Writerly Update on disappearing books…

A publisher I’m with (and dear friend) suggested I box-set my older books for print availability. Something that these particular books have never offered before.

So, if you see a sudden disappearance, now you know.

There will be 3 sets. One contemporary set, one paranormal set (which will hold the non-series para’s) and one White Shifter Series set. So if any of these were stories you’d wished you could hold in print… hang on, they’re on the way!

:)

Bobbi

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Here ye, here ye, BOGO sale on Blurbs!

Yep, that’s right! My 1st ever BOGO sale! Runs from today through midnight next Thursday the 21st.

Same price, same NOTHING to lose policy!. Nothing jacked up. IF you like the blurb options and included teasers/tag lines, then its $25.00 (and for each one purchased, you get ONE free) IF you DON’T like (no using- and no free one) then NO CHARGE!

Yep– NOTHING at all to lose!

Now is the perfect time to revisit those older stories that are collecting dust and little sales. Give them new life with new blurbs, maybe combine them into a bundle or anthology and have an overview blurb and new teasers to promote.

 

If you need a blurb NOW but won’t have a need for another at this moment, NO PROBLEM, I’ll create you a coupon (Free Bogo)  to use WHEN you need your next one.

I’m easy to work with, and am available most nights as well.

 

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Q & A with Bobbi’s Book Blurbs, Teasers & Tag Lines

For the curious… here’s the breakdown of Bobbi’s Book Blurbs, Teasers & Tag Lines.

Q: Do you just do blurbs?

A-NO. I’ve done ad’s (for author signings, sales, etc) Same price ($25.00) and same rules. Don’t like (not using) NO CHARGE. Heck, I’ve even done personal birthday party invitations where they wanted something unique.

Q: How does it work? What do I need to send?

  1. A) Simply send me a brief rundown or your synopsis if done. I actually do (for the one price) several options and several teasers. I call it round one. Many love from the 1st shot. Some, want something more and others ask me to merge several of the options into one. I’ll take your notes/comments from round one and customize to your liking. But… if using (paying) ALL options are yours to use as they were created specifically for YOUR story. Use them for alternative blurbs/teasers, or toss. ALL options/attempts are yours to do with as you see fit.

Q: How does payment work?

  1. A) Upon completion (when customer is happy and loves their blurb) I’ll Paypal invoice you for $25.00.

Q: What about a blurb for a book bundle/boxed set I’m putting together? How much would that cost?

A: IF you’re putting a series together and just want the ONE blurb to represent the whole series… SAME PRICE! $25.00. I charge per blurb (with teasers and tags thrown in). So whether your set has 3 stories or 10, since its ONE blurb you want–its ONE charge.

Q: I’m redoing an old series and want fresh blurbs. How much would that cost?

A: Again, $25.00 per blurb, which includes, teasers and tag lines. So, $25.00 per story.

Q: What’s your turn-around time?

A: Usually within a few hours. Obviously if you sent a request late PM, I may not be up or may be on my way to bed. That said… I did have an author contact me once in the middle of working with Createspace and needed a blurb, like THEN. ASAP! I happened to be up and at 11:30 PM worked her blurb and had it back by Midnight.

Q: Anything else I need to know?

A: Please be polite. When working with you, I DO understand life happens, but if you experience a delay in being in contact… take the time for a quick email, “I’ll get back with you on XXX.” Nothing worse than being in the frame of mind for said authors work, then having days go by without word. If you don’t like, it’s okay… as an author too, I understand not everything will be everyone’s cup of tea. Simply let me know, the blurbs didn’t work, but hey, thanks for trying. I’m good with that and you won’t be charged.

What sets me apart? The no charge rule. If you don’t like/use, I’m not charging you. For most of us, we’re still struggling to make a living following our dream of writing. Last thing any of us need is to pay for anything (work related or other) we don’t need. A bad blurb, is NOT needed.

Special request. Like you money is limited… so, for now, I’m strictly working social media and word of mouth. (Thank you to the customers who have recommended me) Please help me spread the word by sharing or just mentioning when you hear someone in need or complaining they hate doing blurbs.- Thanks!

