Wednesday, June 17, 2020

New Author: Self-Publishing and Marketing Experience - Fiction Author Dianne Krogh Begins Her Journey

Recently, I was fortunate to meet new fiction author Dianne Krogh. She had just completed her first novel and was ready to publish it. Just like many new authors find out, their work has just begun. This is a business.


I thought I would follow her around to see if there is anything new in getting a book out the door for a new author. There is a commitment that has to be made. Writing and then selling a book is a big deal. Especially, your first book.

Write and rewrite

“So your idea kindles in your mind and finally you sit down. It’s time to do this and you start the process.
… a process that requires many hours at the keyboard and days when you spend more time with the characters in your head than with your family.” she stated in one of her blog posts.

Opening paragraphs and Excerpt

DK said, “By this step, you have probably decided on an opening sentence. Something to reel in the reader right upfront. But don’t type it yet! (This advice comes to you from someone who didn’t follow this advice, and who had to buy a larger aspirin bottle as a result.)”

The beginning of your novel is very important. You need to capture the reader’s attention. Today most publishers give the reader a sneak peek at your book. Amazon, for example, has a feature on your buy page to view the first few chapters of your novel so the reader can decide to purchase or go on to their next selection. (Look Inside by Amazon) Sometimes this is how the prospect decides to buy.

Dianne added, “My advice. Keep notes on everything you do include changes and problem areas. I am notes and outline kind of guy. You will need this stuff for next novel you write and publish. You will have an outline of what you did before. This could save you valuable time and effort.”

Character and plot development is what it’s all about. A good story, interesting characters. And you have edited, edited, proofread, and do more editing.

You’re on your way. Best-seller. The sale of lots of books. What! Not so fast. You’ve journey has just started.

Down the road, you will be asked to provide an excerpt for your novel. This is information you should keep handy in your notes. Here is the excerpt that started Dianne’s publishing effort.

Excerpt from Life in a Peacock Nest by Dianne Krogh

Tom Wallace

Day 1, A December Thursday, 1984 The First Thread Unravels
Tom Wallace looked at the face of Alan Dravel staring back at him from the cover of the magazine on his tray table. He thought the guy looked a little cold, maybe arrogant. Square jaw. Square glasses. All hard lines. Intimidating not warm. Tom really needed to see some warmth in the face. He needed help, and Alan Dravel was probably his last hope.

Tom thought maybe he should read the Business Weekly article again, but he had read it three times since his 727 left the ground in Phoenix. Instead, he let his head fall back against the headrest on his plane bound for Minneapolis and closed his eyes. 

It was about nine o’clock back in Phoenix. Lindy would be taking their two boys to their swimming lessons at the country club about now. She would be barreling down the long hill in her red Mustang. If it was even a little warm, she would have the top down and the heater going full blast, and all three would be laughing as their dark hair stirred in the wind.  (top-down)

Lindy and his boys were counting on him, and he wasn’t going to let them down. If he could only get this job nailed down today, it could be in time to keep their lives from unraveling. No one would even have to know. But he was down to the wire…



Title and Subtitle

The title and subtitle of your books are an important part of your marketing effort. Typestyle and placement on the cover rank second in my opinion, in importance. If you’re writing a series of books, the cover format should be consistent.

Cover Specs and Design 
The cover should catch the reader’s eye. I must admit the cover means more on a hardcover book but the good smaller image for an eBook can be effective.
Amazon requires a cover image at least 1000 pixels high. A good size is 668/1000 pixels. This scales down to a great image to use in your marketing. (300/450 pixels)


DK was prepared for this one.

“I have done a lot of graphic design, but never a book cover. But I applied the same concept: First selected a typeface that I felt reflected the somewhat light-hearted tone of the book. Chose an art element (peacock feathers) that related to a theme and then a background color that was best for the art element. Finally, I created the primary image - Man in Mysterious Doorway - to convey the evil that lurks in the main character.”

Blurb

Then there was what the story is about. Write a good description of the plot of your book. You will use this often as you list and sell your book.
Here is Dianne’s blurb.
Life in a Peacock Nest - Crimes of Greed and Ego are Rarely Punished

From a new storyteller comes an engaging and light-hearted novel. A powerful boss with a Stage 4 case of greed and ego. People eager to crowd into his orb. But, can anyone survive there?

