Thanks to Kim Curley at Cupcake’s corner I’ve been tagged.
There you have it everyone. Post the link to your responses in a comment or just in a comment itself. Either is fine with me.
pick 5 people:
What should you do when you find out people online are talking badly about you?
Oh no someone on the internet is saying something bad about me I must respond NOW. Before responding you may want to read my rules for appearing intelligent on the internet. Below are some of the ways to respond… or not.
1. I must correct them NOW or Maybe I need to respond.
If you can respond calmly and feel a response is needed make sure to have a couple of people read the original statements in context (i.e. full post) and then have them review your response. It is critical if you decide to respond that you do so carefully so as not to harm your reputation more. Sometimes this is needed just do it correctly.
2. Who cares?
I’ve used this method a few times. Each time I’ve come out ahead as people look at what I do and say and what is being said about me and see that it does not add up. Yes I may lose some potential clients and followers but not as many as I would have if I’d responded directly. In the end the person attacking me looked either vindictive or stupid. This can be surprisingly satisfying but I will admit I write the response I really want to and then put it away and re-read my rules on appearing intelligent on the internet after sleeping on it for 24 hours.
3. Would responding indirectly make more sense?
I’ve used this method a number of times. Posting either on my blog or on FB about internet behavior as well as ethical behavior without the person who attacked me (and others) realizing I’m responding to the attack. By appearing to ignore the attack while posting useful information you create a win-win.
Does writing for your target market increase or decrease your creativity?
Many authors think it decreases creativity. I disagree and think it increases creativity.
Your target market is who you are aiming to sell your book or any other product to. No product is aimed at everyone.
I’ve talked previously about how to do Target Market Research in a way that benefits both the person selling a product and the person being targeted on social media.
In this post I’ll be talking about writing books and how knowing your target market increases your creativity and makes your book easier to sell and more fun for the reader. I will use fairly simplified examples. Please forgive me for any stereotyping.
If you don’t know who your target market is you don’t know what kind of language to use when writing a book. This may hamper your creativity. How do you know how much sex to include? How much swearing? Which characters to focus on? Whether to describe clothing and settings in detail? How much to focus on explosions and bloody bodies? You can only go by your gut and hope your editor has enough knowledge of your genre to catch any mistakes you are writing.
But you are a 1st time author and are hoping to get picked up by a publishing firm. Or maybe you have decided to self-publish. How do you know which editor to hire if you don’t know your target market? How do you make sure your work is appropriate for your genre?
Yep you got it you need to know your target market. Once you know your target market you know what language to use. And you may realize you don’t want to write that book but something a bit different.
If I’m writing a police procedural I know the readers are going to expect a mystery, dead bodies, swearing, bullets, some sex, not much romance, mystery solved
Are you seeing a trend yet? Ok but you are saying that is genre NOT target market.
But the more you know about your target market the more you are able to appeal to them in what you write. If you know 60% of romance readers have pets (NO this is NOT a valid stat I just made it up) then you might want to include pets in your books. If you know a majority of your readers are single/divorced/have kids/etc. it helps you with little details and ways to reach out to them. Either by including things that comfort them or things they long for or things they want to be scared by.
Agree or disagree?
Have you written with your target market in mind?
A huge thank you to Tasha Turner. for having me here today! I’m here today to promote Shadow Man, the second book in my paranormal action adventure Lash series.
The harsh truth is that if you are a writer, you are going to have to come to terms with rejection. It happens to the best of us on a regular basis. Here are some do and don’t tips for handling that “Sorry, but No” answer in your inbox or mailbox. Best of all, this advice can be applied to ALL kinds of rejections, not just for artistic creations.
The same advice above holds true in all rejections, be they blind dates, a job, or maybe even friendship. If someone doesn’t know you personally, they are judging you solely on the basis of the little that they DO know about you. And even if they are—-in worst case scenario—-mean in their rejection, do your best to shrug it off. Their opinion is not the whole world’s opinion. Don’t let that stop you from making your dreams come true!
A renegade vampire begins amassing a flock of true believers, threatening America’s vampire hierarchy. Weresnake Lash partners with old enemy Danial and new allies Burl and Spiderboy to track down and annihilate them. Betrayed and left for dead, Lash reemerges the victor, edging ever upward in the Assassin’s Ranking, and catching the eye of the sultry nightclub singer Cassandra Nile. Drawn into drugs by Cassie, Lash begins to doubt himself, yearning to leave his life of violence, even as enemies close in from every side.
“What’s that smoke?” Spiderboy asked, changing back as he pulled on his clothes as fast as he could. “Something’s burning, and it’s huge!”
My gut clenched like a fist, and I hit the accelerator, swearing to myself.
I drove up to the small town outside Lafayette at dusk. It was smoking, and the grocery store and the diner were partly burned. There was no one in their homes, and no pets to be seen. The old man I’d spoken to years ago was gone, his house empty, the lights on. But something made me curious. By the breakfast plates set out in the kitchen, it was clear that he’d been fixing breakfast this very morning. So how had the vampires come for him in daylight?
We checked the other houses, our guns out and ready. Everyone was gone, though some, by the blood and mess left in the houses, had not gone willingly. By the time we were done, it was full dark.
When we went to the church, we found that it was burned too, to the ground. Standing in the still-smoldering ashes was a three-foot-tall pole, the top covered with a black bag. Spiderboy’s eyes were very wide as he stood, staring, but I just walked up to the pole, and gently took the bag off. As soon as I did, Spiderboy threw up behind me, making mewling sounds.
Stuck on the end of the pole was Jeanna’s head, her mouth lolling open to reveal a tongue that had been split by a knife so it was forked. Her fangs had been pulled out, and her eyes burnt to cinders. The word ‘traitor’ had been deeply burned into the flesh of her forehead.
