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How to use hashtags to find your first 100 twitter followers – Wheatmark

In Great Resources, On Marketing on April 14, 2013 at 3:02 am

How to use hashtags to find your first 100 twitter followers – Wheatmark.

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!

And Here We … GO!

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on February 14, 2013 at 6:57 am

OK its official.  Today I poked my toe into the waters of being a “traditionally published” author. and submitted my first query letter, synopsis and some pages from my novel.  

The lucky recipient to tell me if I have any talent is..da tah da dahhhh…the Donald Maass Literary Agency.  Let’s give them a hand ladies and gentlemen! 

This agency has the distinct honor, privilege of reading my masterpiece…lol  I know, I know it’s a lil much but bear with me.  

They also have the distinct honor of being the first professionally to speak that the manuscript needs work.  But I need that.  I need it because I’ve done all I can do.  I’ve edited as much as I can edit.  I’ve sat and waited.  For those that follow me, I finished this novel on July 4th 2012.  This is February, so I’ve let it sit for a while now.  I sent it out to some beta readers.  some were more helpful than others.  Some–heck are you still alive?  

I’m financially restricted at the moment due to my employment situation so I can’t do more on the writers conference, professional editing, and blah blah blah.  So I’ve done all I know to do:  after getting as much input from those that I solicited were willing to give me.  

I said its time to just put it out there.  Stick a toe in the water, see what happens.  The worst is that I’ll be in the exact same position I am in at the moment.  So why not.

Now for the record let me point out that hitting that ENTER key on the keyboard was one of the scariest things I’ve done.  “Why?” you ask?  

Well they might not like it!  I could stink!  No seriously, after all this time to surrender my writing to someone else, is like giving your child up for adoption.  Well maybe not quite like that but by golly it feels like it!

In any event, I felt I needed to take the jump.  I’ve written a book after all.  What’s the point of writing if no ones going to read it?  

These agents and publishers are the gate keepers of contemporary literature.  The guardians of what’s marketable.  Will someone believe enough in the story I created that they will say, “Yes I like it…i think this will sell in the market.”

Can I possibly have a voice?  Who knows.  But it will be fun to see.  I’m looking forward to seeing.  Ok 99 agents/publishers to go before I self publish!

I figure hey, even if they reject me, I might acquire some good feedback on the road of becoming a published author.  So well see.

Wish me luck! 

 

Resource Monday: http://fictionfactor.com/

In Its resource Monday!, On writing on January 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Today’s resource is a little gem entitled Fictionfactor.com

Here at this website they give you everything you wanted to know about how to write fiction.  It’s a fun and useful sight.  They have 9 sister sites the cover several different areas of writing.

Per their own information, “Every month we will feature tips on writing better fiction, articles on improving your writing, tips on fiction writing, learn to write a novel and get stories published, promoting and marketing your fiction and much more!”

http://fictionfactor.com/

Give them a try!

Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars: Prologue Reveal

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars, On writing on January 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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I will always remember the screams, the untold billions of screams.

The cries of the damned reverberated off the canyon walls. The sound of their wails stretched over miles with each moaning breath mingled into a cacophony of pitiful, tortuous laments.  I beheld in fascinated horror as billions upon emaciated billions of humans and Elohim languished in agony. Their rotted and burning flesh stank as the winds made the hellish perfume waft across the skies, causing the air to reek with putrefaction.  Blistering heat sizzled from the white-hot lake of molten rock, and fire licked and bit at each captive’s smoldering flesh.  Flesh forever burned but never consumed. Therefore, they screamed the residents of this canyon did –– it was a sickening sound.

Is this how Moses felt? I wondered. To behold a thing that burns but is not consumed?

They see me.

“Please make it stop,” said one.

“I am sorry, oh God!  Please, God! Listen! Jesus, do you hear me,” said another.

“Aaarrrgghhhh!”

The voices melded and flowed, morphing into a singular pitiful cry for relief and anguish.

I watched as some fought to climb atop others in a futile struggle to escape the horrifying affliction.  It was a fruitless skirmish from which none could expect release.

I suppose that it could be possible to flee.  I saw neither bars nor chains to hold these souls captive.  Straining and squinting, my angelic eyes viewed no doors that would prevent escape. Selfish preservation run amok, pain, and hopelessness prevented them.  As one soul approached optimism and the border of freedom, another wretch dragged it back within the bowels of smoke and flames.  The grotesque scene of twisted, writhing bodies, moved as the tide in this sea of fire and brimstone.

