IT’S THE MARCH BOOK FRENZY!! YES, INDEEDY!

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Well the blog hop has begun and it runs until Sunday, March 30th! Your help sharing the March Book Frenzy would be greatly appreciated. Tell your friends!
This March Book Frenzy is brought to you by http://fabulosityreads.blogspot.ca/Image

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE  FREE AND DISCOUNTED BOOKS YOU SEE ON THE BANNER PLEASE REFER TO THIS BOOK CATALOG.

 

There’s also A WONDERFUL GIVEAWAY:

 

FOR READERS $35, $25 and $20CashPLUS2 eBooks from each author. Refer to the BOOK CATALOG Giveaway Link: March Book Frenzy (Readers)

FOR PARTICIPATING BLOGGERS ONLY

2 X $20 Cash Giveaway Link (Bloggers ONLY): Bloggers Giveaway

Increase your chances to win by visiting as many of the blogs on the book tour as possible. (Find the list of participating blogs by clicking here). Here’s a list of all of the stops: http://new.inlinkz.com//luwpview.php?id=375044.

Why not click around and visit these blog sites? Such a selection! And all of them are full of really great reading suggestions. The hosts have a huge collection of posts from authors, as well as many, many book reviews.

I’ve started things off for the tour with a post about 10 things that I wish I had known before I became an author. It’s been a steep learning curve and I probably could have had a list three times longer….

If you are like me – multitasking, trying to keep my head above water while tending to all of the bazillion things that threaten to pull me under while competing for my time and attention – well, I’m left with the attention span of a fruit fly. Therefore, I have added the post in it’s entirety below. (one less click step for you!)  Here goes:

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became An Author

 

  1. Some people write just for themselves. (Drawers full of scribbled down short stories and poems for-your-eyes-only anyone?) These people are writers. Not authors. There IS a difference. The author part is where you do the hard work that is required to get the story or poem ready for judgment by the rest of the world, and then succeed in doing so. Writers write for the joy of capturing thoughts down on paper or screen. Authors do this too, but hope to make a living at it. Most writers secretly long to become authors.
  2. Telling the story is the easy part. Then comes the hard part of editing, rewrites, cover design, and marketing your product.
  3. Writing to make money is a business. There are costs involved and hopefully, monies earned. You do not have to spend a fortune to get a good quality book out there (although some have) but you probably DO need to pay for some services such as book cover design (if you don’t have a fantastic, eye-popping cover, it will never be noticed at thumbnail size. I hire Derek Murphy at http://bookcovers.creativindie.com/ to do the book covers for my Quintspinner series. Treat yourself to seeing some amazing book covers over on his site). The Internet provides groups to join professionally (http://allianceindependentauthors.org/ ) and lists places to get answers to questions about “how-to” for most things related to publishing a book and becoming an author. Other jobs, such as proper formatting can be hired out at a reasonable cost, to people who will make sure that it’s done properly. End result? You will have a great product to sell. Do not skimp on the quality.
  4. You MUST embrace technology. You cannot get away from using it and it will be a steep learning curve. If, like me, you are somewhat of a computer troglodyte, learn what you can on your own, and then hunt down a teenager who, for the price of some weekend beer money, will teach you how to upload, download, resize jpg’s, start a blog and a Facebook page, etc. They have grown up with this stuff. They’re really, really good at it. Pretend the money you’re paying them is going toward their university savings.
  5. You should have a plan. Several of them actually. A plan for your book’s plot. A marketing plan for your book’s introduction to the world. A financial plan for your expenditures. Do not do any of these by the seat of your pants.
  6. Word of mouth is still the most effective (and cheapest) way to get your book out there in front of hopefully thousands of pairs of readers’ eyes, and without a doubt, book bloggers are the best way to spread the word about your book. They connect with a built-in audience of readers. Book bloggers are an author’s BEST avenue of book discovery.
  7. Most of your friends and family members will abandon you after the novelty of your first book wears off and you have not immediately been invited to be a guest sitting and chatting on Oprah Winfrey’s couch. See the next point.
  8. Writing is a solitary occupation and it is vitally important to make connections with other writers. Preferably those who are authors. Not only will they have advice about formatting issues, royalty statements, Amazon algorithms, and be able to offer encouragement to you when you are full of self-depreciating thoughts (Why can’t I write the next BIG THING? Why do I continue with this?), but they will completely understand your need for a glass of spiced rum and coke and a bowl of chips and dip to get the creative juices going. (Hey, I am writing a pirate series after all.)
  9. The pathway to authorship will become littered with sacrifices. It’s a demanding career choice and it does not willingly share your time with anything or anyone else in your life. Got time to watch a season’s worth of your favorite TV show? Nope. Spend a few hours on a lazy afternoon reading for pleasure? Not likely. Want a weekend to work on [insert your favorite hobby here]? Not going to happen. You will be hunched and crunched over your keyboard, eyes nervously flickering over your accumulated word count, as the sounds of your family’s laugher floats over your head from the family room elsewhere in your home.
  10. This is the most important point of all and if I had known this, it would have made the journey of writing my first book so much easier: the heart-pounding, intense thrill of seeing your book available for sale online for the very first time, or better yet, holding it as a physical copy in your hands, makes all of the above WORTH IT. Every lonely, frustrating, exciting, wonderful, challenging minute of it. I really wish I’d known this from the start. Wouldn’t have gone through quite so much spiced rum, I expect Cheers!

