Here I am…

Blarney: n. Smooth flattering talk. Deceptive nonsense.  Or to some: The Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it and you’ll never be lost for words. *sigh* But those of us toiling in the written word perhaps need more than a stone to kiss. I wish it were that easy. I recently posted a quote on my real self’s Facebook page about writing by Walter Wellesley Smith: “There’s nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” It feels like it. Yep, even for me, the “smut peddler” or the “chick-porn” writer. I write erotic romance, not smut, not chick-porn. Smut is a relative term and “chick porn” is the DH’s way of getting out of reading my work. I get so many different reactions when I’m asked about my writing, from raised eyebrows, nervous giggles, or my personal favorite—an invitation to dinner.  But I digress. I’m saving that for a later blog. 

Now, here I am, starting this blog to expand my marketing platform.  I’ve sold my first novella to Red Sage Publishing, Inc., and I’m waiting for its release this fall. So as I continue to write (one of the tenets of publishing is to keep writing, keep the career humming and fresh) I’m broadening my promotional opportunities.  *blink, blink* I’d rather open a vein. 

My first reaction to the self-promo was: “WTF do I know about promotion?!! I whined to critique partners and mentor authors who shook their heads in commiseration or patted my head and said, “Use the force young, Jedi.” Hmm, is the “force” blarney?  

   

Well, hell! 

No, I’m hearing all this blogging blarney is a force in itself in a marketing sense. Book reviews, author forums, and interviews sell books. Or at the very least blogging provides a vehicle through which an author, like MOI, can spark some interest, capture readers’ attention, show my voice, display my creativity, and hype my writing skills. 

“But I thought that was the whole point of writing my stories!” Stubborn-me still whined. 

“No, no, no.” the wise ones persisted. “You need to put your profile, your brand, your ass out there so the readers know who you are. Make your name known, Grasshopper, for no one else will do it for you.” 

  

So here it is folks.  Creating a blog for marketing reasons might seem like a load of blarney, but because I’m a writer and a woman, it makes perfect sense. Writers write and women talk. This blog is about writing, about women and what woman talk about. I love men! Men are more than welcome. I look forward to their spicing up and adding their interesting perspectives to conversations. Just be warned, I’ll talk about ya…a lot. 

I’m planning on having fun with this blogging thing, so expect naughty-guilty-pleasure stuff, just short of hedonism.  *I love that word* Oh, and I might throw in some blarney as well. 

Cheers! 

 

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26 thoughts on “Here I am…

  1. anyadavis says:

    Wow, Gabriella – gorgeous blog! I just signed up to follow you here; wouldn’t want to miss anything!

  2. Keri Ford says:

    yay you! you can do eeet!

  3. Love the new blog and the header! Very cool!
    And I look forward to the “naughty-guilty-pleasure stuff” since I, too, am a fan of men, writing, and what women like to talk about. Bring it on, Gabriella!

  4. Forgot to tell you, I added your blog to my blogroll.

  5. Christina Wolfer says:

    Bloody guid blog, my friend. Thought I’d stick with the theme and throw in some accent.

  6. Monica Burns says:

    I have to tell you… I LOVE, LOVE the Name The story of Ro – O – GREAT new spin. So sayeth the PR guru! Enjoyed the post!

  7. Ladies, thanks so much! It’s such a big deal for me. It really is like opening up a vein. I’m sure I’ll get used to it as I go.
    Anya and Keri, thanks so much for the kudos and the vote of confidence.
    Renee, you are a woman after my own heart! I’ve got so many goodies racing around in my head. I’ll definitely keep you posted cuz I think I might need your opinion from time to time. 🙂
    Tina, I’m sure I know what you mean about the accent. It’s comin’ soon! *wink*
    Monica, I came up with that one on my own even! Keri S. said something to me and it just went BAM! That’s it, that’s the name. So I could give her the credit for the nudge at least.
    Now, I’m off to check this approval crap! ARGH! This is fun, but working out the kinks sucks.
    Luv and hugs!
    Gabby

  8. Stephanie says:

    can’t wait for the book!!

    • Stepahnie! I’m so glad to hear from you. Will you be going to RWA this year–in two weeks? !! I’m so bummed I won’t be attending. The change in venue kinda forced my hand, almost cried when I received my refund. LOL! I’m such a baby.
      It’d be great to see you again. How’s reviewing at the Examiner going? (I hope I got that right?)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Tonya Kappes says:

    YAY!! Welcome to the blog world!!!!!!!! I love that your write erotica. And you should be dag gone proud!!!

    • Hey Tonya! Thanks for the welcome…I’m afraid I’ve created this monster that I’ll not want to pull away from. I do like writing erotic romance and I’m secretely relishing reactions. I don’t think I want to be anywhere near the state if my in-laws ever figure it out, though! Might be a good time to check out the west coast or maybe even Australia at that time. 😉

  10. Belle Sloane says:

    Nice post and welcome to the blogesphere. I certainly agree with the opening the vein thing. 🙂 I’ve got pretty much the entire plot ready( in my head) for my next book–and I’m balking because I’m having angst over that first dang cut. Yeowch!

    Can’t wait to read your book, Gabi.
    Belle
    @}–{———–

    • Thanks Belle! I was so nervous about it but my wonderful CP held my hand and walked me through it. And cutting WIPs and revising is hell. I don’t care what anyone says. I want to write the darned thing the way it comes out and not worry about it. Dang it!

      However, I love the feeling when I read it over in wonder and awe thinking, “Wow! Did I really write this?” That’s the best feeling right before the old doubts kick in and tear the confindence back down again. But that’s another blog!

      Thanks for the support, my friend. And I love me a good cowboy story-so you know yours will be at the top of the list when it’s released!

  11. Really Nice!
    Abigail`Madison Chase

  12. Kimby says:

    Hello Gabby, my dear friend!
    Just wanted to stop by and check out your blog. All I can say is FANTASTIC! I’m so proud of you!!!!

    Love ya!

  13. Shai Norton says:

    Congrats on being brave enough to flash your ass at the world.

    Er, wait, that didn’t come out right. You know what I mea — er, HEY, GABBY! NICE BLOG! WHOO HOO! GO YOU!

  14. Keri Stevens says:

    I am a nudger. And a jealous one–this is a gorgeous blog! It’s time for me to upgrade, myself, but I don’t know how 😦
    Must look about. Talk to the experts. Procrastinate.
    Welcome to the blogosphere (and see you in the twitterverse).

    • Keri, I feel better knowing you don’t know how to do the upgrading for your blog. I’m always coming to you for stuff. This isn’t so bad. I’m getting the hang of most things. My husband noticed something about it the other day and said I should fix it. Right! As soon as I figure out what language he was using. LOL!

    • …and thanks for the welcome! See you!

  15. If I sign up for your blog do I have to confess it in church? 🙂

    Love the cartoons but mostly I like the writing– can’t wait to read your book, er… if you think I won’t blush, or turn into a pumpkin or something….

    And yea, next post should be the difference between erotica and porn 🙂 🙂

    Love ya and your blog.

    • Ha! Mary, you know I try hard not to lead you down the path to sin, but pray if it would make you feel better. 😉 You know I can’t keep you from reading what you WANT to read…*nudge, nudge*

      And you’re right; a discussion on the difference between erotic romance, erotica, and pornography would be an interesting blog. I’m thinking I need to recruit some erom writers/editors to help me out with that one.

      Hmm…

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