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Social Media, Book Sales and Managing Expectations

Although I originally broadcast this episode back in 2011, the advice is still relevant. It’s a delicate balance between budget, time, and expectations but if you’re going to make an impression and sell books as an independent author, social media is a necessary tool (in addition to “traditional” events like local speaking engagements). As someone who manages social media for individuals and businesses, it’s always a challenge to help authors understand its value when all they can see is the bottom line. I get it. You have limited resources and need to see a return on your investment asap. I wish we lived in a world where there was a direct correlation between effort (e.g. an appearance on a Blog Talk Radio show) and results (immediately following your interview you sell 100 books). Sadly, we don’t.

Then again, with traditional print advertising, there’s never been a guarantee that an ad costing X amount of dollars would directly result in X amount of sales. Either way, it’s a time commitment for the social media consultant hired to manage your blog and/or platforms so you can concentrate on the other more important obligations in your life — such as family and day job.

Anyway, I happened across the archived episode back when I was in a different business partnership. I hope it’s helpful for anyone curious about using social media platforms for success as an independent author. And let me close by adding I am very grateful to be in business with Lisa Tarves now!

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Writestream Tuesday with author Tracy Lawson

Can’t get enough dystopia? Then tune in to Writestream Tuesday on September 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I’ll interview Buddhapuss author Tracy Lawson about her debut novel, Counteract:

CounteractTwo strangers-their destinies entwined-must work together to thwart a terrorist the country never suspected.

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver’s licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.
Now, there’s a new threat-airborne chemical weapons that could be activated at any time. But the OCSD has an antidote: Just three drops a day is all it takes to stay safe. It’s a small price to pay for safety.
Or is it…

Sounds hauntingly familiar, doesn’t it?

Here’s a bit about Tracy from her bio at Tracy Lawson Books.com:

Author Tracy Lawson.
Author Tracy Lawson.

Tracy knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Princeton High School. While in a student there, she turned her writing efforts toward journalism. She was an editor for the school newspaper, news director for the Princeton Instructional Television station, and also worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Suburban Press weekly newspaper.

She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in 1988, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications degree.

After working for a time in advertising and as an investigative analyst for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, Tracy settled into a career in the performing arts, teaching dance and choreographing musicals.

Tracy has had a long-time interest in her family’s history and genealogy, and she never lost the desire to write.

I am looking forward to a fascinating interview on Tuesday and invite you to call in with your questions and comments at (347) 945-7246. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with author Tracy Lawson and the Right Wing Riot.


Speaking of, at the 2 p.m. hour The Prince of Whitebread and the Riot Gurlz, Scary Smart and Ms. Always Right stampede the airwaves with their “Public Service Satire” on the political and cultural news of the day. Laugh until you cry with the Luminaries of Liberty!

We’ll see you on September 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern for Writestream Tuesday.


Love Liberty & Lip Gloss relaunches with guest Cindy Papale!

Lisa Tarves and I are delighted to announce the relaunch of Love Liberty & Lip Gloss on Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m. Eastern with our special guest, author and breast cancer survivor Cindy Papale. Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cindy will talk to us about her journey through treatment and recovery, the evolution of her book The Empty Cup Runneth Over, and her tireless activism on behalf of women, cancer patients and those who love them.

The vivacious and indefatigable Cindy Papale.
The vivacious and indefatigable Cindy Papale.

Cindy and I have been pals for several years, having met on a mutual friend’s Blog Talk Radio show back in 2009. I am absolutely thrilled she could join Lisa and I on October 2 on the new and improved Love Liberty & Lip Gloss!

To listen online, click on this link to Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Cindy Papale. You can also listen by phone by dialing (347) 945-7246. We look forward to seeing you there!



Writestream Tuesday with author Susyn Blair-Hunt and the Right Wing Riot

Several weeks ago, the beautiful Lisa Tarves hosted psychic, astrologer and author Susyn Blair-Hunt on Just Believe, where she offered free readings to listeners. If you missed Just Believe with Lisa Tarves and Susyn Blair-Hunt, click to listen.


As Lisa’s call screener during these broadcasts, I have the opportunity to listen in. I was very intrigued and impressed by Susyn’s abilities, and the way she interacted with every caller seeking answers.  And since she’s also written a book entitled Tarot Prediction & Divination: Unveiling the Three Layers of Meaning, I decided to invite her onto Writestream Tuesday. During this interview on September 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern, there will be NO live readings; the exclusive focus will be on Susyn – her background, career, book, and knowledge of the metaphysical. I also plan to ask her to clarify the many misconceptions and stereotypes about psychics and psychic ability.

If listeners would like to call in to ask questions about the psychic profession, we welcome them to do so at (347) 945-7246. The chat room will also be open.


In the second hour, The Luminaries of Liberty – Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right and The Prince of Whitebread – ignite the Right Wing Riot, their unique brand of Public Service Satire on the current political and cultural issues facing our country.  Will Aunt Scary Smart read a fairy tale to Pajama Boy? You’ll have to tune in to find out! ;)

Join us for Writestream Tuesday with author Susyn Blair-Hunt and the Right Wing Riot at 1 p.m. Eastern on September 9. 

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