Brilliant Blog Award Button Reveal!

As I mentioned last week, this year I’m giving away Brilliant Blog Awards! Behold the coveted button: Who knew running such a contest would mean so much graphic design and html? Whew. But I think I have the kinks out. Here’s how it works. (Refer to last week’s post for categories, etc.) I will choose one or more blogs per month to bestow the coveted Brilliant Blog Award button to. The button is then embedded into the blogger’s website. When readers click on the button, they are taken to a survey page where they can nominate the blog for Blog of the Year. Cool, eh? Blog of the Year nominees will be announced Mid-December. Winners will be announced either at the end of the December or the beginning of January. If you’d like to nominate a blog, you may do so here. Who will you nominate this year? Tweet: Nominate a blog for the Brilliant Blog...

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See what I did there?

I have a writing buddy who loves puns. He’s super hilarious and you’d never know by his sense of humor that he writes bloody suspense novels. You can follow his blog here: Tom Threadgill. Do you like puns? Write some of them for me in the comments below! And don’t forget to head over to my contest where I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Enjoy these punny pics! Which one’s your favorite? Tweet this: See what I did there?  ...

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My kindle does the work of 400 camels

It is said that a Persian Grand Vizier named Abdul Nassam Ismael took his entire 117,000 volume library with him everywhere he went on the backs of 400 camels. And get this–this is the best part–he trained the camels to carry the books in alphabetical order. Can you believe it? Makes me thankful for my kindle. I can’t imagine having that many books or that many camels! Imagine how much it cost to provide food and shelter not only for the camels but the camel handlers, too. Now that’s what I call an investment in knowledge. I used to have a thousand books (I’ve never owned a camel but I’m certainly open to the idea) and I gave about half of those away. 117,000 books would fill several large rooms from floor to ceiling. Clearly, this was a man of importance and wealth. Books were a lot more expensive in those days than they are now. I just ordered about seven cookbooks for free last night via my Kindle unlimited plan. Information is so much more available now it’s almost scary. One thing’s for certain. There are a lot of camels happy about the invention of the Kindle. Oh, and hump day, of course. Don’t forget to enter the contest to win a $25 Gift Card! Contest ends Monday! Tweet this: How do you tote your books ? Camel, Kindle or something else?       Leave me a comment and let me know how you transport your books! For me it’s a Kindle and books on CD in a pink tote bag!  ...

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Building your online platform

I’m hosting a Back to School Giveaway!  No, I’m not launching a new book. I like to treat my readers to unexpected surprises now and then. I also hope to acquire new readership. This is one reason authors hold contests. Contests are a fun way to help build your on-line platform. I’ve held several and they are tons of fun. My favorite contests were when I was launching my first novel, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. I held a Facebook Party and gave away gifts all throughout the evening to those attending. It’s fun to go back to the transcript of the party and read it! If you want to know how to do it for yourself, feel free to explore the page for yourself. Online platforms are becoming an important part of the author package writers must present to prospective publishers. The first thing a publishing committee will do when introduced to a new author, or even a published one, is Google the author’s name. Does your name bring up any social media results? Do you have a website? Some publishers won’t publish authors who don’t have a healthy online-presence. I’m like a lot of authors in that social media isn’t my favorite thing to spend time on. I’d rather not have the distraction. But, I look at it this way–it’s beats digging ditches. And it’s basically painless. Like scrubbing toilets, it must be done, and it won’t kill me. If you don’t know where to start, here are the basics: Build a website. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I used Wix.com when I first started and later I used Weebly.com. There are other free platforms out there. Use the one that is the most user-friendly for you. I didn’t spend money to have someone design one for me until after I had my first novel published. Blog. You don’t have to blog every day but it’s common sense that the more you blog the more people will visit. What to blog about? Do a Google search for blog topics and you’ll have more than you’ll ever have time to write. Part of building your platform is projecting what you’re passionate about so write about what you love! I started my first blogs on Blogger, but now I use WordPress because that’s what my web designer used to design my site. There’s a learning curve to WordPress, but I love it. However, if you’re new to finding your way around the Internet, I recommend Blogger. Many successful authors use it and it’s what I use for my interactive eBooks. Facebook: I have a “friends” page with about 3300+ followers, an author page with a little over...

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The most excellent back to school giveaway — win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

I love giveaways. I’ve won lots of things online and I think it’s great fun to offer them. In honor of back to school, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! All you have to do is click on the different ways to enter below, follow the directions and you’re entered! Contest ends September 1. I’ll post the winner on September 2. Have fun! a Rafflecopter...

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