Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wanna Be a Star on Oscar Night?

This tip for book promotion is from my Sharing with Writers newsletter. Those of you who subscribe to this blog are--in a way--SWW subscribers, too, so I wanted you to know about it. I think it's a really fun opportunity. To subscribe to the e-mail newsletter, send me an e-post with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to To subscribe to this blog, see the subscribe window in the left column on this page.

Many of us writers have inspirational stories to tell--so many we can hardly keep up with putting them on paper. After all, being a writer isn't easy. It takes a certain amount of talent and a whole lot of stick-to-itiveness. But what about our own stories? I bet yours can be an inspiration to others.

Wouldn't it be fun to tell our kids or grandkids or friends one more? To be able to say, "In 2009 I was featured on the Oscars!" This letter is short because of Thanksgiving weekend, so I'm even making my note to you a tip. Go to Tell them your story. Those of you who have read The Frugal Book Promoter know that book promotion is about publicizing more than just your book!

So, enter and compete with me. And if you win, I'll expect a bottle of champagne at my door as an apology for beating me at this game.

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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 two how to books, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal." Some of her other blogs are and, a blog that helps writers and publishers turn a ho-hum book fair booth into a sizzler. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at

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