Scarred from growing up in a small town where the children from a clique of wealthy families were always favored, Alan Dravel begins a vengeful search for his own wealth and power. He barges into the technology boom of 1980’s corporate America with an idea. Over his head but never in doubt, he unleashes his greed and ego in a self-serving climb to success which turns destructive.

Alan’s quick thinking, he considers it a special kind of genius, keeps him a step ahead of his failures. He shuns contact with the common herd and disregards the opinions of people who wear rubber-soled shoes, but those are the people he turns to when he needs scapegoats.

With a handsome face, a quick mind and a lack of ethical or moral considerations to restrain him, Alan
 drags a Kansas farm family, a country church and associates of a high-flying corporation together in his widening web of failures – all while being honored as one of the country’s top business leaders.

Those caught in the slipstream of Alan’s wild ride to power struggle to hang on for the rewards they believe association with Alan can provide. Power and ego prevail as Alan orchestrates the most unimaginable twists and turns to entangle his victims and save himself. Those who survive find justice in the last place they think to look.

Life in a Peacock Nest is a captivating saga that probes the strength and weakness of the human spirit. It is a story about the nature of people, with characters so memorable you won’t want to let them go.


Author Preparation

Now we need to get ready to market your book. Good preparation will help down the road. You should start with a clear picture at a reasonable size. Some authors offer a small image and that doesn’t work well as you market yourself. Also, a good, concise biography is a plus. The readers want to know something about the new author they about to buy a book from.


DK’s Biography

I’ve always loved words. Their power to elicit emotion. To tell a story. To create understanding. Or to persuade. I’ve used them for all those things over the years.

After getting a degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication, I spent many happy years writing advertising copy, producing corporate communications, and creating publications for clients of my public relations group.
Now with time to let the words flow in whatever direction my mind takes me, I have published my first novel, Life in a Peacock Nest.

My mind is off on another journey already. So, I am working on a new book. Stay tuned.

Contact information

You should prepare your contact information in your notes. Be ready to use the information at any time. All of these contacts were set up new by Dianne to start her marketing effort.

Author: Dianne Krogh

Author Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Saga

Social Media

Twitter: @kroghdianne

Internet Usage

Website – The Authors’ Pub https://authorspub.com/
Dianne Krogh – Blog: https://authorspub.com/blog

Dianne’s website provides a communication form that she encourages her readers to use.
Some authors use an email account with a signature line.

Also, some authors have a newsletter rather than a blog. Remember it’s all about forming a relationship and capturing a way to communicate with your reader.

Time management

Controlling your time is an important part of your writing and marketing efforts.

DK’s background: “I have always worked. I had to put in whatever time was required to deliver clients’ projects on time and still have my family time. That did, at times, require long hours.  I usually work based on priority. The most critical tasks get my attention first. If nothing is on fire, I prefer, as you say, to play it by ear.”

Focus and hard work will reap rewards.

Publishing the Book

Here’s Dianne Krogh’s experience

“Ready to Publish. YAY!! Don’t break out the champagne yet. It’s really easy in retrospect, but …

Should you start with an eBook format and then create a hardcopy? Or do both?

I recommend you start with an eBook your first time out. The digital format allows you to easily change the context if you find an error. Readers will tell you if they find something.

Let’s Start with Amazon

You need to set up your own Author Central Account (KDP) which begins by updating your Author Page.

This includes adding multimedia, blog feeds, or events to the page. Also, you will enter your Biography and a list of your blogs.

Next, you add your book to a list of books. This lists your book on your Amazon author page. You add additional product details and submit them. This is where you can make corrections also.

Down the road, if one of your books is not listed, this is the place to enter it. Just click the button: ‘Are we missing a book?’

Your book will be listed with the cover, the price, and buy links plus a blurb with a look inside feature.

You have your book in an acceptable format, a great cover, a descriptive story blurb, a good author bio with a clear picture, and you have defined the genre with keywords. You are ready to get the show on the road.

Adding a New book on Amazon Central


Author/Publisher Information

Go to your Bookshelf and select: Create a New Title. From here you will just follow the instructions. Here are the latest Amazon instructions.

Book Content: You can upload a manuscript, or use our free creation tools to create children's books, educational content, comics, and manga. Get started with Kindle content creation tools.
Book Cover: You can use our online Cover Creator, or upload a cover of your own. Creating a great cover.
Description, Keywords and Categories: Tell readers about your book and help them find it on Amazon.
ISBN: Get a free ISBN to publish your paperback. Kindle eBooks don't need one. More about ISBNs.

