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BLOGWORDS – Monday 16 September 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – LINDA KOZAR – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – LINDA KOZAR – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

FAITH CREECH

Linda will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author of over 28 traditional and indie-published books, Linda Kozar, (www.lindakozar.com) is also a speaker, and podcaster (Along Came A Writer, Chat Noir Mystery and Suspense). Linda and her husband of 29 years, Michael, live in The Woodlands, Texas and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters, their wonderful son-in-law, and Gypsy, their rascally Jack Russell Terrier.

 

http://www.lindakozar.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Kozar/e/B002BMEY8Y

https://www.facebook.com/linda.kozar

https://twitter.com/LindaKozar

https://www.pinterest.com/lindakozar/

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Linda is offering a print copy of her novel, Calliope’s Kiss. (U.S. address only)

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Linda Kozar, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 2 September 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

VIVIAN FURBAY

Pepper will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family.

 

https://pepperdbasham.com/blog/

https://www.amazon.com/Pepper-Basham/e/B00W0IZ1F4

https://www.facebook.com/pepperdbasham/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13561411.Pepper_D_Basham

https://www.instagram.com/pepperbasham/

https://www.pinterest.com/pepperbasham/

https://twitter.com/pepperbasham

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Pepper is offering a print copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge (U.S. address only) OR an e-copy of winner’s choice of Pepper’s books.

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Pepper Basham, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 26 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – MESU ANDREWS – GIVEAWAY WINNER

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – MESU ANDREWS – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

TRACY URSCHLER

Mesu will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Mesu Andrews is the Christy Award winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter whose deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Andrews lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

 

 

https://mesuandrews.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MesuAndrews

https://www.youtube.com/user/MesuAndrews

https://www.instagram.com/mesuandrews/

https://www.pinterest.com/mesuandrews/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3513697.Mesu_Andrews

 

GIVEAWAY

Mesu is offering an e-copy of Isaiah’s Daughter, or a print copy to a U.S. address.

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Mesu Andrews, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 19 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – EDIE MELSON – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – EDIE MELSON – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

JODI HASSEL

Edie will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

 

https://ediemelson.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Edie-Melson/e/B0060PWSPE

https://www.facebook.com/edie.melson

https://twitter.com/EdieMelson

https://www.instagram.com/stop2pray/

 

GIVEAWAY

Edie is offering a Kindle or print copy of Soul Care for Writers.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Edie Melson, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 19 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – MESU ANDREWS

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – MESU ANDREWS

 

Does Every Writer Need a Street Team?

Authors write books because we have a passion for writing, not because we love marketing. But in today’s publishing world, no matter how talented the author or how large your traditional publisher—an author must learn to market. But who has time for marketing when we’re honing craft, writing books, and—oh yes, seeking first God’s Kingdom (i.e. ministering locally and abroad—Acts 1:8)?

 

A great STREET TEAM can become a fantastic partner in our writing journey.

What Is a Street Team?

Wiki says a street team is, “a group of people who ‘hit the streets’ promoting an event or a product.” In my experience, a street team is a group of people who love our writing so much that they’re excited to help us share it with as many of their friends as possible—in every way available.”

 

Street team members are “super fans” who are crazy about our books and don’t mind telling people so. They tell the store clerk, the dental hygienist, and their child’s teacher. When the store clerk, hygienist, and teacher become rabid fans, we can add them to our street team too!

 

Launch Team vs. Street Team

Launch Team

Though I’ve never heard an “official” distinction, in my experience, a street team is different than a launch team. My publisher gathers a launch team for a period of time to help market the launch of a single book. About three months before each book’s release, my publisher opens their own launch team applications (separate from my BFFs). Launch team members receive an advanced readers’ copy (ARC) of my book in exchange for an honest review on an online retailer of their choice. Since this is all done through the publisher, I often don’t even see the list of If you’d like to apply for a launch for one of Waterbrook Multnomah’s books, CLICK HERE.

Street Team

Distinctly different is my street team, some of whom have been helping me market biblical fiction (mine and others) since we released Love in a Broken Vessel in 2013. Many I’ve never met in person but have become close friends. The team is called, “Mesu’s BFFs”—BFFs short for Biblical Fiction Fans—and we promote the biblical fiction genre all year long.

 

Some BFFs have stepped off the team, allowing new members to apply and join. We’ll open applications for new members during the month of September 2019, and lock in our new team to begin Isaiah’s Legacy pre-release marketing by mid-October. My street team has been active for more than six years now, and their marketing power has become a crucial part of my marketing plan.

