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.
I'm going to be on The Write Stuff Radio Show with Parker J. Cole again tonight! The main guest on tonight's show (at 7 p.m. Eastern) is Deborah Natelson, my Thinklings Books co-exec, and she and Parker will be talking about Deborah's fantastic new book, The Land of the Purple Ring. I'm going to be on the aftershow at 8:10 p.m. Eastern talking about Thinklings and about Deborah's book.
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!
April Fools’ Day is almost here! In honor of that illustrious holiday, here’s the story of my favorite prank I ever pulled, which was during my senior year of college:
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.
We (the Thinklings) have discovered a problem when people search for my book on Amazon. If you just type "Hunter's Moon Awa" it changes my last name to Away and doesn't bring up my book! I didn't know about that for a while, because when I search in Amazon, I almost always include the author's first name, so I was typing "Hunter's Moon Sarah Awa" and even though it changed Awa to Away, it still did show my book. But I bet most people don't bother to type authors' first names. Argh, Amazon!! We will have to email them about that.
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:
Sarah Awa lives in Ohio with two hairy guys and writes books about werewolves.