Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How to Be Famous Like Suzanne Collins

Good afternoon! Thanks for stopping by! Here is another fun guest post I wrote while on my virtual book tour. I thought I'd repost it, just in case you missed it. It was originally featured on a wonderful blog, Books a-z with Megan Moffat

Marketing techniques from a nine year old
On the way to the library this afternoon my youngest asked me something. It made me think. It made me wonder. It made me hope.
With her signature dimpled smile, Brooklynne asked, “Mom, will you ever be famous like Suzanne Collins?”
My green eyes widened. I smiled. The thought thrilled me. “Oh, I hope so!”
With a confident and all knowing smile, she continued, “You will be. It just takes time. You just need a big variety of people to read your book. They’ll talk about it. They’ll write reviews. It’ll spread like wildfire!”
This was a proud moment for me. As a mom. And as a writer. She went on and and on and told me other steps I should be taking in order to be famous like Suzanne Collins. Apparently Ms Collins has written another series that has enraptured the heart of my youngest. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe not. It’s known as Gregor The Overlander series. This leads me into her first example of how to be a famous writer.

1-Write. Write all the time. Lots of books in particular. You can never write enough. The more you write the more readers you’ll gain. You’ll eventually build a larger fan base. Hopefully loyal readers will support you and check out your latest work, and for the newer readers you gain over time, perhaps they will go back and check out your previous work.



2-Get your your readers talking. Not just about my book but any book. Get them talking about anything. I use social media: Twitter, Facebook, my blog, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Keeping with the reading/writing theme, I generally keep it somewhat related to books whenever I am hoping to engage my followers. Lately I’m proud to report that I’ve done a great job of reaching out and getting responses! It’s been a ton of fun to connect!
3-This is one of the ideas I came up with on my own, but I feel it warrants being mentioned. Have a support group. The only time you should go about being an author alone is durning the actual writing process. The support of a loved one or two. An editor. A fabulous cover artist, check mine out here Nicolette Lorette Designs And I also recommend obtaining a publisher. Mine in particular has been amazing to work with! Lavish Publishing LLC Without help, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And the best part is I get to spend more of my time doing what I do best, writing!




4-Get a big variety of people to read your book. Other than holding giveaways either on Facebook, or on Goodreads, I am honestly not sure how to further pursue this idea. If you have an idea, please, do tell! Not everyone enjoys paranormal romances. It’s not a dude type book. And I certainly don’t recommend kids reading it either. My hope is that most everyone that crosses paths with This Morning I Woke Up Dead will be able to relate it on some level. Who’s curious about what happens in the afterlife? Lost a loved one? Been in love?
5- And the last but not least tip is to have your book reviewed by anyone and everyone. Readers. Bloggers. Other authors. Friends. Fans. Family. Friends of friends, fans, and family. It all helps. And I am hopeful this will one day this will lead to the wildfire spreading!!

Thanks for reading Brooklynne's tips!
If you know of any I may have missed, please do share!

*** Be sure to check out my latest book! The highly anticipated prequel to This Morning I Woke Up Dead entitled; The Beginning of The End  And the best part is, its FREE!!



29 comments:

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  2. Hmmm. . . weird. . . so I commented but it showed up twice, so I deleted the second comment and they both disappeared! So now I totally look spammy. . . oy! :P

    Maybe one day you WILL be just as famous as Suzanne Collins! Good luck!!! :D

    Yay for the SITS Girls for organizing an event which helped me to discover your blog!

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. I've had that happen to me before too! Oh well, no worries :) Thanks for stopping by!! And yes, I agree, a big 'yay' for the SITS Girls, its great to meet you!

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  3. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love your daughter's outlook! I really think believing is half the battle though...if you don't believe in yourself, who will! Good luck! Visiting from #Sitsblogging this morning...having a great time finding all sorts of new blogs!

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    1. Thanks Michelle!!

