WEEKLY TOPIC POST:
When I discovered BlogTalkRadio I was ecstatic! To think there's a place, as an author or photographer, where you can build a following of fans. As a listener it's a great place to learn, gather information, or strictly be entertained on the topic of your choice.
My first experience with the site was when I was interviewed by J Blair Brown on her program titled "Livin' The Dream." (link will take you to my interview) Doing an interview with her delivered exposure for me and my upcoming epic fantasy novel, "Maycly," on a scale that I had no idea I could tip! I began receiving emails, Twitter followers, "Likes" on the JLB Creatives Facebook page, and more! Her interview served as a wonderful catalyst to get my name out there and begin the path to making social media connections.
As a listener I have had the privilege of connecting with several people in my industry who have been of such great influence it's still amazing to me.
When used for the common good of mankind Blog Talk Radio brings about the best of the best who may or may not have already been discovered in their field of artistry or expertise. You'll find topics related to books, photographers, music, health, pets, and more.
Like my LINKs OF THE WEEK - I by no means endorse this site, get money for clicks or visits, or anything like that. It is strictly a valuable tool I was introduced to on the web and wanted to share it with others who may be wondering just how in the world they can begin to get their name out there. No guarantees of course of your level of success. Like any type marketing or promoting of your work or talent...it takes dedication, time, and enthusiasm to get it off the ground.
I would suggest you plan a regular time and day that you know you would be available. People with busy lives will "fit things" into their schedules if they see a worth - but it has to be consistent: same day, same time.
Even if you're not a "marketing genius" BlogTalkRadio.com can shine the light on the endless possibilities available to the public when it comes time to give a shout out about yours and others' talents. For instance, if you're an author, you could produce a program where you read your novel - perhaps a chapter a week for a few weeks to get readers interested. Start a program where you contact other authors and have them send you snippets from their WIP and become known as the Hook of Books! You can even take live calls during your live interviews.
Here's the link to the program: BLOGTALKRADIO You can listen to programs and check it out for free - there are services and subscriptions which require fees - but have proven to those I've talked with to be well worth the money when you're willing to put the time into it.
NOVEL UPDATE: (EXCERPT from "MAYCLY" included!)
For those of you who are visiting us for the first time I'd like to fill you in on my writing career. My epic fantasy novel titled "Maycly" is the first volume in my six novel series titled "Hidden Earth."
"Maycly" was recently on submission - and rejected...but not to worry! It was a very nice rejection letter encouraging us to continue submitting with other publishers, as well as giving us an open invitation to submit novels to them at any time. We've taken their advice and are preparing our next submission to another publisher. It should get to them the week of Aug. 14th - so let the nail biting begin once again! Thanks for your continued support and shared enthusiasm as we journey the road to publication.
With that said...we're already branching out into the other 5 novels that will follow "Maycly," with concepts, story-boarding, illustrations, and even writing the stories themselves. Dar and I are having so much fun coming up with new characters, creatures, and more!
Just to keep your attention on what could become a hard copy epic fantasy novel in the future...I've added an excerpt from "Maycly" below for you to enjoy. Please note: Should a publisher decide to accept "Maycly"...this little excerpt could read very differently, be deleted, or even moved to a new chapter once the editor has worked their magic. :) Enjoy and leave a comment letting me know if you would want to read more!
Until next time...