Hope to work with you soon,

Bobbi Romans

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Dear Dollar Rental Car & Hertz,

Dear Dollar Rental Car and Hertz,

I’ve added Hertz since the companies have merged and who know’s which new implements have decimated the old (good) systems.

On June 21st I “Pre-Booked” (pre-paid) for a vehicle. $81.80 plus $40. something in tax due upon pick up for the dates of 08/18 9 am through 08/21 9 pm. All was fine. Did online without issue.

On 06/22/16 I decided to add a day, assuming if for 4-days the total was $81.80 (plus tax) then surely another day couldn’t be more than $25.00/$30.00. (plus tax of course)

I followed the online instructions, went into my rental “voucher” and selected MODIFY. Selected a return date of 08/22 (instead of 21) same return time, 9 pm, and a pop up appeared which said I would have to select the car again, but to click next. I did. A quote of $139.99 popped up. Totally fine, in fact was much less than I expected, but thought “hey, maybe that’s a day with no bookings and I got lucky.” It stated $5.89 would be taken from my acct and another $10.00 something due on the tax.(bringing the original tax total from $40.00 something to $50.00 something due at car pick-up.)

Again, fine.

Then I got the email confirmation which showed the ADDED day had NOT been added on. So now my original dates and fee had gone UP without the new day addition.

What?

I called the 1-800-800-4000 number, was stuck on hold about 10 min, then the call disconnected. I called back. Waited on hold and finally reached someone. She was very nice but informed me that I would have to call the “pre-pay” people to have everything sorted out. She gave me another number. I called them, waited on hold, then was told, “sorry, system glitch the total should be $203.00.”

Wait? What?

Now, $81.80 plus $40.00= $121.80. Lets deduct $203.- $121.80= $81.20 for the ONE additional day!!!

I was stunned. I then asked, WHY then had the system taken out the $5.86 from my acct already and showed $10. more dollars in tax due at pick-up.

“The system saw your modify as re-renting and the price has gone up from yesterday.”

ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS???? I was offered NO apology for the system glitch. No offer to revert to original price or offer of taking that from the total of the requested day.

NOTHING.

I hung up with her and called the 1-800-800-4000 back praying I got someone who spoke better English and could better explain. I waited on-hold over and over, spoke with numerous people, ALL of whom stated the same. System error. No offer of assistance, just flat out, oops, but this is the price.

At this point, I’d been on the phones with Dollar over 3 1/2 hours TOTAL AND online via Twitter. (who offered aid, but then never returned) I called pre-pay back and requested they cancel my reservation and refund my money.

(Of course it will take 5-10 days for funds to reverse)

Side Note: I Googled at this point to see if others were having issues with Dollar and YES… many are. In fact the term “scam-ish” appeared in several posts/tweets.

The next day, I called the customer service number (they closed at 5 so I missed reaching them the day before) 1-800-800 5252 and they DID apologize but said there was nothing they could do.

There is NOT person within the entire organization who has the ability to offer a discount according to SEVERAL employee’s. (Such as at least reversing the added money for  the same rental)

Here’s a further breakdown of Dollar;

Money for Pre-Pay is taken from “CARHIRE: Dublin” Reps are from India and there is NOT ONE person who is truly manager. Maybe over the one answering the phone, but NOT anyone with authority. (If calling Pre-Pay during the day, you might get lucky and get an Irish rep. He was VERY nice, VERY apologetic-but still couldn’t assist towards changing things around)

Though Dollar came up $14.00 less than Enterprise for the 5 days, I GLADLY paid the $14.00 to not have to deal with Dollar anymore.

For YEARS we were loyal Dollar customers. Going way, way back. We hadn’t had a need to rent for a long time, but when the time came, I immediately went Dollar.

Never-Ever-Again!

So, with your summer plans coming up, felt it best to share my experience and maybe save someone else a massive headache.

