The Twilight books have the real town of Forks, Washington, as their major setting. My book Hunter’s Moon and its forthcoming sequels have Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, as theirs.
Authors who set their books in real places usually (hopefully!) do at least some research on those locations if they’re not already familiar with them. I haven’t had the chance to visit Wellsboro yet*—I really want to, though—but of course online research is pretty darn helpful.
My co-execs at Thinklings and I have been cooking up new marketing strategies for this season of COVID-19 and quarantine. It's kind of a bummer for our authors (and all the authors out there) who are about to have their books published, that they can't do in-person book signings right now. BUT we Thinklings are ever resourceful, and having to change our tack means that our readers benefit!
Hello from my home office in Northern Ohio, where I am safely quarantined . . . and (finally, after a month) getting a bit stir-crazy. Yes, it's happened: even the most introverted people, like me, are starting to feel the effects of isolation!
All right, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. I mean the sparkly vampire in the room.
Before we proceed any further, I would like to say right now that this is NOT a Twilight-bashing post. I’ve been bashed and bullied enough times in my life to deeply realize how awful it is to ever do that sort of thing. Even indirectly. So you can proceed knowing this will not be a negative post. :)
This week my biz partners and I had a somewhat amusing conversation about my marketing strategy. Thinklings likes to stay positive, friendly, and fun, but there's one area where we will take a negative stance, because people need to be aware that there's a problem that needs fixing . . . and we're trying to fix it! The problem is in the publishing industry, and on our About Us page you can read about what's wrong and how we're working to solve it.
Man, I sure am posting in here a lot lately!
My "book boost" day yesterday went PHENOMENALLY well, and I've been floating on Cloud Nine!!
Wow, I didn't know all this promotion stuff came with being an author! But it's not as difficult as I thought. :) Check out some places that are promoting my book:
Whenever my company, Thinklings Books, LLC, publishes a book, we'll have the author provide the first chapter (with possibly a prologue or other intro, if there is one) FREE to read on their website or blog.
So, here's mine: the prologue and first chapter of Hunter's Moon! :) Click the Read More button to see it!
Today, as I do on occasion, I looked to the calendar for writing inspiration. I don’t know whether a lot of other writers do that or not, but it has helped me many times. Today it was simply for a Facebook post—and the calendar reminded me that one of my characters has her birthday around now. But while I was writing Hunter’s Moon, I found myself checking the calendar frequently, for plot reasons.
I can be very childlike sometimes. Then again, I am also an old soul. (Completely confusing, I know! To myself too. Just go look at some INFJ memes on Pinterest for more on that.) My mom has told me a few times that I should write children's books. As in, "baby" level. Well, I have a couple of very undeveloped ideas but never quite work up enough interest to write at that level. I naturally gravitate toward reading longer books and prefer to write them too. I get so absorbed and enthralled in a good story, I don't want it to end! I crave series and sequels!
Sarah Awa lives in Ohio with two hairy guys and writes books about werewolves.