September Sale — Take 25% off All Author Promotion Services! Stock Up and Use Later #marketing


NNLAP September Sale

 

Stock up on services and save 25%! They include the following —

 

Tier 2: Book/blog promotion and marketing for a small fee. You have the option of the following and the fee is $11.50 per service:

 

Author Interview

Author Spotlight

Book Spotlight (includes extended excerpt)

Book Series Spotlight

Cover Reveal

Trailer Reveal

Guest Post (your choice of topic)

Top Ten (your choice of topic)

​Character Interview

 

Twitter Book Blast with Graphics (one day – 7 tweets- I’ll tweet about your book sale to my Twitter followers)

 

Twitter Sale Service (one day – 8 custom tweets – I’ll tweet about your book sale with cover/memes/graphics you provide)

 

 

Book Review by either Mr. N or Mrs. N (depending on when you need it by, a book review ranges in price)

  • 12 Weeks $11.50
  • 2 Weeks $85.50
  • 4 Weeks $45.00
  • Rush 3 Business Days $143.00

 

Amazon US Ranking as of September 7, 2017 is 11,321

Amazon CA Ranking as of September 7, 2017 is 616 * Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer *

Amazon UK Ranking as of September 7, 2017 is 31,448

Goodreads Ranking as of September 7, 2017 is #9 Top Readers, #16 Top Reviewers, #49 Best Reviewers (updated weekly)

 

Tier 3: Advertisement Button on the left sidebar. Authors and professionals in the book industry can advertise on this website for a super-low fee of $6 a week/$20 a month (plus Paypal and processing fees).

 

We’re also offering a Top Spot Advertisement Button for our clients. You will be at the very top of the sidebar and this is one spot only. First come, first serve.

  • 1 Month $50
  • 3 Months $135
  • 6 Months $240
  • 12 Months $450 (plus Paypal and processing fees)

Note: November and December 2017 booked 

 

 

Tier 4: Social Media Graphics and Memes. I am now offering a memes package plus Social Media Headers.

 

  • 5 memes using royalty-free images and quotes from your books $20 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
  • Twitter Header $5 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
  • Facebook Cover $5 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
  • Google+ Cover $5 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
  • Website Banner $5 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
 
** Sale pricing does not apply to virtual assistant services.**
Please fill out the information below and we’ll be happy to get back to you. Due to the volume of inquiries, it may take anywhere from 24 hours to three business days for us to respond.

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#Authors, Need Help With Book Promotion? We’re Running a Huge Sale! #books #marketing


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Need some help with marketing and promotion? Now’s a great time to sign up for our services. Buy one service, get one (equal or less value) for free! That’s right, you save 50% off every single service. Here’s a list of our services and pricing:

Tier 2: Book/blog promotion and marketing for a small fee. You have the option of the following and the fee is $11.50 per service:

Author Interview

Author Spotlight

Book Spotlight (includes extended excerpt)

Book Series Spotlight

Cover Reveal

Trailer Reveal

Guest Post (your choice of topic)

Top Ten (your choice of topic)

Character Interview

Twitter Book Blast with Graphics (one day – 7 tweets- I’ll tweet about your book sale to my Twitter followers)

**NEW SERVICE: Twitter Sale Service (one day – 8 custom tweets – I’ll tweet about your book sale with cover/memes/graphics you provide)

Book Review by either Mr. N or Mrs. N (depending on when you need it by, a book review ranges in price)

  • 12 Weeks $11.50
  • 2 Weeks $85.50
  • Rush 3 Business Days $143.00

 

Amazon US Ranking as of March 1, 2017 is 20,648

Amazon CA Ranking as of March 1, 2017 is 4,492

Amazon UK Ranking as of March 1, 2017 is 60,867

 

Tier 3: Advertisement Button on the left sidebar. Authors and professionals in the book industry can advertise on this website for a super-low fee of $6 a week/$20 a month (plus Paypal and processing fees).

We’re also offering a Top Spot Advertisement Button for our clients. You will be at the very top of the sidebar and this is one spot only. First come, first serve.

  • 1 Month $50
  • 3 Months $135
  • 6 Months $240
  • 12 Months $450 (plus Paypal and processing fees)

Tier 4: Social Media Graphics and Memes. I am now offering a memes package plus Social Media Headers.

  • 5 memes using royalty-free images and quotes from your books $20 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
  • Twitter Header $5 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
  • Facebook Cover $5 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
  • Google+ Cover $5 (plus Paypal and processing fees)
  • Website Banner $5 (plus Paypal and processing fees)

Tier 5: Social Media/Book Marketing Advice and Virtual Assistance. Need a marketing plan, someone to come to for advice or help you with various ghost writing projects? I can provide a solid marketing plan as well as help you with ghost writing guest posts, interviews, tweets and/or blog posts. The fee is $30/hour.

**NEW SERVICE: Tweet Package (tweet creation service – I’ll provide daily/weekly/monthly tweets for you to use; pricing on a case-by-case basis – email for a quote)

Note: You can sign up for multiple services and schedule them for an upcoming release later in the year.

