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Join Me May 5 at Arts on the Ridge, Ridgeway, SC


Arts on the Ridge Literary Festival, Century House, Ridgeway, SC

I am super excited. I am a featured author on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Arts on the Ridge, Literary Festival at the Century House, 170 S Dogwood Ave in Ridgeway, SC from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. I’ll do readings from Flip Flap Floodle and Joan’s Elder Care Guide at 10:45 am. I will be able to answer a few questions, too. I hope you’ll stop by if you’re in the area. I’ll have copies of both books for sale. I’ll be happy to autograph them for you. I’d love to see your smiling face. 

11 other authors (bios below) will be there on Saturday to greet you, too. Come join us for a great time. 

Free parking is available in the Cotton Yard.

Ridgeway merchants will be offering show specials throughout the town.

The 12th Annual Arts on the Ridge Art Show & Sale will be held on May 4th and 5th in downtown Ridgeway, SC. This year’s theme “Opening Doors to the Arts and Beauty of Small Town Life” has inspired yarnbombing of 15 downtown objects, a Literary Festival with a gallery of 12 published authors, a juried photography, juried plein air painting and open art show & sale featuring cash prizes.

“We are so wealthy,” explained event Chair, Phyllis Gutierrez. “Our community is so blessed with a treasure chest of talented painters, sculptors, photographers, and artists that it is easy to overlook the large number of published authors that live here among us. This year we are excited to be including and celebrating the literary side of art with a gallery of 12 published authors who will be available for book signings and one-on-one discussions of their craft.”

The St. Stephen’s Art and Fiber Guild will be covering trees, lampposts, benches, road signs, rocking chairs and more with colorful yarn craft in an effort to make a statement regarding how important arts and crafts are to the community.

Friday evening, May 4th from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors are invited to preview the art exhibition and sale and vote for the People’s Choice award. A juried photography show and sale and a juried plein air painting show and sale are on exhibit along with the open art categories both Friday evening and all day on Saturday at the Century House. Vendors featuring hand crafted items will be located on the Century House grounds.

Arts on the Ridge Literary Festival, Century House, Ridgeway, SC

Saturday, May 5 events will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with performances by students from Geiger Elementary School. At 10:20 visitors can enjoy a presentation by Doug and Louise Ruff, members of the Go Forth Ridgeway Chapter of the Institute for Cultural Communication.

The Literary Festival will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday with authors scheduled to be on hand from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Century House. The Authors Gallery includes published authors Johnny Bloodworth, Tim Conroy, Lisa Anne Cullen, Joan Y. Edwards, Mike Long III, James D. McCallister, Beaty Miller, Betty Parker, Tom Poland, Raegan Teller, Marv Ward and Millie West.

The authors will also be public speakers for our “Meet Me On The Porch” feature at these scheduled times: Ward 10:30am, Edwards 10:45am, Conroy 11:00am, Teller 11:15am, Bloodworth 11:30am, Parker 11:45am, Long 12:00 noon, Cullen 12:15pm, West 12:30pm, McCallister 12:45pm, Miller 1:00pm and Poland 1:15pm.

Here are bios of Featured Authors:

JOHNNY BLOODWORTH says, “We Southerners are more a product of our place and time than other aspects of our being. I am a storyteller, and when I tell a story, I need to connect to place and time. My roots are Georgia, but South Carolina is home. My places are Columbia where I grew up and worked, and the Cedar Creek community near Blythewood where my wife Sandra and I have lived for forty-five years. Before writing Gift, my story telling consisted of turning an incident or a joke into a tale about friends or family. Gift added discipline to the creative process.” www.deedspublishing.com/bloodworth/

TIM CONROY is a former special education teacher, school administrator, and vice president of the South Carolina Autism Society. His poetry, essays, and fiction have been published in literary journals, magazines, and compilations, including Fall Lines, University of Georgia Press, Auntie Bellum, Jasper, Blue Mountain Review, and Marked by Water. In 2017, Muddy Ford Press published his first book of poetry, Theologies of Terrain, edited by Ed Madden, poet laureate of the City of Columbia. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center established in his brother’s honor, Conroy lives and writes in Columbia. www.southerncollectiveexperience.com/tim-conroy/

LISA ANNE CULLEN is the author or editor of eight children’s books and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing for children and pairs this passion with her love of illustration, art, photography, and screenwriting. Cullen has won awards for her artistic and written works and finds pure joy in connecting with the natural world. Her author-illustrated, picture book folktales Little Orange Honey Hood and Three Wild Pigs are being released through the University of South Carolina Press/Young Palmetto Books spring and fall of 2018. www.lisaannecullen.com/

JOAN Y. EDWARDS is the author/illustrator of folktale Flip Flap Floodle, a happy little duck who never gives up on his song even in Mr. Fox’s belly. She is author of 4RV Publishing’s Joan’s Elder Care Guide. It is full of practical hints and resources to promote healing and make care-giving easier. She has a Master of Arts in Education and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the Charlotte Writers Club. She and her husband, Carl watch humorous mysteries, like Columbo and Monk. They relax at the beach and in the mountains.  Dream! Love! Laugh! Never Give Up! www.joanyedwards.com/

MCKENDREE R. (Mike) LONG III is a retired soldier with two combat tours and the author of several Western novels: Brodie, Higher Ground, Dog Soldier Moon, and No Good Like It Is. His awards include the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He and his wife Mary have two married daughters, four grandchildren, and four great-grands.  He holds a BS in Business Administration and is also a retired financial consultant. He’s a member of Western Writers of America, South Carolina Writers Association, and SERTOMA. www.mckendreelong.com/

JAMES D. McCALLISTER, besides working as a media archivist, newspaper columnist, small business owner and educator, is the author of numerous academic and magazine publications. His fiction efforts are highlighted by a short story collection and four novels including his latest, Dogs of Parsons Hollow (Mind Harvest Press, 2018). Along with a number of awards for short fiction, McCallister’s upcoming novel Dixiana (2019) was a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom award. A lifelong South Carolinian, McCallister resides in West Columbia, SC, with his wife Jenn and their beloved brood of cats, muses all. www.jamesdmccallister.com/

BEATY MILLER broke the Mennonite tradition of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and continued her education past eighth grade and graduated from high school—the first to do so in her family. At nineteen years of age, she accepted the position to teach at a parochial school. Later, she resumed a full-time job as a secretary.  After a promotion to the office manager, Miller started classes at Reading Area Community College and earned an Associate Degree to become a registered nurse. She began a twenty-year geriatrics career, ending as a Personal Care Home Administrator. After Miller and her husband relocated to Rock Hill, she wrote her memoir, My Last Name is Grace. www.waterfallsofgrace.org/

