Reviewing December–Diary of a Debut Fiction Author

If you follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/RitterAmes or FaceBook  https://www.facebook.com/ritter.ames or subscribe to this blog (go ahead, it’s free, and I tell you about authors giving away free and discounted stuff when I learn about it), then you know that my first fiction novel COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES was released December 1, 2013. This isn’t going to be a sales pitch, I promise, but it is going to be kind of a recap on some of the things I learned about marketing a new novel. FIRST: Everything every author says about having to spend as much or more time marketing your book is absolutely true. In the month of December I worked pretty much ten hour days because I had so many things to do all at the same time–and none of it involved Christmas tasks. I’d started building my name’s presence on FB this fall, but now I spent time each day posting and Read more…

And the Giveaway Fun Continues

I really didn’t plan on blogging for weeks on contests and giveaways, but so many people have fun events going right now–and are keeping them going through all the holiday season–that I’ll post them as long as I see them! If you’re a new visitor, check back on earlier posts to find contests that run through the month of December 2013. This awesome collection of signed swag from the Richmond Author Event could be yours! Just comment to enter. Share if you can. Open to international entries, and ends on 12/19 at noon EST. Go to Laura Kaye’s Facebook page, and look for the picture below, then comment and cross your fingers! Here’s the link:  https://www.facebook.com/LauraKayeWrites Author Sharon Grey invites you to her Welcome to Ruthorford contest – where they go all out for the holidays. You can enter to win a Pennyroyal Christmas Ruthorford ornament and holiday card from Grey! Read more…