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Sunday, April 29, 2012

More ways to get yourself out in the public!

If you don't subscribe to Writer's Digest Magazine, may I suggest you do so.   It is a wealth of information that can help you as an author, new one at that, to get the word out, up your game and improve on your gift!

I came across some great information and I'd like to share it with you.  If you're not sure what the heck to do with getting your name out there...BOTTOM LINE:  Don't overlook traditional media outlets to expand your reach and up your credibility.  Any time you spy opportunities to get your name in the public eye, even if you have yet to pitch your novel, go for it!

Even if you don't have any publications to announce yet, start collecting contacts early in your networking process (on your website or blog, and however else you can), so you'll have them ready when big news rolls around.

Build an email list, and give readers every opportunity to join it.  Bring a guestbook to every appearance and ask if people would like to be on your emailing list, children's book author and illustrator Katie Davis says.  "Same goes for anyone who gives me a business card.  Then at pub time, I am prepared to announce the book to people who have requested info."

Davis says that crucial step of asking permission (emailing list) is not only common courtesy, but it builds a better list.  "The worst possible thing is to add people to your mailing list without asking them first.  A list of 1,000 strangers is not as strong as a list of 100 dedicated followers," she says.  "It will make people angry if you send them promotional materials they haven't asked for."

I frequent Super cuts, I've gone to them for years, literally.  So this last Friday, after paying for my hair-cut I left but came right back in and said, "You guys have been cutting my hair for many years and I would just like to say thank you."  That is when I gave them a book mark with my link to my eBook and a code to get it free and then I asked if I could leave some on the counter.  They said, "Sure!  Go ahead!"  So I left a big stack.  THAT'S what I mean about getting your name out there and your book.  Think outside the norm.

Another thing that very same day.  I went to our pharmacy, which also has a post office inside (small town).  I needed to get a bubble envelope for my book, because I was sending it in for a review so that I could participate in a BookFest.  Well, the girl at the counter saw my book and so I told it was mine, I had written it. She read the back of it and squealed because it was about vampires and she loves vampires.  Then she motioned to Nancy, the other worker behind the counter because apparently she likes that genre too and asked how much.  To end this thrilling little story, I have to come back this Tuesday and the one girl is buying my book and Nancy is buying three!  All because I hadn't put my book in the envelope yet.   It's uncanny!  But I sold four books!

The other thing you need to do is this, go to your local library and a lot of them will take a few copies of your book and put them on their shelves.  You need to tell them that you're a local author and find out what you could do to get your book on their shelves.

This is just a few more tips, ideas that I wanted to share with all of you.  I've loads more coming, so keep your eyes peeled to my blog!  Oh!  and thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!  :)

Do's & Don'ts of building a following

WHAT WORKS


1. Local publicity, especially if you live where your novel is set
2.  Book giveaways
3.  A wide-reaching blog tour
4.  Group signings and events
5.  Cultivating a community that fans want to return to
6.  Encouraging or teaching fans how to do what you do
7.  Hosting reader competitions for media or creative work
8.  Ramping up the excitement prior to the book launch


WHAT DOESN'T


1.  Mass snail-mail campaigns
2.  Non-book (swag) giveaways
3.  A small blog tour
4.  Solo book signings (I don 't agree with this one)
5.  Paid advertising
6.  Book trailers that are merely commercials
7.  Saying "yes" to too many time-consuming requests
8.  Extravagant publication parties

This list of Do's & Don'ts was taken from Writer's Digest Magazine.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Selling your novel at vendor events...