I stood for a moment, considering the message. The forked tongue meant Eli knew I was spying on him, or that I’d been working with her. The brand of ‘traitor’ and the pulled fangs meant he knew it was Jacob behind this, that Jeanna hadn’t been working just with me. She’d been covered to ensure that the sun wouldn’t be able to erase what she’d suffered before I got a chance to see it.
I didn’t know who’d killed her or tortured her, but someone had come for the humans here in the day, to take them. And there was only one group I knew of that worked for Eli who could walk in daylight: the members of the werecreature church.
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Meseries. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
Tara’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fox-Hall/151813374904903
Amazon Webpage: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Fox-Hall/e/B005YPAA4W
Tara also runs a monthly contest on her website where one lucky winner will win any of her latest release in eBook form. To take part email her to join her mailing list.
By Tasha Turner
Always say thanks when someone guests you on their blog (tweet this)
If you are a guest on someone’s website/blog it is really important that you promote your appearance and thank them for having you. Otherwise they are unlikely to be interested in having you again. For example: If I post a link on your page saying “hey I got your post up” it is not hard for you to comment “hey thanks looks great”. Nor is it hard for you to comment on the post or share it from there. This is the same for author spotlights, interviews, anything except a review (well if I post it to your page you could say thanks).
When I’m hosted on someone’s blog I do a quick except on my blog and link over to their blog in addition to FB and tweeting about it and tagging them in the shares and tweets. Why? To drive traffic to them as a thanks for having me.
Remember social networking is about building relationships. This means thanking people when they do something nice for us and when we can helping their visibility as well as our own.
Some days I wonder; who am I giving advice to authors? I don’t have a book published. Then I read a blog or a book by a major best-selling author giving advice to newbies … or realize I’m shooting the breeze sharing advice with one on twitter and I realize all these years of being on the fringes of hanging out with big 6 editors, authors, and others in the biz has taught me a lot. Do they know me by name? No but their friends do, and some might think I look familiar… that has to count for something right?
Books rarely sell right after you’ve taken an action but your name gets out there. (tweet this)
Branding yourself takes time. You need a marketing plan that covers the next year (or more). Know your target market. In the digital age books can stay on the shelves longer than ever before so take advantage of the time. Get your name out there. Be friendly. Be helpful. Be interesting to your target market.
Promote yourself more than your books. (tweet this)
And never, ever forget: WRITE A GOOD BOOK. Write another book. Rinse and repeat. The above is true whether you are going traditional publishing or self-publishing.
by Tasha Turner
Are we asking our fans to work for us and forgetting to thank them for buying our books? (tweet this)
My issue with many of these “help a writer” pictures is that they ignore the fact that the reader has helped the writer by purchasing the book. I feel like they should say “additional ways to support your favorite writers” or “another way to show love to a writer” but I’m concerned that we are starting to devalue in my mind the biggest thing people do for us writers… Buy our books.
One of the signs floating around also accidentally offend book reviewers so before posting a sign we need to look at the wording carefully and think about who will see it and how it might sound to them. I can’t find the one that had a number of book reviewers talking about and being upset about it. I hope one of my readers has it and shares it with us.
Don’t make me fell like a loser please comment…. or you know don’t I’ll survive… Is the guilt working? Yeah I didn’t think so.
As mentioned during the Tasha Turner Coaching Virtual Blog Tour we are finally creating a book review policy. Ritesh Kala and Natalie Star helped us draft this policy. During the time of the tour there were a lot of discussions on the web between book reviewers and authors.
Good book review policies make life easier on everyone ~Tasha Turner (tweet this)
We have a bit of a backlist so it may be a a while before we get to your book. Please let us know if the book you are asking us to review has an upcoming release date or a special promo date and we will do our best to accommodate it.
Reviews will be posted here on Tasha Turner Coaching’s blog, Goodreads, Amazon and linked to our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Send an email with the following information
If your book received a good rating, we will most certainly promote you, as an author, as well as your book. We are happy to host giveaways, blog tours, guest posts and interviews. We expect YOU to promote your posts as well as to comment on any post. If we do a review you should promote the review but not comment. For books that we do not feel are up to snuff we will talk with the author to discuss whether to post or not.
By building a network you create something bigger than yourself. ~Tasha Turner (tweet this)
It is a wonderful feeling to put two friends in touch and see something wonderful happen. Be it a guest spot on a blog, a book cover, a beta reader, a new supporter, new friendships, I know my network is working. You just never know what the new person you meet might become to you:
If you spend all your time thinking “what will the person do for me” rather than “let’s be friends” and “what can I do for them” you will never find out what they could have been for you.
If you are always wondering what someone can do for you; you are confused about social networking. (tweet this)
If you are wondering how to bring your book/product/service up instead of just being part of the conversation you are confused. Let them find your books/etc. by following you to your blog.
Teaching target marketing is hard work. Every time I think I’ve mastered how to explain it someone comes to me saying “I’m still confused”.
Today I’m looking for help from my readers. Here are my questions for you:
The assignment was: write in 5 sentences or less:
So many vampire books available it can be overwhelming, but what about Jewish vampires? Ones that can go out during the day, are immune to holy water, crosses, even being staked through the heart? Targeting men, women, Jews in their 30s and 40s, my book focuses on best friends turned in one moment from men fleeing a concentration camp into vampires. What if one goes on a killing rampage? How do you decide between human strangers and your best friend and the only other Jewish vampire?
Can you pitch your book in 5 sentences? Challenge your friends (tweet this)
cover artist, Covadonga Palacio Perez.