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7 Winning Ways to Get Your Writing and Book Marketing Done

Winter in Ontario

Winter in Ontario

Today I’m looking at winter pictures to keep cool as the temperature is way up there and with the humidity feels even higher. Note to travelers: if you plan on visiting southern Ontario, come in spring or fall, unless you love heat. Just looking at the ice covering these trees cools me down, though, and so I share them with you.

People often ask me just how I managed to get one book written, let alone two. (The third is underway.) Apparently for some finding the energy and stick-to-it-iveness is almost impossible. Here are some of the things I do to keep myself motivated to keep writing and marketing.

  1. If at all possible I keep to my writing schedule and plunk myself down before my computer first thing in the morning. After checking email and dispensing with any important matters, I open The Loyalist Legacy (or whatever my current project is) and find where I left off, usually by 8 a.m. That gives me at least three and a half hours before  lunch plans start to niggle at my stomach. desktop

  2. If I’m ready to write I read over the day before’s pages and just carry on. If not I leave the pages open on my desktop, go have my shower or whatever, and come back to my WIP ready and waiting. If I’m lucky I’ve already started thinking the characters’ lives and just sit down and start.

  3. Some days getting my creativity tap turned on is really hard. On those days I revert to my English teacher days and go back and edit. Oh, I know lots of writers tell you not to do that but just going over what’s written and perfecting it awakens my writing muse and I’m soon seeing ways to improve and go on with my story.

  4.  On a tough writing day I might go back and send out that email response to a query for speaking somewhere. Once I’ve set up a place where I’ll be presenting my books, working on the next one just naturally follows. (I do one marketing thing every day, no matter what, and I really enjoy it.)

  5. I remind myself of the pleasure writing well affords me and try to think of all the sessions where I’ll be rereading and rewriting to effect changes that really improve my work. “There’s gold in them thar hills!” And even though it’s not the spendable kind, it brings so much satisfaction. Just get the story down, I tell myself, remembering that later polishing away the dross will give me the shine I want.The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd

  6. I forgive myself on those days that my time is more researching than writing as that is the delightful bonus in historical fiction. And I want to get the facts right. If I only get one page written but I’ve worked on that page for two and a half hours, I’ve learned to accept my disappointment as part of the deal. One well-researched page is better than a dozen full of erroneous factoids.

  7. In this second half of my life I finally know that doing a little each day will definitely get a task done. Whether it’s cleaning the bathroom or making a difficult piece of jewelry or writing an historical fiction novel, slow and steady does win the race.

Ronda delighted me by coming to a reading in April. Wonderful clever person!

Ronda delighted me by coming to a reading in April. Wonderful clever person!

Bonus: If I’m really having trouble I go to my accomplishments file and run my hands and my eyes over cards, mementos and even a handmade storybook (from a student, about me!). These items immediately show me that I can. I will is not far away. And I do is now.

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For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

The Loyalist’s Luck, Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

 Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 

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My Books Are Traveling For The Summer. Are Yours?

IMG_0693Ah, summer. At least here in Ontario. Blue waters and lush green trees, grass, and fields. Everything slows down and all we do is relax and enjoy.

Sometimes.

For some of us, though, summer is a time for travel and house repairs, for picnics and barbecues, and most definitely for summer sports like swimming and hiking. For this writer it’s a time of slacking off on all the speaking engagements and just working on the third book in my Loyalist trilogy.

But while I’m writing, my books are out there on their own looking for homes. Don’t you love marketing like that?

Yesterday I took part in an interview in a lovely new online venue, Global Asian Times, where the incomparable Vinita Kinra interviewed me. She had great questions and I posted an excerpt from The Loyalist’s Wife (about Frank finding his father’s body) which I’ve never used before. Come check it out.

Another place my books are working is in Sharon Clare’s The Book Nook store on Second Life. For more information about selling books in Sharon’s store which actually lives in an online game (Second Life) be sure to click on The Book Nook link.

