99 Cent Sale – Through May 31!

Get Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger for ONLY $0.99 this month!

Just breezing through super fast (what a crazy busy week as we prepare to move across the country to Tennessee in just over a week!) to give an announcement you won’t want to miss!

What better way to celebrate a BOOK BIRTHDAY than to have a SALE?!

Read Someplace Familiar on your favorite e-reader this summer for only $0.99*! The sale ends when the birthday does, after May 31.

Get Your Copy Here!

*US only; also discounted in other countries, but prices will vary slightly.

Out and About

I’m up to my eye balls in final edits for Someplace Familiar. That might mean things are a tad quiet in my little blog sphere, but you can find me out and about in a few others places this week:

Tick-Tock Writer’s Block Series

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I’m excited to be the guest bloggers today over at Andy Carmichael’s blog for her 10-week Tick-Tock Writer’s Block series. I’m sharing about how procrastination can actually (wait for it) make you a BETTER writer! What–don’t believe me? Come check it out HERE and let me know your take on it.

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Andy and all of us guest bloggers for the series have put together a fun GIVEAWAY package, too. Including a $25 Amazon Gift Card, copy of Someplace Familiar when it releases, and lots of other freebie books from amazing authors. So be sure and enter that, too.

Indie Releases on RelzReviewz!

I started my week with a HUGE and unexpected honor. We’re talking dance around the house in my underwear (TMI?) on Monday morning before work when I saw it.

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Someplace Familiar was included on RelzReviewz list of upcoming indie releases! next to the likes of Pepper Basham, Tamara Leigh, Jenny B. Jones, Susan May Warren, Ronie Kendig, Sarah Monzon, and my sweet dear writing partner Mikal Dawn. Mikal and I have been critique partners for years and know each other’s stories inside and out. For our debut novels to be releasing the same month is a crazy blessing and I’m so thrilled she made this list with me.

Check out Rel’s post HERE to read all about these amazing coming releases.

Where You Can Find Someplace Familiar

I’ve had several folks ask where they can find Someplace Familiar. Not, it’s not up on Amazon yet, but I’m hoping to have pre-orders set up before too long. In the meantime, you can read more about it and add it to your Want to Read list on Goodreads.

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger on Goodreads

Join the Street Team!

It’s also not too late to join THE GRACE GIVERS, my “street team” helping with the launch of the book through early reviews (i.e. advanced reader copies!), sharing posts, promoting features, etc. If you’re interested in joining, contact me!

That’s all I’ve got for you, sweet friends. Hope you all are well….leave a comment telling me what you’re up to? What are you reading these days? What upcoming releases (besides Someplace Familiar, of course — wink, wink) are you most looking forward to?

5 Ways You Can Help Promote Your Favorite Author’s New Book

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I made a pretty huge announcement yesterday on my Facebook author page. Were you there? If so, thank you again for the overwhelming support. Isn’t it funny how sharing exciting news with your community makes it become suddenly celebration-worthy?

If you missed it, let’s recap… After many long hours, ups and downs of motivation, and lots of encouragement from friends and family, I will be releasing my debut novel, Someplace Familiar, in late May! In just a few short months, you’ll meet Livy and Jack and stroll with them through the quaint mountain streets of Laurel Cove, North Carolina. This is the first in a 4-book series, each book stand-alone, all set in this sweet fictional town.

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Of course, I’ll be sharing more about this book that’s so near and dear to my heart in the weeks ahead. The inspiration for the story, the characters, my process, and the many partners I have in my wheelhouse helping to get the book ready.

But last night’s thrilling Facebook announcement “party” left me with thoughts about how to harness all of the genuine shared excitement of readers and fellow writers. In full disclosure, you all are an author’s best asset! Have you heard the adage that there’s no better marketing than a personal invitation? Chances are, you’ve read lots of books recommended in one way or another by someone you know.

So, if you’re curious about ways you can help your favorite author promote his or her new book, look no further.

