"Sharing with Writers" is from the desks of Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER (USA Book News' "Best Professional Book 2004" and an Irwin Award winner) and THE FRUGAL EDITOR, winner of USA Book News Best Book award and Reader Views Literary Award, and her writing friends. Writing friends. That's YOU.
It is a place where you'll find writing and promotion tips and where you can share your own writing sucesses with other writers.
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December 30, 2006 Sharing with Writers:
From the Desks
Of Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Authors' Coalition Friends
"Sharing with Writers" is the official newsletter of Authors' Coalition,
an organization of writers who help writers.
To read this newsletter at Authors Den go to:
Learn about an opportunity to participate in the LA Times/UCLA Festival of Books -- whether you live in LA or not -- by going to my blog at http://redenginepress.com/chjohnson
The LA fair is one of the nation's biggest and most prestigious with more than 130,000 visitors and the power of the LA Times behind it.
Find pictures of last year's booth at http://tri-studio.com/kathegogolewskiPHOTOSfair06.html
Note from Carolyn:
Dear Subscribers and Authors' Coalition Members:
Blog on plog. Plog on Blog. How to make your Amazon plog work on your blogspot blog (or any other blog). Read how I used RSS feeds to do that on my new blog at http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3JH18T58CY65P/002-3692730-7456014.
Please leave a comment while you're there. And, if you do, be a smart virtual visitor--include you website URL with your signature, for heaven's sake! (-:
Oh, you'll also find the first of a series of "E-tips for E-promotion," by yours truly. I don't think you'll want to miss even one of them.
http://authorscoalitionandredenginepess.com and a blog focused on book fairs at
No part of this newsletter is paid advertising.
Carolyn, thanks for help [last issue of "Sharing with Writers] about the dreaded hyphen. After I thought I had finished writing Crushed and Frantic, I read through them again. I went nuts not knowing which certain words needed hyphenating or not. If only I had received your advice before the books' publication - it would have made my life much easier.
Thank you so much for your highly conceived and innovative letter on hyphens. I use them
helter-skelter. Hope you Christmas was lovely. Also, I am proud to be a member of this group. Now, can you please tell me who is Red River Press. Do they do advances and are they interested in non-fiction biographies/autobiography. Also, I read somewhere that if people wrote like they spoke, the appeal would be sweeter. (More commercial). I try to make my
writing as real and tangible and unpretentious as
possible. I'd like 2007 to be my year of getting the book deal. My time has come. Thanks and best regards,
Work in progress, Living Hollywood History
Ooops. I probably confused two presses. One is River Road Press, a friend named Pat Avery is publisher. The one that is publishing THE FRUGAL EDITOR is Red Engine Press. . Small. Traditional. Takes very few submissions. Specializes mostly in books about veterans, books on writing and literary titles. Check them out for yourself: www.redenginepress.com
Tip: Post your Press Releases F*r*e*e at Fast Pitch! Press offers free distribution to its community of professionals as well as syndication to Google, Yahoo, MSN and other news outlets. Visit http://www.fastpitchpress.com/ and create a free online profile for your book. Once you sign on you can post press, link with other professionals and build your network.
Please pass this letter on to others. Unlike many others, I do not mind if you use only portions of it as long as you credit the writers and include this subscribe information. "To subscribe to 'Sharing with Writers' send an e-mail to HoJoNews@aol.com with 'subscribe' in the subject line."
Calling for Submissions: A new children's e-zine is coming. Stories for Children Magazine is coming April 2007! This e-zine is for children ages 4 to 12. Editors are looking for stories, articles, book reviews, illustrations and much more. The website is still under construction. To get submission guidelines or to find out more visit us at http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com
Virginia S. Grenier
Stories for Children Magazine and Newsletter, Editor
LA Fair Opportunity--A place for Your Book Even if You Can't Be in LA
signing positions to exposure your book to fair-goers including Hollywood celebrities, producers and even regular readers
a CD to expose your book to readers after the event
a catalog to expose your book to bookstore buyers. You need to let booksellers know you're here!
Reach out to 130,000 readers, writers, speakers, publishers! It only takes one break to make it big.
Learn more about the programs in the most recent entry in blog, http://redenginepress.com/chjohnson.
Promotion Ideas F*r*^^ from Joan Stewart
(Thank you, Joan, for sharing with “Sharing with Writers” subscribers as well as your own!)
If you're determined to ratchet up your publicity campaign next year, here's something that can help you.
It's "The Best of The Publicity Hound's Tips of the Week of 2006," an ebook that's my holiday gift to all of you. It includes the top 24 tips from this past year, the ones that generated the biggest responses from readers.
The ebook will serve as a valuable reminder of some of the things you need to do to really create a buzz next year, such as:
--Create or update your online media room or press kit
--Compile a list of the most influential bloggers that blog on your topic, then pitch them
--Think beyond the "adult angle" when pitching. Can your pitch be tweaked and turned into a story that would appeal to parents, or
can you turn the pitch into one with a kids' angle?
--An easy way to double your media placements
--Offer statistics to journalists so they can create things like maps, bar charts and pie charts to accompany their stories
--Tie your story to celebrities, an almost guaranteed way to generate instant publicity.
You can download the ebook at http://tinyurl.com/y4dnwr
Almost 4,000 people downloaded my "Best of" ebook from 2005. If, by chance, you've missed it, you can find it at http://tinyurl.com/y3w4za
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year. Make 2007
your best publicity year ever.
Be Featured on a NPR Radio Podcast!
ATTENTION WRITERS: ONLINE ARTS OUTREACH WANTS YOUR STORY!
Hosted by Texas Public Radio to encourage creativity and getting back to the fun of writing, this project is open to anyone anywhere who would like to participate. Each month a new prompt from the book Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers is posted for your writing pleasure. Stories and poems that meet the submission guidelines are recorded for podcast and made available in two formats: Windows Media and MP3 Download. For more info on this no-f e e opportunity, go to http://www.tpr.org/programs/fearofwriting.html
Tip: Use feedburner.com to help you blast out your blog entries.
New members will help Authors' Coalition serve all its members better! Ask your writing friends to join at http://authorscoalitionandredenginepress.com. Paid members get a favorite review posted, consideration for an interview or review in Yarnspinners and Wordweavers. Membership is reasonable, too. We're even planning a speakers' bureau.
Tell friends to visit our blog. There they'll learn how to spark generally insipid book fairs by using value-added promotions: http://redenginepress.com/chjohnson .
Turn Your Memoir, Novel or Short Story into a Screenplay?
Fellow UCLA instructor, Jule Selbo will teach you how to do it. Some of her students have been winners of prestigious screenplay competitions and are now being considered for production. Find her at www.screenwritingseminars.com. Here's more on her: Jule Selbo's feature film Hard Promises starred Sissy Spacek and William Peterson. She wrote the animated Hunchback of Notre Dame, Part Deux, released in 2002; it was the winner of the Best Premiere DVD Award. The film was also nominated in the Best Screenplay category. She also wrote Cinderella II, a Disney Video release. She has produced and written over 200 hours of television, among her credits: George Lucas' Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Hercules (Universal), ABC's Life Goes On, CBS's Touched by an Angel, Aaron Spelling's Melrose Place, PBS'S Voyage of the Mimi, FOX'S Space: Above and Beyond, HBO'S Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (Cable Ace Award nomination). She executive-produced and was head writer on a MTV series with Roland Joffe, completing 110 episodes. Recent work writing UGLY for the Jim Henson Company, partnered with Matthew Jacobs. Jule's book, SCREENPLAY: Idea to Successful Script has garnered industry praise and is used by students and development executives. Jule is also a professor at California State University in Fullerton, where she leads the Screenwriting department.
Prada-style Books in the News
Two new novels that dish the dirt on the publishing industry will soon be released. Joseph Getlin of the LA Times asks "Is the publishing world the new "Prada"? Meaning, of course, a different take on the book/movie The Devil Wears Prada.
