Sunday’s Scenes From The Trail

Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent hikes:

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Because sometimes it isn’t what you expect when you get there.
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Because you should hold your head high and be proud of who you are.
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Because sometimes you have to make the most out of a bad situation.
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Because sometimes the bad situation isn’t as bad as it seems. (Banded water snake, not water moccasin.)

If you enjoyed this week’s photos, check back next Sunday for more Scenes From The Trail.

Sunday’s Scenes From The Trail

Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent hikes:

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Because you should always show your true colors.
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Because I had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song in my head for a week after seeing these gator turtles fighting.
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Because you don’t get to see this every day.
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Because X marks the spot.

If you enjoyed this week’s photos, check back next Sunday for more Scenes From The Trail.

Sunday’s Scenes From The Trail

Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent hikes:

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Because sometimes nature inspires imagination (and makes you feel like a Hobbit).
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Because it pays to watch your step.
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Because sometimes you have to make your own place in the world.
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Because you don’t have to be a stereotype.

If you enjoyed this week’s photos, check back next Sunday for more Scenes From The Trail!

Authors Killing It On Social Media: Pinterest Edition

I am a Pinning machine. See it, like it, pin it. It’s a compulsion. I have boards for everything from Fantastic Animals to Writing Nooks, Bookcases To Dream About to Recipes, Writing Tips to Eerie Atmospheres And Settings, and even an inspiration board for each of my books (set on private until they’re published).

Turns out, there are a number of ways authors can engage readers through Pinterest, and the best part – besides that there are innumerable ways to get as creative as you want – is that once you have some pins on your boards, it’s maintenance free (until you get the urge to pin some more).

So, for those of us writers who need a little direction, or those of us readers who enjoying seeing their favorite authors in their element, I thought I’d share some of the profiles I’ve discovered of authors who I think are killing it. (The names are hyperlinked to their accounts.)

(Don’t forget to check out the rest of the series about Authors Killing It On Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Newsletters editions!)

Jennifer Niven: Jennifer wins the award for author Pinterest creativity in my book! She has boards for her characters’ playlists, their bookshelves, fan art, dream cast, and so much more.

Sarah J. Maas: Maas has a board for each of her books which are compiled of both fanart and pins that inspired her characters and themes and her (wow – almost 73K followers) love it!

Tom Ryan: Tom (the YA author, not the author of Atticus fame) takes a more personal approach, with boards varying from “I’d Read That” to “I’d Wear That” to “I’d Eat That” to vintage YA book covers, which I think is an incredibly fun idea for a board!

Frances Caballo: I may be cheating here by including Caballo, but she has written books – non-fiction books geared toward marketing for authors. Some of her boards are about marketing material, but many are not; they’re about books and authors and anything that grabs her interest. The point is, 94.2K views every month don’t lie – she knows what she’s doing.

If there’s an author who you think is killing it on Pinterest, I want to know about it! As a reader, what kind of boards/pins by your favorite authors are you interested in?

To see what my busy, busy pin finger’s been up to, click here.

 

Sunday’s Scenes From The Trail

Here are some of my favorite shots from my recent hikes:

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Because sometimes you should be looking up when you’re feeling down.
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Because sometimes it really is a jungle out there – but there’s always a way through.
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Because it could always be worse.
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Because sometimes you’re met by the unexpected.

If you enjoyed this week’s photos, check back next Sunday for more Scenes From The Trail!

Authors Killing It On Social Media: Newsletter Edition

Are newsletters a form a social media? Um . . . maybe, maybe not, but it’s another way that authors reach out to their readers and create a fan base, so I’m covering it.

(Don’t forget to check out the rest of the series about Authors Killing It On Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook!)

And I have to admit, this post was hard. While I’m signed up to receive newsletters from a bevy of authors, not many strike a good balance. Any author who just sends out a weekly/monthly buy my book usually gets an unsubscribe from me. You have to offer something in exchange for my email address – entertainment, freebies, book recommendations that appeal to me – I’m not that hard to please, but the author has to work to establish a relationship, not just contact me when they want my money.

I’ve listed a handful of authors who I think are killing the newsletter thing – as much as the newsletter thing can be killed. The names are hyperlinked to the website where you can sign up for their newsletters if you’re interested.

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Hank just kind of kills it period. A big, energetic personality in a tiny package, she oozes with charisma and charm. When I think of author newsletters, her name is the first that comes to mind. Plenty of authors offer free short stories and the like when you sign up for their newsletter, but Hank gave ALL her current subscribers an advance copy of her latest book, The Murder List, when it was released. If that wasn’t enough, her newsletters are engaging and entertaining, a shining example of how to do it right!

Mindy McGinnis: Mindy has two newsletter you can sign up for from her website – her author newsletter, where you get rewarded with a free short story for joining, and a newsletter for writers based on her blog Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire, which contains a weekly digest  full of great info. She even helps aspiring writers by giving a weekly query critique.

Ruth Ware: Ware’s newsletters include a monthly chance to win a book, advanced notice of her live Facebook chats, and members-only info. Her last newsletter revealed the title for her newest, not yet released book, as well as a teaser. Another author where you get rewarded with a free short story for joining.

Anne Garvin: Garvin sends out regular newsletters. She usually includes a funny story or anecdote, book recommendations, book sales, book news , updates on the Tall Poppy Writers – she supports her fellow writers more than she advertises herself. She emails regularly, with creative content to keep her name on your mind – that way, when you receive a newsletter from her, you’re not like, “Um. Who’s this again?”

Do you subscribe to any author newsletters? If so, what do you think works? What doesn’t? What insanely annoying thing makes you hit the unsubscribe button?

To join my newsletter, and receive TWO free short stories, click here.

 

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