Category Archives: Social marketing

10 secrets to success I learned during 10 years of publishing #publishinghacks #indieauthor

In July, I celebrated my tenth anniversary as a published author. Ten years ago I signed my first publishing contract. Since then, I’ve published 40 titles, switched from traditional publishing to indie, changed genres, and hit the USA Today bestseller … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Self publishing, Social marketing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

2018 in review: a year in which strategy & planning paid off…

The bottom line: 2018 was a record-setting book sales year for me. I had my best sales year and single best pie-in-the sky month, hitting goals that once had seemed impossible. I had set a focused strategy, followed the plan, … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing, Self publishing, Social marketing | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

#BestNine — Favorite Instagram photos of 2018

It’s interesting what people think is interesting. I went through my Instagram posts of 2018 and pulled my “best nine” posts of the year. My favorite photos, the ones I was excited to share, weren’t the ones that got the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Life 101, Social marketing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What authors can learn about publishing from real estate…#publishing #Indieauthor #writetip #pubtip

While watching my favorite real estate shows on HGTV, I had an epiphany…the book business is a lot like real estate. Using real estate as a metaphor illuminates why some books sell and others don’t—and/or what you can do to … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing, Science fiction romance, Self publishing, Social marketing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Just ducky! A serendipitous gift…

My husband surprised me with a gift—a glass duck because he said he knows I like ducks (I do.). I never mentioned it to him, but I’d been looking for a duck figurine for my office desk as a reminder … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Life 101, Self publishing, Social marketing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

5 must-dos for guest bloggers and blog hosts #blogging #hacks #bloghacks #blogtips

Blogging for guests and hosts should be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Both parties have the same goal: to reach people. A guest author/blogger hopes someone else’s blog site will bring new eyes to his or her book or content, and … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Social marketing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2017 in review: a surprising renaissance year…my best ever….

The year in review blog is my annual report to myself. Compiling and analyzing the data give me insight and direction to move forward. 2017 was a pivotal year for me. It was a surprisingly great year. I’m calling 2017 … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Life 101, Self publishing, Social marketing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

What I learned in 2017 part 3: follow the crowd…except when you don’t

“Minding your own business” is bad advice when it comes to publishing. You can learn a lot by keeping tabs on your fellow authors. You’ll find out what genres and tropes are hot, what kinds of book covers are trending, … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing, Self publishing, Social marketing | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Facebook group for readers & fans of Cara Bristol books & science fiction romance #SFR

Let’s chat! I wanted to find a way to talk to readers. To hear what they like & dislike and tell them what I have in the works bookwise. Newsletters are too infrequent and don’t allow for conversation and news … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing, Social marketing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Come see my new pretty conference banner & win a prize #giveaway #swag #OIBF2017

I finally ordered a vertical banner for use at conferences. Sweet ‘n Spicy Designs, who does most of my book covers, designed the banner. (She did all the covers in the sidebar except for Krinar’s Desire & Embrace the Romance). … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Contests, Science fiction romance, Social marketing, Special promotions | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment