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Monday, April 6, 2009

Welcome SORMAG

Hi, LaShaunda. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm thrilled to be a part of SORMAG's blog tour. Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

Elaine, thank you so much for having me and SORMAG here to meet your readers. My name is LaShaunda Hoffman. In the real world I’m a navy veteran who works for the government. I’m happily married with three wonderful children. In my fantasy life, I’m the editor of SORMAG – Shades of Romance Magazine an online magazine.

Let’s talk for a minute about SORMAG. Can you tell the folks what SORMAG is all about?

SORMAG is an online magazine for readers and writers of multi-cultural literature. We feature some of the best writers of multi-cultural literature. We have articles and columns about the craft and business of writing. We also feature reviews and book promotion.

What kind of things do you post on the blog?

We moved to the blog concept in 2005. We wanted to be more interactive. We feature authors on Mondays and Fridays. Tuesdays we feature our columnists. Wednesday and Thursday feature book promotions, contests, reviews and articles. We welcome comments from the readers.

Can you Tell us about your teleseminar series. The topics I’ve seen sound wonderful.

The teleseminars are workshops we host over the phone. We have some of the best writers teaching classes on different subject. Our last workshop was taught by Victoria Chrstopher Murray. She had an excellent class on editing your manuscript into a best seller. She showed the attendees how she edited her books. It was very interactive and those who attended where able to ask questions and learn more about the writing business.

We are always welcome suggestions for telesminars and are looking for workshop presenters. Send your ideas to – For the latest schedule, check the blog under teleseminars.

Are you an author too, LaShaunda?

I was published in anthology, How I Met My Sweetheart. It was my tribute to my own hero. I write Christian fiction and hope one day to be published.

You offer some great promotions for authors. Could you tell us a bit about that? Which promotion is most popular?

We have two promotions that are very popular, E-blasts to our 3000 members. The most popular right now is the WIN THIS BOOK promotion. It gives the readers a chance to win a copy of the book.

Our newsletter Much Ado About Reading is our next popular promotion. We feature books in the newsletter. It includes a picture of the book and a blurb about it.

SORMAG has romance in its name; however, the books don’t have to be romance or multi-cultural books, to be featured in the newsletters or e-blasts. We welcome all books; however we no longer feature erotica.

We offer promotional packages for every budget.

This sounds great, LaShaunda. Does SORMAG pay writers for articles they submit to the magazine?

Yes SORMAG is a paying market; unfortunately at this time we are not accepting articles until June.

Could you give us links to the magazine and blog?

You can find the magazine at –

The site for the magazine is at –

Is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers?

I would like to invite your readers to attend our sixth online conference. It will be: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009 – registration will open May 1st.

Tentative schedule :

Elaine, thank you again for inviting me to your blog. I appreciate you letting me introduce SORMAG to your readers. If they have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will stop by throughout the day to answer questions.

I invite your readers to become a member of our community. I’d also like to offer them a special report, FIVE TIPS TO BUILDING AN ONLINE PRESENCE.

Send an email to with special report in the subject and I’ll send you a copy.

SORMAG - Shades Of Romance Magazine -

An online magazine for readers and writers of multi-cultural literature.

Author/Book Promotion/Book Reviews/Literary News

Online Book Tours/Online Workshops/Online Bookstore

Writing Community

Promoting books and their authors for nine years.


A SORMAG GOODY bag will be sent to one lucky blog winner who leaves a comment on this blog. (10 winners)

If you join SORMAG’s Community this month, you have a chance to win the following:

$25.00 Gift Certificate to (2 winners)


Much Ado About Reading PROMO AD (value 70.00) (2 winners)

Visit the following blogs for a chance to win.


April 6 - Elaine Cantrell -

10 Tips For A Perfect Online Interview

April 7 - Dara Girard –

10 Tips For Promoting OnTwitter

April 8 - Chelle Hicks -

Tip For Writers Who Are Promoting Online

April 9 - Ty Moody –

10 Tips For Promoting On A Blog

April 10 - Wanza Leftwich -

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend An Online Conference

April 13 - APOOO –

Meet LaShaunda Hoffman

April 14 - Vanessa Richardson -

10 Tips For Promoting Online

April 15 - Patricia Woodside -

10 Tips For Promoting With A Podcast

April 16 - Bettye Griffin –http://

5 Low Cost Ways To Promote With An Online Magazine
April 17- Andrea Jackson -


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Unknown said...

I loved the interview! Went to the site and subscribed and am on my way to check it out in more detail. I love how you are a Navy veteran and write as well. Quick question, does any of your real life spill into what you like to write?

Have a great one!

Unknown said...

Great interview. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about SORMAG
and appreciate the time taken to inform us readers/writers.

Infogypsy said...

Great to see the blooming forth of multicultural as well as multigender books. Thanks for sharing your part in that - lynn romaine

LaShaunda said...


Thanks so much for featuring SORMAG today. I so appreciate your support.

LaShaunda said...


Thank you for joining our community.

Yes real life sometimes spills off in my writing. A few writers have told me to write about my Navy experience, and I honestly didn't think I had anything to share about it, until an idea popped up. So yes real life can sneak into your writing. Just don't tell what is real and what isn't.

LaShaunda said...


Thanks so much for stopping by. Its always nice to know your work is appreciate. Have a great week.

LaShaunda said...


Thanks for stopping by. When I started we had four books a month to promote, now I can't keep up.

Have a great week.

martini`mama said...

Great interview, I enjoyed it! I'm following your blog tour presence this week :)

LaShaunda said...

Martini Mama,

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the tour.

Mary Ricksen said...

Great interview LaShaundra. SORMAG sounds great!

Helen Hardt said...

Hi LaShaunda -- it was fun to learn a little more about SORMAG. Thanks for sharing. I'll check out the site! Elaine, thank you for featuring LaShaunda!


LaShaunda said...

Mary and Helen,

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please let me know what you think of SORMAG.

rhonda mcknight said...

Brilliant idea to do a tour of your blog. Didn't know you paid for articles. Good to know. You know I'm subscribed already, but I'll be following you around.

LaShaunda said...

Hey Rhonda,

Good to see you here. Look forward to your blog tour and reading your book.

Emma Lai said...

Great information, ladies! It's nice to know there are things out there dedicated to the multicultural.

robynl said...

I do enjoy blog tours so I'm glad I came upon yours. Now I know about SORMAG and will look into it; thanks.

LaShaunda said...

Emma and Robyn,

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please stop by SORMAG and tell me what you think.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the interview very much! It is fantastic to learn of another place to enjoy information about books. I'm going to try to keep up with the blog tour, I always enjoy them and they are a great way to find new (to me) authors.

Beverly said...

Very nice interview.
SORMAG keeps me informed about books and quthors.

Unknown said...

Very informative!!!This tour is a wonderful idea!
Thanks for letting us know more about SORMAG and the wonderful things you offer for authors.

LaShaunda said...

Phyllis, Beverly and Patricia,

Thank you so much for stopping by and supporting the tour.


Pick a lucky winner and send me their mailing address and I'll send them their goody bag.

Thank you again for hosting us.

Happy Easter