BETTY PARKER is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. In 2006, she started Sharper Development Solutions, Inc., a training and development company specializing in leadership skills training and coaching.  Betty is a regular guest host on WLXC-FM’s “N Touch” community affairs program and is often sought out as a speaker for conferences and events.  She is at work on her next book, Defeating Goliath:  A Lesson in Solving People Problems.  Parker is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development and a Certified Professional Coach. www.thesharpersolution.com/

TOM POLAND, a Southern writer, has works appearing in magazines throughout the South. Among his recent books are Classic Carolina Road Trips From Columbia, Georgialina, A Southland, As We Knew It, and Reflections of South Carolina, Vol. II. Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Official Folk Life Drama, staged his play, Solid Ground. Poland writes a weekly column for newspapers and journals about the South, its people, traditions, lifestyle, and changing culture and speaks to groups across South Carolina and Georgia. He’s the editor of “Shrimp, Collards & Grits,” a Lowcountry lifestyle magazine. His new book, South Carolina Country Roads, will be released April 16, 2018. Tom lives in Columbia, South Carolina. www.tompoland.net/

RAEGAN TELLER is the award-winning author of the Enid Blackwell series. Murder in Madden (Pondhawk Press, 2016) was her debut novel, followed by The Last Sale (2018). Both mystery novels were inspired by real-life cold cases in Columbia, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Teller writes about small town intrigue, family secrets, and tales of murder, and uses fiction to bring closure where there was none in real-life. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Queens University, Charlotte, and a member of Sisters in Crime, South Carolina Writers Association, and Charlotte Writers Club. More info at www.RaeganTeller.com

MARV WARD, Reverend,” a blues and Americana singer, songwriter, and guitarist, has performed throughout the United States with some of the most well-known musical artists. Listed in An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, Ward writes poetry with the same passion with which he composes his songs. His latest collection “One Lone Minstrel,” represents some earlier work, as well as recent efforts. A native of Lorton, Virginia, Ward lives in Columbia, South Carolina, and has two sons. He previously served in the United States Naval Reserve and has worked in broadcast and educational television throughout North and South Carolina. www.marvward.com/index.html

MILLIE WEST is a South Carolina history buff who has spent countless hours exploring the rich historical vestiges of her home state. She is the author of two novels, The Cast Net and Catherine’s Cross. In 2018, a second novel in The Cast Net trilogy, Of Sun and Rain will be released. Millie has also written three screenplays, an adaptation of her novel Catherine’s Cross, and Amelia Was Here! Her third screenplay, Dr. Portia, chronicles the life of Dr. Portia Lubchenco, the first female graduate of the NC Medical College. West is an University of South Carolina graduate and resides with her family near Columbia. More info at www.milliewestauthor.com

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Engage Readers with a Lively Long Bio


 “Engage Readers with a Lively Long Bio ” by Joan Y. Edwards
 Engage Readers
I wrote Power Pack Your Short Bio for Agent Queries. I’m sure you may ask, “What about the bio for the back of my book? What about the bio for my website? ” Today I explain ways to engage readers with a lively long bio section on the back of your book known as: About the AuthorWith some books this information is inside the cover, or in a page near the end of the book. It may also be the About the Author page on your website.
Write a draft biography. Brainstorm and list every single detail you can think of that makes you proud to be you. What helped you write your book?

Part A Professional photo of you.

Part B About the Author for Nonfiction

If you wrote a nonfiction book, put appropriate information that helps readers realize that you are definitely qualified to write this book. 
 
Show credibility:
  • Past Professional, Business, or Work experience 
  • Current Profession or Business (Membership in Professional organizations, like SCBWI, RWA) 
  • Education – List this only if it proves you are qualified to write this book
 

Part C About the Author for Fiction/Nonfiction

  • Special Recognition, Accomplishments, and Awards (Brag humbly)
  • Publications: Titles of Books, Title of Series, Names of Magazines that published your work 
  • Personal details 
    • Live with husband, wife, children, pets
    • Where you live
    • Hobbies and special interests
    • What you love to do when you’re not working
    • Your favorite charity and why
    • Personal Experiences that make you the best one to write this book (research)
    • Contact information: website, email address, phone number 

Tucker Max gives splendid examples of author bios for the back of the book. I highly recommend that you read it.

Dave Chesson states: “The general consensus on word count is aim for 75 words, but definitely don’t go above 150.” 

If you have a whole page in a book for your bio or you want to give more information about you on your website or blog, here is an idea for formatting your draft.

Make your long bio two or three paragraphs. Begin with most powerful bit of information about you. Something spectacular to capture the interest of the reader. A hook.

  • Make the first paragraph 3-5 lines. Start with an eye-opening statement…the most powerful bit of information about you and your book(s). Write something spectacular to capture the interest of the reader. A hook.
  • Five to seven lines is a good length for the main paragraph in a bio. You don’t want all paragraphs this long. Vary the length if you’re using more than 3 paragraphs.
  • One to three lines for last paragraph

BIOS TO STUDY

Below are bios from Amazon, bios from author’s websites, and bios from BookBrowse.com for you to study.

Four bios of authors on Amazon:

Hoda Kotb author of I’ve Loved You Forever. Amazon author information.

Hoda Kotb is the Daytime Emmy Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, and duPont-Columbia Award-winning Today show co-anchor and Dateline NBCcorrespondent. Hoda is the author of two adult New York Times bestselling books, including Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee. Of all her accomplishments, her proudest moment is the adoption of a baby girl, Haley Joy, in February 2017. She lives in New York City with her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman.

James Patterson author of All American Murder, Amazon author information.

James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four college and universities. He has also donated millions of dollars to independent bookstores and school libraries.

Sophie Kinsella, Author of Surprise Me. Amazon author information.

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life. She lives between London and the country.

Danielle Steel, Author of Fall from Grace. Amazon author bio.

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels in print. Her many international bestsellers include The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, Magic, Blue, Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books, Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

Book Browse.com Bio Examples

Book Browse.com has many examples of Author Biographies. Most of them are short bios, but a few are long.

Bios from Author’s Websites

Most of the following examples of author biographies are too long for the back of the book or for the inside flap of the cover of a book. By studying them you will gain ideas for your author bio. Print them out. If it is too crowded with information, cross out the non-essential parts. Err on the side of brevity and keep the interest of the reader.

Examples of Author Biographies from their websites.

See what you think. Search for your favorite author’s bio. It’ll give you hints as what to include.

