Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Walking Through Walls July Tour Schedule


On Friday, July 1st, I will begin my Walking Through Walls Virtual Book Tour. I'd like everyone to know though, that there will be some informational articles on writing and marketing along with an interview and book reviews, please follow along and leave comments to be entered in the contest/drawing.


So, here's the information that will be included in the Press Release to be prepared and published by Donna McDine.

Author: Karen Cioffi
Illustrator: Aidana WillowRaven
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9826594-7-2
Genre: MG/Tween/YA

Book Synopsis:

Longing to be rich and powerful, twelve-year-old Wang studies the legend of the mystical Eternals. Certain they are real, he journeys to their temple and begins an apprenticeship with the Eternal Master. There he enters a world of magic where not everything is as it seems, and where he learns the magic formula to ‘walking through walls.’

CONTEST/DRAWING

There will be drawings at the end of the tour from those who comment on any of the tour stops. Please include your email address in a safe format within the comment to be eligible, such as karencioffi(at)ymail(dot)com.

Prizes that will be awarded at the end of the tour are:

•    TWO: $10 Amazon Gift Certificates
•    THREE: Writing for Children One Step at a Time (a 100+ page ebook)
•    FOUR: Writing, Publishing, and Marketing – You Can Do It (a 35 page ebook)

Winners will be notified by email and prizes will be sent within a week after the tour.

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JULY TOUR SCHEDULE

July 1st Kelly McClymer
http://kellymcclymer.com/wordpress
Interview

July 2nd Renee Hand
http://thecryptocapersseries.blogspot.com
Book Review

July 5th Deb Hockenberry
http://thebumpyroadtopublishing.blogspot.com
Book Review and Interview

July 7th Kathy Stemke
http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
Book Review

July 8th Donna McDine
http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com
An Effective Book Marketing Strategy: Joint Ventures

July 9th Dianne Sagan
http://www.diannesagan.wordpress.com
Writing for Children: Finding Age Appropriate Words

July 11th Stephen Tremp
http://www.stephentremp.blogspot.com
Rewriting a Folktale

July 13th Heidi Thomas
http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com
Book Promotion: The Foundation

July 15th Nancy Famolari
http://nancygfamolari.blogspot.com
Book Review

July 18th Kristin Johnson
http://www.seo-writer.com/writers/
Is Your Character One, Two, or Three Dimensional?

July 19th Eylsabeth Eldering
http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com
Book Review

July 21st Susanne Drazic
http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/
Book Review and Inteview

July 23rd Margaret Fieland
http://margaretfieldand.com
Writing Focus, Determination, Perseverance, and Positive Thinking

July 25th Maggie Ball
http://magdalenaball.blogspot.com
Successful Writing Strategy: Know Your Intent

July 27th Susanne Drazic
http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/
Storytelling – Keep Your Reader Engaged

July 28th Farrah Kennedy
http://tbfreviews.net/
5 Marketing Basics and Link to Book Review

July 30th Beverly McClure
http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com
Writing for Free – A Means to an End: Visibility

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Karen Cioffi is an author and ghostwriter. Her new MG/YA fantasy book, Walking Through Walls, is based on an ancient Chinese tale.

The book will be available through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and book stores by July 15th.

You can preorder it through Walking Through Walls today at:
 http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/mg-ya-page-2.php

To learn more about Walking Through Walls check out some reviews:
http://walkingthroughwalls-kcioffi.blogspot.com/p/walking-through-walls-reviews.html

And, click on the link below for the YouTube Walking Through Walls book trailer:
http://youtu.be/90aJO5qHHWc

To find out more about Karen and her books visit:
http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/p/karens-books.html

Monday, June 27, 2011

Creating an Ebook Workshop Aftertalk

LOL, I think I just made up a new word, "aftertalk." Okay, moving forward, I presented the How to Create an Ebook and What Your Can Do With It on Friday night, and if I say so myself, it offered a great deal of information. But, since we went past the hour and I still didn't get everything in, I'm writing this post.

First I want to thank Elysabeth Eldering for moderating and copying the workshop chat for me. And, I'd like to thank all the attendees who took the time to join in.

For those who registered to attend, whether in attendance or not,  if you'd like the transcript of the workshop please email me at: karencioffi(AT)ymail - (DOT) - com and put "Workshop transcript" in the subject box.

After Workshop Package

Also, as soon as I can prepare it, there will be a "After Workshop Package" for anyone who is interested in purchasing it. The package will include the ebook How to Create an Ebook and What You Can Do With It, the transcript of the workshop which has A LOT MORE information not included in the ebook, and if I get around to it, a podcast of information from the ebook and the transcript.


Now on to some of the information in the workshop and additional information on publishing your own ebook.

What is the purpose of creating an ebook?

•    To provide a solution to a person’s problem, need, or want.
•    To create a free gift, ethical bribe, to entice readers to subscribe to your newsletter.
•    To offer for free and allow reprinting (passed on), letting it go viral. This increases your visibility and expert status.
•    To offer for sale on your site or through sites such as Kindle and Smashwords, and/or to sell through services like Amazon’s CreateSpace as a physical book.

