Wednesday, July 24, 2013

#WeeklyWriterlyWisdom : Linda Caroll-Bradd, Romance Author

Welcome to this week's WWW where fellow Wild Rose Press romance author, Linda Caroll-Bradd, will share a bit about today's marketing on freebie sites. 

Stick around after her guest post for an excerpt from her latest release, Dipping In A Toe.


Book Promotion on Free Sites

In today’s book market, even more than a year or two ago, authors must put in a significant amount of time to promote their titles. Used to be an author only needed a website. Then reader interest went to blogs where the author was expected to be entertaining and share more personal information. In some instances, authors banded together and created group blogs to capitalize on cross-promotion opportunities.

 Next stage was creating an identity on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, reddIt, Tumblr—and undoubtedly more that I haven’t heard of). Articles presented by various experts on social media warn about trying to be everywhere and that authors should concentrate on two social media platforms and focus their energy and time there.

Every author should create an author page on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. This allows readers who find one of your titles to go to one location where all your titles are listed. Another place to be established is on Goodreads. Both of these places have a maximum 24-hour delay from application to approval.

Since Thanksgiving 2012, I have had 5 titles release and learned of various places to create a specific author page. Once you’ve invested the time to create an author account on the following sites for free, you connect your individual titles with your author page and only need to return when your next title releases. Viola, another place where you have an online presence.

Specifically for sweet to sensual titles:
Classic Romance Revival
Story Finds                    

For all heat level of titles:
Book Daily                    
Coffeetime Romance   
Manic Readers             
Romance Novel Center
Story Findsx                  
The Romance Reviews

Also, here’s a monthly newsletters where you can submit a free listing of your upcoming title

The Book Breeze          


Dipping In A Toe 

Contemporary Romance
by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Jessa Landers has a secret crush on her teens’ years-younger swim coach. A widow for three years, she’s managing her life and enjoys her freedom—except for long, lonely evenings when she craves an attentive man.

Coach Rick Grant loves being a high school teacher and swim coach. Surrounded by families has him yearning for his own romantic connection—and his eye is on Jessa.

Will Jessa protect the balance of her family life, or take a second chance on love?

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As if pulled by an invisible thread, my gaze went to the tall, fit man with the ever-present clipboard in one hand and a stopwatch in the other. Normally an adult wearing tropical-print board shorts and a faded surfboard tee-shirt looked like he clung with desperation onto his youth. Instead Rick Grant wore the attire like a medal of honor—like he’d earned the right to promote a Hawaiian surfing competition from a decade earlier.

Maybe he had. The image of his tan, lean body balancing on top of a surfboard flittered through my mind. I pictured him, thinner but still muscular, body sparkling with water droplets, wavy hair streaked with blonde highlights, outlined against a cerulean blue sky. A heartfelt sigh escaped.

Christy stopped to turn in her ascent up the metal bleachers, and cocked her head. “You okay, Jessa?”

Caught. I whirled toward the bleachers and set a foot on the lowest step. “I’m fine. Where do you want to sit?” Heat burned my cheeks and I ducked my head, pretending the need to focus on placing my wedge sandals on each step. I didn’t want the other mothers to learn about my pathetic infatuation with the swim coach.

An infatuation I kept telling myself was wrong. Didn’t I have enough to do between my paralegal job, keeping up the house, managing the kids’ activities, and arranging visits with their grandparents? How could I possibly add dating to this hectic lifestyle?

Even if by some wild chance the man in question were to show interest…


About Linda Caroll-Bradd

As a child, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about characters having exciting adventures in places far away. Upon reaching a landmark birthday, she decided to write one of those romances she loved so much. Easier said than done. Perseverance paid out and twelve years later, she received her first call from a publisher and a confession story was published. Now Linda writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor, and many have a tie to her previous home of Texas.

Linda enjoys writing from her cabin in the mountains among the cedar and pines with her husband of 34 years and their two much-loved dogs. 



  1. I have an Amazon author page, but not Barnes and Noble. Must set one up!

  2. I love visiting on Wednesdays. Best post ever. :-)