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March 21, 2010Sh
Sharing with Writers
A newsletter that is also a community. Share your ideas. Learn from theirs! Associated with the multi award - winning series of HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, www.howtodoitfrugally.com


From the Desks of
Carolyn Howard - Johnson
and Sharing with Writers Subscribers

In the spirit of the advice I give in the Frugal Editor - - that is to use an extra pair of eyes whenever possible - - this newsletter is voluntarily copyedited by Mindy Phillips Lawrence ~ mplcreative1@aol.com ~ www.freewebs.com/mplcreative. I also tell writers to be patient with other writers when they make editing boo - boos. We're all human. This letter comes out weekly (except when I'm traveling or on deadline) and it's long!
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Contents
Regular Features
~Note from Carolyn
~Letters - to - the - Editor
~Thank Yous (where you also find leads and great resources!) ~Tips and News Galore! (They're scattered, you'll just have to find
them!)
~Opportunities
~On Poetry
~Author Successes
~Mindy Lawrence's Itty Bitty Column, “ Blog or Web Site”
~Carolyn's Appearances and Teaching
~Wordstuff ™
This Issue
~Q&A: Oh, No! Not Italics Again!
~Feature: Should You Pay for a Review?
~Mini Feature: FACEBOOK and Your Fans


Note: You may have better luck with the URLs in this newsletter if you copy and paste. The reason that I leave them long rather than use hyperlinks is because this letter is available in plain text in your e - mail window as well as by .pdf.
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Note from Carolyn


Dear Subscribers:

Never again will I quote the person who said something like “Poets are lucky to make 4 cents an hour.”

That’s because one of my poems just won a wonderful cash prize from Franklin - Christoph, maker of fine writing instruments. Sponsoring a poetry contest is an ideal connection for such a company and they do it every year. It seems writers, including poets, and beautiful pens and scripts just go together. The poem is “Endangered Species.” It is about a sea dragon that is endangered, but in more ways than one. Find it at http://budurl.com/EndangeredSpecies .

The pay was excellent if one considers the hours it took to write that one poem. It is best not to factor in the study time and cost required to develop the craft of poetry. In fact, it is best not to think of poetry and most other arts in terms of income, of fame for that matter.

We all know why we write. We write for the love of it. Those who take it up for any other reason tire of it and eventually disappear from the writing scene. Gone to better things? I think not. Just to something, whatever that may be, that suits them better. I only hope that whatever that is brings them as much joy as writing brings to me.


Happy Writing, Promoting and Editing
Carolyn Howard - Johnson

PS: In the spirit of writers sharing with writers, one of my starving writer subscribers is now tending an ill mother and needs a working laptop (any old one you're discarding will do) to keep up with her writing. A Sharing with Writers subscriber pulled through with a similar request about a year ago. I’m hoping it will work again. Sharing is sure a whole lot better than sending one to the landfill! Send me a note at hojonews@aol.com and I’ll put you in touch with the recipient. Another thank you goes to Allyn Evans who blogs at http://allynevans.blogspot.com/ for helping out last year.

PPS: Our Roman Retreat is filling. The inexpensive room on the lower level is taken. Please, if you’ve been considering it, look again on my blog at http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2010/02/roman - retreat - e - books - and - yes - promotion.html or just go directly to www.budurl.com/RomanRetreat and think harder!


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Q&A a la Ann Landers

Oh, no! Not Italics Again! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Question:

A subscriber writes that she read in The Frugal Editor that she shouldn’t use italics and wondered why she is reading that they are a wonderful tool in other places on the Web. I couldn’t reach her for permission to run her exact question, but here is the answer.

My Answer:

UCLA Extension world - renowned Writers’ Program (my class and all others) discourages use of italics for internal thought. Still we all know that rules were made to be broken. The thing is, there are many techniques that an accomplished writer can use to make it perfectly clear to the writer that a thought is internal. The major ones are the combination of voice and viewpoint. If a chapter is in the point of view of one person, say the protagonist, everything that's being observed (or thought) is really in her head or coming from her head. Thus, italics are redundant.

