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The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Promote Your Book Online: I Choose the Wrong Way by Susan Wingate

The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Promote Your Book Online: I Choose the Wrong Way

By Susan Wingate

Of late, every time I teach at a writing conference, the program coordinators slate a workshop with a title something like this: How to Blog Effectively or The Art of Blogging. You get the idea. They have rules like: never blog without knowing the topic you’ll be discussing; and, try to blog in your niche. Words of wisdom for sure however if your niche is writing or more succinctly, novel writing, well every Johnny out there has a blog about it. It seems the blogging market for how-to-write has become glutted.

For me, blog writing is secondary to novel writing and so I use my blog to grease my creative and technical skills. I like humor too so I sort of play around when I blog. I get silly even.

For instance, I broke out in a huge full-body rash this past April and because this new development sent me on an adventure to the doctor, I decided to blog about it. Wise in the eyes of blogging experts? I dare say not. But did it get noticed? Oh. My. Yes. That one blog post brought the most visitors to my website in months. Since then, I post everything and anything that comes to mind. Sometimes these postings are about writing but I always add a bit of humor to them. People like to laugh, plain and simple. Today’s blog, July 2nd, tells about the time my husband called me a hermit. Of course, my husband, Bob gives me tons of great fodder for writing. He makes me laugh because he doesn’t understand me. This paradoxical relationship makes for great humor. We’re terribly in love with one another but, still, he’s a businessman and I’m an artist. The rift between these two mindsets can seem as deep as the Mariana Trench.

Anyway, I tend to believe that people like to laugh. Writing funny makes me laugh too. Maybe it doesn’t meet The Idiot’s Guide to Blogging but if everyone’s laughing then we all win. Right?

About the Author:

Most recently, Susan Wingate’s novels, SPIDER BRAINS and DROWNING each reached Amazon Bestseller status in 2012. DROWNING won the 2011 Forward National Literature Award for Drama. She would love for you to read her books. You can find them all under the tab on this site labeled “Books”. SUSAN has written eleven novels, two short story collections, a few plays, one screenplay and tons of poems. Her latest 2011 novel DROWNING  (contemporary women’s fiction), won 1st place in the 2011 Forward National Literature Award and also won a finalist award for the category of Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit in the 2011 International Book Awards. A vibrant public speaker, Susan offers inspiring, motivational talks about the craft of writing, publishing and marketing, and how to survive this extremely volatile (e-)Publishing industry. She presents these lectures for private groups and at writing conferences, libraries and bookstores around the country.

To get your copy of SPIDER BRAINS by Susan Wingate:http://www.amazon.com/Spider-Brains-Love-Story-ebook/dp/B007KDAS0C/ref=la_B003CMMERK_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1339336080&sr=1-6

To view all books by Susan Wingate: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Wingate/e/B003CMMERK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

To learn more about Susan, go to her website: http://www.susanwingate.com

Visit Susan Wingate on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/susanwingate

Like Susan Wingate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanwingate.author

Follow Susan Wingate on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/susanwingate/susan-wingate-s-books/

About the Book:

If one were to bake the story SPIDER BRAINS into a cake, they should sprinkle in Charlotte’s Web, toss in one Jellicle Cat, then stir in a little Spiderman—but as a girl and not in that goofy latex outfit! A tale of hope, transformation, transition and inspiration.

After her father’s death last year and, now, in the throes of a gnarly teacher’s whim as she thinks ahead to college (or really just dreams of getting into college), a small black arachnid bites fifteen-year-old Susie Speider on the finger. The bite sends her nights into fantastical dreams about taking revenge on a teacher who, ultimately, holds her college aspirations in the palm of her cold calloused hand. But, after Susie figures out the dreams are real, she ups the ante by visiting the teacher regularly… as the spider! And, oh, by the way! Who is that boy spider munching on flies, hiding over there in the corner? A story of loss and forgiveness, tolerance and kindness, Susie Speider deals with the death of her father while Matt Ryder–the new neighbor boy–has just lost his mother. Ultimately, SPIDER BRAINS poses some important questions about how to treat Attention-Deficit-Disorder.

 

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Easy as Pie at Bobby’s Diner: Interview with women’s fiction author Susan Wingate

Award-winning author, Susan Wingate, gets a monthly column about writing and the publishing industry in her local newspaper, The Journal of the San Juan Islands. She will also be posting weekly discussions about the writing industry for the regional online newspaper, the PNWLocalNews.com site.

You can view Wingate’s discussions by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab and then finding Wingate’s discussions under the “Blogs” section of the Entertainment Page.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona to James & Amie Ajamie (a writer and an artist, respectively), Susan Wingate tried to fly, at age five off the roof of their family house using newspaper, wire hangers and scotch tape. She’s been dreaming of flying ever since. Oh, by the way, she never jumped. Her mother ran out in the nick of time to stop her from take-off.

Wingate realized her dreams when she entered the world of writing. At first, she only wrote songs and poetry but then her writing blossomed when she tried her hand at fiction. In 1997, she devoted her days to writing and in 2004, she began writing full-time. Since then, Susan has written several plays, one screenplay, one short story collection and seven novels with two more scheduled to be written in 2010. In 2008, she started writing a memoir.

