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I’ve had requests from several readers about new blog site for “The Vampyre Blogs”. More than a few lamented the fact that I had created the blog under Blogger instead of using WordPress.So, I have created a mirror site with the same exact content under WordPress. I hope this will be all right with everyone.Note: I am NOT taking down the Blogger site, it will remain and the two will be updated simultaneously whenever I create a new post.

This may sound kind of like strange thing to do, but for my readers I’m willing to make the effort. To me, it’s no different than putting my novels out both in Kindle and Nook Formats. Everyone has their own preference and I’m just trying to accommodate my fans.

Thanks for your attention. For those of you who are WordPress followers, here’s the link to the new site. I hope you enjoy and look forward to your comments and reactions to the characters.

http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/

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Okay gang, I have a special treat for you all today.  My good friend and fabulous author Keira Kroft has agreed to talk to you all about building a fan base for your writing.

Now, a little about Keira before I unleash her on you all.  Keira carries a vet assistance degree; her love for animals is as great as her love of people. She gives a percentage of her personal book sale profits to the animal welfare league. Residing in a quiet suburb in the outskirts Chicago with her husband, she manages their comic book store fulltime, spending any spare time that she has working with her cats Scamper and Sawyer to achieve total world domination, one shared Twinkie at a time. Her passions include reading, writing, football, comic books and family.

And now, without further ado.  Here is Keira…  oh, remember to take notes, there may be a quiz afterwards.

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Building a fan base…

If you follow a few simple steps, you can be in paradise within days. This is assuming you have written, tweaked and edited, edited and edited your work to a primo shine. But you are special and your work will be published, so don’t give away too much, a few sample chapters will suffice. However, the following advice works for someone that has only just begun, because it is never too early to acquire a fan base.

#1 Most important, get a Facebook for business, if you have one for family and friends, I suggest getting another one to meet and greet people to talk about your work. A fan page is also a nice idea.

#2 A blog, website or both is very important. Here are some helpful websites.

www.webs.com

www.weebly.com

www.webstarts.com

#3 Blogger http://www.blogger.com will sell you a domain for only 10.00 and is very versatile. I highly suggest weather you use blogger or not, to have a static website and blog.

These websites a completely free and there are more. But I have used the above free web hosts and I know they are safe and easy to snap together.

#4 A twitter account is very important. I know some people still have opinions about twitter, being a place to talk about your bowel movements and what you ate. But that is not true, it’s a very effective tool in reaching the masses.

#5 Don’t be a wallflower. Get out there, schmooze, and mingle. This never stops, enjoy the little bit of fame and fun. Most publishers do not require that you advertise for yourself. But most of them don’t mind, because every bit helps. And let’s face it most of us our are reader pimps, we want to collect as many of those as we can J

#6 Swim around, the internet is your friend. You can find many creative ways to advertise for free.

#7 Don’t be afraid, they are very few published writers that aren’t willing to give advice, so ask questions.

#8 Network with other writers, although befriending writers that write the same genre as you do is helpful, that is not a hard rule. They are multi-genre writers and there are multi-genre readers. I love a nice romance, but I also love the works of Clive Barker.

Good luck to all of you, if you need any further help or advice, please feel free to contact me

Keirakroft66@gmail.com or I am always on Facebook

Thank you all so much for having me here today 🙂

Hugs, Keira Kroft,

www.keirakroft.blogspot.com


Good afternoon everyone.  I have a question or two for you all.  I noticed one of my recent posts really seemed to resonate with a large number of you.  Specifically, it was the post about Press Release Kits.  I got a lot of feedback and thanks for sharing that information and was really glad so many found it helpful.  

 
After seeing that response and hearing back from so many it got me wondering.  Would you all like to see some more articles about writing (character development, plot, setting, self-publishing, etc.) on this blog as well as updates on my work?  I’ve already been adding some reviews and have been thinking about having guest blogs or interviews here as well.  How do you all feel about me adding some of these to the blog? 
 
If I do go this route, it will be one of each throughout the month along with my regular postings.  So, let me know what you think and what else you might want to see here.  I strive to be informative as well as entertaining.  
 
I’m looking forward to your responses.  Thanks and take care.

This took me totally by surprise and I’m very flattered and honored.  I hadn’t thought my blogging was having such an effect on people.  I want to thank Red and Flame at http://firestone2012.wordpress.com/ for nominating me in the first place.    Now in accordance with the rules of the award I’m supposed to reveal 7 facts about myself so here goes.

1 – Was a foster child at the age of 8 months and adopted at the age of 4 years by the Krummenackers.

2 – I studied and performed magic illusions in my teens and still have a lot of my equipment and skills.

3 – I’ve been taking dance lessons (mostly in Ballroom and Improvisational Dance) since I turned 41.

4 – I played violin in grade school and a little guitar in high school.

5 – Studied to be a Physical Therapist back in 1982 only to drop out, I was getting too emotionally overwrought over the people I couldn’t help.

6 – Went back to college 2 years ago and got my A. S. in Human Services

7 – Met my wife of 23 years at a Doctor Who Fan Club, I dressed up as the MASTER and harrassed people on the phones and giving the pledge pitches during Pledge Breaks during Doctor Who for our local PBS station for 3 years.

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I’d like to nominate the following Bloggers who I follow for this award:

1 – http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/

2 – http://joehinojosa.wordpress.com/

3 – http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents

4 – http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

5 – http://thoughtsfromaliteraryagent.blogspot.com/

6 – http://www.rachellegardner.com/

7 – http://hellfireherald.blogspot.com/

8 – http://flashesinthedark.com/

9 – http://querytracker.blogspot.com/

10 – http://carsonbuckingham.blogspot.com/

11 – http://www.iansrutter.co.uk/blog/

12 – http://jerrihines.blogspot.com/

13 – http://geistwrite.blogspot.com/

14 – http://vampiremaman.wordpress.com/

15 – http://www.scarletblack-author.blogspot.com/

These are just a few of the many bloggers who’ve had an impact on me.  I know there’s more of you out there, but I only had so much room.  But please keep it up all of you.  I love reading your insights and stories.  Take care and thanks again everyone.

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