanna and I also decided to share our creative journey with you. I’ll let Joanna to tell you when and how often we’ll be blogging about it.

Joanna D’Angelo: Thanks LeeAnn. I have to tell you I’m glad you’ve challenged me. I’ve been mulling this over for a while. I’ve always been a writer – but my writing has been in different arenas. And since I became Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing, I haven’t had much time to write (aside from the apple polishing I do on our authors’ wonderful books). That being said, I’ve always got ideas percolating, and I have one in mind that I really want to tackle. The idea is definitely “me” :). I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you.crest-05e1a637392425b4d5225780797e5a76

Our challenge is not quite NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month) but it’s a good step in a creative direction for us individually. If you are taking part in NaNoWriMo, we wish you all the best!

LeeAnn and I will be blogging here once a week (usually Fridays) to update you all on our own personal creative journeys. Let’s get writing!

cheers!

LeeAnn and Jojo

DEADLY-SECRETS-COVERScreen Shot 2015-11-01 at 9.49.09 AMLeeAnn Lessard writes under the pen name Leeann Burke she is the author of the romantic suspense DEADLY SECRETS. She is also the Publisher of Lachesis Publishing. Connect with LeeAnn on facebook.

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing

Connect with Joanna on twitter@JoannaDangelo, on facebook and on pinterestHer facebook page is: Love Romance Novels (on facebook) Her other blogs are: thepopculturedivas and therevolvingbook

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What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? by Joanna D’Angelo

il_fullxfull.159052108I’ve attempted to read many a scary book in my day. I have a hard time getting through them because of the fact that I like to avoid nightmares when I’m sleeping! LOL. But I recall as a kid, I tried reading The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson and I had to stop part way through. I put the book back on my bookshelf – hidden behind all the other books. I never touched it again.

Fatal_Vision_book-1But in my young teens I began to read many books based on “true events” that I found quite scary including Fatal Vision by the late Joe McGuinness. True life stories are scarier than any horror book.

So what is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What book truly scared you as a kid? 

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Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing. She loves chai tea, social media, and good writing. 

Connect with Joanna on twitter@JoannaDangelo, on facebook and on pinterest.

Her facebook page is: Love Romance Novels (on facebook)

Her other blogs are: thepopculturedivas and therevolvingbook

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Dos and Don’ts for submitting your Manuscript by Joanna D’Angelo (Editor, Lachesis Publishing)

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Oh, the stories I could tell you about some of the submissions I’ve received at Lachesis Publishing. Some funny, some weird, and some down right scary! The thing is – making a submission isn’t rocket science – it just requires some common sense and a good manuscript of course. So here are my DOs and DON’Ts when making a submission or a cold query.

Um . . . you don't need to mention your mom in your query. (The Simpsons)
Um . . . you don’t need to mention your mom in your query. (The Simpsons)

Do: Introduce yourself in your e-mail query. Tell me a bit about yourself, your work, and where you’re from, and your educational background. Some editors may not care to know this right off the bat, but I do. I want to get a good sense of you as a person. But don’t tell me your entire life story in a grand sweeping saga. And don’t write your query as the heroine or hero of your book. And don’t tell me what you had for breakfast. Just make it to the point but include something that could grab my attention. Let’s say you’re submitting a military romance and you have a background in the military. That would definitely interest me. And guess what? It could give you that “edge” (aside from your wonderful book) that convinces us to sign you up. Why does it matter? Because, if you have something unique about you that can help you stand out – then I want to know about it.

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topyaps.com

Do: Include your social media links in your signature line or in an attached bio. I want to know if you have a blog, a website, a facebook account, a twitter account. Etc . . . Why? Because it tells me that you are already out there in the social media universe. And you have a presence, a foundation, to attract readers, fans. It tells me you are building relationships with fellow authors. It tells me that you already have contacts, friends, people you’ve connected with who could be potential readers. It tells me you are thinking like a pro who is serious about his or her career.

Stay current when it comes to social media.
Stay current when it comes to social media.

