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Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT Blog Tour Featuring Sara Hathaway

Today I’m happy to welcome Sara Hathaway to Archer’s Aim for a Spotlight blog tour stop via Rave Reviews Book Club. She’s written a rather interesting book that I’m sure you’ll want to read. Take it away, Sara!

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When Day After Disaster was finally completed and the publisher was chosen, I was launched into the book-marketing world. I quickly found a use for the business management skills I studied in school. I had fine-tuned them in various positions before I became a published author but I had never worked for my own business. Even with the slight advantage of a business background, it has been an enthralling adventure full of knowledge to learn. More than anything though, I have met some outstanding mentors that have kept my efforts focused and my goals aimed at success.

I graduated from The California State University of Sacramento in December of 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in General Business Management. While I studied business, I never could decide upon a specific area of business that I liked the most so I just studied them all, finance, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship and more. In my career, I worked managing a smoothie shop and then managing an insurance office. This gave me a solid background in business operations and sales.

When I started down this road of publishing, I understood immediately, I was putting together a new business based around my novel. I made a business plan and started to map out the steps I needed to take to navigate the path successfully. I took a clear look at the goals I was setting up for myself. I mapped out the financials of the business and how I was going to keep track of things. I needed to set up a game plan to pay back my biggest investor (my mother) and have extra money to be able to spend on promotions. I cruised along the business plan, joyfully filling in the categories with ease. Until, I got to the marketing section.

My publishing company had provided me with some basic steps to take. They also made it very clear that the idea of me filling the shelves of a store with my books and having author book signings there with a line out the door was not going to happen. This privilege was reserved for the most well-known authors and honestly sometimes even they don’t have a very big turnout. So, what was I to do? How was I going to sell all of these boxes of books that showed up at my door? Obviously, I had some research to do.

I started at the site LinkedIn. I got a membership and started joining some groups. I talked to authors and listened to their advice. I learned about things like Goodreads.com and facebook pages. I started researching some of my favorite authors to see who gave them endorsements and how they got that done. Unfortunately, I discovered that I was too close to my publication date to get many of those reviews. I had missed the starting gun but how is a new author to know? With the very limited funds I had, I needed to seek out information and advertising methods that were inexpensive but effective. I was willing to put in the work of sorting through the information and I wasn’t about to pay someone to do it for me. Maybe I am too controlling but I felt I needed to learn the process myself so if the time came where I was financially in a position to hire a marketer or agent, I would know if they were doing a quality job or not. One of the most awesome things I figured out while pouring through this information is that there is a big network of intelligent and helpful authors out there, who are willing to give you a hand if you just ask. I started delighting in the relationships I was building and then I met a lady named Sandra Beckwith.

Sandra was the first author mentor I met who seemed to really care about getting authors quality information at a very low cost. Many people out there who claim they want to help you will only do so if you pay them lots of money. It is like trying to wade through a pool of sharks. Luckily, I found Sandra early before I had a chance to be bitten by those hungry monsters. I got tons of valuable information from Sandra and started to really develop some quality material but then it got better. She introduced me to a program that D’vorah Lansky was hosting called the 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge.

D’vorah’s program was geared toward non-fiction authors but it was free to participate and I needed all the information I could get my hands on. At the free level, I only had access to each day’s events for a limited time so I focused and studied each day. I followed the action steps and before I knew it I had a solid author platform established. As the program continued on, D’vorah mentioned that there were a lot of fictional authors in the program and she wanted to know how we were applying the information. I poured over my notes and prepared a lesson on just that, how fictional authors could apply the material to their books. Imagine my joy when D’vorah loved what I had put together and featured my write up the next day during the class! (To view the feature follow this link: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!marketing-challenge-feature/c1o5r )

Over the past year I have digested a ton of information and my desk is buried in notebooks overflowing with notes. It has made me into a totally different person. I have confidence and I am stretching my marketing muscles but I remember very clearly how difficult a process it has been. I realized that many new authors are at a big disadvantage. They are authors not business managers and marketers. Many have no idea how to get started or where to go for help. I was so blessed to have the background that I did and so lucky to have met some very influential mentors early in the process. I tell all the authors that I meet that I am here to help. I feel honored that they would want to pick my brain. There are so many aspects of this business that I am by no means a master but I will always lend a hand when I can. It was the people that reached out to me that got me where I am today and I would do nothing less for others.

My own journey continues on as well. Currently, the sequel to Day After Disaster, the next book in The Changing Earth Series, is at the editor and will be released in a few months. I have participated in a Virtual Book Tour, I am conducting a Virtual Podcast Tour and soon I will be releasing my own podcast titled, The Changing Earth Podcast. I am still working through my list of marketing ideas because the list keeps growing and the ideas keep evolving. For all the authors reading this and wondering how I can help them, don’t be afraid to contact me, all of my contact information can be found on my website. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the adventure in Day After Disaster and keep pushing to share your own message to the world.

