How Bees Came To Make Chili

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How Bees Came to Make Chili is a cute story about how a bee became inspired to do something special with his life.  It was written by Terry S Bradley.  Mr. Bradley owns Nubbiebees, a honey store that is located in North Alabama and his honey is marketing to local stores across the south.

How Bees Came To Make Chili is a children’s book that you don’t want to miss. It is just so cute that kids, parents and grandparents love it. Nubbiebee is a bee who has a short wing that was showing off one day and clipped his wing.  He became downhearted when he could no longer fly.  This story tells how Nubbiebee came to make chili and become happy again.  Lots of life lessons to educate your young reader. It shows children that when life throws them a curve, they can still succeed! Life is ever-changing and the lessons learned can change the way we all see each other. Inspirational message about what we can do with the hope and belief of a better tomorrow. It instills a motto of “Dream Big”.

Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1aM9hVC

How to Write a Book Query Letter

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A book query letter can land you a book deal or simply be lost in an overwhelming amount of emails, already sent to book publishers. This post should help you understand what book publishers are looking for and how to land a book deal with a book publisher.  Make sure to do a little research about the publisher.  Most publisher specify what they want you to include in your query letter.

The first thing that might go against your query letter is the fact that it is full of errors. A professional editor should look over your proposal to check for typos, misspelled words, subject verb agreement, comma splices and so on. Next make sure your letter is addressed to the right person. Do some research on the company and find out what genres they are taking. Then, include a paragraph or two describing your manuscript.  In this paragraph, include title of book, word count, genre, and why you think your manuscript would sell. This is the time to stand out amongst the crowd and pitch your manuscript.  Then, include a paragraph or two about your manuscript called a book blurb.  Make it unique and attractive to the publisher. Think of it as what you would see on the back cover, that attracts readers.  Last of all, write a short biography about yourself including previous works.  Make sure the publisher can contact you about your manuscript —leave a contact email address, phone numbers, etc…

When sending a query letter, the publisher wants to know that you have done your research.  Now is not the time to start making demands and asking lots of questions.  Wait until the publisher decides to publish your manuscript, then you can ask the questions that haven’t been covered already on their website.  Most publishers have a Q and A page with details about their company.

Here are some definite Do Not’s:

  1. Do not make demands to the Publisher.
  2. Do not criticize the Publisher
  3. Do not forget to tell what the book is about
  4. Do not be unprofessional in your approach
  5. Do not refuse to send items the publisher request
  6. Do not ask too many questions about what the publisher can do for you.
  7. Do not send an unfinished letter without all the details the publisher requires.

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James Copeland- Blindsided

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Biography

James Copeland is a crime mystery author of Bottom Bones and Blindsided. He was born in Walker County, raised in Cullman County in Birdsong, Alabama. He retired from the public work place, after many years of sales, management and ownership of businesses. He has accomplished many things in his life time, but feels nothing more satisfying than what he is doing now. He has a great feeling of accomplishment by just having reached this phase of his new career in writing.

Synopsis

Detective FRANK HAWTHORN receives a call from W.J. FISHER. He said that his son Milford Fisher had disappeared. He found his boat near the Memphis, Tennessee branch of the Fisher Granary Corp covered in blood. Later that day the boat disappears as well.
Hawthorn is told that young Fisher discovered someone was stealing millions from the company and now he is missing. Everyone believes him dead except Hawthorn who has a premonition that maybe…he’s still alive.
Detective Hawthorn works his magic to solve the crime. After several incidents and mishaps, he discovers the truth and finds the guilty individuals. There is an important twist in the story and Frank Hawthorn uncovers a plot that will keep you on your toes. Frank wears his heart on his sleeve and is BLINDSIDED when he discovered the truth about the woman he loves while he searches for the truth. You’ll never guess what happens in this riveting tale.

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Buy Link: http://amzn.to/16HWUWU
Join- James Copeland at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Copelands-Book-Blindsided/546686895344448
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesmcopeland
Website: http://jamesmcopelandbooks.com/index.html
Youtube Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/VR55ab9aQww

Niche Marketing Tips

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Ways to Approach people (including teachers) about your book!

1. First look at your target audience or niche market. If your book targets students of any age group, schools are an excellent place to sell books. If your book doesn’t target students, think about other groups of people who it might help. Many churches have small groups and age- or gender-based fellowship groups. Other community associations and service groups are often looking for speakers.

  • Approach people by offering them a service. Offer to do a speech or presentation. It can be about writing, books, business, etc…
  • Presentations should be around 20 minutes minimum, an hour max. Think about what your book can teach, and focus on that in the presentation. Your book itself should certainly be a part of the presentation, but don’t make it the entire focus.

2. Look at what your book is geared toward, then focus on that.

  • If your book is geared toward a certain topic such as: Self Help Topics, see what groups are in your area that cover toward this.
  • If your book is a health or medical book, you can attend medical conventions and offer your expertise.
  • If your book is geared toward teens, place your book on online teen websites.

