October 31, 2016

Happy MFRW Founding Day #MFRWauthor #Authors

Kayelle Allen here. Back in 2006, I was a busy author with four books. I was promoting,
learning more about promoting, and asking friends about promoting. All the ins and outs of book marketing were starting to gel and I felt like I was beginning to understand the overall concept. That said, I had a constant list of questions. Facebook was two years old. Twitter had been founded that year. Pinterest and Instagram were four years away. I had friends who had similar questions, and we would email each other and ask. Often, I'd get the same question several times in a row. I found myself going back to my "sent" file to copy an answer and resend it. Not that I wasn't asking questions myself, but I think because I'd take the time to go find an answer if someone asked something I didn't know - I started getting more and more questions.

It was Halloween, and I was busy with all sorts of details of writing, and I got the same question from two different people. I remember thinking that there had to be an easier way to handle this. I needed a way to let everyone know what I'd discovered at the same time, and if I had a question, get an answer from someone who knew. Yahoo Groups was established and well-used, so I decided to create one that all of my friends and I could use together. We could post a question there, and anyone who knew the answer could reply.

I set it up as Marketing for Romance Writers because that's what all of us were at the time. Looking back, I've often wished I'd named it Marketing for Every Writer. Of course, then the initials would have been MEW vs MFRW and our symbol might have been a black cat!

Then, we had 12 members. Ten years later, there are 2420 there now, plus 6230 on Facebook, 3411  on Twitter, and 1400+ on Pinterest with 71 boards and over 1000 pins.

About MFRW

Marketing for Romance Writers is a peer-oriented mentoring group open to the entire literary community. Ask your marketing-related questions, or request help, advice, or opinions. You can learn how to create a professional image and use it effectively, as well as ask for opportunities to join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects of writing.

News about pitch sessions and calls for submission are posted on the Yahoo group. As a member, you can attend exclusive, member-only pitch events with publishers. Members can attend free, online workshops and seminars.

Marketing for Romance Writers promotes for its members on most social media. Get your book cover pinned on one of the MFRW Pinterest boards, and show off your cover models. Share your tweets with the MFRW street team and get them shared on Twitter. The hashtags #MFRWorg #MFRWauthor and #MFRWhop promote for you. You can get interviewed on BlogTalkRadio. Link your blog to a community hop via a unique software "ribbon" with exciting themes, and draw readers to your site.

Find and Join MFRW

Marketing for Romance Writers Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarketingForRomanceWriters/
Marketing for Romance Writers Website http://marketingforromancewriters.org
Marketing for Romance Writers News page https://www.facebook.com/mfrworg
Marketing for Romance Writers Promo page https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrwauthors/

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MFRW Volunteer Staff

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Kayelle Allen, Founder https://kayelleallen.com
Emerald, Facebook Coordinator and Editor http://www.TheGreenLightDistrict.org
Mona Karel, Moderator, Blog Hop Coordinator http://mona-karel.com
Paloma Beck, Blog Director http://www.romancebeckons.net/index.html
Rochelle Weber, Newsletter Publisher http://www.rochelleweber.com
Barbara Donlon Bradley, Newsletter Editor http://www.barbaradonlonbradley.com
Michelle Davis, Newsletter Editor https://twitter.com/michelle40768
Libby McKinmer, Newsletter Editor http://libbymckinmer.com
Mari Anne Christie, Newsletter Editor http://marichristie.info/
Reet Singh, Goodreads Coordinator http://www.reetsingh.in
Zeenat Mahal, Goodreads Coordinator http://www.zeenatmahal.com/
Tina Gayle, Twitter Promo Coordinator http://www.tinagayle.net/home.html
Carmen Stefanescu, Blog Coordinator http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.com/
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If you have questions about marketing your books, or you want to share an opportunity such as being a guest on your blog, join us. It's okay to ask for guest spots too. The MFRW motto is "seek, teach, share, learn, succeed." Services and membership are free. Are you part of the Marketing for Romance Writers success story? Please share in the comments.

49 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary - great site! :)

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  2. I'm proud of this group -- it's been a labor of love, and the people who make it all happen are a joy to know and work with.

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  3. Congratulations, Kayelle. You've created something very special, and the shared knowledge and experiences of the many authors who are part of MFRW help so many, and they are generous and gracious always. Here's to the next ten years, may they be just as exciting and blessed!

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  4. Congrats and happy anniversary. I know it must take a great deal of work, but wow! 10 years is something to be proud of.

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  5. Congratulations! This is such a wonderful, helpful group--whenever new authors ask about marketing I direct them to you. Here's to another 20 years! M. S.

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  6. Happy Anniversary and thanks for all the hard work on behalf of other authors x

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  7. Happy anniversary and thanks for putting together such a useful and friendly site.

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  8. Happy Anniversary! You have helped me and so many others with your Marketing group, etc, and I appreciate it! I always recommend your group to other authors. May you have many more MFRW anniversaries!

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  9. Congratulations for creating a fabulous group. Happy Anniversary, you're the best Kayelle.

