to Writer - January 2010
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I'm going to start off this newsletter with some blatant
Last year I was interview by writer and editor, Lea Schizas.
That interview is now live, and you can
read it here.
Please feel free to leave a comment.
I'm sorry this newsletter is so late - that wasn't my intention.
It's still school holidays here in Australia, and trying to find
time to do anything without distraction has been horrendous.
So I've been on an enforced break.
Alan (hubby) has taken the three grandchildren swimming so I could
get this newsletter prepared and sent.
The children spent five days at holiday camp, which was great.
During that time Alan and I visited Marysville to see the bushfire
devastation for ourselves.
Over the years we'd spent a lot of time at Marysville as my parents
lived there for several years, and a few years ago we visited again.
I can't begin to describe what it was like. As we approached
Marysville it struck me that the beautiful 'canopy' of tree ferns,
that always trumpeted the approach of Marysville, had disappeared.
Then nothing. Practically the entire town was gone.
I admit to having a bit of a weep over the devastation. I knew
it was bad from the news reports, but had no idea just how bad it
Alan and I celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary while the
children were away, and tried out a local Asian restaurant that was
new to us (but not new). We will definitely be back!
Last week we went to Shepparton (country Victoria) as it was my
mother-in-law's 80th birthday. We helped organised the party
from Melbourne, which was a feat in itself, and spent time up there
before and after the event.
We hired a 'cabin' as m-i-l lives in a retirement village and
doesn't have room for six extras. Being used to a six bedroom house,
we found it very crammed in the two bedroom unit that wasn't much
bigger than our lounge room. <sigh>
But we managed. (I admit I was very glad to get back
As you can see, there's been a lot of visiting and outings over the
holidays, but the children are back to school on Monday (yay!) so
things will get back to normal here. *We're all looking
forward to it!
The contest results should be available in the next week or two, and
will be advised as soon as possible. Apologies for the delay.
Now it's time to get onto this month's article.
Judy Bagshaw has written about self-promotions. Although the
title indicates it is specifically for romance writers, practically
all the information can be used for all book writers.
Okay, that's it from me - time
to sit back and enjoy this issue.
Til next time…
p.s. The next issue should be back on track.
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Romance Writers & Their Fans
Copyright Judy Bagshaw - All
Writing is generally a very solitary
pursuit. But once your book has been written, you need
to find an audience for it, or the effort to create it
has been wasted (unless you write solely for your own
pleasure, in which case, this article is not for you).
And once you have that audience, you want to keep them
so they will come back and buy all the other books you
plan to produce.
There are few more loyal than romance
genre fans. Once they find a favorite writer they don’t
want to let them go. But the romance field is enormous,
and the romance author is competing with thousands of
others. How can you make yourself stand out from the
Most obviously, you need to write the
best book you can, and keep a high standard for all the
work that follows. Nothing will send readers packing
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You also need to be willing to put some
leg work (or cyber leg work) into promoting your own
work and your “brand”…who you are as a romance writer.
Basically what you are doing is setting
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Essential to this process these days is
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them to join your community.
This could be as simple at the beginning,
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newsletter should be full of information about your
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that allows readers to feel that they know you on some
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your members…free stories, fun contests, things like
polls that involve them in your career.
I was lucky enough to have a friend set
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for the fans to visit where there are interviews, a
photo gallery, sneak peaks at works in progress and
excerpts of existing work.
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