Welcome to Day 10 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @LinneaTanner @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #DaggersDestiny
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On the 10th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…
AUTHOR, LINNEA TANNER!
Award-winning author, Linnea Tanner, weaves Celtic tales of love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology. She has also extensively researched ancient and medieval history, mythology, and archaeology to support her writing and has traveled to sites described within each of her books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Of particular interest to her are the enigmatic Celts, reputed as fierce warriors and mystical Druids.
A Colorado native, Linnea attended the University of Colorado and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. She lives in Windsor with her husband and has two children and six grandchildren.
NJ: Hi, Linnea! So happy to have you join us today! So, let’s get at it! Is your author name a pen name or your birth name?
Linnea: Married name.
In the rich and vibrant tale, Author Linnea Tanner continues the story of Catrin and Marcellus that began with the awarding-winning novel APOLLO’S RAVEN in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series. Book 2: DAGGER’S DESTINY sweeps you into an epic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia.
NJ: Where can readers purchase your book and how much is it?
Linnea: Dagger’s Destiny is available as an e-book ($3.99) and paperback ($15.95) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and GooglePlay. The audiobook is available at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
NJ: Linnea, I have been in this business long enough to know that quite a few readers have a purchase price point and will only spend so much on an e-book. How do you price your books and what is your logic behind the pricing?
Linnea: I price my e-books to be competitive with others in the genre. Currently, I’ve settled on prices of $2.99 for my first e-book in the series and $3.99 for subsequent e-books. When I run promotions, particularly the first e-book in the series, I reduce the price to 99 cents to get more downloads; other regularly priced e-books in the series are often downloaded during the promotion. In the future, I’d like to write a prequal novella which I’ll make permanently free as an enticement for readers to consider reading the entire series at the regular prices.
NJ: Nice! I got on Twitter many years ago because my social media manager at the time, told me that I needed to be on Twitter. He did not give me an actual reason as to why (I had to learn my “why” on my own), just that I needed to be there. What was your main reason for getting on Twitter? For support? For fun?
Linnea: When I first tried Twitter in 2012, I did so because I wanted to announce blog posts about research I’ve done on Celtic history, culture, and mythology as part of a long-term pre-launch plan for my series. Twitter turned out to be one of the most effective tools to meet and learn about other authors. I actively follow other authors and discover their books on Twitter. If I enjoy an author’s work, I post reviews of his/her book at my blog and at retail sites. Authors, in turn, return the favor by promoting new posts from my blog and ultimately my books that I began releasing in 2017.
NJ: What other social media platforms do you use to market your book(s), and have you found them to be beneficial?
Linnea: New posts from my blog are also announced on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. I have Instagram and Pinterest accounts but don’t use these platforms as frequently for promotion. I have an author site at BookBub where I leave reviews and recommend books that I’ve read.
NJ: Supporting others is a huge part of my identity. I believe that when you invest your time and support in others, you find that your circle grows by leaps and bounds of others giving the same to you. When I first got involved heavily on Twitter, I was pushing others more than I was pushing myself – I continue to do so. Do you support others on social media? If so, how?
Linnea: It is important to support other authors on Twitter and other social media platforms. Beginning in 2012, I slowly gained a large following, in part, by promoting authors whose novels I enjoyed reading. In return, many authors have actively promoted me and, in some cases, reach out to me about doing a blog post. Vice versa, I’ve reached out to authors if I enjoyed their book and will request an interview to post on my website or blog.
NJ: Do you actually take the time to read tweets from others before you retweet them, or do you just hit “retweet” without ever engaging in the tweet?
Linnea: For those who leave a special tweet to support me, I do read them and try to thank the person in a reply. In some cases, I’ll reply with a special message or retweet with a special quote from me.
NJ: If you could map out the perfect way that you would want others to support you on social media, how would you ask your followers to support you? Just imagine that everyone who reads this interview will run out and follow you. How could they best support you? What would you have them do?
