Inspirations:

  • It is said that good things come to those who wait. I believe that good things come to those who work. – Wilt Chamberlain
  • A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. – Richard Bach
  • You don’t find time to write. You make time. It’s my job. – Nora Roberts
  • Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. – Buddha
  • Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it. – Denzel Washington
  • I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan
  • It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

I Paid to Boost a Facebook Post and This is What Happened:

Hi All!

I wrote this holiday short story that I just love, The Group Seduction, that released toward the end of November, 2013. (You can find out more about it on my Home Page.) I don’t know whether it was the timing of the release – about a week before Thanksgiving/Chanukah, or that it was a short story at the $0.99 price point, or if it got swallowed up in the flood of e-books available for purchase, but the story didn’t sell near as well as I’d hoped.

Since The Group Seduction was published via a small press publisher, my royalty on each book sold will probably come out to be around $0.12. No, I never expected this story to be a big moneymaker. But I had hoped women, and maybe some men, would read it and relate to it and maybe, just maybe, get the courage to do what Bella did – take a risk to save her marriage.

What I love about small press publishing is their ability to get a book out within weeks, which is what happened with The Group Seduction. The downside of this is very little time for advance promomotion and setting up some blog visits. Most of the big book blogs schedule posts months in advance. So I tried to think of other, inexpensive ways I could promo the story.

I tweeted and posted on Facebook. But I got frustrated because, according to my FB stats, out of the 568 people who have liked my FB Author Page, (and feel free to do that now if you have a minute!) only between 68 and 229 people were actually seeing my promo posts. (And the 229 was when I’d managed to get some conversation comments going.)

So I decided to pay to boost a post on FB about an excellent review The Group Seduction received.

And here’s what happened:

I opted to spend $15.00 and to reach people who had liked my FB page and their friends. (I could have done a targeted promotion for fans of romance of a certain age and other pre-determined, specific criteria but chose not to.) Of note, the process was very quick and easy.

According to my FB stats this is what my $15.00 bought me:

Paid reach: 2,337

Engagement: 85 (Of note, most of the comments were from people who regulary interacted with my FB page.)

15 photo clicks

16 link clicks

2 page likes

The review in the post I boosted had a buy link for Amazon. According to Novel Rank (which is an estimate of Amazon sales), I sold 1 copy of The Group Seduction in the 24-hour period the post was ‘boosted’ on Facebook.

Was the price worth it? In my opinion, yes.  If nothing else, it was a learning experience. And there are a lot of variables I couldn’t measure. Maybe people purchased The Group Seduction on sites other than Amazon. It was a busy time of year, maybe people didn’t see the post during the 24 hours of the promotion but a day or two later. Maybe people were too busy to think about reading during the holiday shopping frenzy but they made a note of my story and plan to read it once things settle down. (If you fall into this category, now would be a good time!)

Would I pay to boost a Facebook post again? I think so. But I’ll probably do a targeted promotion and spend more time on the post I plan to boost.

So what about you? What are your thoughts on paying for Facebook promotion of your posts? Have you tried it? Were you happy with the results?

 


My First Christmas Short Story!

GroupSeduction-coverI’m starting my holiday celebration early this year with the release of my first Christmas short story,The Group Seduction. (Available now!)

Official blurb: Bella Cristy is gambling that a daring plan will save her marriage–and the marriages of three other friends–in time for the holidays.

My blurb: To reignite the spark in her marriage, a 39-year-old, plumper-than-she’d-like-to-be, mother of three enlists the assistance of three similarly sexless, many-years-married Bunco buddies to stage a seduction of their husbands – in time for the holidays. A group seduction…not to be confused with group sex!

What Goodreads members are saying about The Group Seduction :

This sexy little short is sweet, funny and incredibly real!” Tracey

This is a lovely little short story about a woman prepared to do what it takes to reinvigorate a marriage gone stale from neglect.” Fiona

How great is it, when you read a story and it’s so close to your own life that you find yourself saying, “That very thing has happened to me!” Jan

To find out more and for links to purchase go HERE.

Do you read holiday stories all year long or only around the holidays? Have you started reading them for this year, or do you prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving?

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 


Cover Reveal!

Hi All!

