How to Be an Author

Treat day! We’re going to fill your brain with lots of helpful writing tips such as: How to create romantic tension! How to use Facebook to increase reader interaction and engagement! How to succeed in the world of independent publishing! And the truth about self-publishing! All for you!

I apologize for having gone missing lately. I’ve recently released book two in the Blueberry Springs series, Whiskey and Gumdrops, and have been blogging on other blogs. So, today, I’m going to share those links here so you won’t miss out on the helpfulness I’ve been spreading around the Internet.

How to Create Romantic Tension

So…how the heck do you create romantic tension if your character don’t get together until the end of the book? Jemi Fraser asked me to discuss how to create romantic tension over at her great blog. Here’s a sneak peek:

I decided while writing my latest book, Whiskey and Gumdrops, that I needed some significant romantic tension between the hero and heroine. But how could I do that when they don’t even ‘get together’ in the book in an x-rated way? How could I give them a few kisses, but not let them get together? How could I keep them battling each other but not let the heroine give in until the end of the book? (Oh damn, that was a spoiler, wasn’t it? Oh, let’s face it. It’s a romance! You know they’re going to get together!)

First of all, I had to give them history. They’d dated in the past but had been ‘just friends’ for eons.

Then I had to give them different wants.

Keep reading over at Jemi’s blog and get more tips on how to create vital tension.

Have readers noticed the romantic tension? I think so! Amazon reviewers Jessie Bollen Redding says: “…she does a fabulous job of keeping the books steamy while giving them an actual plot.” That steaminess–that’s the romantic tension at work seeing as all they do is share a handful of kisses!

How to Use Facebook to Increase Reader Engagement

Ever wondered what Facebook was good for? Ever wondered about launching a book using Facebook? Ever wondered how to get readers to like your author page and then interact with you? Over on author Michelle Hauck’s blog I share the insider tricks I used to increase engagement on my Facebook page as well as in my Facebook event–an online real-time launch party for my new release, Whiskey and Gudmrops. Here’s a sneak peek:

Facebook is a platform that allows readers to jump to one place and interact and see the whole string of a conversation. It’s easier to interact than, say, Twitter, where using a hashtag can be unreliable (you see the same tweets more than once, or you miss some). In my case, a lot of romance readers are on Facebook. I didn’t use Facebook much before releasing my book, but now that I’ve figured out that is the best place to interact with my readers, it is where I spend the bulk of my social media time.

You can keep reading about how I doubled my Facebook likes, and flooded Michelle’s inbox with notifications right here.

How to Succeed in the Indie Publishing World

I share tips that helped me get my free book into #1 status on in the women’s fiction humor free category as well as on the first page for searches of ‘chick lit’ and the like over on author Julie Farrell’s blog. (You’ll want to stay tuned to her blog as I’ll be doing part 2 of the interview which will be about launching a book and online launch parties.) Here’s a sneak peek:

5) Don’t spend a ton of money on advertising unless you are VERY certain it will pay for itself in book sales. The amazing thing about indie publishing is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot!

6) Expect to be pirated. Think of it as free marketing by people who wouldn’t buy your book anyway. But if copies of your book show up on legitimate book vendors and you didn’t put it there report it. Immediately.

7) Make writing the next book a priority. That means write. Even if you have to do it in an ER or tire shop or with your two-year-old stuffing muffin down your shirt.

Read more tips such as the importance of choosing your book’s keywords and categories on Julie’s blog.

The Truth About Self-Publishing

And finally, one more post about writing. Over on author J. Lea Lopez’s blog I’m dishing the truth about going the indie route and more! Here’s a sneak peek:

How much time do you have? How much work are you willing to do? How much do you enjoy learning? If you don’t mind working hard, learning lots, experimenting, and spending your time on publishing then self-publishing is great. I’ve met self-publishers who are surprised their books aren’t selling, but it is almost always because they haven’t learned the business, haven’t put the work in to ensure success. In self-publishing you are every person and get to control your avenues quite heavily. If that thrills you, then self-publishing might be right for you. I feel like I should be one of those drug commercials right now: Self-publishing might cause, insanity, anxiety, hives, freak outs, melt downs, excessive worrying, and other symptoms. Talk to your doctor to see if self-publishing is right for you.

You can keep reading about symptoms and remedies over on Jen’s blog.

There you go, four posts to make up for my silence here on The Helpful Writer. Which post did you find most helpful? Is there anything you are curious about and would like to me to blog about next week? Let me know in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you have been waiting for Whiskey and Gumdrops or want to check out the romantic tension first hand you can get your copy for only $2.99!

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2 comments on “How to Be an Author
  1. Jemi Fraser says:

    Great tips everywhere Jean! Thanks! :)

    • jeanoram says:

      Thank you for having me on your blog, Jemi! It was fun. :) AND it got me thinking about Mandy and Frankie and how awesome they are together. Such fun!

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