Thursday, September 9, 2010

Network with Us September 2010

New media directory helps authors get more publicity
An affordable new resource for authors will help you get more publicity for your books in regional business magazines.

The Build Book Buzz City Business Journal Directory offers contact information for top editors at more than 100 city and state business journals nationwide. Authors of business and other books can use the directory to help:
  • Sell more books
  • Become known as a business “guru”
  • Get the kind of visibility that leads to high-paying speaking opportunities
  • Connect with the business community
“Because most city business magazines are published every week, they need a steady stream of newsworthy, interesting, and relevant information. And yet, most authors overlook these regional business publications when planning their publicity campaigns,” says Sandra Beckwith, a former award-winning publicist who compiled the directory. “That means these popular local magazines reaching millions of business readers are a gold mine for authors who can provide relevant and appropriate news and information.”

The directory provides editor names, specific (not generic) e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers along with the Web URL for each of the 93 city business journals and 20 state business publications listed. It also includes bonus insider tips for publicity success from Beckwith, the author of two publicity books and the instructor of a popular book publicity e-course for authors.

The directory is an Excel file that can be downloaded immediately. The price for the media list, insider publicity success tips, and a bonus audio file on “how to build book buzz” is just $19. To learn more and purchase, please visit
Contact: Sandra Beckwith,, 585-377-2768

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject or write a short story, 5 pages maximum on any theme for a chance to win up to $500.00 in cash prizes. All works must be original. Poetry Prizes: $250, $125, $50. Writing Prizes: $500, $250, $100. Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story. More info:

A new iPhone app called Kids Book Review makes hundreds of book reviews instantly available for books of all genres for ages 1-8, 9-12, and 13 and older. Created by the publisher of the Sacramento Book Review and San Francisco Book Review, the publications review more than 400 books each month in over 40 categories and genres. This iPhone app is easy to use and can be downloaded for only $1.99 from the iPhone App Store. Submitted by Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications 734-667-2090

Are you passionate about supporting your age 3-7 child’s learning-to-read skills AND supporting global literacy for children—for just $4.99? Read I AM Foundation’s Blog post about author Joyce Shafer’s e-book, Pippi’s and Piper’s Outdoor Adventure. It’s designed to support pre-literacy skills through many pictures that match words, encourage family members to read it together, and to be printed out so children can color the several pictures included. Go to and see how you can make a difference today.

BK Walker is a published author that found book marketing to be one of the hardest endeavors for authors. Meeting several other authors and seeing the frustration on the book marketing aspect, she founded The Virtual Book Tour Cafe with authors in mind. Continually researching and learning something new everyday, she has successfully developed an outlet for authors to ease some of the stress which comes with getting the word out about books and authors.

Virtual Book Tours have become the next "big thing" in book marketing. Much like taking your book to an event, book tours are accomplished completely online. From author interviews and guest blogging to radio shows and live chats, The VBT Cafe will give your book the attention it deserves. With several packages to choose from, you will find that The VBT Cafe offers a variety of services to promote your book that are all budget friendly. Stop in to see what we provide, and book your tour today.


Literary Publicist Stephanie Barko is kicking off her new web address with a daily book giveaway from August 20 through September 19.

Comment to win at

The Veil by Stacy Dee just came out recently through Wings epress. It is a young adult romantic story… but that isn’t what sets it apart from other teen novels on the e-market. You see the author, Stacy Dee is dyslexic. She has struggled for years to overcome her insecurities and her limitations when writing. That’s also what gives the main character in her book, Emily, her edginess, which helps her overcome her own life obstacles. Like Stacy, the character Emily doesn’t let her dyslexia hold her back. It is a paranormal story which centers on a 16 year old girl who can see through a dimensional doorway to an alternate world… in this world she finds Jack Burns. The fact that Emily isn’t perfect makes her appealing to readers.

Are you an entrepreneur who sometimes struggles to make money, attract clients, create partnerships, set up a winning team, and spend time with Spirit? Join Amethyst Wyldfyre and a select group of her friends, colleagues, and mentors for the Six-figure Speakers Summit September 15th – 23rd. You can learn from the best of the best and immediately put their secrets and their not–so-secret strategies and techniques into ACTION for your business.
Click here to learn more.

New from Heather Kuehl – Malevolent Dead: Book Two of the Sarah Vargas Series. Werewolf Sarah Vargas thought all she had to worry about was the Blood Moon Corporation's retaliation. She never dreamed that another vampire would arrive, disputing Damian's claim over the throne to Charleston, SC. To make matters worse, he is no ordinary vamp; he's a vampire necromancer. He’s exceptionally hard to kill, and Sarah will have to do what ever she can to keep those that she loves safe... Even if it means doing the unthinkable. Book One of the Sarah Vargas Series, Fade to Black, is available now with Eternal Press. Go to to get your copies of Fade to Black and Malevolent Dead today! Heather Kuehl can be visited at her website;

Are you so busy trying not to “fail,” you don’t plan to succeed? Design, Plan, & Live Your Ideal Life and Business—an 8-week online course for spirituality-based individuals, entrepreneurs, employees, bosses, retirees, or if you’re in the planning stages of sharing a product or service with others, hosted by Empowerment Coach Joyce Shafer. Begin to stand in your personal, creative power, starting from where you are. Starts September 3, 2010. Limited to 20 attendees. Visit the link to learn more and about how to get the early-bird discount:

Shade of Grey by Yolanda Sfetsos

My Sci-Fi Romance novel is now available from Eternal Press. If you like a story about alien abductions, UFOs, government conspiracies, hidden organizations, alien hybrids, and MIB then you might enjoy this:
Is it possible to outrun fate?

