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Cleaning Out The Closet (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Today’s Brew:  Good morning!  We’re back to Blueberry!

by Kristen

NEWS SCHTUFF FIRST:  To celebrate the Audible release of BECAUSE THE NIGHT, my very first book signing this weekend, and my brand spankin’ new Facebook page which you should totally go click like on, I’m giving away 3 ecopies of BECAUSE THE NIGHT!!

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Now that you’ve entered to win, we can talk about stuff. Actual stuff.

I’m a slob. As much as I don’t want to admit it, it’s true. Sure, I keep the house presentable at all times for when people come over, but I’m not afraid to shut the bedroom doors so you can’t see my slobitude. My major malfunction? I drop stuff. Coats, bags, shoes, gym clothes, pjs, whatever. I put it down and that’s where it stays until I decide it’s time to do something about it.  I like to blame my closet, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: that’s total bullshit. I’ve had walk in closets and I do the same thing. I’m one person in a 900 sq ft apartment. There’s plenty of room for everything.

Stuff becomes clutter. Clutter sucks. My bedroom bears the brunt of it, and I’ve actually noticed that I sleep better on the days that I clean it all up. How does even matter? My eyes are closed. The lights are off. But I know.

Today, I had to put away laundry. There was no place to put it. It was time to do something about the stuff, which had now been downgraded to clutter. So I started going through my drawers, getting rid of the deadwood I didn’t even know I had. Things that were too gross to donate (pjs, old gym clothes) went straight in the trash. It always feel weird to do that, but I didn’t even remember I had some of that stuff. Or I hated the way it looked on me. I also rediscovered some former favorites, including the bad ass top I’m wearing today.

Even worse, there were clothes still in shopping bags. Really, Kristen, you needed this SO bad that you never even took it out of the bag? Of course, it just stayed where I dropped it. That stuff got put away so I can actually use it.

Getting rid of the clutter felt good. Really good. There’s something extremely satisfying for me to get rid of something. As I worked, I thought about what I was doing, and how I was going to spend the rest of the day.

I talked a few weeks ago about saying no, and it’s something we don’t do a lot in writing, or any facet of our working lives. We do things that we think are beneficial to us. I never bought those gray sweatpants thinking, ‘wow, I’m going to feel like a whale doing Zumba in these!’ I thought they’d just be workout pants. The problem I found is that as I had more responsibilities to my work, makeup and writing, I don’t often let go of the things I don’t need anymore. So often something that should make my life easier, is just taking up space and becomes clutter.

Look at your routine. What don’t you need anymore?

Everyone does too much. Slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in right now, because you’ll never be here again.

Speaking of slowing down a bit, Julie and I have decided to cut back a bit on our blog posting. We each do two posts a week, which we’ve both enjoyed, but now it’s a lot for our schedules. Julie’s getting ready for Penguicon, preparing Running Away for publication, and doing freelance editing. I am getting ready for NECRWA and RT, putting the finishing touches on two books, and relaunching Because the Night with the audio release. It’s also going into the busy production season.

Our new schedule will be:

Monday  Julie

Wednesday Kristen

Friday Sara

Of course, if something amazing happens like a book sale or release, or if you have a major book life event we are hosting, we will post as needed. I will be posting the results of the survey soon as well. You guys surprised us a bit!  Can’t wait to share!

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School Is In Session!

Today’s Brew: Ginger Ale.  I think I’m going to live.

by Kristen

The Internet.  It’s more than lunch pictures on Facebook and cat memes.  Why, it’s the home of this blog.

Beyond that, you can actually learn stuff!  The fabulous ladies at Pen and Muse are offering week long writing seminars to help you with getting your book out in the world, start to finish. Did I mention they’re free?  Because they are.  You literally have nothing to lose.

Here’s the lineup, brought to you by people who know what they’re talking about:

Week 1: Blogging 101 – August 5th – August 11th
Week 2: Starting a Novel – August 12th – August 18th
Week 3: Editing for Champions – August 19th – August 25th
Week 4: Marketing 101 – August 26th – September 1st

So sign up!  Here. Polish your craft and learn something new!

You’ve Got To Start Somewhere

Today’s Brew:  Apple Caramel Pie coffee.  It smells better than it tastes.

by Kristen

So you wrote a book.  Congratulations!  Now, how are you going to get people to read it?

I participated in a chat tonight that one chatter mentioned reading on a popular author’s blog (name not mentioned) that she was not going to blog as much in the new year because the only people who read writer blogs are other writers and she felt that blogging was a waste of her time.  Since this is an established author, I’m sure she’s got a marketing machine behind her to get her books on and off the shelves and in to our hot little hands.

But what about the rest of us?

Sure, many of our most dedicated readers here at Deadly Ever after are in fact other writers.  Most of our regulars at least host a blog.  We don’t typically blog about writing techniques.  Nor do we ever want to. There are many people who are going to tell you how to do things better than Julie and I will.  We are still babes in this industry.  It’s always been our focus to blog about the journey of writing these books, trying to get them published, as well as topics that relate to and inspire our books.  We also post short fiction, because it gives the reader, whoever it is, a taste of what we do.  We picked our message, our audience, and our focus and we stick with it.  We also decided that we wanted to post often, so we do our best to deliver on schedule.  People like consistency.

Who, as a group, reads more for pleasure than other writers?  Not many people.  So when our books, knock on wood, become available for world domination, our core audience will be there to enjoy them.  Also, who reads blogs more than other bloggers?  I’m always looking to see what other people do to draw a crowd to their site.

I think your peer group is a great place to start building an audience.  After all, not everyone they know writes.  Some of them like to read as well, and my hardcore reader friends are always hungry for new recommendations.  They like it, they tell two friends, then they tell two friends, and the next thing you know, your name is on the New York Times Best Seller List.

(A girl can dream, can’t she?)

In my marketing for makeup artistry, the best people I can network with are other makeup artists.  Not only can they talk about the pros and cons of different lip products for hours on end with me, but they are the biggest source of my jobs.  I do all freelance work, and if people don’t know me, they can’t hire me.  If someone needs an assistant, they need to call another artist.  If someone is busy and can’t do a job, they need to call another artist.   If they don’t know me and like me, they won’t call me.

Make friends in your peer group!

All of this reminds me of the episode of Sex and The City when Smith is upset that the only people who seem to notice his Absolute Hunk billboards are gay men.  Samantha replies: “First come the gays then the girls, then… the industry.

absolute

That picture never gets old.  Sorry, guys, I just couldn’t help myself. :O)

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