5 Tips to Beat Writer’s Block

5 Tips to Beat Writer’s Block

5 Tips to Beat Writer’s Block and Find the Joy in Writing Again

I think as writers, we’ve all been there. We’ve all hit that burnout phase, better and more horrifically known as Writer’s Block. It’s the bane of every writer’s existence. We strive to make art…and then, one day, for no reason at all, we can’t make anymore. Maybe it lasts for a day, maybe it lasts for a month. Maybe it lasts for a year. But for however long it lasts, to not be able to do the thing we were meant to do is absolutely soul-crushing.

How do we beat it? How do we refuse to let it get the best of us?

Here, I offer 5 tips that have proven effective for me in cases of mild to severe writer’s block. I hope they help anyone dealing with it, too.

Tip 1: TAKE A BREAK.

Now, this seems like a “No sh*t, Sherlock” statement. Isn’t writer’s block essentially a FORCED break? Yes and no. Reframe the block in your mind. It’s not that you cannot create. It’s just that your mind is telling you it’s tired. It needs rest. If you have the urge to write, but are having trouble focusing, and you spend your designated writing time staring at that little blinking cursor on your screen, that could be your mind begging you to give it some reprieve. So, what do you do? You draw a big X through the production day on your calendar, and you take a break. For the whole day. No writing. What to do instead? Read a book you’ve been dying to start. Read a magazine with a glass of wine or maybe some coffee or even a refreshing cup of tea. Take the furbabies for a walk. Relax in the bathtub, then put on some movies, or catch up on that new Netflix show that’s been on your radar. No matter what you choose, make it relaxing and soothing to your mind with as low cognitive load as possible. If the next day you’re still having trouble focusing, repeat until you feel refreshed to start writing again.

Tip 2: EXERCISE.

Sometimes, we spend hours at our computer, trying to pound out the words to meet deadlines and stay on track. We’re demanding a lot from our bodies by being sedentary for such long periods. Exercise is a wonderful thing. Not only is it good for our bodies, but it’s good for our minds too. Whatever exercise looks like for you—whether that’s a fifteen-minute stroll with your dog or on the treadmill, dancing for twenty minutes in your bedroom, running a couple miles, or a grueling, hour-long MMA workout or weight-lifting session, make it a regular part of your week. Start with one or two days a week, then work up to four or five. You might be surprised at the mental clarity you have each day when you return to your computer. Want bonus points? Every hour, get up and stretch and move your legs a little around the house. Or, every thousand words, do ten jumping jacks or crunches. Make sure you’re giving back to your body so it continues to fuel your mind.

Tip 3: SLEEP.

This might seem counterproductive, but sometimes, sleep is the very best thing you can give your body and your mind. Did you know that the vast majority of Americans are chronically sleep-deprived? You’ve heard that statistic a thousand times—we’re supposed to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Raise your hand if you hardly ever hit this range. I know my hand is up. But I’ve discovered from serious firsthand experience what a chronic lack of sleep does to me, and it’s not pretty. Like exercise, this is a habit that needs time to build up. Start shooting for one extra hour from where you currently are. If you get four hours a night now, go to bed one hour earlier, no excuses. Build from there until you hit 7 hours. Then shoot for eight. Then shoot for nine, just to finetune the right number of hours for you. And no, lying in bed scrolling Facebook or playing games for an hour before bed is NOT sleeping.

Tip 4: DRINK WATER.

Yeah, this one will send you running to the bathroom every hour, but hey! In Tip 2, I told you to move your legs every hour, right? Like sleep, most people are chronically dehydrated. This affects in a number of really awful ways, from our mood to the way our organs function to our skin and hair. Earlier this year, I made a conscious decision and effort to drink a minimum of 75 ounces of water a day. A gallon is better. This sounds like a lot of water, and it is. But you know what? In days of practicing this, I noticed some crazy things. My skin, suffering from hormonal acne breakouts for the better part of a year, started to clear. My hair, which had been thinning and brittle, started to become a little more lush and then, after a while, it grew like crazy. I had more energy, I had better mental focus, and my mood even stabilized. Water is a beautiful thing, and our bodies NEED IT TO THRIVE. So drink up!

