Coming March 18th… Instagram

romance writers chat topic march 18th instagram and snapchatWe’re continuing Social Media Marketing Month this Sunday with Instagram!

Scrolling through Instagram can be the ultimate time waster with the emphasis solely on the visual senses. It’s not the marketing heavy giant of Facebook and Twitter, but many writers say it’s on it’s way, and it’s selling their books. Do you have an Instagram author platform? Is it important or not to selling books? (We might touch on Snapchat this week too. Do you use it? How’s it different from Instagram? Does it do anything for marketing books?) 

Let’s chat about it, Sunday 4pm PT/ 7pm ET.

Guest Post: Engaging on Twitter Outside of #RWChat

shutterstock_321433031We’re talking about social media marketing all month long and the wonderful and ever-talented Harper Miller wrote us a little something about building up engagement on Twitter!

Social media is my jam, and it’s probably because I’m a social butterfly outside of the World Wide Web. It’s no secret I want to know all the people! Every author is told that to build a following, you need accounts on the Top Three Social Media Websites: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I have accounts on those platforms, and a few others, but sometimes those additional platforms can be tedious, so I barely use them. My Holy Grail of social media platforms is Twitter. Continue reading

Coming March 11th… Twitter

romance writers chat march 11th social media marketing month twitterFor March 2018, we’re doing Social Media Marketing Month. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Goodreads… to name a few. We’ll be chatting about each one in the coming weeks.

Sometimes the Twitter timeline can feel like chaos, and tweeting can feel like you’re shouting into the void. While RWchat provides built-in engagement through the question and answer format, engaging on Twitter outside of the chat can be a bit trickier. Oversharing, undersharing, how much is too much? Let’s talk about engaging on Twitter outside of RWchat on Sunday, March 11th, 7pmEST/4pmPST.

Coming March 4th… Facebook Marketing

RWchat topic facebook marketing march 4th

For March 2018, we’re doing Social Media Marketing Month. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Goodreads… to name a few. We’ll be chatting about each on RWchat in the coming weeks.

Facebook is an ever-changing beast. Just when you think you’ve figured out how to get engagement, they change the algorithm and everything falls into chaos. But lots of authors have great success with sales and have a significant fan base on Facebook. Tell us about your experiences with the social media giant. Is there any way for us to be authors and sell books without it?

Join us Sunday 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

Guest Post: Consent Is Key In Romance

Tamsen Parker took on the tough topic of consent in romance, as per our chat this Sunday, and she makes some great points for us to think about.

Consent has become a bigger part of the romance conversation than ever before, and it’s a conversation that is essential to have. We don’t live in the era of the bodice ripper anymore when I’d argue that women were demonstrating agency by writing stories in which they could still obtain sexual pleasure without receiving society’s censure for acting “unladylike,” or for, heaven forbid, admitting that they wanted sex. We don’t have to do that anymore. Which raises the question: what is our responsibility in regards to consent in the romances we pen?

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Coming Feb. 25th… Consent

It’s Flirty February! Join us for a whole month devoted to romance-specific chat topics.

Romance Writer chat topic February 25 Consent

The role of consent in society and romance is an ever-evolving conversation. The genre’s “bodice ripper” reputation is a throwback to when leading ladies weren’t allowed to want sex without coercion, but many authors and readers have moved on to more sex-positive narratives. This Sunday February 25th, we’ll talk about what consenting relationships look like (even if you like them rough and/or dark), as well as the past, present, and future of consent in Romance.

Coming Feb. 18th… Love Scenes

It’s Flirty February! Join us for a whole month devoted to romance-specific chat topics.

Romance Writer chat topic February 18 Love Scenes

Writing love scenes is hard (hehe). Sometimes it’s hot and heavy, sometimes it’s slow and sweet, sometimes it’s something in between that’s difficult to define. Better yet is when they break the boundaries of the physical intimacy we’ve read before with something unique and new. But no matter what, love scenes have to play a part in the plot and the development of the characters. How do you write meaningful love scenes amidst all the “skip to the good part” pressure? Join us Sunday 4pm PT / 7pm ET.

  

Coming Feb. 11th… Kissing

It’s Flirty February! Join us for a whole month devoted to romance-specific chat topics.

Romance Writer chat topic February 11 Kissing

First kisses. Last kisses. Soft and sweet. Grab you by the hair and ruin your life (in the best way). No matter what heat level you write, there’s a lot riding on the kiss. In fairytales, true love’s kiss is magic, but that’s a lot of pressure on the page. How do you live up to the kissing hype and do it justice for your readers and your characters? Let’s talk about all the ins and outs of locking lips on Sunday, February 11th.

Coming Feb. 4th… Chemistry and Compatibility

It’s Flirty February! Join us for a whole month devoted to romance-specific chat topics.

Romance Writer chat topic February 4 Chemistry and Compatibility

The flames, the sizzle, the burn—whether it’s slow, scorching or subtle, the chemistry that binds our lovers together is what gets the romance started and keeps it going for the whole story. The goal is identifying unique qualities each character has that are compatible enough to end in mutual love and HEA. Everybody has their own way of developing chemistry in a romance. Come share yours and learn about it with others this Sunday 4pm PT/ 7pm ET.

Coming Jan. 28th… Making A Marketing Plan

Romance Writer chat topic January 28 Making a Marketing Plan

Love it or hate it, marketing isn’t something you can wing—not if you want it to be successful. Before diving into the specifics of any individual platform, the first thing you need is a plan. When done right, your overall marketing goal weaves together frequency and different types of platform content to create a comprehensive blanket that is thoughtful and timely. Join us Sunday, January 28th 4pm PT / 7pm ET and dive into making a marketing plan that helps take the mystery (and maybe the misery!) out of marketing your books and your brand.