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    Need some help with your PR Campaign? Get a Publicity Virtual Assistant: Leah to the Rescue!

    Saturday, August 29th, 2009

    overwhelmed
    How can you focus on being the top

    of your writing game
    when you’re overwhelmed with

    administrative tasks?

    books
    The answer:
    DELEGATE to a well-qualified
    Publicity Virtual Assistant!

    Publicity virtual assistants are especially beneficial

    for those many first-time authors who are overwhelmed

    with the publishing & marketing process. By partnering

    with a Publicity Virtual Assistant, the stress of having to know

    it all is drastically reduced and the author can rely on their

    PVA to take over and implement much of the publicity campaign.

    Ministry Marketing Solutions offers you an answer:
    Mrs. Leah Hubbard, PVA Extraordinaire!
    pam perry and leah hubbard
    “Leah Hubbard is my right hand – without her expert administrative
    & proof reading skills Ministry Marketing Solutions would just be ministry marketing
    – and we’d be scrambling for the solutions. She helps us clarify and soar.” Pam Perry

    Hey Future best seller:

    You are always on my mind.
    You have been coached and know your stuff.
    I know you’re serious about “marketing the message.”

    But as a busy author, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed
    by all the details of your book, marketing plans,
    online efforts and promotional duties. I feel you!

    Your many projects and ideas can lose their effectiveness

    if you can’t implement them successfully.

    If you are drowning in a sea of sticky notes,
    you need a Publicity Virtual Assistant!
    Enter – The PVA Solution: Leah Hubbard! (waabiz@aol.com)
    Delegating will help you go from obscurity to fame!

    busy lady

    Get YOUR Author Act Together! Delegate!

    Self-publishers and published authors alike often need assistance with the most vital aspect of their book journey, marketing and publicity.

    Successful authors know that to sell books, you need to do PR. And even more importantly, you need to do a lot of PR.
    You can’t just put your book on Amazon and send out a press release or two and hope for the masses to come.

    You need do an aggressive marketing campaign and get out there and promote your hard work.

    Fortunately, with the help of a Publicity Virtual Assistant it has never been easier.

    Publicity Virtual Assistants are virtual assistants who specialize in publicity and marketing.

    Publicity Virtual Assistants utilize all their expert talents and superb writing abilities for book marketing and promotions, thereby helping authors achieve the success they deserve by providing extensive marketing support, help with social networking, following up on media pitches, proofing and editing capabilities, extensive research, administrative support and so much more.

    Leah Hubbard started Wise Administrative Associates in 1996 to support small-mid sized companies and entrepreneurs in all phases of Administrative Support.

    With over 20 years of corporate office experience as well as entreprenuerial business support, Leah can assist you by ensuring that your administrative tasks are completed in a timely and professional manner.

    Her business is to alleviate the tasks that prevent your from getting your primary goals completed.

    Publicity virtual assistants are especially beneficial for those many first-time authors who are overwhelmed with the publishing process. By partnering with a Publicity Virtual Assistant, the stress of having to do it all while maintaining the rest of your life is drastically reduced and the author can rely on their PVA to take over and implement much of the mundane tasks of a publicity campaign.

    As your Publishing Virtual Assistant, Leah Hubbard will:

    • Proof articles and post to your blog and tweet out for you
    • Be your social networker: finding you friends, followers and fans
    • Submit articles to online directories & press releases to the media
    • Follow up on media contacts & set up interviews                        (a job all by itself!!)
    • Assist in arranging book signings and speaking engagements
    • Mailings of marketing materials to various outlets
    • Calendar Coordination to keep you on top of appointments
    • Help you keep your sanity and keep your dream alive while you work by providing top-notch administrative support!


    For pricing information, please email her at waabiz@aol.com or call 248.342-8806.

    Sincerely,


    Pam Perry, PR Coach
    “Brand Your Best Life”
    Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc.

    P.S. Achieve the success they deserve – contact Leah today! She can only work effectively with a limited number of authors at a time. There is a 3 month minimum commitment. Prices will rise in the fall! Don’t drag your feet. Get help so you can focus on what YOU do best!

    8 Points Online Marketing Plan for Authors

    Friday, August 28th, 2009
    book promotion with pam perry

    book promotion with pam perry

    This is from my PR friend and colleague, Dee Stewart. We were both participants in SORMAG’s online conference.  This is her “discussion” from the conference on the SORMAG blog.

    I want to talk to you about a specialized marketing form that has fast become the choice for publishing houses, online marketing.

