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About drkatecollier

Author of traditional mysteries featuring the Penningtons of Tompkins College in Tompkins Falls, NY. Also Instructional Designer, Curriculum Developer and Professor for Online Teaching and Learning. Also romance author, writing as Katie O'Boyle, series Lakeside Porches, from Soul Mate Publishing, set in Tompkins Falls in the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY.

Book Signings

Posted this morning on my website, fun with fellow authors at a book signing in Clifton Springs. Thanks Bev Lewis, Ellen Hegarty and John Avanzato for your fellowship and, especially Bev for organizing us!
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On a Mission (in a very cluttered house)

This posted today to my Soul Mate Publishing Authors blog! -kate

HappyWriter-ShareAlike-FlickrAs I worked on the final chapters of my first (romantic) cozy mystery, two opportunities popped up. One, a contract job that would start in June, and two, a trip that starts in two weeks and ends just before the contract job.

OMG!

I couldn’t delay finishing the mystery for a whole month or more, right? I was too close, and the plot and characters were too fresh and compelling for me to do anything other than finish the draft.

I know you know that dilemma…

So, starting ten days ago, I was on a mission to complete the draft and get it out to beta readers before my trip. They were excited to hear the book was nearly finished, and their enthusiasm kept me moving forward.

Well, I did it. The drafts are now on their way to two trusted readers, with two more readers standing by once those copies come back.

I returned from…

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Chatting on Twitter

Reblogged from the Soul Mate Authors’ blog, posted by author Joanne Guidoccio. Great tips here for an exciting use of Twitter for authors (and others)!!

What is a Twitter chat?

While many descriptions abound, I like the following: Imagine a business networking event without a dress code and with a keyboard instead of a bar.

Or to be more precise…

A group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss set topics using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. The moderator of the chat poses questions (Q1, Q2, Q3,…) to prompt responses from participants (A1, A2, A3, …). Each chat usually lasts an hour.

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When I first joined Twitter, I shied away from participating in chats. To be truthful, I found them intimidating. I tried to follow the flow of several conversations and wondered how anyone could keep up with the constant flow of information. I had read somewhere that participating in a Twitter chat is like trying to navigate rapids while white water rafting. Not something I’ve ever tried or…

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Carpe Diem for Writers

Posted by fellow author Catherine Castle at Soul Mate Authors Group…

On one of my antiquing trips I came across a little wooden plaque engraved with what I thought were the words Carpe Diem. Reminded of the movie Dead Poets Society, in which the phrase carpe diem played a role, as well as one of my favorite actors Robin Williams who starred in the movie, I picked up the plaque. Upon closer inspection I saw the words were not carpe diem, but Carpe Diet.

What a clever play on the phrase, I thought, and good advice as well, especially since I have a need to seize my own diet. I put the plaque down, but continued to think about the word carpe and its importance in our lives. The idea of seizing something has a hopeful element to it. When we seize a day or a moment or a job the chances of doing something special or having something…

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Musical Underscore Writing—The Stuff That Makes Your Books Sing

Great tips (and example) from the writing duo CD Hersch! From the SoulMate Publishing Authors blog, “Musical Underscore Writing—The Stuff That Makes Your Books Sing”

music underscore photo and music by C.D. Hersh

We went to a concert the other night put on by a local symphonic group. One of the pieces the orchestra played was Dream of a Soldier by Edward Santoro, a WWII army soldier who was a musician and band director. The piece is filled with pathos and emotions—pain, suffering, joy, pride, passion—that Santoro saw reflected in the faces of the soldiers he encountered during the war.

The music reminded us of the underscores one hears in the movies. The crashing sounds of intense, emotional buildup. The rich, melodious strains that support beautiful love scenes. The dissonant, harsh minor chords that underlay pain-laden story events. We heard every emotion played so clearly on the orchestra instruments that it felt like we were being taken on an emotional rollercoaster.

If you’ve ever watched a movie you’ll realize that even though you might not consciously hear…

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Promoting Your Ebook…and the Importance of Reviews…

Felicia Rogers, fellow author at Soul Mate Publishing, provides an informative, look at review sites for promoting your e-book. Read on!

After I wrote my first novel, I foolishly believed the hard part was over. I had penned a masterpiece, right? Surely the masses would flock in droves to purchase my work. The title of my book would be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Wrong! Little did I know the hard work was just beginning.

What I didn’t realize is after publishing one of the most important things for a writer are reviews. If you’re a reader take heed. All writers need honest reviews. Not only does the constructive criticism help our writing grow, but it also allows us to promote.

Ten is a magic number. Some of the better promotion sites have review requirements. In general when you have ten reviews with an average of 4.0 stars or higher, a plethora of promotion opportunities are open to you. Some sites are free, while others charge. Keep in mind that…

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10 Things I’ve Learned at Booksignings

LCRW authors recently held a signing, too! I love Catherine Castle’s insights, but I also want to know what our authors learned from their book signing(s). Please share what you learned from the experience!

P1010263 Every author anxiously awaits her or his  first book signing with hopes of selling piles of books, gaining hundreds of new readers and followers and seeing lines form in front of them as readers await a chance to speak to you. Book signings are great promotion, scary as all get out the first few times, and often not at all what you expected or hoped for. Here are ten things I’ve learned so far at the four book signings I’ve had.

  • Don’t go with the expectation that you are going to sell a huge amount of books (1-5 is the generally the total at most signings) unless you are the star attraction (i.e. well known speaker/author), have some sort of connection (like your book is set in the town you are signing in) or you are a NY Times best seller. Big sales might happen to lesser known authors, but it’s…

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How Katie O’Boyle Got Her Wings

How Katie O’Boyle Got Her Wings.

via How Katie O’Boyle Got Her Wings.

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Things Happen the Way They’re Supposed To

The Penningtons Investigate

As I check the weather report each day, I’m reminded that so much of life is about doing the footwork and letting things happen the way they’re supposed to. What prompted this topic is a Spring Break trip I have planned to “the old sod” next week. My cousin Martha and I have been looking forward to a week in Ireland since last fall.

Who knew the US would be pounded week after week with  blizzards and arctic blasts. And did you know that Ireland has been pounded all winter with deluges and fierce winds? Buildings swept out to sea, roads washed away, main streets under water.

Image (Doran cousins at the Bo’sun Restaurant in Monkstown, Cunty Cork, Ireland)

Even the “glass half full” cousin we hope to visit in Cork says, “Now if only Ireland doesn’t go under with all the water that’s falling it will be great to see…

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Time for a Villain?

Reblogged from Kate Collier’s blog (writing as Katie O’Boyle)

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