Attention Authors: Promo Idea

Businesses sometimes contribute a portion of sales to a charity or nonprofit to boost sales and to enhance community relations.

The recipient should be a logical connection for the business. For example, a veterinarian donating money or goods to an animal rescue shelter is a natural link up. And the cause should be something for which the biz owner, or in my case, the author has a genuine soft spot.

How can you tie in your book with a cause? Here’s a promo I’ve got going this month. I’m getting lots of “likes” on FB. We’ll see how sales go….


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Ken’s WarWhen teen rebellion & culture shock collide.


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Ken’s War is vibrant with authority … Fowler’s elegantly written novel risks exploring the full range of teenage behavior and emotion.” Nancy Springer, award-winning author of YA books.


Good Read: Good Deed


ken's war community courier

 Ken’s WarWhen teen rebellion & culture shock collide.


 ken's war cover

Ken’s War is vibrant with authority … Fowler’s elegantly written novel risks exploring the full range of teenage behavior and emotion.” Nancy Springer, award-winning author of YA books.

Love books? Visit York PA October 17th


Love books? Love animals? Save the Date for the fantastic first ever YORK BOOK EXPO on Saturday, October 17th. I’ll be there from 1-5 pm so please visit me at my table. Fun and free activities for the whole family! (there is a small fee to attend the keynote address)

Scoring Sales at Book Fairs, Festivals and Trade Shows

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Sell books at book fairs

Omar Tyree displayed his self-published books at local bookstores and book fairs. A Simon & Schuster rep saw his book, liked it, and gave him a contract for Flyy Girl. After that, Tyree’s book hit the New York Times bestseller list.

Tyree’s huge success is exceptional, yet every author can increase book sales by getting in the game, so to speak.

For example, author Jeffrey Cook participates in and sets up numerous events, I Heart Books being one

Cook said, “I invite small groups of other local authors to come and do joint events with me. I also do events with Free Valley Publishing and NIWA here in Washington.” He mentioned Norwescon, Gearcon, Fairhaven Steampunk Festival, Steamposium and Orycon. He plans to participate in Maple Valley Days, Washington and the Snoqualmie Holiday Bazaar.

Here are some ways to start scoring more sales for your book:

Contact local and state governments, libraries, school districts, business organizations, clubs, associations and book stores for upcoming events where you can set up displays. And of course, Google “book fairs” and “literary events.”

In addition to setting up booths at the obvious venues, participate in arts and crafts festivals and fun fairs.

Author Natalie Goldberg, for example, used to write instant poetry at her booth at the local carnival. For technical writers, the Technology Exhibit is it. Business Writers: the Business Expo is a go. Children’s authors: Parents Day is the way. Historians: Olde Towne Faire is there.

When you decide to set up a booth at an exhibit, you’ll have two goals in mind. One is to increase the public’s awareness of your goods and services. The second goal is to recoup exhibition costs through direct sales and hot leads that turn into money. (The third is to have fun!)

Make appearing at exhibits part of your overall marketing plan. (Got no plan? Write one. Whether the goal is weight loss or book sales, the chances of success can increase, some say, up to 80% for people who document and use their plans.)

Before the Event:

Find out how many visitors typically attend the event so you can prepare enough give-aways, business cards and literature. (Of course, not every visitor will take your stuff, unless it’s candy in which case they’ll scoop up more than their share. “One per visitor, please.”)

Design clear, concise take-away literature that stands on its own without the need for you to explain it.

Jeffrey Cook recommends authors “Collaborate with other authors in your area to cut costs and increase table interest. Multiple genres will bring people you otherwise might not reach to at least see your work.’

Create a portable, durable display that won’t fall apart when you lug it from home, to the car, to the show, to the car, back home, to the car, to the show…

Tailor your display and activities to fit the exhibition’s overall theme or to reflect a theme of your own if one isn’t assigned for all vendors.

Visitors judge your entire oeuvre’s worth by what they see. Design a display (and that includes you, your attire and grooming, and conversational flair) to represent your excellent writing skills.

Prepare posters of your book covers, photos of you in action leading a writing workshop, and newspaper clips of you receiving a literary prize and similar attention grabbers.

Frame certificates, awards and other impressive documents. Set the framed credibility builders in small easels or plate holders available for a few dollars at craft stores.

Set up your display at home as a “dress rehearsal” to be sure all items fit in the allotted space.

Take a picture of the display so others can help you set up and tear down on the day of the event.

Distribute press releases to the media and send invitations to targeted individuals such as librarians, book store managers, book discussion group leaders and fans.

Have responses ready to counter automatic objections. Visitor: “I’ve already got too many books to read.” You: “That’s fine. I also give presentations about (fill in the blank).” Or, Visitor: “I’m writing my own book.” You: “Congratulations! I critique manuscripts.”

