Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Great Way to Get Some Free Publicity That Works!

I just have to blog this. It's a funny story, so bear with me....

Last September, as you know, the kids and I went to the Smoky Mountains for a few glorious days of rest, relaxation, and fun.

Well, I wrote an article, a really great travel piece, and submitted it to my local paper, The Eastern Shore News.

I had been watching every Wednesday when the paper comes out for my article, but I had yet to see it, and I really kind of forgot about it, figuring they weren't ready to print it.

Last Friday, I was sitting down at work, chomping down on my wings and salad, and decided to read the newspaper. It was a free paper called The Eastern Shore Neighbor and is distributed by the same paper I sent my article to. Well, it was in there.

I thought it was really neat, and told the people at work who were there, grabbed a few dozen papers, and went home. And forgot to tell my daughter, or anyone else about it. I mean, it's really no big deal. Little did I know, it was to become a really big deal.

The next day when I went into work (I'm a server), I was waiting on a table of four, and the woman said something that sounded like "Am I in the smoking section?" I really didn't hear her all that well, but I didn't want to look like I hadn't heard her, so I just nodded. Then, I looked down on the table, and there was the paper. "Oh!" I said, "the article!"

I thought it was really neat that someone had noticed it, and recognized me from the picture of me and the kids that I sent in to go with the article.

Well, the next night, my daughter and I were sitting in the living room watching a movie that had me in absolute stitches. I was dying, and you could have probably heard me laughing all the way down the block. And, then, I hear my daughter screaming, "MOM!"

I thought she was calling me down for laughing so loud, so I turn to her, and she's got the newspaper with my article (with the picture) open, and sitting in her lap.

"WHEN DID YOU DO THIS???"

"Oh, I forgot to tell you! Isn't that neat?"

"But, MOM," she cries, “it's a TERRIBLE picture of me and you've got it plastered all over the country!" Well, it's a local paper, and I daresay it's plastered anywhere outside of the Eastern Shore, but try telling her that.

Anyway, it's a nice family picture.

The next day, my daughter gets off the phone, and stomps into the living room.

"IT'S ON THE BULLETIN BOARD AT WORK!"

At this point, I have peed my pants from laughing so hard.

It’s not every day a mother gets to humiliate her daughter and I was taking full advantage of it. Like I said, it’s a nice family picture. We were tourists, and looked, um, touristy.

So, today, I get off work and go to a little specialty store near me to pick up a couple of Christmas gifts for two of my co-workers, and no sooner had I placed the gifts on the counter, the two girls behind it whom I’ve never seen in my life said, “You really like the Smokies, don’t you?”

Well, I was all hyped up from work and a full carafe of coffee, so I was gushing all over the place. Then, the manager, who I have never talked to in my life said, “You really liked the Smokies, didn’t you?” LOL…seems this is the question of the day. So, he’s telling me all about this nice little catfish restaurant there, and telling me he’s going to check out my website. Cool deal.

I get home, and my daughter is in the kitchen and I’m telling her about what happened at the specialty store, and she looks at me with that dead-pan face, and says, “I went into Susan’s Seafood today and the woman that owned it said, ‘Your mom sure does like the Smokies, doesn’t she?’”

Well, I’m bursting out in hysterics. This article is getting some pretty good publicity!

Then, my daughter turns to me and says, “You can write books, you can tell people how to write books, you can have websites, you can have ebooks, you can tell people how to find their soul mates, and even get into the OK! Magazine, but you know what you’re going to be famous for? That damn Smoky Mountain article!”

She had a point there. I don’t care. Whatever works. But, it sure is neat. I’ve written articles for the paper before, but never put my picture (or my kids’ pictures) in it, but you know what? From now on, I’m going to start!

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 13 - Mary Emma's Potpourri of Writing

It's stop #13 at my dear friend, Mary Emma Allen's blog, "Mary Emma's Potpourri of Writing"! Wonderful interview in which she asks me just how I got started writing eBooks, and how receptive people are to to reading a paperless book. See you there!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Don't Let Your Little Ones Grow Up

If you want to bawl your eyes out, watch some home movies of the kids when they were little. Be prepared...stock up on some hankies!

My daughter and I are alone, and she asked me if I wanted to watch a home movie when my son turned eight. I don't know if I've talked about him much, but he worries me. I love him with all my heart, and this is the reason I guess this home movie affected me the way it did.

You see, my son is 23. I had to take him out of high school in his last semester before graduating because of a scuffle with his principal. He and I just didn't see eye to eye on a particular matter regarding my son's curriculum, and I got mad and withdrew him.

Of course, my son was elated. No more school.

But, you see, there was more to it than that.

My son has a mild case of Marfans. In case you don't know what it is, it's a tissue-deteriorating disease. It has no cure.

I didn't even know he had it at the time. All I know is that he kept flunking gym. He just couldn't keep up, and I don't know what happened, but he just couldn't pass it. But, because of that, he couldn't take a computer class that was very important to him. It was so important that once he got out of high school, he could take a test and become certified enough to work at NASA. A lot was riding on it.

Well, I found out he flunked gym, which meant he couldn't take the computer class, and I just about flipped. Well, I did flip. I withdrew him, and told him that he's not going back and was going to take his GED and go to college and become someone.

Well, it's been five years. The child--er...young man--sits at his father's house with no ambition, nor strength, to even go outside. He never went back to school, never got his GED, and never became who he wanted to be.

The doctors were no help. He was sent to King's Daughters, a children's hospital, in Norfolk, but the best they could do was diagnose that it was Marfans. "There is no cure," they said.

And that was that.

Today, he tires easily. His back hurts him all the time. He has dark circles under his eyes. He doesn't want to make a life for himself and I'm not really sure why.

I ask him all the time what's the matter, and he tells me nothing. He doesn't talk about it.

Yes, it bothers me. At his age, I had been married for four years. I know times have changed, but it really bothers me and I'm to the point where I don't know what to do.

I have tried to get him to go back to school, and he refuses. I have told him I would take him to the DMV to get his license, and he's scared to drive. He's scared of life if you ask me.

I can remember that night when he pulled up his shirt and said, "Mom, you need to look at something."

On his back, it looked like he had been whipped about 20 times. All across his back were these raised red lines. Immediately, I took him to the hospital. They told me to take him to the family doctor, which I did the next day. They were baffled. They didn't even know what it was.

It took one kind doctor who thought he might have Marfans. That's when he told us to take him to King's Daughters to find out for sure.

And, yes, he had it.

Abraham Lincoln had Marfans, and he went on to become President. What is my son going to become? A vegetable?

And, tonight, watching him turn eight in front of my very eyes, I saw the child he used to be before the school system, and Marfans, got to him. He was a happy child, doing things to make me laugh. If you could have seen that smile I saw tonight.

If I could only turn back time, and have that child back again. What could I have done different? For one thing, I would have homeschooled him. He was taunted, I'm sure, for not being able to keep up with "the boys" his own age. They were boisterous. My son was not.

Anyway, I'm not sure if I should have watched this home movie or not because it just brings back memories of a time when my son had his smile. I get glimpses of it now and then, but he's not that same little boy. I'm sure that little boy is in there somewhere, though. I would sure like to get him back.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Day Before Thanksgiving Holiday Cooking Blitz

Well, gang, tomorrow's the day! Are you all going crazy with the pre-cooking as I am?

I've washed the turnip greens, and they're cooking on the stove. Man, that aroma! I love it! I have so much to cook tomorrow, so I'm going to do something a little different and start early. A Betty Crocker, I'm not, but I sure can throw out a mean Thanksgiving dinner.

We're having turkey, Stove Top stuffing, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, turnip greens, regular and baked corn, candied yams with marshmallows on top, and Ann's dumplings, with Cherry Cobbler and Banana Cake for dessert. I hope I haven't left anything out.

I've got to go to work tonight, so I'm frantically getting these greens cooked, and I wanted to start on the banana cake and went to see if I had all the ingredients, and lo and behold, I found a can of baking powder that was a damn antique! It was dated 1999! Jeeeez! Guess I'll have to stop off at the store tonight and pick up some fresh baking powder, huh?

With all this food, you would think that I'd have an army coming over, but it's only going to be my daughter, son and boyfriend. But, just think....no cooking for a week!

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving, and you aren't pulling your hair out like I am. I love Thanksgiving, but boy it sure can be a lot of work. But, I'd have it no other way. ;o)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

New Zumaya Romance Imprint & Poll!

Hi readers,

I've just been passed the news that Zumaya Publications is planning to open a romance imprint, but they have so many wonderful names to choose from, they can't decide which one to pick!

That's where you come in!

Here are the details:

This past July Zumaya Publications moved business operations from its long-time home in British Columbia to the warmer climes of Austin, Texas. In the coming year, we plan to implement a number of exciting changes, and we want to invite booklovers to join us and qualify for prizes in three special contests.

