It’s alive! It’s alive! Ahem. I couldn’t resist starting this blog post like the old movie Young Frankenstein.(you can click the image to go to Amazon and get it-if you have never seen it-highly recommend-totally funny)

(- be aware this is an affiliate link and if you buy it, I will get a small amount for showing it to you)

Anyway, now that I have gotten totally off-topic, I wanted to say, my latest release, Disk of Death is live. It’s alive. Get it? Okay, so it’s Thursday and maybe you feel like it is the second Monday you’ve had.

I am excited about this release though!

I cannot believe that this book, a part of my life since the early 2000s, is finally out again, and is finally making strides. The preorder period showed it in the top 25 of one of its category, and the first few days of going live, it went into the top 10! I am so excited!

So, thank you to all my fans. It makes me so happy to see it out there doing well.

(again. click the image to go to the site)

The paperback version is coming soon. I have had a fun time of getting the line spacing right. This weekend I am creating a new version of the cover to fit the new line spacing. Soon, my dears, soon.

Hey, if you wouldn’t mind-would you go out and give it a review? You can do that on Amazon, or you can go out and add it to your books on Goodreads. Then add your review there also. Thanks in advance!

I am fast at work formatting book two. Y’all better get to reading…don’t want to get left behind. I will have to speed up to keep up with you voracious readers. Ha. That’s okay, I love it.

Don’t forget about Writer Groupie Podcast. There is a new episode out there!

Subscribe to a podcast.

It has come to my attention that there are still people out there who do not know how to subscribe to a podcast on iTunes. Heck, there are still people out there who think you have to have a Kindle device to read ebooks! Folks, this just ain’t so.

You do not have to have a Kindle to read ebooks.

All you have to have is the Kindle APP. You can go to your devices app store and get the app for Kindle  and download it it – then start adding all the books you like.

It is pretty much the same for iTunes.

You just have to go to to download the app. Once you are on that page, on the left side, it will show you system requirements. I am pretty sure everyone has enough power and space to host the iTunes app., given the oomph of today’s gadgets, but there it is. 

Once you have checked all that, then click on the download button and it will download onto your device. Computer, or phone, or … whatever. Once it is downloaded, it will add an app image to your desktop. The place where all your apps reside.

You click to open the app, go to the iTunes store, and search for podcasts.

I would be honored if you would add Writer Groupie Podcast to your account. Just search for it, right click the purple banner and select subscribe. That way all the podcasts will get onto your podcast page, and you can listen to them easily. It will auto update each time I post a new podcast also, so you never miss one! 

Alternatively, you can also go to and have a listen whenever you wish, and there is an iTunes subscribe button on the bottom of the podcast page also from there. The show grows and gets better when you leave us a rating and or a review on iTunes. That will appear just under the Writer Groupie banner. I hope you enjoy it!

I hope this blog post has been helpful! Please do leave me questions if you have them!

Do you like networked blogs? Do you like to follow them so that you get notices in your email when someone updates? Well, I have some information for you that you may find valuable. Blogs are a highly popular means of getting news you can use no matter what your preference of info.

I recently went out and checked out a ton of sites, just because I was curious.

They all had some form of “follow” feature.

Some were using Networked Blogs and so I signed up for it. It has been around for a long time, but wow, I really like it now.


Why Networked Blogs?

I get an email in my box every day with headlines from sites that I follow. I have to tell you that I have learned a lot about writing headlines since joining this site. But that is another blog post for another day. Suffice it to say, you should have snappy eye-catching headlines for your blogs.

You can also go to the site which is set up in a dashboard sort of way so you can scroll through the sites listed and choose other blogs to follow. Easy set up, easy areas to click through.

There is a cool “save for later” feature also, whereby you can get that particular blog post to read at your leisure. Sometimes we just don’t want to read an involved post on our mobile device and want to read it later in front of the computer with a cup of coffee at our elbow. This site allows that also.

My link to NB is on the bottom of this site in the footer section.