And here is a picture of my first two trilogy books as they sit on a shelf in Sharon’s store. Very cool. She includes the links at the bottom of her post so you can take a look at Second Life.Book pics in The Book NookEnjoy your summer–or winter, if you’re in Australia!–and remember to get in a lot of reading time.

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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Marketing Books

 

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I Met My Writing Heroes! #2

HNS2015-logo3Have you ever had such a good conference you just couldn’t contain it in one blog post?

Today is the continuation and final part of the wonderful Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver, CO. Already my life has filled in with writing, blogging, marketing books one and two and enjoying the small part of my life which doesn’t include being an author, but I wanted to finish off my comments about the conference.

Last week’s post talked about my all-time favorite author, Sharon Kay Penman. This week I bring  you the creator of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. She spoke a few times during the large group gatherings and I was amazed at her low, scratchy voice. At times she was a little hard for me to understand but I didn’t mind. Her pleasant personality translated through and we all enjoyed her. I didn’t go to any small sessions with her as there just wasn’t time with so many events back-to-back. Gabaldon is another whose every book sits on my book treasure shelf. I just wish I could have transported them all to Denver for her to sign.

Diana GabaldonAuthor Mary Tod, the originator of the Historical Fiction Reader Survey, recognized me as I stepped into her elevator the first night at the conference. Wow! What a thrill. We stood and talked in the hall for about half an hour and I knew this Toronto lady was a writer I wanted to know better. The next two days we happily brushed by each other in sessions, even one where she was presenting. On Sunday she joined our group for a lunch which went on for about two hours. Great fun.

Mary Tod

Mary Tod who writes as M.K. Tod.

Saturday night brought out many in costume.

Saturday night brought out many in costume.

HNS costumed lady

One more event I must mention is the spur-of-the-moment appointment I had with an amazing fellow at BookFuel whose sessions were held for about 30 minutes and covered whatever the author needed, depending on just where we are in our writing journey. Mine was about my Amazon Author page and my books listed there on my sales page. It was fantastic. Bill VanOrsdel listened as well as he talked so that this session was extremely useful to me. It was one of the best things I did at the conference. I am still working on improving the things we talked about, although Bill did give me good marks on many of the items. The 2-page handout he gave us covered the following: Cover, Title, Reviews, Pricing, Book Description, Genre/Browse Category Placement, Keywords & Key Phrases, and Other Elements. This handout has pride of place on my desk just now.

Finally I attended Leslie Carroll/Juliet Grey’s workshop, Out Loud and Proud in Front of a Crowd: reading your work for an audience. She had lots of good tips which I will add to my readings to make them even better. I will be sure to mark up the text I’m reading aloud according to her suggestions.

So there you have it: another successful conference.

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For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

The Loyalist’s Luck, Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Authors, Conferences

 

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I Met My Writing Heroes!

HNS2015-logo3This past weekend was the Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver, Colorado and I was there. My fellow writers and I arrived Thursday evening in the mile-high city and that was the last I saw of the outdoors until Sunday night when we left the hotel for a dinner out. The interim was filled with workshops, pitches, meals, speakers, coffee klatsches, and dozens of connecting conversations with authors, wannabes, editors, and agents, all united in their desire to talk about historical fiction. Fantastic.

Right out of the gate I found I had made a mistake by not signing up for the sword-fighting extra session before the conference began. My friends raved about it. I spent the time relaxing and discovered I’m not really that good at it. Live and learn. The conference began in earnest on Friday night with a lovely dinner even though we were all packed in like berries in a box and, yes, there was a bit of smushing going on. The conference had over 450 attendees, the most ever.

SKP and me

Sharon Kay Penman and I after the coffee klatsch.

Saturday morning I was in the conference lobby at 6:40 a.m. to sign up for a coffee klatsch with Sharon Kay Penman (held on Sunday morning.) The next day I got there early, the room was unavailable and SKP and I stood and talked for 15 minutes. Her books have meant so much to me that I had to tell her my joy at reading them all beginning with The Sunne in Splendour. A petite and classy lady, she was delighted with my story and we talked about her other books as well as my writing. Then ten of us sat around a conference table and asked questions of this amazing and prolific writer.