The books he referred to are Blind Submission by Debra Ginsburg and Because She Can by Bridie Clark. The first is rumored to be a take on working with one of California's big-name agents, Sandra Dijkstra, and the latter a lampoon of the now famous Judith Regan who was recently booted from HarperCollins for allegedly making anti-Semitic comments. Great timing by these authors, don't you think? All authors should be so lucky. Everyone, however, denies everything. Hope the reading of these books to be released in February is as much fun as the prepublicity is! (-:
(You are invited to send me news about your successes. New books, awards and more. If you read about others' successes you'll not only be inspired, you'll glean resources for future successes of your own.)
Star Publish releases book by Janie Lancaster!
Julie & The Lost Fairy Tale . In Julie’s story you come across a mysterious travel chest, a lost fairy tale, Miss Eagle Eyes, an editor with a squirrel and kindred spirits. You travel back in time, go to an Extravaganza and meet me, Cordelia Grimm, great, great granddaughter of one of the Brothers Grimm. Find it at http://starpublish.com/Bookstore.htm
"AC is the current that propels your writing career."
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Authors' Coalition Founder
Tip: Read Time magazine, Dec. 25 -- to January 1 issue. YOU are person of the year because you are the force behind changes via the internet. YOU are the one making a difference in your life via the Internet. In other tips in this newsletter, find new computer terms that will help you do more of the same.
Fun and F r * *: If you purchased The Frugal Book Promoter in the past, I'd love for you to review it on Amazon or BN.com, perhaps just tell what part of it you found most valuable. If you do, send me the review link (URL) and I will send you an excerpt from my soon-to-be-released The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success that includes some sidebars from the book that will help you with some tricky grammar. As a thank you, of course. HoJoNews@aol.com
Tip: An old friend who owns a printing press sent me a Christmas card, the most amazing thing I've seen, personalized in two places on the card and includes a cute message from her firm. Can't believe that I didn't think of recommending her press to those of you interested in self-publishing a book (her books are beautifully done, too!) or in using her design services and press for something just as memorable as her holiday card! E-mail her for quotes and samples at firstname.lastname@example.org. Address, 1222 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103. Tell her I sent you (no, I don't get a kickback! (-: )
A sheepskin book that has been kicking around since it was written in 10th century Greece is being scrutinized by scientists using new techniques. They want to learn more about Archimedes and more! If you're interested, check the LA Times Column One on Dec. 26th, 2006 (front page), or Google for more information. One of the machines being used sounds like a sci-fi book of its own--the synchrotron X-ray.
One can almost smell the formaldehyde, feel the intensity of the imaging beams. Ahhh, the ever-fascinating call of books! Almost any aspect of one--even the musty deciphering of one--beats the transitory quality of other media.
Keywords for you to use might be Uwe Bergmann (Stanford physicist), Walters Art Museum, codicology (the study of ancient manuscripts).
Tip: A word from the article above is palimpsest. I love this word. Put simply it means recycled book and, in the old days, scholarly monks recycled them all the time by bleaching them out, rebinding them and writing on them anew. I can think of new ways to use this narrowly defined word. This is also a writing prompt: put the word to use for a poem or short story. Let the sound of it, the idea of it, inspire something creative in you this very minute.
Carolyn's Appearances and Teaching:
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's new course at UCLA is Creating a Promotion Package for Your Fiction or Nonfiction Book (Engl. 735.1, Reg. #S9465). It is scheduled for April 14, 2007, one day only. On the UCLA campus, Public Policy Building, Room 1278, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Paulette Ensign, board member of Publishers and Writers of San Diego, a SPAN and PMA affiliate, has invited Carolyn Howard-Johnson to speak on "Marketing Your Book or Published Product" from Unknown to Best-Seller Sat., Jan 27, 2007 in Encinitas, CA. Learn more about the organization and their programs at: http://www.publisherswriters.org/
Coming Saturday April 21, 2007 at 10 am. Led by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Poetry! Don't Let It Molder in a Drawer, Publish It! A seminar and poetry reading at the Glendale City Central Library (California) in the auditorium.
