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I really slept in late this morning. By late, I mean well past 12:00–noon. But then, I was up well past 2:00am finishing two more chapters in my book. Many 2s and wells there. Synchronicity?

Once I am writing “in the zone” it’s difficult to break my concentration and stop typing.

“Leave the rest for tomorrow,” is not in my vocabulary. By mid-chapter, I am driven. Forget food and water.

I’m quite content in my self-inflicted jail cell.

This driven feeling is more than work ethic or time restraint. It is emotionally based. Painful memories must be dragged out of hibernation, (often kicking and screaming,) from behind locked mental doors, convert them into word and sew them to page before they can snap back into the dark bowels of my mind like a bungee cord. It is much like reluctantly remembering a nightmare months after having had it–a struggle on many levels.

So why would I inflict such masochism on myself?

How does that saying go? “Those who forget the past are destined to repeat it.”
Your journal can become the skeleton for your book. My notes from my first battle with breast cancer helped me live through stage 4 the second time. Those journals and memories became my emotionally packed book.

My story is unconventional, but not unique. It must be told. I won't give up.

Doctors are human. Scientific tests are only as accurate as the people who perform and read them. Life is not infallible. But Inner-guidance from dreams validated in the waking world just might be.

My second book is more than halfway complete because I have my own style of cutting out my literary pattern and sewing it together with a running stitch that can be removed to make adjustments.

I write the beginning and ending of my book–then fill in the middle. This also works for blogs and articles.

By using this technique, I always know where I am and where I’m going with a story that is filled with impassioned twists and turns. It gives me a mental edge–no floundering around in the dark while retrieving dark memories. I never feel like I have wandered off the books path. Rather than holding one tread of the story’s line in my mind, I have two. This extra balance anchors my writing so I can interject humor yet not wander away from the serious nature of the main theme.

Writing a book is much like sewing a garment. 

Somewhere between the beginning and the end product, areas no longer fit. Some seams must be let out, others taken in, and extra material trimmed.

But, I always save my scraps because they could be the collar of another adventure.

10916224080?profile=originalKathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a TV/Radio Producer/Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™ and Author/Lecturer of the International award winning bestseller, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing which promotes patient advocacy and connecting with inner guidance for success in health, wealth, and love, contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams & Premonitions, PATHEOS Blogger and Columnist to Women Voices Magazine: SOUL and HOME, Kat taught Special Education and Psychology. She has been featured in newspapers, on CBS News, in American Express Open, and published in medical journals. Learn more @


Read more…   I believe the best way for Authors to get their books out to the world is by teaming up with other authors. That's why I like to do an Author Exchange ever so often.

Right now, I'm doing the #FallingIntoLove Author Exchange

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Here's how it works:

  • You send me the information below
  •  I post it on my blog and send you the date it will be posted.
  • I send you my information and you post it on your blog and send me the date it will be post.
  • Make sure in the post's title to use #FallingInLove (this is to make it easier to retweet when the post is sent to twitter.)

Send me -

- a link to your cover (blogger doesn't let me upload pictures anymore.)
- blurb - less than 300 words
- except - less than 500 words
- Purchase links not more than 5
- author short bio - 100 words or less.
- author links - no more than 5

Date you would like the post to appear. (I'll do my best to try for that date no guarantees)

email the information to

Please put Author Exchange in the subject line so I can find it. I'll schedule the post and send you a date that it will be posted.

Now you might be asking why should I do this? 

I have
  • over 36.8 K followers on Twitter
  • I'm on Triber and my post are retweeted by others
  • my blog feeds into facebook and goodread
  • If you use the #in the title your post can be easily retweeted by other people involved in the author exchanged
  • Also, I share your name/email address with other authors interested in doing the author exchange, giving you a chance to post on more blogs.

    Thanks for letting me share your book with the world,

Tina Gayle

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Helpful Tools for Freelance Writers

If you work  as a freelance writer,  there are several websites and software programs that are very helpful.  These tools  allow you to collect information you find when you're researching your articles, check your writing to make sure it's not plagiarized, and make sure your writing is clear and understandable.  The tools I'll discuss in this article are Evernote, Hemingway, and Copyscape.

Evernote - This is my favorite software program for keeping track of information I find while doing research, as well as making text notes to myself.  Evernote allows you to create notes that can have text, photos, and even voice notes in them.  In addition, you can save webpages to Evernote using add-ons for Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.  You can also organize your notes into notebooks, and these notebooks can be private , or you can share them with others .  Another thing I like about Evernote is that you can not only use it on any computer, you can also download Evernote apps to your phone and tablet devices.  

To start using Evernote, go to the Evernote website and create an account.  Then choose whether you want to use the free version of Evernote or upgrade to a paid account.  I use the free version - I find that it provides more than enough space for all the information I collect and the notes I create.  However if you want more space, as well as access to additional features, you may want to take advantage of one of the paid options. 

Hemingway App - Hemingway is a website that helps improve the readability of your text.  You can copy and paste anything you're working on into Hemingway, and it will highlight sentences in different colors based on how  hard they are to read.  It also highlights words that can be replaced with simpler words, and phrases that use the passive voice.  It also shows you the word count, how many sentences, paragraphs, and characters are in your document.  It assigns a grade to your document based on how difficult it is to read. To use Hemingway, just go to the  website, delete the text that's there, and copy and paste your own text into the editor.   They are checking to see if there's a demand for a desktop version, so if you're interested in seeing a desktop version, don't forget to put in your email so you can be notified when it's ready!

