Writer’s Cafe – a Cool Writer’s Hangout

How did I not know about this before? Was I living under a rock? I recently discovered a great site from a teacher friend (gotta love those teachers) called Writer’s Cafe. It is a free writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, make connections, etc.

I am just getting familiar with it as it is a recent discovery for me. It has the option of connecting with Facebook (another way to promote your books, etc with out the BUY MY BOOK post we occasionally come up with). At times, it is difficult to get reliable critique partners, so this can be a nice alternative. 
However, as a published children’s author, I want to remind my readers to be careful what you put up there. If you’re looking for critiques on work you will send to a publisher, do not put it online as it could be viewed as “already published” or seen in its entirety publicly, which greatly reduces the ability to sell your work. If you are honing your craft or are writing a piece just to write, this is a great place to start. Other experienced authors will give you positive and constructive feedback. 
When the time comes you want to write something to submit to a publisher, pick a few of your most trusted critiquers either from your Writer’s Cafe friends or your own private critique group and privately send your work to be critiqued. 
For authors of books, you can use this as another way to promote your books. Just go in to the Add Writing section and from the drop down menu select “book”. This is meant for people to write a book there, but you can do what I did and just add your book’s blurb. If you connected your account to Facebook, it will show on your  Facebook newsfeed. 
My blurb on A Star in the Night at Writer’s Cafe

There’s plenty to do there at Writer’s Cafe. If you’re there, look me up at   http://www.writerscafe.org/jengladen

See ya there!

I is for Interviews

One great way to promote your books is to appear in interviews. readers often want to hear about your new book, project, tips and fun facts. It helps them feel connected to you and in turn interested in your writing. More interest can turn into more sales.

What should you talk about during an interview?

An interview will ask you general questions about yourself or your writing. It is up to you how much or how little you share. Whatever you choose, try to include something your readers might identify with. Is there a silly habbit, favorite pet, top activity in your life in which some people might connect with. This is important because your reader can identify with you. It also encourages comments if your interview is on a blog.

When should you interview?
Anytime you can do an interview is beneficial – but it’s even better to get them done after the hype dies down about your new book. The  few months after the release it is easy for the book to get “lost” among the many new releases coming out. An interview at this time is a good way to remind readers about your book and the important tale you have to tell.

Now What?
Once your interview is completed, be sure to promote it and encourage people to read it and learn more about you. Let all your Facebook and Twitter friends know! Share the link with your e-mail list.  Encourage people in your Yahoo or Google groups to visit and comment. If you’re in a virtual tour or promotional group, be sure to encourage their visits as well. Visit other blogs and interviews and ask others to return the favor. The more people who visit the interview, the more people will know about you as an author and your book. 

So – what was your favorite or most interesting question asked in a interview?