Thursday, October 04, 2012

Guest Post: Shelli Wells + Giveaway!


I am here today with Shelli Wells, the author of Untraceable and Uncontrollable!

Marketing is something every writer should know. It is easy to learn because there are so many classes and webinars and books out there.


My main focus with marketing is building relationships. It is my goal to make real connections with people on a daily basis. I try to be authentic and grateful - no matter what happens. And I try to help others before they help me. This is a good foundation for building real relationships.


I work hard to make connections on Twitter, FB, and Pinterest. I always personally answer comments and tweets and emails. If someone takes the time to reach out to me, I can make the time to reach back.


But besides connecting with people, I am not afraid to try new things – whether they succeed or fail. Whether it is a new social group or a new ad campaign or something different, I will try it and see how it works.


If I am not sure about a marketing technique, I belong to a couple great groups of indie authors - The Indelibles and UtopYA. They always have great marketing ideas as well. Indie authors are the best people to ask about marketing because they HAVE To do their own marketing. They get no help.


I guess if I could choose my favorite way to reach readers – it would be school visits. I love the students’ questions and love their enthusiasm for my books and reading in general. If I could visit every school or library in the nation, I would.


As far as marketing, every author just needs to think of it as building connections (marketing sounds so impersonal) and not be afraid to get out there and try new things. In this publishing environment, if you can’t market, chances are you won’t sell.


Giveaway!
You can win an e-copy of  Uncontrollable! 
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About the author: Goodreads.com Bio!
When Shelli was younger, she spent all her time outdoors, hiking, camping and living the Girl Scout Way.

Somewhere along the way, she got away from nature and earned an MBA in Marketing, kicking off an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America.

Eventually, Shelli traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications business, www.bilaninc.com, where she worked with Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.

In addition to juggling nap schedules and client meetings, Shelli focuses on her writing. She is a frequent speaker on marketing and book publicity at SCBWI conferences across the U.S, and runs a popular book marketing blog, Market My Words (www.faeriality.blogspot.com).

In her spare time (yeah right!) and if the kids allow (yeah right!), Shelli obsesses over movies, reads children’s books (over and over), and still dreams of sleeping in on the weekends. But most importantly, she is finally getting back to her roots by running her own Girl Scout Troop in Atlanta, helping girls get back to nature.

She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog (Charley), British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world.
How to contact this author!! Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Blog | Facebook Author Page

About Untraceable!! Goodreads.com

16 year old Grace was reared in the wilderness. Her first pet was a bear named Simon. Her first potty, an oak tree. And, her first swing, a forest vine. Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her everything he knew about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.

When Grace's dad goes missing on a routine patrol, unlike everyone in her sleepy mountain town, she refuses to believe he’s dead. After finding a Cheetos bag and stolen government file, Grace is convinced she’s one step closer to proving all the non-believers wrong.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from imminent danger by Mo, a hot guy who has an intoxicating accent and a secret. Grace has never felt a connection like this before, certainly not with her ex-boyfriend, the adoring, but decidedly unrugged, Wyn.

After a few run-ins with the town's police chief, her father's partner, and some new evidence, Grace travels deeper into the wilderness that has always been her refuge only to learn that her father's disappearance is not a mere coincidence.

Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to emerge from an epidemic that’s spreading like wild fire, threatening everything and everyone she’s ever loved.




As Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program".
While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants.

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues.

Little does she know, she is being hunted too.


2 comments:

  1. Marketing is so important! :)

    -K8
    http://froze8.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thank you for being part of my tour :)

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