3 Questions with Cynthia Roemer

 

IMG_3623This morning we welcome author Cynthia Roemer.  Readers, be sure to leave Cynthia a comment for a chance to win a  copy of her book Under Prairie Skies. Good morning, Cynthia.

Describe yourself in 3 words: 

Cynthia: Faithful, Quiet, Outdoorsy

I love the outdoors too.

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Cynthia: Well, since I write historical fiction, rather than be sent somewhere, I would wish to be transported into the past. It would be so wonderful to take a trip back to the 1850’s to experience life as it was during the setting of my novels. And just think how much time I would save in research. LOL!

LOL! That would be a fantastic trip.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

Cynthia: I would have to say, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from the animated version of Cinderella. Since I was a teenager I dreamed of being a published novelist. It’s been a long journey, but the Lord is faithful. Though it took thirty years, He allowed the dream in my heart to come to fruition. For that I’m truly grateful and give Him the praise!

I agree, Cynthia. God is truly faithful. Thank you for joining us on Inspired Prompt and allowing us to know you better.

Click to Tweet: Though it took thirty years, He allowed the dream in my heart to come to fruition. For that I’m truly grateful and give Him the praise!

Readers, don’t forget to leave Cynthia a comment for a chance to win a copy of Under Prairie Skies.
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UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES

~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~

Book Cover ~ Under Prairie Skies (Final)Illinois prairie ~1855

Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.

Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.

AUTHOR BIO: 

Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky Series.

Contact Info:

IMG_3623Cynthia Roemer can be contacted at:

Website:  http://cynthiaroemer.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com@cynthiaroemer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCynthiaRoemer/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16785237.Cynthia_Roemer

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Where is Your Tribe?

 

By Tammy Trail

For the purpose of this article, I chose to research Facebook as a marketing tool. One source called Facebook obsolete, an unreliable venue to reach readers. Unless you have a fan base that likes and shares your post to garner interest, the news feeds in Facebook algorithms will not promote your posts unless you pay for it. Therefore, you must continuously engage your community to be noticed.

I have seen many author friends use Facebook to have virtual parties to promote new releases of their just-published work. Some parties are hosted by one author; other parties are hosted by several authors coming together to promote their work and to reach a new community of followers.

I polled a few of my author friends and asked the following questions.

  1. Were your expectations met by the number of participants who attended your Facebook party?
  2. Did it help with the sale of your book?
  3. Were you able to gather names for an email list or obtain more followers interested in your work?

Most authors felt that it was well worth the time to host a Facebook party. The authors who choose to join a group effort had more people attend their parties. Therefore, they had more folks to participate in the fun. These authors were able to reach new prospects by introducing themselves to an audience that may not have sought out their work simply because the author was unknown to the individual.

I was surprised to learn from my author poll that the purpose of having the Facebook party was not to sell books. Say what? I thought your main focus once you are published is to sell books. I realized that most of these well-loved authors care about their readers and choose to create a community or a tribe if you will. They enjoy the connection with those who love to read their books. Facebook parties can include raffles, giveaways, or teasers for the next book in a series. Some authors ask for input from their readers. For example, naming a character in their new work in progress. Others like giving a spoiler and letting the reader provide the rest of the plot for a scene in a new story.

The authors I polled didn’t gather names during their Facebook parties, they told me they have an author website for that purpose. Most felt they did garner more followers either on Facebook or their websites from participating in Facebook parties. The primary mission for the Facebook parties is for an author to introduce themselves to a possible readership, and to have fun! One author told me that after a book is published, it’s all about the reader. As an author, your job is to build a relationship with your reader, not to focus on yourself.

I also learned that I have my work cut out for me. I don’t have an author website or an author page on Facebook. I love to have fun. I love meeting people who are as passionate about history as I am and reading the same kind of books that I do. I guess without those folks, we would be the only one to read our beloved works of art. So, the next time you get an invite to a Facebook party, join in, have fun, meet new people. You already have something in common: the love of reading.

Click to Tweet: You already have something in common: the love of reading. @InspiredPrompt #marketing #writetip

Writing Prompt: Which famous author would you love to have stop by your Facebook party to launch your new book?

Successful Marketing of a Collaborative Work

By Jennifer Hallmark

**Previously published on the Seriously Write Blog.

Congratulations! You’ve been asked to join a book compilation. Maybe a friend needs your short story that’s been sitting stagnant in that file folder for a short story collaboration. Or perhaps you’ve been asked to write a novella to go with a series on, let’s say romantic suspense. Or maybe like me, you’ve been asked to contribute to a book with nine other authors, each adding her style and character to make the story unique.

One nagging fear floats in the back of your mind, keeping you from sending that email with a resounding “Yes, I’ll do it.”

Marketing.

To many, marketing is the hardest part of being a writer, whether you write novels, articles, or blog. The thoughts of marketing a book that’s not totally yours can seem daunting. It can, however, be done and actually even be enjoyable.

Yes, I said enjoyable.

Let’s take Unlikely Merger, the third book compilation I’d been privileged to take part in. Here’s the blurb:

No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

It proved to be a great story. How could ten women and a publisher work together to make Unlikely Merger successful? The key was simple.

Teamwork.

Tracy Ruckman, former publisher at Write Integrity Press, said it like this:

“During our collaborative projects, we stress the importance of cross-promotion. Collaborations give authors a chance to focus their marketing on each other instead of themselves, and their efforts benefit everyone involved.”

It’s the golden rule of book compilations.

