blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account should be mandatory for any author at this point.
EBONY: What advice do you have for new authors?
Todd: My big thing with fiction is that the author has a voice and perspective which I believe translates well with audiences. Charisma on the page is invaluable.
Cassandra: Writers should participate in some sort of writing community, whether it be online or in person. Read each other’s writing, guest blog for each other, promote each other’s work. Having that sort of peer support can be really valuable.
Mercedes: Frequent your local bookstore and see what kind of books are on the shelves—see what is trending and what isn’t. Also, really read the genre you are writing for—be an active consumer. It will help you familiarize yourself with what is already out there so that you can work on setting yourself apart from what is available.
Latoya: For romance, specifically, I would suggest grabbing a copy of Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger.