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Musings 7/10/16: These are a Few of my Favorite…Authors!

I thought since my last Musings was about the scarier aspect of the business, I thought I’d do something in contrast.  So with this Musing I’m going to discuss one of the best things about this business — US!  Authors I mean.  Hell, there wouldn’t be a business without us, right?  Anyway, I thought maybe I’d just mention some of my favorite authors and their works.  This list will not only present fantasy authors, but romance and paranormal as well.  And feel free to comment with your own works.  Who knows, maybe I’ll discover a new favorite?

Charlotte’s WebEB White

This is, and always will be, my favorite book.  More contemporary fantasy, I read this so many times as a child I committed it to memory!

The Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis

Yes, that’s right.  I have the entire series.  And now that I’ve looked him up, I remembered he has a science-fiction series as well and I plan on getting that as well.  Which is my favorite?  Do you even have to ask?  And it looks like a movie for The Silver Chair is in the works!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L Frank Baum

The book, not the movie — although the movie is fabulous as well as we all know.  The link goes to the movie site.  I’ve only read the one so far but I want the whole series.

Let’s jump ahead a little bit.

The Death of the Necromancer Martha Wells

I’ve read a few more of her books but this is my favorite.  And I seriously need to catch up.

The Tortall Universe Tamora Pierce

For some unexplainable reason, I got out of her series.  yes, I know technically it’s for young adults but, so?  I want to pick up where I left off, although I may need to start over again.

Poison Study Maria V Snyder

I have the first three books in this series but once again, I got out of them but that’s going to change soon.  I actually met Ms. Snyder several years ago at a book signing.  Very nice lady.

The Evenmere Chronicles – James Stoddard

I haven’t seen or heard anything of this author in years.  The last time I saw his site, which appears to be gone now or at least I get an error message, he said he was working on something new.  A third book was published by a small press in the UK.  I guess he should have gone on my other list.

The Anteros Series Allan Cole and Chris Bunch

Starting with The Far Kingdoms.  I also met Allan Cole at a signing and made a complete  idiot of myself by acting like some silly fan-girl.  I’m cringing with embarrassment now even as I recall it and write this.  Hopefully I’ve matured.  But hey, I love me some Amalric Emilie Antero.

The Chronicles of the Necromancer Series –  Gail Z Martin

Another author and series I need to get back into.  Also I have the first three books in the series and the fourth waiting in the wings.

The Sword of Change and The Chronicles of Josan – Patricia Bray

I interviewed her on my website WAY BACK in the day before CJ Black ever came into existence.

Elemental Blessings Series Sharon Shinn

I’ve read other works of hers but I’m on Troubled Waters now and this is going to become one of my top favorites.  I just wish she was on Twitter or Facebook!

The Mist-Torn Witches (Series)Barb Hendee

I’m waiting to start on the second book of the series which is sitting on my shelf.

Here are a list of romance authors who have written too many books to mention and I’ve pretty much read everything of theirs that I can get my hands on.  Some you’ll probably know even if you don’t read romance.

Beverly Jenkins:  I absolutely love her African-American Historical Romances!  And yes, I pretty much have them all and I believe one of her contemporaries as well.  Have to check the shelves.  Hey and I just checked her site and saw she’s written others since I purchased Night Hawk.  Time for a trip to B&N.

Sharon Sala: Excellent author and Facebook friend.  Need to look over her site to see what I’m missing.  AKA Dinah McCall.

Debbie Macomber:  I am really missing a lot of new works in the romance aisles.  I need to hop to it!  And she has a series on the Hallmark Channel!

Linda Howard

Nora Roberts: Need I say more?

Dorothy Garlock

JoAnn Ross

Wow!  I have a ridiculous amount of catching up to do with some of these authors.  Time really does fly doesn’t it?  There are likely more so I may make a part two of this list.

So what are some of your favorite authors and why?

 

Peace~

CJ

p.s. Maybe I’ll tackle video-games next.

 

MUSINGS 3/20/16 ~ Writing The Way I See It Part 3: Twitter Pitch Contests.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring and that damn groundhog has some serious explaining to do.  After a week of wonderfully warm weather we get hit again with freezing temperatures.  I have a mountain of gardening catalogs sitting in my office and my desk at work and I can’t do a thing with them.  Well that’s not entirely so, I can order what I need although the seeds will sit around the house for awhile.

