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Experience with Publicists?

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Regina Y. Swint replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"No experience here with book publicists, but I have spoken with one who actually suggests a lot of what's being shared here.  Get out there and hustle your butt off for the exposure, first.  Do as much as you can for yourself,…"
Jun 22, 2012
Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
" You might check out the packages that Author Buzz offers."
Jun 20, 2012
Joanne Barney replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Thanks for the information and the encouragement, Shawn.  I'll get the book and begin a new program of getting my novels out.  I wish I had your husband, also. Do you rent him out?   Again, thanks.  JO"
Jun 14, 2012
Shawn Lamb replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Joanne, check out "Createspace" they are a  POD arm of Amazon that doesn't cost anything if you do the formatting and cover yourself. It only cost $25 for the Expanded Distribution for worldwide Amazon, B&N and other…"
Jun 14, 2012
Joanne Barney replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"The one publicist (a local person) I talked to recently told me that since my books were published as ebooks only, publicizing a ebook after it's been out a while is a waste of money and time.  She suggested I publish it as a POD and get a…"
Jun 14, 2012
Shawn Lamb replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Here are links to a couple of posts I did last summer with tips about events. Event Planning: http://allonbooks-thekingdomofallon.blogspot.com/2011/08/event-planning-tips.html Engaging at Events:…"
Jun 8, 2012
Melanie S. Hatter replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Again, thank you. I'm heading to the Harlem Book Fair, which should fit my market pretty well. It's the first book fair in a major city, so I'm excited about it."
Jun 8, 2012
Shawn Lamb replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"It takes awhile to build a following. Just make certain the book fairs you attend are ones that fit your books. Also, returning is important once you become established.  I do about 6 to 7 events year, across several states."
Jun 8, 2012
Melanie S. Hatter replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Oh wow! Thank you for that. I've been doing book fairs and getting some sales and just been trying to keep up with opportunities like that. I guess I'm on the right road then."
Jun 8, 2012
Shawn Lamb replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I had 2 publicists - and they weren't worth the price!  The first one was suggested by my publisher and cost $1700 for 3 months of work. Her resume read like a who's who of household name authors, so I took a chance. It was the most…"
Jun 8, 2012
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Experience with a publicist?

Has anyone used a publicist? What's your experience been, and how do they charge, by the hour or per placement/booking they get for you? A few people have said I should get a publicist, but I'm not sure how to go about it. My novel was published last year by a very small press, so the marketing support is, well, there isn't any. :-) Any thoughts?See More
Jun 8, 2012
Regina Y. Swint liked Melanie S. Hatter's blog post National Black Writers Conference Was Fabulous!
Jun 7, 2012
Melanie S. Hatter replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I've been to a few and I always get something out of the experience. Most recently I attended the National Black Writers Conference (I posted about it: http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blog/list?user=2ted82ak7g0q7). In addition to the…"
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"Meant to ask if anyone here would be at the Gaithersburg Book Fest (MD) so I could connect in person. It was great! http://ning.it/KERL2z"
May 21, 2012

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Who I am:
Melanie S. Hatter had two big publishing successes in 2011. Her novelette, Taking the Shot, was published in electronic format by Etopia Press, and her novel, The Color of My Soul, was published in softcover by the Washington Writers’ Publishing House.

Melanie has a background in newspaper journalism and makes a living in corporate communications. She received a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and graduated from the master’s in writing program at Johns Hopkins University. Her essays have appeared in Moxie magazine, and the now defunct ACE Dialogue and Emerge magazines.

Melanie’s short stories have appeared in The Lipstick Pages and Diverse Voices Quarterly. Melanie’s short story, “Obsessed with Claudia,” won the May 2000 First Annual Romantic Tales Writing Contest. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Melanie lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.melanieshatter.com
@mshatter1
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Color of My Soul
Taking the Shot
Media outlets that I currently write for:
None
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction
Services I offer to other writers:
Writing critiques
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
AALBC; Red Room; Black Authors Showcase
I found out about She Writes from:
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National Black Writers Conference Was Fabulous!

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 2:59pm 0 Comments

I hopped on the Megabus on Thursday night (March 29) headed for New York City where my sister (by choice, not by blood), Amanda was waiting for me. (The bus cost me $16.50, and with gas prices as they are, I couldn’t have been happier!). I stayed with Amanda in her lovely home in Queens and we drove into Brooklyn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Eleventh National Black Writers Conference. We had the best time! Heard some great thought-provoking discussions and supported the array of…

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At 9:16am on June 24, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Melanie, Belated welcome to the novelist group; we're delighted to have you join us! If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion. We do a live chat Wednesdays at 1 EST; instructions on how to participate are in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. Do join us! And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread.

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Bestselling Author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (all Random House/Ballantine)

At 7:24pm on January 2, 2012, Jennifer Lauck said…

Welcome to this terrific site!   xo Jennifer Lauck

At 7:30pm on December 31, 2011, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites. Feel free to reach out if you need anything.  I hope you have a happy new year!

 

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