Fiction Writers! What’s your expertise?

When I published my first novel, Stella’s Plea, I totally lacked marketing savvy. And for the first 9-10 months, I sold no more than 2 hands full. To say I was discouraged doesn’t cut it. Then, Sarah Butland, a writer and dear friend recommended a fantastic marketing book: How I Made Over $42,000 in a Month Selling My Kindle Ebooks by Cheryl K Tardif. I interviewed this author before and learned so much from her book, I need to talk about it again. Read on and get a chance to enter your name in my giveaway to win one of 7 books.

When it comes to Facebook and Twitter, I only knew the basics. How to search for and add friends. I’ll be honest with you, I had no idea what a Twitter hashtag was until I read that book. How I Made Over $42,000 in a Month Selling My Kindle Ebooks has taught me so much more. Plus Cheryl talks about the importance of blogging, holding free/discounted promotions, really details Amazon’s KDP program, and so much more. I’ve followed her strategies, and have seen great results.

Lately though, I’ve been asked: “What’s your expertise?” And that really stumps me, so to  speak. If I were to do a giveaway, what ties in with my fiction novel? I scratched my head. What could I, as a fiction writer, offer my readers who already have my book? What do I have to offer? What do my characters do that I could create a list of “10-best” tips? As I pondered this question, I remembered an author who mentions a very uncommon ‘dish’ in one of her historical novels, and she gives postcard-size recipe cards with that recipe. It makes sense. So thinking about my book, I asked myself: “Who is my protagonist, and what does she have to offer?”

Well, Stella is a military wife and a mother. And while her husband is serving overseas, their daughter gets kidnapped from the local park.

Hum! And the antagonist is the kidnapper! That’s no good! Try as I may, I couldn’t come up with anything. So I raised the question to my husband. He smiled.

“Well, you’re an “interpreter” to the deaf members at church, and you have deaf characters in your book. You could talk about their community.”

Great idea! The main reason I have deaf characters in my stories is to dispel the myths about them, and to educate the hearing population. Believe it or not, many hearing folks don’t know much about deaf people.

Hubby went on to say: “There’s a 3-year-old kid in your story. You can talk about your home-daycare experience and give tips!” Another great idea. Why didn’t I think of that?

After more brainstorming, we came up with a great ideas. But that’s for later.

Right now, it’s time to celebrate. I’ve revamped my website, added a new picture of myself, and changed the ‘theme’ header with books. And I’ve decided to do a giveaway. I teamed up with three other authors to bring you fantastic books. In time for your Summer reads!

You have a chance to win one of 7 Books. Starting this Wednesday, June 4, make sure you follow this LINK. The contest will run until next Friday, June 13, and I will announce the winners on Saturday June 14. The books to be won are:

Stella’s Plea, a Christian Suspense (4 copies)

How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks, by Cheryl K Tardif. Fantastic marketing book you won’t want to miss.  (1 copy)

Arm Farm, by Sarah Butland. Great suspense novel. (1 copy)

arm farm 2


Breathing On Her Own, by Rebecca Waters. Awesome Christian Contemporary Fiction/Romance.  (1 copy)

breathing on her own

Again, click on this LINK TO THE GIVEAWAY and see how it is easy to enter. Good luck !

In the meantime, feel free to share “What is your expertise?”

Until then, blessings!

Renee-Ann <><


8 thoughts on “Fiction Writers! What’s your expertise?

  1. Hi Renee Ann – good and helpful post. My latest work (still being edited professionally) is Being Lena Levi. I am going to make a special online portfolio ‘The World of Lena Levi’ – 1950s life in UK and in the newly-formed state of Israel. Also the Holocaust. And Kindertransport.

  2. You are an expert in so many ways, Renee-Ann. Having an expertise related to a fiction novel never entered my mind. You and your husband thought of some great ones. I guess mine would be my knowledge of archaeology and ancient civilizations for the children’s novel I’m working on titled T.U.T. and the Dung Beetle Mystery. I’m also an expert on 6th graders since I taught ancient civilizations to this age group for 14 years. I was told by an agent that what was needed was middle grade novels for boys about yucky things. I think I can do that!

    • Hi Pamela, and thanks so much. I like your archaeology expertise. It sounds like so much fun. I’m so much the curious type, I most likely would enjoy digging around for dry bones and fossils! LOL

      Come back tomorrow! 😀

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