If you’re interested please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch:

#Authors: Get Real on #SocialMedia and Readers Will Respond #ASMSG #IARTG


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“Marketing is first and foremost about connecting.” – Wendy Paine Miller

Today’s publishing market requires authors to wear several hats, one of them being marketer. For many authors, they haven’t a clue what to do or how to get the word out about their book(s). I see it all the time on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn; authors posting about their books in an unending stream of impersonal tweets and posts.

“BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK, PLEASE!”

I shake my head because these authors miss the whole point. Social media is at its core, social. It’s a powerful marketing tool, if you know how to use it. Let me give you an example:

Back in 2012, I wrote my debut novel, Princess of the Light. When the time came to edit and publish it, I started chatting with some of my Twitter followers about it. Nothing major, just musings and observations. People started asking me more about it and I shared the story behind POTL. They were intrigued and as a result bought it when it was released. I’m proud to say they were my first readers and have been loyal ever since.

How did I do it? I made a connection and readers responded.

When I’m on social media, I’m a real person, not some robot. I talk about more than my books. I talk about baking, sports, what I’m reading, writing, editing, cooking, interesting articles I’ve read, news, politics, supporting food banks, the weather… the topics are endless. I’m being social and in this day and age of automation and technology, the simple act of saying good morning makes a huge impact.

So, what about book marketing?

I’m a writer and as a writer, I take great pride in crafting attention-grabbing tweets. Words are my thing and especially on Twitter, it’s a challenge to grab the reader by the collar so that they’ll want to click-through to learn more. I love it, though, because it hones my writing skills. I encourage all authors to try it.

Here are ten quick tips to help you get real on social media:

  • Use this formula when posting on social media – 20% book marketing, 10% small talk (weather, exercising, cooking, etc.), 30% retweets, 20% personal (I use this to post baking/cooking pics), 20% other interests (sports, hobbies, news, politics, etc.)

 

  • Post consistently on social media. I know time is a rare commodity for all of us. So whether you’re on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook, post consistently. The so-called experts tell us that we should only be posting x number of times per day/week. Listen, do what works for you. For me, I post on my blog 5 days a week, tweet every 20 minutes or so (thanks to Triberr) and post to Pinterest at least once a week. It’s all I have time for but it works for me. Consistency is the key.

 

  • Use graphics/images in all of your posts. Humans are, as a rule, visual people. We eat with our eyes first, or so says my husband (Retired Chef MR N). People identify with an image and sometimes that image has a bigger impact than the wording below.

 

  • If a follower/reader asks you a question on social media, respond. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tweeted an author and get no response. Listen, you’re not as busy as Harlan Coben or Jamie Oliver. Yet, both of these authors have responded to my tweets. It takes a few moments and yet has a huge impact on the reader.

 

  • Retweet/Like/Reblog on social media. Not only is this a great way to meet new people, it’s a sneaky marketing move to gain new followers. The more followers you have, the bigger your social media reach, the more likely you’ll find new readers to buy your books. I employ the Golden Rule on social media (do unto others as you would like done to you) and it really pays off.

 

  • Be real on social media. I know this sounds obvious but I’ve encountered so many authors who tell me they can’t be themselves online. “I can’t be myself, I’m an author.” Why not? I’m sure if Ernest Hemingway were alive today, he’d be spouting honest tweets in the middle of the night for all of us to see. My point is, you have to be yourself or else no one is going to read your books. Readers are attracted to a story, sure, but they first want to know about the author. Be real and let your followers see a little piece of yourself. I do this with my pics of baking/cooking and chatting with others on Twitter.

 

  • Don’t spam complete strangers on social media. What would Miss Manners say? We all hate spam and spammers are all over social media. I see a lot of authors send tweets to complete strangers about their book, myself included. It grates on my nerves because I’m receiving book sale info about a perfect stranger. Instead, start following people you’re interested in connecting with and once a conversation has been initiated, then maybe mention your book.

 

  • Use hashtags. I can’t emphasize this enough. We’re all busy and lead jam-packed lives. We sometimes only have a few minutes while waiting to pick up the kids from school or on a lunch break so we scroll through our feeds. We subscribe to hashtags and see what’s new. Hashtags are a great way to connect with people of similar interests. Some of my favorite book-related hashtags include: #books, #amreading, #FridayReads, #TuesdayBookBlog, #bookboost, #goodreads, etc.

 

  • Don’t ever, ever respond to a blogger/reviewer negatively on social media. It’s bound to happen. A reader/reviewer/blogger will not like your book. In fact, they may even bash you personally for no reason whatsoever. You’ll feel tempted to correct them or defend yourself. STEP AWAY FROM THE KEYBOARD/DEVICE! I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen authors taking to social media in response to a bad review/comment. I call this authors behaving badly. Listen, there’s going to be plenty of readers who won’t love/get/understand/relate to/respect your book(s). It’s part of the being a writer/storyteller. How? Vent to your inner circle via email/text/phone but never by social media. You’ll never convince them and it will make you look unprofessional. Instead, go read a few raving reviews.

 

  • Use the Tupperware marketing approach.

