Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Give a Holiday Gift to Writers Who Help Other Writers

Here's how:

Nominate a few helpful Web sites, blogs, and newsletters for a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites nod. I would love it if you'd include mine among them but there are many other great ones out there, too.

One of my favorites is Tony Eldridge's Marketing Tips For Authors. ( Letting you know about it is sort of my holiday gift to you. It offers a mix of practical marketing advice for authors on a shoestring budget from an experienced internet marketer and author. It offers how-to posts, guest posts from authors (maybe one of your articles?), book reviews, and a weekly link carnival. It also offers a free video subscription where authors can receive how-to video tips on some of the more technical aspects of marketing their books on the net. I don't know anyone else out there who does the latter.

Here are Writer's Digest suggested categories for nominations, just to help you get your thinking cap on:

Agent Blogs
Writing Communities
Publishing Resources
Jobs and Markets
Creativity and Challenges
General Resources
Fun for Writers

Send comments and nominations for next year’s list to writersdigest@fwmedia.com with “101 Websites” in the subject line (deadline is Jan. 1, 2010). Learn more at http://writersdigest.com/article/101-websites-2009 .

Here are some possible sites/blogs to nominate from the assortment I offer authors and, if you haven't utilized them to benefit your own writing career, consider them a resource for 2010:

Blogs for Writers:
This one, http://www.SharingWithWriters.blogspot.com ,
The Resources for Writer pages at my Web site

And please let me know if you nominate any of them so I can thank you and mention your title in my newsletter. It's part of the marketing fun, part of the way to keep our marketing efforts rolling along. (-:

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 for writers, 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. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is 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. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". 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 blog.

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