Monday, May 7, 2018

Looking for Romantic Read find #MFRWauthor and #MFRWorg Suggestions from @MFRW_Org

It's Retweet Day for MFRW on Twitter. All Marketing for Romance Writers are invited to set up tweets for their books.

Go into Twitter and create a tweet. Make sure to use #MFRWauthor or #MFRWorg You can now share up to 280 characters per tweet -- twice as many as before.

Once the tweet has been posted, click anywhere in the white background of the tweet. This will open it and allow you to highlight and copy the URL.

Now, navigate back to here and paste the URL in the comment section of this post.

Remember to visit the blog on Second Monday of the month. You can post your tweet until Wednesday of the same week.

Retweet Day is on the second Wednesday of each month. Retweet everyone on the list.

To help people find your tweet, click the the white background and then the down arrow (found on the right side). Choose "Pin to Your Profile Page." This will keep it at the top of your Twitter feed so more people can find it.

Retweet Day Rules

1. Have #MFRWauthor or #MFRWorg in the tweet. (This retweet day is to promote each other and our group.)
2. Do not use profanity or sexual explicit graphics. Keep it for all age groups.
3. Please do not use adult topics for your blog post. Keep it general for all ages.
4. Return on Retweet Day and click each link in the comments.
5. Click the heart on the tweet and then the retweet symbol and the Retweet button.
6. Click the G+ symbol on the comment so you can see where you left off, and to add a little more visibility to the post.
7. Limit hashtags to three (3) per post.

Here's to a great day of retweets,

Tina Gayle
Tina Gayle enjoys writing contemporary romance and stories featuring strong women, as well as tales that touch the heart. Her writing started at a young age when she created stories to put herself to sleep. Now, she spends her days living her dream.
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Author Interview Checklist: What You Need to be Ready @KayelleAllen #MFRWauthor #Author

Author Interview Checklist: What You Need to be Ready @KayelleAllen #MFRWauthor #Author
Imagine your book is coming out and you want to line up interviews for the release. Or you're scheduled to appear on a blog to talk about one of your characters. Perhaps you set up an interview months in advance and now the date is looming. How do you prepare?

Some things will be part of every interview. You can have those on hand and be ready at a moment's notice. Use this checklist and you'll have a marketing or media kit that will support any endeavor.

Fill in the following and keep it handy. You'll be able to copy/paste this into forms online and into interview forms you download.

Author Interview Checklist

This checklist is in three parts; author, book, and marketing.

Author Checklist

Author name
Author bio
Amazon Author Page

Book Checklist

Book title
Series title
Heat level (Rating)
Blurb (full length)
Mini-blurb (100-150 words)
Tagline (1-3 sentences)
Publication date
Link to downloadable excerpt or excerpt online
Word count
Page count
Affiliate link (i.e., Amazon associate or Smashwords affiliate link for book)
Shortened link (, etc.)
Publisher (name)
Buy Links
Barnes and Noble
Books2Read (universal link) 

Marketing Checklist

Six hashtags (use no more than three per tweet)
Three  tweets (up to 240 characters each)
Three  Facebook posts
Six excerpts (4 short, 2 long)
(if you write spicy romance have both hot excerpts and family friendly ones)

Image Checklist

Cover in three sizes: 200x300, 500x750, 1800x2700 (or close equivalents)
Banners (memes) - good rule of thumb is 3x wider than tall or 3x taller than wide (i.e., 200x600 or reverse) or 2x taller than wide (450x900 or reverse) or square (fits any social media format)
Author bio pic (headshot)
Banner with one or more books together
Pictures of author with book
Other images that help reveal your story
Book video or trailer

This author checklist is far from exhaustive, but it will get you started. I create one for myself as an author and keep book info separately, with one document for each book. Each book helps sell the one released before it. Having this material on hand will ensure you are always ready to share the stories of your heart.

What types of things do you have ready? Are there tried and true items you find valuable when preparing a media kit? Please share them in the comments.