Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday FREEBIES for Writers!!! Woo Hoo!!

Thursday's New Freebies. Get them while you can!  Now that Kindle has Prime it's a little harder to tell when it's an actual free book, so be sure to check. I know these are only free for a limited time.

Write First, Clean Later: Blogs, Articles, & Writing Advice

Publish and Sell Short Articles: 10 tips for success on the Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo and Sony Readers

How to Write eBooks Today by Accomplished Author and Attorney, Roy E. Hoover

A Self-Mentoring Checklist for Novelists

Writing in the Fast Lane

Dead On Writing (The How-To Book to Die For)

How I Wrote My First Book: the story behind the story
Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero
Telling Details, 2nd Edition

Hope you enjoy!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fantastic Writer Freebies for Today!!!

I found lots of Writer oriented book freebies I think you'll want to check out.  Now that Kindle has Prime it's a little harder to tell when it's an actual free book, so be sure to check. I know these are only free for a limited time.

How to Write Your Novel in Nine Weeks
Game Plan: Choosing Between Traditional and Self Publishing (Royalty Check Reality Check)

Profitable Book Publishing - Book Publishing 101 for the first time author (Advanced Book Marketing)

Be the Monkey - Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath
The Newbie's Guide to Publishing (Everything A Writer Needs To Know)

How to Write the Feel-Good Book of the Year - Advice for Fiction Writers (Advanced Book Marketing)


Advanced Book Marketing - the fastest way to get your books into your reader's hands

Hope you enjoy...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Adding LinkedIn to your Marketing Arsenal!

Adding  LinkedIn to your Marketing Arsenal!

LinkedIn is not just a directory site. I was amazed to find that the place I signed up with a couple of years ago was, in reality, a great networking site. There are some amazing groups you can join and many ways you can expose yourself (In a good way) to new readers and new marketing allies.

Promoting Your Book on LinkedIn: Do's and Don'ts

Promote Your Books Using LinkedIn

TGIF Book Marketing Tips: The Importance of LinkedIn Profiles for Book Authors

Book marketing - LinkedIn Groups for book marketing and more

Learn How To Promote Your Book Using LinkedIn

How LinkedIn Apps Can Promote Your Business

Promote Your Books in the Publications Section on LinkedIn

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Putting Your Best Face Forward: Using Facebook to Market Your Books and Build Your Readership

Yesterdays post about using Twitter was a big success, so today I'm taking a look at the "Other" social marketing platform that has changed the way most people use the internet and interact with one another. Facebook is like another world. My goal is to provide you today with the results of my own personal research into the subject. I hope that it will help you learn to maximize your reach by using this social-networking  platform.

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's FREEBIE Friday!!! Using Twitter To Promote Your Books

As always be cautious and use your own common sense when determining whether to try any of these freebies.

Use this Free Resource to schedule your tweets.
Looking to spruce up your Facebook, MySpace or Twitter Profile, check this out.

100 Totally Free
Twitter Power Strategies...

The Twitter Guide Book

Article on Marketing Your Books on Twitter

Promote Your Book on Twitter - Top 10 Strategies for Authors

Promote Your Book on Twitter in 10 Minutes a Day

How To Promote Your Book Using Twitter

9 Ways to Use Social Media to Launch a Book

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I just signed up with Kindlegraph. I know it's not Really signing the book, but I really think this is an awesome thing.  If nothing else its a great place to see your book cover and it's linked to your Amazon Product Page.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Authors Marketing & Tools  You can post excerpts and it looks like you can post purchase links.

New and experienced authors and publishers can take advantage of BiblioScribe's free press release and article submission service to publicize their works.

Biblio Tweet  HootSuite  Social Media Dashboard...FREE OPTION

Tweet Deck

Bitly  Helps you track, shorten and analyze your url

Storybook Software for plotting your novel

Book Hitch  Create a free listing.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Free Resource for Some Computing in the "CLOUD"

I have had the miserable experience of losing valuable information on both an SD card and an External Hard Drive.   Now, I'm a little paranoid about my data. 

When it comes to my WIP I worry as we all do about losing all of my hard work. 

For the last several months I've been using an online venue called Drop Box.  It enables me to sync my selected files across my three computers and always have the most recent changes on whichever computer I decide to work on.

I hadn't even thought about it until this morning when I responded to a thread about mobile computing using a laptop, but they offer 2  GB of free storage.

You can check them out by going here

I am very pleased with their service.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Freebie Friday: Software

With many conversations taking place on forums everywhere about poor editing and proofreading, I decided to scour the internet for some of the available proofreading and writing software available.
NOTE: I have NOT used any of this software or their trials, so use your due diligence before downloading anything to your computer, and if you don't feel comfortable, Don't Do It!

