Saturday, August 20, 2016

An Invitation from the Famous Judith Briles

I am excited about presenting at this writers conference and--of course--had to let you know about it! I'd love to see my SharingwithWriters subscribers and visitors there. If you come, please be sure to introduce yourselves. I just reconnected with a wonderful attendee I met back in 2008 at the Erma Bombeck conference for humor writers. It's this kind of thing that keeps me happy!


 
 
Announcement in Author U
 
 
 
 
Come to the Extravaganza - Special rate for LI members
 
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Judith Briles
Author & Publishing Expert, The Book Shepherd, Corporate Blogger, Founder of Author U group on LinkedIn, Keynote Speaker
 
 
AuthorU has its annual 3-day author and publishing conference next month, September 15-17. A special discount code has been created for all members of local groups


1. There is breaking news about the 2016 AuthorU Extravaganza I want to share … and we want you to immediately act on—time is running out. Book Marketing Expert John Kremer is doing the Deep Dive workshop just for you on Thursday—imagine, two hours with a man who has mentored authors in selling MILLIONS of books!

2. AuthorU has created a killer pricing deal that you should not miss for you because you are one of my followers for my posts and blogs.

First, the AuthorU Extravaganza:

1. The theme this year is Daring Greatly. We ’ve assembled the “best of the best” to take you and your book to soaring heights of publishing and marketing success. There are 25 exceptional experts and presenters ready to share a “no-holds-back” information and advice including Carolyn Howard-Johnson with tons of frugal tips for you.

2. Book Marketing Expert John Kremer will be doing a very, very special Deep Dive Dinner Workshop on Thursday, September 15th. John’s classic, 1001 Ways to Market Your Book is launching with an all new edition and updated. If you want insider book marketing tips, you can’t afford to miss this remarkable session. Be the first to get the new book at the Extravaganza.

John has shown authors how to dare greatly for years; he has mentored authors who have sold over a billion books and is founder of the Billion Book Initiative to help the next generation of book authors sell another billion books. Are you ready to Dare Greatly and be part of this next generation?

3. All sessions are General Sessions on Friday and Saturday, all —you don’t have to worry about “choices” … you hear it ALL.

4. Ask the Experts and Pick Their Brains. You have questions—all our speakers are Experts. One thing many wanted was more time to mix with the speakers. Ask the Experts (our speakers) takes place during lunch when you will have at least one speaker/expert at your table PLUS you can book individual time throughout Friday and Saturday. Ask the Experts and Pick Their Brains are open to all attendees and includes lunch.

5. Evening Reception. On Friday after Rounds with the Pros before our gourmet dinner (and we do mean gourmet), Ingram Spark is hosting a reception for attendees and speakers. Building community is important to authors—your growing network is invaluable to your success. This is open to all attendees.

6. Call the hotel and reserve your room at a special reduced rate. Right now, rates are posted online through the “hotel discount” sites at $184. You get $119 PLUS free parking, which saves an additional $13 per day. There is a free shuttle if you are flying into Denver International Airport (DIA). Call the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel at 303-399-7500 and ask for the AuthorU rate.

Second, the Killer Pricing deal for Colorado authors and writers:

I’ve been given a special coupon code that will SAVE $270 off of the three-day Extravaganza registration. This is HUGE! BUT … you must act NOW. This is good until September 1.

Click on the link below to take you to Registration page: (for members and nonmembers—click on the nonmember rate if link is broken)

http://www.secureinfossl.com/carts/shopping_cart/oneClickProductBuy/6f382b315cd5927caf706e4e15ea8d68/0


You will note it has $545 for full registration (Thursday Deep Dive through Saturday afternoon) … we will add in the Eagle or Eaglet Thursday Day sessions, another $75 value). Complete it and click Next Step.

Then, enter AUSP2016 code … You will be charged $350, a terrific rate, just for YOU! You save $270.


If you want to really make a mark in publishing and be successful, come to the Extravaganza!
 
 
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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 .

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Barbara McNichol Offers Her Inspiring Editing Help in New Program

I have known Barbara McNichol since I met her at Book Expo of America in something like 2001. She has been a valuable resource for me. In fact she inspired my interest to become an editor and write The Frugal Editor for my precious authors once that interest had become ingrained in me.  She has started a new program to so inspire you, too--if not to become an editor to help finance your writing habit, then to know enough to be sure whoever you select to be your editor is doing his or her job. (-:  Now you can get her fully realized program--the whole thing in a package.  I just had to pass it along to you! 

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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 .

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Valerie Allen Shares Help Naming Fiction Characters.

My guest blogger today--Valerie Allen--is an author who takes my #SharingwithWriters motto to heart. She directs several book fairs in Florida and her Amazon profile page offers a string of varied and fun fiction. She loves to help writers with their fiction, as you'll see in the article. You'll see, it isn't as easy as it appears. 

