Liz Gavin is one of the most energetic and awesome people I’ve ever encountered.  Her obvious zest and love for life is contagious and I’m so glad she has stopped at WATCH NONNIE WRITE! to share some of those positive vibes.  She’s here today to kick off the 1st of a five-part series on MARKETING INDIE BOOKS.  Guests, I give you, AUTHOR, LIZ GAVIN!


It is hard to write a novel. It’s time-consuming to the point we neglect family and friends. It’s so distracting we walk around with our heads in the clouds, hearing dialogs in our heads and seeing things that are not there. All writers know what I’m talking about here. It’s nothing new but it’s a fact.

It is also a fact that most writers know next to nothing about promoting their books. They – no, strike that – WE concentrate on the creative process. We enjoy creating to the extent we don’t have time to bother with ‘small’ details such as covers, formatting, trailers, blog tours, you name it! The word small is in between quotation marks in the previous sentence because these things are HUGE for authors, more so for indie writers.

After all, let’s face it – the relationship between authors and readers sometimes raises delicate issues. I’ll point out one of many possible scenarios. Isn’t it frustrating to see a complaint from a reader about the fact your book looks ‘funny’ on their e-reader after all your hard work, the sleepless nights you had to go through to finish writing that one book? As a writer, one may consider it unfair that another person ignored the content to complain about the looks of a book. As a customer yourself, can you blame that person for defending their right to a good quality product? I know I can’t. So, I would get frustrated but agree with the reader.

Well, if writing is something we love doing but demands so much time and effort from us, and a day is made up of only twenty-four hours, when will we find the time to concentrate on those issues I mentioned earlier and keep on writing? How can we maintain the quality of our craft and promote it with quality at the same time?

If we don’t have the funds to employ a team of awesome, creative people to take care of covers, formatting, promoting and so on, we must do it on our own. If we don’t have the time and/or skills to take on this job, the next best thing is to find professionals who can help us.

Although, I haven’t been publishing for a long a time – around a year and a half – I have been very lucky so far. I’ve found great resources online to help me tackle these problems. I want to share them with you, in case you haven’t heard of them.

So tune in tomorrow, on the next stop on Lucky Blog Tour, for more information. I’ll talk about creating covers.

Liz Gavin


When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade – just a couple of years ago, really – her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.

Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.

Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.

As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz’s creativity has improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.

Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.

Book & Contact Links:
Book link on Amazon = http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MS48JO0
My blog = elessarpublishing.blogspot.com
Twitter handle =  @LizGavin_author
Facebook = www.facebook.com/liz.gavin.54
Email = lizgavin@elessarbooks.com

Blog Tour Links:

Goodreads Event Page – https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/950886-luck-of-the-irish-tour

Rafflecopter Giveaway Page – http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4af5be7f6/?

Well, I’d like to thank Liz for stopping by, sharing with us.  Please, do leave your comments below because although Liz is all grown up now, she still loves to talk!  And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Luck of the Irish!  I hear it’s getting RAVE REVIEWS!



  1. harmonykentonline

    Hi Liz! Sorry I’m only just catching up! I am so enjoying following you on tour, and it was a pleasure to host you on Tuesday! Very best of “Irish” luck with your writing and your book! 🙂


    • Thank you, Harmony for catching up. I’m honored to have you onboard & I had the best time stopping at your blog, as well. 🙂

      Talk soon,


  2. Great post, Liz. Excellent support, Nonnie!


    • Hi, Beem.
      Thank YOU so much for your tireless support, your visit & comments.

      All the best,


  3. I enjoyed your insights into the writing/marketing issue all Indies face. Like a lot of Indies, my Achilles heel is marketing – but I’m slowly learning.


    • Tell me about it, John! I’m also learning painfully slowly. 🙂
      Thank you so much for the visit & sharing your thoughts.
      I appreciated your support. You never fail!

      All the best,


  4. reanolanmartin

    fun blog, liz! good luck on the tour!


    • Hey, Rea!
      Thank YOU for the visit and the wishes. Your support mean a lot to me!



  5. Liz: Thanks. We can all use marketing tips, whether we are Indie or traditionally published. Today, all authors must market endlessly, and knowing the ins and outs really helps. Thanks, Nonnie, for hosting.


    • Hi, Jennie.
      Thank you for your visit and support. They’re much appreciated.
      You’re absolutely right when you say authors can use marketing tips – I need a lot of them. 🙂
      My idea with the posts is share doubts, more than anything else, hoping other writers will contribute to the debate & we’ll all learn together. 🙂

      All the best,


  6. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hi Liz and Congratulations! Its so nice to get useful information from our members. We can use the pointers.


    • Hi, Shirley!
      Thank you for the visit & comments. Your support is priceless! 🙂
      As for my post, thanks for the thought, but I’m only sharing my concerns in the hopes somebody will give ‘me’ some pointers. 🙂 I’m lost!!


  7. Hey, John!
    How are you, sir? It’s an honor to have you here today. Thank YOU.
    As for Nonnie, you know… she is great! 😉

    See you soon,


  8. Thanks for the good info Liz and thank to Nonnie for hosting


  9. Good information Liz! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to tomorrow!
    Jenny Hinsman


    • Hey, Jenny. How’s it going? Thank YOU for stopping by and commenting on the post.

      Hope to see you soon,


  10. Any help with marketing and any type of promo is a good thing for any writer. but of course for ‘indies’ it’s doubly so else you end up feeling isolated and neglected. So it’s great to see positive articles on the subject from someone who gets the indie market as a writer and a consumer and, probably more importantly, doesn’t see marketing as a necessary ‘evil’… That latter attitude is my problem really, even though I’m trained as a graphic designer and typesetter, it’s still really hard to get my head around the PR side of things. Looking to hearing more, Liz! 😀


    • Hello, Jan!
      I’m so glad you liked my post. It’s an issue that really gets me worried and that’s why I felt I should share it with people and see what they tell me. You helped me. 🙂

      Hope to hear from you soon, dear.


  11. I think this marketing thing is a great idea, and thank you very much for bringing it to the forefront, especially for Indie writers. I once believed that writing and marketing were two different ball game, where the writer was the artist 🙂 and the marketer, the business person who sold the work of the artist. I can now see how this mind set belongs to the past when thing were different. Thank you for opening our minds to this new realization, and I look forward to learning. Great idea indeed!


    • Thank you, Joy, for your very kind words and you visit. My goal with this post was to open a debate about the topic. I need to learn more. 🙂

      Talk soon,


  12. Hi, Nonnie!

    Thank you for hosting this stop and for the kind introduction. Phew! It’s a relief to know you think so high of me considering how much I’ve nagged you lately. LoL

    Dear Nonnie readers,
    It’s an honor to be here today, one I hadn’t expected and can only do my best to enjoy. This lady is the tireless driving force behind the amazing Rave Reviews Book Club – a unique group of talented authors I’m pretty sure you all know.
    I could go on for hours praising her work and counting her achievements but I’ll let her work speak for herself so I invite you to explore this blog and dare you to leave without a couple of new ideas and thought-provoking concepts.



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