Everything New is Old Again, by Char Chaffin

Wait a minute. I might have that phrase backward. Isn’t it ‘Everything Old is New . . .?’ I guess it depends on perspective.

From my perspective, I’ve just gone backward. Earlier this month I released my third full-length novel with Soul Mate, Jesse’s GirlJessesGirl Starting with three characters and a song title, I jumped back into first the Eighties, then fell even deeper into the past and landed in the mid-Sixties. But before I regressed, I tried very hard to set my characters in the present.

It didn’t work, and for a reason that made decent sense to me: my characters weren’t new.

Oh, I don’t mean to say I had written them before. And I don’t want to suggest I swiped them from somewhere else. It’s just that I quickly found out their personalities, their conflicts and emotions, wouldn’t fit in 2014. I puzzled over where to dump them: my hero, Tim O’Malley, misunderstood, much-maligned and looking to start over with a clean slate and no more shadows. Dorothy Whitaker, my lovely and put-upon heroine, eager to begin her own life but straining under the yoke of Christian duty and daughterly responsibility. Jesse Prescott, whose rash and selfish actions one hot July night changed the lives of more than just his.

Overlaying all of that was a dusty coating of innocence and doubt, of emerging inner strength and wild passion, all contained within the kind of small-town mentality that would drive all three of my characters crazy. And suddenly, 2014 didn’t work anymore. It was too new.

So I went for old, and they fit right in. Opting for 1965, I closed my eyes, sat back in my chair, and thought of what I remember from that era.

beatles 1965I remember being madly in love with the Beatles, spending every nickel of my allowance on their records and playing them until I wore grooves in my favorite tracks. I yearned to dress like Jean Shrimpton, jean swith masses of hair teased to perfection, gliding around my room smelling deliciously of Oh! De London perfume as ‘A Hard Days’ Night’ repeated on my record player. Maybe I’d meet a guy who looked just like Paul McCartney and he’d sweep me off my feet and into that hot ’65 Mustang convertible I’d spotted in front of the Woolworth five-and-dime down on Main Street. Maybe he’d sing to me as we went cruising; a lyric or two of ‘And I Love Her.’

I was eleven in 1965, old enough to know there were bad things happening in the world but too young to care. The Sixties were my era. The biggest influences of my more formative years occurred between 1964 and 1969, when I suffered the embarrassment of my first bra, then in 1966 made the awkward leap from grade school to junior high, and wore my first pair of fish-net stockings and go-go boots.go go boots I knew the music, the hot cars, the fashions and the makeup trends. And Vietnam was barely a blip on my childish radar.

All of this ran through my head when I made the choice to go backward instead of forward. Turns out it was the right direction, for my three main characters thrived in that setting.

Tim could have lived in several different eras. He’s quietly passionate, strong, respects his family and loves his community. He’s the kind of guy anyone would be proud to call a friend.

Jesse was the opposite of Tim in just about every way. Too slick, too wild, self-destructive and smart enough to cover up his behavior. Even so, Tim and Jesse were best friends. Where Jesse led, Tim, out of loyalty, followed. And as he followed, he worried what would become of Jesse.

Dorothy was actually the easiest to write, because I knew a girl in school just like her. Modest, endearingly lovely, loyal. Eager to please. Dorothy grew up with obedience first and foremost in her mind. It never occurs to her to rebel, until it’s almost too late to reach out for her life’s happiness and grasp it tightly. She wanted Tim but he waited too long to claim her, and Jesse got hold of her first. Once she agreed to be Jesse’s girl, her course was pretty much set.

Until Tim came back into her life, and their story truly began.

Setting my trio in 1965, small-town Ohio was the absolute right place for them. Everything else slid into position as soon as I did. And that, believe me, is an amazing feeling that doesn’t always happen.

I needed a span of years in my story, because what’s in Tim’s and Dorothy’s past almost kills their future. So throughout the story I returned to a fateful summer night in 1958, when everything changed for my hero and heroine.

I think the best memories are the ones that make you smile and suffer mortification in equal measure. I rediscovered all of it when I began writing Jesse’s Girl. And I could relive so many of the emotions that boiled inside me when I was eleven and simply not old enough for the fashions, the makeup, the music . . . and, oh, yes, the boys. I could relive it, and I could embellish it, since I was now dealing with older characters that have the capability to French-kiss, undress each other and have sex. All while they still retain a gloss of innocence left over from the Fifties, and those strict “dating rules” their church-going parents would have burdened them with.

Though for the most part I’m a Contemporary-romance kind of writer, I might just have to go back in time again. Another era, another story. How far back is hard to say. After all, I haven’t written it.  Yet.

 
Char Chaffin is the author of PROMISES TO KEEP, UNSAFE HAVEN, JESSE’S GIRL, and co-author of A SOULMATE FOR CHRISTMAS, all with Soul Mate Publishing. She is currently working on her fifth novel, MADE FOR EACH OTHER. She is also an Acquisitions Editor for Soul Mate Publishing.

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Amazon Affiliate Program

Amazon, bless their greedy little hearts, has developed an associate program for authors (and others) called the Amazon Affiliate Program. What this program does, if you join, is to give you a small pittance for everything a shopper buys after they click on your book, short story, website, etc. It’s not much, but can add up if you have several books on Amazon. And the membership is free.

My daughter is a member of the program and she receives approximately $10 per month from it which, of course, she uses to buy more books. She got more per month in the Christmas shopping season because shoppers are buying more merchandise then.

The link for joining the program is Amazon.com Associates: The web’s most popular and successful Affiliate Program. Like I said, it’s not much, but every penny counts and if you have a book take off, clicks on your book link which lead to other purchases, can add up to a decent little pile of change. Better than a kick in the behind, eh?

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That’s a Wrap . . . or, not.

outtakesI’m a huge fan of outtakes from stories.

I love reading them and I love writing them.

I’m a huge fan of anything really (alternate POVs, outtakes, pasttakes, futuretakes . . . undertakings, which is what I like to call side jobs, or spin offs), that has anything to do with any story (and / or movie) that I fall in love with (and it’s characters).  Sometimes, I just want MORE. All the time. I want the author to write these people (for me). Forever.

Excellent examples are: Jim Butcher’s outtakes (Side Jobs) from his Harry Dresden series and (even though I was heart wrenched over the ending to the series itself) the FOUR outtakes / POVs from Veronica Roth.  More Indie-ish examples (from our very own Soul Mate Publishing authors) would be Aven Ellis’s free shorts that she’s posts on her blog every so often from Connectivity and Anna Bloom’s Ben Chambers POV shorts from her Uni Files series.

It’s a tricky business, these outtakes.  For instance, if you’re writing from one person’s POV and then you give your readers another point of view, maybe they will be disappointed.  Maybe the voice you give that character isn’t what they expected.

My point . . .

dealing with the deadThis week, I wrote a short prequel type Finnley Pierce POV to Cursed be the Wicked, titled “Dealing with the Dead” and posted it for free on Wattpad.  I personally feel like it can only enhance the readers experience with this story.  To give them an insight to how Finn was dealing with her “assignment” from Maggie Shaw. How her day went leading up to the two of them meeting face to face.  How she was feeling about her abilities at that point in the story.

The fact that I wrote Cursed entirely from one person’s POV – Coop’s – meant that I couldn’t give much away to the reader in terms of how Finn’s mind works.  This short was a fun way for me to explore that on paper so to speak, and to be able to show readers how everything came about.

The problem? Now I’ve spun off additional ideas for other outtakes to Cursed.  I guess I’m simply not done telling Coop and Finn’s story, maybe even Maggie’s. *winks*

I also guess I’m kinda glad it’s not over just yet. : )

What are your thoughts on outtakes / pasttakes / futuretakes / undertakings?  Alternate POVs?

Love them?  Hate them?  Write them?

Tell me.

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Truths I’ve been told.

We’ve all heard rules about how to be novelists: “No head-hopping.” Nora Roberts is known for head-hopping around her cast of characters so if you do it you’re a copy cat.

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My former writing office.

Then there are the non-rules that start circulating as truths:

“I’ve been told publishers and readers don’t like prologues.” If it is a True Prologue and works for the story, and is integral with the story, use it. At least in the first draft, you can always change the second draft. Whatever gets the story going for the writer is primary. Polishing it for readers is a different skill.

“New Adult is the new Chick Lit and has to be in 1st person.” New Adult is evolving but I have heard that it is not college girls having sex. Effective 1st person POV means the story is being presented by an unreliable narrator and how much narration do you want during unreliable sex?

“Women seldom make it as novelists because they let their family come first.” This was actually said by a prominent story coach to a room full of women. He even qualified this with often heard family-issue excuses as to why our novel isn’t done. This is a personal choice but those that put their career before family may become successful novelists but they can also be labeled as workaholics or egomaniacs.

“Never volunteer for your local writer organization.” This was the advice of a literary agent with decades in the industry, promoting her advice book on how to avoid rejections. However, she was presenting this to local writers groups who were paying her expenses and speaker fee, and wouldn’t exist without volunteers. Know your audience. She qualified this advice that the amount of time spent volunteering was better served writing. Without volunteer run writers groups there is no network of writers to learn their craft or their business. (Or learn about good vs. lousy agents!)

“Every writer wants a cabin in the woods.” Not this writer and it’s because I have it behind my home, and I set it up as an awesome writer sanctuary, and I used it for ten years but not for writing, only the business of writing. I’m a kitchen table gal. My day-job is now in a tiny house with three dogs and a baby, in a lively neighborhood. I love being in the middle of chaos and that’s what gets my juices going. The writer needs to know-thyself and find your space. After using that cabin in the woods for a decade I realized I was more productive at the college cafeteria, during lunch.

Every truth has multiple Points-Of View. Know Thyself. Know your audience. Be true to the story. The truth is unreliable when related to novelists as we are all professional liars.

What truths or rules have you learned to be invalid? Please share as there are probably enough for a Mythbusting the Novelist Mystique book…

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The Domino Effect

I spent the entire day writing non-stop, and I am totally drained of energy and thought. I did stop to have lunch and dinner, of course. Instead of writing something about writing, I thought I’d share an experience I had, in the hopes it might inspire someone to weave it into their writing or characterization.

Every now and then, I am asked by different organizations to give a talk about domestic abuse. And even though I quit the field about a year ago, I find it hard to refuse the chance to reach out to any group who is willing to listen. Just talking about a taboo issue like domestic violence prompts someone to take action. I like to think of the process as a domino effect. So I talk, and sometimes, thanks to the wonderful people who organize such sessions, I am allowed to yell and bang my fists on the table. I conducted an information session lately to a group of women. The details will remain confidential, but there are a few things I can share.

I arrived a little early for my allocated time and slid discretely into a seat on the side. One of the organizers was prepping the audience, about thirty recent immigrant women, with the help of an interpreter. Often, I like to arrive ahead of time to study the group and challenge myself into believing that I could spot a possible victim by gauging the women’s reactions when the topic was announced. Most times, I find I lack that psychological radar. But occasionally, my suspicions get validated after the lecture, when a woman takes me aside and pours her heart to me. So I learned to leave enough time at the end of the session to basically hang around, allowing anyone who wishes to have a private talk the opportunity, hoping I could provide advice. I’m not a psychologist, and my compass that reads social clues is not totally effective, but experience has taught me it was easier for victims to talk in the third person, referring to a fried or a neighbor. It makes the words flow better, and the horror less embarrassing. I’m an engineer, and my approach to the issue has always been technical: Define the problem, determine the inputs and design an acceptable outcome.

A young woman, probably in her early twenties was among the crowd. The way her body shot up in her chair when the topic was announced, her back straightening, her head coming forward and her hands crossing over her chest told me she became anxious. My heart sank. Not the young one, please. Not the young smiling one.

When it was my turn, I respectfully thanked the interpreter and excused her because I planned to talk to the women directly in their own language, removing one barrier between us. I talked about the different kinds of abuse, physical, emotional, sexual, and economical or a combination thereof. I brought examples of cases I worked on and offered possible solutions. I tried to explain that I was not there to disrupt anyone’s life, or accuse their husbands of mistreating them, but only to inform in the hope they would pass on the knowledge to someone they knew who might be suffering abuse. I explained legal procedures, women’s rights, their children’s rights, and what to expect from police officers when they get involved if a woman called for help. At the end, a few women opened up and became involved in the discussions, brining in their own examples of “people they heard about.” Questions were answered, generalizations became more focused, and even jokes were made. I thanked everyone, and the usual commotion of acknowledgements took a few minutes. I stepped aside to gather my folders, stalling as usual.

