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Mother’s Day Event – Author Donna Friess

Join Us for Our Mother’s Day Event! Bring Your Mothers, Daughters & Sisters!

    

 

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DR. DONNA FRIESS’ PROGRAM

GET HAPPY: SIX LIFE CHANGING HABITS

WOMANSAGE CONNECTS MAY 12TH

 

Psychologist Donna Friess will inspire and share with us Six Life Changing Happiness Habits!

Her poignant story of being forced to take legal action to stop her father from abusing his four year-old granddaughter, reached 50 million people worldwide.

With appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and others, her autobiography, Cry the Darkness, became a best seller, printed in seven languages.

As an advocate for women and children, Donna is highly aware of the serious issues women face.

Her gripping debut novel, The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest shines a light on some of those issues.

It recently placed in The Pacific Rim International Festival of  Books.

Signed copies will be available for $12.  GREAT GIFT IDEA.  All proceeds will help fund our philanthropies.  Donna has donated her cost of the books to Womansage.

 

Special pricing for Spring 2015 & Fall 2014 Transition Ladies.

To learn more about Donna, to listen to her podcast on KUCI, and to register for this event go to our website www.womansage.org
 

When: Tuesday, May 12th

5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

Where: At the beautiful newly remodeled Center Club
650 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA

Please note special meal requests cannot be honored at the dinner, but must be made in advance toinfo@womansage.org

Reservation deadline is
noon Friday, May 8.

 

Guest Post By Author Bernadette Y. Connor

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Guest Post by Author Bernadette Y. Connor

PRESSING ON

 The one confession I have heard over and over from authors as I moved around the country is, “I hate doing book signings and personal appearances.”  One in particular labeled it, “The horse and pony show.”  We all know writing is something we do primarily in seclusion.  Why?  Because other people walk through our creative flow, pulling and dragging our juice through the house for one reason or another that has nothing to do with our process.  Retrieving the flow is next to impossible.  Most times, we have to wait for another cycle that may not even come close to the real meat of our original thoughts, and our creative voice changes. (Writers know what I mean by that.)

I am only speaking for myself here, and you can feel free to add your thoughts later; but, I am a diagnosed agoraphobic who has a major battle with my own psych to make every personal appearance.  Getting out of my pajamas, bathing and combing my hair to talk to real people face-to-face is one of the most intimidating things I do.  Not because I can’t speak or answer questions without sounding like I need to be committed immediately, but because I simply am not inclined to do it.  However, once I get started . . . someone might be sorry.  I have lots of opinions.

This piece is being offered because I understand your plight.  We write to communicate our thoughts to others and we really want them to read them.  In order to do that, we have to do all of the advertising things that bore us to tears.  Yes.  Repeating yourself irritates you.  Yes.  You will have to do it over and over because people tend to ask the same questions about your work.  Yes.  They will challenge you about characters you created, and you will wonder how on earth they could possibly know that.  Don’t argue . . . God has the same issue.  Learn to nod and say, “Really?”  If someone asks a question you haven’t been asked already, while welcomed, it might throw you for a loop.  If you’re fast on your feet you can respond coherently.  If not, you might make a faux pas.  The truth is it won’t be the end of the world either way.  In case you did not know it, people expect writers to be a bit quirky (You know . . . spending all of that time alone).  So, don’t be afraid to throw your shoulders back and speak up.  Have you heard some of the things actors say?  You can’t sound any stranger than some of them.  They actually depend on you to tell them what to say.  Go figure.

Anyway, promotion of your work is a necessary evil you have to conquer intermittently to share your gift with the world.  Reveal yourself.  Let others do as much for you as you can get away with, but press on.  It might cost a few bucks, but it’s worth it in the long run.  Let them help point you out.  Diamonds and gold in a hole are worthless.

 

Bernadette Y. Connor

Author

“He’s Mine!”

 

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Reviews

“He’s Mine! is a gripping tale of love, dysfunctional relationships, deceit, passion, infidelity and unrequited love.  Bernadette Connor writes unapologetic, in your face prose with her searing human touch.  Connor’s seventh novel is a must-read and will keep you guessing about the fate of Patrice Mays and Miles Alexander, until the last page.”

–         Thelma Balfour, author of Black Love Signs and Black Sun Signs (Touchtone/Simon & Schuster)

 

“Using passion and intrigue as her thread, Ms. Connor has woven a fascinating story. HE’S MINE! is a tale you’ll remember long after you turn the last page!”

–         B. Berry, author of Clothesline Blues and Cold Crazy(series)

 

“Love, murder and mayhem.  It is a love story after all!”

–         Lori Bryant Woolridge, Emmy winner and author of Can’t Help The Way That I Feel

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About The Author

Bernadette Y. Connor is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born at home in a one-room apartment in North Philadelphia; the fourth of five children. To help her family financially, she sang rhythm and blues in many of the local nightclubs until she graduated from Dobbins Vocational Area High School in 1969 and was hired as a secretary by Sun Oil Company.

Bernadette’s first love was music, but she found herself writing poetry. Some of her earliest writings were published in SCLC monthly magazine. Both singing and writing had to take a back burner to caring for her family, butmidnight often found her doodling. A divorced mother of three, Bernadette saw that all of her children graduated from college.

Bernadette found her niche’ at AT&T as a communications technician. With the merger came a lay-off and she saw as an opportunity to begin a new career, but that was put on hold by a series of medical problems and finally the devastation of the brutal murder of her eldest son on Christmas Eve of 1991. Her zest for life, travel and adventure were nearly extinguished. However, Bernadette’s thoughts slowly returned to writing.

The literary fire was stoked by reacquainting herself with her earlier poems. Bernadette embarked on yet another adventure. She wrote a simple love story called “Finally” that opened the gate to an avalanche of works . . . 13 novels and 7 screenplays. Bernadette’s published debut novel, “Damaged!”, the first psychological thriller ever written and published by an African American garnered her a spot in “Who’s Who In America 2004”. Publishers Weekly dubbed her the “genre-crossing writer” and she loves the distinction.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/HES-MINE-Bernadette-Y-Connor-ebook/dp/B00MSXFQEW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1422475607&sr=1-1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bernadetteyconnor/info?tab=page_info

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/226340.Bernadette_Y_Connor

Book Tour Schedule: http://www.elitebookpromotions.com/book-tours/

Author Spotlight – Gary L. Smith

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Tell me a little about yourself and your background? 

 I come from a background of 30+ years of technical and business operations management.  I’ve run multi-location companies with up to $80M in sales and 250 employees.  I didn’t really get into education until I was in college.  I trained as an engineer and excelled at technical writing.

My writing style today is conversational.  My goal is to inspire future achievers by wrapping the elements of business success in stories that make it easy to remember and apply key principles.  I also use my technical writing skills to create easy, step by step systems for people to follow.

Which writers inspire you?  I have been inspired by writers and speakers like Zig Ziglar, Stephen Covey, Jim Rohn, and Tony Robbins.  I appreciate their styles and have learned a great deal from them.

What was your life like before becoming an author?

 I was a successful business owner.  I started writing blog posts and then moved into writing books.  I just completed my third publication.  My goal in all of my writing is to share my knowledge and experience with a broader audience.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I considered being an author for many years, but finally made the commitment in 2009.  I wrote blog posts for about 4 years and published my first two books in 2013, and another book in October of 2014.

Why do you write?

 I write to share my knowledge and experience and to help develop the next generation of personal and business leaders in the world.

So, what have you written? /*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest/

I have written two weekly blogs, one on personal development and one on business success, for the past five years.  I’ve also been a guest blogger on several websites, including YourPayHub.com.  I’ve published three books:

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The Customer Conundrum: 9 Crucial Steps for Winning Customers and Outsmarting Your Competition

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The Shepherd and the Princess: 7 Keys to Conquering the Goliaths in Your Life

 

Achieving Unusual Greatness: Timeless Lessons from the Trail Already Blazed

 Where people can buy or see them? 

 At my website

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How do you market your book?

 Through my website, via social media, and through trade shows

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? What do you do to get book reviews?

 I get books reviews by asking.  Initially, I offered a free copy of the book to anyone who would agree to write a review.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Realize that it’s a lot of hard work.  Writing takes time, it takes focus, and it takes project management skills if you are going to produce a worthwhile product.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
  • How can readers discover more about you and your work?
  • Website: www.optechs.com
  • Blog: www.optechs.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/optechsonline
  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/optechs
  • Lnkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/optechs
  • Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Gary-L.-Smith/e/B00DAEG9TY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
  • Soundcloud.com: soundcloud.com/optechs

Author Jerome “Jay” Isip

How “10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time”

How I Achieved 16,182 Downloads In Three Days.

 

For starters, WOW! In a nutshell, I wrote and published a book and three weeks later it had over 16,000 downloads on Kindle.