In 1942, Earl Tupper developed his first bell shaped container; the brand products were introduced to the public in 1948. Tupperware pioneered the direct marketing strategy made famous by the Tupperware party. The Tupperware Party allowed for women of the 1950s to work and enjoy the benefits of earning an income without completely taking away the independence granted to women during the Second World War when women first began entering the labor market, all the while keeping their focus in the domestic domain. (Wikipedia)

Word of Mouth marketing is one of the best marketing strategies, especially for authors, because it’s organic and driven by honest customers. Imagine you’re at a dinner party and the topic turns to books. What’s everyone been reading? You then begin to share with everyone at the party about that book you just finished. People pay attention because there’s nothing false about it, just your opinion. No hidden agenda, no secret business dealings, just one reader’s opinion. Authors need to tap into this marketing ploy and here’s how: Ask your readers to leave a review online and if they liked it, tell at least two friends about it. Now, there’s no way to track it but that’s the beauty of it. You’re asking the reader to help you in a very important way. Suddenly, they have an active role, not a passive one. Think organic, think natural, think honest. At the end of the day, that’s how books sell: word of mouth.

 

It’s time to take these easy marketing techniques and put them into practice. Get real on social media and watch your readership grow. It might take some time and planning but then anything worth doing takes time. It takes years of pressure and patience to create a diamond. Trust me, it’s worth it.

 

Do you have any questions and/comments about social media marketing? I’d love to hear from you. If you know someone who might enjoy this article, please share using the buttons below.

Let’s bring back the social in social media!

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N.N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N.

Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

Navigating Indieworld by @CarolePRoman and @Awaywegomedia_ #bookreview #POTLReads #IARTG


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Title: Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book

Author: J.A. Gerber (Author), Carole P. Roman (Author)

Genre: Writing Research & Publishing Guides, Self Publishing, Editing

 

Book Blurb:

Social media guru, Julie A. Gerber and award-winning author of forty-three best-selling books, Carole P. Roman, team up to travel the winding road of self-publishing, promoting, and marketing a book. Join these two experts as they share their vast store of experience in an easy to read book.

 

Learn why you need a beta reader and the importance of a good editor. Make a list of what you need to do when choosing an illustrator. Compare the many ways to promote your book.

 

Navigating Indieworld will end up being your travel guide as you journey from writer to published author.

 

My Review:

No matter whether you are self-published or traditional, seasoned vet or newbie, you must read this book! It’s just as valuable to own as your dictionary, thesaurus and Manual of Style (S&W or Chicago).

Award-Winning Author Carole P. Roman and Julie Gerber are experts in the world of Indie publishing and in this book, they take you step-by-step through the writing, editing, formatting, publishing and marketing process. Their tips and techniques are spot-on and I wish I had this reference when first started out.

Navigating Indieworld reads like a workshop with two experienced women who make the reader feel comfortable and at ease. They want to share their wisdom with other writers/authors and I, for one, am supremely grateful.

A must read for any writer/blogger/author! Grab this book today and discover the secrets to Navigating Indieworld.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Navigating-Indieworld-Beginners-Self-Publishing-Marketing-ebook/dp/B01LDH31CM

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31821651-navigating-indieworld?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Author(s) Biography:

Julie A. Gerber is the founder of Away We Go Media, a social media management and consulting firm for authors. She is the Executive Vice President, Business Manager, and Director of Social Media at TopShelf Indie Authors & Books, Director of TopShelf Magazine, and co-author of Tortured Souls: The House On Wellfleet Bluffs. She can usually be found at home refereeing her sons or glued to her desktop as she works from home. She lives in Georgia with her husband, two kids, and her little sidekick, a doting Pekingese rescue named Abby. Visit her at www.awaywegomedia.com .

 

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/  

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/  

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks  

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman  

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

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#Authors, Save 50% on July Ad Buttons and Get Seen by Millions! #ASMSG #IARTG #Books


N. N. Light Author Promotions (1)

 

Every author (traditional, small pub or indie) knows how hard it is to reach readers and one way to create buzz is to advertise. We at N. N. Light Author Promotions understand that and are here to help.

 

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We’re offering our Advertisement Buttons for only $11.50 USD in July. It’s a perfect time to increase your readership and you save 50% off regular price. You have the opportunity to advertise two books/ads. All we need is two book covers/ads along with a link for each book/ad.

Our social media reach is over 30 million and we get over 200 hits per day.

 

Fill out the form below (or send us an email nnlight@protonmail.com) and we’ll invoice you via Paypal. Spots fill up fast so sign up today.

Book Marketing 101: 3 Tips to Promote Your Book(s) Without Driving Away Readers #authors #marketing


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“You’ve just published a book. Congratulations! You’ve done something that many have tried and few have succeeded. Give yourself a pat on the back… then put on your thinking cap. It’s time for the next step: promoting your book.”

Ruth A. Casie invited me to appear on her blog to talk about book marketing for all authors. I offer three tried and true tips to promote your book(s) without driving away readers/followers.

Check it out and then come back and let me know what tips you have on book promotion:

http://ruthacasie.blogspot.ca/2016/02/books-chocolate-and-wine-with-nn-light.html 

Question Time: What do you struggle with the most when it comes to book promotion? I’d love to hear from you. I’m happy to answer any and all questions, too.

Mrs. N aka N. N. Light

N. N. Light’s 5 Sure-Fire Tips to a Successful Author Interview #writingtips #bookpromotion #authors


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Ask a roomful of authors how they feel about author interviews and you’ll likely clear the room. For many authors, debut as well as seasoned, conducting an interview is scary. There’s a lot of pressure and it’s easy to get caught up in it.

