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a Dreamspun Desires title
Love is easy once you learn the steps.
In the competitive world of dance, Teddy was a flawless performer and hardass choreographer who students feared and admired in equal measure. But hip surgery ended the glamour and drama, and now Teddy is recovering at his beach house, lost and listless.
Until he meets Finn, his neighbor, who is too perfect, gorgeous, and kind to exist—but very ill timed. In a seaside town as small as theirs, they can’t avoid each other, especially since Finn is also Teddy’s new physical therapist. But Teddy isn’t the man he used to be, and though Finn flirts shamelessly with him, Teddy can’t believe a has-been dancer is worthy of someone so young and full of life.
Finn’s sunny smile is also hiding heartache. Pursuing Teddy challenges both his professionalism and his self-preservation, but if he can convince Teddy to trust him, maybe they both can heal.
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Engaging Fans in an Author Group
Thanks to a fellow author friend of mine – K.L. Hiers, whose work (Cold Hard Cash being a recent release) you should also check out – I decided to dabble in creating an author group on Facebook rather than only focusing on my Facebook page.
The group is private but open to new members who might want to request joining and is an opportunity for me to better engage readers.
In the spirit of fostering conversation and sharing sneak peeks into my work, I decided on posting four days a week, with specific themes each day.
SCENE STEALING SUNDAY – for discussion on settings, plots, and all things that inspire my titles
TEASER TUESDAY – with info on upcoming books and works in progress
THIRSTY THURSDAY – photo posts and sexy interludes with new and familiar characters
SNIPPET SATURDAY – to play with prompts and potential future story ideas
I think what I love most about this is how it gets me talking with fans about things I might not normally consider, lets me know what they think about future ideas I want to work on, and allows for critical feedback and insight that all in all can only help me become a better writer.
And from a marketing standpoint, the best way to ensure future sales is by staying top of mind with your target audience.
I also just really enjoy talking with readers about the things we have in common – a love of my genre, M/M Romance, and often some very geeky topics.
I’ve mentioned many times how important fan interaction is for me in particular because conversations with fans have sparked countless ideas, many of which turned into legitimate novels of mine. My current release, Interpretive Hearts, is no exception, as another friend and reader helped me decide on the title, and the book is dedicated to her (check out the dedication page!).
If I siloed myself away to just write and never had a community presence, I would have missed out on that and much more.
- Moderate carefully but fairly
- Setup a regular posting schedule
- Post images as much if not more than just text
- Don’t think you have to respond with more than a LIKE to everything, but remember that this is about engagement, so where you can foster further discussion, DO
As for fans, definitely look to see if any of your favorite authors have Facebook groups. More are doing it than you may realize to give readers the inside scoop.If anyone is interested in joining mine, you can request membership HERE.
About the author:
Amanda Meuwissen is a primarily gay romance writer, as well as Marketing Operations Manager for the software company Outsell. She has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and is an avid consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games. As author of the paranormal romance trilogy The Incubus Saga, the superhero romance duology Lovesick, and much more, Amanda regularly attends local comic conventions for fun and to meet fans, where she will often be seen in costume as one of her favorite fictional characters. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, John, and their cat, Helga.
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