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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE EDITOR'S DESK, by Moira Allen
THE INQUIRING WRITER: Promotion, by Dawn Copeman
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE: Selling Your Books at a Booth: Ten Tips for Success,
by Belea T. Keeney
COLUMN: Free Stuff for Writers, by Aline Lechaye
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FROM THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR'S DESK
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What Do You Know?
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We've all heard that time-honored piece of advice for writers:
"Write about what you know."  I suspect that oft-quoted line has
discouraged more writers (or would-be writers) than just about any
other piece of advice.  

On the one hand, it discourages us because we assume it means we
can't write about things we DON'T know.  So, for example, if you'd
like to write a mystery novel but haven't stumbled across a corpse
larger than that of your pet hamster, you might be wondering--how
could I possibly create a credible detective?  I don't know
anything about murders, murderers or solving murders--and if I
don't know, it's bound to show. 

On the other hand, it discourages us because we tend to regard what
we DO know as monumentally uninteresting.  We tend to want to READ
about things that are new, exciting, and unfamiliar.  And precisely
because the things we know are old and familiar to us, we regard
them as being in just the opposite category to what we suppose
OTHER people would want to read about.

I've certainly had both reactions to the "write about what you
know" cliche.  But I've just spent the last three months working on
my novel (it's down to the last two chapters, by the way), and
along the way, I've developed a new perspective on just what it
means to "write what you know."  The plot of my novel definitely
does not involve situations that I have personally experienced; it
involves, for one thing, a ghost--and I can say with reasonable
confidence that, with the exception of a childhood certainty that I
saw one of my departed cats in her accustomed place by the heater,
I have never seen a ghost.  That hasn't stopped me from writing
about the experience.  

However, I also decided to set my novel in England.  I've spent
several years laboring over a historical romance set in
18th-century England--and it's still stuck somewhere around Chapter
4, which is where I started running into a few too many things that
I DIDN'T know.  So I decided to try something a bit different:
Having recently returned from spending 15 months in England, I
decided to write about the England I DID know--the England I lived
in.  

Thus, my character experiences what it's like, as an American, to
try driving on the "wrong" side of the road.  She gets to
experience English heating (as in "nonexistent in summer"), the joy
of scones, the fun of shopping at Tesco.  When she visits a
hillfort or a cathedral or a castle, I hope the reader will feel
that they're seeing the "real deal" as well.  And I've found that
this simple act of "writing what I know" has brought my character
to life--and made her surroundings and experiences far more real
than I ever imagined.

Now, I hear some mumbling in the background... "That's all very
well, YOU got to spend 15 months in England, and that's interesting
and unfamiliar, but MY life is still Dullsville..."  Well, then,
let's move on to some novels that I've recently picked up.  I've
just discovered a set of mysteries in which the protagonist is a
travel agent (by Emily Toll if anyone is interested)--and the
author is clearly writing about what she knows.  (She doesn't know
a great deal about murders, I'd say--but she certainly knows her
travel.) There's another mystery series by a woman who sells
antique prints--and so, of course, the world of print-selling
becomes as key part of her tale.  I quite enjoyed yet another novel
in which the protagonist breeds and shows purebred poodles--as I've
spent quite a lot of time at dog shows with my sister in her own
dog-breeding days.  

On the unpublished side of things, I've been corresponding with a
writer based in Nigeria--and this writer's ability to evoke a sense
of time and place is absolutely amazing.  I have never been and
undoubtedly will never be to Nigeria--but now I'm getting a glimpse
of the country that I would never have seen before.

Unless you live in a box, you know SOMETHING that you can bring to
life in your writing--and that you can use to bring your writing to
life.  It might be as simple as the town or region in which you
live.  If you live in Los Angeles, for example, don't try to set
your mystery in some Colorado town that you've never visited; set
it in Los Angeles.  Then, it will be enjoyably familiar to your
Angeleno readers, who will love discovering places THEY know--and
it will be intriguing to readers who have never been to the City of
Angels and now have a chance to visit it through your prose.  

If your hobby is stained glass art, let your protagonist work with
glass--and he or she will seem far more real than someone
attempting a career or interest that you know nothing about.  (Only
do me a favor: if your hobby is cooking and you want to write
mysteries, PLEASE leave out the recipes...  I confess, I'm growing
weary of the mystery that reads along the lines of "Did you hear
that John was murdered? No? Let's sit down and eat these fabulous
cookies made from a German recipe brought over by my
great-grandmother Alice while I tell you all about it...")  

And don't overlook what you KNEW as a source of material.  Those of
us who can remember things like carbon paper and telephones with
dials instead of push buttons and (OK, here's where I'm really
dating myself) laundry soap that came in cakes have something to
share as well.  And who knows?  Before long, there will be a market
for stories by writers who can remember back when we used such
archaic things as Facebook and Twitter and had to use a cell phone
to access the Internet on the road...  

The bottom line is that writing about what you know can lend a
sense of reality and authenticity to your writing that makes the
reader BELIEVE you.  And when the reader believes that you know
what you're talking about when you describe your character, the
stained glass artist who lives in Los Angeles and bakes German
cookies, the reader is more inclined to believe you when that
character stumbles over a body or runs into a ghost.  

It's when the reader CAN'T manage to believe in your character,
because you are trying desperately to invent someone more
"interesting" than anything or anyone you actually know, that you
run the risk of losing the reader's belief--and attention.  If my
protagonist runs into a ghost in an English castle, the readers
won't mind--but if she climbs out of bed in her English B&B and
turns up the thermostat after having spent the evening watching ten
different TV channels, a whole bunch of my readers are going to
declare, "You don't know what you're talking about!" and put the
book down, never to pick up another title with my name on it.  

So the next time someone tells you, "Write about what you know,"
don't be discouraged.  Be encouraged.  You know more than you
think--and by the time you're done, so will your readers.

-- Moira Allen, Editor

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THE INQUIRING WRITER: Promotion, by Dawn Copeman
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Last month we had a similar question from two different authors:
one has self-published a book of poetry and the other, Stephen D.
Rogers, has had a short story collection published by a small
publisher.  They both wanted to know what they should be doing to
boost publicity for their books. 

And boy, did you come up with some great ideas for them!

The first to reply was Leona Wisoker.  She said: "How funny that
you asked this particular question! I just posted a blog piece on
the topic of 'networking at conventions,' which your questioning
authors might find helpful; it's aimed at people attending
sci-fi/fantasy conventions but can easily be turned to any type of
convention: http://leonawisoker.wordpress.com

"Besides that, however, I would suggest beginning with analysing
the target audiences. The short stories, for example: are they
mainstream fiction, fantasy, science-fiction, romance, mystery? Are
the target readers teenagers, adults, retired folk? Is the setting
in America? If so, which state? Which decade/century? Each of these
questions offers another clue to opportunities. 

"Mystery and history buffs as well as fantasy/sci-fi geeks
frequently gather in numbers at events around the world, a perfect
opportunity to meet people predisposed to interest in your writing. 

"Social networking sites such as Facebook can connect the author
with potential readers. 

"Calling your local paper to see if they want to run an interview
(local boy done good), or the local papers in the areas where the
stories are set, can't hurt. There are also internet-based radio
stations that love to run new author interviews, such as Artist
First (http://www.artistfirst.com/perceptivemarketing.htm). 

"Talk to your local colleges, high schools, and middle schools
about offering a reading of your work; poetry may find favor with
ongoing outreach programs at middle schools especially. 

"Find bloggers who routinely review similar books, and offer them a
free copy of your book (ask before sending it, though!); they will
run an honest review, and if they like your book they'll often ask
you for an interview on top of that. 

"Build a web site and blog, talk about events you've attended,
further explore the topics of your writing, the process of writing,
self-publishing, small-press publishing, research, and so on. Offer
web-only excerpts for readers to enjoy.

"Most important, keep a record of what you've tried, the dates, all
contact information, and notes on what worked, what didn't, and as
much of why as you understand why things did or didn't work. That
record is more valuable than gold in the long run."  

Thanks for the advice, Leona. That seems a pretty comprehensive
list. But there were more suggestions too. 

"There's quite a lot that writers can do to self-promote their
books," wrote Margaret Fieland. "Have a website (there are plenty
of free sites) and promote your book there. Have a picture of your
book cover, a bit about your book, and a link to where to buy it.

"If you blog, that's another way to get your name known. Join
Social Networks and promote your book there.  Make a Facebook page
just for your book.

"Virtual Book Tours: This is a great way to 'tour' your book
without leaving your home town. 

"Approach local bookstores, your local library, for readings and
promotion.

"Approach your local paper about doing an article.

"Prepare a press kit for local media and send it around to local
papers.

"Approach local TV and radio stations about going on a show to talk
about your book.

"Approach some of the many internet radio shows who interview
authors and do the same.

"Promote your book at local writers groups and conferences.

"Advertise in online newsletters.

"Approach your local school about doing an author visit.

"Carry a few copies of your book with you, ready for an opportunity
to sell.

"Prepare a business card with information about your book, ready to
hand around.  I find business cards are great to hand to anyone who
asks for your phone number, address, or email address.

"Finally I would recommend the authors buy Carolyn Howard-Johnson's
book, 'The Frugal Book Promoter.' It has lots more ideas."

The Internet seems to keep cropping up in readers' advice for book
promotion; in fact the advice "get a website" came up so many times
that it would be boring and repetitive to list them all here.  

Making use of the local media is another excellent suggestion, but
there are other ways to promote sales too, as Joyce Frohn observes.
 She wrote: "No matter what you're doing on the Web, don't forget
to use your feet. Check with local bookstores, local writer's
groups and even try this unusual method of book promotion. One
local author here in Oshkosh sells copies of local stories at the
farmer's market and is making good sales."

Our last piece of advice on this topic comes from someone who has
been in a similar position. Barb Demming is the writer of three
books, two are short story collections and one is a memoir--all
self-published. 
"I have been selling the memoir for over five years so something is
going right. However, I must admit that without a traditional
publisher, it is a tough sell. Here are some of the things I have
done to market:

"Make sure you have your books and where to purchase them in your
email signature line.

"Blog: I have a blog (http:barbswritetree.blogstpot.com) where I
write about writing, publishing, marketing, etc.  I know I should
have a website: I had one once but my host became seriously ill and
had to give it up. I never researched another one. I have, however,
recently signed on to FaceBook and have actually sold two books to
'friends of friends.'

"Speaking Engagements: I search for, and schedule every place I can
to give a talk on writing, on my book(s) or on women writing. This
isn't easy and takes a great deal of phone and personal work to
schedule.

"Keep an email list of everyone you know, have met, talked to etc.:
drop them a line now and then about your book, where you're going
to be, etc.

"I mailed out postcards on each book. I sent out press releases all
across the country. For two of the books I went into Senior
Centers, retirement homes, etc. And I gave readings for the price
of selling books. At a women's club, I baked cookies mentioned in
one of the stories of 'The Quilt Maker' and I always cover the
table with a quilt.

"Join local writers groups, attend conferences to promote, and
sign-up for any book fairs you can afford."

I hope that helps all of you who are looking for ways to promote
your books.  This issue's article will also help and we have lots
more advice on book promotion in our article library here:
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/index.shtml 

This month's question comes from Bonnie Strout.  She wrote: "I have
written a short nonfiction article and am using the brand name
Advil both in the title and in the body of the article.  It is a
short, humorous piece. My question is:  Can I freely use the brand
name?  Do I need any type of approval?  The title of my article is
'The Advil Generation' and substituting ibuprofen just doesn't cut
it for me."

Can you help?  Email your replies with the subject line "Inquiring
Writer" to editorial"at"writing-world.com.