How can I create the right first impression?

How do I want to be perceived?

What do I want someone to remember about me?

Why can’t I just talk about my book?

What if I come across as dumb?

These questions and more pummel an author until he/she lies in a puddle on the floor. Listen, promoting yourself as well as your books is essential in the industry. Readers want to know about you first and your books second. The quickest way to do that is to do an author interview.

As you may or may not know, I’m a book marketer and I help authors every day market themselves and their books. Whether it is through an author interview or a guest post, you are trying to connect with the reader. They want to know more about you and what makes you tick. They want to know what inspired you to write your books. They want to get an inside glimpse into the inner workings of you, the author, before they buy your book.

I have seen many authors make mistakes when it comes to the author interview and many excel at it. I want to help you give the best possible interview. Here are my top five tips:

1- Breathe. Breathe Breathe. This is not the end of the world. In fact, this is exciting! Someone out there wants to have you on their blog/website. They find you interesting enough to interview and promote you. High five!

2- Study the questions carefully. Each blog/website has a different set of questions they want answered. Some, like mine, give you a lot of questions to choose from. If you have the option of let’s say eight questions, make sure to have a mixture of professional and personal questions. Remember, you are aiming this at the average reader. They want to get to know you. As a rule, I like to mention my love of baking and/or chocolate. It allows me to relate on a more personal level.

3- Answer the questions in detail. There is nothing worse than an author interview that has short choppy answers. Where do you live? Don’t just name a town but chat a little about it. Entice the reader with a snapshot into your personal life. You are a writer and words are your friends. Let your natural ability shine when answering the questions. First impressions are important and you want the reader to remember you in a positive way.

4- Proofread the interview at least twice. As a rule, I don’t edit author interviews that are scheduled on this blog. It’s not my place to rework your words. My job is to present you in an eye-appealing way and to get the message out there about you. Read it aloud and make sure it flows well.

5- Follow the instructions to the letter and send off your interview. Every blog/website has a set of rules for what they need. For me, I need the interview, author bio, buy links, social media links and blurb all saved in a word doc. In addition, I need a book cover and an author photo. I ask for these things to be emailed to me no later than three days before the scheduled interview. I can’t stress this enough, FOLLOW directions! I have heard from my fellow promoters/bloggers how many times this gets overlooked by the author. Many of us have day jobs and it takes time to create an blog post/ author interview, not mention scheduling the marketing via social media. Having everything sent in one email makes it so much easier to get it done quickly.

Author interviews are a great way to meet new readers and connect with a new circle of followers. It doesn’t have to be scary and please, don’t freak out. In my opinion, it’s one of the easiest ways (besides Twitter) to mesh well with readers. Get creative and most importantly, have fun!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

What’s Up With the Sidebar? Recommended Books and Professionals #amreading #amwriting


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Greetings book lovers, writers, authors and industry professionals!

You may have noticed a few changes on the blog, including the sidebar on the left. A lot of people ask me for recommendations and I thought instead of a few chosen people knowing my recommendations, everyone can. Starting in November and moving forward, the sidebar to the left will feature books and industry professionals I recommend. Take a peek and find a new book to read.

Writers/Authors, it’s so hard to find qualified professionals in the book industry. There’s so much to choose from. I understand, trust me. I stake my reputation on those to the left. They’re professional, hard-working people who want to help you succeed.

Be sure to check back every couple of weeks as the books can change.

Happy reading!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

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Book Spotlight: The Cowboy’s Little Surprise by @BarbaraWDaille #Romance #MFRWAuthor


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Book Title: The Cowboy’s Little Surprise

Author Name: Barbara White Daille

Genre: Short contemporary romance

 

Book Blurb:

THE LONG WAY HOME

A guy like Cole Slater is hard to forget. Tina Sanchez should know—for years since high school she’s tried to bury the pain of Cole’s cruel betrayal. But it’s impossible to ignore the man she sees reflected in her young son’s eyes now that Cole is back in her life—and about to meet the child he never knew he had.

Returning home to New Mexico, Cole is determined to put his playboy reputation to rest. Especially now that he knows there’s a little boy looking up to him. And seeing Tina again reignites all the feelings Cole ran from as a teen. Despite his fear that he can’t be the man Tina deserves, he’s determined to try. For his son’s sake—and his own.

 

 Excerpt:

When Cole crossed the corral to reach her, Tina forced a smile. “He’s getting the hang of it,” she said. “We’ll have him on a trail ride before he knows it.”

“I see a rodeo win in his future.”

“A champion belt buckle, for sure.”

Scott gave a shaky laugh.

“Great riding, pardner,” Cole said.

To his credit, he seemed to be doing his best to be a good uncle to his nephew…and to form a bond with both Scott and Robbie. The thought touched her heart at the same time it threw her into a tailspin.

She swallowed hard and looked at the little boy. “Ready to stop for today?”

When he nodded, Cole lifted him out of the saddle, then swung him to the ground on the other side of the fence.

“I ride like the big kids, Uncle Cole!”

“Just like them, all right,” he agreed, removing the boy’s riding helmet.

Giggling, Scott ran to join Robbie at one of the low benches set a few yards from the corral fence.

She had to swallow hard again before she could speak. “For someone who claims he swore off kids, you’re doing a good job.”

“I’ve had a great example to follow.” He smiled, his dimples flashing. “Seriously, Tina, I’ve never seen anyone as good with kids as you are.”

She grimaced. “I’m betting you haven’t had much experience watching anyone interact with children.”

“I’ve seen enough to know you’ve got a lot of patience.”

Giving the lie to his statement, impatience ran through her.

Confusion did, too. She blamed that on the mixed messages she was receiving—from herself.

She didn’t want to talk with Cole about her skills with kids. At times, she didn’t want to talk to him at all…Inwardly, she winced at that echo of the final night of their long-ago weekend together. The old memory and her fresh guilt made her wish for an escape.

Instead, she forced herself to meet Cole’s eyes, the same shade of blue as the sky above them. The same shade as Robbie’s.

“Scott did very well,” she told him. “He said it was his first time on horseback.”

He looked over toward the boys. “I guess Layne never had much time to take him riding.”

“It’s a shame he isn’t comfortable around horses, since he lives in a ranching community. You could help change that.”

“Maybe.” He kept his focus on the kids. The brim of his Stetson shadowed his eyes, but she could see his profile, the strong curve of his jawline, one corner of his mouth…

She wanted to move closer. Close enough for a kiss.

Instead, she grasped the pony’s rope and got a grip on her pride—before it could desert her entirely.

 

Buy Links:

 

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Surprise-Harlequin-American-Romance%5C-Hitching/dp/0373755643

 

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cowboys-little-surprise-barbara-white-daille/1120323490?ean=9780373755646

 

Books-a-Million http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Cowboys-Little-Surprise/Barbara-White-Daille/9780373755646?id=6188230701440

 

Harlequin http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=58890

 

Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-cowboy-s-little-surprise

 

IndieBound http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780373755646

 

 

Barbara White Daille

 

 

Author Biography:

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny U.S. Southwest, where they don’t mind the lizards in their front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom.

A writer from the age of nine and a novelist since eighth grade, Barbara is now an award-winning author with a number of novels to her credit.

The first book in The Hitching Post Hotel series, The Cowboy’s Little Surprise, debuts in April 2015, with other books in the series to follow in July and December.

 

Social Media Links:

Website  http://www.barbarawhitedaille.com

Blog  http://www.barbarawhitedaille.com/blog

Twitter  https://twitter.com/BarbaraWDaille

Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/barbarawhitedaille

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Author Interview: 5 Tips to Ace It Without Freaking Out #ASMSG #IARTG #MFRWOrg


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Photo Credit: pa-prive.com

 

Ask a roomful of authors how they feel about writing author interviews and you’ll likely clear the room. For many authors, debut as well as seasoned, conducting an interview is scary. There’s a lot of pressure and it’s easy to get caught up in it.

How can I create the right first impression?

How do I want to be perceived?

What do I want someone to remember about me?

Why can’t I just talk about my book?

What if I come across as dumb?

These questions and more pummel an author until he/she lies in a puddle on the floor. Listen, promoting yourself as well as your books is essential in the industry. Readers want to know about you first and your books second. The quickest way to do that is to do an author interview.

As you may or may not know, I’m a book marketer and I help authors every day market themselves and their books. Whether it is through an author interview or a guest post, you are trying to connect with the reader. They want to know more about you and what makes you tick. They want to know what inspired you to write your books. They want to get an inside glimpse into the inner workings of you, the author, before they buy your book.

I have seen many authors make mistakes when it comes to the author interview and many excel at it. I want to help you give the best possible interview. Here are my top five tips:

1- Breathe. Breathe Breathe. This is not the end of the world. In fact, this is exciting! Someone out there wants to have you on their blog/website. They find you interesting enough to interview and promote you. High five!

2- Study the questions carefully. Each blog/website has a different set of questions they want answered. Some, like mine, give you a lot of questions to choose from. If you have the option of let’s say eight questions, make sure to have a mixture of professional and personal questions. Remember, you are aiming this at the average reader. They want to get to know you. As a rule, I like to mention my love of baking and/or chocolate. It allows me to relate on a more personal level.

3- Answer the questions in detail. There is nothing worse than an author interview that has short choppy answers. Where do you live? Don’t just name a town but chat a little about it. Entice the reader with a snapshot into your personal life. You are a writer and words are your friends. Let your natural ability shine when answering the questions. First impressions are important and you want the reader to remember you in a positive way.

4- Proofread the interview at least twice. As a rule, I don’t edit author interviews that are scheduled on this blog. It’s not my place to rework your words. My job is to present you in an eye-appealing way and to get the message out there about you. Read it aloud and make sure it flows well.

5- Follow the instructions to the letter and send off your interview. Every blog/website has a set of rules for what they need. For me, I need the interview, author bio, buy links, social media links and blurb all saved in a word doc. In addition, I need a book cover and an author photo. I ask for these things to be emailed to me no later than three days before the scheduled interview. I can’t stress this enough, FOLLOW directions! I have heard from my fellow promoters/bloggers how many times this gets overlooked by the author. Many of us have day jobs and it takes time to create an blog post/ author interview, not mention scheduling the marketing via social media. Having everything sent in one email makes it so much easier to get it done quickly.

Author interviews are a great way to meet new readers and connect with a new circle or followers. It doesn’t have to be scary and please, don’t freak out. In my opinion, it’s one of the easiest ways (besides Twitter) to mesh well with readers. Get creative and most importantly, have fun!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

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Do Book Award Stickers/ Best-Selling Author Tags Matter When You Buy Books? #Amreading


I have seen a lot of authors use “best-selling” or “award-winning” on their books recently and I wanted to know what readers all over the world think. Please take a second and answer this poll:

In my own personal view, awards and seeing an author is “best-selling” doesn’t influence whether I buy a book or not. The book cover and blurb convince me to buy a book.

Is it just another marketing tool to sell more books?

I’d love to hear your opinion so please comment below.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

 

 

All You Need is a Smile: RUNAWAY SMILE by @Nicholas_Rossis #kidlit #authorinterview


** I fell in love with this children’s book by my dear friend, Nicholas Rossis, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Today, Nicholas took time out of his busy schedule to sit down for an interview and to spotlight his pride and joy, Runaway Smile. Take it away, Nicholas. **

What is your writing process?

 

As I have to juggle a day job along with my writing, I write every chance I get. I usually come up with my plots and subplots early in the morning, still in bed, then hurry downstairs to write them down. I’m lucky in that I work from home, so I find it easier to manage my time between the web design and writing.

 

As soon as the first draft is complete, I edit until everything’s to my satisfaction. Then, it’s off to my beta readers. I have half a dozen trusted people who “get” my work. At first I used to think that the more betas I use, the better. However, I gradually realized this is not the case. You want people who will be the most helpful with their comments, and this requires a certain chemistry that’s not easy to find.

 

After the betas offer their feedback, it’s time for more editing, to implement their suggestions. Once that is complete, I send it to my editor and proofreader. Only after that last step is the book ready to be published. The final step is working on the book covers, announcing it on social media and organizing the marketing side of things.

 

What book do you wish you could have written?

 

It’s two, actually. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach, and The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. These are my favorite books of all time, along with the Tao Te Ching.

 

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

 

As my writing covers multiple genres, many! Antoine de Saint-Exupery has influenced me greatly, as can be seen with Runaway Smile, my children’s book.

 

With science fiction, I’d have to say Philip K. Dick more than anyone. I consider him a modern-day prophet and would have loved to sit down with him and chat, in order to understand how his great mind worked. His short stories have taught me everything I need to know about that genre.

 

Finally, George R. R. Martin has been a great influence to my fantasy work with his Song of Ice and Fire. I have read all his books and just love them. I consider his work ground-breaking in many more ways than are currently appreciated.

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

 

Book-wise, Runaway Smile. I often joke this is my Little Prince. If I wrote nothing else, I still believe this would be enough of a legacy to leave to the world.

 

In my personal life, landing Electra, my gorgeous, smart wife. I keep worrying that one of these days she’ll have enough of me, but happily this hasn’t happened yet.

 

Have you always liked to write?

 

Ever since I remember myself, I have enjoyed writing. At school, many of my classmates dreaded essay-writing, whereas I could count on my essays to be read in class. So, when I finished high school, I figured I’d try writing.

 

Expecting words of praise, I showed one of my short stories to a career councillor who was a family friend. Instead of the expected thumbs-up, she told me in no uncertain terms that I had no future in writing, and I had best focus my energy on a “proper” career.

 

So, I became an engineer, then an architect, then a web developer.

 

In 2009, I decided to try again my hand at writing. A newspaper had a segment called 9, that included a short science fiction story each week. Usually, these were translated into Greek, but every now and then you would see a story written by a Greek. So, I submitted my story, not expecting much.

 

They published it, and sent me a cheque for 150 euros. I was ecstatic. I quickly wrote another couple of stories and submitted them, but the newspaper had by then ran into financial trouble and discontinued that segment. So, I sent one of the stories to a short-story competition, and won. The story was (traditionally) published in an anthology called Invasion.

 

I then started working on my novel, Pearseus, which turned into a series. I first published that on Amazon in late 2013, certain that I was missing something: surely someone would call my bluff. Amazon would take a look and go, “hey, you’re not an author. What are you playing at?”

 

Instead, people bought Pearseus and reviewed it. They said nice things about it and actually paid to read my work.

 

Wow. People liked my work. This really was an eye opener, and I continued to write and publish. I’ve learned a lot, developed my voice and interacted with hundreds of wonderful people.

 

Then, the other day, the funniest thing happened. Remember that councillor I mentioned at the beginning? Apparently, she read Runaway Smile and asked my mother for my phone number – remember, this is someone I had not talked to in over 25 years.

 

Her first words were, “I wanted to congratulate you on your book. It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s clear that this is where your future lies. Don’t give up writing, it’s who you are and what you’re meant to be doing.”

 

Needless to say, I almost dropped the phone with surprise. All I could say was “aha,” and “thank you.” Then, I hung up and turned to my wife. “You’ll never guess who that was…”

 

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

 

I read all my reviews. I love hearing what people thought of my work, good or bad. One has to let go of their ego and not mistake criticism for a personal attack. With the exception of one particularly weird and vicious review that made no sense (for example, it complained about the giants in my book – none of my work features any giants), I have found them all useful.

