Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Need Help Marketing Books?

I found a website that gives helpful tips all about marketing books. You can find this website at and read through the many pages of articles, picking through the ones that will help you the most.

One of the articles I read was about going to the place where the audience of your books hang out at. This article made a lot of sense. Readers don't hang out a book stores. They visit them occasionally, buy the book or stay for the book club they belong to and go home (or where ever else they need to go). Readers have lives just like the writers who created those stories whether fictional or true. I mostly write stories that entertain. My readers are adults. Beyond that, I really don't know who my audience is.

As a writer, you really need to know who your audience is. Where they hang out is something you can use to help market your books. This is where you need to promote your books the most. I can't tell you where those places will be. It all depends on your books and who your audiences are. Even a cookbook needs to be thought over for the audience as there are so many different types of cookbooks in the world which means each one will have a different audience.

I started thinking about that. I enjoyed writing my books and still do so my audience will be something like me. Where do I hang out? Well, in different places. I like going to many different types of places. Knowing this, I could market my books in those types of places that I like to hang out in. But there are others who aren't like me that would enjoy some of my books so now I have to think more about them. And so do all other writers trying to promote their own books.

Each book I write will have a different audience since I write in more than one genre. Yes, I do write erotica. My audience will be adults who enjoy sex, reading about sex, or even watching it. With this in mind, I would promote this book in adult locations where other items can be found.

Children's books work the same way. Where do children hang out? Zoos, parks, museums, schools, and more places to count. Where do their parents hang out? Knowing that would help because parents buy those books. And don't just think physical places, online places are out there too. Its all on this website so check it out. Learn before your book goes to print and get a head start on the marketing so when your book comes out, people will know about it and want their own copy! Good luck to you and have fun with it! This is your life, live it!!

That's what I'm doing! I'm living the life I wanted and I am running with it!
Amber Rigby Grosjean

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Something New

Hello, everyone! I have done something new! I joined a group where I can write short stories in the genres I write. Of course, you must be 18 or older to view this because of the content but this gives you an idea of some of the books I write. Please enter at your own risk at this page!

Something else that's new is my website! I have added 2 pages! One page is a free download page where you can find my older newsletter issues just in case you missed one, starting with January 2008. You can either save it to your computer or just open it. Again, you're welcome to share it with anyone you'd like. The other new page is the extras page where I have added special things just for you! Right now there is a game on there you can play. I enjoy playing it! It is free!

My Feb. issue will be coming out very soon. On the first, I will send it to your emails, for those who have signed up. Toward the end of the month, you will be able to see it on the downloads page as well! March is my birthday so I am planning on a special issue to send out.

You may also notice that I've been writing more in these blogs. I will be doing this as often as I can instead of once a week to keep you updated! Have fun and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Thank you!
Amber Rigby Grosjean

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jack from Cursed Blood

Jack Green was an only child raised by his father who was an FBI agent. His father brought the case home so he could study it a little and Jack saw the file. Ever since that day, he knew he wanted to be like his father, helping people through the Bureau. As soon Jack graduated from his training, he asked for the case by name, taking over for his father when he retired. He was infactuated by a woman he had never met nor seen.

Jack continued the search for Donna, hoping he would be able to help her, not knowing the secrets she held. All he knew was what he was told, that he carried a cure.

He was a gentleman and was sincere when he told Donna he wanted to help her the day they finally met. It was during the time they were together at the military base when his feelings came through. Then he offered to stay with her on her birthday, sacrificing his own life to see if this cure would work. Was he ignorant in thinking that he could save her? Or will he die like all the others before him?

When I was writing this book, I never realized how much of my own life would shine through. Seriously, it was interesting to see how much Jack Green resembled my own husband. I always thought my real life was cursed and my husband helped me realize that I was in fact not cursed. I guess that was what influenced the nightmare that inspired this story. I was running from myself and then my eyes were wide opened for the first time in my life. It really is true; writers do put a piece of them into their work! I guess it is a way to live forever! I have found the fountain of youth lol.

