Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Gust Post : A Writer Treks Through the Realm of Social Media by Amy Lignor + Giveaway of Glided Wings

The one ‘must have’ for writers in 2012 is the same ‘must have’ for businesses, franchises and everyone else in the world that’s trying to set up a client list, brand their products and their name, and make sales. This is the cool, yet truly confusing world of Social Media.

It wasn’t that long ago when you think about it that writers had to become ‘names’ through mailings and in-person. Nowadays it seems like we never even see writers in person (which helps those of us with a complete and utter fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time). Back then, agents and publishers worked together to market and network the writer’s material. But now - especially considering the fact that the ‘big houses’ won’t necessarily even look at your manuscript unless you can show them a certain number of ‘likes’ on your Facebook, Amazon, or blog page - the Internet Superhighway is something that writers spend a lot more time on than actually writing their manuscripts.

Writers have become our own cheerleaders and, thankfully, we picked an industry that offers support. There are so many blogs where advice is given, help, reviews, recommendations - whereas most industries are so cutthroat that, that type of kindness would never happen in their world. So, for that, the writer should be extremely thankful.

Twitter - Facebook - LinkedIn - Goodreads - blogs - review sites, online magazines…everything is waiting out here in cyberspace and there are many avenues that can be taken when it comes to marketing. With the computer you can hold events, giveaways, post interviews, book signing information, book club information - you can become one with your reader - and that’s exactly what writers have to do. Is it harder? You bet. The time it takes does take away time from the actual writing, so there are more all-nighters being pulled across the globe. But the rewards - the fans that truly begin to love your work and send you those reviews and kind comments - make the work absolutely worth it. I know everyone wants that million-dollar contract, but those letters from people just like me who care about the book have just as much value.

One of my favorite ‘paths’ that come with the Social Media world are book clubs. I am always so amazed and humbled when I get a letter from a book club saying my book is what they’re reading and talking about every Tuesday or Thursday night. These are people taking time out to sit back, have fun with their friends, and getting away from the world of work and stress for awhile. And with the millions of books out there in the world, it is always such a great experience to have a group pick one of my stories. They get together and speak about the plot, characters, what they like, what they don’t - it is one of the things that makes writing worthwhile.

So remember, even though it is extremely difficult to fit everything into your day - what with work, kids, writing (believe me, I know) remember that the realm of social media helps. And with time and effort - and the kindness of strangers, of course - it IS possible to make your name into a good, reliable brand.

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Gilded Wings Summary :The Beloved Angel-Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!

When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become...

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason - the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget...

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life - one chance - to live and love the girl of his dreams...

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.

Amy Lignor's Bio :
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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  1. Read-Along Excerpt:

    The door was slammed behind her, and she made her way carefully down the steps into the dark, putrid compartment. Barely audible tears came from the men and women who were now weary and hungry, wanting so much for the horrible trek to end. Others still sat with their heads held up high, dreaming of what they were sure would be amazing destinies. But the chatter was a bit subdued now. Everyone seemed to be tired of talking—they wanted to get on with building their future. After all, the trip may have been fraught with danger and near starvation but, eventually, it would end. They’d done it. They’d made their way across the ocean and left behind everything: oppression, tyranny, famine and religious persecution that their families had been subjected to for decades.

    Anya’s soul ached as she felt the longing that beat in the hearts of the hopeful who were crammed into the small space. She looked around with pride, listening to the different languages coming together to be a part of the ‘melting pot’ that was sure to accept them with open arms. Anya knew that these were the faces of true Americans; immigrants longing for a chance to make honest money by working hard. They wouldn’t squander their chance to give their loved ones the life they’d so longed for.

    Pride swelled in her chest, knowing that she would soon be called an American.

    As she sat down on the bench beside Gregori and leaned her head against the wall, a surge of gratefulness ran through her for her babushka, her God and even her beloved Russia—for raising her with the strength and intelligence she needed to live in a country that would never forsake its people.

    As she fell asleep, an all-too familiar light burst behind her pupils, offering her safe passage into a world that had never let her down.

  2. Soumi, thanks again for inviting Amy and the angels back to your blog for Book 2. We appreciate it :)

  3. Thanks for sharing amy. Great post. Thanks to both of you for the giveaway.

  4. Soumi - Thank you for supporting Emily and Matt once again - I hope you and your readers enjoy their second adventure!!

  5. Nice post- thorough and helpful :)