Copyscape - If you write for a living,  it's important to make sure your content is 100% unique, especially if you write for the web.  Copyscape can help you do that.  Copyscape is one website that you will have to pay a small amount to use.  To check your work for plagiarism,  sign up for a Copyscape Premium account.  Go to this website and click "sign up," and go through the process.  Then you'll have to purchase credits.  The credits are good for a year - the minimum number of credits you can purchase if you're using a credit card is 100, which costs $5. However if you want to use Paypal, the minimum number you'll have to purchase is 200 credits.  After you've set up your Copyscape account and purchased credits, all you have to do is copy and paste up to 2000 words into the text box on the Copyscape website.  Copyscape will come back and show you any websites that contain any of the content you copied and pasted.  If Copyscape does find duplicate content, you can then make changes so that your writing expresses the same ideas in different words. 

These are a few tools that I feel are essential for freelance writers.  If you're interested in finding out more about working from home as a freelance writer, be sure to check out my book "Your Work at Home Journey - Three Paths You Can Take and What You Need to Know Before You Go," which is available on Amazon. 

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Facebook Tricks for Published Writers

Facebook as we all know it is a massive trafficking tool for internet users. In today's lesson, I will show you all the tricks that Facebook has to offer to published writers.

I will show you the six most important procedures of setting up your facebook's marketing platform, and the first step is 'Setting up your Fan-Page.' If you already have a Fan Page, skip to step 11 below to learn how to optimize the Fan page for better results.

"Setting up your Fan Page"

1. Log-in to

2. Visit this link to set-up a page:

3. Choose the “Artist, Band, or Public Figure” tile—it’s in the lower-left corner

4. Select either “author” or “writer” from the drop-down menu and enter your name (see note below)

NOTE:  Other Facebook Pages that may appeal to writers include:  “book,” “book store,” “fictional character,” “library,” or “magazine” under the “Entertainment” category (the lower middle tile), and “media, news, and publishing” under the “Company, Organization, or Institution” category (upper middle tile)

5. Check the box to agree to Facebook’s Pages Terms

6. You will be greeted by the “Get Started” page, just to the right of this text, there will be a like button, click it.

7. You’ll see a numbered list of steps. Step 1: Upload a picture. People are more likely to trust a page with a picture, I think (even if it’s merely a book cover or an avatar)

8. Steps 2 and 3—invite your friends and import your contacts. When you click to invite your friends a screen will pop up with all of your existing Facebook contacts, you can search for particular friends that you think may be interested, filter your friends by the lists you’ve set up, or just go through everybody and click who you want to invite. To import your contacts, you’ll have to upload a contact list or enter your email account ID and password.

9. An alternative/supplemental approach to tap your existing fan base:  Scroll to the bottom of the left-hand column and click “share.” This will post a promo of your new site to your Facebook feed. Write a comment asking your friends to like your new page.

10. Fill in the info for your page. You’ll need to provide as much information as you can (concisely written so as not to overwhelm the page-viewer). For an author page, this will include:  name, address, affiliation, birthday, about, description, biography, awards, favorite books, gender, personal information, personal interests, email, phone, and website—obviously some of this information may be too personal to share and other categories are a bit redundant. Only fill in what you want to fill in.

"Optimizing your Fan Page"

11. Click on the “Edit Page” button located in the top right corner.

12. Go to “Apps,” it’s located on the left side-bar

13. The first app listed is “Events.” Set up an event called “Please like my author page.” Specify a longer time period like one week or one month for where list the link to your new fan page. Under the description, write something like “Won’t you please like my new author page? It will only take you a second, but it would mean the world to me. Thank you J” You may also want to write in a bit about how to like your page, step-by-step instructions—this may be required if you want your less tech-savvy friends (like your Grandma or Great Uncle Herman) to like you. Invite all of your friends to this event. This is the number one best way to get followers.

14. If you want to include discussion boards on your site, which I highly recommend for an author’s page. Go back to the “Edit Page” screen and return to the “Apps” page. Scroll down to the discussion boards and click “edit settings,” then click “add.” You can also do this to add in other standard apps like notes, videos, events, photos, and links—yes, you have to add all of that manually now, thanks to the new layout.

15. I also highly (HIGHLY) recommend adding “RSS Graffiti” to your Facebook page. I prefer this to the other, more popular “Social RSS,” because it is far more reliable. It will run your RSS feed directly to your Facebook wall. As I’ve said before, Twitter is the best way to find new followers for your blog or website; Facebook is how you’re going to keep them coming back.

16. Another app for your Fan Page that gets my shining endorsement is the aptly named “Fan Appz.” You can use it to set up quizzes, polls, give-aways and much more.

17. Link your Facebook page to your other social networks.  Add a “like me” button to the sidebar of your blog or website. Ask your Twitter family to like your page (bonus tip: if you say something like “I only need X more fans to customize my Facebook author page URL. Please “like” me. I follow back!” you are much more likely to get people to head on over to your page—don’t forget to add a link to your tweet).

18. Once you’ve secured your first 25 fans, you’ll be able to customize your page URL. To do this you need to go to your desired page name, and if it’s available it’ll become yours! Make sure you choose a good name, because you won’t be able to change it once it’s set. Customizing your URL means that your link will look something like this:

19. Add favorite pages. Go to any page you want to add as a favorite to your page. In the left column, you’ll find “add this to my page’s favorites” listed directly after the number of users who like that page. Add the page, and if you’re smart, you’ll post on its wall, saying “hey, I added your page to my page’s favorites. Any chance you’d be willing to return the favor?” Make sure to include your link with your request.

"Create Your Author-App with your Fan Page"

Perhaps one of the most crucial of all facebook apps for writers, this application will build an Amazon Buy Link for your published books with options for readers to join your mailing list or sample the book, but only after they Liked it (pressing the like button). This app is so exciting. All you will have to do is enter your ISBN numbers and the facebook app will link with your published books on The step on how to set up this AuthorApp is further explained below.

1. After creating your Fan Page, go to this facebook site; and a page will show up that says 'The Author Marketing App.' Click on the 'Let's get started-" button and the page will direct you to your established Fan Page.

2. The application will ask you to use your fan Page, and after choosing so, you will see the Author-App as an app button. It is a big red button, titled “Read My Book”. When you click it, the app takes you to a separate tabbed page. Under the Author-App tab, you can create an author profile which includes a mailing list, and an option for you to put your books for sale.

3. You can provide each book you list with the buying link URL (to Amazon or similar), price, description, cover shot image, and two fields that allow you to input an URL or upload a PDF file of your book's excerpt.  This can be entered manually, or you can add a book simply using an ISBN number.  This feature also allows you to bring in details of other books not published by you. Yes, I know, it is exciting.

Here is a Author-App page created by one of our members here at Indie Writers Support. Check it out and see what your Author-App with facebook will look like after you're finished. View the sample here;

We hope that you enjoy this lecture, and look forward to reading more as we continue.

"How do I invite people to like my Page via email? "

If less than 5,000 people like your Page, you can invite your email contacts to like your Page. You can upload a file containing your email contacts and Facebook will securely import them. You can also import your contacts by providing your web email address and password. You can then suggest your Page to your contacts.

To invite your email contacts:

  1. Click Build Audience at the top of your Page
  2. Select Invite Email Contacts...
  3. Upload a contact list file or choose your email service and follow the instructions

Facebook won't store your password after importing your contacts. They may use the email addresses you upload to help people connect on Facebook. If you don't want them to store this information, you can manage your imported contacts.

Note: You can import contacts up to five times for a maximum of 7,000 contacts per day per Page. Read more about this from the facebook help center;


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"Run a Facebook Contest with Fan Page"

Creating a contest hosted on your business page is a great way to create buzz about your fan page. You can run a contest through a Facebook app such as rafflecopter. You can also now run a contest directly through your business page as long as the rules and restrictions are properly outlined and that the ways to win are made clear.

"Add a Fan Gate"

What is a Fan Gate? Fan gates (also referred to as like gates) have users “Like” a page before they can see the posts, contests, or products that are offered on an application inside of your fan page. You do this by adding an app to your page. If you want to display different information to fans you can use ShortStack; if you are looking to promote a Facebook store or a daily deal you should use an app specifically for that such as ShopTab for your Facebook store or SharedDeal for your daily deal. All these apps are equipped with optional fan gates that will prompt users to like your page before they can view your deals or products.

Get a list of 900,000 Facebook members in the U.S.A with profile links and email addresses at

Use this tool,, to extract the email addresses from the 900,000 list effortlessly. Extract up to 10,000 at a time.

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Tap Into The Kindle Publishing Market By Producing Your Own Amazon Kindle eBooks. Create a ready to upload Book using this software. This Kindle generator will save you time and effort as you just simply copy and paste your text into the software, add titles, chapters and then upload to Amazon DTP. This Kindle software is very easy to install.
1. Create a folder on your computer where you'd like to install the software, for example, C:\kindle.
2. Double-click the compressed file kindlebookgenerator.7z, which will open in your compression software. If the file doesn't open then you need to install file compression software on your PC. You can download 7zip free of charge from the following link:
3. Click the 'Extract' button to extract the files from the compressed 7Zip to the new folder you created.
4. Please make sure that all the following files are in the folder you created: KindleBookMaker.bin / KindleBookMaker.exe / KindleBookMaker.ini / KindleBookMaker.lib
5. To run the software, click the KindleBookMaker.exe file (it's the one with the magic wand/3 gold stars icon!)
For HTML & PDF file conversions (with illustrations) we recommend using this free software

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Make Your Book(s) More Marketable