The night two intruders dressed in black break into Gypsy’s store, a mysterious, sexy man comes to her rescue. Calvin has one objective—to keep both a secret organization and an alien clan from finding and taking Gypsy. But after they meet, his duty is overridden by his desire.

Together, Gypsy and Calvin travel halfway across the country, trying to stay one step ahead of their pursuers and dodging danger at every step. When they give in to their mutual attraction, neither realizes that it’s the one thing guaranteed to reveal their location to their biggest threat.

In the small Outback town of Backwater, human and alien greed will collide. Can their passion for each other be strong enough to survive the ordeal? Or will Gypsy’s destiny lead to an alien plan that could destroy everything?
Available in eBook: and print:

Damaged by Yolanda Sfetsos

Someone – or something – is living inside Lane’s basement…

Between the problems in her marriage, her writer’s block, and the heat situation inside the basement, Lane Blume is sure she’s going insane.

When Bill Sorreni goes to Lane’s house for a routine plumbing check, the last thing he expected was to be instantly attracted to her. But her problem isn’t something he can initially help her with, so he suggests she call a priest to take a look.

Can the compassion and understanding from Bill, a man whose faith might be just what she needs to help her out of the hell that her life has become, be strong enough to save Lane?

Damaged will be available from Damnation Books on September 1st, and will also be released in print.

You’re invited to an author roast and toast.

Who: Elaine Cantrell
When: September 24
Time: All day
Join Elaine as she celebrates the release of her new contemporary romance Return Engagement. Return Engagement is now available at

Lessons learned at the Book Passage Travel Writing Conference in Corte Madera, CA

I was very proud to rub shoulders with the best travel essayists alive today. Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales is nestled between Tim Cahill’s, Hold the Enlightenment and Rolf Potts, Vagabonding on center stage at the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference. While I came to share my work with others, I did not expect to receive encouragement and inspiration to carry forward. Phil Cousineau, an author I was not familiar with before I arrived, gave a talk about Stoking the Creative Fires. I didn’t realize it, but since the publication of my second book in May, I have been suffering from post partum. After listening to this brilliant, accomplished individual who has thought deeply about the subject of “Why Bother” to create, I felt not only justified but eager to get on to my next book!

Cousineau’s theme that art for “beauties sake” is worthwhile in our lives reminded me of John O’Donohue’s wonderful book The Invisible Embrace of Beauty. O’Donohue’s words re-enforced my own strong belief that “the secret to youth is to fill your mind with beauty.” Not that you will look any younger, but that your spirit will be replenished and freshened when your life is filled with beauty—be it a song, a book, a landscape or the smile of a child. I felt overwhelmed by a sense of serendipitous synchronicity when Cousineau revealed that he was a close friend of O’Donohue. I was saddened to learn that this thought-provoking man had died a year earlier at the age of 53. Perhaps, his work was done. I left the conference feeling mine had just begun.

Book Title: Looking for Jimmy Stewart
Author: Jeane Daly
ISBN: 13:978-1-59705-597-0
Publisher: eWings Press 3/10

Reviewed by Midwest Book Review found Looking for Jimmy Stewart a thoroughly engaging and superbly entertaining 248-page novel from beginning to end. This is the story of Andi Temperly, a woman who had everything she ever wanted, including the perfect job, a handsome fiancee, and loyal friends. Then one day everything she wanted was lost. Author Jeane Daly has a very special gift for writing in the demanding genre of contemporary romance.

Theofatalism™ Asks Its Followers to Feel Good Inside Regardless of What Happens Outside

Where do you go when your world is shaking and you realize that God is doing the shaking??? That was the challenge for a researcher and writer whose family disintegrated after the untimely death of his wife. In searching for some place of inner peace, he discovered the spiritual wisdom of Sedona, the namesake of a spiritual retreat in northern Arizona. Through five principles of Theofatalism™ and more than seventy essays on the condition of humankind, he provides a spiritual pathway to inner serenity and contentment regardless what happens outside.

His books, Voices of Sedona and Lessons from Sedona, use the symbol of a labyrinth to help describe the only way to live your life, God’s way. Through discussions involving history, economics, politics, psychology, religion, science, and more he shows that security is not in the absence of danger, but in the presence of God no matter what happens. His restatement of the belief in Deism will empower those whose belief system no longer fits their reality to “suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” Life breaks everyone, but you can become strong at the broken places.

When the student is ready the teacher comes. You can explore this new belief system at no cost or obligation. Visit To contact the author email or phone 703-321-9268.

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