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    NETWORKING!

    It's all about getting the word out about you and your writing. And, learning from other writers. See what works and what doesn't with their promotional campaigns.

    Network with other writers and readers, joining discussions, e-groups, etc.
    http://www.shortstorygroup.com/
    http://www.forwriters.com/
    http://www.writers.com/
    http://coffeeandcritique.blogspot.com/
    http://heartlandwritersgroupomaha.com/blog/
    http://www.southernhumorists.com/
    http://atlantawriters.org/
    http://www.hodrw.com/
    http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/index.php

    These are just an example of what's out there. There are groups for every region and every genre. Google is your friend!

    Activity: Name the writers groups you are currently actively participating in.
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    I find there are so many sites, it's hard to know where to start. I'm a long-standing member of critiquecircle, which I find really useful, and I love romance divas, but there are so many other sites I haven't even begun to explore, and surfing can take so much time!

    Does anyone have any tips for whittling down the long list from google to more manageable proportions?

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    My two major networking places are The Author's Hangout at Literotica and the bulletin board at Romance Divas.
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    Make sure to visit my website Romantic Heretic or friend me at Facebook Rob Graham
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephanieC View Post
    I find there are so many sites, it's hard to know where to start. I'm a long-standing member of critiquecircle, which I find really useful, and I love romance divas, but there are so many other sites I haven't even begun to explore, and surfing can take so much time!

    Does anyone have any tips for whittling down the long list from google to more manageable proportions?

    Stephanie

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    Stephanie, what key words are you using to search Google?
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    Good morning all,
    I currently (sorta) participate on ECChats (EC authors only) and Joyfully Reviewed and, of course, Coffee Time loop. My local RWA chapter also has a loop which is great for sharing info, etc.
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    'online writers forum' nets 9 million citations.
    'romance writers forum' gets down to 3 million.
    But to be honest, I rarely bother googling because I have enough trouble keeping up with all the links from romancedivas, the RNA UK e-group, and coffeetimeromance!

    Sometimes I think the Internet really is too much of a good thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephanieC View Post
    'online writers forum' nets 9 million citations.
    'romance writers forum' gets down to 3 million.
    But to be honest, I rarely bother googling because I have enough trouble keeping up with all the links from romancedivas, the RNA UK e-group, and coffeetimeromance!

    Sometimes I think the Internet really is too much of a good thing!
    You may be right about that. It has grown so much that even I can get overwhelmed at times!!!
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    Network

    Tell everyone about your book. Talk to anyone who will listen about your book.
    Senior citizen groups
    Teach a class
    Write columns for newsletters
    Judge contests
    Get involved with a writing group
    Contact the Friends of the Library and give a talk
    Donate a book to the library

    **Find niche markets for your books. What is the topic or topics of your book? What audience are you reaching out to? Research where you can sell your books in other bookstores online and off.**

    ** Discover unique places other than bookstores. These may be restaurants, gift stores, insurance offices, senior citizen centers, children's clothing and toy stores, kitchen gadget stores. Use your creativity and see what outlets would be interested in your book.**

    If you have friends and family in different towns, get them to go to their local library and bookstore and ask them to stock your book

    If you travel to see friends and families; get addresses of bookstores and libraries on your route. Stop in. Make a contact!

    ** excerpt from Mary Emma Allen writes and publishes from her multi-generational home in New Hampshire. She's a blogger at www.quiltingandpatchwork.com,
    www.alzheimersnotes.com, www.homebiznotes.com and
    http://maryemmallen.blogspot.com and writes a weekly newspaper
    column, "Country Kitchen."

    b.Not everything is perfect, and there are some promotional obstacles

    Friends (fiends?) and family
    Some may not be supportive or may even be envious
    Lots of misconceptions about being an author and getting a book published.
    They may assume that you have lots of $ now
    They may assume there are dozens of resources at your beck and call to promote and market, so why should you, and why should they?
    Books just magically appear on a bookshelf
    Little marketing fairies are flitting about doing good deeds
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    NETWORKING!
    It's all about getting the word out about you and your writing. And, learning from other writers. See what works and what doesn't with their promotional campaigns.