Tip 5: CLEAR THE COBWEBS.

Sometimes our brains become like attics, where dust and debris and other crap just builds up until there’s no more room for anything else—like the effort we want to put forth in our WIP. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to write—we just can’t write the current project we’re working on. So, just for a day or two, or even an hour here and there where you need it, clear out the mental attic. Freewrite for a while, even if it’s nonsense. Work on that short story you’ve had on your mind that’s totally different from your WIP. Write a blog post. Write a poem. Outline another novel you’ve had bouncing around in your mind. Flex those creative muscles in a different way and sweep the cobwebs out, then go back to your WIP with a fresh, clean space in your mental attic.

I hope these tips help!

For more information like this, or if you just wanna chat, please drop me a line at mazzyking.com or visit me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @mazzykingwrites.

xo,

Mazzy

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An Interview with Elisa Leigh

An Interview with Elisa Leigh

Today, on the blog, I have Elisa Leigh and I’m just going to put it out there – she is awesome!  She’s my “go to” when I need to ask how to do something, book cover advice, or even for a pick me up after a bad review.  Everyone needs an Elisa in their life – I’m just sayin’!  Anyway, here she is.

An Interview with Elisa Leigh

Tell me about you and your books (how many books have you written, when did you start, what type of books, etc.)

Hi J I’ve been publishing since April 2017 and have written 27 books including short stories, novellas, and full-length novels. I recently quit teaching elementary school and became a full-time author. I write a little bit of everything, but all romance. All of my books have an HEA and there’s always plenty of steamy scenes.

How do you come up with your ideas for your books?

Sometimes I’ll hear a line in a song that makes me want to explore it and turn it into a book. Other times I’ll see a real-life situation and think hmmm that would be awesome in a book lol.

What are your tips for choosing a cover?

When choosing a cover picture you want to choose something that really catches your eye and makes you stop and want to know more. It just has to pop!

How do you deal with writer’s block?

If I’m stuck in the middle of a book, I’ll go back and reread what I’ve already written. This usually helps to give me ideas about what should happen next or helps me remember an element I need to touch on again. If I’m stuck on starting a book, I’ll read a book in the genre I’m writing in to help get my juices flowing.

Do you write to market?  Why or why not?

I think I’ve unintentionally written to market and the book did well. When I tried writing to market to replicate my success with the previous book it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Now I just write what I want to write. I do not think writing to market is bad, in fact I think it’s smart. You are giving readers what they want, so how can that be a bad thing?

What are five things you do to market your book, after you hit publish?

  1. Claim my book on BookBub. If my book is long enough, they will send an alert out to all of my followers on BookBub that I have a new release. BookBub is consistent with sending out alerts while Amazon sends alerts, but you don’t know when they will go out. Building your followers on BookBub can be very helpful.
  2. Claim my book on Author Central. This makes my book visible on my author page of Amazon.
  3. I have a part of a group of authors who all share everyone’s new releases. Finding authors with similar readers is great. They put your book in front of their readers to promote you and might eventually give you a try.
  4. Share my new release on my Facebook page, Facebook profile, and in my Facebook group. I also share my new release in book groups that allow sharing.
  5. Finally, I send out a newsletter to all of my subscribers to let them know about my new release.

What do you do if a book is just not selling?

I move on to the next book I’m working on. Dwelling on a bad book release won’t help me in the future.

What advice would you give a brand new author, just starting out?

Don’t give up. I’m not saying it won’t happen but having a bestseller on your first book is unlikely. Don’t compare yourself to authors who have been doing this for a while. They’ve built their brand and their readership. They’ve done the time just like you will need to. The best advice I received from another author was “I didn’t really start selling any books until my 8th release.” That was the same for me. I’m not saying you won’t sell books, but if you’re writing and wanting to make this a career, you’re going to have to keep at it and keep publishing to see some success.