  1. A. J. Finn. Curtis Brown Co. UK. “Biography:” https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/a-j-finn
  2. Danielle Steel. “About Danielle.” http://daniellesteel.com/about-danielle/
  3. Dean Koontz. “About Dean.” http://www.deankoontz.com/about-dean/
  4. Eric Carle. “Biographical Notes for Eric Carle:” http://www.eric-carle.com/bio.html
  5. James Patterson. Website bio. “About James:” http://www.jamespatterson.com/biography#.WqSGFVS5uAo 
  6. Janet Evanovich. Book Browse. “Janet Evanovich Author Biography:” https://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm/author_number/232/janet-evanovich
  7. Laura Numeroff. “About Laura:” https://lauranumeroff.com/about/
  8. Shel Silverstein. “Shel Silverstein:”  https://www.biography.com/people/shel-silverstein-9483912
  9. Sophie Kinsella. Book Browse. “Sophie Kinsella Author Biography:” https://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm/author_number/2553/sophie-kinsella
  10. Tomi Adeyemi. “About Tomi Adeyemi:” http://www.tomiadeyemi.com/new-page-2/

I hope this information inspires you and encourages you to enjoy sharing what makes you tick with your audience…your readers. Enjoy being an author. There is no one like you.

Resources about writing your author bio:

  1. Casey McCormick. Literary Rambles. “How To Tips: Author Bio:” http://www.literaryrambles.com/2009/07/author-bios.html.
  2. Creative Indie. “Why you need an author bio both inside your book AND on the outside …:” http://www.creativindie.com/why-you-need-an-author-bio-both-inside-your-book-and-on-the-outside-book-cover/
  3. Dave Chesson.  “How to Write Short and Catchy Author Bios:” https://kindlepreneur.com/write-author-bio/
  4. Jane Friedman. “Writing Your Book’s Back-Cover Copy:” https://www.janefriedman.com/writing-back-cover-copy/
  5. Jessica Bell. “Writing Front and Back Matter for Your Self-Published Book:” https://selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-front-and-back-matter-for-your-self-published-book
  6. Jessi Rita Hoffman. “How to Write an Author Bio Page:” http://bookeditor-jessihoffman.com/write-author-bio-page/
  7. Joan Y. Edwards. “Power Pack Your Short Bio for Agent Queries:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/power-pack-your-short-bio-for-agent-queries/
  8. Joel Pierson and Megan Schindele. Author House. “Do’s and Don’ts of Back-Cover Text:” https://www.authorhouse.com/AuthorResources/Marketing/The-Dos-and-Please-Please-Donts-of-Back-Cover-Text.aspx
  9. Neil Patel. Hubspot.com. “How to Write a Bio:” https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-write-a-bio
  10. Tucker Max. “Write Author Bio:” https://bookinabox.com/blog/write-author-bio/

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Thank you for reading this blog. If you’ve read her books, Joan would appreciate a book review on Amazon! 
Flip Flap Floodle, Will his song save Flip from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide A guide to give caregivers and elders the help they need to never give up.

March into Publication


“March into Publication” by Joan Y. Edwards

Hurray for you! You have a finished manuscript!

Now, you can get ready to submit your manuscript to a publisher or an agent. Here are seven steps I recommend you go through before you submit your manuscript.

Seven Steps Before You Submit Your Manuscript

  1. Write a pitch/logline/summary for your manuscript. 
  2. Get your manuscript critiqued by a critique partner or a critique group, chapter by chapter. If you have the funds, pay a professional editor. Ask for titles of books he has edited in your manuscript’s genre. Make sure you like what he’s done with other books in your genre. Remember that someone who does an outstanding job of editing picture books might not do as well with romance novels.
  3. When you feel that your manuscript is the best you can do at this particular time with the knowledge and skills you have, submit it to a publisher or agent who accepts unsolicited manuscripts.
  4. Find a publisher or agent who accepts unsolicited manuscripts. Read their guidelines.
  5. Write a query or cover letter. If your manuscript is non-fiction, write a proposal, too. 
  6. Follow the submission guidelines for the chosen publisher or agent.

a. Write a query letter (no manuscript included) 
b. Write a cover letter to accompany your manuscript
c. Write a proposal if it’s a nonfiction book.

     7. Submit according to the guidelines of the chosen publisher or agent

a. Snail Mail – U.S. Postal Service
b. Email
c. Submission form on website

Good luck! Please leave a comment. I love hearing from you!

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Never Give Up

Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of one of my books. I appreciate your confidence and support. May many good things happen to you because of your kindness to me. 
Flip Flap Floodle, Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide A guide to help caregivers and elders never give up

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Power Pack Your Short Bio for Agent Queries


Power Pack Your Short Bio

“Power Pack Your Short Bio for Agent Queries” by Joan Y. Edwards

Sandra Warren, one of my loyal followers asked me to write a blog about what to put in the bio section of a query letter to a literary agent. It could also be used for the bio inside a cover letter to an editor. 

Heather Hummel at Huffington Post advises you to read your bio aloud after you write them. Wonderful advice.

Chuck Sambuchino says a bio is more important for a non-fiction work.

Editors and Agents want to know your personal credentials. Why are you qualified to write this book? Give facts to support the sentence: I am the best person to write this book.

Make your 3 sentence bio sound professional. Write it in the first person. Use only three or four sentences. Cover the three power areas listed below: 

 

1.Personal Interest and Experience

I am the best person to write this book.

Tell why you wrote this book. Tell about your personal interests and experience in this particular field related to the subject of the manuscript or article you are submitting.

Your book is about biking: Tell about your interest in biking and places you biked. Don’t tell about where you’ve traveled by boat or by airplane. It’s not related to biking.

If your book is about a certain community, tell how you know about this community. If you lived there, mention that.

2.Expertise 

I qualify to write this book because I have expert skills and knowledge in this subject that I attained through extensive research, experience, education, or occupation. 

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a particular field…to become an expert. If you study for 8 hours each day, your 10,000 hours would be up in 1,250 days or about 3.5 years. So I believe if you study a subject for 3.5 years, you probably know a great deal about it.

Explain your skills and knowledge of the subject of your  manuscript. Tell your main job, training, education, degree, published article, short story, or novel related to the subject.

If it’s about business marketing, mentioning a Master’s Degree in Business is a great idea.

If your book is about teaching and you’ve never taught or taken classes, why would people want to read what you’ve written?

3. Formal Awards and Other Achievements

 The best reason I qualify to write this book.

Showcase your formal achievements related to the subject of your manuscript. If  you have many achievements, highlight your best accomplishment.

Ginny Wiehardt gives samples from published and unpublished writers.  Nancy, a university instructor helped students improve  their 3 sentence bios in her class. I found these helpful. 

I found 18 resources to help you study the short bio to include to power pack your bio in your query to a prospective agent.

If you put the subject of your book and your draft 3 sentence bio, I’ll be glad to give you ideas to improve your bio in my reply. Other readers may give you their opinions, too, if you like.