A woman approached me, mid thirties, I guessed. Good, not the young one. Shy and hesitant, she smiled excessively and fidgeted in her place.

“It’s about my neighbor,” she started.

I took a few steps back, hung my head, lowered my voice so she would come closer, creating some distance between us and the rest of the crowd.

“Tell me about your neighbor,” I prompted.

What was revealed in the next fifteen minutes should not have been part of anyone’s life, be it this woman’s or her neighbor’s. I will stop at this point. All you need to know is that a very long and complicated process took place, bringing the woman some measure of help that I could only hope she would follow up on.

I was finally headed toward my car, counting steps to my mental and emotional freedom. A soft voice from behind called my name. I turned around. A young woman stood a couple of steps away, the same young woman I eyed before. Only, she was not smiling. I closed the distance between us. Extending her hand, she introducing herself with impressive confidence: A graduate student about to choose a thesis topic for her Masters degree in social sciences. She knew exactly what she wanted to work on and needed references and some guidance about domestic violence issues pertaining to immigrant groups.

I breathed. Not a bit easier, but I realized I had been holding my breath. I gave her a hug, a bit longer than was respectable, I think. The discomfort showed on her face. I rushed into giving her my card, and listed a few destinations she could begin with.

During my drive home, I thought about the two ladies I had a private talk with. How one woman went out seeking knowledge, going into places looking for inspiration and had a plan for her future. The other lived in a bubble, in isolation, behind an invisible burqa, until a chance to speak up was presented to her. She knew nothing more, and did nothing less than survive. While very different in spirit, I suspect there is at least one thing in common between these two women.

Courage?

I believe so.

 

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Second Act Wisdom–Part III

In the Second Acts series on my blog, I am featuring the reinvention stories of over thirty women from across Canada, United States, Britain, and Australia. Ranging in age from millennial to septuagenarian, these women have transformed less-than-satisfying careers into more fulfilling second acts. Their rich and compelling stories will inspire anyone asking the question: What am I going to do with the rest of my life?

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Pearls of wisdom from nine amazing women…

This second act of my life is fun, challenging, and just might be a little self indulgent. I write romance novels—contemporary and historical. They range from sweet to sensual. I love spending time with my characters be they naughty or nice. They used to be my guilty, secret pleasure. Now I acknowledge them openly. Some of my contemporaries raise their eyebrows and look a little shocked, but others are a regular cheering section for me. Neva Brown

If you’re looking for your second act in life, here’s a piece of advice: Your dream is closer to you than you probably realize. Had I realized at age 19 the writing path waited for me I might not have taken 21 years to discover journalism and another 23 to become a published author. I could have a lot more books out there had I discovered that second act dream sooner…I once interviewed a woman who got her GED at age 80. So, don’t let others, taking chances, or being afraid discourage you. Follow your dreams whenever they become known to you. It’s never too late. Catherine Castle

The decision to sell everything and move aboard a sailboat was my husband’s. However, we both wanted more from life and were looking for adventure. Moving from an acre of land into 200 square feet of bobbing living space is all about adventure. We originally planned to circumnavigate, but we soon discovered that neither one of us was particularly interested in doing passages – we were curious to see beautiful, wild places and could do that here in British Columbia. Tara Coulter

I wrote and wrote, not really knowing what I was doing. Everything was a thrilling venture. I tried romance, women’s fiction, romantic suspense and a middle grade novel. I finished all of these manuscripts, over a ten year period…Finally I stumbled upon the Young Adult genre. Ah yes! I could utilize all the voices, all the drama, all of the compelling stories of my life with students. Jodie Esch

My advice to anyone is don’t be afraid to try something new. You may have never thought you’d like it, but until you try you will never know. Achieving lifetime dreams is wonderful and fulfilling, but when you stumble upon a venue you never considered before, doors to many different paths are opened and the adventures renew or awaken a jest to start a second act. Karen Lopp

It used to be that people had one lifelong career, retiring with a gold watch, or something similar. I think those days are long gone. Technology has made it possible for people to reinvent themselves over and over if they wish…By taking a chance, I discovered a talent I did not really know I had! I can tell a good story! Sometimes when I re-read my own work I am wonder-struck at where the ideas came from! Anna Markland

