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This downloadable e-book is designed to help you jump-start your blog by giving you 31 tasks that will turn your blog into the powerhouse you’ve always dreamed of. The great thing about Darren’s e-book is that you can do it at your own pace and in your own way. Set a goal of reading a chapter a day and take notes. I usually dog ear and highlight the important pieces and come back to them later.
The workbook uses a great approach to teaching and is designed so that you come away from the challenge having not only learned how to build a dynamic blog but you’ll have actually done something with the knowledge. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is for virtually bloggers at different stages of their blogging which includes:
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Downsizing, layoffs, newspaper and magazine closings have put journalism on the most endangered careers list. But hundreds of smart journalists are realizing the opportunity and using their connections, reporting savvy and deep knowledge of their subjects to start sites covering their familiar beats.
These bootstrapping indie journalists are learning to run their own small business, including tending to many details they never had to worry about before—ad sales, marketing, promotion, tech and design to name a few.
Here, five former mainstream media reporters share their tips and best advice for creating a startup journalism site.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
You can go to any bookstore and get a book on how to publish your book or do a Google search on book publishing. (I recommend Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual - he's been called the guru of self-publishing). You can even get a good editor to help you with your rough manuscript. If you really don't want to do that much work and want to get your book out fast, you can go to "iuniverse" or "lulu" and have books produced as you needed. This is called Print-On-Demand (POD) - great for first time authors; they take your word document and turn it into a book. FedExKinkos is even in the book producing game.
The production of a book is now pretty common. That's why we see so many people doing books.
But are the books selling? After the books are back from the printer/publisher - the real work begins. It's time to promote and sell your book. You have just opened up a business. Like any new business, you need a business plan plus extensive knowledge of the field you're in and good advisors. A standard statistic you need to know according to book industry sources: there are over 150,000 new books published every year. And typically we see the same roster of authors on the New York Times Best-Seller's list.
As a book publicist for over ten years in the Christian literary field, I see what flys and what fizzles. Before you embark on this costly venture (prepare to spend at least $2,500 up to $10,000 for editing, production and promotion), I would like to share with you what I've learned on what makes a best-seller:
1. Title - is it griping, interesting? Would one know what it's about without reading anything else?
2. Cover- people do judge a book by its cover. Make sure it has enough punch to stand out on the shelves among the thousands of other books. Is it clean, neat and crisp - yet interesting? Hire a professional!
3. Endorsements - what others say about you is key. Who these people are is even more important. Pull together the "best words from the best people." It will pre-sell your book before you even open your mouth.
4. Writer's credentials - do you have anything else with your byline? Do you blog? Do you have an audience that actually likes what you write?
5. Knowledge of the Market the book will reach - and the author's reputation in that market. The author must create a market for himself by really addressing the needs of that market, knowing that market and communicating the right message to that market.
6. Timing - in relation to other events going on in the world/society. Are there movies, songs or talk shows that are bringing up the subject you have discussed in your book? Do you read the newspaper regularly and respond with Opinion Editorials when they are discussing "your" platform/topic?
7. Advertising - targeting the right message to the right media at the right time. Consistently!
8. Media coverage - publicity. The frosting on the cake. Getting on radio, TV and in newspapers and magazine and Ezines. Consistently (with advertising too).
9. Distribution - If you want to be a best-seller you have to have your book available. Make sure you sign up with a distributor or wholesaler so it is accessible to bookstores. (Amazon is not national distribution...it is a website) Best-sellers are sold in real bookstores and they only order from distributors or wholesales. (See Sally Stuart's Christian Writers Market Guide for distributors to approach. Note: You must have a press kit and solid marketing plan for them to consider you).
10. Word of Mouth - The best advertising. The more "buzz" you have about your book the better. How do you get people talking about your book? By engaging in their culture and creating messages in their media. Be relentless in your goal to be a "best-seller" - and it will happen if you commit to the publicity process and pray for favor.
Ministry marketing pioneer and PR Coach Pam Perry helps African American Christian authors garner publicity and leverage online strategies. As a 20-year PR veteran, she is also the co-author of "Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry." For a free MP3 of "What Every Author Should Know," go to http://www.PamPerryPR.com/ She's also the creator of the ChocolatePagesNetwork, a social network for Christian authors and the Chocolate Pages Show at Blog talkradio. She offers free help at her blogsite: http://www.MinistryMarketingSolutions.com/ with her monthly Ezine and teleclasses.
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Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:43 pm (PDT)
I¹ve had a lot of interest in writing romantic suspense at my website
lately, so it is serendipitous that I have planned to teach a course in
writing romantic suspense for a while now.
Here is the syllabus:
Fall Suspense Thing Writing Workshop is now accepting students!!!
National bestselling, Emma-award winning author for Romance Suspense Deirdre
Savoy will be facilitating this month-long workshop set to begin the week of
October 19. This workshop is for authors wanting to learn the basic craft of
writing romantic suspense or those seeking to add a bit of dramatic spice to
October 19: What is suspense--how do you achieve it and how do you use it:
October 25: Dark suspense vs. light suspense--how to create the effect you
November 3: The devil in the details--making suspense believable.
November 10: Love on the run--how to use suspense to heighten the romance
and vice versa.
Each week, a lecture and assignment will be posted. Completion and posting
of assigned work for peer review is not mandatory but advised if students
want to get the most from the class.
Who should take this course:
--first time R/S authors looking to learn the basics
--R/S authors looking to hone their craft
--any author interested in taking their writing to new levels
How to register:
Apply for group membership at http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/fffst/ . You will
receive an e-mail telling you how to make payment. Once tuition is received,
you will be added to the group.
Tuition: $25. (First 5 students to complete registration will receive a
free synopsis critique.
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Read my blogs ‹ http://www.dsavoy. com/blog
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