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Greetings from beautiful Mount Dora, Florida, where we’re starting to chill out.

Of course, for us, “chill out” means temperatures that dip into the fifties at night and still climb into the seventies during the day. Today, I have the privilege of introducing you to novelist C. Kevin Thompson, who is also celebrating the season in comfort because he lives in a town just down the road from my own.

Welcome, Kevin! How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?                                                             

C. Kevin Thompson

C. Kevin Thompson

That’s an interesting question. It’s something I’ve written about on my blog and is too long a story to get into here. Suffice it to say I’ve had two books published, and they will be published again as second editions. My first book, The Serpent’s Grasp, originally came out in 2012 and won the 2013 Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference Selah Award in 2013 for First Fiction. It will be out again in 2017. Read More →

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GraceC. Kevin Thompson - Author Photo and Peace from Hot, Muggy, Sticky, “No, you don’t want to move down here and retire” Florida! Really. If we get too many more people, the peninsula will break off and float out into the Atlantic. I hear North Carolina’s nice this time of year… They have golf up there, too. 🙂

 

It’s Marketing Wednesday. Since I am not a marketing genius, I always feel a little inadequate trying to help those of you in the writing business who are much further along in the “selling” aspect of the biz than I am.

I’m old school. Call me a fuddy-duddy. Call me old-fashioned. Call me crazy, even. I am a firm believer gallery-thumbnails (56) that good writing will sell books…eventually. It’s just a matter of time. God’s timing. All the tricks and gizmos and slants and talking points one can muster are all well and good, provided they are backed up with the ultimate test: Does the reader want to read on? Complete you’re the next chapter? Complete the book? Complete the series? Look for your next work? Tell others about you? If the writing isn’t good, they won’t be back.

So, the way I figure it, whenever I run across an article, a book, or a method that can help some of you take your writing to the next phase of what God has in store, then Praise Him!

gallery-thumbnails (57)Jayson DeMers is a regular contributor for Forbes. He “demystifies SEO and online marketing for business owners.” Well, that’s his claim. I guess I’m not a business owner, because some of the content he produces still mystifies me.

However, many of the things he covers, not only in this article, The Top 7 Online Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014, but in other articles he’s written, have information that can help a writer. Much of it probably applies more to a non-fiction writer than a fiction author, but there are still some principles fiction people can take away and use. There are also several links embedded in the article you may also want to check out.

Number 1 on the list probably applies more to the non-fiction crowd. Two, Three, and Four really apply to us all. Number 5 more for non-fiction. Six and Seven, everybody.

Hope this helps! Have a great writing day!gallery-thumbnails (55)

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KEVIN THOMPSON is an ordained minister, and his published works include not only numerous articles in a varied allotment of magazines and newspapers, but also two award-winning novels, The Serpent’s Grasp (OakTara, 2012; winner of the 2013 Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference Selah Award for First Fiction) and 30 Days Hath Revenge – A Blake Meyer Thriller: Book 1 (OakTara 2013) – another award winner! You can find Kevin at the following locations online:

Website:          www.ckevinthompson.com

Blogs:               www.clevinthompson.blogspot.com & http://www.thehelpfuleducator.blogspot.com

Facebook:       C. Kevin Thompson – Author Page

Twitter:          @CKevinThompson

Goodreads:    C. Kevin Thompson

 

 

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