Write Your Next Book With The Media In Mind

Here is what I know and think about making your book more promotable.
The world of book publishing has changed immensely over the past decade  --and certainly over the past three years, thanks to Amazon, Apple, tablets, e-books, Borders, and social media.
The role of book publicity has not changed, though the methods have been altered.
PR is needed to give a book a chance at succeeding in an overcrowded marketplace and a noisy media landscape. With more books being published than ever before, and more media outlets around than ever before, there is a lot of competition to get a diluted piece of the pie.
Technology has no doubt impacted many industries, including: publishing, retail, the news media, and even the way books are written. As a result, readers and consumers have been changed as well.
It may seem like everyone:
·         Has plastic surgery
·         Eats organic food
·         Watches TV on a smartphone
·         Spends more time tweeting than talking to others
.... but such phenomena show we are a changing and diverse nation.
Not everyone is doing these things I just mentioned but the world certainly is in transition.  Writers are changing, too. They are morphing into hybrids - - they are writers and they are promoters.
I understand what it is like for today’s author to be confronted with the new publishing landscape.
I have been in publishing and PR since 1989, back when we used to fax media pitches.  I have worked for publishers as an editor and a publicist and for the past 14 years have served as the marketing director for the nation’s largest book promoter, Media Connect, formerly known as Planned Television Arts. I have also had a book published and learned how challenging it was to promote it.
And for the last two years I have posted at least 800 times on my blog, writing the equivalent of three full-length books, about all aspects of book publishing, publicity, marketing, advertising, writing, and the fate of the industry.
See, a promoter never stops promoting!
It used to be that the publisher would take care of the publicity for a book, though it didn’t always do a great job. Then authors started to supplement the publisher’s efforts. Now authors are the publishers.
Today, authors team up with publicists that they hire and maybe also get help from their publisher, if they have a publisher, if they offer to help. It takes a village to promote a book.
Many refer to their book as their baby.  Well consider the PR campaign the way you would when paying for your kid’s college. You hope there is a payoff to it, but you wouldn’t dare choose to not send your kids to college.
There is no way of getting around it. To embrace PR as an author is to embrace your future.  The good news is there is plenty that you can and should do, to promote your book.
You Need To:
·         Think like the media and about their needs
·         Create a book with promotable content
·         Change your attitude about your PR role
·         Realize it is up to you and in your hands to grow as a writer
So How Do You Write A Book That Will Be Promotable?
·         Do you have to kill someone – or write about a murderer?
·         Do you have to confess to a sexual addiction to a celebrity?
·         Do you need to have the name on the book cover say JK Rowling or EL James?
·         Does your book need to be published by a big New York house?
Sure, these things would help, but I have promoted books by unknown, first-time, self-published authors and have seen them succeed.
They Have:
·         Something that is promotable
·         An interesting background
·         Confidence, conviction, and personality
·         A willingness to do whatever it takes to get attention
·         Put in the time and effort that is necessary
·         Taken a creative approach to the media
·         Been lucky
Of Course, Authors Can Be Promotable But It Doesn’t Always Yield Sales
What makes a book sell is not necessarily the same thing that makes it news worthy or promotable. Today we are talking purely about publicity and the news media – not marketing, not sales, not advertising -- though they are all closely linked to one another.
I See So Many Mistakes Made By Authors. They:
·         Wait too long to start thinking about publicity
·         Mistakenly think they can do it all
·         Mistakenly think they will succeed without PR
·         Falsely believe the media will cover them with little effort
·         Think PR is a one-time thing but really it’s an ongoing, perpetual thing
Too Many Authors Have Hang-Ups About PR
-          They don’t believe they are promotable
-          They aren’t comfortable promoting their book
-          They don’t want to spend money on a publicist
-          They think their publisher takes care of everything – or they fear stepping on the publisher’s toes
-          They don’t want to sound like they are begging or bragging
-          They lack the time or resources to execute a PR campaign
-          They don’t know how to talk about themselves
-          They are shy or fear rejection
-          They feel uneasy talking to the media
-          They lack confidence in their appearance or voice
-          The PR process seems murky or unfamiliar to them
All legitimate things, but all are excuses. You need to take ownership of your book and that means quarterbacking your PR campaign.
Give Yourself A PR Audit
·         Examine your past and see what the media might find noteworthy
·         Look at the experiences you have had and see if any are worth discussing
·         Think of the connections you have and the people you know – can you drop names to the media?
·         What is in your book that the media will find of interest?
Think About What It Is That You May Want to Accomplish With Your PR
·         Branding your name to help your career
·         Building a media resume
·         Establishing your voice
·         Selling a current or upcoming book
·         Influencing others
·         Conveying a strong message
·         Selling backlist or non-book products/services
·         To stroke your ego
·         Helping you get a book deal or better terms – or to get the eyes of Hollywood on you
·         Leading you to being hired as a consultant or employee
·         To land paid speaking gigs
What Are You Willing To Do?
·         Pour your time into it
·         Devote the necessary money and resources
·         Get help
·         Willing to experiment and diversify your approach to PR 
·         Going out of your comfort zone to do what is needed
The Books That Are Most Promotable, Whether Fiction or Non-Fiction, Are Those That:
·         Are first to raise an issue or aspect of life.
·         Are unique in how you tackle a well-known subject.
·         Reveal news or raise great questions on a newsy topic.
·         Lend personal insight on an industry, person, or organization that we are curious about.
·         Are great at the extremes – using humor, sex, violence, love, politics, money, fame or other
          push-button emotions on sensitive issues to get a point across.
·         Are controversial, outrageous, trendy, offensive, and shocking.
Creating A Media-Friendly Book
What if publicists could influence the editorial content of a book before it’s published and promoted?  What if the book could be enhanced or altered so that its integrity remains intact, but its ability to attract media attention is increased?
So few authors—and even publishers—consult a publicist far in advance of publication for the sole purpose of doing a PR audit of the manuscript.
To do so, requires great forethought and planning, something most authors aren’t aware of and something most publishers are too rushed to consider.
Still, I ponder the idea.  Can you imagine how much better a book would sell if it was packaged for the media?
There may not be an exact formula for making a book promotable.
Some things can’t be altered such as the author’s credentials, who the publisher is, or the overall theme of the book.  But anything from a book’s title, length, use of photos, language, revelations, etc are up for grabs.
