Every writer wants reader feedback, whether before or after they work with an editor. They usually turn to family and friends who may or may not be familiar with the writer's genre. They may even post ads for free or paid feedback reads. Announcing a new site where writers (especially new writers) and feedback readers (active or retired teachers, empty-nesters, etc.) can connect! Please visit http://www.connectingnewwritersandfeedbackreaders.webs.com/ to learn more. Host: Joyce Shafer, LEC and Writer, NYC.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson will teach “Creating a Promotion Campaign for Your Fiction or Nonfiction Book.” This one-day seminar will meet on the UCLA campus’ School of Public Affairs Building (Room 2317) Saturday, August 1, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Reg# U9836B Request a UCLA Extension catalog at www.uclaextension.edu. Learn more about the class (only $125!) at https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/Course.aspx?reg=U9836
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. http://app.expressemailmarketing.com/get.link?linkid=1012283&subscriberid=66692143&campaignid=290716&linkurl=http://www.dreamquestone.com
In August, BronzeWord Latino Virtual Book Tour will host Raul Ramos y Sanchez with his new book "American Libre". Visit BronzeWord Latino Authors http://authorslatino.com/wordpress for the list of visit to Raul's book tour. Visit and learn more about the author and his book. Thank you.
Because poetry can be so important in our lives, I am running a contest to remind people to slow down a bit and read a poem (or write one). I will select a winner from those who send me an email with TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING in the subject line. The prize is an e-copy of Lillian Brummet's Towards Understanding with a new cover by her husband, Dave, who is also her writing partner. I'll randomly pick a winner on Sept. 30. The winner will also have an opportunity to publish one of their poems or a short excerpt from their prose in this corner of my newsletter—a piece that fits with the theme Towards Understanding. Send your entries to HoJoNews@aol.com .
Dana Lynn Smith, the Book Marketing Maven, and author of The Savvy Book Marketer Guides has some free book marketing resources at Book Marketing Maven Blog and The Savvy Book Marketer Newsletter. She has just released Texas Book Marketing Handbook that features contact information for Texas bookstores, libraries, media, book fairs, and more, and includes tips for getting publicity and marketing to retailers and libraries. This e-book a valuable resource for Texas authors and anyone who wants to sell books in Texas. There's nothing else like it on the market!
Also check out Dana’s books about writing and publishing at http://www.thepublishersbookstore.com/. You may find her on Facebook and Twitter.
I just recently got involved with a brand new startup company called Track Ahead. We have a site that will launch in just a few weeks, but basically it's an education/social network which will enable its members to move forward to achieve their higher ed and career goals.
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Join Author Steven Clark Bradley and Frank Fiore for the Back Story Radio program. The first show will be on August 1, 2009 at 9:30 PT. Our guest will be Author Donna Sunblad who will discuss the back story of her fantasy novel Beyond The Fifth Gate. If you enjoy learning about what drives an author to write and excellent story and what makes it so real and powerful, join us for the Back Story Radio Show at the link listed here. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/user/home.aspx