Resources

  1. Ann R. Allen. “How to Write and Author Bio When You Don’t Feel Like an Author Yet:” http://annerallen.com/2012/09/how-to-write-author-bio-when-you-don/
  2. Ben Carter. “Can 10,000 Hours of Practice Make You an Expert?” http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26384712
  3. Ben Sobieck.  “What Should a Short Bio Contain?” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/dealing-with-editors/what-should-a-short-bio-include
  4. Chuck Sambuchino. Writers Digest. “What Should You Write in the Bio Paragraph in a Query Letter?” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/what-should-you-write-in-the-bio-paragraph-of-a-query-letter
  5. Chuck Sambuchino. “What to Write in the “Bio” Section Of Your Query Letter”
    http://writerunboxed.com/2013/05/27/may-2013/
  6. Fiction Desk. “Ten Tips for Writing an Author Bio:” http://www.thefictiondesk.com/blog/tips-for-writing-an-author-bio/
  7. Ginny Wiehardt. “Samples of Short Bios for a Cover Letter (Literary Journal) – The Balance:” https://www.thebalance.com/sample-short-bios-for-literary-journals-1277413 
  8. Heather Hummel. “10 Tips on How to Write a Bio:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-hummel/10-tips-on-how-to-write-a-bio_b_4908716.html
  9. Joan Y. Edwards.”Components of a Good Query Letter:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/components-of-a-good-query-letter/
  10. Joan Y. Edwards. “Why Not? Write a Query Letter or Cover Letter. Go Ahead.” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/why-not-day-9-write-a-query-letter-or-cover-letter-go-ahead/
  11. Joan Y. Edwards. “Will Your Query Letter Sell Your Manuscript?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/will-your-query-letter-sell-your-manuscript/
  12. Loolwa Khazzoom. “4 Steps to Writing a Professional Bio That Gets You Noticed:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/loolwa-khazzoom/4-steps-to-writing-a-professional-bio_b_4131309.html
  13. Peter Economy. “3 Simple Steps to Becoming an Expert in Anything:” https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/3-simple-steps-to-becoming-an-expert-in-anything.html
  14. “Post Your 3 Sentence Bio Here:” https://itp.nyu.edu/classes/pw-sp2015/post-your-3-sentence-bio-here/
  15. QQAdmin1. Writers Digest. “What Should You Include in Your Bio for Agents?” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/dealing-with-editors/what-should-you-include-in-your-bio-for-agents 
  16. Scott Berkum. “How to Write a Good Bio:” http://scottberkun.com/2013/how-to-write-a-good-bio/
  17. Writers Relief Staff. “The Dos And Don’ts of Writing Your Author Bio: Query Letter And Cover Letter Tips:” http://writersrelief.com/blog/2010/07/your-professional-bio-query-letter-and-cover-letter-tips-for-writers/
  18. Writers Relief Staff. “5 Tips on Writing an Amazing Author Bio If You’re Not Well-Published:” http://writersrelief.com/blog/2016/09/5-tips-writing-amazing-author-bio/

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#Hashtags Bring Traffic


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#Hashtags Bring Traffic Copyright Joan Y. Edwards 2018

“#Hashtags Bring Traffic” by Joan Y. Edwards

When you write a blog post, it has an area where you put keywords, buzzwords, topics in your post.

In my blog posts, I may put as few as three keywords.  They say you shouldn’t use more than 15 keywords. Your keywords probably fit into categories. However, you would usually designate one or two keywords to use with hashtags. For this post, I made only one hashtag. Here are the keywords: #hashtags, keywords, marketing, where to put hashtags, and more traffic. You can find them listed at the end of this blog post.

Twitter uses the number symbol beside a word to denote it as the keyword in a Twitter feed (post). Other social media show these hashtags, too.

In your future blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter posts you might want to add the hashtag symbol to one or two of the most important keywords. It may lead more traffic your way.

Andrew Hutchinson explains that TrackMaven did a study of 65,000 posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and found that Tweets using more than two hashtags see a significant drop in engagement whereas Instagram seems to handle  more words with hashtags.

Maddy Osman says that whenever a user adds a hashtag to a post, it’s indexed by the social network and becomes searchable by other users. Once someone clicks on that hashtag, it takes them to a page listing all posts with that same hashtag. If a keyword picks up enough followers, it may become “trending.”

The following three websites will help you find relevant hashtags for the main topics or categories in your posts. You can check different hashtags to see if others are already following it:

  1. Hashtag Creator
  2. RiteTag.com 
  3. Hashtagify.com 

Where to Put Your Hashtags in Social Media

Where do you add Hashtags in Instagram?

  1. On Instagram, upload picture or video.
  2. Choose to add a filter, then type # followed by text or emoji in the Caption field (example: #flower)
  3. If you want to add a hashtag to a post you’ve already uploaded, edit the caption or include your hashtag in a comment on your photo.
Where do you add Hashtags on Facebook?
  1. On Facebook, add a hashtag to the end of your post. To make a hashtag, write (the number sign – sometimes called the pound sign) along with a topic or phrase and add it to the end of your post. It makes it a clickable link to other posts from you and your friends on Facebook. For example: I just saw the cutest puppy! #dogs
  2. You can check the search bar on Facebook to see if a particular hashtag word has other posts on this subject. For example: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/amreading

Where do you add Hashtags on Twitter?

  1. On Twitter, put the hashtags at the end of your Tweet.
  2. On Twitter, hashtags do not count toward your 140 character limit.

My suggestion:

  1. Use only one hashtag in a title on a blog.
  2. Use only 1 or 2 Hashtags for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media.
  3. If you use more than one word in your hashtag, capitalize each word. #chocolate #ChocolateCake
  4. Highlight only the main topic with your hashtags so you don’t disappoint readers with very little content on a subject you hashtagged.

Resources for You:

