Publicity for “Secret Desires”

March is shaping up as a good month for publicity for Secret Desires. Adds/articles promoting Secret Desires have appeared in the following publications:cropped-secretdesires_ebook_final11-20162.jpg

Marketing for Romance Writer Magazine

Follow the link below:

https://view.joomag.com/marketing-for-romance-writers-magazine-jan-2018-volume-1-issue-1-march-2018-volume-1-issue-3/0447429001520020501

“March Madness & Things newsletter

Secret Desires was featured and Joan interviewed by Constance Bretes for her “March Madness & Things” newsletter.

LIRW “Shore Lines” NewsletterLIRW logo 2

Secret Desires was featured in the Member Announcements section of “Shore Lines” the newsletter of the Long Island Romance Writers.  March 2018, Volume 23, No 3.

 

WRITING FAST DOESN’T PAY

by Joan Ramirez (Romance Writers of America November 2017 newsletter)

1. Read out loud–This was told to me by a dear friend when I started writing children’s books. It makes sense because it gives you an insight into the key areas: Character voices, Plot, Tone and Pacing.

2. I know we live in a technical world but creativity can’t be rushed. If you have the ability to edit online, great. I have to sit with a red pen and mark up my paper copy. Again, whatever works for you.

3. The only way to write better is to get a handle on your plot. Outlining, to the depth that fits your plot and comfort level allows you to see the action. I’m visual. I need this to follow my characters in the story regarding goal and motivation.

4. Put the manuscript away. Most of us don’t have the luxury of writing full-time so we have to take our writing moments as they come. The tendency is to get something down and for the sake of our sanity, especially if you’re a weekend writer, get something out. If you’re one hundred percent sure that what you’re composing is polished like a diamond (and diamonds are a girl’s best friend, though with me, it’s my husband), then go for it. In speaking to many established authors, I’ve found this isn’t the case. They put their work away for at least a month before giving it a second go round.

5. To write faster, you need to edit slower. Take the time to do as someone very successful once said to me, “be in error and correct by editing the heck out of your draft.”

There you have it. The rest is up to you.

Joan Ramirez is an elementary school teacher, has published three nonfiction books, and is currently crafting her first in what she hopes will be a historical romantic suspense series.

GET IT WRITE AND SAY IT EFFECTIVELY WITH JOAN’S HELP!

Picture these scenarios:

  1. I own a small company and need to hire staff. How do I know that I’m going about the hiring process in the most effective way?

Joan has 25 years of expertise working for a wide range of industries. She’s been there and seen the pitfalls of hiring a title instead of a qualified person.

Resource: Joan published a motivation handbook that is being used by high school students in Europe. You’re asking: HIGH SCHOOL? Think about it. They’re going to college and will soon be part of the work force. You need to ensure that they have the right stuff for your company.

  1. I am the communications manager in a large company. I hired several newly-minted graduates to do my social media and marketing. They’re not getting the message across about my product/service to my target audience.

Joan wrote a handbook that was used by a staff of over 1,000 in a multi-billion dollar company. If your staff doesn’t know the basics of clear, concise communications, your revenue will go down instead of upstream.

  1. I’m a sole practitioner. How can I position my service so that I rise above my writing handcompetitors?

Joan published a book on leadership that has empowered many. In addition, she has her own communications consulting business that helps clients here and abroad.

Joan’s credentials to teach workshops: M.S. in Technical, Financial, and Business Writing, M.S. in English as a Second Language

Fortified by twenty five years of expertise in journalism, corporate writing, and entrepreneurial training.

For free consultation, contact Joan at her website:   Joansbookshelf.com

INSPIRING SETTINGS FOR SUSPENSEFUL NOVELS by Joan Ramirez, author/photographer

An adventure, a step back in time, and an experience of a lifetime. These are the phrases that best describe a visit to Petra. This former center of trade, a royal jewel in the country of Jordan, has defied age.
As my horse-drawn carriage navigated through the Siq, a narrow gorge that leads visitors into Petra, my guide made me close my eyes.
When I opened them, his first words were, “BEHOLD, history awaits.”
I’ve circled the globe, but this view, even from a distance, of Al Khazna, the Treasury, is spectacular. Crowned by a funerary urn, local legend has it that a pharaoh’s treasure sits inside of its belly. I’d watched the Raiders movie featuring the fearless Indiana Jones, but to be up close and personal was incredible. Almost 40 meters high and adorned with Corinthian capitals, friezes, and figures, I closed my eyes once more and stepped into Indiana’s shoes to take his place on my own literary adventure.
From the Royal Tombs to the Governor’s Palace (shown above), the city is a feast for the eyes.
Petra has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985, but windblown sand and growing salt crystals are a threat to precious monuments.
In fact, during an event held on July 7, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal, Petra was designated one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
If I had available funds, I’d provide them in a heartbeat to preserve structures steeped in a country rich in history. In Petra nature, culture, and archaeology/geology blend together to form a magnificent whole.
While plot and character have a major role in all novels, setting is often the muse that fires our imagination.
I have circled the globe. It is my pleasure to launch the first in a series of travel photos and articles.  These photos and those to follow are for sale.  For further details contact me via the email on my web site at:
joansbookshelf.com or at writerjr1044@gmail.com