Author Share – Interviews and Guest Posts

Author Share black letters

 

Welcome to today’s Author Share about Interviews and Guest Posts. As a relatively new author, I still have a lot of questions about promotion. I’m still not very comfortable with self promotion, but do quite enjoy doing interviews and guest posts. And I love promoting other authors. Which led me to this week’s Author Share questions. I have invited two amazing authors, who are also fantastic at promoting other authors. Tara Finnegan and Maddie Taylor are here today to share some of their experiences. Thanks for joining me today, ladies. Let’s jump right in!

Katherine Deane: Ok, let’s start with the basics. What is the difference between an interview and a guest post ?

Tara Finnegan: Good question. I would say an interview is led by the questions or topics the interviewer wants to deal with, a guest post is led by the guest. So to put it in terms we understand an interview is almost D/s compared to guest post  which is more a vanilla “how do you like it, honey?”

Katherine Deane:  Great comparison! So the host / hostess really doesn’t have too much involvement with a guest post, correct?

Tara Finnegan. That’s the way I see it. The host may have specific requirements or a preference for a particular topic etc, but the general structure of the post will be up to the invitee. Although I stand to be corrected by Maddie on that. (Or even better again, if she can get some of her hot Doms from Club Decadence to correct me I’ll be very obedient in begging her pardon)

Maddie Taylor:  A guest post to me is pure, unadulterated promotion–blurb, excerpt, buy links, yada yada yada. A necessary evil and if done well can tease and leave the reader hungry for more.  So hungry that they pop on over to Amazon for a satisfying one-click snack.  LOL.  Bragging some may say, it’s true, but we all have to promote in this business, like a commercial, and get the word out.  I like interactive so much better because the reader can learn some very interesting tidbits about the authors the like.  Some, I have found, are much more forthcoming than others, to the point of exhibitionism.  Others are closed mouthed and you have to play dentist and pull it out of them one yank or key stroke at a time. I learned to ask open ended questions so I didn’t get yes/no answers.  Either way, Tara,  thanks for the shameless plug.  I have a few single Doms left at The Club who could help get to the bottom of your correction.  Do you prefer Master Sean or Lil T?  Name your Dom and I’ll send him straight over

Tara Finnegan: I’ll leave that choice in your capable hands, Maddie. I am sure one is as hot as the other, if you created them.

Katherine Deane: Mmm, I would like to stand corrected too! Or OTK corrected? ;)

Maddie Taylor: OTK, paddles, floggers, whips and canes are all possible, dear Katherine.  It all comes down to the degree of correction that is required.

Katherine Deane: LOL, Maddie, I’ll keep that in mind :)

Does one take longer than the other for either party (the host or the guest)?

Maddie Taylor: Aww!  She got serious again, what a sad turn.   Okay, I’ll  straighten up and be good, for now.

Katherine Deane: It’s sad, but someone has to keep the original conversation going. More wonderful spanky talk later :)

Tara Finnegan: My experience is that interviews tend to take longer for both! Obviously, the interviewer will have to come up with the questions, read the replies and then tweak the flow a little, whereas with a guest post, the host only has to copy and paste, checking links and formatting work.

Even the invitee will probably spend more time answering specific questions than they would on a guest blog.

Katherine Deane:  And in the case of an Author Shares, there is a lot of back and forth and tweaking, eh? ;)

Even though there is more work for one, is one better than the other? What are the pro’s and con’s for each?

Tara Finnegan: I’ll be interested to hear Maddie’s opinion on this as she does regular interview spots, and probably has it down to a fine art. In fact I don’t do half enough of them as I’m a bit of a lazy blogger, and quite happily go with what the visitor wants.

Maddie Taylor:  Thanks for mentioning it, Tara.  I have what I call Maddie’s Intimate Authors Corner on my weekly blog; Wicked Wanton Wednesday.  I ask my guests if they would participate in the interview and have a long list of questions, both serious (related to writing) and fun stuff (intimate questions like favorite spanking position).  To make it worthwhile, I ask them to answer at least 5 questions of their choice.   This gives my shy guests a chance to stay clear of the more personal questions and those inclined to let it all hang out a chance to do so.  Some answer all 25 questions quite graphically and in great detail.  Those are the guests I really enjoy.  Naughty me!  But to each his/her own.

Katherine Deane: Is there a protocol for getting hosted on someone’s blog?  Do I, as an author with a new book, just go out and ask? Or do I wait for someone to offer? Or is there a happy medium?

Tara Finnegan: Hmm, I don’t really know the answer to this. I think it’s ok to put out a post and issue a general request. Anyone who can fit you in, will. Those who have a full schedule don’t feel under pressure, as you haven’t contacted them directly. I find people tend to be very generous in offering blog days if you ask.

Maddie Taylor: I usually book a month in advance for my Wednesday spot, put out a call for guest spots and authors IM me.  When it’s my turn, I’ll usually go to former guests and see if they have a space for me.  So as a hostess and a guest, I guess you could say I go both ways.  LOL  Speaking of which, Katherine has a post coming up on my blog on July 22nd.  When are you dropping by, Tara????  See how easy that is  :)

Katherine Deane:  Holy cow, Maddie, you are good at this!

Should I offer something in return? (copy of the book, space on my blog for one of their releases?)

Tara Finnegan: I think it is polite to offer a return date, even if you leave it an open date that they can call on you for in the future. There should be no need to offer a copy of the book, unless you are actually asking them to review it for you. I honestly don’t think anyone would expect that. Remember how many of their books you have bought in your lifetime :)

Maddie Taylor:  I agree with Tara, returning the offer is the polite thing to do. I usually stay away from offering a free book for a review because I think a reader should be under no obligation to give a good review in return for a freebie.  In this biz, I think we have to be prepared for any reviews, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I let my publisher handle ARC’s in exchange for honest reviews.

Katherine Deane: Ooh, good point. Can you actually ask someone to review your book in addition to the promo- (in exchange for a free book?), or is that rude since you are already asking them to promote you? Is there a protocol on this?

Tara Finnegan: Again I don’t know if there is a protocol. What I’ve done in the past is if someone says they are going to read it before the interview/ blog day and post a review as part of the post, then I might offer a copy. I have never asked anyone to review for a blog post. Maddie may have more of an idea, as she has so much more experience than I.

Maddie Taylor: I’ve always wished there was a New Authors 101 class out there that would cover all of this, offering helpful tidbits on social media, how to promote your books, how to blog, what is expected of me, etc…  Wouldn’t that have been helpful, Tara?  I do try to reach out to new authors and offer advice if they are interested.  I had to learn as I went and so many experience authors helped me along the way that I think helping newbies is paying it forward.

 

Katherine Deane:  A new author’s 101 sounds very helpful!! I am very thankful for all the help my fellow authors gave me as well. :)

Can I post on my own blog or another person’s blog, on the same day I am being promoted by the other blogger, or is this considered rude?

Maddie Taylor: This has happened to me before because I am terrible with a calendar.  I’ve double booked and been double booked.  It didn’t bother me either way.  I say just give each blog equal time that day if it happens.  Also, I have offered the ‘double bookie’ a different date if they’d like.  That is how Tantalizing Tuesdays began on my blog… Sh… don’t tell anyone.  LOL

Tara Finnegan: Lol, I’m like Maddie, as in I don’t really keep a calendar. But also, I think the first couple of weeks of a release it’s really important to spread the word as much as you can, so I think doubling up then is fair enough. It’s marketing.

Katherine Deane: You ladies are awesome at what you do, on both the author side and the promoting side. Thanks for sharing your experience with me today. :)

***

From what I have taken from today’s post, author promotion is not just a one person job. It takes a team of supporters. It also seems like the wonderful old “back scratching” way of doing things. Or the golden rule. However you want to coin it. :)

There are several different ways of conveying the message, to give everyone an opportunity to see something different without getting bored.

