September 30, 2011

Making the Most of a Crazy Day

If you're like me, you're busy. You're either en route to somewhere, coming back from somewhere, or getting ready to leave. Throw in a conference, workshop, marketing, the occasional tweet, Facebook page update, a few blog posts that you owe, and your day goes from busy to crazy.

Don't even mention responsibilities like family, housework, or things like hair or nail appointments. Some days I'm happy if I get to see the inside of a shower while I'm *not* cleaning it.

I've forgotten and missed blog posts or skipped updates on Facebook because my life is too crazy. Have you? Thought so.

Here's a tip I ran across that I can't wait to put into action.

As you do things to get ready for a conference, or learn marketing tricks, figure out how to create an update, and so on, jot down a note or two so that later, it will help you recall what you learned. Keep these notes in a running document that's open during the day. About once a week, go through it, and cull info for blogs or helpful tweets. It saves time, lets you share expertise, and helps you keep tabs on your activities. You've recorded what you're doing. Ever get to the end of a busy day and realize the "big" thing you "had" to do still isn't done? Yeah. Me, too.

Also, if you find yourself  replying to friends' emails explaining how to find time to do things, consider writing it in your word processing program instead. Tweak it, make it pretty, and then use it on your blog. It could make a good post. It's how you ended up reading this!
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September 15, 2011

Tweet Like a Pro with Keith Keller

Learn how to tweet like a pro with Keith Keller, founder of Global Social Media Coaching from Australia. Keith is a Social Media Strategist and Twitter Specialist. You will learn how to make Twitter work for you by using the principles in Twitter 101. Twitter is an integral social media tool, and an enigma. Come learn the #1 key to unlocking the mystery.

The Tweet Like a Pro class begins on Marketing for Romance Writers on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm Eastern. In the US that translates to...

Time Zone (start times)
7:30p  Atlantic
6:30p  Eastern
5:30p  Central
4:30p  Mountain
3:30p  Pacific

We then move to Twitter for hands-on training. This is a single one-hour class. Don't miss it!

Want to know more about our coach? Meet Keith here:

and here:

Social Media Expert Keith Keller
Join Keith on Facebook:
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and of course, follow him on Twitter at!/KeithKeller
Keith says, "You are already awesome. My job is to make you WORLD FAMOUS."

Use this hashtag on Twitter now to share this free Marketing for Romance Writers workshop opportunity with others: #MFRW Follow me and use this hashtag and I'll add you to the MFRW Twitter list I've added to Listorious #marketing #authors #publishers #designers #editors

Use this hashtag and become part of MFRW's brand new TweetLikeAPro Inner Circle: #tweetlikeapro  Follow me and use this hashtag and I'll add you to the Tweetlikeapro Twitter list I've added to Listorious #marketing #authors #publishers

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Sincere thanks to author Karen Cote', who graciously provided the fee for this one-time workshop, enabling MFRW members to attend for free. To thank her, please follow Karen on Twitter @KarensRomance
Here's what my Twitter following looks like on a six-month graph. Can you tell where I started using Keith's suggestions? If you guessed it's that straight-up angle, you're right.

This is my following for the past week. Want yours to trend upward? Sign up for the free workshop!

Get your own status counter on You can even compare your status to others, or between your main account and other accounts you hold.

September 11, 2011

What Were You Writing on 9/11?

Ground Zero

Do you remember what book or story you were writing when 9/11 occurred? Were you published then? Did the events of that day shape what you wrote later?

I was working at home then, and was alone that day. My son called me from his work and said a plane had hit the Twin Towers. I remember asking him if it was foggy. It never occurred to me that this could possibly be something done on purpose. At that point, I didn't turn on the TV because I had work to do and couldn't deal with the distraction. He called me not long afterward and said another plane had hit the other tower. Again, my thought was that something screwy was up with radar, or there was some kind of glitch in navigation. Even that aliens were involved. Hey -- I write science fiction, you know? Still could not fathom that anyone in their right mind would do such a horrible thing on purpose.

When he called the third time and said "You are NOT going to believe this" and told me the Pentagon had been hit, chills ran over me. I thought "We're at war." I put together my carryall for work and drove to the office. We lived in the country and didn't have cable, and there was no way I was wasting time trying to see through the buggy, snowy connection of live broadcast. I listened to the radio on the way in and heard details as they were unfolding.

When I pulled into the parking lot, I sat and listened as the DJ on the radio was talking to a woman whose son was in the second tower. She had called the radio station hoping they might have some contact with authorities, and be able to help her find out news about her son. I remember thinking she must be desperate if she was resorting to this. Surely someone in NYC could get through by phone. I had no idea the towers themselves were the sources of the telecommunications equipment in the area, even though the company I worked for owned and operated that very equipment. While they were talking, the second tower fell. I can still hear the DJ's voice as he said it. Gives me shivers even now.

I wasn't published until three years later. It took losing my job after 9/11 for me to realize I had to grab control of my life and steer it in the direction I wanted it to go. 9/11 didn't directly influence me to write. I'd always wanted to do that. But being one of thousands laid off from a company did make me reconsider my priorities. My next job brought me in touch with a literary agent who was getting out of the business. Through her influence, I set about redirecting my goals. Seven books later, here I am.

Share your story as we remember 9/11/2001.

September 7, 2011

Marketing for Romance Writers

I created Marketing for Romance Writers in 2006 to help fellow authors find answers to questions about promotion. Soon after, authors Marty Rayne and Jeanne Barrack came along to help. Jeannie Ruesch was one of the original people who helped put together the newsletter and bulletin.

One of our member perks is a monthly newsletter showcasing author releases. Each month, a different author and publisher are featured.

To see what the newsletter is like, check out the issue below. Editor is Rochelle Weber. Proofreaders are Lavada Dee and Laurie Ryan. This format is our new edition available on Issuu. Check out previous editions here.

The Marketing for Romance Writers group is focused on learning marketing and publicity. We discuss ways to advance our careers, brainstorm new ventures and ideas, get feedback, and find others interested in mutual promotion. Our motto is "Seek, teach, share, learn, succeed." We welcome marketing-related material that asks a question, offers a promo or idea, or is a request for help, advice, or opinions. We offer opportunities to promote and join others in promotional efforts. As fellow authors (published and not-yet), publishers, literary agents, editors, author promo groups, promo assistants, and artists, we are your support group and co-workers. Need to buy pens, pins, or other goodies? Found a great place to do that? Please share. We are open to all fiction and non-fiction genres without limit regarding levels of sensuality or gender orientation of characters or authors. Our writing per se is not discussed; we focus on creating an image and using it effectively. Please join us.

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