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Category Archives: Author Marketing

Helpful hints from fellow authors

Happy Birthday #14 Marketing for Romance Writers #MFRWauthor @MFRW_ORG #RLFblog #AuthorsKayelle Allen here. Marketing for Romance Writers started in 2006 and is still going strong. All services and membership are free.

It began because, like all my friends, I was promoting, learning more about promoting, and asking friends about promoting. All the ins and outs of book marketing were starting to gel and I was beginning to understand the overall concept. Even so, I had a constant list of questions. Facebook was two years old. Twitter had been founded that year. Pinterest and Instagram were four years away. How was I supposed to promote on social media? Did I need a blog?

So many questions

My friends all had the same questions, and we would email each other and ask. Often, I’d get the same question several times in a row. I found myself going back to my “sent” file to copy an answer and resend it. I was asking questions myself, plus I took time to go find an answer if someone asked and I didn’t know. Eventually, I got more and more questions.

It was Halloween, and I was busy with all sorts of details of writing, and I got the same question from two different people. I remember thinking that there had to be an easier way to do this. I needed a way to let everyone know what I’d discovered at the same time, and if I had a question, get an answer from someone who knew. Yahoo Groups was established and well-used, so I decided to create one that all of my friends and I could use together. We could post a question there, and anyone who knew the answer could reply.Happy Birthday #14 Marketing for Romance Writers #MFRWauthor @MFRW_ORG #RLFblog #Authors

I set it up as Marketing for Romance Writers because that’s what all of us were at the time. Our current members are not all romance writers, however. They come from all genres. Looking back, I’ve often wished I’d named it Marketing for Every Writer. Of course, then the initials would have been MEW vs MFRW and our symbol might have been a black cat!

In 2006, we had 12 members. Fourteen years later, we’re in the thousands. We now meet on IO Groups and our staff of volunteers produces a monthly magazine. We coordinate multiple blog hops to bring traffic to member websites, including Book Hooks and MFRWsteam.

About MFRW

 

Marketing for Romance Writers is a peer-oriented mentoring group open to the entire literary community. Ask your marketing-related questions, or request help, advice, or opinions. You can learn how to create a professional image and use it effectively, as well as ask for opportunities to join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects of writing.

News about pitch sessions and calls for submission are posted on the Yahoo group. As a member, you can attend exclusive, member-only pitch events with publishers. Members can attend free, online workshops and seminars.

Marketing for Romance Writers is on most social media. The Twitter hashtags are #MFRWhooks #MFRWorg #MFRWauthor and #MFRWsteam, used for various weekly/monthly blog hops. See volunteers needed below for a chance to network while making a difference for fellow authors.

Find and Join MFRW

Marketing for Romance Writers IO Groups:
Main https://marketingforromancewriters.groups.io/g/main
Steam (Erotic) https://marketingforromancewriters.groups.io/g/steam
MFRW Magazine https://newsstand.joomag.com/en?q=Marketing+for+Romance

Marketing for Romance Writers Website http://marketingforromancewriters.org

Marketing for Romance Writers News https://www.facebook.com/mfrworg

Marketing for Romance Writers Promo https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrwauthors/

MFRW Triberr Tribes

Books and Authors http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-overview.php?tid=31990
Business of Writing http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-overview.php?tid=48112
Erotic http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-overview.php?tid=40964
LGBT http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-overview.php?tid=41440
Mainstream http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-overview.php?tid=40921
Sweets http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-overview.php?tid=40922

MFRW Blogs & Hops

MFRW Marketing http://mfrw.blogspot.com
MFRW Author http://mfrw-authors.blogspot.com
MFRW Book Hooks https://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com/
MFRW 52 Week Challenge https://mfrw52week.blogspot.com/
MFRW Steam http://mfrwsteam.blogspot.com

Free Promotion for MFRW Members

Follow us – we follow back.