Mark April 28th and 29, 2007, for the LA Times/UCLA Festival of Books. More to come soon in this newsletter.
Carolyn will speak on "Your Media Release: You Write So You Can Do It! September 8, 2007 at the Valley Cities Jewish
Community Center in Sherman Oaks, CA www.CalWritersSFV.com
Carolyn will speak at the fourth Annual Pen to Paper Literary Symposium October 6, 2007, Dayton, Ohio. The conference will include tracks for music and screenwriting, in addition to writing and publishing books. Start planning now to attend this elite event and take advantage of the early bird special (www.penofthewriter.com/pentopaper).
The f r ^ ^ Muse Online Writers' Conference, sponsored by Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, is accepting early registration. More than 1,000 attended last year and openings are limited. Learn more about this year's conference, October 8 to 14, and how you can assure your spot 2007. We will present an all-new program soon. Go to:
Authors' Coalition members! For credibility, use the AC logo on your promotional materials. Ask for it by sending an e-mail to HoJoNews@aol.com or download it with a click from the AC site http://authorscoalitionandredenginepress.com.
Be sure to link it to the AC site, too!
(Note: Each thank you may be set with a jewel of a resource for you to plumb for your book. Watch for them! Adapt them to your own publishing and promotion needs!)
To Valerie Connelly, radio host and publisher, for including a link to my new blog on hers. See what she's done with her blog's introductory page--quite different. Give it a minute to start looking like a blog! http://www.valerieconnelly.com/
To Dr. Bob Rich for including my article "What Authors Don't Know about Contests Can Hurt Them" in his newsletter. Go to
http://mudsmith.net/bobbing6-4.html to read it.
To Milli Thornton, author of Fear of Writing, for including an entire page on her site for The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't. Go to: http://fearofwriting.com/Carolyn-Howard-Johnson.htm. What can you do for a fellow author? How do you suppose they might reciprocate? Please don't ask for a trade, just do it, let them know and see how it comes back to you. (-;
Reciprocal Links: Many subscribers are in a position to cross-promote. Let me know if you would like to trade some recommendation or promotion for a permanent spot (or as my list grows, semi-permanent) spot in this newsletter. I use only links that benefit writers
From Elizabeth Lucas-Taylor
(Elizabeth contributes one valuable resource per SWW issue--either a great place to sell material or find writing craft or promotional idea. To start out the new year, she sends along several!)
THE WRITER MAGAZINE - Pays on acceptance. Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, fillers, photos/artwork. Subjects: Writing, some POETRY about writing.
TAMPA REVIEW - Pays on publication. Seeks nonfiction, fiction, photos/artwork. Subjects: Tampa and Florida Lifestyle, POETRY. http://tampareview.ut.edu/guidelines.html
THE STINGING FLY (Ireland) - An outlet for short story writers: each issue features several short stories and from time to time entire issues are devoted to new fiction. Also publishes POETRY, creative non-fiction and book reviews. Beginning 2007 will only accept submissions between January and March. EUR25 for each contribution, plus three contributor's copies. All rights remain with author. Contacts: Declan Meade – Editor; Eabhan Ní Shúileabháin - Poetry Editor. Email for both: email@example.com Guidelines: http://www.stingingfly.org/submissions.html
THE BROADSHEET (Spain) - An English-language magazine from Madrid covering the best of Spain. Readers are English speakers living in Spain, and those in the UK with an interest in Spain (chiefly property and personal finance). Seeks articles on Spanish cultural events such as art, music, food and people, (sports, economics and politics are carried on a periodic basis).250-1200 wds depending on column (e.g. reviews - 250-300 wds, article, music interview, back page funny - 800 wds, travel or interview piece - 1200 wds).Submissions by email, to arrive by 20th of month, 2 months prior to intended month of publication. Pay: EUR 0.11 per wd for features, back page funny EUR 80. Contact: Andrew Johnson, Assistant Ed., firstname.lastname@example.org Guidelines: On application to Assistant Editor.