    Network with other writers and readers, joining discussions, e-groups, etc.
    http://www.shortstorygroup.com/
    http://www.forwriters.com/
    http://www.writers.com/
    http://coffeeandcritique.blogspot.com/
    http://heartlandwritersgroupomaha.com/blog/
    http://www.southernhumorists.com/
    http://atlantawriters.org/
    http://www.hodrw.com/
    http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/index.php

    These are just an example of what's out there. There are groups for every region and every genre. Google is your friend!

    Activity: Name the writers groups you are currently actively participating in.


    The Biggest Mistakes Bloggers Make
    All right, so you have a blog, now it's time to get serious. There are ways to grab traffic (readers) and there are ways to lose them. Once you have someone's attention you want to keep it, right? Of course you do. So abide by the Golden Rules of Blogging and don't (inadvertently) show readers the door before you've had a chance to engage them and, of course sell your book. Also, the idea of having a blog is gaining traffic, yes? These Golden Rules will cover that too, and then some.
    1)Letting someone else host their blog. Why? Because the idea behind blogging is getting traffic, momentum, exposure and all the great benefits of blogging. If you don't have your own URL and your identity, you're really only using half of your blogging ability. Also, if you utilize a blog platform like, let's say Wordpress, and you are blogging on something controversial they can pull you if they don't like it. Now they don't often do this but it has happened. Yes, it's free and it's great. You can still use the blogging software but incorporate it and host it on your own URL.
    2)Your blog is like everyone else's blog. A friend of mine just bought a silver Toyota Corolla. Great car, but it's nondescript. Not that there's anything wrong with being nondescript, but if you apply the same principles to your blog you'll vanish in cyberspace. Get a custom blog or customize your blog somehow. Don't settle for what the blogging service gives you (standard templates and settings), create your own, unique message and look of your blog. If you don't have the skill to do this on your own hire someone, it'll be worth whatever you pay and you don't have to pay much. Most highly-custom blogs cost less than $2,000.
    3)You don't allow people to post or comment on your blog. All comments and posting should be welcome. Comments mean someone's actually reading your blog and thinks enough of it to offer a comment. Then when folks do comment, respond back and let them know you appreciate them taking time to read your blog.
    4)There's a saying about chefs that goes: even the best chefs eat at other restaurants. Why do they do this? They want to know what the competition is doing. The message here is: read other blogs in your genre. Get to know these bloggers, post on their sites and invite them to blog on yours. Not only will you be able to keep up with the “chatter” out there on your topic, but it's a great way to network.
    5)How you say it is almost as important as what you say. Don't talk down to people, blogs are conversational – as though you were talking to your reader over a latte. And please, don't talk about yourself. Yes, you can talk about what you're doing, share your life (as long as it relates to your topic) but if you do it all the time it will get boring. It's ok to talk about your book, your book signing, or what you're up to – just remember it needs to be about your reader. Help them, guide them, offer them advice, insight and make your blog worth reading.
    Blogging can be fun and certainly a great way to build your audience. By following these simple rules you'll not only be a better blogger, but be able to use this astonishingly easy platform to its greatest advantage.

    Reprinted from “The Book Marketing Expert newsletter,” a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques. http://www.amarketingexpert.com


    Activity – Design your blog – Think of 10 topics relating to your book or your genre that you could blog about – think of 10 topics you can blog about relating to social networking (topics you are interested in that you might find an audience for – baby boomers, wine, politics, children, etc.) that you can blog about


    a.Online Blogs – Social Networking
    Customize your blog so it matches your website, add your book covers
    advertise your blog
    have contests on your blog and promote your blog on contests websites You can offer simple rewards such as gift cards or if you want to get fancier, go with items from Victoria's Secrets, Bath & Body, try some Candles, Chocolate, Food baskets, or deliveries from The Popcorn Factory or Hersheys, etc.
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    I don't have enough time for all the sites there are out there, but when I find the time I like to spend it on www.writing.com. My critique friends gave me the push I needed to get published.
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