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/mfrworg/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/161092-the-mfrw-book-place
LinkedIn https://linkedin.com/company/marketing-for-romance-writers-organization/
Twitter http://twitter.com/MFRW_ORG

MFRW Volunteer Staff

Kayelle Allen, Founder & Blog Coordinator https://kayelleallen.com
Emerald, Facebook Coordinator http://www.TheGreenLightDistrict.org
Mona Karel, Moderator http://mona-karel.com
Rochelle Weber, Newsletter Publisher http://www.rochelleweber.com
Barbara Donlon Bradley, Newsletter Editor http://www.barbaradonlonbradley.com
Michelle Davis, Newsletter Editor https://twitter.com/michelle40768
Tina Gayle, Twitter Promo & Blog Hop Coordinator http://www.tinagayle.net/home.html
Kathryn R Blake, Blog Hop Coordinator http://www.kathrynrblake.com/
Lisabet Sarai, Blog Hop Coordinator https://www.lisabetsarai.com/
Alice Orr, Writing Tips Blogger https://aliceorrbooks.com
Dee S Knight, Blog Hop Coordinator https://deesknight.com

Volunteers Needed

Goodreads Coordinator (posting books as requested)
Twitter Coordinator (approving followers, sending tweets)
Triberr Coordinator (approving blog posts within Triberr)
Pinterest Coordinator (pinning covers)

We currently need coordinator volunteers for these sites. Each position takes about an hour a week, average, and can be spread over several days. If you have experience in these areas and would like to volunteer, please contact us! main+owner@marketingforromancewriters.groups.io


If you have questions about marketing your books, or you want to share an opportunity such as being a guest on your blog, join us. It’s okay to ask for guest spots too. The MFRW motto is “seek, teach, share, learn, succeed.” Services and membership are free.

The Success Story

Are you part of the Marketing for Romance Writers success story? Please share in the comments.

 

Help celebrate the birthday of #RLFblog Webmistress and Author Dee Carver with a discount on services @pmnp #PMInc #AuthorsDee Carver, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. Happy birthday! I can’t to hear about your book, and what you’re offering to our readers.

Personalized Marketing

It’s hard to imagine at times that it has been 12 years since #PMInc opened and what an amazing ride it has been. We have seen many changes to online marketing, website design, SEO and changes via the Internet. However, somethings remain the same, such as proper keywords, alt and meta content, quality over quantity marketing, plus the rise and fall of some social networks. No matter how much the world changes around us, as the owner, I hope that we continue to provide the best client – company relationship possible. To help enhance our level of service and customer care, I was lucky enough to bring on a great manager, editor, digital artist and all-around amazing lady, Cindy (#PMInc’s Manager).

College

In the last 7 years, I decided I needed to expand my knowledge and fill in some of the self-taught gaps by obtaining a degree. I began with an Associate’s in IT, then Bachelor’s in IT with an Advanced Software Development Certificate, and this year I got my Master’s in Business with a Concentration in Marketing Certificate. Some of the topics I learned in school I already knew while other areas and terminology I had never heard of, overall, I feel that it was a good learning experience. I feel very blessed to have been able to attend college while running the company, being a mom and grandmother. Not everyone has that chance and I am thankful I did.

Writing

Finally, after a few years, both Fay’s Wish and La Roe’s Curse have been published after some intense rounds of editing, thanks to Cindy (#PMInc’s Manager). Fay’s Wish also recently was released in paperback. Also, I am actually writing some on the other books I put away over a decade ago.

Books

Fay’s Wish https://www.amazon.com/Fays-Wish-Dee-Carver-ebook/dp/B081QPMHW4/

La Roe’s Curse https://www.amazon.com/Roes-Dee-Carver-ebook/dp/B07Q3PYQK8/

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Services and Discount

#PMInc is celebrating 12 years of service and it’s also Dee’s birthday.

To celebrate, #PMInc is offering a 12% Discount on any new service until September 1st.

