alyssa drake


It’s nice to have a sounding board for your ideas. It’s even nicer when the sounding board is awake at odd hours to answer any bizarre questions you have, including which character name they prefer or if they think it’s unusual for someone to crave s’mores at three in the morning. Your readers are from all over the world, and chances are, one of them is awake, no matter the time


The readers in your group are already familiar with your work and are the best fans you will ever meet. Your readers take time from their day to stop by your group, see how you’re doing and offer congratulations (or condolences) depending upon the announcement. I find that most readers are part of several groups since they enjoy interacting with their favorite authors so much. Or in my case, they will hound you for the release of the next book in the series.



Members of your group will help you out by sharing and posting information about releases, events, giveaways, and upcoming projects. I placed a share request to my group and they blew up my notifications by tagging me all over Facebook. I really appreciated their help and time, it was one of the most successful giveaways I hosted. Plus, having a reader’s group allows you to pop out of your author cave and share quickly without having to post to six different groups.


I like to offer giveaways, but I want it to go to people who appreciate my gift. I had an experience when I was first starting as an author where an autographed copy I donated was resold on Amazon (yes, I purchased it). With all the people who want to read my books, giving a book to someone who only wants to make money, is unfair to my fans. So, I ended up controlling the giveaways through my reader’s group. Large giveaways and special items (such as a ten-pound chocolate bar – there we go with chocolate again) are reserved solely for the lovelies who enjoy losing themselves in my writing.


Sometimes you just need a place to go where you know it’s okay to post silly things or personal experience because your readers love your quirks and they want to know more about you. Plus, they love posting funny memes.

Having a bad day? Go here. Authors, for some reason, suffer from the most horrendous form of self-depreciation. I’m not sure if that stems from baring your soul through the written word or not, but your readers’ group is a positive place for you to regroup, find support, and write more. No drama allowed.



My beta readers feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts about scenes or wording which doesn’t make sense or sounds rough when they read ARCs.

This occurs through private message and is not published for the group to see. I love that my beta readers are willing to give me their honest opinion. Sometimes they will parrot something I am already feeling about the story, but often they catch things that I missed because I have not outlined it clearly.


Need a quick read or stuck on a scene? Post the request in your reader group.

I sent out an emergency call to my readers for a novella that needed beta testing in three days. I was amazed by the outpouring of support and their quick turnaround. Not only did I fill the request form in ten minutes, they gave me helpful, positive advice and I was able to submit the story by the deadline.

By the way, this particular story will be published in September.


Seriously, they’re mad, little one-clickers. Sometimes they even buy it on more than one platform (i.e. Kindle and ibooks).


They read other authors too.

Chances are, your members are part of more than one reader group. Which means they will share with you upcoming events for other authors, takeover opportunities, and tidbits they have seen in the other groups (you might refer to those as rumors).


Readers leave reviews.

Strangely, I found it exhilarating to be compared to other authors. Plus, my readers usually let me know when they have left a review. Typically, my ARC readers will write a review and then hold it until the book goes live, at that point, they post their review, which is a helpful boost during release week.

What are you waiting for? Build it and they will come (pardon the film reference).



a perfect plan alyssa

A Perfect Plan, Alyssa’s debut novel, won Obsessed by Book’s 2016 Indie Award for Best Historical Read.

Award winning author Alyssa Drake has been creating stories since she could read, preferring to construct her own bedtime tales instead of reading the titles in her bookshelves. Enraptured with all types of writing, Alyssa has tried her hand at short stories, collaborations, and poetry.  However, her first love has always been books. She thoroughly enjoys strong heroines and often laughs aloud when visualizing conversations between her characters.




Author: loganivy

FIRST THINGS FIRST Simply put I am here because I love books... I am extremely passionate about stories especially those steeped in mythical folklore, ancient myths, and legends and suffused with the magic of unique realms and supernatural worlds. I believe there is an alternate universe where magic, mysticism, and wonder still exist, a world where no reality is impossible. Discovering ourselves is an ongoing journey. From reading the next logical step was writing. I am the author of ‘The Breach’, an upcoming supernatural fantasy.For when I write about these worlds I become a part of them and learn more about myself each day. A PEEK INTO MY SOUL I am a realist but at the same time also a dreamer. To me, reading is a window into the hearts of others . Writing is the window to my imagination drawing from my glimpses of the world around me. The beauty of writing lies in the mind’s eye – what we see, the way we interpret it and finally how we translate it to paper. HOW I VIEW MY CHARACTERS To me, every character is multi-dimensional. There is no mere black or white perspective to a character. If a person is strong, we have to delve into what contributed to making them that way? Similarly, what are the fears, likes and loves of a character. That is what makes each one of them unique. It makes them what they are. No character should be just a filler in a story. If a character is evil, why is he or she that way? If a male character is not the central focus of a story, if he is okay with the girl in his life taking center stage I don’t see him as weak. I think he is a great guy and the kind that any girl would be lucky to have in their lives. Looking for the prince who rescues you from the dragon or the lecherous villain should be passé. Real men may not have muscles but they have good hearts. I write about such princes, the guys who are also okay with the girl playing hero in their life, being rescued by them too. I love reading and writing about girls and women with flaws because all real women are that way. Not the most beautiful, not the bravest, not the thinnest nor the richest. They find strength in their family, in their love. My girls do not compete against men; only circumstances and the challenges they throw up. The men who support them, stand by them are the ones I like to read and write about. Through this blog I hope to share more about inspirational characters and the beauty and richness a book contains. MY INSPIRATION Is it possible to cherish and to love something all your life without really analyzing it or understanding why? ‘Stories’ fired my imagination since I was a child….it started with my father, who would spend thirty minutes each night weaving supernatural tales of troubled ghosts in a bid to awe, shock and above all bond with his daughters. He never realized and neither did I that he was also weaving those little quirks into my personality that later on in life would go ahead and set me apart. During class breaks in school, I would share the same tales with the class, now adding my own embellishments, peaks, and lows so as to hold their attention and leave them shouting for more. As my dad got busier and we got a little older the stories seemed to have trickled off but not before transferring that hook for the beginning, the narration, the mystery and the spectacular end. Books and Movies became my magical time machines capable of drawing, pulling, and holding me. Friends and colleagues would decide to read books or watch movies after I brought to life with words what I read or saw on screen. Even love came to me through books when the first time I met my husband we fell in love over a discussion on ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’. One day I realized what I should have known all along – Stories; they lived in my soul. I had worlds to create, people waiting to be brought to life and stories to share. So I share what I love.

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