datauri-file~ By Jillian Jacobs 

As a relatively new writer, I’ve relied on more seasoned authors to direct me down the right and WRITE road. To aid with this, I co-developed a local author sub-group called the Juicebox Dialogues. This group was created in order to share and promote author news. I would encourage every author to surround themselves with a crew of like-minded people. You’ll be amazed at free flow of information. Sometimes you just have questions, and knowing there are others who are willing to answer, relieves a lot of strain in an already overwhelming writer world.

With that in mind, here are some of the focal points of our group that I feel can be of benefit.

  • Share news on all social media outlets. By SHARE, I mean, click that button. It’s very easy to do.
  • Like each other’s posts- sometimes it’s the little things
  • Read each other’s books-sometimes it’s the big things. I get a thrill out of just knowing someone is reading my book. Like the content or not, at least they put forth the effort.
  • Post reviews- this should actually be Number #1
  • Include excerpts by other authors at the back of your books- I recently did this with an author friend, since we both write romantic suspense.
  • Attend local author events even if you’re not signing. For example, book signings, writer conferences, and library events- BE PRESENT!
  • Critique
  • Beta read
  • At book signing’s, with each book purchase, give the buyer additional swag from your author friends
  •  Combine advertising dollars, nationally and/or locally for traditional advertising, like Romantic Times or a local publication.
  • For more expensive swag items split the cost with various authors, like mugs or cloth bags
  • Host authors on your blog
  • Host brainstorming sessions
  • Volunteer within your RWA chapter
  • Like author pages on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, etc….
  • Write novellas together and/or package books together
  • Visit and comment on blog posts
  • Share your experiences when you try something new, like a Bookbub ad or a new blogger
  • Develop and submit RWA Conference workshops together
  • Post photos from author events – show readers your camaraderie
  • Video blogging

What kinds of author collaborations have you done? Were they successful? What ways can we help each other as we move forward in this ever-changing world of romance writing? Do you already have a group of author friends? If so, what fun things do you do to support each other?

If you’d like, please visit YouTube for some fun videos with my Juicebox Dialogues pals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSqq5xxIMlo

In 2015, my wish is that you’ll find a group of writers who share the same positive spirit. Collaborate today!

In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many “rules” to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.

Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category, and is now available for purchase.

Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose.

The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary.

Website: www.jillianjacobs.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenMooseProd

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17 comments to “My 2015 “Moose” Mantra – Author Collaboration”

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  1. Jillian Jacobs - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for hosting my article. Any other thoughts on author collaboration? I’d love to hear them.
    Jillian

  2. Donya Lynne - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Great post, Jillian! 🙂

  3. Jillian Jacobs - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Donya Lynne is a member of the Juicebox Dialogues. She has been one of my main collaborators. It’s been wonderful making new author friends this year.
    Jillian

  4. Liz Flaherty - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Nice article, Jill!

  5. Jillian Jacobs - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks, Liz. You’ll be hearing more about this from me in 2015!

  6. Brina Brady - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Excellent article, Jill!

  7. Jillian Jacobs - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks, Brina. You’ve been a great collaborator.
    Jillian

  8. Vicki Batman - December 12, 2014 Reply

    A perfect list and I do many of these things too. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Jillian Jacobs - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Vicki,
    Wonderful! Thanks for stopping by.
    Jillian

  10. Kathy Mueller - December 12, 2014 Reply

    All of these things, and many that are not listed, have contributed to my writer career. Supporting other authors takes nothing away from your own writing, but will enhance your writing ten-fold. A big thanks to all of the authors who have helped me on my journey. Let’s keep paying it forward.

    Great job Jillian!

  11. Jillian Jacobs - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Very true, Kathy. And I learned all of this from YOU!
    Jillian

  12. Aleatha Romig - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Great post!!!

  13. Jillian Jacobs - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Thanks, Aleatha. Some collaborators get wine!

  14. CathyShouse - December 12, 2014 Reply

    These are all great ideas, Jill, and ones I know you are doing. I also think you guys have taught me that having fun together is important, too. 🙂 I have also appreciated the sharing of writing methods and the open advice about the ups and downs of the business. Plus, referring to craft books has helped, such as Donya’s recommending “Format Your Print Book with Createspace” by Tim C. Taylor and “Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict” by Cheryl St. John.

  15. Jillian Jacobs - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Good call, Cathy. Book recommendations is an excellent way to share info. Thanks for that tip.
    Jillian

  16. Anya Breton - December 14, 2014 Reply

    Oooh hosting brainstorming sessions sounds like it could be fun! (as does all the others, too).

    Awesome post! Thanks 🙂

  17. Jillian Jacobs - December 14, 2014 Reply

    Thanks, Anya! Brainstorming sessions involving fudge??
    Jillian

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