Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Insecure Writers Support Group: Writing Tip on Creating a Promotion Page for Guest Blogging

Hello and welcome to  the IWSG blog hop. 

Happy Third Anniversary 
to the Internet Writers Support Group!

Happy First Anniversary for the establishment of the IWSG and Facebook sites!

What is IWSG? Founder of IWSG and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" 

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month, The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page
An eBook that
will benefit all writers - 
The IWSG Guide
to Publishing and Beyond

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This month is a special blog post by writers in the IWSG. A support group is what we are, so today we are offering writing tips in writing, publishing, and marketing. Be sure to check out all the participants to pick up some helpful information for your writing career. Look for the upcoming e-book of writing tips from members of the IWSG, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond.

Writing Tip: Marketing
Create a Promotion Page for Guest Blogging 
by J.Q. Rose, mystery author of Sunshine Boulevard and Coda to Murder  

Guest blogging is the premier tool in your box of book marketing tools. Your appearance on other people’s blogs will begin before your book is published and continue throughout your writing career. You might as well make it easy on yourself and have all the components your hosts will request right at your fingertips.  

A Word file document with your information about your book and bio is easy to create and quick to pull up so you can copy and paste the host's requests in a new document. Add the interview, article, or spotlight information for your guest post into the new document and attach it to the email for your host and send it on its way. Be sure to show up for the date(s) you are guesting on the blog, interact with readers by leaving comments, and thank the host after the event is over.

The information most often required by your hosts is listed below:

Jpeg images of your book cover and photo of yourself or logo.  I prefer to receive the jpeg files attached rather than copied on the paper. Be sure to check with your host to find out their preference.
Your short BIO (about 50 words), medium BIO (150 words), and longer ones so you can include what the host prefers.
LINK to your hub page where people can read about ALL your books e.g. your blog or website
LINKS to your Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest. Tumblr. YouTube, Goodreads and other social media
BUY LINKS for your book from Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Other
Tagline and/or Blurb for your book
LINK to book trailer, video, or podcast
Let the host know if you wish to include a giveaway with your guest post e.g. free e-book/short story, gift card, bookmarks, chocolate, etc.

Can you add more ideas to this list of information for a promotion sheet? Do you include excerpts or reviews too? Thanks for stopping in today. Be sure to hop on over to some more authors pages to discover more tips on writing! 
(permission granted to publish this tip in the IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond.)

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About J.Q.
After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction. Her published mysteries are Sunshine Boulevard, and Coda to Murder released by Muse It Up Publishing. With her non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed!, she returned to her first love, writing about real people.  Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She spends winters in Florida and summers up north camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.
Pen and ink drawing from the Idler Magazine, February 1893

Kicking off the new fall series on Writing Tips from Romance and Mystery Authors at the J. Q. Rose blog tomorrow, Oct.2! 
Roseanne Dowell is my first guest and her tips are on character development and editing. You're invited to join us for helpful tips on writing every Thursday this fall.

Monday, September 29, 2014

This Week: IWSG Blog Hop, Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing, Giveaways

Are your leaves coloring up in your area? In West Michigan, 
the peak is usually mid-October, but seeing color now. By Simon Howden

This week we kick off a new fall series, Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing. Respected authors of romance and mystery stories share their tips on the writing process, publishing, and marketing. You'll get to meet your favorites and discover new authors as well as enter a drawing for giveaways. Can you feel the the electricity and excitement in the air? It's not from those cool, fall breezes. It always happens when a new event takes off on the J.Q. Rose blog. You're invited to join in every Thursday this fall.

Our Tipster Authors in October are:

2 Roseanne Dowell
9 Miss Mae
16 Heather Fraser Brainerd
23 Marva Dasef
30 Gail Roughton


Wednesday, October 1--The first Wednesday of the month means it's time for the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop. This month is special because participants will be offering tips on writing. (I don't know. Does the change in seasons 'cause writers to give up their writing secrets?) My tip is a plan to help with guest blogging. 

Thursday, October 2-- Mystery and romance author Roseanne Dowell gives up the first tips in the series, and they deal with creating characters and editing. And does she have some fantastic characters in her books published by Books We Love. 

Looking forward to seeing you here this week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Follow Blog Fest--Come along and join the fun!

Blog button designed by Carrie Butler.

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. Today begins the Follow Blog Fest, the brainchild of Melissa Maygrove, The purpose of this blog fest is to offer a platform building opportunity for writers. 

Come on in and stay awhile. The food table is in the back of the room decorated with fall mums and colored leaves to celebrate the first day of Fall with you. Please help yourself to fresh apple cider and donuts too. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Name: J.Q. Rose

Fiction or nonfiction? 

What genres do you write? 
Mystery, romance, non-fiction

Are you published? 
Yes. My mysteries are with MuseItUpPublishing. 

The non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed! is self-published.

Do you do anything in addition to writing? 
Hmmm, does grandmothering count?

Tell us a little about yourself.
We are campers, but not the tenting kind. I have to have a microwave and an electric blanket when I camp. We enjoy traveling and, in fact, RVed full-time for over eight years and loved it. I never thought I could live with just a couple of pans, couple of shorts, and jeans, but I did. Not much space in a camper, but great for those who, like me,  hate housekeeping!

What are you reading right now?
APE by Guy Kawasaki and  Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockman

Which authors influenced you the most?
Jan Karon who wrote the Mitford Series and Mark Twain

Where can people connect with you?
I know I'm probably in the minority, but I am not a tweeter.
Not linked in with my pen name

 Author pages:
Smashwords Author Profile


Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I enjoy meeting authors by hosting PG-13 and up published authors on my J.Q. Rose blog and MG and YA authors on my Girls Succeed blog. If you're doing a Virtual Book Tour, contact me so you can make a stop here! It's fun to swap blogs, 
so I would be happy to be your guest too. 

