Now available for my patient readers – ‘Under The Thumb’ – book two of The Fortune Seekers Series.

It’s been a long year to complete, what with submission chapter by chapter to my wonderful tutor, Jordan Kantey from Now Novel.

Then followed cover preparations. With this book my cover artist Ingrid Gane, we sought to portray elements within the historical story. We chose a bright cover to contrast and also complement the first book of the series – Dan and Charlotte.

It’s a real thrill to hold the first copy – authors copy, in my hands this morning. Ebooks and paper books are now available, and if you order quickly copies will arrive before Christmas for your holiday enjoyment.

Ordering details are

https://www.xlibris.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=The%20Fortune%20Seekers

10 Biggest Book Marketing Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

Hi dear readers, writers and followers,

Here are some of the biggest book marketing mistakes many authors make — and how to course correct if any of these sound familiar.
— Read on insights.bookbub.com/biggest-book-marketing-mistakes-stop-making/

Latest Book edited – tick

Latest Book released for publication – tick

Marketing underway, but am I on the ball? – No,, seems I’m still making marketing mistakes.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Every day in every marketing way I’m getting better and better – Better believe it Glennis

Here are some of the biggest book marketing mistakes many authors make — and how to course correct if any of these sound familiar.
— Read on insights.bookbub.com/biggest-book-marketing-mistakes-stop-making/

#PowerAndAuthority

#BitterSweetLives

#UnderTheThumb

#AnnieBrowneAuthor

#BrownePublishing

Learn the 5 secrets to communicate your love for your dog in a language they’ll understand! They’ll DEFINITELY know you adore them when you try any of these. 🙂

Hi Annie,
We know you’re crazy about your pup. And you show that love every time you pet them, play with them, give them special snacks, or just tell them how great they are! 🙂
But did you know there are other ways to communicate to your dog how much you adore them — in dog language?
Here are 5 ways to tell your pup you love them in doggy language. ❤️❤️❤️

1. Gaze into their eyes.
The next time you’re relaxing with your dog, stare deeply into their eyes while telling them how much you love them. Sustained eye contact will release oxytocin in your dog’s brain — the same chemical that bonds mothers and children. (Don’t do this with a dog you don’t know, as direct eye contact can also be considered a threat!)

2. Lean on them.
Many dogs don’t like being hugged. But they do crave physical closeness. Instead of hugging your dog, try leaning on them or pressing against them in a gentle and reassuring way. Add a couple of tummy scratches, and your pooch will definitely be feeling the love!

3. Raise your eyebrows.
This one’s a little weird. 🙂 But dog behavior experts say that the more you move your face when you’re greeting your dog, the more your dog will know you think they’re awesome! Dogs tend to raise their eyebrows as a gesture of recognition when they see their beloved owners. So if you do it back, they’ll feel extra-loved in return!

4. Sleep next to them.
Cuddling with your pup when they’re sleepy will make them feel very close to you, as that’s when they’re at their most vulnerable. You can snuggle up to them in bed, on your couch, or even on the floor! What matters is the feelings of affection and warmth your dog will feel as they’re drifting off. 😴

5. Just be yourself!
Dogs are incredibly emotionally sensitive, and they can sense how you feel about them through your voice, your gestures, and your actions. So if you love your pup, just keep loving your pup! They’ll be able to tell, and they’ll love you back…even more than they already do. 🐶💕
Yours,
The Dog Pawty Team

Dog Pawty 2140 South Dupont Highway Camden, DE 19934

Practices that active promoting authors do

Hello again! Today I received this helpful email from Xlibris, who are the publishers of my first and second books. Good reading here, authors, even as a reminder of what is possible.

By the way, The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte, is getting a new cover – and it’s not this one.

New book – Power and Authority – out very soon. Cover designs will be by Ingrid Gane

Here is the promotion email from Xlibris. Enjoy

I am Lea, your Book Consultant. To keep you abreast with the practices that active promoting authors do, I’m here to provide you with personal promotion and local distribution ideas. May this help your book increase its visibility in the market.