Address: TBS The Broadsheet, Plaza Canalejas 6, 1 planta, 28014 Madrid, Spain. Tel: +34 (0)91 523 7480. Fax: +34 (0)91 522 7843. Website: http://www.tbs.com.es/
HOME JOB IDEAS - Work from home as an author, copywriter, typist, event organizer, language tutor, or photographer. http://www.homejobideas.com/
POET’s MARKET 2007 (Paperback) by Nancy Breen - An indispensable guide and the most complete resource available in the unique niche of poetry publishing, 2007 Poet’s Market provides hundreds of listings as well as how-to articles on the art and craft of poetry. With new profiles on the Furious Flower Poetry Center, John Amen, and the founders of Rune, this edition provides 100% updated market listings and essential advice for poets of all skill levels. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1582974330/shadowpoetry-20
SHADOW POETRY - offers six unique poetry contests per year with over $2,000 in cash and prizes. Enter: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/contests/poetrycontests.html
NEW WOMEN’S VOICES CHAPBOOK COMPETITION - A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a chapbook-length poetry collection written by a woman who has never
before published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit cover letter, bio, SASE, and up to 26 pages of poetry with a $15 entry fee by February 15. 2007 (POSTMARK). In addition to the winner, up to 10 entries will be selected for the NWV series. The winner will be No. 50 in the series. Address: Finishing Line Press, New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324. Email: FinishingBooks@aol.com Website: http://www.finishinglinepress.com/
HINT: New magazines rarely have established writers unless they are all staff written. They don't have a stockpile of manuscripts, so it is a great opportunity to get your work in front of an editor and show them what you can do.
When was the last time you bought a book from an author you know? Tracings, my new chapbook of poetry is available for that honor at www.amazon.com/gp/product/1599240173/qid=1141623936/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-4692447-2218401?s=books&v=glance&n=283155
but any book mentioned in any one of your Sharing with Writers newsletters would be a nice gesture. If all of us directed more of our reading to newer authors who write in genres we love or genres we need to stretch into, we would do ourselves and the publishing industry a great favor.
Metaphors and Similes to Make You Smile
(Every year English teachers from across the country submit their collections of analogies and metaphors actually found in high school essays. I can't acknowledge the resource but I thought they might not mind if I published them one at a time. I also thought some of you might have some favorites you could contribute.)
Here is one of the teachers' favorites. Anyone who remembers the old story problems we were given at math time in grade school will appreciate this:
"It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools."
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Patrice-Anne Rutledge, author of The Web-Savvy Writer: Book Promotion
with a High-Tech Twist (Pacific Ridge Press, 2006)
Alternative-Read.com's blog is all about your writing and you and you and you. Find it here: http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/
Wordpix Solutions offers design, production and book shepherding services for self published authors. www.wordpix.com/authors
PENCILS™ - A Proofreading & Copyediting Company
"Improving the written word one letter at a time." Let Laura Kerley help you present your work in the best light possible!
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.pencilsproofreading.com
"Publishing and Promoting" is one of my favorite groups for meeting peers. It is moderated by award-winning suspense novelist Diane J. Newton, http://dianejnewton.bravehost.com/
To subscribe go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/publishingandpromoting/ .
Tip: User-generated Content: Consumers now contribute to websites so your fellow bloggers or YouTube creators are now getting famous, adding to the impetus for others to buy. How can you get your users (book-buyers) to contribute to your computer pages, help keep the buzz going?
Dr. Bob Rich, freelance editor, finds the good things in your book and makes suggestions for improving it. Find him at http://bobswriting.com/editing.html
Success Literary Services offers complete book manuscript services. They were honored with twelve awards. References. http://www.successliterary.com / email@example.com
HUGS, HOPE, and Peanut Butter: Finding Light Behind Life's Storm Clouds is a book of humorous, inspirational essays illustrated by critically ill children. www.hugsandhope.org/pb.htm
The Compulsive Reader reviews books!. Find interviews, literary news, criticism, a no - c^st e-zine, and more. http://www.compulsivereader.com/html.
