I had the best time yesterday spending the afternoon with a few of my writer gal pals. Living in Bend, Oregon leaves rare opportunities to get together with other genre writers. The writers organizations I belong to are all too far away so I often jones for the special brand of comradery that only comes from fellowship with other writers. Yesterday made me quite happy.
The six of us had lots to talk about, and as you might guess, not all of it related to writing. But the majority of discussion slanted that way. One of the main topics of conversation, and the one most important to me, was social networking.
I've had this blog for quite a long time (since 2007), probably before blogging was as popular as it is today. I used to be a disciplined blogger and posted something Monday through Friday. My focus was writing. I still want to talk about writing on this blog, but I'm more than a writer and an author, so I plan to interject other topics from time to time. As you may have already noticed. :)
I do enjoy blogging because it's a wonderful form of self-expression, but it can be challenging to find something interesting to say. I could promote myself until the cows come home, but how boring is that? So I promise to keep the self-promotion talk to a minimum. You see my book covers in my header, and the link to my website.
I had a conversation with my editor on Monday about social networking, and discussed this with my friends over coffee and the best brownies I've ever had in my life. She made it clear that it's important I step up my game in the area of social networking, which means more tweeting, more blogging, and more facebooking (though facebook stumps me 95% of the time and I'm not sure how to use it effectively).
Plan on seeing more of my art on my blog and more about my personal life as it applies to my books. You may also find items about my pets from time to time because they inspire me. Interviews with my editor, Ann Leslie Tuttle, and with my amazing agent, Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein, are forthcoming. I plan to post some deleted scenes that never made it into my books. And I'll have excerpts from DARKEST KNIGHT here just as soon as I get permission from Harlequin.
Oh, and one more thing. If you read KNIGHT'S CURSE and liked it, I would be so very, very happy if you'd post a review on Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble. I hate to ask, but it's become important that I do so. Stars make my world go 'round.