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#MotownWriters Member New Book Release: Rose & the Enchanted Seven by @batchelordavis #children #fantasy #motownlit #michlit

 Rose and the Enchanted Seven    A young girl must battle an ancient evil for the survival of her kingdom, her family and possibly her very own life

By Kimberly Batchelor Davis
$1.99 Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Nov. 23, 2013
Words: 12,590 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310097362

Extended description

A young girl named Rose, foretold by an ancient prophecy must battle an ancient evil, which has reawakened and taken hold over her beloved kingdom. Adrift in sadness over the death of her mother Rose must decide to remain strong or fall prey to evil to save those that she loves.

 

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Kimberly Batchelor Davis

Biography

Kimberly Batchelor Davis is an author and screenwriter of tales of fiction, which include current events featuring high drama and suspense. Her debut short story Rose and the Enchanted Seven will be released online as an e-book.
Kimberly is also an event planner and fundraising consultant. She is a life-long resident of Detroit, Michigan who is married with two sons. Kimberly is a precinct delegate, community organizer who is very active in her community. She sits on o several non-profit boards and supports her husband’s passion of working with kids through sports.
In her spare time she loves watching movies, reading a good book, experiencing new cultures, travelling and writing. She is also a contributing writer for MiEstilo, an online magazine for the Latino and Hispanic community under the pen name Nicole Davis and http://www.thebrandnewmommy.com as a featured writer who discusses writing, depression and motherhood. You can learn more about Kimberly at http://www.batchelordavis.wordpress.com/2011/08.
She will launch her very own website soon http://www.KimberlyBatchelorDavis.com .

Where to find Kimberly Batchelor Davis online

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Indie Author Chat Branding Basics~Samantha Fury

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Michigan Literary Network Blog Talk Radio~May 15, 2013

Today at 5:30pm hang out with Sylvia Hubbard on the Michigan Literary Network blog talk radio show as she interviews Satori Shakoor. Satori is the founder, and leader of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers. You can check them out at http://www.secretstorytellers.com/, and  Facebook.com/TheSecretSocietyof TwistedStorytellers

 

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Up next is Octavia Lesley. Octavia is a playwright, play director, and operates the theatrical production company Big Girl Ideas. Join in today as she talks about her upcoming play “What You Won’t Do for Love.” To stay in contact with Octavia follow her on Facebook.com/Octavia TheWriter Lesley, and Twitter@DetroitWriter71.
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EVENT: Transformation frm The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers @satori_10 May 17th 8pm #Detroit #michlit #mwn

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Support Literacy Efforts for #MWN by purchasing a tix 4stageplay WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE now!

Last Day 2Help Literacy Efforts COMING SOON for the #MWN: Purchase Your Tix 4What You Won’t Do For Love stageplay NOW!

Big Girl Ideas presents the hilarious stage play What You Won’t Do for Love. In an effort to support literacy, for the entire month of April, a $5 donation from each ticket purchased by Motown Writers Network members or anyone using the code word ‘Motown’ will be donated toward Sylvia Hubbard’s annual Essence of Motown Writers Conference in November.  For additional information, tickets, and vending opportunities, contact Octavia “TheWriter” Lesley at (313) 727-1011. Let’s get together and support the arts, Sylvia, and the great writers of Detroit.
 If you don’t see a way to buy tickets on this page for the play, it’s after April 30, 2013 and the literary contribution window has close. You must go to WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com. Please don’t let that discourage you from coming out and seeing a great play by a wonderful local playwright, Octavia Lesley (@detroitwriter71)
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

A hilarious dramady about parenting, forgiveness and dreams. Starring recording artist Paul Johnson Jr., film actor, Gregory Alford and introducing ms. Keisha Shelton with a great supporting cast.

The International Institute
111 E Kirby ( at John R) Detroit, mi 48202

3:00 MATINEE ($15) 7:30 EVENING ($20)

doors open an hour before the show.

Tickets are also available at God’s World, Baker’s Bible Bookstore & Shantiniques WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com and by calling 3137271011

Ask us about group sales and vendor opportunities. please visit our website:

http://www.biggirlideas.webs.com and ‘like’ them on Facebook (Big Girl Ideas).

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you there!

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Support Literacy Efforts for #MWN by purchasing a tix 4stageplay WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE now!

