Thursday, January 29, 2015

Romance and Mystery Writers on Writing: J.Q. Rose Writing Tips on Editing and Marketing, Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog!
Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing
This series on writing tips, Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing, has been a fantastic opportunity to pick up helpful information from talented authors. And it has been a wonderful way to get to know writers and their books. 
The good news, “it ain’t over yet.” Originally  planned as a fall series, the  blog posts on writing tips continue into February.
I'm looking forward to welcoming the following mystery authors:
Heather Haven
C. Hope Clark
Resources for Writers
Please be sure to return for more writing tips in February AND more giveaways!
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Today it's my turn to offer up some writing tips that I've discovered in my writing, publishing, and marketing experience.
Tips on Editing

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just write the first draft and be done with it? Actually, no.  I look forward to re-writing my sentences. I derive a certain joy and heart flutter as I chop out words and shorten sentences. And behold, at times, I have a revelation about the plot or the characters. 
After saving the file, I sit back a minute to rest my eyes and breathe. At that time,  I realize how fulfilling it is to play in my fictional world.Some days I do flounder for words. If it’s too much of a struggle to get anything on the paper, I put away the story and ignore it. But that story creeps into my brain. Whether I am in the shower or on a walk, my mind still turns over the what-ifs in the chapters.  When  I finally see a way out of the mess I”ve created, I feel triumphant.It is so much better to have a crazy mess of a story written for your first draft, than to have a blank page. You cannot edit a blank page.

Tips on Marketing:
We are all struggling to get our author names out into readers' minds and stir up interest in our stories. The best way to get readers interested in you is to have your pages on all your social media include a bio about you. Make the information sparkle so readers will get an insight into your personality. You’re a writer. You can make your life interesting. But, don’t use fiction to tell about yourself!
Include your profile on Facebook, Pinterest, Good reads, etc. Use the same author photo on each site for instant recognition. Articles suggest you use a photo of you, not your book cover or avatar, so readers can “meet” you.
Be sure your photo and bio are on your blog/website “above the fold” because people are naturally curious to know more about you. Make it easy for them to find you.
While you are writing your bio, go ahead and write a tagline with just a few lines, a short one with fifty words, a medium one hundred words, and a long bio of 300 to 500  words.  Place all of these on your media page on your blog/website so when you are a guest on a blog, radio show, podcast, webinar, or TV,  your host can choose what works best for his/her event.
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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 MuseItUp Publishing. When J.Q. isn’t writing, she enjoys photography, playing Pegs and Jokers board games, and traveling with her husband. They spend winters in Florida and summers up north camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.

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Please leave a comment to enter to win the drawing for an e-book,   Sunshine Boulevard  or Coda to Murder or the first three chapters of my WIP, Deadly Undertaking. Winner’s Choice.
Mystery, 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.

Back of the BookPastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer. 

Detective Cole Stephens doesn't want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.

Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?

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Susan Bernhardt said...

Wonderful advice, J.Q. And I totally agree about writing your first draft from your heart.

This has been a great series about authors' writing tips. I've really enjoyed it.

Thank you.

Unknown said...

You're so right about it being fun to play in our fictional worlds. I never looked at it that way, but it's spot-on. Great marketing tips, too!

Suzanne de Montigny said...

All good ideas. Definitely keep the same picture. Sometimes people have pictures up of their grandparents or their child. Too strange.

Janie Franz said...

Great tips! Thanks for posting this series. I totally agree about just getting the story down and then going back in to edit.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Susan. Glad you're enjoying the series. So good to meet new and already-known authors and their books too.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Heather. Thanks so much. Love being "spot-on." !!

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Suzanne. I guess some authors don't want to be known publicly and they use a book cover or a grandkid in the photo with no sign of the author. Otherwise I don't see any reason why not to use your photo. Thanks for stopping in.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Janie, I made a mistake in sharing my first draft with my crit group before actually finishing it. I got so many good suggestions, I was paralyzed and couldn't figure out which way to go!!! I should've given that as a tip. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Great advice, JQ. I've really enjoyed this series. I like the editing process, too. It feels more satisfying sometimes than the torment of getting that first draft down. Maybe because edits are more under our control. The heart is a more wayward organ than the brain! Thanks for presenting such a great series of posts.

J.Q. Rose said...

Helena, the hard part of writing is getting down that first draft for me. Re-writing is when you get to make the writing sing!! Fingers crossed. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment.

J.Q. Rose said...

Congratulations to Janie Franz! She is the winner of the drawing and she has her choice of the prize.

Thanks everyone for stopping in and leaving your comments. I had fun being a guest on my own blog!!

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