I don't know if you've heard about the Writing Gals, but they're kind of awesome, and they are all members of the LDS Beta Readers group.
They are four girls, staying up late, talking about writing. They have amazing tips for writing, marketing, and publishing.
In their 4th episode of their podcast that we are re-sharing today, here are some of the topics they hit on:
-The idea of the slow release launch to create a healthy spike of sales on Amazon
-Should you do a preorder?
-Magnet/Newsletters and how to get subscribers
-Review teams (scream teams)
-What you shouldn't waste your time on during a launch
-Series vs stand-alone books
-30/60/90 sales spike
-AMS Ads/FB Ads
Let's support our Writing Gals! They are such an asset in the writing community and we love them!
We are so proud of all of our published authors. It's hard to put your work out there for others to scrutinize it. Here are some of the books that have been published in June from LDS Beta Reader members:
We are happy to spotlight one of our LDS Beta Reader members this month: Shaunna Gonzalez
do you write?
write because it gives me something to do. I'm an MS sufferer and so I'm
limited in my abilities, but writing is something I can do and I do it
is your experience in the publishing world?
published with a small publishing house, they did nothing for me so that is
when I decided to go with the indy publishing world. It doesn't do much but it
does a bit every month so I guess it is a win. I would like to make it big and
learned last night that I need a big blogger to come on board, know of any one?
advice do you have for young writers?
something every day. It may turn into a great novel or it may not, but at least
you are learning to discipline yourself.
regrets do you have in your writing career if any?
regret not starting sooner. With seven novels under my belt and the steep
learning curve, I do regret not starting sooner.
goals and dreams do you still have in the writing field?
goals and dreams--to one day be recognized as a wonderful author not just of
contemporary romance but of the mystery series.
did you grow up?
grew up in Idaho on a not so small of a farm. Oh, we thought it was small back
then but as I have matured, I realize the land my father owned was no small
feat. The farm has since been cut up and sold off as my father died when I was
young. Now the only holdings in the valley are my brothers and there is a lot
of ground that he owns that I didn't even know about when I was young. The barn
that my father moved onto the farm was once a saloon and from it grew my first
genre do you write and why?
started writing time-travel because it was the one genre my husband had an
interest in, but it has morphed into crime drama. I write what I know and as a
sufferer of MS, my feelings are somewhat stunted, but I love to write and crime
seems to fill that void.
Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married
over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her
storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the
written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript
will remain buried, she has continued to learn.
told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair -- due to her
Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In
other words muddles on.)
has worked as a professional reviewer for InD'Tales eMagazine for three years.
In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line
chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA) She prefers to write
romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense and time-travel
genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze
Publishing in 2012, re-released in 2015.
Bringing back one of our old ones, but good ones: How to Write the First Best Chapter
This class is prerecorded. You may still ask questions in the comments and your peers will do their best to answer. If you don't receive an answer to your question, you may also contact Nikki—she's a wonderful person who would love to answer your question when she has time :)
About this class: When your reader scopes your first chapter, imagine it like he’s trying to get a date. Does he pick the cute girl studying in the corner, or the gal who announces she’s new in town, has tickets to a hockey game, and is dying to try the local food rave? You know the answer. He goes for the girl who’s ready to live a new story, and yes, he goes for a first chapter that promises the same.
Is it depressing to invent all that coolness and figure out how to show it off in the first 12-20 pages AND set up a story arc, theme, and inner conflict at the same time?
Heck, no! I love first chapters!
First chapters are so full of promise that sometimes readers cheat on their existing books just to ride the first-chapter wave all over again with a new one. (Not me. I break-up first.)