Was a bit bummed today.  I’m officially on spring break from school so I am finding myself without activities for the first time.  I just bought one of those stand-up freezers a few weeks ago and have filled it with all kinds of goodies so grocery shopping is no longer a worry, although I wonder what we would do if the power went out.  But after Big Brother and I watched about twenty episodes of Fairy Tail, I felt a bit better.

So if you happened to stop by my Facebook page and looked at my Twitter, I mentioned something that’s kind of been discouraging me lately.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I give all the authors who obtained representation this way a big Boo-Yah!  For those of you who happen to be visiting here and may not have seen it, I spoke of what seems to be a new and rising trend, Twitter pitch contests.  I’ve spoken of this in a previous musings from 2/15/15 – wow, a little over a year later Writing the way I see it:  Changes in the Industry.

I recently was looking on Query Tracker, and checking to see if there were any new comments when I came upon one where the author had happily announced she’d taken part in a Twitter pitch contest last week and got a full request the next day!  Again, I say Boo-yah.  But on the other hand I sent a query letter to that same agent back in January and haven’t heard a thing yet.  I’ve also seen pitch contest requests get offered representation a few days after the initial request.  How do agents go through a full manuscript so fast?

But as to what I printed exactly on Facebook it was:

Maybe I shouldn’t say this but sometimes it’s very discouraging when you take months or even years to perfect your query letter as many an agent and editor has instructed, only to read that someone got a full request at one of those Twitter Pitch Contests on the same day. Meanwhile I and others like me have to wait months or years before we hear any word, if ever. Should we even bother with query letters anymore? I tried a Twitter Pitch contest once and all I got was my work dissed (no, not a critique) by an “author” who didn’t even have anything published or even a web presence as far as I could see. And when I complained to the people that ran it, no response. To add injury to insult, my comments on that person’s novel idea never appeared.

So is the query letter soon to go the way of cassette tapes and floppy disks?  Sorry I can’t think of any appropriate examples.  Oh wait – the way of publishers who actually accepted unsolicited manuscripts?  So are we now all going to have to learn to tout our books in 140 characters or less?  Maybe I’m over-thinking it as usual but still – sometimes I feel like the query is being kicked to the curb.  And I still have no desire to pare down a 95,000 word book into two sentences.

Peace ~

CJ

Soul Fires AVAILABLE NOW!!

Boo-Yah!  Soul Fires is now available for purchase at Liquid Silver Books!  So show some love and stop by the Liquid Silver Books* site and order your copy today!  And stick with me until this weekend and I’ll have a nice contest set up!  It’s been a awhile since I’ve hit the virtual shelves and I am so proud of this work!  I know you will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!  And as always feel free to drop me an email and tell me what you thought!  Peace~

CJ

 

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PURCHASE HERE!

Author C.J. Black
Series Soul Fires
Book # 1
Genre GLBT, M/M, Paranormal, Contemporary, Demons, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Incubi
Heat Level 3
Words 34,000
Content Notes Spicy, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse
Publication Date 12/21/2015

 

Re-Release: (Cobblestone Press, Soul Fires, C.J. Black)

A missing journal, a thief in the night, unbridled passion between two men with ethereal powers that sets their souls on fire … C.J. Black is pleased to present Book 1 of her paranormal romance series Soul Fires. Myles Bryce and Demetrius Jordan live in a world where things really do go bump in the night. Together, they’ll have to find a way to stop the evil stalking them. Hot, sexy, and filled with all manner of paranormal beings, you’ll love Soul Fires!

Price: $4.99

 

*And while you’re visiting check out my previous works.  Catch yourself up for the next installment!

 

Author Interview and Giveaway – Brenda Woody and Steve Tindle

Whew! What a week it’s been! I’m so happy the weekend is here. Again I’m giving a shout-out to the person or persons who suggested having too blissful days of no work! So what’s everybody up to this weekend? I know what I’ll be doing, writing, working in my garden (now that the heat-wave has broken more or less) and presenting a brand-new author interview!

So everyone, let’s welcome writing partners, Brenda Woody and Steve Tindle! This dynamic duo was kind enough to visit me here at Black Satin and allow me and my readers and fellow writers to get to know them better!

And as an extra added bonus, Brenda and Steve will be giving away a .pdf copy of their work, Temptation Trigger to one lucky commenter – random draw. So be sure to comment!