Although I’m very happy being an Indie author, I had signed up to pitch two agents just to investigate the other side. I glanced across the room while I was waiting for my turn to pitch and saw three waiting pitchers sitting side by side outside an agent’s door. Their faces–indeed their whole bodies–were completely frozen in fear. I’m so glad to have reached the stage where I take these things in stride.

My session went well and I’ll have more on that in a later post.

Penman George Smith

Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret George and Anne Easter Smith at conference table.

One of the workshops I attended had Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret George and Anne Easter Smith whose treasured books are all on my shelf as mementos of fabulous reads I’ve enjoyed. Imagine a panel with all three of them discussing Damsels to the Rescue: Reviving the Male Protagonist. Ably hosted by author David Blixt of sword fighting fame (pictured below) the session was quite informative although I don’t really worry about whether my protagonists are male or female, just whether they are compelling.

David Blixt

Sally Karen Cryssa

Hana Samek Norton2

My other Canadian author friends, Sally Moore, Karen Martindale, and Cryssa Bazos were at the conference, too, as well as Hana Samek Norton, who returns frequently to Canada although she now lives in the U.S. Having this group along doubled the fun as we could revel in each other’s success. We were often referred to as the Canadian contingent and one person on the elevator caught me for using the giveaway “eh” phrase. Funny.

Next week’s post will complete the HNS review with more pictures and even Diana Gabaldon. Come back and join me, please. :-)

How About an Authors and History Tour? Click here for details of this amazing cruise. Come join us!

For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 

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Research, Writing and Reality

Eight years ago when I started writing seriously, three hours in my morning were dedicated to working on my first book. Then I carried on with the rest of my day, puttering, reading for pleasure, gallivanting with my husband, riding my bicycle, hitting the gym and the coffee shop afterwards with my friends, and just doing what I pleased. Oh, and I had time for a bit of housework. I was retired.

Fast forward to today. I wake and grab my iPad to see what new writing messages have come in, I respond, I read new web posts, I get up and get my breakfast, and I take it to my computer where I deal with emails and marketing. This takes about an hour and a half. Then I shower and get ready for the day. Maybe some dishes hit the dishwasher or some bathroom cleanup happens but by 9 I’m back at my computer turning off my email and my phone and closing the door. It’s time to write.

A couple of hours later I surface and plug in to the world again letting my patient husband know my door is open and stretching up out of my chair to prepare lunch. There’s a sense of freedom and definitely a great feeling of accomplishment even if I’ve only written 2 pages. On good days it’s 3.

In the afternoons or on the weekends sometimes we get away from our computers and hit the road. I like nothing better than to walk the sites where my characters might have walked and even more I love to find places that will work their way into my writing. The Angel Inn is one such place.

Photo by Elaine Cougler

Photo by Elaine Cougler

This venerable old establishment found its way into my second book in the Loyalist trilogy and is also a pivotal place in the third which I’m writing now. Can you not just see Lucy carrying a pitcher to waiting patrons? This is where research is really mixed with reality and on our visits to present-day Niagara-on-the-Lake we love to lunch here. It’s a unique kind of research when you sit in a building which was rebuilt in 1815 after the fire two years earlier in the War of 1812.

Photo credit Elaine Cougler

Photo by Elaine Cougler

The other day I was speaking at a local Rotary club and I read about the Americans burning the town before hightailing it back across the river ahead of the British. I told the story of my research where I found the story of a sick old woman carried bed and all out into the snow-filled street to watch the Canadian volunteers torch her home.

