Book Update

A guide for writers with or without published work. A comprehensive resource that every writer should have in their library in order to learn how to publish, promote, and market themselves on the Internet.

Is your book project ready for the next E-Revolution?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Random House to digitize thousands of books

AP - Mon Nov 24, 7:35 AM ET
NEW YORK - With e-book sales exploding in an otherwise sleepy market, Random House Inc. announced Monday that it was making thousands of additional books available in digital form, including novels by John Updike and Harlan Coben, as well as several volumes of the "Magic Treehouse" children's series.

Random House to digitize thousands of books

AP - Mon Nov 24, 7:35 AM ET
NEW YORK - With e-book sales exploding in an otherwise sleepy market, Random House Inc. announced Monday that it was making thousands of additional books available in digital form, including novels by John Updike and Harlan Coben, as well as several volumes of the "Magic Treehouse" children's series.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Review Direct to Introduce your Books to Librarians and Bookstores From Jenkins Group

Approaching Libraries and Independent Bookstores
Is Now That Much Easier!


How would you like to get your book in front of 4,000 independent bookstores and/or 40,000 librarians in one easy, cost-effective step?

Jenkins Group, America's leading publishing services firm, invites you to participate in Review Direct, a simple and powerful marketing campaign that delivers your title information to two of the industry's most sought after sales channels.

With more than twenty years in business, we understand the frustrations authors and publishers face when working to expose their titles to both libraries and independent bookstores.  Review Direct helps solve these challenges with two unique programs that can work either independently or together for increased visibility.

Independent Bookstore Review Direct

Our Independent Bookstore Review Direct program offers you the opportunity to share your book with the decision makers of approximately 4,000 independent bookstores around the country.  Through an informational PDF document created by our staff, your pertinent book and contact information is sent via email as part of our Review Direct Emerging Titles monthly newsletter. The document delivers a cover image of your book and additional information that bookstore buyers need when making buying decisions, including title, ISBN, price, format, category/genre.  Your 75-word description of the title is also included. To further enhance your listing and increase your sales potential, you may wish to have review copies on hand to ship to interested buyers. You might also consider adding the Library Review Direct to increase your exposure.

Independent Bookstore Review Direct Price: Just $149.00      
Library Review Direct

Our Library Review Direct program delivers your book information to over 40,000 public and university librarians around the country.  Again, through our informational PDF document created by our staff, your pertinent book and contact information is sent via email as part of our Review Direct Emerging Titles monthly newsletter. The document delivers a cover image of your book and information librarians need to make their decision including title, ISBN, price, format, and category/genre.  Your 75-word description of the title is also included.  You may wish to combine the Independent Bookstore and Library Review Direct programs to increase your exposure.
Library Review Direct Price: Just $149.00

The Complete Review Direct Program

Receive the benefits of both programs by combining them at one low, discounted price.  The complete program offers the delivery of your book information to our independent bookstores list and the complete librarian database for more complete coverage.

Complete Review Direct Program Price: Just $249.00

If independent bookstores and libraries have always been an area where you feel your book may flourish, Review Direct can help you.

To obtain a registration form, learn more about the Review Direct program, or any of the other Jenkins Group marketing services, please contact Kim Hornyak, Director of Book Marketing, at 1.800.644.0133 ext. 1013 or via email at khornyak@bookpublishing.com. Ask about our extended run discount!

Give yourself and your book the chance you both deserve.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Kim Hornyak
Director of Book Marketing
Jenkins Group, Inc.

1.800.644.0133 x 1013
1129 Woodmere Avenue, Suite B
Traverse City, MI 49686

Tywebbin Creations NEXT LEVEL Marketing - Online Promotion Made Easy!

Online Promotion Made Easy!
book-marketing Online Promotion Made Easy!
by Marlive Harris, TheGRITS.com
I recently had the good fortune to interview freelance writer, editor, speaker Yvonne Perry about her new eBook, Book Marketing in the Digital Age, Online Promotion Made Easy which gives authors the basic tools needed to get started with successful online book promotion. During the interview, we talked about how many authors (not necessarily the self-published ones) do not realize that they are the ones responsible for marketing their books.
Those who have discovered that their books are not selling without being marketed have many questions about how to get started and do it right. So by breaking the preparation and process down into bite-sized pieces, authors who read Yvonne’s eBook will begin to see changes in their Web ranking and book sales within just a few months of devoted use of the techniques. So how does Yvonne know what she shares in her eBook will work?  Well during her 2007 online blog tour, her book reached #2 in Amazon's bestselling books for the biomedical category!
Yvonne Perry and I have networked online for more than a year in which we have enjoyed a mutual benefit from working together. So this interview between two book promoters is a lively one and offer insight and answers to these and other questions:
  • Why did Yvonne write this new eBook to help authors with online book promotion?
  • What kinds of information are found in Book Marketing in the Digital Age?
  • Is online marketing better than traditional marketing?
  • What is the advantage of publishing an eBook over a printed book?
  • What does an author need to promote a book online?
  • What are some of the most effective book marketing tools authors can use on the Internet?
  • How does marketing fiction differ from nonfiction?
  • If someone follows this eBook, how long (on average) does it take to see some results?
  • Where can readers find out more about this eBook online?
So enjoy the interview!
Then stop by www.onlinepromotionmadeeasy.com to purchase the eBook and sign up to receive Yvonne’s email newsletter filled with more great online book promotion tips!
Marlive Harris is the founder and business owner of TheGRITS.com, an online reading and book promotion community for readers and writers of all ages!

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Prison Chronicles Series E-Books Now Available!

Black-Smith Enterprises, LLC Newsletter

Prison Chronicles Series now available as e-books!
The Breaking Point The Breaking Point
Experience the story that started it all!  The Breaking Point is the powerful story of a woman's imprisonment for the brutal murder of her husband.  Vanessa Jackson is a reporter from the Women's Lib Magazine, on assignment at the Wayne County Women's Correctional Facility to interview Marion Hayes and find out what drove her to kill. 
You will fall whole-heartedly into this roller-coaster journey through the life of a woman who has seen every kind of hardship life could have to offer.  Plunge with Vanessa into the troubled mind of a woman who is a prisoner of her own mind and emotions, to find out what finally drives her to murder her childhood sweetheart and loving husband.  Find out what drives her to the breaking point.

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ASTBW As Told By the Other Woman
In this second installment you've never seen adultery turn out so badly! Vanessa Jackson is back on assignment at the Wayne County Women's Correctional Facility and this time it's to interview Timberlynn Crawford, a young woman who is sentenced to life for cold-blooded murder!

What would drive a young girl to commit such a heinous crime? Lust and lies are the underlying forces that drove this seemingly harmless girl to do the unthinkable.

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Beautiful Rage Beautiful Rage: The Break of Dawn
Vanessa Jackson is at it again, and this time her assignment at the Wayne County Women's Correctional Facility has brought her to Dawn Langston; a woman turned vigilante against the man who kidnapped, raped, tortured, and then brutally murdered her sister.  The violently cold-blooded and savage nature of the crime leads Vanessa to question her ability to execute her assignment successfully.
As Vanessa continues her crusade as "the voice" of the lost and forgotten souls that inhabit the prison walls, she finds herself on the brink of an emotional breakdown as she falls deeper into their world of pain, loss, and sorrow.

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Check out the trailer for Janaya Black's new movie Till Death!
Till Death
Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties


Thursday, November 20, 2008

2009 Events from all over - Taken from EDC Creations

Notable Events and Resources

Black Expo 2009
Various Dates for Different Cities

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards for Authors and Illustrators
Submit Your Book for Review
Deadline is December 1, Every Year
Use all the addresses on the right side of page to send books
Email: olos@ala.org

Latino Book & Family Festivals
Full 2009 Festival Tour
Chicago- March 28-29
Washington DC- April 25-26
Los Angeles, August 29-30
Houston- December 5-6
Phone: 713-236-1073
Email: jims@latinofestivals.com

International Latino Book Awards
Nominations end March 12, 2009
The 2009 awards will be presented during BookExpo America
Awards Ceremony May 28, 2009 at the Javits Center in New York City

Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children's Books

November 11, 2008 - March 11, 2009
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
This magical presentation features approximately 70 works of art created specifically for children's books.