Consider creating a PR laboratory, where you can genetically alter a book’s DNA, where you can cut here, add there, or change this—and you suddenly have a media-friendly book.
There are challenges to this, for sure.  Let’s see:
1.      You need enough time to give it a cosmetic makeover.
2.      There needs to still be something of quality as a base to work with.
3.      You need a smart editor to team with a savvy publicist to make sure the book is still a quality read while addressing 
         the media’s needs.
4.      You have to know what the media wants and how to feed it to them.
There’s also a dilemma attached to such a process.  An author is very proud and protective of his or her work.  She wouldn’t want some stranger suddenly rewriting her creation.  It seems less genuine, less authentic, less creative to suddenly throw in things to a book just to placate the media or commercial demand. 
But if you can live with the changes you’ll have a much more marketable book. 
So if one were to engage the services of a PR consultant, what would he or she be told?
1st, it depends if it’s a novel or non-fiction.  There’s a huge difference in what can be done to each type of book.  2nd, it also depends on the genre you write in and the existing competition out there. 3rd, it depends on how much media coverage has already taken place on your subject matter. 4th, it depends on the type of media you plan to approach.  The needs and nuances vary greatly amongst television, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and radio shows. 5th, it depends on the amount of money and time you can dedicate to promoting your book.
If you want to write a book that has a chance of getting publicity, sales, and critical acclaim, you first need to write what you want, what you know, what you feel.  But then go back and edit and revise in a way that makes it more promotable or commercially viable. This doesn’t mean you are selling out. It means you are making additions or changes that don’t substantively alter the integrity of the work but by making such changes, you now connect with potentially a larger or more rabid fan base.
Look at trends, demographic changes, and emerging industries or lifestyles.
See if you can change names, places, professions, and cultural references in your book to match the look and tastes of the newly emerging America,
-          Instead of the family pet being a gerbil, make it a three-legged dog
-          Instead of a relationship book being about a power couple, make it about a waitress and a fireman
-          Instead of setting your book in the present, make it about the 1980’s
-          Instead of being vague about a college or street or company, reference specific ones that are sure
           to have many followers
-          Rather than saying something happened, show it, and be descriptive
-          Throw in people the media can relate to or like
-          Instead of writing about worlds, people, or times that you didn’t come close to experiencing in
           your life, write about something that connects to your past, family, city, job, relationship or
-          Be willing to make despicable characters strong and almost likeable. Turn our perceptions upside
           down – make us think about those we normally don’t like or shine a spotlight on
What’s Today’s Media Landscape?
·         More media outlets and opportunities exist than ever before
·         And their value, individually, is more diluted than ever before
·         You will need a certain quantity of quality media placements
·         You need to secure publicity by the pound
·         Most media coverage can take place by phone and email -- it’s becoming rarer that an author
          needs to travel or take to a road tour.
·         Print
You have book reviewers, news and feature editors, columnists, beat writers, op-eds and by-line article opportunities at
-          Newspapers
-          Magazines
-          Newswires
-          Newsletters
-          Trade journals
-          Industry publications
-          Airline magazines
·         TV
-          Interviews or feature stories on national and local news programs, morning shows like GMA or
           Today Show, late shows like Daily Show with Jon Stewart , weekend shows, talk shows, and
           magazine format shows such as 60 Minutes
·         Radio
-          Interviews or feature stories on national and local talk shows or news segments
-          Different station formats target certain demographics
·         Online
-          Blog interviews, stories, reviews
-          Online reviews posted on various sites
-          Guest blog posts
·         Social Media
-          Facebook
-          Twitter
-          LinkedIn
-          YouTube
-          Pinterest
-          Instagran
-          Your blog
PR is not just about giving away free downloads of chapters and books, or of tweeting and making videos, or of e-blasting a press release. It is about making a sustained, strategic effort to influence the influencers and get media coverage that will help you in the short and long-term.
Your Writing Can Help You Get Media Coverage
-          Great writing can get people’s attention
-          Identify a particular chapter to make available for your site
-          Find a few high-quality passages to excerpt
-          Coin a phrase or highlight something odd or unique
-          Invent your own word to explain or express something
-          The specific word choices you make and the level of vocabulary matter
-          The overall writing style and pace of the book are important
How You Talk About What You Wrote Matters
-          Are you the most qualified to write your book? Sound like it
-          Find a way to summarize without the details
-          Get to the heart of why one would read your book
-          Can you compare your work with other known writers?
-          Sell the action, the dilemma, the characters,, the words
-          How do you describe your book in the context of your life?
-          How does it fit into the body of your other writings?
-          Can you genuinely speak with passion, confidence, conviction?
-          You should visualize your press release headline as you write your book
-          You should formulate your 15-second elevator speech about your book before it is written
-          Find a way to succinctly put your book or story into perspective and relevance
-          Express it in a way that serves a need, fulfills a desire, or feeds a want – and sounds interesting in
            the process.
Think Like The News Media
They look for books not only that are well-written, interesting, and new, but where:
-          There is a direct tie-in to their readers or audiences, such as by location, content, theme, or
-          There is news to report or you can tie into things in the news
-          The author is famous or has great credentials
-          The book ties into a movie
-          The book is a best-seller
-          The book is getting buzz through Twitter or YouTube
-          The book is controversial
-          The book has something the journalist, blogger or talk show host can personally relate to
-          The demographics of the media outlet tend to match those of the book’s intended readership
Find a way to reduce your book of 200+ pages into a handful of bullet points and sound bites.
The Media Is
-          Overworked
-          Understaffed
-          Jaded
-          Exposed to too many options to cover
-          Human and has physical, psychological and financial needs
-          Smarter than the average person
-          Drawn to big issues, dynamic personalities, shock, drama, power and fame
-          It is expanding and shrinking, diversifying and fragmenting
Scrutinize Every Aspect and Component of Your Book:
·         How visually appealing is your book?
·         Look at the front and back cover colors, images, design, texture
