Taking It To The Next Level

It’s going to be a wild ride.

Since my marketing skills are pretty much zero, I’ve broken down and hired people to do it for me. I show up where I’m told, send them what I’m told to send, and they do the rest. It is not cheap. Oh, no, no, no. But I’m tired of spending all this money on marketing, and getting almost zilch in return. I did a radio show. It obviously met with some success, because this marketing firm contacted me, saying they’d heard the show, and thought I’d be a good candidate for them. I’ll admit, my first thought was that it was some sort of scam. Then a little voice inside my head (I got lots of ’em) said “why not give it a go?” So I did. Next week I have a video interview with their host who works with authors. They’re putting together a press kit for me. Another book marketer helped me put together a branding statement. Mind you, this is not just for the Moreva of Astoreth. It’s for all my books. I’m not necessarily looking for a best seller, though that would be nice. I just want to get a return on my investments. Doesn’t have to be dollar for dollar. I’d be happy if I just made back half of what I’ve spent so far. I mean, this is not a hobby. Writing and running Blackrose Press is what I want to do with the rest of my… Continue reading

Monica Leonelle–The SocialPunk Blog Tour

As promised, here’s my interview of Monica Leonelle, author of SocialPunk, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble now. Let’s get into it!

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire ( and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit (

When did you discover or decide to become a writer?

Just a few years ago. But I also wanted to be one when I was a kid. I feel like I mostly write because I can’t help it. I love to write and that’s how I express myself, day in and day out. I can never understand how people want to be writers or authors when they don’t write. I always think, “Then why aren’t you writing every day?” I organically average at least 2,000 words a day writing. When I’m finishing up a manuscript, I average closer to 5,000 words a day. This is just what I do, so I never believe people who say they’re going to write something but just don’t have the time.

Is being a writer anything like you imagined it would be?

It’s hard, and no one imagines that. So I suppose that’s a yes. 🙂

Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?

While I do write all around the clock for my job, I get most of my fiction writing done in the wee hours… Continue reading

My Article at The Demon Stole My Pencil

Check out my article at the Demon–

Writing Techniques

I have two writing techniques that I routinely use to help me write my story. The first is to interview my characters, whether they play main or supporting roles. It helps me get “inside their heads” so to understand what their reactions might be in a given situation, not to mention fleshing them out for purposes of character development. For example, questions I might ask are to tell me about themselves, pet peeves and their worst nightmare. Some of their answers are quite surprising, even to me!

My second technique is to write background pieces. This is not the same as backstory. Sometimes I discover parts of my world that I know nothing about. I have to get familiar and comfortable with it so I can write a believable chapter. Here’s an example: My vampire has a number of business interests in Seattle. So, it’s only logical that he’ll need workers to help run these concerns. Many of the employees of these various businesses are his human servants. But how does he find them? Well, through an employment agency he runs. It’s a legitmate agency in that it’s not just used for recruiting human servants–it actually finds people jobs, whether it’s in one of my vampire’s businesses or not. And those that go to work for him are not necessarily made into servants. There are certain qualifications that must be met, but even if a recruit meets them, it still doesn’t mean he’ll end up a servant. And to think I just discovered this tonight!

What it means… Continue reading