In January 2007, Zumaya will establish a new romance imprint. Our authors have come up with ten excellent ideas for a name for the imprint, and we're interested in finding out which of them appeals the most to readers. So, we've set up a poll on Yahoogroups at Name That Imprint. To vote for your favorites (yes, you can vote for more than one) just send an email to http://us.f509.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=name_that_imprint-subscribe%40yahoogroups.com.

If you're already registered with Yahoo Groups, you can just ask to add the group to your roster. Or go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/name_that_imprint/ and sign up directly.

When the poll ends on 15 December, we will enter the email addresses of the voters into a contest. Three will win a gift card worth $100, $50 or $25 provided by Zumaya authors, as well as some special personal gifts the authors are lining up as we speak; a complete list will be provided in a week or so. Not only that, we're offering five holiday-themed ebooks—three for adults and two for kids—free for the duration of the poll.

So, even if you don't read romance, come to Name That Imprint and let us know which of the names tickles your fancy.

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So, help us out, won't you? Lots of prized (MONEY!) and if you click on the files there, you'll have access on two freebie Christmas books! Thanks muchly!

Dorothy Thompson
Editor, The Writer's Life
www.thewriterslife.net

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 12 - On the Writers' Road Less Traveled

Good morning, everyone! Are we out there promoting our little dickens off? Well, good! If you have the time, I'm guest touring over at my good friend, Alyssa Goodnight's blog, "On the Writers' Road Less Traveled," so if you have any questions you would like to ask about eBooks, promoting eBooks, or promoting in general, please leave a comment at Alyssa's blog, and I'll get right to it!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 11 - In the Middle

Baby, it's cold outside! Even so, I've got my steaming hot cup of coffee, and I'm warm and happy. Another advantage of a virtual book tour!

Today's stop is...my dear friend, Martie's, blog IN THE MIDDLE! Come on over and ask me anything. I dare you. Double dare ya. Thank you, Martie, for hosting me!

Speaking of promotion, I will be teaching a workshop, "Pump Up Your Self-Published eBookPromotion" over at Earthly Charms in July. Hard to wait that long!

Am I the only one without a turkey for Thanksgiving??? My landlord gives us one every year (I presume for being eternally grateful we don't complain about the million things we have wrong with this house), so I didn't buy one.

Well, the days are getting closer to Thanksgiving, and no sign of the frozen turkey out my back door. As in wtf?

I was telling BF about this, and was getting a little worried as Thanksgiving is only 3 days away, and he says, "He gives us a turkey on Christmas, doesn't he?"

Eek.

I really really need to slow down. Just not in my vocabulary.

So, I guess a trip to the store is on the agenda after I get off from work tomorrow...but...will there still be turkeys there?

Jeez, always something. So, is everyone cooking this year? I may have to borrow your turkey if you don't mind.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 10 - For Your Entertainment

Rounding out the week-end, I stopped off at a dear friend's blog Friday. Linda Rucker, hosted me on her blog and she asked me some pretty darn good questions.

Like this one...

"Dorothy, in compiling this e-book, have you found ways to entice that elusive New York agent you've been trying for?"

I went yikes. I don't think I have an answer for this one, but I couldn't not answer! So, head on over to her blog and find out how I got myself out of that one...lol. Her link is http://newsworthycomments.blogspot.com/. Leave a comment if you'd like, and Linda will let me know. See you there!

Chew This!

I know you don't want to hear this, but I'm revising my hen lit...ahem..women's fiction with a humorous attitude...for the...uh...counting...fifth or sixth time.

I decided to change it from past tense to first tense being as it's being narrated by the main protag, Celia Gladstone Fields, and it's taking on a really neat feel.

I think Celia rather likes it this way because she won't stop me from typing into the early morning and late evening until the skin on my fingers fall off. But, that's okay...I need to get this done and out the door eventually.

However, I hit a slight little glitch. I was in the third chapter, and Celia is pulling a stick of gum out of her purse and dang if I can remember the name of that brand I used to chew when I lived in Burbank, California, many, many years ago. It had stripes in colors of the rainbow. Anyone know? This is killing me. I need to know because I need to add it to the story.

So, I go to the Internet and put "chewing gum" in search and omg did you know how many kinds of chewing gum there are?

Millions.

And I found out some really interesting tidbits, too.