There is a lot of misinformation being taught on the Web. Things get started with one author and keep ballooning. I have seen internal thought in italics where it is needed. But rarely. Faulkner had whole books in internal thought and nary an italic. ( - :

One more point: We tend not to give readers enough credit for internalizing literary technique. They really don't need that much help!

You can tell this is a favorite topic of mine. Maybe I should write a booklet on it. But nobody would read it. People seem invested in repeating what they're told (however incorrectly) and then what they see in books, however poorly published they are. And then, if they’ve used italics in their own books, they really don’t want to hear that they could have done better.

Using italics for internal thought will continue to take hold, especially among the self - and subsidy - published who hire their old English teachers as editors (English teachers may be great at catching grammar errors and typos but they often know little about creative writing and even less often know anything about publishing, formatting and style choices for books).

One day using italics for internal thought may even be accepted by the writer's departments of major universities, but for now, a writer getting and MFA would have to make a real case to her professor that italics were needed or desirable.
CHJ

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There is a page of contests on the Resource for Writers page on my Web
site: http://www.carolynhowardjohnson.redenginepress.com/contests.htm
Follow the links on that page to other valuable lists on my site, too.
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Letters - to - the - Editor:

Dear Carolyn,

Re: Mindy Lawrence's column on Uncomfortable People in the last newsletter

I just got to the March 5 newsletter. I'm wondering if you might connect with Marshall Cook when you go to Wisconsin in the fall for the WRAW Writers’ Conference? That would be so neat!

Also, I loved Mindy's article on Uncomfortable People. Haven't we all known some of "those"? Just wanted to comment. There's so much good, great information in the newsletters that it's hard to get through it all.
Hugs, Norma J. Sundberg, author An Odd Fable, http://www.cypresspublications.com/index.php/An - Odd - Fable.html or:
http://www.cypresspublications.com/index.php/authors/


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Please paste this little blurb - - perhaps with a little endorsement - - in your newsletter or Web site: To subscribe to Sharing with Writers send an e - mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to HoJoNews@aol.com or go to www.howtodoitfrugally.com for an auto subscribe box. Let me know you did it. I will be able to do something similar for you on my Resources for Readers page at www.howtodoitfrugally.com.
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Feature
Should You Pay for a Review ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Yep, it’s that time again. I am in the review process for the Great Little Last - Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper - Perfect Copy and I ran into the pay - for - reviews or interviews conundrum - - again.
I hadn’t heard about them for a while.
As much as I know how hard it for a new author to get a bona fide review, I’m not in favor of paid reviews. Because they aren’t bona fide reviews and probably never will be bona fide. A real review needs to be trusted
by:

1. The author, who needs review to sell books, certainly, but really needs them for the critique process, that is to learn what they do well and not so well so that their writing improves.
2. The reviewer, who needs to trust him or herself to give an honest review.
3. The reader, who needs to trust that what they are basing their book purchases on isn’t a bunch of biased hooey.

In fact, I advise readers to use other means of getting their information about books than a site or journal where reviews are paid for by the author or publisher. Try MyShelf.com. There is no review - for - pay at that site.

Even reviews like the unpaid ones on Amazon.com aren’t trustworthy. They have been diluted.

1. Diluted by the average reader weighing in on an art it knows nothing about other than what it likes.
2. Diluted by the competitive meanness going on. I’m talking about authors posting biting reviews on a competitor’s sales page.
3. Diluted because the author—in most cases—isn’t getting the advantage of a knowledgeable critique.