In early 2014, I made the decision that I would write a book based on the success I had created for myself. A “How-To” guide that could help pave the path for those who are seeking to achieve certain goals and develop the attributes needed to create their own personal success. Eight months later, I successfully achieved my goal of becoming an author. Not just any author, but an “Amazon Best Selling Author” who ranked #1, during my Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Promotion, in six different categories including Motivation, Self-Help, Non-Fiction, Business & Investing, and Marketing & Sales. “10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time” had become an overnight success to rank #8 in the Kindle Store. So, I believe my purpose must continue by sharing my “book success” with indie authors who are looking to reach the same or even better position. I can tell you one thing, it’s not as easy as it seems.

www.10StacksToSuccess.com

10 things you need to have before enrolling into the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Program to create the best results for your campaign:

  1. A GOOD BOOK! — Or at least a book you truly believe
  2. Twitter page, Facebook Fan Page, and a normal Twitter — The indie author community is huge on twitter and Facebook, get on it!
  3. A book promotional video on Youtube, Vimeo etc.
  4. A GoodReads account and profile goodreads.com.
  5. 5-10 Amazon reviews — Reviews are super important, how many things have you purchased solely based on reviews? Exactly.
  6. Press Release articles – submitting to PR websites are very effective: try pieceofcakepr.com.
  7. Your own blog.
  8. A website dedicated solely to your book – A Splash/Pitch page is recommended.

KDP in the Hizzy! – (The New Jersey in me came out!)

That’s right! KDP is in the house and [they?] they will tear the roof off the competition in the eBook universe. In my opinion, the KDP select program is the utmost beneficial way to get your book out and about. Here are some basic facts if you are unfamiliar with the program:

KDP Select is an optional program for you to reach even more readers and also provides the opportunity to earn more money.

Why choose KDP Select?

  1. Earn higher royalties – Earn your share of the KDP Select Global Fund when readers read your books from Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The fund amount is variable and announced on a monthly basis. We constantly monitor all factors that impact the KDP Select fund in order to set the fund amount for our KDP Select authors. You can also earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, India, Brazil, and Mexico.
  2. Maximize your book’s sales potentialChoose from two promotional tools: Kindle Countdown Deals, time-bound promotional discounts for your book, available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, while earning royalties; or Free Book Promotion, where readers can get your book free for a limited time.
  3. Reach a new audienceHelp readers discover your books by making them available through Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and reach the growing number of Amazon Prime customers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Japan.”

Further details can be found on https://kdp.amazon.com/select however, if you get confused, hire someone!

Note: Keep in mind that during the days of your campaign, your book will be free, but don’t worry about that! The more people that download your book, the more people will talk about your book and higher your ranking. As a result, your paperback book sales will increase after the free select days are over.

Now that the foundation is all set up for our Kindle book, we have enrolled in the program, and are ready to receive downloads, the next logical question is, “How do we promote the book during the specific KDP select days?” Easy, WE PROMOTE IT! Enlist other authors, bloggers, and writers in the industry that are always looking to help newcomers. Look for promotional websites that allow you to submit your book for free during the KDP select days, some provide the option for a paid promotion – the decision is yours. However, keep in mind that everyone deserves to be rewarded for their hard work and excellence so if you have some “shka-roll” (New Jersey Italian slang for money) lying around, I would highly suggest you compensate the promotors websites – it really doesn’t cost much. As so, try putting aside a budget that can be used for your promotions and enhance your campaign.

Here are 42 websites that you may submit your book for your KDP Select Program:

Note: I found this information on a blog I came across while searching the keyword “KDP Select Promotions.” I can’t really remember which site I exactly used because I saved all the links onto my computer, but if you’re out there, THANK YOU!

