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Smart authors will take the advice of this wise kiddo

The best thing to happen for me as a result of facilitating the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest is that I’ve gotten active on Twitter again! For one thing, I’ve added nearly 50 followers in the past 9 days, due to lots of activity and re-tweeting, but I’ve also made a commitment to having a more visible presence of my own, featuring my own content and not simply sharing the content of others.

Example:

BELIEVE

Some of the tweets I’m reading are inspirational; some are humorous; some are both. Take this one, for instance:

sarah hodson

Initially, I took “overheard upstairs” to mean listening in on the kids. The banner image might indicate as much, but on reading a batch of Sarah’s other tweets, upstairs could mean UPstairs, you know…

Nevertheless, the observation is perceptive, precious, and paramount to the success of any author.

You can sit on the acorn and wait for it to hatch the white knight who will come in and save you: the oak treeagent who offers to rep your book, the publisher who’ll put a top-dollar contract in front of you, the marketing magician who is going to propel you to overnight success. Or you can get out your ladder — your blog, your videos, your news releases, your book signings, your social media plan — and climb the success oak yourself.

The new year’s around the corner. You gonna climb the tree or wait for a new one to grow under you?

Here’s to breaking out the ladder!

Laura

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Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – “Parenting … A Work in Progress” by Ellen L. Buikema

Hello, book lovers!

Today is Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest. Today’s book by Ellen L. Buikema, a member of the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion Meetup, is Parenting … A Work in Progress. With a Masters of Education, Ellen taught special ed for students in preschool through seventh grade, as well as adult education, for many years. She once had a grandmother and grandson in her Psychology 101 course — fighting for the highest A. If anyone’s poised to bring you info on parenting, it’s Ellen!

ParentingParenting … A Work in Progress offers insightful strategies and humorous stories to guide parents of children, newborn to adolescent. Parenting has always been difficult. Crypts found from the 11th century contain prayers from parents asking for help with their children. Parenting … A Work in Progress can help you guide your children along the rocky road to adulthood. Visit EllenBuikema.com for more info.

To enter this contest, USE THIS LINK to head over to Rafflecopter, read the 6 different ways you can enter to win this book, and enter as many ways as you like! You may enter once per method per email address, unless otherwise specified.

This contest runs from 12 a.m. PST on 12/22/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/23/14. The winner will be posted on the official contest page as soon as his or her name is drawn.

The rest of the books you could win in the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway are:

DAY 11 (Tuesday, 12/23)
“The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza” by K-lee Starland

DAY 12 (Wednesday, 12/24)
“Practical Philanthropy” by Laura Orsini

We’ll also have BONUS Christmas Day drawing for the book of your choice from the 12 participating authors!

Have fun  and may the best readers win!

Laura

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2015 is RIGHT around the corner — are  you READY? If you haven’t begun 2015 Goalsmapping out your book marketing efforts for the New Year, it’s time to get started! Sit down with Laura – in person or via Skype – and review your book marketing plan. We’ll evaluate: what’s working, what isn’t working, and which new strategies you may want to implement for the new year (or your newest book). Regularly $150 for a 45-minute session. Marcie Brock special: $99 for the first five who respond. mktg@WriteMarketDesign.com

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