Wednesday, June 06, 2007

June Network with Us

Add your announcement or brag about your writing accomplishment. Tell us about your book or business. Share information and ideas or send articles or advertorial for the next issue to Remember, you may post a comment on my blog anytime.

Here are some announcements from our readers this month:

Review for Us

Would you like the opportunity to review books for We are actively seeking quality book reviewers in all genres, fiction and non-fiction. Reviews must be received within three weeks of book receipt, and be no shorter than 500 words.

If these requirements work for you, e-mail your contact information, and types of books you’d like to review to . If you’ve previously written reviews, please send a sample along with your e-mail.
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Video Trailers for your Book from Reader Views

Leading book review website, Reader Views has launched a new service called PreViews. The PreViews mimic movie trailers for books in that they summarize the story in a short video format. The online video allows authors and publishers to share the books similar to the way movies advertise their upcoming films with previews. The Reader Views team is excited about providing their innovative book PreViews. The PreViews will likely change the way books are promoted in the future.

“There will be a number of ways to use PreViews as a promotional book marketing tool,” says Irene Watson, owner of Reader Views. “Aside from posting your PreView on our website, YouTube and our MySpace, you will have the rights to the video and may post it on your website, your MySpace, distribute it with your marketing materials or any other venue you choose to promote your book. It is truly something no author or publisher should be without.”

Publishers and authors are increasingly turning to these new PreViews for their books. Due to dramatizations and engaging narration, PreViews come off just like regular movie trailers only better because they can be viewed on personal websites and played as promotional footage and advertisements. There is no end to the possibilities.

For information and the low-cost pricing guide go to:

Link Swap and Complimentary eBook by Al Diaz

Al Diaz is offering a link swap and a complimentary eBook to anyone wanting to better understand spiritual empowerment and enlightenment.

Go to

“An inspirational miscellany from one of the braver souls on the planet...a menagerie of lyrics, haiku, short personal essays and even briefer aphoristic words to live by---all on the theme of leaping over seemingly insurmountable hurdles…” --Kirkus Discoveries

“This book is an amazing read by an amazing person. Her writing is very accessible and enjoyable as she ‘shows without telling,’ without arrogance or expression of joy…wonder…passion…teaches simple truths...” --ForeWord CLARION Reviews

Tennessee Writers Alliance News invites writers to register for their 2nd annual conference. Writers of all genres and skill levels are invited to attend the 2007 TWA Writers’ Conference June 8-9, at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee. Conference highlights include a keynote speech by The Widow of the South author Robert Hicks; Friday sessions on “What Editors Want” and literary agent panel led by Chuck Sambuchino, editor of the 2008 Guide to Literary Agents; a marketplace for members to sell their books; and Saturday sessions on poetry, fiction, nonfiction, songwriting, mystery writing, children’s lit, and creativity.

And that’s not all! See for more information and for downloadable (pdf) registration, schedule and more. (For TWA members, you’ll also be receiving this information by snail mail soon, in the spring Tennessee Writer.)

- Enter our fiction and poetry contests by July 1st.

Guidelines for our 2007 short fiction and poetry competitions are now posted; judges will be announced soon. First Prize $500, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100. See for details.

Thanks to all of you who entered our creative nonfiction contest! Results will be announced at our conference in Franklin June 8th - 9th.

- Check out other 2007 writing events and opportunities now posted on our events page at
Writing Contest Makes Every Entrant a Winner with a 750-word Critique

Paula B, host of The Writing Show would like to let everyone know about a writing contest.
Want to get published but don’t know how your novel measures up? Enter The Writing Show First Chapter Contest and get 750 words of feedback from publishing industry pros plus a week’s free access to Literary Market Place Online, a searchable database of the North American book publishing industry.

  • First prize: $500, the two-volume print version of Literary Market Place, and an interview on the popular podcast The Writing Show.

  • Two second prizes: $100 each.

Enter by May 15, 2007 and pay only $35. After that until June 15, 2007, the entry fee is $45. Winners will be announced on November 15, 2007.

Judges include publishers, editors, reviewers, authors, and other industry professionals. The winning entries will be selected by a celebrity panel that includes best-selling crime fiction author C.J. Box.

