Archive for May, 2012


Posted: May 17, 2012 in Marketing

For anyone out there researching ways to promote your book, I found out about this free event happening Saturday, May 19.  There are several online sessions that might be helpful.  I plan to attend and will report back here if I learn anything worth sharing.

Here’s the list of sessions:

The workshops all take place in the forums on the Promo Day website on Saturday 19th May and are completely free to attend. In order to take part you just need to register via the website

The workshops for the 2012 event are:

  • How to make LinkedIn work for you with Jo Linsdell
  • Creating your own online newspaper with Terri Main
  • Turn radio interviews into major book selling events with Denise Turney
  • 365 days of promotion with Sandy Lender
  • How to create online events that help generate a Marketing Domino Effect with Karl Staib
  • Blogging with Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
  • How to get your book reviewed with Dana Lynn Smith
  • Time management with Anne Nordhaus-Bike
  • Facebook with Dellani Oakes
  • Powerful Pinterest: how to use it market yourbook with Penny Sansevieri
  • SEO for post-panda- Readers first, Google second with Angela England
  • Social media marketing with Jan Verhoeff
  • How to sell more books with John Kremer
  • Coordinating a virtual book tour with Cheryl Malandrinos

 Additional workshops may be added so be sure to check the site regularly for updates.

via PROMODAY 2012.


WordPress and Word 2010

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Links

Yes, I’m doing it again—allowing myself to be sidetracked by technology when I should be working on creating fiction.

I recently upgraded to Word 2010 and still have a lot to learn about its benefits. At my regular job, I have access to Word 2007, but for my personal writing, I had only been using Word 2003. Ancient, I know, but it worked for what I needed at least. Thanks to a monetary Christmas gift I’ve been saving for just the right purchase, I have finally moved into the 21st century word processing-wise.

My first diversion this morning was investigating how to save files to the Microsoft Skydrive. When I am home, I use a desktop computer and am always plugged into the internet, thanks to my Sprint Evo phone with its hotspot. But I have recently taken to joining a group of writers twice a month at a local coffee shop where we write for an hour (individually, but gathered together at the same tables) then talk for fifteen minutes. It had been helpful in that I feel a sense of accountability to get actual writing done during that time, but also to help me “feel” like a writer, which I’ve found is an important component to actually accomplishing any writing.

So since I take a laptop to these meetings, I now need to find the most efficient way of making sure I am always working on the most current copy of my manuscript. Sure I could save files to a thumb drive and cart it back and forth, but is there a better way and, preferably, an automated way?

Yes, I found. I could decide to save my files to the Microsoft Skydrive and can even select it as the default location for my files and backup files. I haven’t yet decided if that’s what I’m going to do, though. What happens if I don’t have internet access because my hotspot’s not working, for instance?

But as I was playing with the Skydrive save feature, I notice that In the Save and Send menu of Word 2010, there is a Publish as Blog Post option. And lo and behold, WordPress is one of the blog sites it offers as an option.

So this post is an experiment with how efficiently that works. It would be handy since using the WordPress New Post screen has its limitations. I’m going to insert sample pictures and even try some font sizes and styles
to see what if anything will translate to the WordPress page. I also wonder if it will let me choose which blog to send this to. Subject matter-wise, this post probably belongs to my Writer’s Resources page, but the Debra R. Borys site is my “default” page in WordPress so it may end up there.

We’ll all by surprised together, won’t we? I’ll add notes or comments to the post once it’s done and let you know how the process went and if the experience was a Yay or nay for me.

See my comment below for post publishing observations

ePublishing Houses Rated

Posted: May 1, 2012 in e-Publishing

Confused by the number of e-publishing houses that are out there?  Epublishabook has rated several on their site you might want to check out.

Have you used any of these?  Do you agree with their ratings?

Grid for ratings

B = Service offered

C = Terms and Conditions

D = Credibility

E = Social Media

Click on the name of the ePublishing house to get to a more in-depth information page about it. Publishing Houses in depth pages are added one at a time on a daily basis during weekdays. If the name does appear as linked, it means it has not been added yet. The name of Publishing houses on this list are added at the beginning of the week with the list of those that will be reviewed during the week.

via ePublishing Houses Ratings List | ePublish a Book.