  1. PixelofInk
  2. eReaderNewsToday – Must have more than three reviews and a 4-star rating or above. It is suggested to contact them a minimum three days before your schedule free promotion.
  3. DigitalBookToday – The majority of submitted books that meet the minimum guidelines of 18+ reviews and 4.0+ star rating average are listed for up to three consecutive free days. For a minimal fee, they will list a limited number of book that have little or no reviews.
  4. FKBooksandTips – First come, first serve $25 flat fee.
  5. AuthorMarketingClub – A free membership signup is required.
  6. eReaderGirl
  7. AwesomeGang
  8. ThatBookPlace
  9. FreeKindleFiction
  10. FreeBookDude
  11. TotallyFreeStuff
  12. eBooksHabit
  13. BargainBookHunter – It is recommended that you contact them a week or more in advance when you have planned your KDP Select free days and include the following: Title, dates your book will be free, and the ASIN or a link to your book on Amazon.com. Do not cloak, shorten, or include your Amazon affiliate code in your life. Such actions will guarantee your book will be ignored!
  14. IndieBookOfTheDay
  15. eBookLister
  16. FrugalFreebies
  17. TheReaderCafe
  18. OneHundredFreeBooks
  19. IgniteYourBook – They only accept eBooks that are currently available through Amazon.com. Books can only be listed once, and duplicate submissions will be deleted. Your book must be free for the entire time period you indicate on your submission page and your book can only be features for a total of 14 days, so choose wisely.
  20. eBookDealofDay – Romance only, $5 fee to be featured.
  21. eBookDealofDayUK – Romance and United Kingdom only.
  22. ArmadilloeBooks
  23. BookFreebies
  24. BookAngel
  25. BookDealHunter – Must be an e-mail subscriber to their blog.
  26. BookGoodies
  27. BookPinning
  28. ContentMo
  29. JotFormPro – Kindle Book Review
  30. eReaderPerks
  31. eReaderUtopia
  32. FreeBooks
  33. FreeDigitalReads
  34. FreeKindleBooks
  35. ItsWriteNow
  36. KindleBookPromos
  37. SlashedReads
  38. FreeDiscountedBooks
  39. LovelyBookPromotions
  40. BookCanyon
  41. MommaSaysRead
  42. ILoveeBooks

Bonus: If you have a couple hundred dollars to spare, visit BookBaby.com

Sign up to as many of these sites as you could. Yes, it is tedious work, but you have to be willing to do some footwork in order to achieve the best outcome during your campaign. Do you want to be an Amazon Best Seller? Then get off your ass (or stay seated) and start filling out the applications! Fill it out one-by-one OR……

Pay someone! HAHA! The following banners are linked to sites that offer a service to submit your Kindle eBook to various websites who will run promotions during your campaign. Fun Fact: I actually found these website AFTER I filled out and submitted 23 applications. I was so stoked (excited) that I found the following services, but my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder kicked in and I filled out the remaining applications after using the submission tools. So, I pretty much did double the work. Like I said, it’s up to you on how bad you want to become a “Best Selling Author” and get five-digit downloads.

 

Social F@#$ING Media!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s 2014 and the “World Wide Web” has given us the unconditional gift of social media. All I have to say is TAKE ADVANTAGE. We overlook this simple took because sometimes we don’t recognize it as an avenue for promotions. Some look at it as a “stupid, trendy, and obnoxious” way to discuss matters with other people. In reality, it’s an author’s best friend! This is probably the best way to get visibility on your book, period. We have a community of people interacting with each other with the same interests all over the world. On these platforms, you are able to spread the word, create and build upon a #hashtag, and connect with very important people in the author industry.

The trick with social media is to obtain followers who are interested in the genre of your book and will become the solid ground of followers who will await your book release or promotion. Connect with people who have similar ideas, thoughts, and hobbies as yourself so that you can, as a community, discuss specific topics that pertain to your current or upcoming book. Connect with the followers, readers, authors, or community by first asking questions on the subject of your book. You DO NOT want to push your book down the community’s throat because that will only lead to destruction. Nobody likes a consistent “sales-pitch” however, you can chose to run paid advertisements on the social media platforms which are often very effective. Writing articles on your blog is also a great way to steer attention towards your book because you, once again, have an opportunity to connect with new followers, readers, and authors and create a community of your own. Take the extra time out to create relationships with others by replying to their comments and posts and simply thank them for taking the time out to comment. During this process, you will meet very interesting people who will be glad to help promote your book. Keep in mind that the information you share with them is the information they will share with others, so make sure it’s meaningful. Social media is long road with many avenues of opportunities so learn to connect with people via social media E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y!

Here are 205 #hashtags that are well known in the author community. Yes, it is a lot but you need to get familiar with these if you intend on making your book a success.

  • #AmWriting
  • #AmEditing
  • #AmRevising
  • #Author
  • #Authors
  • #AuthorLife
  • #BookMarket (Thursday’s at 4 pm ET)
  • #CopyWriting
  • #EditGoal
  • #Editing
  • #ePubChat
  • #IndieAuthors
  • #LitChat (every M/W/F)
  • #MemoirChat (Every other Wednesday at 8 pm ET)
  • #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month is held every November)
  • #PBLitChat (picture books only)
  • #PoetTues
  • #ScriptChat
  • #TenQueries
  • #WANA (We are Not Alone community)
  • #WordCount
  • #WriteGoodNews
  • #Writer
  • #Writers
  • #WriteChat
  • #WriterWednesday (or #WW or ##WW)
  • #WritersLife
  • #WritersRoad
  • #Writing
  • #WritingBlitz
  • #WritingParty
  • #WroteToday
  • #YALitChat
  • #ZineChat

Connect By Book Genre

  • #Biopic
  • #Book
  • #Comedy
  • #Cookbooks
  • #Cooking
  • #Crime
  • #DarkFantasy
  • #Dystopian
  • #Erotica
  • #KidLitChat
  • #FanFic
  • #Fiction
  • #FlashFic
  • #Food
  • #Historical
  • #History
  • #HistFic
  • #HistNovel
  • #Horror
  • #KidLit
  • #Literature
  • #LitFic
  • #MGLit (Middle Grade Lit)
  • #MemoirChat
  • #Mystery
  • #NonFiction
  • #Novel
  • #Paperbacks
  • #Paranormal
  • #Recipes
  • #RomanceWriter
  • #Romance
  • #Romantic
  • #RomanticSuspense
  • #RWA (Romance Writers of America)
  • #SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators)
  • #Science #Fiction
  • #ScienceFiction
  • #SciFi
  • #SciFiChat
  • #Short
  • #ShortStories
  • #Short #Stories
  • #ShortReads
  • #ShortStory
  • #SteamPunk
  • #Suspense
  • #TrueStories
  • #UrbanFantasy
  • #WomensFiction
  • #YA

Get Industry Information

  • #AskAgent
  • #AskAuthor
  • #AskEditor
  • #BookMarketing
  • #EBooks
  • #ePub
  • #ePublishing
  • #GetPublished
  • #HowTo
  • #IAN or #IAN1 (Independent Author Networking)
  • #Indie
  • #IndieAuthor
  • #IndiePub (or #IndiePublishing)
  • #PromoTip
  • #Publishing
  • #Pubtip
  • #PubWrite
  • #SelfPub
  • #SelfPublishing
  • #VSS (very short story)
  • #WebFic
  • #WebLit
  • #WritingTip
  • #WriteTip

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

  • #1K1H or #1K1HR (write one thousand words in one hour)
  • #140Poem
  • #Creativity
  • #StoryStarter
  • #WIP (work in progress)
  • #WordAThon
  • #WriteGoal
  • #WriteMotivation
  • #WritersBlock
  • #WritingPrompt
  • #WritingSprint

Connect With Readers

  • #99c
  • #99cents
  • #Amazon
  • #AmazonKindle
  • #AmazonLikes
  • #AmazonPrime
  • #AmReading
  • #BestRead
  • #BookBuzz
  • #BookBuzzr
  • #BookGiveaway
  • #BookMarketing
  • #BookReview
  • #Books
  • #BookWorm
  • #Borrow
  • #eBook
  • #eReaders
  • #ff (Friday Follow)
  • #fRead0 (zero at the end, not a lower case “o”)
  • #Free
  • #Freebie
  • #FreeBook
  • #FreeDownload
  • #FictionFriday
  • #FictionFridays
  • #FridayFlash
  • #FridayReads
  • #GoodReads
  • #GreatRead
  • #IndieThursday
  • #IndieTuesday
  • #iPad
  • #KDP
  • #KDPSelect
  • #Kindle
  • #KindleBargain
  • #KindleBooks
  • #KindleeBooks
  • #KindleFire
  • #KindleTouch
  • #KindleTweet
  • #Kobo
  • #LendingLibrary
  • #LitChat
  • #MustRead
  • #MyWANA (Writer’s community created by Kirsten Lamb)
  • #New
  • #Nook
  • #Novel
  • #Novelines
  • #Novelists
  • #Novels
  • #Paperbacks
  • #Poetry
  • #PoetryMonth
  • #Pubit
  • #Read
  • #Reader
  • #Readers
  • #Reading
  • #Reviews
  • #SampleSunday
  • #ShortReads
  • #Smashwords
  • #Sony
  • #Special
  • #StoryFriday
  • #StoryTelling
  • #TeaserTuesday or #TeaserTues
  • #GreatReads
  • #WhatToRead
  • #WriteQuote
  • #WeekendReader

Promotion, Marketing & Networking

  • #AuthorRT
  • #FollowFriday
  • #FreebieFriday
  • #FreeReads
  • #RT
  • #Share

 

You will also discover social media accounts that run book promotions however, most of them require compensation for their services. This approach definitely works, but only to an extent. The creation of a pure connection and building relationships with your followers is much more effective. However, as I said before, if you have some extra “moola” (another slang term for money) sitting around, it can’t hurt.

