09 March 2012

Friday Five with one of RWA's most visible member

Welcome to Friday Five…

Today RWA's 2011 Service Reward Winner is our guest on Friday Five.

An Ohio native, Amy Atwell has lived all across the country and now resides on a barrier island in Florida with her husband and two Russian Blues. She worked in professional theater for 15 years before turning from the stage to the page to write fiction. When not writing, Amy runs the WritingGIAM online community for goal-oriented writers and has recently launched the Author E.M.S. online resource library, which is she's going to tell us more about.

  1. Favorite beverage:  Hot tea at breakfast. I brew a blend of English Breakfast and Earl Grey.
  2. One habit you just can’t break:  Being organize.
  3.  Do you sing in the shower:  Yes, doesn’t everyone? In fact, if someone invented soap shaped like a microphone—I’m just saying’…
  4.  Do you dream in color:  Yes, and everyone should try it.
  5.  TV shows on DVR? No, but occasionally On Demand.

  1. What is your reoccurring dream? I have a weird, eerie one. It’s night on a large farm. There’s an old Victorian era farmhouse and a barn and huge oak trees. It’s dark and the moonlight is silvery blue. I often see the setting from above, as if I’m floating or flying like an owl. Or I’m carefully picking my way through the buildings and around the woods. I’m never scared, just curious. I’m alone. And I can’t help wondering if I’m recalling some previous life in this dream.
  2. Shoes or purses?  Shoes. Hands (or feet) down. I rarely carry a purse. If it doesn’t fit into my pockets, I really don’t need it.
  3. Favorite ways to spend a rainy day? I love the sound of rain, so I usually come to a complete stop. Curl up with a book or a cat (or both), or just lie on my back, listen to the rain and let myself think

Using these four words, write a sentence: Set up. Hostage. Burn. Golf.
Realizing she’d been set up and was now hostage to a blind date with the golf pro, she whispered to her matchmaking friend, “You will burn in hell for this.”
Feel free to give us a teaser about your new book, the new website and information where to find you online.

Thanks, Keena!  I’m always happy to talk about my latest endeavors. While I have two digital books available, LYING EYES from Carina Press and my self-published historical AMBERSLEY (which made the Top 100 on both Kindle and Nook), my latest project has been a nonfiction venture. A big venture.

I just launched a website called Author E.M.S. (Entrepreneur.Management.Solutions). At its heart, Author EMS is designed to be a one-stop resource center for all questions relating to the business of being an author. I think of it as a giant online library with a growing collection of useful tips, short answers, how-to instructions and links to other web resources.

Our library has information about Business Basics, Promotion, Facebook, Amazon, Self-Publishing, Websites & Blogging and more. We have public pages and a blog that are freely available to everyone and a Members’ Area accessible to members who pay an annual fee. I’m thrilled that our introductory fee is just $36. That equals just $3 per month for all the resources.

We’ve also got a cool, searchable database of online book reviewers. There are over 500 reviewers profiled, and authors can search by genre and format to find the reviewers best suited for a specific book release. You can also search for reviewers that offer author interview or advertising on their site.

And we offer forums, where author discussions can be segmented by topic. Now you can follow only the topics that interest you. And it’s all very searchable. Our site is also a no-advertising zone. Like any library, it’s all about the information, not about a lot of glitz.

So, whether you’re unpublished, a debut author, a technophobe, an indie author, or an established author trying to master the online world, we hope you’ll check out the site and see what it might offer you.

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Nancy Jardine Author said...

Busy lady and a big venture. Good luck with it!

Keena Kincaid said...

Welcome, Amy. Thanks for being here today. I love that you consider being organized a potentially bad habit worth breaking. What do you think would happen if you threw away your day planner?

Amy Atwell said...

Thanks for having me today, Keena! If I threw away my planner, I would miss things like this (seriously, I had a calendar reminder timed to make me check in here and say hello--I've reset it to make sure I come back!). My days can easily get side-tracked in multitasking, so I try to constantly put things away where I know I can find them again later.

Ally Broadfield said...

Author E.M.S. sounds like a great resource. Best of luck with your new venture!

Alicia Street said...

Fun interview, Amy! I love the sound of rain, too. And I loved Ambersley!

And, wow, do you ever slow down? I'm always struggling to catch up. Author EMS is a great idea, and you of all people are the one who could do it right.

Sandy said...

Like I'm always telling Amy, she's a workaholic. She's helped so many beginning artists.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Amy, good to see you here. You book cover is lovely.

Jill James said...

I think Amy invented multi-tasking. My other theory; she is a robot, because I'm pretty sure she can't possibly sleep and still get all the stuff done she does. LOL :)

Amy Atwell said...

Thanks to all you lovely people for stopping by. It's a rainy day here, so I just snuggled a cat. I also think it's funny, reading Jill's comment, that Blogger wants me to type in captcha codes to prove I'm "not a robot." Ha!
Alicia-thanks for the kind words about Ambersley. It will always be the book of my heart. Waving at Mona--yes, my cover artist has "retired" since she sold to Berkley, but I love what she did for my book sales. Over 30K copies sold since last June!

Anonymous said...

Amy, I'm thrilled for the success of your "Ambersley." And floored at the amount of work you do. Best of luck with your writing--and for the fantastic things you do for us writers.

Barbara Bettis said...

Hi Amy, Congratulations on "Ambersley." Great cover, too. The new website you've put together is fantastic. I'm sure it will be trememdously popular. Great good luck.