Interested? Contact #PMInc and ask about the Aug Discount.

https://PersonalizedMarketing.info

Follow Dee:

About Dee Carver

Dee is a mother of 5 amazing children and Grand Mother of 3 Beautiful Little Girls. Dee enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book and learning more about the career that has changed her life. Dee began working online in 2004, beginning her journey as an Author which is where her love of designing websites was born. Later as a reviewer and then freelance publicist, which showed her the value of quality service. Combining each of these roles she opened Personalized Marketing Inc in 2008.
Her first novel, La Roe’s was published in 2005 and nominated for the Golden Rose Awards the following year. Her second novel, Fay’s Wish was published in 2006. Her third Novel Chocolate Seduction of the Cursed Seduction Series is being rewritten for future considerations.
You can find several of her articles and blogs online.
Website: https://personalizedmarketing.info/
Author Blog https://authordeecarver.blogspot.com
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeeCarver
https://www.facebook.com/Personalized.Marketing.Inc/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dee.pminc/
Twitter https://twitter.com/pmnp
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/deeowens/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGJyzsWU3LmZVLwTg32BOIg/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Dee-Carver/e/B081QQHHMM

 

Happy MFRW Founding Day

MFRW is Marketing for Romance Writers, a peer-oriented mentoring group open to the entire literary community. Ask marketing-related questions, request help, advice, and opinions. You can ask for opportunities to join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects of writing. What’s it cost? Nada, zip, zilch, zero — just come join up and share.
Are you a member of MFRW? #MFRWauthor @MFRW_ORG #WritingCommunity
Marketing for Romance Writers promotes for its members on most social media. Get your book cover pinned on one of the MFRW Pinterest boards, and share your tweets on MFRW’s monthly Retweet Day. The hashtags #MFRWorg #MFRWauthor and #MFRWhooks help you promote.

If you have questions about marketing your books, join us. The MFRW motto is “seek, teach, share, learn, succeed.”

MFRW was founded in 2006 by Kayelle Allen, who heads the group to this day, guiding its direction and overseeing the numerous volunteer staff members that help it run. The group began with a dozen friends, and today boasts over 7000 members make up our Facebook group. Now that Yahoo Groups is shutting down, we have relocated to IO Groups and we’re checking out our new home, already busy and active.

We have a multiple award-winning magazine. We have over 400 followers on Goodreads and feature our members books there in the MFRW Book Place group. On Pinterest, we are followed by over 1500 people, have 55 genre related boards, and almost 1000 pins. Want your book cover pinned on our site? Even if you don’t have a Pinterest account, you can take advantage of our presence there. Join our IO group today and you’ll get information. Services and membership are free.

Volunteer Staff

Alice Orr, Barbara Donlon Bradley, Emerald, Jessica Cale, Kayelle Allen, Libby McKinmer, Lisa Lowe, Lyncee Shillard, Michelle Davis, Mona Karel, Nicole Morgan, Paloma Beck, Reet Singh, Rochelle Weber

Online

IO group (where you can get help) https://groups.io/g/marketingforromancewriters
Twitter https://twitter.com/MFRW_ORG
Kayelle Allen on Twitter https://twitter.com/kayelleallen
Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrwauthors/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mfrworg
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/161092-the-mfrw-book-place
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/mfrworg/

Dee Carver, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. For those who don’t know, Dee is also the webmistress on both my own site (click my name above) and on RLF. For this visit, she’s offering a special discount to readers. I’ll step back and let her take the wheel.

Hello Everyone! Kayelle, thank you for having me, it’s great to be back!

