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Friday, 5 February 2016
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I’m not an angry person. I get irritated like anyone else but usually have a fair amount of patience. However, for the past few months I’ve (foolishly) been watching the news every day. At first, the negative comments amused me as they were so outrageous. As they turned unkind and even hateful, I began to feel less patient and more than irritated. Eventually, I got angry every time I turned on the TV. Apparently anger is contagious. (Hopefully hatred isn’t.)   

It always helps me to write my feelings down, so I decided to blog about this new, uncomfortable feeling of anger. I have learned that others are often experiencing similar emotions, so I assume my words are resonating with some of you now.

There are those who insist that things will only change and improve in our country if we energize ourselves through anger. I disagree. I have always felt passionately about certain issues, but I never got angry at people who didn’t share my beliefs.

Unfortunately, many others have bought into the theory that anger is the solution to the nation’s problems. Even good, kind people. I spoke to an old friend this past week. We had a wonderful conversation about growing up in Virginia—until we touched on the subject of politics. This “good man” ranted and raved, so uncharacteristic for him.  I didn’t respond to the tirade and changed the subject, so we eventually got back to our original friendly conversation. However, I hung up feeling sad.

Perhaps those of us, who are normally pretty easy-going, are being affected by “mob mentality.” I am not happy in this new, dark place of fear and anger, so I’m going to try and get back to who I am. To change a behavior, we first have to acknowledge it. I’ve now done that in this blog.

If we can rise above our fears and reject anger as a solution, perhaps we will be able to move through this profound time to a better place. That is my hope and my prayer. 

 

Link to the Haverford Trilogy: Promises to Keep, Lydia, True Abundance, and my mystery, Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website and blog, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

Twitter handle is: @LibbyGrandy 


Posted by libbygrandy at 9:51 PM EST
Thursday, 21 January 2016
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Marketing is not most writers’ favorite word. Writing a first draft is fun. Writing subsequent drafts and having your work critiqued makes your story even better, so it feels good. Publishing is a bit stressful but the result is incredibly satisfying.

Then there’s marketing. If you don’t have the patience of Job, you are not going to enjoy it. If you do, there can be a certain amount of gold at the end of the road. However, if a writer hasn’t built a platform and branded his or her name before publishing a book, it can be a very long road. (Unless you publish a dreadful novel like Shades of Grey but let’s not go there.)

To better understand how marketing works, I suggest that writers put themselves in a reader’s shoes. Think about how you buy a book. First you have to know it’s available. However, just seeing a book posted on Facebook or Twitter may not entice you to buy it. Okay, if it’s a friend, maybe. But you probably will still go into Amazon and check reviews and download a sample. Now maybe you just paid the rent and decide to buy it later in the month. It turns out to be a very busy month, and you don’t get around to it until much later or forget about it all together.

Have I depressed my writer friends by now? I hope not, because my goal is to reassure published writers that eventually people will buy their books, if they don’t give up. There is a natural period of time between publishing your book and seeing royalties show up in your bank account. The initial amount appears within a few months and depends on how many friends and family you have. The larger amount depends on strangers. And that is where successful marketing kicks in. How do writers reach strangers? It’s helpful if a writer has more than one book available on Amazon as one book sells another. Even traditional publishing companies don’t see a real profit until an author has three or four books out, and they have professional marketing venues.

I often buy books recommended by friends. So I intend to let people know when I really like a book, as I will be helping a fellow writer in their marketing.

Too many writers get discouraged after a year or so and stop marketing. Some even stop writing. However, “real” writers just keep writing and practice Job’s patience until they develop a fan base and begin to sell more and more books.

Writers can enjoy the fruits of their labor in a variety of ways. My advice is: join writers’ groups, give talks, have fun. Cash those royalty checks and have a café mocha or buy a car, depending on the amount received.  

Appreciate the wonderful gift of being able to write. Rich or poor, we writers truly are blessed.

 

Link to the Haverford Trilogy: Promises to Keep, Lydia, True Abundance, and my mystery, Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website and blog, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

Twitter handle is: @LibbyGrandy 


Posted by libbygrandy at 3:32 PM EST
Friday, 18 December 2015
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I’m grateful for so many things in my life these days, mainly my family and friends, but also that the third book of my trilogy is published.

I joked with my writer friends that now that I’ve written and published the third book, I can peacefully die, knowing that I have met my goal of four published books. Okay, okay, just kidding, but you never know when you reach my age. Just saying . . . .