Photo by Elaine Cougler

Photo by Elaine Cougler

Can’t you just see Lucy running from the door under the flag, her arms full of sheets and pots and anything else she could gather in the hour the townspeople had before the flames would destroy their town? Imagine snow and cold and very soon flames pursuing the poor people. Here is my description from The Loyalist’s Luck:

People howled in the streets. When the torchers reached the
house next door they learned that the old woman who lived there
was sick and could not leave her bed. The soldier gave the order
to carry her, bed and all, outside into the snow where she lay shivering
under her blankets as her house burned to the ground. Lucy
ran to the bed and heaped her spare blankets on the woman but
they gave no comfort to the woman or to Lucy.
As dusk came the flames lit up the night sky and for a while the
heat warmed the watchers so that they did not immediately begin
to look for shelter. When they did, there was none. The Fort was
still held by the Americans and all the buildings in the town were
burning. A cry went up as the church tower collapsed with a flaming
shower of sparks, most of which landed in the snow and were
extinguished. Others, however, fell on the townspeople, and one
wee boy’s coat was fully flaming before his mother screamed and
rolled him in the snow to douse the fire.

Today Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular tourist town with little hint of what happened there just over two hundred years ago. The history does make a wonderful story though. And a great place for this writer to visit. It’s all research, you know?

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For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Historical Fiction

 

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7 Useful Tips for Authors to Help Their Readers

Today we’re finishing the two-part series started last week with 7 Tips for Readers to Help Their Favorite Authors.  I’ve compiled a list of things you might do to really help readers read and enjoy your books.

You’ve written your book and have lots of sales but somehow you’re not sure you’ve done everything you could have to make that book fantastic. Here are some suggestions that might have readers telling their friends about your book, buying gift copies for the birthdays of all their relatives, whether readers or not, or simply rushing to purchase your next book for themselves. Feel free to add other ideas in the comments section.

7 Ways Authors Can Help Their Readers

Map from The Loyalist's Luck book two in the Loyalist trilogy.

Map from The Loyalist’s Luck, book two in the Loyalist trilogy by Elaine Cougler

  1. Publish books in readable fonts, both size and appearance. Reading should be enjoyable and even if you can read a 10-point font, do you really want to? I picked up a book which turned out to be a good read but it could have been so much better if I didn’t have to sit under a bright light to read it.  I have perfect eyesight close up but the small font was most annoying for me. Authors, be kind to your readers!

  2. Aim for perfection in your book. I know everyone is different but errors in a book really stop me cold and take me out of the story. We owe our readers as close to a perfect text as possible. Use editors. Their different viewpoints and new sets of eyes will see things you miss. And they’ll point out structural, plot, and other flaws you might miss. Pricing for editors is all over the map but persevere and find someone whose work you trust at a price you can afford.

  3. Write clearly with a view to understanding so your reader isn’t going more than half way to understand your work. We writers like to keep our readers in suspense but sometimes we go too far and the reader just becomes confused. I’ve adopted for my guideline on this the idea that the reader shouldn’t have to go more than half way to figure out what’s going on in my book and, indeed, I’ve stopped reading more than one book which was just too confusing for me. As an author I read my work aloud to check the flow of my sentences and to catch the places where confusion happens because I’ve added in too many phrases and clauses which can be taken in more than one way. I don’t want my reader to have to stop and figure out just what the sentence means. Each day as I start writing I go back over the previous day’s three pages and check for the flow of the words. Of course I’ll probably read it twenty times before the book is published but this gets me started thinking like a reader.

  4. Don’t write unnecessary words. Write only what is needed and leave the reader room to use his/her brain to understand. At the end of one of my chapters in The Loyalist’s Wife I set up the scene with Lucy going to bed in a calm state thinking only good thoughts. In the night, however, she wakes and sits right up in bed. I end the chapter with “Someone was in the room!” Needless to say the reader has to turn the page. I didn’t have to say that it might be that old skinflint, Daeger, who has threatened her before. The reader knows this and, in fact, would be bored with having me write those words.

