Friday, May 30, 2014

My ears are burning...wish I was at BEA

For the past two years I've been going to BEA (Bookexpo America) but this year I stayed home to get some writing done. I'm living vicariously through my agent who is meeting with various parties on my behalf. I'm pleased to announce we've secured one deal, but more on that at a later time as I want to make sure the ink is dry on the contract before I say anything publicly, but I'm very excited about this new opportunity and I'm sure you will be too.

I'm also monitoring tweets and as I noted in my last blog post, I was thrilled to hear that Otis Chandler, CEO of Goodreads brought up during the Digital pre-conference how I'm using Goodreads to help connect with my readers. Well yesterday my ears were burning as I suspect Patrick Brown (Director of Author Marketing at Goodreads brought my name up again in his 1:00 Panel: Goodreads 201: Advanced Tips for Driving Book Discovery. The reason for my suspicion is this tweet:

I'm so glad that the people at Goodreads think I'm a good example. I LOVE the site, and I've been happily participating in their Ask the Author initiative.  I'll be writing more in the future about what I do, and how I do it, as I hope more authors and readers start connecting on this fabulous site. In the meantime, here are is a link to an article I did for Amazing Stories Magazine with some tips for how Authors should interact on reading communities.

For those at BEA, I hope you are having a great time. I'm especially envious of those meeting and greeting in the Author Hub as I'd love to sit around and "talk shop" with some of these incredible authors. Oh well, perhaps next year...but for now I'm going to get back to writing so that my whole reason for staying home accomplishes my goal.


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