Bobbi Romans

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Perfect, Ooey, gooey, finger licking Bar-B-Cue!

Our Branson trip was for a family reunion. While there I grilled bar-b-Cue ribs and as usual, was asked repeatedly how I make my sauce.

Easy Bar-b-cue

Dry Rub your meat the night before and wrap in tinfoil.

DryRub:

Use your favorite blackening spice OR… 1/4th cup of brown sugar, 4 TBS of Garlic Sale, 2 TBS of Black Pepper (if you like spicier use Cayenne Pepper)

Rub your meat and set in fridge.

Next day 2 1/2 to 3 hours before grill time cook  your meat on LOW temp (200 or 250) while still wrapped in tinfoil.

Sauce:

Any bottle of bar-b-cue (I buy whatever is on sale)

1/2 standard size jar of Grape Jelly OR Apricot Preserves.

1/4th cup of brown sugar.

Mix well.

Once ready to grill, put meats on NO SAUCE YET. Grill about 10 min each side until a partial crisp begins to form. NOW start slathering on the sauce. About every 10 min flip and slather until meats been on the grill about 40-60 min.

Enjoy!

Bobbi Romans- Author and lover of food!

For a nice twist other than the standard potato or pasta salad… try pairing with Broccoli Salad for a lighter twist.

P.S. This sauce is also great on pulled pork and MEATBALLS for the holiday gatherings.

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Summertime (FREE) Marketing Tips!

Free Summer Time Marketing Ideas!

As with many authors, trying to find inexpensive ways to market ourselves takes more time than actually writing the book. And yes, while we’ve all heard, just write and let the rest work itself out, so far, it’s not working for me.

Here are a few summertime ideas;

  1. A) When traveling, sign guest books (hotel/motel), chalkboards (you know where restaurants ( want guests to sign) as Thanks for a great meal/stay, Author XXX. Leave your business/rack card or book mark.
  2. B) Know in advance where your trip is heading? Google bookstores and set up a one hour book signing event. If need be, bring your own books with.
  3. C) Stopping for lunch or breakfast? Leave a few signed business/rack cards on tables/counters.
  4. D) Many campsites (in the office) have spots for guests to say where they’re from. Pop your card up and/or ask the manager if you can leave a few out on the counter! You’d be surprised at how tickled they’ll be an author visited their campsite/rv park, etc.
  5. E) Wear a Author XXX t-shirt around. You can order one (reasonably priced) through VistaPrint.
  6. F) I took my Bobbi Romans Tote bag. Its huge and I used it to pack beach stuff in.

Get creative and have a Fun, Safe Summer!

:)

Bobbi Romans

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Summer Time fun in Branson MO & Buffalo Creek Arkansas

Well, I’m BAACCKKK!!!! Yep, after an amazing week in Branson, both camping AND living large at The Cliff’s (I’ll share pics later of the theater room and stunning infinity pool over-looking Table Rock) I’m ready to jump back into the blurbs biz.

Need em? I’m here. $25.00 a blurb (includes teasers) ONLY if we agree on a blurb you’ll use. If after a bit of back and forth attempts, you won’t be using… NO CHARGE!

Spread the word!

Until then, here are a few pics of hubby and son as we went and played in the Buffalo Creek in Arkansas. I can’t get over the breathtaking views of the whole trip. (Or the fat raccoons I fed from the balcony each night!)

Beautiful Buffalo Creek in Arkansas

The view from The Cliff’s (Where we stayed part of the time in Branson MO)

The seating area outside the pool area at The Cliff’s in Branson. (Highly recommend staying there!)

Pool at The Cliff’s overlooking Table Rock Lake.

Hubby and Son playing in Buffalo Creek. (Arkansas)

Of course we leave Florida to camp, and MO is in a heat wave. We’re talking HOT people. Warnings to stay inside. I parked my rear in the lake and didn’t leave until the sun went down. Of course, then, thankfully, we went and stayed at The Cliffs.

But hello… they smoked us in terms of heat. Whew!

So what are your summer plans?

:)
Bobbi

 

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