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Better When We're Together: Your New Favorite YA Christmas Read!

It's the most wonderful time... of the year!

At least that's how most people feel.  Courtney Kurtz isn't so sure.  She's excited to spend the Christmas holiday with her family and their family's best friends at their favorite family campground.  She's sure it will only be a little awkward, considering she has a crush on her newly single best friend.

But that's not the only issue that she's facing!

Shady Knoll Campground, her family's favorite vacation spot from her childhood is in trouble!  The number of vacationers that they host has gone down each and every year.  They're holding a winter festival to try to drum up business, but if they don't see a serious increase of cash flow, they might be done.  Forever.

What's a girl to do?  With the help of her brothers, her best friends, as well as a few others, they might be able to save the day.

Read Better When We're Together for a story filled with best friend drama, winter fun, & a whole lot of holiday spirit!

To purchase your copy of Better When We're Together, Click Here!

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth

How is My NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep Going?

Hello friends!  NaNoWriMo is just 16 days away and I am getting pretty excited.  My mind is filled with ideas and I am definitely feeling the urge to get started.  Ah well.  For now, I'll just keep crafting my outline until November 1st rolls around.

Saturday was a day spent getting chores done and bowling and watching Gilmore Girls, but I also started putting my preparation list together of all the things that I need to get done.

There are 3 different categories on my list:
  1. Self Care Prep
  2. Novel Prep
  3. NaNoWriMo.Org Prep

If you'd like to take a look at my list, either to use it as your own or use it as inspiration for your own list, feel free!  You can check it out on Google Drive here.

How are your preparations going?  Let me know in the comments!

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Visit KnitSpinWeave.Net for stories on Knitting, Spinning, & Weaving

Hello friends!  I know that a lot of you are creative souls so I wanted to share a quick post on my Mom's new blog.

It's been a few weeks since we set up her blog and to be honest, it baffles me as much as it baffles her!  We set up a self hosted wordpress for her (because she doesn't mind paying for hosting! haha Meanwhile, I'm still on blogger) a few weeks ago and she's written a few posts.

As of posting this, her main post was about thoughts on her Knitting Spinning & Weaving Guild that she belongs to.  She's made so many knew friends through her guild as well as made friends with people who share the same hobbies as her.  It's been really cool.

To visit her blog, click here!

That's all for today.  Have anything to plug?  Let me know in the comments. :)

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Announcing My NaNoWriMo 2017 Novel & 5 Fun Facts

NaNoWriMo is less than a month away and my preparations are going well!  The story is currently being constructed and my cover has been designed.

  1. The setting of The Lyric Diaries takes place at a performing art boarding school.
  2. My protagonist is named Lyric because there was a girl named Lyric in our music department in college and I always thought that was such a pretty name.  Plus it's artistic!
  3. I got the idea for Lyric's Mom marrying a headmaster from the movie Cadet Kelly.  Remember how Kelly has to go to military school because of her new step-father's job?
  4. I spent 2 summers at music camp and 2 years as a music major in college, so I know a lot about how dramatic artists can be!
  5. I kept a diary all while growing up which is why Lyric keeps a diary in this book.

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Weekend Project: Reimagining My Marketing Plan & NaNoWriMo Prep

Friends, it's been a long weekend.  I've been working very hard on my email marketing plan as well as prepping for NaNoWriMo, which begins in less than a month.  Here's a little summary of everything I completed this past weekend.

1.  Broke Up My Email List in 4 Different Email Lists (That's right... 4!)

I've been listening to a lot of podcasts lately on entrepreneurship and it's made me realize that my one giant email list isn't cutting it.  My business (and my brand) is composed of a couple different factors and I wanted them to be separate so that subscribers won't me inundated by information that they aren't interested in.  My four lists are:

Author Marian Elizabeth

This is a newsletter just for my fiction writing and book releases.  The aim is to only send out emails when I have a new book releasing or when I have a fiction sale on Amazon.

Zine Newsletter

This is a newsletter just for my zine making and creative writing endeavors.  The aim is to only send out emails when I have a new book releasing or when I have a zine sale on Etsy.

Writing Tips Newsletter

This is a newsletter just for my writing tips and creative writing worksheets that I put together and want to share.  The aim is to send an email once a month with links to my blog posts about writing as well as some free printable writing worksheets.

Blog Newsletter

This is my main list that already existed.  The aim is to send out 1 email a month with links to blog posts as well as thoughts on reading, writing, pop culture, and what's going on in the world.

2.  Created Free Opt-ins for All New Email Subscribers

All of my email marketing research has told me that the best way to get new subscribers is to offer them something in exchange for their subscription.  That's why I created an awesome, free product for each of my lists.
  1. If you sign up for my Author list, you get a free 6 pg PDF Book Blogging Guide.
  2. If you sign up for my Zine list, you get a free digital copy of a mini zine I created called Things I Think About: Volume 1.
  3. If you sign up for my Blog list you get a free art print about journaling.
  4. If you sign up for my Writing Tips list, you get a free printable worksheet called "Interview Your Protagonist" that will help you get to know the main character in your novel.

3.  Came up with my Idea for NaNoWriMo

Up until Friday, I had no idea what I was going to write about next month.  Eep!  But while I was at work on Friday I had a great idea and that's the one that I'm going to stick to.  I'll be using my Interview Your Protagonist worksheet as well as a couple of other worksheets that I'll be sharing on the blog soon to put my ideas together.

That's all for today!

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Things I Think About (A free eZine JUST for Newsletter Subscribers)

I have a special offer available, just for subscribers of my new Zine Newsletter!

I've created a Newsletter just for my etsy customers/readers and it's all about zines!  You don't have to worry about me spamming your inbox because I promise to only send out emails when I have a new zine that I've created or a holiday sale going on in my Etsy shop.

As a special offer, you'll get a free digital copy of Things I Think About: Volume 1.

This is a mini zine that I created just to talk about the things I think about, like dating and coffee and the future.  It was originally created in 2014 and this is a scanned copy so that you can read on your computer.

Want to check it out?

Subscribe to my Zine Newsletter Here!

Any questions?  Leave a comment here or write me an email. :)

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Interview Your Protagonist (A Free Worksheet for Writers)

Good evening & Happy Saturday!  It's only six o'clock right now but I am pretty tired.  I've spent my whole day reworking my email lists and coming up with a new marketing plan for my writing career.  For the past hour I've been working on free opt-ins and I am having SO much fun.  I love coming up with creative (and free) products that will hopefully help other writers as much as they've helped me.

Interview Your Protagonist is a little idea that has been running through my mind ALL WEEK.

See, NaNoWriMo is coming up next month and that has got me thinking about what I want to write about.  I have a basic premise but I know absolutely nothing about my characters yet.  A lot of that will come to me once I start writing, but in the meantime, I need a way to find out the basics about my protagonist (as well as a few other main characters) so that I know her life.  I want to know her motivations and why she is the way she is!

So once I eat dinner in a bit, I will be sitting down at my desk to work on some interviews of my main character.  I'm curious to see what happens.

Are you not so patiently waiting for NaNoWriMo as well?  No worries.  This worksheet is available for you too.  All you have to do is sign up for my Writer Newsletter, which only comes out once a month so you won't have to worry about inbox spam.

Sign Up for my Writer Newsletter Here!

That's all for tonight.  Happy plotting!

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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