IBP Day 8: Social Media & Networking Tips

This is Day 8 of the Indie Block Party Blog Hop, where participants would be sharing tips for newbie writers on using social media and networking to build awareness about their brands. Here are some things you can keep in mind.

Be everywhere. If this sounds like a no-brainer, think of it: how many social media platforms are you already on? How many do you think you can be on and maintain a conversation with your followers? Whatever you can stretch to, it’s a lot lesser than what’s required. And it’s a lot more difficult than you can imagine. So, set some realistic goals on where you want to be and gradually build up your presence.

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IBP Day 7: Writing Tips

This is Day 7 of the Indie Block Party Blog Hop, where participants would be sharing writing tips with newbie writers. Here are some things you can keep in mind.

Attempt first, ask later. I had one writing newbie approach a writing group I’m part of and say: “I have 4-5 lines worth of a story idea. How can I write a book with it?” You can’t. It doesn’t work that way. Put whatever you got to put on paper, even if it means you have a raw, unedited script as the outcome. Others cannot get into your head and write your story for you.

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IBP Day 6: My Top 5 Reads

This is Day 6 of the Indie Block Party Blog Hop, where participants would be sharing their top 5 reads. Here’s a little list I put together.

Right at the top of my list is (no surprise to those who know my reading preferences) The Bourne series by Robert Ludlum. Amazing wizardry with visualization, incredible plot detail and great theme make this a not-to-be-missed treat for the hungry mind.

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IBP Day 5: My Current Read

This is Day 5 of the Indie Block Party Blog Hop, where participants would be disclosing the book currently in their laps. I’m reading a paranormal mystery/romance by LJ Smith.

The book is called Dark Visions. At 720+ pages, it’s taking quite some reading. Here’s what the blurb says:

“Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait’s not a witch: she’s psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can study with other psychic teens and have a fresh start.

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IBP Day 4: Interview Your Neighbor

This is Day 4 of the Indie Block Party Blog Hop, where participants would be interviewing their neighbors on the hop. What follows is an exciting tete-a-tete with Lindsey Gray, my neighbor on this hop, and a romance author and book reviewer.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It was when I published my first novel in December of 2010. I had been writing for years, but did not have anyone reading it. I finally felt once I had an audience to read it, I was a real writer.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in third person omniscient, which is a bit odd in the boom of first and multiple point of view novels. I feel it gives the reader a better grasp of the whole story. I also don’t think I can write a story in the mind of one or two characters. I have even the very smallest characters whispering in my head to give what I can of their voice.

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IBP Day 3: Interview Your Character

This is Day 3 of the Indie Block Party Blog Hop, where participants would be interviewing one of their characters in their books. Today, I’ll be interviewing ‘Ambrois’, one of the antagonists of my novel, Aymaran Shadow.

What was your life like growing up?

If you mean this life, it was not great. Not normal, if that’s what you mean. I’ve not been to school. Rather, I was packed off to seminaries where I received my training. I was also flown to Bolivia quite often, where I was familiarized with certain cities and locations. I slowly realized that I had taken birth for a specific purpose. And my training and visits to Bolivia were only to help accelerate the awakening of purpose within me.

Before your story began, what were your hopes for the future? What changed that?

My ilk do not hope. They know what their future is. And that future is not alterable. We survive across lifetimes, across centuries. When you are talking of such timescales, there is no scope for uncertainty about the future.

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IBP Day 2: Introduce Your WIP

This is Day 2 of the Indie Block Party Blog Hop, where all of us participants would be introducing our works in progress. Here’s mine.

I have always wanted to write about Indian mythology in a way that no one’s written before. Plus, paranormal or psychological thrillers are my genre of choice currently.

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