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It’s all about the live video!

It’s all about the live video!

If you aren’t using Facebook Live, it’s time to start.

When Facebook launched the service a little over a year ago, no one could imagine what a difference it made. The access it grants is astounding, and intoxicating. Users simply can’t get enough of it. And that is good for writers! Here are five tips to get you going.

 

Have a specific reason

Are you going live just to live or do you have a reason? Remember, you are aiming at a particular audience. Think about what they want from you, and what you can give them. The advice here is the same for all content – it isn’t about you and asking people to buy your book. It’s about making a connection.

Think of your surroundings

Is it windy? Is it loud and noisy? Some ambient noise is fine, but if it’s taking over the video, then it won’t help you out. What does the background say? Does it contradict what you’re trying to say or does it compliment it?

Timing is everything

What is going on in the world right now? Are there current events you can comment on that will help you connect with readers? What is going on in your book? Can you relate it to something in world? If you go live during a major world event are you going to look insensitive? Make sure you know what’s going on.

Shorter is better

While Facebook tries to get you to stay live longer, if the video starts to lag, viewers will leave. Plan your content so there is no lag in the middle. Keep it engaging and generally, keep it short. This is true for most videos. Less than a minute (two at most) is good for recorded video, but you can probably get away with longer for live video if it’s fun and interesting.

Use your world

Are you visiting a new place? Museum? Bookstore, coffee shop, historic site? Show your readers where you are and what you’re doing. Are you writing? Take a break and talk about how it’s going (if you’re complaining about writers block, make it fun by showing what you’re doing instead of writing).

Facebook Marketing with Cherry Adair

Facebook Marketing with Cherry Adair

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 1.40.54 AMI just spent the weekend learning about new plotting methods, character development and dialogue with the NYTimes Bestseller Cherry Adair. What a hoot she is!

While her session was about the mechanics of writing, I got to spend a little bit of time chatting with her about her marketing. What struck me the most was her Facebook. The woman runs 12 Facebook pages, herself. Yes, twelve!

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Chance of a lifetime: Writers Conferences

Chance of a lifetime: Writers Conferences

colorado-springs-450I’ve been to three Pikes Peak Writers Conferences, and am headed back to Colorado tomorrow for my fourth. I thought it was about time I figure out why I keep going back.

Why I went in the first place
Four years ago, I was home fresh from a deployment to Afghanistan and looking for a creative outlet for my writing. I was also a freshly minted Reservist and for the first time in over a decade, didn’t have a full-time job.

Naively, I thought I could punch out a couple of books and embark on a long and fruitful writing career. We were stationed in Colorado Springs and after a quick Google search, I found Pikes Peak Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission was to support aspiring and established writers.

It was a sign!

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Prologues and Epilogues in Romance Novels

Prologues and Epilogues in Romance Novels

karidaI recently released my third novel, Surrender the Heat. Like most writers, I completed quite a few revisions before the release. One requested change from a beta reader was the addition of an epilogue to “find out what happens to the heroine” and “to hint at the next book.” My first novel did not include an epilogue, but my second did. I added a brief epilogue to Surrender the Heat and must admit—it really did improve the ending.

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Why I’m Plant-Based

Why I’m Plant-Based

thI have found something that I think will save lives, and I want to shout it from the rooftops — a plant-based diet!

You do not have to accept that when you get older, you’ll get sick.

You do not have to accept that just because your parents had cancer or diabetes that you will too.

You do not have to accept that pills are the only path to good health.

Want to know how? By eating a plant-based diet. And guess what, the federal government finally agrees!

Have you ever noticed that every time you go to the doctor, they prescribe medicine? It’s like that is all you go to the doc for these days. Ailment? Med. Nose bleed? Med. Sniffles? Med. That really bothers me and I want another avenue.

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