Monday, February 25, 2013

Sydney Landon - HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Sydney Landon. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Danvers series.

Author Genre: Romance - Contemporary

Website: Sydney Landon
Twitter: @SydneyLandon1
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Author Description:
I am married to the man of my dreams and we have two beautiful children. I live in South Carolina. I enjoy a good movie, a great book, and pulling practical jokes on my unsuspecting friends. I have always enjoyed writing so I began Weekends Required as a hobby and soon it took over. Before long I was engrossed in the characters that I had created, and wanted to give them all their moment in the spotlight. The first book is now available and I'm currently working on the second book in the series, Not Planning on You.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Now that Fall For Me is out the door, what do you have on the drawing board next? Will it be another Danvers novel? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

I am currently working on the 4th book in the Danvers series which will feature Declan and Ella. I am looking at a late spring/summer release. As for a tease, I will say that Declan is in for a big surprise from a past character in the Danvers novels.

How important have your social media relationships been? Which of your marketing methods contributes the most to your writing success?

Although I use Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for social media, I probably use Facebook the most. I have formed so many relationships there and find the reader feedback and support invaluable.

Do you do book signing, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I do the occasional interview and blog. I don't have any personal appearances scheduled at this time. Any future events will be available on my website,

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

I did create the first cover for my books, however when I signed with Penguin Publishing, they wanted a recognizable theme for all of the books in the series and I love the results.

Have you created a book trailer for any of your books to promote them online?

No, this is one thing I haven't tried, but would like to.

What kinds of writer support groups do you belong too? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the self-publishing process?

I belong to several groups on different social media platforms and I have met some of the most amazing people through them. These authors are smart, savvy and dedicated to the cross-promotion of everyone in the group.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

When I first started out, I used Amazon's KDP Select which allowed the author to have so many free days per month. I found this to be a great way, especially in a series, to get your name and story out there. I recommend that every new self-published author try that first.

Have you ever done a book tour before? If so, did it contribute to the success of your book sales?

The only tours I have done thus far, have been blog tours.

How do you manage your plots, characters and timelines to keep your stories going? Do you use any software to keep track of your books?

I have purchased writing software, but I keep going back to Word. I admit it would be easier to use special software to keep up with secondary characters, but I stay with Word and flip back through my books for reference when I need to.

Being a self-publisher myself, I have to ask this question. How does doing everything yourself work out? Do you outsource much of the process?

On my first book, I pretty much did it all. I designed my cover, did my own formatting and handled everything myself. By the second book, I learned that no matter how good you think you are at editing, you need to hire someone to do that for you. If you are on a small budget, spend it on an editor. Readers will pick up on things that you won't notice. I also had someone design my covers after the first one.

Author's Book List
Fall For Me: A Danvers Novel
All her life, Beth Denton battled both her weight and her controlling parents. And now that she’s declared victory, she’s looking for her prince charming…

Beth has always lived in her outgoing sister’s shadow, plagued by her own insecurity about her body. It’s time for her to step out from the sidelines and experience what life has to offer—then she’s laid off from her teaching job, and has to rely on her sister to get her a job at Danvers International.

Nick Merimon is gorgeous, wealthy, and a well-known playboy—just the sort of man Beth has always avoided. But even she can’t deny the sparks that are flying between them. He could be just the man to show her what she’s been missing all these years. And after they share one heart-stopping night together, she is surprised when it leads to a relationship.

But as their connection grows, and the realities of their romance begin to show, Beth will have to overcome both her own insecurities and her doubts about Nick’s intentions if her newfound pleasures are to last forever…
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Not Planning On You: A Danvers Novel
Suzy Denton thought she had it all: a great job as an event planner for Danvers International and a committed relationship to her high school sweetheart....

But now her life has gone to hell in a handbasket. Not only did she discover her fiancĂ© cheating, but a recent corporate merger is making her job very difficult—mostly due to Grayson Merimon, wealthy CEO. Gray is a man who goes after what he wants. And, after their first meeting, he wants Suzy.

Even though he looks like every fantasy she’s ever had, Suzy is wary of the powerful businessman. She likes her newfound independence, even if her best friend thinks it’s an excuse not to risk her heart again. Besides, she doesn’t think Gray could ever be interested in a relationship with someone like her. When he calls her bluff, Suzy agrees to one night together.

But when circumstances continue to throw them together—and with Gray determined to show her that two opposites can be a perfect fit—Suzy realizes that she might just have found the one man who can give her what she’s always needed….
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Weekends Required: A Danvers Novel
Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant for three years, but he’s never appreciated her as a woman—until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend’s bachelor party.…

To support her ailing mother, Claire is forced to work a second job at a party-planning company. But when her handsome boss ends up with a front-row seat to the action, she’s mortified—and he’s intrigued.

With Danvers International in the middle of an important merger, Jason asks Claire to accompany him on weekend business trips—and suddenly all her fantasies are coming true. Her outspoken best friend thinks that getting a little “executive attention” will solve everything. But Claire sees more in Jason than just sex.

Jason is determined to know how the beautiful, sexy woman in the cake could also be his mousy assistant. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes how much fun it can be to mix business with pleasure. And how much he wants to offer her a happily ever after of her own….
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