Walking Through Walls July 2011 Virtual Book Tour

On Friday, July 1st, I will begin my Walking Through Walls Virtual Book Tour. I'd like everyone to know though, that there will be some informational articles on writing and marketing along with an interview and book reviews, please follow along and leave comments to be entered in the contest/drawing.

So, here's the information that will be included in the Press Release to be prepared and published by Donna McDine.

Author: Karen Cioffi
Illustrator: Aidana WillowRaven
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9826594-7-2
Genre: MG/Tween/YA

Book Synopsis:

Longing to be rich and powerful, twelve-year-old Wang studies the legend of the mystical Eternals. Certain they are real, he journeys to their temple and begins an apprenticeship with the Eternal Master. There he enters a world of magic where not everything is as it seems, and where he learns the magic formula to ‘walking through walls.’

CONTEST/DRAWING

There will be drawings at the end of the tour from those who comment on any of the tour stops. Please include your email address in a safe format within the comment to be eligible, such as karencioffi(at)ymail(dot)com.

Prizes that will be awarded at the end of the tour are:

•    TWO: $10 Amazon Gift Certificates
•    THREE: Writing for Children One Step at a Time (a 100+ page ebook)
•    FOUR: Writing, Publishing, and Marketing – You Can Do It (a 35 page ebook)

Winners will be notified by email and prizes will be sent within a week after the tour.
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JULY TOUR SCHEDULE

July 1st Kelly McClymer
http://kellymcclymer.com/wordpress
Interview

July 2nd Renee Hand
http://thecryptocapersseries.blogspot.com
5 Marketing Basics and link to Book Review
 
July 5th Deb Hockenberry
http://thebumpyroadtopublishing.blogspot.com
Book Review and Interview

July 7th Kathy Stemke
http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
Book Review

July 8th Donna McDine
http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com
An Effective Book Marketing Strategy: Joint Ventures

July 9th Dianne Sagan
http://www.diannesagan.wordpress.com
Writing for Children: Finding Age Appropriate Words

July 11th Stephen Tremp
http://www.stephentremp.blogspot.com
Rewriting a Folktale

July 13th Heidi Thomas
http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com
Book Promotion: The Foundation

July 15th Nancy Famolari
http://nancygfamolari.blogspot.com
Book Review

July 18th Kristin Johnson
http://www.seo-writer.com/writers/
Is Your Character One, Two, or Three Dimensional?

July 19th Eylsabeth Eldering
http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com
Book Review

July 21st Susanne Drazic
http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/
Book Review

July 23rd Margaret Fieland
http://margaretfieldand.com
Writing Focus, Determination, Perseverance, and Positive Thinking

July 25th Maggie Ball
http://magdalenaball.blogspot.com
Successful Writing Strategy: Know Your Intent

July 27th Susanne Drazic
http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/
Storytelling – Keep Your Reader Engaged

July 28th Farrah Kennedy
http://tbfreviews.net/
5 Marketing Basics and Book Review link

July 30th Beverly McClure
http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com
Writing for Free – A Means to an End: Visibility

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Karen Cioffi is an author and ghostwriter. Her new MG/YA fantasy book, Walking Through Walls, is based on an ancient Chinese tale.

The book will be available through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and book stores by July 15th.

You can preorder it through Walking Through Walls today at:
http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/mg-ya-page-2.php

To learn more about Walking Through Walls check out some reviews:
http://walkingthroughwalls-kcioffi.blogspot.com/p/walking-through-walls-reviews.html

To find out more about Karen and her books visit:
http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/p/karens-books.html

PLEASE FOLLOW ALONG AND LEAVE COMMENTS TO BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING!

And, please share this post!

Ebook Workshop Aftertalk

I think I made up a new word, "aftertalk," not sure. :)

Down to business: Last night, June 24th, I presented the How to Create an Ebook and What Your Can Do With It workshop, and if I say so myself, it offered a great deal of information. But, since we went past the hour and I still didn't get everything in, I wrote a post that will publish on Monday, June 27th at:
http://karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com

Check below for the post topics.

