Laura Howard: Learning the Ropes with Ashley Barron


Learning the Ropes with Ashley Barron

Ashley Barron was one of the first people I followed on Twitter, and to this day I continue to learn so much from her.

Her blog is a favorite among self-publishers, and she really lays out the steps for blogging (successfully) as she's learned through the past 12 months.

In May she published her first full-length novel, Ava.

 Some of the things we talked about:

Always been a voracious reader, three years ago the story of Ava came to her.

Put writing aside and took a year to learn the business of publishing and marketing.

Using Twitter as a marketing tool, tweeting blog posts and making friends.

Make your blog posts accessible to newcomers, different info is relevant at different times.

Publishing Ava through all e-retailers by the end of summer.

Using beta readers to find errors, lessons learned about editing.

Keeping the story arcs and character bios straight for a 26 book series

Changes to her marketing plan to include time to write & stay informed- Community News

Ava, the first book in the Priyas series, is now available on Amazon. Look for it soon on iTunes, Kobo and Smashwords.

Tweet with Ashley or if you haven't been to her blog, make sure to visit today and learn how she mastered blogging and social media for authors, you won't regret it! 

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  1. Laura, I also follow Ashley on Twitter. Great I'm heading over to add Ava to my Goodreads list.

    1. Yay! It sounds so amazing! Don't you think Ashley sounds like Adele? :)

  2. Great interview, Laura and Ashley. Should it surprise anyone that Ashley speaks with the same level of enthusiasm and efficiency that makes her blog so valuable a resource for writers? She packs information into sentences the way my wife packs a suitcase -- FULL.

    Ashley is going places.

  3. Hi Laura! I've awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by my blog to accept it. :D


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