IWSG Day & #Wattys2016

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It’s the third day of the month and you know what that means. It’s IWSG day! And what do we do on IWSG day? We share our woes and triumphs as well as encourage our fellow writers on this crazy writing journey. And as always, thanks to creating this community goes to ninja extraordinaire, Alex Cavanaugh!

To find out more about the group and/or maybe even sign-up, click on the badge above.  And don’t forget to check out the co-hosts for August: Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG.

So, what’s going on with me in the final month of my blogging break?

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How to Set Up a Blog Tour & Cover Reveal!

How to Set Up a Blog Tour & Cover Reveal!

Happy Leap Day and Monday!

As you know, my first blog tour begins tomorrow with my first tour stop at Quanie Talks Writing. And in planning my own tour, here are a few things I’ve learned along the way. But first let’s get into why you should do a blog tour as opposed to a book tour.

They’re both great ways to find and grow an audience. But at a book tour you’re doing just that in person. You can touch, see, hear, and smell your audience and vice versa. Yet doing a book tour requires travel and hotel expenses (if you’re doing tours in one or more states). Don’t forget lugging around your books too.

If you have the budget to do a book tour in and outside your community, then go ahead. But if you’re like me and don’t have the necessary funds, then a blog tour is right up your alley.

So here are some steps I’ve learned from being a tour host myself. From preparing my own tour, research and asking advice from others. And definitely not in order:


  1. Set a tour date. It can be a week or two weeks. It can be longer if you wish it. But set your tour date at least 6-8 weeks away. My tour is from March to April because as a poetess I want to take advantage of Women’s History Month in March. And National Poetry Month in April. And I’ve been planning my blog tour since December/January. Continue reading

Blues Bones Cover Reveal by Rick Starkey

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Happy Monday!

I’m always excited to spread the word about other authors and their books. So of course, I’m happy to be a part of today’s cover reveal by Rick Starkey.

If you love supernatural stories, you might want to check out “Blues Bones.” And don’t forget to take advantage of the pre-order sale before its official release date on March 7th! Continue reading

Why Do I Write by Anna Simpson

Hi, I hope everyone has been enjoying the new year so far! If not, I hope it gets better.

Today, I have guest blogger and IWSG member Anna Simpson, about why she writes. Also, don’t forget to check our her new book, “White Light”!

Guest Post — Why do I Write?

Thanks for having me here today Lidy. I hope you don’t regret it.

Why I write is simple and complicated. Continue reading