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[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Turn Your Book Talk into a Multimedia Presentation

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on August 21, 2014 at 12:30am 1 Comment

Speaking about my book – at bookstores and book clubs, synagogues and genealogy societies, universities, writing conferences, writing classes, and adult education centers – is one of my favorite activities as an author. Being in contact with audiences feeds me – as a writer, a thinker, and a person. And the talks are an important source of sales.


By showing slides as I speak, I’ve turned my talks into multimedia presentations. For me and many other authors of memoirs and other non-fiction books, adding images to the mix can be a key way to keep listeners’ attention and speak compellingly about our work.   


With evocative images, giving your talk can feel like telling a story – even like reading a picture book aloud.…


[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 13 Ways to Improve Your Presence on LinkedIn

Posted by Meghan Ward on August 21, 2014 at 1:30am 0 Comments

It's easy to get caught up with Facebook and Twitter and forget all about your LinkedIn account until you're out of a job. But LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network, with 300 million users, and the fifth largest social network in the United States, with 100 million American users. So pull out your virtual feather duster and start sweeping away those electronic cobwebs. It's time to update your LinkedIn profile, and here's how:


1. Make sure your profile is complete, including a professional headshot of yourself.

2. Let your voice and personality shine through in your summary. Don’t skip it. It’s important.…


Marketing Tip: Make Sure Your Outreach Has a Purpose

Posted by Maria Murnane on August 19, 2014 at 8:46am 0 Comments

I recently received a tweet that left me scratching my head. A woman tweeted (to me, not to the world), a photo of herself holding a book. There was no accompanying note, no greeting or explanation, nothing. And she wasn't holding up one of my books, so it clearly wasn't a fan tweet.




Do your marketing messages make sense to the recipient?

I tweeted back asking if she'd forgotten to include a message with the photo. She replied that she was an author and thought I might want to read her book.


That's all she wrote.


Again, huh?


Book marketing takes a lot of work, and I commend any author who makes the effort to get the word out, but it's…


Why I Canceled My Amazon Prime Account (following Amazon's Spamming of My Inbox)

Posted by Brooke Warner on August 18, 2014 at 9:30pm 20 Comments

For those of you who follow publishing news, or who are KDP authors, you know that on August 9, Amazon sent a very bizarre email to all of its KDP customers, which has been dissected best, in my opinion, here and here.


You can read the full email here, but this post is really about why I canceled my Amazon Prime account the next day.

There is no question in my mind…


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Cuban Blog Day #16 Ask For What You Want. You Just Might Get It

Diving! When you live in Colorado, it’s a little hard to SCUBA dive.  I make sure every trip I take includes some sort of diving so as not to get rusty.  It still doesn’t work all that well. Each new dive, I’m a little nervous and worried that I may have forgotten how to do it. …

Hiring content writers helps in increasing business online

To extend a business online or to make a site work, you need to continually add pages to your site. The more dynamic your site will show up the better positioning it will get. To get the best comes about on the web indexes; it is important that the substance in those articles be unique and holds the suitable catchphrases, so…

Trapped! Was It Really God? Compelling New Play!

Evangelist Earlina Gilford-Weavers latest work is "Trapped! Was it really God"?  A Heartwarming and compelling Novel & stage play, portrays all of her God given talent and the message that she is trying to reach through  her drama, suspense and funny life changing ministry is- forgiveness is the key…

The Writing Process

Here is my version of The Writing Process

What am I currently working on?

Actually...I've kind of got three things on the go. I know, spreading myself a little thin. One is a Young Adult novel - What Are Ghosts Afraid Of? This one is quite a bit of the way through but I've reached a halt and am still working out my demons on that one. Secondly, an untitled chick-lit piece that started off with great panache and good intentions but…

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“Crystallize It…Using the Power of Crystals to Help Make Your Goals a Reality”

Crystals have been a big help to me in helping me reach the goals I set for myself and they can help you too!

This four week class teaches you to use crystals and affirmations; includes…


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