When it comes time to self-promote, you have to be crafty, think outside the box.  Sure you can promote on all available sites on the internet, join up on all writing sites and promote like mad on Facebook, Twitter, etc., but if you want to reach the masses, really "reach" the masses you have to get yourself involved in every kind of event that is out there and promote yourself and your book.
Sure Barnes and Nobles is great, but hard because, as they stated to me, I'm just a local author, no one knows me and book signings at their "big and impressive store" just wouldn't cut it, it would flop.   Appalled at how I was treated, and knowing full well that my book was available on their website for their nook, I thought are they serious?
Indie Book Stores are the way to go.  I've had the best luck with them and they just don't treat you as a "local author" a nobody in the eyes of any big chain book store, but they treat you as someone who has done something quite extraordinary and from my experiences with them, I felt as though I had known them all my life.
I was invited to be a guest at an event at Cemeno's in Joliet.  I  know the Cemeno family very well and I was excited that I was asked.  The event was Ladies Night Out and the proceeds were to go to the TLC Animal Shelter.  The host was absolutely thrilled that I had accepted and when I arrived Thursday night she was tickled pink and said how great it was that I had come and that it felt like meeting a celebrity.  Well, my reaction to my new found "celebrity" persona made me blush, because I don 't see myself as that, just a person who wrote a book and got it published!  A big accomplishment in my eyes seeing how I never seem to finish what I start.
The night was a huge success!  Cemeno's being extremely popular place to be any night of the week, was packed full of people and this event was to last until 9pm.  It didn't die down until 8:30pm and I had sold 10 books in the process.  I couldn't have been more happy, but you know, had I not stood up when anyone came close to my table and there were 25 vendors there that night, if I had just sat there and smiled, said "hi" I would not have sold a single book.  Oh sure my table was set up nicely and displayed with the latest artwork depicting my book, rather eye catching as to draw them over to see what my book was about, but what "clicked" is...talk.   Standing up, introducing myself as the author and giving them a short synopsis of what my book was about, letting them know the spine tingling parts that would sure to catch their interest...and it did!
Also, having the article about my book ranking third in the Top Ten best sellers list, framed and on the table by my books helped also.
Like I said, if you want to be successful in promoting yourself, your book, you have to think of all the ways you can do it.
What has helped me is creating posters, having them printed up at Office Max (they are reasonable), making book markers with a discounted price or for a free eBook, but only give them to those who buy otherwise, you'll not sell your book that you've got set on the table, ready to sign.  Have printed up business cards with your author website, link to where they can get your book and email address and pass those out like crazy, call your local paper, radio station when  you are about to do an event.  I believe that helped me out tremendously when I had my book signing at the Book Mouse.  I beat out Stephen King who sold only 6 books at that bookstore...I sold 21 books.
So, just have fun, selling your book doesn't mean only at book stores, think about vendor events, Art in the Park or County Fairs, etc. wherever and whenever just get yourself out in the public eye.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

FREE copy of Birthright!!

In celebration of my novel, Birthright,  being 3rd in the Top Ten Sellers list (2nd being Hunger Games) I am giving out a free eBook copy!

Go to:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/54200

Code: BH93C
Expires: May 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Birthright made Top Ten Best Seller List again!


Book Mouse Weekly Bestsellers

Top 10 Bestsellers
Week of 03/25 to 03/31
   
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
3. Birthright by Sue Mydliak 
4. Max's Easter Surprise by Rosemary Wells 
5. Mockingjay by Suzzane Collins 
6. Illinois & Michigan Canal David A Belden 
7. Skippyjon Jones: Great Bean Caper by Judith Schachner 
8. Froggy Goes to Bed by Jonathon London 
9. Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka 
10. Peter Rabbit's Happy Easter by Grace Maccarone

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bad Reflection


Men… they can be so annoying one moment, then powerfully attractive the next.    Raine was all that and more, tall, dark, mysteriously handsome with eyes that drank you in and made your legs turn to jelly.   I loathed him.
I threw the closest thing next to me, a vase.   Shards of china scattered the floor and its contents covered the walls.   Slow, cascading droplets left their trails as they made their way downward.   Like clear blood, while the dead corpses, the flowers, lay on the floor, lifeless, but I felt better for doing it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sue Mydliak is the Vamplit published author of Birthright. Candra Rosewood returns to Utica, but she's already missed her parents funeral and everything she thought about her life turns out to be a lie. When Kane turns up unannounced on her doorstep, Candra, fights her strange need for him.Is he somehow involved in her parents’death? Is the mysterious Mr Bennet a friend or foe, and can she trust him when he says she's descended from powerful vampires.
From Angelic Knight Press