What Qualifies You to Write an Ebook? Are You an Expert?

•    Have you studied a particular subject for 10,000 hours? This is the generally accepted criteria for a ‘real’ certified expert.
•    But in the online world, if you’ve read 5 books on a particular topic, you are considered an authority and know more about that topic than at least 90% of other people; this gives you expert status.
•    While there may be those who know much more about your topic than you, you are the authority to the majority of people who know less than you!
•    Having knowledge in a specific area and being able to teach it to others gives you authority.

Is it worth it to create ebooks?

•    Amazon now sells more ebooks than physical books!
•    You should be taking advantage of this opportunity to create visibility and money

Places to publish and/or promote your ebooks (most for free)

https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=printpublisher&continue=https://books.google.com/partner/gaiaauth&hl=en_US&ltmpl=books
(Promote your books on Google for FREE)
Kindle: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin
http://smashwords.com
http://lulu.com (mainly for books to sell)
http://www.yudu.com/
http://writersout.com
http://www.free-ebooks.net/
http://www.virtual-ebooks.com/directory.htm
http://www.1chapterfree.com/
http://www.buy-ebook.com/
http://www.ebook2u.com/
http://www.jogena.com/
http://www.e-bookdirectory.com/index.shtml ($10 for 6 month listing)

*Read guidelines carefully on all sites: some sites charge a monthly fee, some free sites require you link back to them on your site, etc.

There are more sites that I'll share in the After Workshop Package.
Photographer: renjith krishnan (Free Digital Photos)
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Successful Writing Strategy: Know Your Intent
Writing With Focus
Giving Basic Writing Advice
How to Create an Ebook: 5 Simple Steps

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The Blogger’s Checklist
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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
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Friday, June 24, 2011

A Smorgasbord of 10 Writing Article Links

Today I'd like to share 10 writing articles; they range from writing for children to freelance writing and they all offer useful information to help you in your writing career. So, off we go:

100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/14/100-greatest-non-fiction-books

The 20 Best Practical Tips for Freelance Writers
http://www.makealivingwriting.com/2011/06/17/20-practical-tips-freelance-writers/

Making Your Writing Exciting at the Sentence Level
http://kidlit.com/2009/07/29/making-your-writing-exciting-at-the-sentence-level/

Tips for Writing Picture Books
http://utahchildrenswriters.blogspot.com/2011/06/tips-on-writing-picture-books.html

Children’s Series Author, Elysabeth Eldering Talks
http://stephentremp.blogspot.com/2011/06/spotlight-on-elysabeth-eldering.html
Information on creating a cross-curriculum series and book study guides – read the comments!

15 Steps to Increase Your Chances at Publication
http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/15-steps-to-increase-your-chances-at-publication-june-pubsub3rdfri/

Story vs. Craft
http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2011/06/story-vs-craft.html

Simple as ABC: 6 Basic Tips for Writing Children’s Fiction (Part 1)
http://tinyurl.com/4sqxd7a

Simple as ABC: 6 Basic Tips for Writing Children’s Fiction (Part 2)
http://tinyurl.com/4w8kkgk

The Stages of Editing
http://margaretfisk.mmfcf.com/blog/?p=1381


Hee,hee - I snuck two of mine in the mix!

Image by IdeaGo

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The Self-Publisher’s Guide, 4nd Edition
The Blogger’s Checklist
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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

9 Steps to Writing a Saleable Novel

Today I have another information packed guest post from Penny Sanseveri'sThe Book Marketing Expert newsletter:

Nine Steps to Writing a Novel You Can Sell

1) Be a story teller. You would be amazed at the number of writers who do everything but. Often novels come as character portraits or memoirs written as fiction. Absent is any attempt at suspense, any motivation for the reader to turn those pages. As the novel unfolds, the story invariably begins to tread water and then sinks beneath the waves. The reader does not sit on the edge of his or her chair, but instead retreats into a glassy-eyed coma.

2) An oversimplified definition of a good story. Not two cats on a mat meowing at each other or two dogs yawning but a cat and dog growling and spitting and about to launch into heated combat. Conflict, suspense keep the reader reading. Again so often ignored by writers.

3) Premise. You should be able to sum up the story in one sentence A woman police lieutenant and hostage negotiator must establish contact and overcome a faceless tormentor who is determined to make her a hostage of fear.-Nora Roberts, High Noon. An act of violence shatters a small town and the daughter of the judge sitting on the case should be the state's witness but cannot remember what happened-or could she.-Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes.

4) Sympathetic character. You want to portray a character the reader roots for.

5) Equally important, it helps if you can devise a character who is villainous, evil, bad, someone the reader hates but cannot get enough of. My favorite was Hannibal Lecter. When he arrived on the page, I was always hooked.

6) A love story always helps. They do not have to go off into the sunset. But it would be nice if they get into the same bed. Sex is good. Love is better. Sex and love is best.

