Author, Darcia Helle

Just a quick note that one of our new members, Darcia Helle, author of mystery/suspense books, will be a guest right here for the tour.

Please be sure to stop by and get to know Darcia and learn about her books.

The tour is Thursday, October 1st, and Saturday, October 3rd.

The full schedule is in the post below.

Looking forward to seeing you in the tour!

Talk to you soon,
Karen

The VBT - Writers on the Move's October Schedule

Another month almost gone - where are they going in such a rush? I think we should start paving speed bumps in their path to slow them down a bit. But, anyway, it's okay because in a few days we begin our October tour.

We're happy to announce we have a few new members! Now, for the Schedule:

Dianne Sagan is hosting Harry Gilleland
Harry Gilleland is hosting Marvin Wilson
Karen Cioffi is hosting Kathy Stemke
Kathy Stemke is hosting Jane Sutton
Nancy Famolari is hosting Steve Tremp
Vivian Zabel is hosting Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Margaret Fieland is hosting Nancy Famolari
Crystalee Calderwood is hosting Elysabeth Eldering
Katie Hines is hosting Linda Asato
Helena Harper is hosting Katie Hines
Liana Metal is hosting Margaret Fieland
Carolyn Howard-Johnson is hosting Mayra Calvani
Gayle Trent is hosting Crystalee Calderwood
Mayra Calvani is hosting Dianne Sagan
Marvin Wilson is hosting Helena Harper
Linda Asato is hosting Gayle Trent
Heather Paye is hosting Vivian Zabel
Steve Tremp is hosting Heather Paye
Elysabeth Eldering is hosting Liana Metal
Jane Sutton is hosting Karen Cioffi
Karen Cioffi is hosting Darcia Helle
Darcia Helle is hosting Jack George

Quite a lineup we have this month. Please be sure to visit our members' sites.

Aside from book promotion, our authors provide useful writing and marketing articles as part of each tour.

We also have the Mystery Site Giveaway: the winner chooses between the Mystery Site Host's book or a guest spot RIGHT HERE! If you're an author, it's a great prize!

Finally, our Viewpoint segment will be hosted by Elysabeth Eldering on Sunday, October 11th. Be sure to stop by and let us know what you're thinking.

Okay, I guess that's about it, except: if you're an author you too can create ongoing visibility and increased readership by joining our merry band of authors.
If you're interested, contact: karenrcfv@yahoo.com

Talk to you soon,
Karen

The October Tour

We have a few new members to our group, eagerly awaiting to start with the October 2009 tour. We host our members on the 1st and 3rd of each month. It's a great way to have ongoing visibility and increased readership without having to search for hosts! Interested?

The schedule will be posted here, on Sunday, September 27th. Please be sure to check it out.

Here's what to expect this month:

October 1st and 3rd: VBT - Writers on the Move's tour

The Mystery Site Giveaway: the winner chooses between a book and a guest spot RIGHT HERE!

Sunday, October 11th: Our Viewpoint/Hot Topic which will be hosted by Elysabeth Eldering.


We're looking forward to seeing you for our tour - please mark it on your calendar!

Talk to you soon,
Karen

The Ride by Jane Sutton


It’s my pleasure to host author, Jane Sutton. Jane is the winner of VBT – Writers on the Move’s September Mystery Site Give-away and being a guest here was the prize she chose.

Jane also decided to join our group of authors at VBT - Writers on the Move! So, starting October 1st, Jane will be part of our monthly tours.

Okay, let’s learn a bit about Jane:

Prior to embracing the role of author, Jane considered herself a ‘professional tourist’ as her husband’s career kept her moving around the globe. According to Jane, settling in and exploring each new locale was an exciting, full time job with no pay but a host of benefits. She’s lived in Taiwan, South Korea, England, the Netherlands, Italy and Saudi Arabia, but has also had the opportunity to visit many other countries as well. Since settling back in the states, Jane is now a full time writer and occasional tourist. She is a member of the Florida Writers Association and the Gulf Coast Writers Association. The Ride, is Jane’s first novel and was released by ArcheBooks Publishing in August 2008.

