More promotion, reviewer, and tweet sites

 

Cats BookstoreWhen I’m writing I put aside lots of information to use for marketing when I’m done. This blog is the result of checking out book promotion and other sites from new twitter follwers/following. For a list of sites I visited previously see Top Promotion Sites – Sell, Book, and Kindle on Multi-musings. I like to share, but if you appreciate my efforts here, I’d love it if you’d read and review Something Fishy in Manhattan – it’s free in Kindle books on Amazon, August 2 and 3. Just sayin’.

I visited each site, but don’t  endorse any of them and am not responsible if your favorite tweet service isn’t included. I just want to make it easier for authors to find the type of site they need.

 Sites that promote your book to subscribed readers

  • digital book today     –     need 18 reviews to list for $15
  • Noveltunity                 –     go to ‘contact’ upload 3 chapters only. synopsis, cover and video link
  • BookGoodies              –     submit free Kindle days $15 for 2 day highlight (One of my favorites)
  • Cheap books daily    –     $4.99 or less books with 5 reviews listed free
  • dailyfreebooks.com  –     they send a daily email (too much for me) to promote books
  • PeopleReads.com     –     need 10 reviews
  • eBooksGOT                –     eBooksGrowOnTrees – $20 to advertise ( need 3 days before promotion)
  • The Indie Spotlight  –     Banner $30 or $15 for 1 mo. block ad $20 or $10/mo – link to book or website
  • Kindle Promoter       –     Beware – you can enter your URL immediately but site goes to $167 – $497 pkg
  • 99cent books             –      actually is Cheap eBooks site; easy to add books but must be approved then
  • Book Buzz                  –      $99 promo; $199 in depth promo; $299 adds extra media coverage
  • Freebooksy                –      $50 featured post to 129k Fb, 8k twitter followers; add $100 for daily email
  • Libiro                          –      Indie only Bookstore; pays 75% royalty on the price you can choose
  • Goodkindles              –      Bronze pkg – $7.95; Silver – $13.95; Gold – $19.95
  • 4FreeBooks                –      actual site is contentMo.com    $19-$30
  • Book Viral                  –      promotion for approved book (they say 10%) is British $58.99 pounds
  • Sweet Mystery Books-    $10 feature or $20 for multiple books
  • Beach Bound Books  –     Social media pkgs 1 -90 days (Various $) or book ad only $5/15 days and up
  • Authordb                      –    added last but it’s a keeper I think. Approval at each step is fast

Sites that tweet and retweet your book details

         @Book Plugs                 @eBook Price Drops                @Book Tweeters                       @Ebooks Daily

@freebookdude              @Free_UK-eBooks                 @voice of indie                           @words.spnagaloo

@Free2kindle                 @BookYourNextRead  – this one will retweet if you include #BYNR in your post

You can enter your book blurb in the “tweet” box on the Twitter profile page for each of these. Some will suggest hashtags for greater reach.

Sites that review books

  1. Theindieview.com/indie-reviewers   is the most comprehensive – listing tons of reveiwers, their preferred genre, and review policy.
  2. Many bloggers offer reviews. Here are a few:     @everyfreechance (Chrissy)        @Shelireads   Red City Review            Geri’s Book Reviews              Angie Edwards, blogger              Getting your Read On      Book Review Diva (Romance & Paranormal)     Bookreviewbuzz.com  (at least 1 guaranteed review)

Other sites

         Speaking volumes – traditional publisher with help for banner ads, trailers, and audiobooks

         BooksGoScial         – author Laurence O’Bryan helps other writers with marketing

          Worldwind & TSR – tours for authors and bloggers – promote through The Serious Reader –    $90 mini tour (10 stops in 4 days) but also only $15 for monthly ad with TSR

         Candace’s Book Blog –  Book a tour for $225; also review packages for less

         Penniless Authors –  Resource for authors with How-to books for sale

         WinningWriters.com – contests and poetry

          Henery Press          – publishers of mysteries among other things

          AuthorRise              – tools for authors to track sales, market, and gauge social media

          IndieAuthorAlliance – support for authors

          DIY Author             – If sales are good and you can splurge, they offer a Media Kit for $897

         Indie-visible            – claim literary “justice for all” but I’m not sure how

That’s all I have

I hope you can use it

Jeanie Clemmens

I suppose it would be nagging if I reminded you that Something Fishy in Manhattan, a Lieutenant James Mystery, is free on Amazon August 2 and 3? I don’t mean to pester, but I think you’ll like it.