  1. Allison M. Wood. Art of Crafts. “How to Use Hashtags to Drive More Traffic to Your Website:” https://youtu.be/_5Zmk-xixak
  2. Amy Masson. “Use Hashtags When Sharing Your Blog Posts to Gain More Traffic:” https://www.sumydesigns.com/use-hashtags-when-sharing-your-blog-posts-to-gain-more-traffic/
  3. Andrew Hutchinson. “Social Networks New Report Looks Opitmal Hashtag Use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/new-report-looks-optimal-hashtag-use-twitter-instagram-and-facebook
  4. Boot Camp Digital. “What Is a Hashtag:” https://youtu.be/-4A_wdR0Ukc/
  5. Evan LePage.”The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Use Hashtags:” https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-use-hashtags/.
  6. Facebook Help. “How Do I Add Hashtags to Facebook?https://www.facebook.com/help/587836257914341?helpref=faq_content
  7. Hashtag Creator – Put in a sentence or a phrase and it puts hashtags on each word. Then you can copy and paste it into message, letter, or blog post: https://www.all-hashtag.com/hashtag-creator.php
  8. Hashtagify.
  9. Instagram help. “Where Do You Add Hashtags to Instagram:” https://help.instagram.com/351460621611097
  10. Kevin Lee. “A Scientific Guide to Hashtags Which Ones Work When and How Many:” https://blog.bufferapp.com/a-scientific-guide-to-hashtags-which-ones-work-when-and-how-many/
  11. Krista Stevens. “Better Tagging:” https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/better-tagging/
  12. Maddy Osman.How to Use Hashtags on Every Social Media Network:” https://sproutsocial.com/insights/how-to-use-hashtags/
  13. Onsharp.com. “The Benefits to Adding Hashtags to Your Twitter Bio:” https://www.onsharp.com/the-benefits-to-adding-hashtags-to-your-twitter-bio/
  14. Penny Sanseveri. “Drive More Traffic Using Hashtags:” https://youtu.be/VyT9D7NwQnA 
  15. Ritetag.com. https://ritetag.com
  16. Scott Ayres. “How to Use Hashtags on Facebook:” https://www.postplanner.com/how-to-use-hashtags-on-facebook/
  17. Social Media Worldwide. “Hashtags Explained: What They Are And How To Use Them For Marketing:” https://youtu.be/VA4PIUEdkBs
  18. Taylor Loren. “Ultimate Guide to Using Instagram Hashtags:” https://later.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-using-instagram-hashtags/
  19. Vanessa Doctor. “What Never to Do with Hashtags:” https://www.hashtags.org/platforms/twitter/what-never-to-do-with-hashtags/
  20. Wikihow. How to Use Hashtags with Twitter:” https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Hashtags-With-Twitter

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  1. Sarah Swan
  2. Carol Federlin Baldwin

Random.org chose number two therefore, Carol Baldwin won the paperback copy of Children’s Writer’s Word Book (1992) by Alijandra Mogilner. Congratulations, Carol. Please send me your snail mail address and I will mail it to you. I appreciate your reading my blog and leaving a comment.  You make me smile.

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Joan’s Elder Care Guide Makes a Great Gift for Caregivers


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“Joan’s Elder Care Guide Makes a Great Gift for Caregivers” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide for yourself or for a caregiver you know. I appreciate it very much. I really want to help caregivers. Many of them don’t know about my book. I’d appreciate it very much if you would tell the caregivers you know about it.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide provides caregivers essential information they need to meet their needs and the needs of those in their care.

Caregivers spend so much time caring for and about their elders, they forget to do things for themselves. Therefore, this book makes a nice gift to remind them to take time for themselves and to help them find the help they need.  

One friend bought the book for herself and put notes in the margins telling things she wanted her caregivers to do if she ever needs that extra boost of care.

Here are 3 excerpts from reviews:

“A compact resource that addresses the typical concerns of those who care for the elderly.”— Kirkus Reviews

All your questions that you didn’t even know you should ask are answered in this book on Elder Care-it’s great!—Barbara Lunow

There is advice for how to handle emotions that are sure to arise and for making sure to provide social outlets for your elder, and so much more. From first deciding the best location for your loved one to the end of life discussions, this book has it all. The book even provides checklists to use and a whole host of resources!—Shawn Simon

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive

Buy It Now!
4RV Publishing
Park Road Books
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Giving Hope Gift Shop 

Feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter, and email with those you believe would benefit from reading it. I appreciate your support.

Free Giveaway Offer

From November 23, 2017 until midnight December 31, 2017, if you buy a copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide and send me a copy of your order confirmation to joanyedwards1@gmail.com, I’ll send you a PDF with 5 devotionals for caregivers free.

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BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder


 

man who is cofounder of BLASTY software
Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of BLASTY.

“BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder” by Joan Y. Edwards

I am pumped up with excitement that Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of Blasty is our guest today. 

1.How did you and the other people who combine forces to start BLASTY?  

OZ: My former company was an advertising agency where I was working with many creators. I understood how important copyright was for them and that the Internet was destroying value of this copyright. In 2014, I became an advisor for a music distribution company which was facing similar copyright issues. That’s when I decided to create Blasty.

Olivier (CEO), Cosima (Analyst), Matthieu (CDO) and Wilfried (CTO)

2. Is there a personal reason why getting rid of the illegal downloading of copyrighted books, CDs, and art images is important to you?

OZ: My very personal point of view is that the situation is totally unfair and unacceptable.

3. What do you want Blasty users and fans to know about your company? 

OZ: I would like our users and fans to understand that we really put all our energy into this battle. We encountered many technical hurdles but we overcame every one of them. We intend to remain in this focused mindset. 

Olivier (CEO), Wilfried (CTO), Cosima (analyst), Anna (analyst) Team 2 of Blasty
Olivier (CEO), Wilfried (CTO), Cosima (Analyst), Anna (Analyst)

4. Do you have suggestions besides using BLASTY that authors, artists, illustrators, musicians, and publishers might do prevent illegal downloading? (copyright page notices, other notices)

OZ: Blasty is really the most useful and consistent way to protect a copyright online.

logo for Blasty
Logo for Blasty – Stop Illegal Downloading
www.blasty.co

5. What is the goal of BLASTY?

OZ: Our goal is to unite as many creators around our cause and mission. The more authors are convinced that it is worth protecting their copyright, the more their voice will be heard by those people and institutions with political power to curb digital law in their favor.

6. Who can benefit from joining BLASTY? (Authors, artists, illustrators, musicians, publishers)

OZ: Any author, creator, producer, publisher or distributor of books, audiobooks, courses, videos, downloadable graphic resources (such as themes & templates), music or software can benefit from using BLASTY.

7. Please explain how BLASTY works.

OZ: Blasty monitors Google for illegal copies of your content and lets you very easily submit DMCA take down notices to Google, Bing, Yahoo and the hosting websites for infringements.

Blasty now works on both Windows and Mac. As of today, Blasty requires Google Chrome to operate BUT this is going to be fixed by end of November. Starting December 1st, Blasty will also perfectly work with Safari and Firefox.

The most automated plan is Blasty Full Power. 

8. Please explain your membership deals at the present time.

OZ: Blasty offers 3 plans with both a monthly and yearly subscription.

Blasty Free which monitors Google for your content without the possibility to submit Blasts.

Blasty Basic ($9.99 per month or $77.88 per year) offers unlimited manual Blasts.

Blasty Full Power ($19.99 per month or $155.88 per year) offers unlimited automatic Blasts.

Go to Blasty: http://www.blasty.co/ 

9. Will you read and respond to readers who leave a comment?   

OZ: of course!

10. Thank you again, Olivier, for agreeing to be a guest on my blog. I am honored.

OZ: my pleasure! 

Results of Giveaway: Thank you to all who left questions and comments before midnight November 17, 2017 for this interview with Olivier Zetlers about Blasty.co/.

