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It’s resource Monday but on a Thursday! Duotrope

In Its resource Monday!, Uncategorized on April 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I would like to present…drum roll please… https://duotrope.com/index.aspx

Let us give them a hand shall we!

Duotrope is a subscription-based service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points we’ve gathered on the publishers we list.

You need help in finding which publisher or agent might be best to solicit too.  Look no farther.  Per their site, “We offer a robust search feature to help you find the perfect match for your piece from thousands of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets.”

What more could you ask for!  For 5 bucks a month, you get a wealth of information available to you.  Hard to beat that, and you start off with a 7 day free trial.

Thank me later!

 

D

 

 

 

It’s resource Monday but on a Thursday!: Bookdaily.com

In Its resource Monday! on April 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please… http://www.bookdaily.com/

Let’s give them a hand shall we!

I will be adding a report card from now on to each resource I find.  I will always evaluate a resource in several areas.  Cost, ease of use, does it direct traffic towards you, the ease of customer support. Finally is the resource a recognized authority in its industry?

In these areas http://www.bookdaily.com/ receives a solid A with a score of 15 out of 16.  This is an awesome site that has a wide variety of resources for the writer.

Under the author resources tab at the top of the website is several great articles but what is really golden is the Press Release Distribution  and the Email Service Providers information the site contains.  For new authors looking for assistance on promoting their work.  This is wonderful information.

For example with the press release distribution you can download an excel spreadsheet that contains links and listings of both free and paid press release services.  Again its FREE!

The only thing in my opinion that could make this site even better is an actual telephone number that you can contact someone for customer support.  Currently the only option if you need assistance is a text box where you can send an email inquiry.

Again, I am always working to bring you good information that will help you be successful in writing and marketing.  I think this is a great addition to our other resources.

By the way I still take cash, check and credit card!  Just kiddin’!

Enjoy!

D

It’s resource Monday but on a Thurs…ugh Friday!

In Its resource Monday!, On Marketing on April 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I would like to present…drum roll please… http://www.webwire.com/

Let us give them a hand shall we!

As writers, we need to promote our writing.  Authors in particular have not often had the resources of how to contact media outlets to help broadcast their works.

Well this little gem of a site will allow you to send your press release to various media outlets promoting your work.

In their own words, “WebWire distributes your business, organizational and personal news releases and press releases on and over the Internet. Our online service delivers news releases directly to Internet readers and is an integral part of Search Engine Inclusion and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). WebWire’s online service also delivers press releases directly to targeted media (reporters, registered media as well as trade publications) and media-only wire services (accessed by leading print, broadcast and online publications) powered by our unique partnership with PR Newswire.

They have various purchasing packages with the lowest being $24.95

I think this site is a great way to promote your book and depending on the level of money you want to spend, you can scour all manner of media outlets.

I have included a YouTube video that talks about to submit to WebWire.

I am always working to bring you good information that will help you be successful in writing and marketing.  I think this a great addition to our other resources.

By the way I still take cash, check and credit card!  J

Enjoy!

D

It’s resource Monday but on a Thursday!

In Its resource Monday!, On Marketing on April 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

trumpet-soundingOk each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please…http://www.iobooktours.com/Meet_I.O.html

Let’s give them a hand shall we!

For those unfamiliar with what a blog book tour.  As the author you make the rounds to various blogs talking about your book, and or being interviewed or contributing content to another bloggers site.  It’s a great way to gain exposure of your book.

Per their website…

“Are you an Indy writer, a newer author or and established author just looking for a new way to market your book?

Maybe you are self published? Or you desire to participate more actively in promoting your work?

Enjoy the excitement of readers experiencing your book for the first time while we do the promotion piece for you.

Why Innovative?

We bring our deep enjoyment of books and a passion for the written word to promotion. We appreciate that this world is a melting pot of diverse people with a variety of interests in many genres and styles. We endeavor to accommodate both you and your readers in every way possible. Innovative online blog tours offers you an easy friendly way to promote your book and meet your readers without traveling the country. Not only will we promote your book by getting reviews posted on assorted blogs but we also strongly encourage all of our blogging partners to post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N. Another unique tool we offer is a click-able Link to purchase your book. We offer a variety of packages for you to choose from and are excited partner with you in promoting your book.

