Going to Writers’ meetings

My RWA chapter is Chesapeake Romance Writers.  We meet in Chesapeake Virgninia on the second Saturday of each month. New writers need a writing group to share their experiences. You’ll learn so much, network, make friends, get support and be able to help others.

Yesterday our speaker was Jenna Jaxon helped by Karen Bynum. They talked about usuing social media. Both do it so well. They also write prolifically and work day jobs too. I think they  must not sleep much. I’d like to thank them both a lot. They gave me plenty of info to nosh on. Both are also fantastic writers. You’ll be doing yourself a favor to pick up one of their books.




“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”


 This quote meant something to m because I’m trying to deal with how to deal with my career. I love writing. But it’s not something that makes a lot of money. Especially if you’re having as much trouble completing a project as I am. I also work as a substitute school teacher. But with summer coming, I’m looking at what to do instead. I’ve signed up with a temp agency. But my past experience has told me that I’m not a very good corporate person. Ten years ago when I had my last office job, I thought I’d go freakin’ bananas. I hated the commute, the cubicle, the hierarchy.I’m still looking at what exactly what to do. I’ll keep you posted.

 ~ Andrea

5 Low Cost Ways To Promote With An Online Magazine

  I’m honored to have LaShaunda Hoffman contribute this article for my blog today. I’ve known her for some years as a dedicated sponsor for writers and readers alike. Here’s a  tip for writers.


5 Low Cost Ways To Promote With An Online Magazine


LaShaunda Hoffman

By LaShaunda C. Hoffman


Promotion is a must in any writer’s career. If you’re a recently published author you have to promote yourself to get your name out in the public. Nowadays the publishers aren’t promoting new writers, unless you’re a six figure writer. If you’re a previously published author, you have to promote to keep your name out in the public. Book promotion is a constant as a writer.


Online magazine promotion is one form of promotion if done right can be low cost and highly effective.  I will show you five ways that won’t bite into your budget, but will help you promote your book and help an online editor who is always searching for content.

 1.  Paid Advertisement – Every magazine is always looking for advertisement.  It’s their bread and butter.  Magazine editors love helping you promote your books.  Check out their rates and see what packages fit into your budget.  If they don’t have anything that works with your budget, contact them, and see if they have any specials for the month or can offer you a promotional deal that won’t break you.


2.  Monthly Columnist – Some online magazines look for monthly columnists.  This is your chance to write about the special topic only you know about.  Share your wisdom with their readership and at the end of your column don’t forget your bio, which can include a short blurb about your latest book and a link to your site/blog.   Check out your favorite online magazines and see if they’re in the need for a columnist or send an intro letter to the editor and offer your services.

3.  Host a Workshop – Some online magazines like to host special events for their readers.  Workshops are a good way to introduce yourself and your book.  Do you have writing skill you can teach (how to write a synopsis, how to add conflict to your manuscript)?  Readers are looking for new things to learn.  You can be the person who offers these types of workshops.  You might even make a few extra dollars in the process.

 4.  Visitor/Member – Don’t underestimate making a comment or becoming a member of a magazine community.  Members like meeting other members.  Some magazines offer extra perks to their members, for instance if you’re a member of SORMAG’s community you receive one free promotion when you join. 

 Make comments on the magazine’s blog and make sure to always include your links.  This is a good way for readers to learn about you and if they’re curious, they click through to your site.


5.  Contribute an article – There are many online magazines that are always looking for new content. They normally feature a byline and a short bio. This is an excellent way to share your knowledge with readers. It will introduce your writing abilities and place your name in reader’s minds.


You can write about your experience as a writer, the craft of writing.  Maybe you’re expert in a subject, write an article about it.


Use a query letter to approach an online magazine.  Your purpose for the submission is to introduce yourself to their readers.  The added bonus is some sites pay for content.

Before you send out your query letter, remember to do your research first.


  • See what types of articles these ezines are looking for. You don’t want to submit a medical article to a poetry magazine.
  • What is the word count?
  • How do they want you to submit?


Online magazine promotion is worth the cost:


  • You reach your niche market
  • Most promotions are archived, so it’s not just a one time promotion. 
  • Your promotion can be viewed by readers for a whole year or more.
  • You build your reputation as an expert on certain topics.
  • New readers learn about you and your book.
  • You build a network with different online editors.


Check out your favorite online magazines and see how they can help you reach new readers.


LaShaunda C. Hoffman is the publisher of Shades Of Romance Magazine.  http://sormag.blogspot.com  An online magazine for readers and writers of multi-cultural literature. She is a contributor for the anthology, How I Met My Sweetheart.  She is currently on the path to publication, working on a Christian romance and hunting for a literary agent.  She hopes to one day introduce her books to readers. 

Readers, this is the last date of the Blog Tour, but it’s not too late to visit the other blogs on the tour. Go to http://sormag.blogspot.com/2009/04/sormag-blog-tour.html to find all the stops.sormagtour1

Sormag Blog Tour with LaShaunda Hoffman and some fabulous authors


From LaShaunda:

I invite the readers to become a member of our community.  I’d also like to offer a special report, FIVE TIPS TO BUILDING AN ONLINE PRESENCE. 

 Send an email to sormagcontests@gmail.com with special report in the subject and I’ll send you a copy.




