So you’re a writer of serial books and finding it hard to keep your readers interested during the time between when your books are published?
Joe Shumock , author of the Letter series, will offer a solution with his presentation, Character Blogs: Keeping your readers interested (and entertained) between books. He will speak at Blount County Public Library on Monday, September 15, at 7 p.m.
Shumock, formerly of East Tennessee, has so far written and published three books in the Letter series: A Letter to Die For, The Lost Letter, Letter from the Dark. Now he’s working on his fourth—which required a research trip to Prague. Location is usually a sub-character in Shumock’s novels and has him traveling to various places for details.
During the interim between books, Shumock wanted to keep his readers in touch with the characters in his series and engaged in their stories. Although he maintains an interesting and updated website and has a presence on Facebook, that wasn’t enough personal contact with the reader. So he created character blogs.
During his speech at the library, he will discuss these aspects of character blogs:
- What are character blogs?
- Why have them?
- What kind of information should they contain?
- Where should I keep them?
- How often should I post to them?
- Should I charge my readers to access them?
- How do I advertise and explain what they are?
Shumock will lead a general discussion and then answer any audience questions.
Joe Shumock is a former CPA who owned his own CPA firm and practiced public accounting for 30 years. Shumock was also involved several other small business ventures during those years.
Upon retirement from public accounting in July of 2002, Shumock and his wife, Kathy, moved to the mountains of East Tennessee. Having a desire to write fiction since he was 12 or 13 years of age, Shumock finally began his literary life in early 2007 by writing the first book in the Letter series. Several other stories are expected in the Letter series in addition to other books outside the series.
Shumock’s wife Kathy succumbed to cancer in September of 2010, leaving him to continue his dream alone. Kathy had been his strong supporter as well as the first reader and editor of Joe’s books. Joe Shumock now lives and writes out of Buford, Georgia, near Atlanta.
Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.