Here are a few Twitter accounts that offer such services:

  1. @MishaAlmiraEBP
  2. @DigitalBkToday
  3. @kindleebooks
  4. @Kindlestuff
  5. @KindleFreeBook
  6. @4FreeKindleBook

There are a million other accounts that offer extended social media services. It is hard to tell which is more effective than the other so you kind of just have to roll the dice on this specific subject.

How Do We Get Reviews?

Before proceeding with your KDP Select Campaign, it is highly recommended you have reviews. This will make your book much more valuable, credible, and highly considered by other book review websites and blogs. Whether or not you run free promotions, reader reviews are critical to the success of your book and there are a number of way to get them.

  • Ask for reviews on Kindle Boards and other forums.
  • Contact writing blogs and review sites.
  • Email Amazon Reviewers — Many regular reviewers on Amazon make their emails available. Email those who are likely to be interested in your book by sending them a free version and kindly ask for an honest review.
  • Ask for reviews from visitors to your blog, your Facebook fans or other social media contacts.
  • Review other authors’ books – Remember the Law of Reciprocation! This is a great way to get your own book reviewed.
  • Once you start receiving some positive reviews, keep a note of people who liked your book and contact them when you have another book that needs reviewing.
  • Hire a PR company who knows just how to reach out to the right people. Get your book in their hands and have their professionals build reviews for your book. (Again this may cost some $$$$.)
  • Websites, Blogs, and Authors who will consider reviewing your book, or will review your book for exchange of some Dinero! (Money)

Let Me See Your Footwork!

We must be willing to do the footwork. We have to be relentless with our actions and stay consistent in order to progress. We have to reach out to as many people as we can through social media, emails, blogs, press releases, local media, local businesses, friend, family, EVERYONE! We have to spread the word and let our voice be heard that WE ARE NOW A F@#$ING AUTHOR!

In conclusion, this is how I attained 16,182 Kindle downloads in 3day-KDP Select Program. Through these methods I developed a “#1 Amazon Best Selling Author” status in six different categories. This is how my book became a success. Once you have obtained this title, you are now a bestselling author for the rest of your life!

From here on forward, you’re not just __your name here___. You’re __your name here___, a BEST SELLING AUTHOR!

I hope all this information can help you all reach your goals, but just in case, don’t forget to cross your fingers.

Stay Smart, Stay Sharp, Stay Positive, and remember, success is not merely a goal, it’s a lifestyle.

 

Jerome “Jay” Isip

www.JayIsip.com

www.10StacksToSuccess.com

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Book Tour- Trust in the Unseen (The Edge of the Known Book 2) by Seth Mullins

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Trust in the Unseen

(The Edge of the Known Book 2)

by Seth Mullins

Touring December 18th – December 22nd, 2014

Genre: Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical

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Author Interview With Seth Mullins

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Seth Mullins has been writing since his teens, inspired initially by Stephen R. Donaldson’s eloquent fantasies and later by the jagged poetical reflections of the Beats and the Surrealists and the metaphysical works of Jane Roberts. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon. Seth has lived in Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico and Oregon, and currently resides in Vermont.

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Getting To Know Seth Mullins

1. If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

I think it would have to be a situation like in the original Star Wars, with a cast of largely unknown actors. Most of the big names, even those whom I really respect, don’t feel like a good fit. I can name a few people I’d like to work with on the soundtrack, though: Mark Lanegan, Billy Corgan, Anton Newcombe, Eddie Vedder, Julian Cope…

2. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

I personally dislike when names are chosen for meaning (for example, a Biblical reference) because then the character seems to me less a human being and more a symbol, a vehicle for making a statement. I go for sounds that somehow resonate with my image of a character; or, I might be inspired with a name first and then the personality forms around it. If you have some knowledge of a character’s ancestry there are a lot of resources on the Web for surnames associated with certain cultures, nationalities. For instance, I chose Brandon’s last name, Chane, because of the Cherokee in his blood.

3. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

This trilogy (The Edge of the Known). All while I was composing it, it felt like the story that I was born to write; and I still feel that way about it now.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I honestly can’t even project myself ten *months* into the future. I follow the Muse, always – and she can be capricious.

5. Were you already a great writer? Have you always liked to write?

There’s been a definite progression and evolution. I used to be overly concerned about sounding clever and inventive – using bigger words than were necessary, just to prove that I could, that sort of thing. Nowadays I think of the needs of the story, whatever will do justice to its core feeling. I’ve managed to subtract my own ego from the process, in large part, and this has made the writing much more powerful. And yes, I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember.

6. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Take time to listen for your own natural voice. Trust it, even when you feel pestered by other doubts that tell you you should be more verbose, educated, intellectual, arty, whatever. The writing that will resonate most powerfully with readers will be your own unique voice set down on the page.

7. If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

There have been occupations that I’ve fantasized about over the years, but I would have to go back in time and receive the necessary education in order to pursue any of them as careers: Archaeology, anthropology, graphic design, working with animals… One can’t be a shaman for a living in this culture, unfortunately, unless it’s in some self-made capacity.

8. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I always read my reviews, but I don’t respond to them aside from thanking writers for favorable responses. If you put something out there then you have to accept that it’s now a part of the world and people are free to react to it as they will. That’s how I see it. As far as bad reviews go… I’ve fortunately not received any yet, only a couple that were lukewarm. And in those cases, it was obvious to me that the writers just didn’t care for the kind of story that I was offering, overall, so I didn’t take it as reflecting upon my abilities. No story will ever please everyone.

9. What is your best marketing tip?

So far, most of the people who’ve bought my books have had some kind of interaction with me beforehand, so this has convinced me of the importance of establishing personal relationships. The ideal ways of doing that will depend upon a writer’s personality and temperament. The methods I’ve found most rewarding have been blogging, author appearances and virtual book tours.

10. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

I have a difficult time proofreading and editing because I tend to become so emotionally involved with a story as I read along that I soon forget that I’m supposed to be looking out for typos, poor grammar and inconsistencies. I’m not saying that I *dislike* the process, but it probably takes me three times as long as it does other writers for that reason.

11. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

There are actually many, and the reason is that I ‘live’ with the content of my stories very deeply and sometimes can’t achieve a safe objective distance from the subject matter. If I wrote like Stephen King I’d never sleep at night.

12. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

My forte is exploring emotional terrain, so action scenes can be difficult for me at times if they involve a lot of mechanics and little ‘felt experience’. For the same reason, I wouldn’t do well writing science fiction that leaned heavily upon technical aspects to move the story.

13. Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

I actually wrote three novels in High School, which the world will hopefully never see, and two fantasy novels before I embarked upon The Edge of the Known trilogy. I’m not embarrassed about my older work, but it grew out of an overall philosophy and approach that I’ve since distanced myself from. If I have a choice, I’ll be remembered for Brandon Chane’s journey.

14. What are you working on now? What is your next project?

This is a somewhat dramatic way of putting it, but having completed this trilogy I’m now in a mental and emotional state that somewhat resembles the aftermath of a breakup. I need to ‘take time’ before I open myself up to loving again. 😉 I’m grateful that my promotional efforts necessitate touching back in to the story. I may devote my energies, for the next six months or even longer, to reaching out to readers before I actually commit to a new project. Also, these three books were composed over a period of fourteen months, so that’s another cause for my wanting to take a breather. The nature of the story was such that I think it had to come through relatively fast. I doubt that it would have been as powerful if I’d deliberated over it for years.

 

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The Invitation: A Weekend With Emma by Dawn Kohler – Book Tour

December 11th

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The Invitation: A Weekend with Emma

by Dawn Kohler

Touring December 11th – December 15th, 2014

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Self-Help, Spirituality & Women in Business

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Dec. 11th

Just Julie Ann

Literary Jewels

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Dec. 12th

Tamara Philip, Author

Chatting With Sherri

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Dec. 13th

Eloquent Reviews

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Dec. 14th

Elite Authors

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Dec. 15th

This Writer’s Life

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Author Spotlight – Hailey Rose Barrett

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Today we are going in depth with Hailey Rose Barrett, Author of Changing Lanes: From Hell to Heaven

How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

I value my sisters more now than I did growing up. Inherent life lessons and maturity have brought us closer as we have all become more tolerant of each others differences. My mother is no longer alive and I choose not to have a relationship with my father.

What do you want from life?

I want “me” time. It seems that my life’s destiny has been to care for others at great sacrifice to my own needs and desires. I also want to share my story and inspire others.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

World Peace, an end to racism of all kind, for me and my children to live in the same city.

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

Bottled water, sunscreen, instant coffee with a heating element.

What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it?

Money and that one “connection.”

What, in yourself, is preventing you from getting it?

Nothing, I am ambitious and I will eventually “get it.”

What must happen before you overcome this?

More exposure and continue to acquire broad brand awareness.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends?Why?

I am very generous and I accept my family members unconditionally. I may not approve of their life style or life choices, but we are still family. As far as friends go, I choose them wisely and I choose people who are uplifting and “non takers.” As I get older, I have less tolerance for whiners and free loaders, and I choose not to associate with them.