Essence Music Festival 2009 – Bus Trip from Augusta, GA
Price: US $345.00
Event Date: July 03-July 06, 2009

Planner's Paradise! Packages start at $345.
The hotel is located 4 blocks from French Quarter and 5 blocks from the Superdome.
The bus will depart July 3, 2009 from Augusta, GA and return July 6, 2009.
Once deposit is made a monthly payment of $60 is due with final payment due April 15, 2009.

Packages are:
$345 per person Triple occupancy
$450 per person Double occupancy
$785 per person Single occupancy

Space is limited and going fast, so hurry and reserve yours today!!
Contact Paula at 706 589-3229 or mailto:2cousinstravel@bellsouth.net
Additional information can also be found on http:www.2cousinstravel.net


January 2009

EDC Creations Online Seminars

Be Your Own Publicists Intro Free for All--January 10, 2009
Be Your Own Publicists 2--January 17, 2009 fee $35.00
Be Your Own Publicists 3--January 24, 2009 fee $35.00
Be Your Own Publicists 4--January 30, 2009 fee $35.00
Be Your Own Publicists 5--January 31, 2009 fee $35.00
Be Your Own Publicists Meet and Greet--Panera Bread--January 31, 2009 fee $35.00

** Email Ella to inquire about marketing and publishing coaching.
NCWC SD "Stir Up The Gift That is in You"
Write, Publish and Market Your Book, Today!
Publish Your Book Online FREE  We will show you how. . .

Event Date: Saturday, January 10, 2009
Event Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Event Location:
Anchors Catering and Conference Center
2375 Recreation Way, Bldg 3210
San Diego, CA 92136-5518

The Registration fee will include breakfast, lunch, expert support and conference materials.

• Early Registration (before December 1st, 2008) $ 59.00 attendees must pay the full cost.
• Full Registration (after December 1st, 2008) $75.00
• On-site Registration January 10th, 2009 $75.00

Antonio L. Crawford

P.O. Box 1458,
National City, CA 91951-1458
Telephone: (619) 791-5810

E-mail: ncwcsd@yahoo.com

Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival)
January 20–January 25, 2009
Eatonville, FL and through out Orange County

BCALA Literary Awards

Winners selected at American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting Denver, CO in January 2009
Final submission date is December 19, 2008
Joel W. White, Chair BCALA
Literary Awards Committee
Email: whitejw@forsythlibrary.org
P.O. Box 1738
Hampton, VA 23669

February, 2009

National African American Read In
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
February 1-28, 2009

Literacy, Culture, Learning, and Life in Schools: Research and Designs for Change
February 13-15, 2009
University of California, Los Angeles
Co-chairs: Kris Gutierrez and Ernest Morrell

I Love to Read Book Fair
Black History Month/Multi-Cultural Book Fair

NAACP Image Awards - Los Angeles, CA

February 12, 2009

NAACP Centennial Celebration - Hilton - New York , NY

February 20, 2009

Much Ado About Books
February 27-28, 2009 Main Library
303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL
phone: 904-630-1995 / email: maab@cog.net

2009 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit
February 11 - 14, 2009
The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida.

Building Sisterhood Conference & Treat

February 20–February 21, 2009
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044


March 2009

EDC Creations Literary Cruise
March 7, 2009
11pm-3:30am EST
** Email Ella to inquire about event details.
Go On Girl! Book Club Writing Awards
Deadline for all entries in March 15, annually

Read Across America
March 2, 2009 (Birthday of Dr. Seuss)
Sponsor: National Education Association
phone 1-888-747-READ; email: readacross@nea.org

2009 CCCC Annual Convention
Conference of College Composition and Communication
March 11-14, 2009  "Making Waves"
San Francisco, California

National Small Press Month
March 1 - 31, 2009
New York Center for Independent Publishing (formerly Small Press Center)

National Black Writers Conference
Website: http://www.mec.cuny.edu/nbwc

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, March 7, 2009
Ports of call: Belize & Costa Maya
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of Seas

Latino Book & Family Festivals
2009 Festival Tour
Chicago- March 28-29
email: jims@latinofestivals.com
2777 Jefferson St., Ste 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008

April 2009

National Library Week
American Library Association
2009 - April 12-18
2010 - April 4 -10

The 2009 Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival
April 1-3, 2009
Thad Cochran Center, USM campus, Hattiesburg, MS

El Día de los niños/El Día de los libros

April 30, 2009
Día is a daily commitment to link all children to books

Fifth Annual New York Round Table® Writers' Conference
April 24, 2009 — April 25, 2009
Questions Call: 212.764.7021 or Email: nycip@nycip.org

National Poetry Month
Academy of American Poets
April 1-30, 2009

NCTE's Literacy Education Advocacy Day
April 23, 2009
Washington, DC

Anointed Authors on Tour
Seven award-winning, bestselling authors of Christian fiction and non-fiction publications

Divas of Literature Book Tour
PO Box 1212
Baldwin, NY 11510

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Friday, April 24
Saturday, April 25 • 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, April 26 • 10 am to 5 pm
UCLA Main Campus--Los Angeles, CA

4th Annual EYE for Change Conference
Thursday, April 2, 2009
8-3:00 pm EST
Morgan State University
The New Student Center
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

Latino Book & Family Festivals
2009 Festival Tour
Washington DC- April 25-26
phone: 713-236-1073
email: jims@latinofestivals.com
2777 Jefferson St., Ste 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention

April 22-26, 2009
Multicultural Panel
Orlando, FL

May 2009

Get Caught Reading Month
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
May 1-31, 2009
Literacy Facts
Los Angeles Black Business Expo
May 1-3, 2009
Los Angeles Convention Center
Tom Bradley (South) Hall
201 S. Figueroa Street  Los Angeles, CA

Black Expo New York
May 2009 TBA

Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference/Expo

DC Black Gay Pride
May 2009 TBA
Annually Memorial Day Weekend
Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Day, Inc. (BLGPD)

West Rock African American Book Fair
Saturday, May 16th 2009
11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.
South 4th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY (Mount Vernon business district)
Email: westrock@qbr.com

Black Writers on Tour
May 1- 3, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Los Angeles Convention Center

Afr'Am Festival
May 2009 TBA
Town Point Park
Southeastern Virginia Arts Association
P.O. Box 366  Norfolk, VA 23501
email: projectdirector@sevaa.org

5th Annual NAACP Leadership 500 Summit
May 21-24, 2009
Phoenician Resort and Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona

BookExpo America
Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City
May 28 - May 31, 2009

Children's Book Week
The Children's Book Council
2009: May 11 - 17
2010: May 10 - 16
phone: 212-966-1990
Publishing Children Books

National Black Book Festival
May 17-18, 2008
Thousands of readers; Dozens of Authors All Under One Roof
Houston, Texas
George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston Black Expo
May 15-17, 2009
George R. Brown Convention Center
Email: info@houstonblackexpo.com


June 2009

Indianapolis Book Fest
June 2009 TBA
Delores Thornton at: dthorn4047@aol.com

Go On Girl Book Club 17th Annual Author Awards Weekend
June 12-14, 2009
J.W. Marriott Hotel, Houston, Texas
5150 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77056

Black Writers Reunion & Conference
June18-19, 2009
Golden Nugget Hotel, 129 E. Fremont Street, Las Vegas
Black Writers Reunion & Conference
PO Box 542711  Grand Prairie, Texas 75054-2711


July 2009

The Christy Awards
July 2009 - Christy Award Winners announced
Christy Award Entry Form must be filled out and signed by the head of the publishing house
Should be mailed to arrive by November 19, 2008  Guidelines 

African-American and Latin Gay Pride
July 16-19, 2009
Miami Beach Bruthaz
Royal Palm Hotel (Host)

Harlem Book Fair
July 18, 2009
West 135th Street
Malcolm X Blvd. to Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem New York, NY

Hurston Wright Writers'  Week
American University, Washington, D.C

Romance Writers of America (RWA)
29th Annual National Conference
July 15 - 18, 2009
Washington, D.C.

American Library Association Annual Conference
July 9- July 15, 2009
McCormick Place West
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60616

Faith and Fiction Retreat
July 16-19, 2009
The Villas of Grand Cypress
Orlando, Florida

International Christian Retail Show 2009!
July 12-16, 2009
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

NAACP: Celebrates 100 year Annual Convention

July 11-16, 2009
New York, NY

ThrillerFest 2009
July 8-11, 2009
Grand Hyatt Hotel
New York City

39th Summer Celebration-Indiana Black Expo

July 9-19, 2009
3145 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Main Web site: http://www.indianablackexpo.com

ESSENCE Music Festival
July 03-July 06, 2009
Daytime Festival activities at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Charlotte NC Black Gay Pride
The 4th Annual Black Gay Pride Celebration
July 17-19, 2009


August 2009

Kansas Black Expo
August 2009 TBA
2408 SW Moundview
Topeka, KS 66614
Curtis Pitts: cpitts@topeka.k12.ks.us

South Carolina Black Family Expo
SC Black Family Expo
August 2009 TBA
Phone Number: 843-667-1818
Email: staff@scblackfamilyexpo.com

ITLA's Atlanta Black Gay Pride
August -September, 2009
In The Life Atlanta (ITLA) World largest pride celebration for AA lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
In The Life Atlanta
346 Auburn Ave NE
Suite 126
Atlanta, GA 30312

Baltimore Black Pride
August 2009 TBA

Latino Book & Family Festivals
2009 Festival Tour
Los Angeles, August 29-30
email: jims@latinofestivals.com
2777 Jefferson St., Ste 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008

National Book Club Conference
Registration for 2009 is $300 per person
July 31-Aug. 2, 2009
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA

2010 ESSENCE Short Fiction-Submit Early!
Essence Magazine
135 W. 50th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10020

Queens Book Fair

C&B Books Distribution
August 2009 TBA
Jamaica, Queens, NY

Cruisin' For Christ III
September 5 - 12, 2009
"Celebrating the Artistries that Glorify God!"

Decatur Book Festival
September 4 -6, 2009
Atlanta, GA

Blacks Over 40 at Sea
September 6 - 13, 2009
7 day cruise - Mexican Riviera
Los Angeles, CA

Charlotte Literary Festival
September 6-7, 2009 (pending)
The Charlotte Convention Center
Host: RealEyes Bookstore
Darren "Jaz" Vincent

For Sisters Only (FSO) Atlanta
September 2009 Pending
Georgia World Congress Center
285 International Blvd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30313

7th Annual Harlem Book Fair on Long Island
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tiime: 12 noon - 6 p.m.
Freeport Recreation Center
130 East Merrick Road, Freeport NY
For further information e-mail: hbflongisland@verizon.net

14th annual Baltimore Book Festival
September 25-27, 2009
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21202

Congressional Black Caucus
September 24-27, 2009
Author Requests must be received by March 1st 2009 to Lee McDonald, The Renaissance Group.
E-mail: therenaissancegrouplm@gmail.com

National Book Festival
Saturday, September 26, 2009
National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Between 3rd and 7th streets from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
email: bookfest@loc.gov

October 2009

NCTE National Day on Writing
October 20, 2009

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards for Authors and Illustrators
Submit Your Book for Review NOW!
Deadline is December 1, Every Year
Use all the addresses on the right side of page to send books
ALA Office for Literacy & Outreach Services
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

The Arizona Black Expo
October 2009 TBA
On behalf of The Leadership Consortium

25th Anniversary Circle City Classic
October 2009 TBA
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and the Indiana Sports Corporation

Cavalcade of Authors
October 2009 TBA
Various Locations
Chicago, IL

Capital BookFest
The Festival Address is:
931A Capital Centre Blvd, Largo, MD 20774.

The Capital BookFest Mailing address is:
PO Box 7821
Largo, MD 20792-7821
Email: kwame@capitalbookfest.net

Annual Brother 2 Brother Literary Symposium

October 2009 TBA
Houston, Texas

November 2009

For Sisters Only (FSO) in DC

November 2009 TBA
Washington Convention Center

National Family Literacy Day-Nov. 1, 2009
National Center for Family Literacy

The Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival
November 2009 TBA
Jolly Beach Resort
Antigua, West Indies

Essence of Motown Literary Jam

November 2009 TBA
Sylvia Hubbard, conference chair
Detroit, MI

Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children's Books

November 11, 2008 - March 11, 2009
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
This magical presentation features approximately 70 works of art created specifically for children's books.

7th Annual International Children's & Young Adult Literature Celebration

"Open a Door...Open a Book...Open your Mind...to the World"
Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tripp Commons, Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Miami Book Fair International

November 8-15, 2009
Miami, FL

Multicultural Children's Book Festival
November 2009 TBA
Washington, DC

National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference
November 2009 TBA
Venue changes each festival

New Orleans Book Fair

November 2009 TBA
New Orleans, LA
Phone: 504-598-4685

99th NCTE Annual Convention
Council of Teachers of English
November 19-24, 2009
Email: conventionquestions@ncte.org


December 2009

EDC Creations Holiday Book Fair

Online 24 days promoting New Book Releases
Live readings on BAN Radio Nightly
BAN Anniversary Party December 22, 2009

Latino Book & Family Festivals
2009 Festival Tour
Houston- December 5-6
Email: jims@latinofestivals.com
2777 Jefferson St., Ste 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Charlotte Black Expo

Various Dates for Different Cities


Events and Places to Check Out

Sisters on the Reading Edge Bookclub Annual Event
Antioch, CA

The St. Louis Association of Authors of Color (SLAAOC)

Pen To Paper Literary Symposium

Boston Book Bazaar

The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

847 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, MD

Los Angeles Black Book Expo-LABBX
We can also be reached at P.O. Box 44600, Los Angeles, CA 90044

The Third Annual African-American Spoken Word Festival

Co-Sponsored By The San Francisco Public Library
African-American Center

And the Conversations On Africa Forum


13th Annual Poetry Extravaganza
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St., NW, Washington, DC

Pan African Literary Forum
544,511 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10011-8436

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Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties

Fw: Black Web 2.0 - 7 Ways to Start Video Blogging Immediately

7 Ways to Start Video Blogging Immediately

Posted: 19 Nov 2008 09:39 AM CST

Diddy is doing it. Jermaine Dupri is doing it. Weezy F. Baby (please say da Baby) is doing it. Barack Obama is doing it. Even Wayne Sutton and Bwana are doing it. So what are you waiting for? What's stopping you from posting video online?
It's a lot easier than you think. You don't need any special equipment, you don't need any special technical knowledge, and you don't even need to have a website yet. If you have a cell phone that does video and you can send those videos via Email or MMS, you're good to go.

1. 12seconds.tv

12seconds, previously covered here,  is a service that allows you to post 12-second video clips. Got something you need to get off your chest real quick? Is your friend about to do something really stupid? Just wanna sing a couple lines from your favorite song? 12seconds.tv is the spot for you. 12seconds is still in private alpha, but I do have 7 invites to get rid of, so leave a comment and I'll get one to you.
When you sign up for 12seconds, you get a unique email upload address. Shoot your video and then shoot it over to 12seconds using Email or MMS. Full details are on the 12seconds help page. You can also have 12seconds automatically tweet your new videos for you.
EDIT: The guys at 12seconds.tv hooked me up with a mess of invites just for you guys, so leave a comment or hit me directly if you want one.

2. YouTube

What? You didn't know the most well-known video site of all time allows you to upload video from your mobile phone? YouTube will probably get you the largest audience for your videos just because it's YouTube. To get started: go to My Account, then Mobile Profile or just hit Upload and you should see the link to set your mobile preferences in the right sidebar. The official help page is here.
YouTube also has a feature that will automatically post videos that you upload directly to your blog for you.

3. Photobucket

Yeah, I thought they were just a site to store MySpace glitter graphics too. Seems that Photobucket has a few tricks up it's sleeve, though. Just log in, click mobile phone on the right side of the uploader, and you'll get your unique posting address. For step-by-step instructions on uploading photos and video to Photobucket from your mobile phone, check out their mobile device tutorial.

4. Flickr

This was another surprise to me. What can I say? I don't get out much. I knew you could upload photos via email, but you can send video attachments as well. You can even set your privacy levels simply by adding to the email address.
For example, if your unique Flickr email address is blackweb20rulz@photos.flickr.com, you would use blackweb20rulz+friends@photos.flickr.com to make sure only your friends can enjoy your stuff. For details on the upload-by-email feature and to get your unique upload email address, visit your account setup page.
Flickr also has a feature that will automatically post the videos you send directly to your blog of choice.

5. Blip.tv

This is the real deal when it comes to video blogging and podcasting. Blip.tv provides the hosting, promotions and reach you need get your videos to your audience. They also just so happen to make posting to your video blog easy by providing you a unique posting address. Visit Blip.tv to get the full mobile video walkthrough.
Blip.tv also has a cross-posting feature so that videos posted from your phone will automatically be posted on your blog for you.

6. Facebook

Yes, your absolute favorite social networking site actually allows you to upload video from your phone. All you need to do is add the video application (you probably have it already) and then send your videos to video@facebook.com. Since this is not a unique address, your cell phone will need to be registered to your account. Just hit Settings and then Mobile to make sure.

7. Vimeo

Probably the best site to use if you're concerned about quality, Vimeo also offers the ability to upload video from your mobile device. Simply login to your account and click Upload Video. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the upload page and you will see your unique email upload address.
It doesn't appear that Vimeo will automatically post to your blog, unless you happen to use Tumblr. Tumblr will connect to your Vimeo account and then automatically post whatever video you send to your Tumblr posting address. Login to Tumblr and get your posting address on the Goodies page. Why doesn't Tumblr have it's own section? Because you have to have the Vimeo account to make the magic happen.

Why Are You Making This Hard?

It's so easy. Pick a site that works for you and start video blogging. Just don't call it "vlogging" because that's not gangsta.
Do you know of any other easy ways to get your videos online? Have further questions about how to get going? Just want to leave a link to your video blog? Leave a comment.

Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Author Yearbook Promotion - A few slots left (from Lori Soard)

Hi everyone,

I have a few more slots left in the author yearbook, if you were interested in this exciting promotion. If you sign up before December 1st, you'll get a free ad in the newsletter I'll be creating starting this coming spring (late spring) that will go to my list of 30,000 readers every quarter. If the newsletter is successful and the readers want, I'll put it out more often.

Here are some details about the yearbook promotion, which actually ads in some radio exposure as well:

  • Yearbook is in print and ebook. It is offered free in e-format to the list of 30,000 + readers, and also sent to my list of librarians and booksellers (about 3000 in all).
  • Your participation in the project includes:
    • Listing on yearbook page
    • Full page (8 1/2 x 11) personal note from you to your readers. You can do other things with this page. Just ask me :)
    • Interview/quotes throughout book
    • Radio interviews. I have a limited number of these, but have just a few left. These will go on my radio network and will also be made available to a couple of hosts I know for free use. We will also be uploading as podcasts.
    • Free ad in quarterly newsletter sent to 30,000 readers (if registering by Dec. 1st).
Some other things we're looking at is getting it hooked into some social networking and a separate website where readers can browse the book for free until it's time for the next yearbook (generally every other year). I'm open to ideas from the group for how to get the word out to even more people. Each time this project builds and snowballs bigger and bigger, which is a definite plus for those involved. This promotion is always very successful for us. I've seen an increase in sales from it and have had readers bring the book to signings for autographs. It's a good group promotion and nice way to meet new readers.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me. You are welcome to share this email with others, but you might want to reserve your spot first. Remember that I only have a limited number of the radio promotion slots available and they will be first come/first serve. If you want to make sure they are still available, please email first. Or, you can sign up now by clicking on the links below.


Lori Soard

Reserve space with first payment of $96 (please note that this is a limited two month subscription. One subsequent $96.00 payment will be taken out in December and you will be invoiced separately for the final payment in February - total of 3 payments).

Pay in full and receive 10% discount
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Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties


Monday, November 17, 2008

Web 2.0 Branding and PR Tips and Techniques with Pam Perry , PR Coach

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