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  1. SHARE. You see on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. that one of your favorite authors has a new book coming out. You squeal with excitement into your phone or tablet. You spend the morning fist-pumping because that brand new contemporary romance e-book you’ve been waiting for is on sale for $0.99. Go all “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” with that post and share! All social media platforms have Share tools built right in, so use them! Make that book news go viral!
  2. REVIEW. One of the best things you can do for a book’s success is review it! The more reviews a book receives, the more likely it is to be featured on lists curated by sites like Amazon, Goodreads, etc. Like above, be sure and SHARE your review once you’ve written it. Repost on your blog, social media, etc. Not sure what should be included in a review? The most helpful reviews often include a short plot review, your reaction (what you loved about it, what surprised you, which characters resonated with you, etc.), and maybe a comparison to other popular books so readers know what to expect. But please note, SPOILERS have no place in reviews!

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  3. CREATE. I’ve seen you guys out there….you’re so creative! Use those skills to create visuals with your favorite line(s) from the book. I’ve seen some amazing ones on Instagram lately, like the one above created by reader/writer Toni Shiloh for author Pepper Basham‘s upcoming book Just the Way You Are. Even if you don’t consider yourself handy with design, there are tools out there that make creating memes and social cards super easy-peasy. Canva and the Ripl app are two that I’ve used and find super easy and fun. These become like free advertisements for books! And, remember to always tag and/or link your creations back to the author or buy page for an easy connection point.
  4. TALK. “Hey, read any good books lately?” Yes, you have! Chat about your favorite books and authors over coffee with friends, the Sunday family dinner table, the PTA meeting, at the park with other moms, to your dentist in between opening wide, when your UPS guy is waiting for your signature, in the long grocery store line, while huffing and puffing on the treadmill, while browsing at your favorite book store, to the librarian (ask them to get it; they might just seek out the book if they don’t already carry it!), or even your babysitter while you’re trying to figure out the latest payment app she’s using now. Use your voice!
  5. JOIN. I’m not the first author to see the potential in their excited readers. And we all love feeling a part of something EXCLUSIVE. So, many authors create “launch teams” for readers to join — members essentially become an extension of the authors marketing team, agreeing to be a cheerleader for the book in a variety of ways. This can include all of the above ways to promote and more! I’ve been a part of several launch teams and have really enjoyed feeling a part of making a book release successful. In case you’re wondering, YES, I’ll be having a launch team for Someplace Familiar. Keep an eye out for the invitation!

What other ways do you help promote books that you love?


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Authors: Get Graphic Design & Marketing Help

Most often I’m writing these posts in the evening between cooking dinner and bedtime. But, by day, I work as a director of communications for a large church. It’s the biggest blessing to be creative for a living (even before my writing takes off!). And I don’t take it for granted.

That’s why I’ve decided to turn my 10+ years of experience in graphic design and marketing into an opportunity to help other authors. Introducing…Good Day Publishing!

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Good Day Publishing is open and running! We’re in an era of self-promotion. Many publishers expect you, the author, to do a lot of the leg work to sell a book. But that can take a lot of effort, time, and planning. Find more time to write (the thing you love most!) by letting me help with things like:

  • Author branding
  • Graphic design needs (from logos to book covers!)
  • Social media consultation and scheduling
  • Website content management
  • Marketing consultation
  • Book launch campaigning
  • Plus, more!

If you’re interested, I invite you over to my Author Services page to learn more about how Good Day Publishing works. Then, contact me for a FREE 30-minute consultation!

The flagship Scripture behind Good Day Publishing is Psalm 118:24.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

It would be my pleasure and my honor (not an exaggeration) to see how I might help make your day…your writing journey…a good one. One that doesn’t overwhelm or stress you out. God has given us THIS day! Let’s use it!

Do you have any questions about Good Day Publishing or author platform building and promotion? Feel free to ask! From time to time, I’ll also be offering some posts with tips for authors on the topics of design, marketing, and social media. So, be sure and check back often.

But if you’re ready to take the next step and add me to your team, just say the word!