A lover of the arts, Susan draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium. She has taken up playing the violin (it’s been a squeakly start) and she loves the theatre. Susan lives in Washington State.

Wingate’s novel, Bobby’s Diner, received three finalist awards in the following book competitions:

■2010 International Book Awards,

■2009 National Book Awards (USA Book News),

■2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

In May 2010, two of Wingate’s novels were released, they are:

■A FALLING OF LAW, and

EASY AS PIE AT BOBBY’S DINER (the no. 2 book in the Bobby’s Diner Series)

“Camouflage,” Wingate’s fourth novel (written as Myah Lin) received a Finalist Award and an Editor’s Choice Award in the 2009 Textnovel Writing Contest.

To date, Wingate has written seven novels, two short story collections, a memoir, hundreds of poems, a few plays for theatre and one screenplay.

Her books can be found online and in bookstores across the country and her articles, short stories and poetry can be found in magazines, journals and reviews.

Locally, Wingate volunteers with the San Juan Island Library. She offers workshops, readings and presentations at writing conferences, bookstores and libraries throughout the country.

You can visit her website at www.susanwingate.com.

Thank you for this interview, Susan. Can you tell us what your latest book, EASY AS PIE AT BOBBY’S DINER, is all about?

Well, thank you for the opportunity to plug my book a little. Yes, I can tell you a bit about EASY AS PIE. First off, it’s the number 2 book in the Bobby’s Diner Series. The third and fourth books will follow late in 2011 and early in 2012, respectively. However, EASY AS PIE tells the tale of returning protagonist, Georgette Carlisle. Georgette is the owner/chef of Bobby’s Diner which is located in Sunnydale, Arizona on a nowhwere strip of land between Phoenix and Bullhead City. In this book, Georgette has just gotten engaged and things seem great until her old friend, Helen returns from a five-year stint in Seattle.

Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

Love to.

Georgette Carlisle is a southern gal. She doesn’t attempt to be one of the upper crust but her diner makes a killing there on this corridor strip of land as people travel from Phoenix on their way to Las Vegas.

Roberta is the daughter of Bobby (after which the diner is named). She is the mayor of Sunnydale but also helps out at the diner where she grew up.

Helen is an old friend who shows back up in Sunnydale after living in Seattle for about five years where she tried to become a writer but failed.

Hawthorne is Georgette’s new love-interest.

Willy is the police chief of Sunnydale who has always had a soft spot for Georgette.

Zach Pinzer is a land developer who has always had his eye out on the land under which Bobby’s Diner sits.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

I usually use a combination of both. I ALWAYS use the bodies of people I know. Let me explain… I will visualize a person who I feel is the perfect body-type for my characters then I blend in new psychological traits, background information and all that personality stuff we writers must do before writing toward a character. But, using someone else’s body makes the writing of each character’s physcial traits so much more easy. When I use a person’s body it might be someone I know well or not. I often use actors as well. I can think about, say, Clint Eastwood and develop the character’s new personality around the image of Clint Eastwood.

Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

I am always aware of the plot before I write a novel. If a writer doesn’t have a firm grip on the progress the story will take, the writing will float around, become leggy and usually goes off too often into back story. I use outlines after I get a good idea of how my story will proceed—the overarcing idea. I begin by understanding my character, then I ask myself how will my character get out of the trouble I will be putting her in, THEN, I fill in the middle. That’s my first step. The second step is to develop a very complete and expanded outline and then the third step is to write to the outline.

Your book is set in Sunnydale, Arizona.  Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?

Sunnydale, AZ is a fictional town fashioned after a real place called Wikieup, AZ. I love Wikieup and have passed through it many times while traveling through Arizona. I grew up in Arizona and was born in Phoenix. My father used to drive us all around the state and we usually passed through Wikieup on our travels. It’s a great place.

Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

The setting becomes a major part of the story because it’s a perfect small town in which a large developer want to take control. The town sits on a corridor highway and a developer has always wanted to turn the spot Bobby’s Diner sits on into the latest, great new Sedona. He has high hopes of doing so and he will stop at nothing to get the land.

Open the book to page 69.  What is happening?

Roberta is telling Georgette that she needs to clear the air with Helen. She is explaining to her that if she does not, she will always have wished she had. That it will eat at her the rest of her life.

Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

I’m happy to.

Chapter 2

The day began with Georgette Carlisle reading  about NASA slamming a rocket into the moon. No one really cared. It was only the moon, not Jupiter or Saturn. The moon, somehow, had slid onto a backlist of newsworthiness by current day standards.

The day coasted out of sight into a flotsam of more noteworthy press and seemed to fade against the furor still being aired and printed about Michael Jackson. Things seemed topsy-turvy. It was the exact same day, Georgette had posted her first ever monthly recipe contest on Facebook. So, when her old friend called, the moon’s event slid into other things that didn’t seem quite important at the moment but would, eventually, change people’s lives.

Helen tried to hide a tone of desperation in her voice. Georgette still heard it. Call it intuition. Call it what you will, Georgette heard a tightness in her speech.

