Please welcome author of romance Lauren Linwood, a.k.a. list maker – a quality I admire because I’m a list maker too! Today, she’s sharing some more about staying organized while doing a blog tour, and some more about her upcoming releases, Leave Yesterday Behind – available for pre-order now, and releasing on June 3rd. Congratulations Lauren!
As many authors know, a virtual book tour can be hectic. Lauren, how do you stay organized?
The last time I stopped by Rebecca’s blog, I shared a time-saving tip about lists. I’ve always been a list-maker. I probably came out of the womb with a list that included:
- Check out my new wardrobe
- Eat some more
- Sleep a whole bunch more
- Get to know these people who are hovering over me all the time
I told you previously that I save time by keeping a list of every character in my novel and a brief description of them. That way, no name is repeated, and I avoid using similar names that might confuse a reader. I also keep a bullet point summary of what happens in each chapter and what the reader learns about the hero & heroine. It saves me time from hunting through, scrolling madly, trying to locate when a certain event occurred. I swear by both of these lists.
Today I’m sharing a different organizational practice that has to do more with the marketing side of books. Writers prefer spending time in their own worlds, creating characters and writing scenes where those people interact. Still, we have to venture out and try to get people to read our books!
One way an author connects with new readers is to write a guest blog on a fellow author’s site or a blogger’s site where book reviews are spotlighted. Sometimes authors will book a VBT—virtual book tour—and hit 10, 20, even 50 sites over several weeks and months.
That can add to a lot of craziness! (Unless you stay organized, that is.)
To help me keep things straight when I’m in the midst of a new release, I go to my trusty Blog folder. Within that folder, I create a sub-folder with the title of my new release. Nestled in that folder, I store all of my guest posts. Each post should be a little different, tailored to site it’s featured on. It should also include a blurb and buy link and sometimes an excerpt, as well as my author bio and social media contacts.
For this guest appearance on Rebecca’s blog, I stored the post in my Leave Yesterday Behind sub-folder, using Rebecca’s name and the date the post will appear to save it (And yes, I save to my hard drive and the cloud). This romance is my June 3rd release, which is now up for pre-order. I’m excited because after publishing 6 historical romances, it is my 1st published romantic suspense. My professional goal is to alternate historical with suspense. I’ve already sold another medieval (A Knight for Kallen – November 2015) and a 2nd suspense (Illusions of Death – March 2016), so the plan is working so far!
Some authors might want to save their guest blogs by tours they do, using the company’s name and the date of the tour. Others might group them my months and/or years that the guest blog was published. However you choose to organize, folders & sub-folders can make for easy reference and save you time and worry.
For example, I guested on Rebecca’s blog back in February. She asks that a guest author write about an organizational tip that might prove helpful to others. I easily found that post, thanks to my system, and saw what hint I had written about. It helped me from repeating info in an earlier post—and you from having to read the same tip!
My job as the Folder Queen is now done, so I’d like to share the blurb for my upcoming release with you—enjoy!
LEAVE YESTERDAY BEHIND
Callie Chennault vaulted to fame on the nighttime soap Sumner Falls, but after a decade of playing the same role, she is ready for a new acting challenge. When Callie is attacked by a stalker on the streets of New York, she takes a leave of absence from the show and returns to her roots in Aurora, Louisiana, to heal both physically and emotionally and determine her next career move.
Former professional baseball pitcher Nick La Chappelle has also come to Aurora to lick his own wounds after a messy divorce. A Cy Young winner and one-time ESPN broadcaster, Nick longs for the quiet of a small town in order to write murder mysteries under a pen name.
Sparks fly when Callie believes Nick is taking advantage of her great-aunt’s hospitality, but they resolve their differences—and surprise themselves by falling in love. Their bond is tested when both Nick and Callie become the focus of a serial killer nicknamed Lipstick Larry. Can they outwit a murderer bent on seeing them dead and survive to build a lasting relationship?
MORE ABOUT LAUREN
Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.
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