Reach Local Readers Through Radio Interviews

Get your free download Feb 4 & 5 at http://amzn.to/AFcT93

Radio Locator is great for helping you put together a local or regional media list; when I entered my zip code it listed 74 stations! Make contact via phone or in person and explain why you’re calling, do a quick pitch and ask if they’d be interested in an interview.

RadioGuestList.com is another source to help you find the booking agents interested in finding radio and TV show and podcast interview guests.

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Another New Writing Contest – This Time For Short Stories

I’m not a contest judge! I’d never be able to decide among the likes of Emily Hill, Jeff Bennington and John McDonnell. 

Is your work ready to reach a wider readership? If so, then we invite you to enter The Writer2012 Short-Story Contest
We’re looking for original fiction on any theme that is brilliant, bold, and concise (no more than 2,000 words). We’re offering great prizes and great exposure for your work, including publication in The Writer.
What are you waiting for? Submit your entry today!
(You can submit multiple entries.)

Get the details here

PBS Kids Go! Writer’s Contest (SoCal K-3)

Kids love books, museums and animals. So why not writing? Kids are special, let them feel special!

Few things capture a child’s imagination like a good book. That’s why PBS SoCaL is looking for your child’s original stories!

PBS SoCaL encourages Southern California children to create an original story as part of the PBS KIDS GO! Writer’s Contest. Open to kids in grades k-3, each entry must be an original work written and illustrated by the student. Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry and each grade level will be judged separately. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from each grade and receive prizes locally. First place winners will also be entered in to the national contest.

Get the details!

FREE Webinar Plus 89 Reasons to Send A Press Release!

Make Your Book a Bestseller

Blueprints. Formulas. Systems.

Find one that solves your problem, and the rest is easy.

Author Peggy McColl has created a system for getting her book to the Amazon, Barnes & Noble and New York Times Bestseller lists. It’s a five-step blueprint that any author can use to make a book a bestseller at almost no cost. The method works for all types of books, fiction or non-fiction, regardless of subject, including self-published, POD, ebooks, newly published or even those that have been out for years.

She’ll explain it during a free webinar at 2 and 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Jan. 26, with my friend, Steve Harrison.

Reprinted from “The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week,” an ezine featuring tips, tricks and tools for generating free publicity. Subscribe at http://www.publicityhound.com/ and receive by email the handy cheat sheet “89 Reasons to Send a Press Release.”

$5,000 Prize – No Entry Fee ~ WRITING CONTEST

NEW TARCHER/PENGUIN WRITING CONTEST

$5,000 Prize – No Entry Fee

SEEKING THE NEXT TOP ARTIST WRITING CONTEST
Tarcher/Penguin is celebrating the continued success of Julia Cameron’sThe Artist’s Way by presenting the Seeking the Next Top Artist Writing Contest. The top prize is $5,000 and a manuscript review by a Penguin editor. Julia Cameron will select the winning entry from among 10 semi-finalists. 

Writers residing in the USA are invited to submit an unpublished novel, novella-length fiction, or a work of narrative nonfiction. (Limit one entry per person.) Entry is free.

For complete rules and entry information, click TarcherEntry deadline is March 2, 2012.

Free eBook: 30 Ideas For Your 2012 Social Media Plan

Have you reassessed your marketing strategy for 2012? If you’re using methods or techniques that aren’t working for you, i.e. not selling books, it’s time to STOP and tweak your plan.

Se sure that during that reassessment you look at your social media strategy! Use it right and social media networking and relationships can help Boost Book Sales  for you.

Remember to brand your author platform – you are the product!

Free eBook: 30 Ideas For Your 2012 Social Media Plan

 

Writing Contest News: General Fiction and Young Adult

AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL COMPETITION
Amazon.com, in partnership with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, has announced the fifth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award,an international competition seeking the next popular novel.

The competition will again award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. The 2012 competition is also open to novels that have previously been self-published. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.

Open submissions for manuscripts begin January 23 and continue through February 5, 2012. Don’t delay—only the first 5,000 entries will be accepted in each category. There is no entry fee.

To learn more, visit Amazon.

A Gift for the New Year

 Mastering Twitter In 10 Minutes or Less ~ Who wouldn’t want to master Twitter in less than 10 minutes a day?

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Here’s a bonus tip for you first though: You’ve probably heard me harping on the benefits of targeting you Twitter posts. The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark a keyword or topic in a Tweet. To reach the Tweeps most interested in your Tweet you want to drill down to the most effective hashtags/keywords just like you do when you list your You Tube videos or books on Amazon. It might help to think of #hashtags like you would SEO keywords.

Hashtags.org not only shows how much use a certain hashtag receives but gives you some analytical information for that keyword also.

TweetChat.com also shows you how often a hashtag is being used. This helps you choose the most effective words to apply the # symbol to and reach the most people searching for that particular word.

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No I didn’t forget your gift.

Here’s the link to you FREE ebook

Mastering Twitter In 10 Minutes or Less

Have a fantastic New Year!

A Gift for the New Year

 Mastering Twitter In 10 Minutes or Less ~ Who wouldn’t want to master Twitter in less than 10 minutes a day?

*****

Here’s a bonus tip for you first though: You’ve probably heard me harping on the benefits of targeting you Twitter posts. The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark a keyword or topic in a Tweet. To reach the Tweeps most interested in your Tweet you want to drill down to the most effective hashtags/keywords just like you do when you list your You Tube videos or books on Amazon. It might help to think of #hashtags like you would SEO keywords.

Hashtags.org not only shows how much use a certain hashtag receives but gives you some analytical information for that keyword also.

TweetChat.com also shows you how often a hashtag is being used. This helps you choose the most effective words to apply the # symbol to and reach the most people searching for that particular word.

*****

No I didn’t forget your gift.

Here’s the link to you FREE ebook

Mastering Twitter In 10 Minutes or Less

Have a fantastic New Year!

Free eBook: 7 Steps for Using Twitter

All-New 30-page Guide 

Twitter can be a profitable and quick  way to connect with your readers. Check out this FREE eBook!

*Tip: Twitter can also be a time ‘eater – preschedule your tweets using HootSuite of SocialOomph.

Also remember to focus on your branding, information products or book when writing your Tweets – forget about sharing personal information like the secret to Aunt Bea’s oatmeal cookies.

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