Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks to Stevie at Stevie Turner for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers in order to award their blogging peers.  Each blogger nominated is asked to nominate 11 other bloggers that they admire or are inspired by.  It’s an honour to be recognised, and a wonderful opportunity to encourage others to keep doing what they love.

Stevie is an accomplished and talented author which a number of interesting books. She has launched a new book today which you can read about here:

Thank the person who nominated you and provides a link back to their blog so others can find them.
Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
List the rules and (optional) display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Here are my answers to Stevie’s questions:

Do you think authors having many social media accounts is a good idea?

I think it depends on the person and whether they can manage the social media accounts they have. I have a number as follows:

Blogs – I have three: which is the blog I use to share thoughts and ideas about my children’s books series, Sir Chocolate and Friends and my Silly Willy book as well as my poetry and some book reviews. This one, Roberta Writes, which is for my YA and adult writing and which is my flagship paid website. I use that blog to share reviews of my own books, recipes and promotional posts. This blog is linked to my Goodreads and Amazon author accounts.

Twitter – I have two accounts, one linked to Robbiesinspiration and one linked to Roberta Writes.

Pinterest – – I pin my fondant artwork and cakes, interesting blog posts and interesting books I read or find out about.

Instagram – I use this in much the same way as I use pinterest to share photographs of my artwork and books.

Facebook – I have two author pages, one for each free blog, and three groups for sharing poetry, dark and mysterious short stories and recipes.

MeWe – This is a new social media for me and I have just today established a poetry sharing group there. If you are interested in joining this group, you will find it here:

Do you submit your work to agents, or are you happy staying self-published?

All my books are published through TSL Publications in the UK except for my poetry book, Open a new door which is published through Moyhill Publishing. I am happier working through a small and caring publisher.

Do you think authors should give away their work for free?

No, I think it ruins the market.

If you have an email (mailing) list, how do you gain more followers for it?

I don’t have an email list. I probably should have one but I don’t have time for anything else as I work full time and write and market and, and, and…

If you had to be confined to one social media account to promote your books, which one would it be?

Definitely my blogs on WordPress. I love blogging, it is more like having friendships that social media for me.

Is book promotion worth it?  Do you gain sales by your promotion efforts, or is it all just a time suck?

When I published my first book, I didn’t have any social media accounts so I didn’t have many sales. Soft promotion of my books has definitely helped my sales. Being part of anthologies and entering short story competitions has also helped my writing a great deal and I have met a lot of new writers that way.

What’s the best part of a doughnut?  I would say it’s the hole in the middle, but I’d love to hear what you think.

I can’t eat doughnuts as my liver was damaged through illness when I was a young girl. If I did eat one, it would be the jammy kind and not the hole-in-the-middle kind. I love jam.

How would you go about ‘kissing the sky’ like Mr Hendrix did?

I think I do that everyday when I write.

Can you dance the Tango?

I have done so. I have also danced a number of other dances such as the Cha Cha and the Rhumba. My husband and I went for dancing lessons before we got married.

What strange phenomena have you experienced?

Sadly, none in real life. Lots in my imagination and in books.

Do you want to live forever?

Not if I have to lose my health and become old and infirm.

I am not nominating people for this award as it takes me hours to think of people and link to their blogs. I am very grateful to Stevie for thinking of me and my blog for this award.


36 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations on your award. I appreciate your energy, Robbie. You continue to write plus having many blogs and social media sites. It takes a lot of time to do and you do everything so well.

    Sorry to hear that your liver was damaged as a kid. It seems like you’re doing a good job to avoid further problem.

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      1. You’re welcome, Robbie. My mom had type 2 diabetes. Before she passed away, her foot had open wound. The doctor asked us if we wanted her foot to be amputated. We said just give her morphine to make her comfortable. She passed away two months later.
        I’m very careful with sugar intake to avoid diabetes.

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  2. So happy you don’t think writers should market their work for free. It dilutes the market and brings down the earning power for writers.
    I agree with you rergrding the best platform for an author to promote. Blogging is the best way for anyone to promote themselves and their work.

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    1. I am pleased to know that other people agree with me on this point. Free promotions does boost your perceived sales on Amazon but do the people who buy the book ever read it? I think serious readers either buy the books they want to read or belong to ARC reader groups with publishers.

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