How Do You Build a Street Team?

I’m often asked, “How do you find people to join your street team?” I started with family and friends who loved my books. Then added their family and friends who became super fans too! But the goal is to reach outside our immediate circles of influence, which is the reason we require an application to join the street team. CLICK HERE TO VIEW 2018 BFF APPLICATION. We give existing members a chance to take a break and then fill their spots with new applicants to build a well-rounded team that reaches all four corners of the book-buying market.

  1. Book Bloggers/Reviewers (Individual or team blogs)
  2. Social Media (My main platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube)
  3. Online Book Communities (Goodreads, Litsy, LibraryThing, etc)
  4. Church/Community Influencers (On-site bookclub leaders, Librarians—public and church, Women’s ministry leaders, etc.)

 

With our balanced team assembled, we start pre-release promotion at least five months before it hits bookstore shelves. Independently (indie) published authors usually begin pre-release promotion much later but should consider assembling their street teams with the same balanced approach.

 

Since a street team is a group that stays together long-term, personalization and rapport is essential. Each member wants to feel like they know the author personally. A Facebook Group Page is helpful for this kind of team building. Occasional and informal Facebook Lives or Google Hangouts are also fun. Members want more than just a free book. They want the author to know them!

 

A team member’s goal is to promote a book in all four of the categories. If they don’t have a personal blog or aren’t a member of a book club, ask if they’d consider starting one. Make it a team-only contest and offer a $20 Starbucks gift card if a minimum of five members participate. You’ll build team rapport, and one thriving new book club could pay for that team prize.

How Many People Should Be on My Team?

I’ve heard of street teams with as few as ten members and as many as several hundred. If we’re with a traditional publisher, our team number may be limited by the number of paperback ARCs they’re willing to offer. If, however, the publisher shares ARCs through digital files (NetGalley, Book Funnel, etc.), the number of members is limited only by our time and energy to manage the team. Volunteer coordinators can help select, organize, and brainstorm BFF team selection and activity. I have found two coordinators and fifty-five members are sort of a sweet spot for my teams rapport and efficiency.

When Should I Begin Building a Street Team?

If you dream of publishing a book someday, start building super fans now with family and friends who love your writing!

 

If you’re seeking an agent or looking for a traditional publisher, build a street team into the marketing section of your book proposal. Your members don’t have to be super organized yet, but this commitment to marketing will make a good impression.

 

If you’re indie/self-published(ing), build your street team DURING YOUR WRITING AND PUBLISHING PROCESS. Involve potential super fans in choosing character names, settings, and cover options. Notice people who comment most and ask them to join your team!

 

Those already published with a trad house should ask the marketing department how building a street team might help with the marketing department’s planned campaign. Today’s publishers tend to enter long-term relationships with authors who take marketing seriously. My publisher even mentions my BFFs in my author bio—that’s how much they appreciate my super fans!

 

And, believe me, I love them even more!

  • A great street team loves your writing so much that they share it with as many friends as possible in every way available. @MesuAndrews #mesusbffs #streetteams #bookmarketing
  • The number of street team members is limited only by your time and energy to manage them. @MesuAndrews #mesusbffs #streetteams #bookmarketing
  • First step to build a street team? Get your family and friends hooked on everything you write. @MesuAndrews #mesusbffs #streetteams #bookmarketing

 

 

 

 

Mesu Andrews is the Christy Award winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter whose deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Andrews lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

 

https://mesuandrews.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Mesu-Andrews/e/B00424KQ4U

https://www.facebook.com/MesuAndrews

https://www.youtube.com/user/MesuAndrews

https://www.instagram.com/mesuandrews/

https://www.pinterest.com/mesuandrews/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3513697.Mesu_Andrews

 

 GIVEAWAY

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Mesu is offering an e-copy of Isaiah’s Daughter, or a print copy to a U.S. address.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 19 August and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 26 August. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

RAFFLECOPTER

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#Blogwords, New Week New Face, #NWNF, Guest Post and Giveaway, Mesu Andrews

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 5 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – TONI SHILOH

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – TONI SHILOH

 

Street Team Blessings

 

One of the blessings in my writing journey has come from my street team. My awesome group of reader friends bless me every day. They pray for me, create memes for me, read my books, and share about them to people they know. All of that blesses me, but honestly, the moment they requested to be on my team blessed me.

 

There are tons of writers out there. Great writers! I should know, I eagerly read their books and wait for the next one. That there are readers who wish to join my team is huge!

 

In the past, I’ve had a street team that I stick with on a year basis. In November, I share the signup form with my current street team in case they wish to remain the following year. After that, I share with the public. In December I notify those I chose to add to my team and say goodbye to those who had to leave for various reasons.

 

However, next year, I’m thinking of revamping my team to be a book by book basis. The reason is so I can get the most impact for each book. That gives people who have the time to influence for me and those who don’t have the time, to step aside guilt free.

 

I plan on having daily interaction that will focus on the current book, talking about our favorite scenes/lines, and even giveaways.

 

If you’re a reader, what do you like about street teams? What don’t you like? Your comments will help me ensure I do a good job in the future.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Virginia Chapter.

 

http://tonishiloh.com.  

www.facebook.com/authortonishiloh  

www.twitter.com/tonishilohwrite  

www.pinterest.com/tonishiloh 

www.instagram.com/tonishiloh 

www.goodreads.com/tonishiloh  

www.bookbub.com/authors/toni-shiloh  

and newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/cmNFKD 

 

GIVEAWAY

Toni is offering an eBook copy of Risking Love.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 5 August and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 12 August. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

RAFFLECOPTER

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#Blogwords, New Week New Face, #NWNF, Guest Post, Toni Shiloh

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 29 July 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – DAVID RAWLINGS

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – DAVID RAWLINGS

 

What is the best option for an international author – traditional or indie?

 

When I started this writing journey, one of my first considerations was not what to write or how to write it. It was this: which path will I go down? Do it myself or follow a more traditional route? But ultimately, how am I going to get this story out to readers and share it with the world?

 

All writers face that decision – some early in the piece, some later when one option hasn’t worked out.  But for me, there was another wrinkle to complicate things. I’m an Australian writer, looking longingly at a marketplace in America, where I feel compelled to launch my story.

 

This raised the question – which is better for a writer hoping to break into an international market? There are a number of considerations that I went through to find the answer for me, and I thought I’d raise them here for you if you’re wondering about the best path for you to take.

 

So, what are the pros and cons of indie publishing v traditional publishing if you’re an international author? There is no “one size fits all” – you need to identify the best fit you

 

Considerations: Indie publishing

  • Getting into the market is hard enough, getting into a marketplace that is far removed from your own location is even harder. Indie publishing removes that – it gives you the chance to publish anyway, and notify this new market that you’re around.

BUT …

  • When you’re removed from the marketplace, you probably don’t have any presence that you can trade on. This will take time to build
  • If you’re marketing, you have control over what you do. (You have to – there is no-one else to do it ). And you’re not limited to other’s timings or their priorities.

BUT …

  • You’re now drawing from your own resources – time and money. It’s worth considering both, but particularly the time element. We tend to focus on the money side of things easily, but your time is also finite. What can you afford to take time to invest in?

 

Considerations: Traditional publishing

  • If you are removed from a marketplace, a traditional publisher will help you break into it faster. If you don’t have contacts in that market, you’ll need time to build up your profile. While it will still take time with a traditional publisher, it will help speed things up.

BUT …

  • It’s hard. You don’t need me to tell you that, but you’re now in the mix with all other aspiring authors who are trying to get in front of a traditional publisher as well.
  • A traditional publisher will allow you to work with a team of people who will partner with you as you develop your novel.

BUT …

  • You will need to get used to working remotely, and not talking to them easily on the phone or even in face-to-face meetings. You can’t just drop in, or seek support and comfort over a coffee. My publisher is in Nashville, and there is a 14.5 hour time difference. So scheduling meetings requires a constant thinking across a handful of time zones. And all of my emails from them come in overnight. That might not sound much, but it can slow things down and change the way you work.

 

So which way did I go? In the end, I pursued a traditional path, pitching agents and publishers with an award-nominated manuscript. It took a while – see above – but I’m now with the Steve Laube Agency, and my debut novel – The Baggage Handler – was published in March by 2019.

 

That’s not to say traditional is better. It was for me in the early stages of my fiction career, but it’s important to evaluate the best option for you, considering all that’s required so that your fiction writing journey isn’t just productive, but also enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father-of-three who loves humor and a clever turn-of-phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.

 

His debut novel, The Baggage Handler, is available from a range of book stories and online via http://books2read.com/baggage.

 

His second novel, The Camera Never Lies, will be available from December 3.

 

www.davidrawlings.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/DavidRawlingsAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/davidrawlingsauthor/

https://twitter.com/DavidJRawlings

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, #NWNF, Guest Post, David Rawlings

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