My Alter Ego

sarah-m-chenby Sarah M. Chen / S. Michele Chen

It’s tough establishing a new identity. I know a few of you Wranglers have pen names so you probably know what I’m talking about. My children’s chapter book, SUPERBEETLE, is scheduled to release next month on March 11. My publisher alerted me to this a couple weeks ago and it’s been a mad scramble to establish my alter ego’s social media presence in time for the launch. SUPERBEETLE has been in the works for a few years now. There have been hiccups along the way, things out of the publisher’s control, and at times I wasn’t sure if my children’s book about an eight-year-old girl visiting Taiwan for the first time would ever see the light of day. Now that it’s finally here I’m totally unprepared (but thrilled, of course!).


I’d reserved a domain name a while back and had a “coming soon” page on the website. I figured I’d have plenty of time to update it but suddenly that time is now. I’ve spent the last couple weeks tinkering with it and now I think it’s finally ready for the public. Let me know what you think if you get a chance. SUPERBEETLE

The original Superbeetle

You may be wondering why I’m creating all this secret identity / alter ego nonsense. I posted about using a pen name a while back and received lots of feedback and good advice. I decided to go with S. Michele Chen as my pen name for this children’s book (my first initial and middle name). My previous works are all published under Sarah M. Chen and it’s definitely the darker side of crime fiction. As a friend of mine said, if she checked out my website for additional books to purchase for her children, she would be scared off by titles such as “Hardboiled: Dames and Sin” or “Fast Women and Neon Lights.” I don’t blame her, hence the alter ego.

I checked a few other writers who write dark crime fiction and children’s books / young adult. They have a separate presence on Twitter, Amazon, and two separate websites. I decided to do the same. It’s too hard to do another Facebook page. My own author FB page doesn’t get the reach I think it should (unless I boost it for $5) and I often neglect it for my own personal profile. So I scrapped the separate Superbeetle FB page.

But I think Twitter is important and a great way to gain followers I normally wouldn’t elsewhere. So I set up a new Superbeetle Twitter account today and it was a headache. Apparently if you link two Twitter accounts to the same phone number, the most recent account has full control which I didn’t like. My primary Twitter account is still going to be my original one so I had to figure out something else. I ended up putting Superbeetle under my mom’s cell phone number (she was very confused about what I was doing but went along with it – thanks, Mom!). Now I can truly keep everything separate (separate text alerts, etc.).

20170219_154028Then I set up my own Amazon author page for S. Michele Chen. In time, I’ll do GoodReads as well.

Next is researching how to approach schools, reviewers, libraries, and children’s bookstores. My publisher would love for me to speak to classrooms and I have no idea how to go about that. I have a couple contacts with children’s bookstores so it’d be great to do a signing / reading. At the very least, hopefully they’d carry my book.

I feel like a newbie author all over again which is both exhilarating and unnerving. Any other writers out there who had to go through this same process?



img_2788S. Michele Chen is the author of SUPERBEETLE, a story of eight-year-old Hong who visits Taiwan for the first time. She’s excited to meet her grandmother…but there are two big problems: 1) There is a GIANT beetle in her grandmother’s bathtub. 2) Her grandmother’s market is on the brink of closing! Can she save her grandma’s market while staying away from this scary SUPERBEETLE? Hint: maybe the beetle isn’t so scary. Perfect for readers ages 6-9.

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Bouchercon 2014 by Travis

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Two weeks ago I had a fun and exhausting time at Bouchercon, “the world mystery conference.” This is my fourth year to attend and it was held in Long Beach, CA.  From Thursday through Sunday, it seemed I was on the go trying to see writers I admire and say hello to friends I’ve made over the years.  Along with 2000+ attendees we went from panels to author focus rooms to signing rooms to the bar to special events and then back to panels again. Starting out on Thursday morning at 8:30, I went to an Author Speed Dating event where writers paired up and table hopped to groups of readers, pitching their books for 5 minutes (2.5 minutes per author). I was fortunate get there early and pair up with hardboiled fiction writer and memoirist, Josh Stallings. Amazingly, with as much chaos as could be imagined, the event started out smoothly. After a couple of tables, we developed a rhythm. We were both LA writers nominated for awards at the conference (Josh’s memoir All The Wild Children and my short story “Incident on the 405” were both up for Anthony and Macavity Awards). I would start off with elevator pitches about my two novellas and a line about my short story while handing out promotional buttons my wife made. Josh batted cleanup and talked about how he came to write such a personal, heart wrenching story. (You can read the first few pages on the Amazon link above to see how nakedly open and honest he is.) Only when additional writers and fans began to arrive late (think Los Angeles traffic) did the gears of the machinery begin to gum up the dating process. By the time the event ended at 11am, my voice was already hoarse.

