“Max” Recognized

We live in a tiny place near the Mississippi River, and our son’s Labrador Retriever has been staying with us as we dog-sit. My husband was walking with the yellow fur baby when he heard a woman calling out, “Hello, Max!” referencing Clare’s loyal dog in Exodus and Winter’s Icy Caress.

On his return, he said, “Another reader of your books thinks Caesar’s name is Max.”

I absolutely love it!

Unlocking the Social Media Marketing Puzzle

My One Million Project blog for this week deals with Social Media Marketing for Writers. It can be intimidating and a bit of a puzzle.

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I was online chatting with another author the other day, and we were discussing what types of marketing we do.  I started going into whatIMG_5071 I do for marketing and realized my approach to social media needed something.

So where did I go for more information on how to market on social media?  I went online to social media to see what works for other writers.  I was able to download a ton of infographics on Pinterest about Social Media Marketing tools, and I read at least a dozen articles on it.

I gleaned some essential points from my research:

  • Social media marketing is not about your books as much as it is about you as an author.
  • Various types of social media have specific guidelines which help you get your brand out to potential readers effectively.
  • There’s a right way and a wrong way to use hashtags depending on…

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#HelpPRchallenge

It’s hard to believe it has been 52 days since Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico with Category 4 winds.  The hurricane was so large it covered the island leaving no area untouched by its destructive force.  Puerto Ricans are in survival mode and spend hours each day procuring basic needs like clean water and food.

I am donating the proceeds of Exodus (Clare Thibodeaux Series, Book 1) from October through November to help in the Hurricane Maria relief efforts, and I encourage my readers to consider helping by donating through the various charities and relief funds to help with our fellow citizens on the long road to recovery.  ~ Kate

Update on My Works in Progress

This summer has been super busy for me, and I haven’t made as much progress as I’d planned and hoped on my current WIP’s–Never Show Your Hand (Clare Thibodeaux Series, Book 3) and Not Mama’s Little Girl, Anymore!

I have completed a short story for the upcoming three-volume One Million Project short story anthology for charity.  I will continue to update you about when the books will be released.  It is scheduled in the November to December 2017 time frame right now.  They will be published by Dark Ink Press and will be available on Amazon.com.

Never Show Your Hand is approximately 11,000 words and I am working on Chapter Eight of the book.  It has been more of a challenge for me because I am writing it from more perspectives than just Clare Thibodeaux’s.  I wanted to offer an inside look at what the other main characters (Wyatt, Lee, and Shanaya) are feeling.

Writing from Clare’s point of view is fairly easy because I’ve been in her head for the past two years.  Although I’ve been aware of the motivations of the other characters, it is a challenge to jump into their characters and bring their inner dialogues to the forefront.  I think it’s turning out to be an exciting story with intrigue, hidden agendas, romance and those darn plot twists I love so much.

Not Mama’s Little Girl, Anymore! is a story about Natalie Parker.  She’s a Southern girl with a bit of sass that she uses to hide a hearty dose of personal insecurity.  Natalie has been featured in several of my short stories.  Another writer suggested she might make for a good full-length book, so I’ve been working on her story as well.

I am weaving her short stories into a larger story in the ChickLit genre.  I am 10,000 words into the book at this time.  I will include a preview of the first chapter under the “Kate’s Books” tab.   Bite-Sized Stories V. 2 is published on Amazon and includes the Natalie short story, “Mucking Around”.  The new OMP anthology I mentioned earlier will include another Natalie short story entitled “Not Mama’s Little Girl”.

Thanks for reading!  I’ll get busy writing!!

On the Nature of Being by John Nedwill

Some writers will use their own names; others, including myself, use a pen name as a way to separate the private from the public persona. Both the writer and the private “Kate” aren’t very different from each other, but “Kate McGinn” gives the other me a little privacy which is hard to come by in a social media world. Thanks for the great blog and a different perspective on why you’ve chosen your alter ego.

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Alright, it’s a bit of a pretentious title for a blog, but stay with me for the next few hundred words.

Take a look at the biographical details at the bottom of this article. You’ll notice that it is very sparse – almost no personal details beyond my name and a WattPad account. Compare it to some of the others who write blogs for the One Million Project. Lots of details in those. Now, given the current emphasis on social media and accessibility to readers, why would an aspiring author not want to be contacted? Why would they not want their readers to connect with them?

The answer in my case is simple. Privacy.

You see, I lead a double life. One of them is the ordinary life that everybody else leads – the life of work, responsibility and paying the bills. The other life I have is one of…

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