Even with her friend hundreds of miles south, even through the tiny phone, the one she pictured Helen holding to her face, Georgette imagined her lithe jaw line quivering as she spoke into her cell phone somewhere outdoors, her mousy almost colorless hair unruly around her face, a ballet hand grappling at the wispy thin strands as she looked around the busy street corner in Phoenix, cars rushing past her like hot wind and, as if Georgette were standing there with her, she imagined a nervous frown bridging her forehead, causing that single soft fold to form between the skin of her eyebrows.

She saw her glossy lips moving over each fractured word.

The two women, complete opposites in mind and body. But, Georgette knew this woman well. Always cloaked in something. Always scheming.

Even so, she still trusted Helen, with reservations, of course. Helen, although slippery at times, Georgette believed, would remain a true friend.

The call startled Georgette. A mounting bank of clouds trimmed the perimeter of Sunnydale’s desert landscape and threatened action.

It was early morning, a time when the diner’s kitchen remained quiet in a soulful way, the way only early morning hours can produce. Except for chopping food on the butcher block counter’s soft wood, the place at this time, remained perfectly peaceful.

She had been dicing up a chunk of milk chocolate for a mousse she planned to serve as a special dessert that night. The cocoa scent attacked her nose and sent a pang of hunger like a knife into her gut.

First, the unnerving quality of the ring on her cell, something she hardly used but kept on just in case, made her jump. In fact, the ringtone, Beethoven’s Fifth she’d chosen for unknown callers.

Hearing those first disturbing solemn four chords, da da da dum, and then its second set the same but different, made her look around, wondering for a second what the sound was and where it came from.

Until she figured out the ringing originated from her own purse.

Seeing her name displayed Georgette realized Helen had gone from using her married name to using her maiden name again, Wellen. She quickly flipped open the cell.

Thank you so much for this interview, Susan.  We wish you much success!

Thank you, Dorothy. I had fun with all of your great questions.

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Women’s fiction author Susan Wingate on ‘Easy as Pie at Bobby’s Diner’ virtual book tour

Susan WingateJoin Susan Wingate, as she tours the blogosphere December 6 – January 14 to promote her new women’s fiction/mystery novel, Easy as Pie at Bobby’s Diner (Blue Star Books).

Easy as Pie at Bobby’s Diner focuses on Georgette Carlisle, who has lost her first husband and is about to lose her next, one Hawthorne Biggs. She’s running the diner with Roberta, her late husband’s daughter. When old friend, Helen, comes back home after a failed attempt at a writing career, she is, once again, attracted to Georgette’s man. After the two women part company Helen goes missing. While digging around, Georgette finds out that Biggs has a dangerous past. With Roberta at her side, the two women, brave separation, torture and near death at the hand of Biggs. And, after taking him down, the women find a new strength and belonging. EASY AS PIE is the number two book in the four-part “Bobby’s Diner” series

Easy as Pie at Bobby's DinerAward-winning author, Susan Wingate, gets a monthly column about writing and the publishing industry in her local newspaper, The Journal of the San Juan Islands. She will also be posting weekly discussions about the writing industry for the regional online newspaper, the PNWLocalNews.com site.

You can view Wingate’s discussions by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab and then finding Wingate’s discussions under the “Blogs” section of the Entertainment Page.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona to James & Amie Ajamie (a writer and an artist, respectively), Susan Wingate tried to fly, at age five off the roof of their family house using newspaper, wire hangers and scotch tape. She’s been dreaming of flying ever since. Oh, by the way, she never jumped. Her mother ran out in the nick of time to stop her from take-off.

Wingate realized her dreams when she entered the world of writing. At first, she only wrote songs and poetry but then her writing blossomed when she tried her hand at fiction. In 1997, she devoted her days to writing and in 2004, she began writing full-time. Since then, Susan has written several plays, one screenplay, one short story collection and seven novels with two more scheduled to be written in 2010. In 2008, she started writing a memoir.

A lover of the arts, Susan draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium. She has taken up playing the violin (it’s been a squeakly start) and she loves the theatre. Susan lives in Washington State.

Wingate’s novel, Bobby’s Diner, received three finalist awards in the following book competitions:

■2010 International Book Awards,

■2009 National Book Awards (USA Book News),

■2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

In May 2010, two of Wingate’s novels were released, they are:

■A FALLING OF LAW, and

EASY AS PIE AT BOBBY’S DINER (the no. 2 book in the Bobby’s Diner Series)

“Camouflage,” Wingate’s fourth novel (written as Myah Lin) received a Finalist Award and an Editor’s Choice Award in the 2009 Textnovel Writing Contest.

To date, Wingate has written seven novels, two short story collections, a memoir, hundreds of poems, a few plays for theatre and one screenplay.

Her books can be found online and in bookstores across the country and her articles, short stories and poetry can be found in magazines, journals and reviews.

Locally, Wingate volunteers with the San Juan Island Library. She offers workshops, readings and presentations at writing conferences, bookstores and libraries throughout the country.

You can visit her website at www.susanwingate.com.

If you’d like to find out where Susan will be appearing during her virtual book tour, visit her official tour page here.

Easy as Pie

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