In this issue . . .
-- John Kremer's birthday gift to you
-- John Kremer's 60th Birthday Bash Q&A teleseminar
-- USA Today story comments
-- Speechable talk bubbles
-- Internet Advancement scam
-- Specialty retailers
-- Book Marketing Tips ebook
-- Words to Inspire Writers
John Kremer's birthday gift to you
Well, as I usually do on my birthday, I'm offering several special gifts.
For the past ten years, I've been selling the following two programs as
databases: Catalog Sales Data Files and the Specialty Retailers Data
Files. Both of these programs formerly sold for $30.00 each. You can
now download these data files for absolutely no cost in Excel format by
going here: http://www.bookmarket.com/birthday.htm.
Since these data files normally sell for $30.00 each, that makes my
60th birthday special worth $60.00. 60 for 60! My gift to you!
John Kremer's 60th Birthday Bash Q&A teleseminar
In addition, I'll be hosting a free Q&A teleseminar on my birthday. Come
to listen in and ask all your book marketing questions.
You can listen in by phone or via the Internet (no phone charges!).
To listen in via the Internet and to ask questions ahead of time
(if you can't attend the birthday bash), go to the following URL:
That's also the URL you would go to if you want to listen to the Q&A
teleseminar after the event.
USA Today story comments
Did you know that visitors to USA Today's website can comment on
news stories and features? Since they began offering this capability,
visitors to the website has increased by 13%.
What does this mean to you? Simply this: You can begin to create
relationships with individual editors and reporters by commenting
intelligently on their stories and features. Check out the stories in
your area of interest on http://www.usatoday.com on a regular basis,
and then comment on those stories where you can make a useful
contribution or offer an incredible insight.
Not only will you be noticed by the editors and reporters who write
those stories, but you will also be noticed by the readers who visit the
site and comment on those stories. Be sure to mention your book to
establish your credibility. You can also mention websites, but don't be
commercial in doing so; be helpful.
Here is a comment I made on a story about comedienne Sarah
Silverman getting $2.5 million for a book:
Publishers always overpay celebrities, but the big book publishers now
rely heavily on celebrities. Alas, for newbies. But new authors do get
published. Check out the list of successful debut novelists at
The link was not an active link in the comment at USAToday.com, but
I shared a page on my website that readers could well be interested in
reading, given the nature of the article.
Note: Readers can rate each others' comments. You have to register
at USAToday.com to leave comments and rate other commenters.
Speechable talk bubbles
If you go to http://www.speechable.com, you can upload any photo
from your computer or from any website and add a speech bubble to
the photo. Here's an example that I created:
Note that they add a Speechable logo to the photo. Of course, you
can do something like this as easily in a good photo editing program, but
this is easy and fun.
Here's another one I did where I had my book do the talking:
I don't like it as well because I couldn't move the speech bubble so it
wouldn't hide the title.
Internet Advancement scam
Reader Feedback: I would like to report a company that is targeting
independent publishers. Internet Advancement promises to promote
one's website. The fee is $800 with a guaranteed refund of $400 if
the client is not satisfied. I paid $800 for absolutely no work and was
unable to reclaim $400 in spite of much wasted time on calls and
further complaints to the Better Business Bureau. I would advise
anyone to beware of this fraudulent company. Business is hard enough
without these Internet scams.
John's Response: Internet Advancement is under a court order in
Washington State to pay refunds and penalties. But, then again, they
apparently were under investigation in 2004, 2007, and 2008. So I'm
not sure how they continued all that time.
My advice: Always check references when paying for any sort of service
business: marketing consultant, PR agent, literary agent, book cover
designer, printer, etc. I've seen too many unhappy customers over the
30+ years I've been in this business. And, quite honestly, the publishing
business is better than most other businesses.
Here are a few more specialty retailers not listed in the Specialty
Retailers data files you can now download free as noted above.
Amarillo Botanical Gardens Gift Shop, 1400 Streit Drive,
Amarillo TX 79106; 806-352-6513; Fax: 806-352-6227.
Web: http://amarillobotanicalgardens.org. Garden and nature gifts.
Bellingham Railway Museum Gift Shop, John Harter, Store Manager,
1320 Commercial Street, Bellingham WA 98225; 360-393-7540. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org.
Features railroad related books and gifts.
Inside Passage Gifts, 355 Harris Avenue #103, Bellingham WA 98225;
360-734-1790. Quality gifts from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
Pacific Chef, Vicki Rogers and Ray Dunn, Owners, 1211 11th Street,
Bellingham WA 98225; 360-676-1911. Email: email@example.com.
Web: http://www.pacificchef.com. Features kitchenware, dining decor,
cookbooks, and related gifts.
Book Marketing Tips ebook
Dana Lynn Smith of the Book Marketing Maven blog is offering a special
New Year's gift: a collection of tips from her blog. You can download
the ebook here: http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/ 2009/01/a-new-years-gift-for-you.html.
An email request will pop up but you can close it and still download the
ebook for free. Provide your email if you'd like to get her monthly ezine.
Words to Inspire Writers
Gregory Victor Babic, author of Words to Inspire Writers, is offering the
book free under a creative commons license. Check out the book here:
The more you notice the love, the miracles and the beauty around you,
the more love comes into your life. — Betty Eadie, author
Click on the above book cover to order this great collection as a Word ebook for only $7.00.
More great quotes and quotable books at http://www.quotablebooks.com
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