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Writer to Writer -

August 2011


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I can't believe how long it's been since I sent the last newsletter.  I figured it was probably a month, but now see it's two months.  Good grief!

I told you last time I had a nasty chest infection. Well it got worse. I've now had two bouts of pneumonia since I last wrote, and spent seven whole days having IV antibiotics.

Because I have an excellent (and caring) specialist, I had my IV treatment at home.  Going physically to hospital is not something either of us care for, since I pick up infections easily due to my immune deficiency. And there really are some nasty bugs in hospitals.

My treatment finished nearly three weeks ago, then I had two more courses of antibiotics - making it six courses of oral antibiotics, 7 days of IV's, then another two courses of oral antibiotics.  I was certainly glad to see the back of all the antibiotics!

I am not 100% back to normal yet, but well on the way.

Anyway, I apologise for the lack of newsletters, but as you can see, it's been unavoidable.

I'm going to keep it fairly brief today as I now have a deadline to meet as I've done virtually nothing for two months.

You've no doubt heard all the talk about book sales on Kindle.  One of my friends self-published her first novel on Kindle and I can now tell you she has literally sold ten times more books than my traditionally published novel.  We both write the same genre, and I must admit to being extremely surprised at the results.

We are deep in the throes of the electronic revolution, as well as having a 'want it now' mentality. Kindle and other electronic books fulfil this need.

If you've been with me a while, you'll have seen me discuss Nick Daws, who is a UK writer. Nick co-authored The Wealthy Writer, which has been fabulously successful for a lot of writers. (Many of you told me you'd bought it and loved it. You can read my review of The Wealthy Writer here.)

If you're even remotely interested in bypassing publishers and therefore gaining total control over your work, check out Nick's latest offering Kindle Kash.

If you like what you see, don't buy via that page.  It's already a very reasonable price, but I have negotiated a special rate for my subscribers which allows you a discount of $14-95 - the most I've even been able to negotiate so far! Here's the link to get a discounted copy, but you'll need to check it out on the first link as there is no info there.

And speaking of Kindle, a couple of days ago a friend told me about Kindlegraph, which is fr^ee for authors. This is a system where you can 'autograph' Kindle books for purchasers. 

It's all done electronically, and it's not your real signature, so no risks.

I joined yesterday and discovered a request for an autograph had been sitting there since January.  Cool.

And here's just one more site I recently discovered: - it's much like a book club, where readers discuss a book per month.  The twist on this, compared to other book clubs I've seen, is the readers get to vote on which book they'll purchase and discuss.

Authors are invited to submit their book for consideration, but must join as members to do so. (Membership is totally fr^ee.)

Okay, onto this issue.

Anyone who wants to sell online - and that includes writers - needs to promote.  Because we're also writers, we need to write and promote. Cheryl Malandrinos helps us find time to do both.

That's it from me [FIRSTNAME], time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…





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Finding Time to Write and Promote

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One of the things I often hear from fellow writers is that marketing takes a substantial amount of time, and that means, less time for writing. Many feel there is no easy way to balance promoting their work while still sending out submissions.


As someone who works in online book promotion, I know how important marketing is. Here are a few tips you can try to help you achieve a better balance between promotion time and writing time.


Add Marketing Time to Your To-Do List


Without a list, you can lack focus and organization, which means time slips away and you’re not even sure where it went. Daily and weekly to-do lists keep you on track, and they motivate you to keep going.


See where you can add 15 minutes to half an hour of marketing time to your daily schedule. I find that after lunch is my best time because I’m in between roles. The mornings are dedicated to virtual book tour clients and the evenings are dedicated to writing and blogging. Afternoons are usually spent on promoting my work and tying up loose ends. I need a less intense activity before the girls get home from school, so that I feel refreshed and can focus solely on them.


Create an Online Media Kit


Every published writer needs a media kit. A media kit should include: a long and short bio, author photographs, novel covers, book trailers, excerpts, audio clips, links to previous interviews, and a schedule of events. If you write articles, it should include a list of those articles, where and when they appeared, and direct links to any articles that appear online.


By having this information available on your website and in PDF format, you’ll save time when you contact people for interview and book review requests.


Even if you’re still waiting for that first sale, it’s a good idea to have a biography and quality photo available for those who request them.



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