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Writers have a unique set of problems. No it’s not plot twists, character names or pushing through to the end of your WIP (work in progress). Marketing. That’s the big “oh no” in our lives. Tooting our own horn is not natural. It feels like “look at me, look at me” or “buy my book, buy my book.” What the author is really saying is “I hope you’ll give me a chance.” Publishers now expect authors to do between 50%-70% of their own marketing. If you’re an indie author it’s all on you. Here are a several books I’d like to recommend that I’m finding very helpful.

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So since I have a captive audience I’d like to briefly tell you about The Rescued Heart. It was born out of my love for mining. Sounds crazy coming from a woman who has a major handbag addiction and cringes at a mud puddle that splashes on a freshly washed car. My husband was a mine engineer in the Ozarks for many years. The culture and people are rich with stories, courage and strength. Yes, there is danger in mining and maybe I do feed on that kind of a buzz. I wanted to tell the story of three people; Big Jim Turnbough, his daughter Fawn and Garrett Horton who loved mining almost as much as he did the boss’s daughter. Garrett is kind of the male version of Cinderella with a hard hat and a stick of dynamic. You can’t keep a good man down–unless your 1000 feet below ground when the mine collapses.

On March 21 Black Opal Books releases my stand alone novel THE RESCUED HEART. Look for an online launch party. I’d love for you to stop by and visit, ask questions and maybe even win a few prizes.

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  1. Thanks for the information, and you're right, Marketing is hard. I am going to check out some of theses books, and I'm going to have to get your book. It also sounds like a story I would love!!!
    Thanks for sharing. Lynda

  2. Miner sounds like an interesting occupation for a romance hero. Something different. I took a look some of the marketing books. I think they could be useful to many authors.

  3. Thanks, Cara. You are the queen of interesting characters. I've been looking through these books and have gotten a lot of good insights I never considered. Enjoy.

  4. Thanks for the tips on books, Tierney. Self-promo is awful! and I really shy away from it. There can be a fine line between "just enough" and "if I see that author's name one more time….." Love the sound of your coming book. Best of luck with it.

  5. Barb, thanks for your comments. I know what you mean about seeing an author's name one too many times. It's a curse we are all destined to endure. One of the things mentioned over and over is not to use a few promotional sites over and over. People start ignoring your name. Thanks for stopping by.

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