Reblog: One Stop for Writers: The Place to Go by Carol Baldwin


Reblog: “One Stop for Writers: The Place to Go” by Carol Baldwin

In today’s blog I’m featuring my new “go-to” website: One Stop for Writers. The last time I blogged about this fantastic tool created by Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi, and Lee Powell, I hadn’t started using it. Today you’re going to hear some of Angela’s observations about the site, interspersed with examples from my WIP, HALF-TRUTHS.

Thank you for reading my blog. This month I’m sharing great blog posts from other authors and illustrators, as well as my own. I hope you’re enjoying them.
Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

 

Reblog: “The Best Time to Start Promoting Your Novel” by Amy R. Reade (guest on Kristina Stanley’s blog)


Reblog: “The Best Time to Start Promoting Your Novel” by Amy R. Reade (guest on Kristina Stanley’s blog)

Kristina Stanley says: It is my pleasure to welcome Amy M. Reade to Mystery Mondays. Amy is an author and another of my “internet friends” who has generously agreed to share her advice.”

The Best Time To Promote Yourself by Amy M. Reade

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 8.18.23 AMWhen Kristina asked me to write a guest post about my novel, my research, or a writing/publishing tip, my first inclination was to write something about the research I did for my new release. But then I changed my mind. I wanted to write the most helpful post I could think of, and research, while I love it and find it endlessly fascinating, is not a terribly enlightening subject for a blog post.

Instead, I’m going to share the best advice I ever received about marketing books.

Ready?

Read more: on Kristina Stanley’s blog with Guest Amy M. Reade

Mystery Mondays: The Best Time To Start Promoting Your Novel

https://kristinastanley.com/2016/04/25/mystery-mondays-the-best-time-to-start-promoting-your-novel/

Believe in you
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog from Martha Beck: “The Kindest Thing You Can Do For Yourself in 2015”


Reblog: “The Kindest Thing You Can Do for Yourself in 2015” by Martha Beck O Newsletter 3/1/15

In the 1970s, when the phrase “be your own best friend” made its way into the zeitgeist, I was mildly confused: I thought friendship involved, you know, more than one person. Then I grew up and realized that most of us are more than one person. As we figure out how we fit in socially and learn how to tailor our behavior to various situations, we end up with several—often wildly dissimilar—versions of ourselves.

For a long time, my own being housed a bustling community of judges, critics and doomsday prophets who conspired to put me through hell. One day I realized that if I wrote down all the negative things I said to myself and showed the resulting document to the police, they’d issue a restraining order against me on my own behalf. But then I figured out that if I could become my own worst enemy, I could also become my own best friend. I developed a method for doing exactly that, and now I’m going to share it with you.

My method for self-befriending centers on empathic listening. It requires that a friendly aspect of your psyche converse with the part that most needs support.

Go to the following link for the rest of the story! You will absolutely love it. Read more: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Martha-Beck-Be-Your-Own-Best-Friend

 

 

Martha Beck’s latest book is The Martha Beck Collection: Essays for Creating Your Right Life, Volume One (Martha Beck Inc.).

I hope this helps you as much as it did me.

Believe in You
Be a Good Friend to Yourself
Thanks for reading!
Joan Y. Edwards

Great Readers, Reviewers, Authors, Illustrators, Websites, and Blogs


Thank you for Spreading the Word

“Great Readers, Reviewers, Authors, Illustrators, Websites and Blogs” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you to the people listed on this page for helping me spread the word about Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive. Its release date is Friday, May 13, 2016. You are a blessing to me. I appreciate you very much.

I will put all names in a hat (except for reviewers) at midnight May 31, 2016. I’ll ask random.org to choose one person to win a free critique of 1000 words of a manuscript, an interview on my blog, or a 15 minute phone call anywhere in the USA to talk about goals.

If you’re willing to help me spread the word about Joan’s Elder Care Guide, let me know in the comment area.

Preorder Information:

I appreciate all of you who said you want to buy a copy of it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Pre-Order Now (4RV Publishing is the best deal.)

  • 4RV Publishing: the price includes shipping anywhere in the USA.

Paperback $15.99 includes shipping within the USA
Hardback $19.99 includes shipping within the USA
http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/joan-y-edwards.php

Book Reviews

No compensation given for doing reviews except the pdf or paperback copy of the book.

