Category Archives: Book marketing

Taboo Tech update: promotion, etc.

I’m working on promotion–and looking for reviewers–and here’s a link to my press release:

Looking at my press release history on their website, I see that I’ve used them for several books over the years.


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Local authors opportunity in Melbourne, FL

Authors for Authors has made arrangements to have a Local Authors’ Book Display for the month of June and it’s FREE! It is at the West Melbourne Library, located at 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne, FL (321) 952-4508. The contacts are the reference librarians, Mauri and Sara.

Just bring your book(s) and a small book easel with your name on it (I tape my business card to it.) You can place your book(s) on the display table.

If you would like to donate your book(s) just let them know. If not, be sure to pick up your books by June 30, 2018.

Join these authors with their books on display:

Valerie Allen

Janet Balletta

Lou Belcher

Mary Dall

Marshall Frank

DL Havlin

Debbie Johnson

Sarah Mamika

Ask McGrath

Holly Fox Vellekoop

JJ White

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Review of How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically

How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers) (Volume 3) (Paperback: October 24, 2016)

It’s hard to do justice to this book because it covers so much territory. I’ve been reviewing, promoting, and marketing for a long time, but I learned a lot more in this book; and even as I was reading it, I used the Tweet, etc. icons function on my Amazon buy page, per her suggestion. 

The author tells you how to use endorsements and blurbs in promotion–and how long an excerpt should be (fair use) and how to use elipses in these excerpts. (I knew that about elipses, but not everyone does.) I appreciated the Amazon info about the excerpt length she shared; and there was more useful information about working with Amazon.

Re: Networking: I’ve written blurbs for books and acknowledgments and received acknowledgments; she gives tips about that and more; and she addresses the importance of exposure and frequency. “This is a process, not a project.”

I also learned more about Amazon Prime and may use it. Oh, and that “As seen in …” tip is another one I can use right now. I’ll be rereading it again. And I learned more about reusing your Amazon review.

So much into, including the Ten-Best Lists tip. (One of my books was listed on; I’d forgotten that!) Oh, oh. I haven’t kept track of my book reviews. I could have had a notebook for that!

The Questions and Answers section is very helpful; and then there are the Appendices:

“… Each publishing occasion that calls for a query…is different. Ditto for each circumstance that requires a media release. Thus, the samples (templates?) in my appendices are merely suggestions. …”

I’ve only scratched the surface! This is a must-read book for writers; I know I have to read it again. I wish I had a print copy ’cause it’d be full of flags! Highly recommended.


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Writing news update

NaNoWriMo is upcoming (November 1), and I’ve already registered and am thinking about my plot. (I finally have one.) And I think I’ll start with a prologue–again.

An editor asked for the full ms of one of my novels after I sent a query. That makes me feel hopeful…

I have three of my books at Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL. That’s November 19 & 20, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM:

And I received nice feedback on a recent contest entry. ‘Course the deadline isn’t until December 1.


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I’m working on a new bookmark because I want to have more than one book on a bookmark. I’m trying to list several books–print and ebooks–front and back. Almost done. I think I’ll be happy with the last sample (upcoming). I’ve been tweaking it. The artist has been very patient with me and my changes….

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Book signing advice (link)

Preparing for your book signing event: Guest Post: Book Sales Ideas from Book Fair Director



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Detour Trail sign from PhotoFunia

I really like this sign idea that I found on PhotoFunia; it fits Detour Trail, my western novel, so well because Lorrie made her own trail when she left the Oregon Trail.

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Having fun with your book covers–and titles! (link)

I came across PhotoFunia in a writing newsletter, and I’m having fun with creating backgrounds for my book covers.  For instance, I first placed my Sugar Time cover in an art gallery, and then I discovered that I could do the same thing with five book covers!  Oh, wow!!  Go to and follow the simple directions.   Oh, there’s a text tool for your book titles.  A friend typed her book title on an old typewriter.  So Cool!
5 book covers



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Guest post: Who’s Going to Do the Marketing?

Guest post: Who’s Going to Do the Marketing? by Andrew Crofts.

Must do more marketing…


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Creating a cool cover (link)

Cover design suggestions with a number of interesting examples:


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