Beth Trissel writes “romance charged with danger from ages past.” She’s sold four books to The Wild Rose Press, three of which released just this month, including her 2008 Golden Heart® finaling entry, Through the Fire.
I met Beth when I joined the 2008 GH Yahoo! group. She was my first guest with her interview appearing June 26 of last year. Since that time she’s been busy promoting her debut novel, Somewhere My Love, which won the Preditors and Editors poll for best romance in 2008.
One of the tools Beth uses to promote her books is MySpace. Join her as she shares her positive experience with this social networking site.
Making Connections on MySpace
by Beth Trissel
As a historical/light paranormal romance author published primarily in the digital media, I strive to find effective ways to reach my target audience, women of all ages who read romance. In my quest, I happened upon a venue right under my nose, making far better use of MySpace. Not simply hoping these women would find me, but going in search of readers and “friending” them. Literally. I’ve made some wonderful new friends. I’m also building a readership.
I have an “If you build it they will come” mentality based on that famous quote from the movie Field of Dreams. It seems apt for an author reaching for the stars.
In order to find these vast readers from all walks of life around the globe, first create an appealing MySpace page, and then think what MySpace sites are likely to be frequented by readers. Successful authors who write in a similar genre as yours are a good place to start. Take a look at their friends and those of such sites as The Romantic Times, Coffee Time, and various book clubs/groups, again, particularly those that specialize in your genre. Even general ones are worth perusing. And don’t overlook librarians, booksellers, reviewers and others in the reading world who might be interested in your work.
It isn’t enough simply to invite people to be your friend. Interact. Look at their profiles and see what you can identify with. Send a short greeting along with your friend invite saying something about yourself. If an individual accepts, follow up with a note commenting in a positive, at times even sympathetic way, on whatever strikes you in their profile; include a few lines about what you write, where your books are available, and your website.
I’ve been deeply touched by some of these women and the courageous lives they lead. Initially, I reached out to readers, but it is their reaching back that has touched me. Women want to feel a connection with each other. Authors and readers are no different. Yes, this is time consuming and not for the very shy. But if you’re a friendly person, then making valuable connections on MySpace may be an excellent way for you to build your readership. The possibilities are limitless and growing all the time. And you may make some lifelong friends.
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Do you use social networking sites? Which is your favorite and why?
Do you have any questions for Beth about why MySpace is her favorite or how it works?
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Beth had three books release this month with The Wild Rose Press:
Daughter of the Wind ~
Historical/light paranormal romance with strong Native American elements.
Enemy of the King ~
Fast-paced historical romance with light paranormal element. My version of The Patriot.
Through the Fire ~
Fast-paced historical romance with a The Last of the Mohicans flavor and a mystical weave
Learn More About Beth
Leave a Comment for Three Chances to Win
At the end of the day May 25, Beth will choose a winner from those who’ve left her a comment. One person will win a copy of Through the Fire. If you live in the US, she’ll send you an autographed copy. If you reside outside the US, she’ll give you a digital download.
To enter the drawings, just enter your email address when prompted. I’ll contact you and will then relay the necessary information to Beth.
My next drawing will take place May 31st. The winner will receive a cute tote bag just the right size for an outing or errand run.
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment on any blog post by May 31st and enter your email address when prompted. (I don’t share your information or add it to any mailing lists.) On June 1st, I’ll post the winner’s name in the Welcome post at the top of the blog.
You could also win a First Sale Scrapbook!
If you’d like to have a chance at winning a First Sale Scrapbook created by me, your blog hostess Keli Gwyn, just leave a comment on any post between now and May 31. Be sure to include your name and email address when prompted if you want to be entered in the drawing. (Your information will not be shared.) Click red link above to see samples of covers and pages.
On June 1, I will choose one person who will have her/his choice of several covers on an 8×8 inch, twenty-page scrapbook in which s/he can document that long-awaited first sale. The pages will cover various milestones including The Call, signing the contract, receiving the first advance payment and holding your “firstborn” in your hands.
(No scrapbooking skills required. You just add your photos and journaling.)