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Thrillerfest 2017

My Adventures at Thrillerfest 2017

A few weeks ago, I attended Thrillerfest 2017 - the premiere conference for thriller enthusiasts, which brings together famous authors and new ones along with industry professionals, agents, and fans. The conference, which took place from July 11-15 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, is divided into three distinct parts (four if you count some of the preceding activities): Craftfest, Pitchfest...
FBI Chronicles

Thrillerfest 2017 Day 1 – The FBI Chronicles

Hi there: This week, I'm in New York City attending Thrillerfest 2017.  As usual, the conference is taking place at the Grand Central Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan. This is the third or so time that I've attended Thrillerfest, but it's the first time I attended the FBI seminar.  The program is held every year by the FBI in conjunction with Thrillerfest to educate thriller writers  in the hopes...

Dreams Deferred Audiobook is Out!

Hi there: I'm pleased to announce that the second book in my Brooks Sisters Dreams series - "Dreams Deferred" is now available in audiobook format.   You can get the Dreams Deferred audiobook on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. The book description: Liking the bad boys can get you killed.  Has Ivy made that mistake again? Ivy Brooks was always attracted to the bad boys until one day, she met the...

The Liberian Agenda BookBub Promotion Mothers Day 2017

Hi there: I have great news! BookBub is going to feature my book - "The Liberian Agenda" - for a promotion on Mothers Day, May 14, 2017. The fact that "The Liberian Agenda" will be promoted by BookBub on Mother's Day is ironic and a little bittersweet to me for a number of reasons. First, I lost my mother a few years ago. I didn't finish or publish "The Liberian Agenda" until July, 2016, so she...

Indie Writer Tip: Get the Book Cover Source File

Hi there: I learned a really important lesson last week: When you have a book cover designed, get all permutations of the book cover designed at once (i.e. the e-book, paperback, audiobook and box sets covers) and get the source file. When I published my first book "Just Dreams" and my second book "Dreams Deferred," I was completely new to the world of self-publishing. I didn't know as much then...

What I Learned from Self Publishing School

  On Sunday, February 19, 2017, I was interviewed by Chandler Bolt -  bestselling author and creator of the Self Publishing School during his "Ask Me Anything" seminar. I was selected as one of six successful authors to have gone through the Self Publishing School program.  I was very flattered and excited to have been selected. My success pales in comparison to Chandler's but is...

Dreams Deferred Video

Hi there: Lately, I've been trying to up my game by learning how to use Facebook advertising to market my books and grow my e-mail list.  I signed up for Mark Dawson's Facebook advertising course and then headed over to Animoto.com to use my newfound knowledge to put together the Dreams Deferred video. Unfortunately, the course didn't have a segment in it on how to put together video ads. I'm a...

Interview of Tasher

Hi there: In this installment of the author interview series, I have with me Tasher, an entrepreneur and the author of "Divorced and Scared No More! Bk 1: Emotional Support for the Newly Divorced," "Divorced and Scared No More!: Practical Advice for the Newly Divorced," and "Divorced and Scared No More!: Dating after Divorce From Lemons to Zesty Lemon Sorbet." Tell us a little about yourself and...

Kimberly Kaye Interviews L.J. Taylor

Hi there: Kimberly Kaye at WFKX 96kix FM radio in Jacksonville, Tennessee interviewed me as their "Author of the Week."   She was a great interviewer with tons of energy and great personality.  I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to appear on her show. We talked about the first two books in my Brooks Sisters Dreams Series - "Just Dreams" and "Dreams Deferred."  We also talked about...

Interview of Troy Gathers

Hi there: In this installment of the author interview series, I have with me Troy Gathers - an entrepreneur and PhD student who has successfully marketed and sold his products globally. As a youth, Gathers attended eight different grade schools and dealt with the obstacles of constantly moving and being the new kid on the block. Over the course of his teen years, he encountered every type of...