Friday, March 6, 2009

Network with Us March 2009

Have you been by the official Black History Celebration blog and introduced your book? The 2009 Black History Literary Affair has kicked off, so make sure to leave full details about your book and business for the community at the Meet and Greet Center. Also, please add your comments to our first community discussion, Why is Celebrating Black History Important. There is a video showcasing five educators from ATL discussing Black History. Check it out and share your thoughts too! Tell your network to visit with us too. Don't forget to tell all your friends about the event and the blog This is a community event; all visitors are welcome to leave their messages and promote their business/books in the comments sections.
My book, Alive on the Andrea Doria! The greatest sea rescue in history, has received honorable mention from the New England Book Festival. And, a movie producer in Rome has purchased the world rights to my book. Also, I’m going to Italy in May to receive an award from my fellow Italians, thanking me for vindicating my people from a historical injustice. In July, I will be the featured speaker for the American Library Association in Chicago. Thanks again and all the best to you and your team at wits. Your Web site looks outstanding!!!
Pierette Domenica Simpson
"We are proud to have published Steven Clark Bradley's book, Patriot Acts, especially in these times. Today, it is more important than ever for Americas to be aware of the dangers our country faces. Yes, this book is fictional. But, its premise is certainly a plausible one."

~ Arline Chase, publisherat Cambridge Books—a subsidiary of Write Words, Inc. dedicated to providing quality reading in both electronic and paper formats.

Today, America faces enemies that make the world of the Cold War seem like much brighter times. Islamic forces have declared Jihad on America causing the greatest threat to the life of the United States since World War II. In Patriot Acts, America finds itself under covert nuclear attack from the Islamic Republic of Iran which has linked up with radical American Militia groups. They have set aside their political and religious differences to carry out the widest attack to America in the nation's history. Colonel Fisher Harrison, the best trained Special Ops killer the military has, is the only one person who can effectively retaliate against their aggression. The only problem is that Colonel Fisher is in a federal prison, framed for a murder he did not commit by his former boss who is now the President of the United States of America. Take an amazing journey from Alaska to the Midwest and to the center of the Islamic Republic of Iran as two enemies unite to save the nation from two adversaries in league to bring the country to its knees. You will be amazed how close to home and to reality Patriot Acts could be!
You might be interested in Scribal News Calendar filled with announcements about book signings, writing conferences and seminars, and podcasts related to the writing industry. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to with “Subscribe Scribal News” in the subject line.
Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power, coauthored by Chicken Soup for the Soul editor Susan M. Heim, recently received a 2009 Mom's Choice Award! This book offers practical and fun ways for parents to develop and nurture maximum brain power from the womb to baby’s first birthday. Read more at
Ever dream about getting wonderful trips with incredible people to exotic places for FREE? In my FREE e-book How to Make Travel Writing Work for You, I give you the fast track to achieving this goal. Go to my website 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.

Linda Ballou, Adventure travel writer and author of Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawai’I
Memphis hosts the newest writers' conference in the Midsouth this March 20-22. With a faculty of Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Darrell Award winning authors, editors and publishers this promises to be a cornucopia of writing and publishing wisdom. As a conference within a fantasy and science fiction fan convention, registration includes all the food, programming and fun genre fans are famous for. Where else can you enjoy vital workshops to further your writing career and creativity, all while watching Darth Vader and a winged fairy walk through the lobby?

Sponsored by MidSouthCon and Meadowhawk Press and featuring guest faculty including C.J. Cherryh, Mike Resnick, Jackie Gamber, and Ann and Jeff Vandermeer among many others, this conference welcomes and encourages writers of all genres. Sharpen your prose, broaden your horizons, or just share the camaraderie of fellow writers. This conference will not disappoint with a registration fee of only $40. More details at
Just One More Book! is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children's books. Each weekday morning, we take a few minutes out of our morning coffee ritual to discuss one of our many favorite children's books. We also feature weekly interviews with authors, illustrators and experts and enthusiasts in the areas of children's literature and literacy as well as listener-submitted book reviews.

