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Over the years SORMAG has won a few awards.  One that I was very proud of was our first award.  We were selected by Writers Digest as One of the 101 Best Websites for Writers 2002! We’d been online for two years and for me that was a big deal because I worked my butt off to get the magazine in front of every romance reader I could find.  All that worked was noticed by
This month I would like to share with you the history behind my path to becoming a Social Butterfly. 20 years ago I started my journey on these online streets.  I didn’t have a clue about being online I just knew it fascinated the heck out of me and I didn’t have to go anywhere to meet new people. It actually was a blessing in disguise because I was a new mother with a husband
Yesterday I was chatting with a friend and she reminded me how long I’ve been in this literary business.  I think sometimes people forget that I’ve been doing this for 20 years versus the three years I’ve been published. I decided I’m going to revisit my online history for Black History month.  I will share with you how I did all of this in the last 20 years. 20 years online I’ve learned: How to
Welcome to the seventh day of the Are You Ready To Promote 7 Day Challenge Today’s challenge is about: Social Media   http://bit.ly/1ITXK1N Social media platforms are great tools for writers who find they don’t have it in their budget to go to live events. You can meet readers and you can network online. I hear a lot authors say they don’t care for social media and I feel sad for them because they haven’t
Welcome to the sixth day of the Are You Ready To Promote 7 Day Challenge Today’s challenge is about: Your Calendar CLICK TO LISTEN TO AUDIO http://bit.ly/1u8PuZU Your calendar is an important part of your promotion. This is where your promotion plan goes, so you can stay on track with your goals. I’ve learned a calendar helps keep you organized and it great to be able to see where you are or where you are
Welcome to the fifth day of the Are You Ready To Promote 7 Day Challenge Today’s challenge is about: Your Budget CLICK TO LISTEN TO AUDIO http://bit.ly/1CooJQf Many authors don’t consider having a budget or think they can rely on free promotion to get their books in front of readers. This can work for a little while, but eventually you will have to reconsider this thinking. Having a budget, even a small one is important
Welcome to the fourth day of the Are You Ready To Promote 7 Day Challenge Today’s challenge is about: Your Goals CLICK TO LISTEN TO AUDIO http://bit.ly/1xZ2CjC Do you set SMART Goals for your online promotion? Most writers set writing goals, but have you considered setting promotion goals. What is it you want from your promotion? PROMOTION GOALS FOR THE YEAR –EXAMPLE Blog Tour Radio Interviews – 1 a month Magazine Interviews – one every
Welcome to the third day of the Are You Ready To Promote 7 Day Challenge Today’s challenge is about: Emails/Email signatures LISTEN TO THE AUDIO http://bit.ly/1y9bJi2 Don’t make the media hunt you down, make sure your email addresses are listed on your website, blog, social media pages and your promotional items (bookmarks, book covers, business cards etc. Your email signature is an important part of your book promotion plan. This is the best form of
Welcome to the second day of the Are You Ready To Promote 7 Day Challenge Today’s challenge is about: Mailing Lists CLICK TO LISTEN TO AUDIO For me this is your number one promotion tool.  I don’t recommend you promote without one.  Part of your promotion strategy is meet new readers.  If you have no way to capture these readers, you are promoting to the wind. Make sure you create a mailing list on a
This month is all about getting ready to promote.  I will share with you a 7 Day Challenge I did about getting ready.  The group is closed, so feel free to post in the comments. Today’s challenge is about your home base. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO If you don’t have a website, please consider getting your own domain. When readers look for you, they look for your site first. Not everyone is on