How do you deal with negative reviews?

If the reviews are constructive and give feedback that I can learn from to improve my writing I listen to it and move on. The bad review stings, but at least it helps in some way. If the review is pure bashing, I will vent to another author about it and then get over it within a couple of days. It’s not easy, but the best thing to do is move on.

How do you build relationships with your readers?

I enjoy interacting with my readers in my reader group Elisa’s Book Beauties. When you make an engagement post, you need to engage with your reader’s responses by replying to a comment or at least liking it. Also, the more real and personable the posts are, the more people can relate. Also, half naked guys and food posts get lots of responses lol. I’ve started doing Facebook Lives in my group and while scary at first, they are really fun.

How do you build relationships with other authors?

That’s a hard one. I guess I start out by sharing author’s posts and commenting on their posts. I’m kind of shy, but I love to help so I offer my support whenever I can.  

What are your plans for future books?

Honestly, I want to finish all of my open series so that I can focus on all of the new series ideas I have. The problem is, I keep coming up with new ideas and wanting to write those books instead. Probably not the best idea lol.

Is there any other advice you would like to give?

I’d like to reiterate not to give up. You’ll get out of it what you put into it. I also find that publishing once a month helps too. I hope something I said helps.   Also, if you have any questions feel free to message me on Facebook or send me an email at elisaleighauthor@gmail.com.

Do you want to know more about Elisa Leigh?  Find her here:

Website: www.elisaleigh.com
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Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/eleighauthor/
Reader Group: www.facebook.com/elisasbookbeauties
Forever Love Covers & Design: www.facebook.com/groups/foreverlovecoveranddesigns/
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My Take on the 7 Kindle Keywords

My Take on the 7 Kindle Keywords

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My Take on the 7 Kindle Keywords

Ok, so I’ll admit it, when Kindlepreneur released the article, 7 KINDLE KEYWORDS: USE ALL 50 CHARACTERS OR NOT?, it sort of blew me out of the water.  (If you haven’t read the article yet, read it now.  None of the below will make sense without it)

I don’t like change.  I mean, really don’t like change.  I had this strategy that I’ve used to get keywords and it was really working for me.

But I figured since I’ve been singing their praises for so long, I knew they wouldn’t lead me wrong.  So, I incorporated their new keyword strategy with my last two releases and these are my results.

Just a little back information, I have used this strategy to get my keywords in the past.

For the last two releases, Ford (released October 16th) and Cooper (released October 23rd) I used the strategy that I have always used for three of the keyword boxes and then for boxes 4-7 I filled them in with words that best describes my book (as explained in the article 7 KINDLE KEYWORDS: USE ALL 50 CHARACTERS OR NOT?).

Here’s my sales graph from Amazon for October 16 – October 27

Sales on Amazon

Here’s my KU Borrows from Amazon for October 16 – October 27

So, I am not a scientific person.  You’re not going to get a bunch of percentages, pie charts, or anything else from me. LOL.  When I look at this and also look at my income, I do see a steady rise from the first week to the second.  Does everyone else have a midweek slump?  Every one of my weeks slump in the middle, usually around Tues – Thurs.  But even my KU slumps are ‘higher’ than the week before.

Also, when I compare first seven days of the two books, Ford and Cooper, to the first seven days of Abby (released the week before with my old way of doing keywords), I experienced 2-4k more KU reads per day on the two new books.

Now, there are many factors to consider with this.  Time of month, time of year, etc.  One of them being, these two books were book 3 and 4 of a series.  I do great with series.  However, I did look at one of my old series to see if there was a jump like this and there was not one.

Also, I had my highest day EVER on October 27th.  Coincidence?  Maybe.

However, I have seen a steady climb since I changed my keyword strategy so I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep testing it out.

So, here are some questions I’ve had:

For the boxes that you ‘word stuff’ do you need to check the competition score for these word or phrases?