Authors (new or not) wishing to promote their book are often faced with a competitive marketplace. This is where book marketing samples come in handy. Offering book copy samples to prospective reading audience is beneficial, as it increases exposure, gives the readers a taste of what’s to come and allows them to feel confident with their purchase. By incorporating sample distribution into the marketing plan, the author will have the upper hand when it comes to competition.

Exposure

The unfamiliarity of new authors may make readers weary of quality. By providing book samples, you eliminate the fear factor and allow them to taste the book for free. Sample reads are often short enough that if the reader likes the book, he is inclined to purchase and to share it with friends and family members. Establishing reader confidence is the first step toward developing brand loyalty.

Reader Feedback

By providing book copy samples, you are also welcoming readers’ feedback. When readers try a new author, they often make mental notes about what they love or hate about the book, and quite often, they compare it with a favored author. This serves as an opportunity to learn more about your target market and how you can improve the book so it exceeds reader expectations and gives you a competitive edge.

Cost Effective

Incorporating book copy samples into the marketing plan is cost-effective because it saves money in terms of pass-on rate (or the ability of a single copy to be seen by more than one reader). Unlike advertisements that are run in a limited period for a specific demographic. Furthermore, since the samples are often placed or positioned in areas where your target reader frequents, you have the ability to permeate a larger audience for a fraction of the cost.

Considerations

To keep the samples short, they should be positioned in places where foot traffic is heavy and fast. Samples should be strategically placed with focus in sight. A target audience should be defined so that you get the most bang for the buck.

Sample Procedure

Drop off your book in waiting rooms. Drop off a copy of the book in a shop’s waiting area and the customers would read it while they waited for their service. Try this with barber shop, community centers, coffee shops, government offices, and any other office where customers wait. Most will be happy for a free reading material from a local author.

Sample Venues

These are listed for all genres, not everyone may be for you, but consider each carefully– imagine the best possible outcome – success will be much more obtainable that way. *You might rate the below options to give you more direction, and you should be adding more specific options you think of or discover on your own.

1. Yours or a friend’s Private Home – host a book party!

12. A Hospital

2. A Coffee Shop

13. A Public Community Health Center

3. Mall spaces

14. Convention Centers  (or Hotels with events going on)

4. Retirement Communities

15. Museums

5. Popular Boardwalks

16. Elks Lodge

6. Downtown areas

17. Breakfast club

7. A Public Library – Local authors’ corner

18. Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO)

8. A Farmers Market – do you have a friend with a stall at one?

19. Daycare (children’s books)

9. A Community Center

20. Grocer’s Market

10. Gift Stores

21. Novelty Stores

11. Clothing Store (for fashion related books – i.e. identify what works for you)

***

Your book, just like any brainchild, would need a drive for it to grow. Do not be afraid to showcase it. Be ready to show extra determination to have it read or noticed. Your investment, be in time or effort, would greatly help the book. The extra sweat and more hard work moving forward, is of utmost importance when you have devoted a lifetime writing it.

Sincerely,

Lea Ross

BOOK CONSULTANT

Xlibris

Suite 1A, Level 2 802 Pacific Highway
Gordon, NSW, 2072 Australia

Australia: 1.800.455.039 ext. 5866

New Zealand:  0.800.443.678 ext. 5866

International: +44 20 3014 4095 ext: 5866
Lea.Ross@xlibris.com

www.xlibris.com.au 

Dog Backyards Series – Part 3: Dog Friendly Plants Your Pooch Will Love – PetSecure

Dog Backyards Series – Part 3: Dog Friendly Plants Your Pooch Will Love – PetSecure
— Read on www.petsecure.com.au/pet-care/dog-backyards-series-part-3-dog-friendly-plants-pooch-will-love/

Poisoned pet

After my puppy was poisoned a week ago, possibly by Flores or plants in my garden. Today the shrubs have been removed.

Our poor little puppy is almost back to normal after some time in the vet hospital and medication.

So grateful

Another editing tip from Jordan

I liked how you showed how Les’ actions affect the children, as well as Arthur’s kind protectiveness – this in particular was very good as it echoed his experience in his father’s treatment of his mother, and perhaps his own subconscious desire to put things right through his choice and treatment of partner – great.