  5. Put a map or maps in the front of the book to make following your heroes’ journeys easier. This can be difficult but drawing your own is a good option. Your interior book designer will have suggestions on symbols for mountains, etc. I’ve put one of the maps from The Loyalist’s Luck above. My designer took my hand-drawn sketch and made it much more presentable. I especially like that she made it look like an old piece of parchment. That and the direction symbol really added flavor to the map.

  6. If your cast of characters gets longer and longer, particularly with multiple family relationships, put a cast of characters or family tree list in the front of the novel. That’s really helpful for your readers to go back and remember some character you talked about earlier. Someone very close to me had a stroke and couldn’t remember as she read new books. Those character lists were a great help for her in getting back her reading skills and enjoyment. They’re also helpful when your readers write a review of the book. :-)

  7. Be accessible to your readers via Goodreads, Blogs, website contact buttons, and sign-up newsletters. Also set yourself up on Amazon author pages and other platforms like Selz where you might sell your books. Personal appearances are great and I always have a good time presenting and then talking to participants afterwards. Many of them buy my books and sign up for my quarterly newsletter. (More info coming on that.)

How About an Authors and History Cruise? Click here for details of this amazing cruise. Come join us!

***Need more information? We’re doing a webinar! Click for details.***

For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2015 in Authors, Readers' Wants

 

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7 Tips for Readers To Help Their Favorite Authors

Today we’re starting a two-part post to be completed next week. That post will turn the tables and suggest ways writers can help their readers. I’ve compiled a list of things you might do to really help authors to get their books noticed beyond their immediate circles, something we all dream of.

You’ve read the book and liked it or even loved it and recommended it to your closest friends. And at the next author event you tell the writer. Yay! Thanks so much. We love hearing your comments about our books, especially the good ones. :-! One more thing you can do could be found in the list below. Or, to REALLY help, do them all!

7 Tips for Readers to Help Authors

  1. Write book reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. Here’s a link to my post explaining just how to do this. When you do, know that authors the world over will thank you for this is how their work gets noticed.

  2. Like author pages on Facebook. So a few days ago I’m in the shower and an old song from maybe the sixties bubbles up. Except I’ve put in my own words:  “Come on, baby, like my page!” I guess you know what was on my mind. Seriously, if you’re on Facebook you probably know about liking pages. Mine is at facebook.com/ElaineCouglerAuthor. Try to put the likes on my author page and not my personal page. You’re welcome to go to my personal page, just keep your wonderful writing oriented comments on my author page. Just one little click/Like and I’ll be ecstatic.

  3.  Invite writers as speakers to a variety of groups. This is a wonderful way to get exposure for our writing. Talking to those who love history and historical fiction is fabulous for me. Here’s a link to contact me. 😀

  4. Ask your local library to order in local writers’ books. The biggest hurdle for a writer is to get known and to get our books known. Even though we won’t get as many sales if people are borrowing our books from the library, we will get exposure. That translates into opportunities of all kinds for authors.

  5. Buy books for gifts all the time. This is a simple thing but if readers adopt it as a mindset authors will love you. So many books are published every day that, of course, you should tailor your purchases to the tastes of everyone on your list. Check this Wikipedia site for its take on the staggering number of books published each year in different countries. Notice that the years vary.

  6. Tweet your favorite author’s books on Twitter. I dislike getting repeated author tweets about their books and I’ve unfriended more than one author for spamming me over and over with nothing but ads for their books. Far better for readers to do a tweet or two to their connections about a book they loved, or author readings they attended, or book launches, etc. Your author friends will love you!

  7. Join an author’s list. Better yet join the lists of all your favorite authors. Mine gets you quarterly (usually) emails about my writing, deleted passages from my books, exclusive announcements for savings (especially around Christmas), and many other related tidbits. I’m working on a signup button but so far my brain hasn’t figured out the technical details. Please email me to sign up.

Next week Part 2 of this topic will be up: 7 Tips for Writers to Help Their Treasured Readers.  Hope you can make it!

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For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

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John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

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When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 
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