You are a writer and just want to write and instead you are left handling a myriad of details. We really want to alleviate that stress for you. Make sure you check back in.. we will continue to expand our offerings and adjust to the changing needs of the publishing world.”

Now how many writers out there would rather work on their writing than on the maketing side of the equation?  Well ladies and gents here ya go.

I still take cash, check and credit card!  J

Enjoy!

D

It’s resource Monday but on a Thursday!

In Its resource Monday! on March 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please….99 Designs!

Let’s give them a hand shall we!

If you need any type of graphic design work done, from creating logos, to book covers people this site is the site to go.  In fact I will be suing them shortly to design the cover to my own novel.

The do it all, and for a very reasonable price.

Their own website and videos speak best!  Check em out!

You create a contest that pits graphic artists to create the work of art that you need for a book.

Here’s the link.  Enjoy!

http://99designs.com/

Yay its resource Monday: But on Friday. :-)

In Great Resources, Its resource Monday! on March 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please….Authors marketing Club!

Let’s give them a hand shall we!

Well I found this gem of a site while looking for resources to better market my own wares.

Here’s a quick video that talks about what they do.

But overall you can…

Upload book trailers and have them reviewed!

They have dozens of helpful videos to help you understand how to market your book, and build a great platform

There are some great forums to participate in and get feedback

They have a book featured portion that sends your book out to over 3000 people via email lisitng.  That’s a huge number of people

Finally one of the nicest things is their book submission tool which allows you right from their site. “No longer do you have to dig up your links to the best places to submit your books. We’ve put them all together here for you in one spot. Just click on the logos below to load each site’s form, fill in your details, and you’re done.”  There are 20 different sites that once you complete their submission requirements gets your book in front of thousands of people.

I can’t speak more highly about this site which is why I became a member.  If you are marketing a book, especially if its digital this site is a godsend.

Here’s the link!

http://authormarketingclub.com/

Yay its resource Monday: But on Thursday. :-)

In Great Resources on March 7, 2013 at 1:26 am

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please….HubSpot’s Marketing Grader!

Let’s give them a hand shall we!

Well I found this gem of a site while looking for resources to better market my own wares.

Per the website Marketing Grader does the following.

“HubSpot’s Marketing Grader allows you to evaluate the effectiveness of your marketing by looking at many factors, including your website, social media activity, mobile responsiveness, blogging activity, email marketing, lead nurturing, and analytics. As a marketer, you need to be aware of how each of your marketing efforts affect your lead pipeline, and spend your limited time on the activities that will give you the most return. Marketing Grader does just this by analyzing all aspects of your marketing efforts and letting you know where you’re succeeding and what you need to spend more time improving.

Marketing Grader also outlines why you should take particular steps to improve and what your top priorities should be. With customized action items to help the top of your funnel, the middle of your funnel, and your analytics, Marketing Grader makes it easy for you to figure out your next steps.

Marketing Grader will help you understand:

Blogging Is my blog driving results that justify the time investment, or are we wasting time doing the wrong things?

Social Media How effectively are we using Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter in our marketing?

SEO How optimized is my website to be found by people searching for my services online?

Lead Generation Are my marketing efforts generating enough leads and sales?

Mobile Marketing Is my web presence optimized for mobile devices?

Competitive Benchmarking Is my marketing more or less effective than my competition?”

Now I don’t know about you.  But if you have a blog or website I think all of us want increased traffic, and having an objective outside entity look at your website and see if it can be improved can go a long ways.

I would say look at its results as foundational steps of what you might want to do further with your marketing of your site.

Since authors HAVE to market in order to get their work exposed.  And authors are not necessarily marketers and need help in this area.  I thought I’d share this lil nugget.  I hope you find it useful.  The link is below.

http://marketing.grader.com/?s=prg/

Until next time!

Oh and PS!

I want to hear from you!

To prove it and show my love, for the month of March, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. If you leave a comment and link back to my blog, and mention my book The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars in your blog…you get your name in the hat THREE times. What do you win? A guest blog appearance!  Yep I’ll feature you in my blog and help promote you!  How about that?

I will pick a winner once a month. So at the end of March I will pick a winner for the monthly prize. Good luck!