Wow, living in so many interesting countries must be so interesting and exciting. It must provide an endless source of stories. And, I'm sure it must show in Jane's book The Ride. Lets take a look at it now.

Here's a brief synopsis of The Ride:

The Ride begins in California where Barbie Anderson, unaware that her mundane existence will soon be unraveling, approaches that fateful Thursday as she had the other 8,395 days of her marriage. When news about the death of a relative reveals shocking family secrets and an unexpected windfall, Barbie begins to question everything she’s ever known including her identity. Her attempts to come to terms with the revelations and restore order to her life are hindered by guilt and self-esteem issues as well as an alienated daughter and an obsessive husband. When a handsome stranger enters the fray, Barbie finds herself embarking on the ride of her life down historic Route 66 towards Chicago, encountering the road to self-discovery along the way.

To further entice you, here are two reviews of The Ride:

1) The Ride was an excellent book I didn’t want to end. The Ride was not at all what I expected when I bought it, but I'm glad I did. It is one of those rare books that keep you so intensely interested you can't put it down. So much excitement and suspense that it's hard to wait and see what is coming next (in a good way). This book is one of the ones that I hated to finish because I knew I wouldn't find another that I enjoyed as much for a long time. For a first time author, Jane is rated right up there with the best in my opinion.
Wayne Courtright, California, 11/08, 5 stars on Amazon

2) The most fun I've had reading a book since Bridget Jones. I've read this book three times and three times I enjoyed it thoroughly. I laughed, I cried and sometimes laughed so hard I cried. Now I'm buying copies as gifts for friends.
T.J. Cromie, Italy, 08/08, 5 stars on Amazon

These are great reviews: The Ride certainly sounds exciting and suspenseful. Click here to get your copy of The Ride today!

You can also purchase The Ride at a discount from the Publisher:
http://archebooks.com/BookIDX/Indexes/CONT/TR/TRDesc.htm

To learn more about Jane Sutton visit her sites at:

Web page: http://janesutton.com/
Blog: http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com/

Jane, it's been wonderful learning about you and your book. We're looking forward to learning a lot more in the VBT - Writers on the Move virtual tours.

Karen

Author, Jane Sutton

Jane Sutton is the winner of our September Mystery Site Give-away. With our improved give-away, the winner now has a choice between the Mystery Site's host's book or a featured day on our site. Jane, being an author, chose being featured!

So, please stop by on Sunday, September 20th, and visit with Jane Sutton. You'll learn a bit about Jane and her exciting and suspenseful book, The Ride.

Talk to you soon,
Karen

Nancy Famolari Asks: Are You a Real Writer?

Wow, what a powerful question! I'm sure there are tons of opinions about this, and the topic is far-reaching.

This month's VBT - Writers on the Move Viewpoint is hosted by Nancy Famolari and she poses this question.

My comment on Nancy's site:

This is such a powerful question. I think many writers don't view themselves as "real writers" unless they're accepted by traditional publishers.

The problems arises in that there are a sea of writers and only a bucket of publishers. What happens to the majority of writers who don't fit into the bucket?

I, most days, don't feel like a "real writer," but I keep plugging away!

But, there's so much more to this topic. Nancy mentions self-publishing as a means to an end and believes it's a courageous option. But, as a self-published author and a reviewer for BookPleasures.com, I need to delve into this topic a bit more.

First, I have to say there are some self-published books that are excellent. It is evident in their books that the authors followed the rules of writing and had their work professionally edited (and a reader and reviewer can certainly tell the difference). But, there are a number of authors who it appears do not even have their work proofread or even critiqued. This is where self-publishing gets into trouble.

While I think self-publishing is a great avenue for writers to get their work published, I would strongly advise to have the manuscript in a critique group, have it proofread and professionally edited.

Then, what about freelance writers who write for free online magazines or news sources, or get $2.00 to $5.00 for their articles. Do they consider themselves real writers?

Back to the original question: I think any writer who turns out a well-written and engaging book or article is a "real writer," not matter how it gets published!

That's my 2 cents!

Be sure to check out Nancy's original post.

Talk to you soon,
Karen

Viewpoint/Hot Topic

Our VBT Viewpoint segment use to be scheduled on the 10th of each month, but to make it easier for our readers to have the time to spot by for a visit, we moved it to the 2nd Sunday of each month.

So, this month's Viewpoint will be on Sunday, the 13th!

Nancy Famolari is the host and the topic is:

Are You a Real Writer?

Nancy will have definitions and anecdotes drawn from today's publishing business. Please be sure to stop by Nancy's site and let us know what you think: What makes a real writer?

Don't forget, this Sunday, the 13th.

Talk to you soon,
Karen

How to Promote an Interview with Another Author

Hi everyone, and thanks for stopping by. Today’s blog reflects upon last week’s interviews between members of the Writers On The Move I’m associated with in Yahoo! Groups.

Last week we paired off, one member hosting another member of our group, posting a background on one day and interviewing each other in the second. I had a lot of fun interviewing my guest Margaret Fieland on my blog site while being interviewed by Harry Gilleland on his blog.

The purpose is to give exposure to other authors. I have an audience that is new and unique to Margaret while Harry has an audience that is new and unique to me. The end result: exposure of our books to a new group of people while providing a forum to express our successes and failures that will help other authors become successful.

For Margaret, it wasn’t enough that I merely hosted her for two days. I needed to take the initiative to promote her and her books. So this was my strategy:

* I leave her interviews up for three days
* I advertised to the other three Yahoo! Groups I belong to
* I promoted her interview via Facebook
* I promoted her interview via Twitter. What I do is take advantage of hashmarks. For example, * I advertise to my followers as well as other groups such as #write, #authors, #and poetry two or three times a day for the three days. This way, Margaret will receive exposure to literally hundreds of new people.

Harry did an absolutely awesome job interviewing and promoting me and my book Breakthrough. For those who need a model of hosting a guest blogger and doing it right, please take a few moments on click on Harry’s blogs dated September 1st and 3rd.
http://harrygillelandwrites.blogspot.com

Let’s take a moment to look at what Harry did right (in no particular order)

* He uploaded a picture of me
* He formatted the interview questions so they are easy for the visitor to read
* He included links to purchase my book Breakthrough
* He included links for my blog and Web site
* He posted reader reviews from Barnes and Noble and Amazon
* He posted the book synopsis
* He posted the book description
* He posted a picture of the book’s dust cover

This is a model that you could certainly save to your favorites, not because my book is being promoted, but because this is an excellent example of how to host a guest blogger Harry, thanks again for a most awesome interview and bringing new traffic to my site.

Mystery Site Winner

Jane Sutton is the winner of our September Mystery Site Give-Away! Since Jane is an author her choice of prizes is being a guest right here on our blogsite. She'll be featured on September 20th!

Jane Kennedy Sutton - Mystery Site Winner

The Mystery Site for the September tour was Harry Gilleland and the winner is Jane Kennedy Sutton.

We're in the process of trying to contact Jane and let her know of her winning choices:

1. One of Harry's 5 books (Harry is an amazing poet and writer!)

2. Guest spot here on the VBT - Writers on the Move site - a full day of you in the limelight with promotion.

And, don't forget we have our 10th of the month Viewpoint - Nancy Famolari is hosting it at her site!

We'd love for you to join in on the conversation - just stop by Nancy's site on September 10th!

Talk to you soon,
Karen

The Mystery Site Give-Away

Just a reminder that VBT - Writers on the Move has a monthly Mystery Site Give-Away. All you have to do is stop by our members' sites during the tour (from the 1st and 4th of each month) and leave a comment on the guest post for that tour.

You may be the WINNER! And, now you have a choice of the mystery site host's book or a one day visit on THIS SITE! This is a great opportunity for you authors out there - free visibility.

Hope to see you in the tours. Oh, don't forget today's the 3rd and the TOUR IS ON!

You can see the schedule with links in the 8/24 post - just scroll down a bit.

Talk to you soon,
Karen