|Goals = Growth|
Marketing for Romance Writers
|Goals = Growth|
|What’s Niche Marketing?|
Let’s start with some definitions for niche marketing so we know we’re talking about the same thing, and then talk about what this means to authors.
|Books for Sale|
Let me be mindful that this piece I hold in my hand symbolizes a fellow writer’s hard labor, hopes, tears, dreams, aspirations, and trust.
Let me not forget for a moment that her ambitions are no less fierce, full of promise, or all-consuming than my own, that her faith in me is precious, regardless of where she’s been or where’s she’s going.
Let me always remember that nothing I have to say about this piece or the fellow writer who wrote it is as important as the inspiration she felt to set these words down.
Let me show in my words and actions the single, simple truth–that no opinion or critique I can give, no granite-hewn, all-powerful words of wisdom I think I possess, are one-tenth as important as preserving her spark of inspiration.
However harsh her words may seem to my ears, however unfamiliar the images she paints to my uninitiated eyes, however the fruit of her creativity may try me, dare me, or challenge me to see the world through her eyes–her spark of inspiration must not go out.
Because one of these long, weary nights, after hours of struggling to put my own words down, after my muse has deserted me, the stresses of life have defeated me, and my own fire has fizzled out to a cold pile of ash, I’ll go in search of her, and I’ll hope and pray that I find her fire still burning bright enough to light my own again.
Happy New Year to each and every one of you. May 2013 be your most amazing year ever!
It’s Day 1 at MFRW Summer Camp. Who’s on the agenda today? Check out the schedule below.
09:45 – 9:59
Building the Campfire – Welcome to MFRW! — Intro and welcome
10:00 – 10:50
Building the Paranormal Character — Kay Dee Royal
11:00 – 11:50
QR Codes — Rolynn Anderson
12:00 – 12:50
Dealing With Online Piracy — Kayelle Allen
1:00 – 1:50
Where to Find Readers — Dawne Prochilo
2:00 – 2:50
Multiple Submissions — Julie Eberhart Painter
3:00 – 3:50
Cyber Campfire, Singalong, and S’mores – Sharing Opportunities
4:00 – 4:50
Open Forum – Pinterest Questions
5:00 – 5:50
Triberr – Suzan Butler
6:00 – 6:50
Open Forum – Twitter Questions
7:00 – 7:50
Open Forum – Facebook Questions
8:00 – 8:50
Open Forum – Triberr Questions: Special Guest Dino Dogan, founder of Triberr
Membership is free. Classes are all held on the Yahoo Group in an informal style. No dressing up – no luggage to pack – no lines to wait in. Just hop online and spend some time with authors and others in the publishing industry.
Join us here:
|Coffee Time Romance|
|The Romance Stud|
|We share knowledge.|
|MFRW Firsts Hop|
Have you seen the hashtag #MFRWorg lately? If you haven’t, you soon will. It’s being used my members of the Marketing for Romance Writers organization to promote various activities. Since there are more than 1700 of us, we expect it to be all over the Twitterverse before long.
Our motto is “Seek, teach, share, learn, succeed.” We are open to the entire literary community. We teach our members about marketing and publicity, and work together to provide opportunities. We brainstorm ideas, get feedback, and find others for mutual promotion.
I founded the group in 2006 to help a dozen friends. We now there are more volunteers than that. We are involved all over the web, and are constantly looking for ways to help our members promote their books and their brand. This weekend, we’re launching a new program — MFRW Bloghops.
This isn’t a Linky Follower hop. Those are great — I take part in them myself. Instead, this uses a unique software that creates a ribbon across the top of the screen and enables readers to ride along and visit sites in the hop, without worrying about losing their place. If they stop, look around, go visit Twitter, or jump over to some other site, when they come back or go to the beginning site, they are immediately back in queue and can go right to the next stop. Easy peasy. We plan to do four types of hops: mainstream, erotic, GLBT, and Young Adult.
To that end, we created a position for Bloghop Coordinator, and that is filled by the very capable Kristyn Phipps. She’s done a bang up job on the hop program so far, and this weekend will be her chance to shine. Hop assistants are Mona Karel, Qwillia Rain, Scarlett Metal, Wt Prater, Ana Kenley, Nicole Morgan, Danita Minnis, and Catrina Barton. (click links to find them on Twitter)
To take part in our hops, visit this site: MFRW Bloghops.
|Our “Firsts Hop” Navigation Bar|
We also have Facebook pages where authors and readers can interact. See the list below for the one that appeals to you. Authors who are interested in joining us can visit the first site to sign up. Membership is free, and includes training, opportunities to promote, and places to serve and help others.