Skip to main content

Reaching Out to Readers!

I am thrilled to be back to some form of regular blogging. If you can believe it, I actually managed to schedule posts for the majority of the week on all of my blogs, AND get lots of writing/editing in...
It was a wonderful weekend.

But I digress!

Today I wanted to talk about readers. When I first started writing for the fiction YA market, most of my author-friends were very adept at making connections with other writers, but not as good at reaching out to readers. This is always something that puzzled me. I mean, yes, I LOVE my writer buddies. They offer support, knowledge, and so much more. They even make up a large percentage of my readers.

But not the entire percentage.

So, how do I cultivate readers? What writerly friends of mine were doing a great job reaching out to readers?

Fortunately, from the early days through the present, I have been able to watch several authors cultivate amazing readership. People like Michelle Zink, Ellen Hopkins, Susan Kaye Quinn, Lisa Schroeder, and so many others, have done an amazing job reaching readers.

Some do it through live events. And some others through their social networks. Me, I am the hybrid type in pretty much everything I do. So, it only follows that I am very hybrid-ish in this too. I mix live events, social networking and direct readership interaction. The results - very loyal fans.

My focus for 2014, as I mentioned on Monday, is to take it to the next level and increase both my readership AND my interaction with readers - a lofty goal I know, but hey...

How am I going to do this? Here is the short list of my goals:

  • Better use of the newsletter to bring MORE exclusive content to readers AND interact more. (Are you signed up for my newsletter? No? CLICK HERE to be included in all the fun)
  • A steady stream of NEW releases. Yep, you heard that right. I have the goal of releasing three new novels this year.
  • Strategic use of my marketing dollars
  • More live and online events to connect with readers.
I am really excited about all of this and can't wait to see how it all turns out.


What do you do to build readership, both new readers and more connection with readers?

Comments

  1. That has been a conundrum for me for all of 2013. I don't have an answer, honestly, and now that I'm getting into writing and publishing my erotica, I'm just enjoying having fun with my sexy short stories. I've got a lot of writing I want to do for my YA/NA stuff but not sure if I'll be doing a good job of reaching out to readers. But I better get on the ball. Don't want them thinking I've abandoned them :-)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for your input!

Popular posts from this blog

Collide and Transcend in Audio Format

Wow - it has too long since my last post! A lot has happened over the past few months. First, I've decided to re-launch my entire backlist. What does this mean? New covers, new interiors, and, in some cases, new and expanded stories. It also means releasing the books in audiobook format. Audiobooks are something I've wanted to do for a while. And now it is finally happening.

In December, I released the audiobook formats of Transcend and Collide - each with new covers and new interiors in the digital and print versions. I plan on revealing the new covers for the rest of the Solomon Experiment series (the sequels to Collide) later this month, with the actual books coming in late Feb and March/April.

In Spring, I will begin the re-launch of the Requiem series, including significantly expanded stories for books 2 and 3, new covers, new titles and audiobook formats.

I don't plan on only re-releasing books in 2016. In addition to the two new books in the Solomon Experiments, I ha…

Crossroads Tour Day #5

Welcome to Day #5 of the Crossroads Tour. I hope you are having as much fun as I am! Not sure what this is? Read the post on day #1.Did you remember to enter the giveaway for the Amazon gift card? CLICK HERE to enter.

As I mentioned, I am giving away one ebook of COLLIDE during the tour. Just stop by each day, Monday through Saturday, and answer the daily question. I will randomly draw a name every evening. Easy, right?!?

For today's entry, check out my Q&A at LITTLE LIBRARY MUSE and answer this question:

Who am I trapped in an elevator with?

Leave your answers in the comments. I will draw a random winner at 10pm PST on Saturday. Good luck!

It's Release Day!

Wow! This post was a long time coming. My 6th novel (and 17th book), OUTBREAK, book #2 in the Solomon Experiments, is officially out day.

This is a special release for me. I had struggled to find my fiction mojo after my last book. Related to what was going on in my personal life and some residual feelings about my mother's death, it took me nearly 2 years to reconnect with my inner artist. The struggle was worth it, though, as I figured out some things about myself as an artist that I needed.

Now, I hope all of you will enjoy the book as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

OUTBREAK is the continuing story of Dakota, an 18 year old girl wrestling with her new awareness of abilities that make her the target of a black ops group. Here is a little more about the story:


Dakota never thought she’d crave her old life in Boresville. Not until the Creator’s assassins came and took everything, everyone, she cared about—all except for David. He’s the only thing she has left, and he wants he…