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+127 Of The Top Book Promotion Sites: Free And Paid via @DaveChesson

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A grand but overused tactic to improve Kindle book sales is to spread your book’s Amazon sale page link to as many free and paid book promotion sites as possible.

The hope is that regardless of the quality of the book promotion site, or the amount of actual traffic that they receive, sales or downloads will occur and hopefully a review or two may show up.

Whether you love this style of kindle book advertising or not, one cannot deny the effectiveness of this book advertising strategy.

The below list is my compilation of my favorite book promotion sites – some free, while others not so much.

Each one of the ebook promotion sites will have their own set of requirements in order to be accepted. So, to help you out, I did the research on each one and wrote a quick bit about their stipulations and what that website is all about.

In This Article, You Will Gain:

  • An understanding of how these book promotion sites work
  • A list of the best book promotion websites, free and premium
  • A couple of options in order to not have to do this yourself

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https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/#

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Take the book marketing challenge w/@BadRedheadMedia : How to energize your book sales in a month! #MotownWriters

30-day-brhm-marketing-challenge-with-logo_twitter-shareableAre you unsure how to market your book? Do you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of author platform options out there (or not even sure what the term means)? Do you wish someone could break it down for you in simple steps?

Then this is the book for you!

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Over the course of one month, Rachel provides you daily challenges containing a wealth of information, and easy to follow assignments to help energize your book sales. If you haven’t released your book yet, this book will help you set the stage necessary to build the strongest foundation possible for success.

Topics include:

*Twitter secrets
*Facebook page must-do’s
*Social media ideas you might not know or haven’t thought of
*Promotion, giveaways, and other book marketing secrets
*Website, blogging, and SEO tips designed just for authors

This book is a must-read and must-DO for any aspiring, new, or veteran author! Bloggers and small businesses can also benefit from this guide as well.

I have been encouraging (pleading with?) Rachel to write this book since we met years ago. Rachel is, quite simply, a force of nature, and if you take the challenge the way she has laid it out and actually do the assignments (imagine that!), you will not only find yourself with a greater understanding of social media, you will also start to sell more books.

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I say enthusiastically: GET THIS BOOK AND START THE CHALLENGE. There is no time to waste. You’ll be glad you did. Seriously. Go get the book and start the challenge. I wish I’d had this book when I was promoting my first novel. It would have saved me so much time!

Lori Culwell, Author and SEO expert, Creative Director of Get Creative, Inc, a national SEO agency

When it comes to social media marketing for authors, no one knows more than Rachel Thompson. She practices what she preaches and has helped dozens of our authors enjoy significant leaps in their social media standing.

Steve Bennett, Founder and Creative Director, AuthorBytes

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This book is an amazing compilation of data and resources that only someone with years of experience could pull together. As a book marketing specialist myself, I’m still blown away by the amazing content Rachel provides. If you’re writing or marketing a book, this is a MUST-HAVE.

Alexa Bigwarfe, Author Coach & Owner of Kat Biggie Press Digital Media Company

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#MotownWriters @meetup Notes from 1/14/17

I want to thank each and everyone for coming out to the meeting.

Over 25 participants learned how to write, publish and market their book.

Next month we’ll be at our regular spot at the library.

To get updates, join our meetup at;

http://www.meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

There were notes from the group that I promised to post:

To get the Self Publishing Guide free click here

Mini-Guide to Self-Publishing

We also talked about getting an author planner

The free one is, click here:

Here is the Self Publishing Video in case you missed anything. Take notes.

 

To see more videos on writing, publishing and marketing, go to my youtube at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/sylviahubbard1/videos

I’d love for you to support others who attended and gave their website:

 

There were others but I didn’t get their websites correct, so if you attended, please leave your website in the comments. If you’re coming to the next meeting, comment below.

Join to get RSVP’d for the next meetup at:

www.meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

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Aspiring Writers Association of America #AWAOA Metro #Detroit new Chapter President @TenitaJEditor via @CynthiaLHatcher

awaoaAspiring Writers Association of America would like to introduce to you our Metro Detroit Chapter President, Tenita Johnson. AWAOA members are looking forward to growing and learning under her leadership.

Tenita is the author of several books and familiar with what it takes to help aspiring writers on their creative journey. With a vast knowledge of writing styles and a keen eye for spelling and grammar errors, Tenita brings added value as she leads the members of the NEW AWAOA Metro Detroit Chapter.

 

 

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ALERT: AUTHORS!! Don’t break the bank on editing. @AuthorCKBrooke #amediting

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A Book Review: “N” (The Compass Series) by Stephen Santos

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I never ask for more than I deserve/You know it’s the truth/You seem to think you’re God’s gift to this earth/I’m tellin’ you, no way.

-Janet Jackson, What Have You Done For Me Lately

     There are two ways to think about Stephen Santos and his new novel, N: The Compass Series, and the differences of how we interpret a failed marriage between two people whose worldview is inharmoniously synched with spirituality, practicality and conventional wisdoms that always seem to betray even the most decent of amorous intentions.

     Joshua and Bridget are married, and Bridget wants (and is eventually granted) a divorce from her husband. She moves with her children into a new marriage which she feels will provide her with a better sense of emotional and financial security.  Joshua is understandly devastated, torn with anguish, and is forced to accept the way his wife feels, and he thus spends the remainder of the book laying the bulk of his problems at the winged feet of his wife (whose voice in the matter seems controlled, choked and regulated, but more on this later). At times, Joshua seems delusional and romantic about marriage and women. He seems ironic and contradictory, believes he knows what Bridget wants, yet he is unable to hear her for sake of his own veiled conceit:

We were young, and she had so much life in her. I loved her with all of my heart, but I didn’t have concrete plans as to where I was headed in life. She, on the other hand, had a plan, a purpose and a desire to be free from uncertainty about things. She kept dragging her feet when I would ask her about our future. She knew that I couldn’t change, and that she would have to be the one to. That sounds bad. It’s not that I didn’t want to change for her, it’s just that I had discovered what everyone really wants (63-64).

     But Bridget did seem to know what she wanted in life and marriage, if only Joshua had listened. The novel is full of these moments, Joshua is steady with his blame-game, and Bridget struggles to find happiness and a sense of marital fulfillment. All is difficult mostly because Joshua cannot bring himself to think in practical terms regarding the breakdown of his marriage, the problem of arrogance, and the limitations of spiritual/religious panaceas. He spends too much time ministering to us (in first-person), undervaluing his wife, and, fatalistically, seeing the world through romantic lenses.

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Sing your praises, hold your hand/Tell the world that I think you’re grand/I’ll do any, thing for you, (he-he) but slave.

-Ray Charles, I’ll do Anything But Work

Much masculinity, particularly when it is aggressive and overbearing and hostile and unrelenting, is really a mask for the innate puerile frailty most men suffer. This is why it is so important to repress oppress suppress and  control women. This is why it is difficult for men to listen to women, husbands their wives. It is difficult for a man to respect a woman’s independence and self-assurance, but particularly her right to control her body mind and soul.  And religion undergirds this male persistence simply by way of its own support and confirmation of female subjugation (Ayaan Hirsi Ali is still on the run last I heard). Throughout the novel, Joshua never accepts responsibility for his failed marriage, only insisting that Bridget has fallen from (his) grace like in a biblical scene, thus it is his righteous duty to rescue and rehabilitate her. Her dreams and ambitions (which he has taken for granted and/or is unable to bear) is never really the focus of Joshua’s concern, just that he must save her from herself. More of Joshua’s sermonic hubris:

I refused to worry about things, and I was ok with the ways that life changes direction. She figured she needed to control her life so that nothing was left in the air. I know why she did this, but I knew she would always be nagged by the fears of her childhood unless she followed me. She knew deep down her desire was to live with me, but she kept wondering how she would function in reality? She used to always tell me she thought I lived on a cloud somewhere, and she was trying to make things work down here in the real world (64)