Entries will be judged on:

  1. Story. Is it a compelling read with a great hook? Are we engaged?

  2. Style. Is the writing smooth and tight, without awkward constructions, extraneous verbiage, and redundancies?

  3. Dialog. Is the dialog natural and does it move the story along?

  4. Character. Are the characters interesting? Do we care about them?

  5. Mechanics. Are grammar, spelling, and punctuation correct?

Rules, instructions for entering, and more detail can be found at The Writing Show Web site. The contest is sponsored by The Writing Show and Literary Market Place.
Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show

Dae and Lillian Brummet, authors of the book, TRASH TALK, are thrilled to announce their talk radio show called “Conscious Discussions”. Listeners are invited view the website and click on the Test session to hear what the show will be about. Anyone interested in appearing on the 1/2 hour show as a guest is welcome to contact the Brummet’s through one of their websites (see below). The show will be recorded live and airs every Tuesday at 10 am PST.

RADIO SHOW DESCRIPTION: Discussions about the environment, the value of the individual and the world of writing.

HOSTS: Lillian and Dave Brummet, authors of Trash Talk (waste reduction), Towards Understanding (non-fiction poetry) & Purple Snowflake Marketing (book promotion).

KEYTAGS: author, book, book promotion, education, energy, environment, family, interview, lifestyle, money, promotion, recycle, reuse, talk show, trash, trash talk, waste, water, writing, zero waste.
TIME: EVERY TUESDAY @ 10:00 a.m. PST - (First show airs on May 8th)

Jump Start Your Career as a Freelance Writer
Ae you trying to start your career as a freelance writer, or do you want to take your writing career to the next level?

Then here’s a great program for you. It’s called Writers on Call—a subscription based weekly teleclass for writers.

Every Thursday night at 7 p.m. Central Time, fulltime freelance writers and hosts, Suzanne Lieurance and Yvonne Perry, offer a 55-minute group tele-coaching session. And you don’t need any special equipment to take part in these weekly sessions - just a telephone. The classes are recorded so you don’t miss any vital information if you cannot make the call. If you want to participate in the weekly conference classes, go to and subscribe to Writers on Call.
If you want to make money on a program that helps freelance writers, go to and get your affiliate link for Writers on Call. On the Working Writer’s Coach blog, scroll down until you see “affiliates - sign in here” in the right column of the homepage. Once you sign in, you should be able to grab your personal affiliate link to the program. However, if you have any problems, email Suzanne at
Writer’s Resources
See to find online columnists.
Donna Latvis of Bridgewater, MA is available for book readings/signings of her book released May (2006) “Defend God’s Word.” Here’s a note from Donna:

In this book I attempt to share the wisdom I have found in the Bible. To share what God’s Word has shown me about Salvation, Faith, Comfort, Prayer and many other subjects. This is my testimony of the hope I have found through my Savior Jesus Christ. This is my way to give God the honor and praise He so richly deserves for all He has done for me. The Bible is God’s written word to us. It can guide us throughout our lives. It can shepherd us to eternal life. It is so important to get to know God’s Word, believe God’s Word and be willing to Defend God’s Word!
In March 2005 my first book “Gifts from God” was released. This was a collection of poems that I had written throughout my life. I started writing in my early teens, with my grandmother, Ina Blanchard Bates influence. She had written poems, short stories and song lyrics for years. And I could always go to her for advice.

I was born in Whitman, Massachusetts in 1959. In 1979, at the age of 20, I moved to Norfolk, Virginia. But the Massachusetts area was always home for me. So in 1997 I moved back. Some people might think I’m crazy, but I love the seasons, and yes the snow. I have had some of my writing in newspapers, anthologies, and on my web sites .

Both “Defend God’s Word” and “Gifts From God” are available at You can also go to your local bookstore and order them. Or if you would like a signed copy contact me at or phone 508-697-2101.

Donna Latvis
Nancy Hendrickson of Blogging Authors is offering authors an opportunity to create a buzz for their books.

For a one time fee of $199, she will post a synopsis, bio, author photo and book cover, ALONG with 3 interviews and/or reviews, over the course of 30 days. “We like to spread out the posts so that way the author can be on the front page of the site for a longer period of time,” she says.
The site gets 25,000 hits a month. Also headlines from the site are seen up to 400,000 times a day-thanks to its membership in a Network that provides content to prominent sites like Reuters, USA Today, Fox News,, and TV websites across the country.
Must Reads for the Publishing Writer
Here are some great books to assist writers toward publishing and marketing:

From Book to Bestseller Penny Sansevieri ISBN-13: 978-1-600370-85-4
Talk Radio for Authors Francine Silverman ISBN-13: 978-0-741437-87-7
Calling All Authors Valerie Connelly ISBN-13: 978-1-933449-43-2
The Frugal Book Promoter Carolyn Howard-Johnson ISBN-13: 978-1932993103

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