Here’s a bit more about Brenda and Steve:
BIO

Steve Tindle and Brenda Woody were high school friends in Georgia who reconnected, on a social network, after 30 years of leading separate lives. During their re-acquaintance, they found their past and interests were similar; they had written poems, songs, and both had the desire to be published. Their combined experiences and fantasies inspired their first erotic novel “Best Lover in Town”, published June 1, 2010. Brenda moved to Dallas in 2009 to be closer to Steve, start a new chapter of her life and work on future books. Their second book “Temptation Triggers”, an anthology of erotic short stories, was released June 1, 2011 for Kindle and will be available in print July 1, 2011. “Triangle of Secrets”, a third book, has been accepted by Naughty Nights Press to be released late September 2011. Their stories are penned with the perspective of both male and female point of view regarding sexual desires and pleasures.

Author Interview:

1. Who are Steve Tindle and Brenda Woody?

Steve – I’m Steve Tindle and I write with Brenda Woody

Brenda – I’m Brenda Woody and Steve Tindle is my co-author among other things. (wink)

2. When did you first start writing and why?

Steve – I asked Brenda a few years ago what was on her “Bucket List” because the movie was popular at the time. She mentioned she wanted to be published and told me she had started a story years before. Brenda sent me the two page story and I asked her about changing the genre to make it erotic. We were already talking about our likes and dislikes online and on the phone so the discussions now transitioned to what Janet would do or not do. The story line was a way for us to talk openly about sex and situations. We really learned a lot about each other during the first year of our relationship.

Brenda – I started writing poetry first. My poems are on Helium and Originalpoetry.com. I always wanted to write a book and be published. I just never had anyone (male) I could share this desire with. Until Steve.


3. Are there any particular writer/artists who inspire you?

Steve – Our style is our own but Tonya Kinzer has helped us smooth the rough edges. She has taken us under her wing and taught us more than anyone the art of being authors.

Brenda – I’m an avid reader. Kathleen Woodiwiss was my first romance author – I gobbled up her books. I’m currently reading “No Turning Back” by Deanna Jewel. I met Deanna in a chat forum. Since then we have become virtual good friends. Both Deanna and Tonya help us a lot. We dedicated two books to them.

4. Why your current genre/style?

Steve – It’s a combination of “sex sells” and “write about something you know”. After years of dating, marriage, kids, and relationships, we have seen it all. Now Brenda and I sit back and write about it all.

Brenda – Erotic stories are very sensual and well just plain hot! We didn’t realize the vast market for this type of genre existed. We love writing about sex, romance and sharing what we know.

5. What type of tools do you use when creating your work?

Steve – I prefer to use my laptop to write notes, stories, edit, and format. We use Word 2003 and love to use the Thesaurus. I have read some reviews that advise authors not to use a Thesaurus but I disagree.

Brenda – Our laptops are side by side on the coffee table. We also use the internet for research. Notepads and pens are placed all over the house and in the car so when an idea hits, we can jot it down right quick.


6. Can you describe a typical day of creative work?

Steve – If you had asked me a few months ago I would tell you I was a MS Excel Programmer. Today we sleep until we wake up, no alarm clock. Read emails and chat with fans about our books. We do some edits of what was already written, and then hop in the spa to talk about where we want our stories to progress. The spa is our muse away from all the electronics. Once we have soaked away all the stress of our day, we return to the laptops to update the files with our spa talk. We work on our work in progress before retiring to bed in the wee hours of the morning.

Brenda – I usually get up an hour or so before Steve, make coffee, check emails and update our blogs. I write articles for Yahoo! Associated Content, eHow, Examiner.com, Coffeejitter and Constant Content. Once my articles are out of the way, we start working on our stories. Play on Facebook, tweet, and chat in yahoo IM with Tonya or Deanna. Working from home has always been my dream.

7. Someone approaches you and asks you, what do you write? How do you respond?

Steve – I tell them exactly what we write then proceed to sell them a copy and give them a business card.

Brenda – LOL I’m a little more subtle about speaking to people about what we write. I tell them “It sure ain’t Harlequin.” If we state first we are authors, I ask them what genres they like to read – to get a feel of their preferences. Then I tell them we write erotic. Usually the comeback is “Oh, you write the good stuff.” LOL

8. How do you handle the question, “Why don’t you write something serious?”

Steve – What we write is serious. Best Lover in Town has lots of tips and guidelines for novices and experts alike. We introduced glass dildos and how to sanitize them properly; how to use food safely during sex; and the use of a safe word with your partner.

Brenda – Good question. We are serious about our work. The difference between erotic and porn is time. Anyone could write smut if they put their mind to it but to blend good characters, plot and sex, and make the story flow requires good writing skills.