White Smoke is a grammar check and editing program. They offer a FREE trial.

Grammarly: Online Based. Subscription Levels. 7 Day Trial, must give cc or paypal info.

ClearEdits: Free Trial

Style Writer 4: Free Trial, Demo

Auto Crit: Free Trial, Sample Screen, Subscription Levels

Serenity Editor-Free Trial 

Writing Software: Helps to organize your novel.

Write Way Pro

Please email me with any suggestions for our list.

Thanks and have a wonderful and productive weekend!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Free Ebook For the Holiday Weekend!

MEGAN'S WAY by Melissa Foster is now a FREE EBOOK on AMAZON!! Get it quick! Please SHARE! Megan's Way (2011 Beach Book Festival Award Winner, 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist) eBook: Melissa Foster: Kindle Store

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Freebies for All My Writer Friends!

The Coffee House Wordsmith Guide to Paying Writer's Markets and Resources

The Writer's Secret: MasterMind Your Way to Publishing Success

Ebook By Jennifer Sander
$0.00 Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: March 21, 2011
Category: Non-Fiction » Reference » Writing skills
Words: 10635 (approximate)
Language: English
Ebook Short Description
What is it that successfully published writers know that everyone else should now too? That the best way to get ahead is to get ahead with your friends rather than trying to do it on your own. Jennifer Basye Sander, a NYT bestselling author, and JT Long, a successful magazine writer, share their advice and philosophy in this short but powerful book.

Cover for '50 Ways to Look and Feel Beautiful'

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

List of Cover Artist: A Little Free Research for You!

Ok. So sometimes I'm going to just do a little research for you so that it saves you the time.  I've been scouring the web and asking for recommendations on Cover Artist.  People still DO judge books and ebooks by the cover.  They will argue just how much a cover influences a buying decision, but most readers still admit that it does influence it somewhat.

I will more than likely continue to edit this post as I find additions. Hopefully, this will help you connect with some great talent to help you package your works of art in a manner that will attract lots of sales.

Karen Fowler  PreMade Covers NEWLY Added 9/15/11
Rae at:
Tuesday at:
Amanda at:
Frauke at:
Kim at:
Dara England  *Not currently taking custom orders but does have some premades
Peter Ortiz:
Glendon Haddix (
Elizabeth Sharp (
Christopher Steininger:
J. Simmons:
Stephanie Mooney:
Christine DeMaio-Rice:
Tara Shuler:
Becky Weaver -
Ronnell D. Porter - 
Kathleen Valentine
Jeroen ten Berge:
Carl Graves:
Robin Ludwig Design (
Nathalia Suellen (
Claudia McKinney is amazing (
Malcolm McClinton:
Kimberly Van Meter
Gary Val Tenuta :

Sunday, August 28, 2011

More Freebies, More Marketing Options:

The Indie Spot is not really an place for official advertising / marketing, but it is a great forum where readers and writers can discuss books and everyone can find some really good books to read. They do offer small ads for those who are interested at a very minimal price.

As of May, 2007, Mr. Lukeman has made his e-book HOW TO WRITE A GREAT QUERY LETTER free,as a way to give back to the writing community. Click here to download the free e-book.  (110 pages)

Flash Mob for Book Promotion...Interesting Marketing Concept

Hi everyone. I wanted to share a really neat idea with all of you. If you're published it could be a great way to help get the word out about your book in an interesting way.

Check out!/pages/Amrita-Publishing/184725818262525?sk=app_129982580378550  Amrita Publishing... They describe their concept as a FLASH MOB for book promotion where other authors swoop in and help promote a featured author, then in return eventually, everyone gets a turn.  Neat concept! Their first Featured Artist is today and this all happens at 3 pm est.

Please Visit the Amrita Publishing FB page, and their Featured Artist page today around that time and help spread the love for Daniel L Carter. Coincidentally, Daniel was one of the first Authors who featured an interview with me on his blog when my book ISLAND OF SECRETS came out last November.  He definitely helps other authors and he deserves some extra attention.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Freebies for All My Writer Friends!

For years I've used Travel Guides as a source of research.  It's a great snapshot of a state, usually gives you a list of historical sites and a little about each and often includes a driving map.  I've found a site that offers lots of these State Tourism/Travel Guides for FREE. I have a file that I keep all of these in for Future reference.

Have a Great Friday and Happy Writing!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another Marshall Plan Freebie

Here's a Cool Freebie: Section pages you can print out from the Marshall Plan for Novel Writing.