 

This doesn’t mean you have to follow everyone’s suggestions, of course. Sometimes I take people’s advice. Others, I ignore it. It’s a fine line, and I’ve learned to follow my gut on that.

 

As to dealing with bad reviews, I have a policy of not responding. It depends on whether it’s well-intentioned or not, of course. Nasty reviews can be safely ignored. Well-intentioned ones, however, are different. I make a point of thanking people who have left critical, yet well-intentioned reviews, as they have spent their precious time trying to help me improve my work. That’s a big thing.

 

What is your best marketing tip?

 

It can be summed up as follows: don’t sell your books – sell yourself. And the best way to do that is to:

  • be real,

  • be fun,

  • be helpful.

 

I have read many marketing guides, but have come to realize that it all boils down to how people perceive you. In marketing speech, your brand. In layman’s terms, “if people like what you’re saying, they’ll buy what you’re selling.”

 

Do you write naked?

 

I know that Greece can be quite hot in the summer, but no! Although half-naked, yes. Like I said, it can get pretty hot. Even with the fan or AC on, I prefer to stay with nothing but my shorts on.

 

What is your biggest fear?

 

I grew up in the middle of a forest, with no siblings or people around. Also, I was home alone a lot of the time. So, I’ve learned to deal with my fears. I’ve come to recognize that we’re never truly alone – thousands of critters surround us at all times. I know it sounds weird, but I find the thought of all this life around me consoling. It probably explains why I never kill any insects, too.

 

Anyway, growing up, my best friends were books, which is why I love reading and writing so much. However, it did mean it was a pretty lonely childhood. I think that’s why my greatest fear is to be alone. I do enjoy my “me” time, but love my friends, both online and offline. More than anything, I enjoy sharing my life with the missus, of course.

 

What do you want your tombstone to say?

 

Probably that I wrote Runaway Smile. That would mean it’s become the household name it deserves to be!

 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

 

Healing. Whenever I see someone suffer, man or animal, I wish I could take away their pain. Also, I love understanding what makes people tick. So, anything that helps with that.

Telepathy, I guess, but not  the usual “I can tell if you’re lying” variety.

Am I allowed to give two answers?

 

What secret talents do you have?

 

I have a good singing voice and play the guitar. In fact, I earned some extra cash as a student in Edinburgh by playing at weddings and various events.

 

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What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

 

I love dreams. There are a few recurring dreams or themes at times, but generally speaking there’s too many of them to mention here. I’ve kept a dream journal since I was a teenager, and most of my inspiration comes through that. A large part of my first drafts is copied almost verbatim from dreams!

 

Book info:

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Runaway Smile: an unshared smile is a wasted smile

A children’s book by Nicholas C. Rossis

 

Book blurb:

 

“I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…”

 

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

 

Book excerpt:

 As soon as the boy saw those, his heart fluttered.  For sure, this is someone who has plenty of smiles to spare!  He hopped towards the king, who waved at him.The boy was about to carefully cross a street, when he heard gasps and applause.  A king approached, atop his courtiers.  He looked like an egg, short and round, and wore a towering crown on his head.  The boy did not notice any of this though; all he saw was the wide smiles the king threw at everyone.

 

“How’re you today, son?”

 

He grabbed the boy to pull him up, embracing him tightly with one hand, the other motioning a photographer over.  The man ran and snapped a photo, briefly blinding the boy, who blinked as the king threw him back onto the street.

 

“Wait, I need your help!” the boy shouted.

 

“Well, what can I do for you?” the king asked and turned towards the camera, beaming his widest smile.  The boy looked at him in awe; that was just the kind of smile he wanted!The king paused for a second.  A courtier rushed over to whisper something into the king’s ear.  The king nodded in agreement.  “His Majesty generously saves loyal subject.  What a great story!” he murmured and motioned to a journalist, who dashed over to keep notes, while the photographer took one picture after another.  The boy raised his hand before his eyes to escape the hard flashes of light.

 

“That’s exactly what I want!” he said, pointing at the king’s head.

 

“My head?” he yelled in alarm.

 

“The king’s head!  The boy wants the king’s head!” the courtiers shouted in desperation and bolted away, throwing the king unceremoniously onto the street.  He crashed on his royal posterior.

 

“I only wanted your smile,” the boy said as tears swelled in his eyes.“Wait!” he cried out after his courtiers, but within a few seconds the street lay empty.  The king got up slowly and grimaced, rubbing his throbbing behind.   “Now look what you’ve done!  It’ll take me forever to gather them back!”

 

The king looked at him and let out a deep sigh.  He had no smiles left, not even a wee one, and he shook his head sadly.

The boy hung his head and turned away, laboriously dragging the cart behind him.

 

Illustrations from Runaway Smile:

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** Aren’t those incredible? **

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Connect/buy links

Nicholas is all around the Internet, but the best place to find him would be his blog, http://nicholasrossis.me/ .

