Happy Anniversary CLFA!

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Just over a year ago, my friend and fabulous writer/author Jamie Wilson added me to a new Facebook group –  Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance. And I am so thankful she did because I’ve not only developed wonderful friendships but also discovered a wealth of creative talent to interview on Writestream Tuesday. Eventually, my involvement in the CLFA led to a great new segment in the show’s second hour – Right Wing Riot – Public Service Satire featuring Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right, and The Prince of Whitebread.

And on Tuesday, December 16, I’ll welcome one of CLFA’s founders, Marina Fontaine, to the program to share her thoughts about the CLFA’s  purpose, growth, and goals for 2015. We’ll also delve into universal challenges facing independent authors like choosing the right platform for you book, managing expectations, and using social media for success. Other topics to be discussed include how to write an honest but constructively critical review for fellow indy authors, and how CLFA members manage to remain friends even when passionate thread topics become….well, passionate.

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During the live show, we may even add to some of the gift-giving suggestions from the December 2 episode and welcome calls from CLFA members and Writestream listeners at (347) 945-7246.  After the first hour, stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right, and The Prince of Whitebread!

To listen via computer, click on this link to Blog Talk Radio, Writestream Tuesday: Happy Anniversary CLFA! Or to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246.

 

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The Snobby Girl Cancer Club

Announcing the formation of a new, private Facebook group for women dealing with cancer and those who love them: Snobby Girl Cancer Club.

Snobby Girl Cancer Club with Lucy

 

Meet Lucy. Lucy is our Snobby Girl mascot representing Lady Cancer Awareness.

Lucy is stepping out in her finest to promote the awareness of breast, endometrial, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer.

You are cordially invited to become of member of the Snobby Girl Club. Our club is exclusive as we are not soliciting members but alas, they will find us. You see, our girls have all dealt with cancer whether as a Fighter, NED (No Evidence of Disease), Survivor, or Caregiver. Lucy is our symbol of beauty and hope for a cure.

We will be offering a line of clothing with Lucy and Ovarian Cancer Awareness. She will sport a sassy little ribbon off of her tail. As of now, this ribbon is teal; however, we have plans to incorporate other colors.

Maureen and I have several plans in the works for full line of Snobby Girl apparel and other items, so stay tuned to her Maureen Miles Bucci Author Page for breaking news. See you in the Snobby Girl Club! 😉

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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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