And with a little respectful support, and willingness to help each other, the word will get out.

Thanks for stopping by today for Author Share  - Interviews and Guest Posts. I would love feedback. What do you prefer to read as far as promotion goes? Any other tips or suggestions?

:)

***

Today’s hostesses:

Tara Finnegan:

Blog:http://tarafinneganromance.blogspot.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TaraFinneganRomance?ref=hl

Twitter:https://twitter.com/TaraFinnegan6

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Finnegan/e/B00CQ7L6G2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1405880383&sr=8-1

Maddie Taylor:

Blog : http://maddietaylorromance.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maddie.taylor.121772?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaddieTWrites

 

Corbin’s Bend Blitz: Leading The Way, Constance Masters

I am so excited to be hosting Constance Masters today as part of the Corbins Bend Blitz! I loved this story. It was so much fun! I loved the humorous situations Erin got herself into. But what I really enjoyed was the reality of family life. Constance did a wonderful job of bringing this family to life – I could even see some of my own kids’ actions in her writing.  :)
Zachary Cunningham
moved his family to Corbin’s Bend when everything in their life seemed
out of control. In a DD relationship with his wife Erin, he thought
things had leveled out now that they lived in a community where everyone
watched out for one another and discipline was the norm. Surely his
family life could be more settled now.
Erin had never made
friends easily and in Corbin’s Bend she found it doubly as hard. A
little too hard on herself, she ignored her mentor and any friendliness
from neighbors; so afraid of making a mistake that she didn’t try. Until
her husband insisted. Having convinced herself she was doing what he
wanted, she made friends with a few ladies who liked to push the
envelope a little. From bowling to a strip club to smoking a little
weed, her life was definitely a lot more fun, even if she was hiding her
activities from Zach.When her husband and the board of
Corbin’s Bend discovered their indiscretions, Erin and her friends found
out what public discipline really meant. When the discipline led to a
larger sense of security and more friendships than she could have
imagined, Erin began to understand that following Zachary’s lead truly
was the way.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22505303-leading-the-way
“Dinner is served,” Erin
said proudly as she laid the platter with her impressive fish next to the bowls
of mashed potatoes and green beans. The girls clapped and Zach looked on with
wide grin.
“That looks spectacular,
honey.”
It did look spectacular,
even if she did say so herself. She’d poured the sauce all over the entire dish
and it positively gleamed. “Would you like to serve?” she asked Zach.
He stood up and scooped
portions on to everyone’s plate. The family said grace and they started. Erin
watched everyone’s faces expectantly. Zach’s face was stoic as he chewed
carefully. Avvy said nothing but she wasn’t even chewing. She just held the
food in her mouth. Jordan was the first one to give her honest opinion. She
spat her offending mouthful back on to the plate.
“That is so gross,” she
said, dry retching for full effect.
Erin’s eyes filled with
tears and popped her fork full in to her mouth to see what was wrong with the
food. She carefully picked up her napkin and emptied the contents of her mouth.
“Don’t eat it,” was all she said, standing and taking the platter with her.
“I can call a pizza,” Zach
said.
“Do what you have to, to
feed your children.”
“Honey, I’m sure there was
just a small mistake with the recipe.”
The girls were wide-eyed.
“I’m sorry I said it was gross, Mommy,” Jordan said. “It just tasted a bit like
medicine.”
“That’s nice of you to say,
honey, but you were right the first time, it was gross. Why don’t you two go
play while you wait for the pizza to come.”
“Nice one, Jordan. You
almost made Momma cry.”
“I didn’t mean to.”
The voices disappeared into
one of the bedrooms and Erin burst into tears. “I have wasted the entire day on
this! I spent a lot of my food budget on the ingredients and did everything the
recipe said!”
“It’s okay, Erin, you
tried.”
“Well I can’t serve
‘trying’ up to a bunch of people on Friday, can I?” She thumped her foot down
on the trash can foot lever to open the lid and it bounced, just as she heaved
the contents from the platter into it. It landed on the closed lid with
splashes of the poison sauce going everywhere. “Oh for fuck sake!” she shouted
into the cabinet door as she banged it open and shut in frustration before
bending to wipe the cabinet door. Zach was behind her in a second and the giant
wooden spoon clapped off her bottom.
“I never want to hear that
word in this house again. Do you hear me?”
Family Life in Corbin’s
Bend
What is a family these days? It could be mom and
a dad, two moms, two dads or more often than not these days just a mom or dad.
In a polygamous family there might be several parents. With working mothers
being the norm now grandparents often play a massive role in their
grandchildren’s lives. Children adapt. So what is family life like in Corbin’s
Bend? The same as other communities, except the adults in Corbin’s Bend spank
or get spanked.
The children may not be spanked in Corbin’s Bend
but they are brought up with rules and structure and most come from
homes where there is a head of house. They all go to a school where they wear
uniforms and the rules are enforced. Spanking in Corbin’s Bend is so much the
norm that the children wouldn’t so much as turn a hair if they were to catch a
glimpse of an adult getting a swat or two. That being said, there are
precautions in place to protect their innocence. Walls are soundproofed in the
houses in Corbin’s Bend and these rules are from the official rule book issued
to Corbin’s Bend residents.

