Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Win a Professional Edit from Bookbaby

I rarely post contests here, but this is something special. As an editor, I know that a great edit of a book can easily cost more than a thousand dollars, so this contest for an edit is something special. And thirty-one authors may win! It's all part of the celebration looking forward to helping authors publish professionally with their #IndieAuthorsCon conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 3-5.  And it's typical of the way Bookbaby does things--always generous!

 I'll be at the Philly event to meet winners (I hope winners will come!) and many others who have told me they are eager to sit in on my presentation!

Oh, one more thing before you get needed info to enter the contest! You get a discount on the already low price for the conference when you use "Carolyn" as a code when you register.  Now, here's Bookbaby's  on how to win the first step toward publishing (after  your book is finished!):

BookBaby is giving away free book editing 
all month to independent authors

The leading self-publishing company is giving away 31 editing projects in August.

Pennsauken, NJ, August 2, 2017—BookBaby believes that every book needs a professional edit. And they’re prepared to back up that statement with a massive editing giveaway all through the month of August. Self-publishing authors will have 31 chances—one chance per day—to win professional editing for their book.

“Giving away that many editing packages might sound crazy,” says BookBaby President Steven Spatz. “But
publishing your book without having it editing? That’s really crazy.”

Every winner will receive a thorough copy or line editing from BookBaby’s professional editing team, comprised of seasoned editors that have worked with titles across every genre, many on the New York Times bestsellers list.

BookBaby’s editing sweepstakes is a great opportunity for self-publishing authors to receive a publishing essential from some of the best editors available. Authors can enter the sweepstakes here: https://www.bookbaby.com/free-guide/book-editing-sweepstakes

About BookBaby: BookBaby makes self-publishing easy: From book printingeBooks, conversion and distribution, marketing consultation, cover design, and editing. Since 2011, we’ve helped thousands realize their publishing goals, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

BookBaby creates and distributes your printed books and eBooks to the largest distribution network, including Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and many other popular retailers worldwide. You’ll keep 100% of your book’s net sales, and retain all rights and creative control.

Call us at 1-877-961-6878 and talk through the process with a real human being–a fellow writer who’s invested in the success of your book.

For more information please contact:

Lucy Briggs, Marketing Manager
lbriggs@avldigital.com
(800) 468-9353 x5071


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Howard-Johnson is the author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter (where she talks more about choosing and the advantages of winning contests and how to use those honors)  and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is  How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfileGreat Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com )

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Importance of Gifts and a New SharingwithWriters Newsletter Format

Do you remember the Morton Salt icon--a little girl sloshing through puddles (as I recall it) to illustrate the idea "When it rains, it pours!" Consumers were supposed to correlate the motto with the idea that Morton's didn't clump together like salt used to. I really wouldn't know, the clumping part was way before my time! 

But that's what the last few weeks have felt like, clumping. And being unable to stop it!  My computer didn't work . . .and kept not working. We had workers clumping around the house an on our roof!  ("Clumping" seems like the right word, here, too.) Then one of my newsletter subscribers (a poet who is also a silicon valley management consultant) offered to do a new design for my #SharingwithWriters newsletter.  Perhaps she noticed that I violated my own advice to keep branding recognizable using focused topics and, yes, color!



This comes with my heartfelt thanks for making me giving me a new tool! It means so much because she cared enough to do it, but also because it illustrates how important it is for authors (Samanthi is a poet) to support one another—that sparkly essence called networking. But mostly it is proof that authors—generally speaking—are more caring with each other than those in many other industries. I remember once about ten years ago. I was at a meeting for writing instructors at UCLA. I was near the beginning of my foray into independent publishing and a similar viewpoint came bubbling out of my mouth. There was a loud guffaw from the other side of the room where the screenwriting instructors tended to group together. I chose not to react, but that person's disapproval of my Pollyanna attitude proved how important our camaraderie is, even if it didn’t prove that my premise was accurate. Samanthi Fernando—so many years later—dignifies my assertion with her caring.

Samanthi FernandoSamanthi is the author of seven chapbooks. You can learn more about her under the “Thank Yous” segment of this SharingwithWriters newsletter by clicking on the May issue at http://howtodoitfrugally.com/newsletter_copies, on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/samanthifernando or on the About Me segment of her website at http://www.starsafire.starrayz.com/aboutme.html. And, if you'd like to subscribe, you have time until Thursday to do it before I get my August issue out.  I hope you do! 

Have a happy summer,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson,
http://HowToDoItFrugally.com


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Howard-Johnson is the author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter (where she talks more about choosing and the advantages of winning contests and how to use those honors)  and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is  How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfileGreat Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com )

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