    If you are an author with a contract, then you know most midlist authors and below are no longer receiving marketing support by way of product placement, instore events, book tours, and book promo items.

    Instead publishing houses are devoting a bulk of the author’s designated marketing dollars to online campaigns. And since I’ve talked about book marketing plans all year, I decided to switch the game up.

    I want to help you create an online marketing campaign that will help you meet and galvanize your ideal readers.

    Imagine as an author your day consists of writing great stories you know your readers will love, then meeting these readers to fellowship with you about your story and why they love them. Isn’t that a sweet dream? In life coaching terms we call that place- operating in your sweet spot.

    Online Marketing—if you plan your efforts well—is the best tool to get you to that sweet spot faster than any other opportunity out there. It is why your publishing houses are using it, as well as the face that it is a more affordable alternative to traditional advertising.

    Today’s session I will share basic online marketing planning tips, techniques and tricks to help you galvanize your readership. If you have further questions, you can leave a comment at the end of the post or email me at deegospelpr at gmail dot com.

    Let’s begin by defining Online Marketing.

    Marketing– is a practiced science, the ongoing process to identify, anticipate, supply and satisfy your ideal client.

    Book Marketing is the ongoing processes to identify, anticipate, supply and satisfy your ideal clients( readers, your distributors, your publishing house, bookstores.)

    Online Book Marketing: is the ongoing processes to identify, anticipate, supply and satisfy your ideal client by using online tools. It is an extension of your overall book marketing campaign.

    Let me repeat: Online Book Marketing is an extension of your overall book marketing toolbox. Do not stop your other marketing efforts!

    Now I will introduce you to seven basic online marketing tools and how to prepare a strategy to use them.

    The 8 Point Online Marketing Toolbox

    1. Email Marketing
    2. Blogging, including Podcasting, Vlogging & Microblogging
    3. Social Media Design
    4. Forum Building
    5. Online Advertising
    6. Online PR
    7. Social Bookmarking

    A more detailed look:

    Email Marketing: Email marketing is a public relations, customer relations management, direct mailing Trifecta (PR/CRM/DM.) You can participate in three marketing processes at once. What’s very good about email marketing is that your direct mailing efforts have a better return on investment(ROI) when you couple it with a client connection piece—consistent, compelling and strategic email placements to your ideal readers.

    Blogging: Online Journaling (blogging) Many authors blog to share their writing life with their readers. Blogging can be used for various reasons:

    · To serve as an online hub for your fanbase
    · To serve as your newsletter content builder
    · To promote your next event
    · To attract event planners and bookclubs
    · To serve as an online bookstore
    · To serve as an online press room
    · To attract agents and editors
    · To create another source of writing revenue
    · To host an online blogtour
    · To podcast your book
    · To videocast(vlog) your book

    The key to blogging is commitment, consistence and content. Join me in September for 30 Days to Build a Better Book Blog at http://www.christianfiction.blogspot.com

    Social Media Design: Despite the contrary authors should have a strategy and design in place when you are online. This design consists of scheduling, tooling, and driving readers from event to event. Tools like brightkite, eventbrite, igoogle, ping.fm, and squidoo helps you create almost an online (ro)bot of you, whereby you are promoting yourself 24-7 streaming and responding to your ideal readers and clients in real time. The top social media building blocks for authors are:

    · Twitter
    · Facebook
    · Amazon Author Pages
    · Eventbrite
    · BrightKite
    · Skype
    · FriendFeed
    · LiveStream
    · YouTube
    · BlogTalkRadio
    · TalkShoe
    · MySpace
    · GoodReads
    · LibraryThing
    · Flickr

    Forum Building: Fan bases grow exponentially when they form a community. The Twilight Moms Club on Mommy Blogger is a huge community that talks about the series, meet regularly and host charity events. If you’re operating in your sweet spot your fans will come together and create a fun and exciting community for you as well. The best way to do that is through forum building. Couple your email campaign with a forum to continue conversations in and you have a winning combination. A great example of a blog that created a community with a forum is Faith*in*Fiction. Bethany House Editor David Long created the blog to start a conversation about compelling Christian novels. It is the catalyst for The Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, Relief Journal, First Wildcard Blog Tours, and over 150 Christian book review blogs.