Also, I want to thank Elysabeth Eldering for moderating and copying the workshop chat for me. And, I'd like to thank all the attendees who took the time to join in.

For those who registered to attend, whether you actually made it to the chat or not, if you'd like the transcript of the workshop please email me at: karencioffi(AT)ymail - (DOT) - com and put "Workshop transcript" in the subject box.

After Workshop Package

Also, as soon as I can prepare it, there will be a "After Workshop Package" for anyone who is interested in purchasing it. The package will include the ebook How to Create an Ebook and What You Can Do With It, the transcript of the workshop which has A LOT MORE information not included in the ebook, and if I get around to it, a podcast of information from the ebook and the transcript.

I'll have more info on that when I get the package prepared.

Now on to some of the information in the workshop and additional information on publishing your own ebook that will be in Monday's post.

What is the purpose of creating an ebook?

• To provide a solution to a person’s problem, need, or want.
• To create a free gift, ethical bribe, to entice readers to subscribe to your newsletter.
• To offer for free and allow reprinting (passed on), letting it go viral. This increases your visibility and expert status.
• To offer for sale on your site or through sites such as Kindle and Smashwords, and/or to sell through services like Amazon’s CreateSpace as a physical book.

Other topics in the post are:

What Qualifies You to Write an Ebook? Are You an Expert?
Is it worth it to create ebooks?
Places to publish and/or promote your ebooks (most for free)

Photographer: renjith krishnan (Free Digital Photos)
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Writing Articles:

Writing Elements: Is There a Right Mix?
Creating and Beefing up Conflict
Freelance Writing – An Additional Path to Income
Article Directories and Ghostwriters – Strategies to Save You Time

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The Self-Publisher’s Guide, 4nd Edition
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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
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Tips for Online Marketing and Building Your Author Platform


Guest Post by Author Margot Finke

My best advice is to get a quick medical check-up before you publish that book.  Exercise, eat healthy and take your vitamins.  WHY? Because you will need every ounce of strength and energy to put you book in reader’s hands.  Let me tell you, writing that darned book is the easy part.  I’ll take rewrites over bookstore research any day. 

Bottom line: you have to get out there and blow your own trumpet, or find others to blow it for you.  Even if relatives think your writing career is a big yawn, the reading public LOVES to meet authors.  If you come to them they WILL buy – think Field of Dreams!  This is why you have to gird your loins (don’t wear tight pants) and march into the panting hordes, waving your book in the air, pen ready to offer autographed copies.

Shy writers take note.  You and your book are a package deal.  You need to sell yourself and your book.  Make your name synonymous with writing books for kids. This is called branding.

The secret of promotion is finding free ways to KEEP your name + the title of your book, in the reading public’s eye.  Regular Blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, etc is a huge help.  Just mention something about your book at least once a day, along with your other comments. Promote other authors and they will return the favor. Try for posts that HOOK reader interest. Add book covers whenever possible, along with other pics you fancy.  And ALWAYS end with a signature that sells YOU and your book

The easiest and cheapest thing to do is design a short and sweet signature.

Name
Current Book title
Link to your blog
Put this under everything you write – e-mails, letters, documents, bills you send out – whatever!  When people see it enough times they begin to take notice. 

Going online and finding where home-schooling moms, teachers, and librarians hang out is a profitable plan.  Get to know the teachers and librarians in your school district.  Offer to do a writing class ( a chance to sneak in your latest book), and you never know – they might pay you.  Even if you don’t get paid, you will have fun, and have a chnce to meet all those future readers of YOUR books.  This applies to libraries as well.  Ask your local library if they would like in-person visits by you – readings, writing chats, or impromptu writing sessions.  These are all great ways to BRAND yourself as an author of books for kids.

Some writers are going all techno crazy, and where possible, they visit far-away places, schools particularly, using Skype and its onboard camera.  Technology now allows us to promote our books, writing talents or whatever else we do, via our computer – YEA!!  No long car trips to get there, or strip searches at airports.  Double YEA!  Authors who live in more isolated locations should snap up this technology and run with it.  I am one of the many small county authors, and I am working on the Skype way of widening my field of promotional opportunities right now.

Things you MUST become proficient at:

* Asking established writers for promo advice.  Let it be known far-and-wide that you are
   looking for book reviewers, and are willing to help those who help you.
* Writing an interesting blog with frequent updates.  Fun, catchy headers work best.
* The art of writing a catchy and simple Press Release.
* Compiling lists of reviewers, newspapers, radio stations, bookstores, school districts, and any
   other organizations that might be interested in a book signing, talk, interview or promotion.
* Embracing Facebook and Twitter.  Get with the apps they offer and use them to promote you
   and your book.  Linkedin and JacketFlap are two other sites that might prove helpful.
   However, be selective.  Join groups and lists that relate to your writing goals and your books.
* Promoting and helping out other writers. They will return the favor.
* Joining online Lists and Blogs that might have an interest in the topic your book covers.   
   Finding a good niche market is not to be sneezed at.
* Designing an appealing Logo and offeing it to everyone.

There are lots more ways to promote your book, but I think this will do to get you started..

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Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes midgrade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. Margot didn't begin serious writing until the day their youngest left for college. This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every day. Margot said, "I really envy those who began young, and managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes, household disasters, and outside jobs. You are my heroes!"

Her first books, a 7x book rhyming series, "Wild and Wonderful," offers fun facts about animals from the US and Australia. Educational and fun, eBooks can be read on a computer, laptop, or various color e-Readers. They are great for classroom or home schooling moms.

Remember, kids today are computer savvy, and ALL 11 of Margot’s books (both hard copy and eBooks) can be viewed on Margot’ Magic Carpet.  The latest three are: Taconi and Claude – Double Trouble (midgrade), Horatio Humble Beats the Big D + Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind.


Visit her DOWN-UNDER FUN or WILD US CRITTERS:  to discover extra fun facts about the animals in her books. 

Stories for Children Publishing will be touring author Margot Finke’s children’s books, Taconi and Claude – Double Trouble” a historical middle-grade adventure, “Horatio Humble Beats the Big D” a rhyming picture book about dyslexia, and “Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind” a rhyming picture book about change; all month long in June 2011.

You can find out more about Margot Finke’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/MargotFinke.aspx . There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Margot Finke and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Margot Finke will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. Hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth chatted with Margot Finke about her books, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Margot will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life.

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STOP PRESS!
Write a comment on any participating blog during Margot Finke's June Book Tour,  
and win a 
FREE COPY 
of this fun time-travel story
Margot Finke wrote it specially for kids.
NOTE:
One copy per person.  Please leave your e-mail. 

( Safe sample:   mfinke<@>frontier.com )

You can find out more about Margot Finke’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/MargotFinke.aspx

Aim for Writing Success

Writing success can mean different things to different writers. Some writers may simply want to get a book or article published; others may want to be on the New York Times Best Sellers List; still others may want to make a living writing; and there are those who may be seeking wealth and fame. The key here is to dig down and really know what your perception of writing success is.

Once you are certain what you are aiming for, take the necessary steps to become the writing success you dream of. Sounds easy, right? Well, we all know it’s not, if it were, there would be no struggling writers.

The first problem we seem to run into is actually realizing how we perceive success, or what we want from our writing efforts. According to Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, the number one reason for being stuck and not realizing your potential or goals is the lack of clarity.

Step One: You Must Define Your Goals and Your Perception of Success

It’s not sufficient to state you want to be a published writer; you need to proclaim the specifics. You want to be a self-help nonfiction author of published books and magazine articles earning an income of $100,000 per year. You can even get much more specific than that—the more specific your goals and intentions are the more likely you will attain them.

Step Two: Prepare a Plan

When you finally have a break through and know exactly what you want from your writing efforts, you need to prepare a detailed plan. Your plan, just like your goals, needs to be very specific. Think of a recipe: You plan on baking a cake, but you’ll need more than just the ingredients, you’ll need the exact amount of each ingredient, the proper procedure for mixing them together, the baking temperature, how long to bake it, how long to cool it before removing it from the pan . . . you get the idea.

