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Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines recently won a Reviewers Choice Award from Readers Views. A large certificate and shiny new stickers are headed in my direction and my book will proudly display this new accolade. I can call myself an award-winning author which of course, does wonders for my publicity. I have sent out a whole new batch of emails to local press telling them about the next J.K. Rowling who is under their noses.
It’s a difficult job though getting your emails read and picked up by a reporter or show producer. I found most of my emails were going directly into people’s trash. Reporters aren’t too keen on receiving emails from authors shouting about their latest work, even if it has won an award. Continue reading “To Whom it May Concern, by Carol Wyer”
Today we have a sneak peek of J. G. Wilson’s young adult horror book, Vacation of Fear:
17-year-old Melody Miller did not want to hit the beach during Spring Break with her cousin Valery. That’s because all Valery does is party — all day and all night.
Armed with a fake ID, Valery hits the Sea Witch Nightclub, and the trouble she finds sends Melody on a journey of horror.
Can Melody save Valery from the vampire that abducted her? And who should she trust to guide her to the creature’s lair–the vampire hunter Max who used her as bait or the hot vampire Colton that saved her life?
When I finished my book, SICK, and had it edited I felt like I had really accomplished something. Of course the dream of an agent was fluttering around in my brain like a beautiful brightly colored butterfly. I proceeded to write the most interesting gripping query letter I could possibly muster up and sent it out to eighty agents. Yup, that’s an exact number I carefully logged them on an excel spreadsheet. (geek) My beautiful dreamy butterfly quickly turned into an ugly moth as the rejections flooded in. Add the bad timing of Borders closing to the fact that agents now get hundreds of submissions sometimes daily, and I realized that I didn’t stand a chance. Borders was now sending back its entire inventory to the publishers at the cost of the publishers. That’s how it works. So no one was willing to take a chance on an unknown author. (I’m not ready to ponder the possibility that I suck as an author.) Continue reading “Tips for Better Google Search Results Using SEO Part 1 by Jen Smith”