Sunday, March 29, 2009

Know the Lingo


There's nothing more frustrating to a writer, besides writing a query letter, than understanding various terms in the writing world, like second rights.

If you want to brush up on some of your lingo terminology, go here.

Lea Schizas
Award-winning author & editor
Editing Services

Friday, March 27, 2009

To Split Infinitives or Not To Split Infinitives

...that is the question. (-:

Learn when it's OK to split infinives and when you shouldn't do it even if it is OK according to the rule books. Go to my Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog at www.thefrugaleditor.blogspot.com.

Best,
Virtual Book Tour member Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Also blogging at Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites pick, www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bruce Atchison, Guest Author at Write What Inspires You!


Join me today at http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com/ when children's author, Bruce Atchison, joins me as my guest author.


Bruce Atchison, a legally blind writer, has written scores offreelance articles since 1996. Their topics ranged from a visit to the Voice of Russia World Service in Moscow to a hilarious April Fools joke played on his class by his grade 3 teacher. Bruce's articles have appeared in an eclectic mix of publications, from glossy magazines to photocopied underground "zines."


He has also written 2 books. When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies) relates his adventures and misadventuresof having rabbits as house pets as well as the fascinating facts he learned about them. It was published in 2006. A year later, he wrote Deliverance From Jericho (Six Years in a Blind School). it's his memoir about what it was like to be sent 500 miles from home for months at a stretch, beginning when he was 7 years old. Bruce is currently working on How I Was Razed (and How I found Authentic Christianity), an account of his spiritual journey through various betrayals of his faith to the eventual discovery of what genuine Christianity is. He lives in a tiny hamlet in the western Canadian province of Alberta with 4 house rabbits.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Meet an interesting author and his novel, by Vivian Zabel



Kirk Bjornsgaard, an acquisitions editor for the University of Oklahoma Press, trusted his novel to 4RV Publishing. Before the revisions could be done, cancer returned causing Kirk not to be able to make them. However, we finished needed revisions with my doing the work and his approving or giving suggestions, and the novel, Confessions of a Former Rock Queen, was released this week.

The book, set mainly in Oklahoma and New York, grabs the interest of “Boomers,” “Sooners,” and music lovers, especially of old time rock ‘n roll.

Bjornsgaard weaves his knowledge of music and rock ‘n roll into the book, giving a realistic taste to the plot and characters. As John Wooley, author of Ghost Band and From the Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The Story of Oklahoma Music writes, a person can always tell when a novel about music is written by a musician. Such is the case with Confessions of a Former Rock Queen. Bjornsgaard, “a rock ‘n roller for almost four decades, expertly chronicles the life of an unsophisticated small-town Oklahoma girl tapped on the shoulder by fame in the swingin’ ‘60s.”

Copies of Confessions of a Former Rock Queen can be purchased through most bookstores or on line, including on the 4RV Book Store.

Vivian Zabel
Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap

Monday, March 23, 2009

Virtual Book Tours' April 1st Schedule

We're off again - with three NEW members! Please welcome Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Liana Metal and Virginia S. Grenier to our merry band of authors.
Don't forget to stop by and visit with your favorite authors on April 1st.

Here's the April 1st tour schedule:

Deborah Ramos is hosting Virginia S. Grenier
Dianne Sagan is hosting Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Harry Gilleland is hosting Liana Metal
Karen Cioffi is hosting Mark Bradley
Kathy Stemke is hosting Pam Devor
Lea Schizas is hosting Joyce Anthony
Nancy Famolari is hosting Kevin McNamee
Suzanne Lieurance is hosting Dorothy Massey
Vivian Zabel is hosting Penny Sansevieri
Margaret Fieland is hosting Deborah Ramos
Crystalee Calderwood is hosting Dianne Sagan
Joyce Anthony is hosting Harry Gilleland
Pam Devor is hosting Karen Cioffi
Mark Bradley is hosting Kathy Stemke
Kevin McNamee is hosting Lea Schizas
Dorothy Massey is hosting Nancy Famolari
Penny Sansevieri is hosting Suzanne Lieurance
Liana Metal is hosting Vivian Zabel
Carolyn Howard-Johnson is hosting Margaret Fieland
Virginia Grenier is hosting Crystalee Calderwood

If you'd like to learn more about our group, just read some of the articles in this site. You can also leave a comment here with contact info and I'll get back to you.

See you in blog world,
Karen

Saturday, March 21, 2009

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VBT's Procedures - A Summary

Virtual Book Tours is a group of 30+ authors. Included in our group is a publisher of children's books; an editor; a coach and teacher of writing for children and freelance writing; a marketing guru; and an array of wonderful, and some well known, authors. What's great about this group is that we cover a wide range of writing genres - from ghostwriting to poetry. This allows our books/works to be visible to a much larger audience than if we promoted within one genre.

Along with the ongoing virtual tours, Virtual Book Tours offers a couple of other marketing tools to help promote you and your work. We have a Link Exchange, Book Reveiws (for those members who are interested), and a Library strategy. We also are constantly moving forward and always looking for new tools to create visibility and increase sales.

A Little About the Rules and Procedures

This is a participating group. We count on each other to follow through so no member is left unhosted for a tour. This does take a bit of commitment.

On the first of each month (and one other day that week)we host each other. A schedule is prepared in advance partnering members. So, each month every member is a host and guest to another member. Each month the partners change.

