“Although successfully published with Five Star/Cengage, six times over in historical western romance, when I attended my first Western Writers of America conference earlier this year, I’d been away from writing for three years. (I’d put down my writing pen and picked up my Grandma knitting needles, so to speak.) This time lost shouldn’t make much difference, I told myself. My previous works have garnered national reviews and enjoyed comfortable sales, so no worries, right? Wrong! At the WWA conference, the membership couldn’t have been more welcoming but my heart sank at the task now ahead for me—to promote ARCTIC STORM, Watch Eyes Trilogy, Book One, to fans I no longer have, and to fans I will never have unless I master social media, on an internet I don’t understand, either! Sigh. My old bones just got older and my 68-year-old brain went blank. Close to packing it in and heading home, I decided to attend the panel on marketing and promotion, scheduled for that morning. I made a good decision. No, I made a great decision! Krista Rolfzen Soukup was one of the panelists. I took careful notes, despite my anxiety over this subject. After the session, Krista indicated she’d be happy to meet with anyone who wished to speak with her, as well as give out her email. Krista is a Literary Agent and Publicist from the Blue Cottage Agency who represents bestselling, well-known writers. I might speak with her for advice but she wouldn’t care to help a lesser-known writer like me. Wrong again! Not only was Krista gracious enough to listen to my tearful marketing woes, but she invited me to contact her. I believe she knew I was a “senior” writer in trouble; suffering from Low Computer Skills Syndrome (LCSS). Thanks to Krista and Corey K., I now have the basic skills I need to begin building back that ever-elusive fan base.
I’m happy to report that since Krista has become my “Senior Writing Advisor,” I no longer suffer from full-blown LCSS. The writer in me will live, after all.”