Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Changing Tides Of Social Media

It's long been known that social media is the behemoth of book promotion... okay, any promotion. It's a wide open opportunity to access your target audience in their natural habitat!

What's interesting about social media, though, is that it's always changing. Like, one day Myspace was hot and the next no one even knows if it still exists. It's also important to note that different demographics tend to hang out on different social media platforms.

It's not enough to have a Facebook page and call it a day. It's probably not enough to have a decent Twitter account anymore. Why? Because your target audience very well may not be using those platforms (even if they were two years ago).

This means that what works for an author of a different category, or even genre, may not work for you.

Keeping up with the changing times can be tough because it means learning a new platform and building an audience all over again.

Since I've learned about the rise in popularity of Instagram (particularly for teens), I've been working on ways to build my audience and content there. A few ways I've done that:

1) Use it! Dig around on the site and learn what's working for other people. I've found that pretty pictures of books is actually a thing that pulls in lots of people! Fun!

2) Learn the ins and outs and how to reach people. Every platform is different so learn what makes this new one tick. For me, this meant a lot of googling! (Google never goes out of style). Example: hashtags rule Instagram! So learn the good ones for what you want to post/who you want to reach and use lots!

3) Find your "thing". You want to have a focus if you want to build an audience (this is like branding. They follow you because they want more of what you’re giving. They probably don’t want tons of selfies unless you’re really good at makeup!(which is also a thing!) For Instagram that one is pretty easy since as authors we all tend to LOVE books, and there is a huge community of book lovers who want to see things ALL ABOUT BOOKS (but make sure the pictures are *pretty*). For other Platforms that can be a bit trickier. If you don’t have something specific you know you want to post about, tag onto what someone else is doing well and try to make a twist on it. With my Instagram I’m doing the bookish things but also I started doing book page crafts along with it.

4) Start posting! Every day! One of the keys to being successful in social media it consistent content. Most of the pages with higher interaction post more than once a day. You can’t build an audience if you only post every once in a while.

5) Interact! Remember that this is SOCIAL media. Be social! Look at other people’s posts, see what’s out there and tell them when you like it! Answer questions. Give advice if they ask for it and you have something to say. When you interact with them, they’re more likely to turn around and interact with you.

In the end, social media is a beast. It can boost your chances of a book deal, it can sell books once you’re published—but boy can it be scary to approach. Take it one step at a time and have fun. It won’t happen in a day so don’t stress. If you use it to show off something you love to do you will do just fine!

What has been your experience with social media? Do you have any additional tips? (I’d love some for Instagram! ;) )

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

My Book Has A Cover!

In the publishing world we make a big deal about covers.

It's the first (and sometimes only) time a book has an official image to represent it. We all know the whole "never judge a book by its cover" is dead, and the cover is SUPER important. And... SUPER fun.

Covers can make or break a book. They can inspire and evoke emotion (something I personally think my NAKED cover did!) They also allow the author a moment to sum up their book in ONE snapshot. That snapshot better be good because it's all you get.

The cover reveal also denotes the moment that the REAL fun begins with a book.

 Now that Pushing The Boundaries is up for pre-order (eep) it means that I can start running giveaways to promote it!

-Look below for how you can receive an *automatic* free Pushing The Boundaries book necklace.

-Sign up for my newsletter for a chance to win one of several digital advance reader copies of Pushing The Boundaries (in the bar to the right, just type your email in and you are entered! The exclusive first chapter will be also available in the newsletter starting today!)
-and I have a plan to reward some of my NAKED readers coming up here soon!

But now, let's check out this cover so we can get the party started, shall we??









Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls.

Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe.

The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.

If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Pushing the Boundaries (Off Limits, #1) by Stacey Trombley today!

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Planning to Pre-order Pushing the Boundaries:

If you have pre-ordered Pushing the Boundaries or are planning to do so, then do so now to claim your free pre-order gift!


Don't wait because this offer is ONLY open to the first 100 people who register their pre-orders with us. When you pre-order either a Paperback or an eBook version of Pushing the Boundaries, you will receive the following special item. In order to receive your free gift, please complete the following Google Form and email the proof of purchase of Pushing the Boundaries (your receipt) to publicity {at} entangledpublishing {dot} com by Thursday, January 12, 2017, and then sit back and wait!


If you live in the US, and you're one of the first 100 people to register your pre-order, your free gift will consist of:
  • A Pushing Book Necklace made by Stacey Trombley's own hands!
If you live internationally, unfortunately, this free gift is not available for you due to the high cost of shipping the necklaces to other countries. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Cover Reveal: Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood!


Let us know what you think of the cover for Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood which releases April 4, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Books Central!

Kelley and Rowan’s thoughts on the cover:

We're pretty lucky in that Kelley got to design the cover for Other Breakable Things. We went through so many vastly different designs over the last few months, it'd make your head spin. It's almost funny that the one everyone ended up liking the best was the simplest. The quietest. It was also the first one Rowan saw where she said, "Yes, that's it. That one." And, hey, she was right.

About Other Breakable Things:

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing. Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her. Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again. And now it is. Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn. And she’s not giving up so easily. A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be. Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood today!

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About the Authors:

Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan's debut.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cover Reveal! Guardian Of Secrets by Brenda Drake

The sequel to Brenda Drake's amazing book Thief Of Lies, A Library Jumper Novel, is coming out soon! EEEP! If you haven't checked out her first book, find it here.

 I love this author and this series so I'm super excited!
The cover of the first book was beautiful and the second does not disappoint! 

Let's take a look, shall we!




But first, a little suspense!




Are you ready yet? ;)




Ahh! It's beautiful, right? The cliche is that we shouldn't judge books by their cover but we SO DO. And this one passes in my eyes, how about yours? I'd totally read this-- and will!