Public Spankings are acceptable, though anything too involved is
requested to take somewhere indoors. There are children in the community.

No public sex.
Parents don’t stop having
sex when they have children and nor do they do it in front of their kids.
Normal affection like a kiss or a hug is good for kids to grow up around, it
makes them feel secure in their parents love. Spanking is the same, a tap or a
swat is just part of general affection but a full-blown bare bottomed spanking
wouldn’t take place in front of children anywhere.
A lot of people don’t think
that children belong in stories like these. I disagree, at least for myself. I
have five children and four grandchildren. My life is and has for the last
thirty-two years been filled with children. It is harder for me to write a
story without children than to include them. In this small excerpt from Leading
The Way I have chosen to include a small piece of family humour as Avery has
just been punished by losing her jewlery for sneaking contraband earrings to
school…
Erin stirred the pasta sauce and turned the heat
down a smidgeon under the bubbling pot of pasta before going back to chop the
vegetables for the salad.
“How long is Avvy gonna be, Momma? It was her
turn to set the table.”
“She’ll be along. You can swap chores tonight.
Avery can clear after dinner.”
“Yes!” Jordan said. Her mood quietened though
when her sister emerged from her room with red eyes. Her daddy was right behind
her and he was carrying Avvy’s jewelry box.
“I’m sorry, Momma. I shouldn’t have snuck the
earrings to school.”
“That’s okay, sweetie.”
Avery hugged her mother’s waist but her big blue
eyes followed her daddy as he placed her precious jewelry collection on the top
of the kitchen cabinet.
“One week.” Zach moved a curl off his daughter’s
face.
Avery took her place at the table opposite her
sister.
“Bummer,” Jordan said with a wince. “At least it
was only a week. Daddy took my Fireball yoyo for a month and he took
money from my allowance.”
“You broke a window at school. In his classroom.”
“Not on purpose. It flew right off my finger!”
“Enough now.” Zach helped Erin to put the food on
the table.
Erin poured glasses of water for everyone.
“Buddy says his dad lets them have Coke with
dinner,” Jordan said, sipping the water distastefully.
“Just because Buddy says something, doesn’t make
it so,” Erin said, taking both her daughters’ hands.
Zach did the same. “Avery would you like to say
the blessing?”
“Yes, Daddy,” the little girl said with a sigh.
“Dear Lord, thank you for this food that we are about to eat and thank you for
all the blessings you give us. Please Lord, can you stop me becoming a social
outcast because I have to go to school without my jewelry? Thanks, Amen.”
“Amen,” the rest of the family chorused.
Constance Masters is a 54
year old wife, mother and grandmother from Australia. She specialises in
spanking romance and has nine published works. Leading the Way, her Corbin’s
Bend novella will be her tenth. Her work is mostly romance with a little hint
of drama and a large slice of humour. She likes to find the humour in everyday
life. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Emotional Side of The Coach’s Discipline

coachsdiscipline cover

Hey friends! I am at Adaline Raine’s place today, showing a bit of the emotional side of my new story, The Coach’s Discipline.

