Friday, December 02, 2016

Quick Tip on Disclaimers


Have you ever needed to use a disclaimer but didn’t want it to sound quite so….mmmm. . .official? Walter Brasch, a former journalism teacher and author of Fracking America uses the term to let his students and writing friends know about my How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career and kept it light and familiar. It looked like this in his “Updates” column: 
Behind the Lines: Carolyn is a good friend, and authors who need promo have a valuable resource in her latest book. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Walt” 
“Behind the lines” is definitely better than “disclaimer,” don’t you think? 
Learn more at http://www.greeleyandstone.com. And find his book Fracking America on Amazon. By the way, this would be the perfect any political junkie or environmentalist on your holiday list. 

I couldn't help swiping this tip from a recent issue of my SharingwithWriting newsletter. To subscribe go to http://bit.ly/SWWNewsletter.  




MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER

 Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Literacy Idea for This Holiday Season--Or as Author Thank You


I thought this might be the time to remind those in the publishing industry that the Smithsonian magazine has made it easy for those who support literacy and libraries to give a subscription to their favorite library (or to whatever library they feel needs it most). 
A subscription would be a great thank you gift to a library that has supported you with a signing, reading, or featuring you as a presenter. Or, what about a subscription during this season of giving?
 Send your check for $19. (a 51% discount off newsstand prices) to Lisa Dunham, Adopt-A-Library, Smithsonian, PO Box 62170, Tampa, FL 33663-1703. I love, love, love this magazine! They get thank you notes from librarians all the time—many of them lamenting the slim budgets they must operate on. 
And did you know that libraries on American Indian reservations have special library needs, too? 
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 Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Let's Make Our Submissions Look Professional


Rules of the Road
by
Valerie Allen
To write well and be more successful, every writer needs to be aware of the most common standards in the publishing industry:
ñ  Ultimately your manuscript must be in a word processing program
ñ  Use one inch margins on all sides
ñ  Justify text, including the first sentence
ñ  Indent .5 for all paragraphs after the first one
ñ  Use 12 point type, simple fonts (Times New Roman works well)
ñ  Use one space after the period
ñ  Dialogue requires quotation marks (“Where are you?”)
ñ  Start a new paragraph with each different speaker
ñ  Keep the speaker’s action and dialogue in the same paragraph
ñ  Use subject verb sentence structure
     (USE: “This is important,” Valerie said.
     NOT: “This is important,” said Valerie.)
ñ  For time sequence use both words: and then
     (USE: She picked up a pen, and then wrote a note.
     NOT: She picked up a pen, then wrote a note.)
ñ  Punctuation marks go inside quotation marks (“Here I am,” Valerie said. “Where are you?” she asked.)
ñ  An apostrophe replaces a missing letter (goin’, won’t)
ñ  Use italics for internal character thoughts.
ñ  Limit the use of exclamation points (!) and dashes (-)
ñ  Use only one punctuation mark at the end of a sentence
     (USE: “You did what?” NOT: “You did what?!!!”)
ñ  Avoid clichés
ñ  Avoid over-use of that, very, just



MORE ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST BLOGGER

Valerie Allen, author, playwright, and speaker, writes fiction, non-fiction, short stories, plays, and children's books. She is a popular speaker at writer's conferences, libraries, and community events using her book: Write, Publish, Sell! Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged 2nd Edition. It is available at http://bit.ly/ValerieAllen 

She is a co-founder of Authors for Authors, which supports new and experienced authors with book fairs, book launches, book displays, and writing seminars. Authors from across the US  have had their books displayed at two annual Florida book fairs held in March and November sponsored by AuthorsforAuthors.com

Valerie Allen invites questions and comments. She can be reached via FB, Twitter, Google+ and

at VAllenWriter@gmail.com or ValerieAllenWriter.com  or  Amazon.com/author/valerieallen


MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Gift to Libraries, Gift to Publishing Industry, Gift to Literacy

Apologies for this shortie! Many #SharingwithWriters visitors and subscribers know that every once in a while I can't help myself.  This time I figure writers and readers will be interested in this way to give a gift that will help literacy, libraries, and--by extension--the publishing industry.

