This week on the Roundtable we welcome author Stacy Claflin. Stacy is a prolific writer with over a dozen published works. She has recently made the leap to full-time after running a successful day-care business. We wanted our viewers to get some insight in how Stacy decided to make that leap. She has been on the indie scene for quite some time and has strong followings in social media. Stacy is best known for her paranormal romance series the Transformed, however she does genre hop. Her stories consistently have a suspense element and often revolve around abduction or kidnapping. When she is not busy writing, Stacy likes spending time with family and friends. She also stays busy home schooling her two children. You can find out more about Stacy’s stories here: http://stacyclaflin.com/books and connect with her here: http://www.facebook.com/stacy.claflin.author
Not fair! I wouldn't have gotten sick if you hadn't said you weren't going to make it. (From the lady Read)
@xgranville Xavier, send me an invite if there's room. I might be late, but I'd like to pop in for at least a little while.
@xgranville Can for a few minutes before the baby wakes up.
How do you think Apple works? Where are those readers hanging out you think? How are you taking advantage of that audience and keeping it building? Have you been in touch with any 'reps' there and tried to work closer with them to build your brand on Apple?
-full of questions today - Carl Sinclair
@MrJohnRead That's not very nice. I'll forgive it being you know.. American and you guys have it hard.
Wanna see a cool trick. Now She's a viewer! Mommy got sick all of a sudden and is now being fed soup.
@MrJohnRead John... step in quick!
@MrJohnRead You da man!
Does Stacy have any advice on how to best position your YA books to pick up the big audience out there due to series like Hunger Games, Mazerunner etc? Target those people on Facebook? Building keywords and search engine algos aimed at those people? Spending time on YA forums discussing with those fans?
@Carl Sinclair John Greene connects with his YA fans on youtube. It's been effective in creating an entire fandom.
I was just wondering because I imagine a lot of those people would be hanging on Facebook (the YA crowd) and it might be good to target groups/fans specifically who like Hunger Games etc. Just seemed like a decent idea.
Quesiton for Stacy:
What kind of money do you suggest people spend on their books? Should they have a set budget for each one? If so how do you suggest it is spread? Few hundred for developmental and copy editing? How much for covers? What other investments do you suggest people put into their books? How much marketing (paid adverts etc)
@Carl Sinclair Very true.
Interesting. I think I get a lot of print sales through Pinterest. A lot of authors ignore Pinterest because they don't think it converts. Nice to hear somebody else is using it and feels its effective.
@RChazzChute It's an interesting place. I took a look at it but it just seems packed full of women posting pictures of cats. Dunno how to use it properly aimed at the type of readers I'm seeking. I doubt my audience is on Pintrest. Any thoughts?
@Carl Sinclair @RChazzChute Yup. If you have a book cover that hits a demographic between the eyes, that helps immensely. My cover for Self-help for Stoners gets pinned and repinned several times a day. Make sure to post a link with your pic.
Alternatives: Pin celebrity photos that fit your characters.
Not sure what others do on Pinterest in this regard.
@RChazzChute @Carl Sinclair That's another thing I do. I have a board for casting characters in my Gone series. If you want to see how I have that, it's here: https://www.pinterest.com/growwithstacy/gone-series-casting/ I really should do that for my other books too.
@Carl Sinclair @BuddyGott @RChazzChute If you guys are interested, I wrote a post a while back about how I use Pinterest. I use Pinterest in a variety of ways to attract readers. http://stacyclaflin.com/2014/09/29/top-pinterest-tips-to-attract-your-ideal-readers/
@RChazzChute .........prepare for me to eat your brain next week about Pinterest.
@RChazzChute I'm definitely going to be using Pinterest more when my book comes out. I've heard a few people say it's been effective for them.
@Carl Sinclair - Replace your profile pic here with the one of you dancing. Make it so.
@AJ Vale Hi AJ!! :)
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@thelovie You know it bro. Any cat memes for me?