Tips to Get You Going:

  • An author who talks about their book is an author that sells their book. Whenever you can find an appropriate time with anyone you are talking with bring up your book. Let them know you have been published and how awesome it feels. They will probably want to know what your book is about and may even buy one on the spot. Always have book with you!
  • Talk with other authors. There is always something to learn from everyone. Even if that something is what not to do. Chances are though you will learn something you never even considered to add to your marketing options list.
  • Keep knocking at those doors! Make a great big list of all the marketing ideas you gather from everywhere and keep going through the list from one idea to the next. Some will yield results some won’t but don’t stop trying. The rule of sales is some will, some won’t, some wait, so what.

Author PhotoSara F. Hathaway is the author of the book, Day After Disaster. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in business management, she returned to her passion for a rural existence. She has extensively researched and practiced survival techniques and utilized forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first novel and helping other authors skyrocket their careers to the next level. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com

Book Description:

Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.

Book Links:

http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!saras-survival-stuff/c1mzf

http://www.amazon.com/Day-After-Disaster-Changing-Earth/dp/1631221345

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/day-after-disaster-sara-f-hathaway/1119581911?ean=9781631221347

Follow Sara online!!

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sarahathaway19

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.S.Hathaway

Website: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sarafhathaway/

Congratulations to Sara Hathaway on her book and Spotlight tour with RRBC. As always, please take a few minutes to look at Sara’s book and support this author.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Insider Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. You’ll also receive a coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, for free as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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The Bow of Destiny News: Events Calendar Posted

The Bow of DestinyHello everyone, just sharing more news regarding The Bow of Destiny this week. As mentioned three weeks ago, the book is now available for pre-release reservations via Barnes & Noble, Kobo & iBooks (via the iTunes app). This week I’ve got additional news about upcoming events.

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I’ve created an ongoing list of events and appearances on schedule for The Bow of Destiny that now appears on my News page. Check there for my calendar as well as links about interviews, blog tours and other events as well as ways to help spread the word about them.

The first major event is my upcoming interview with Beem Weeks on Beyond the Cover via Rave Waves on Blog Talk Radio. But soon after that, I hope to release Trading Knives on retail sites for free which will include a sample chapter from The Bow of Destiny. I’m working on additional Thunderclaps and Rafflecopter giveaways so check back often.

Black Bag Cover 7Meanwhile, I’ve gotten rather good feedback for The Bow of Destiny from my beta readers. I continue to make a few tweaks as the beta readers respond and hope to have a final draft ready within a the month so it will be formatted and ready for release. Additionally, I’m working another development that I can’t reveal at the moment but if everything works out well, I’ll announce it within a few weeks at best – and I think it will be very interesting for fantasy genre fans.

Have you reserved your pre-release copy of The Bow of Destiny yet? Anyone who emails me a screenshot of their receipt will receive a coupon for the free download of The Black Bag containing a free sample chapter – offer ends 8/7/15. While you’re at it take a look at Trading Knives and What Is Needed on Wattpad to become familiar with a few characters appearing in The Bow of Destiny – c’mon, you know you want a copy of the book!

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Insider Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. You’ll also receive a coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, for free as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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Break This One Habit & Find More Writing Time

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I noticed a bad habit the other day and realized it is rather costly to my productivity. No, it’s not just wasting time on the internet or any other act of procrastination. Rather, it is a bad habit involving poor perspective. But I think breaking this one bad habit could mean much to productivity as a writing in a serious way.

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Want to guess what this bad habit is? It’s the simple comment to myself, “I don’t have enough time.” I noticed that between five and seven times a day I may have upwards of fifteen minutes when something else is pending that I literally give up the time to write, believing there’s no actual time to accomplish something productive. You want to know what I did when I realized this? I ignored myself and wrote just over 100 measly new words of fiction. That’s not much since I know I can sit down and write several thousand words in a day.

But then the math hit me square in the head. Let’s say you actually write six months out of a year – the other half dedicated to editing and/or the business of writing. Those one hundred measly words five times a day add up quickly. If I need 40,000 words over thirty days of writing that adds up to 15,000 words out of those forty, or 37.5% of the total. String that out over six months and it’s 90,000 words.

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Featured Image -- 9623Let’s put that in perspective. It’s a whole book. It’s 18 short stories at an average of 5,000 words. If you average 1,000 words per blog post it’s 90 of them. Since most of my posts average around 500 words that’s actually about 180 posts or almost 70% of what I would post on my blog in a year (and I have a lot of back-logged ideas). That’s a lot of productivity over time.

Now, I’m not advocating that you or I frantically squeeze writing into every available second. I’m just observing how often I think I don’t have time when I actually do. I mean what am I doing with those spare fifteen minutes several times a day? Surfing the internet aimlessly?

Instead of fumbling useful time away I think I’d like to use it to be more productive – even if I don’t approach that full total part of it means I’m much further along with a number of projects. And what about actual spare time? I think I may find that I have more time for walks, reading, conversations, etc by being productive when it’s time to be productive.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyI’m chipping away at this bad habit starting today (and it started by writing this post). How about you?

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Insider Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. You’ll also receive a coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, for free as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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