The Smithsonian magazine has made it easy for those who support literacy and libraries to give a subscription to their favorite library (or to whatever library they feel needs it most?). A subscription would be a great thank you gift to a library that has supported you with a signing, reading, or featuring you as a presenter. Send your check for $19. (a 51% discount off newsstand prices) to Lisa Dunham, Adopt-A-Library, Smithsonian, PO Box 62170, Tampa, FL 33663-1703. I love, love, love this magazine! They get thank you notes from librarians all the time—many of them lamenting the slim budgets they must operate on. And did you know that libraries on American Indian reservations have special needs, too?

This is also a resource for giving an inexpensive but meaningful gift to someone else for the holidays--kind of like many do for bereaved friends when they request "in lieu of flowers." That works for holidays, birthdays. You name it. And  




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 Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bookbaby Offers My New Book as Gift to Help Publishing Industry

As many of my SharingwithWriters blog subscribers and visitors know, I am a fan of what Bookbaby.com does for individual writers and the industry as a whole. They are conducting a survey today that they plan to share with others in the industry who can benefit from better data. I hope you will take a minute to participate in it and claim your free gift—one of which is an e-book copy of the third in my HowToDoItFrugally series, HowTo Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of usingfree reviews to build and sustain a writing career. (It will be released in paperback next week but you—my SharingwithWriters peeps—deserve this opportunity—to help our industry and to get the free book—if anyone does!

Keep writing and promoting!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, http://howtodoitfrugally.com 
            
PS: HERE IS THE INFORMATION AND LINKS DIRECTLY FROM BOOKBABY:

Calling all authors—both published and aspiring: We need your help.

Self-publishing has evolved into an effective way to take your story directly to the marketplace. But getting published is only half the battle. Promotion and marketing is the self-published author’s next mountain to climb. This kind of work is often foreign and intimidating for authors. Writers just want to write, right?

Honestly, things can be better, but not without your voice.

How you can help
BookBaby has teamed up with over 15 publishing industry partners to conduct what we believe will be the largest survey in self-publishing history. We’re asking over 1,000,000 writers - including YOU - to share your opinions, experiences, and goals as a self-publishing author.

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive examination of book promotion and marketing by the self-publishing community. We’ll publish the results of this survey in early 2017 in hopes of helping authors make more informed decisions regarding their own promotional strategies.

What you get in return
As a thank you for sharing your experiences, BookBaby and its partners are offering a number of giveaways and promotions, including a chance to win a Complete Self-Publishing Package.

Share your voice today
15-20 minutes is all it takes for you to contribute to the self-publishing industry’s progression and overall improved experience for all self-publishing authors.
Participation is optional. Your survey responses are separate from these promotional opportunities. No other contact information will be requested or retained.


OR  TO TAKE THE SURVEY GO TO https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/selfpubsurvey  


MORE ABOUT BOOKBABY JUST 'CAUSE I THOUGH YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW! 

BookBaby offers everything a self-published author needs to get their manuscript into the marketplace. From premium editing services to quality cover design, eBook and Printed book formatting and production, and world-wide distribution through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and dozens more retail websites.

BookBaby is people-powered publishing! Our publishing specialists are available via phone, email or website chat to answer all your questions about self publishing. Based in our Philadelphia-area office, BookBaby’s friendly and knowledgeable customer service team is available from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays to discuss your self publishing needs.

BookBaby offers the strongest guarantee in the publishing industry. You can buy with the highest confidence knowing that your eBook or printed books will be produced to your complete satisfaction. If there are any issues with the quality and craftsmanship of your book project, we will work with you to make it right or we will refund your money.



MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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