Did you know that the maker of Chiclet invented a gum named Black Jack Gum on December 28, 1869? Seems it was made up of a "combination of rubber with other articles, in any proportions adapted to the formation of an acceptable chewing gum," but never sold it commercially. Did you know that it initally was intended to be a rubber substitute? Exiled Mexican former president and general, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was living in New Jersey when he tried to persuade Thomas Adams of Staten Island, New York to buy it. Adams had intended on using it as a rubber substitute, but his efforts at vulcanization didn't work. But, he noticed that Santa Anna enjoyed chewing it. So, Adams boiled a bunch of it up and created what we call "chewing gum." He even began experimenting with flavorings, and in 1884, he created Adams' Black Jack, the first flavored gum in America. It was an instant success. However, at the latter part of the '70s, production halted because of slow sales, and eventually Adams sold out to the Warner-Lambert Company, and then Cadbury. Adams (who went on to invent Chiclets) last batch of Black Jack Gum was in the fall of 2004.

So much for history, but I didn't know it.

Oh, and did you know that if you chew sugarless gum on a regular basis, it will actually IMPROVE dental health?

Oh, and did you know that the world's oldest gum is 9,000 years old? I'd daresay I'd want to chew that thing!

Now you can't say the boomer chick hasn't taught you something today.

Well, gotta go work on my book. Anyone know what that kind of gum is that has a striped rainbow-colored wrapper?

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Montgomery Gentry Concert Was the Bomb!

Okay, I've recovered. A night of partying with Montgomery Gentry wiped this little ol' boomer chick right out. It was great. I didn't actually think I'd enjoy it as much as I did, but it was really a great concert. These guys put on a show and a half. The light show was out of this world. I've got some pictures to show you:






And moi...a little blurry, but here ya go...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

What do the Eagles, Elvis, and Neil Young, All Have in Common?

Oh come on. I'll give you a guess.

1974. 1971. 1973.

I've got you thinking, don't I?

Okay, what does having the most fun in all your entire life on this earth, agreeing to go on a date with someone you simply loathe and wishing you could come down with some weirded-out disease to get out of it, and seeing your absolute idol for the first time as a young hippie-wannabe and nearly passing out from the excitement--in that order--have in common?

Okay, sheesh. I'll tell you.

These are people/bands/idols I at least can remember to have seen in concert.

I'll tell you why I bring this up. Tonight, I will be joining my adopted daughter, Amanda, on a trip to the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland, to see two dudes dressed in cowboy hats named Montgomery Gentry.

I don't mean any disrespect, but my car (which housed the main source of my music entertainment) is still sitting in the yard, waiting to be fixed, and I haven't heard any music, country or not, in ages.

So, Amanda asks me last month if I want to go, she'll pay for tickets. She says they're a country band and she knows how much I love country.

So I said yes.

Well, today is the day of the concert, and I have nothing to wear, have way too many projects to complete, and haven't been to a concert since my hippie-wannabe days, and quite frankly, I wouldn't even know how to act if I were at one.

So, I'm wondering how much has changed.

Are we still allowed to hold lighters in the air, or will they be confiscated by the guards in case we have plans to burn down the place?

Can we take our own drinks inside or are they going to be seized because we are smart enough to make bomb-like weapons out of them and blow up the only source of entertainment in our corner of the woods?

What about screaming and yelling, "Peace, baby!"

Oops, this is country. How about "Yee-haw!"?

Can we do that?

Are we supposed to do that?

And what do you wear to these things?

I guess you can tell I'm not really looking forward to this. I don't have any cool, stylish clothes. I don't even have a cowboy hat.

What a waste of good writing time, but I'll let you know how it pans out. Wish me luck. I'll need it while trying to find that happy face I used to have. Groan.

Long live Woodstock, baby.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 9 - Shades of Romance Magazine

Little late in posting this, but stop #9 is at Shades of Romance Magazine, so hurry on over there, and if you have any questions, leave a comment in their comment box. See you there!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Make Cartoon Speech Bubbles!

I suppose this isn't the only website where you can do this, but it was a really neat find! This is from Wigflip, and you can have a blast with it putting speech bubbles on any picture in your files.

In case you're wondering, I'm the mastermind behind superimposing my doggie's heads onto this famous painting. All I did was print it out, put it in a frame, and it's on the wall beside me now. Cute, huh? Makes great gifts!