·         Book title and subtitle
·         Testimonials/Endorsements
·         Foreword, Intro, Preface
·         Price, paper quality, type face, interior design, add-ons/resources like a CD or DVD
·         The book’s timing
·         Who the publisher is
·         Chapter headings and the table of contents
Does Your Book Cover The Topics That Have Popular Followings?
What Is Evergreen? What Is Needed vs. What Is Desired?
·         Sex / Romance
·         Relationships: Parents, Lovers, Siblings, Friends, Enemies
·         Politics (Issues, Policy, Government)
·         Religion (Spirituality)
·         Dogs/Cats (Pets/Animals)
·         Wealth (Money, Retirement, Career, Homes)
·         Gadgets and Technology
·         Kids/Parenting (Education, Family Dynamics)
·         Entertainment/Travel
·         Health (Diet, Disease, Beauty, Youth, Sports)
·         Life/Death
·         War/Peace
·         Natural Disaster
·         Celebrity
·         Ethical Questions
Does Your Book Cover Themes Such As:
·         Loss and grief
·         Romance
·         Second chances
·         Hero/villain
·         Fame
·         Greed
·         The underdog
·         Ability to grow/improve
·         Offering advice: legal, financial, parental, career
·         People need guidance on life and through each phase/stage
Think In Terms of Headlines and Bullet Points
·         What makes your book new, unique, different or funny and entertaining
·         What ties your credentials into what is in the news?
·         Write a book that’s promotable by thinking like a promoter; write for the media – not just the
·         Can you convert a chapter heading into a media story?
What’s The Media Looking For?
·         Drop names, events, places in the book
·         Cover a newsy topic
·         Reveal a thinly veiled truth about someone
·         Make an allegation or accusation
·         Raise a theory and question the status quo
·         Dispute perceived truths
·         Attack or promote certain values
·         Be mysterious
What Helps You Get Media?
·         Socialize or regionalize the book
·         First, media begets media
·         Get buy-ins early to create traction
·         Build buzz by getting early reviews
·         Have the backing of a group
·         Try to ride the coattails of others or be linked by association to big things, people or events
·         Tie into something that is on the calendar – a relevant holiday, an anniversary, an honorary day
·         Think of your life – create a matrix of people, events and experiences and think of how to call
          upon your past – ask for specific favors
·         Exploit personal experience: overcoming addiction, abuse, poverty, loss, disability, arrest
·         Create a resume: don’t lie, but shape it to tell a story = develop your media persona
·         Channel your energy, resources and creativity not just towards your writing, but to your PR
·         Use your gift – your ability to communicate with words and images – to promote your work
·         See PR as a means to an end, just like passing tests leads to a school degree or creating a resume
          leads to a job
·         Shape your image – think of yourself as a business and develop a tagline
·         Set the tone and image of who you are or want to be seen as – by what you say, do, and look like
·         Create your Web site at least 5-6 months prior to your book launch date
·         See your launch date as a coronation – not Day 1. From your launch date, you have 30-90 days to
          make an impression.  
Explore Writing About Powerful Minorities or Niche Groups
·         Hispanics
·         Gays and lesbians
·         Jews
·         Entrepreneurs
·         Intellects
·         Parents of young children
·         Fans of: football, baseball, movies, etc.
·         Ebay users
·         Divorced women
·         Animal Rights advocates/opponents
·         Gun advocates/opponents
You get the idea – there are hundreds of such classes, groups and connections out there that you can tap into.
For Novelists, See:
·         What ideas have not yet been explored
·         What character traits would be unique
·         Think of locations, time periods, historical events to connect to
·         Look for the extreme, the unknown, the emotional triggers, the fantasy
·         Monitor the news
·         Look at an Almanac or Census Data
·         Anticipate trends from your observations, experiences, or conversations
·         Be aware of what the competition writes about
Your Approach Towards The Media Should Be As Follows:
·         Create a press release based on your core message and then expand outward into other areas
·         The opposite of your core message can be commented on as well
·         Forget any sense of fairness: often, the dumbest things get attention.
·         You may need to think on a simpler level in order to generate story ideas that will interest others
·         PR is the opposite of substantive writing – but it is important – it’s the doorway you must enter to
          get to your reader
Explore The Extremes and Weave Them Into Your Book Or Media Pitches
·         Make outrageous statements
·         Unleash wild predictions
·         Raise questions
·         Insert gut-punching humor
·         Express or appeal to emotions: Fear, Anger, Love, Hate
·         Offer a confessional
·         Reveal a truth
·         Offer ways to help people – inspire, inform, enlighten them
·         Play Paul Revere and issue a warning or offer prevention or a solution to some dilemma
As An Author You Are Also A Publicist
-          Determine what you can give away to get what you want
-          Brand beyond the book – brand yourself
-          Promote  to perceptions – appeal to what people believe
-          Promote to assumptions – appeal to how they think
-          Promote to appearances—appeal to what they see
-          Befriend people with big mouths to get early buzz
-          Viral videos – try to do a few but don’t expect a lot
-          Networking – always
-          Issue teasers with blog posts, a short story, or even a prior book
-          Partner with other authors – other writers can help you greatly
Look At How You Are Packaged
Honestly Assess The Following About Yourself
·         Physical Looks
·         Clothes
·         The Persona You Project
·         Sound Of Your Voice
·         Vocabulary Choice
·         Energy Level
Other Factors To Ponder
·         How would your book or life translate into press release speak?
·         Do you have a sponsor – such as an organization or non-profit that is endorsing you?
·         Do you have a co-author or collaborator that brings media savvy and mojo to the book?
·         Do you have someone who can champion you?
What Else Can You Do?
·         Promote your book way before it’s out
·         Do something daily for your book publicity
·         Meet deadlines and work in advance to handle potential setbacks
·         Poll others to test out ideas
·         Anticipate – don’t follow – trends
·         Get used to talking about things in a way that is more hype than substance, more extreme than
          modest, more sensational and not so ordinary
·         Copy what works for others – but only the important traits
·         Get out of your head and step back so you get an honest perspective of your book
·         Don’t let your ego get in the way
·         Coincide your media pitches and efforts with upcoming events, holidays, anniversaries, honorary
          days, and timely news hooks
I Conclude With This:
I know you see yourself as a writer, first and foremost. And you should. But it is not a distinction exclusive of being other things. You are also a promoter.
Try the hat on, and get comfortable with it.  
There is nothing more rewarding than writing a great book than to have a lot of readers and media attention. By actively promoting your work, you position yourself to break through the clutter and to be heard.
Written by Brian Feinblum