9. How do you feel about the current state of mainstream publishing?  E-book publishing?

Steve – Mainstream publishing has had its problems. We have heard horror stories from other authors about bad business deals and losing royalties. Our future books will be self-published so we can keep control of our financial lives. As for ebook publishing, we are currently testing the water on Smashwords.

Brenda – We have a horror story with a publisher. LOL But we have learned what not to do. Other than Triangle of Secrets, our future work will be self-published. It’s easier than we thought. eBooks are the way to go until you see a lot of sells, then you can consider bringing the book out in print.

10. What bothers you most about some of the cover art you’ve seen?

Steve – When you can’t read the titles or the author’s name. Either the font color is blended into the background or the size is too small.

Brenda – Too busy or flashy – takes away from the content of the story. A book cover should be simple but pleasing to the eyes.

11. What are some of your other interests?

Steve – Brenda and I collaborate in writing articles for several online websites which we will list below. We are also moving from Texas to Georgia in a few months so we watch the DIY & HGTV networks for ideas on what we want to do once we find a house to live in.

Brenda – I already mentioned I read. I also like to crochet in the winter time. Once we move, we’ll be setting up a garden for vegetables and growing our own herbs.

12. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Steve – It still surprises me how much Brenda and I complement each other. Writing together engages more than just putting words together. Our past and future can be revealed if you read between the lines. We have written two stories about Savannah, Georgia and we are moving to Georgia soon. Janet and Nathan (Best Lover in Town) meet, separate for years, and find each other again. Mmh, sound familiar? Brenda and I were in high school together then apart for thirty years before finding each other again.

Brenda – The surprising things for me is finally finding someone I can talk openly to. Steve and I are always in the same mind frame when it comes to our stories. The other surprising thing is we write pretty well. We created the book cover for our re-released Best Lover in Town. Our cover won #1 in the Hot cover category with Book Nook.

13. What do you think makes a good story?

Steve – I like to add twist to stories or little clues in one chapter that don’t mean anything until you read a later chapter. It leaves the reader thinking “Oh yeah”. Like who is the person Madison is IMing in chapter three of Best Lover in Town? You don’t know until chapter six.

Brenda – What makes a good story is creating characters that readers remember for a long time, especially if the readers relate to a character or their situations.

14. What are some of the promotional methods you use? What works or doesn’t?

Steve – We used to use MySpace but moved to Facebook after a few months. We host blog interviews for other authors so their fans will see our works too. We do interviews like this one so the host’s fans will see our works. We have had drawings for free ebooks and sign copies of Best Lover in Town. We chat with fans and learn what they liked and disliked about our stories so we can become better writers. We have business cards and bookmarks to pass out. We sign copies of our printed books for fans. We have done books signing at our favorite sex toy store, now called Condom Nation.

Brenda – Authors must have a blog or two to promote their work and gain followers. Word of mouth from readers always helps. We are also host authors for BK Walker’s Virtual Book Tour (VBT). Signing up for contests hosted by blogs, such as Romancing the Book or Coffee Time Romance helps to bring new fans. So far all promotional methods have worked. I highly recommend becoming a member of Coffee Time Romance. Join their newsletter and watch for their discounted member drives.

15. Are you an introverted or extroverted writers?

Steve – As the marketing person behind our books I have to be extroverted. I want to tell everyone about our books and stories. It’s a matter of sales. Emails, chats, or like the person I met at the car repair shop (I sold her a copy), they will all know. I have placed business cards in the envelope when paying bills; someone has to open their mail and it might generate a sale for us.

Brenda – I’m an extrovert online with the groups we are in, blogs we maintain, the ones we follow, and with fans and other authors. But the last few years I have become a little introverted as far as our personal lives. Steve is my best friend. We hang out with just each other and both like to stay home. We don’t entertain because we are just to busy with writing. We do make sure we have date nights.

16. Do you feel writers get a fair portrayal in other mediums such as TV shows and movies?

Steve – The main writers people really hear about is Stephen King and JR Rowlings. Most of the time the writer’s name is just a line on the screen that passes so fast it’s hard to read and viewers don’t care about. People know movies and TV shows by the actors’ names and directors. As long as the writers have a little input and are compensated does it really matter?

Brenda – Once a novel changes into a screenplay, the director or producer usually gets all the glory. Except for the two authors Steve mentions above and of course James Patterson. So I guess if you are not well known as an author, you wouldn’t get a fair portrayal.

