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Hair Brained Blog Tour

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on September 11, 2017

My Virtual Blog Tour starts today to celebrate the release of HAIR BRAINED! Join me at each stop for interviews and guest posts and enter my giveaways. Please support my blog hosts by leaving a comment.

September 11Christa Reads and Writes – BOOK REVIEW

September 11Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – RADIO INTERVIEW (Postponed due to Hurricane Irma)

September 11 – Carla Loves to Read – BOOK REVIEW

September 12 – Mary Cunningham, Author – SPOTLIGHT

September 12 – Book Launch Party – Join me on Facebook 7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT. Fun and Prizes!

September 13 – Florida Weekly – REVIEW

September 14 – Omimystery News – SPOTLIGHT 

September 18 – Cozy Mystery Book Reviews – REVIEW

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September 12 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

September 12 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

September 13 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 13 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

September 14 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

September 14 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY

September 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

September 15 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

September 16 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

September 17 – A Holland Reads –  GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

September 18 – Deal Sharing Aunt –  INTERVIEW

September 18 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

September 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

September 19 – Bibliophile Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

September 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

And Don’t Miss These:

OCTOBER 6 – Dru’s Book Musings – “A Day in the Life with Hairstylist Marla Vail” GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

OCTOBER 13 – Author Expressions – GUEST POST “Going Indie”





Tea Basket Facials Can Be Fatal

ENTER HERE Sept. 11 – 22 for my Grand Prize Giveaway: A tea lovers basket and a signed copy of Facials Can Be Fatal.






























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Upcoming Author Events

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 1, 2013

As 2013 is upon us, I hope to see some of you at my upcoming Author Appearances and Book Events. Stop by to introduce yourself, to chat about books, and to share your opinions. In some of these, I’ll be giving a presentation on my romance or mystery novels. Others will be writing workshops. Booksignings will accompany each event. Please come join us!Feb 5 Nancy

January 3, Thursday, 2:00 pm, “Writers LIVE!” with Author Nancy J. Cohen, Greenacres Branch Public Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres, FL 33467, 561-641-9100. Preregister online at or

January 12, Saturday, 9:00 am, “Social Networking for Writers” with Author Nancy J. Cohen and Contributing Editor Barbara Vey from Publisher’s Weekly, Florida Romance Writers, Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel, 1825 Griffin Road, Dania, FL 33004. Advance reservations required

February 3, Sunday, 2:00 pm, Delray Beach Public Library, “World Building: Create a Sizzling Setting for your Novel” with author Nancy J. Cohen, Delray Beach Public Library, 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444; 561-266-0798

February 12, Tuesday, 2:00 pm, Florida Author Showcase Coffeehouse , West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33324, 954-382-5860

March 23, Saturday, “Social Networking for Writers”, Southwest Florida Romance Writers, Fountain Lakes Library, 22201 Fountain Lakes Blvd, Ste. 1, Estero, FL 33928

April 17, Wednesday, 6:30 pm, “Marketing Strategies for Authors”, Writers Network of South Florida, Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33434, 561-482-4554

April 20, Saturday, 11:30 am, “Promotion Strategies in Today’s Market”, MWA-FL, Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (at Hillsboro Blvd exit, east of I-95). Advance reservations required.

May 1, Wednesday, Florida Library Association Annual Conference, Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819,
11:30 am – 12:30 am, “New Possibilities in Publishing” with Authors Sandra Balzo, Nancy J. Cohen, Patrick Kendrick, Ron Farrington Sharp and Elaine Viets. Location: Lake Concord Room

Happy New Year and Hope to see you soon!

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Booksigning Checklist

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on July 11, 2012

Are you a new author facing your first booksigning event? Or maybe you’re a seasoned player and you haven’t done one in a while. Here’s a checklist of what to bring. Some authors scatter chocolate kisses or other candy on the table, but I’ve found this practice only attracts children to snatch the candy. It doesn’t entice anyone to buy a book, but it does make your display look snappy. Always offer passersby a bookmark or other item. If they’re too intimated to check out your books now, they might read your material and order them later.  

