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Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #21

I have been delighted to receive feedback from numerous participants that the Author Blog Challenge is causing them to consider aspects of their book marketing that had never previously occurred to them. That’s precisely the point of the selected topics: to get you – authorsto think and write (i.e., blog) about all the components that go into making a book: writing, publishing, and marketing.

Writing is only the first step. If we stopped there, we’d only have an unfinished manuscript sitting on our desktop, wouldn’t we? And if we stopped at the point of printing, we’d have crates of the things sitting around our cramped garages or apartments. For most people, the goal in writing a book is to sell it. That’s where the marketing comes in – and why we must address these topics head-on, if we’re to have any hope of making our mark in a very crowded field.

I’ll say it again. The part many – if not most – authors really need help with is the marketing side of things, which is why so many of the prompts are geared in that direction. And, as I’ve mentioned before, even if you’ve not yet finished your book, if you ever intend to sell any copies beyond your family and close friends, you need to get a handle on this marketing thing.

It’s NEVER too early to begin building
your book’s platform and marketing campaign .


The Day 18 prompt asked Challenge participants to reveal who they did (or could) ask to write blurbs for their book covers (or websites). Click here for the Day 18 Recaps.


If you’d like to see ALL the writing prompts that have been released to date, please visit the PROMPTS page.


Winner for Day 18 Ellie Mendez. She wins a gift from Caro Ayre. Set in Kenya, the eBook  Feast of the Antlion is full of action, romance, and intrigue. Widow Sandra Harriman fights to protect a wildlife sanctuary from poachers, armed gangs, and business rivals. An antlion is an insect that creates mini volcano like craters of finely sifted sand into which ants fall and are unable to escape. Sandra feels like an ant in one of these traps as she fights to protect the Wildlife Conservation Scheme left in her care for her two step-children. Nothing has equipped her for the role of widow, step-mother and estate manager. She faces a struggle to deal with armed gangs, poachers and a murderer on the ranch. But hardest of all is unravelling her dead husband’s secrets to find out who she can trust.

Thanks to James Bailey for the Day 19 donation! Set in 1700, Honor O’Flynn is a coming of age story about a fourteen year old girl who is kidnapped in Ireland and brought to Maryland to be sold as a bride. She thinks her life is settled and God’s will is for her to be a Catholic Nun and teach in her small village. She only wants to remain chaste and return home. She meets William Logsdon, a good Anglican, who buys her contract and agrees to help, but later fell in love with her. Honor makes many mistakes as she struggles with her goals, God, and William. After William is nearly killed, she learns the true will of God.


Onward we go with the 21st writing prompt of the challenge…

What is the single best piece of advice you’ve ever received about the publishing process and/or would advice would you offer to a first-time author?

Writing Prompt #20:

How are you using social media to promote your book? What aspect of social media would you like to learn more about? What are your next steps?

Writing Prompt #19:

What are the three most important things you are doing to grow your platform?

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie


The Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.