Check out Cursed Blood for yourself and see if Jack saves the woman he loves or if she causes his own death. The cure could also be the only thing that could destroy Donna, who knows. I'm not giving away the ending lol. Read an excerpt from my website and then check out the book. For those in Fort Wayne and Muncie, Indiana; you could check out the book at the library too!

Thank you!
Amber Rigby Grosjean

Monday, January 21, 2008

Donna from Cursed Blood

Donna is not an ordianary woman. She's lived life on the run. She isn't running from the law or from an abusive man. She is running from herself. At the moment of conception, something was present. A demon gave her something of himself. Her blood had become cursed.

With the first death during her birth, Donna's birthdays brought death to all who were near her. It caused her so much pain she wanted to die and tried several times but this curse would not let her go. Was it her destiny?

When a man confronted her about a cure, Donna was afraid and hesitant. Could this man be trusted? Could he be speaking the truth--that her years of running was finally over? Donna took a chance and went with the FBI agent to a place she had never been before, a military base closed off from the town where it was located. The name of the town was a mystery to Donna.

Before you read this book, I must tell you that Donna is forced to relive some of her memories. They are not memories that you would want to have. They are horrific. People died very painful deaths and she could not escape that. This story is about not giving up no matter how hard it seems to be. It is a story about letting people love you, letting them into your heart to ease the pain. It is a story about letting go of the past and moving on with your life.

Read the reviews and the comments of people who read this book. From the first page, this story is unique as it was based on a real nightmare that I had which was inspired by my real life. I hope you enjoy reading it! Thank you!

Amber Rigby Grosjean

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sex Outside the Marriage

Whether married or not, sex is something that can be enjoyable. All my life I have heard that waiting for marriage is the best and only option there is or should be. Sometimes I agree with that. I really agree with that when younger people are concerned. We are worth waiting for and should never be convinced other wise. As adults, it really changes, don't ask me why.

There are so many things out there that can seduce us into wanting sex outside of marriage. Even when we are married, some people seek others outside the marriage for more. Either way, it is all around us, taunting us. Do we give in to the temptation or do we ignore it? We must be strong if we wish to ignore it.

As I writer, I have been included with that temptation and I do apologize. If you are one who isn't strong and can't fight the temptation, don't pick up a book that has sex in it like erotica. Avoid it if possible. If you are strong, by all means, read as much as you can handle lol. It would be good for me and other erotica authors lol. For those who are married, enjoy the temptations and give in to them often.

Is it wrong? I can be as religious as the next person and I do believe in God. Morally, I do have to say it is wrong to have sex outside of marriage, meaning before getting married. Our lives have been chosen for us before we were even created, our partners were chosen for us, and out paths were layed out so that we would meet. Having sex before that should happen would take away some of the enjoyment we would've had. Now afterwards (I'm not talking about cheating here) is totally different. Couples who participate with other couples while being together isn't cheating. Whose to say if this is wrong. The world today is always changing. So are the rules.

What are your thoughts about this? I would like to hear your opinions if I could. If you are under the age of 18 please pass on this. Thank you!

Amber Rigby Grosjean

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Stolen Identity: Adults Only!

To be released soon, Stolen Identity is an erotica thriller which was written for men or women above the age of 18. This story has multiple scenes that will arouse a few feelings as you read the pages. It took a long time to prepare this book from beginning in the privacy of my own home to the ending with the publisher, Amira Press. I can honestly say it was fun!

Matthew Peters was abused most of his life and when his abusive mother died, she didn't leave him without the knowledge of his adoption. This adoption set forth a journey that changed Matthew from his powerless life to a man who would murder his own brother and steal his identity. Many things had to happen for this to occur.