     “Why did she have to do this? Why now? Why ever? For comfort. That’s her reason. So that she could feel more comfortable, that’s what it boils down to. She was tired of being a journey. Well, did she really think that life was supposed to be easy?” (23) Ironically, the answers to Joshua’s questions – which he cannot see because of his evangelical preoccupation with all that is wrong with Bridget – is revealed in the futile soliloquies where he finds himself suffocated by his own romanticism.

     In a scene that is quite revealing, Joshua asks Bridget pointedly if he is the reason to blame for her leaving the marriage. Bridget says yes. “If you  would’ve just provided a safe place for us, a place where I didn’t have to worry about the things I was worried about, then I wouldn’t have felt like I needed to go look for it elsewhere” (44). Bridget is redolent with reason, trying desperately to lift her voice above Joshua’s impassioned sentimentality, hoping he will see the importance of financial and emotional security a woman needs and desires from a husband. She tries to explain what is practical in a marriage and what security means for her: “Josh, you know just as well as I do that whether you worry or not, there are still bills that need to be paid, people who get sick and things that were outside of our financial reach” (44). Again, Joshua misses his chance to learn something about women and how they view marriage. Here he cloaks his personal inadequacy in ignorant romanticism: “Yeah, but life is more than just paying bills. It’s more than just paying bills. It’s more than a feeling of safety” (44).

     In his great novel, Baldwin wrote: “We all commit our crimes. The thing is to not lie

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about them – to try to understand what you have done, why you have done it. That way, you can begin to forgive yourself. That’s very important. If you don’t forgive yourself you’ll never be able to forgive anybody else and you’ll go on committing the same crimes forever” (79, Another Country).   Joshua’s burden is that he cannot forgive himself for his inadequacy as a provider. He cannot forgive Bridget (in the real sense) because forgiving her would place a deeper burden of confrontation: to excavate hidden pain; to look at the man in the mirror, to challenge all that he has come to know about life, love, and about people. Perhaps this is partly the inextricable burden Santos, too, confronts inasmuch as why he avoids the subcutaneous questions pervading the entire novel:  Why is Bridget’s character so condensed, paralytic, voiceless, and solely dependent on Joshua’s holy mercy and righteous wisdom?

 

     The biblical meaning of the name Joshua is “a savior; a deliverer.” The American meaning of the name Joshua is “a savior; a deliverer.” The Hebrew meaning of the name Joshua is “Jehovah is generous. Jehovah saves. In the Old Testament, Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites for their journey to the Promised Land” (http://bit.ly/2h2Po4r). So perhaps that is Joshua’s real problem: He thinks his job is to save Bridget. He thinks he is on a righteous crusade of biblical importance, to rescue the fallen woman, the harlot, from imminent self-destruction and eternal doom – this, he believes, is his sacred calling. He ministers when he should seek counseling; he analyzes when he should accept; He proselytizes when he should be silent.

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ALERT: AUTHORS!! Don’t break the bank on editing. @AuthorCKBrooke #amediting

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The Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group Tues, Nov 15th 730pm #RochesterHills #MichLit via @talktravel

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The Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group meets Tuesday, November 15, at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 7:30 p.m. Free and Open to new, working, and published writers, photographers, and illustrators. Come once, once in a while, or every time. We discuss the Business of Writing. This will be the last writers’ group meeting of the year – we do not meet in December.www.RochesterWriters.com

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
2800 S. Rochester Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
248-853-9855
www.bn.com

 

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Alice Speilburg of Speilburg Literary

New post on The 2017 Michigan Writing Workshop

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Alice Speilburg of Speilburg Literary

by writingdayworkshops

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 10.38.10 AM.pngAlice Speilburg is a literary agent with Speilburg Literary.