Last Day 2Help Literacy Efforts COMING SOON for the #MWN: Purchase Your Tix 4What You Won’t Do For Love stageplay NOW!

Big Girl Ideas presents the hilarious stage play What You Won’t Do for Love. In an effort to support literacy, for the entire month of April, a $5 donation from each ticket purchased by Motown Writers Network members or anyone using the code word ‘Motown’ will be donated toward Sylvia Hubbard’s annual Essence of Motown Writers Conference in November.  For additional information, tickets, and vending opportunities, contact Octavia “TheWriter” Lesley at (313) 727-1011. Let’s get together and support the arts, Sylvia, and the great writers of Detroit.
 If you don’t see a way to buy tickets on this page for the play, it’s after April 30, 2013 and the literary contribution window has close. You must go to WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com. Please don’t let that discourage you from coming out and seeing a great play by a wonderful local playwright, Octavia Lesley (@detroitwriter71)
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

A hilarious dramady about parenting, forgiveness and dreams. Starring recording artist Paul Johnson Jr., film actor, Gregory Alford and introducing ms. Keisha Shelton with a great supporting cast.

The International Institute
111 E Kirby ( at John R) Detroit, mi 48202

3:00 MATINEE ($15) 7:30 EVENING ($20)

doors open an hour before the show.

Tickets are also available at God’s World, Baker’s Bible Bookstore & Shantiniques WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com and by calling 3137271011

Ask us about group sales and vendor opportunities. please visit our website:

http://www.biggirlideas.webs.com and ‘like’ them on Facebook (Big Girl Ideas).

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you there!

SEE EVENTS BY ESSENCE OF MOTOWN LITERARY NETWORK | Click Here!

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Support Literacy Efforts for #MWN by purchasing a tix 4stageplay WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE now!

Last Day 2Help Literacy Efforts COMING SOON for the #MWN: Purchase Your Tix 4What You Won’t Do For Love stageplay NOW!

Big Girl Ideas presents the hilarious stage play What You Won’t Do for Love. In an effort to support literacy, for the entire month of April, a $5 donation from each ticket purchased by Motown Writers Network members or anyone using the code word ‘Motown’ will be donated toward Sylvia Hubbard’s annual Essence of Motown Writers Conference in November.  For additional information, tickets, and vending opportunities, contact Octavia “TheWriter” Lesley at (313) 727-1011. Let’s get together and support the arts, Sylvia, and the great writers of Detroit.
 If you don’t see a way to buy tickets on this page for the play, it’s after April 30, 2013 and the literary contribution window has close. You must go to WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com. Please don’t let that discourage you from coming out and seeing a great play by a wonderful local playwright, Octavia Lesley (@detroitwriter71)
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!
A hilarious dramady about parenting, forgiveness and dreams. Starring recording artist Paul Johnson Jr., film actor, Gregory Alford and introducing ms. Keisha Shelton with a great supporting cast.

The International Institute
111 E Kirby ( at John R) Detroit, mi 48202

3:00 MATINEE ($15) 7:30 EVENING ($20)

doors open an hour before the show.

Tickets are also available at God’s World, Baker’s Bible Bookstore & Shantiniques WYWD.Brownpapertickets.com and by calling 3137271011

Ask us about group sales and vendor opportunities. please visit our website:

http://www.biggirlideas.webs.com and ‘like’ them on Facebook (Big Girl Ideas).

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you there!

SEE EVENTS BY ESSENCE OF MOTOWN LITERARY NETWORK | Click Here!

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Join Nat’l, Maxine Bigby Cunningham in Ann Arbor & Yspilanti Feb 9th & 10th on A Journey to Wholeness #mwn #michlit

Featured Book:

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Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness

 

 

1.  Saturday, February 9, 2013 – Book Signing, Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness, by Maxine Bigby Cunningham.  My memoir  of recovery, resilience and renewal while living with a chronic illness,  reveals four empowering steps to wellness that can benefit anyone who has yearned to triumph over impediments to wellness –  mind, body and spirit.   “Power Walking” is a metaphor for vibrant living. This book has been described as instructional, illustrative and inspiring.  The signing will be held is 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Nicolas Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, Westgate Shopping Center, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Light refreshments. Flier and pix of book cover attached.  My website is http://www.maxinebigbycunningham.com.  Also, I can be reached on Facebook. 
2.  Sunday, February 10, 2013 – Annual Ypsilanti Community African American Read-in (AARI). This year’s theme is “Readers are Heroes.” The AARI celebrates the writings of African American writers.  The AARI is an international movement originated by the Black Caucus of the National Council of English Teachers.  At the “Ypsi” event, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., expect engaging activities for  “arm babies” through wise elders. Plus, children 18 and younger can select free books. This event will be held at the Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48198.  Free.  Light refreshments.  The website is  http://africanamericanread-2013.weebly.com
Follow me on twitter @maxine_empower
Power Walking, a Journey to Wholeness now in print and digital formats.
Book available at Amazon.com (print or Kindle) and at smashwords.com
 
 
“Walking is both a daily experience and a lifetime journey.”
                
Maxine Bigby Cunningham
Founder, Empowered Walking Enterprise LLC
Writer, Workshop Facilitator, Mental Health Advocate
Author - Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT MANILA BAY CAFE–OPEN MIC POETRY Jan 18th wsg… #mwn #michlit #motownlit

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT MANILA BAY CAFE–OPEN MIC POETRY FEATURING:

  • Also, Save the Date for our 3rd Friday feature Ju Hall on January 18, 2013

We hope to see you performing under the Spotlight!
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This week’s MWN Author Feature~JReal

JRealThis week the Motown Writers Networks features the author of the Draw series, JReal. Read below to find out about JReal and the Draw series.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from New York but I been in Detroit for 6 years now.

Tell us your latest news?

Well the latest and greatest news about J-REAL is I’m back on the scene with my newest release DRAW Part 3 and I have a new motivated energy to take my writing to the next level  with a great line up of projects and more on the road book signings in different states.

When and why did you begin writing?

My journey as a writer began through reading I’ve read hundreds of different books, pamphlets, newspapers and magazines. I love the way words have that unique power to tap into the human mind. That’s what made me want to write and use my imagination to tell story’s.

 What inspired you to write your first book?

Most of my inspiration for writing comes from just everyday life what people do and what they go through and how they overcome the many adversities that face all walks of life.

How did you come up with the title?

When I think of a title for a project I try to come up with the catchiest metaphors that tie in with the characters and story line. Something that can catch a reader’s attention

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Always I try to put a little nugget of information in every novel dealing with the story and what genre I’m writing from if its Street lit I try to show the consequences of living the fast life and not just the glorification aspect. Real life stuff I always try to use current events

What book are you reading now?

Write now I’m reading a book called TROUBLE, by Ju-Ju Bishop.

What are your current projects?

My next Project that I will be releasing is Bred From Treason and a Hard Price To Pay

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I would have to say I get a lot of support from my Facebook community in fact a lot of my eBooks sales derive from social media

 If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I wouldn’t change anything about the way things are going in my writing career I do wish that in the beginning I got out to more events.

 Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Yes here is an excerpt from A Hard Price To Pay

.    The property was flooded with police and ambulances.  The mini mansion was belted in police tape and there was all movement throughout and around Cedric’s home.  Ced turned the Montero onto his lawn and slid to a stop while simultaneously jumping from the driver’s side and racing towards the front door.  After a few steps he was subdued by a couple of uniformed cops followed by a blank face detective.  “Are you Cedric Carter?  Are you the boy’s father?  We got that name from the boy.”

“Where is he, where is my son?” Hearing about Bugga made Ced start to struggle.  “Now hold on one minute, you still have not confirmed who you are,” The detectives face remained expressionless.  “What mother fucker, where is my kid?”  The Officer wrestled Ced to the ground after almost losing control of him.  Then with the order given from the detective one of the officers dug in Ced’s back pocket, retrieving his wallet and tossing it to the detective.  Ced kept struggling and cursed, “Man what the fuck is wrong with you pigs?”

Once the detective confirmed Ced’s identity he motioned for the officer to let him up, “Okay, now that we know who you are we can start asking you some questions.