No.  You don’t need to check the competition score for the boxes 4-7.  (I do check the competition score for boxes 1-3).  However, I do check to see the number of searches on Rocket to make sure that they do have a search volume.

When thinking of search terms, I would want to focus on short story romance, not just short story.  And I don’t think people would just type in alpha man – they would type in alpha man romance.  So, my question – would I need to use romance in each box – or only one box? If I just have romance in the first box, would Amazon use it when using the 2nd box keywords. Or do the keywords not cross between boxes?

I had to get help on this one.  I emailed Kindlepreneur and there is not any testing done on whether or not Amazon will combine terms in different boxes.

So I would recommend that if alpha man romance has a high search volume, and even if it has a high competition score, I would still use this term in my “stuffed” boxes.  And as the article states, you are not penalized for using a term more than once.  Therefore, when I do my “stuffed boxes” I do use a keyword more than once (not in the same box) if I deem it necessary.

Do I really need Publisher Rocket for keywords? 

Yes, with this new article, I feel that you need Publisher Rocket more than ever.  It is so useful in finding low competition keywords for those first 1-3 boxes.  And it is even helpful for the boxes 4-7.  I use Rocket to check the search terms for these also.

Plus, it’s been said the less work that Amazon has to do to form a phrase, the better you rank.  So even with my last boxes I still put my niche words into Rocket and check some of the phrases to make sure they are in the best possible order I can put them in.

Do you work for Kindlepreneur?

LOL.  No I do not.  I have never worked for them or even met anyone that does.  (I do email them a lot though).  I just truly believe in Publisher Rocket.  I am, however, an affiliate for Publisher Rocket.  All that means is that I receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase using the link.  Any post I make has this declaration at the top of it, if it has affiliate links on it.

Plus, I hope by now, y’all realize that I would not “push” something that I truly didn’t believe in.

Did This Help You?

I hope this helped you.   If you have questions you are more than welcome to ask me, but also Kindlepreneur.  Their customer service is EXCELLENT!

 

 

 

 

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An Interview with Adele Niles

An Interview with Adele Niles

Hey All!  Today on the blog I’m sharing an interview with Adele Niles!  She is an experienced author (over 200 books) and offers some great advice.  My favorite part is when she tells you, your time will come!  Love this!  I hope this helps you and you learn something new!

An Interview with Adele Niles

Tell me about you and your books (how many books have you written, when did you start, what type of books, etc.)

As of this morning, I have 217 books under various pen names. I started writing as a hobby in 2012 with a dog training book, but decided that non-fiction wasn’t for me and basically stopped writing until 2014. That’s when I decided to try my hand at romance. I’ve published a majority of my books under a different pen name until 2017 and was forced to take a break for some personal reasons. I still publish under that name, and most of those are romantic thriller and billionaire romance. However, all of my new, shorter books are written under Adele Niles. (I won’t give up my other pen name, but here’s a hint: It’s all in the name.)

How do you come up with your ideas for your books?

Songs. TV. Everyday life. Sometimes I’ll see a song title on the radio and I can immediately think of a story, completely unrelated to the song. Other times it’s just a phrase in a song that triggers something.
What are your tips for choosing a cover?
I’m terrible at covers. I’ve started making my own because I like dabbling in Photoshop, but they never turn out exactly like I want. I think covers need to have a good font. Something that’s eye catching. I used to spend so much time on worrying about the model and now realize I just need a cover that stands out. Period.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I read, watch TV, go for a run, always listening to some sort of music. I try to do something creative, whether it’s making graphics or messing with my website. Anything that gets my mind off of words.

Do you write to market? Why or why not?

I’ve tried that and it’s never really worked for me. When I do, I find myself all over the place and just not happy with what I’m writing. I do try and keep up with trends, but honestly, I just want to put out a good story with real and believable characters that readers love.
What are five things you do to market your book, after you hit publish?
I’ll update Amazon Central, post on Facebook to my fan page and groups and post on Instagram (Although I’m terrible about keeping up with that). I also send out an email to my list of readers and will sometimes put the release in another author’s newsletter or a romance newsletter. I also update my website with the new book. After that I usually just stress and worry about how many books are being sold, how many people are reading and how I can find more readers.