We wish you well in your journey.

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Audiobook authors pay attention!!!

Audiobooks are becoming even more popular nowadays with the accessibility of mobile devices (iPods, iPads, smart phones, etc.).  We have done some research for you (Writers, Authors), and we will like to introduce you to some audiobook lovers who will love to know about your audiobook and possibly download it.

People listen to audiobooks when...

  1. Spending hours in your car on long trips or on a daily commute to work/school.
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Make Better Diet, And Feel Good

When you take the time to build a proper nutrition plan, it really does show. It shows that you value taking care of yourself and leading a healthier life. That is certainly admirable. Like with some other skill set, you can always add and improve. Listed below are some pointers to help.

Eat your vegetables along with your children will too. Children enjoy being like parents meaning eating vegetables with meals, and even more importantly as snacks, sets an ordinary along with your children. They will likely learn to love them as soon as they start eating them because you are eating them also.

Riboflavin is a crucial part of a balanced diet. The body needs riboflavin to use the energy seen in carbs, fats, and proteins. Riboflavin boosts metabolic process and processes iron. Products by which Riboflavin is located contain dairy, cereals, and enriched grains, just to name a few.

Use cauliflower as opposed to potatoes. Boil cauliflower within a pot around the stove until very tender. Then, the cauliflower in the mixer or food processor with butter, light sour cream, salt and pepper, and blend until it reaches a smooth texture just like mashed potatoes. It has far fewer carbohydrates and calories, and also more vitamins and nutrients.

Around 130 grams of carbohydrates needs to be consumed each day. Carbohydrates would be the body's main source of energy. Additionally, they try to create a power reserve within our body. This stored energy is referred to as glycogen. The most effective foods to eat to have your carbohydrates are grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. Furthermore you will find carbohydrates in milk and milk products.

Limit your usage of steak to not more than 2 to 3 times weekly. Research has shown a diet loaded with steak can clog arteries and potentially lead to hypertension. Steak is additionally loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. This may lead to cardiovascular disease.

Do you want to eat a lot less steak? Use condiments as substitutes during your meal. It might be just the thing for adding flavor and interest to dishes made predominately of grains or vegetables. This really is normal in lots of cultures that have a cheaper rate of heart disease.

Have a jello or pudding cup for dessert. Attempt to resist reaching for the candy bar or perhaps a bag of mini doughnuts. Instead, try eating jello or pudding cups. Individually, these are in reasonably sized, relatively low-calorie portions. They are ideal for killing just about any cravings in the dessert variety.

An effective nutritional tip is always to start drinking green tea leaf. Green tea is rich with antioxidants, and studies show that green leaf tea can in fact delay fatigue during harsh exercise. Drinking green tea extract offers us with increased energy to result in more fat to get burned during exercise.

A lot of people consume more protein compared to they actually need for proper bodily maintenance. To learn more on best multivitamin mineral supplement check out In reality, the average person really only needs about 50 grams of protein, and also the rest should come mostly from carbohydrate and some fat. It is important to eat more fruits and vegetables, and that is what should replace most meat from the normal American diet.

Ensure most of your meals or snacks includes some protein, and attempt to receive an adequate quantity of healthy fat each day. Both fat and protein will make you feel more satified than should you got the identical amount of calories from your sugary snack. Additionally, protein is needed if you're exercising in addition to dieting, to ensure that you don't lose an excessive amount of muscle along with fat.

Which means you see, nutrition really isn't that complicated an issue to comprehend once you know the fundamentals. Some solid information and a few simple guidelines can help you create your diet as healthy as is possible while still tasting good. Bare in mind what you've learned on this page, and you may enjoy healthy, delicious food.
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Make Better Food Choices For A Better Life

Eating a balanced diet is important, no matter how old you will be or exactly how much you weigh. Lots of people create the mistake of thinking that if they are thin, they do not need to worry about what they are eating. The data which is provided on this page should assist you to better understand the necessity of a nutritious diet.

To keep your diet healthy, you need to consume many vegatables and fruits every day. The USDA recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables combined is 9-13 servings each day. That looks like a lot, but it's not really difficult to fit them in. Have a glass of real orange juice with your breakfast or put tomato pasta sauce on the spaghetti.

Riboflavin is a crucial part of a balanced diet. Your body needs riboflavin to make use of the vitality located in carbs, fats, and proteins. Riboflavin boosts metabolism and processes iron. Products by which Riboflavin is available contain dairy, grain, and enriched grains, just among others.

Should you cherish someone that has to boost their nutrition, there is a challenging road ahead, but you may make progress and you should try. If you live with someone that is overweight or otherwise unhealthy, you may approach the niche inside a loving way. You are able to introduce small changes, like substituting Splenda for the sugar, in the sugar bowl. It is possible to gradually work down from whole to 1% milk and you could switch from white to whole wheat grains bread. Even if these changes don't change your loved one's weight, that person will be becoming more solid nutrition and will also be in better health.

Choose fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of processed food. Processed snack foods have hardly any vitamins, minerals and nutritional value, while fruits and vegetables have necessary nutrient elements. You are able to eat until full when eating veggies and fruits and have more nutrition than eating a reduced volume of junk foods.

Wheatgrass shoots might not be rated #1 in taste, however they contain many vitamins and nutrients that are ideal for your nutrition. Incorporate more wheatgrass in what you eat to acquire healthy. It is actually a wonderful way to detoxify the body and rebuild your bloodstream. The truth is, it is a great solution for anyone with blood disorders.

For optimal nutrition, be sure you include enough fiber in what you eat. Fiber is useful inside the decrease in cholesterol, that is crucial in the prevention of coronary disease. In addition, it regulates your gastrointestinal system so you will not become constipated. Fiber are able to keep blood sugar stable, that is especially essential for diabetics.

Water can be used to cook vegetables, and that is a far healthier option than oil. Steaming and boiling vegetables are tasty and better for you than fried ones. If you require an oil, use some vegetable oil versus margarine or butter.

Be sure to eat vegetables and fruit with the meals and during the day. By consuming these it will be easy to consume healthy snacks as well as eat fewer high calorie foods during your meals. It will be easy to simply lower the volume of calories you eat each day.