      My favorite saying is "It will cost you nothing to believe but everything not to."
      Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

      Mindy

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  5. What an awesome outlook! You & she (heck everyone lol) can totally do anything you put your mind to :) I agree with the other ladies that have commented so far...believing in yourself is totally half the battle!

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  6. Your daughter has some wonderful tips and it seems as though she might be thinking about following in mommie's footsteps one day?? I'm so happy that we were on the same SITS comment love tribe list. I love to read and you my dear write in the genre that I love the best. I do hope that our library carries your books because you have a new fan here.

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    1. Hey Regina!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm thrilled to meet you! Funny you'd say that, my daughter Brooklynne has written some wonderful entertaining stories! I started writing about her age too. Whether she follows me or not as long as she does what she loves, I'll be thrilled! Let me know if you can't find my book at your library and I'll see if I can get them one. Hope you have a beautiful day!

      Mindy

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    2. Hi Mindy....you are like me....as long as our kiddos are doing what they love...that's what counts. ^_^
      I did check with our library and they do not have a copy of either of your books. I'm going to put a request in for them. We have to pay a small shipping charge but it's worth it to know that there are some great books available. Excited to read yours.

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    3. Hey Regina! I'm big on following your passions and doing what you love! Happy to meet someone else who feels the same. Thanks for checking my books out! I'm holding a giveway on my Facebook page if you're interested here's a link https://www.facebook.com/ThisMorningIWokeUpDead?ref=hl

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  7. You daughter tips are awesome. She's right you have to write everyday to get better at it. Blogging has definitely help me gain confidence and experience in my writing.

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    1. Yes, it gets easier as you go! I had such an anxiety at first! Anytime I hit published on a post, I had this knot in my stomach. I like writing novels because there is time in between to get used to the idea of being 'out there' as opposed to blogging, its instant! But its fun. What do you blog about?

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  8. It looks like you've got yourself the best fan in the whole world :) And I cannot agree more on all your suggestions, tried most of them with quite good feedback. Although my "book" is actually my blog :)

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  9. I love the title 'This morning I woke up dead'. Getting the title right, is the first step to success I think. And this one really is great. It's funny and it make me feel curious about the book.

    I like the cover too!

    I write too, but only in my blogs.

    http://www.momfever.com (Sitsgirls girl)

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I'm headed to check out your blog. Nice to meet another writer :)

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  10. Good tips! I think another thing that helped her is that her books are gritty. They have a lot of deeper meaning with controversial answers.

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  11. It is great to find another fiction writer! Your tips are fantastic and I admit I need to work on "just writing" more. I get so bogged down in my brain, I get paralyzed sometimes! I am eager to follow your path to publishing greatness! Found you via SITS! Thrilled that I found your site!

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    1. Hey Marie!

      Nice to meet you!! You're so sweet! Thank you for taking the time to read my post and say hello! I'd love to check out your blog sometime or anything else you've written :)
      Best wishes and keep doing what you love!

      Mindy

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  12. Just stopping by from the SITS Girl comment challenge. I am really excited to find your site. I am now off to look at your books.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Nice to meet you :) Hope you have fun with the challenge and enjoy my books! Have a beautiful day!
      -Mindy

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  13. Your daughter sounds lovely and very insightful. She has great insight and perspective. I enjoyed reading both of your tips.

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  14. What a great outlook! I'm a big believer in believing and even speaking things into existence. I really think you can achieve your goals if you really believe you can do it...and work hard but of course you're already doing that! :)

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  15. I love "Read, Write, Revise, Eat, Sleep, Repeat". I hope your work spreads like wildfire. Dropping by from SITSGirls Comment Love Tribe. xo

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    1. Oh, thank you Rene!! It would be a dream come true

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  16. Oh it's always cool to come across writers that are coming up. There were so many great tips in this article and I really hope u become much more famous than Suzanne Collins.

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    1. Thank you!! It would be a dream come true

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