What do you do if a book is just not selling?

See above, LOL. I vent and talk to other authors in some of my writing groups. I’ll usually try to do more social media engagement and maybe put the book in some additional newsletters, but I’m really frugal and hate spending money on things like ads if the book isn’t getting traction from the start. After that I’ll dive back in to writing.

What advice would you give a brand new author, just starting out?

Keep at it and realize that it doesn’t need to be perfect. Also, write something you love so it never feels like a job.

How do you deal with negative reviews?

I rarely read reviews. I’ll sometimes scan through them because I want to know how I can improve, but I never take negative reviews to heart. You can’t please everyone.

How do you build relationships with your readers?

I respond to emails and love to engage people on Facebook. A lot of readers just love to hear from authors and connect. I share what’s going on in my personal life and enjoy hearing about their lives as well.

How do you build relationships with other authors?

I try to reach out and congratulate authors when I see they have a huge win or launch. I’m also pretty open with what’s working for me and love to share when I can. I’m a part of quite a few author groups where we chat and talking about life outside of writing. Those groups really help, especially on the days when I feel like I’m struggling.

What are your plans for future books?

To write as much as I can. I’ll continue to write and publish. I have a few other sub genres in romance I’d like to play around with. I recently launched a PNR series that is a MC/Shifter romance. I enjoyed writing it, but it’s too early to tell whether I’ll do it again. I’ve had this entire series of MC romance books plotted out. The covers are done and it’s a pretty intricate storyline, but I’m scared to write it for whatever reason. So until then, I’ll keep writing Insta Love shorts.

Is there any other advice you would like to give?

I’ve realized that writing romance can be a challenge. There’s always new books coming out, authors that are hitting the top of the charts with their first books and finding quick success. Don’t give up. You never know what’s going on behind the scenes. Your best bet is to enjoy their success and be happy for them. Your time will come.

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An Interview with Frankie Love

An Interview with Frankie Love

Hey All!  Let me tell you how excited I am to have Frankie Love on here!  She is amazing.  I started reading her books way before I started writing and if you follow her on FB or IG, you know what an inspiration she is.  Well, she didn’t let me down.  Her interview is so motivating and I learned so much from it.  I hope you love this as much as I do!  Get Ready!

An Interview with Frankie Love

Tell me about you and your books (how many books have you written, when did you start, what type of books, etc.)

Hi! I’m Frankie Love and I write filthy-sweet stories with happily-ever-afters. I’ve written over 100 books and started publishing romance in 2016. I feel like the luckiest girl to have this job! I was a stay-at-home mom and used to mommy-blog before I was an author. With six kids, being able to work from home has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.

How do you come up with your ideas for your books?

I fell in love at first sight when I was 18 and got married a year later (and I was a virgin to boot), and then the kiddos arrived soon after. I write what I know! I mean, maybe my husband isn’t a bear shifting lumberjack, but he does have a beard and his nickname is Bear—so!

Honestly, I write what feels good and is authentic to me. Stories have been my escape since I was a little girl – and I try to recreate that warm-fuzzy feeling in each of my books.

What are your tips for choosing a cover?

Does it match the vibe of the book? Does it stand out? Does it tell the reader what they need to know? Does it fit with your brand and your goals? These are the questions I ask myself. I write with my readers in mind and choose covers for them too. 

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I plan fake vacations on Expedia and fill up virtual shopping carts with clogs and make-up.

Do you write to market?  Why or why not?

Well yes and no. Before I wrote romance I wrote young adult fiction. I couldn’t sell it for the life of me! It was all so heartbreaking. A fellow author pointed out that my YA books had lots of romance in them and wondered if I’d considered writing adult romance. A spark was lit and I jumped in head first, finding readers and my voice. It changed my life. But also, I don’t write to market because no one thought putting tons of babies on covers was a good idea but it felt right to me. And hey, sometimes our gut instincts are the only ones that matter!