A lot of us enjoy going out to a favorite restaurant to eat. One trick to consuming the ideal quantity of calories and prevent any extras is always to skip that appetizer. You can always order a little salad in its' place and will also fill you up just as much without all of the extra fat.

If you're ready to learn more regarding best multivitamin to take ( check out An excellent nutrition tip is to buy a blender. Blenders are excellent because you can mix a wide variety of foods into one easy beverage. It is possible to add in a handful of fruits, a scoop of protein powder, and several oats in a blender to create a fantastic and healthy shake.

Knowing what you ought to do and getting tools to get you there can make all of the difference in relation to nutrition and health. Apply these suggestions as frequently that you can to successfully are eating healthily, eating smart and being as healthy since you can possibly be.
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Resourceful Lists for Writers

List of 15,000+ HubPages registered members. is an open community of passionate people—writers, explorers, knowledge seekers, conversation starters etc. A place where people write for the joy of it. But writing is just the beginning. At HubPages you can create. You can inform. You can interact. You can converse. Publish a well-edited article, and Share and show your interests in a myriad of ways. Over 35 million people explore HubPages every month

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List of 20,000+ & registered members. is another site that we recently just penetrated. Chances are, if you have ever purchase a Kindle title, then your name and email address were already added to the Amazon Cloud Reader database.

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At Indie Writers Support, our mission is to support every writer, and always bring new materials for people to read/learn. We want to help you writers promote your published book(s) to the maximum, and with these lists and many more to come you will be able to achieve your selling dream, and become a more successful writer in the future.

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Freedom from Contracts!

10916209493?profile=originalDid you realize that if you are contracted to a publisher, this could tie up not only one book but any other novels you might write for that same series?

I know all about that since it happened to me. Thankfully, when I signed my contract with Wild Rose Press it stated that since I was writing a series, they would have first dibs at any new books that went with that specific series only. Anything else I wrote belonged to me alone.

Be careful! Some publishers don’t make it clear, and if you haven’t checked your contract, they could have certain rights over all your work. Then you’d have to change your name …and well... just be careful!

A year and a half ago when I decided to go Indie, I’ve written 8 more books and will soon have a total of 14 available. And they’re mine… all mine… well except for one.

Have you ever written a book so fast that you felt as if the words came to you magically? Like your fingers couldn’t keep up with the flow? It happened to me when I wrote Together for Christmas in two months. I couldn’t wait to see that book published because it was such a miraculous experience. Sadly, it took them well over eight months before it was released.

And that is my last book tied with the publisher. Finally, in November of this year I will get my rights returned. You know why I can’t wait?

#1 - I’ve never liked the cover. From the first time I saw it, it didn’t reflect my vision of the story. But…I had to be nicey-nice and say thank you while swallowing my disappointment. I have no doubt the cover artist did exactly as asked; it just didn’t work for me.

#2 - I have another Vicarage Bench story halfway finished and stopped writing it when I realized I couldn’t release the novel until I had back all my rights for every one of those books. Because as long as I was still under contract, I was legally forced to give them the first chance to publish it.

#3 - I can close that chapter once and for all. *** I will add here that for me at the time it was a very positive step. I was new, inexperienced and naively grateful to be noticed and to have my writing judged and accepted. Without that encouraging feedback, I might not have had the guts to go after self-publishing. So for that I will always be grateful. And… I’m also thankful for the many friends I made and connections that were formed in those years.


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KindleGen for Publishers

KindleGen for Publishers 

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KindleGen is a command line tool which enables publishers to work in an automated environment with a variety of source content including HTML, XHTML or EPUB. KindleGen converts this source content to a single file which supports both KF8 and Mobi formats enabling publishers to create great-looking books that work on all Kindle devices and apps.

If you would like to convert your Microsoft Word document, we recommend using this software 

KindleGen is officially supported by Amazon to convert files to the Kindle format. We recommend you use KindleGen to create content that is compatible with all Kindle devices and apps. Files created with third-party software may not work properly on current or future Kindle devices and apps.

Highlights of KindleGen functionality

Support for all KF8 functionality
Generates a single file supporting both KF8 and Mobi format
Support for multiple source formats including HTML, XHTML and EPUB
To convert your Ms Word docs to a perfect kindle format use this application.

System Requirements
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Become a better writer with - StyleWriter

Become a better writer today with StyleWriter, the award-winning writing and editing software that instantly transforms your writing into a plain English style that is clear, concise and readable. 

StyleWriter is an add-on to Microsoft Word to help you edit everything you write into a model of clear English. If you've used Microsoft Word's spelling and grammar checker, you'll notice MS-Word leaves behind grammar errors, style usage mistakes, and incorrect word choices. MS-Word also highlights false errors, especially with the grammar checker, making the process of writing very frustrating.

StyleWriter can help with any type of writing task; this includes technical manuals, business letters, web site copy, press releases, corporate white papers, legal documents, editorials, employee handbooks, and so forth.

Other so-called "writing enhancement programs" and English grammar checkers offer silly advice or duplicate Microsoft Word's existing spell and grammar checker. StyleWriter is different and more powerful than any editing software. StyleWriter marks up your document and shows you how to edit each sentence. You can click on any highlighted alternative to change the text in StyleWriter and Microsoft Word. Alternatively, with one click you can go to Microsoft Word to redraft the word, phrase or sentence. 

StyleWriter is the best word processing writing aid on the market. It teaches you to write in the style of top authors and journalists by checking every document for thousands of style and English usage faults. Many times more powerful than any other writing and editing software, StyleWriter improves your writing style instantly.

StyleWriter mimics an expert editor checking, cutting and rearranging your words to produce a clear and readable style. Even professional journalists and novelists use the program to polish their writing style. 

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Free Promotion tools for Writers

Hello and welcome to Indie Writers Support. Want to grow your fan base? We suggest using these links below to invite the people you already know to your circle.

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