Through this podcast and website, we are building a lively, interactive community linking children's book authors, illustrators, readers (parents, children, librarians, teachers and literacy activists) and publishers.

Busy parents and educators can now discover great read-aloud children's books while they are busy doing the many tasks that would otherwise rob them of the opportunity to research great children's books in more traditional ways.

Our guests have included celebrity authors such as Sheree Fitch, Rachna Gilmore, Jack Prelutsky, Daniel Pinkwater, Eve Bunting, Eva Ibbotson, Henry Winkler and Mary Ann Hoberman and celebrity illustrators such as Mo Willems, Bob Staake, Marc Brown, Oliver Jeffers, Simon James, Jane Ray, Wallace Edwards and Kevin Hawkes. We have also aimed the spotlight at interesting and lesser known authors and illustrators.

Episodes range in length from 5 to 25 minutes and can be played directly from our web page or downloaded to a portable mp3 player, such as an iPod, for listening on the go.

This podcast is powered by passion. We have no advertisers or sponsors. Our goals are to link children with great books and to help create happy memories for children and the adults that read to them…and to have fun!

The Just One More Book! Podcast has been recommended by the American Library Association as one of its American Library Association (ALA) - Great Websites for Kids and has been featured in Canadian Living Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Family Fun Magazine and such prestigious literary publications as School Library Journal, Books for Keeps, Canadian Children's Book News and Publishers Weekly. We are also regular contributors to ChildsLife, The Edge of the Forest and Parent Source online newsletters. Watch for us again in the February 2009 edition of Canadian Living Magazine.
-- "A podcast about the children's books we love and why we love them -- recorded in our favourite coffee shop"
Did your parents serve in the armed forces? We are looking for people who were raised in military families to take our survey and give us input. All answers will remain confidential.
Many thanks to Karen Pierce Gonzalez for mentioning WITS in her newsletter KPG E-News which features news you can use to promote you and your business. Subscribe at and receive by email How to Generate Media Visibility.
Do you know anyone in the music industry who needs lyrics about 100 new songs? Please contact Dennis Martin.
Discover The Copywriting Keys To Unleashing Your Social Media Marketing Success in 2009 & Beyond

No matter what your business, no matter what product, service or expertise you are selling, you need the right words to sell. Of course, in this “Web 2.0” world, there are so many places and platforms that need relevant and persuasive words – blogs, press releases, Squidoo lenses, articles, newsletters and bios/profiles for Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, to name a few.

Many successful marketers will tell you that copywriting – the ability to put what you are selling into words that actually sell – is the #1 most important skill to have in marketing. And this is true now more than ever.

My colleagues Craig Cannings of VAClassroom and Allison Nazarian of Get It In Writing have teamed up to present an amazing (and did I mention FREE?) webinar event on this very topic. In the world of social media, and social marketing in particular, your credibility, your visibility and your reputation are the measures of your success. And the key to being able to shine in social media lies in the words businesses use to have the conversations they are having.

Craig and Allison – and I – invite you to take advantage of this session: Discover The Key Copywriting Techniques For Unleashing Your Social Media Marketing Success in 2009 & Beyond. This is an event you don’t want to miss – the “secret weapon” so many successful marketers have and use can (and should) be yours too.

Discover The Key Copywriting Techniques For Unleashing Your Social Media Marketing Success in 2009 & Beyond.

What: Free Webinar Event

When: Thursday March 5, 5pm Eastern (2pm Pacific)

Who: You! This free webinar event and the Special Report are perfect for Solopreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Coaches, Consultants, Freelancers, Copywriters, Virtual Assistants and Online Professionals.

Bonus: And when you sign up for this no-charge event, you will also receive Craig & Allison’s Special Report: Five Copywriting Strategies Guaranteed To Successfully Bring You, Your Brand & Your Business Into The New Kingdom.

How: Registration Page: CopywritingKingdom

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