Thursday, May 7, 2009

Network with us

Add your announcement or brag about your writing accomplishment. Tell us about your book or business. Share information and ideas or send articles or advertorial
for the next issue by contacting us on our Web site
. Here are some announcements from our readers this month:
The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.

Writers in the Sky with Yvonne Perry is among the shows in the new book, Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited (McFarland & Co. 2009).
Compiled by "talk radio advocate" Francine Silverman, the book is designed to take the guesswork out of contacting a radio host, by providing among other things, the theme of the show and guest criteria.
Some entries, like Yvonne's, contain guest or listener comments, which are also helpful for potential guests.

Never before has a book looked inside the host's head for his or her opinion on the best and worst guests and who gets invited back.

For more information, please visit

TIP #1: No one wants to have to hunt and dig to find things on your site. Rather than using your homepage URL to your blog ( when you want to refer someone to a particular post,
use the permalink (actual URL) to take readers directly to your post. You can find the permalink by clicking the on title of your guest post, then copying the URL shown at
the top of your browser. It will usually be a long URL with the title at the end, something like this:
TIP #2: Reduce line returns that break up long URLs by shortening permalinks using For example:
becomes and takes you to the very same place!

Just in time for Mother's Day giving! She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood by Magdalena Ball and CarolynHoward-Johnson

PROMO DAY makes its return in 2009 and promises to be the best yet. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 9, 2009!
An all-day, online, international event for people in the writing industry packed full of tips and advice along with a variety of opportunities for writers, publishers, editors etc to promote their work and services. Readers are also welcome to drop in and get to know the authors better in the online chatroom, view the video trailers or read the sample chapters on site.
Founder and organizer of the event, Jo Linsdell, had this to say “PROMO DAY came about because I was looking for opportunities to promote my books using the internet at little or no cost. After attending the Muse Online Writers Conference back in 2006, I searched the internet for similar events aimed at what to do after you’ve written the book and found none. I decided to fill the void and so PROMO DAY was born. PROMO DAY is a great opportunity to network with other members of the industry, take part in online workshops and promote and best of all it’s FREE!”
New features for this year is the official blog for the event,, where everyone can keep up to date with new announcements and information regarding the event and the official PROMO DAY book, packed full of information and resources, which will be available to buy during and after the event!
Workshops taking place during PROMO DAY 2009: (Times are shown in Central European Time.)
14:00 Lael Johnson - Blogging and Journaling!
15:00 John Evans - The Age of Networking: Tips and Tricks to Survive in Today's information Age
16:00 Karina Fabian - Marketing for Beginners
17:00 John Desjarlais - Finding an Agent
18:00 Carolyn Howard Johnson - Query Letters as Promotion: Let's Make Them Picture Perfect!
19:00 Elysabeth Eldering- Hosting Authors on Virtual Book Tours
20:00 Joyce Anthony - Promoting with Twitter
21:00 Ron Berry - Character Web sites
22:00 Devon Ellington - Creating and maintaining a successful writer's blog.
23:00 Carol Denbow - Technical Aspects
TBC Lea Schizas - What editors look for and how writers can spruce their writing

Ever dream about getting wonderful trips to exotic places for FREE?In my e-book How to Make Travel Writing Work for You, I give you the fast track on how to achieve this goal for free!
Tip: Find your niche
Choose something you are passionate about. Think about your areas of expertise and how you can capitalize on them. Are you a birder? Then go for some of the great birding trips about the globe to get you started. This is going to be a labor of love so make sure you love what you are doing.
For the complete list of tips Go to my Web site . Enter your name and e-mail in the top right corner of homepage and magically the e-book will appear. While you are visiting, check out Wai-nani’s page. There are reviews, a first chapter and reader comments.
Please stop by!
Linda Ballou

The Red Room authority has chosen Indian Age’s associate editor and noted South Asian writer Dr. (Ms) Sarojini Sahoo’s blog on James Joyce(The Myriad of Molly Blooms) as the best blog of this week. You can see it at

To learn more about organizing your own virtual book tour, join the free training program at

Carol Denbow offers a step-by-step ebook, How to Organize a Virtual Book Tour at

The May 2009 issue of Indian AGE has been published and you can read the soft copy on line at
I have written an article on Allan Moore’s graphic novel The Lost Girls in the regular special column of mine under the title The Gate.( See page 60)

Check out Brent Sampson's children's book about how to publish a children's book! Adventures in Publishing How clever!

Here’s a list of Internet radio shows and podcasts for authors and writers:

WITS author Carl David was mentioned in a article about Bader Field—one of the first U.S. airports. Read the article here: and learn more about Carl’s book on his Web site

For poetry, prose, and fantastic art, see

BunnyRabbitSex is a site built for writers to come together and share/discuss their works! Bunny has just announced the group's first competition! Entry is free, but you must be a member of BunnyRabbitSex. That's also free!
The prize is a mystery fan prize. It's a themed BunnyRabbitSex prize and it's also a mystery! This makes it more exciting! This prize is a parcel, and will arrive at its destination in a box. Submissions accepted May 1 thru June 1 (ends at 12 a.m. EST).

Bunny says, "We are looking for creativity, proper grammar, context, and spelling. We want you to use your imaginations and totally throw us out of the water, make us go for a tailspin! Do something we don't expect. Make it silly, or funny, or whatever!
The most entertaining, well written, and creative piece wins!"
Requirements for entries are listed at

Your announcement could be here. Check out the submission guidelines and send us your blurb.

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