  1. Lorraine Price, reviewer, proofreader, and copy editor  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorraineprice
  2. Dr. Bob Rich. author, editor http://bobswriting.com/
  3. Karen Cioffi-Ventrice, author, editor http://karencioffifreelancewriter.com/
  4. Kathleen Burkinshaw https://kathleenburkinshaw.wordpress.com/
  5. June Phyllis Baker

Share in person, on Facebook or other social media 

Blog post about Joan’s Elder Care Guide

Interview me on their blogs

  1. Carol Baldwin http://www.carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/
  2. Sandra Warren http://sandrawarren.com/blog.htm
  3. Janet K. Brown http://www.janetkbrown.com/

 

Blog Blitz on Release Day, May 13, 2016 (I send photo, bio, book trailer, review, and links to buy ahead of time so it can be copied and pasted into the blog)

  1. Catherine H. Armstrong https://charmstrongbooks.com/
  2. J.Q. Rose http://www.jqrosecom
  3. Kristina Stanley https://kristinastanley.com/blog/
  4. Linda Andersen https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/
  5. Melanie Robertson-King http://www.melanierobertson-king.com/wp02/

Resources for Authors of New Books:

  1. Mary Robinette Kowal. Debut Author Series. http://maryrobinettekowal.com/series/debut-author/
  2. Anne A. Wilson. “12 Lessons Learned from a Debut Author:” http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/12-lessons-learned-from-a-debut-author

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. I pray that your days are blessed. I’ll update this blog post as others tell me they are willing to help spread the word.

To leave a comment, click here.

Never Give Up
Live with enthusiasm
Celebrate you
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright 2016 © Joan Y. Edwards

Help Spread the Word about Joan’s Elder Care Guide, Book Release Date, May 13, 2016?


Copyright 2016 Aidana Willow-Raven and 4RV Publishing

Copyright 2016 Aidana Willow-Raven and 4RV Publishing

“Help Spread the Word about Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Release Date May 13, 2016?” by Joan Y. Edwards

The full title of the book is: Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive.

Here are ways you can help:

  1. Do a book review. Tell me if you wish to use PDF proof (e-book) or if you prefer a paperback copy of the book. According to Amazon’s rules, I can’t compensate you in any way except for a copy of the book.
  2. Do a blog interview of me with focus on the book.
  3. Do a Book Blitz blog post on May 13, 2016 with cover image, book trailer, review, links to buy on 4RV Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. I’ll send you the information to copy and paste into your blog, either WordPress or Blogger.
  4. Reblog my Book Launch Day post on May 13th, 2016.
  5. Share links to Book Launch Day post on Facebook or Twitter.
  6. Pray for 4RV Publishing in thankfulness for their hard work and for the successful launching of the book and its ability to help those who are caring for their elders.
  7. Buy a copy when it’s available.

In return for doing 2 through 6, I’ll put your name, blog, and website in a blog post of those helping me spread the word: Great Readers, Reviewers, Authors, Illustrators, Websites, and Blogs: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/great-readers-reviewers-authors-illustrators-websites-and-blogs/

I’ll also those names in a hat and ask random.org to choose one person to win a free critique of 1000 words of a manuscript.

I appreciate all of you who said you want to buy a copy of it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Pre-Order Now

  • 4RV Publishing: the price includes shipping anywhere in the USA.

Paperback $15.99 includes shipping within the USA
http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/joan-y-edwards.php

Hardback $19.99 includes shipping within the USA
http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/joan-y-edwards.php

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. Keep on writing. Keep on illustrating. Keep on doing what you love.

Click HERE to leave a comment!

Never Give Up
Live with Enthusiasm
Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

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And the Winner is…Sheri Shepherd Levy and Her Friend


You're a Winner

Copyright © 2013-2016  Joan Y. Edwards

“And the Winner Is…Sheri Shepherd Levy and Her Friend” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you to the following six people who left a comment on this blog post. .
1. Katey Writes
2. Joan Reid
3. Linda Martin Andersen
4. Sandra Warren
5. Sheri Shepherd Levy
6. Carol Baldwin

I asked Random.org to choose a number between 1 and 6, the number it chose was: 5.

So Sheri Shepherd Levy, you are the winner of a 1,000 word critique and one to give to a friend. Sheri, let me know the friend you choose and his/her email address, please. Send your manuscript to joanyedwards1@gmail.com.

Yee Haw for those who bless me with their opinions in the comments area.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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12 Ways to Publicize, Promote, Market and Sell Your Book



12 Ways to Publicize, Promote, Market, and Sell Your Book Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“12 Ways to Publicize, Promote, Market, and Sell  Your Book” by Joan Y. Edwards

