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Happy “No Socks” Day! May 8, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor.
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Today is a special occasion . . . it’s National No Socks Day.  A day when we’re encouraged to free our feet of the socks that bind them!

Our feet work hard every day ~ they deserve the chance to be dipped into a shimmering swimming pool, frolic freely in the sand, traipse naked through the house, or be treated like royalty at an award-winning spa.

Give your feet the vacation they deserve . . . escape to barefoot elegance.

Aah . . . that’s better!

You’re Published . . . Now What? May 8, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Writing & Writers.
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One reason I’m not focused on getting published is because I’m a writer, not a marketer or promoter. 

Selling my work to an agent, a publisher, or the public is not how I want to spend my limited time on the planet.

I don’t want to hold book signings, walk door to door, or sell store to store. 

Once I’ve written something, I want to move on to the next thing.

Perhaps I’ll publish posthumously when demands on my time are fewer . . .

And I don’t have to worry about losing my anonymity. 

Ah, well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. 

In the meantime, for those of you who HAVE published a book or two or three (and who obviously have more motivation than me), here are two articles you might be interested in reading:

 * How To Promote Your Book For FREE! (Global Mysteries)

 * How To Write A Press Release For Your Mystery Novel (Global Mysteries)

Nancy Curteman, the blogger behind Global Mysteries, is writing a series of novels featuring Lysi Weston as she solves mysteries around the globe ~ the Wild West, Australia, South Africa . . . hey, what about Scotland? 

Imagine Lysi wandering heather-clad hills and discovering a kilt-clad Scot with an empty bottle of Scotch beside him . . . DEAD. 

Was he poisoned with liquor?  Or was it . . . the Haggis?     

Kristen Lamb’s blog is also a gold mine of information for recently and to-be-published authors who need additional marketing ken. 

Selling Tip #1 ~ You must toot your own horn. 

Or, if you really want to garner attention at the next Book Fair . . . play the bagpipes! 

And wear a kilt!

Let’s practice. 

If YOU have published a book or e-book of ANY genre that is currently for sale somewhere in cyberspace, please include a one or two line summary  of the book’s premise in the comments below.  Add a link for interested readers to follow and find more  information about you and/or the book.

Off the top of my head, look for comments and links from:  Vivian (Show Me How), Christine (Dancing in Heaven), Marie (Beyond Inspiration), Nancy (Lysi Weston series), William (two novels ~ titles below), Renee (Invisible No More & Saving The Best For Last).

But why stop there? 

If you’ve made progress on a WIP (work in progress) and are starting to “shop it around” . . . share that with us as well.

No book?  No problem. 

Tell us about your writing blog, your brand new photographic blog, your painting blog, your cooking blog, your quilting blog, etc.   

C’mon . . . toot your horns!   

Aah . . . that’s better!