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 8 - Miss Cellania

Folks, you are in for a treat. Not only is she gracious enough to grant me a review for "A Complete Guide to Promoting & Selling Your Self-Published eBook," but her blog is the bomb. I don't even know how I found Miss C, but I remember the first time I was there, I burned my chocolate chip cookies. I just couldn't stop browsing! Fun stuff over there. Check out the review, leave a comment if you'd like, and enjoy the incredible world of Miss Cellania.

See you there!

Smoky Mountain Web Cam

I needed to bookmark this so I'd have the link handy, so I figured...let's blog it!

Omg...this is a web cam of the Smoky Mountains.

This is what I'm talking about guys!

Can you imagine waking up to this?

Can you imagine it in the distance while driving to work?

Can you imagine what it would be like to call this your home?

Sigh....

One year, folks, one year. If I can make it that long.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 7 - I AM THE HUNTER

And...it's day seven of the "A Complete Guide to Promoting & Selling Your Self-Published eBook" virtual book tour with a stop off at Jamieson Wolf's blog, I AM THE HUNTER. Quite a remarkable writer, and it's such a thrill to have the opportunity to visit his blog! Come join me and if you have any questions about promoting, leave a comment in Jamieson's comment box. See you there!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 6 - The Surreal Unwriter

It's day six of my virtual book tour and today's stop is at Ron Berry's "The Surreal Unwriter"! Stop by and say hello. If you have any questions up to this point about promoting eBooks, leave them in the comment box and I'll get right to them. See you there!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Are You an Energy-Zapper or Know Someone Who Is?

Scenario #1 -
You're in between keeping your virtual book tour running smoothly, finishing off your next relationship book, and sending out fifty million press releases. All of a sudden, the dogs are going crazy which sends the bird into choruses of "Let's Chirp As Loud As I Can So My Voice Will Be Louder Than The Dogs," and your equilibrium does a tail-spin. BF is home. The noise level goes from -2 to 200 on the richter scale, and you've lost all ambition to continue what you were doing. BF, in between making Max scream to to the top of his lungs after he says, "Wanna go outside?," says, "Oh, did I disturb you?"

Scenario #2 -
"Mom, can I pleeeeze use the computer for a few minutes. I've got this ECLEX test to take and my form was supposed to be in the mail. Have you been to the mail lately? I really need that form to fill out this other form on the Internet to take my ECLEX or I won't make that $1,000,000,000 a year I get from my new nursing job. Can I pleeeeze get on there to check my email to see if they sent me any information about it???? Pllleeeeeezzzzeee?????"

I sigh, get up, start dishes, and hear a scream.

"This %$#@ computer! Mom, when are you going to get someone to look at this #$%& computer???? If I lose this, I'll have to pay another fifty bucks to get it again...omg...I need that pin number...did BF get the mail??? He doesn't have that form and I lose out on making my $1,000,000,000, and lose it, did he???? I know I'll kill him for sure then!!!! Why isn't this ^%$#@ computer working right??? Omg...what's this mean????"

I put the dish rag down, and run to her aid. With one click, problem solved and I start cleaning the spare bedroom. That's when I hear another shriek.

With my blood pressure rising, and hitting a new record temperature on the hot flash meter, I run back out in the living room.

"You didn't tell me you unplugged the printer!!!!," she shrieks.

I plug in the printer, and it's about that time, I feel my energy waning to new depths.

Scenario #3-
The house is finally quiet. BF and Daughter is at work. I have the whole day to myself to finally get some work done. The workload is horrendous as stated in scenario #1, and all I want is peace and quiet.

And that's when someone goes by with a damn sound system that you could hear in California.

The dogs wake from their slumber, and between their howls and the bird's chirpings, I lean back in my chair and wonder how in the hell I can afford that cabin in the mountains. Alone.

I love my family. I love my dogs. I even love my loud-mouth bird.

But, do you ever get to the point where you feel these energy-zappers are getting to be too much, and are pushing you to the edge of senility? And they wonder why when they walk by me, asking me a question, that I don't respond?

Do you have energy-zappers in your life? How do you handle it????

Arrrrgggg.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 5 - Blue Jeans & Tennis Shoes!

What do mismatched jammies, bed hair and a cup of steaming hot coffee all have in common?

The perfect setting for my virtual book tour!

Today I'm stopping off at Jen Nipp's blog, Blue Jeans & Tennis Shoes! So, grab your cup of java and come on over!

Speaking of coffee, isn't Folger's just the best?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 4 - Nutter's Gang!

