Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Come Visit My Page at Goodreads

Hi all,
See my books and
many others at

I have just set up my author page at Goodreads and invite all of you to come visit, join and become my friend there.  If you love books, and are always looking for something new to read, then you will enjoy being a member of Goodreads.

What is Goodreads?

Goodreads is a site where you can find a good book, read reviews on books, share books reviews with friends and make friends with other book lovers.  It is also a great site for "indie" writers, (writers who self-publish their novels) to share their books with others.  If you are an author or a book lover, you should belong to Goodreads.

My History with Goodreads

Goodreads has been around for quite a while - I joined in 2008 to promote my books and then forgot all about it.  Recently, when my two books were finally made into eBook format, I was looking for places to promote my books and found my profile on Goodreads.  Now, I advertise there and have a free author profile there - visit my profile here.  It is an excellent community for writers and readers alike and you don't have to be an author to join - you just have to be someone who loves books.  It's free, it's fun, so why not?

Here is the link to my profile on Goodreads -

Stop by and visit - hope you enjoy the site.

Other Great Sites

While I am at it, here are three great sites to visit that may interest you.  Not only do I like these sites, but I am also advertising on them - so yes, I am really into self-promotion today!  Check them out:

The Compulsive Reader - Book Review Site

Woman Tribune - Woman's site full of great articles



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving - Tips to Watch Your Weight During the Holidays

Photo: David Lat
Hi all,

By now the turkeys are in the oven and your family is gathering, snacking and waiting for the big event - your delicious meal.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you don't get hurt tomorrow as you line up for all those Black Friday deals!

Are you looking for ways to trim the fat this holiday season?  Check out my article on the website A Mom Knows about tips on how to eat healthy this holiday season. 



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Self-Publishing, Promoting and Advertising - Always Something New to Learn

Photo: Miguel Ugalde
Hi all,

Recently, I have been changing my focus from article writing back to my first love - novel writing.  Boy, have things changed!  Ten years ago I self-published two books in trade paperback format and after a year or so of self-promotion, I just let them lie as I continued on with my freelance writing.  Back then there were not as many opportunities for self-promotion and advertising as there is today.  Although I did get a few book review sites to review my books back then, it really wasn't enough to get the word out.  I also did a big promotion campaign for each book, mailing out press releases to all the book stores I could find across the country that I thought might be interested in carrying my books and that did get a few sales here and there.  Today, though, with eBooks, it looks to be a bit easier to promote and sell your work and I've been reading websites all over the Interent to garner any knowledge that will be helpful to me in the future.

Blog About Self-Publishing I Found Extremely Helpful

In my journey around the Net, I found one blog that seemed to answer almost all of my questions.  Lindsay Buroker's blog is particularly helpful for people who are new to self-publishing and promoting or are looking for ways to increase their self-promotion.  Lindsay is an indie fantasy author who started self-publishing and promoting her books in late 2010 and is now, only a year later, able to support herself from her book sales.  Imagine that - in less than a year to be able to follow her dream and make it come true.  Her blog is full of information that is helpful to the self-publisher because she has used that same information to get where she is today.  In addition to her own blog, she has started another one that gives more information on self-publishing called Savvy Self-Publishing - so be sure to check them both out.

Advertising Your Self-Published Book

It was from Lindsay that I found information about the book site Good Reads where you can create an author page for free and also buy advertising for your books for an affordable price.  When I went there, I found that I had created an author page back in 2008 but had never done anything with it.  So I finally added my two books and all the information about them and I also purchased an ad for one of my books to see what would happen.  With Good Reads' ads, you set the amount you are willing to spend per click and per day, the amount of time you want the ad to run and you are only charged if your ad is actually clicked on (which you hope will happen).  It's very affordable and a good way to get your book noticed.

While visiting a writer's forum, I learned about the book advertising site BlogAds.  BlogAds is affiliated with hundreds of successful blogs and you choose the size of the ad, the blogs you wish to place your ads on and how much time you wish the ads to run on the blogs.  You can choose high profile blogs down to everyday blogs (they tell you the traffic, impression amounts, etc.).  The cost can be anywhere from $10/week up to $400 or more per day, depending upon the blogs you choose.  It's a great way to get your book (or anything else) seen by people who are actually interested in that product.  For you successful bloggers out there - BlogAds may be an ideal way for you to increase your blogging income.

As for my book, I placed an ad for one of my books on a busy book review site for one month for a reasonable price.  We'll see how it does - hopefully I'll get enough sales to at least pay for the ad - but that is the chance you take.

Free Self-Promotion

I also found as I plowed my way through the Web that book review sites are generally happy to review your book for free - even an older book like mine.  Reviews are an excellent way to get people to learn about your book and help them decide if they'd like to buy it.  I did find one site that is going to review my book in January and I need to spend more time to find a few more.  I spent so much time yesterday creating ads and trying to describe my book in 100 characters or less - that's characters, not words - that I didn't get to finding too many review sites.  But that is next on my list.

Just as in my freelance writing career, I've found so many people out there who happily share information about self-publishing and promotion to help others succeed.  As I learn more, I'll also share with you so you can succeed too.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

My Books Now Available in eBook Format

Now available in eBook
Hi all,

My books that I self-published several years ago are now available in eBook format.  Right now they can be purchased through the publisher and soon they should be available on and Barnes &  Here are the links to purchase a copy of the eBook if you are interested:

Outlaw Heroes - Action/Adventure novel for ages 8 and up

Widow, Virgin, Whore - Women's Fiction Novel

You can read more information about these books by clicking the tab above titled My Books.

I had been searching for an eBook publisher when my original publisher sent an offer to publish both of my books in eBook format for free - how could I pass that up?  I hope having them in eBook format will give more people a chance to enjoy these books.  Outlaw Heroes, especially, is my favorite and I think any young boy or girl would enjoy reading it - maybe even mom and dad!



Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Articles Live on She Knows

Hi all,

Just wanted to share some of the new articles now live on She Knows.  I wrote these last month and really enjoyed doing them because I was able to correspond with several top dermatologists and skin care experts around the country.  It was kind of overwhelming to think that here I sat with my laptop at my kitchen table somewhere in Northern Minnesota writing articles and I was getting quotes from professionals in Manhattan! That's just one of the many pluses about freelance writing - you just never know who you will run into or where your writing will lead you. 

Anyway...Here are links to the skin care articles I wrote.  There's something for everyone, so you may even find some information that will help you. 

Dos and Don'ts for Dry Skin

Dos and Don'ts for Oily Skin

Does and Don'ts for Acne-Prone Skin

Dos and Don'ts for Sensitive Skin

Dos and Don'ts for Aging Skin