Webbit Posts

My initial blog posts (in 2009) included what I called “webbit tours” which were links to other blogs and posts on the internet that I found fun and wanted to share. This is now done on a variety of other social sites but I was recently reminded that  my posts are a webbit tour of their own.

I wonder how my blog/web presence will evolve in the next few years. I’m exploring Google+ which is a daily webbit tour in images around the globe. I’ve learned how to “follow” and “join communities” on a variety of my personal interests like kayaking; book clubs, The Seattle Aquarium, a bunch of science and news sites, plus many more. It’s really easy to share content and I am having fun which is our primary message about how authors should approach their marketing. 😀

Author Marketing 101

This site is Co-Authored with my partner C. Morgan Kennedy but some of the posts are personal experiences on my writer journey:

Posing Your Persona
Therese Says: In 2005 I was attending my first national RWA conference in Reno. As thousands attend these events, local chapters and the industry magazine offer advice on what to expect and how to prepare. The advice that year was for even aspiring authors to have business cards, and a photo on them would be a good idea. Continue reading →
When You’re Ready for Business Cards: Part 2
Therese says: I never had a need for business cards. My goal when attending conferences was to get business cards from agents and editors so I could contact them through the postal process, which took months – or longer. This process only changed in recent years. Continue reading →
Cover Fonts: Terri Patrick Case Study
Therese was fortunate to get a variety of options to pick, from Soul Mate Publishing, regarding the cover of her novel. This couple in a clinch is a good representation of the characters and the flavor of the story, aside from his hair being too short, and hers is too long and blond. Continue reading →
The Elements of Character Arcs
Posted on April 26, 2016
Michael Hauge defines the character arc as the emotional journey from identity to essence.  The essence is the inner child, the core of the character who has been wounded through life and now needs to be healed. The identity is … Continue reading →
What I learned as a RITA judge
Posted on March 8, 2016
It was a rite of passage for me to be judging books for the RWA RITA Awards through February. As a member of RWA for thirty years, it really was a thrill to get seven books to read and judge … Continue reading →
Choosing Review Sites and Reader Contests
Historically, publishers sent books for reviews which were then used in publicity campaigns, targeted to booksellers to stock those books. The bookseller used those reviews to entice readers to their store to buy that book, and more. An author today … Continue reading →
Sports widow vs romance widower
Posted on October 6, 2015
T’is the season for football and basketball in our living room. Football was the game of choice in our early years of marriage and I was an avid fan then too. There was one game per week that usually included … Continue reading →
Time and Travel by Terri Patrick
Posted on June 30, 2015
I’m currently on my way home from a twelve day family excursion to and through Yellowstone National Park. I assume I had a great time but I’m writing this to post two days before we leave, so it is scheduled … Continue reading →
In Media, Rest
Posted on May 12, 2015
Blasphemy!  We’re novelists with books to sell and we must be tweeting, posting, blogging… it’s the golden rule of marketing in this digital world. [Myth!] “In medias res” is the golden rule for novelists and storytellers of every venue. It’s … Continue reading →
It’s About A Wedding by Terri Patrick
Posted on March 24, 2015
“It’s about a wedding” is a really a great tagline for promoting a romance novel. Weddings are those rite-of-passage celebrations that emphasize our ingrained desires to be connected to someone special regardless of how fulfilled we may be as an individual. …Continue reading →

Sports and Books
I am a great spectator at most sporting events. I understand the rules and objectives of every game and appreciate the display of athletic ability and teamwork. I am not a fan of any one sport, or team, enough to … Continue reading →
Elemental Characters
I’ve attended many writer workshops on characterization through the years and I now use the basics of astrology to create my characters in my stories.  Michael Hauge’s Story Mastery defines the character arc as the Emotional Journey from Identity to … Continue reading →
Typing Tools
Posted on January 7, 2014
I recently learned that Tom Hanks loves typewriters, everything about them, and he has a collection. I will drool over typewriters used as historic displays in storefronts, I will pause in business supply stores and look at the latest version of … Continue reading →
What’s in a name…
For my last post here this year, I wanted to come up with something profound and inspiring. Instead I’ll reveal my secret thrill now that I’m finally a published author. Ed and I have been married for 33 years. He … Continue reading →
No Time for a Wedding
Posted on October 15, 2013
As romance novelists, we know the delight of a HEA at the end of a story and sometimes there’s a wedding in the works. Weddings celebrate a life of love followed by the wonder of newlywed bliss. Honeymoon’s are a … Continue reading →
Adventures in Blog World
My grandson turns Five in October and my Blog will be Five – 3 months later. This means we are both almost ready for Kindergarten. While Blog World is a bit older (not much!) the comparison is good as the … Continue reading →
Let’s Consider Reincarnation
Posted on August 20, 2013
Another world is dying, if you believe the buzz. It’s the World of Blog. It birthed, boomed, has reached its saturation point, and is now “statistically” imploding.  It is old media, irrelevant, and wordy. Blog World should be shuffled off … Continue reading →
What’s a Marketing Maven gonna do?
Posted on July 30, 2013
Since I announced my first novel Checkmate First Mate will be a SMP release this fall, many have asked what I’m gonna do for my marketing. This is asked with the expectation that I will have the magic button, the … Continue reading →
5-speed vacation
Posted on June 18, 2013
I drove my daughter’s VW Golf when she and her dad used my car for a road trip. I hadn’t driven a 5-speed manual transmission vehicle for many years and it stalled while I reversed out of the driveway. Twice … Continue reading →
Terri Tells All Tagline
Posted on May 7, 2013