Thanks to Melissa Maygrove for spearheading this clever Follow Fest project. 
Thank you to all of you for stopping in.
Please leave a comment below so I can visit your page too. 
 I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Author Katie Carroll's Elixir Bound Book Blitz and Giveaway

 I'm excited to be a part of Katie Carroll's Elixir Bound Book Blitz. Read the excerpt from Elixir Bound, a YA fantasy. Be sure to register to win a signed paperback on Goodreads and/or order the e-book available for 99 cents through September 27.

Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone. 

YA fantasy 

It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.

Ebook on sale for $.99 until September 27:


MuseItUp bookstore

Signed paperback giveaway on Goodreads until September 28: Click Goodreads to enter.

About Katie:

Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote ELIXIR BOUND and the forthcoming ELIXIR SAVED so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app THE BEDTIME KNIGHT and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. 

For more about Katie, visit Katie's website

Follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll) or Tumblr.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Character Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Character Blog Hop! 
Thanks so much to author Heather Fraser Brainerd for inviting me to join in on the fun. Heather is a co-author with her brother, David Fraser, of the newly released MG paranormal, Shadows of New York.
Today I am enlightening you on the main character in my cozy murder/sweet romance, Coda to Murder.
Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined 
she would be caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, 
and a murderer.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My fictional character is Pastor Christine Hobbs.
Where and When is the story set?
The contemporary story is set in a small town, Fair Lake, Michigan
What should we know about (character)?
The young woman loves God, her church family, and her position as spiritual leader of the Dayspring Church. Even as a pastor, she struggles like we all do with forgiveness. She finds it nearly impossible to forgive her ex-husband so she can moving on to a better life in Fair Lake. 
What is the main conflict/what messes up his/her life?
Talk about messing up her life and the life of her church, the church's Director of Music was found dead in the church basement. Christine has to prove she has been wrongly accused of the murder. The handsome detective doesn't want her to get away with murder. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.

 What is (character)’s personal goal?
Personally she is afraid to give her heart away to a man. She was crushed by her ex-husband and does not want to ever be hurt like that again. And yet, she does yearn to love and be loved by a special guy.
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Video: Take a peek at the book trailer for Coda to Murder.

Buy Links for Coda to Murder and major online booksellers.

You're invited to visit me online at the following links:

Thanks so much for stopping in today. 
Please hop on over to fellow Character Blog Hoppers. Heather Fraser Brainerd,
Roseanne Dowell, and Joan Curtis and meet their characters too.

From the books you have read and enjoyed, who would you choose for your favorite character and why? Please leave your answer or comment below. Thanks!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Goodbye to Big Blue and the WIP, This Week, Giveaway

"Big Blue"--1996 RAM truck

Good-bye to "Big Blue" by J.Q. Rose
Our Dodge RAM truck has given us fantastic service for fourteen years. Last week, we bought a new truck. I know this sounds sappy and sentimental, but I am sad to lose Big Blue. I know it's just a truck, but when I think of all Big Blue and my hubby and I have been through together...We began our camping adventures with this truck pulling a little 24 foot fifth wheel out west and into Canada.

Big Blue was the one who hauled us and our 32 foot fifth wheel around as we lived full-time in our "condo-on-wheels" for over eight years. Big Blue was the work horse on mission projects with the NOMADS RV'ers group. We loaded up lumber to build decks for my brother-in-law and fix-up jobs.Ted's tools were always at the ready in the tool box in the bed of the truck when he could do handyman jobs for folks. And this is the truck that transported our grandkids to those great family camp-outs.
Big Blue in the background. Grandsons cooking breakfast on camping trip to Mackinac Island
My DH had a hard time giving up this truck, but it had 189,000 miles on it. Though the engine runs like a top, thanks to my DH babying it with regular oil changes and transmission charges, the trip to Florida is a long one. I imagine Big Blue could do it, but we traded to feel more confident on those busy roads and comfy (let me tell you, my seat in that old truck had deep impressions matching my bottom).

Much like giving up Big Blue for a new truck, I have the sad but exhilarating feeling of finishing my WIP. This sounds sappy and sentimental too, but this story has become a "friend" and we have been through some fun and difficult places too. I hate to see the fleshing out of the characters and their emotions and motivations come to an end, but thrilled that I finished it. Do you ever feel that way after reading or writing a book? I have to ask--do you ever get attached to your vehicles?
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This Week:

A lot of fun coming up here on the J.Q. Rose blog this week plus a giveaway!

Tuesday, September 16--Heather Fraser Brainerd invited me to a Character Hop. So much fun to share characters. Click back tomorrow and catch a group of authors talking about the amazing characters who populate their stories. I fill you in on Pastor Christine in my romance/mystery,Coda to Murder.

Thursday, September 18--Katie L. Carroll's Elixir Bound Book Blitz--This YA fantasy is on sale this week for 99 cents AND Katie is giving away a signed copy through Goodreads.

Ebook on sale for $.99 until September 27:
MuseItUp bookstore

Signed paperback giveaway on Goodreads until September 28Click Goodreads to enter.

Have a fantastic week!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Patriot Day--a Day to Remember Those Lost


Patriot Day is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance 
of the 2977 lives lost 
on this infamous day in the history of the USA. 

Our hearts go out to those friends and family 
who were left behind to recover from this tragedy.