First Draft

logo.sinc.guppise.25yrs.TNFirst Draft is the bi-monthly publication of the Guppies branch of Sisters in Crime. I was asked to write a feature for the May issue on Creating a Protagonist, which I’ve included here: First Draft May 2013


pinterest_badge_redSince that time, I’ve been asked to contribute a couple of articles, starting with the January 2014 issue, with a focus on marketing. Here is my first feature, January First Draft-Pinterest, which covers how authors can promote themselves, and their books, using Pinterest.  

 (To read my blog post on Pinterest, click here).

Twitter_logo_blueIn the March 2014 issue of First Draft, I cover setting up a Twitter account, as well as author promotion using Twitter. You can read it here. March First Draft – Twitter

(To read my blog post on Twitter, click here).

FacebookIn the May 2014 issue of First Draft, I cover the pros and cons of Facebook author pages, and posts that work (and don’t work). You can read it here. May First Draft Facebook

(To read my blog post on Facebook, click here).

The May 2014 issue of First Draft fulfills my commitment to the newsletter’s Marketing column. Contributing to this first-class publication was a great experience, and one that allowed me to offer up a small thank-you to a wonderful organization. Because sometimes, membership is more than just paying your annual dues.

snoopy-rejection-letter-charles-schulz-cartoonAnd then . . . I was asked to write an article, based on my blog post, Learning from Rejection for the September 2014 issue. You can find it here: September First Draft Learning from Rejection.

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 9.52.45 AM105 authors contributed to Bake, Love, Write, a dessert cookbook with advice on writing and relationships. Editor Lois Winston, who did all the heavy lifting (imagine trying to put together a cookbook with 105 contributors in about six weeks), asked us to come up with ways to promote the book. I agreed to set up a “Group” board on Pinterest, where the authors could pin photos of their recipes, or links to blogs about the book. This column in the November 2014 issue of First Draft talks about the experience and offers some advice based on what I learned during the process. You can find it here: First Draft: November 2014

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