Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I'm strong like a rope because I'm:
We all have strengths and weaknesses. The problem blooms though when we stop being aware of these issues and allow them to take over our daily routine. If you are facing an ordeal, like climbing your own personal rock wall then some of these things may help:
If you live in awareness then you will realize when you are off course.
Take time to re-focus your thoughts. This may come in the form of connecting with God in prayer and in the Word.
We frequently hold our breath or don't breath deeply when we're stressed out or experiencing anxiety.
B-R-E-A-T-H-E. Take a few minutes to monitor your breathing.
So what's one or more of your strengths? Weakness? How do you challenge your weakness? How do you capitalize on your strengths? Is there something you've learned along the way that has brought you through a difficult time?
Monday, August 22, 2011
It's going to be a fun week. I've got two main blog posts this week. On Monday, August 22nd I'll be blogging and doing a book giveaway at International Christian Fiction Writers Blogspot and on Tuesday I'll be blogging about The Fine Art of Choosing a Pen Name at the new WordServe Water Cooler.
Come join the fun and find out more about my passion for writing novels set during England's Regency era. As one of my Amazon reviewers, Lisa Richardson said: "It's tempting to try to cram all regency romances into a single box. But Jillian Kent's Secrets of the Heart isn't concerned with the typical backdrop of balls and arranged marriages . . . Toss in a mysterious woman who won't speak, a creepy lunatic asylum, and the labyrinthine mind of a dangerous opponent and you have a story that draws more from Jane Eyre than Jane Austin."
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I"m blogging about Bedlam/Bethlehem Hospital at Just the Write Charisma this week. Please stop by and leave a comment there or here. I think you'll your find this post very interesting.
Monday, August 8, 2011
I've been debating whether or not to take my laptop or just my NeoSmart. And I think I'm going to take the Neo. It's lighter to use in the car and I can download to my computer when I get home. This way I can be working on the rough draft of book three with the working title of Mystery of the Heart. My substantial edit is now in the hands of my editor and I'll soon have to attend to line edits for book two, Chameleon.
When I turn in my final edits I also have to turn in:
1) a teaser chapter for my next novel
2) an updated synopsis (plot changes frequently happen during editing) and
3) a list of potential endorsers with their contact info
These are all things I can work on and mull over while on the road.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Discover what color your marketing parachute is and jump. Prior to my books release on May 3rd I had taken what I consider two very important steps for marketing my novel. I hired Kelli Standish and team at PulsePoint Design to help me achieve the look I wanted for my online presence. This is an investment in your career and I encourage you to look at it that way. Your website is hopefully going to be where your future readers are going to visit and you want to practice hospitality or no one will visit often. There are many places on the web for readers and writers to visit, ask yourself why they may want to stop by your online home.
Get yourself some classy business cards. The PulsePoint gang also helped me with that and coordinated my book cover and my web design to be on my business card. This makes a great impression. My husband who also happens to be my best publicist talks my novel up all the time and hands out my business cards. He and I both asked the hospital gift shops where we work if they would consider carrying my book and both said yes!
Realms/Charisma, my publisher created a beautiful video trailer. You can see it here: My Novel Secrets of the Heart. You'll also notice that you can click on the book and go to Amazon to order it. I think it's really important to make buying your book as easy as possible. I also have all my endorsements listed on this page.
I recently took advantage of another opportunity, made a suggestion, and here is the outcome over at Christian Fiction Online Magazine I hope you'll take a look at this new column called The Well Writer.
These are just a few of the marketing ideas I've utilized this year. Some of the others include a radio interview, an Amazon Author Page, and besides this blog I also now blog at Just The Write Charisma and the brand new WordServe Water Cooler Blog.
I hope you will find encouragement related to the many things YOU can accomplish as the director of marketing for your own novels.