Do bookstores owe you money? Michelle Dunn's books help you get your checks in full and on time. http://www.michelledunn.com/
Erica Miner, queenpower.com's Queen of Journaling, edits a newsletter with an emphasis on journaling. Subscribe at: http://www.ericaminer.com/newsletter.php
Need help with your writing career? From coaching and ghostwriting to publishing and marketing, contact your Author's Advocate, Patrika Vaughn, at http://www.acappela.com/.
Dreams of Grandeur, a book of poetry by Amber A. Whitman is available at http://homebody2001-ivil.tripod.com/. A reader says "I'm impressed…a great deal of talent."
Tip: Folksonomy is a new Web term that applies to our penchant for organizing. Using tags or keywords. It is, according to Time, "an organic sort of taxonomy." Don't forget to tag and keyword whatever you can that will help your book be found on the Web. I, as an example, use almost every word in my Contents pages of The Frugal Book Promoter in Amazon's Wikipedia and anywhere else a website calls for tags.
Quark Soup by Magdalena Ball breaks linguistic convention, using the strange anti-matter world of astrophysics and quantum physics to capture the bonds that tie human beings together."
For snappy marketing tips and the f~r~e~e report "How to Obtain Book Reviews," subscribe to the PR Postcard at
Spirited Woman, launches the Spirited Woman Circle, a monthly phone conversation series with bestselling authors. Learn more at http://www.TheSpiritedWoman.com/spirited_woman_circle/
Cynthia Brian, Media Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, TV/Radio Personality, Spokesperson. www.star-style.com , www.goddessgals.com and www.starstyleproductions.com
Francine Silverman, publisher of Book Promotion Newsletter, serves authors by e-mailing Expert Sheets to the media. Contact Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com
Read author interviews, market information, and more in WriterAdvice, www.writeradvice.com. To subscribe or to submit material for consideration, E-mail LGood67334@comcast.net Put "subscribe" in the subject box.
The Y&W newsletter sponsored by Red Engine Press brings authors, bookstores, publishers and reviewers together. Subscribers can write a short article of interest for publication. Send an email to email@example.com with "Y&W Newsletter" in the subject line.
Tip: Long Tail is a new business/computer term for providing merchandise not readily available in mass-market venues. The bigbox stores like Wal-Mart have to sell in volume to be profitable. The long tail model lets entrepreneurs provide the odd and the unusual, to their own tiny market--from Fiesta pottery pieces to little-known comics, and the accessibility of the Web lets them do it. Does your book fit into this category? That is does your book fill a need to a very narrow niche--a chink as it were? Oh! by the way, some of these long tailers are making it big.
Sun Signs for Writers: Take a sneak peek at how astrology can benefit (and entertain!) writers with a new Writers' Digest book: http://www.wdeditors.com/wordpress/fall-2006-titles/sun-signs-for-writers/ )
Judith Woolcock Colombo: Author of The Fablesinger and Night Crimes: Learn more at: http://odin.prohosting.com/~night01
Discover a novel by Cynthianna Appel and receive another e-book at no cost. Go to http://pages.sbcglobal.net/cynthianna/promo.html today!
Read Joyce Faulkner's Celebrity Cafe.com column to learn about anything from aging feet to her favorite books on writing: http://thecelebritycafe.com/features/Columnists/The_Weekly_Shriek/
Tip: Crowdsourcing is a new computer term for letting amateurs do the job--any job--where professionals would formerly have done it. Wikipedia is an example. Companies let the vast Internet populace do the work for them.
How can you make this work on your site?
Need inspiration? Let Audio Diva and Toastmaster Allyn Evans speak at your next writers' conference or business meeting. www.allynevans.com
Has writing lost its spontaneity? Find remedies in Milli Thornton's online writing course at: http://www.fearofwriting.com/creative-writing-course.htm
Discover a true-life philosophy about making marriages last a lifetime in Choose Love For Life, by Joe and Edwina Roady (http://www.chooseloveforlife.com/.)