Now you’re on your way . . . you have specific goals . . . a detailed plan . . . but . . . you’re still not achieving success.

Step Three: Take Action

Think of the first two steps as the foundation of your house. To move forward toward success, you need to build the house. This takes action; it actually takes more than just action, it takes ongoing action and perseverance to carry you through to completion.

Step Four: Projection

You have the other steps down pat, now picture yourself attaining your goals. According to motivational speakers, you will have a much greater chance of making it happen by projecting success. This step encompasses a number of strategies such as envisioning, projection, projection boards, and affirmations.

Take aim . . . shoot.

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Writing Articles:

Is Your Manuscript Ready for Submission?
Giving Basic Writing Advice
Finding Children’s Story Ideas

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KarenCV
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Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep Book Tour Schedule

June 13 Interview with illustrator, Jack Foster at http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
 
June 14 This Is Not Your Mother’s Virtual Book Tour at http://rjmbookreviews.blogspot.com/
 
June 15 Famous Brother Sister Pairs at Karen Cioffi’s blog http://karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com
 
June 16 Brother Sister Poetry at Connie Arnold’s blog http://childrensauthorconniearnold.blogspot.com
 
June 17 Favorite Consonant Blends at J Aday Kennedy’s blog http://jadaykennedy.blogspot.com
 
June 18 Sibling Rivalry at Sylvia Ney’s Blog http://writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/
 
June 20 What Do Superheroes Eat? Tony Stemke’s blog http://gritsandgroceries.blogspot.com
 
June 21 Prepare siblings for the New Baby at Heather Bee’s blog www.sprittibee.com
 
June 22 Author Interview at Donna Mc Dine’s blog http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com
 
June 23 Book review at Donna Mc Dine’s blog http://www.donnamcdine.blogspot.com
 
 
June 27 Hillary Moore’s blog http://homeschoolblogger.com/hillarym
 
June 28 The History of Superheroes at Stephen Tremp’s blog www.stephentremp.blogspot.com
 
 
June 30 Book Review at Stephanie Brandt’s blog http://www.debtfreespending.com
 
July 1 Famous Brother Sister Quotes at Misha Gericke’s blog http://sylmion.blogspot.com
 
July 2 Book Review at Kristi Bernard’s blog http://kristisbooknook.blogspot.com/
 
July 3 Language Arts Teachers Guide at Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s blog http://writershotspot.blogspot.com or http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
 
July 4 Noises that Wake you Up http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
 
July 5 Winners announced! http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
 

July 6 Author and Book Spotlight at Sue Drazic’s blog http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com
LOT'S OF PRIZES TO WIN JUST FOR COMMENTING, COLORING, OR ANSWERING A SUPERHERO TRIVIA QUESTION!

The World of Ink Network: Books and Online Marketing with with Karen Cioffi

Hi, All,

I'm the featured speaker on the World of Ink Network: The Writing Mama Show TONIGHT, FRIDAY 10th, at 6pm EST. We'll be discussing books and online marketing.

Here is the link to the main network page and click on the show:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork

As the founder and manager of a marketing group, Writers on the Move, I have some experience with what works and doesn't work for touring and online marketing and will be sharing my views with my hosts and audience.

Along with the Writers on the Move experience, I attend a number of marketing teleseminars and try to apply what I learn to my own marketing strategies.

I'm also an author, ghostwriter and freelance writer and a member of the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, the Professional Writers Alliance, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

The show will be hosted by Virginia S. Grenier, Marsha Cook, and J.D. Holiday at Blog Talk Radio'sWorld of Ink Network: The Writing Mama show. It's 6pm EST on June 10, 2011.

As always, The Writing Mama show can be listened to live at BlogTalkRadio.com/WorldofInkNetwork, or you can listen to it on demand, at any time you'd like, at the same address or on iTunes. Just search for World of Ink Network and you'll find our shows on iTunes.