Maybe I’m such a tough bean on this issue because of my journalism background. It's an ethics thing. How can someone give/get a fair review if they're being paid? The reader assumes reviews are given with no strings attached. That may be possible for some paid interviews and reviews, but it, by it’s nature, can’t be possible for all. Therefore paid reviews undermine the intent and trustworthiness of the review process.
They even taint the reviews that aren’t paid for. When trust is dead, it’s very hard to revive it.

In the old days of print journalism, the review journal paid the reviewer.
It didn't have to be a lot of money, but that’s where the reviewer’s income came from. That kept the journal, the reviewer, and the author honest.

CHJ


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It includes a segment of frugal ways to help our troops and veterans. I'd love to have you leave a comment. www.warpeacetolerance.blogspot.com
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Author Successes

(The author successes segment is here to praise, laud, and encourage but the success of one author may give you a resource for another. So, applaud, certainly. But also learn.)

Aggie Villeneuva Named Cohost at PhotoNetCast . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Writer and photographic artist, Aggie Villanueva, founder/director of Visual Arts Junction http://www.visualartsjunction.com and host of the Visual Arts Junction Radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/visualartsjunctionradio, has been appointed as a new cohost at the ever - growing PhotoNetCast company http://www.photonetcast.com, where every aspect of photography is explored via podcasts by a group of hosts and guests in roundtable - type discussions.
PhotoNetCast is a podcast produced in cooperation between several of the top photography bloggers across the world; Antonio Marques http://www.photonetcast.com/marques, Martin Gommel http://www.photonetcast.com/gommel, Jim M. Goldstein http://www.photonetcast.com/goldstein and Brian Auer http://www.photonetcast.com/auer.
Aggie is the author of two novels, originally published by Thomas Nelson, Chase the Wind and Rightfully Mine, http://www.aggiev.org/rightfullymind
and her Hot Authors, sees photography as a perfect aid for writers. They need great art for their book covers and sometimes for the interiors of their books. You may purchase licenses to Aggie’s photoart to be used for book covers, etc. at http://www.aggiev.org/aggielogic/2010/01/license - aggies - photo - art - for - your - book - covers.html



Connie Gotsch Is the Winner . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

. . . of Best Juvenile Fiction Book Award in the 2010 New Mexico Press Women Communication Contest for her novel for juveniles, Belle’s Star.

Written from a dog's point of view, Belle's Star empowers children ages 8 to 12 to build new lives after escaping bullying and abuse or other difficult situations. The book is illustrated by internationally known artist John Cogan and published by Artemesia Publishing (www.apbooks.net).

Award winning journalist and retired Farmington, New Mexico elementary school counselor Margaret Cheasebro has designed an activities booklet for Belle's Star. The booklet is available in downloadable form upon purchase of the novel at apbooks.net.

The New Mexico Press Women’s Communication Contest recognizes excellence in all aspects of journalism, advertising, photography, and public relations. First place winners in each category are eligible to compete in the National Federation of Press Women’s Communication Contest (www.nfpw.org).

In addition to the New Mexico Press Women Juvenile Fiction First Place (www.newmexicopresswomen.org ), Belle’s Star received a 2010 Mom’s Choice Silver Award for Juvenile Fiction, and a nomination for a 2009 New Mexico Book Award for Juvenile Fiction.



Eileen Granfors Opens Writers’ Web Site . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . to promote literary events in Southern California (readings, book
fairs) and to highlight enjoyable, unusual books, both old and new. She says, “My own publications lead off so that people can get to know me as I try to break through with my first novel.” The Web site is www.eileengranfors.com.
She also has a blog that should interest subscribers at www.eileengranfors.blogspot.com that features longer book reviews, linked poems, and grammar or etymology lessons.