Features stories by Sue Mydliak, Blaze McRob, Lisa McCourt Hollar and T.K. Millin.
“My dear what has happened?  I heard a noise and came as fast as I could.”   Looking at the floor and the broken vase she scowled at her daughter.  “That was Grand mamas whatever possessed you to do such a thing?”
“Was it?  I’m sorry mother, but Raine has annoyed me beyond reproach.  I couldn’t take it anymore, so I threw the nearest thing to me.”
"Control yourself.  It isn’t proper for a lady to lose her temper so.  How are you to ever marry?”   She rang for the servant to come and clean up the mess.
“Come sit, you’ll tire yourself.”  She pointed to the pastel blue Rococo chair.
“Mother I’m not an invalid, I’m alright.  You baby me too much.”  I went over to the window, ignoring the chair and looked out.  I wanted to take off these ridiculous, frilly dresses and run naked through the meadows…feel the sun- bathe my skin warm and if I should be seen, so be it.  It was naughty and exciting at the same time.   I smiled to myself.
“What are you thinking child?”  Mother sat in her chair, fanning herself.   I dread the thought when I’d be her age.  Would I be like her?  Sitting around, fanning myself and getting fat?
I turned and with an impish grin on my face I said, “I plan on running outside in the meadow…naked.   Then lay down in the tall grass with my legs spread open to enjoy the sheer pleasure of it.”  My mother turned as white as a ghost.
“Are you ill?  Mad even?  Whatever possesses you to want to do such a thing?  I knew it, you are over tired as I thought.  Sit down at once Katherine!”
“Stop it mother, I will not.  The more you continue to baby me, the more I want to do this, in fact…”
That’s when I ran out of the room, down the stairs and out the front door.  I didn’t look back nor did I stop when I heard my mothers’ screams.  It was too glorious!   The excitement filled my heart as I started to undress as I ran.  I hopped on one foot then the other as I took off my shoes.   Next I tore off my stockings, feeling the breeze lightly brush them, such a delight it was.   I took off running till I came to a small stream and stopped, picturing myself standing naked and how my body roused itself at such a thought. That’s when I began to strip, faster and faster, not caring if someone should ride by or not.  I wanted that feeling of arousal quenched and when the last piece of clothing dropped to the ground, I stood, just as I pictured myself.  Then, needing more, I lie on the cool grass and slowly opened my legs.  The wind caught itself against my most inner secret that I closed my eyes and moaned.   This is the freedom I wanted so desperately.    I don’t know how long I was out there, but when I opened my eyes a man stood opposite the stream, watching me.  I gasped and quickly gathered myself.
“How dare you!  How long have you been there?”  I glared at him, more embarrassed than anything else.
“Long enough to get an erection and wishing that I could enjoy such delights displayed before me.”  Handsomely smug he was and I could see that he was a bit tight in the lower regions.  I looked away quickly.
“I’m not that sort of lady.”  Then I thought how silly that sounded, because no proper lady in her right mind would do what I just did.
His eyebrow rose at my words and smiled.
“I mean …” I was so flustered that I picked up my clothes and ran.
On arrival, I went straight to my room hoping mother wouldn’t be around to confront me.   I locked my door and that’s when I noticed my mirror, broken.   I yelled for the servants.
Miss Beckwith came rushing in and inquired as to what I wanted.
“What happened here?”  As I pointed to the mirror.
“I don’t know my lady, I was in the kitchen.”  She looked down at the floor.
“Well, did you hear anything?”
She looked back up and spoke.  “I did hear a shattering noise, and went to the stairs where upon your mother was descending.
“Mother!  Thank you that will be all.”  I knew it was her, but why?   I went downstairs to search her out and found her in the library.
“Why?  Why did you break my mirror?”  I was angry, so much so, that my hands, clenched, shook.
“Because I didn’t want to have you see what you have become.  I thought if I broke the mirror, you’d come to your senses and stop all this silliness of yours.”
“I shan’t !”  And stormed out.
The next day was brilliantly striking.  The sun was out, warm and birds sang in the trees by my window.  A devilish thought crept into my mind as I remembered the gentlemen.   Could I be so bold as to go back?
Yes.
So, without waiting for morning tea to arrive I set out.   Such eagerness fulfilled my thoughts and I became giddy.   Running now I kept thinking of what would happen if he was there and would I let him enjoy himself more fully?   Such a scandalous thought and yet so provocatively exciting.   I ran faster.
I found my exact spot and there he stood, as if he had never left.  Still wearing the same clothing and still as handsome as ever, but today I could swear he looked even more so.  I smiled…as did he.
“Good morrow sir.”  I curtsied.
He bowed.
He didn’t speak and I didn’t know what else to do.  Surely I couldn’t just strip as I had done the day before, or could I?  I kicked off my shoes, and then slipped off my stockings.    I looked up at him, nothing… just that same smile.
“What is your name my lord?”  Thinking if I got him into a conversation with me I’d know something about him, not that striping in front of a total stranger is what you’d call ethical, but I thought at least he wouldn’t be a total stranger.
Again, nothing.
I almost wanted to leave, finding this whole situation awkward, but yet, naked in front of him again seemed so erotic, so unlike me that I thought what could he do?  So I began…slowly, watching him watch me.
As my garments dropped, I noticed that he moved not one muscle, except for the one past his hips.   When I had finished I lie on the cool grass and spread my legs wide.  As the cool breeze brushed the wetness that was between my legs, shivers of arousal ran through me.
“You bring such delights.  Your loveliness is for all eternity.  I shall look on your beauty forever.”  Gently kissing my lips I stirred and wanted more from him, but as I reached out for him my hands collided with something hard and cold.  I opened my eyes and saw a room, my room, but I couldn’t step into it.
“Mother!  Mother!  Help me, oh help please!”  I panicked as I began to bang on the barrier in front of me.   Hearing footsteps I stopped and listened…in walked my mother.
“Mother where am I?”   I banged again.
She looked at me.  “You wanted nothing more than to run wild and naked to the world, I gave that to you.”
“You can’t be serious; this is just a bad dream!  Wake me mother I wish to come home!”  I pounded even more so.
“Daughter, if you continue to bang on the mirror you’ll break it, ending what life you set for yourself…pure vanity. “
I screamed, but none would ever hear.
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