Monday, July 30, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Status: Finishing Chapter Six today
Triberr -- this is a network of blogs, helping to link lots of blog posts with twitter. How? Well there are different tribes. The one I joined is "mischievous authors."So all of my blog posts show up in what is called the "tribal stream" And all of the other tribe members posts show up there too. My job is to approve posts in the tribal stream. I'm expected to do this a couple of times a week. when I approve a blog, it goes on to twitter. Then I retweet. Pretty easy.
It's all about networking.
Stumble Upon -- Still can't figure this one out. Although there is a tribe, I think, for stumble upon.
Pinterest -- This one I've been using since last September but not very well. I now know, I can post my book trailers as well as my book covers. I had already posted a few covers but have not utilized this as well as I could.
I have my Highland series which is now a board of its own. I have pinned pictures of Collin "Hawke" MacPherson and Ian MacPherson. I will be posting the video as soon as I update it. And I will also be posting a blurb, excerpt and log line for each book. I have started a board for my Lakota/Pinkerton series and my 12 Dancing Princesses series. What a great tool for getting your name out there.
Do any of you have any social networking tip?
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Status: promoting book #3, editing book #6
Posted by: Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel
Monday, July 16, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
That's how long until I leave for the RWA® National Conference. Where did the time go? Three months ago, it seemed like forever, but now it's right around the corner. I'm feeling very frazzled at the moment, so pardon the short length of this blog post.
I've talked about my Golden Heart® experience in the last few months, but I haven't talked very much about my co-Finalists. Let me tell you, you'll want to remember their names, because there's some serious talent in this group. Several have already sold — some, multiple books — and I don't doubt that the rest of us are close.
No matter who takes home the heart necklace, we were all winners the moment our names were announced as finalists. (In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion some of us won't mind our names not being called just so we don't have to give a thank you speech in front of 2000+ people. :-)
The way I look at it, I'm very fortunate to be where I am at the moment. This has been an incredible validation of my writing, and it's something I'll remind myself of whenever doubt and fear try to creep inside in the future (and I know they will). What this experience has also taught me, though, is there's always room for improvement. And the only way to improve is to keep writing. I can't wait.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Friday, July 06, 2012
Status: Just started chapter 5
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Status: Book #3 released, doing copy edits for Book #5, doing deep edits to Book #6
Posted by: Genie Gabriel
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
I have heard actors say, lots of times, that the bad guys are more fun to portray. I have also read, again and again, that a complex character is much more interesting to read, not to mention write, and complex means bad as well as good, plus some in-the-middle stuff, too. But how much of a bad-a$$ can a main character be before it's too much?
So I'm writing along, and my Hero decides he wants his old-version villainy back. He used to be a rather unsympathetic character whose emotional growth was huge--and, I admit, somewhat implausible--so he got scrubbed clean. Now he's bored and wants his badness back. I have decided to give him SOME of it, but how much is still under debate. He and I are having a conversation about it. OK, mostly he growls and I yell, but there's still progress.
He says he can be a playboy and a rake just because he's a natural womanizer and still be a hero at the end. I say he can only be a playboy if it's for a good cause, to protect someone, for example. His counter offer is to add that he's still gotta be able to have sex with other women even after he's met the Heroine. I yelled "No!" and stomped my foot, saying we'd never get published if he did that. He smirked. I retreated to write this blog post. He howled with laughter as I left.
What is the worst permanent characteristic you have ever allowed one of your protagonists to possess? I keep telling my hero that for everything bad he keeps, he has to have a really good reason. He says, and I quote, "Why? Why can't I just be a bad guy who falls in love?"