You can call in with your questions or comment towards the end of the show; the call in number is (714) 242-5259.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KarenCV
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kcioffiventrice

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ANNOUNCING 2 EXCITING CONTESTS FOR SH SH SH LET THE BABY SLEEP BOOK TOUR FROM JUNE 13-JULY 5.

CONTEST/DRAWING
There will be drawings at the end of the book tour from those who comment or answer a superhero trivia question. it includes this blog or any other site during the tour from June 13th-July 5th. Please include your email address in the comment in a safe format: dancekam1(at)yahoo(dot) com
The prizes include:

· $10 Amazon gift certificate

· Mozart in the Future by Tania Rodriges-Peters

· “The Wild Soccer Bunch” books 1 & 2 by Joachim Masannek

· “30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog” by Tamar Geller

· Superhero figurines

· “The Green Bronze Mirror” by Lynne Ellison

· “The Face of Deceit” by Ramona Richards

COLORING CONTEST

Download a coloring page from http://educationtipster.blogspot.com for the book, “Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep.” Color it, and email a picture to Kathy Stemke at dancekam1 (at) yahoo (dot) com for a chance to win one of the prizes below.

· “Small Gifts in God’s Hands” by Max Lucado

· Superhero figurine
· “Making Memories” by Janette Oke

THE BOOK BY KATHY STEMKE IS AVAILABLE ON GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING, AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, AND OTHER EBOOK SITES.

CHECK OUT REVIEWS OF THIS ACTION PACKED BOOK  educationtipster.blogspot.com

Writing Elements Mix – Is There a Right Balance?

Writing can be thought of as a recipe, a handful of plot, a quarter cup of setting, a third to a half cup of dialogue, and a half cup of action and forward movement. Then you also need to add just the right amount of theme, character, and style. Stir it all together and bake for several months (might be longer, depending on your oven), and that’s it.

Ah, if it were only that simple.

Today, there are a number of rules to writing that didn’t plague writers years ago when the world was slower and people actually had time to sit and read at a leisurely pace. Writers had the luxury of setting scenes in detail and didn’t have to worry about ‘telling’ too much.

Now, publishers want your story to begin with a BAM. Grab the reader right away, or you’ll lose her. And, it’s important that setting and telling are limited. In addition, don’t forget to magically weave backstory for your characters seamlessly into the mix.

So, what is the right balance of writing elements that will create a successful story?

Well, there really isn’t a pat formula. Each story will call for its own particular amounts of elements, and each publisher will have her own set of rules that the author must adhere to. But there are certain basics that all stories must contain.

The five basic elements of a story are:

Plot: The arrangement of circumstances and/or events in the story, including conflicts and resolution.

Character: Without the main character and supporting characters the plot is useless. It is the character’s struggle to overcome the conflicts or obstacles in his path that gives the plot life.

Setting: This element includes the physical backdrop of the story, the time period and location.

Atmosphere or Tone: The mood, including the setting, characters and their clothing, weather, and other elements within the story, determines the tone of the story.

Style: The author’s way of expressing herself is the style. Sentence structure, diction, choice of words, point of view, imagery, and symbols are all means of conveying a story that is unique to the author.

In regard to the amounts or balance of each element, the objective is to create a story that continually moves forward toward a satisfying conclusion while holding the reader’s attention. You can have a plot driven story, or a character driven story, you can also have a story with a lot of dialogue, but you need to be sure the story is focused, coherent, and engaging.

Often, as you self-edit your own work, you won’t be able to see if the elements are just right; you should have it critiqued and have an editor take a look at it to see if you’re on the mark. And, then after all that, it will be up to the publisher’s editor to give the final say on whether you have just the right balance of writing elements for a successful story.

Photo by: Francesco Marino (Free Digital Photos)
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Related Articles:

3 Steps to Querying Publishers and Agents
Ingredients for a Picture Perfect Book
Adding More Dimension to Your Characters

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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
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Marketing Matters-World of Ink Author Spotlight: VS Grenier

Marketing Matters with VS Grenier

 
When I first got the go on my picture book, Babysitting SugarPaw being published, I started my email blasts. I had press releases sent out, I posted on all my social sites, talked about it in SFC Newsletter for Writers, did radio interviews, etc. I wanted to build the hype about my book before it even became available. Once it did, I did not stop my marketing campaign. In fact, I stepped it up a notch once it came out.

