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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Extra, Extra!

My to-do list keeps growing and as a writer/mother of three boys I find that I have little time to spare as it is. However, I keep adding to that list.

One of the things that I’ve recently added was creating an extras page to my website and of course, as you can see it’s still under construction. With that said, I’ve started to research it and have run across several really good ideas that I’m going to try.

First off, I’ve read somewhere that several authors are creating alternate endings for their stories as free downloads and I’ve thought about doing this as well. It sounds pretty fun but with my current list of tasks to complete, i.e. this anthology and the next book in The Devil Ryder’s Series, I don’t foresee being able to do this anytime soon.

Something else I’ve run into is character interviews for an author’s popular series as giving the reader more of an inside view to their characters. I love this idea and I am toying with this at the moment. I don’t have anything solid but I can’t wait to actually be able to put this up soon. I think it’s a fun way to draw in the reader.

I’ve written a pirate story which doesn’t actually involve a treasure but it does have a secluded isle. It’s such an integral part of the story that I imagined a reader might enjoy having a map of it. I’m really interested to see if this catches on and if people like the idea I’m actually going to get started on this next week. I like the idea of being able to see what the author envisions for her characters. Don’t get me wrong I totally create my own hero/ heroine in every story I read but I do like to get a peek inside the author’s head sometimes.

Creating family trees seem to be an interesting thing among authors here lately as well. That’s a real possibility for me too.

How about polls for future hero names and whatnot? I think that has some real potential to it. I like the idea. I’d love to be able to get real reader feedback on future projects and I’m hoping to do that. And since I’m not crazy about blogging I think doing things like this on my website help bring authors and readers together.

So now that you’ve heard my ideas on future projects for my extras page. What do you have on your extras page? And what would you like to see on your favorite author’s page? Any ideas you can share with us? Or maybe you have an opinion on whether or not this is good/bad idea?   

5 comments:

  1. I've got one family tree up on my extras page. I'm probably going to add a second one, for a different series at some point. And I am debating other things I could put up...not cut scenes, per se, but possibly scenes that I never wrote to include in the novels, but write after the fact and wish I had included. We'll see.

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  2. I've think it might be interesting to read the short stories of minor characters. Maybe the characters aren't dynamic enough to warrant a whole book, but parts of their history might be interesting. In The Ruination of a Rake, we know something has gone wrong between my heroine's mother and father. My nosey self would like to see how their troubles began. And then it would be interesting to me to know the love story between the hero's older brother and his wife.

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  3. Cut scenes and scenes from minor characters are both great ideas ladies. I love it. I'm going to be working out my extras page next week so I'm throwing these ideas in the hat. Thanks for stopping by ladies!

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  4. Something small that I've seen on author websites, but that I thought was really cool, was a small widget tracking the progress of the next book. This is especially fun for books in a series, you can watch the new book take shape!

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  5. Lorenda! What an excellent idea! Love it! I'm going to look that up. Thanks so much for stopping in!

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