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