What are five things you do to market your book, after you hit publish?

  1. Smile and send all the positive energy I can toward my story, believing in my words and myself.
  2. Write a newsletter and tell my loyal readers about the book. I want them to be the first to know.
  3. Share on social media – FB and IG. Two platforms I know my readers are.
  4. Get back to my current work in progress.
  5. Repeat

What do you do if a book is just not selling?

Vent to my husband and close author friends, asking for advice. If it’s a blurb or cover issue I work on that right away. If it is a story issue I move on. I don’t spend time reworking an actual novel once it is published. The best thing I can do is take any lessons I can from the project and apply them to my next one.

What advice would you give a brand new author, just starting out?

Believe in yourself! If I can do this anyone can. I didn’t graduate from a University and I didn’t bring business experience to writing. I focused on my strengths – writing quickly and from the heart. I didn’t dwell on what I wasn’t.

Also, be yourself. Tell the stories that have your unique perspective. No one else has that. It’s your asset.

How do you deal with negative reviews?

I don’t read reviews. Who has time for haters anyways?!

How do you build relationships with your readers?

The best way to build a relationship with my readers is by meeting their expectations. Solid stories, released often, that are dirty and romantic and have lots of feels. Yes, FB is a good place to find some readers but my focus is writing stories I know they will love.

How do you build relationships with other authors?

I tell readers about their new releases and congratulate them on a new release. I try to be as positive and open as possible to new opportunities. That outlook has allowed me to meet authors in an organic way. Don’t force yourself into someone’s life, I guess, but be open to new friendships!

What are your plans for future books?

I have a new series, The Men of Whiskey Mountain. They are full length books and a bit of a nod to my favorite novel I’ve written, Timber. It’s a bit filthier than some of my recent release, lol. #yesplease

I’m also going to publish a domestic suspense novel in January under my maiden name! I’m very excited for that.

Is there any other advice you would like to give?

Life is so precious. Call your sister instead of reading reviews. Take a walk with your daughter instead of hating on yourself for shitty sales. Bake yourself a cake when you feel like you’re at a crossroads with your career. Celebrate that because it means you are growing as a person. And girl, who you are as a person matters so much more than what books you write and what stories you tell.

Now, Frankie Love has also co authored many books.  I wanted to get her perspective on that – so here are questions and answers about co authoring.

How do you find an author to co author with?

I met my co-author on a writing forum!

How do you know you will be a good fit?

We have lots in common – motherhood and marriage. But also, we are very different. We took a strength finder test once and 3 of our strengths were the same, but the other two were each one another’s biggest weaknesses. So we are very compatible.

How do you write your books together?  What’s the process?

Something like this…We jump on a video call and have a shared google doc open. We brainstorm ideas and write everything down … and I mean everything. At one point we were planning a 30 book series set in space. LOL. So yeah – we brainstorm until we have a concept we are excited about and then we outline the entire thing, if it’s a series we outline the whole series chapter by chapter.

How do you divide the work?

We make a weekly word count goal and then we jump on and off the document all week. We don’t alternate chapters or anything. I could stop my work day mid-sentence and she would jump on the next morning finishing my thought. However, she writes more of the action and I do all of the anal. LOL.

How do you handle it if you have a disagreement with your co author?

I mean it when I say we don’t have disagreements. I trust her ideas with all my heart and believe she feels the same. It’s a partnership and that means we hear one another out. We want the best for one another and that plays into all our decisions.

How do you handle royalties, taxes, etc?

We alternate who publishes a title.

What’s the best thing about co-authoring?

Having someone “in it” with me. Writing is such an isolating job and having a friend I can call when I’m feeling low – who understands my stories at a deep level, is such a gift. <3

What tips do you have for authors that are just getting started in coauthoring?