On Writing, Sports, and Money – Getting from Lack to Knack

JBCfootball     Multi-musings by Jeanie Clemmens 6/4/14

Loud clapping and shouts of “Give me a W-R-I-T-E” woke me very early this morning. My inner cheerleader wouldn’t stop and continued, S-H-A-R-E. You can see what she looked like at 6 a.m.

 

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I said I can’t (and don’t want to) jump as high as you do, but I’ll put you in my blog, if you go away.

Here’s the result:

SUGGESTION FOR WRITERS

So your well-written and meticulously edited book hasn’t captured the attention of an agent or sales are not as good as you’d hoped – FORGET ABOUT IT and WRITE ANOTHER BOOK.

“What,” you say, “how can that work? Wouldn’t I just end up with even more books that don’t sell? What about the money for producing, publishing, and marketing additional books?”

You can find reasons (ad nauseum) to not move on and you can question why your book is not a best-seller when you know it’s good, but who hits a home run their first time at bat?

Well, to be fair, 28 major league baseball players have hit a home run in their first appearance in the big league. See who  First time writers have produced best-sellers, granted, but what are the odds? (I don’t know and it’s shameful that I do know the odds of hitting a hole-in-one in golf  are 1 in 12,000 or 1 in 3756, if you’re in the PGA.)

The point is: the players don’t stop swinging when they miss. Now, you could argue that some of them  get paid a lot of money  to keep trying , but if it’s only money you’re interested in when you write, this blog won’t help. (Advice giving is not my specialty and I only share what’s written here because my inner cheerleader threatened to land on me if I didn’t).  Others have advocated the “Write More” philosophy and I didn’t really get it until I tried it.  The main problem with writing more books seemed to be:

LACK OF MONEY 

In between paychecks or after a budget killing expense is the worst time for a lot of people. “I need to get this” or “We can’t even go to…” are statements you don’t want to hear from your family, or even yourself. Some say finding things to do that don’t require money is “fun” but deep down you’d have more fun if you had more money, right?

Reading books and magazines (I already have) over again, baking the stale brownie mix from the back shelf of the pantry, or hitting practice golf balls in the backyard help me to pass the time until money arrives, but everybody has their own distraction and you should use what works for you.

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It helps if you put a LOCK on negative thoughts, adjust, and get through it. Forget what you consider lack of success with your first book, take what you’ve learned and write another. If you can’t afford to edit/publish/market the second one, write a third one while you’re waiting for (or working for) extra money. LOCK on a destination and head for it.*

LACK       LOCK       KNOCK      KNACK *

* Note for word puzzle fanatics, I know of no way of going from “LOCK” to “KNACK” by only changing one letter. Therefore, I bent the rules and changed “l” to “n” and added a “k”).

KNOCK yourself out, figuratively, and work harder at improving little things in your writing. While you should forget about the voices in your head that say “I’ll never get an agent”, “I was foolish to think I could write” or “I  LACK” such and such”, pay extra attention to the ones that say “I should expand my characters” or “Maybe I could edit better”.

Whatever honest criticism you give yourself has to be transformed into a better writing experience the more you write. (I won’t even address the issue of writers who have such a high opinion of themselves that they don’t see that they need to improve, let alone know how to do it. The ones who continually put out trash or keep trying to write the “perfect” bestseller are also excluded. They are the extremes; not the mean).

While you’re at it, KNOCK on doors (query agents, use promotion sites that are free, and ask for reviews). You don’t have to completely ignore your previous books to focus on the new one.

I’m far from a seasoned writer, but the more I write, the more I believe I might someday acquire the KNACK (I wasn’t born with) to write. I don’t ever expect to get the KNACK of doing splits and waving pom-poms, however. I will leave that to my cheerleading muse – but if she wakes me before 7 a.m.on a Saturday ever again, I’m going to take those pom-poms and _______ well, I’ve said enough.

