Let’s get this started off with me talking about me (hey, I put this together, I get to talk about me too LOL). Here is my blog bio:
About Mandy M. Roth
Mandy M. Roth grew up fascinated by creatures that go bump in the night. From the very beginning, she showed signs of creativity. At age five, she had her first piece of artwork published. Writing came into play early in her life as well. Over the years, the two mediums merged and led her to work in marketing. Combining her creativity with her passion for horror has left her banging on the keyboard into the wee hours of the night. Mandy lives with her husband and three children on the shores of Lake Erie, where she is currently starting work on her Master’s Degree. She was nominated for Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Erotic.
Mandy has topped the Amazon bestselling charts more than once and has a loyal and steady following. She does cover art under the brush name Natalie Winters and is very involved with helping authors learn to market their books. In 2009 she and fellow author Michelle M. Pillow started their own self-publishing endeavor named The Raven Books. It spawned from the name of a nightclub in Mandy’s wildly popular Daughter of Darkness Series. In July 2010 they opened The Raven Books to third party distribution and by Dec 2011 had sold WELL over 150,000 ebooks.
Mandy writes for The Raven Books, Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Harlequin Spice, Pocket Books and Random House/Virgin/Black Lace.
Moving on to Author Marketing Tips and Tricks:
I’ve been published and writing for just over 8 years now. Prior to that I worked in marketing and advertising. I have degrees in commercial art, art, business and marketing. I’m a bestselling author. I co-own a very successful publishing house (The Raven Books). I make a good living doing this and have awesome readers so I’m going to go out on a limb here and call myself informed enough to be offering advice to other writers.
Helping authors isn’t new to me. I’ve been doing it from day one. I’m pulling together blog posts from over the years so you can find them with ease. Keep in mind, some of the info is dated but you’ll get the idea and it should help you with advertising and promotions. If I didn’t cover something in the following posts be sure to ask me in the comment section of my blog. The next time I’m able, I’ll try my best to draft up something for it. If I don’t know, I’ll tell you as much. I’m honest like that.
Guest Blogging Tips and Tricks: This is a biggie. As someone who runs two very successful blogs I get asked all the time about guest blogging. I also get slammed with people turning things in wrong. This often takes too much of my time so I pass on them.
Websites, Getting Started: Again, some of this is dated because its an old post but the info needed on your site is still the same.
FREE alternatives to Photoshop: Great site (not on my blog) that discusses the options.
How to resize your cover: You WILL need to know this. Video link.
Making your own static banner ad: This will save you money.Video link.
Making your own bookmark: Video I made years ago that will walk you through the process.
Building an author press kit: Off site link to details.