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Opportunities

Fr ^ ^ Critique Group in Glendale, CA . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Chevy Chase Writers and Critique group meets from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Chevy Chase Library located at, 3301 East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, CA 91206. This is a support group I founded a few years ago and is now lead by Christine Alexanians who many of you who have participated in the LA Times/UCLA Book Fair booth know. She is a fine poet and memoirist and has much to offer those who live in the area and can make the meetings. Christine says, “The group is for writers of all levels and genres. With the understanding that all writing is unique and valuable, criticism will be offered as opinion only.” For more information, please go to http://www.christinealexanians.com/chevy_chase_writers__critique_group
http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/library/writers_support_group.asp



Master Author/Marketer Seeking Help . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I’m looking for an intern to help me with my marketing business. I am willing to pay a small amount as they learn the business of marketing books. I’m looking for a bright self - starter who knows a bit about writing and a bit about marketing books and who wants to learn more about both. The pay will be by task completed and you get to set your own hours; the finalists for the job will need to complete a sample exercise of the type required for the job. If this has appeal to you, please send your resume and a 100 - word paragraph about why you would be perfect for the job. Email to carol@carolwhitemarketing.com. Please feel free to visit the website www.carolwhitemarketing.com to learn more about what we do.


==================================================== Social networking is one of the best ways to make valuable contact and build a list of readers.
The most supportive and interactive one I know with an associated site for displaying fiction to the movie industry is iFOFO. Subscribe at:
http://www.ifogo.com/buy/order_chj.html
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In the News: A couple of issues ago I reported that Kirkus, the revered journal for book reviews, was biting the dust. According to an announcement made by the managing editor, it looks as if they have been rescued. So I don’t have to go to update my list of reviewers in the Resources for Writers section of my Web site, www.howtodoitfrugally.com.
Yay! Sometimes it pays to be slow.


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Podcasts are a great way to learn (and be refreshed) on everything from craft to poetry to promotion. Find many f r ^ ^ ones on the sites of those who support writers. You'll find a list of my most recent ones at:
www.budurl.com/WritersResources You'll need to scroll down, down, down.
That's OK. You may scroll through other resources you need, so read as you go.
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Tip: INDEPENDENT BOOK STORE LIST:
http://www.newpages.com/bookstores/default.htm. Be aware that bookstores are going out of business quickly, so expect to get returns.


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No part of this newsletter is paid advertising. If you would like to advertise to subscribers, display ads are available at http://www.carolynhowardjohnson.redenginepress.com/advertising.htm at less per year than most sites charge for a single month. Find classified there, too.
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In the News: Amazon is busy competing. The Kindle now has an application that allows users to read Kindle books on their PC. That means that if you make your book available on Kindle, you effectively have also made it an e - book that people can read on their computer screens.


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Subscribers who have websites or newsletters of their own may be interested in the F r ^^ Articles 4 Readers and Writers on my site, www.budurl.com/FreeContent . I try to add new articles to it frequently.
If you don't see what you need for your blog or newsletter, just ask.
HoJoNews@aol.com.
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In the News: - Amazon has dropped those living in Colorado from its associates program because of the intricacies of a new law imposing taxes on those from that state who buy merchandise online. It has already dropped those living in North Carolina for a similar reason and is involved in suits that revolve around the same issue in New York and other places. Thanks to subscriber Nadine Laman (www.NadineLamanBooks.com) for sending this.


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Fun and F r ~ ~: If you purchased the Frugal Book Promoter or the Frugal Editor, I'd love you to review it on Amazon or BN.com. Make it simple; just tell what part of it you found most valuable. If you do, send me the review link (URL) and I will send you a handout from one of my UCLA classes. As a thank you, of course. HoJoNews@aol.com =====================================================


On Poetry
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This is a running feature for the poets among us and those who would like to try writing poetry but feel, well, inadequate about the writing or the promotion. Please send in your poetry tips and resources for this section.

One of my poetry critique partners is now a host at KPFK’s Poet’s CafĂ©, streaming live at www.kpfk.org on Wednesdays at 2 pm. It is available as a podcast at http://timothy - green.org/blog/poetscafe/ or, if you live in Southern California, find it at 90.7 fm in Los Angeles and 98.7 in Santa Barbara. The host is a poet in her own right, warm and wonderful Lois P.
Jones, and on March 10 her guest was be Taoli - Ambika Talwar. If you would like to reach her for comments about the show, send an e - mail to poetscafe@kpfk.org.