How do you fall in love? At first sight?

Over a long period?I think it is a little of both. Something usually grabs my attention about the person that makes me want to pursue them. As I get to know the person,  it is either a connection or it is not, and then I move on.   This can be a romantic relationship or a friendship; it applies to both.

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

The part of loving that comes easy to me is giving everything (almost to a fault). I usually put others needs before my own. The hard part about love is truly accepting that person unconditionally through good times and bad. I was not too good about accepting during the bad times when I was younger.  Instead I chose to walk out.

How do you decide if you can trust someone?

I think you know if you can trust someone through  consistency of  behavior over time. If they “usually” come through on things they promise, are  compassionate and caring even without you having to say anything,  and they anticipate  your needs and help when you really need it. How do they treat others and what are their relationships like with family and with strangers? All of these interactions help build trust and reveal a great deal about ones character.  First impressions for me are usually correct. I have a sixth sense that I rely on when it comes to trusting strangers. I am more trusting than most because I tend to believe that most people will do the right thing even when no one is looking.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

What I notice first is the ambiance and the colors of the room. Is it a warm comfortable setting or is it cold and stringent as it can be in  a professional work place. The second thing I notice are the people in the room. Am I drawn to them or am I indifferent towards them.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

That I am approachable and friendly.

Describe yourself to me.

A leader, a doer, helper, ambitious, self-driven, health conscious, generous and dependable.

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

I have very sharp intuition. I am very visual person. If I see something I tend to recall it better than if I just hear it.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

Yes and no. My parents did not expect anything from me and therefore my life had little direction as a  young adult. That being said, I would not be able to share the trials and tribulations of my life, and the lessons I learned , if that had not been the case.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

Any kind of abuse or discrimination sets off  a visceral reaction for me. I cannot tolerate these types of behaviors and I will always fight for what is right and humane.

What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t? What would happen if you did do it?

Becoming a physician was a goal of mine for a long time. I believe I would have been a wonderful doctor and I could have contributed  a great deal to the underprivileged of society as a physician. Maybe next time.

What do you consider are your strengths?

Drive, dependable, predictable, knowledgable, leader.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

Inpatient with people sometimes. I have little tolerance for inept situations and incompetent individuals. I need to practice patience.

What is one physical attribute you are proud of?

Not sure proud is the right word, but my hair is my best feature. It is thick and I don’t have to fuss too much to get it to look good.

What one physical attribute would you change?

My noise.

What do you consider your special talent?

Analyzing problems and coming up with solutions.

What do you wish your special talent was?

I wish I could sing. I would go on American Idol.

What are you most proud of about your life?

My children. I am so proud of the young men they turned out to be. They are both hard working and compassionate people.

Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it?

I think secretly I’ve wanted to just pack up and move to a different unknown city and get a new job and live there for a while. I would repeat that a few times until I was tired of moving. Not sure my husband would agree to this lifestyle.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

I married my second husband knowing that it was not a good decision. I should have thought that out a little better.

Describe your ideal mate.

A man that treats his mother with utmost respect as well as women in general. An honest, easy going, intelligent, and driven man. Someone who believes that they have a gift to share, and then they share it.

What are you most afraid of?

Getting fat during Menopause.

What’s the most important thing in your life?

My children.

What do you value most?

My health.

How do you feel about your life right now?

I am in a good place. I have a wonderful husband, my children are healthy and happy in their adult life, I have a good job, I have my health.

What, if anything, would you like to change?

I have been a nurse for 30 years. I am ready for a job change outside of the hospital setting.

If you could be an animal, what would it be? (You can adapt this question to fit the character ie/make it what kind of car, plant, whatever.)

I would be a champagne color Mercedes convertible.

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Book Tour- Your Invincible Power

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November 18th – November 22nd, 2014

Title: Your Invincible Power: Open the Door to Unlimited Wealth, Health, and Joy

Author: Pamela Hamilton (Author), W. T. Hamilton (Author)

Publisher: Balboa Press

Release Date: February 5, 2014

Genre: Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality

Self-Help > Happiness

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Nov. 18th

A Moment to Share

Artemis J. Jones

Fancy You Stopped In

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Nov. 19th

 Sam’s Reviews

DJ Gatsby @ 6:30 pm Eastern Time

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Nov. 20th

Carol Avila

Kisha Green

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Nov. 21st

Pebble In The Still Waters

Sacred Solace

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Nov. 22nd

Pebble In The Still Waters

Erik Christian, Author