List and pack everything you need including water, extension cord, pen, tape, snacks, etc.

Train someone to give you break during the exhibit. (My niece did a super job. She got the names and telephone numbers of hot leads.)

During the Event:

Do the extrovert schmooze. Writers tend toward introversion, so a day of interacting with people can be tiring. Pace yourself. Be genuine and outgoing. You can decompress later.

Engage passersby with comments or questions about them or the exhibit. This draws them into the booth to linger and look.

Use a one-sentence pitch a child could understand, such as, “Readers say ‘Ken’s War’ is exciting and insightful,” and “I lead workshops on memoir writing,” and “I write resumes for job seekers,” are to the point.

Offer “event only” discounts and special incentives.

Arrange your display so people are corralled into your booth, rather than blocked by a table.

Save grooming, eating and cell phoning for break time.

Wear your name tag at all times. You never know who you’ll meet at the french fry stand.

Have someone take a photo of you interacting with visitors. Use the photo in future marketing campaigns.

Treat everyone – janitors, other exhibitors, that poor soul who comes for the freebies – as a potential client and as someone who will tell other potential clients about you.

Visit other booths for ideas and to see if you have direct competition and opportunities for collaboration.

After the Event:

Follow up on all leads ASAP.

Make notes of what worked and what didn’t. Use this info in designing your next display.

Thank everyone who helped you.



Article by the author of Ken’s WarWhen teen rebellion & culture shock collide.


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Ken’s War is vibrant with authority … Fowler’s elegantly written novel risks exploring the full range of teenage behavior and emotion.” Nancy Springer, award- winning author of YA books.




The Business of Writing and Promoting Your Book

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As an independent bookshop owner and an author, I speak to many writers, who email or turn up in person with copies of their work. I love discovering independent books for the shop (or adding them to the stack by my bed!), but one of the questions I always ask authors is how they will promote their work if I give them an hour for a signing, or buy in some of their titles.

It is at this point that some look bashful and tell me the book is “… only written for friends, and I feel awkward promoting my own work/not sure how social media helps/have limited time.” Others burst forth with a seemingly endless stream of ideas spanning every aspect of their book and themselves. This is not done in a boastful, self-seeking way but simply means they are a) enthusiastic b) can translate that enthusiasm into selling their book.

It isn’t just the marketing that should be approached in a business-like fashion – it is the writing! The most successful writers I know plan their writing year with priority spreadsheets. Short story/poetry competition deadline dates are logged; freelance work is entered into the master plan complete with specific deadlines and requirements; and finally novels-in-progress are given a deadline for submission.

computer-313840_150Time is also allowed for PR/marketing existing works, and any work to be launched that year. This includes signings, radio and TV appearances, interviews, social media, blogs and answering all the emails that drop into your inbox! Make sure to accept last minute queries only if you can meet the deadline and have time to research – one specialist publisher I know is regularly called upon to comment on his subject by the BBC and various National publications because as he puts it, “I make a point of being punctual, polite and research the request to the ‘enth degree!”

It can be very daunting to have a schedule to follow, in addition to the hundred-and-one other things you probably have going on in your life, but by approaching your writing with positivity and determination you can achieve far more than you ever hoped. Another of my favourite authors tells me that for every successful pitch/competition entry/submission you must expect at least twenty unsuccessful ones!

In 2014 I decided to follow the advice above, and treat my writing in the same way I treat my business (which has now won several awards). I made my plan and followed it to the letter, fitting around my job, and my family… and it worked! By the end of the year I had a publisher for my new novel (‘Taming Tigers’ is released in summer 2015 by Melange Books LLC), a regular guest slot on a radio show, and a book review column in a magazine.

Of course I am delighted that the hard work has paid off, so I am already searching for the magic markers and the 2015 calendar to plan my next year…

Daisy White – Biog

“Daisy White is a writer, mum, vintage lover, and award-winning literary entrepreneur. As the founder and owner of Daisy White’s Booktique (a pop up independent bookshop with a twist!) she has won business awards, been to speak at Number 10, Downing Street, and continues to support both authors and readers in their creative journeys.

Her writing reflects her years spent travelling, and Daisy has had articles and letters published in various National and local magazines and papers.

Born in the UK, Daisy spent time as child living in Wichita, Kansas, and has fond memories of attending school there (the library was huge!). She now lives in Brighton, on the South coast of England with her husband and two children, but still returns regularly to visit the USA.

In her spare time Daisy competes in ‘mud races’ for charity. These include Hellrunner, Kamikaze, and Downland Devil and if there is a frozen lake to be swum that is just perfect! With her children, Daisy also enjoys browsing the lanes of Brighton for vintage hats and china and taking long family bike rides along the beach.

‘Taming Tigers’ is her YA debut for Fire and Ice (Melange Books).”