Ced looked at the detective, he was tall, overweight, balding white man who towered over him.  Disapproval dripped from the detectives glare.  Ced snatched from the officers grip and turned his head towards his porch where he saw his son sitting and being comforted by a strange woman and questioned by who Ced figured to be the detectives partner.  Ced began in that direction but again was stopped, this time by the detective himself.  He tried to snatch away but the detective’s grip held firm.  Ced turned, “Get the fuck off me,  I want to get my boy!”

“Your boy is being questioned and with you with him that will only confuse things.”

“What are you questioning him for, where is Grace?”

“You mean the mother?”  The detective face softened a touch, “She was in your son’s arms, Mr. Carter, when she died.”  She was naked with multiple stab wounds and two gunshot wounds in her lower torso.  She also had a gun in her hand, the one we believe killed those two thugs in there.  Now the women’s in a bag and the only we can find out anything is from the kid. So until were done with him you are going to stand right here where I can see you.  Are you clear?”

Ced tore up his face at the gesture of Grace being in a bag.  Who the fuck was this pig to be talking like that about Grace?”  “You talking about my wife! What’s your name mother fucker!“ “Don’t you mean your baby mama? And its detective Milhourn,” Milhourn narrowed his eyes, “A better question was why were these thugs looking for you?”   Milhourn pauses a second to let the question sink in before he waved it off seeing how calm the man became all of a sudden, how all the tension seemed to relax in his face.    The detective hardened, he decided to cut the bullshit.  “You fucking drug running scumbags are all the same.”

“Now hold on,” Ced interrupted but felt silent when the detectives finger shot out to within an inch of his face.

“Shut the hell up!”  Do you see this neighborhood?  How many fucking blacks live on this side?”  After a pause you don’t even know….ok the rest you’ll have to but the book

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes mostly when I get a case of writers block that makes everything so difficult because I can’t get any projects that I already started finished.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Yes part of being a successful author is getting on the road and traveling to do book signings or just attend events to promote your work.

Who designed the covers?

I come up with the concept for the books and I work with Oddball designs to create the cover. And I also work with Brand Concepts Southeast

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing any of the novels I got is creating the character development and what each character role will be in the book.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

The best advice I can give to writers new and old is to study your craft because the book industry evolves constantly with the new technology that’s out. Be professional about your business and stay true to who you are as an individual.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just want thank all the readers for their support in my work and welcome and thank all the new readers that take the time to read my books and interviews

DrawDraw2Draw3

 

 

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[PODCAST] Get 2013 ready 4yr BOOK w/advice on Branding, Marketing & HARD WORK frm Nat’l PR Guru @PamPerry #michlit #mwn #motownlit

Listen in to Pam Perry. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

Award-winning Social Media Marketing & PR Pro, Radio host, Author, Community Manager, Content Curator, Wife, mother & Branding Superstar! #socialmediaswag
Find out what NOT to do to market your book
How much time & money it takes to market your book
What Authors should look forward to in the new year to better market their book!
Guest Summary: Pam Perry is a “message strategist” and PR Coach working with non profit organizations, churches, entrepreneurs, emerging and best-selling authors.
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Author Feature: Chris Lee @lifepathllc From Frustration to Fulfillment #ff2f #michlit #booktour #mwn Win A COPY! * #bookgiveaway

We’ve had the pleasure of having author, Chris Lee join The Michigan Literary Network on a whirlwind online booktour.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

On a sunny July morning a freak accident changed Chris Lee’s life forever.  In addition to physical injuries, Chris was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. Years of alcohol abuse, poor eating habits and a newfound addiction to prescription pain-killers thwarted his recovery efforts. His days became filled with group therapy, prescription drugs and the red-tape hassle of an inefficient and inept healthcare system.    He felt hopelessly trapped until he discovered a positive approach to life that would shape and mold him into a better father, husband and person.

Chris gives the reader a brutally honest, soul bearing glimpse into the day-to-day recovery efforts of a brain injury survivor. Follow the author on his gripping journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance and ultimately self-love.  Learn how alternative health and energy therapy changed Chris Lee’s life and how he empowered himself to change his reality for the better.

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 July 2nd My Top 5 Excuses for Putting Off Writing My Book 

Sylvia’s Literary Blogspot: July 3rd – Author Spotlite & Excerpts

LoveABlackWoman.com July 4th – Article: How to Love Like a Woman

Motown Mom Musings July 5th – Article: Get To It

Writers Guide To Internet Marketing July 6th – Article: 6-1/2 Ways That I Used Social Media To Promote My Book

Michigan Literary Network July 6th – Feature & Giveaway!


