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  1. New AuthorsDen Feature a Must for Authors, Book Publicists
  2. Free, Frugal (Fiver!) Book Fair Opportunity--Onsite or Display
  3. Win a Professional Edit from Bookbaby
  4. The Importance of Gifts and a New SharingwithWriters Newsletter Format
  5. Must-Have Review Resource for Writers/Publishers
  6. More Recent Articles

New AuthorsDen Feature a Must for Authors, Book Publicists


I have been an AuthorsDen.com user since I started writing--maybe about 20ish years or so.  My #SharingwithWriters newsletter is powered by AuthorsDen and at certain levels, the site works well as a new writer's substitute Web site and certainly well as a network to other authors.  Well, now they've done it again. They have always been a resource for finding authors to review your book, but it wasn't formalized and now this! Here is what it's all about--straight from the AuthorsDen team!

 
Great News! 
Gold Members can now add up to 3 books into the AuthorsDen Book Review Program

The AuthorsDen Book Review Program 
is a win-win for Authors, Readers, Book Clubs, Bloggers and the Media 
by getting the word out about your books through honest book reviews. 

Review Requests 
In just 2 weeks authors have received over 70 requests from Reviewer to read and review 
their books, and some books have received multiple review requests. 

How it works
1) Add your book into the Book Review Program
2) Reviewer/Reader requests to read and review your ebook or paperback. 
3) YOU qualify the Reviewer by “accepting” or “declining” the request. 
4) If accepted we securely provide the ebook, if paperback is requested, you mail at your expense. 
5) Reviewer reads and provides you a detailed book review. 
6) We will email you a link to your review when its ready. 

Read the FAQ Page in your Den to find many detailed answers to questions. 

Your Friends at AuthorsDen.com 
http://www.AuthorsDen.com


Go to AuthorsDen.com. Sign up. And get busy!  And now I've got you in the "getting reviews mode,"  grab a copy--paper or e-book--of my How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically.  Reviews are a forever kind of marketing and one of my favorites.  

EVEN MORE EXCITING NEWS 

"Most book reviewers are not authors, but actual professional book reviewers or bloggers.
I mention this now as we are putting a great deal of effort in marketing to and personally inviting book reviewers,
true authors can use the program to review other authors books, but of the 70 requests to date,
only about 20 are from authors, the rest have no author profile page on AuthorsDen, as they are not authors.

This brings up our next development.
Readers will soon have mini profile pages on AuthorsDen
for authors to see the reviews those reviewers have posted
and for other readers to follow reviewer recommendation.

Even more good news:  

We will be launching ReadersDen.com
for readers, reviewers, their profiles, reviews, recommendations, reader followers, 
so that should clear up any missed communication about who is doing the reading and reviewing.
MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Howard-Johnson is the author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter (where she talks more about choosing and the advantages of winning contests and how to use those honors)  and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is  How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfileGreat Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com )
    

Free, Frugal (Fiver!) Book Fair Opportunity--Onsite or Display

Meet the Authors' Book Fair in conjunction with the ArtsWorks Festival features a display for authors unable to attend in person for the frugal price of $5. I have participated for years. They always send me a shot of the display they set up and I have found manywonderful networking partners in the process. The fair is will November 18 and 19, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935. FREE and open to the public. Thousands let their muse run wild and attend this annual even in warm and sunny Florida! And if you can be there, you are welcome in person, of course! Learn more at http://AuthorsForAuthors.com. Or contact Valerie Allen for more information or help with registration: Vallenwriter@gmail.com. 

Your book(s) and business cards are placed face out on display table (no sales involved) for two days. The book fair is run by Valerie Allen ~ Marshall Frank ~ Holly Fox Vellekoop Registration Deadline: 11/01/17


  • $5. per book (no credit cards).
  • Enclose book, business cards and payment in a zip-lock bag with your contact information.
  • If you want your book returned, please enclose an SASE.
  • All materials must be delivered or mailed to Valerie Allen, 101 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL, 32901 (or put in the drop box in the back door) on or before 11/01/17. 
MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER


Howard-Johnson is the author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter (where she talks more about choosing and the advantages of winning contests and how to use those honors)  and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is  How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfileGreat Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com )


    

Win a Professional Edit from Bookbaby

I rarely post contests here, but this is something special. As an editor, I know that a great edit of a book can easily cost more than a thousand dollars, so this contest for an edit is something special. And thirty-one authors may win! It's all part of the celebration looking forward to helping authors publish professionally with their #IndieAuthorsCon conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 3-5.  And it's typical of the way Bookbaby does things--always generous!

 I'll be at the Philly event to meet winners (I hope winners will come!) and many others who have told me they are eager to sit in on my presentation!

Oh, one more thing before you get needed info to enter the contest! You get a discount on the already low price for the conference when you use "Carolyn" as a code when you register.  Now, here's Bookbaby's  on how to win the first step toward publishing (after  your book is finished!):

BookBaby is giving away free book editing 
all month to independent authors

The leading self-publishing company is giving away 31 editing projects in August.

Pennsauken, NJ, August 2, 2017—BookBaby believes that every book needs a professional edit. And they’re prepared to back up that statement with a massive editing giveaway all through the month of August. Self-publishing authors will have 31 chances—one chance per day—to win professional editing for their book.

“Giving away that many editing packages might sound crazy,” says BookBaby President Steven Spatz. “But
publishing your book without having it editing? That’s really crazy.”

Every winner will receive a thorough copy or line editing from BookBaby’s professional editing team, comprised of seasoned editors that have worked with titles across every genre, many on the New York Timesbestsellers list.

BookBaby’s editing sweepstakes is a great opportunity for self-publishing authors to receive a publishing essential from some of the best editors available. Authors can enter the sweepstakes here: https://www.bookbaby.com/free-guide/book-editing-sweepstakes

About BookBaby: BookBaby makes self-publishing easy: From book printingeBooks, conversion and distribution, marketing consultation, cover design, and editing. Since 2011, we’ve helped thousands realize their publishing goals, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

BookBaby creates and distributes your printed books and eBooks to the largest distribution network, including Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and many other popular retailers worldwide. You’ll keep 100% of your book’s net sales, and retain all rights and creative control.

Call us at 1-877-961-6878 and talk through the process with a real human being–a fellow writer who’s invested in the success of your book.

For more information please contact:

Lucy Briggs, Marketing Manager
lbriggs@avldigital.com
(800) 468-9353 x5071


MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER



Howard-Johnson is the author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter (where she talks more about choosing and the advantages of winning contests and how to use those honors)  and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is  How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfileGreat Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com )
    

The Importance of Gifts and a New SharingwithWriters Newsletter Format

Do you remember the Morton Salt icon--a little girl sloshing through puddles (as I recall it) to illustrate the idea "When it rains, it pours!" Consumers were supposed to correlate the motto with the idea that Morton's didn't clump together like salt used to. I really wouldn't know, the clumping part was way before my time! 

But that's what the last few weeks have felt like, clumping. And being unable to stop it!  My computer didn't work . . .and kept not working. We had workers clumping around the house an on our roof!  ("Clumping" seems like the right word, here, too.) Then one of my newsletter subscribers (a poet who is also a silicon valley management consultant) offered to do a new design for my #SharingwithWriters newsletter.  Perhaps she noticed that I violated my own advice to keep branding recognizable using focused topics and, yes, color!



This comes with my heartfelt thanks for making me giving me a new tool! It means so much because she cared enough to do it, but also because it illustrates how important it is for authors (Samanthi is a poet) to support one another—that sparkly essence called networking. But mostly it is proof that authors—generally speaking—are more caring with each other than those in many other industries. I remember once about ten years ago. I was at a meeting for writing instructors at UCLA. I was near the beginning of my foray into independent publishing and a similar viewpoint came bubbling out of my mouth. There was a loud guffaw from the other side of the room where the screenwriting instructors tended to group together. I chose not to react, but that person's disapproval of my Pollyanna attitude proved how important our camaraderie is, even if it didn’t prove that my premise was accurate. Samanthi Fernando—so many years later—dignifies my assertion with her caring.

Samanthi FernandoSamanthi is the author of seven chapbooks. You can learn more about her under the “Thank Yous” segment of this SharingwithWriters newsletter by clicking on the May issue at http://howtodoitfrugally.com/newsletter_copies, on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/samanthifernando or on the About Me segment of her website at http://www.starsafire.starrayz.com/aboutme.html. And, if you'd like to subscribe, you have time until Thursday to do it before I get my August issue out.  I hope you do! 

Have a happy summer,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson,
http://HowToDoItFrugally.com


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Howard-Johnson is the author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter (where she talks more about choosing and the advantages of winning contests and how to use those honors)  and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is  How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfileGreat Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com )
    

Must-Have Review Resource for Writers/Publishers

Do you know about Jim Cox's Midwest Book Review.  It's a lot more than a respected review site that considers all books based on their content and value,  not on the press they are printed on.  But it's a lot more than that. Reviews chosen for publishing may get included on any of a number of special editions aimed at librarians and specific regions.  This one by Diane Donovan, editor of The California Bookwatch, appeared on her "Writing/Publishing Shelf."  Reviewers and editors always give permission to expand the exposure of the reviews they write so that means when yours is chosen, you can submit it according to the guidelines in the left column to the sister of this blog, The New Book Review.   Be sure to subscribe while you're there. High participation benefits all the writers, publishers, and reviewers who contribute to it.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically
Subtitle: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career
Series: Third in the multi award-winning #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers
Author: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Website:  www.howtodoitfrugally.com
ISBN: 9781536948370, 

$17.95 PB, $9.95 Kindle
Available on Amazonhttp://bit.ly/GreatBkReviews

Reviewed by Diane Donovan, Editor of California Bookwatch, originally for her Writing/Publishing Shelf

How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically should be on the reading lists of anyone interested in gaining and, even more important, using book reviews. It informs both self- and traditionally-published authors of the ins and outs of getting and utilizing reviews; but most importantly, it discusses some of the tips and tricks for doing so - and reveals many approaches to avoid. From making the most of the best review from the most authoritative source to knowing what to do if the review process goes awry, this outlines the entire process of media promotion in the course of explaining the difference between a good and bad review, how they can be effectively utilized, and what to avoid. Very highly recommended!



    

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