Linnea: One of the best ways for a person to support me is to subscribe to my website or my blog. The links to my social media can be found on my websites from where you can connect and follow me. If possible, share posts on social media and leave comments. If you have the capability, you can reblog my posts that may be of interest to your readers. Whenever I do a blog tour for an author, I make an effort to subscribe his/her website and connect to their social media as described above.
NJ: We all learn something new almost every day while on social media and I like sharing what I have learned with other authors, in hopes that it will benefit them in some way. Have you come across any writing resources that might benefit other authors?
Linnea: Rave Reviews Book Club
NJ: Authors are always seeking good formatting services. Who do you use to format your books, and would you recommend them?
Linnea: I currently have my books formatted at Bublish, a company I contract to distribute most of my books. They’ve done a good job with the formatting and are very responsive.
NJ: What is the one bit of writing advice you would give to any author, experienced or newbie?
Linnea: I’ve heard that an author must write one million words before he/she fully understands the craftsmanship. My primary advice is for authors to be passionate about their work and to consistently write. Obtain constructive feedback from trusted critique partners and professional editors to improve your craftsmanship.
NJ: Is writing only a hobby for you or do you write full time?
Linnea: I consider writing to be a full-time business for which I am responsible or need to contract services for writing, editing, formatting, distribution, and marketing of my books. I try to balance my time between writing and performing functions in the publishing process.
NJ: Is your reputation as a writer important to you, OR might we look up one day and find that you are in a Twitter brawl with someone?
Linnea: It’s important that I do not burn bridges with anyone. I’d like to be known as someone who supports my colleagues. In the few cases in which I’ve received a negative personal comment, I don’t respond and block the person from my twitter account.
NJ: Good job! I block ALL negativity. In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between the writers you see today around social media, versus the writers of old?
Linnea: Currently, social media gives an author more of a chance to interact with readers and other authors. Before 2000, authors had to rely on book signings, special events, and mail to interact with readers.
NJ: Do you value professionalism in the literary arena and worry that the lack thereof makes it harder for those of us who wish to be taken seriously in this business? Or does the unprofessional behavior of some around social media not bother you at all?
Linnea: Fortunately, I’ve seldom dealt with lack of professionalism in the literary arena. People should treat each other with respect on social media as they would in a face-to-face conversation. It is easier to discard polite decorum on social media because, in essence, you are interacting with strangers with whom you’ll never meet in person.
NJ: If you have ever received any, how do you handle not-so-flattering reviews of your book(s)?
Linnea: When I receive a not-so-flattering review, I keep the following line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” in mind: You can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same. Reviews are subjective and not everyone will like your book. If there are any editorial issues, I will try to address these and revise the books, as needed.
NJ: Do you appreciate honesty regarding your writing because you know that only honest feedback allows you to grow as a writer, or are you one of those who would prefer that others lie to you and tell you only what they know you want to hear?
Linnea: I value honest feedback during the critiquing and editing process before the book is published. From reviews, I assess what readers like or dislike about my book. Depending on the comments, I may take their comments into consideration on what needs to change in the book or subsequent books.
Based on some initial, in-depth reviews from my first book, Apollo’s Raven, I contracted an editor who specializes in historical fiction to do another round of content editing to remove modern-day phrases not consistent with the historical time period. I relaunched the book with a different cover that more accurately reflects the time period and genre. The cover and excerpt helps to attract readers who most likely will enjoy the book and meet their expectations.
NJ: Do you blog about any specific topics or are you a random-topic-blogger?
Linnea: I am a random-topic-blogger who blogs the following topics: updates on my events and book releases, blog tours, author interviews, book reviews, topics of interest from my research, and reblog of interesting posts from another website.
OTHER QUICK FACTS ABOUT LINNEA…
- Indie-published under Apollo Raven Publisher, LLC.
- Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Fantasy Historical, Ancient World Historical Romance
- Writing for past 11 years after retirement
- 3 books published to date: Apollo’s Raven (Book 1), Dagger’s Destiny (Book 2), Amulet’s Rapture (Book 3) / DAGGER’S DESTINY (favorite)
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