You will need to define the Genre. (Fiction: Mystery or Romance or …)

A Book ID is required.
ISBN – you can buy one on the open market or Amazon will assign one.
Filing for a copyright is also recommended but not totally necessary.
ASIN – Amazon’s Book ID will be assigned automatically by Amazon..

You will be asked for Keywords that match your novel. (#Mystery, #Action, #Romance, etc.)

Finally, after all that, Dianne ended up with an Amazon Author Profile. Check it out.

We are almost ready to go for it. I recommend you set up an Amazon Associate account.

Marketing

Price

Sometimes readers will check the price and equate that with value. I don't know if there is any good way. It's supply and demand. If you're selling books, you're at the right level. When the volume decreases, you drop the price.

The Pitch

You need a pitch to use at Book Festivals, Library outings, and signings at Book Stores and direct contact with a reader.

I have a short pitch and a long pitch to present to readers and prospects.
The short one includes my title, the genre (Mystery), and something about my lead character, Jonathon Stone.
The long version: discuss the specific book and its overview like the blurb published with the release.

Interviews

You should accept any opportunity to interview with a reliable blogger or reviewer. Here’s Dianne’s interview.

Author and Group Support

You should join groups of authors and readers. Here is a list of a few good groups.

Book launch

Now it’s time to get the book out the door. It’s time to launch your novel into the world.

DK outlines her First Steps in marketing

1.      Gather ideas from people who have experience in marketing books.
2.      Begin Social Media marketing with contacts and sharing.
3.      Maintain a website that brings people back repeatedly through fresh, changing content relevant to my audience.
4.      Take advantage of every opportunity to meet with people.
5.      Produce discussion questions for book clubs to use and attempt to market to book clubs.”

Book showcase

Accept any type of book promo that will get you in the reader’s view. Here’s one for Dianne.

It’s important to establish a Social media presence and a website to inform your readers.

Other avenues of book promotion commonly used.

Join book clubs
Free Books and giveaways like Goodreads giveaway program
Targeted ads which point back to my Facebook author page

You must earn the interest of the reader.

Finding Readers

Now the heavy lifting starts. Finding readers is an important part of being an author. You need to find readers that will buy your book. Here is a list of some methods used by other authors.

1.      Using social media – record names/groups social media networks to promote
2.      Getting reviews is important.
3.      Find Reading groups that read your genre or close to it.
4.      Join writer groups like WLC, IAN, IAI, and AuthorsDen mentioned above.

And most importantly, you need to build or develop a list of readers and prospects that will make the next time around easier. Here are some useful ideas to continue your search for readers.

1.      Make your book available in the places and for the prices that people most look for them.
2.      Use the end of your eBooks to have links to your various internet contacts. Also, include your email address or website contact form.
3.      Form relationships with your reading audience in your genre 
4.      Do guest blogs if you get the opportunity.
5.      Use your Facebook author page
6.      At the end of all my eBooks, I always provide an afterword with a link to sign up to my newsletter
7.      Try to get face time with readers. Library and bookstore events are a good place.
8.      Using your newsletter, blog or email subscription where people signup, help you capture the reader/prospect information. Then keep track of their twitter handle and Facebook account, if you can.
9.      You must spend the time and effort to have a chance of being successful.
10.  Caution: don’t bombard readers with promotions. Make your contact interesting and informative.

What’s Next?

Now it’s time to start thinking about your next novel. DK is out in front of this one.
Dianne shares this. “My mind is off on another journey already. So, I am working on a new book. Stay tuned. My next book will be a more contemporary novel.”

Here’s a tease.

“A light-hearted novel dealing with death and regret. (It won’t be as depressing as it sounds. I obviously need a better descriptive line, but that is the topic.).”

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dianne Harman - A 2020 Look at Her 2020 Novels

Today the HBS Author's Spotlight is showcasing Award-Winning Author Dianne Harman 2020 published novels. She is a Bestselling Mystery, Suspense and Romance author. Dianne has another novel being released in April 2020: Deadly Accusations.

Here is her 2020 collection so far.

