Book Marketing Tip of the Week
March 3, 2009: 3 Minutes for Peace Day, National Sleep
Day, I Want You to Be Happy Day, Minnie the Moocher's Birthday, National
Forgiveness Day, National Sportsmanship Day
Details on these days and 18,500 others! can be found in
John Kremer's Celebrate Today Special Events Data Files.
In this issue . . .
-- free polls and online chats
-- more Twitter tools and resources
-- Women Webinars
-- Words Matter Week free teleseminars
-- GumboWriters.com relaunched
-- Tell Your Life Story
-- Book Marketing Bestsellers blog posts you should read . . .
free polls and online chats
The following web service allows you to create free widgets to run a
web-based poll, site counter, or online chat. Check it out here:
Below is a poll I created to ask you and visitors to my website what
they would like to see in this newsletter. Note: If you are not viewing
this newsletter in HTML format, you probably won't see the poll widget
right below this sentence.
Follow the results of this poll over time by going to this website: http://www.99polls.com/poll_49597. You can vote at this website as
well if you don't see the widget above.
more Twitter tools and resources
In the past I've been a passive supporter of Twitter and other social
networks because they can easily become time suckers.
But the neat thing about Twitter right now is that hundreds of people
have created Twitter tools and services that make it easier and quicker
to use Twitter effectively. I've created a list of the most interesting
and useful tools at http://www.bookmarket.com/twitter.htm
Here are a few of my favorite Twitter tools:
Ping.fm:http://www.ping.fm Allows users to post to many different
social networks with one post. You can also post to Ping.fm via email.
Tweet Later:http://www.tweetlater.com/84911.html Allows you to
post tweets to be sent later as well as to send automatic messages
every time someone new follows you? Users can set up Tweets to
happen later on in the day, week, or month. Also allows you to set up
Twitter alerts for any keywords, people, companies, etc. that you want
to track. Alerts are sent to you via email. Also allows you to auto follow
those who follow you and send them a welcome message. Finally, if you
have multiple Twitter accounts, it allows you to tweet to one or more
accounts at the same time (I use this to tweet quotes I like to more
than one account). Their free service allows you to do all this.
Their new professional service allows you to direct message all your
followers, integrates Ping.fm, schedule @replies and direct messages,
and read and post to all your Twitter accounts at once.
Who Should I Follow?:http://www.whoshouldifollow.com Enter
your Twitter user name, and it will suggest people you might want to
follow. Really the best tool for finding people to follow on Twitter.
Mary Wilhite organizes a weekly webinar for women. If you have a book
or author that might interest women, contact her with suggestions for
a webinar. Women Webinars, Mary Wilhite, 3760 Sixes Road #126-130,
Canton GA 30114; 770-928-8002; Cell: 678-410-6552. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.womenwebinars.net.
Note: I'll be speaking on marketing books and services on Wednesday,
March 4th, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern; 12:30 p.m. Pacific, for one hour. John Kremer on Book Marketing: Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. Eastern
To celebrate the relaunch of GumboWriters.com on March 1st, they are
offering a special package. For a very limited time, writers who are
accepted will receive a Grade A line edit from a former editor at a major
publishing company, plus their query letter service (which includes a
guarantee of at least 10 agents requesting to see the manuscript or
book proposal). They are offering this $1,800 service for only $750.
They are not accepting just anyone. To submit your manuscript for
review, email Jeff@JeffRivera.com and put JOHN KREMER SPECIAL in the
subject heading. That will get your manuscript priority handling.
Tell Your Life Story
Gumbo Writers is also offering a new service. Do you know a friend that
would benefit from telling their life story in a book? If so, check out this
Gumbo Writers records an interview with the person, has it transcribed,
then hires a credible journalist to rewrite the story, then professionally
edits the story (by an editor from a major publishing house).
The cost for this service is $4,000 (with an optional monthly payment
plan of $400 per month). The person ends up with a credible well-edited
book telling the story of his or her life.
Additional a la carte services include pitching the book to agents, having
the book independently published, book cover design, printing, and more.