As we approach the end of 2014 (FYI: The fat man in the red suit will be here in three weeks!), I thought it was a good time to do a year in review and a look ahead. This was a milestone year for me. It has been 15 years since my first book was published and I now have 24 titles in print. Can you believe it! The most recently published title is the third book in my ‘most haunted’ series, A GHOST HUNTER’S GUIDE TO THE MOST HAUNTED HOTELS & INNS IN AMERICA.
Being an author these days, you have to be active in social media. I have not done such a good job of that–until recently. In the last few months, I have stepped up my efforts. First, I started tweeting “Today’s #terrancetalkstravel Tip” @terrancezepke. This is typically a free trip contest but I also offer cheap travel resources and tips. Also, I added “Terrance’s Trip Pick of the Week.” FYI: These are great deals! I now have 29 boards on Pinterest, including TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL, Haunted Attractions, I Love London, and Best U.S. Ghost Tours. You can check them out at www.pinterest.com/terrancezepke
And Twitter isn’t the only thing I never thought I’d do that I did this year. My good friend and fellow writer, Sara Whitford, talked me into co-hosting A WRITER’S JOURNEY: FROM BLANK PAGE TO PUBLISHED. Season One is done! We just finished our 15th episode, which was Traditional vs. Indie Publishing. We shared all kinds of information during this series to help aspiring writers get from blank page to published.
You can subscribe to it at iTunes so that you can listen to any show at any time and anyplace!
I write three blogs: NAUTICAL NEWS, MOSTLY GHOSTLY, and TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL. So much good info, if I do say so myself! We also did a major makeover on www.terrancezepke.com in light of all this new stuff and I have launched www.terrancetalkstravel.com. With a brand new book series, TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL pocket guides, a brand new TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL radio show, and TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL blog, it seemed the right time to make this change. It was just too much information for one site!
I’ll be keeping you posted about all this new (and exciting) stuff via social media and on my websites. But the best way to stay connected is to subscribe to my free weekly newsletter. You can sign up on the home page of either www.terrancezepke.com or www.terrancetalkstravel.com in about five seconds. So simple! And this is the best and easiest way to guarantee you’re kept up to date on my new books and on special events and contests.
And believe me, you want to know about these. We offered free books on Amazon and Goodreads several times this year. More than 2,000 copies of HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hundreds of Perfect Party Recipes, Delightful Decorating Ideas & Awesome Activities were given away! Also, I had my first contest in September for a free trip to Charleston. It was a lot of fun and I was so pleased at the great response. So,be sure to sign up so that you’ll know when to enter these contest, learn about my TRIP PICK OF THE WEEK, when we’ll be offering book giveaways…and much more!
I’m gearing up for another big year so stay tuned…