My wife, who was up in our room, made me promise to get up there by 11:30, a deadline I barely made as I kept running into friends along the way. This trend happened throughout the conference. Occasionally I stop and talk to somebody I knew through social media, but had never met in person and would miss a panel as a conversation ensued. And for everybody I saw, I felt like I missed several more people I wanted to talk to. At 4 pm, I moderated a panel of amazing short story writers. They were Craig Faustus Buck, Barb Goffman, Robert Lopresti, Paul D. Marks, and Art Taylor. Craig, Art and I were up for short story awards, I got to tease Art about a “Vote for Art” campaign that a museum in my neighborhood had this summer. The panel was terrific and time flew by. I could have asked many more questions when I opened it up the audience.

An hour later, we were at the opening ceremonies for Bouchercon. As a nominee, I was given a certificate for the Anthony, which I will frame. The award would be announced on Saturday, but I didn’t expect to win as international bestselling author John Connolly was competing against the rest of us.  They also gave out other awards including the Macavity which I didn’t think I’d win because Connolly was nominated as well (although I stood closer to the stage than earlier with nominee Matt Coyle). But then something strange happened, when the winner was announced, it wasn’t the best selling Irishman. It was Art Taylor who I had publicly teased a couple of hours earlier. It was wonderful. I had a “one of us” type moment.

The night capped off by walking back from dinner with Scott Adlerberg (a friend I’ve known through Facebook, but never met in person), Stephen Buehler and John Sheppird in the rain. Something that hadn’t happened for Los Angeles several parched months. And that was just Thursday (with a lot left out).

I’ve run out of time, but I’ll try to add pictures and more content to this post later. If you write crime and have an opportunity to go to Bouchercon, I highly recommend it. It is overwhelming and intimidating, but the attendees are open, wonderful people. More soon!

Are there any conferences you’ve been to and recommend?


Travis Richardson is fortunate to be nominated for both the Anthony and Macavity short story awards for “Incident on the 405,” featured in MALFEASANCE OCCASIONAL: GIRL TROUBLE. His novella LOST IN CLOVER was listed in Spinetingler Magazine’s Best Crime Fiction of 2012. He has published stories in several online zines and anthologies. He edits the Sisters-In-Crime LA newsletter, reviews Chekhov shorts at and sometimes shoots a short movie. His latest novella is KEEPING THE RECORD.




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Book Tour with No Big Publisher Backing by Cher’ley

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

If you have no backing from a big publisher,  it’s harder to set up a book tour.

What do you want? Define your goals. Are you trying to sell X number of books? Or do you want to build a platform and make contacts? Will you read from your books or have you written something else to read? Or will you just interact with the folks?How far will you want to go. Less than a hundred miles from your home or more?

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The famous Shah Mohammed Bookstore, the one from the „Bookseller of Kabul“ by Asne Seierstad. Strange selection of very expensive books. I bought second hand „Nachtzug nach Lissabon“ for 9 USD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. Set up potential contacts. Perhaps Facebook friends or writing group contacts can help you out.
  2. See where other authors have read on their tours. How have they set it up?
  3. Call bookstores, libraries, universities, bars, restaurants, cafés, and community centers. Also try to think of at least one unusual place to include in your tour. Don’t overlook book clubs or a reading in a private home with at least six people there. Consider including another author or two on your tour. It would be a good idea to take someone with you when going to a private home, unless you know the host.
  4. Always have your distributor and ISBN number handy. It’s The picture is copied from wikipedia:cy. The o...especially essential when talking to a bookstore or library.


Use your personal mailing list and other contacts to publicize your readings as widely as possible. Contact your local news station. Drop off a press release to your newspaper. People are interested in meeting you.

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Converse with the bookseller about the best location. Treat them with the utter most respect. They can help your sales and make you feel welcome. Make your display pleasing to the customers. Have on hand breath mints, bookmarks, business cards, and extra pens. Have a give-a-way contest to get people to give you their email addresses. A pretty basket with a few non-expensive items and maybe an autographed book will usually do the trick. Entertain your audience. Don’t sit behind your table. Get up, move around, enteract with others. If there is no one there, interact with your host when they are not busy.