  1. Peggles381(Margaret Gumble),
  2. Dr. Bob Rich
  3. Sandra Warren
  4. Gretchen Griffith
  5. Violette Early
  6. Karen Cioffi-Ventrice 

Random.org chose number 3 so, congratulations to Sandra Warren. She won a 50% off coupon for BLASTY.co/ from Olivier and Blasty. You are a lucky lady.

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Stop People from Stealing Your Ebooks


Copyright 2017 Joan Y. Edwards

“Stop People from Stealing Your Ebooks” by Joan Y. Edwards

Oh my goodness! It is frustrating to discover someone has stolen your ebook and is offering it for a price or even for free. This is copyright infringement. I searched the internet for ways to combat this. I was delighted to discover Yowanda Black’s blog post:  “Ebook Theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book.”

Before You Publish or Reprint Your book

Yowanda Black. “Ebook theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book:” https://inkwelleditorial.com/prevent-ebook-theft

  1. Yowanda says to put information at the back of your book with links to your other books.
  2. Put a notice similar to the following paragraph in your new books. “No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission from the author, except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.”
  3. Put something similar to this at the front of your book: “If you downloaded this as a free PDF file, it may be a stolen copy. Please use legal ways to get ebooks. Downloading these pdfs for free is copyright infringement. Help stop ebook piracy.”

After Your Book Is Published

ATTENTION: USE New BLASTY to help stop piracy of your books. It takes offenders off of Google, Safari, and Firefox search engines.

After I posted this on October 24, 2017, Peggles381 wrote in the comment area and shared about a new service called BLASTY http://www.blasty.co/. It is out of its beta stage now. 

I signed up. BLASTY service searches GOOGLE for illegal downloads of your copyrighted works. It also uses Chrome browser (designed by Google).  It found 34 pirate download pages for one of my books. Somehow, when you choose BLAST inside the Blasty website, it deletes that page from Google search engine. 

On November 10, 2017 I did an online interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of Blasty: BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder

Do It Yourself – Take Down One Illegal Download Site at a Time

However, there’s another way to do it to report one torrent/illegal download site at a time: Here’s a link to complete a DMCA form (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) to get Google to take down a website that is infringing on your copyright: 
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1&

I personally stopped 3 thieves from doing the free downloads of Joan’s Elder Care Guide by confronting the sites offering the free downloads of the pdfs.  The website hosts closed them down, however, there are 8-11 more on other websites. The number seems to keep on growing. If I spend all my time chasing them down, I’ll have less time to write and to illustrate. So, I’ve read these articles to make my plan of ACTION.

The easiest way I’ve found to stop piracy in its tracks is to use Blasty.co. Sign up for Blasty to stop piracy in its tracks. http://www.blasty.co

I don’t have all the answers. I do know that these resources and Peggles345 helped me. I believe they can help you, too. 

Resources

  1. Blasty.  Takes Pirating Websites off of Google Search Engine: http://www.blasty.co
  2. Derek Haines. “Ebook Piracy Is Rampant and Impossible to Stop:”https://www.justpublishingadvice.com/ebook-piracy-is-rampant-and-impossible-to-stop/.
  3. Google. “DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act Forms to take websites off of Google Search Engine:” https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1&
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/blasty-stops-illegal-downloads-interview-with-olivier-zetlers-ceo-and-cofounder/
  5. Kindlepreneur. “Book Copyright Page Examples ebook” https://kindlepreneur.com/book-copyright-page-examples-ebook/
  6. Molly Greene. “What to Do When Your Ebook Is Pirated?” http://www.molly-greene.com/what-to-do-when-your-ebook-is-pirated/
  7. Rachael Thompson. “5 How-to Tips: Handling the Dreaded eBook Pirates” http://badredheadmedia.com/2014/07/09/5-tips-handling-dreaded-ebook-pirates-guest-macpetreshock/
  8. Stevenamckay.com.
    Blasty: Is it any Goood? YES.” https://stevenamckay.com/2016/12/27/blasty-is-it-any-good-yes/
  9. Yowanda Black. “Ebook theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book:” https://inkwelleditorial.com/prevent-ebook-theft

 

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“21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors” by Joan Y. Edwards

Writing a book is a wondrous feat and getting it published is another great accomplishment. Selling your book is the next step and it is a very interesting endeavor today. You have to plan and take action. To make money; you have to spend money and/or time. You must be creative. Choose things to do that are fun for you. I suggest you work on three of them at a time. Choose two that you can do without any problem and one with a little challenge to it. Reward yourself for each step you complete.

I’ve read through many online sources and books about marketing to sell both Flip Flap Floodle and Joan’s Elder Care Guide.

I listed the resources I’ve found helpful. These marketing tips are ones I’ve used personally, witnessed other authors use them successfully, or plan to take action to make them a reality myself.

1. Place a profile on About.me. Mark Coker recommends this as a way to put all of your information in one place that many people look first. Place an About Me file on your website and blog.

2. Make a Facebook Author Page and a Facebook Personal profile page.

3. Twitter  – Open a Twitter personal account. Post about things relating to the book you’re writing. Follow and retweet other people’s tweets relevant to your favorite topics.

4. Set up pre-orders for your book. Helps build tension so people anticipate the big release date. After the release of your first book, as soon as you get the second book ready, do a pre-order for it. On the last page of your first book, let people know about your second.

5. Create a Video Trailer for your book.

Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/

Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html

6. Send out a News Release before your book launch. Put your press releases on your website. PRlog sends out free press releases (https://www.prlog.org/)

Sample Press Release

Rob Bignell. “Press Release: Advice on Day Hiking with Children:” https://www.prlog.org/11593433-new-book-provides-valuable-tips-advice-on-day-hiking-with-children.html; 

Stephen King. “Book Release American Vampire:” http://stephenking.com/promo/american_vampire/press_release/

7. Obtain 50 reviews of your books on Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble. Use 50 as your top goal but be happy and celebrate each review you get. According to Brooke Warner Huffington Post, you need 50 reviews for Amazon to give you special notice. Be willing to give people who commit to review your book  a free PDF, Kindle, or paperback copy for their review.

If it’s an ebook on Kindle and you belong to GoodReads, Kindle asks you to review the book when you finish it. It posts it on both Amazon and GoodReads for you at the same time. 

It’s exciting to watch your book ranks after your book is released. To find statistics about your book sales and book rankings:

Sign into Amazon’s Author Central. It gives you the number of books sold. http://www.amazon.com/authorcentral

Check the listing of Best-Selling Authors from top down: https://www.amazon.com/author-rank

Ranks Amazon Book Sales  – website and app. https://www.novelrank.com/; 

I have 14 reviews on Joan’s Elder Care Guide and 18 for Flip Flap Floodle. So I need a lot more reviews to hit the lucky number of 50 reviews for each. If you’d be willing to do a review of either book for me, please let me know. I’ll send you a paperback copy. I’ll be willing to do a book review for you, too.