Make sure the person you are partnering with vibes with you. Also don’t be too precious about your ideas – flexibility and an open-minded approach to projects is vital for it to work.

Anything else you want to add?

Thanks for the interview and I hope it helps encourage someone!!

Xoxo

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Answers To Your Questions 4

Answers To Your Questions 4

Take 4 – Answers to Your Questions

Today I’m answering more questions I received.

How do you balance your family life and writing life?

Well, I am very fortunate that I now write full time.  It makes it a lot easier to balance my family life and my writing life.  I write when my kids are at school or practice and my husband is at work.  It also helps that my kids are teenagers.

When I worked a full time job, it was really hard for me to focus on writing.  My family comes first.  Then I was working full time.  Then I was writing.  I wrote mostly in the early mornings or in the evenings.  And I will be honest with you, it was hard to balance.  I would be writing in the evenings instead of spending a lot of time with my kids.  However, they understood.  I think there’s phases where if you are building something, no matter what kind of business, you have to put the work in.  And sometimes that takes away from family life.  However, I made a point that if I was spending time with my kids, I was 100% committed to it.  No phones, no emails.  I just hung out with them.  I think if you want something, there has to be a little give and take.

I noticed several of your books from early 2018 are in Erotica. Were they always? Do you think that helped your visibility? Most authors complain about the ‘Erotica dungeon’, but you catapulted to success so quickly, it seems contrary to what everyone else says.

Yes. The books that are still in erotica have always been there.  They are there because of keywords I used or words I used in the title.  I am going to tell you my thoughts on my ‘erotica’ books and my opinions on it, but please remember it may not be the same for everyone.

I’m going to use my book, Mine: Alpha Male, Virgin Female Steamy Sweet Romance, as an example.  It is in the erotica category.  It is in the erotica category because of the subtitle of the book.  Which I could probably fix, I just haven’t yet.  However, it is also one of my lowest performing books.

So here’s where we get to my opinion.  I believe this book does not perform as well because it is in the erotica category but does not have erotica content.  There are some sex scenes in the story, but primarily it is a love story.  I’m sure if people are looking for an erotic book, they would be disappointed with this book.

So, in my opinion I do not feel that it helped catapult my writing.  However, that’s just me though.  It may be different for someone else.

Is having a blog or a Facebook page really needed for authors? Doesn’t it kind of cut into writing time?

I do not keep up with my author blog.  It’s a goal of mine.  But I haven’t done really well with it.

I do recommend a Facebook Page, or even better a Facebook Group.  I wrote more on this last week – Check it out here:  Answers to your questions Take 3

So, you have two options really.

1- If you have time to write (first priority), then start a FB page or Group and post when you can.

2 – If you don’t have time to write and it stresses you out to add a FB Page or Group, then wait on it.  Writing is the most important aspect of all this.

If you were not making any money at all, would you still write and publish your stories?

Good question.  I wish I could say ‘absolutely.’ But that’s not realistic.  I love to write, share my stories, and get to know my readers.  If I was not making money, then I assume I would not have any readers either.  They are sort of what keeps me going. They motivate me like nothing else. 🙂  So even though I want to say yes, I would still write.  I can’t.

What is the biggest mistake you have made since you started your publishing journey?

Probably my biggest mistake is putting my book up with the wrong title.  I put a second book in a series up with the first books title.  You want to talk about stressed out.  I worried myself to death about it.  Since it was in review, Amazon couldn’t help.  They told me I would have to wait to fix it until it was either Live or not approved to publish and put back in draft.  I hoped they would just not approve it, but they did.  It was pretty anticlimactic though.  It went live.  I immediately fixed it and then didn’t promote it until it was live again.

At the time, this was a huge deal to me and I was so upset.  Now, I realize it really wasn’t.  I’ve learned to pay better attention when posting a book and also to not stress the small stuff.

Have you ever considered writing in a different genre besides Romance? What would it be?

I have considered writing some more nonfiction.

However, for fiction, I will probably only write romance.  That’s all I read, so it makes sense I would stick with that.

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