Sometime in the past, in a comment I believe, there was mention of the Western Romance Authors Please Post Here thread in the Amazon Meet Our Authors forum. Up until that time I’d avoided the whole forum, as I’m one of those who thinks the MOA forum is a cyber-ghetto set up to isolate authors from readers who are bothered by them and that very few readers ever go there. I still think that, but I did take a look at that thread, participated a bit, and have since posted in a few other threads there. So that mention jostled me out of my pure pigheadedness to some degree.
Over time I’ve come to enjoy the thread. Except for the OP, Maggie O, and mesadallas, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a reader post there, but it’s become like a little social group for authors of the genre who post not just about their books but about their lives. Maggie also is very good about listing the freebies in the genre she finds almost daily.
Recently the participants started discussing a cooperative group effort for a site that might attract more people than any of us do to our individual blogs. Ginger Simpson already had a blog she calls Cowboy Kisses (you can tell I didn’t name it, can’t you?), and she volunteered to rearrange her blog to be a group blog. So far 13 western romance authors are participating. Some are pure indies like me, and some are currently or have been traditionally published.
As the laggard who was busy and didn’t wake up to what was going on until it was all but done, I’m the 13th one who spoiled the perfect dozen. The idea is for each of us to post once a month, and we’ve set up a schedule. I’m scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, so my first post will be April 7th. If anyone reading this has any ideas of what readers would like to hear from authors, I’d love to hear it, as these posts are to be for readers, not other authors, at least not when they’re wearing writer hats.
The blog’s home page has links to a bio page for each of us participating. Once again, the slowpoke, I just finished mine last night and would love any comments. There’s a new photo of me from the good old days. It’s the only tough cowgirl type photo I have, and at that it was taken at a horse show. I’ll admit here among friends I first learned to ride English, always preferred it, and never rode a Western saddle except for shows and to practice for them. Of course I listed my books at the end, but I didn’t just paste in the book description and tried to give a sentence or two of something different about each one. For that matter the bio itself isn’t just what’s in my books and on Amazon.
I hope you’ll take a look and let me know what you think and maybe cruise some of the rest of the site and comment.