If you are going to several cities there are other steps you need to research, but other than motels and travel arrangements, at home or away are about the same.

Enjoy yourself, and remember you are an author, people want to get to know you.

***Have you had a book tour?” If you have had, can you add to this blog?”***

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

Stamp Out Murder”.

The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3

Boys Will Be Boys   

The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE


The Unexpected by SJ

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This Post by S. J. Brown

Recently I was reminded life rarely goes as planned. Sometimes you just have to go with it. Like the bride & groom that had an extra thousand or so people at their wedding reception. They waved to the crowd, toasted one another and smiled for the cameras. Like when Hubby and I bought a new house and couldn’t move in until six months after settlement. We did a little remodeling and relaxed on our new deck. Making plans are good, but you should always be prepared to tweak your plans just a bit when the unexpected happens and makes life a bit more interesting.

The unexpected is pure gold to a reader. The plot twist they didn’t see coming, the well laid path that leads them to a surprise destination, or the killer they never suspected.

As a wildlife photographer, I live for the unexpected when I am out in the field. A chance encounter with a surprise critter is always a plus.


These meetings can have a variety of results. Those results are what drive the stories I write. The seemingly simple photograph that took hours to get, the friendly looking critter that wasn’t all that friendly. Being close enough to a wild animals to hear their breathing. These situations are all part of the life of a wildlife photographer.

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Weather and terrain are also factors when I am in the field. A cloudy day often is more photo friendly than bright sunshine. Rainy days are always a challenge. But if I am there and the critters are there, I cover the camera, put on a poncho and keep shooting. Did you know cold weather kills the camera batteries? They need to be kept warm between shots. Time in the field teaches most wildlife photographers how to deal with this issue and many more.


Standing ankle deep in muck to get just a bit closer to the subject isn’t uncommon, neither is climbing trees, over rocks or laying on the ground.


For me the ultimate shot is achieved when a critter pauses, and looks right into the  lens. When viewing a photograph do you consider the angle it was taken from? When reading a murder mystery story do you consider the amount of time and effort that goes into that unexpected ending?


Fiction writers test the limits of their imagination, while wildlife photographers test their limits of observation.

On November 29th I will be joining a number of fellow authors at the Berkeley Springs WV Book Festival. If you are in the area stop by the Ice House on Mercer Street between 10 am & 4 pm. I will be giving a presentation about wildlife photography. Also I will be sharing photographs and autographing copies of my books. I always enjoy chatting with people about their favorite wild critter. What’s yours?

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Whats in a Name? by S. J.

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This Post by S. J. Brown

Since this is my first blog post I wanted to say HELLO to everyone and tell you a little about myself. I am a wildlife photographer, writer, Mom, wife, and grandmother. I am thrilled to be part of this group and look forward to getting to know everyone. I plan to share my thoughts and a few photos with you so you can get to know me.

I thought I should address the name issue here. Those of you that have met me know me as Sue. In print, on the internet and on anything to do with photographs I am S. J.

My photography career has taught me names are important. As Sue Brown, the photographer my work wasn’t getting viewed and certainly wasn’t selling. By simply using my initials instead doors began to open. This wasn’t a decision I made lightly. I have had my name all my life. My family and friends used it on a daily basis. It is familiar, my parents gave me that name. They also gave me my initials.

I began my photography career over 12 years ago, but even I was surprised. It seems that if a publisher was looking for a wildlife photo they didn’t believe a woman would have what they wanted. They rarely took the time to look at my work.

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Most publishers assume S. J. Brown is a man and have even written checks to him. That’s okay, the bank cashes them. Yes, this is the 21st century, but some misconceptions live on.

So names are important. The name of a fictional character says something about them. It can give hints into their family background. The use of a nick name says a lot too. Changing the names of real people in your work helps prevent you from being sueCover 3-26-23d. The name of a special place will stay with you forever. The title (name ) of your book says a lot about it’s contents.





For me S. J. Brown says I am not on most occasions sporting a dress and high heels. Instead I can be found in hiking shoes, jeans and a tee shirt. You will rarely find me at a cocktail party or formal event. Instead look for me in the woods, I could be on the ground, climbing a tree or in a canoe. I am sure this is not what Mom had in mind when she was attempting to raise a proper young lady. However she did grow to appreciate what I do, and her lessons have served me well in public situations.

I thought I would end with a photo taken by this proper young lady in Florida. I didn’t know his name so I just called him sweetie.

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How does your name relate to your work? Do you use the  name your parents gave you or another?



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My Favorite Color is Autumn by Cher’ley

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

This saying has been going around Facebook and I agree with it, “My Favorite Color is Autumn”.  I’ve been out on my back deck watching the leaves falling like big snow drops. I don’t know if  I’m ready for Fall, followed by Winter.

What season are you?

If you visited a town called Wanton in West Virginia you might overhear James and Carolyn as they walk through the thick woods. James is fascinated with his young lady who is multi-talented, yet extremely humble. She picks up a leaf and holds it up to the sunlight and whispers this poem called the Autumn Evolution.

Colors are brilliant
Evolution of autumn
Blown away too soon

At McKeel’s Bed and Breakfast, you’d also hear a famous storyteller spinning a yarn, which stems from a true story. Uncle Lionel drew a deep breath and his deep voice burst forth. “I’ve heard it and I know it’s true, there was a man found dead in Stink Creek. Now Stink Creek is in a part of the woods, not fer from a favo-right swimmin’ hole. West Virginia has a fair share of swimmin’ holes, you know.” With a twinkle in his eye, the big burly man got close to one of the lady guests and winked. “If’n you have a notion, you can go in the buff.”


Now you can imagine, she huffed and blushed. He had her attention and mine. “The man got pretty riled up because some young fellows tipped his outhouse every year about this time.” He swept his big hand towards the sky. “The moon was a- full. His shotgun was a-loaded with salt. He was fixin to teach these young bucks a lesson they’d never forget.” And they didn’t. They never forgot the wails of that there man as he slid over the hill, a-break’n his neck. When they pulled the outhouse off’n him he was still a’hold’n his shotgun. It’s said, and I know it’s true, if’n you go swimmin’ by the light of the moon, at the ole’ swimming hole, you can hear him awailn’ and it sounds like he’s a-slidin’ over the hill into Stink Creek.”

The big, burly man looked me straight in the eye and said, “ So the next time you want to protect your outhouse don’t fall asleep before the Moon is Full.” And I sure won’t.

If you’d like to hear another story from Uncle Lionel you can find it in the last part of Chapter Seven in

Stamp Out Murder.

How do you feel about the seasons? Do you live somewhere that has a few months of all the seasons? Do you like story telling?

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

Stamp Out Murder”.

The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3


Boys Will Be Boys   

The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

Historical/Literary Facebook – Jane Eyre by Stephanie Stamm

Steph_2 copy (2)A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a teen writing workshop with a local organization called Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK). The workshop ran from Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 5:00. On Tuesday, I facilitated a session on rants and emotion personification, but I was there every day. So I got to know the students and wrote and shared responses to the prompts along with them.

We had some great prompts. One of the first was to write a series of Facebook posts for a historical or literary figure. I chose Jane Eyre, because the novel has been a favorite of mine for years. (And I’m not alone. See K. M. Weiland’s recent guest post on Jonathan Gunson’s blog on how to make a book un-put-down-able. Weiland uses Jane Eyre to illustrate her points.) I was so taken with the assignment that I decided to finish my piece and publish it as a blog post.

So, here goes. I hope you enjoy it. All the illustrations are from If you’re interested, you can find even more illustrations there.
































What literary character or historical figure might you create Facebook posts for?

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Stephanie Stamm is the author of the New Adult/Young Adult urban fantasy A Gift of Wings(She is working on the sequel.)

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She has also contributed stories (one fictional and one true) to the following volumes:

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Cover to Cover-Judge a Book by Its Cover by Cher’ley

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

Do you Judge a Book by the Cover? Of course you do. That’s the first thing you notice and then you proceed from there. Perhaps the first chapter or the back cover. Sometimes we scan from Cover to Cover.

From an expert, JK Waters

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Designing the cover is a crucially important step in the success of your book. After all the cover is the portal to your reader. It is your

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opportunity to capture their imagination, set the mood, and pull them in and get them to click that button to buy your book. Readers are assaulted with thousands of titles online and in book stores. If your book cover is boring, doesn’t convey your story, or is poorly done they will not stop on the image, much less spend money on your book. So how do you create a stunning cover that will grab your reader’s attention?






