The Magnificent Eleven

As the adage says: There’s strength in numbers.

Like the number SEVEN…as in…The Magnificent Seven.

The Magnificent Seven made box office magic.

Ask Yul Brynner. If he were alive, he’d tell you: The right group of people can make magic happen.

And, it doesn’t hurt if one of the seven is Steve McQueen. (Be still my heart.)

Steven McQueen AND Yul Brynner...where have all the sexy cowboys gone?

So, what does The Magnificent Seven have to do with writing?

Well…um…seven rhymes with eleven…and since I belong to On Fire Fiction, a creative cooperative made up of ELEVEN published authors…okay, that’s a stretch. You’re right. You know me too well. I’ll use any excuse to post photos of Steve McQueen.

On Fire Fiction

But, obviously, the main purpose of this blog is to introduce On Fire Fiction and its ELEVEN members –and to explain about this growing trend in publishing: authors working cooperatively–and creatively–to share the daunting and at times overwhelming task of promoting their work.

Why do authors need to worry about promotion?

We all know publishing, along with book buying habits, has changed. Ebooks, ereaders and online retailers like Amazon, iTunes and B&N make it easy to buy a book. But have you looked at all the titles out there?! Eek!

Smart, well-focused promotion helps your loyal readers find out about your latest release. Promotion raises your “discoverability” to attract new readers. Hopefully, promotion begets sales, which, to be frank, is how today’s author makes a living so he or she can continue to write books to promote.

So, let me introduce my wonderful, magnificent-if you will–cohorts:

  • Linda Barrett
  • Jean Brashear
  • Rogenna Brewer
  • Ginger Chambers
  • Annie Jones
  • Julie Kenner
  • Day Leclaire
  • Barbara McMahon
  • Lisa Mondello
  • Karen Sandler
  • and, me, of course.
    • If you follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter, you may have seen this photo from a get-together of the “West Coast” members of OnFireFiction. We used Facetime and Skype to work with our members on the east coast, Texas and Colorado. We covered a rigorous agenda. But, yes, we did break to eat. I learned that I really like Vietnamese Pho. Yummm. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    From left: Barbara McMahon, Ginger Chambers, me, Karen Sandler

    There is never a shortage of new things to learn in this ever-changing business–especially when it comes to marketing your books.

    But knowing you’re not alone in your efforts really makes a difference. Plus, writers are the most generous professionals I know. We’re eager to share our experiences–good and bad. We’re happy to trade tips on what type of advertising works and what flops. We eagerly share and post the best sites for getting the word out about a new release. And we may be setting up a data base for finding the best Pho. ๐Ÿ™‚

    One exciting and very tangible thing to come out of this meeting turned out to be a win-win for both readers and authors. Offering “boxed sets” isn’t a new sales technique, but offering three complete books by three different authors for one super low price is just plain awesome.

    Unsuitably Perfect,ย OnFireFiction’s first 3-in-1 “Boxed Set” is now available at Amazon for just $.99.

    On Fire Fiction's first Boxed Set!
    On Fire Fiction’s first Boxed Set!
    So, that’s my magnificent news. Our fabulous OnFireFiction team has a whole bunch of exciting things planned. Here’s the link to the OFFย Facebook page. Or follow OnFireFic on Twitter to stay abreast of what’s happening.
    Happy reading!
    Deb

    8 Replies to “The Magnificent Eleven”

    1. I’m so torn…I sorta want to be Yul Brynner (oh, wait–no, I want to HAVE Yul Brynner!) but I have a form of the hots for most all of them, so…color me TORN!

    2. Since you write very sexy cowboys, I’ll give you “torn.” Just posting these pics on Pinterest today made me giddy. BTW, doesn’t OnFireFic have a sexy cowboy compilation in the works?

    3. This is a terrific post. Funny and clever…if a tiny bit, just a wee little bit pushing the humor. But whether seven or eleven, the groups are magnificent. I love being part of OnFireFiction. There’s always something going on. First was UP, Unsuitably Perfect, next is cowboys, then there’s a paranormal anthology not to mention the holiday anthology. Gosh, I’m tired typing all that. But we’re busy.

      Thanks for posting, Deb. A real treasure.
      Linda

    4. Thank you, Linda. Our strength is our diversity. But if you found this pushing the humor envelop, then it’s a good thing I removed the reference to Annie’s recent typo. LOL.

      And I’m really, really excited about the holiday antho!! Which reminds me, I need to finish my contribution.

    5. We do, Deb! Coming later in May…LOVE ME SOME COWBOY! A 5-book boxed set from Lisa Mondello, Day Leclaire, Barbara McMahon, Ginger Chambers and Yul Brynner–oh, wait, that would be moi! FIVE complete novels in one great bargain! (Hey, I could be a spokesperson or something!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    6. I like being part of the Magnificent 7-11 ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe we should all saddle up for a group picture ๐Ÿ™‚ I know we have some cowboys on the horizon.

      Maybe I’ll used Oceans 11 for my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    7. Even better, Ro! And the Ocean theme works with Frogman. LOL.

      We do need a collage of some kind–since getting all 11 of us in one place is going to be a challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Deb

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