Here's some more about the book and Brenda, the lovely amazing author!

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sequel to Machinations releases today!! Check out COUNTERPART by Hayley Stone!

The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone.

The machines believed their extermination of the human race would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning to gain the upper hand.

Commander Rhona Long understands survival better than most. Killed in combat, she was brought back to life using her DNA, and she’s forged a new, even more powerful identity. Now the leader of the resistance, she’s determined to ensure the machines are shut down for good.

But victory is elusive. The machines have a new technology designed to overcome humanity’s most advanced weaponry. Despite Rhona’s peacekeeping efforts, former nations are feuding over resources as old power struggles resurface. Worse, someone inside the resistance is sabotaging the human cause—someone who, from all appearances, seems to be Rhona . . . or her exact replica.

Praise for Machinations:

"A tension-filled story of loss, loyalty, and forgiveness, with abundant Terminator-style shoot-em-up scenes and a snarky, kickass female warrior. I inhaled it!”
Jennifer Foehner Wells, bestselling author of Fluency

“This violent, bloody, romantic tale is full of awesome mechanical foes and authentic characters you love or hate, like real people . . . The nuances of the title promise more than meets the eye, and the prose delivers.”
- Perihelion

“An SF techno-thriller with heart and soul.”
Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

Machinations is an action-packed SF thriller loaded with fantastic characters and gut-wrenching emotional twists. [. . .] The prose is stunning, the action is non-stop.”
Linnea Sinclair, RITA Award-winning author of Gabriel’s Ghost

Machinations is a thrilling fusion of action and heartbreak, with quick pacing, rich characters, and a one-of-a-kind story. A great debut.”
G.T. Almasi, author of Blades of Winter

Purchase your copy of Counterpart today!

And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads!


Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento. Counterpart is her second novel, and a choice for Amazon’s Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Books of the Month for October.

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 Pitch Wars Wish List


What’s better than one mentor? Easy, two. And what’s better than two mentors? Two red headed mentors! That’s right, for the first time in Pitchwars history, Stacey Trombley & Rebecca Sky have teamed up, and are looking for the third member of Team Gingersnaps (no baking required).

Wondering if you’re the men (or woman) to our tee, the gin to our ger?

Here’s what we’re looking for:

We want your Fantasy, & we want your Contemporary, & we want it to be…
(yes, this is a thing)

Unique: We love big concepts, new ideas. Something we haven’t seen before, or if we have seen it, show us a new take. Basically send us something that excites us.

Dark: We love antiheros, conflicted characters, deep angst. Show us the wounded, the broken, the redeemable! But please don’t depress us, we need to know there’s hope under all that dark.
Stacey’s favorite YA contemporary: The Hate List by Jennifer Brown.
Rebecca’s favorite YA Fantasy: The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo.

Voice-alicious: We want voice, emotions, we want to connect with your hero from the first page. We’ll be looking at style, tone, atmosphere. We want to feel compassion, empathy, comradery, as we read your work.

Stacey’s favorite YA author’s voice: Jennifer Neilson (The False Prince)
Rebecca’s favorite YA author’s voice: Laini Taylor (Lips Touch Three Times)

Bonus points for diversity! We would LOOOOOVE an #Ownvoices book!

Here’s what we don’t want: We don’t want tired clichés, forced writing, purple prose!
Here’s what we have to offer:
Rebecca is a writer, keynote speaker, presenter, social media chat host, and in her spare time she serializes stories online.

Stacey is a published author, a young mom, a book coach, and she’s got another book on the way with Entangled Publishing.

We love to help talented writers make it to the next step! When we pick you, we BELIEVE in you. You’ll get coaches and friends…and less exciting, you’ll get a whole lot of homework. So be prepared to WORK, because we can guarantee we will be working hard for you.

Are you a unique voice? Do you have a strong hook? Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and get to work? If so, we want you!

Not sold yet? Here’s the real reason you should pick us.

If you’re looking for a mentor(s) who will help you through this contest and then disappear from your life forever, we’re not your girls. We’re pouring our blood, sweat and tears into your MS, (okay not blood, why do people say that? It’s creepy!), and we want to see it through to the end. The End for us is whatever your dream is—landing an agent, a publishing deal, media rights sales! There’s a ton of creative ways to share your work nowadays, and we’re all about getting your work out there. We’re no agent, those are invaluable! But sometimes it's nice to have a writer friend, or two, in your corner.

Common issues we’ll be looking to strengthen if you’re our mentee:
-Plot/structure issues/holes
-Hooking the reader from the start
-Natural Dialog
-Character development (We’re both incredibly character driven--foxhounds on the hunt for character development holes. We will find those suckers!)
-Building conflict and making the most of every plot twist
-We'll point out some basic writing problems like crutch words and showing versus telling and places that just need work in general (we all have lazy spots we just miss during edits)

Looking for the scavenger letter? Head on over to Rebecca Sky’s website www.RebeccaSky.com you’ll find it there (look on the News/Events page)!

Some of Stacey’s favorite writers:
Jennifer Brown (Hate List), Abigail Haas (Dangerous Girls), Jennifer Neilson (False Prince), Kristin Cashore (Gracling), Maggie Stiefvater (Scorpio Races) Kiersten White (Paranormalcy, Mind Games)

Some of Rebecca’s favorite writers:
Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), James Thurber (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Douglas Adams (The Hitch Hiker’s guide to the Galaxy), Lanani Taylor (Lips Touch Three Times), Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere), Suszanne Collins (Hunger Games).

!Check out our books!

And check out the other lovely 2016 YA mentors!

































































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