How Cool Is This?

As Daisy O’Connor in my Dead Men series would say, “Butter my butt and call me a biscuit!” I’ve been working hard on rebranding, updating, and learning new skills. I shelled out some serious cash for SPF University’s Ads for Authors because the package includes so much more than advertising tutorials. I’m currently immersed in TikTok for Authors which is making my head spin but in a good way.

One of the things course instructors, Lila Dubois and Jayne Rylon suggested was consolidating all social media links into one access point. I’d heard of this but had no idea how to do it. They suggested Linktree, Beacons, or building the module ourselves. I do not have time to build anything right now so I went with the free version of Beacons.ai.

LOVE IT!

Not only are my social media links in one place but I also have a field for newsletter sign-ups and links to my Dead Men series books. This makes things so easy for readers to follow me, access my books, etc. It’s no secret people do not want to jump through hoops to find you so for all those instant gratification, impatient people . . . this is for YOU! (And me. I’m one of those people, too.)

If you are a fellow author and haven’t used a service like Linktree or Beacons, check out my link tree. I’ve replaced my website link with the Beacons link on all sites and I know my readers are going to love this as much as me.

http://beacons.ai/debrasandersauthor

Renewal

Retirement is not for sissies.

I’ve gone from a stressed-out disaster worker who thrived on 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week to . . . this. I need some structure! I need to stop thinking about tornadoes and floods and start killing people . . . in my books, of course.

Here’s my plan. I’ve decided chaos and overextension will be my friends. I’ve thrust myself headlong into writer/author/reader groups, art classes (because my soul needs to embrace creativity even if my writer’s brain won’t), agreed to pen a recurring column for a newsletter, and immersed myself in TikTok/BookTok which makes me feel like a six-year-old on the first day of school, wondering which corridor leads to the bathroom and afraid to ask.

I paid a ridiculous amount of money for a marketing/advertising course which I have yet to begin . . . but I will. I rejoined Goodreads and Facebook. My best support comes from the Grand Canyon Writers chapter of Sisters in Crime. This talented group has motivated me in ways I can’t seem to do on my own. Every Zoom meeting is like a transfusion of inspiration.

All systems are “go” for writing my next book. If all else fails, I can always super glue my butt to the chair. Well, that might be a tad uncomfortable so I think I’ll just write.

Hell yes, I’m thankful!

A little late with the Thanksgiving post but here goes:

I’m thankful to be retired . . . again.

I’m thankful for the support, amazing programs, and camaraderie with a great group of fellow authors at Grand Canyon Sisters in Crime chapter.

I’m thankful I was able to spend a week with family at a VRBO house in Phoenix that absolutely rocked! Had so much fun target shooting, shopping, eating, drinking, playing games, eating, picking fresh fruit from the homeowner’s trees (with their approval), swimming and lounging in the hot tub, eating, hiking, playing foosball, shuffleboard, billiards, and did I mention eating?

I’m thankful for the extra five pounds I gained. NOT! Well, maybe . . . because it was very good food.

I’m thankful for my husband, two rescue dogs, and living in southern Arizona where the sun shines almost every day, the trails beckon, and most people are pretty darn nice. Yeah, it gets hot in the summer. So I’m also thankful I can occasionally escape to cooler climes during the brutal season.

I’m thankful for our solar panels that keep the electric bill around $25 every month, all year.

I’m thankful for dark skies, diamond bright stars, and good wine.

What are YOU thankful for?

11/16/21

I’m retired . . . again.

Looking forward to resuming my DEAD MEN cozy series along with a couple of suspense thrillers. I’ve been chomping at the bit to start writing but after two years of working and traveling to disasters, I needed a little time to catch up with some “housework”, clear my head, snuggle with the hubs, and enjoy our two new rescue dogs. I haven’t hit the hiking trails yet but it’s coming. Photos are guaranteed!

Other news – I will be the new Fiction Tips columnist for PENWHEELS, a newsletter for Escapees members interested in writing/publishing. It’s chock full of good information from some very talented authors so I’m honored to join the ranks. My gig begins with the Spring issue. I’ll keep you posted!

Hope you like the new look of my website. I’ve discontinued blogging and will instead offer a quarterly newsletter with updates on new releases, book signings, contests, etc. so be sure to sign up for my mailing list on the homepage. I will not sell or provide your information to third parties. This is just a way for me to connect with readers and fans.

I’ll still post here from time to time, mostly personal activities like crafts, hiking and travel photos . . . and memes! I love memes and quotes.

That’s all for now. So very happy to be back!