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May 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Magazine is launching a new column called Ask An Author that allows readers, students, writers, and anyone with questions about writing, publishing, and publicity to get answers from local award-winning novelist, publicist, and journalist Sarka-Jonae Miller.

Miller is an author of five novels, a book marketing manager for Booktrope, owner of the boutique PR firm SJ Publicity, and an East County resident. She says she's “excited and honored” to take on the role, and looks forward to answering questions in print and at live events. Find a schedule of upcoming Ask An Author events here

Regarding her decision to start the column, Miller says, “I always get asked a ton of questions at events about everything from 'How do I overcome writer's block?' to 'How do I build an online platform?' I also get tweets, DMs, emails, Facebook messages, posts on my page, questions on my blog... It only makes sense to direct everyone to one place for answers. I hope to link answers to relevant columns and build a resource that offers real assistance.”

Readers curious about her work can get her Between Boyfriends Collection free on May 13 and 14. The collection includes three romantic comedy novels about SDSU student, Jan Weston, and her search for love in all the wrong places. The collection can be read on kindles, tablets, smartphones, PCs and Macs through free apps available from Amazon. Miller's other books are always free to Kindle Unlimited members.

Miller also writes steamy romance under the name SJ Miller. She is currently working on the third novel in her All for You series, a spinoff of the Between Boyfriends books. Miller speaks highly of her publisher and her literary agent but has also found success with self-publishing. She hopes authors interested in pursuing any of the avenues of modern publishing will write in with questions. Seeing fake publishers taking advantage of unsuspecting authors is one of the things Miller hopes to expose along with correcting misconceptions that often to lead to disappointment for people unfamiliar with how publishing and promotion works.

To get questions answered, tweet @sarkajonae, post on Miller's Facebook page, or send her a message through her website here. To learn more about Sarka-Jonae Miller, listen to her radio interview with Reina Menasche on East County Magazine Live this Wednesday.


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Hi Michal,

Hi Michal, Best wishes to you as well :) Thank you for asking a good, specific question regarding Twitter marketing. I will happily answer you soon in a new column. Thanks for reading. Best, Sarka

twitter use

Hi Sarka, best wishes to you. What tips do you have that you would llike to share with writers marketing on twitter. I have a website and I put fresh posts on it daily with pictures. It targets the topic of my book, which is child abuse, and I share the latest information on new court cases and people who are battling this issue and suffering PTSD, relationship problems resulting from their past trauma currently. I also share my own experiences at intervals. I think the book will help people who are survivors or know others who are. I would like to target those who can be helped as many times I post something that leads me to put my head down and sob. Not everyone is interested in this topic, but those who have suffered need reassurance and a feeling that they are not isolated. You can see why I want to help. MJ Payne Author, The Remembered Self: A Journey into the Heart of the Beast