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Saturday, June 30, 2012

To Do List...Done! On Vacation...Finally!

So I managed to cross off all the items I listed in my Massive To Do list in May - my goal was to get them done in time for my beach vacation and I made it!  Woo Hoo!!

Here's the list: 
  • Revise SCENT OF MAGIC  Done - My editor is excited about the revisions! Pub date: Dec 27, 2012
  • Write a short story for THE BEST LAID PLANS anthology Done. Title: Brand Spanking New. It has returned with editorial comments - revisions are needed.
  • Write a travel article about Australia for b Magazine Done.
  • Write a synopsis for TASTE OF DEATH (bk 3 in the Healer series) Done. (I really like the way this book develops - a new nasty comes into play called the Skeleton King - he's mention in Touch of Power - does anyone remember?).  Comments came back from my agent - revisions are needed.
  • Write a synopsis for another series to be written after Taste Of Death. Done - I only wrote the synopsis for book 1 since I'm a seat of the pants writer and have no idea what book 2 and 3 will be :) Comments came back from my agent - revisions are needed.
  • Prep for talk for the Valley Forge Romance Writers Done.
  • Present to VFRW Done. The ladies were lovely and such a fun group. Thanks for lunch!
  • Attend the Book Expo in NYC in June Done. Had a great time - signed a book for Dr. Ruth!! 
  • Prep for Seton Hill's residency (I'm teaching two classes) and writer's conference (I'm leading one workshop) Done.
  • Attend SHU's residency and writer's conference. Done! Always a super fun time at SHU - a very creative and supportive group of writers.  The Great Gatsby Ball with a twist was a blast - I can't wait to see what the theme is for next year!
And now I'm on vacation in Delaware at the beach - my favorite place to hang out and relax. Today I organzied all my beads by color and pendants by theme so I'm all set when I have the bug to make some jewelry - so much fun ;> (photo from my trip to New Zealand last year - a gorgeous black sand beach!)

Of course there are those to do items that have returned - revisions for the TOD synopsis, New Series synopsis, and for Brand Spanking New. Plus all the other tasks that need to be done.....oh, well - they can wait!

So where's your favorite vacation spot?






Monday, June 25, 2012

The Power in a Reader's Touch Part 4

This is the last of Bri's posts. Bri - Thanks so much for providing this informative series of posts on how much power a reader has!

Amazon Tagging
By Bri Clark



Well reader dears I have had a wonderful time sharing my little how tos into the power you hold. If you happen to miss Part I, Part II, or Part III just click the highlighted parts. 

Now for the last part into the power you hold it’s tagging…specifically Amazon tagging. The point of tagging is similar to the thought behind a Google search. You type a specific word or phrase and those items come up.

So say you are on Amazon and you type in “YA Fantasy” or “Young Adult” in the search bar if Maria’s books have been tagged a lot with these phrases then her books will pop up. The same thing goes for her name…”Maria V. Snyder”

On Amazon, each person is allowed up to 15 tag words or phrases. You’ll need to have an Amazon account and be signed in of course.

Here are the tag words and areas for Touch of Power. Notice some of the words that have been used. The one that says Maria V Snyder is the only appropriate one I think. And because I really want her sales to go up I’m going to add these tag words. I invite you to as well. Here’s the link.

Side note: all you’ll have to do is copy & paste them into that little column that says “Your Tags” then hit add.

Maria V Snyder, Young Adult, YA, YA Fantasy, YA romance, YA adventure, Kindle best seller, YA best seller.

And when her sales go up she makes more money and therefore writes more books. Which I think we all will agree we want. That’s it reader dears.

Well that does it. If you have any ideas yourself please share them below. And when you have time tag and review all of Maria’s books. I’m sure she would appreciate it. I know I would. 

About Bri...
No stranger to adversity there are three things that make Bri Clark the ultimate womenpreneur. Failure, Work Ethic, Ambition, Strategy She works as a strategist, author and speaker as well as a consultant and promoter for multiple publishers. After moving to Boise from Tennessee she was quickly dubbed “The Belle of Boise” for her hospitable nature, forward attitude, and sassy nature.


Friday, June 22, 2012

The Power in a Reader's Touch Part 3

This time the extended delay is my fault (and bloggers - I had it set to post on Wednesday - but it didn't!). Bri sent me parts 3 (this one has PRIZES!) and 4 and so I'll post Part 4 in a couple days.