Murder in Vancouver, 

A Northwest Cozy Mystery (Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 13

Murder in the Forest, 

A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery (Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 12

The Other Witch, 

Miranda Riley Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 2 with Krystal Doolittle

The War Hero's Welcome, 

Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 18

Holly and the Ruined Party, 

Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 6

Murder at the Manor, 

Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 12

Little Feather, 

Miranda Riley Paranormal Cozy Mysteries Book 1 with Krystal Doolittle 

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Diane Harman - A 2020 Look at Her 2020 Novels


Author: Dianne Harman
Author Genre: Cozy Mystery, Romance and Literary Fiction

Website: Dianne Harman Author
Author's Blog: Dianne Harman Author
Twitter: @DianneDHarman
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook
Pinterest: Check Out Pinterest

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Amazon Author Profile



Author Description:
Two-time USA Today Bestselling Author and seven time Amazon All Star Author, Dianne Harman, draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking, playing backgammon with her husband, Tom, and throwing the ball for their dog, Kelly.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs. Dianne is the author of several cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest, Jack Trout, Northwest, Cottonwood Springs and a paranormal cozy mystery series.

She's also the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series, Midlife Journey Series, Slade Kelly Suspense Series, and the Cozy Cookbook Series which consists of recipes from her cozy mystery series. Enjoy!



Murder in Vancouver

A Northwest Cozy Mystery (Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 13


Author: Dianne Harman

AVAILABLE at Amazon


A famous fashion designer
A poisoned box of chocolates
A stolen painting
Al, the Mafia man, is back on the job

Milton Arrowsmith is murdered by a poisoned box of chocolates on the morning of an art fundraiser, and a valuable painting is stolen from his apartment.

His friends hire Al, both for their own security, and to find out what happened to Milton. Al investigates their social circle, and finds out everyone has secrets, some even connected to the case. It turns out the killer is much closer to home than anyone could have imagined...

Plenty of great food and two adorable dogs in this page-turning cozy mystery by a USA Today Bestselling Author and Amazon All-Star.




Murder in the Forest

A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery (Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 12


Author: Dianne Harman

AVAILABLE at Amazon


Former cop Michael Hessop arrives in Red Cedar with a mission - track down a teen girl named Delaney Sparrow and the predator who convinced her to run away from her family.

He finds out about Liz Lucas' reputation for being an amazing amateur sleuth from the owner of Gertie’s Diner, and teams up with Liz and her dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston.

The dead body of a young girl is found in the woods with a note saying the killer 'will strike again.’ The killer makes an anonymous call, taunting that he's got a girl tied up somewhere in Red Cedar, and if she's not found in three days, he'll kill her, too.

Is the murdered body Delaney Sparrow or is she the one who’s tied up? It’s a race against time for Liz, Michael, and the dogs.




The Other Witch

Miranda Riley Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 2 with Krystal Doolittle


Author: Dianne Harman

AVAILABLE at Amazon


Believe in witches? If not, you may want to rethink it.

As Miranda settles into her new role as a paranormal investigator, her mother, Eve, takes a back seat on their newest case.

Proving she’s capable of filling her mother’s shoes may be troublesome, however, when Miranda senses that what they're dealing with isn't your typical, everyday paranormal, but something altogether different.

People in the area are disappearing at an alarming rate, and Miranda has to act fast. But with her mother acting strangely, things heating up between her and the Alpha male, Jesse, plus her odd pull to Police Chief Jack Winslow, Miranda starts to feel as if she's going in circles. Good thing she has her Corgi dog, Hank, to help.




The War Hero's Welcome

Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 18


Author: Dianne Harman

AVAILABLE at Amazon


The war hero returns home
With his dog, Wicked
Both have been injured
Their welcome should be pretty straightforward
But not everyone likes a war hero
Maybe Kelly’s son, Cash, should have stayed in Afghanistan
At least there he knew who the enemy was!

All Kelly and Mike want to do is help Cash recuperate from his injuries

They never planned on becoming involved with a kidnapping

Good to have guard dogs when you need them




Holly and the Ruined Party

Holly Lewis Mystery Series Book 6


Author: Dianne Harman

AVAILABLE at Amazon


A surprise party at a church
To celebrate her aunt Fiona’s success as a fashion designer
Streamers, banners, and food
All destroyed on the night before the party
Who did it and why?

When the party Holly has carefully planned is maliciously destroyed hours before it’s to take place, her friends and family frantically work to salvage it.

But who would want to ruin a party? Doesn’t everyone love a party? Was it someone who had a grudge against Fiona? Or maybe against Holly?