Do: Make sure you actually have at least one social media account. I’ve received submissions from people who have NOTHING! All they have is their email account. What is this – 1992?

Do: Attach at least the first three or four chapters of your book. The synopsis is a no-brainer. That’s a must of course! But you can send me the entire manuscript if you like, as long as it’s formatted properly. For details on formatting click here. The first few chapters will help me figure out if I want to read the rest of it.

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Advertising sign on wooden post — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Do: Attach a brief marketing plan (2-3 pages) with your submission. Why do such a thing? Isn’t that what the publisher is for? In today’s marketplace you can’t rely solely on your publisher to sell your book. The publisher will focus on the book, but you must focus on your own career. Do your research. There is a lot of info out there about how to market yourself and your books. Every successful author who is making a living full time at their craft, is involved in their own careers. From social media, to newsletters, to savvy websites, to street teams, to book signings, to giveaways, to buying advertising, to attending reading events and conferences–you need to be thinking pro-actively instead of re-actively. You need to be thinking long term and big picture, not just in terms of a new release and you need to put that all down in a nice, well-written marketing plan.

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Before you hit send and celebrate – check your query – or seal your fate! http://www.elle.com/

Do: Make sure you spell check your email. I cannot tell you the number of times that I’ve received an email loaded with spelling errors. We all know mistakes happen. And sometimes typos slip by us. But a query letter should be polished. So make sure you spell check or have a friend read it.

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Do your homework! www.clipartof.com

Now fasten your seatbelt for some DOOZY DONT’s:

Don’t: Just send me your book with one line that says: “Hi I’ve attached my book for you to consider.” Guess what?  I don’t have time to chase you down and ask you for everything I need from you. That is your job! You need to figure that out. Be professional. Do your research ahead of time. You need to find out what to send me, so don’t act like you’re in elementary school, hoping for the teacher to tell you.

Try not to throw out comparisons to authors like Stephen King. It could backfire on you.
Try not to throw out comparisons to authors like Stephen King. It could backfire on you.

Don’t: Please don’t write some “clever” intro where you tell me why your book is so amazing. Or why it’s going to appeal to EVERYONE. Really? Stephen King is one of the biggest selling authors of all time and he still doesn’t appeal to EVERYONE.  If you think your book is amazing – great! I’m happy for you. But I may not agree. I don’t like cocky or aggressive emails.

Don’t: I don’t want to see your cover art ideas. And I certainly don’t want you to submit a cover design to go with your book. So don’t attach any images to go with your manuscript. All I want is the book. There is plenty of time to think about the cover later. That’s if we decide to take you on.

Don’t: Don’t miss an opportunity to connect. I once received a query from a writer who was a fan of one of our authors and made a point of mentioning it in her query. Guess what? I took notice of that. I like it that writers pay attention to our books at Lachesis Publishing, and our facebook page, and our website. That’s being savvy. That means you are thinking about the world outside the pages of your book. It means you are open and aware and understand that to sell a book you have to interact and connect.

genius at work title written with chalk on blackboardDon’t: Don’t be a jerk. Don’t send me some vile story about a woman having sex with her son and try to pass it off as “erotica” or “erotic fantasy”. Whackos need not apply. If you’re a serious writer then you need to visit a publisher’s website to see what they already have on their roster, before you even think of making a submission.

Don’t: Don’t send out a mass email to a bunch of editors and agents and then forget to BCC all the emails. Unprofessional to the nth degree. I will hit the delete button before you even have a chance to send your next mass email out.

So that’s my list of Dos and Don’ts. See? It’s all about common sense. And good sense. And a little bit of a “sixth sense”. 🙂 Write a good story. Be true to yourself. Don’t give up. Be nice. Have fun.

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing. She loves chai tea, social media, and good writing. Connect with Joanna on twitter@JoannaDangelo, on facebook and on pinterest.