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Endorsement: I wanted to tell you how your workshops, reading your newsletter, and just chatting with you has been a great help to me. I have a background in marketing from the fashion world and even though it has helped me get my foot in the door, I honestly have to say that after getting to know you, reading your books, and everything else I just said has truly helped me put Stories for Children Magazine on the map. ~ VS Grenier, Founder and Editor - in - Chief Stories for Children Magazine.
http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org.
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Tip: My husband has a book published in China. He’s on a promotion roll and wants to know why I’m not placing my books in all the publishing industry’s tradeshows. There are lots of people who’ll do that for a reasonable price, he says.

Here’s my frugal answer. No price is reasonable if the odds are (big
odds!) that nothing will happen. For something good to come from one of these shows, you’d better tag along with your book to pitch it and let ‘em see your smile.


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A general marketing rule is that a product must be seen seven times before it is purchased. That is just as true for books (because they are products, like it or not!). Let people see that book cover image! To do that, you are invited to advertise as a site sponsor at www.howtodoitfrugally.com for only $25 to $35 a year. Yep, the frugal way!
Click on the Advertising tab at the top of the page or contact me personally at hojonews@aol.com.
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Tip: SCREENWRITING.com - A comprehensive site for novice screenwriters.
http://www.screenwriting.info/


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Mini Feature

Facebook and Your Fans
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Should you have a Fan page? Before I start, know that once your friends on Facebook reach the thousands, you hit a limit. Then you may have to move to a fan page whether they are as good as the regular Facebook interface or not.

I personally don’t join fan pages. To me they seem redundant to a person or business’s regular pages. And I don’t have a fan page, at least not yet. That’s because every social network you add means more work for you, if you keep it up. Fan pages seem like a duplicate effort to me. So, until I reach the magic number (I think it’s 4,000) on Facebook, I won’t do a fan page. Besides, it seems a bit arrogant to call my friends (even my
acquaintances) fans.

If you’d like to “friend” me, though, find me at www.facebook.com/CarolynHowardJohnson

Here’s what Facebook says about using Fan pages:

Pages are for organizations, businesses, celebrities, and bands to broadcast great information to fans in an official, public manner. Like profiles, they can be enhanced with applications that help the entity communicate with and engage their fans, and capture new audiences virally through their fans' recommendations to their friends.

You can create and manage a Facebook Page for your organization from your personal account. You can create a Page here (http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php). Please note that only the official representative of an organization, business, celebrity, or band is permitted to create a Page. http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=14259
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Thanks to Paul Bruno, the History Czar, for sending me this information.



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I highly recommend Jozette Aaron's f r ^ ^ DeSilva's News for writers:
http://jozette.webs.com/ not just because I write a column for her.
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An Itty - Bitty Column on Writing

Blog or Web Site? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ By Mindy Phillips Lawrence


A writer I know wanted information on how to build a Web site. He has three self - published books, a completed manuscript and a new project he is writing but no name recognition. Not yet, except for those who know him. He’s an intelligent man with no knowledge of Web design. My suggestion to him was to build a blog. For now, that’s probably all he needs.

Writing is an odd business. It is lucrative for only a few. It’s mostly time consuming and gut wrenching for the rest of us who wonder how in the world some people get “lucky” when they seem to be no better at the craft than we are. There’s usually a reason. My point in saying this is that unless you are breaking through with a recognizable name in the industry, other than just friends and relatives as your fans, for now a blog is fine. Later on when you find yourself with readers beyond a personal and regional sort, you would do well to build a Web site, or have one built for you. This doesn’t have to be expensive but help comes in very handy.