I observed them dance, the denizens of this canyon. Dance a relentless waltz of hope deferred.  For there was no respite to soothe one’s pain, no aid to come to one’s side.  None could leave, and salvation had forgotten this place.

The Lake of Fire consumed each incarcerated soul held captive by the insatiable passions of lust and self: a twofold punishment forever administered on these prisoners for all time.  A memorial by El, forever to be remembered by us all.

The lake was an eternal smoldering monument of our war: a token of El’s wrath upon all those who had held back the truth in unrighteousness.  My eyes were older than much of creation, and as they darted over the vastness of this everlasting torture, I remembered when I first saw the flames of the Kiln run amuck.

Yet even now, I found that I looked for him: my beloved, my brother, my friend, and my enemy, he whom my soul delighted.

I stood at the precipice of this jagged maw in the Earth’s crust of heat, smoke, and fire.  I strained that I might see the Adversary.  It has always been an easy thing for a creature such as I to find my own kind, and with Lucifer even more so –– quite easy actually.  Knowing my brother, I needed only to look towards the heart of this mass grave of the spiritually dead.

Our eyes met.

He was still a creature of pride, and even here, even after all this time, Lucifer sought to be the center of all things.  He smirked as he looked at me, but I am not deceived.  I know that joy does not dwell in this place.  The human Dante was prescient when he penned, “Hope had abandoned all those that entered here,” here in the Lake of Fire, even Hell herself could not flee.

Lucifer’s face I knew with intimate familiarity.  The smirk on his lips masked an unspoken yet seething hatred from the inner knowing that he was “superior” to all in creation, elevated to stand in the very presence of God, yet cast down as rubble to be stared and looked upon, a creature to be pitied.

Oh how art thou fallen O Lucifer son of the morning. How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations.

It was this knowing, which I knew forever would gnaw at him the reason for his smirk.  Our gaze was short as smoke enveloped him, yet through the veneer, yes, I saw it–– a tear.

Then he was gone; veiled in smolder and fire; and pummeled by the legions he once sought to rule.  Forever crushed underfoot by those, he deemed chattel, forever humiliated.

Never in all my days did I believe my eyes would behold such a sight.

I turned away as I could behold such suffering for only so long.  Even one such as I had limits.

I am relieved that the war is over.

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.

But at what price?

This victory was not without loss, not without pain.

“Have you come to mock me, Michael?”

Lucifer’s voice could not be mimicked or masked.  There was one being in creation that sounded thus.  Only he could speak so that even from the Lake of Fire my attention could be garnered.

I am hesitant to reply. I do not wish to look upon this murderer.

We will not speak again after today: I know this; therefore, I turned to face him for the last time.

“What manner of conversation would I engage with the King of Lies?”

As I looked upon his face and body now disfigured, I steeled myself.  There was a time when I shed tears for my brother, but that was millennia ago.

Too much blood had been spilled between us, too many wounds.  Mercy no longer beat within my breast for him, yet even now, I could not help but ruminate on more pleasant times.  I drifted into reflection, and daydreamed back to the beginning of it all––still questioning––still wondering.

How did it come to this?

If you want to read more check out Chapter One!

 

Google-Fu: and the way of the Net:How to understand the information the Net has about you, and influence it.

In Misc on January 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

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Greetings grasshopper: sit to understand the way of the “Net”.  For the internet, is a vast computer network storing and sharing a wealth of information.  This network has created the phenomenon that we call the World Wide Web.

Ahh but this you know; patience grasshopper––patience.

The Net is most voracious in its ability to swallow information, and is unforgiving in displaying its wares.  For this purpose reader-san: you must understand the art of Google-Fu.

Google-Fu is learning what information the Net knows and particularly knows about you.

To do this you must understand what drives the Nets need to know you; and then––you must know yourself.

You must know this reader-san or you will falter when your identity is stolen, or when girlfriend or employer sees your indiscretions on Facebook.  Then you will pine for Google-Fu to protect you but by then it will be too late.

Young pupil, appreciate and master the Net.  Only with this knowledge will you come to understand its power.  For the Net is like the air: it surrounds us, refreshes us or levels our relational houses.  Know this and you will not know defeat in your affiliations.

We will discover together the information the Net has captured about you.  How you have surrendered this information and may recover yourself from disaster should you choose to walk the path of the wise.

Therefore, reader-san, start with this truth: the Net knows only two things: one: what it has been given, and two––what you have given to it.

Dwell on this truth grasshopper, next week we will begin your training, and start with what has been given to the Net.

Now go meditate.