Evan Marshall's Fiction Makeover- Previous Freebie

Ok, I told you that I would report back when I had a chance to open up the download and take a peak. Wow! I'm a fan of Evan Marshall's advice anyway, but this is going to be a real treat for all of us.  Be sure to report back what you think.  Like I said, I'm just getting started and as busy as I am right now, it may take me a while to finish it.

Do you do Author Chats?

Maybe I can shed some light by sharing my experience with author chats. I've done one but attended several put on by a popular website. They usually select 3 or 4 authors to feature and each author gets around 10-15 minutes to share about their books. The one I did was very well attended by readers and I sold several books from the endeavor.

A note of warning, you must be prepared. I would suggest that you attend several before being featured. This will allow you to get a feel for the pace with which they move. It will also allow you to become familiar with they type of likely questions the readers may ask you so that you can already have answers ready. I already had a short blurb and a couple of short excerpts copy and pasted into my little sticky notes program so I could paste them into the chat quickly. I was able to take full advantage. I have watched authors melt down because they could do nothing but answer questions and they never got to tell about their book. You want to leave the readers wanting more of your book. When you post your blurb and excerpt they are still going to have questions but you are better in control of the information they leave the chat with. Hope this helps some of you.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Just downloaded my copy. Let me know what you think. I'll come back and post my thoughts after I have a chance to look at it.
Thanks to:  Click below to go download your copy.  Free Online Version of THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE  Free Tax Organizer

Monday, August 22, 2011


Most of us are looking for more places to get the word out about our books. Here is a great find!

Goodkindles - kindle book reviews, kindle books recommendations

Already at it this morning! Website Find!!!!

This is a great find for those of you like me who write novels with paranormal elements.  This is a new website, but looks like it will be a great place for readers to find new Indie Authors.  Check it out.  PARANORMAL INDIES  .COM

Here is another great Site / Forum I just recently ran across that will be of interest to Gothic Writers and Readers...
Gothic Romance Forum, a Community for Gothic Romance Fiction and Literature Lovers   This is a really cool site dedicated to the Gothic Romance Sub-Genre...
Write On,

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter, Writer-Reminders, which is filled with tips, tricks and resources for combining a writing career with the rest of your life.  
You'll receive the ebook, The Sidetracked Writer's Planner, free to help you get organized.  
Each week, you'll get a weekly checklist to help you write and publish more
(read a recent issue).

What's in the ebook, "The Sidetracked Writer's Planner?" 
"The Sidetracked Writer's Planner" contains a shopping list, 20 printable forms, and instructions for creating your own Writer's Planner.   
The forms include: 
  • Submission Tracker
  • Query Index
  • Clips Index 
  • Clip Detail Sheet
  • Manuscript Index
  • Manuscript Detail Sheet
  • Idea Index
  • Income and Expense Records
  • Divider Labels for your planner
  • Project List
  • Project Details
  • Activity List
  • Books to Read
  • Websites to Visit
  • Supplies to Buy
  • How to Index
  • Addresses, and
  • Monthly, Weekly and Daily Calendars.
This is too cool and I can't wait to get mine!!!!
Click to access the Freebie
Press Releases Made EASY by Jennifer Mattern

Discover the "Secret" Formula for Perfect Press Releases, and Get Quality Backlinks, Targeted Traffic, and Exposure for Your Website or Online Business

Book Promotion Ain’t For Sissies

Book Promotion Ain’t For Sissies
 By Jenna Glatzer

My first blog post. I can't believe that I have finally made the jump into blogging.  Actually, I can't believe it took me this long.  FREEBIES FOR WRITERS started out many years ago as a newsletter distributed through Yahoo Groups.  It was very well received and I had tons of subscribers that held on each and every newsletter, but as with most things, life happened and eventually the newsletters became more and more less frequent. 

Since my first novel was published electronically back in November of 2010 I've become more and more aware of the importance and popularity of blogs as an information vehicle.  I have been amazed at how many moms, dads and even kids are blogging about anything you could imagine. 

This blog is for fun. A way that I as an author can share with other writers fun and interesting tools that I find along my internet searches. 

I also have a CD Library Compilation of Life in the 1800's (this compilation includes actual etexts of books and resources from that time period. If anyone is interested in more information on this simply comment.

I love to dig and now I can share all of my wonderful discoveries with you my new blog readers and friends...

Now, on to my first find....
Book Promotion Ain’t For Sissies By Jenna Glatzer

I haven't had a chance to read the whole thing, but it looks very interesting and for FREE even 1 good marketing idea is like gold.  This ebook is 62 pages

I hope you enjoy this first installment and will check back often for more...
Keep Writing,
Tammie Clarke Gibbs