5 Expert Tips on Creating a Winning Book Cover. (n.d.). Retrieved from

She gives 5 steps to Creating the Perfect Book Cover

  1. Capture the Readers Attention
  2. Evoke Emotion
  3. Hint at the Story without Being Cluttered
  4. Be Visually Pleasing
  5. Be Simple

Here’s a link to her Book Cover Creating Page

When I did a search of Boys Will Be Boys—The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys, this ISBN Directory came up. I liked the looks of it, so I’m sharing it.  Perhaps your book will come up that way too.

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Fascinating, funny, and fabulous stories furnish an insight into raising and caring for boys. There are photos, poems, Aesop’s Fables, a bit of scripture and many tips from parents who have shared some of the best and worse times they have experienced while touching the lives of many young men. All twelve authors have brought a different perspective about their contact with boys, some as parents, some as aunts or uncles, some as teachers, some as sisters and brothers, some as nieces and nephews, and some as daughters and sons. This will be a book you will want to turn to over and again for guidance, inspiration, and laughs.

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I used a couple of editing tools to get this cover ready. When I got my first proof, the photos were all blurry. A friend Sue Brown, who is also a photographer from West Virginia, said that every time you touch a photo you lose quality. Doesn’t matter if you are resizing it, or reshaping it, or putting a border around it—the less you mess with the original, the better the quality. She was right. Here’s a link to the Facebook page of SJ Brown. Check out some of her photos.


I am very proud of the cover for this book. On the front, I tried to post a photo from each author, and I loved the photos of the 12 Authors. The back cover features(I have put links to their facebook pages in case you’d like to check out more from them) Steve Scott, Del Grogg, Gloria Alden, Dreama Pitt, Theresa Jenner Garrido, Dusty Wallace, Mike Staton, Cher’ley Grogg, Misty Montega, Linda McKeel Scott, Maxwell Taylor, and to round it off Frank Lanerd. Each story told in the Author’s voice, and each author has their chapter with photos and bios.

I had to find the perfect background to begin the cover. My sister-in-law Carol Dicken had taken a beautiful photograph of a rainbow. The colors worked perfectly and gave me a place to start. Then you have to make sure you’re working the background in the right size, to fit the cover space. With me, it took a lot of trial and error, but with more talented people, it would have taken less time and effort, I’m sure.

The font and the color of the font are also crucial. A lot of covers use yellow, and I did in The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk, but on Boys Will Be Boys—The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys, the red stood out.

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**Have you tried to create your own covers? Do you have someone who does your covers? Do you judge a book by its cover?**


Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

Stamp Out Murder”.

The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3


Boys Will Be Boys   

The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

To Promote or To Not Promote-That is the Question by Cher’ley

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

A few more tips about promoting.

The Business of Being an Author

Even if you’re an accomplished writer, it takes more than a few hundred brilliant manuscript pages to become a successful book author. From writing an attention-getting query letter or book proposal, to understanding the clauses of a book contract, to marketing and publicity in the digital age, the business of being a book author is hard work and can be as complex as it is rewarding.

New Author FAQs: Book Publicity

Here are some common answers to questions about book PR

There are lots of articles about book publicity on this site, but many new authors have the same basic questions about getting their books in front of the media.

How will reviewers hear about my book?
You need to figure this out. It’s very important.

Book Daily 

I am going to try the free section this month on Book Daily to see how the promotions turn out. I will keep you posted.

Don’t for get to use the ones that we normally use like posts to Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter, Your Book Blogs and your Fan Page.


Another powerful tool, I believe is your Amazon Author Page. You need to get your book out there and your face too. 


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Cer’ley Grogg first wants to greet you, “Howdy”.Cher’ley writes different genres. “The Journey Back–One Joy at a Time” is a devotional book she just finished. “Stamp Out Murder” is a cozy mystery and “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk is a YA novel. Cher’ley co-authored “Small Town America” and “West Virginia Memories”. She is featured in and she has many poems, short stories and articles published online and in print books. Some of her hobbies are photography, and painting fine art. She has received awards in both mediums and she has art is in collections throughout the United States and foreign countries. She enjoys fishing, reading, walking, dancing, and long, long baths. She loves the Lord, her husband, children and grandchildren, and loves spending time with each of them. Tootsie, her Cairn Terrier is a true joy. Cher’ley and her husband, Del, have seen the country through the… Read more





    ***What are you doing for Promotion? If you are a reader, what gets your attention? ***


    Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. Stamp Out Murder”.