Ol’Whatshisname!
by
Valerie Allen

When naming your characters it’s tempting to give your friends, family, or coworkers a chance at their 15 minutes of fame. Before indulging in the name game consider:

1.  Names have many implications such as status, education, religion, nationality, culture, age, etc.

2.  Short names with hard sounds such as Max, Kurt, Nick, and Zena are often used for the bad guys (or gals)

3. Two syllable names and two part names are typically used for children or to portray child-like qualities: Bobby, Cathy, Jimmy, Lulu; Sally-Jean, Bobbi-Jo, Jimmy-Ray

4. Single names, multiple names, hyphenated names, and initials imply importance: Cher, Madonna, John Philip Sousa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gertrude Hart-Taylor, Charles Miller-Wright, FDR, JFK,MLK

5. Names can indicate ethnicity such as,  Maria, Juan, Collin, Eileen, Anthony, Lisa, Nigel, Gretchen, Vijay, or Abdul

6.  The spelling of a name can imply age or character traits: Smith vs Smyth, Elizabeth vs Lizabeth, Rose Ann vs Rosanne, Lisa vs Liza vs Lissa, Carl vs Karl

7.  Names must fit the theme or time period of your story such as, biblical, Civil War era, southern, European, aristocratic, etc.

8.  Names reflect public figures or famous families during specific time periods: Franklin or Eleanor, Elvis, Shirley (Temple), Douglas (MacArthur), Amy (Carter)

9.  Nicknames are used for extroverted characters: Barb, Liz, Bill, Joe, Rick.  They can also be used to reveal characterization: Shorty, Babe, Honey, Slim, Hot Stuff

10. Use only one common name (Jack Jones) and only one exotic name (Theodora Ginasia-Peacock) per story

11.  Use unique names for each character, not: Jack, Jim, Jon, or John in the same story, nor Mary, Marie, Maria Marla, Maureen

12.  Last names follow the same rule, do not have: Jamison, Johnson, Jenson, and Jepson in the same story.

13.  Names can add special meaning or importance, as with grandfather/father/son; Sr, Jr. The III; use of family names as a first name (Fulbright, Hathaway); unisex names (Taylor, Parker, Madison); flowers (Azalea, Buttercup, Lily); gems(Ruby, Pearl); nature (Summer, River, Plum); days or months (Tuesday, Friday) (April, May, June)

If you are stuck on a name two helpful resources are 
The World of Baby Names and the US Census of Common Names

Readers make an association with names based on their unique experiences, however, stereotyping is alive and well. Who do you picture when you hear the name 
Bertha?

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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.
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 Florida book fairs held in March and November sponsored by AuthorsforAuthors.com.

Valerie Allen can be contacted via FB, Twitter, Google+ and at VAllenWriter@gmail.com or ValerieAllenWriter.com

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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 .

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Fixing "Unhappiness" Seems an Important Daily Goal


I depend on Suzanne Lieurance's  Morning Nudge to get me started each day. She is my Working Writers Coach for sure!  So I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite nudges.  By the way, she is also my inspiration. she does so much for writers! 



What to Do if You're Unhappy with Some Aspect of Your Life

I was watching a video of Tony Robbins on YouTube the other day and he said something that really stuck with me.

He said, "If you are unhappy with anything in your life, simply raise your standards in that area."

So what did he mean by that?

Well, according to Robbins, we all have standards that we have set for ourselves in all areas of our life. These standards are the way we see ourselves and the way we think we are supposed to live.

We have health and fitness standards, relationship standards, and wealth standards, for example. We probably set these standards for ourselves long ago based on something we were told or taught.

But, the thing is, many times these standards no longer apply to the life we want to be living now.

For example, long ago someone might have told you that you were overweight and it was a genetic thing. You were just destined to be overweight and there wasn't much you could do about it.

So guess what?

You either accepted that and used it to create low health and fitness standards for yourself or you failed to believe it and raised your standards in this area.

If you raised your health and fitness standards, you started eating right and exercising regularly and eventually you were no longer overweight. It might not have been easy. But it wasn't impossible once you raised your standards.

Today, look at any of the areas in your life you are unhappy with.

Examine the way you have set and accepted low standards for yourself in these areas.

Next, decide to raise your standards in each of these areas.

Write down your new standards so you're really clear about how you want to see yourself and how you want to live according to these new standards.

Try it!

And if you'd like tips like this delivered to your e-mailbox every weekday morning, get your free subscription to The Morning Nudge now at www.morningnudge.com.

You can also find her and check out her Working Writer Coach services at http://www.workingwriterscoach.com



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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 .

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Writers Tip for Prelaunch Blurb

I don't know if I have ever seen the idea of blurbs (also called endorsements, bullets, praise, and sometimes excerpts when they are excerpted from reviews) used before a book's release, except blurbs by those who have read the book in order to provide praise for the book's cover or something like this. But I've always suggested that authors consider the nice things their readers and others say to them about their books in an e-mail--sort of "unsolicited" praise.  This one came from one of my SharingwithWriters newsletter subscribers (http://bit.ly/SWWNewsletter). I asked her if I could share it:

PRE PUBLISH BLURB


“I think Getting Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically will sell like hot cakes. It’s a chicken and egg situation. When you get reviews you get noticed and more people notice you from that. But how to get reviews without paying sometimes hundreds of dollars with no guarantee and how to ask without being a nuisance puts authors in a quandary. I will be first in line when it comes out! Please keep me posted!!!!” ~ Fiona Ingram, award winning children’s author of The Chronicles of the Stone middle grade adventure series,   http://www.chroniclesofthestone.com


I bet you could use something like this before your book's launch. But, of course, you have to think about it and it's a hard habit to get into. (-: 

PS: How to Get Great Book Reviews will be released this fall as an e-book and paper book. 
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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 .

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