If I had to pick a couple of motivational quotes that I’ve held close to my heart over recent years, I’d select the following. I don’t know who said the first one, but it goes something like: “Every ending is a beginning. You just don’t realize it at the time.…” The second quote comes from Winston Churchill, who led England through the bloody and battered years of World War 2: “Never, never, never give up!” I never will. Roz Murphy

Work hard at whatever you choose to do. The following anonymous quote has been with me (and kept me going) since the day I left my childhood home: The race is to the driven, not the swift…As long as I push forward, as long as I keep exploring and changing and dreaming and even on occasion being a little crazy—I have faith that I can accomplish whatever I desire and that the best acts in life are yet to come. Jacqui Nelson

It is through the spirit of openness that I have found solace in stillness, gratitude despite obstacles, and a reinvented me who left a first act to play out a second one…For those wishing to pursue a second act, determination and strength of character will be your guide. Journey on, beyond rocky climbs and steep ascents to find stillness. Breathe, reflect, and step lightly on a new path where desires and expectations intersect reality. Carol Varsalona

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BUMBLING BLOGGING ETIQUETTE 101

I posted this article on my blog several weeks ago, and because it was tremendously popular, I wanted to share it here. Okay…some things happened that made it necessary to update the contents.

Blogging, it seems, is an evolving skill.

Brilliant or Bumbling

What’s your Blogging Etiquette?

After a bit more than a year of slogging through the blogging world as a blog host on Blue Rose Romance and a guest on scads of blogs, I’ve made some discoveries. No, these aren’t mind-blowing epiphanies, nor are they hard and fast rules. And, they aren’t things as mundane as  copyright laws or plagiarism rules.

These are just my takes on a few things that have worked and others that haven’t.

As A Guest or Commentor:

  • Do not spam or promote in the comments or in the post.

I’ve had guests/commenters who thought it was all right to direct commenters to other sites, giveaways, or events. It irked me, and I thought it was presumptuous and unprofessional. Unless the post specifically allows you to post your links, don’t do it. For instance, I follow a couple of blogs that sponsor weekly excerpt days and encourage authors to post their buy links.

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That’s altogether different than popping into a blog and saying, “By-the-way, visit my site where I sell chocolate underwear at meltinyourmouthchocolateundies.com.”

A quick aside here—I host a good number of authors on my site, and I fully expect them to share their buy links for their books as well as social media links.

  • Thank your host/hostess, and try to respond to every comment.

Check back and see if commenters have replied to you too. I like the blogs that have the feature allowing you to choose to be notified if further comments are made. I know most people who comment aren’t ever going to know if you responded or not, but your host will.

Thank_youAnd the truth is, most people that peruse a blog on any given day, don’t comment.

 (By-the-way, when you’re just popping in to comment on a post, and you’re not the featured guest, I’d advise against replying to every comment. It’s really not your place. Just say something nice to the guest and the host and tootle on your way.)

I average over 1000 blog views daily on Blue Rose Romance. Trust me when I tell you there are not 1000 comments.  Thank goodness! 

Does your host notice if you don’t comment or reply? You bet. You don’t want to gain a reputation for ignoring the people who took the time and effort to touch base with you.

Plus, as a hostess, I’m much more likely to invite guests back who’ve put in an appearance.

 Be mindful that you opinions, values, and views, may not be the same as your hostess or other commenters.

Keep your comments and replies appropriate. Remember, the host has taken a risk by hosting you, and their reputation is on the line. Don’t do anything to tarnish it and that includes the use of profanity. I advise erring on the conservative side with your posts and comments unless your host specifically invites you to do otherwise.

  • Try to reply with authentic responses.

I know occasionally, a simple thank you is all that you can really say, but do your best to pick something out of the comment to make your response personal.

  • Respect the host’s guidelines if they’ve given them.

If a hostess asks for G or PG rated contents, respect that. If they ask for a submission under 500 words, then keep it under 500 words. I host a Fanciful and Fabulous Five-line Friday feature every Friday, and I ask that the contents be PG.

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I don’t mind if a guests goes over one or two lines. I do mind when they post a longer excerpt or they include subject matter that is controversial or violent. Yes, I have deleted comments that didn’t fit my guidelines. I don’t have a disclaimer on my blog so the contents have to be appropriate for all audiences.

