Irregular and Extraordinary Rendition Against US Citizens Still Going On

Dan Tito Davis Captured photo Key West Florida

You’re asleep when they come for you. Or you’re relaxing on the couch. Or walking home on a quiet, unassuming night. They arrive in a group. Dark clothes, maybe masks. They rush you all at once. Your hands, secured with zipties. Simple, hard to break. A blackbag is placed over your head. It blinds you, muffles the sounds you hear. The sudden darkness is suffocating; combine that with the fear and confusion, and it’s hard to breathe. Maybe they stun you. Or they drug you. Or they hold something against your nose. If it smells sweet, it’s sevoflurane. Less sweet,…

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Press Kits: Separating the Amateurs from the Professionals

By Mari Selby Marshall McCluhan said, “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” Your press kit – or media kit ­– is a tool. It’s your chance to shape how you want to be perceived and received. Media kits are sent out along with your book to reviewers, interviewers, for possible speaking […]

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Reaching out to Book Bloggers—Part Two

Article originally appeared on City Book Review. By Bethany Brown As we all know—authors, publishers, marketing professionals and book coaches—reviews matter. Any time you can get your book reviewed; participate in an online interview, podcast or webinar; write a guest post or article or even provide an excerpt on a well-trafficked site, it’s good for […]

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Making the Most of Your Amazon Author Page

By David Wogahn | @Wogahn | authorimprints.com Most online stores give authors a chance to share information about themselves. But only Amazon goes so far as to provide website-like features to every contributor to every book they sell. The service is called AuthorCentral and it offers 5 author brand-building features: The ability to create a branded website […]

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Reaching Out to Book Bloggers (Part One)

Original post from City Book Review on March 1, 2017. By Bethany Brown While there are many different components to a book launch, reaching out to book bloggers is a key piece of any book marketing or publicity plan. Reviews on book blogs, book mentions, author interviews, and guest articles are vital to increase exposure […]

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The Good Thing About Bad Reviews

Seven strategies for coping, moving on, and even making the most of a bad review By MaryGlenn McCombs   Several years ago, I sat in on a panel featuring some of the country’s most successful crime fiction writers. The topic?  Bad book reviews. The panel’s moderator began by reading snippets of comically bad reviews of […]

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How Authors Can Get Speaking Gigs

By Scott Lorenz, Westwind Communications As a book publicist, I am constantly being asked to help authors get speaking gigs. But, it’s a specialty in itself and outside our wheel house. Authors can make a lot of money speaking, more so sometimes than selling books, but, often, it’s the book that creates the demand, so there […]

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Reviews – Aiming for the Brass Ring

By Mari Selby As an author, what do we most want from the publishing of our books? Public recognition Skyrocketing sales Simply spreading our message We may want all three, and receiving a review can mean grasping that brass ring. A review in a prestigious print magazine can truly make an author’s name and multiply […]

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7 Ways Indie Authors Can Jumpstart Their Branding in 2017

By Korina Garcia Branding is never simple. Deciding on the look, feel, and appeal of your business can often be difficult to peg. But when you are your business (and, therefore, you are the brand) putting your finger on how to represent yourself properly can feel… well, scary. You certainly want to represent yourself honestly, but maybe […]

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Rewind and Aim for Greater Success in 2017

By Mari Selby 2017 is a breath away. At the end of the year, we often reflect on the success of our efforts. Even if we are patting ourselves on the back for our efforts, we can still improve. Maybe your frustration level is high, your bank account has been emptied, or you feel like […]

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