Find a f * * *, database which details over 2,000 literary and genre magazines and publishers at Dee Rimbaud's site: http://www.thunderburst.co.uk/
The Complete Writer offers advice on writing, editing, proofreading, publishing and design. Published by Red Engine Press, a traditional press.
Check out Star Publish Times as an example of what small publishers can do for their authors. It is at http://starpublishnews.tripod.com
For expert and up-to-date advice for writers from writers go to http://www.writeradvice.com. You'll find author interviews, reviews, contests and markets and more. The site, edited by B. Lynn Goodwin, is open to submissions.
Book Exclusives! Find insider news from authors, publishers, agents, editors and others involved in the book biz. Read excerpts, interviews and get in on the latest in promotions, sales and contests. http://pubproauthors.bravehost.com/
The Shy Writer: An Introvert's Guide to Writing Success - Author C. Hope Clark advises you how to "sell your words, not your soul" when you promote your work. http://www.theshywriter.com/
Tip: Time magazine calls some sites gatherers because they filter and organize everything from blog posts to photographs and find an audience for them. Put them to work for your branding. Here are a few to Google (with your thinking cap on) to see how each might help you: Technorati; del.icio.us; dig; iStockphoto (for the photographers among you and those who may want to illustrate a book); flickr; E Blogger (this is where my new blog is!); and bloglines (which allows you to get updates from my blog and others right in your e-mail box so you won't miss a single tip!!)
The Reading Tub is a charity that promotes family and children's literacy. They read every children's book that is sent to them to be reviewed. The books are then donated to community organizations. Go to www.thereadingtub.com.
Walter Brasch's America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights. ) is a look at the history and effects of the USA Patriot Act upon the erosion of our civil liberties and violations of at least five of the Bill of Rights. It has been endorsed by liberals and conservatives.
The Scribal Press News Calendar. The news calendar of writer events around the world, no matter where you live. Find it at: http://www.scribalpress.com/thisnthat.html?
Star Publish offers near self-publish profits on your paperback; it is an alternative to unapproachable publishers. http://starpublish.com.
Do you want to hone your skills? Writer to Writer features tips on writing, marketing, submitting, selling and more. Regular no-f e e contests.
Authors' Coalition is for writers. Find support for authors--both emotional and material--at
Gather at QueenPower.com where women promote, support and encourage women. Start living your best life now! http://www.queenpower.com/
Carolyn Howard-Johnson will take a limited number of editing jobs each month. These are complete edits and include a tutorial on edits made. Fiction and poetry only. HoJoNews@aol.com with "Edit" in the subject line.
Family Resource: Flying Hugs and Kisses by Jewel Sample is sensitive grief recovery book. http://hometown.aol.com/__121b_WWN/TAo+32eVsXubrG5saLSOLTFclZvj
Watch for my new website where I will publish extensive lists of resources for writers. It's a horror-in-progress right now but soon it will become a portal for writers.
E-Tips for E-Promotion: Barnes and Noble.com doesn’t offer the promotion possibilities that Amazon.com does but if your publisher has neglected to fully utilize what they do offer (including sections with names like FROM THE CRITICS and FROM THE PUBLISHER), do it yourself! Go to www.barnesandnoble.com. Find the “All Help Desk Topics” link at the very bottom of the page and click. Scroll on the page that comes up. On the right you'll find a section labeled "How to Submit Content." http://www.barnesandnoble.com/help/cds2.asp?PID=8150&z=y&cds2Pid=8510&linkid=459606.
Scroll to where it says "Making Changes via E-mail." It will also give you an address for adding content--on the very last line, very well hidden. (-:
This is a regular Sharing with Writers feature by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of USA Book News' Best Professional Book THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER: HOW TO DO WHAT YOUR PUBLISHER WON'T and the soon-to-be released THE FRUGAL EDITOR: PUT YOUR BEST BOOK FORWARD TO AVOID HUMILIATION AND ENSURE SUCCESS. (E-tips for E-promotion was originally a regular feature of SellWritingOnline.com.)
Essential Book and Record Keeping:
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