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  10. Happy Anniversary to MFRW! Ten years of ups and downs in the world of Romance Writing...we all shared those bumps together, and made the journey a little less scary. In 2006 I was unpublished. In 2016 I have six books in print and e-format...two more out this year. Some of the best advice I've gotten from MFRW...and so glad you've kept promo off the loop through all those years! Thanks to all at MFRW!

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  11. Happy Anniversary! Kayelle has created a wonderful group. She eagerly shares advice. And the staff she's gathered is super. Thank you all for all you do!

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  12. I love that MFRW exists, and I am profoundly grateful I had and took the opportunity to join the staff three and a half (!) years ago. I've experienced MFRW as a heartwarming group in its consistent, simple tone of helpfulness and desire to support others. And I've vastly appreciated the attention and camaraderie of the staff, especially Kayelle (who practically epitomizes the definition of "mentor") and Rochelle Weber, with whom I've worked closely as one of the editors of MFRW's newsletter.

    The group strikes me as an extraordinary accomplishment, Kayelle. True congratulations, and happy Halloween!

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  13. Happy Anniversary MFRW! Such an amazing group!

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  14. What sweet notes! Makes me so glad I created this group. The members are the best people in the world. Love you!

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  15. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and to MFRW.

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  16. Woohoo Happy Anniversary! I'm so happy you started MFRW and TAS - I'd be one of those lost souls if you hadn't! I love MFRW and TAS and RLF but most of all I adore YOU!

    Hugs dear friend
    Houston

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  17. Hi, Kayelle!! and Happy Anniversary. Your driving force behind MFRW is awesome and I can't thank you enough for all you've done for me. You are the most wonderful person. Thank you.

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  18. Happy anniversary!! MFRW has been such a supportive network for authors. Way to go, Kayelle, on making it 10 years!

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  19. Happy Anniversary!!! I'm so thankful I am able to celebrate with you!

    Dee Owens
    Personalized Marketing Inc
    http://personalizedmarketing.info

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  20. Congratulations on your anniversary, Kayelle, and thanks for all you do. It's my pleasure to be part of this amazing group.

    Best--Adele

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  21. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!
    Thanks for all the hard work!

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  22. Congrats and Happy Anniversary!

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  23. Happy Anniversary! It's been ten years of MFRW awesomeness. Congratulations!!!
    Best
    Augustine

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  24. Congratulations on 10 years! And thank you for all the long hours, and hard work you and your staff put into it all!

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  25. Happy anniversary - it's a great group so thank you for all your hard work!

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  26. Happy Anniversary, Kayelle. Your hard work is a godsend to a debut author like myself. Thank you!!

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  27. Happy anniversary, Kayelle! You have been such a wonderful help to so many of us. Thank you for all the hard work and effort that you and your volunteers put in just to help us. Thank you and may you keep growing ever stronger!

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  28. Happy anniversary! MFRW is a gem for writers. Thanks for founding it and sharing your knowledge.
    JQ Rose

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  29. Happy Anniversary, Kayelle! Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for the romance community! :)

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  30. Congratulations! What a great milestone, and a great achievement.
    Sylvie Grayson

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  31. Wow! Ten years? One of these days I'll get the volume number right on the newsletter.

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  32. Mega-congrats on a great achievement!

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  33. Happy Anniversary to MFRW & hats off to Kayelle - you rock!

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  34. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful concept. MFRW has helped me so much since I joined back in 2012. Thank you so much!

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  35. Happy Anniversary! I can't believe how many members there are now. Great site Kayelle.

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  36. Great group. Thank you, Kayelle. Happy Anniversary.

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  37. I am so glad I found this group and Kayelle and all of you who share so generously here. You have helped me so many times in so many ways I simply can't say Thank You often enough.

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  38. So happy I joined this group, Kayelle is a marvel! Congrats, here's to many more years success!

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  39. It's been fun seeing friends and hearing how MFRW helped you. I'm so glad I listened to that inner voice. So often we brush off ideas. MFRW is proof that brainstorms can bring blessings!

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  40. Thank you for doing this, and for welcoming me into the group! Happy anniversary!

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  41. Thanks a million, I have learned and gleaned so much fro this site and others members.
    Ten more years please.

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  42. Happy Anniversary! When a newbie author needed guidance, about the only thing I knew was where to look - MFRW. Thank you so much Kayelle.

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  43. MFRW has been a major factor in many of our careers. Thanks for keeping it alive, Kayelle!

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  44. Happy anniversary. This is a great place to meet new authors and to find invaluable advice. I definitely recommend it.

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  45. Happy to hear MFRW is helpful. I go there when I need advice myself. There is always someone willing to lend a hand.

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  46. Congratulations, Kayelle! I'm new to the site but have already learned a lot. Thanks for providing the opportunity to share ideas and exchange information!

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  47. Happy anniversary from Australia!

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  48. You know me always the last to arrive - better late than never, right? Happy Anniversary!

    Hugs and love me dear friend
    Houston

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