Autographed by Author Stickers (optional; not all readers want a sticker on their signed book)

Book Cover of Next Release


Books to Donate (optional; can be used for a library donation, for a door prize, or as a giveaway to audience members who ask questions)

Box of Books (for when you sell your own; otherwise keep in car trunk in case bookseller doesn’t come through)

Bottle of Water

Business Cards

Calculator (if you are selling your own books)

Camera (if you want pix of your event for your website, Facebook page, etc.)

Cash (if you are selling your own books)

Conference/Membership Brochures (to promote your local writing organizations)


Laptop or iPad (optional; to showcase your book video)

Mailing List Sign-up Sheet

Notice of Upcoming Appearances (in case they want to catch you at another event)

Poster (optional; ask your publisher for one or make your own)

Sharpie ultra fine point black ink permanent markers

Wheels (to carry boxes of books when you bring your own; look in luggage store for folding wheels)

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Upcoming Events

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on July 30, 2011

Please join me at the following upcoming workshops where I’ll be speaking. I’d love to meet some of you in person!

August 6, Saturday, 10:30am – 2:30pm, “Writing Fiction for Fun and Profit”, Florida Sisters in Crime, Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Advance registration required. For more info, contact Kathy at 904-477-4687.

September 24, Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm, The Authors Academy, “Finding an Agent: Query Letters, Synopses, and the Pitch!” Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, 33444, $25 per person. For information on classes and/or reservations, call 561-279-7790 or Advance registration required.

October 1, Saturday, 10:00 am – 1:00pm, "Story Development: How to Jump-Start Your Plot", Central Florida Romance Writers, Casselberry Public Library, 215 North Oxford Rd., Casselberry, 32707

October 11, Tuesday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Sun, Sand & Suspense Panel, “Three Dangerous Dames,” Nancy Cohen, Elaine Viets, and Deborah Sharp; Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-7444

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Busy Schedule

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on April 7, 2011

Whew, I barely have time to breathe, let alone write blogs right now. I’ve finished my Shear Murder copy edit corrections and am back to revising my WIP, almost halfway through. But I have to put that aside to prepare for four speaking engagements within the next few days.

Preparation means getting handouts made, organizing my notes, gathering promo materials, getting hair and nails done, packing since I’m going out of town, and juggling the plumber and window man who are coming today. One of these days, I really have to learn how to put my notes into a Power Point presentation but I don’t have time right now.

Saturday, we’ll drive to Naples where I have two days of talks. That day, I’m guest speaker at the celebrity luncheon for the writer’s conference. Sunday morning, I give a fiction writing workshop. Monday, I’m speaking at our local Hadassah group, then Tuesday it’s off to Delray and a talk at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore. Wednesday is critique group at my house. Then we drive to Orlando for a quick break before rushing home in time for Passover.

During May, I’ll work on completing my revisions. Man, I sure would like to relax over the summer! My next talk won’t be until August 6 in Jacksonville for the Sisters in Crime chapter, so I’ll have a few months where the pace can slow. Although, once I get the cover for Shear Murder, my promotional campaign will have to kick into gear. Sigh.

Maybe I’ll lay out by the pool with my Kindle later and escape into someone else’s good story.

Here are my upcoming events if you’re in the area. I’ll be signing my mysteries and my latest romance.

April 9-10, Naples Press Club 9th Annual Writers’ Conference, FGCU Renaissance Academy,
1010 5th Ave S # 100, Naples, FL 34102. Register now:

April 9, Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:50 pm, Celebrity Luncheon with Nancy J. Cohen

April 10, Sunday, 9:30 am – 10:20 am, “Writing Fiction for Fun and Profit”

April 11, Monday, 1:00pm, “Publishing in a Digital World”, Zipporah Chapter of Hadassah, Jacaranda Country Club, 9200 West Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33324, 954-474-8998. For more info and reservations, contact June at

April 12, Tuesday, 1:00pm, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 Pineapple Grove Way (NE 2nd Ave), Delray Beach, FL  33444, 561-279-7790. Advance reservations requested.

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Author Tours

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 6, 2011

Do you enjoy meeting people, chatting with readers, and getting out into the community to build your fan base? It helps your writing career to tour locally, signing and discussing your books as you establish your identity as a local author. Libraries, community groups, book clubs, fairs and festivals, and even local businesses may offer venues other than chain bookstores, who are increasingly reluctant to host events anymore except for bestselling authors. Indie bookstores are a treasured resource so be sure to get friendly with your independent bookseller if you have one.