Alice founded the agency in 2012, bringing with her the editorial and business expertise she had developed in previous publishing positions at John Wiley & Sons and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, and she is a board member of Louisville Literary Arts. She is currently building her client list and represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction.

She is seeking: In fiction, she’s currently looking for character-driven novels that fall under the following genres: historical fiction, mainstream fiction, literary fiction, mystery, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, and young adult. In nonfiction, she’s looking for authors with established platforms who are writing books in the following categories: biography, food, gender issues, health, history, literary journalism, music, pop culture, science, travel, and relationships. Learn more about Alice here.

The 2017 Michigan Writing Workshop: March 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.37.26 AMAfter a successful 2015 event in Detroit, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2017 Michigan Writing Workshop— a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event outside of Detroit, MI on March 25, 2017.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Michigan Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Detroit – Livonia/Novi. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Elana Roth Parker (Laura Dail Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Jennifer Wills (The Seymour Agency)
  • editor Elizabeth May (Kensington Publishing)
  • literary agent Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary)
  • literary agent Michael Caligaris (Holloway Literary Agency)
  • agent assistant Lesley Sabga (The Seymour Agency)
  • and many more to come

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey.

 

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ALERT: AUTHORS!! Don’t break the bank on editing. @AuthorCKBrooke #amediting

CKBrookeEditing Get affordable, professional, quality flat-rate editing, just $175 for 50-85K words. That’s it. (Less for shorter!)

Plus, I don’t just copy-edit for grammar and spelling, but analyze content (POV, plot holes, inconsistencies, etc.) to bring your manuscript to publication/submission-ready quality. Visithttp://ckbrooke.com/editing/ to learn more.

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ALERT: AUTHORS!! Don’t break the bank on editing. @AuthorCKBrooke #amediting

CKBrookeEditing Get affordable, professional, quality flat-rate editing, just $175 for 50-85K words. That’s it. (Less for shorter!)

Plus, I don’t just copy-edit for grammar and spelling, but analyze content (POV, plot holes, inconsistencies, etc.) to bring your manuscript to publication/submission-ready quality. Visithttp://ckbrooke.com/editing/ to learn more.

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ALERT: AUTHORS!! Don’t break the bank on editing. @AuthorCKBrooke #amediting

CKBrookeEditing Get affordable, professional, quality flat-rate editing, just $175 for 50-85K words. That’s it. (Less for shorter!)

Plus, I don’t just copy-edit for grammar and spelling, but analyze content (POV, plot holes, inconsistencies, etc.) to bring your manuscript to publication/submission-ready quality. Visithttp://ckbrooke.com/editing/ to learn more.

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#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup w/Pamela Hillard @dipllc Writer vs Writing Biz

 

 

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[Indies Unlimited] Authors: Do You Have A Business Plan?

Authors: Do You Have A Business Plan?

by Melissa Pearl

business plan for authors business-idea-831053_960_720One of the hardest things about being an indie author is learning the business side of writing. You can be the best writer in the world, but if you can’t figure out a way to sell books and maintain those sales, then it’s going to be really hard to turn your talent into a career.

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[Indies Unlimited] After the Book Release: An Author To-Do List

After the Book Release: An Author To-Do List

by Melissa Bowersock

book launch rocket-launch-67641_640So you’ve completed your magnum opus and you’ve just released it out into the world. Time to sit back and enjoy the rave reviews and rich royalties that come rolling your way? No, not quite. You still have some work to do. As a matter of fact, with the reach of the Internet and so many social media forums, there are a zillion things that you could do, should do, can do, to include the new book in your online presence and to get the word out. After all, you want to ride that wave before the 30-day cliff hits!

Having a check list is a good idea, because it would be easy to overlook those areas where you don’t check in frequently or spend a lot of time. How many times have you stumbled over an old bio tucked away somewhere, and it doesn’t have your last three books? Your profiles are already out there; don’t waste the opportunity to tout the new book.

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