Or as it says in Matthew 7:12 in the Message Bible: “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them…”

Our contributors invited each other to write blog posts. We shared each author’s social media updates: Facebook posts, tweets, Google plus, and more. We belonged to a closed Facebook group where we encouraged each other, shared prayer requests, and talked about the book.

In short, we esteemed one another better than ourselves. At the end of the day, each person was lifted up and everyone had a good time. Best of all, marketing had become a learning experience that we can carry to our next project.

Which for me was another compilation called Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage, which released in December of 2015.

It proved to be another opportunity to enjoy marketing. With a team.

The secret of significant and successful marketing.

Click to tweet: The key to significant and successful collaborative book marketing is none other than the Golden Rule. #kindness #marketing

Writing Prompt: Allie stared at the email. They wanted her to write a romance novella for a box set? Did they not realize her love life was…

Social Media as a Tool, not a Takeover

by Kristen Hogrefe

Although social media sometimes gets a bad rap for being a “black hole” that consumes our time, it can be a helpful tool for us writers. It allows us to engage with readers and reach people we won’t have the opportunity to meet in a given day or even a lifetime.

I’m no guru but a social media troubleshooter. Today, I’d like to share some basics I’ve learned along my journey in the hope they will help you in yours.

Create a strong website.

Whether you write about Bible prophecy or inspirational romance, you need an online destination for readers to find you. Your website should be your central hub where people can learn what you’re all about.

Make sure you’re doing these important things:

  • Connect all your other social media sites to your website.
  • Have a clear “about” page or bio, and include a recent headshot. People want to see you!
  • Check that all your links work and are relevant. If you’ve had your website for a while, go back and search for broken links.
  • Post consistently on your blog. Recently, I attended a writer’s conference where an agent told her class, “I don’t care if you post once a week or every other week, but I’m looking to see that you post consistently.”
  • Include a way for readers to subscribe to a newsletter using a subscriber pop-up.

Grow your readership with a newsletter.

Wait, you need a newsletter? Yes, you probably do. Editors and agents are less interested in vaguely defined “followers” and more interested with tangible email lists.

But don’t just have a newsletter to have one. It needs to offer readers value.

  • Offer a freebie or download when readers first sign up.
  • Include extra information people can’t just find on your weekly blog.
  • Advertise giveaways and book promotions or upcoming appearances.
  • Make it personal! Let readers get to know you.

Use attractive, consistent visuals.

We might have the greatest content in the world, but without graphics and images, no one may notice. Not only do attractive visuals present a professional impression, but they also “speak” louder than our words in many cases.

  • Learn how to create memes and other graphics using an online service like Canva or PicMonkey.
  • Choose clean and easy-to-read fonts.
  • Use consistent fonts and colors to help create brand recognition.
  • Always proofread!

Share and connect on your favorite platforms.

If you’re new to social media, you don’t have to tackle all the platforms at once. Pick one or two that interest you, and grow from there. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Facebook: You can use your personal account to double as your author account or set up a separate author page. With a separate author page, you can advertise and boost posts to have a greater reach.
  • Twitter: Follow hashtags like #amreading #amwriting, #1linewed, #Fridayreads and more. Engage with and meet other writers, readers, and influencers.
  • Amazon: If you’ve published a book, set up an account on Author Central. It allows you to track book sales and customize your Amazon author page.
  • Goodreads: If you’re not on Goodreads, I encourage you set up an account and get started. After all, this is one platform designed just for book lovers! You can follow other authors, leave reviews, and engage with an incredible community of readers.

Social media doesn’t have to take over your life. Let it be a tool that helps you do more with the words God’s given you to share.

[Click to Tweet] When you use social media as a tool, it doesn’t have to take over your life. Guest post by Kristen Hogrefe, author and teacher.


Kristen Hogrefe

Kristen Hogrefe is a Florida girl who says yes to most adventures involving sunshine and prefers to start her day with Jesus and coffee. She is a multi-published novelist of young adult fiction, including The Rogues trilogy (Write Integrity Press) and Wings of the Dawn trilogy. A life-long learner, she also has a heart for teaching and speaking in academic settings, professional conferences, and at Serious Writer Academy, a program designed to help writers develop their craft and platforms. You can find her blogging at KristenHogrefe.com where she challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.


Freedom costs more than Portia wants to pay, but revolutions run on sacrifice … and blood.

THE REVOLUTIONARY

Three months a satellite prisoner, Portia wonders if the Brotherhood has left her to die—until she plunges into the domain of a smuggler contacted by her brother. But her rescue comes with a price tag, and now, she must forfeit her identity to act as a spy. She learns that her enemies want the Dome to approve mass satellite executions, though no one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps?

Plagued by shadows and guilt for leaving her protector Gath behind on the satellite, Portia must find a way, not only to rescue him and the other prisoners, but also to destroy the slave camps once and for all.

Springtime and Winners

Spring has arrived! Well, it’s still chilly here and there’s snow in other parts of the country but it’s supposed to be spring. :) Here, at the new Inspired Prompt Blog, we have more winners…

Kimberly Rose Johnson offered an e-copy of The Reluctant Groom to one blessed commenter. Its been won by Kathy Houser. Congrats!

Caryl Kane has been picked to win a print copy of Carrie Turansky‘s latest novel, Across the Blue.  Congratulations!

Readers, Dee Dee Chumley is giving an e-book of Some Form of Grace to Rory Lemond 

THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment.

And continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner!