You can take your pick of online dictionaries on the web, but I like this definition of “street team” best: “A Street team is a term used in marketing to describe a group of people who ‘hit the streets’ promoting an event or a product.” Today, author TRACY MARCH dishes about a five author street team. Is it a case of “too many cooks?” Read on!
Yes, you read that right. Five (female!) authors have gotten together and created Dangerous Darlings, a joint street team for lovers of romance and suspense where we encourage enthusiastic members to read our books, share their opinions, and repeat the process until their reader hearts are content. And there’s swag to earn, fun to be had, and friendships to be made!
But I’ve gotten ahead of myself. How did five (female!) authors make this happen? There’s a lot of Paula Deen prep work that goes into cooking up a winning recipe for a successful street team. Here are some of the magic ingredients:
Tracey Devlyn, Adrienne Giordano, Kelsey Browning, Nancy Naigle and I serendipitously met at an RWA convention several years ago. You never know where a casual dinner might lead, but we’ve found out. At the time, we had no idea we’d ultimately end up working together so closely, and clicking so well. It’s so easy to collaborate with people virtually nowadays, but it’s always nice to actually meet in person and make extra-special connections.
From brainstorming the basics, to designing logos, selecting colors, and envisioning a Facebook group page, each of us brought our talents to the table. As individuals, we have unique strengths so there’s always someone perfect for the job at hand. We want to keep our Darlings happy and engaged, so we’re always stirring up new ideas.
As with any good recipe, we had to trust that our ingredients were right. We also had to trust each other to be committed long term. There’s an ongoing investment of time, money, and energy, and we depend on one another to be there for our group. With five of us, there’s always someone to make sure the pie gets taken out of the oven on time, or a quick batch of brownies gets served!
As hard as it is to believe, five women don’t always agree on everything! Sometimes we have differences, yet we stay open-minded and work toward the best decision for the group. If one of us doesn’t get our way, we don’t try to sabotage an effort. And if three out of five of us agree on chocolate chip cookies instead of oatmeal, no one pouts. We never know…minds could change and we might end up with oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a few days later!
There are some incredibly talented authors associated with the Dangerous Darlings Street Team, and I’m flattered to be included with them. The funny thing is, I think they feel the same way about me. We have five totally different personalities that would probably be a lot of fun to watch on a reality TV show. (Hmm…there’s an idea!) At different times, one of us adds a little salt, another, a dash of pepper—and Nancy always brings the sugar! But this respect thing is the flour in the cake. You just can’t bake without it.
Even with five of us, we can’t do it all. We need to write books to keep that Read. Reach Out. Repeat. cycle going for our Darlings. So we’ve hired Danielle Gorman at Author’s Pal to keep us all straight—and to make sure the sugar’s sugar and the salt is salt!
Humor is the icing on the cake. While Dangerous Darlings runs smoothly on the outside, things can get pretty hectic behind the scenes with countless emails whipping through cyberspace and shared documents popping up like muffin tops. Sometimes things go wrong. What seemed like a genius idea for swag turns out to look like a yard sale special. Sometimes the cake falls…and we just have to laugh, eat the crumbled mess (with a dollop of cream cheese icing), and remember how far we’ve come.
We’re most proud of the super-awesome Darlings we’ve recruited! It’s a diverse group of interesting folks who keep us entertained, informed and motivated to do our best work. Without them, there’d be no team!
Five (female!) authors forming a street team might seem like too many cooks in the kitchen, but not when you’ve found the right recipe. At Dangerous Darlings, we think our recipe is pretty darn tasty. We invite you to take a bite and join us!
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Find out more about the authors behind the Dangerous Darlings Street Team at these blog stops:
Have you ever undertaken a large project with a group of friends? How did it turn out? What would you have done differently?
Longtime RU friend, Kat Cantrell, makes a special visit tomorrow to share her publishing journey.
Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.
Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.
Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA. They recently spent two years living in Washington D.C., and enjoy visiting often—especially when the Nats are in town.
Look for Tracy’s contemporary romance debut, THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL, in March 2013, and her romantic thriller, GIRL THREE, in April 2013, both from Entangled Publishing.
Visit Tracy online at www.TracyMarch.com
- Weekly Lecture Schedule, February 18-22, 2013
- Weekly Lecture Schedule for June 13-17: Wynter Daniels, Wendy S. Marcus & Tracy March
- How’s Your Dialogue Working for You? by Tracy March
- Snapping Red Flags by Tracy March
- Powerful Settings: Finding What is Unique for Your Characters…and You by Tracy March