Month: September 2015

Promotion Gold: Tips from an Author!

Originally posted on Mittster's Blog:
Promotion Gold I usually don’t like to suggest products, but this one is worth looking at if you are ready to promote your novel. It doesn’t matter if you are traditionally published or self-published; promotion is your responsibility unless your name is Stephen King, which it is not, because he wouldn’t be reading this blog in the first place. A friend introduced me to the concept of sending inexpensive cards to everyone I know, might know or could know to promote the book once it is on Amazon. At first, I was not interested because I didn’t want to become a distributor just to get cards wholesale. It was a pleasant surprise to find out I could just pay a wholesale up-front fee and then be able to purchase the cards for 94 cents each, plus the postage cost. Have you tried buying a professional looking card in a store lately? You have to mortgage the ranch to afford them. http://www.sendacards.co is very reasonable and professional looking, as is…

Launch of Document the Abuse Campaigns for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Document the Abuse (documenttheabuse.com) is gearing up awareness campaigns for October  to coincide with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Campaigns will be launched across all social media channels as well as through outreach to individuals and community organizations. Pastor Neil Schori of Naperville Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois has developed a campaign that will address the faith-based community and it’s role in assisting victims of intimate partner violence.  (safefaithcommunity.com) Schori hopes to encourage leaders to become safe havens for victims of abuse and to duplicate what he has set up in his home church. According to Schori, “Victims often have limited resources available to seek immediate and long-term help when leaving an abusive relationship, especially those considered high risk. We have established a system of counseling and referrals, along with assisting victims in preparing an Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit (EAA), which we intend to bring to other church leaders.” The EAA was developed during the high-profile disappearance of Stacy Peterson when Schori, who was Peterson’s pastor, was approached by intimate partner violence prevention activist, Susan Murphy-Milano. Together they were able to utilize …

How to handle online negativity

How to Handle Online Negativity

Using social media marketing to enhance a brand, image or cause easily opens the door to those who will criticize no matter how well positive strategies are executed. “Haters will hate!” is a comment seen regularly on posts of those with some kind of public celebrity. The internet gives people anonymity and typing insults behind the veil of a computer screen never seems as harmful as doing it in real life.   How online negativity is handled is crucial and not to be dismissed lightly. Only so many will “get it” According to Tim Ferriss: “It’s critical in social media, as in life, to have a clear objective and not to lose sight of that.”  He argues that if your objective is to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people or to change the world in some small way (be it through a product or service), you only need to pick your first 1,000 fans — and carefully. “As long as you’re accomplishing your objectives, that 1,000 will lead to a cascading effect,” …

Diane Fanning will be featured at Bouchercon 2015

Diane Fanning Featured Author at Bouchercon 2015

The world’s largest mystery writers convention, Boucheron 2015: Murder Under the Oaks, will be held this year from October 8-11 in Raleigh, North Carolina and features noted authors from around the world for its 46th year. Author Diane Fanning is scheduled to be featured  during the event and will be available to talk to fans and sign books. Bouchercon is the world’s finest annual crime fiction event, bringing together more than 1,000 authors, fans, publishers, reviewers, booksellers, editors, and every other part of the community for a fantastic four-day event. Bouchercon’s events are packed with panel discussions and other programs to encourage interaction between authors and readers. The convention is open to the public and readers are encouraged to attend to meet their favorite authors, as well as writers who wish to learn from several sources about all that goes in to publishing their works. Several social events are planned for attendees to hang out, network and enjoy the company. Diane Fanning’s Bouchercon Schedule Thursday morning (October 8) from 8-10 AM: Author Speed Dating. Making her way from table …