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Guest Post: What to Know Before Hiring a Publicist by Nickcole Watkins
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What to Know Before Hiring a Publicist: An Open Letter to Authors by Nickcole Watkins, Business Development Associate at Smith Publicity, Inc.
As someone who has worked in the publishing industry for over a decade, I have heard the words, “I wish I knew that before I invested tons in a publicist,” more times than I can calculate. If you are an author who has uttered those very words or are concerned you will be gnawing on those words after investing in publicity, I have good news for you—it doesn’t have to be that scary. It simply comes down to doing your homework and taking the time to interview different firms and publicists to ensure you invest in the right partner for you….
Click here to learn more about what considerations you should make when deciding on a publicist.
Diggin’ Up Bones by Bonnie Wright
Determined to share her story of how faith and a golden retriever helped her find healing and break the chains of transgenerational shame, Bonnie Wright penned her memoir, Diggin’ Up Bones. Seeing how her golden retriever, Saxon, could heal from his aggression, Bonnie realized that she, too, could heal from her childhood and even be an inspiration to others who were raised in a similar environment….
Click here to learn more about Bonnie, her goals, and her long journey to publication.
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The Climate Pandemic by Dennis Meredith
Click here to learn about Dennis Meredith’s latest release, as well as his publishing journey and goals.
IngramSpark: How to Set Up Book Marketing Events at Your Local Library
“Maybe it’s not your first thought, but a local library can be a perfect event venue for an author to host a book event.”
Alliance of Independent Authors: How to Spend Your Time, Energy, and Money
“On the Creative Self-Publishing Podcast, ALLi Director Orna Ross and News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy talk about how to spend your time, energy, and money.”
Alliance of Independent Authors: Beginners Self-Publishing Podcast
“In this episode, ALLi Product Marketing Manager Dan Parsons and Campaigns Manager Melissa Addey lead a discussion on the range of intellectual property assets an author can create from a single book, and the places they can distribute, covering everything from large print to digital audiobooks, and libraries to pay-as-you-go reading apps.”
We’re on Quora Too!
“Any questions you have that aren't yet answered on our blog, you can find the answers to on Quora or by contacting us directly. Don't hesitate to reach out! We love helping authors.”
The Mom’s Choice Awards
Don't forget to consider incorporating the Mom's Choice Awards (MCA) as part of your marketing/publicity strategy for 2023! In their own words...
"We are PROUD to be recognized GLOBALLY for establishing
the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media,
products and services.... We can help introduce your product or service to THOUSANDS of parents and educators around the world.
(Many Honorees consider us an extension of their Marketing and Publicity Team.)"
The Mom's Choice Awards evaluates products and services created for children, families, and educators. MCA can help drive sales and give you a competitive advantage. Authors and indie publishers are welcome to submit their books for consideration.
You can submit your application at any point throughout the year, but you can contact their help desk to learn more about current promotions, especially for authors and indie publishers.
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One-on-One Collaborative Marketing Mentorship
If you're interested in investing in a one-on-one mentor relationship to support your book(s) and author brand, this is the deal for you. Apply for consideration by our external marketing pro. All arrangements and transactions are managed by the marketing pro. This service includes…
Six one-on-one training sessions.
Weekly emails to answer any/all questions.
Monthly Facebook advertising on the marketing pro’s page to drive traffic to your Amazon page or author website.
At least five professional book reviews that you can share on your website, social media, future book covers, and in blogs and newsletters.
Promo card PDF with book cover and review blurbs.
Four contest entries (fees included).
Three online ad placements (fees included).
One video interview.
Hand-holding, guidance, and judegment-free, professional advice each step of the way.
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