Meet Webmistress, Market Consultant and author Dee Carver @pmnp Author and Owner of #PMInc #RLFblog #PNR

The First Story | Marketing and Running a Business | Finally, The Author Returns

As some of you know I began this long journey as an author back in 2005, with my first book La Roe’s. It began with a dream about a dress, and though I can manipulate graphic images, I cannot draw very well. That is where my daughter, Amber, is the most talented. Since I could not draw the dress, I decided to describe it, which led to the woman wearing it. Then the scene came along, the people surrounding her, and why she was wearing it in the first place. Before I knew it, I had a short story about a wedding gown. My neighbor at the time asked me if I was going to finish telling the story and well, I guess that’s what Emerald (the heroine) wanted because I ended up with my first book.
I learned a few hard knocks with my first book, such as everyone needs an editor. Not every publishing house is a good one. Not every writing job is a bad one. Now, later in life, I look back and cringe…

Marketing Crash Course

Like many authors, I had no idea what marketing was or that I was supposed to do anything about it. A friend, and fellow author, asked me a few poignant questions:
“Have you sent out for reviews?”

“Have a website yet?”

“Do you have a Facebook account?”

“Scheduled any interviews?”

Needless to say, the list went on and I learned a valuable lesson. There is a lot of work that comes after the book is published. Writing a book alone is simply not enough. I did blog hops, which helped. I wrote reviews, which also helped. I wrote articles for other companies which helped even more. All to grow my name, so when someone would search me on Google, I could be found. All the while, I spent time creating book trailers, doing interviews, and eventually writing my second story. Well, more like my second heroine told me her story.

After a few years of putting what I had learned towards helping others, a friend, Raven Starr, suggested that I start a business. I have to admit, I chuckled at first, but in 2008 I found myself opening Personalized Marketing Inc and never looked back. I was able to use the information on bad publishers and bad editing to guide authors towards making better choices. I learned White Hat SEO, when it was the only SEO that was being talked about, as well as other methods used for SEO, so we have been able to provide it for our clients. I also learned methods for Organic Growth before it became a ‘thing’. WordPress was even different back then.

The first website I had was a single page that may have been built inside of Word. (Yeah, I know…) However, I found other sites and I wanted one of those… Not only did I want one, I wanted to make one! I had to know how they did it. So, thanks to some Googling, I found a code viewer and it just clicked. I understood that certain lines of code made different things happen. Then came WordPress, which uses PHP, it’s a little different but after a learning curve, I began to see the codes just forming into the structures I wanted. When I began working with WordPress, we didn’t have auto installers or programs that auto connected databases and did auto backups. It was all manual and done with a lot of zip files. Sometimes I miss those days. Sometimes I miss just HTML and CSS or C++.
Cindy: pst, Dee, you’re geeking
In 2017 Cindy came on board, we ended up with not only a skilled editor but also a talented digital artist.
Ahh but the coder and owner is getting carried away and the author must take precedence…

Finally, The Author Returns

Meet Webmistress and Market Consultant Dee Carver @pmnp Author and Owner of #PMInc #RLFblog #PNRA few years ago, I decided to get back to writing, not for other websites or companies but for myself. I thought about the 3rd book, Chocolate Seductions, which I had written but never did anything with, other than one submission. The submission went well, they just wanted a 3rd person P.O.V. So, I thought about it, talked with a couple of friends, tried my hand at it and about made myself sick. I can write 3rd person all day long in business communications, papers, articles, emails, even books that are not mine or not the heroines in my head.
These lovely stubborn ladies, well, they just didn’t want a sideline view of their lives being handed out as though they were not the ones telling their stories. I love to read 3rd P.O.V. stories as well as 1st P.O.V., I enjoy a strong male lead, I enjoy getting to know what is inside of the other characters heads as well. My favorites though have always been those that take you deep inside, that weave a story so well that you feel as though the movie is playing out inside your head. That, even though you are satisfied at the end of the book, you still wish it hadn’t ended because you just did not want to let that character go.
However, after that gut-wrenching experience, I put my stories away again. Then in 2018 I decided with the help of Cindy, that I was going to produce these books, with the editing they deserved. With the call to finish the stories I had begun so long ago; La Roe’s has been re-released with a much better editing job than the original. Cindy has Fay’s Wish, which hopefully does not require as much of an editing job as the first book, we’ll see. Ambrosia, from Chocolate Seductions, has been poking me lately, giving me glimpses into her back story that I don’t really remember from before, which oddly enough is making Grant a little more likeable. One thing about being a 1st P.O.V. panster, I never know where these ladies are going to take me until I get there. It’s great, because I get a new story, but also really frustrating when I thought something else was supposed to happen instead.

Special Discount

https://personalizedmarketing.info/contact-us/pminc-11th-special/
This August is our 11th Anniversary and we are doing things a bit differently this year. We are having guest authors on our blog, as well as offering an 11% discount, if you mention #PMInc 11th Anniversary, for the entire month on everything and anything, including renewals, if you renew during this offer.
August is also my birthday…
Since August is also my birthday month, we are opening the 11% discount early. So, this offer will be valid beginning July 29th through August 31st, if you mention #PMInc 11th Anniversary.
https://personalizedmarketing.info/contact-us/pminc-11th-special/

La Roe’s by Dee Carver

Can Emerald put 300 years of anger aside to save them or will she sacrifice all their futures and kill him as she swore to do?
When Emerald La Roe ran away 300 years ago, she had not planned to return. However after repeated dreams from Goddess Morrigan, Emerald finally realizes she has no choice. Emerald not only finds a magical sword waiting for her, but her dead husband also.
It seems Stefan O’ Duff wants’ reconciliation and help to cure the curse they share. Emerald would rather see him dead than be with him again, she has someone else to consider though. Her new love, Maxwell Howard a werewolf, who through sharing blood with Emerald, now faces the same fate as Emerald and Stefan. For the cure to work, Emerald has to put her hatred of Stefan aside and consent to share his bed again.
Amazon (KindleUnlimited) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q3PYQK8/

Dee Carver and PMInc Social Media

Website https://personalizedmarketing.info/
Twitter https://twitter.com/pmnp
Facebook https://business.facebook.com/Personalized.Marketing.Inc
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/owensdee/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAo0ChJjmTIuUk6uIBozBuA
Google Business Listing https://personalized-marketing-inc.business.site/?m=true

 

What is MFRW?

MFRW is Marketing for Romance Writers, a peer-oriented mentoring group open to the entire literary community. Ask marketing-related questions, request help, advice, and opinions. You can ask for opportunities to join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects of writing. What’s it cost? Nada, zip, zilch, zero — just come join up and share.

Marketing for Romance Writers promotes for its members on most social media. Get your book cover pinned on one of the MFRW Pinterest boards, and share your tweets on MFRW’s monthly Retweet Day. The hashtags #MFRWorg #MFRWauthor and #MFRWhooks help you promote.

If you have questions about marketing your books, join us. The MFRW motto is “seek, teach, share, learn, succeed.”

MFRW was founded in 2006 by Kayelle Allen, who heads the group to this day, guiding its direction and overseeing the numerous volunteer staff members that help it run. The group began with a dozen friends, and today boasts over 2400 members, and over 7000 members make up our Facebook group. We have a multiple award-winning magazine. We have over 400 followers on Goodreads and feature our members books there in the MFRW Book Place group. On Pinterest, we are followed by over 1500 people, have 55 genre related boards, and almost 1000 pins. Want your book cover pinned on our site? Even if you don’t have a Pinterest account, you can take advantage of our presence there. Join our Yahoo group today and you’ll get information. Services and membership are free.

MFRW Volunteer Staff

Alice Orr, Barbara Donlon Bradley, Carmen Stefanescu, Emerald, Jessica Cale, Kayelle Allen, Libby McKinmer, Lisa Lowe, Lyncee Shillard, Michelle Davis, Mona Karel, Nicole Morgan, Paloma Beck, Reet Singh, Rochelle Weber, Tina Gayle

MFRW Online

Yahoo group (where you can get help) https://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarketingForRomanceWriters/
Twitter https://twitter.com/MFRW_ORG
Kayelle Allen on Twitter https://twitter.com/kayelleallen
Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfrwauthors/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/161092-the-mfrw-book-place
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/mfrworg/

 
 
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