 

Anyone interested in his books can check them out on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA/

 

People can read Runaway Smile for free on http://nicholasrossis.me/childrens-books/

or buy it from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Smile-fairy-unshared-wasted-ebook/dp/B00QQC2YLY/

 

Other places to connect with him include:

 

Twitter – www.twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+NicholasRossis

Facebook www.facebook.com/NicholasCRossis

Calling All Authors: The Key to Successful Social Media Promotion #bookpromotion #marketing #IARTG


Social Media

Social media and book promotion are two hot topics for authors. What’s the most effective way? How much time should you spend on promoting?

 

No matter whether you are traditionally, indie or self published, all authors need to promote their books. In the current publishing market, authors are taking the reins in social media marketing and I, for one, am proof that any author can be successful. Promoting your book can be overwhelming at first, but if you follow my lead, you will draw more readers and sell more books.

 

I started writing Princess of the Light back in 2012. Being a social media novice at the time, I started tweeting about my writing. I think I had only 500 followers at the time, but the more I talked about my writing, the more followers I gained. Here are some examples I used:

 

-Hey everyone, I am off to work on my book. The characters are really developing and calling my name.

-Hey Twitterworld, it has been fun but alas I must get some work done. Off I go to my #writing corner.

 

-I get so excited for this time of day because it is officially #writingtime. Have a great afternoon.

 

 

Suddenly, people started to reply. They wanted to know what I was writing and how it was going. People are genuinely curious about things, especially books and writers. They want to get an inside glimpse into what it takes to write a book. Through Twitter, I gained many followers and the buzz started to happen for Princess of the Light. I interacted with people on Twitter and they soon wanted to know when it would be published.

 

I also started writing a blog. I was nervous at first because, hey, it’s a lot more than 140 characters. What was I going to write about? Would anyone care? I knew I wanted to start out somehow and connect it with my book. Since my book was inspiring, I started writing an Inspirational Thought of the Day. I also started crafting blog posts about my writing experiences and writing tips.

 

It was slow at first, but once I connected my blog posts to Twitter, I started to gain followers to my blog. I interacted with my followers and was myself. I have found that if you are yourself, people will flock to you.

 

After the blog hit 500 followers, I started spreading my wings to other social media outlets. The more I interacted with people, the more they seemed to be interested in buying my book. Sure, it was time-consuming, but in my opinion, it was time well spent.

 

The key for me in promoting my book on any social media outlet is building connections. There are a zillion books out there and in order for mine to stand out, I needed to be authentic and approachable. I am not out there to give a hard sell of my book. BUY MY BOOK! READ THIS NOW! BUY! BUY! BUY!

 

Sure, I tell people where they can buy my book along with the link. But I am also on Twitter and Facebook talking about writing, feeding the homeless, reading great books, inspiring people to be the best they can be, inspiring kindness and of course, spreading the Light. People connect with me on a human level and people will remember me for being kind. They will remember my book the next time they have $10 to spend at Amazon.

 

So here are my top eight quick tips for successful social media promotion:

  • If you are on Twitter (and I highly recommend it for every writer/author), be creative in your tweets. You are trying to attract readers, so have fun with words. Sure, you have a limited number of characters, but you are a writer and you can be creative. Think about the tweets that pique your interest. What would make you click on a link about a book?

 

  • Sign up for Hootsuite. I can’t stress this enough! Your time is precious and Hootsuite is a fabulous author helper. It helps you schedule tweets, posts, etc. while giving you analytics at the same time. This is invaluable because Hootsuite can tell you what tweet got the most response. It’s a huge help and it’s free!

 

  • Post short sweet posts on Facebook and try to post a picture too. I take graphics from Google with a quote related to either writing, reading or my book. I usually either ask a question or make a statement. People don’t have much time and I have found on Facebook, the shorter the better.

 

  • When signing off on a blog post, always ask for comments and shares. It seems like a no-brainer, but it reminds people to interact and spread the word. People love to share good articles with their friends and followers.

 

  • Don’t forget to use Google+ on all your blog posts. Not only will this increase your circle of influence, it will get you into Google search faster. Google search is key in attracting new readers and new followers. After I publish each blog post, I post it to Google+. It takes a second and it really works. Make sure you have the settings set to share your post to Your Circles and Public. “Public” are those people who don’t know you yet but Google can show them your post.

 

  • Goodreads is an absolute must for all authors. I follow several of their groups and make sure to interact on the message boards. It’s a great way to find new readers and connect with other authors. It’s also a free advertising avenue.

 

  • Retweet other authors and others related to your book’s interest on Twitter. This is a common courtesy and it really creates goodwill amongst readers. Authors and writers are readers too. When you show kindness to others, it will come back to you tenfold.

 

  • On all social media outlets, talk about more than your book. You have other interests, don’t you? I talk about everything under the sun including baking, cooking, the weather, sports, news, music, television and many more topics. It will show you are real and well rounded.

 

You know more about your book than anyone else. You should be the one to promote your books to readers. You are the #1 expert and it will come across in your promotion on social media. I hope these tips help you in your promotion of your book. Soon, it will come naturally to you and you will have more followers/readers than you know what to do with.

 

All authors, no matter if they are traditionally or independently published, are expected to be on social media and to promote their book. It can be overwhelming and I hope my tips for successful social media promotion help my fellow authors.

 

What’s your #1 social media tip? Share in the comments below.

 

 

N. N. Light