Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Here are some announcements from our newsletter readers this month:

Yvonne Perry will be leading a workshop for the Tennessee Writers Alliance 3rd Annual Writer's Conference. She will present two, 1.5-hour workshops on Book Promotion in the Digital Age: Online Book Marketing. The 2008 conference will be held at Battleground Academy in Franklin, TN June 6th (1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and June 7th (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) To register for the conference, go to http://www.tn-writers.org/Workshops.asp.


Indie Excellence Awards Finialist!

Barbara Techel is the author of Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog, which was recently chosen as a finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards (www.indieexcellence.com) in the category of children’s non-fiction. Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog is a true, inspirational story about a dachshund whose life started out just like any other dog walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed. Frankie is custom-fitted for a wheelchair and learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life will have you cheering and she will give you hope that all things are possible.

Frankie will leave an everlasting and loving paw print on your heart. This is a book for all ages to teach overcoming challenges and also compassion for the physically challenged. For more information about Barbara and to view a heart-warming video of Frankie’s story, visit www.joyfulpaws.com. Barbara was a guest on Writers in the Sky Podcast and you may listen to our interview at


Black Petals Online Horror and Science Fiction Magazine, issue #43 is now available online. Click here for Black Petals issue #43 if that doesn't work, go to: http://www.blackpetals.net/ and click on the link to issue #43. The table of contents will display on the left side of the screen.

I am the featured author in this issue, and have a total of three stories in Black Petals #43. I was quite pleased with the quality of the illustrations chosen for the stories too. I hope that each of you will support me by going to the site and reading the stories, or at least clicking on the links to the stories to increase the number of page displays that the site records. (Feel free to click on my stories as many times as you want.)

Thomas Anthony Longo


We all know that talent isn’t always enough. At least anyone that has been involved in the entertainment business knows that. What an entertainer needs is promotion and writing that is designed to sell. That is where I come in. Karen Magill Writing Services was founded to serve the needs of entertainers so take a moment to visit the site at http://www.ws.karenmagill.com and then email me and let me know what you need.


iRockTalkRadio.com is looking for over 100+ Poets to perform online, unplugged and unedited in the “comfort of your own home” to our quarter million listeners worldwide. The performance (MP3 recordings) will be recorded and unedited, and launched to iRockTalkRadio.com for many to enjoy globally! This project is sponsored by SuperStar Broadcasting Group and a few of our partners of iRockTalkRadio.com. There is a $50 fee associated with this opportunity. Please reply to Brandon Royce, Co-Producer & College Inter (Morgan State University) at brandon_royce@irocktalkradio.com, 410-581-8100, or visit the Web site www.iRockTalkRadio.com.

Steven Clark Bradley, author of Nimrod Rising, has spent a good deal of the past twelve years writing what he firmly believes to be a treatise on America. Read more at http://www.bordersstores.com. Nimrod Rising is about the history of life and the origin of evil and the final culmination and result of evil. This novel poses the questions, Who are we? Where did we come from? What was here before us? Where are we going? What is the power behind the current Islamic fascists now wreaking havoc in the world? Are there answers to these questions and why the world faces its condition today? Nimrod Rising offers answers to those questions and will awaken the imagination and cause self-perception as you read. Watch the book trailers here: http://stevenbradley.blogspot.com.


Nonagenarian Writer Writes On

Will you be writing when you are 92? Read about someone who is writing poems, songs, and novels--and leaving a literary legacy: Erwin A. Thompson. Here's the link for Stephanie Kiszczak's article in The Telegraph titled “The Write Stuff: Writers' Club Founder Speaks to Students." And start making your lifelong writing plan today! Visit Janet's blog “Riehl Life: Village Wisdom for the 21st Century” at http://www.riehlife.com for connections through the arts, across cultures and generations.


$1,000 for the First Chapter of a Novel? Now That's a Writing Contest!

The third annual Writing Show First-Chapter-of-a-Novel Contest is awarding $1000 for the best first chapter of an unpublished novel. We're also offering four other cash prizes and ten 750-word critiques.
Early deadline May 20, 2008; late deadline June 20, 2008. Winners announced on October 1, 2008. Full rules, instructions for entering, and more detail can be found on The Writing Show Web site at http://writingshow.com/contests/2008/2008callforentries.html.


I was diagnosed as being bipolar about ten years ago. It was hard to accept this diagnosis. There is yet today-stigma concerning mental illness. Everyone has a purpose in life; we don't have to allow disability to keep us from fulfilling this purpose. I have been writing poetry for several years now. I never wrote a word while I was able to work every day. I selfishly guarded the words I wrote, but lately I have been sending in submissions. To my delight, several have been published, but no pay yet.

I attend a weekly writing group that has helped me edit and improve some of my poetry. Recently my teacher, Sidney Saylor Farr-Pulitzer Prize nominated poet and writer, who finds delight in helping new writers, told me it is time for me to get my work ready to publish. I have found the writing is easy, getting it ready to publish is the hard part. Also finding a reputable publisher is not easy, but I am working on this. I hope to get guidance from the book Poets Corner. I have applied for a grant to help me with the expenses connected to getting my work ready to publish. I have found the courage and conviction to believe I can accomplish my goal of being able to get my book ready and see it published. I am also working on a book, my memoirs about my life growing up with bipolar disorder which was not recognized/and or diagnosed. Wish me luck!

Gail Livesay


The Morning Nudge

“When your pen won't budge, read The Morning Nudge.” To sign up for free daily inspiration and motivation for your writing, go to: http://www.workingwriterscoach.com

Destress Yourself, A Guide to Stress Management is now available at www.destressyou.com . What makes this eBook so different? The author, Karen Magill, is not a professional therapist. Rather she is an ordinary person going through stressful situations and finding realistic, and easier, ways to deal with each occurrence. This eBook is filled with common sense solutions to many everyday hassles. Nothing fancy, just remedies that most of us can use. Stress can’t be abolished but it can be managed. Reasonably priced at $12.95 USD, Destress Yourself, A Guide to Stress Management is destined to become a guide to assist those overwhelmed by stress.


Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours - June 2008

Mirella Patzer Promotes Her Medieval/Adventure/Romance - Bloodstone Castle
Details - http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/bloodstone-castle-by-mirella-patzer.html
Schedule - http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/05/mirella-patzer-virtual-book-tour.html

Xujun Eberlein Promotes Her Short Stories - Apologies Forthcoming
A Book of Short Stories Set During and After the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Tour Invitation, Details and Schedule -

Dyan Garris - Radio Tour to Promote Her Healing Journey Toolbox
Tour Detais and Schedule -

For much more information, www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com Nikki Leigh – nikki_leigh22939@yahoo.com

The Virtual Book Tour Web site

I invite each person to visit the new site. The address is www.inspiredauthor.com/promotion. This is a site that was created exclusively to promote author book tours and to make it easy for potential readers to learn more about a wide variety of books and authors.

I'm writing a short e-book for each of our touring authors to help them learn to use the site, how to create a variety of items to post during their tour and ways to make the most of their tour. I'm also available to help with questions and to offer suggestions of ways to make the most of your tour. Another great advantage is that each author can benefit from the traffic generated for the other touring authors on the site.

If you're a blog or Web site owner, feel free to contact me for more information. I can be reached at nikki_leigh22939@yahoo.com. I would love to talk to you about the options to promote your book.


Yvonne Perry did a Podcast Interview with me in April. It was a great success. Since then I have been interviewed on radio several times and at numerous signings. My subject is very thematic and the topic is of great interest especially during this time of economic upheaval and unrest. You can learn more about me and my book Fire Your Financial Planner at my new Web site: www.ronfirmin.com .

1 comment:

Jessica Burkhart said...

The workshop sounds great!