Her facebook page is: Love Romance Novels (on facebook)

Her other blogs are: thepopculturedivas and therevolvingbook

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My love of romance novels got me into social media by Joanna D’Angelo

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 2.00.24 PMI’ve been on facebook since March 2006. Pretty much from the start – when it went global. When I started on facebook I launched a group called Love Romance Novels (it’s now a facebook page with about 20,000 Likes – give or take). At the time I was working on my documentary about romance authors called Who’s Afraid of Happy Endings?” and I wanted a forum to promote my love of romance books while also sharing info about my documentary. Well, from that point on it became a hub of activity. This was before all the facebook groups exploded. There weren’t that many. If you had a group back then you could email your members directly on facebook. I started the Revolving Book posting and I would email the members of the group on a weekly basis. I would also organize chats on the group page with authors, authors would do giveaways, and we would play fun games on the page as well. Since we can no longer email our members on facebook, I just post the book on my page Love Romance Novels and share it on other groups to raise the profile. I don’t just post romance books – I post all genres – mystery, suspense, fantasy. In any case, so many genres in fiction have a little bit of “romance” in them. 😉 I also post a mix of authors – from best-sellers to mid-list authors, to self-published newbies. All are welcome on my page.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 1.56.25 PMI also have two other long standing blogs online. I started thepopculturedivas in 2006 (on blogger) at the same time as I launched my facbook group and I started therevolvingbook about five years ago as well (on Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 1.57.12 PMwordpress)Thepopculturedivas is a group blog – always has been – MANY authors have come and gone from my blog – but that’s what makes it so cool. I’ve gotten to know a lot of great authors over the years. 🙂 Therevolvingbook is just me. I post books that I promote on my facebook page. I’m always encouraging authors to either join a group blog or start a group blog. It’s easier and less time consuming than running your own blog, and you get the support of your fellow authors. Alison Bruce and Christine Mazurk (both Lachesis Publishing authors) are members of thepopculturedivas blog.

Facebook now charges us to promote our posts to our own followers, otherwise they may not see them. We all know that of course. It makes it tougher for authors and other artists to promote ourselves, unless we pay for sponsored ads. But, by interacting with other people on facebook we can still get posts out there for people to see. It just takes more “hustle”.

That’s what social media is about in any case – the daily interaction with people from all over the world. We’re international pen pals. We share information, family wisdom, silly bits about our days, funny cat pics, videos featuring giggling babies with puppies, pictures of our daily lives. Sharing and reading each other’s thoughts in a public forum has become part of our popular culture. And I think that’s a good thing in many ways.

If you haven’t like my page yet or if you aren’t following one or both of my blogs – you should. 😉 Here are the links:

Love Romance Novels (on facebook)

thepopculturedivas

 therevolvingbook

And I’m also on twitter: @JoannaDangelo

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing. She loves chai tea, writing in coffee shops, social media and romance novels.

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Those Comfort Books on Your Bedside Table by Joanna D’Angelo

mister-mm_450Okay, I must admit that I enjoy reading when I’m settling in for the night, and getting cozy in bed. There are times when I’ll  reach for a book that I’ve already read. I just want to read a passage or a chapter that resonates with me, or gives me comfort, or just makes me smile.

I might want to re-read an illuminating chapter in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (explores the science of habit formation – and even though it’s not a self-help book I found this book really helpful to me in so many ways).

Or I might tuck into my my much-loved (and dog-eared) copy of Julie Garwood’s Ransom (just to read the hilarious and sweet dialogue between the hero and heroine). I love those Scottish medieval romances!

Or I might thumb through Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mister Bridgerton (my favourite of the Bridgerton books and one of my favourite Regency romances ever). Why? Many reasons, one of which is that that the hero and heroine are friends.

For comfort, I have to hold the book in my hands. No e-books. Sorry, but that’s just how I roll.

So what do you read at night or for comfort? What are your go-to books for bed-time reading?

Happy Reading!

Joanna D’Angelo is Editor in Chief at Lachesis Publishing. She loves Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, a good book, and more good books.

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