    The top forum building sites for authors are:

    · Ning
    · Facebook Groups
    · Twitter Groups
    · GoodReads Groups
    · Utterli Groups
    · MySpace Book Groups
    · Shelfari Groups
    · YahooGroups
    · Blogger Fan Groups

    Online Advertising – paid for placement. Examples of book ads are (ads in print & online publications, radio, internet or network television, blogs, etc.) Its goal is immediate promotional impact and short lived. It’s results can be measured via survey, tracking backlinks and sneeze page hits. It is the most expensive form of marketing. When you create your plan it is imperative to use online ads to promote your next event or next title, and most effective when creating and implementing book launch strategy. Where can you find online advertise placements?

    · Online Mags like SORMAG
    · Blogs like Christian Fiction Blog
    http://www.christianfiction.blogspot.com
    · You can submit ads/drops to online radio shows like Media Candy www.blogtalkradio.com/mediacandy
    · Social Media Sites like Facebook Ads
    · Internet TV Shows like Faithful Folios on LiveStream
    · Eblast services like GoodGirlBookClub. Make sure to include in your plan to purchase eblast service from a local service, a genre specific service, a national magazine.
    · Link Ads in online newsletters like Dee’s Goody Mail
    · Book Trailers on DeeGospel on YouTube
    · Sponsoring online events like SORMAG Online Conference
    · Paying for a Blog Tour through Ty Moody Creations
    · Ad placements on Literary Sites like Booktour.com

    Online Public Relations & CRM – the activity to create opportunities to build relationships with your readers gatekeepers and to promote your service, product and brand. It is not a guaranteed sale, cannot be measured short-term, but affects are longer and more lasting than advertising. Customer Relations Management (CRM) is tied to PR, because PR also handles crisis management and customer feedback and retention. Online PR & CRM activities are:

    Online Book Tours like CFBA
    Online Audio Interviews like From Cover to Cover Literary Talk Show
    Online Book club meetings using SKYPE or Mogalus
    Book review placements on Christian Fiction Blog or RAWSISTAZ
    Online mag interview opps like Victorious Living
    Radio opps like Ella Curry’s BAN
    Speaking opps like Nia Promotions’ Online Teleseminars
    Online Parties via Twitter and Facebook and BrightKite

    Social BookMarking– social bookmarking is a referral activity for bloggers. Blog readers find a great service or read and the refer what they like through social bookmarking sites like:

    · Dig
    · Mahalo
    · StumbledUpon
    · Delicious
    · Librarything
    · Facebook
    · BookTour

    Become very familiar with this tool and implore your readers to do the same.

    Direct Selling – your website or blog is the lifeblood of your online presence. Moreover you can create a buyer’s page to navigate readers to direct selling. It is best practice to provide your local booksense tour, an online bookstore and an affiliate link with either Amazon, Borders or Faithpoint. To be able to watch the activity from your site setup a google analytics account and put the code inside or have your website designer place the code and provide monthly reports about your site’s activity. On that site make sure you have both audio and visual components of who you are and your book, preferably, you the author.

    In short, let me share what these services should do for you. Online Marketing – is not the same as CRM, although social networking is a tool for both CRM, publicity, advertising, direct sales, and direct mailing. Online Marketing is using the 4ps of marketing process online.

    Identify readers with online research using SMS, bookmarking, blogging, podcasting, polling.

    Anticipating reader needs via polling, forum building, e-newsletter campaign strategy
    Supply readers by introducing your answer to their wants and needs by creating an effective product launch strategy using online hubs, blogs and supplying online snippets in audio, video and print forms via viral sms like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Viddler, YouTube, UStream, Skype, Utterz

    Satisfy readers by enabling your book e-reader capable with ebooks and sony reader and Kindle Ready.

    Dee Stewart is a writing diva mother, publicist, inspirational book reviewer for Romantic Times Magazine, Atlanta Satellite Bookseller for Mocha Readers Bookstores, and owner of Christian Fiction Blog(www.christianfiction.blogspot.com) and The Christian Fiction Network(christianfiction.ning.com). Her writings have appeared in: Spirit Led Woman, Gospel Today, Good Girl Book Club, The Dabbling Mum, Atlanta Christian Family, Mosaic Literary, Precious Times, Vertical Fix just a few. She will be featured in SistahFaith Anthology(Simon & Schuster, Feb. 2010.) Follow her on Twitter at @DeeGospel. Or visit my site at http://www.deestewart.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dee.stewart

    “This fall I will be hosting a six week Media Candy book marketing session for a very affordable rate. Let me know if you are interested in more details. Also in the fall my site www.deegospelpr.com will become a membership site, whereby you can download free reports, ebooks, tip sheets, bookclub contact info, participate in some of my free teleseminars, podcasts receive discounts for group coaching and marketing products, literary agents accepting submissions, book festival panel speaking opps, an invitation to apply to become a speaker’s bureau member, and much more more for a low fee of $25 a month.

