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Guest post: ‘It’s all about readers’ by Rosie Cochran

This evening I welcome back interviewee Rosie Cochran for this guest blog post on the topic of readers.

It’s All About Readers

As writers, we can’t help ourselves. We have to write. We’re amazed as we watch the randomness of our thoughts and ideas flow from the pen to the paper, begin to sort themselves out, and finally reach a point of clarity. We write to bring clarity to our lives.

By putting our fears, dreams, and goals into the written word, we begin to sift through them. We distinguish between the realistic and the unrealistic. We write our way from undecided to a clear conclusion. Writing grounds us.

We also write for the pure joy of it. Writers are born with overactive imaginations. We get an idea in our mind that just won’t go away. We mull it over and revel as the idea grows into a story. The fun begins. Writing is our outlet for creativity. We receive much satisfaction from a story well crafted.

But what would these creative masterpieces be without an audience? What would a riveting novel be without readers? Without readers, where would we writers be? We need readers. We love readers. There will always be a relationship between readers and writers, and that’s the way it should be.

And so we writers take this moment to pay tribute to the readers of this world. Thank you for supporting what we writers love to do. Thank you for reading! Thank you for your input, the good and the bad. As much as a great review is sweet music to an author’s ears, constructive criticism grows us in our craft, the benefits sifting back down to you, the reader. And really, when it boils down to it, it is all about you, the readers.

Thank you Rosie – lovely to ‘see’ you again. 🙂

Welsh-born Rosie Cochran and her husband, Matt, served as missionaries in Venezuela for eighteen years with New Tribes Mission. Currently Rosie is enjoying her varied role as pastor’s wife, home-schooling mom to their youngest two sons, and full-time secretary at their former home church. Rosie is the proud mother of four sons.

Rosie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Ministries from NTM. She holds NACPB Certification in Bookkeeping, QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel, and is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Her hobbies include writing, blogging, and website design.

Rosie has written three books: Betrayed, Identity Revealed (a sequel to Betrayed), and A Murder Unseen; available from Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.co.uk. You can also see what Rosie is talking about on her website, blogs (Rosie Rambles On and Writing to Marketing), Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please” (while quietly bouncing up and down in my seat smiling!).

The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with children’s author Alicia L Wright – the one hundred and sixty-first of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, directors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

 
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Guest post: ‘Promote Your Book in Your Own Backyard’ by Judith Marshall

I’m delighted to bring you this guest blog post, today on the topic of book promotions, by women’s fiction novelist and interviewee Judith Marshall.

‘Promote Your Book in Your Own Backyard’

Many authors try to gain national or even international attention for their books through various means, including social networking.  But instead of throwing the net far and wide, why not start at home?  Here in the U.S., libraries are struggling to keep open.  Knowing this and wanting to help, I decided to contact my local branch and ask if they’d be interested in sponsoring a presentation entitled, “So You Want to Write a Book.”  This idea came from my observation that whenever I spoke about writing a novel to a group, or did a book signing, invariably someone would comment, “I’ve always wanted to write a book.”  The librarian happily accepted.

A week ago, three other authors and myself, armed with a small supply of our books, presented the program to a group of over sixty interested attendees.  Each author discussed their writing process and publishing experience, and then we opened it up to questions. The participation was amazing. We had to cut the presentation off after an hour and a half.  We each sold some books and the library was thrilled, so it was a win-win situation.  We’re thinking of taking the panel on the road.

My point is there are many ways to promote yourself and your books. Don’t neglect opportunities in your own backyard.

Thank you Judith! We have the same situation here in the UK with our libraries and I went to a song-writing workshop by local poet / songwriter Chris Ringrose (who I interviewed back in May for my podcast) and found myself volunteering to run a writing workshop. 🙂

Born in the Napa Valley, the only daughter of warring parents thrown together out of need rather than love, Judith learned early to escape to the movies to shelter herself from the chaos at home. Slumped down in the dark, she dreamed of one day becoming a writer, someone who could express her feelings on paper. Her debut novel Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever is available from Amazon and Smashwords.

If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me at morgen@morgenbailey.com with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please” (while quietly bouncing up and down in my seat with joy!).

The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with children’s author Alicia L Wright – the one hundred and sixty-first of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, directors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

 
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