To begin, Matthew had to learn about his brother, follow him everywhere he went. The more he knew about John, the more he hated the fact that it was John's life and not his own. The twin brother had the perfect life. There was the former model who John claimed as his wife. There were three beautiful children who shared this couple's blood. There was the job of a successful ad agency. How Matthew wanted this life as his own and he wasn't going to stop until it was. If killing other people meant keeping his secret alive so be it. Matthew no longer valued human life since he was no longer Matthew Peters.

Someone's identity is being stolen all the time and its a shame that people do this. I didn't write this story to make you aware of this type of crime but to show you how serious it can be. People's lives were taken in order to make this crime happen. To protect yourself, never throw anything away that has important information on it like your social security number. Never hide your keys outside your home and if you happen to leave them with a friend or neighbor, have a password in case you come back for it. This way someone can't go in your place and just get the key and help themselves to your home. There are many things you can do to protect your identity. This is who you are and you can't get it back when its gone. Please, be careful.

I hope you enjoy this book! Snuggle up with your partner while you read it. Enjoy those sensual scenes and remember to enjoy them. Have a great weekend and I will see you next week with the next entry! Don't forget to read an excerpt from Stolen Identity! Thank you!

Amber Rigby Grosjean

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Writing Frustrations

Ok, so you're a writer! Me too lol. And now you're stuck! So its happened a few times. Frustrating isn't it? Believe me, I know how bad it can be from time to time. I find myself avoiding the task at times because of it. Its not because I have the fear of rejection because I've beaten that fear! Its not because I don't think I'm any good because I know better! And its not because I don't have the time because I have lots of time. Sometimes its writers block that ailes me.

Yes, I did say writers block. I get that from time to time and it is so aggrevating at times. I know there's a story in there somewhere but it likes to run and hide from me. My stories are my children and they like to play the part which is soo frustrating it isn't even funny. Many great writers have that problem. They get going and create story after story, and then it happens out of no where. They can't write another word. What's the world coming to when a writer can't write?

The first thing any writer should do is back away and breathe. Stop pushing yourself so hard, it will come to you in time. Sometimes interviewing your characters as if they are real can help, sometimes not. Sometimes working on a totally different story can help, sometimes not. You can even stare at your story until your face turns red if you want to, sometimes that even helps. When nothing seems to work, step away! Take a walk. Go sing some karaoke like I do at times. Go out and do ordinary things. Call a friend you haven't spoken to in a while. Watch a movie. Live a little. Then go back to your story.

If you still can't press forward, you can try editing the story a little. Maybe your character doesn't like the way the story is moving along and he/she is demanding to work with you until you fix it. Yes, characters have control over your story lol. If you know your characters this much and they really feel like they are real, this can truly happen as if there are multiple personalities trapped inside your mind. Let them out. Let them take control and do their magic. After the story is finished, you can always edit things out or add things in to bring out a better story. Until then, let your characters have their way. Be those characters if possible, with limits of course lol.

If nothing seems to work, sit on that story for a few weeks or even months while you tackle another story. Don't quit on it, just take a break from it. By the time you return to it, your mind will be fresh and you will be able to carry on. Read that last sentence and keep going without second thought about it. Once you're past that spot keep going and don't panic, ever.

When you feel the burn, joining excercising programs can also help. Writing is more than a mental prosession. Keeping your body healthy is very important. If you can't afford to go to a gym, create your own. Run, jog, or walk a mile or a length you feel comfortable at. Do some excercises at home while watching your favorite show. Eat right too! Good luck and I hope those writers blocks don't happen very often. If they do, stay calm and keep writing! You'll get past it one way or another!

Amber Rigby Grosjean

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Another Day On The Job

I have recieved my edits back from my editor and have been going over them. There's so much there but I would rather see the mistakes and fix them now rather than letting any one of my readers to see them. It's all a part of writing a book. It just doesn't get seen by all those non-writers out there. I just happen to know a few who have found it very interesting and are now thinking of giving it a try, writing a book I mean. All I can say is good luck and I mean that in a good way! I encourage anyone who wants to give it a try. If you're serious, you will do more than try; you will keep going until you have achieved what you set out to do and kept going!