Writers don’t have to know everything. There are free Web sites available that allow neophyte web builders to create a site. These can be expanded later by going to a paid model or by establishing a domain name and building a site there. You don’t have to own your domain name, although it is nice to do so. You don’t have to do anything fancy. All you want to do in the beginning is have a place in which to point readers—as in:
http://mplcreative.webs.com.

NOT PUBLISHERS OR EDITORS! For publishers and editors, you need to take time to send what they need to them directly and not just tell them to click and they will find it. That’s somewhat lazy on the writer’s part.
Normally, a lazy writer is an unpublished writer.

So, blog for now unless you already have a following. Build a Web site after readers start coming. Eventually, I hope you need BOTH!

Disagree? I’d love to hear from you. Send your point of view, kindly written please, to mplcreative1@aol.com. Let’s get to the bottom of this.

LINKS
Free Web building site (Possible expansion) www.webs.com

WEEBLY (Web site and blog)
http://www.weebly.com/

Google Sites
http://www.google.com/sites/help/intl/en/overview.html

Free Flash Websites
http://www.wix.com/

Flash Web site Templates
http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/

Free Blog
https://www.blogger.com/start?utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en - ha - na -
sk&utm_medium=ha&utm_term=free%20blogs&gclid=COaK78 - 5yqACFQkhnAodRl_dag

Free Blog
http://wordpress.com/

BraveNet ~Free Blog and Web site
http://www.bravenet.com/webtools/journal/


~ Mindy Phillips Lawrence, www.freewebs.com/mplcreative, is the author of the poetry collections One Blue Star and Above and Below. She is co - author of The Complete Writer and a publicist and literary agent. She is in the process of researching a novel titled Alone is Where We Begin.
Blogging at: http://mplcreative.blogspot.com/.
Her specialty is helping writers with their media releases. Reach her at mplcreative1@aol.com.


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Yes, I do consult. I tailor my fees to your needs - - everything from coaching to full edits (sorry no partial edits) to hour consultations to help you with your marketing campaign or your path to publishing.
http://budurl.com/carolynsconsulting
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Tip: You are going to love this blog that includes a video tutorial on creating a f r ^ ^ banner! http://budurl.com/FreeBannerInfo


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Visit one of my blogs. Experiment a bit with the little green Tweetmeme logo if you haven't used one before. And, please let me know if mine is working for you. I think the one at www.thefrugaleditor.blogspot.com is working. I used the second offering down on the tweetmeme site and replaced the suggested code with the address of my blog.
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Thank Yous

Thanks to The History Czar . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . Paul Bruno for interviewing me on my family history. My genealogy was the basis for This Is the Place, a multi award - winning novel. Listen to the interview at http://www.careerczar.com/mp3/career030510.mp3. And contact Paul if you can find a history slant in your own book!
PaulBruno@cs.com.


Thanks to dehanna bailey . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . for posting my release on the publishing of one of my poems by Manzanita journal. It includes contact information in case you would like to submit your creative work. Find it at http://dehanna.blogspot.com/ http://www.keybusinesspartners.com/2010/02/24/author - interview - carolyn - howard - johnson/


Thanks to Aggie Vallaneuva . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . .who really knows how to decorate a blog. She ran a piece on Eve Caram’s and my Roman Retreat. Please go by and say, Hi.
http://www.visualartsjunction.com/?p=7189


Thanks to Gifts and Tableware magazine . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . .for mentioning my participation in the National Stationery Show:
http://www.gifts - and - tablewares.com/issues/story.aspx?aid=1000363037


Thanks to Jozette Aaron of DeSilva’s News . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . .for spotlighting Eve Caram’s and my Roman Retreat for Writers to her DeSilva’s News readers. Subscribe at http://jozette.webs.com/


Thanks to Ron Berry . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . who is always helping other writers. This time he posted information on his great blog for writers at http://unwriter1.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/special - announcement - roman - retreat/. Check it out. You’ll be glad you got to know the blog.