The truth is I have another book started, so I guess I have to live at least two more years to reach my new goal. I believe I can manage that.

I’m not sure why I’m always publishing books around the holidays, as there is so much to do.  However, I won’t begin serious marketing of this latest one until after the first of the year. Then I’ll share that process with other writers in these blogs.

For the next week, I plan to focus on wrapping presents, decorating our usual huge (real) tree and celebrating with loved ones.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday!

See you in 2016!!

 

Link to the Haverford Trilogy: Promises to Keep, Lydia, True Abundance, and my mystery, Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website and blog, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

Twitter handle is: @LibbyGrandy

 

 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 12:54 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 18 December 2015 12:58 PM EST
Saturday, 21 November 2015
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As I wait for the final proof copy of my new novel, True Abundance, Book Three of the Haverford Trilogy,  I want to give kudos to CreateSpace. I’ve worked with them for the past three years, and it has been a great partnership. In 2012, when I published Desert Soliloquy, I had no idea what I was doing, but my consultant, Roy Francia, was wonderful. He walked me through the initial process and urged me to call him whenever I had a question. What I remember most about him was that he didn’t try and talk me into buying services that I didn’t need. He told me what was available, and I chose the basic services since I have a great critique group and good writers willing to edit and copy read my final drafts. I know other writers who bought more and were pleased with the services.

I also remember that he didn’t rush me, answered all my questions, and we talked about writing for quite awhile. I worked with other consultants for my next two books, and they were great, too. But I was pleased to reconnect with Roy for this new one. We reminisced about my publishing Desert Soliloquy and talked about the importance of writers sharing their stories with others.

If any of you want to talk to someone at CreateSpace about publishing your work, do ask for Roy. Or email me at quillvision@aol.com and I’ll give you his phone number. It will make what can be a rather intimidating first experience in self-publishing so much easier.

So guess whom I’m going to ask for when I publish my next book, The End is the Beginning, in 2017.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

And my Twitter handle is: @LibbyGrandy 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 7:08 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 22 November 2015 2:40 PM EST
Thursday, 19 November 2015
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 I’ve approved the cover for Book Three of the Haverford Trilogy, True .Abundance and proofed the interior of the book. Made a few corrections/changes. Now I’m waiting on the final draft. Hopefully will receive it within two weeks and approve it for publication. Seeing your novel in print and as an ebook never gets old. I can’t wait.

Writing has many different aspects. There is the publishing part which is certainly exciting, but it’s the writing itself that is fulfilling. I love starting a story, not knowing where the characters are going to take me. I recently gave a talk to a local chapter of the American Association of University Women about where writers get their ideas.  Some, usually mystery and sci fi writers, carefully plot their books but many of us just have a general idea and then let the characters drive the story. That’s hard for readers to understand and even more difficult to explain. But it does make writing fiction interesting and fun. I once told my husband that I had learned that day that a man in my book had had an affair, and I was shocked. Fred said, “Didn’t you know? Aren’t you the writer?” Reasonable questions. But no, I didn’t know until it was revealed in dialogue between the character and another man.

I ended my talk with an excerpt from the movie Shakespeare in Love. The main character says to another character, “Everything always works out in the end.” The man responds, “How does that happen,” and the actor says, “I don’t know. It’s a mystery.”

So where do I get my ideas for my stories?

I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 8:28 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 20 November 2015 11:26 AM EST
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
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I cannot believe I’m about to type these words but—I’m having a really good time on Twitter. How did this happen? I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

Well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve been following my own advice and checking out interesting people to follow, maybe one or two every few days. Mostly it has been people responding to my tweets and retweeting posts that I’m mentioned in. Like my tweets with Rayne Hall, someone a lot of other people follow. Rayne’s famous on Twitter. I’m not. (Thank you, Rayne for talking to me.)

Then there was my tweet about my mystery Desert Soliloquy. I just copied the words my writer friend S. Kay Murphy (http://ow.ly/TOSvA) posted in the title for her 5 star review which were: mystery, intrigue, romance, betrayal. Amazingly, a number of men (my basic target audience for this book) retweeted it for me.

Then there was the woman from back east, where cold weather has arrived, who posted a delicious recipe for mulled wine. I tweeted, “I would love this recipe if I could still drink (allergic).”  She tweeted back, “Substitute caramel sauce, it will give you the same good taste.” I tweeted, “Thank you.” Will she ever read any of my books? Maybe. Regardless, I now know someone who offers great suggestions for a cozy, relaxed time with family. If she ever reads one of my books, well, that’s a win-win.