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(From March 2015)

Free Books! Publisher’s New Year’s Book Giveaway Extravaganza!

Visit for Melange LLC’s book giveaway extravaganza  – anthologies, chick lit, romance, general fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal & Horror, Mystery, Historical and a grand prize ~

This announcement provided by Beth Fowler, author of the beloved coming-of-age novel “Ken’s War.”


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Ken’s War is vibrant with authority … Fowler’s elegantly written novel risks exploring the full range of teenage behavior and emotion.” Nancy Springer, award- winning author of YA books.




Find ice, magic and romance in Frozen

11 all-new short stories to inspire holiday romance


This season, keep warm with a collection of winter themed love stories from Satin Romance, a Mélange Books imprint. Frozen, A Winter Anthology showcases eleven tales of romantic magic. Ranging from contemporary and young adult to fantasy and paranormal, this book will keep you turning the pages from one unique happy ending to the next.

Eleven authors each contributed a story true to their niche. Meet winter spirit Jack Frost who falls in love with a mortal, go on a journey with Jess and her commitment-phobe boyfriend to Sweden, and see what time traveller Drew is getting up to around Christmas. Freelance photographer Lizbeth meets fate when she gets snowed in in her car, Tiffany is reluctant to join her progressive grandmother at Lake Superior, the sheik’s daughter Nila’s has a difficult decision to make, Cara discovers miracles, and the magical couple Alaric and Cassandra are thrown into turmoil by thriving in different seasons. Read what happens when a single mother meets an old friend, and the consequences of falling off a ladder for ice sculptor Sam.

Here’s a peek at what to expect…

The Ice Hotel Wedding Test by Charmaine Pauls
Jess and Derrick have been together for twelve years. When Jess finally gives Derrick an ultimatum, tie the knot or set her free, he proposes a bizarre test to decide their destiny.

Love Thaws a Frozen Heart by Valerie J. Clarizio
Casey is hell bent on getting Noah to sign divorce papers. Hiding out at his camp, Noah is hell bent on not signing. Procuring a snowmobile, Casey sets out in a blinding snowstorm to find him. After crashing, she is near death when Noah finds her. Will a few cabin-bound days cause either of them to change their mind?

Lord of Ice by April Marcom
Jack Frost gave his heart to Lilly the day she was born, making her the perfect leverage for a fire spirit whose heart is set on becoming Lord of Ice.

Frozen Moments by Nancy Pennick (‘A Waiting For Dusk’ story)
Drew keeps proposing. Kate keeps saying no. It’s their little game. Can the holiday season change that? Kate has lost her best friend, and Drew does his best to cheer her up in this delightful story of love and memories.

Frozen In Time by Christina Kirby
Lizbeth travels the world as a freelance photographer and answers to no one. After her last relationship, that’s exactly how she wants her life to be, easy and all her own. Jonas is staying at his family’s cabin while he deals with the loss of a fellow fallen solider. He wants nothing more than to be left alone and to avoid Christmas. Neither plan on spending Christmas with a stranger or finding the person who’s exactly what each other needs.

Frozen With Possibilities by Rhonda Brutt
A resort on the shores of Lake Superior in the middle of December was not exactly what Tiffany had in mind for a mid-winter vacation. But when she agreed to accompany her progressive grandmother on this frozen trip, she discovered that life is filled with possibilities, if you only go after them.

Frozen Heart Thawing by Nicole Angeleen
In the depths of winter, Thomas Everett grudgingly meets his betrothed, Nila Sarvani, the daughter of a powerful sheikh. The passion they share takes them both by surprise, but the ruthlessness of American business threatens to tear them apart. Nila must decide if her dreams can be realized if she allows herself to fall in love.

Frozen Dreams by Elena Kane
In a world surrounded by snow and magic, Cara finds herself grossly out of place. Ridiculed by all, she lives her life in terror from perpetual bullies until she runs into a stranger in town. Ben is everything she always wanted, but never expected. Better yet, he sees past her differences. Could Ben be her dream come true?

Her Frozen Heart by Tara Fox Hall
Alaric has always loved the winter season, second only to his love of spells and sorcery. When his beautiful neighbor Cassandra reveals she’s a natural witch, he’s instantly smitten, even as he despairs of attracting her interest. Is there hope for a magical couple who thrive in different seasons?

The Thawing of Holly’s Heart by Marilyn Gardiner
What happens when a single mother meets an old friend and, despite the conviction that she will never again open her heart to another man, finds herself falling in love?

Falling On Ice by Bess Kingsley
After the horrible year ice sculptor Sam McLeod has had, falling off a ladder at Nationals into the arms of her nemesis is the absolute last thing she needs. Or is it?

Frozen, A Winter Anthology is now available in electronic format from Satin Romance and all major internet providers. The printed version will become available soon.


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