17. Do you have any quirky or unusual stories concerning your work?

Steve – When we sent Temptation Triggers to an editor he told us men didn’t wear boxers in the 1930’s. Brenda and I wrote him back with the web link where we had already done the research. He shut up about it.

Brenda – LOL Yes, that was a good one. The other quirky story is a how we came up with a few of the titles in TT. Steve took me to What-a-Burger for Valentines for a patty melt (I love them) and while we were enjoying our food at the little table decorated with a vase of red carnations and valentine placemats (yes What-a-Burger went all out to celebrate this holiday) Patty Melt was born. Break Up Pudding is a real recipe our daughter found in a magazine.

18. Just for fun — they’re making your book into a movie. Who do you imagine would play your characters?

Steve – I see the females in Temptation Triggers short stories as the following: Holly Hunter [Saving Grace] in Gnat and FLO; Betty White in Grandma finds her G-Spot; Katherine Bell in Steal My Love; Kim Delaney in Hotel Savannah; and Sally Pressman [Army Wives] in Patty Melt.

Brenda – Well of course Steve would name only females! Pssst – he is hooked on Army Wives. As far as Janet and Nathan in BLT, I can imagine Janet being played by Julianne Moore and Nathan would definitely be Clive Owen. Brendon Fraser as the mysterious male in Hotel Savannah with Jane Seymour as the female. Hugh Jackman in Steal My Love with Sandra Bullock. Sean Connery as the voice in Patty Melt.

19. And speaking of movies, what’s your writing soundtrack? Or do you write in complete silence?

Steve – We don’t have any particular music to write by but we don’t write in silence either. We might put on Pandora, some of our music, or the TV as background noise.

Brenda – We love the classic rock and especially listen to music from the 70’s. It’s more for background noise.

20. What is the best and/or worst writing advice you’ve ever received?

Steve – The best advice is to watch the “point of view”. It makes a smoother read. If a reader has to re-read a paragraph several times to understand who said what it might prevent them from purchasing your next book.

Brenda – The best writing advice was to read our stories out loud to make sure they flow. The worst was – our publisher allowed us to self-edit our first book, heck we didn’t know anything about editing back then. Needless to say the book had a lot of errors and POV mistakes. Due to this, we learned to edit and have edited for several author friends. The rights to Best Lover in Town were reverted to us – Yeah! We re-edited, made it a smoother read and re-released it on Smashwords with a hot new cover.

21. If you could meet three writers (alive or dead), who would they be? Why those choices and what would you say to them?

Steve – Tonya Kinzer ~ she has helped us so much in our writing, I’d like to thank her in person. Brenda and I have talked about meeting her once we get settled in Georgia.  John Gray ~ I read John’s books years before we started writing. I would ask him about his male/female perspective. I’m always willing to learn so we can write better stories.  Brenda Woody ~ of course I get to hook up with her every night, but I never tire of getting to know her better.


Brenda – I would love to meet Nora Roberts and pick her brain on how she writes and combines thrillers with romance. I’d also like to meet Stephen King – no brainer there. I would want to just sit across from at his desk and watch him create. And I have the third author always working along beside me – I would ask him why he didn’t flirt with me in high school! LOL Can I pick a fourth? LOL Deanna Jewel too. I would like to discuss her WIP, Whispers at Ghost Point. This story has a ghost.

22. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Steve – I enjoy chatting with fans about our books. Many times they say our stories reminds them of things in their past or tell stories about what they have done. Sometimes we incorporate their stories into our work in progress. If I have talked to you, you might see your thoughts as a scene in Temptation Triggers.

Brenda – We love to write erotic and hope the readers will follow our blogs. We like to hear feedback on our stories whether it’s positive or negative. Criticism helps us grow as writers.

23. Tell us about your current and future projects. What is on the horizon? (feel free to provide links).

Steve – We are currently writing three stories and hope to have all epublished by December 2011.

Black & White Affair is a short read we are expanding for Smashwords.


Triangle of Secrets was written for an anthology but was rejected by Gina Kincade, the owner of Naughty Nights Press, who wanted to read more of the story. We were asked to expand TOS now that the word count limitation has been lifted.


We have an erotic cowboy novella that has been put on the back burner several times over the passed two years. We think it is time to complete the work.

Brenda – We also have several more short stories in the works; a time travel, paranormal – ghost, and an amnesia patient. Can you imagine waking up and not knowing who you are? Someone you begin to trust tells you are in the sex industry. You believe them because you don’t remember any other life.


Also my favorite is our WIP – Marcie who is a homicide cop. She will become a series.