Omg...I have my very first review! Everyone...hop over to Michelle E. Ellis' blog at http://www.meellis.blogspot.com/ where she's hosting me today and read my very first review! I'm about to have a boomer chick conniption!

What I found really neat is that my eBook, A Complete Guide to Promoting & Selling Your Self-Published eBook, has given Michelle ideas for promoting her already-published eBooks which has given her the confidence to query RT Magazine! Woo-hoo! Go Michelle! Let us know what you find out!

Everyone...pleeeeze, go over to Michelle's blog and leave a comment!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 3 - SmallPress Blog

Wow...Day Three of my "A Complete Guide to Promoting & Selling Your Self-Published eBook" Virtual Book Tour sends me over to Tom Nixon's SmallPress Blog! Head on over there, and if you have any questions about self-publishing eBooks, promoting self-published eBooks, or any promotional questions, leave them in Tom's blog. Thank you, Tom, for hosting me!

Yesterday I was over at Kaleidosouls where Joyce asked me some really interesting questions. Among other things, she wanted to know what the single, most effective way to promote eBooks was.

This was a hard one, and the only way I could come up with a rational answer was to figure out just which tactic I used ended up being the most profitable. I believe that using every promotional tactic I outline in the eBook will give you the sales you want, but narrowing it down to just one, I would have to say the syndication of my articles.

When I send off an article (and this has to be done on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, with daily and weekly being the best), I get enormous exposure. FOR FREE.

It's the domino effect...and never stops. You send it to one content ezine and give them that right to pass your article to other content ezines, and before you know it, your article, along with your bio which has your website link in it, goes out to hundreds of other content ezines.

The key to getting top ranking in the search engines for any particular project you have is to have that website link on as many other websites as you can. Syndicating your articles will do that for you.

Tomorrow, I'll be heading to M.E. Ellis' blog, so I hope to see you there. Meanwhile, come on over to Tom Nixon's SmallPress blog and ask me anything you'd like!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Virtual Book Tour - Stop # 2

It's Day Two of "A Complete Guide to Promoting & Selling Your Self-Published eBook" Virtual Book Tour, and my next stop is Joyce Anthony's beautiful blog, Kaleidosouls. She's having technical problems this morning, so it may take some time before we can get over there, but keep checking.

I would like to recap yesterday's events on my first tour stop at Kathy Holmes' blog, Women's Fiction With Attitude. One question she asked me was how long have I been marketing eBooks and how much time would I estimate it takes for an eBook to be what I would consider a success.

I know success means different things to different folks, but to me, I considered my eBook project a success when I got my first sale. I know that sounds silly, but to me it meant there's at least someone out in cyberland that thought my eBook was worthy of plunking down cold greenback. It's a sense of satisfaction in that, you know?

To tell you the truth, I was running around the house screaming with delight.

And, so far, no one has sent me a negative review, or maybe the boomer chick has scared them to the point where they just can't do it. And that's all right with me. Really.

So, how has this book tour gone so far promotion-wise?

Terrific. I can't imagine what kind of surprises there are for me as we go along, but so far it's been fabulous. I do see where you have to be really organized as you are setting this thing up yourself. The only drawback is that your mind is constantly whirring, which isn't good for a little boomer chick like me, but it's been fun. Ask me at the end and I'll tell you how much fun, if it doesn't kill me first, lol.

Tomorrow, I'll be at Tom Nixon's SmallPress Blog, so hope to see you there! Whew...I need coffee!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Virtual Blog Tour Kicks Off at Kathy Holmes' Blog, Women's Fiction With Attitude!

Good morning! I've taken all THREE dogs out for a walk, and now it's time to mosey on over to Kathy Holmes' blog, "Women's Fiction With Attitude"! I will be talking about promoting your own eBooks (really it's not as hard as you think) in case you wanted to generate some Christmas spending money or just in case you might want to do this yourself in the near future. It'll be a great learning experience, so follow that link! The coffee's hot and the donuts warm! Besides, Kathy's a real winner in my book as she's thinking about selling her own ebooks herself. And, if you have any questions about self-publishing eBooks, or promotion in general, leave a comment on Kathy's blog and I'll answer it for you. See you there!

Tomorrow I'll be at Joyce Anthony's blog at KaleidoSouls where I will explain more what this "self-publishing eBooks" is all about. If you want to keep track of where I'll be, visit my promoting eBook blog, eBook Promotion for Self-Published Authors!

Happy promoting to you!