In the group site each member is given a Member's Folder. This is the place members upload any information they want to promote such as a bio, book synopsis, interview questions, reviews and testimonials, articles, etc..

In the Photos section, members upload jpgs of their book cover/s and author photo.

We do not promote explicit or graphic sex, violence, racism, hatred, etc.. A number of our members are children's book authors and certain genres would not be compatible on those sites.

One of Virtual Book Tours goals is to broaden our horizons by increasing membership. Since the name of the game is promotion through visibility, the more members the more visibility. This means more readers get a chance to learn about you and your book - this encourages sales.

If you are interested in joining our merry band of authors. Leave a comment with contact information.

See you in blog world,
Karen

Monday, March 16, 2009

Are All Virtual Book Tours the Same?

The Difference Between virtual tours and our Virtual Book Tours group:

A virtual book tour is a means of getting your book visible. It is a means of promotion. While it is only one strategy in a marketing plan, it does help make readers aware of you and your works. It is also a helpful tool in drawing traffic to your site.

With most virtual book tours, you ask a blogger to host you. Or, you may be asked by a blogger to visit their site as a guest. There are many bloggers who are looking for content for their blogs and hosting an author is great content. There are also some organized tours in which you make the rounds (usually for a week of other specified amount of time) as a guest on several blogger sites in a circuit tour. These types of tours may be initiated by a publisher, promoter, or the authors themselves. While these circuit tours do produce a wider range of visibility, it is for a specific amount of time.

It's true that these tours are a useful way to help bring you and your book/works into the limelight, but they are limited. You continually need to look for opportunities to be a guest on bloggers' sites. Depending on how large your network is, this can become a little challenging. In addition to this, I'm sure your goal is to sell your book for as long as you can - this means ONGOING promotion.

This is where Virtual Book Tours is different. Imagine having the ability to be a guest on other authors' sites on a regular basis - having guaranteed exposure every month, without the burden of finding bloggers who are willing to host you. In addition to this you won't have to find host sites that have good reputations and have a decent amount of traffic. Well, the Virtual Book Tours group is one of the only groups I know of that offers this type of exposure.

Virtual Book Tours is a group of 30 authors. Included in our group is a publisher of children's books; an editor; a coach and teacher of writing for children and freelance writing; a marketing guru; and an array of wonderful, and some well known, authors. What's great about this group is that we cover a wide range of writing genres - from ghostwriting to poetry. This allows our books/works to be visible to a much larger audience than if we promoted within one genre.

Along with the ongoing virtual tours, Virtual Book Tours offers a couple of other marketing tools to help promote you and your work. We have a Link Exchange, Book Reveiws (for those members who are interested), and a Library strategy. We also are constantly moving forward and always looking for new tools to create visibility and increase sales.

One of Virtual Book Tours goals is to broaden our horizons by increasing membership. Since the name of the game is promotion through visibility, the more members the more visibility. This means more readers get a chance to learn about you and your book - this encourages sales.

I was going to discuss some of the procedures VBT has in place to keep things organized, but this article ended up longer than I expected. So, my next post will cover that topic.

If you are interested in joining our merry band of authors. Leave a comment with contact information.

See you in blog world,

Karen Cioffi
http://karenandrobyn.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/KarenCV
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bubba and Giganto: Odds Against Us by Lea Schizas


I'm excited to be a part of the Virtual Book Tours members. The group began end of last year with several writers hopping on board and supporting each other by taking turns touring our books.

I've been proud to showcase my tween-crossover novel, Bubba and Giganto: Odds Against Us, published by 4RV Publishing in 2008. Here's a quick summary on the book:

Bubba hates it when his dad gets a contract for a new project. That means uprooting the family from one city and moving to another. Attending a new school is a major pet peeve of his. His smart alecky nature attracts the bullies in every school he’s attended.

On the first day of school, Bubba bumps into this rather large student. Fearing a confrontation, he wears his tough guy attitude and waits for the punches to begin. Remarkably, the new student apologizes and Bubba and David (aka Giganto as Bubba eventually nicknames him) become best friends.

Bubba and Giganto try out for the high school soccer team and that’s when trouble begins. Bubba knew eventually he’d meet the bullies of the school and he was right.

In the first initial weeks, Bubba learns about a death that occurred the previous year, faces the bullies on several occasions, helps Giganto practice soccer before tryouts, and challenges the bullies to a scrimmage.

Little did Bubba know Giganto held a secret, one that will place Giganto in a deadly situation.


For more information, to read reviews, or to purchase the book, please visit THIS PAGE.

Lea Schizas

Friday, March 13, 2009

Welcome to the new Virtual Book Tours Blog

In case you're not aware of us, we are a group of authors who have joined forces to help promote each other. Once a month (on the first of the month and another day that week) we host each other through the use of virtual tours. We also use other promotional strategies such as Link exchange, Reviews and Library marketing.

We have decided to create a team/group blogsite to inform potential members about VBT and to have an additional site for our members to inform, vent, chat, and promote their efforts.

We are in the beginning stages, but we are hoping this site will afford great information. We will have articles (writing, marketing, self-publishing, time management, tips, and more), reviews - including reviews by children, information about our members - including links, news and updates about VBT, and like the description states: a little of This and That.

If you have a book you would like to make visible, you are welcome to join our ever growing group of authors.

In my next post, I will provide a summary of the Rules and Procedures for VBT.

See you in blog world,
Karen Cioffi