Four to Tango

IMG_0669Even once an author has typed “The End” on her story, there’s still plenty of work to be done between typing the final chapter and getting the book “on the shelf” for readers. While there are plenty of indie authors who handle the whole production from formatting to cover design themselves, I’m not one of them. There many who do such things better than me and I like being on speaking terms with my children.

On my romance blog, Mariposa’s Musings, we’re celebrating the publication of my latest MC Wedding Tango KINDLEMariposa Cruz title, Wedding Tango.  My editor, Marian Kelly, formatter, Stevie DeInk and cover designer, Harris Channing, each chat about their favorite romantic locale because Wedding Tango is all about a destination wedding gone wrong.  The same crew has worked on the entire Rhythm & Romance series and once again I’m thrilled with the final result.  Marian and Harris also worked with me on Ever After.

Stop by Mariposa’s Musings today and visit the rugged Na Pali Coast or the fairytale castles of Austria without having to grab a passport or pack a bag.

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Getting More Mileage from Writing Conferences

Sam's Town

Even with not playing slots, my trip to Sam’s Town for the 20Books Conference resulted in a jackpot of opportunities.

Maybe one of your resolutions this year is to attend a writer’s conference. While conferences are a valuable source of information, often pearls wisdom gleaned from a conference are often left to languish on a laptop or notebook. Here’s a few tips on how to better leverage your new-found knowledge.

  • Create a to-do list based on conference materials. Which includes following up with any contacts that you met at the conference. One of my to-do’s from the 20 Books to 50K conference resulted in an interview with Cameron Coral who then invited me to be a guest on her blog.
  • Share what you’ve learned. Conference re-caps make great blog posts. Courtney Kenney recently posted an excellent re-cap of the 20 Books to 50K conference.
  • Schedule time to review your notes a few weeks to a month after the conference. Do any new action items come to mind?
  • Make a date for lunch or coffee with one of your writer peers to discuss the conference highlights. Additional discussion will reinforce what you’ve learned.  Besides there’s something magic about sharing knowledge over a good cup of coffee or a delicious meal.

Wishing all of you much success with your creative endeavors in 2018!