7) Surgeons go to medical school, lawyers go to law school. All you need to do is go to Amazon or the bookstore or the library. Read, read, read and think about what you are reading and why the novel works for you.

8) Writing is not something most people can dash off. Morris West, a best-selling novelist, could and did write his novels in his head but most people need paper and pen or a computer. It is an arduous but an enormously satisfying task.

9) Before you begin, write a multi-page outline of the novel. A great example of a superb story teller and novelist who does just that is Ken Follett. Read WRITING THE BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL by ALBERT ZUCKERMAN, his esteemed editor and agent. You will learn how Follett does it.

Tip submitted by Hillel Black, free lance editor of over 20 NY Times best sellers and member of the Consulting Editors Alliance. Visit http://www.hillelblack.com/.

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Reprinted from "The Book Marketing Expert newsletter," a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques. http://www.amarketingexpert.com

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Is Your Manuscript Ready for Submission?
10 Great Writing Article Links
Rewriting a Folktale

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The Blogger’s Checklist
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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Children’s Writing and Publishing Process - The Traditional Path Part 2

Today is Part 2 of “Children’s Writing and Publishing Process - The Traditional Path”

The prior article focused on the writing aspect of writing for children to get published. The first step is to learn the craft and actually write. The second step is to have your work critiqued. The third step is to revise and edit until your manuscript is POLISHED.

If you missed Part 1, you can read it here:
http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/2011/06/childrens-writing-and-publishing.html


Now, we can move on to Part 2’s focus: Submissions, a Contract and Sales, and a Career in Writing.

2. Submissions

Before you think about submitting your work anywhere, be sure you’ve completed the necessary steps in number one. You’re manuscript needs to be as polished as you can possibly get it.

Submissions can fall into two categories: those to publishers and those to agents. In regard to submitting to agents, in a Spring 2011 webinar presented by Writer’s Digest, agent Mary Kole advised to “research agents.” This means to find out what type of agent they are in regard to the genre they work with and the agent platform they provide: do they coddle their authors, do they crack the whip, are they aggressive, passive, involved, or complacent. Know what you’re getting into before querying an agent, and especially before signing a contract.

Here are a couple of sites you can visit to learn about agents:

http://agentquery.com
http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/

The same advice works for submitting to publishers also. Research publishers before submitting to them. Know which genres of children’s books they handle and the type of storylines they’re looking for.

Whether submitting to a publisher or an agent, always follow the guidelines and always personalize the query. There may be times the guidelines do not provide the name of the editor to send the query to, but if you can find that information, use it.

According to Mary Kole, it’s also important to know how to pitch your story. This entails finding the story’s hook. Agents and publishers also want to know what the book’s selling points will be and what successful books it’s similar to. In addition, they will expect to be told what your marketing strategy will be. It’s a good idea to create an online presence and platform before you begin submissions; let the agents and publishers know you will actively market your book.

Along with the story’s hook, you need to convey: who your main character is and what he/she is about; the action that drives the story; the main character’s obstacle, and if the main character doesn’t overcome the obstacle, what’s at stake.

Ms. Kole recommends reading “the back of published books” to see how they briefly and effectively convey the essence of the story. This will give you an idea of how to create your own synopsis.

When querying, keep your pitch short and professional, and keep your bio brief and relevant. You will need to grab the editor or agent and make them want to read your manuscript.

3. A Contract and Book Sales

If you do your homework, you’re manuscript will eventually find a home. Don’t let initial rejections, if you receive them, deter you. A published writer may not be the best writer, but she is definitely a writer who perseveres.

After you sign a contract, you’ll be ‘put in queue’ and at some point begin editing with the publisher’s editor. From start to actual release, the publishing process can take one to two years.

A couple of months prior to your book’s release, you should begin promotion to help with book sales. After its release, you will want to take part in virtual book tours, do blogtalk radio guest spots, school visits, and all the other standard book promotion strategies.

You can check out these articles for book promotion tips:

Book Promotion: The Foundation

Book Promotion: Creating an Informational Funnel

Book Promotion: 20 Strategies that will Broaden Your Reach – Part 1
Book Promotion: 20 Strategies that will Broaden Your Reach – Part 2


4. A Writing Career

Now, you’ve got your book and you’re promoting it like crazy (this is an ongoing process). The next and final step is to repeat the process. You don’t want to be a one-hit wonder, so hopefully you’ve been writing other stories. If not, get started now. On average, an author writes a book every one to two years.

Along with keeping up with writing your books, having published books opens other writing opportunities, such as speaking engagements, conducting workshops and/or teleseminars, and coaching. There are a number of marketers who say your ‘book’ is your business card; it conveys what you’re capable of and establishes you as an expert in your field or niche. Take advantage of these additional avenues of income.

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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,


Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

http://KarenCioffi.com
http://DKVWriting4U.com
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Following The Rules For The Genre

Today's guest post is from Filbert Publishing's newsletter and offers great advice on different types of writing genres and their rules.