So how can you get your name out there?

  • Network, network, network. Join as many writing groups as you can and sign up for their speakers bureau.
  • Make sure your contact info is available on your website and your blog.
  • Join sites where you can announce your schedule, like and
  • Prepare a bookmark or flyer about you and your work so you have it handy when you meet people.
  • Build your mailing lists and send periodic news updates to your fans and local contacts.
  • Have a professional high-resolution head shot ready to email upon request.

What do you do when you have an engagement?

· Confirm the details: date, time, place, and what you are expected to do.

· Send photos or other materials if requested.

· Revise your talk if you have one prepared and create handouts.

· Make travel arrangements if necessary and hair appointment.

· Add your appearances to your website and blog, as well as all other sites where events may be listed.

· Send email with appearance info to local newspaper contacts for events or books pages.

Now I invite you to click on my Appearance tab above to see where I’m headed. Making all these arrangements and publicizing them is very time consuming but I’m excited about meeting new people. May I add that I didn’t solicit any of these opportunities. They came to me as a result of the networking mentioned above. But also keep in mind that I’ve been doing this for a long time, and when I started, I had to make the rounds of bookstores and libraries just like other newbies. It’s easier when you join your professional organizations and can share resources. If you’re shy, start out on a panel with other writers or do a workshop with a partner until you gain confidence. Then hit the road and have fun!

Coming Tomorrow: Guest Blogger Lois Winston, Author of Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun

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Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on March 23, 2010

The Lake County Library System holds a week-long reading festival each year. It must be the best attended library event in the state.  Friday night, March 19, found my husband and I along with 20 other authors at a delightful Author’s Reception in Leesburg Library. Leesburg doesn’t seem like a big town but the library is a two-story modern building with a café. While waiters circulated with canapes, we met library patrons, readers, staff members, and fellow writers. We had the opportunity to shmooze and hand out promo materials. It was a great event for mingling and getting to know everyone. I knew many faces: Agent and author Lucienne Diver from the Knight Agency, Authors Cynthia Thomason, Julie Compton, Dara Edmonson, Catherine Kean, Michelle Young, Dolores Wilson, Elizabeth Sinclair, Elaine Viets, Mark Schweizer, and more.                                                 
Nancy Cohen & Lucienne Diver

Nancy Cohen & Lucienne Diver


Nancy Cohen

Nancy at Reception

Cynthia Thomason, Elizabeth Sinclair, Delores Wilson

Cynthia Thomason, Elizabeth Sinclair, Delores Wilson

Dara Edmonson & Nancy Cohen

Dara Edmonson & Nancy Cohen

Elaine Viets

Mystery Author Elaine Viets


Julie Compton & Dara Edmonson

Julie Compton & Dara Edmonson

We crashed later that evening at the Holiday Inn Express in Tavares located on the tranquil Dead River. A quaint seafood restaurant, Fin’s, is nearby. It was about fifteen minutes away on 441 which was good, because my workshop started in the morning at nine o’clock back in Leesburg.

I spoke on How to Get Published: The Business of Writing. My talk covered the basics on manuscript preparation, query letters, synopsis, how to get an agent, the value of networking, contests and critique groups, self-editing, and more. We had about forty people in the audience and they asked good questions. I enjoyed speaking to such an enthusiastic crowd.

Nancy presents workshop

Nancy presents workshop

For a lunch break, my husband and I cruised 441 and settled on the Red Lobster. Then we headed back to the library for my afternoon session, a panel entitled “Murder, Love, and Laughter” with mystery authors Elaine Viets, Mark Schweizer, Elizabeth Sinclair, Delores Wilson, and Nancy J. Cohen.


Nancy, Mark, Elizabeth, Elaine, Delores

Nancy enjoys speaking to group


Kudos to Judy Buckland, Lake Co. Library System’s Program Coordinator, for a terrific turnout and a great event.  Thanks, also, to Raintree Books for selling our work.

And now for the plug: Support your local libraries! Take out books and DVDs, join Friends of the Libraries, attend their events. I can’t tell you how many readers have written to me to say they first discovered my mysteries on the library shelves. Libraries are more like media centers these days with videos, computers, even digital downloads. Take advantage of this public service and visit your local library. Hugs to all librarians!

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