Review Formatting
By Bri Clark
Oh…wow dear readers it would seem I’m late yet again. [and I made it later - sorry!]  My apologies. However, my excuse is most valid. I’ve recently been inducted into the the Women’s Speaking Association. It’s a truly wonderful accomplishment but in order to capitalize on it I had to do a lot!! But I digress. [Congrats Bri!!!  I hope the Global Women's Summit goes well (or went well - you said June, but not the date :)]

So here is the 3rd installment of the power you amazing readers have. If you missed Part I or Part II well they are highlighted for a reason hun. ;)

Today I’m going to show you the suggested formatting for a review. There is no set in stone too short, too long, or in between for a review. This is just the way I personally have found works best.

Title
• Hero Name
• Heroine Name
• Author’s Name
• Climax: What part of the story really, really seemed the most dramatic?
Favorite part: That part looking back that you just adored.
Worst part: The part where you didn’t want to keep reading but had to know what happened.
Ending: You don’t have to give a spoiler…just express if you were satisfied.
Star Rating: How many stars would you give it?





I’d suggest that when you begin to read a book that you use a piece of post it or paper as the book mark and write these points down. Personally, I had cards made and I hand them out at events or as swag.

In fact I’ll send a set to two lucky commenter’s. All they need to do is leave their name and email address below. I’ll randomly pick two and contact you to get your mailing address.


Tune in next week [in a couple days] when I explain what tagging is. Thanks for having me on Maria. You are a truly exceptional hostess.  [Awwwwww *blushing*]

Monday, June 18, 2012

My Dwindling To Do List!

Yes!! Progress!!  I'm making progress on my before-I-can-relax-at-the-beach To Do list.  It's all due to everyone's encouragement - I should post my to do lists more often ;>  See below for a status update:

•Revise SCENT OF MAGIC [Have 269 pages done]



Write a short story for THE BEST LAID PLANS anthology  Done and sent to the editor. And I came up with a title, Brand Spanking New (it's about a new recruit's first mission).

Write a travel article about Australia for b Magazine  Done.

Write a synopsis for TASTE OF DEATH (bk 3 in the Healer series)  Done!  (I really like the way this book develops - a new nasty comes into play called the Skeleton King - he's mention in Touch of Power - does anyone remember?).

Write a synopsis for another series to be written after Taste Of Death.  Done - I only wrote the synopsis for book 1 since I'm a seat of the pants writer and have no idea what book 2 and 3 will be :)  I'm not going to tell you what the synopsis is about yet - I need approval from my editor first - otherwise I might get your hopes up for nothing ;>

Prep for talk for the Valley Forge Romance Writers  Done.

Present to VFRW  Done!  The ladies were lovely and such a fun group.  Thanks for lunch!

Attend the Book Expo in NYC in June  Done. Had a great time - signed a book for Dr. Ruth!! (see picture with Dr. Ruth and Rachel Vincent).

Prep for Seton Hill's residency (I'm teaching two classes) and writer's conference (I'm leading one workshop)  Done.  Will be at the multi-author book signing on Friday night at Seton Hill - it's open to the public (http://manygenres.blogspot.com/2012/06/mgoc-signing-on-friday-622-7pm-at-shu.html?spref=fb)  I'll have books there for sale and you can bring your own for me to sign as well :)

•Attend SHU's residency and writer's conference.  [Packing in progress]

If I have time, I'd like to update my appearances page on my website and save a few blog posts to post later - Bri Clark has 2 more post to her Power in the Reader's Touch series.  And I need to answer 3 Q&As for bloggers, too :)

Ah the overall To Do list is never ending!


Friday, June 8, 2012

My HUGE To-Do List


Thanks for all the encouraging comments about my ability to work my way through my To-Do list!  As you can tell from the title - I've downgraded my status from MASSIVE to HUGE as I managed to accomplish a few bullet points in the last week and a half.  See below!

  • Revise SCENT OF MAGIC [Have first 100 pages done]
  • Write a short story for THE BEST LAID PLANS anthology  Done! Still need a title, though.
  • Write a travel article about Australia for b Magazine  Done and sent to my editor with pictures for the article.
  • Write a synopsis for TASTE OF DEATH (bk 3 in the Healer series)  [Currently in progress]
  • Write a synopsis for another series to be written after Taste Of Death
  • Prep for talk for the Valley Forge Romance Writers [Currently in progress]
  • Present to VFRW
  • Attend the Book Expo in NYC in June  Had a great time - signed a book for Dr. Ruth!!
  • Prep for Seton Hill's residency (I'm teaching two classes) and writer's conference (I'm leading one workshop) Here's the link: https://alumni.setonhill.edu/page.aspx?pid=673
  • Attend SHU's residency and writer's conference
I've 19 days left to complete this list!