Our web links:
Facebook Fan page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Authors-Brenda-Woody-Steve-Tindle/155085384532803

Web site http://www.brendawoodystevetindle.yolasite.com/

Blogger http://brenda-steve.blogspot.com/

Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/brendaandsteve

Blog where we interview authors http://www.brendawoodystevetindle.yolasite.com/author-interviews.php

Sites to Purchase our books:

BLT – Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/76429

TT – Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Temptation-Triggers-ebook/dp/B0053IIVP0/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309366648&sr=1-2

Our articles:

Plano Sex and Relationships Examiner http://www.examiner.com/sex-and-relationships-1-in-plano/brenda-woody

Yahoo! Associated Content http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/1075725/brenda_woody.html

Coffeejitter http://www.coffeejitter.com/index.php?pg=viewProfile&id=23

eHow

How to Connect With Your Spouse http://www.ehow.com/how_8546187_connect-spouse.html

How Important is Humor in a Relationship http://www.ehow.com/info_8779483_important-humor-relationship.html

BLT synopsis

Janet Anderson is searching for sexual magic in the man who can match her in the bed. Janet suspects all this and more lies within her handsome boss, Nathan Lovett. During a work-related visit to Janet’s home, Nathan and Janet give in to an attraction beyond their control, and soon find themselves immersed in a pleasurable night of uninhibited sex and heated passion. To their dismay, their luscious interlude is interrupted, and Nathan must leave on a plane to a far away place; their whirlwind coupling on hold.

Three years pass, and with Nathan gone, Janet’s co-worker and best friend, Madison, urges Janet to end her mourning and explore other possibilities. Janet attends parties and events to fill the void left by Nathan, meeting four other men. Though she experiences new sexual delights and discovers more about herself; her suitors fall flat, and Janet is left longing for the touch of her Nathan. Will the best lover in town return to finish what he started?

TT synopsis

Temptation Triggers captures the wickedness of sexual fantasy, the mystery of unexplored territory and the fulfillment of open communication. Among these thought-provoking stories, two friends find themselves drawn into a dark erotic world, a woman encounters a mysterious man and a mature couple discovers hush-hush desires about each other. With different styles of writing, Temptation Triggers reveals erotica that is passionate and spellbinding.

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Thanks to much you two for such an in-depth interview! So much information and I and I’m sure my readers greatly appreciate it!  Peace!

CJ

"What’s A Widget?"

Actually, it can be any number of things and programs giving a variety of information. But I want to discuss book widgets. Somewhat like the book trailer a book widget lets you have a sneak peek at a variety of books. Scroll down a little further and you’ll see the one I’ve placed on my blog. With the use of our wonderful modern tech, a widget will scroll through a pre-selected number of offerings in the same genre or at times under a certain subject, like best-sellers or new authors. Pick out the widget that best suits you and/or your genre. It doesn’t take too much research and just a simple Google will provide you with various offerings.

Promoting your book is a must but giving your readers other choices can also be good for you as well. You’re giving your readers a service by providing them with a variety of reading choices to peruse and who knows, maybe they’ll remember where the recommendation came from and suggest your site to others and that can only draw other readers to you in the long run as well as authors in your genre who are as interested as you are in commiserating with other authors. And there are a lot of us out here.

Some of the larger publishing houses have widgets for their own authors for example:

HarperCollins had their Browse Inside widgets. So far, they only seem to be for a certain book and not for a variety of books like others. I’ll look into this service every so often to see if it changes and give an update if it does. Here’s an example of two just at random:

http://www.harpercollins.com/services/browseinside/widget.aspx?hc.guid=5f9289a5-f273-4947-b5ed-9a375bef707a

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http://www.harpercollins.com/services/browseinside/widget.aspx?hc.guid=0182724c-f8c9-4d49-87ca-bacb892ca54d

The same with the Random House widgets as well as TOR.

So if you’re lucky enough to be with these two publishers here is another way you can promote or have your friends place this on their blogs or sites.

I’m always pleased when I discover little extras in my research. There’s a site I came upon called Adaptive Blue which features a nice little mechanism where you can customize widgets of your own for various sites. I tried it out myself and this is what I came up with. So why not hop on over and take a look?

And a second place I came across. I need to do a little more research into this one but it’s called KickApps, where you can also make your own widgets.

So if you know of other places that are good for getting widgets feel free to comment.

More later…

CJ

*By the way, I’m purposely saving services like Amazon and Google for later because I’ll be looking into those myself and want to do some further research.

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