April 7, 2012

Presenting: EPPIE Award Winning Marilyn Meredith

This week I’d like to introduce you to Marilyn Meredith, who, in addition to being a prolific writer, is also an award winning one. This year she nabbed the EPPIE for Best Romance with Supernatural Elements–not an easy contest to win because the competition is fierce. Without further…oh, okay, I won’t bore you with cliches.  Let’s go straight to her photo and then she’ll talk to you for a bit.

Setting Up My Own Blog Tour by F.M. Meredith

The last few years I’ve gone on a blog tour for each of my books. I hired a blog tour company to do it and all I had to do was write what each person asked for or send a book to be reviewed. The blogs were chosen by the company with the addition of a few I added and the dates all set up. When the time came, all I had to do was visit each blog, read the comments and add my own.

With No Bells, the latest in my Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, I decided to do the blog tour myself. How hard could it be? Ha, ha, ha. Believe me, these blog tour people earn their money.

First I contacted people that I knew through the Internet who write mysteries and have blog sites, letting them know what I wanted and figuring out what dates I’d like to be on their blog. Sometimes, the date had to be changed for one reason or another. I also asked each one what they’d like me to write about. Some had very definite ideas, others told me to write what I want. I have close to 30 blogs on this tour and I really wanted to make each blog different for anyone who might actually visit each one. Thinking up a new topic for those who hadn’t assigned me one became quite a challenge. Yes, I know, I am a writer—but I write mysteries not essays.

I made a list on the computer of the dates for each blog, the person’s email and their blog URL. Important so I’d know where to promote and visit each date so I can read the comments and add my own. And since I’m having a contest to see who visits the most blogs, I also have to keep track of that.

Doing the writing for each blog was scattered over many days. On each blog post I pasted the book’s blurb, my bio, links, and contest information. When I finished one, I filed it under Blog Tour for No Bells with the person’s name. I had to wait for the cover to arrive before I could send anything out. Along with the post, I sent the cover and a picture of me as a .jpg. I sent different photos of me because Pat Browning had done that on a blog tour we both were on and I though that was clever. (Thank you, Pat.)

Now that the tour is in full swing, I’ll soon be able to see what kind of a job I did being my own tour director.

Was it worth all the work? I won’t know until I see if the tour generated sales for No Bells. What I do know at this stage of the tour, that while it is a lot of work, I’ve had a great time. I dearly love all these authors who were willing to give me a day on their blog.

NO BELLS:

Officer Gordon Butler has finally found the love he’s been seeking for a long time, but there’s one big problem. She’s the major suspect in a murder case.

 

Marilyn’s Bio:

F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of over thirty published novels—and a few that will never see print. Her latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, from Oak Tree Press, is No Bells. Rocky Bluff P.D. is a fictional beach community between Ventura and Santa Barbara and F. M. once lived in a similar beach area.

F. M. (Marilyn) is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves as the program chair for the Public Safety Writers of America’s writing conference. She’s been an instructor at many writing conferences.

Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

CONTEST: The person who comments on the most blogs on my tour will win three books in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series: No Sanctuary, An Axe to Grind, and Angel Lost. Be sure and leave your email too, so I can contact you.

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Thank you, Marilyn, I hope you get a lot of responses.  I enjoyed having you here on this latest blog tour.  Good luck with the rest of the tour and all book tours in the future.  I hope you’ll visit here again soon with yet again another new book.

Cheers for now, folks.  I’m going to be making some changes on this website in the next couple of months, so stay tuned, and thank you to all the people who bought and apparently liked my latest book, Raven Talks Back, my own supernatural mystery set in Alaska.  You can see  chapters here on my books page or at Amazon and B&N.  Don’t make me beg. 😉

XOXO, Beth Anderson aka Hotclue Herself’

 

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  1. Happy Easter everyone!

    First, let me thank Beth for hosting me today. If I’d paid attention to the calendar I would have skipped today. I do hope that some of you will continue following along with me.

    Marilyn

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  2. Happy Easter. Yes some of us are still following. Glad you decided to be your own coordinator as find your entries most delightful.

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  3. Hi, Jake, glad to see you made it.

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  4. Happy Easter, Marilyn and Beth,
    from one who has been remiss in blogging and getting guests to blog! My excuse was very limited (and SLOW) Internet service on the boat in Mexico, but I’m BAAAAck and have a brand new lightening fast computer so look forward to reading your blogs, and getting back to my own. Congrats Marilyn on your EPPIE…I told you you would win.

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  5. Marilyn, congratulations on the EPPIE and best of luck with this new release!

    Next blog tour, I hope you’ll include Suspense Your Disbelief–I would love to have you 🙂

    Beth, you never have to beg with me–or any of your other loyal following, I’m thinking 🙂

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  6. For some reason I can’t read the comments, only the names. So, Jinx and Jenny, thanks for
    popping by.

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  7. Happy Easter Marilyn! Wendy

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  8. Hi again! Seems like a lot of work to put together a blog tour. It sure is a lot of work to promote books these days and the author has to do it all. Very different than the old days.

    Another interesting post!

    Please enter me to win the books at: scrapgirl1467@yahoo.com

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  9. Now I can see the comments. Jenny, I should have thought of you, darn.

    Yes,I know what you said, Jinx, but I was sure it would be another Susan Lucci moment. What a surprise!

    Thanks for stopping by, Wendy.

    Maureen, I appreciate you persevering.

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  10. Hi Again Marilynn,
    It looks like your blog tour is well on its way!That is a wonderful picture of you & your books look marvelous too.
    Jan

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  11. OOps…I mean Marilyn (excuse the above spelling spelling!!)
    And too:
    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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  12. Marilyn, thank you for stopping off here on your blog tour. I think you deserve all the credit in the world for the way you’ve taken control of your career, and I’m sure everyone here feels the same way. Folks, thanks for coming by, I know Marilyn appreciates it and so do I.

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  13. Thanks for having me, Beth, and I want to acknowledge you too, Janet. It doesn’t matter how you spell my name. F.M. is what I’ve written this series under, and many people just call me Meredith.

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  14. Marilyn, You’re not only a terrific writer, but you’re creative and you keep your career moving at a rapid pace. You inspire me. 🙂

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  15. I’m enjoying reading the blogs this morning, (giving me a needed break from my own novel), the wonderful and talented Beth, Meredith, Jenny et al. Some of my favorite authors here. So much creativity~ Wishing you all great sales~

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