|NYT selling author Nalini Singh|
Yesterday I joined fellow writers of the Coast To Coast chapter of Romance Writers of New Zealand for our monthly meeting in Hamilton.
The Coast to Coast group covers the geographical area from the Bay of Plenty in the east, Hauraki/Thames/Coromandel in the north, through the Central North Island and as far west as Waitomo/King Country and south to Taumaranui.
Many of our members have to travel a considerable distance to attend meetings which makes it all the more special when we get together.
Yesterday our guest speaker was New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh www.nalinisingh.com
Nalini talked about a variety of topics, the business side of writing, and an overview of the promotion seminar she attended at the RWA Annaheim conference in America.
She stressed the importance of promotion and discussed the merits of maintaining a consistent internet presence. We were advised to sort out our websites....the link to my website is on my blog.
A website is the first and most important tool for promotion for a professional writer. Then she advised us to choose two or three types of social media, blog....my hand waves madly here...
Twitter....my twitter handle is www.twitter.com/@shirleywine1
And Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shirley-Wine/286187614776117
So I guess I have them covered.
Nalini also asked us to remember when using social media, to be kind and generous towards others.
Nalini gave us an insight to her heavy workload and the challenge she faces to keep it all in perspective. The major point she rammed home again and again; First you have to write the books. And then you have to keep writing and treat your writing professionally; work regular hours/word counts.
And for all those doubters who claim you can never make a living as a professional writer she said, "That's strange I have morning tea regularly with five other authors who make a living at writing."
For me, it was wonderful to meet up with Nalini and her wonderful mother, Oosha.
I have known Nalini since she was a struggling wannabe writer and now she's an Internationally known author. And she's still the same warm, generous person.
This is one of the real joys in belonging to Romance Writers of New Zealand. We can share the joys, the setbacks and the triumphs of our fellow writers.
It is a pearl beyond price.