Would you like your copy now of From Frustration to Fulfillment?

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Blurbs, testimonal, reviews:

“I was riveted by Chris’s story, he had me reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next. Anyone who feels they have something more to give will benefit by hearing Chris’s story. If we choose not to hear our inner guidance when it’s a whisper, it may take a whack upon the head to get our attention!”

   -Sherri Richards, Business Designer, Money Therapist, Rise Atelier LLC,www.MyMoneyExperience.comCleveland, Ohio

“Chris’ story and book not only moved me but also inspired me to continue evolving and expanding.  I feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with him in person.  He is a gifted and talented human being that the world is blessed to have.”

-Priya Ali, Author, Coach, Consultant, Radio Hostwww.PriyaAli.com, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

About Chris Lee

Chris Lee, the author of “From Frustration to Fulfillment”, has a passion for helping people to identify and successfully manage the self-imposed limitations that hold us back from pursuing and achieving our dreams, goals and ambitions.

Chris wrote “From Frustration to Fulfillment” to help anyone that has ever faced a seemingly hopeless situation. The book started as a diary to help him cope with his brain injury. He found the writings to be a vital part of the healing process and thus decided to share his story with the world.

Using warmth and humor to help people to ‘open the doors of change’, Chris is a dynamic speaker and energetic workshop facilitator.  Chris has put his unique skill set to use helping numerous people throughout the United States and Canada. He combines the Law of Attraction and the philosophy of energy medicine to offer a very unique and powerful experience for those that attend his various workshop and coaching sessions.

Chris is a Specs Howard School of Media Arts graduate that currently holds certifications as a 365-Degree Manifestation Consultant, Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator, Certified Natural Health Professional and Body Talk™ Access technician.

Chris loves spending time with family including his son, daughter and granddaughter.  He loves fine food, baseball and is a music enthusiast. He can occasionally be spotted around town enjoying live jazz.

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HOW TO WIN YOUR eCOPY OF THE BOOK: From Frustration to Fulfillment!

  1. Check out his week long tour and make a comment after reading the posts.
  2. Return back here to comment about how much you enjoyed the tour OR do a review of his book.
  3. Don’t forget to connect with him as well  (optional), but we’d so much appreciate it!

Random drawing will determine the winner by Monday, July 9th and your email will be used to send your copy of the ebook to your address through your Amazon account!

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Overwhelmed with Author Platform Building:3 Tips to get you started

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Michigan Literary Network News is out! Edition of Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2012 #motownlit #michlit

Michigan Literary Network News
Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2012
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ARTICLES: Book Marketing Techniques: Those That Backfire via @bloggingauthors #mwn

Expert Author Irene Watson

Authors need to promote their books, but there’s a right and a wrong way to market, and wanting to sell a book is no excuse for not retaining your manners. No one likes a pushy salesman. Here are some examples of ways I’ve seen authors try to sell their books that have been a total turn-off for me. Authors, make sure you aren’t using these techniques. I’ve listed them in order from what are, in my opinion, least to most annoying.

Lying about Your Book’s Greatness

I’ve seen authors lie about how wonderful their books are in several ways.

    1. Having non-credible book endorsements, both on their websites and books’ back covers. By non-credible, I mean having an endorsement signed by “A.K. in Hawaii” or “A Teacher in San Diego.” If these people don’t want to give their names, they probably don’t support your book enough to want to stand by their comments, and they aren’t going to convince me that your book is worth reading. At the very least, you want full names, and a blurb from Tom Smith isn’t going to mean much to me anyway, unless you’ve written a book about healthcare and he’s Dr. Tom Smith from the Cancer Treatment Center of Miami, or something along those lines. If you can’t get experts on your book’s topic or celebrities or other authors to endorse your book, you’re better off just not including any testimonials so it doesn’t look like false promotion.
  1. False testimonials. Yes, I’ve seen false testimonials and heard authors tell me about them. “A.K. in Hawaii” might be the author’s next door neighbor, a real person who really read the book, but he might just as well be someone the author made up. I know of one author who had a comment page on his website, and about once a week, he would post a comment under a false name raving about his book to try to convince his website visitors how popular and wonderful his book was. The sad thing is that this author’s book truly was terrible, full of grammar mistakes and typos and badly printed, so anyone who read the book knew those comments had to be lies or written by completely crazy people.