For those who haven't read my blogs before, I do tend to talk about writing a lot. For this, I do apologize. I just love it! In fact, I stayed up all night just to get a big chunk of my work done. That is something I do ever so often. I wanted to get some extra editing done, you know see if I missed something that could be improved. Before editing was a time when I just added more sentences and now I can do so much more! There's the combining of two sentences that work together better than working alone. There's replacing over-worked words with others that mean the same thing. I'm still learning that one lol. Of course, I still need coaching because some of those things need to be shown to me before I see it myself. I can see some but I still consider myself new at this. I never went to school for writing with the exception of a couple classes in high school and they don't teach you editing which is something you really need if you want to become a writer.

Ok, now I bet you're asking about these pictures, right? Well, there isn't any snow on the ground in my area so I thought I would add a little memory from this winter so far. For those who have summer, I only have one thing to say..... You're so lucky!

Now back to writing lol. You don't need talent to become a writer anymore, you never really did in the first place. Look at how many celebrities who are getting published. I know all actors can't write but they have been doing it and their books are selling. Why? Because they have something to say and people who will listen (or read it lol). Their own names help them sell their word around the globe. It has nothing to do with talent, its hard work and knowing what you are talking about that does it. You have to have something to say. There needs to be a market for it too. How can you obtain this knowledge? By living! You write what you know which means you learn, make errors, learn some more, and then go write lol. I heard that writing is only 10% talent. If you did great in English class then you already have the fundamentals needed to write! If you know how to lie, then you already know a little about fiction. Yes, fiction means lying because fiction is something that isn't true. Non-fiction is also something you can write without knowing how to be a writer. Doctors write books all the time. Of course, some of these books do have something to do with medical stuff but that's what doctors know; they are writing what they know.

If you are a writer, I have a challange for you. Do you have a story in your heart that is tearing at you to tell someone? Do you have a special ability that hasn't been shared with the world yet? Stop making excuses about why you can't write. No time, have to do so much of the other things in life. A writer makes time. Even if its just 5 minutes, you can set time aside just for writing. You don't know what to write. Look to yourself, there's always ideas and sometimes they are close to home (so to speak lol). You are shy and don't think you can do it. I was shy once. I didn't let it stop me from fighting what I wanted. People say you can't do it. So what, prove to them you can. If I can do that so can you. Its not a job. Tell that to those who have made it a job. Writing isn't just writing books. There's Journalism too. And there are screen writers. You don't have the supplies. It only takes your mind and something to write on with your choice on writing tools like a pen or pencil. And libraries have computers if you don't have one at home. I mean stop the excuses, go to your special place and begin writing! It is the only way to ever get published! Sure you will get turned down by some but others will say, where have you been, your story is perfect! So pick up that pen or pencil or put those fingers to the keyboard and start writing! No more excuses!!

Amber Rigby Grosjean

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! I do hope your year is starting out very magical! As for me, it has so far in writing. My personal life, well, that's a different story lol. My car broke down as I was traveling, I only had 20 more miles to go and then it stalled. What luck. Now its being fixed lol.
Stolen Identity is almost finished being edited which means there isn't much more to go before people will get to read it. I am just so excited about that! Mother of the Dragons is almost finished being written which means publishers will get to see it very soon! Again, excitement overcomes me! Cursed Blood is still available and I am in the midst of talking to book stores for signings so please be patient with me as I work on that.
The first newsletter of the year has been sent out. If you would still like to have one, sign up, and the Feb. issue will be sent to your email! It is being put together now and will be worked on all the way up to the last day of the month to make sure everything is accurate for you! My readers are very important to me! Thank you!
This week, my blog is short because there is so much to do bringing in the new year! Get those resolutions planned and start making them come true! Stick to them! Writers, write your first first books. Until next week, have a great time!
Thank you!
Amber Rigby Grosjean