"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Lisa Hammond

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New Marketing Tips for Writers

A few days ago I decided to do additional online searching about book promotion, knowing my time isn't too far away. Although, I have gotten a little ahead of myself, as I tend to do. I guess that isn't too unusual when you're about to give birth to a baby you've been loving and nurturing and keeping inside for.....years!


A nice & neat corner of my desk in 2010
(It never looked like this for more than 15 minutes!
I just wanted to show my cool coffee mug, which has a typewriter on the other side.)

Anyway, I googled: Authors how to contact book clubs. I'd already heard about authors either attending book clubs in person, or via Skype, or by phone, and I wanted to learn as much as I could. What a great way to connect with your readers! I will definitely do as much of this as possible. 

After scrolling down, I came upon Build Book Buzz, a fantastic site! It's the site of Sandra Beckwith, and I love the first sentence on the About/Contact page: Sandra Beckwith is a recovering publicist with more than 25 years of award-winning publicity experience. 

Here are some of the article titles, just to name a few:
Author book signing tips
How to set up Google and Twitter alerts
How to write a tip sheet 
6 surefire ways to promote your novel
~~~~~ plus others ~~~~~

All of these are free and ready to download. Sandra also offers coaching, presentations, and of course has books to sell. I was so impressed, I e-mailed Sandra and told her, and she kindly replied, saying I'd made her day! How sweet is that? 

*So, here's a tip from me. When someone makes a difference in your life, 
no matter how small it may seem at the time, tell them!*






"I love it, the writing process, but I don't have to like it. It's so frustrating. You feel you've written rubbish and you tear up the papers and walk around the room in circles. But it's a love affair. I like getting down there and putting on to paper. I never wanted to write until I was 40 or 50." -- Peter O'Toole

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like some very helpful information. I'll have to check into it. Thanks for sharing it, Becky!

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    1. Hi Daisy! Yes, there's a ton of great info there. I bookmarked them and also printed some. How will I ever remember all this?? LOL
      Thank you for stopping and commenting!

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  2. Becky, thank you so much for sharing info on my site! I'm SO grateful! Good luck as you move forward with your book -- I hope it's fun!

    Sandra Beckwith

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    1. Hi Sandra! Thank YOU so much for being so generous with your information and tips! And thanks for your wishes about my book. I'm sure you'll hear lots from me!

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  3. Thanks for the tip. I linked it in my sidebar. Good luck with your promoting!

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    1. Hey Val! Thanks so much! Did you ever receive your lost books?? I hope so!

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  4. Looks like you are working hard to make your book dreams a reality. Good for you! It does take effort. I like your advice about letting people know when they've made a difference in your life. Noticing the kind gestures of others is sooooooo much appreciated.

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    1. Thank you, Ms Joyful! And yes, I'm a big believer in letting others know how they made a difference or helped in some way. Glad you do, too! :)

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  5. Love it. Nearly as much as I am loving the reality of your dream.
    I had an epiphany a while back. If I am not happy, I write and make my feelings clear. It seems only fair to write when I am happy too. So I do.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Hey EC! You are such a dear and have cheered me on from the time we met in Blogland! Your friendship means so much to me, and WOW, I am thrilled to know you are writing....it can be so therapeutic! Write On!! :)

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  6. We hope all the hints and tips work for you. Best of luck. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hello Molly!! Thank you so much! Having everyone's well-wishes along with me will surely help me. A tremendous Thursday to you, too!

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  7. Thank you for sharing what you are learning. Can't wait to read your book. :)

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    1. Hi Julie! I'm always happy to share whatever I come across. And I can't wait for you (and many others!) to read my book, too! :D

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  8. I'll look into those links, Becky. Sounds like some info I'm interested in too. Thanks for doing the research! :)

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. Hey Mike! I'm happy to do the research for my fellow writer friends! :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. Thanks, Becky!

    Did you notice the cool harvest poem Robert Brault wrote on his blog? I was sad to see that he closed comments, as I wanted to compliment him.

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    1. Hi Sue! You're welcome! No, I hadn't been to Robert's blog in a while, but I'll check it out. Thanks!

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