Descriptions for heat levels in book list

------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Support and networking

In Saturday's blog at Rainy Day Thought, I wrote about the lack of support often seen in our country for all indie arts (painting, writing, sculpture, music). One of the commenters said something I thought was so true. "I do find that fellow artists ... are more supportive than folks who don't produce art. We know the creative experience, and the joy of selling our work."

In Amazon's Meet Our Authors forum, I have seen so much support for other authors that it's heartening. They take joy in someone's winning a contest or getting a good review from a top reviewer. They write about the works they have bought and enjoyed or what other authors are doing. What these writers understand and in which I've written here and totally believe-- we don't lose when we encourage others in what we are also doing. The pie isn't a certain size; and if they win, we lose. We all win by building positive energy.

In that vein, I thought I'd share a few of their blog URLs here for anyone who is interested in learning what's going on with other writers, what their latest project is, and who they are. These are just the ones I regularly peek in to see what they are doing. There are many more out there like them and if you have such places and would like to tell others, share them in the comments.

There are a few others I read when I come across them, not to mention some group blogs which you can find if you click on the authors' names above.

Marketing is my weakest point; and when I got into this in December 2011, I knew without a corporation behind a writer, marketing would be key. I understood that it would take going beyond Amazon to even get books seen.

To figure out how to market your work, you can buy a lot of books or go to many websites. Some of their ideas I have tried like Twitter (which I still don't really understand how it works to get your work seen), Pinterest, Facebook, and blogs just for the books.

In my opinion, after almost two years, it is the networks that help the most; and when it is made up of writers who support each other, that's the best of the best. Even if it didn't sell a book, it's the support that makes a writer not feel so alone.

For me, when I see the writers encouraging each other, it puts out a positive energy. So much of being a writer is solitary that it's good to go somewhere and see that kind of support which I've seen time and again at Meet Our Authors Forum and its 'Western Romance Authors Post Here' link.

August sunset in the Oregon Coast Range from our place


Tara Crowley said...

thanks for the links, I will check them out. A gifted writer, IMHO, is T. Clear who is a Seattle based poet extraordinaire. Also happens to be a personal friend. She has a book coming out in the fall. is her url and she posts photos and other writings as well. Quite a creative person!

Rec'd your post, and will be shipping your calendar tomorrow or Thrs. Thanks again for the support!

Lyn Horner said...

Rain, you are so right! Thank you for including me in your list, my friend. And we ARE friends, even if we've never met face to face.

The MOA Forum took a lot of heat from authors when Amazon first started it a few years ago. Many felt they were being relegated to a kind of prison where they couldn't mingle with readers, the people we all want to reach. To an extent that is true, but the MOA and especially the "Western Romance Authors Please Post Here" thread has become my favorite hangout. Hosted by Maggie O., the best friend any author could wish for, it's one of the most supportive groups I've ever come across.

A few authors I would add to your list are Caroline Clemmons, Jacquie Rogers, Ella Quinn, and Shirley Hicks (aka mountainmama. I could go on and on. If anyone wants to find these wonderful people, just do a search on the net. They will quickly come up.

Susan Horsnell said...

Thank you Rain for such a heartfelt blog and for including me.
As a new author I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the support and encouragement fellow authors have shown me. Coming across the Western Authors Forum was the best thing that could have happened for my writing.
I take such joy and encouragement from everyones achievements. It makes me very proud to know such wonderful people.