Archive | April 2018

…aren’t top Literary Agents and Big Five Publishers imaginary species?…

Seumas Gallacher

…this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler has long since realized that any complaining or whining from me, about anything, seldom achieves positive results… and that fact pertains especially to my publishing aspirations… over the past ten years, I’ve experienced the sum’time exhilarating, sum’time depressing, pendulum familiar to many authors… when my first wee literary baby came hot onto Auntie Amazon Kindle, I savoured the high that came with a successful first book sales volume… that tome reached #3 on Amazon (all titles) at the time… subsequent titles were equally well received… from a novice self-publisher, I graduated into having an excellent, small, hybrid publisher, but amicably parted company with them after a year, as the sales were not to my expectations, dropping to levels well below those that my own marketing and promotional activities generated… in between then and now, I’ve also dabbled with a freelance agent, but equally friendly severance…

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Happy Earth Day 2018!!!

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Today is Earth Day … the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, to be exact.  I am always surprised by people who say, “Yeah, so???” Or those who say “What the heck is Earth Day?”  So, please bear with me while I explain very briefly.

History – In The Beginning

The concept for Earth Day was conceived in the mind of then-Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Senator Nelson recruited help from Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey and others, and on April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the…

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Should Writers with Little Money be Kept Out of Publishing? – Guest Post by Traci Kenworth…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

A few weeks ago, there was a big argument on Twitter on whether writers with little money should be kept out of publishing. There were those who wondered how writers not being able to pay the $20 PitchWars fee, how could they afford to be on the internet? Basically, they were saying that if you can’t afford to pay, you shouldn’t be trying to write a book or publish it. I’m on a fixed budget with mental health issues and I don’t think it’s fair that myself, or any other marginalized writer, should be blocked from publishing because of funds. I responded early when the post came up, not in negativity toward the PitchWars creators as they put up a voucher which I applied for, but then I heard about all that happened on Twitter as far as some writers arguing that $20 wasn’t much and if you couldn’t afford…

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How To Fix A Broken Book PR Campaign

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Are you underperforming when it comes to getting book publicity and if so, what can you do about it?
In order to fix a problem, you need to properly assess it.  Identify, thus far, your book PR campaign’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities. What areas have the potential for success – and which ones have proven to be unviable?
Underperforming doesn’t just mean you aren’t achieving results that you hoped to achieve or even thought reasonably possible to obtain. It means you are below expectations or the norm.  You know you can still do better. So how will you fix this mess?
Start by identifying what has worked so far.  Think about why it worked.  Continue with that approach.  Was it the angle pitched?  Wasn’t it something you did to convince others to cover your book?  what was the method used to reach the media (phone vs. mail vs. in-person…

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Four Easy Ways to Not Look Like a Dork on Social Media – by Barb Drozdowich

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on Anne R. Allen site:

Did the title catch your attention? I’m older and the word “Dork” speaks to me. I didn’t grow up with social media in my life. The phone that I talked on was still attached to the wall. A smart phone and communicating electronically was a later addition to my world.

The world of social media is new and unfamiliar to many writers, and I understand the feeling of uncertainty, the unfamiliarity, the hesitancy. However, there are some pretty easy things you can do to increase your comfort level.

Continue reading HERE

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Useful Twitter Hashtags for Bloggers – from Suzie Speaks

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Reblogged from Suzie Speaks… the mysteries of the eponymous hashtag revealed:

What is a Hashtag?Useful twitter hashtags for bloggers

A hashtag, put simply, is a label or category that allows others to find something within a specific theme or content and are primarily used on Twitter and Instagram. Once you have copied a URL or used the share button on a post, hashtags can be used to direct your post towards the people you want to read them. On Twitter you can use a hashtag for everything – #cats, #dogs, #football, #sandwiches – but as a blogger the main focus is to use categories that will gain interest in your content and grow your readership and traffic.

Using Trending Hashtags

Trending hashtags are the most popular things on Twitter at a particular moment in time  and at several points in the last few years I have written a post about a topic while it…

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How to Write a Killer Author Bio – Article on Reedsy…

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It’s important for indie authors to know how to write an author bio that tells readers: who you are, what you write, why readers should trust you, and how you stand out from other writers.

An author bio is like a calling card. “It’s something that will let readers get a sense of who you are, and is an important part for pitching media and book proposals,” sums up marketer Rachel Cone-Gorham, formerly of Penguin Random House.

This step-by-step guide dives into the four main components of a killer author bio and provides tips from our talented marketers for nailing each section.

Find out more HERE

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Do You Know Your Rights? #RRBC

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It baffles me that so many people don’t know their constitutional rights, so today, I want to share with you those rights, as outlined by the Constitution of the United States of America via the Bill of Rights, whether our government or law enforcement honors them or not…

Here are the first 10 Amendments:

Amendment 1 – Freedom of religion, speech and the press

Amendment 2 – The right to bear arms

Amendment 3 – The housing of soldiers

Amendment 4 – Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures

Amendment 5 – Protection of rights to life, liberty and property

Amendment 6 – Rights of accused persons in criminal cases

Amendment 7 – Rights in civil cases

Amendment 8 – Excessive bail, fines and punishments forbidden

Amendment 9 – Other rights kept by the people

Amendment 10 – Undelegated powers kept by the states and the people

To read them all…

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Build Book Buzz – Reblogged How to Promote your Audiobook

Plaisted Publishing

https://buildbookbuzz.com/how-to-promote-your-audiobook/

How to promote your audiobook

promote your audiobook

Today’s article is an epic, 2,000-word conversation with Karen Commins, a professional audiobook narrator and Audible Approved Producer in Atlanta who has given voice to more than 50 audiobooks, including ROAD TO TARA: THE LIFE OF MARGARET MITCHELL by Anne Edwards. Karen has completed extensive specialized training in voiceover and audiobook narration technique, as well as in digital audio production. She has written numerous articles that educate authors about audiobook production and promotion for Digital Book World, InD’tale Magazine, and the Audiobook Creation Exchange blog. Learn more about Karen, listen to audio narration samples, and watch her helpful videos for authors on her website.

Karen loaded our conversation with plenty of links to more helpful information and resources, so be sure to click through on them so you don’t miss anything.

How to promote your…

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