So, in conclusion, if you go to Networked Blogs to check it out, please find me – I am listed as Kim Smith, Author. There ya go, a blog to follow on your shiny new Networked Blog account! And if you set up yours, please leave me a comment and I will follow YO


Kim Smith’s latest release, Disk of Death is now available on preorder at Amazon  – a caper mystery in the truest sense.

Disk of Death Cover Reveal

Disk of Death is almost here!

Hello and welcome to cover reveal day! I am very excited about this reprisal of my Shannon Wallace Mystery series. If you are a fan and have been following along since the early days, let me say thank you. I cannot wait for you to enjoy the ride all over again. It’s been updated, re-edited, re-covered, and I think much better. Shannon and I have had a chance to renew our friendship as well, and I must say I am in love with writing her stories all over again.

If you are new to the series, I hope you enjoy this first book and entry point into South Lake, Mississippi – home of the SLPD, South Lake Police Department, and Tillie’s Home Cookin’– It’s GOOOOD! Tillie’s, Shannon’s aunt and her little eatery is renown in north Mississippi. Shannon loves her hometown…well, until she begins this one week… but this is a caper mystery…so get it and find out what happens~!

Okay, just because I cannot wait another minute….

I unveil the cover for you.

Are you ready?

Here it is!


The cover for Disk of Death, the first book in the Shannon Wallace Mysteries.

DiskShe’s a woman on a mission.

Shannon Wallace is having a bad hair week. She’s been ditched by her job, dumped by her boyfriend, and implicated in his murder.
When she finds out her very private video collection is missing from the crime scene, it is all out war to find the disks before the cops do. The problem is–the killer has them. And he’s watched them. Now Shannon’s at the top of his most wanted list!

DISK OF DEATH is now out on pre-order! You can get it before it is even released, by clicking this link GET IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

book launch

Five Tips For Book Marketing and Promotion

Book Marketing/Promotion-Before You Publish


Book marketing and promotion is like an ocean. Wide and vast. Are you uncertain about doing your own marketing? Feel like too much of an introvert to be successful as a marketer? Don’t know what a marketing plan is? Can’t distinguish between promoting and marketing?

Well, you’ve come to the right blog then.

1. Authors should get as much knowledge about book marketing/promotions as they possibly can.

Recently, I watched over twenty videos, listened to over thirty podcasts, and am reading one of many many good books on this subject. I am not trying to toot my own horn here, just letting you know that I have done my homework, and encourage you to do likewise. There are more than enough resources out there.

2. Book marketing takes a lot of time, so if you have prepared a plan and know when and how to execute, you will find it a lot less burdensome.

A book marketing plan is the outline of how you are going to sell your book. Make it detailed, include what you want to achieve out of this plan, how you intend to get there, including book packaging (cover, edits, etc.), distribution (where will it be available for sale) and price (how much will you charge for it). Don’t forget to include who will be your target market. Who is going to buy and read your book?

3. Understand the difference between marketing and promoting.

There is a gulf here that a lot of authors don’t understand. Promoting your work is a piece of the marketing plan. They are a collective. Marketing can be about pricing structures, but promotions is about how to get that buyer to like that structure enough to hit BUY.

To promote a book, you should know what you are selling and who you are selling to. You can go out and talk about your book until the cows come home but until you understand that you are in the midst of bulls and not cows, you will never make a sale.

4.Get started early. Before that book is on the virtual shelf, you should already have plans in place and already actively be using them to sell that book.

It is important to get started with your book marketing plans before you self-publish.

While writing the book, ask yourself who am I writing this for? What do I want them to take away from the reading of my book? These sorts of questions will help you get that book marketing plan rolling.

5. Use promotions wisely. This facet of book marketing takes a lot of savvy and time.

If you are going to promote from your blog, be focused with your posts. You do not have to post all the time about writing the book, and so on – readers love to know the WRITER behind the book too.

A word to the wise: if you are interested in gaining readers for the book pre-publish, don’t make everything about you. Readers are readers after all. Give them some excerpts, details about the cover art, like a cover reveal. Keep them interested.

I am happy to answer your questions, and love comments!