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35 days … Will I finish my book or finish the Author Blog Challenge first?

Well, if you’ve been reading along for the last week or so, you’re aware that I’m launching a new Author Blog Challenge today. That makes this the first of 35 consecutive days’ posts, all on the topic of writing, publishing, and book marketing. I hope you’ll stick around through all 35 posts. And if you want to take part, come on in – the water is great! You can register here.

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Day 1 writing prompt:

What are your goals for the Author Blog Challenge? Do you want to introduce new readers to your writing? Increase traffic to your blog? Get in some extra writing practice? Share your very important message with the world? Use your first post to talk about why you joined the ABC, what your goals are, and what you hope to learn from the experience. In short, let your readers know that you’re participating in the ABC and why.

As the ringleader of this little adventure known as the 5-Week Author Blog Challenge, I find myself in the position of REALLY needing to meet the Challenge by 3d coverwriting posts to address all of the prompts that I created. Sometimes, this is an easy task. Other times, like when life or my business or my husband demand call for immediate attention, it’s not as easy to just bang out the posts.

I could have cheated – ahem, planned – and written ahead (everyone can see 5 days’ advance posts), but to me, that doesn’t seem to serve the spirit of the Challenge. It may yet happen, but not today!

This is the longest of the three Author Blog Challenges, beating the inaugural one in 2012 by seven days. I went back and borrowed a bunch of prompts from that challenge, and reviewed my posts in the process. Interesting how I’m pretty sure I’ll answer virtually none of the posts in the same way, which is good for Marcie’s SEO, and for her long-time readers.

These days, I’m pushing to finish my first novel, Stan Finds Himself on the Other Side of the World, so all of my posts that are related to a specific book will be geared at that one. I’ve admittedly been working on it for a very long time, and it’s limping its way to completion. The good news is that I like the story – and my characters – more and more and more as I spend more and more and more time with them. Now, it’s time to finish things up so I can send them out into the world for the rest of you to meet!

So I hope you’ll stay with me for the next 34 days of this excursion into my personal thoughts about writing, publishing, and book marketing, as applied to my own books (rather than my clients’ books).

Would love any feedback! And, of course, would really love to have you support all of the bloggers in the Challenge. Find their links here. If you have time to read only one other post today, please check out Josh Hoyt’s blog!

Saddle up, ’cause here we go!

Laura

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CHRISTMAS DAY BONUS: 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – Choose any of the 12 titles from the contest

Hello, book lovers!

So … it’s done. 12 authors came together to offer 12 books in the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest. Today is a bonus offering: YOUR CHOICE of any of the 12 books given away.

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Enter to win your choice of books from the contest. And while you’re at it, check out the other titles that interest you  maybe even purchase one or two!

1. Seeing Eye: A Day at the Fair, by Liz Marshall

2. The Brodick Affair, by Les Brierfield

3. The Magnolias of Sutherland Creek, by E.C. Brierfield

4. Arrowstar, by C.K. Thomas

5. The Zoo, by R. Lee Fleming

6. Doorways to Daily Soul Nuturance, by Cristina Whitehawk

7. Guide to Free Arizona Family History Research, by Diana DeLugan

8. Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly, by Barbara Renner

9. The Cactus Caucus, by Steve Meissner

10. Parenting … A Work in Progress, by Ellen L. Buikeman

11. The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza, by K-lee Starland

12. Practical Philanthropy: How ‘Giving Back’ Helps You, Your Business, and the World Around You, by Laura Orsini

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 12/25/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/26/14. The winner will be posted on the official contest page as soon as his or her name is drawn.

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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Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – Practical Philanthropy,” by Laura Orsini (yours truly)

Hello, book lovers!

OH. MY. GOODNESS! We made it all the way to the end. Today is Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest. I’m so happy that you’ve been reading  along and entering each day of the contest  and I’m especially proud to offering what I think is an important and useful book that can help you take a step that both builds your business and changes the world, if even in a small way.

This book originated as a presentation I did as part of a the “Your Vibrant Business” webinar I co-created with Karen Gridley. Our goal was to cover all aspects that went into creating and maintaining a flourishing business life — whether folks ran their own small businesses or had more traditional careers. What I discovered in putting my presentation together was that I loe this topic! Not only that, but I also think it’s a very relevant concept for so many people in business who are looking for ways to make a difference but need some help to get started.

Ready to learn  more about Practical Philanthropy: How ‘Giving Back’ Helps You, Your Business, and the World Around You?

Cover - practical philanthropyAlthough volunteering has a significant impact on the success and efficacy of our charitable organizations, only a fraction of those capable actually volunteer. If you run a business — or have a family — you may think you’re just too busy, too tired, too overwhelmed to give back. Perhaps you think “giving back” is for do-gooders and completely unrelated to business. But there are many different ways to give back that you may not have considered — activities that can give you a greater sense of purpose, generate great exposure for your business, and help others in a massively impactful way. Sell the book as a fundraiser with YOUR logo on it!

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 12/24/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/25/14. The winner will be posted on the official contest page as soon as his or her name is drawn.

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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Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza by K-lee Starland

Hello, book lovers!

Today is Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest. Today’s book, The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza, is novel from K-lee Starland with a very important message.

ladies's coverIn K-lee Starland’s powerful debut novel, The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza, the lines between family, duty, and honor are dangerously blurred. The 1950s find mafia boss Don Amato Rizoso determined to enter the lucrative human trafficking business. The only thing standing in his way? Loretta, Mary, Doris, Georgiana, Meredith – the wives of Don Amato’s most loyal and effective underlings. In the absence of any federal laws, these five wives are forced to go head-to-head with San Leandro’s most corrupt group of players. But as they fight for vulnerable strangers, the inevitable question arises: will they be able to protect their own families? Visit K-LeeStarland.org 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 12/23/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/24/14. 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 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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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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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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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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We welcome and encourage your thoughtful, courteous comments below.

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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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Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – “The Cactus Caucus” by Steve Meissner

Hello, book lovers!

Today is Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest, featuring a book about Arizona politics from veteran journalist, Steve Meissner, a member of the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion Meetup. If you’re a Cactus Caucus front coverpolitical junkie, want to find humor in the craziness that is politics these days, or would like an inside look on what goes on at the Arizona State Capitol, The Cactus Caucus the perfect book for you.

Bill Leña couldn’t make it in Brooklyn, Nogales, or Tucson. Now, following his uncle’s sudden death, this adobe storefront lawyer must survive a brief stint in the Arizona state legislature, where money talks, craziness stalks, and wingnuts make the law. Though it’s fiction, this book is the perfect gift for students of politics, especially those with an interest in the inner workings of Arizona government. For more info, please visit CactusCaucus.com.

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 12/21/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/22/14. 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 10 (Monday, 12/22)
“Parenting … A Work in Progress” by Ellen L. Buikema

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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We welcome and encourage your thoughtful, courteous comments below.

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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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