Put whole reviews or snippets of reviews with a book cover image and a link to purchase your book on your blog, website, emails, Facebook, Twitter, and your favorite social media.

8. Create Slide Presentation for your website. Linked-In has SlideShare where you can create and share slides about you, your writing, and your books. This SlideShare can be embedded on other people’s websites or blogs. You can even share it on your personal website or blog, too. To do the Linked-In SlideShare, go to Robert Sisson’s step by step directions: https://www.slideshare.net/RobertSisson/how-to-upload-your-powerpoint-slides-to-slideshare?qid=e74460bd-5446-41d3-894b-37cffb952803&v=&b=&from_search=11

9. Blog Tour – Ask 10 or more bloggers to interview you as a guest. Stagger the interviews. Have one each day for a week or two weeks. Include one review or snippets from 3 reviews with an image of your book cover and a link to purchase your book.

10. Book Blitz on the day of your book release – Ask 10 or more bloggers to put a copy of the specialized Book Blitz notices (format similar to a news release) on their blogs.

Sample Book Blitz:

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards

New Book? Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitz

11. Have a Book Launch Facebook or Twitter party

Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/

Lynne Hinkey. “Virtual Book Party” https://writerswin.com/virtual-book-party/

Katherine Mayfield. “Hosting a Book Launch Party on Facebook:” http://fundsforwriters.com/hosting-a-book-launch-party-on-facebook/

12. Create a book club study guide or teacher’s study guide for your book. Rob Bignell says this is a good way to entice book club members to buy copies of your book.

Sample Study Guide

“Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/

13. Make and distribute promotional materials: bookmarks, postcards, and business cards. You can print a coupon on the back of some of your business cards that say. If you’d like a free book, ask me for details. Willing to do a review – Free copy of book or something similar. Ask me: How can I get a free copy of your book?

14. Place a copy of you book in waiting rooms. Rob Bignell says to write a note inside your book that says, “Please leave for others to enjoy.”

15. Get your book into at least 2 local bookstores. If you or your publisher does not have a return book policy, you may want to see if local bookstores or businesses related to the subject of your book would sell your books on consignment. If your publisher has a return book policy, it will be easier to get your books on the shelves in a store.

16. Have a book signing event. Do a reading or a presentation. Mingle with the people in the store. 

17. Have contests to win copies of your book or give away copies of unpublished writing.

18. Do a joint venture advertising campaign with 2-4 other authors with similar subjects or genres or who live in your area or travel together to different states.

19. Ask your readers to write, call, and visit your local library and ask them to order your book. Make sure your ISBN number is on your business card or on your website.

20. Write articles for organizations, newspapers, blogs, ezine articles, HubPages. Rob Bignell says they pay freelance writers for writing. Perhaps they will allow a byline and add the title of your book, a book cover image, and a link to purchase it.

21. Set up a Google Alert for you book title, book subject, and your name. They will email you daily or weekly articles that contain the words you designate. This may help you find blogs or magazines with articles about your subject. Then you can pursue writing for them, doing a guest blog, etc.

Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/

RESOURCES

  1. Advisory HQ. “Top Free Press Release Distribution: https://www.advisoryhq.com/articles/top-free-press-release-distribution/
  2. Authors’ Community. “Marketing Your Books:” http://authorscommunity.net/category/marketing-your-books/
  3. Blog: Books on the Knob. “List of free books, coupons for Amazon:” http://blog.booksontheknob.org
  4. Book Enthusiast Promotions. “Release Day Event:” http://www.bookenthusiastpromotions.com/release-day-event/
  5. Bookmarket.com. Reputable Mailing Lists. http://www.bookmarket.com/lists.htm
  6. Brandon Cornett. “54 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:”
    http://www.bookmarket.com/postcardmarketing.htm
  7. Caitlin Muir. “89 Plus Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life:” http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/
  8. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (The HowToDoItFrugally Series) ebook https://www.amazon.com/Frugal-Book-Promoter-partnering-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B005G5L3DC/
  9. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career:  https://www.amazon.com/Great-Reviews-Frugally-Ethically-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B01MQCKRF5/
  10. Daniel Kehrer. “10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:” http://www.bizbest.com/10-tips-for-postcard-marketing-success/
  11. Daniel Newman. “Here Are 12 Must-Use Apps for Marketers:” https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246047
  12. Danny Iny. “7 Book Marketing Lessons for the Self-Published Author:” https://www.inc.com/danny-iny/7-book-marketing-lessons-for-the-self-published-author.html
  13. David Gaughran. Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let’s Get Publishing Book 2):  https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Visible-Noticed-Publishing-ebook/dp/B00CPQ6YYI/
  14. 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/
  15. Erin Entrada Kelly, Book Publicist. “YOU DID NANO. NOW WHAT?” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/you-did-nano-now-what/
  16. 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
  17. Derek Haines. “What’s the Best Way to Promote My Self-Published Book:” https://www.justpublishingadvice.com/whats-the-best-way-to-promote-my-self-published-book/
  18. Diana Urban. “119 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales:” https://insights.bookbub.com/book-marketing-ideas/
  19. D. Jean Quarles. “5 Tips to Writing Your Author Bio:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/09/5-tips-to-writing-your-authors-bio.html
  20. Enticing Journey Book Promotions. “Release Day Blitz:” http://www.enticingjourneybookpromotions.com/p/release-day-blitz.html
  21. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/08/authors-boost-book-marketing-with-these-5-apps/
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  23. Greg Scowen. “A Few Indie Book Reviewers:” http://www.gregscowen.com/a-few-indie-book-reviewers/
  24. HubPages. Search for writing gigs. HubPages. 
  25. Huffington Post. “The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/the-top-10-things-all-aut_b_6744386.html
  26. “Indie Authors: 17 Book Marketing Tips to Sell More Books:” https://www.amarketingexpert.com/indie-authors-17-book-marketing-tips-to-sell-more-books/
  27. iuniverse. “10 Tips for Marketing Your Book:” https://www.iuniverse.com/Resources/Book-Marketing-Self-Promotion/10TipsForMarketingYourBook.aspx
  28. J.C. Saucedo. “20 Book Marketing Tips and Tactics for Self-Published Authors:” https://blog.placeit.net/20-book-marketing-tips-tactics-self-publishing-authors/
  29. 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/
  30. 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/
  31. 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/
  32. Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/
  33. Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/
  34. Joanna Penn. How to Market a Book Third Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Market-Book-Third-Joanna-Penn/dp/191210587X
  35. Joan Y. Edwards. (Book Blitz) “Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/joans-elder-care-guide-empowering-you-and-your-elder-to-survive-by-joan-y-edwards/
  36. 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/
  37. 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/
  38. 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/
  39. Kate Tilton. “Bloggers Resources (contains blogger reviewers):” http://katetilton.com/bloggers/
  40. Kimberley Grabas. “71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book:” http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/promote-and-market-your-book/
  41. Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/
  42. Mark Coker.  Smashwords Book Marketing Guide – How to Market Any Book for Free (Smashwords Guides 2)Kindle Edition: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XR57PE/
  43. Melinda Brasher. “Strategies to Get Book Reviews:” http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/04/strategies-to-get-book-reviews.html
  44. Monique Danao. “Four Simple Ways Free Lance Writers Can Find Gigs Fast:”  http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/find-new-writing-gigs-fast
  45. National Pen Company. Personalized, colorful, distinctive, smooth writing promotional pens, stylus, magnets: http://www.pens.com
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Author Interview with Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid (Writing Tips and a Poem)


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“Author Interview with Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid (Writing Tips and a Poem)” by Joan Y. Edwards

Hi, Joan Reid.  I’m very happy to have you as a guest on my blog today.
It’s a pleasure to be here with you. 