Following The Rules For The Genre
By Billie Williams

Whether you are writing articles, non-fiction, short stories, movie or play scripts, poetry or novels, all have rules or principles unique to their type that should be followed, especially, by the beginner. Each type of writing has scores of books outlining and enlarging, enlightening you on these issues. Here we will look at them briefly as Henry Ford might look at the aspects of his vehicles.

Remember earlier we classified the written word as a vehicle type:

  • Articles – Sports Car
  • Short Story – Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)
  • Essays/Letters – Sedan
  • Autobiography – biography – Station Wagon
  • Poetry – 4-door, hard-top, convertible
  • Novel – 4-wheel drive, Heavy-duty, stretch cab, pickup truck

Let’s examine them closer. Articles as sports cars are compact, concise, charged with and designed for speed. Readers scan magazines. If an article title grabs their attention, they’ll pause to read the first sentence. In the car, color, style, ease of handling apply to the car and the article. Color, the first sentence hook. If it doesn’t provide the keys, your reader likely won’t take it for a test drive. Think zero to sixty in under a minute. It needs to jump off the starting block, give the reader a reason to step on the gas and keep going. Quick and to the point. Once the reader has proven to him or herself that the versatility, and validity of the car, the read; she can relax, ease up on the throttle and watch the scenery unfold as she reads. Remember parts of an article after a dynamite title are introduction—the hook, Body—the scenery, and conclusion—a good ride.

A short story can be action packed, driven through with sports car verve or SUV ability that only a Sport Utility Vehicle can deliver. It can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go in style and comfort. Sometimes over rough terrain along roads less traveled or sometimes, down the highway with family and camping trailer in tow. Compact, yet rugged, a short story like the article hooks with the first sentence or paragraph. Economically and reliably it holds all the necessary elements of Goal, Motivation and Conflict, all the short story family necessities. It’s a quick start. It introduces the road map, the driver, the passengers and any necessary baggage right away so the reader is up to speed. At the end of the short trip, arriving at the destination, the reader should feel satisfied that the trip was successful and worth his while. The SUV carried its load and delivered its passengers, changed or the journey in some significant way.

Essays and Letters, the family sedan, usually with four doors so that passengers and whatever they carry can enter and exit with ease. Great gas mileage and comfortable seating, a healthy sized trunk to hold all the baggage out of sight until needed a reliable vehicle for travel. The less formal structure of the essay or letter can be seen in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writing or Jane Austin’s. However, an essay has the prerequisites of beginning, middle and end. It takes a more leisurely drive through incident, experience, or quandary of thought, always with a goal—a destination.

By the same token, a letter has a more general approach, yet still has a goal. It may be staying in touch with a loved one, replying to an inquiry, seeking answers to your own query or a myriad of other reasons. Some books are written in this style or as a journal such as The Diary of Ann Frank. There is room to take passengers, allowing them easy entrance and exit in a sedan manner, and in essays or letters taking them on a journey long as is necessary to reach your destination.

Autobiographies and Biographies are the Station Wagons, the family cars, if you will. This genre is all about a person and the passenger he or she piles into that car on a trip, plus all their baggage.

It’s a historical and most often a chronological telling of a life past and present. It usually is hinged on some culminating event. Henry Ford’s autobiography takes us from him as a young man with an idea, through his struggles and creative striving to build and maintain his idea as it grew to a multi-million dollar business. Autobiographies are sometimes written by ghost writers’ with control for content always in the subjects hands.

Biographies are written by others with or without authorization of the person they’re written about. It is your obligation as an author/writer, to make it interesting as possible for your reader. With these genres you must clearly focus on your ideal readers. There’s plenty of room for extra passengers if you choose to include them to help reach the story goal, the roadmap to your destination is yours.

Poetry is the elite, one of a kind, eccentric use of medium to convey an idea with beauty, rhythm and style. The 4-door, hard-top convertible Ford built, or you build around a single idea. There are nearly as many styles of poetry as there are makes and models of cars available to the buying public. There are books, courses and classes that can enlighten you as to their requirements or rules.

The novel is the 4-wheel, heavy-duty, crew cab, pickup truck of the writing world. It has all the characteristics of all the other vehicles mentioned and yet, it is different. For instance there are rules for and reader expectations for all the genre’s within the broad canopy of novel, just as there are trucks of every color, size, shape, and engine design. Sized from novella as in a mini-truck – to a historical saga like our heavy duty pickup truck with all the bells and whistles. The genre, the story, determines the rules. What you can haul in your truck and where the journey should take you and the roads you will take. Hook, beginning, middle and end are all still present. No matter what style it’s written in, mystery, romance, thriller, horror—it’s your choice—as long as the vehicle is reliable, but that’s another chapter.

Bon Voyage and Happy Trails to you

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This was an excerpt from Billie William's latest nonfiction title, A Writer's Vehicle: Henry Ford's Way. You can check it out here: http://filbertbooks.com/vehicle.html
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Beth Ann Erickson is Queen Bee of Filbert Publishing and the only writing ezine that'll make your writing sparkle, help you write killer queries, and get you on the road to publication fast. Better yet, you'll receive the e-booklet "Power Queries" when you sign up for your free subscription. Subscribe today at http://FilbertPublishing.com

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Other Writing Articles:

Is Your Manuscript Ready for Submission?
Giving Basic Writing Advice
Rewriting a Folktale

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Writing, Publishing, and Marketing - You Can Do It

This 34 page e-book is full of writing, publishing (traditional and self-publishing) and marketing information. Kind of a GPS for getting where you’re headed: published and selling books.

Click on the link for more details and a great review:
http://www.karencioffi.com/writing-publishing-and-marketing/

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Ghostwriting and Editing for Businesses and Individuals
Do you want to get that idea turned into a book? Do you want to write your memoirs? Do you need editing, proofreading, or a professional critique? Do you need an e-book or white paper to offer for instruction, platform visibility, or a gift? Do you need blog, article, white paper, or other form of content visibility for your business? We’re professional, experienced with keywords and SEO, and we cover a number of writing services. So, please stop by and check us out. Go to: http://DKVWriting4U.com

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Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Famous Brother and Sister Pairs with Kathy Stemke

Today, I have the great pleasure of featuring my good friend, Kathy Stemke, on day 3 of her book tour for her newly released book Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep.

Showing the wonderful ways in which brothers and sisters have been paired together in entertaining children's books and other areas of literature and entertainment, Kathy has provided a brief synopsis of her book, along with examples of successful brother and sister pairings.

Famous Brother and Sister Pairs

By Kathy Stemke

In my new picture book, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, we find big brother Zachary a little jealous of his new baby sister.  Layla’s needs come first now. When given the job of keeping her asleep, he encounters all kinds of trouble. Zachary has a secret weapon! When he wears his thick black glasses, he has super powers! He rescues her from birds, bears, and all kinds of dangers. In the end, he makes a heartwarming discovery.  This action packed book with clever rhymes focuses on teaching consonant blends. The teacher supplement includes comprehension questions, songs, worksheets and activities.

The illustrator, Jack Foster, does a fantastic job depicting the action and humor of this heartwarming story. 

Zachary and Layla are sure to go down in history as a famous pair of siblings.  That got me thinking of other famous sibling pairs…….

Here are some that I've already got floating around in my head:

•    Hansel and Gretel team up to find a witch.
•    Raggedy Ann and Andy dress in primary colors.
•    Marsha and Greg Brady from the Brady Bunch put their heads together to solve family problems.
•    The Bobbsey Twins solve mysteries together.
•    Donny and Marie Osmond sing great duets.
•    Jack and Jill fetch water and fall together.
•    Michael and Janet Jackson sing and dance together and apart.
•    Dick and Jane see Spot together.
•    Apollo and Artemis rule in Greek mythology together.
•    And finally, Zachary and Layla learn what????

Can you suggest famous literary/historical/mythological/cinematic brother/sister pairs? 
Kathy Stemke has a passion for writing, the arts and all things creative. She has Bachelor degrees from Southern Connecticut State University and Covenant Life Seminary, as well as graduate coursework from New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University. Hanging her hat in the North Georgia Mountains, she has been a teacher, tutor, and writer for many years.

As a freelance writer and ghostwriter, Kathy has published hundreds of articles in directories, websites and magazines. She is a contributing editor for The National Writing for Children's Center http://writingforchildrencenter.com/ and a reviewer for Sylvan Dell Publishing. As a retired teacher, Kathy has several activities published with Gryphon House Publishing. Kathy is also part of the team at DKV Writing 4 U ( http://www.dkvwriting4u.com).

Kathy’s first children’s picture book, Moving Through All Seven Days, was published on Lulu. Her next picture book, Sh, Sh, Sh Let the Baby Sleep, was released in May of 2011. Her third picture book, Trouble on Earth Day is scheduled for release in June of 2011.

Mrs.Stemke offers great teaching tips and children’s book reviews as well as a monthly newsletter titled, MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM, on her blog. http://educationtipster.blogspot.com

SUPERHERO TRIVIA QUESTION: DAY 3
 What is the real name of The Atom?

SUPERHERO TRIVIA ANSWER: DAY 2
What is Supergirl's relationship to Superman?

ANSWER: Cousin. Supergirl, Kara El, is the daughter of Zor El, brother of Jor El Superman's father. When Krypton exploded, the city of Argo remained intact. Zor El and others built a protective bubble over the city, and a sheet roll of lead protected them temporarily from Kryptonite, which the soil itself had transformed into. 16 years after she was born, meteorites of Krytonite destroyed the city and Zor El saved his daughter by sending her to Earth in a small rocket. Zor El and the rest of the population were killed.

Remember; Every answer or comment you make during this book tour puts your name in the hat for a fantastic prize, which includes amazon gift certificates, books, superhero figurines, and much more.

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep can be found:

Guardian Angel Publishing: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/shshsh.htm 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1616331569/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=educationtips20&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=1616331569&adid=1XFMR3ZA5VFXSN58EAXH&

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/sh-sh-sh-let-the-baby-sleep?store=book 

And, please be sure to follow along on the tour - you can find the tour schedule at:
http://educationtipster.blogspot.com/2011/06/sh-sh-sh-let-baby-sleep-virtual-book.html

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Karen Cioffi

Monday, June 13, 2011

Children’s Writing and Publishing Process - The Traditional Path Part 1


Children’s books fall into one of three categories: picture books, middle grade, and young adult. And, children's writers need to take the necessary steps to achieve success whether aiming at traditional publishing or self-publishing.

In regard to traditional publishing, there are four steps in a writing career: writing, submissions to agents and publishers, book sales, and a writing career.


1. Writing

Actually writing, and all that it entails, is the basis of a career in writing, whether writing books, articles, becoming a ghostwriter, or copywriter. And, each of these career goals takes a number of steps that involve time and effort. But, we’re focusing on writing for children.

A. The first step is to write, but in addition to writing, the new writer will need to learn the craft of writing, along with the particular tricks of writing for children. Children’s writing is more complicated than other forms of writing. The reason is because you’re dealing with children.

Rules, such as age-appropriate words, age-appropriate topics, age-appropriate comprehension, storylines and formatting are all features that need to be tackled when writing for children.

Within the first step rung, you will also need to read, read, and read in the genre you want to write. Pay special attention to recently published books and their publishers. What works in these books? What type of style is the author using? What topics/storylines are publisher’s publishing?

Dissect these books, and you might even write or type them word-for-word to get a feel for writing that works. This is a trick that writers new to copywriting use – you can trick your brain into knowing the right way to write for a particular genre or field. Well, not so much trick your brain as teach it by copying effective writing. Just remember, this is for the learning process only – you can not use someone else’s work, that’s plagiarism. 

B. The next step, number two, is to become part of a critique group and have your work critiqued. Critiquing is a two-way street; you will critique the work of other member of the critique group and they will critique yours. But, there are advantages to critiquing other writers’ works – you begin to see errors quickly and notice what’s being done right. This all helps you hone your craft.

C. Step three on the writing rung is to revise your manuscript according to your own self-editing and critiques from others. It’s also recommended to put the story away for a couple of weeks and then revisit it. You’ll see a number of areas that may need revising that you hadn’t noticed before.

There are also some self-editing steps you can take to help the process. You can check out:
Ten Tips Checklist for Self-Editing (Part 1)

Ten Tips checklist for Self-Editing (Part 2)

Final stages of Self-Editing Part 1

Final Stages of Self-Editing Part 2

D. It would also be advisable if you budget for a professional editing of your manuscript before you begin submissions. No matter how careful you and your critique partners are, a working editor will pick up things you missed.

Click here to read Part 2 of Children’s Writing and Publishing Process.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep Book Tour Contests

ANNOUNCING 2 EXCITING CONTEST FOR THE
SH SH SH LET THE BABY SLEEP BOOK TOUR!

AUTHOR: KATHY STEMKE
ILLUSTRATOR: JACK FOSTER

CONTEST/DRAWING

There will be drawings at the end of the tour from those who comment or answer a superhero trivia question on this or any other site during the tour from June 13th-July 5th. Please include your email address in a safe format: dancekam1(at)yahoo(dot) com

The prizes include:

•    $10 Amazon gift certificate
•    Mozart in the Future by Tania Rodriges-Peters
•    “The Wild Soccer Bunch”  books 1 & 2 by Joachim Masannek
•    “30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog” by Tamar Geller
•    Superhero figurines
•    “The Green Bronze Mirror” by Lynne Ellison
•    “The Face of Deceit” by Ramona Richards

COLORING CONTEST

Download a coloring page from http://educationtipster.blogspot.com for the book, “Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep.”  Color it, and email a picture of it to Kathy Stemke at dancekam1 (at) yahoo (dot) com for a chance to win one of the prizes below.

•    “Small Gifts in God’s Hands” by Max Lucado
•    Superhero figurine
•    “Making Memories” by Janette Oke

THE BOOK BY KATHY STEMKE IS AVAILABLE ON GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING, AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, AND OTHER EBOOK SITES.

CHECK OUT REVIEWS OF THIS ACTION PACKED BOOK:
http://educationtipster.blogspot.com

And, check out the tour schedule for Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep at:
http://educationtipster.blogspot.com/2011/06/sh-sh-sh-let-baby-sleep-virtual-book.html

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Until Next Time,
Karen Cioffi

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

About Blog Post Titles with Penny Sanseveri

Today I have information from"The Book Marketing Expert newsletter,"
 a great source of book marketing tips, advice, and resources.


All titles are an essential part of any thing you write, that includes blog posts. Why? Well Penny has some great information answering that question.

Blog Post Titles and How Google Ranks Your Site

Backlinks!

What is a Backlink? Clickable words or images that take a user from one web page to another. The more backlinks pointing to a site, the higher the receiving site tends to rank in all search engines.

Why Backlinks? Think of it as a 'Vote of Confidence.'

The more votes a site has, the higher your search engine ranking.

Not any backlink will do, though.

Google Webmaster Guidelines provides these basics for linking:

* Link should originate from a relevant site/topic
* Link is text based
* Anchor text of link is relevant (Anchor text are the words that when clicked on are linked to the site that is receiving the backlink.)

Social bookmarking, blog commenting, social media sites and article submissions are all great ways for achieving these backlinks.

Does Your Blog Post Title Grab Attention?

When I'm in read-a-blog post mode, I'll patiently work my way through my feedreader - and every single time I've done that, I've been astonished again and again at how 'ho hum' the majority of blog posts are titled.

Seriously! I've missed a plethora of truly sterling information because the authors made their blog post sound as exciting as tooth-brushing one of my dog's teeth after their morning meals.

It is CRITICAL that you make your blog posts intriguing enough to stand out of the clutter and visually grab my eyes and say, you MUST read this!!

I would truly urge you to make it a New Year's Resolution to REALLY hone your headline content at the very least. And once you have that mastered, you should also learn how to infuse your posts with emotional hooks that cause your reader to simply DO what you want them to (buy your product, sign up for your ezine, etc.).

Writing in a sales copy fashion is very different than writing for a book and has great rewards after adding it to your online skill set.
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Articles you may find of interest:

SEO and Marketing: Basic Tips and Definitions
Book Promotion: The Foundation
Book Promotion: Creating an Informational Funnel

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Writing, Publishing, and Marketing - You Can Do It

This 34 page e-book is full of writing, publishing (traditional and self-publishing) and marketing information. Kind of a GPS for getting where you’re headed: published and selling books.

Click on the link for more details and a great review:
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Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

Amazingly, this is the second blogger award I've received in one week, and I'm thrilled. Thank you so much Virginia Grenier, The Writing Mama, for honoring me with this award.

The Rules are:

1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
2. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the word along to 15 deserving blog buddies.
4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.

Since I don't want to reveal too much online (call me a cautious New Yorker) I'm using the same tidbits of information for my random facts as I did in my Stylish Blogger Award:

1.    I was an assistant controller for a manufacturing company
2.    I had to leave the accounting profession because of MS
3.    My ex-husband and I had a motorcycle when I was around 20 years old and we got a blowout on a boulevard - never went back on it
4.    I've learned a number of instruments over the years: accordion, piano, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and violin - unfortunately never devoted the time to get very good at any of them
5.    I have multiple chemical sensitivity which is as, if not more, life limiting as MS
6.    I was a single mom for many, many years from when my children were 3 & 7
7.    I went to college in my thirties, while working and raising my children


Now to pay-it-forward and name 15 Irresistibly Sweet Blogs and pass the award on:

Elysabeth Eldering - http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com
Deb Eckerling - http://www.writeononline.com
Nancy Famolari - http://nancygfamolari.blogspot.com

Margaret Fieland - http://www.margaretfieland.com
Martha Swirzinski - http://wholechildpublishing.blogspot.com
Heidi Thomas - http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com
Kevin McNamee - http://kevinmcnameechildrensauthor.blogspot.com
Marietta Taylor - http://marismorningroom.blogspot.com
Robert Medak - http://rjmbookreviews.blogspot.com
Shelby Patrick - http://writershotspot.blogspot.com
Jennifer Gladen - http://jgladen.blogspot.com
Jennifer Wylie - http://jlwyle.wordpress.com
Joe Dadich - http://emergencyestateplanningin20minutes.blogspot.com
Heather Paye -http://heatherpaye.blogspot.com
Helena Harper - http://helenaharpersblog.blogspot.com

While there are many other bloggers who deserve this reward, I have to limit it to fifteen. Thanks again to The Writing Mama for adding me to her list!


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Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Wow, I've had the honor of being given two blogging awards this week. I'll begin with the first.

I want to thank a wonderful author and cyber-friend, Penny Ehrenkranz (http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com),  for awarding my blog with the Stylish Blogger Award.  I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed by Penny, and it's easy to understand why she received this award for her site, One Writer's Journey.  Thanks so much Penny for including me in your list.

Okay, now to pay-it-forward and share this award with seven others. This is the tough part, so many great bloggers out there I wish I could name you all. But, seven it is; if you're not listed here, be sure you're on the list in spirit.




Oh, one other feature of the award is to list seven things about me that you may not know. LOL, how do you do that if you're on the internet! Okay, I'll try.

First up: 7 Stylish Bloggers


Kathy Stemke: http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
Carolyn Howard-Johnson: http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com
Dallas Woodburn: http://dallaswoodburn.blogspot.com
Joan Y. Edwards: http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com
Virginia Grenier: http://thewritingmama.blogspot.com
Donna McDine: http://www.donnamcdine.com/
Maggie Ball: http://magdalenaball.blogspot.com

Next, seven things you may not know about me:

  1. I was an assistant controller for a manufacturing company
  2. I had to leave the accounting profession because of MS
  3. My ex-husband and I had a motorcycle when I was around 20 years old and we got a blowout on a boulevard - never went back on it
  4. I've learned a number of instruments over the years: accordion, piano, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and violin - unfortunately never devoted the time to get very good at any of them
  5. I have multiple chemical sensitivity which is as, if not more, life limiting as MS
  6. I was a single mom for many, many years from when my children were 3 and 7
  7. I went to college in my thirties, while working and raising my children

Well, that's it. Thank you again, Penny!

I'll be back on Monday with the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award!

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Karen Cioffi

Friday, June 3, 2011

Create Your Own Ebook - Free Workshop

With the digital age here and authors self-publishing there own books, this is the perfect time to learn to create your own ebooks. Aside from this aspect of ebooks, you can create them to offer for free and as informational products for sale. No matter what your reasons, knowing how to create an ebook is to your advantage.

And, creating an ebook is SIMPLE!

To help you produce your very own ebook, Writers on the Move is offering a FREE workshop on June 24th, 7pm EST (U.S.).

Workshop topics:

1. Creating an eBook: 5 Simple Steps

2. Offering an eBook for Free

3. Offering an eBook for Sale

4. About the ISBN, Copyright, and Creative Common License Info

5. Promotion Tips and Article Links

This workshop will give you the know-how to actually create your own ebook. And, all registered attendees will be given a 19 page ebook: How to Create an eBook and What You Can do With It. This is an easy to follow guide covering all the topics of the workshop.

The ebook will be sent upon registration. Hopefully, you will get a chance to create your own ebook and then let us know how you made out in the workshop. It will also give you a chance to think of any questions you may have.

In case you can’t make the actual workshop, hopefully we will be able to get a transcript of the chat and provide it to any registered attendee who requests it.

To register for the workshop please email Karen at: karencioffi (at) ymail (dot) com and put “Workshop” in the subject line.

You can also check out http://writersonthemove.com - click on the Workshop Page for even more details.

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Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How to Write a Good Query Letter by Heather Paye

Today, I have the pleasure of featuring an article by a very talented author and graphic designer, Heather Paye. Since it’s on an important topic for writers, we’ll get right to it.

How to Write a Good Query Letter
by Heather Paye

Query letters are important if you're going to even think about sending your work anywhere, be it novel or other. Writing a query letter is actually quite easy, you may be surprised.

I've been around the web and have seen many different ways and different guides to writing a query letter. So anyways, here's the basic layout along with all of the information you'll need to include.

Name (not pen name)
Address

Email Address
Phone number

Title of work (in parenthesis state genre/s)

In the first paragraph give a brief summary of what the book is about. Be clever, because this is the first sample and idea of your book that agent or publisher will be reading. This would make it the hardest part of the query letter that you are writing.

In this next paragraph you are going to include the following information: Target audience (Young Adult, Middle Grade, Adult, etc.), note if the book will be made into a series, and if so list a brief synopsis (2 - 3 sentences at most) of entire series, list the length of the book (how many words is it?).

Note if you'll be needed an illustrator or not.

In the next paragraph include a bit about your background in writing, list anything that qualifies you to be writing, any experience, etc. You may not have much to put here, so just do the best with what you have.

Next, note what your marketing and promotion plan is. If you don't have a marketing plan yet, then you shouldn't be writing a query letter so soon in the game anyways. We'll be going more into marketing plans later.

Now this is your brief closing sentence, I usually put something here like "thank you for your time and consideration" be creative, and be "professionally sweet".

Then you'll put Sincerely,

Your Name

TA-DA! You've just written an awesome query letter! It all should be able to fit on your basic 8 x 10 piece of paper, keep that in mind.

Alright, so after you write your query letter, make you you edit and re-edit it, that is very important. If it has errors in it, it may just be rejected just like that, because errors are a sign of laziness. It's just one page, so make sure you edit it very well. Also, be sure to read the submission guidelines, you may have to add or remove sections depending on the publisher/agent, but usually this query letter works for everything.

After you've finished it's always comforting to get a second opinion, so feel free to send it to me, and I'll be happy to critique it and let you know what I think about it.

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Heather Paye is an author and graphic designer. Currently she is working on a book series of nine, with the first installment finished and being prepared to be released on bookshelves soon. The first draft of the second installment is almost finished. Her novel "A Gift From Above" which she wrote for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2008 was published March 28th, 2009

You can learn more about Heather at:

FanSite - http://www.agiftfromabove.webs.com
BlogSite - http://heatherpaye.blogspot.com

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For another great feature post be sure to stop by the Education Tipster. Kathy Stemke is featuring  Jenny Wylie.

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Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter, Freelance writer, and
Acquisitions Editor Intern for 4RV Publishing

Member of the Professional Writers Alliance, the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

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