MULTIPLE AWARD WINNER including B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner, Best
Historical (Reader Views, NIEBA), Best YA (Writer’s Digest, Hollywood
Book Festival), Best Commercial Novel (Eric Hoffer), Book of the Year
(Foreword Reviews)

 
Even in the year 1717, one month, one week, or one day, can make all the difference in the world.
 
One month ago, Tess Willoughby was the daughter of a well-to-do physician in London, and she witnessed the murder of an old seer. Coming into possession of the dead woman’s odd ring – an ancient Spinner ring, known by the locals as the Ring of Prophesy, she was wrongly accused by her father of having stolen the ring.
Three weeks ago, by her father’s arrangement for the family, she became an unwilling passenger on a merchant ship bound for the pirate-infested waters of the Caribbean.
Two weeks ago, at her father’s insistence, she became forcibly betrothed to a man who she recognized as being the seer’s murderer – a man who covets her only for her ring.
One week ago, she met a sailor and experienced the thrill of being in love for the first time.
Two days ago, she realized that such a secret love would endanger them both, and, heart-broken, she was forced to choose her loyalty. 
Yesterday, her fiancé betrayed her during a pirate attack and those she loved were slaughtered.
Today, she is plotting to save her own life and perhaps to take his in retribution. The ring is urging her to decide quickly…
 
Tomorrow will be too late.
 
 
 
Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Dianne Greenlay is the author of the hilarious story, THE CAMPING GUY, as well as QUINTSPINNER – A PIRATE’S QUEST and DEADLY MISFORTUNE, Books One and Two in a fast-paced award – winning adventure series, set in the 1700’s, in the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies. Greenlay is also a playwright, producer, and Creative Director of the long-running community theater group, Darkhorse Theatre. She is fluent in at least her mother tongue and she thanks her fierce English teachers for that. More of her thoughts on life can be found at www.diannegreenlay.com.

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15 Responses to “IT’S THE MARCH BOOK FRENZY!! YES, INDEEDY!”

  1. lisa March 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Loved the blurb…

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    • Dianne Greenlay March 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa. It was a work-in-progress for awhile, but I’m really happy with it now. (Effective blurbs are so hard to polish up, aren’t they?) Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. Christine Rains March 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    The ten things you wish you’d known list is awesome! I agree with every point. It’s hard, but it’s more than worth it. The March Book Frenzy is fantastic! 🙂

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    • Dianne Greenlay March 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      Hi Christine, thanks for dropping by! I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy meeting the rest of the authors and the hosting bloggers on this tour! It’s wonderful.

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  3. Jackie Weger March 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Hi, Dianne. I stopped in to say hello and see how you are coping with the hop. I’ve been working FB pages…checking in with our blog hosts to say thank you. I’ll be in touch later. Do tick all of our author’s names and visit their sites to say hello when you have a chance.

    So nice to have you in enovel Authors at Work
    Cordially Jackie Weger eNovel Authors at Work

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    • Dianne Greenlay March 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Jackie, this hop that you have organized for us is terrific! I’m on my way now to do drop-ins on my fellow authors. 😀

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  4. jennyharperauthor March 28, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Spiced rum, huh? There’s one I haven’t tried. I loved your post – thank you. If you have time, do drop in on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/authorjennyharper, it would be great to meet there.

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    • Dianne Greenlay March 28, 2014 at 8:11 am #

      And funnily enough and by coincidence only, being that I write about pirates, the brand is Captain Morgan!
      Headin’ on over to your FB page now. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Jackie Weger (@JackieWeger) March 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Hi, Dianne! I just stopped in to say I’m enjoying being in the March Book Frenzy Tour with you. Your blog is snazzy! And colorful! I love it.

    Jackie Weger

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    • Dianne Greenlay March 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      Thanks, Jackie! The tour is great fun and we owe it all to you. Such a great opportunity to make connection with other writers and bloggers. 🙂

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  6. abutcherswife March 29, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    Hi Dianne,
    I certainly found your book cover very intriguing. I have enjoyed being part of the hop. You give some great advice in your list – it certainly looks like a lot of hard work, judging by the authors I have worked with.
    Kate Books, Crafts and Pretty Things

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    • Dianne Greenlay March 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

      I have really enjoyed being a part of this hop, too. Getting a book out there is hard work – not hard in the sense of digging ditches hard – just requiring so many skills and a huge chunk of time devoted to it, but in the end it is absolutely enjoyable! Thank you for dropping by and I’m really pleased to hear that you liked the Quintspinner cover.

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  7. Maria Behar March 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    I commented on this same guest post over at the Fabulosity Reads blog, but I wanted to let you know that I really liked the cover and plot of “Quintspinner”. Although the Kindle edition is on sale, I do prefer to read printed books, so I will be buying the paperback edition, I already have it on my Amazon fantasy wish list, as well as my Goodreads TBR shelves!

    And BTW, your guest post is DAMN FINE STUFF!! Lol. : )

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    • Dianne Greenlay March 30, 2014 at 8:32 am #

      Maria, thanks for dropping by and getting in touch with me. I sure appreciate your support of our March Book Frenzy. I’m especially tickled to hear that you like the cover and plot for “Quintspinner”. I perused your site as well and have to say that the colors there are amazing! Those deep rich blue tones are the perfect background for everything you have posted, and that’s saying something since your blog has an amazing array of covers and book info. Absolutely wonderful!

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  8. Maria Behar March 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    P.S. Your book is one of the two I featured in my own March Book Frenzy post!

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