First Things First
Whoa! I am almost to 500 followers, And you know what that means. A big surprise! Thank you so much for all your support - I love reading your blogs too!
Also don"t forget the BIG...HUGE...Blog contest coming Feb 15th. agent critiques and marketing prizes. Be sure you are a follower and keep checking back for more details.
Ash Elizabeth gave me The Lovely Blog award. Thank you so much! I'd like to award it to Danyelle. Her blog has so much heart and I love how touching her posts are.
Rebecca Knight gave me the Silver Lining Award. Such a sweet award! I am going to award this to 5 of my Delurkers/new followers/new BFFs who have been great commenters:
Alissa at Slightly More than Dirt
V.S. (Victoria S.)
Catherine Denton - Winged Writer
Kristi at Sisters in Scribe
Marketing Round Up
My favs for the week:
Kidlitosphere Immersion Week Are you a children's book author, illustrator or reviewer? Interested in social media but don't know where to start? Find out how you can participate in the social media for the children's book world in this week-long online workshop!
Lessons learned at a book launch - Irene Latham, author of Leaving Gee's Bend, discusses the do and don'ts of book launches.
Make time to promote your book - As a book author, how much time should you devote to promoting your book and yourself each week?
How to make a book trailer - Book trailers are all the rage these days, but it can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have one professionally made. Most writers are also applicable to creating an effective video.
An interview with Jen Nadol's The Mark's cover designer - Danielle Delaney, who designed not one, but two beautiful covers for The Mark, graciously agreed to answer a bunch of my questions about her work
Hooks that snag great book deals - Be sure to sell your book with your hook - those critical initial sentences of a query letter or book proposal — are the first and most important words that agents and editors read.
Authors need to act like entrepreneurs - The majority of authors are unsuccessful because they fail to realize that their book is a product and that authorship is a business.
Book Alert - Self Promotion for Introverts by Nancy Ancowitz. Offers a solid dose of practical advice - alongside humorous anecdotes - for introverts to assert themselves by using their inherent tendencies in the most effective ways.
Have a great weekend!