Robin Van Auken writes articles about the people, places and things that inspire her to write contemporary fiction.

Newest eBook: East of Eaton

I've wrapped up the second contemporary romance novel in Women of Eaton series, "East of Eaton." While I was at it, I also completed the third -- a free eBook to promote them all -- "West Wind." Being an independent author means we have freedom and flexibility to write what we want and publish it [...]

2018-07-14T18:01:47-05:00By |Articles|

Reading Rampage

eBook and iPad Since I bought my iPad, I've embarked on a reading rampage. My favorite conquest is the 99-cent Kindle download. I have all the reading apps -- Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iBooks from iTunes, the Barnes and Noble Nook and even the Sony eReader (formerly Borders) -- but the one I [...]

2018-08-06T07:22:53-05:00By |Articles|

Boo Hollywood!

I'm collecting resources for an ambitious project in a different genre -- gaslight / steampunk. I've combed the Internet and Amazon for articles and books, focusing my research on technology, flight and European events and people circa 1860-1870. I wanted a visual resource so I ordered Irwin Allen's "Five Weeks in a Balloon." Based upon [...]

2011-03-02T10:19:02-05:00By |Articles|

My Virtual Book Tour

Now that "Distracted" is published, available as an eBook and a paperback through the major booksellers -- Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, iBooks, Smashwords, etc. -- I'm planning a virtual book tour. The more I research book tours and blogging, the more I think marketing the book is harder than writing it. Not only that, [...]

2011-02-17T12:01:19-05:00By |Articles|

My Virtual Book Tour

Now that "Distracted" is published, available as an eBook and a paperback through the major booksellers – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, iBooks, Smashwords, etc. – I'm planning a virtual book tour.–The more I research book tours and blogging, the more I think marketing the book is harder than writing it. Not only that, it's [...]

2018-08-06T07:30:31-05:00By |Articles|

Writer’s Retreat in the Mountains

I've just returned from a Writers' Retreat in the Shenandoah Mountains. While there, I shared a cabin with Janice (see her in the photo at left), a former newspaper editor who needs to get back to her writing roots. I took this photo of her on the porch of our cabin. It was a six-hour drive [...]

2016-12-31T15:11:19-05:00By |Articles|

What’s Holding You Back?

What's Holding You Back? Let's say you're a writer and you've been working on a new book. Is it close to being finished? Have you worked with a professional editor to smooth out the rough spots, clean up your grammar and fix the punctuation? What's holding you back from self-publishing it? Just [...]

2016-12-31T15:11:31-05:00By |Articles|

Free eBooks!

Everybody loves to get something free, and plenty of writers are sharing their books with new readers. It's interesting to see how other writers are using the digital marketplace to promote their books. I've worked with publishers before and can assure you, they don't always work hard to promote a book. In fact, one publisher [...]

2018-08-06T07:39:13-05:00By |Articles|