    The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

    The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3


    Boys Will Be Boys   

    The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

    Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

    Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE


    This is a guest blog from Linda’s site and Alan’s site




    Promote Your Book in 10 Steps by Cher’ley

    This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

    Books do not sell themselves. We have to get out there and get our names known and sell those books. Some of these you already practice and some of them are perhaps new to you.

    The Internet has made us much more involved in our own marketing.

    1. Websites and Blogs
    2. Join a Blog Group
    3. Promote Your Site
    4. Market your book-in person
    5. Book Reviews Help
    6. Have a Book tour
    7. Use Social Media
    8. Focus on Twitter
    9. Guest Blogging
    10. Create a Book Trailer

    1. Create A Website

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    The first thing you’ll need in promoting your book is a website, preferably one that includes a blog. There are a lot free ones, and they are drag and drop, which means easy set-up. I use Web (previously Free Web) and WIX. I’m sure there are other free ones. My Website.  I am listing some of my links in case any of you have any questions or want to see how I did them.


    2. Join a Blog Group

    Just like many of you have done here on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. This way you have many people helping to promote your blogs, and therefore your books. Sometimes it’s time consuming, especially when you have to read and share everyone’s blog, but where else can you get so much free promotion? Our Blog Group

    3. Promote your Site and your Group

    An engaging website is just the beginning. Now you have to get out there and promote it. Choose one or two of these social networking sites and dive in. With a little experimentation, you’ll find the ones that work for you. On our blog site, it’s easy to promote it, there’s buttons for the most popular and some less popular ones. My Facebook Fan Page 

    4. Don’t Forget your Local Communities

    With all the focus on online book promotion, don’t forget to physically market your book at home. Get your friends, family and churches involved. Local communities might be more intrigued in your work because it’s coming from one of their own. And it’s far easier to break into the local media than it is to get reviewed by the New York Times. Though it takes time and work to make contacts and set up events, the results can be effective and satisfying. I truly wish I were home more to do this, but hey, the rest of you can.

    5. Reviews Help

    Contact people you know who have read your book and ask them for reviews. You can also offer free copies of your books for a review. I tried having an Amazon give-a-way for this reason, but didn’t get the reviews I had hoped for, but I think others have been more successful at this. Stamp Out Murder Reviews  I could really use some more reviews-Hint/Hint.

    6. Plan a Mini Book Tour

    It’s up to the author to go out there and make things happen, to get the word out and get the book noticed, unless you are a really big name. No one is going to do it for you.” If you have a little money and some good contacts, take the initiative and set up readings in a few cities. Here’s how one woman did it. EIREANN LORSUNG

    7.  Use Social Media

    Pinerest, Tribber, and Google + are getting more and more attention, but there is still the many phases of Facebook. You know it’s important to reach as many contacts as possible.  Fans of Cher’ley Grogg  Tribber 

    8. Focus on Twitter


    Social media and other marketing gurus have taken to using the phrase “discoverability”—the ability for potential audiences to  find you and your book. It is Twitter’s capacity to make you “discoverable” that makes it so appealing. Cherley@Twitter

    9. Guest Blogging

    Blog Machine
    Blog Machine (Photo credit: digitalrob70)

    Check around. Many blogs could use a guest blogger sometimes. We have even used guest bloggers on our site and we have 18 regular bloggers. Blogs are a great way to promoter your book. I did a guest blog for Nancy Jardin that I enjoyed reading again. I have done several, but this was the first one that came up in my google search.




    10. Create a Book Trailer

    They are not that hard to make and they get a little attention. The technology doesn’t have to be fancy if you have a good concept. In fact, simple is better if you’re doing it yourself. I enjoyed making the two I made, and I need to make two more. One of the things I’ve learned is keep it short. If you enjoy my book trailers, please go to You Tube and click like, so I can get a little extra clout. Thanks

    Stamp Out Murder Book Trailer

    The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk Book Trailer

    Remember to go to You Tube and click on like. Thanks again.

    **I have two questions. What do you do to promote your books, or projects? Would you like for me to do another blog about promotion? **

    Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

    Stamp Out Murder”.

    The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

    The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time   and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3


    Boys Will Be Boys   

    The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

    Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

    Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE


    This is a guest blog from Linda’s site and Alan’s site