Showing Off Your Big Ego

Too many authors try to promote themselves in ridiculous ways by writing on their websites how their book is a “must read” and contains the answer to all the reader’s problems. If you have to tell readers that, they aren’t going to believe you. Go find some legitimate testimonials from reliable people who will say those things about your book. You are not qualified to judge your own book because you have a vested interest in it.

The worst example of authors showing their egos that I’ve seen is when they post book reviews for themselves on Amazon and other online bookstores, and of course, they give their books five stars and brag about how great their books are. When I see an author give himself a five-star review, I realize the author is clueless about what is legitimate as a review; he hasn’t done his homework about the publishing industry, and he is trying to use trickery to sell his book. Not only will I not buy the book, but if there’s an option to vote on the review, I will always vote that it was not helpful.

Being In Your Face and Violating Personal Space

No one likes to have his or her personal space violated. However, not everyone has yet learned that the Internet also contains personal space for people. It’s one thing to have your book for sale on your website, at online bookstores, to promote it at websites for book promotion, or to buy Internet ads. It’s another thing to invade other online users’ personal space.

Here are some book marketing efforts I’ve experienced online that have been a total turn-off for me.

    1. Repetitive and Unwanted Emails. I’ve had this happen more times than I can count. Somehow an author finds my email address and adds it to his email list and I start hearing from him every couple of days about all his book events and why I should buy his book. Even if I want to be on the person’s email list, sending me an email every couple of days is irritating. An email once a month or even once a week isn’t that bad, but I have other things to do than read about your book events on the East Coast when I live in Texas, and I am not going to hop on a plane to attend your book signing, especially if I’ve already read your book and had it signed. And if you’ve added me to your email list without my permission, well, technically, that’s illegal.
    1. Sending Friend Requests at Social Media Sites Solely to Promote Your Book. If people are interested in your book, they will request to be your friend at a social media site. Instead of spam friend requests, take out a Facebook ad that will be targeted toward the people most likely to read your book. It might cost you a little more money, but it will save you time online and provide you with far better results.
    1. Posting Book Covers on Other People’s Walls. My “Wall” is not the place to promote your book. My friends are not posting on my Wall so they can find out about your book. Get off my Wall!
    1. Messaging. No one likes junk mail, so don’t send me a message about how great your book is and how I can buy it. I only want messages from my real friends.
  1. Chatting. This one I especially find irritating. One day I was on Facebook, and an author, whom I didn’t know and who had already sent me three messages trying to tell me how great his book was and to let me know I could get it on Kindle for just $2.99, sent me a chat message about his book. If I don’t reply to your message, I sure don’t want to chat with you. I politely ignored him and logged off Facebook rather than tell him to quit harassing me. I wasn’t going to engage in an argument with him. But let’s be clear-I’m on Facebook to chat with my real friends. Not to read your book.

Sadly, space violations don’t only happen online. I was once at a book festival where an author made a point of going up to people walking by her booth with a set of headphones and quickly placing them over her victims’ ears before they could object so they could listen to her audio book. When I saw what was going on, I quickly turned down the nearest aisle and avoided that side of the room for the rest of the time I was there. I’ve also stopped to look at books at festivals where authors have said things such as “Why don’t you buy this book?” and “What can I do to get you to buy my book?” You can let me be is what you can do. Tell me about the book if you like, give me a chance to read the back cover, and then I’ll buy or move on. I don’t need a pushy sales pitch.

Have you ever met an author who behaves in these ways? I sure have-too many times. Perhaps you are even one of those authors. Hopefully, now you know better. Let’s face it-guerrilla book promotion doesn’t work when you act like you have a gorilla’s manners. Connect with your readers, but do it on their terms, without being pushy or rude. Be friendly, be straightforward, but also be willing to take “No” for an answer. When you are polite, you always make a better impression on your potential readers.

Irene Watson is the Managing Editor of Reader Views, where avid readers can find reviews of recently published books as well as read interviews with authors. Her team also provides author publicity and a variety of other services specific to writing and publishing books.

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