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Download it now at http://budurl.com/bloggingchapter.
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Tip: If you are sending out queries as a speaker, consider the titles of the seminars or speeches you are pitching. It must appeal to two
audiences: The meeting or convention planners and the needs of the audience who will eventually hear you speak or attend your workshop. You were aware of the second, of course. But the planners of the event have an agenda that must be met, too. What is it?


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Unsolicited endorsement from a reader: I read The Frugal Book Promoter early last year and became an instant fan. Your common sense, easily accessible and easily implemented tips were a godsend as I entered the promotion for my second novel. You have so much knowledge to share! I wonder if you would be interested in an interview on the blog AuthorCulture, for which I write? ~Katie Weiland, Author of Behold the Dawn and A Man Called Outlaw, http://authorculture.blogspot.com/
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Tip: If you have trouble coming up with titles for your nonfiction, buy a couple of magazines like The National Enquirer and Reader’s Digest. (The cost is tax deductible if you’re using them to better your career.) Notice the titles. The subtitles. The little blurbs underneath the titles called “decks.” And the teasers. ( - :


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This is an example of one of my Twitters: "FrugalBookPromo New trend?
Borders will buy nonreturnable books from HarperStudio in return for a deeper discount." My tweets cover everything from news to more tips and resources, all in 140 characters or less. If you don’t want to tweet, at least follow me. Make a profile page and invite me at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo.
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Tip: If you write nonfiction books, know that considerations for the titles have changed. The title must appeal to two groups of people. The same old crowd you used to have to consider like people who see it in a bookstore or hear it on radio and TV and the new media crowd who search for books using keywords. Thus, your title (and/or subtitle) may have to be longer than ever so it will include keywords that appeal to all the niche audiences your book is designed to appeal to.


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The New Book Review is a f r ^ ^ service of this newsletter. It allows authors to get more exposure from their favorite review and reviewers a chance to have more readers see their reviews - - with links, of course.
Please check the guidelines on the blog site at www.TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com.
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Carolyn's Appearances and Teaching
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 Author, editor and writing coach Bev Walton ~Porter hosts Elemental Musings, a podcast specifically for writers, readers and creatives. Join her on Friday, May 14th, at 6 PM Pacific Time as she welcomes award - winning author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers, Carolyn Howard - Johnson. Guests may post questions in the chat room or call in on the guest line at (646) 595 - 4704 and listen at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elementalmusings.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson and fellow UCLA Writers' Program Instructor, Eve LaSalle Caram (a UCLA Award - Winning Instructor at that - - yes note the
caps!) are planning an amazing intimate conference in Rome for October, 2010. Find details at www.budurl.com/RomanRetreat. Jo Linsdell, a writer living in Rome and founder of the online conference PROMO Day, will also be offering a seminar. Accommodations are extremely limited.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be interviewed by The Compulsive Reader's online radio program hosted by Magdalena Ball at 2 pm (Pacific Time) April 13. It features author interviews, book chats, literary discussions, readings and more. It's an audio haven for book lovers! The show with Carolyn will be an open discussion (with an interesting twist about a new approach to popularizing poetry). It’s about poetry, poetics, and the art of the chapbook. Listeners will be invited to call and share their perspectives or ask their questions. Poetry will be read, discussed, and pondered, and we'll be previewing our up and coming chapbook for the masculine apparitions in our lives. Poets are asked to call in with a few memorable lines from their own poetry about holidays. To set a reminder for the show or to listen in, visit:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/compulsivereader/2010/04/11/poetry - chatter - with - carolyn - howard - johnson. To call in on the day, just visit the site and click on the "click to call" buttons (no charge as it uses voice over internet protocol technology - - that means it uses your PC for the voice communication), or you can dial in without a computer on:
(646) 716 - 7734. Don't miss it!