  1. Swap interviews with an author of the same kind of book. She/he interviews you on her blog; you interview him/her on your blog.
  2. Begin a blogging book blitz or blog tour on launch day.
  3. Have a Facebook launch party or a Twitter launch party with contests and prizes.
  4. Spread the word with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
  5. Create a book trailer for your book on YouTube.com
  6. Ask and encourage people to do book reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.
  7. Suggest your book to your local library. Ask your friends to suggest your book to their local library. Most libraries have an online form to use. Take a copy of the book and speak to a librarian in person.
  8. Send a newsletter email with a contest to family and friends online.
  9. Send out post cards to family and friends or community
  10. Contact local bookstores to set up a book signing event. Some Barnes and Noble stores have panels of authors to join for a book signing event. If your book is not available to buy and return through Baker and Taylor or Ingram, book stores may order them there. If not, they may take five copies on consignment for a year. Usually, they want 40% discount. You pay for shipping there and return shipping.
  11. Contact retail stores to see if they’ll sell your book on consignment. For instance, a golf shop might sell books about golf. Usually, they may want a 40% discount. You pay for shipping there and return shipping. Get it in writing.
  12. Contact local organizations, associations, clubs to be a speaker. Those who attend may wish to purchase your book. Here are ideas for groups to contact: writers groups, Rotary Club, local women’s club, Elk’s Lodge,  Moose Lodge, Civitan International Club, Kiwanis International Club, high school or college alumni associations, Elementary School PTAs.
 
Browse through the resources and click on one or two that capture your interest!

Resources:

  1. Bookmarket.com. Reputable Mailing Lists. http://www.bookmarket.com/lists.htm
  2. Brandon Cornett. “54 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:”
    http://www.bookmarket.com/postcardmarketing.htm
  3. Daniel Kehrer. “10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:” http://www.bizbest.com/10-tips-for-postcard-marketing-success/ 
  4. Debbie Ridpath Ohi. “Want to support an author’s or illustrator’s new book but can’t afford to buy it?” http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/19/want-to-support-an-authors-or-illustrators-new-book-but-cant.html
  5. D. Jean Quarles. “5 Tips to Writing Your Author Bio:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/09/5-tips-to-writing-your-authors-bio.html
  6. Erin Bowman. Publishing Crawl. “How to Support an Author Beyond Buying Their Book:” http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2015/04/20/how-to-support-an-author-after-buying-their-book/
  7. Erin Entrada Kelly, Book Publicist. “YOU DID NANO. NOW WHAT?” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/you-did-nano-now-what/
  8. Greg Scowen. “A Few Indie Book Reviewers:” http://www.gregscowen.com/a-few-indie-book-reviewers/
  9. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 1: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/01/03/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-one/
  10. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 2: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/02/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-two/
  11. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 3: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book): http://writersrumpus.com/2014/03/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-three/
  12. Joan Y. Edwards. “New Book? Spread the Word with a Book Blitz:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/new-book-spread-the-word-with-a-book-blitz/
  13. Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/
  14. Josh Funk. “How Can You Help an Author?” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/how-can-you-help-an-author-im-so-glad-you-asked/
  15. Josh Funk. “How to Buy a Picture Book without Buying a Picture Book:” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/how-to-buy-a-picture-book-without-buying-a-picture-book/
  16. Kate Tilton. “Bloggers Resources (contains blogger reviewers):” http://katetilton.com/bloggers/
  17. Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/
  18. National Pen Company. Personalized, colorful, distinctive, smooth writing promotional pens, stylus, magnets. http://www.pens.com
  19. Melinda Brasher. “Strategies to Get Book Reviews:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/04/strategies-to-get-book-reviews.html
  20. Rachel Abbott. “Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Scams:” http://rachelabbottwriter.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/reviews-the-good-the-bad-and-the-scams/#
  21. Richard Ridley. CreateSpace blogger. “Social Media Swap:” https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2015/02/02/social-media-swap
  22. Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html
  23. Sandra Warren. “Tag Team Marketing – Authors Helping Authors (contains additional marketing information related to book stores, retail stores, and organizations):” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/03/tag-team-marketing-author-helping.html
  24. Smith Publicity. “How to Hold a Social Media Contest:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/how-to-hold-a-social-media-contest/
  25. Valerie Peterson. “Book Signings and Book Tours – A Reality Check for Authors:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookPublicity/fl/Book-Signings-and-Book-Tours-A-Reality-Check-for-Authors.htm
  26. Valerie Peterson. “Part 1 – Getting Your Book into the Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/How-To-Make-Booksellers-Love-You.htm
  27. Valerie Peterson. “Part 2- Make Booksellers Love You:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/Make-Booksellers-Love-You-P2.htm
  28. Valerie Peterson. “Part 3- Getting Your Book Into a Local Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/fl/Getting-Your-Book-Into-a-Local-Bookstore.htm
  29. Vistaprint.com. Business cards, post cards, posters, car signs, etc. http://www.vistaprint.com 
  30. Zairmail.com. Direct Mailing lists, post card templates. http://www.zairmail.com/

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. Keep on writing. Keep on illustrating. Keep on doing what you love.

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Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

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