A soccer field with an energetic cheerdancer Have a good write! Jeanie

Photo credit: All images here were purchased from fotolia.com. Golf statistics are from kidzworld.

Seafood Comes From the Sea, Right?

If you’re not lucky enough to live on a coast and have to buy your seafood inland, your choices are limited to supermarkets and maybe a fish market in a downtown strip district. I’m a writer, so why aren’t I writing my book like I did Something Fishy in Manhattan? Because sometimes I get stuck writing and my mind strays to what kind of FISH or SEAFOOD I’m going to make for dinner.  I started my research  by searching our supermarket’s weekly ad. A number of specials were IQF Salmon, fresh farm raised tilapia, and Alaska Sockeye Salmon: wild, natural, and sustainable; previously frozen.

I pictured dinner like this:Grilled salmon and vegetables Photo: Fotolia

What I didn’t know until I looked it up was that IQF wasn’t the company that provided the salmon but stood for Individually Quick Frozen instead. I had a lot to learn about fish, especially where it comes from. I’d finally gotten used to swai being sold at Walmart – it’s a “river-farmed catfish” of the Pangasius family – but according to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium in California (an authority on seafood and supplier to Whole Foods) the swai could be from the Mekong Delta or the Mississippi Delta which could make a difference in whether I bought it or not. Clearly I needed to research some more and find out the difference between farm raised and wild caught seafood.

50% of seafood worldwide is farm raised, according to NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), by aquaculture.

Opponents of this type of breeding claim substances like antibiotics and chemical polutants can be added and prove as harmful as mercury levels which can be higher in wild caught seafood. Fortunately in the U.S., companies like Whole Foods practice responsible aquaculture as do their suppliers, Blue Ocean Institute and Monterrey Bay Aquarium. But the U.S. imports 91% of the seafood that Americans eat and only inspects about 2% of it. It seems best to buy farm raised seafood from Whole Foods or at least look to see where it was raised. That is not to say that farm raised seafood from other countries is necessarily bad. You have to trust that your local supermarket is careful, that’s all. One of ours had an ad for Snow crab from the icy Bering Sea. I would have no problem buying that. Here’s an aquaculture farm:???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Photo: Dreamstime

The water looks clear and on the right, aerators add oxygen and provide flow.

50% of the world’s seafood, of course, is wild caught. I sometimes hesitate to buy it because you hear about higher mercury levels but the truth is that the health benefits (omega-3 acids) far outweigh the risks, and because the fish are not confined and swim freely they are less fatty than most farm-raised ones. That Organic Girl recommends wild caught seafood even though it can be 3 to 4 times more expensive. Incidently, there is not yet a standard for organic seafood so it is an incorrect usage if you see fish labelled “organic”.

The most enticing ads I saw were these two:

Wild Japanese Hokkaido Sea Scallops

Previously Frozen Wild Caught Fresh Scallops

I love sea scallops. I’m leaning toward getting the Hokkaido ones because we were just in Japan a few months ago. We ate all kinds of fish, cooked and raw, and had no idea where they came from. Everything was delicious including the green caterpillar (avocado and fish sushi) and ayu fish pictured below. Although Lent is over, the U.S. Department of Health suggests that we should eat more seafood – at least 3-6 oz per week or more – and that seafood on shelves at local supermarkets is safe to eat. In 2009, Americans ate 4.833 billions pound of it. Happy seafood shopping.

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I almost forgot one more fish thing: Don’t eat fugu (blowfish) unless you have death wish or you could end up like the villian in my book, Something Fishy in Manhattan (It’s less expensive on Smashwords, here, than Amazon above).

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What type of books do you like to read?

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Do you usually read only one genre of books? Maybe, like me, you read a lot of different types of books, but still have a favorite variety. I’ve included children’s books, but since most people read to their children or grandchildren (at least I hope so), only choose that categaory if you actually read them yourself. I’m interested in what books are the most popular, but I also wonder if there is a correlation between WordPress readers and readers of a particular genre. Vote below and see the results here.