Holly and Wade are afraid if they don’t find the person responsible, they’ll do something even more damaging during the party, like harming someone at the party.




Murder at the Manor

Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 12


Author: Dianne Harman

AVAILABLE at Amazon


Cecil Boatwright-Jones was the epitome of a crotchety old man
So crotchety he was murdered
After all, when you’re worth millions
And you won’t spend a dime On your run-down English manor, Little Dockery
Or your family
Or anything else
Maybe murder is the answer
But it’s never acceptable

DeeDee and Jake wish they’d never left Seattle to accept a case in the village of Finchingfield , England. What started out as a wonderful excuse to spend some time in Europe quickly becomes a nightmare. Staying in a manor that has over one hundred rooms and a lot of secrets doesn’t make for pleasant dreams.

When everyone hates a man, finding people with a motive is not a problem. What is a problem is too many suspects with very good reasons to commit murder. DeeDee and Jake have another problem. If they don’t find the murderer, there’s a good chance they’ll be the next victims.




Little Feather

Miranda Riley Paranormal Cozy Mysteries Book 1 with Krystal Doolittle


Author: Dianne Harman

AVAILABLE at Amazon


All it takes is one phone call to change your life.

Miranda Riley is a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas when she receives a call from the police that her mother, Eve, is missing. She rushes home to Little Feather, Oklahoma, hoping to quickly find her mother so she can return to her life in the big city.

But once Miranda begins to search for her, she finds there is much more to Little Feather and her mother than she originally thought. First, the city is an oasis for supernatural creatures, and secondly, her mother was the Paranormal Investigator who kept them all in line.

As a P.I., it was her mother's job to make sure the paranormal creatures stayed out of view from humans and didn't commit any crimes. But now that she's gone that’s changing.

Miranda finds herself caught up in a world she never knew existed. She needs to find her mother before paranormal things get out of hand in Little Feather, and two very attractive men are willing to help her.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tucson Festival of Books – Looking Back 2020

I look forward to the Tucson Festival of Books each year. I am so sorry about the cancellation. However, our health is much more important. I thought I would go back and take a look at my previous articles. I didn’t realize that this will be my twentieth post in the TFOB series.

In 2013, I attended my first festival. I was on a journey to write an article about book marketing in a large environment. My goal quickly changed at the next festival. Now I wanted to help the authors get exposure and handle the new digital marketing world.

Also, I started doing author interviews and posting book showcases highlighting the author’s books. This expanded to book sets and other articles about the book industry. To date, the blogs have had over 1.2 million views.

When I attend the Festival, I take off my Mystery writer’s hat. I go as a Blogger for the weekend to find out how my fellow authors are handling direct marketing. My goal is to talk to as many authors as I can, take a lot of pictures and see how the authors are trying to market their books and themselves.

Author’s Goals
I tried to emphasize that the authors needed to establish goals before they attended the event.

A Book festival presents a unique selling situation. In this event, you have thousands of people with lots of authors trying to gain their attention. You must have a set of goals and a game plan right upfront. Here is a shortlist of possible goals developed over the years.

1.      Sell your book on-sight – this requires a sale process in place
2.      Talk with the readers/prospects and have something to say
3.      Spark their interest enough to check your books out on-line
4.      Arouse visitor interest enough to tell someone else about meeting you
5.      Many more….

Observations – Sales Tools

A book festival requires a different approach than a regular book signing at a bookstore. The fun continues at the Tucson Festival of Books. Lots of swag. Great entertainment. Wonderful Tucson weather.

As usual, I gave the best sales materials a shout out for being the best of the best. I tried to select the top sales materials in the following categories.

Bookmarks - Postcards - Business Cards - Flyers
Books Covers
Book Displays and Banners
Book Covers
Top Author Booth
Novelty Items
Best Presentation/sales pitch

An all the other swag the authors could distribute to help sell their books.

Takeaway Ideas

Also, I included a section of some ideas the author should take from the Festival. Here’s a sample from the 2018 post.
Idea 1
Several authors were offering free or discounted e-books to readers. Some were even giving free, autographed paper books. If done properly, giveaways during the event could increase your Amazon rating.

Idea 2
The authors did a great job displaying their books. A quick check of their displays, their name was easy to see. They still need to display their genre somewhere. If I’m a mystery reader, I probably waste my time at a Sci-Fi booth. Then again, I might get a prospect interested in a new genre.


Thanks to all the authors who contributed to this great experience. Check out the authors that have been highlighted over the years. What a great group of outstanding writers.

Book Marketing, Desert Style: Tucson Festival of Books – 2013




A book festival is always fun. You get to meet so many interesting authors. This time I trekked to Tucson, AZ, for the Tucson Festival of Books. This was the fourth year for the event and even with below normal temperatures and a brisk wind, the attendance was close to 80,000 for the two days.

Even though I have been to many gatherings like this, being a veteran of Comdex and the LA Book festival among many, I was anxious to visit my first Tucson festival.

My goal was to talk to as many authors as I could to expand my list of HBS Author’s Spotlight candidates and to see how the authors were trying to sell their books and themselves.

Author’s Goals
When you attend an event like a book festival, you should have a set of goals going in like selling your book AND getting the reader/prospects to look further after they leave. If you sparked their interest, they will check your book out online. They may even tell someone else about meeting you.

A book festival requires a different approach than a regular book signing at a bookstore, to be sure.

READ MORE about the Festival:  http://bit.ly/Yg6Jmb


R.P. Dahlke @rpdahlke
Rebecca is the author of The Dead Red Mystery Series.
Author Website   http://www.rpdahlke.com 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/105SWPI 






















Terry Ambrose @suspense_writer
Terry is the author of the McKenna Mystery series and the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.
Author Website   http://terryambrose.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/YmaJ4z 






















Betty Webb @bettywebb
Betty is a bestselling author of the Desert Wind, Desert Wives, etc. & the Gunn Zoo mysteries.
Author Website   http://www.bettywebb-mystery.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/Xnc0Ie 


 

Fun In The Sun – the Tucson Festival of Books 2014



I love this book festival: A weekend in Tucson, Arizona in the spring with the sun shining bright. You get to meet so many interesting authors. This was the sixth annual festival with the attendance over 120,000 for the two days. The TFOB is now the fourth largest book festival in the country.

I usually judge how big an event is by how far I have to walk after I park. This year I had to park two blocks farther than last year.

This year my goal was to talk to as many authors as I could, take some pictures and to see how the authors were trying to sell their books and themselves. Lots of authors. Lots of books. Lots of food...

READ MORE about the Festival:   http://bit.ly/1mfqj1Y 




Sharon Skinner @sharonskinner56
Sharon is an award-winning poet and author. She writes Children's Books and Fantasy novels and short stories.
Author Website   http://www.sharonskinner.com 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/ZgcTXw 











Deena Remiel @deenaremiel
Deena is an author of paranormal romance, urban and dark fantasy, and romantic suspense novels.
Author Website   http://www.deenaremiel.com/ 



 

Desert Delight – The Tucson Festival of Books 2015

Another Tucson Festival of Books with thousands of book enthusiasts and outstanding authors gathered in the sun this last weekend. This was the seventh annual festival with the estimated attendance over 130,000 and 250 authors. The TFOB is now the third largest book festival in the country.

I got to see many of my friends and Spotlight authors and make some new friends.

READ MORE about the Festival:   http://bit.ly/1BNLyyV



Doug Hocking @HockingDoug
Doug is the author of Western Mysteries and Historical Fiction.
Author Website   http://doughocking.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/1EuxVou 




Camelia Miron Skiba @CamiSkiba
Camelia writes Romance, Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction novels. She is the author of the Dacian Legends series.
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/1DxTyAD 




Morgan Kearns @MorganKearns
Morgan Kearns is an Emmy-Nominated Journalist turned Bestselling Contemporary Romance Author. 
Author Website   http://www.MorganKearns.com 




 

A Flower in the Desert – the Tucson Festival of Books 2016


I look forward every year to visiting the Tucson Festival of Books in the spring where I can meet up with many outstanding authors. This was the eighth annual festival with another record attendance for the two day event.

Again I got to see many of my Spotlight authors. This year I met up with Kris Tualla in her Dreams Convention.com booth and J.A. Jance who had just released ‘Clawback’ which was showcased on the HBS Author’s Spotlight. Judith is a Tucson-based bestselling author and a graduate of the University of Arizona.

So here I am again to have some fun in the sun. This is my fourth Tucson Festival of Books and I had a mission. I’m not wearing my Mystery writer’s hat today. I am here as a Blogger to find out how my fellow authors are handling direct marketing.

Like previous festivals, my goal is to talk to as many authors as I can, take some pictures and to see how the authors are trying to market their books and themselves.

READ MORE about the Festival:   http://bit.ly/1pJf6v6



C. Michael Bennis @CMBennis
Michael is the author of Dangerous and Desirable, Signs of Destiny and Rules of Engagement.
Author Website   http://www.cmichaelbennis.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/1ARret0 





Teresa Burrell @teresaburrell
Teresa is an author, lawyer and Child Abuse advocate who writes The Advocate Series and the Tuper Mystery series.
Author Website   http://teresaburrell.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/1iPo52m 





Jim Stevens @JimStevensWritr
Jim  is the author of the A Richard Sherlock Whodunit series.
Author Website   http://jimstevenswriter.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/2pcKxCg 





Anna Questerly @AnnaQuesterly
Anna writes Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Young Adult novels.
Author Website   http://www.annaquesterly.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/2pGNEQ5 



Dreams Convention.com is HBS Publication's Pick For Top Booth at Tucson Festival of Books 2016 
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. http://bit.ly/1VEt8KI

Leslie Jones - Leslie Jones - Leslie Jones - Leslie Jones - Marsheila Rockwell/Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Alan Black -  Erin Quinn - Deena Remiel - Morgan Kearns - Patrick Tylee - Patrick Tylee
Sandy Wright - Anne Marie Becker - Anna Questerly - Kris Tualla

A Hot Time in the Desert – the Tucson Festival of Books 2017




It's that time of the year again. The Tucson Festival of Books in the spring is a special event where readers, onlookers and kids can meet with outstanding authors and have a good time. This was the ninth annual festival with another record attendance for the two day event. This year was warmer than previous years and shady places to stand were at a premium.

This is my fifth Tucson Festival of Books and I had a mission. Again I took off my Mystery writer’s hat. I am here as a Blogger this weekend to find out how my fellow authors are handling direct marketing.

Like previous festivals, my goal is to talk to as many authors as I can, take a lot of pictures and to see how the authors are trying to market their books and themselves.

READ MORE about the Festival:   http://bit.ly/2nIBB2b



J. A. Jance @JAJance and ME
Judith is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the author of the Joanna Brady, Ali Reynolds, and the J. P. Beaumont series.
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/14AgWms





Natalie Wright @NatalieWright_
Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles series and the H.A.L.F. series.
Author Website   http://www.NatalieWrightAuthor.com 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/1T6YW6a




Gini Koch @GiniKoch and ME
Gini writes Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor and Paranormal novels.
Author Website   http://www.ginikoch.com 





D.R. Ransdell @dr_ransdell and ME
Diane writes Mystery, Travel and Romance novels plus short stories.
Author Website   http://www.dr-ransdell.com 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/1EgoRjU






Deena Remiel @deenaremiel
Deena is an author of paranormal romance, urban and dark fantasy, and romantic suspense novels.
Author Website   http://www.deenaremiel.com/ 




2017 Tucson Festival of Books – HBS Author Spotlight Crew
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. - http://bit.ly/2nptPuN

Teresa Burrell - Teresa Burrell - Doug Hocking - Doug Hocking - J.A. Jance - D.R. Ransdell
Cricket Rohman - Camelia Miron Skiba - Natalie Wright - Natalie Wright



2017 Tucson Festival of Books – Amigos and Ladies of the West
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. - http://bit.ly/2nhXCIM

Chris Enss - Bill Markley And Rod Timanus - Rocky Gibbons - Doug Hocking







2017 Tucson Festival of Books – The Dreams Convention Part 1
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. - http://bit.ly/2mGUouz

Colette Black - Anne Marie Becker - Amylynn Bright - Darryl Dawson -  Arlene Hittle
Alica McKenna Johnson - Cathy McDavid - Erin Quinn - Cricket Rohman
Deena Remiel - Deena Remiel - Anne A. Wilson



Tucson Festival of Books 2017 – The Dreams Convention Part 2
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. - http://bit.ly/2nlU5cq

Anne A. Wilson - Sandy Wright - Gini Koch - Tina Swayzee McCright - Anna Questerly
T.L. Smith - Kris Tualla - Michele Venne - Jenn Windrow - Jeffrey J. Mariotte

 

Spring in the Desert – the Tucson Festival of Books 2018


Spring is here and it’s time for the Tucson Festival of Books, 2018 style. This is a very special event where readers, onlookers and kids can meet with outstanding authors and have a good time. This was the tenth annual festival with another record attendance for the two day event.
This is my sixth Tucson Festival of Books and again I had a mission. I am at the festival as a Blogger this weekend to find out how my fellow authors are handling direct marketing. I leave my Mystery writer’s hat at home.

READ MORE about the Festival:  http://bit.ly/2FHgWsS



D.M. Miller @dmmiller_author
D.M. writes Romance, Religion, and Contemporary novels. She is the author of the Heart Series.
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/2J0yKgo






Jenn Windrow @jenmwindrow
Jenn is the Award winning author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
Author Website   http://www.jennwindrow.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/2HdGpHT






Kris Tualla @kristualla
Kris is a dynamic award-winning and internationally published author of historical romantic suspense.
Author Website   http://www.kristualla.com/ 





Marsheila Rockwell @MarcyRockwell
Marcy is the author of Fantasy, Horror and Crime novels and short stories.
Author Website   http://marsheilarockwell.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/2IRsrLl

Jeffrey J. Mariotte @JeffMariotte
Jeff writes Thriller, Horror, and Fantasy novels.
Author Website   http://jeffmariotte.com/ 










Tucson Festival of Books 2018 - Coming Attractions
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. - http://bit.ly/2DNOthk

C. Michael Bennis - Rhys Bowen - Teresa Burrell - R.P. Dahlke - Doug Hocking
J.A. Jance - D.R. Ransdell - Sharon Skinner - Linda Watkins - Betty Webb - Natalie Wright
Anna Questerly


Amigos and Ladies of the West - TFOB 2018
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. - http://bit.ly/2TYoUku

Doug Hocking - Chris Enss - Melody Groves - Melody Groves - Rod Timanus - Carol Markstrom - Lowell F. Volk - Bill Markley


Mostly Books Booth – Tucson Festival of Books 2018
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. - http://bit.ly/2tLWdyF

Rachel Gibson - Jennifer Ryan - Lori Wilde



Rachel Gibson @rachel_gibson
Rachel is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has one of contemporary romance's freshest voices.
Author Website   http://www.rachelgibson.com  

Jennifer Ryan @JenRyan_author
Jennifer is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of Romance and Suspense novels.

Lori Wilde @loriwilde
Lori is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 80 romance novels.
Author Website   http://www.loriwilde.com/  
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/2GW5BVF

Tucson Festival of Books 2019 - Coming Attractions



R.P. Dahlke - Sharon Hamilton - Alan Jacobson - Jenn Windrow - C. Michael Bennis
Doug Hocking - Kris Tualla - Jim Stevens - Jim Stevens - Sharon Skinner - Rhys Bowen
J.A. Jance

Introduction 
What have I learned over the years at the Tucson Festival of Books? Lots of fun. Lots of people. Lots of authors. Lots of sun.

This year I am going to continue doing some pre-show posts. I have contacted my Author Spotlight Crew that usually attends TFOB, in advance, to find out what they are planning and find out what was new.

Today the HBS Author's Spotlight is showcasing 2019 Tucson Festival of Books - HBS Spotlight Authors and their featured novels at this year's show. Many outstanding authors will be present.


READ MORE about the Festival:  http://bit.ly/2EidBOo

 

Sharon Hamilton @sharonlhamilton
Sharon is the Amazon bestselling Romantic Suspense Author of Hot Navy SEALs and paranormal romance.



Alan Jacobson @JacobsonAlan
Alan is the bestselling author of jaw-dropping thrillers. He writes the OPSIG Team Black series and the Karen Vail Series.
Author Website   http://alanjacobson.com 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/2ASpTxw



Rhys Bowen@RhysBowen
Rhys is the New York Times bestselling writer of the Molly Murphy Mysteries and A Royal Spyness Mystery series.
Author Website   http://rhysbowen.com/ 
HBS Author Spotlight Interview   http://bit.ly/1QnQWOv





2019 Tucson Festival of Books - Amigos and Ladies of the West
The following authors are featured in this article including their bio, contact information and a blurb about one of their books. READ MORE. - http://bit.ly/2VdaZqZ




Phil Mills - Vicky Rose - Rod Timanus - Kellen Cutsforth - Doug Hocking
Vonn McKee - Chris Enss - Lowell Volk - Melody Groves - Bill Markley



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