Sharing some cover love today. This is for my short Christmas story, The Group Seduction, which should be out soon.

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I Won!!!!

I’m thrilled to share, on Friday, October 18th, Secrets of a Shy Socialite won the NJ RWA Golden Leaf Award for best in Contemporary Series!!! I’ve finaled in a lot of contests over the years, both as a writer and as a published author. But this is my very first win! And though it took a lot of driving (4+ hours round trip in Friday New Jersey traffic) it was wonderful to be able to accept the award in person. But lesson learned – next time I’ll jot down an acceptance speech, just in case.

I remember attending the NJ RWA conference last year and thinking how great it’d be to see one of my books displayed at the award ceremony. And one year later, here it is!!! (Bottom right)

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And here’s the beautiful award!

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And here’s me with the other winners!

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I don’t write to win awards. I write so readers can escape into, and hopefully enjoy, my stories. But winning the Golden Leaf Award was a wonderful experience. Thank you New Jersey RWA!

 

 

 

 


Read The Nurse In Charge for FREE!!!!

Hello Friends!

I recently stumbled upon something and, since I was considering self-publishing the story in the near furture, I wasn’t sure if I should make it public or keep it quiet. But as a thank you to all my readers who have supported me on my journey, I decided to share.

My short story, The Nurse In Charge, published in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF ER ROMANCE, can be read for FREE, in its entirety, as part of Amazon’s Look Inside option.

This LINK should take you to THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF ER ROMANCE on Amazon. Then click on Look Inside.

If you have some time, I’d love for you to check it out and leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Thank you!

 

 


Some Exciting News to Share!

Last night I received a phone call telling me that SECRETS OF A SHY SOCIALITE is a finalist in the NJRWA Golden Leaf Contest. If you’ve ever been to the NJRWA annual conference in October, you know they make a big deal of their contest finalists. In fact, I remember attending the award ceremony last year, seeing all the promo finalists get and thinking ‘I’d like to be up there one day!”

And this year I will be!!!

Only problem is, I have a big family wedding the weeked of the NJRWA conference and wasn’t planning to attend this year. ARGH!!! It totally figures, doesn’t it? But I’m trying to work things out so I can at least make the award ceremony. It will involve A LOT of driving. But hopefully it will be worth it!!!

Do you have any good news to share? Let’s celebrate!!!!

Oh, and if you haven’t read SECRETS OF A SHY SOCIALITE yet, you can find more information and buy links on my Books page.

 

 

 


Pictures From RWA 13 in Atlanta!

Hi All!

I’m back from an exhausting yet rejuvinating RWA (Romance Writers of America) national conference. There’s an energy at these conferences that must be felt in person for you to understand. It was wonderful to meet so many of my online friends in person and to see and chat with authors whose books I LOVE!

I attended loads of workshops and learned a lot about self-publishing. But my favorite workshops were the motivational ones. Where seasoned, multi-published, bestselling authors spoke of their journies, their setbacks, and offered advice and encouragement to all those in attendance.

And while you probably find all this interesting, I know you’re really here for the pictures! So here they are!

 

Fangirl moment with Jill Shalvis! And she's just as nice in person as she is online!

Fangirl moment with Jill Shalvis! And she’s just as nice in person as she is online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me on the left with Barbara Wallace, Aimee Carson, and our editor, Flo Nicoll.

Me on the left with Barbara Wallace, Aimee Carson, and our editor, Flo Nicoll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch with Jennifer Probst (left), Aimee Carson, Christine Glover (back), me, and Abbi Wilder.

Lunch with Jennifer Probst (left), Aimee Carson, Christine Glover (back), me, and Abbi Wilder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun in the hotel room with best roomie ever, Jennifer Probst (seated) and Abbi Wilder and Aimee Carson.

Fun in the hotel room with best roomie ever, Jennifer Probst (seated) and Abbi Wilder and Aimee Carson.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my way to the Harlequin Party with Adrienne Giordano, Kelsey Browning, and Aimee Carson!

On my way to the Harlequin Party with Adrienne Giordano, Kelsey Browning, and Aimee Carson!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing at Harlequin party with editor Flo Nicoll and Aimee Carson.

