by Sherrie Wilkolaski
If you haven't already started, now is the time to get the ball rolling with planning your marketing goals for the holiday season. The holidays are paramount for authors and a fantastic time for increasing book sales, so it is vital that you take advantage of getting your book "out there" during the next couple of months. Not sure what you can do? You can start with planning a holiday party of course!
If you never got around to having a book release party, this is the perfect excuse! You can start with creating an electronic invitation (we like evite.com). Pick a date that most of your friends, family and colleagues will be able to attend; not too close to Thanksgiving or Christmas or you might find yourself with a small turnout!
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Originally published on hazelandwren.com
by Sonja Hegman
When we’re children we dream of being artists, cowboys, astronauts, and princesses, but we never follow through with those things. We’re told they’re foolish goals. We’re told that artists starve and that you must be a royal to become a princess. (But now there’s Kate Middleton who’s given a new generation some hope.) Regardless, we’re told to find “real” careers.
So what is a “real” career? To my family, writing was always the thing I’d do until I figured out my life plan. When they learned I was contemplating law, they couldn’t have been happier. “That’s a good, solid career right there,” they said. And yes, in college I did have a brief moment where I pursued media law, but writing still called to me.
Carol Welsh, MS, has over 25 years’ experience as an informative, entertaining speaker, and is a popular talk show guest nationwide. She captivates her audiences with her humor and commonsense techniques, such as asking yourself: “Would I like to come home to me?”
Carol’s writing is comprehensive, yet easy to understand. Her supportive tone and heartwarming anecdotes make her book a delightful read. She proves it is possible to lead more meaningful lives. Apply what you learn in this book and your life will change for the better.
Carol lives in Florida. For more information, visit her Web site: www.stopred.com.
stop when you see red,
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Of the half dozen gargoyles that were now climbing on the speeding train, only one of them had gotten inside. But one was all it took. Although slow and heavy, gargoyles were practically invincible targets.
“Aim for the neck!” Max shouted, as he teamed up with Kat to fight the creature.
“It’s not doing anything!” she insisted, still swinging her blade.
Max slashed at the gargoyle’s thick exterior, chipping away small chunks of rock. The creature wasn’t affected at all. If anything, all the feeble attacks did was anger it. Reaching down, the gargoyle grabbed Max’s ankle fiercely.
Seconds later, Max was soaring through the air, weightless and swift. His body became a wrecking ball for the metal poles standing in the way of his flight, before he touched down on the opposite side of the train car and slid into the far door with a heavy clank.
It’s not every day you get to blast a man out of a perfectly good deer stand. This day was one of those especially beautiful, sun-filled, blue-skied, cool and crispy Fall days. A day meant to be in the woods. My 15th birthday present, a single shot, 12 gauge shotgun bucked a nice frisky mule kick into my right shoulder and somebody was on their way back to Hell. I had to smile. Friggin’ demons, whatcha gonna do? Ya know? I haven’t always been a card-carrying, full blown hunter of evil. No, I opened my big mouth one night to God and volunteered. ‘Course I didn’t really realize what He had in mind for me (who really does?) but I am a man of my word so there you have it. I could of said “no” (maybe) but my life at the time sucked big brown horse apples and I truly needed His help. When you hit rock bottom in life’s barrel of desperation and you’re on your knees in the dark crying and shaking with grief while the tears, snot and pain roll out of you like an over-hormoned lady rhinoceros going through “the change”-well, you’d just have to be there, I reckon. I didn’t make any “deals” or “hollow promises” ya see, nope I just cried out to God confessing, talking and pouring my miserable life out to Him and hoping
(and knowing) that He would listen to me. He did y’all…and here we are.
I Prey on Evil: The Adventures of an Oversized Hil,
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The Magical World of Burlesque
Las Vegas, in the 1970s and 1980s, was the place to be if you wanted to see or be in burlesque. In interviews with columnist Dusty Summers, burlesque icons including Christine Darling, Angelique PettyJohn, Gina Bon Bon, Delilah Jones, Susi Midnight, and Georgette Dante reveal how and why they became burlesque performers. Top bananas and comics including Artie Brooks, Professor Turban, Joey Bishop, Bob Mitchell and Charlie Vespia tell you how a man gets into burlesque. It is an inside story of burlesque in the words of the insiders! Contains over 150 photos!
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by Sherrie Wilkolaski
We've talked before about creative ideas for fiction authors to use to expand their blog -- but how do you make the time? We're going to explore time saving tactics that will help you build up your content to create an exciting and informative site for your readers.
1. Map out the week or year and create an editorial calendar of topics you want to cover and explore.
2. Set aside time just for writing blogs. Do you write better in the morning or at night? Choose your creative time!
Originally published on successwithwriting.com
For many of us, traffic and website analytics is a very foreign idea. But understanding traffic and reading website analytics reports doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor. First up, let’s break down the terminology:
Page views: Each time someone lands on your site (when they load one of your pages) it generates a page view. Keep in mind that this tallies regardless of who visits or how many times they’ve been to the site. It sounds like a bad measurement of traffic and to some degree it is. We all love returning visitors but most of us really care about those valuable first time folks.
Visits: This measure shares how many users have spent time on your website, regardless of the number of pages each user views.
Congratulations J.J. Castagna you're the featured Infinity author of the week!
J.J. Castagna happily resides in North Florida. Professionally, Jim teaches algebra in middle school. When Jim's not teaching or coaching soocer, he can often be found creating and developing his unique and brilliant tales of horror and suspense.
Works by J.J. Castagna include the extremely imaginative horror thriller - "THE WATER BEASTS" and "BODY PARTS" - a creative and highly clever collection of horror thriller tales that you will absolutely enjoy.
Check out J.J.'s fantastic book reviews:
I really enjoyed this creative, clever, kept me on the edge of my seat book. The only problem was I hated to finish it because it left me wanting more from this author. Scary and twists and turns at every corner. A book once you start you can't put down until you are finished. You can easily picture the characters and feel the excitement with each turn of the page. This author needs to quit school and just write books. Awesome read. Get yours today, you won't be sorry!!! - Barbara Green
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