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1/24/2012

Experiences on Blog Talk Radio

I want to thank everyone who lurked and listened to the program on Windmaster at Other Worlds of  Romance on Blog Talk Radio. Host Linda Mooney brings southern charm (she lives in a small south Texas town near the Gulf coast) and is adept at easing a guest’s nerves and making the night fun. Linda writes romance with a fantasy or science fiction flair. With ten consecutive #1 best sellers, she was named Whiskey Creek Press Torrid's 2009 Author of the Year, and is a 2011 Epic Ebook "Eppie" Award Winner for Best Erotic Sci-Fi.

Aside from a blip when giving an anecdote about reader’s reactions to Windmaster, the night was a success. People listened to the live feed, and there were no hecklers. As far as the blip, the description I used of people’s reaction saying Windmaster kept them up at night until they finished the book came from just after the book was released. And I implied the attribution not only came from a solitary reader, but one who had a vested interest. That early opinion has since been echoed by the majority of readers. NOTE TO SELF: periodically review all promotional material to keep updated and in sync.

One advantage to radio, tomatoes clog the telephone lines. And with the current state of matter transfer, people need to physically be present to throw rotten produce. Blog talk radio is even less intimidating, there is only you and Linda on the phone (at least if no one asks questions, that is). You can sit in comfortable clothes on the floor with a glass of wine. If you’re not a night owl, archived programs mean you can listen at your convenience.

To prepare for the big night, be sure to print out and practice reading your excerpt. Enlarging the print and a ruler helps you keep your place. Just as important to have at hand is taglines and blurbs for your upcoming works (or items already released) and, a list of your links to things such as your blog, website, and of course, your publisher. A print out of the list means you don’t have to try to remember them under pressure, and that you won’t turn a hyphen to an underscore, or put an @ where it is a period.

If your curiosity about blog talk radio is aroused, the URL is
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance/2012/01/24/helen-henderson-is-my-guest-author-on-jan-23rd


And if you want to find out more about Windmaster, or the upcoming Dragon Destiny, excerpts and release information is at helenhenderson-author.webs.com .

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