Dancing at Harlequin party with editor Flo Nicoll and Aimee Carson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch with Aimee Carson and Twitter pal Julia Broadbooks!

Lunch with Aimee Carson and Twitter pal Julia Broadbooks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of Atlanta from my hotel room on the 29th floor!

View of Atlanta from my hotel room on the 29th floor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Angelina Jolie and Me

Angelina Jolie and Me.

Want to know what we have in common?

MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at age 53. But that’s not all.

Both Angelina Jolie and I have written about genetic testing for breast cancer, the BRCA genes, and the decision to undergo prophylactic mastectomies. Angelina Jolie, in her article My Medical Choice, wrote about her personal experience, while I wrote from the personal experience of watching my beautiful mother succumb to breast cancer and information I obtained by interviewing close friends.

In my book, Secrets of a Shy Socialite, Jena, a young mother, just like Angelina Jolie, made the difficult decision to undergo bilateral prophylactic (aka preventative) mastectomies to significantly decrease her chances of developing breast cancer. So she could live to raise her children.

This is important stuff, because today women have choices and options that our moms and grandmoms didn’t. We can get testing to determine our risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer and we can be proactive in our health care decisions BEFORE the mutant, damaging cells invade our bodies and takes over the direction of our lives.

I write for a very small line of Harlequin, and so far a few thousand people have read and maybe gained inspiration from Secrets of a Shy Socialite.

I am thrilled that Angelina Jolie has gone public with her very private health care choice, because she has the reach to touch millions. To educate and empower women around the world. To inspire us with her courage. To motivate us to take action. So even though she’ll never see this, thank you Angelina Jolie. You are a true inspiration!

To read Angelina Jolie’s NY Times article click HERE.

To read Secrets of a Shy Socialite, check out my Books page for an excerpt and links for purchase.  

Thank you!

Please share your experiences with breast cancer.

 

 


Lots of New Stuff!

Tempting Nurse Scarlet, book #6 in the Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical Romance series, NYC Angels, is now available in the U.S., UK, and Aus/NZ. I expect my Books page to be updated soon. In the meantime, links for purchase can be found on my Coming Soon page. Here’s an AMAZING review to entice you into giving it a read. http://www.somanyreads.com/2013/05/review-nyc-angels-tempting-nurse-scarlet-by-wendy-s-marcus/

 

Thank you to everyone who came to visit me at my book signing in Massachusetts! For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed!

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Have you checked out Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research yet? It runs through May. There are wonderful items from authors, publishers, agents and editors up for bid. Two of my published HVRWA friends, Allie Boniface and Janet Lane Walters, and I are offering a critique of your writing. Find out more here: http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=2906691 

 

I’ll be signing and giving away FREE books at The Newburgh Free Library’s Town Branch at the Newburgh Mall in Newburgh, New York, on Saturday, May 4th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be readings and presentations. I’m guessing the book signing will start around 3:00 p.m. If you’re in the area I hope to see you there! http://www.newburghlibrary.org/newburgh-free-library-town-branch/

 

Also, I’m thrilled that The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal or Tik kelios paslaptys is out in Lithuania this month with a great cover! You can check out all my Lithuania books here: http://www.svajoniuknygos.lt/svajoniu-romanai-2/balzamas

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I’m sorry I haven’t been a very good blogger lately.  If you’re out there reading this please say hi and let me know you’ve visited! Better yet, share what’s going on with you and your writing/reading.

 

 


Book Signing in Boston!

I’m heading to Boston this weekend for the NECRWA Conference! I’m very excited to be participating in their 2013 Annual Book Fair for Literacy from 3:30 – 5:30 on Saturday, April 27th. If you live in or around the Boston area, or are looking for ideas for a weekend road trip, it’d be great to see you! And to further entice you, I’m only asking a $1.00 each donation to the book fair for paperback copies of Craving Her Soldier’s Touch, Secrets of a Shy Socialite, and my newest release, not even out in the U.S. yet, Tempting Nurse Scarlet!

Come visit me! Come for some shopping or a meal and support Boston! It’s a win win!

You can find more information, and a list of all the authors who will be signing, here:  http://necrwa.org/conference/Bookfair-2013.pdf

I hope to see you soon!