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The Muse Online Writers Conference co - sponsored by Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard - Johnson is now taking reservations for the f r ^ ^ event beginning October 11 of 2010. http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/.
To avoid a small late registration fee, please register before Aug. 15.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be leading a seminar for the F r ^ ^ PromoDay writers' conference on Sat. the 15th of May at 10 am LA (Pacific) time and 7 pm (Rome time). The subject will be Promoting with Query Letters. Do make it easy on founder Jo Linsdell and register now.
http://jolinsdell.tripod.com/promoday

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will co - present with Patricia Norins, publisher of Gift Shop magazine, two 1 1/2 hour seminars during the National Stationery Show (www.nationalstationeryshow.com) at the Jacob Javits center in New York. The show runs from May 16 - May 19. Times and dates of the presentations will be announced. They are “Tweaking your Tweets and Other social Media Tips” and “Creating Your Social Media Campaign:
Networking Your Newsletter, Building Your Blogs.”

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will teach a one - day seminar in book promotion including a planning a thrifty online campaign. The place? UCLA Extension's Writers' Program on campus, of course. Mark August 7, 2010, on your calendar. Sign up online at www.uclaextension.edu.

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Carolyn Howard Johnson, author of A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In - Store
Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns w th Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques, will make a guest appearance on Paul Bruno's Career Czar® radio program. We'll talk making retailing work in a down economy and how authors can make their case to retailers to let them boost profits with a book signing on December 17, 2010 at 10:00 am Pacific at www.alltalkradio.net/careerczar. You can also listen at www.alltalkradio./careerczar/career121710.mp3. In the meantime, listen to his other shows at www.alltalkradio.net/careerczar or at the show's blog at www.careerczar.wordpress.com. Ask to be on Paul's notification list for free podcasts.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be a featured speaker at the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, in the fall of 2010. Find information on that at www.wrwa.net. This active group invites writers from everywhere to join. Find their blog at wrwaonline.blogspot.com.


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Wordstuff ™

Something to Make Writers Smile
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(Definitions in the next few newsletters are from www.butlerwebs.com/jokes/definitions.htm. You might have some favorite neologisms, metaphors or similes that make you smile. If so, please
contribute.)


Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.



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Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't http://budurl.com/FrugalBkPromo The e - book at http://starpublishllc.com/id43.html

The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success http://budurl.com/TheFrugalEditor

The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Know About Selling Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less, http://www.amazon.com/Great - First - Impression - Book - Proposal/dp/B000YG6O5U/

A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In - Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques http://budurl.com/RetailersGuide

To learn more about This Is the Place,
Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, Tracings, and She Wore Emerald Then: www.carolynhoward - johnson.com.

She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood, a chapbook of poetry coauthored with Magdalena Ball. http://budurl.com/MotherChapbook

Tracings, a chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press) www.budurl.com/CarolynsTracings

Contact Information
Websites:
http://carolynhoward - Johnson.com (literary) http://HowToDoItFrugally.com (all things about writing)


Blogs:

http://www.SharingwithWriters.blogspot.com, a blog on all things publishing http://www.TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com, all things grammatical and ungrammatical http://www.TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog focused on YOUR reviews http://www.TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com, a blog focused on editing, formatting and craft http://www.WarPeaceTolerance.blogspot.com War. Peace. Tolerance. And Our Soldiers.
http://www.sizzlingbookfairbooths.blogspot.com, a blog where you can learn to get some mojo behind your own booth by learning from the successes and mistakes of others.

Tweeting at:
www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo
www.twitter.com/frugalretailing




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Connie Gotsch www.conniegotsch.com Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM www.ksje.com Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available www.dlsijpress.com Belle’s Star (tween novel age 9-12) Artemesia Publishers apbooks.net

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Thank you for this, Connie. I'll mention in my newsletter that writers can find back issues on your blog. I don't think you ever miss one. (-:

Good luck on your sequel to Belle!
Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Tweeting writers tips and #MovieReivews at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo