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How to Conquer the Book Marketing Monster

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

Conquering that Marketing Monster

Guest post by Lois W. Stern

marketing.monster2Writing our books is the fun part, as it challenges our creativity, satisfying a need for self-expression. But marketing our books . . . that’s a whole different story. I call it the marketing monster! Many internet sites are out there to help us slay that dragon, but I’d like to share three little gems that you might have overlooked.

Hold on for a second. Before we begin, I want you to build yourself a promotional template. It will take a little time, and you won’t need all of these items for each venue, but trust me, in the long run, it will be a real time saver.

Template Items:

  • Book title:
  • Author:
  • Genre:
  • Book formats (paperback, hardcover, Kindle, other e-reader formats):
  • ISBN #:
  • Author bio:
  • Book teaser or elevator pitch:
  • URL links to any places where your book…

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Sheffield, Tasmania: murals

 

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Having just returned from Tasmania and enjoyed three beautifully sunny days, I thought I’d share some of the murals we saw in Sheffield. As I wasn’t driving I didn’t like to ask for more stops, so some of the murals are out of focus, catching them on the way passed. This small town is situated at the foot of Mt. Roland and is very much a country town. There is a wonderful general store, and if Christopher had been with me, we would have spent a lot of time browsing there.IMG_2182

Murals abound, some naive and others more professional, but all done with much love.IMG_2175IMG_2176_2IMG_2174IMG_2181_2IMG_2164I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse of the pride this delightful country town has in its murals.

April 2015:

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Jack’s 7th birthday

Easter comes early this year. My grandson usually misses out on birthday parties, as his birthday falls during the holidays. So this year he had an early one. Jack helped design his cake and ice it. We have so many family birthdays in April. I am going up to Canberra for my daughter’s 41st and her son’s 2nd birthdays. Canberra is very beautiful in Autumn with many deciduous trees. Must remember to take some photos. In between Canberra and Tasmania, we have Will’s 42nd and Hazel’s 1st birthdays in Melbourne.

Then I will be travelling to Tasmania for my Aunt’s birthday. Having only two of my mother’s siblings left of that generation in our family, it is a special time. I am not good at decorating, but hopefully the fruit cake will be delicious. I am still adjusting to our oven, and it is nerve wracking when cooking things like this.

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My Aunt’s 90th birthday 22-4-15

Having measured the cake, I bought the cake container, without remembering that the icing would take up space. This one was really squashed into the box.

My Uncle's 92nd birthday cake.

My Uncle’s 92nd birthday cake with marzipan fruit from Aldi, cut in half.

My uncle’s has had the sides sliced before icing, in anticipation, of getting it into the container.

So I shall leave you with a couple of Autumnal photos from our walk yesterday. I shall not be posting much in April, since we have friends coming to stay, as well as my going away twice for my annual pilgrimages.

berries taken on our walk

berries taken on our walk

Bees have retired as it's after 6pm, it was covered in bees during the sunlit hours.

Bees have retired as it’s after 6pm, it was covered in bees during the sunlit hours.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and I look forward to catching up on my return.

 

Going, going, gone …

Helen Carey books has written about words being omitted from the dictionary, that I think will interest a lot of you. Re-blogged in case you missed it. Thanks Helen.otter

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otterRegular followers of my blog will know that I am concerned about words fading out of the English language. So imagine my dismay when I read recently that the Oxford University Press has expunged several words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. And no, the deleted words are not out of use or particularly outdated, they are just apparently not ‘relevant to a modern day childhood’. The missing words include acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, kingfisher, otter and even conker. And the words taking their place in the new edition include broadband, blog, bullet point and, wait for it, celebrity!

It worries me that so many of the excluded words refer to our countryside, our fauna and flora. Do we really want to educate the next generation to give priority to cut-and-paste, voicemail and chatroom, over pasture, cowslip and cygnet?

Of course it is not just the younger…

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Caught In a Net

Aunt Beulah asks questions of herself that I’m sure many bloggers are asking themselves. I admire the way she expresses herself and she always inspires me to better things.

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Shortly after I began writing a weekly column for the local newspaper, I was pondering a head of lettuce at the local supermarket when an elderly gentleman with gray bushy eyebrows, a battered cowboy hat, and a painful-looking limp wheeled his cart my way.

“Hey, you! Yes, you.”

Startled, I looked around, but saw no other shoppers. Was he talking to himself or me? Finding either alternative alarming, I clutched my lettuce and prepared to flee.

“You’re Janet Sheridan, right?”

I nodded. In my hurry, did I cut him off in the parking lot? Or, heaven help me, had I run over his foot?

Without altering his stern expression, he limped on by, tipping his hat as he said, “I like your columns, young lady. They read real good.”

No words could have pleased a fledgling columnist more. When someone finds something of worth in my words, I feel…

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A TEMPLATE FOR FACING DEATH

This thought provoking post appeals to me greatly, thanks Nina!

ON BEING OLD

[Oliver Sacks is a noted British neurologist, Professor of Neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, and author of many books, including “Awakenings”  and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”  Today he published a piece in the Opinion Pages of The New York Times about learning he has terminal cancer.  I hope when the time comes I can confront my end with such spirited courage. 

The piece is now available to anyone who reads the Times, either on paper or online. But for the many of you who don’t, I’m typing it out here, in part because that will ensure I myself read it again more carefully — but also, and principally, because there are so few helpful road maps for negotiating our way towards what lies ahead for all of us that this piece, heartrending though it is, deserves to be read widely.]

MY OWN LIFE

Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

by OLIVER SACKS  Feb. 19…

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The Super-rich and us, BBC Documentary 2015

For any of you with time on your hands, this documentary is very insightful and horrifying. I watched it last night and was appalled. It made me think historically of the French Revolution, and I wonder how long it will be before Britain suffers the same consequences.

The Super-Rich and Us BBC Documentary 2015 Episode 1 Rich People VS Poor People UK – YouTube
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t2BiuW93bos

Finding Balance: thought for the day

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“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” Rumi

Re blogged Brenda Ann Babinski, found at http://pastlifetourist.com/2015/01/28/finding-balance/

I love Brenda Ann’s thoughts and this one is a very important reminder to me as a parent. Love is a wonderful and selfless thing when bringing up young children. It is a sad love when it becomes a selfish, controlling weapon to the children who have grown up. I observed this with my own grandmother and her daughter and determined not to be the same. I hope to find the right balance.

For me there are many more interpretations of this Rumi quotation.  Thoughts allow the mind to follow through with lots of permeations. How many of us wish for something and hold onto that thought, strangling it? If we put that thought out into the Universe, and let go, it allows that thought to be free. Gratitude to the Universe is part of that process. Knowing we’re part of a much bigger picture. Gratitude, love and letting go, help us to become the people we most want to be.

How would you interpret this quotation? Does it have meaning to you too?

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. What a lovely surprise! This review has allowed me to look at the year from a different perspective and see who my most regular responders are, and I thank you all for your visits and comments.

Thank you WordPress for this informative review, I do appreciate it! Happy New Year to you and to all of your helpers. Blogging has opened my eyes to so many new ideas and finding friends around the world, thanks to you.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.