3. Different ways to approach people. Emails are more friendly and don’t seem too pushy. Schools post teacher’s emails on their sites. Cold calls are more direct but can be handled in a friendly way. (Some people prefer this method.) Send letters out to teachers, libraries, businesses, bookstores etc.

3. Have a way for people to contact you. List your contact information on your website. Have a page explaining that you are available for bookings.

Now lets look at ways to reach children. Schools are full of children. Teachers have a hard job to do and sometimes need to take a break. That is where you come in. You might offer your assistance to them by offering to come do a speech to the kids. Below is an example email you could send them. Make sure you follow up with them. If they agree on you coming in to their school, then let send them a book order form that kids can buy your books before hand. You might want to bring some free pencils or stickers to those that didn’t purchase a book.

Content Marketing by Blogging

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Marketing comes in different forms. One new way to market yourself is by offering valuable content to the public, which helps your website rankings on Google. You can write articles and post them on article sites or by blogging.

More and more people from all over the world is using the Internet to search for content in several different topics. A new author may search for ways to promote their book by using the Google search engine. Book readers may search the internet by using keywords such as: books, crime, mystery, romance books, etc… which might read readers to your blog.

As an author, you have knowledge to share with others. One way is by writing valuable content on your blog. This is something like writing on a website. There are two main blogging sites that are free to write on. http://Wordpress.com, http://Blogspot.com, and http://thoughts.com/free-blog

Start slowly by writing about things you know. You will be amazed at the topics you can come up with. Make sure you post something on a regular basis. You can post excerpts from your book, offer free tips to other authors, interview other authors about their books. Book readers love to read reviews on books before purchasing them. Your first post could be all about your book and include a picture, excerpt, and buy link.

Then make sure you share your blog on all of your social media sites. If you haven’t started posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads by now, you need to start right away.

So it is important to get your name out there by writing relevant and valuable content about topics such as:
•How to Write a Book
•All about Writing
•Reading
•Marketing tips
•Blogging

Another important way to spread your articles or valuable content is by using Syndication sites. Here is a link that list many syndication sites to use. I know it takes time, but this will help you build a brand for yourself.

http://www.buzzblogger.com/500-places-to-syndicate-your-content/

Below is a list of places that allow you to post articles for free. On the bottom of your article, don’t forget to mention your website or ways for people to reach you. I suggest choosing a couple and starting there.
◾http://squidoo.com
◾http://ezinearticles.com

Your Writer’s Mind

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Your Writer’s Mind.

In truth, a writer’s mind is unique and who can know it but another writer. Writers experience different thoughts on a daily basis. Just walking down the street might bring thoughts that would make a great story. Writers look at their surroundings and consider the weather, the people around them, different situations, noise, lights and colors, shadows, mishaps and misfortunes and the list goes on. I really thought that this point brought to light the writer’s mind. “The writer’s mind is wily.”

In truth a writer will often be distracted from any diversions because the thought process is always moving, imagining and creating the next topic. A writer has millions of ideas but harnessing those thoughts on paper is a different story.  Writers might begin one story but become so captivated by something else that they start a new story, placing the other one on the side.

Related post: http://garrisonpublishing.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/writers-born-to-create/

Mastering the Art of Writing in Six Steps

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To master the skill or art of writing, a writer should look at these six steps which will guide them toward writing excellence. With each step a writer learns ways to captivate the audience, whether they are reading a book or a blog post. One must analyze, clarify, engage, edit, simplify and excite readers into wanting more.

1. Analyze- Know your audience. Readers will be critical when it comes to your writing if they were expecting something different. If a writer states that their book is geared toward kids but uses a lot of adult language, then the author was not taking into consideration the audience. Same applies to a writer writing for adults and but uses simplistic language.

2. Engage your audience with every part of your book. Don’t make the first page very interesting and then make the rest of it boring. You have to keep the reader guessing on what is going to happen next. Make the reader want to keep reading even though they might want to stop.

3. Clarify what your book is about. If you are writing a book for educational purposes, to be humorous or just plain fictional, make sure to let the reader know that in advance.

4. Simplify- Get rid of excess baggage. Don’t go on and on and on about something that is not important or that does not need to be there. I recently picked up a book that was extremely long. I wished I could have shown the author where they could have cut parts that didn’t help the storyline.

5. Bring some excitement into your story. Make your characters interesting. No one likes to read a book when they hate all the characters. Bring life to the character. Don’t make them sound too educated. Use contractions, use words that would use in normal everyday life.

6. Last of all, edit your book. Don’t let your book go to print without someone qualified to edit it. There are programs you can go through where you can get informative advice on how your book reads. Readers want to enjoy their time spent reading, not correcting all of your errors.

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