My readers are anxious to learn about you, so let’s get started.

a. Where were you born?
I was born in New York City.  My family moved to New Jersey when I was 2 years old. I have lived in New York State for the past 20 years.

b. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child? Where and why?
I read often on the couch in the living room or at the kitchen table after supper.

c. Who or what inspires you to keep on writing?
My parents and a grammar school teacher, then people whom I have met along the way, and now my husband, daughter and my friendsand you, Joan Edwards! (See Joan Edwards smiling)

d. What do you do for the pure fun of it?
I love riding my bicycle! It helps clear my mind for more writing.

e. What are your hobbies? Do you draw? Paint? Work with clay? Sew? Do woodworking?

Photography, creating collages, and reading are three activities I most enjoy.

f. What are your favorite books that you enjoy reading more than one time? Why?

  • A Year By the Sea by Joan Anderson; and

  • Tao of Writing by Ralph L. Wahlstrom

These books are vastly different, but each brings a fresh focus every time I read a passage.

g. Do you have a funny story to share?

I have a sense of humor for sure, but I cannot recall a specific funny story.

Incidents are funnier when I tell them.

h. Why do you write? 

My reasons for writing:  I have to write what I observe and feel; Writing is enjoyable and fun;  Writing is my connection to myself and others.

i. What are three tips for writers?

  1. When you write, don’t edit until all your ideas are down.

  2. Leave the piece for a day or more to look at it with fresh eyes. When you revisit the work you will be able to edit for content.

  3. READ!

j. What is the most essential ingredient of a poem?

For me, the most essential ingredient of a poem is emotion which is an intangible.

k. Do you have a poem you’d like to share with us that’s not in And the Woman Smiled and is shared first and exclusively in this guest post?

 

I am a Word – © Gianna B. Reid 2017

 

Poetry is—

words scribbled across people’s faces,

on objects, landscapes, in empty rooms,

the splendid and the ugly.

I see and feel words in open spaces, hallways,

in a blade of grass

looking upward to its sun-god.

Soaking in the 24-carat butter of

its rays smeared on blue-toast.

Can we separate ourselves from words?

I am a word.

Today, I am joy.

Aww! Thank you, Joan (Gianna B. Reid). That is a great poem.

l. Would you share three of your favorite poems? (Title and Author)

  1. “August” by Helen Maria Winslow
    https://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2013/08/todays-poem-by-helen-maria-winslow.html

  2. “The Sun Poem” by Mary Oliver http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/mary_oliver/poems/15800

  3. Numerous poems by Billy Collins
    https://www.poemhunter.com/billy-collins/poems/

  4. Numerous poems by William. S. Merwin
    https://www.poemhunter.com/william-stanley-merwin/

m. And the Woman Smiled is your latest book. What company did you choose to publish this poetry book?

I self-published it on CreateSpace.com/

n. Where can readers buy And the Woman Smiled?

Readers can purchase it on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Smiled-Gianna-B-Reid/dp/1545143323/ref

o. Did you pay for editing services before you submitted to CreateSpace?

CreateSpace does offer editing services. However, I did not pay them for editing services for And the Woman Smiled.” I did all the formatting and editing myself.

p. Did CreateSpace design your cover? Did you have any choices?

CreateSpace has many choices of book covers, fonts, and trim-sizes on their website. I chose a design provided by CreateSpace.  

q. How are you marketing your book?

I sent review copies to publications that consider self-published poetry, and two local magazines in the Hudson Valley area.  And, I am thankful for this interview!

r. Did you get to choose the retail price for your book?

CreateSpace determined the retail price. There is a minimum charge which
I made every attempt to stay close to.

s. Were you ever traditionally published?

I was a contributor to a traditionally published book, The Bicycle Book – Wit, Wisdom & Wanderings, Published by Satya House.

t. What are the titles and links to your other books? Are they available on Amazon, too?

I have 16 titles on Amazon as Gianna B. Reid.

I self-published Life is a Bike;  and Yes We Can!

I contributed to the following book with Anisa Claire West:
Crime Flies! (Mystery Collection)
https://www.amazon.com/Crime-Flies-Mystery-Collection-Claire-ebook/dp/B00WIYC76Q/ref

Here are links to some of my other books:

Like Gary Cooper (Super Duper)
https://www.amazon.com/Like-Gary-Cooper-Super-Duper-ebook/dp/B00D8GXAVE/ref

Gold Trotter Mystery Series (First 3 from the 9-book series)

Dogs Never Lie
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C51ASDQ/ref

Blue Hill Heist
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DuGTU3E/ref

Until We Kiss
https://www.amazon.com/Until-We-Kiss-Revised-Expanded-ebook/dp/B00I2DOIJQ/ref

m. Do you have a blog?

My blog is: http://joansview-jbreid.blogspot.com

u. How can others connect with you on social media? 

Readers may connect with me on Face Book and Linked In.  Send an email request to me at joan.reid@yahoo.com

Short Bio

Joan Bellofatto Reid (Gianna B.Reid) began writing plays and short stories in elementary school. She has since written and produced several plays: The Jobless Chronicle (winner of Monologue Mania, performed at The Producer’s Club, NYC); and His Last Word, about Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi.  Life is a Bike was a newspaper column that appeared in the US and UK, the essays are available on Amazon.  She contributed essays to The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom and Wanderings.  Other published works: “The Marriage Game”  “Path to Promise” (Student Aid Transcript Magazine); “Not a Fake Pollock” (Art Times); “Not Guilty” (Modern Collage).  Joan hosted a radio show, “Cool on the Groove” (Rockland World Radio) from 2003-2006, featuring authors, poets and journalists.  She currently freelances on education and healthcare; and writes poetry.

Wow! Joan Reid. I’ve really enjoyed learning about you. I had no idea you’d written so many books! I am very proud of you. Thanks again for being a guest on my blog.

Thanks for reading this guest interview. Joan Reid will be glad to answer any questions and respond to any comments you leave for her in the comment area.

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