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    Postcards and Bookmarks as Marketing Pieces

    Thursday, August 20th, 2009

    I was a guest on Yvonne Perry’s podcast, and I just love her blog. She is a great PR colleague and resource.

    Here she writes about marketing promo pieces! Yaay!

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    Postcards and bookmarks are a handy tool for giving people information about your book using as few words as possible. They may be used as handouts at speaking engagements and book signings, or as giveaways with the purchase of your book. You can include one in the correspondence you have with clients, friends, or co-workers. I have even enclosed them with my bill payment. After all, someone has to open the envelope to log in your payment, which means a connection with a potential reader.

    As a marketing piece for a book, the postcard or bookmark should have these items:

    · Your book cover photo
    · Book title
    · Author’s name
    · Very brief book synopsis
    · URL to purchase

    If you have enough space in the layout, you can add an endorsement from a celebrity (if you were fortunate enough to garner such an endorsement), or someone who is well-known as an expert in the topic of your book. If you don’t have an endorsement that carries clout, pull something from your best book review and use it as an excerpt. Be sure to give credit to the person who gave you the endorsement or wrote your book review.

    Once you’ve got an idea of what you want to include on the bookmark or postcard, you’ll need to find someone to design and print them for you. If you design them yourself, you can take them to Kinko’s or your local printer. Call first to get their upload specifications. Some will accept an MS Word document, but others prefer a PDF and will charge an extra fee to open a Word document.

    There are plenty of companies online that can design and print the cards at an affordable price. I’ve made a list of places to get the bookmarks or postcards printed. This came from a social networking site where several folks chimed in.

    One person was very pleased with the results when they used http://www.48hourprint.com/ and stated that she found their prices to be the most reasonable; they shipped quickly and the quality was very good.

    http://www.earthlycharms.com/ has author-related items. They also have stickers that read Autographed Copy, Local Author, or Award Winning Author.

    I’ve personally used http://www.vistaprint.com/ for business cards, postcards, tee-shirts, and check printing. Use their designs or upload your logo to create your own design. This company offers several other promotional items free with purchase. I’ve been pleased with the quality of their products and their customer service.

    PS Print http://www.psprint.com/ has several promotional items as well as postcards. Even though I haven’t used this company, others in my network report they have quality service and reasonable pricing. A bulk of 500 color 4” x 6” postcard run about $0.08. This company also provides mailing services.

    http://www.gotprint.com/ for full color, high gloss products such as bookmarks, postcards, business cards, and brochures. Their work is outstanding and the shipping price is low.

    Yvonne Perry, is the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services—a team of highly qualified writers and editors with many years of experience in writing for articles, books, ad copy, media releases, PR kits, Web text, biographical sketches, and newsletters. Editing, proofreading, book review, and book evaluation services offered individually and as packages. Find us online at http://www.writersinthesky.com

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    http://twitter.com/writersinthesky

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    Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Myspace – OH MY!

    Thursday, August 6th, 2009

    It’s as Easy as 123456

    All we hear these days is how important social media is to advertising. But has anyone isolated a simple formula for business outreach through social media?

    In a word, yes! In a recent article at Tech Journal South, The Findability Group’s Heather Lutze presented her Social Media Advertising Formula for optimizing business presence at six top social sites. Here’s a brief breakdown:

    1. LinkedIn. This platform is great for sending updates to business associates, Lutze says. Tip: To search-optimize your profile, select one core keyword and deftly repeat it in your copy.
    2. Facebook. Your best choice for posting a “personal” profile online. Tip: A profile keyword here can set up a company exec as an expert within the closed Facebook community.
    3. MySpace. Create a fully developed business profile in this open community. Tip: Search your target B2B audience within the site to develop “a great outreach network,” Lutze suggests.
    4. YouTube. An excellent forum for viral campaigns. Tip: For each amazing video you create, include a keyword in the title and in its description.
    5. Your Blog. Starting a blog should be a top social priority, Lutze advises. Tip: Select a unique keyword before writing each post.
    6. Twitter. Use Twitter to push tweets out to other platforms like Facebook, and increase your reach. Tip: “[P]ersonalize your Twitter background for a … branded look and feel.”

    The Po!nt: Who says businesses can’t be social? Following steps like these can help you optimize your brand in a variety of online communities. Go for it!

    Source: Tech Journal South. Read the full article here.

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