Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fantasy Writer Mandy M. Roth Speaks on Marketing & Promotion

West Side Writers' Halloween month speaker is paranormal romance author Mandy M. Roth. Her stories, though often characterized as dark and twisted, though charactered with werewolves and vampires, faeries, gods and shape-shifters, though probing erotic and sensual relationships between male and female, generally have happy endings. One of Mandy's several series, Immortal Ops, consists of fantasy novels whose primary audience is men.

True to her genre, Mandy writes as night closes in, from around eight o'clock in the evening until three in the morning. Indeed, her personal tale began one sleepless night back in July of 2003. Quite bored and with nothing to occupy her mind, she sat down at her computer and began typing. Four weeks later she'd finished her first novel, Daughter of Darkness. While starting on a second book, she shopped out the first, sending it to five or so different publishers. "By January 1st," she says, "I had a contract in hand from New Concepts Publishing." Shortly after, Mandy conjured up three more books in the same series— all within three or four months. Her current count stands at 23 novels. Apparently, dark of night works for her.

Mandy's website at www.mandyroth.com— for adults only— offers more information about her and her many books and other projects. She blogs at mandyroth.com/blog.

The topic of Mandy's talk will be Budget Friendly Ways Authors Can Promote and Market Themselves. Per normal, our general meeting is on the third Saturday (October 18th) from 10:45 a.m. until noon. The Fiction and the Poetry critiquing groups meet at 9:15 a.m. The Nonfiction Writers critiquing session meets immediately following the general meeting at noon.

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