Okay, I do have to address the copyright stuff.

Don’t submit any images or content that you don’t have a legal right to publish. Not only are you violating the law, you are putting your host at risk. That’s not okay. Period.

I find images for my post that won’t be a copyright infringement. It’s a matter of decency. I don’t want my books pirated, so I do my utmost to only use public domain images. I won’t intentionally ever infringe on a copyright.

All the images in this post are from Wikimedia Commons.

  • Provide everything your host requests in a timely fashion.

I ask for my guests to have the information back to me two weeks in advance in case there’s something missing. Only about 40% of my guests do this. I post all of my blogs for the upcoming week on Fridays, and I really don’t like having to scramble and remind guests to get me their information. Your host is a busy person too.

Along these lines, check back with your host a few days ahead of time and make sure they received everything. I’ve had instances where I thought a guest forgot or changed their mind because I didn’t receive their information, and they thought I’d decided not to have them as a guest after all.

  • Oops! Your host forgot to post your spot.Smiley_saying_oops

Yes, this does occasionally happen. Be nice! Send a polite email gently reminding them.  Remember, something unexpected may have come up.

  • Those pesky long links.

I adore my guests who have the URLs embedded in their links, so all a visitor has to do is click on Twitter or Facebook or Website (See, I just did it.) and wala! You’re there. It’s so much more attractive and convenient.

Benefit of commenting.

Commenting on blogs is an effective tool to getting your name out there. It’s easy, quick, and if you do it often enough, it helps to build your platform. (Check out this post by Anne R. Allen about this very thing.)

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As A Blog Host/Hostesss

  • Greet your guest, and if at all possible, pop in to comment a time or two.

My favorite blogs to visit are the ones that make me feel welcome, and the hostess takes the time interact with me as well as the viewers who stop by. Now don’t be a comment hog. A word or two on few comments is sufficient. Remember this isn’t about you. Really, it isn’t.

Oh, I had to add this after last week when I spent several minutes on more than one blog trying to figure out where-in-the-world the blasted comments were. If your comments section is some little icon in an obscure place or buried in the tags at the end of the post, for goodness sake, tell us!

I didn’t end up commenting on those sites because I don’t have time to hunt for the comments icon or link.

  • Do not spam visitors within the guest post.

It’s a huge turn-off.  Yes, there is information about my books, my Facebook Page, etc. on my blog, because it’s my blog. But, I don’t put anything in guest posts that detracts from their post or feature. See my note about Mr. Rude’s chocolate drawers above.

  • Your guest is a no show.

It happens on occasion. It’s happened to me, and the reasons have ranged from a death in the family to a guest simply forgetting. I try to send out a reminder with the permalink, but still, I’ve had at least six guests never put in an appearance and never let me know why later on. It’s not likely I’ll invite them back.

I know this can be frustrating, but remind yourself, you don’t know what’s going on in that person’s life. I have forgotten twice (I felt absolutely awful about it) and both times I went in later and responded to the commenters. One time, I simply forgot. I had a new release, was deep in edits on another book, and I was working full-time. The other spot I missed was because two tragedies struck the same day and my mind was elsewhere.

One of those hosts sent me a scathing email when I forgot to stop by their site on a blog tour. I apologized and explained the reason I’d missed my guest spot that day (the tragedy day) and I did reply to comments, albeit late. Still most of the commenters were following the blog tour, and I’d interacted with them before. The host harassed me for days on Twitter, and I’ll tell you right now, I’ll never schedule another tour with that tour company again.

  • Read your guest’s post.

Sounds simple enough, and truly shouldn’t even have to be mentioned, but from personal experience, I know this is skipped sometimes. It can make for some awkward and downright weird comments from your host.

  •  Let your guest know when their post will go live and provide them with the direct link.

The truth is, your guest likely doesn’t have a clue what your blog name is, let alone the URL—which is really too bad, because they should make an effort to read your blog before being a guest on it. But, we all know, that’s not always going to happen. Make it easy for them to come by providing them with the link a day or two in advance. It also serves as a nice reminder you’re expecting them.

Ann Allen posted a very savvy article on this very subject. Just click on the link below. I can’t recommend her blog highly enough.

Guest Blogging For Authors 

Have your own tips? Please let me know in the comments.

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