  **A SORMAG GOODY bag will be sent to one lucky blog winner who leaves a comment on this blog. (10 winners)


If you join SORMAG’s Community this month, you have a chance to win the following:  

  •   $25.00 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com (2 winners)  
  • Much Ado About Reading PROMO AD (value 70.00) (2 winners)

 Visit the following blogs for a chance to win.



April 6 – Elaine Cantrell http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com


10 Tips For A Perfect Online Interview

April 7 – Dara Girard http://www.daragirard.com/blog/


10 Tips For Promoting OnTwitter

April 8 – Chelle Hickshttp://chellehicks.blogspot.com


Tip For Writers Who Are Promoting Online

April 9 – Ty Moody –http://WrittenVoicesBlog.com/


10 Tips For Promoting On A Blog

April 10 – Wanza Leftwichhttp://thegospelwriter.blogspot.com/


5 Reasons Why You Should Attend An Online Conference

April 13 – APOOO –http://www.apooobooks.com


Meet LaShaunda Hoffman

April 14 – Vanessa Richardson http://thecertainones.blogspot.com/


10 Tips For Promoting Online

April 15 – Patricia Woodsidehttp://readinnwritin.blogspot.com


10 Tips For Promoting With A Podcast

April 16 – Bettye Griffin –http:// http://www.chew-the-fat-with-Bettye.blogspot.com


5 Low Cost Ways To Promote With An Online Magazine

April 17- Andrea Jacksonhttp://www.worldsofcolor.wordpress.com


Supercharge Your Writing Conference

This conference is co sponsored by my local RWA chapter. It is well worth the time if you’re an experienced or beginning writer of any genre. Hope to see you there.

Supercharge Your Writing

 The Virginia Romance Writers and the Chesapeake Romance Writers are joining forces to bring you an intensive, all-day workshop with multi-talented writer, publisher and speaker Debra Dixon (www.debradixon.com).  Author of Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction, a must have for any fiction writer, Ms. Dixon will present a roll-up-your-sleeves, dig-in-deep workshop including elements for plot and character development that will take your writing to a new level. Continue reading

Meet the Author: Denise Jeffries aka Alexis Ke

My guest this week is romance writer Denise Jeffries, author of romance suspense, Visions in the Dark and a novelette in Midnight Showcase’s breast cancer support anthology, Awareness.

Paperback Diva: Give us a brief guide to you

www.denisejeffries.com I warn you, my website is in the process of being changed and updated.


PBDIVA: What’s your current project

Denise: I have several.  I’m writing a Christmas short story for Tease publishing that will be available via epub this holiday season.  It’s called, The Twelve Days of Christmas and my alter ego Alexis Ke is writing it so watch out.  I’m also working on book three of my St. Agnes series.  Lost in the Dark.  It will be out summer 09.  I also have a book contracted for Tease Publishing’s Tarot Card series.  Retribution.  This one is a paranormal.

PBDiva: What’s your genre and how did you choose it or have it chosen for you

Denise: I normally write romantic suspense but when I’m not normally writing it’s fantasy or paranormal.  My stories chose me.  They just pop into my mind when I’m people watching, sleeping or just being me.

PBDiva: What advice do you give the writers about rejection letters?

Denise: Celebrate them.  When you get a rejection letter it only means, not yet.  Several factors may go into it.  The publisher had something else in mind that day.  Who knows, maybe the publisher is having a bad day or getting ready to make some serious changes and it won’t fit or they didn’t want it sitting around if they aren’t going to be there.  What you have to do is continue to send it out and don’t stop until you find the right house.  Also, look at your work and make sure you are doing it right. The right format, the right grammar and mechanics, a compelling query letter.  Everything has to be right. Never fool yourself to think your project is perfect.  Trust me it isn’t.  There’s not a perfect one out there.  Make your ms the best it can be and get it out there.  Don’t let a rejection letter stop you.

PBDiva:  Tell us about your writing place. Which is your favorite? What would you change about it if you could? Do you always write in the same spot all the time, or do you roam from room to room, area to area as the mood strikes?

Denise: My favorite writing space is my dining room table.  No reason except it’s huge. I can spread out.  I have an office in my home that’s just mine but I tend to get distracted there.  It’s kind of busy right now.  When my critique/writing buddies get together at Starbucks that’s a great place too because I can bounce ideas off of them but lots of time we spend 50 percent of the time, gabbing. Hey, we’re girls.  What can I say.

 PBDiva: Describe the “perfect” hero? What about the “perfect” hero for you? 

Denise: There is not perfect hero.  My favorite hero must have traits like, chivalry and inner strength but he must also have weaknesses.  He’s got to be able to melt the heroine with just a smile but at the same time if she’s in danger he can snap the enemies neck.  Okay, so I like killing people.  It’s my signature.  I’m a wild ride of romance and intrigue.  Looks are important but only to the heroine.  She’s got to see him as the possible one for her.  My hero has to be able to handle his business and get things done. 

 PBDiva: What is this romance writer’s idea of the “perfect romantic evening”?

Denise: This is hard.  I don’t think there’s a perfect romantic evening.  It’s what the story needs when the story needs it.  It’s not all about the bubble bath or gourmet dinner.  It’s about the connection between the characters at the time.  This is what makes it perfect.

 PBDiva: Whose writing do you admire most?

Denise: I love reading J.D. Robb and Susanne Brockman and Bridget Midway and anybody who can write a good story and keep me turning the pages.  I’ve learned a lot just from reading romance books. I love growing with other writers.