My publisher sent an email blast about my picture book to their contact list with the cover art, my photo, a blurb on the book. I had them send me a copy of the blast so I could do the same with my contact list. I also had post cards made up of the blast to send out. I sent them to every school, library, preschool, daycare, children’s store, doctors, dentist, and bookstore I could think of or find in my phonebook. I did give-a-ways. I had free coloring pages available on my site. I did contest. I sent copies to blog review sites. You name it . . . I pretty much did it and I was not even done yet with the ideas I was coming up with either.

Things changed however and my marketing plans fell flat. Time passed and I thought I missed the boat on getting the word out about my book. It's been two years since my book, Babysitting SugarPaw was first printed. I've sold a few hundred copies, but now I'm back with a new marketing plan as my book is getting ready to be releases as an eBook!

Just because a book campaign did not go the way you would like does not mean you should give up on your book. It just means you need to rethink, redo, or adjust it. In my case, it means do all the things now I could not do before.

Books can only do so much on their own. A great book cover and blurb will help if someone picks it up at the store, but it is the author who really makes the sales happen. A long time ago, publishers used to put effort into marketing new releases. Now they focus on their best-selling authors. But if you want to be a best-selling author, you are going to have to work at it because no one is going to do it for you. If you want to see thousands of your books selling, you are going to have to work at marketing your book and building your name.

If you really think about it, why do you know the names of Hollywood Star, Singers, Book Authors, or any celebrity for that matter? It’s all about the marketing.


VS Grenier is an award-winning children’s author, founder & owner of Stories for Children Publishing, LLC., award-winning editor-in-chief of Stories for Children Magazine and chief editor for Halo Publishing, Int.; in addition, to running her own editorial and critique services.  

In 2007 & 2008, VS Grenier was voted one of the Top Ten Editors in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll, won 2nd place for her article on, “Yes, Virginia, There IS a Santa Claus” in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll for Best Nonfiction of 2007, and won 7th place for her article, “Dinosaur Tracks in My Backyard” in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll for Best Nonfiction of 2008.  

VS Grenier learned how to hone her writing skills at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is a member of the League of Utah Writers (HWG), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Musing Our Children. 

Her picture book "Babysitting SugarPaw" has received high ranking reviews from mommy bloggers, book reviewers and children's caregivers. 

MommyPR.com~ "The perfect book for children who will have their first babysitter soon and also for someone who is going to be a babysitter for the first time."

"Babysitting Sugarpaw, written by award winning author Virginia Grenier,and illustrated by Kevin Collier is a must buy for children. This book will satisfy adults, as it brings back memories, and for children who love to laugh." ~American Chronicle

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW ~ "Anyone who has ever done babysitting will be able to empathize with Bonnie and her plight. For that matter, so will anyone who has ever been babysat! Author V. S. Grenier has created a tender, heartwarming story that children will enjoy having read to them and that parents will enjoy reading to them."


Babysitting SugarPaw is now being released as an eBook this year. Making it easier for babysitters and children to take it long for those nights when mommy and daddy are out. This book will delight children of all ages, especially those who like to create mischief. Let SugarPaw and his babysitter Bonnie Whiskers help teach you about friendship and honestly, along with their babysitting adventure.

Stories for Children Publishing will be touring award-winning author VS Grenier and her book, “Babysitting SugarPawa picture book about friendship and telling the truth all month long in June 2011. 

You can find out more about VS Grenier’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/BabysittingSugarPaw.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with VS Grenier and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. The hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting about Grenier’s picture book, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Grenier will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life.

The show will be live June 6, 2011 at 1pm EST (12pm Central, 11am MST, and 10am PST). You can tune in at the World of Ink Network site at http://www.blogtalkradion.com/worldofinknetwork. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)


To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit Stories for Children Publishing at: http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com