I know I usually do fun and sexy, or spanky, but I really wanted to show the other side of my baby. The emotions that fueled this story.

Please stop by if you get the chance. Here’s her link :)

http://brattyadaline.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-coachs-discipline-you-are-not-your.html

And later, I’m hosting Constance Masters, as part of the Corbin’s Bend Blog Blitz!

Busy day!

:)

Saturday Spanks : Naughty Girls Get Blindfolded – The Coach’s Discipline

Saturday Spankings

Wow, it seems like forever since I have done one of these!

I am so excited to share my brand new story, The Coach’s Discipline! It just came out last week, and has made the top 100 list for BDSM! Yay!! :)

In today’s scene, Claire is enjoying the attention her hot new coach / boyfriend is lavishing on her. Have I mentioned how sexy and dominant Nick is? Mmmmmmm…

***

 

“Close your eyes.”

She tried, but kept flashing them open, wondering what he was doing as he paced around the living room.

“All right.” He returned with the blindfold from their sense walk, his eyes twinkling. “Naughty girls who can’t obey get blindfolded.”

She pouted up at him. “But then I won’t be able to see.”

He slipped it over her eyes and laid her on her tummy onto the couch. “That’s what I had in mind,” he whispered, and nipped her ear.

 

***

Blurb:

Marathon runner Claire Jacobs has always dreamed of making it to the Olympics, but she has a habit of getting in her own way. With the help of Nick Fox, a legendary coach known for his unconventional techniques, she prepares for one last shot at her dream. Traumatic memories of her experience with her last coach still haunt Claire, though, and in spite of his reputation she finds it hard to trust Nick’s authority.

The more time he spends with Claire, the more Nick finds himself enchanted by her drive and deep commitment to her fellow runners. But when her self-destructive behavior crosses the line, Nick realizes he has only one option to help the woman he has come to care about so much—he will need to give her the first spanking of her life and make sure it is one she will not forget.

Despite his firm discipline, Claire quickly comes to crave Nick’s dominance and direction, and soon he has grown to be much more than just her coach. But when jealousy and misunderstandings threaten to tear the team apart, will she run away as she always has in the past, or can she trust in her newfound love and race toward her goals with an open heart?

Publisher’s Note: The Coach’s Discipline is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

Amazon.com- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LQ6DYPA/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

Blushing Books – http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2912

coachsdiscipline cover

*****

Thanks for stopping by!

Please visit the other awesome bloggers by clicking on the links below :)

Happy Spanks!

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Dominating without physical contact – at Natasha Knight’s place!

Dominating without physical contact?

Coach Nick Fox shows just how it is done, in an excerpt from the Coach’s Discipline.

You can read it on Natasha Knight’s blog. She was kind enough to let me have a place to share some of my brand new book!

Here is the link :)

http://www.natasha-knight.com/2014/07/the-coachs-discipline-by-katherine-deane.html

And, for even cooler news! The Coach’s Discipline is in the top 100 BDSM category at Amazon!

Head on over if you want a sneak peak.

:)

 

 

I’m at Cara Bristol’s Place!

I’m at Cara Bristol’s place today! We are talking about my new book, The Coach’s Discipline.

It’s a real interview! LOL, this is still so new and fun- give me a few weeks. :)

I’m sure I’ll calm down soon.

But for now, here’s the link if you want to stop by. :)

http://carabristol.com/2014/07/an-interview-with-katherine-deane-on-the-the-coachs-discipline/

Thanks!

<3