Until next time, 

Dawn

Copyright (c) 2010 Dawn Copeman

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Shortlist drawn up for 1970 Booker Prize
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being awarded a mere forty years late.  Until 1971 the prize was
awarded for the best work published in the previous year.  In 1971
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books and cast your vote, visit: 
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More Newspapers to Charge for Online Content
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If you enjoy reading the Times or the Sunday Times online, then be
prepared to start paying to read them as of June.  In the US you
will need to pay $2 a day or $4 a week to access the site.  The
move follows closely on from the decision taken in January by the
New York Times to start charging for access, although they have
delayed the introduction of charges until next year. Many fear that
the days of being able to read the papers for free online are
coming to an end. For more on this story visit: 
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And More Trouble for Amazon, This Time in the UK
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Amazon is being taken to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK
following its insistence that any booksellers using Amazon
Marketplace sell their books cheaper or at the same price than
other online retailers. As many book stores use the Marketplace as
a way to increase their sales they feel alarmed that Amazon now has
the power to tell them what they can or cannot charge.  For more on
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FEATURE:  Selling Your Books at a Booth: Ten Tips for Success
  
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By Belea T. Keeney

Selling books directly to readers via an event booth is a very
personal, hands-on approach to marketing your titles. It can give
you instant feedback on what readers are looking for, like, and
buy. It can earn you some cash sales. And it lets potential readers
meet and feel invested in you as a person as well as an author.
After several years of selling books at a variety of events, I've
developed some tips for making booth sales work for you:

1 - Evaluate your genre and market, then decide which events will
be right for you and your book. 
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For example, if you write Westerns, consider rodeos, Western horse
shows, cattle drives, and cowboy reunions. If you've written a
historical, think about Civil War festivals and re-enactments,
meetings of the local historical society, and the like. If you
written a nonfiction title, find out where people interested in
your topic gather. A book about beekeeping could be sold at a
beekeepers conference, gardening festivals, and home shows. In
short, think outside the narrow box of
I-must-sell-my-book-at-a-book-festival. That's not necessarily true.

Also, at a book festival you're competing with dozens of other
authors. Sure, the attendees are readers, but do they necessarily
read about your book topic? Consider the novelty factor when
selling at niche market events. A book about cats may do better at
a cat show than at a book festival. A romance about a dressage
rider and thoroughbred racing owner may do better at a dressage
show. Sometimes a narrowed, rifle approach to your audience works
better than a general, shotgun method of targeting buyers. 

2 - Start off with local and regional events. 
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Most small towns and counties have a summer or fall festival of
some sort. Read your local newspaper and get a feel for what types
of events are coming up. Is the town's gardening club having its
semi-annual sale? That may be a good place to sell your women's
fiction title with a garden enthusiast as the main character. Does
your county have a festival to commemorate the area's indigenous
cooter turtle? Then a booth with your book about regional wildlife
might fit in quite well.

If your book has a local slant, you might want to try a test-run at
a local flea market. Booth rentals are usually very inexpensive, as
low as $5 a day, and this will give you a feel for your local
market's response to the book. 

Web resources for finding festivals abound. Start with a general
web search, and if that doesn't bring up something of interest, try
http://www.festivals.com. This is a commercial resource that lists
an amazing array of local, regional, state and national festivals
of all types: literary, music, art & crafts, livestock, historical,
and you can search by zip code, state, region, or interest.  Or, if
you'd rather focus on a book festival, start with the Library of
Congress list of book fairs and other literary events, at 
http://www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/bookfair.html.

3 - Start small and local to test the market and get a sense of
cost vs. return. 
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A local festival will have less expensive booth rental fees than a
huge, national event. It will be easier for you to travel to, you
may have local fans who will come out to support you, and it might
be possible to get media coverage if you send out a press release
with enough advance notice. Small, local festivals may have more of
a hometown and easy-going vibe, while a huge, commercial festival
will have a lot of hustle-and-bustle. Consider trying one or two
local events as a test run before you commit to something that
requires a lot of expense, long travel, or a bigger commitment than
you can make. For example, many large festivals are Friday through
Sunday, and some don't allow vendors to break down a booth early.
Large events can charge from $200 to over $5000 for a booth, and
that's not the best place to experiment. Start small, learn, and
grow if results warrant expansion.

4 - Consider teaming up with another writer to share the expense
and the work. 
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The logistics of unpacking, setting up, running a booth all day,
then re-packing can be daunting. Sharing the work is both fun and
productive. For a local fest, almost any other local writer might
be interested. For a larger, more genre-specific festival, try
asking a writer with similar interests. For example, if you've
decided to try working a flower show because your book is about a
florist who solves mysteries, another writer with publications
about flowers (even nonfiction) could help. Having someone to spell
you while you eat lunch, hit the restroom, or just take a stroll
around the event is a physical and mental relief. And it's fun to
chat with another writer as the day progresses. You can help
cross-sell your books, and hand out promotional items to customer
who do buy from one of you. 

5 - Register online or by mail. 
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Read any forms carefully, provide any needed information (many
festivals wants an exact description of what you'll be selling),
request tents, tables and chairs if needed, figure your vendor fee
and make payment. Keep the confirmation email or receipt; you'll be
taking it with you to the festival to set up. 

6 - If you have multiple titles, plan which ones you want to take,
and place orders with your publisher as needed. 
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Allow shipping time. If you're self-published then you know your
discount. If you're traditionally published, most contracts call
for the author to be able to buy copies for resale at a discount,
typically 40% off the cover price. You may be able to purchase
other titles as well with that discount. If you're going to a cat
show and your publisher also publishes a series about a
mystery-solving cat, it might be good business to take a few copies
of another author's work. You can still promote your own work and
make a few sales to enhance your cash flow at the same time. 

7 - The week before the event, confirm your vendor status by
contacting the festival organizers, write up your packing list, and
recruit a helper. 
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Items you'll want to take include: tables and chairs (if you're not
renting them from the festival), a tablecloth, posters of your book
cover, a banner with your name and book cover, promotional items
such as bookmarks, postcards, pens, key chains, etc., business
cards, brochures or chapbooks with a free except from your book, a
change fund for cash sales, a nice pen to sign autographs with,
and, of course, your books. Items that I've found make the day feel
more comfortable include: a cooler with food and drinks, toilet
paper and moist towelettes (many festivals are outdoors and have
only portable toilets), a pillow for your back, insect repellent, a
hat, and sunscreen. 

8 - The day before the event, pack up your items using your list. 
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A rolling suitcase or dolly can help with moving heavy books. Box
up the other items and label them for easy unpacking. Unpack in
set-up order: table, tablecloth, banner, books, then the rest. If
you're not familiar with the locale, print off a map, and get exact
directions on where to unload. Decide when you need to leave, set
your alarm, and get a good night's sleep!

9 - At most events, a vendor unloading area is set up.
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This is where having a helper is important because you'll need to
transport your items to the designated booth area, unpack them,
then go park your vehicle. Even if you have to hire a local
high-school or college student for an hour, doing this with an
assistant is much easier than trying to do set-up by yourself. If
you're sharing the booth with other authors, you can spell one
another, and take turns lugging items back and forth. 

10 - How many books can you sell? 
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Zero to thirty has been my experience based on going to smallish
festivals with attendance of less than 10,000. Of course, the
larger the event and the more people attending, the more chances
you have to make a sale. If you have multiple titles available,
bring all of them. (A display with lots of colorful book covers can
often garner attention in a way a single title can't.) If you only
have one book, consider using your author discount to buy a few
other titles from your publisher in the same genre. That way folks
who don't want your cozy mystery about a quilter can still buy a
romance about a quilter, and you'll still make some profit. If
you're self-published, this is where teaming up with another author
can benefit both of you. Be optimistic and take as many copies as
you can comfortably haul, especially for a one-day event. You'll
only have that one chance to make the sale so don't miss out by
running out of books.

The reality is it's difficult to sell enough books to make a
profit, especially if you're working a booth alone. But by selling
books directly as a vendor at festivals, you'll have the chance to
meet new readers, promote yourself to potential readers, make some
cash sales, and have a lot of fun. Festivals are usually busy,
noisy, high-energy, entertaining events so pick one in your area
and give it a try! A follow-up article will focus on working the
booth once you're there. 

If you have success stories of your own about selling at a festival
or event, I'd love to hear them! Feel free to contact me at:
belea"at"beleakeeney.com

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Belea T. Keeney is a native Floridian writer whose short stories
have appeared in such varied venues as WordKnot, Sniplits,
Boundoff, Florida Horror: Dark Tales from the Sunshine State, and
Lycanthrope: The Beast Within.  She has received two Artist
Enhancement Grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs,
and works as an editor for Torquere Press, Samhain Publishing, and
select private clients. Time away from the keyboard is spent in the
riding ring trying to pick up the correct diagonal at the trot,
collecting caladiums, and pondering the beauty of tigers.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Belea T. Keeney

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Free Stuff for Writers: Networking
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By Aline Lechaye

Used to be all a writer needed to do was write. Modern writers,
however, need to do a bit more than that. Nowadays, PROMOTION is
the name of the game. The Internet has exploded with blogs,
websites, Twitter, and all those other things writers are expected
to have. 

To the unwary, diving into the Internet world can feel like
standing on the edge of a volcano. Posts have to be interesting,
and accounts have to be updated fairly regularly in order to keep
visitors coming back. All this can be fun, but it can also take a
huge chunk out of your writing time. How to produce high-quality
content in minimum time? Read on for free tools which will help you
to do just that!

Trawling the net at four in the morning looking for links and
photos to add to your blog posts? No more! Zemanta (
http://www.zemanta.com/) is a free extension/plug-in that
automatically analyzes what you've written and finds images,
related articles, links, and tags, which you can then add to your
post with a simple click. Most popular blogging sites, such as
WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, MySpace, and LiveJournal are
supported, and there are versions for both Firefox and Internet
Explorer users. Still not sure if it's for you? Try the demo at
http://www.zemanta.com/demo/, or watch a 60-second intro at
http://www.zemanta.com/learn/.  

Record and edit podcasts or audio books for your site with the help
of Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/). People who
may not have the time to read your ten-page story online may like
the idea of listening to it on their music players on the way to
work. The interface is fairly user-friendly; you can delete, cut
and paste sound snippets the same way you do on a .doc file. A
handy effects menu helps you to amplify sounds, remove noise, play
bits on repeat, and add echoes. Supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. 

Do people on your message boards or your Twitter account constantly
ask you the same questions? Are you tired of answering them? Sign
up for an account at Formspring (http://www.formspring.me/), and
have your readers post their questions there. You can then direct
other readers to your "FAQ" section and have them simply read your
answers there instead of flooding your email and Twitter accounts. 

Guess what? You don't have to tweet on Twitter every single minute
of the day. Log on to your account through http://twuffer.com/home
and you can type a bunch of tweets in one go and schedule when they
get posted to your Twitter account. Announce book releases, book
signings, and other upcoming events in advance so you don't forget
to do them later. 

Two Twitter Tools (trying saying THAT really fast!): Twitter
Coupons and Twitter Contests. Have a book or some other prize to
give away? Host a contest on Twitter with Twitter Contests
(http://twtaway.com/). Winners are automatically selected on the
day the contest ends. Create coupons for your books and other
merchandise with Twitter Coupons (http://twtqpon.com/), which can
also be posted to your Facebook account. 

The Internet is making it easier for writers to connect with their
audience, but it's important to spend your surfing time making
useful connections instead of just changing your blog theme for the
thousandth time. 

Contest Alert: Love fantasy and sci-fi? Write an essay giving five
reasons why fantasy and science fiction stories are important to
you, and you could win a round-trip flight to Dragon*Con 2010!
Contest runs from April 1st to June 1st. Read full rules at
http://www.pyrsf.com/contest.html. 


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Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who
resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye"at"gmail.com.

Copyright (c) Aline Lechaye 2010  

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THE WRITE SITES
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English Practice
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A good selection of short "lessons" on various grammatical topics.
http://www.englishpractice.com

Book Beat - The Podcast
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This is a major resource for all who care about books, authors, and 
the art and craft of writing. Based on a long-running CBS Radio 
feature, posted on line are audio interviews in mp3 format with 
hundreds of the world's greatest authors.
http://donswaim.com/bookbeatpodcast.html

MysteryCozy.com
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A site dedicated to "cozy" mysteries, with articles and lots of
good 
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