It’s also the bottom line. I feel like I’m socializing, not marketing.

And that’s such a relief.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

  


Posted by libbygrandy at 12:02 PM EST
Thursday, 8 October 2015
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I wanted to call this blog, “How to do something you don’t want to do but do it anyway.” That seemed a bit wordy so I am just calling it “To tweet or not to tweet.” (I know, cheesy, but whatever.)

Every author is told, at one time or another, that he or she must get on Twitter. Most of us ignore that advice until we publish a book. Even then we tend to use it sparingly. I tweet once on the day my blog comes out or when I have a new book or article published. Clearly, this isn’t often enough. And, except for faithful followers, few people see the tweet as it lasts a few seconds before the next tweet appears.

So I am biting the proverbial bullet and educating myself about the world of Twitter. I plan to start scheduling my Tweets with Hootsuite, (the free version) for several times a day for one day. True tweeters are now smiling and shaking their heads, but hey—it’s a start. You have to understand that we Southerners are taught not to bother people. I’ll eventually get over that cultural challenge but for now . . . .

The next step is to socialize more on Twitter. Actually some of you reading this blog can help me there. Send me a tweet @LibbyGrandy and say, “hi.” I’ll say “hi” back.

And the journey will begin.


Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 12:26 PM EDT
Thursday, 1 October 2015
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In my last blog, I stated: “I’m not Catholic, but I truly love the new Pope! What a compassionate human being he is.” And here I am again, feeling the same way for even more reasons.

Forgetting about religious and political preferences, this country needed to hear words of empowerment and encouragement. To hear a truly good person, who loves all of humanity, is such a blessing. It is the antithesis of what we have been listening to in the news lately. So, as a Protestant, I would like to thank Pope Francis for bringing his message of light and love to us.

As the negativity of the political arena takes over our news and life again, and it will, I hope and pray that we will remember his message.

What is my personal belief? Truthfully, it’s evolving every day, and I probably could write a book about it. However, if I were to bring it down to one sentence, it would be the following.

I believe we are all God’s children.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 

  

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 12:41 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 1 October 2015 7:04 PM EDT
Thursday, 17 September 2015
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I’m not Catholic, but I truly love the new Pope! What a compassionate human being he is. His call last week for everyone to open their homes and hearts to the poor refugees pouring out of war-torn countries was wonderful. It will be interesting to hear how the politicians address the situation.

Speaking of politics, I don’t usually talk about the subject—or religion—for two reasons. One, because I respect everyone’s right to their own beliefs and opinions, and two, it does absolutely no good. No one changes his or her mind. It simply comes between people, particularly if someone uses offensive language.

I’ve been dismayed the past few years to hear “good” people rant and rave, in the worse possible negative way, about certain politicians. I began dreading opening up Facebook each day. Finally, I simply stopped “following” them. I didn’t “unfriend” them, because I still consider them friends. But I couldn’t tolerate the negativity.

I pray that whoever becomes President of the United States next year will work with Congress to solve our problems. Call me naïve but I still have a smidgen of hope that wiser minds will prevail and that there are still men and women who want what is best for our country and will choose that over their personal agendas.

Okay, that’s my rant for the week.

Have a nice day!

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

  


Posted by libbygrandy at 1:56 PM EDT
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Libby's Blog

Everyone I talk to lately has the same story. Things have begun to turn around in their lives—life is not as stressful—but they are worn out. For some, it is as though they got through the storm but have little energy to clean up left over debris. I can relate. I do, however, feel a different kind of energy these days. I’m a Pisces and tend to rely on my feelings more than my logical mind, so I’m going to trust this new feeling and hope for the best.

Hope. Somehow we have to get hope back, for ourselves and for the world. That’s not easy, as we are inundated with negative news through social media. We tend to forget that there are thousands of positive events taking place that we will never hear about. Thousands of good, loving people helping others who will never appear on our TV screen. Miracles happening every day that don’t make the local news.

I occasionally read my own books, especially Lydia, to feel comforted. Did I hear someone remind me that Lydia is just a character in a book? That she isn’t real? Well, she’s real to me. At least her loving persona is real and her way of dealing with life’s problems.

If, like Lydia, we focus on loving our families and caring for one another, perhaps we’ll begin to build a better world for our children and for ourselves.

We can only hope.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 


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