January 6, 2014

Chris Redding's Author Rock Stars @chrisredding #RLFblog

Most people know about rock stars and have their favorites. I have mine, but they are not in the music business. My rock stars are in the publishing business. All of them are writers and for one reason or another they inspire me.

Bob Mayer

He's been traditionally published and self-published and runs a publishing company that is more of a partnership with the author. He's taken the new frontier of publishing and made it his own. What does he preach? Content is king. Write a good book. Then write the next good book. A former Green Beret, he uses the skills he learned in special forces to make his company and his brand successful. Read his blog, Write it Forward.

JA Konrath

Another author who has been traditionally and self-published. Of course he came to self-publishing with an audience already, but he often highlights authors on his blog, The Newbie's Guide to Publishing, who have been successful at self-publishing without having his advantages. He also give back to the community. He challenge his readers to write a book and publish it in 24 hours and he then highlighted all those books on his blog. A write can also use on of his characters to write a book and if he accepts it, he will edit and publish it at his expense with both his name and the writer's name. That is quite a boost for anyone willing to do it.

Victoria Strauss

Victoria is a founding member of Writer Beware. As long as there have been aspiring writers, there have scams. Writer Beware is there to inform about them. With more and more authors going the self-publishing route, Writer Beware's services are needed even more. Unscrupulous companies being bought by legitimate publishers has led to a blurring of the lines between good business and bad. Writer Beware is there to save us all from our desperation to see our books in print.

Melissa Foster

World Literary Café is website that all indie and traditionally published authors can benefit from and it was started by Melissa. The site offers paid advertising, some free advertising and, among other things, Tweet Teams, where an author can help others tweet items in return for getting retweeted.

Kayelle Allen

Founder of the Yahoo Group Marketing for Romance Writers, Kayelle has expanded it to include a blog and a newsletter both of which offer opportunities for writers to get exposure. The group also has lots of discussions about marketing which is a topic for every author.
If you as a writer are unfamiliar with any of these authors or sites, you should acquaint yourself now. Your career will benefit from it.
Thanks for having me today.

Available Books

Which Exit Angel
She's a homicide detective and and angel who hasn't earned her wings. She's sent down to investigate a murder at the Jersey Shore. He's a preacher questioning his faith. How are these two supposed to stop the impending apocalypse? http://amzn.com/B00D1TPXZY
Along Came Pauly
A contemporary romance about a dog that brings two people together who don't want to be. She's a vegetarian veterinarian who needs cash for a no-kill shelter. He's the heir to a hot dog fortune who must give away money before he gains his inheritance. Sounds like a perfect match. It isn't. http://amzn.com/B00EN33QNI

About the Author

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn't writing, she works for her local hospital. Her books are filled with romance, suspense and thrills.

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  1. I so agree about your rock stars! I know of only a few music ones these days!

    1. Thanks Mary. Seems to me, some of the music "stars" have more scandal than talent.

    2. I agree, Kayelle! And these work stars last longer!

  2. Thank you for having me today Kayelle.

    1. When I read thru this before posting, I about fell over when I got to my name on this distinguished list. Thank you more than I can say.


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