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Hello world... they say on WordPress.

So what am I doing at the moment? Well, today I got paid (yay!) for my contribution to a Syngress book on botnets, and I'm in the process of editing another book for Syngress written by members of AVIEN and AVIEWS. In fact, I have to finish a chapter for that in the next two days, so I guess I'll have to come back to this later.

Watch this space.

(But remember to breathe occasionally.)

Added by David Harley on March 28, 2007 at 12:41pm — No Comments

why blackdog?

Each of us responds better to accountability and judgment when it comes from our peers.

When a person is at a point in their lives where their ability to cope and deal rationally with their problems is gone, they as well

as we need someone that can bring them peace.

Someone is the key in healing. Institutions, originations, well meaning companies all can not provide the most important…


Added by Rick Francis on March 28, 2007 at 9:40am — No Comments

Adding Friends in the Book Marketing Network

If you ad friends in this network -- and they accept your invitation -- their Ning contact info will be included in your Address Book (which you can access by clicking on the small envelope in the upper left corner of any page.

Then it is easier for you to send a direct message to any of your friends via the network (again accessible to them via their little envelope in the upper left corner of any page). Via that envelope icon, you can click on it and access any messages others in the… Continue

Added by John Kremer on March 26, 2007 at 11:08pm — No Comments

The Wilderness Experience

Where you look is where you go!,

In August, I spent an amazing ten days hiking in the Saw Tooth Mountains of Idaho where I had the opportunity to travel down the rapids of the upper middle fork of the Salmon River. It was all part of an incredible seminar, titled “The Wilderness Experience.”,

The seminar is designed to help participants step outside their personal comfort zones so they can get familiar with what that feels like and learn to take personal leadership in their… Continue

Added by WinningTheGameOfBusiness on March 25, 2007 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Maintaining Your Control When Working With A Design Firm

LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, you hire a designer for their expertise and their insight. If your car didn't run, you wouldn't tell your mechanic how to fix it. Your mechanic knows the best way to make your car go. A

good designer will help make your business "go," and if you are willing to trust in their expertise, they will likely lead your project in a direction that will benefit you. In most cases, your role in the process of working with a designer should be one of information delivery and… Continue

Added by Judi Lake on March 25, 2007 at 7:48pm — 6 Comments

I Like It But Don't Love It

If You or anyone you know has ever gotten the inane "ILIBDLI" response from an agent or editor, you might enjoy the post "I Like It But Don't Love" post on

Added by Bill Stephens on March 25, 2007 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Getting Spartacus on MySpace...

This is pretty cool, so I thought that I would share...hope that everyone has had a great weekend!

Since I wrote MySpace For Dummies, the company that I work for, MediaSauce, has been getting many requests to create MySpace pages for all different types of people, organizations and events.

One of…


Added by Hup on March 25, 2007 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

Sending a copy of my book to established authors

Hi all, It's me, Sean Toh from Singapore.

Last week, I had this idea of sending my books to some established authors. I told myself that I had nothing to lose but the printing cost of the book and the postage cost needed to send the book to the destination address. Hence, I started writing a few thank you notes and send my books to my targeted authors.

Within the next few day, I recieved a few thank you letters and notes from some of them. This idea from John Kremer's book is a…


Added by Sean Toh on March 25, 2007 at 2:22am — 3 Comments

Author Marketing Teleconference Calls

Hello, Book Marketing Network Members!

Experienced authors know that getting a book written and published is only the beginning. If you want significant sales, you can’t rely solely on your publisher. You have to market your book. The good news is that marketing can be fun and exciting, and the efforts pay off not only in increased book sales, but in building your business and expanding your network. Marketing doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive,… Continue

Added by Peter Johnson on March 24, 2007 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

New Resource for Authors

I am so happy to announce that we have launched our redesigned resource site for authors and publishers. Featuring a FREE Book Marketing Resource Kit and our unique Find a Publicist service, is ready for you to use.

Any feedback, comments or suggestions you have are most appreciated.

Added by Kim Dushinski on March 23, 2007 at 9:15am — No Comments

Wall Street Journal article, which features our very own Rick Frishman

Wall Street Journal article featuring Rick Frishman

Here's an article from today's Wall Street Journal on the creating bestsellers at using some "promotional tricks." John also talks about this in his book, in Chapter 12 (right?).

Just this week, I've gotten emails of this nature from one specific publishing house for three of their authors.… Continue

Added by Lisa Braun Dubbels on March 23, 2007 at 8:57am — 1 Comment


My novel about the Sherpas of Everest has received 5 star reviews from everyone. A wonderful review was posted yesterday on amazon. One would think that with all these great reviews for the papeback editon I'd be able to get an agent to sell a hardback edition and other subisidary rights. That just isn't happening. Any suggestions?

Beyond the Summit.

Added by Linda LeBlanc on March 23, 2007 at 7:55am — No Comments

Follow-Up On Ning and Amazon Review as Suggested by Ryan Richardson

Presently a topic within the Forum, I thought this worth blogging by BMN member Amaal Tokars for better visability:


A suggestion was submitted this week regarding the development of a book review club where those interested are COMMITTED to buying, reading, reviewing and posting a review about the book (there could be other benefitial efforts).

Now this appears to be a grreat idea. That's the easy part. The hard parts???? Getting this off of the ground AND… Continue

Added by Judi Lake on March 22, 2007 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Hi to all,Yes. I know I did not post anything till now, but I am new to all of this, and I was busy making friends and asking for friends.I think this internet linking with people is wonderful, but a…

Hi to all,

Yes. I know I did not post anything till now, but I am new to all of this, and I was busy making friends and asking for friends.

I think this internet linking with people is wonderful, but also very daunting.

My book - "from the Promised land to the Lucky Country" was launched at the end of January and is doing very well on Amazon. It is my autobiography and it took me 10 years to write it.

I was lucky to live in times and places of importance not only to… Continue

Added by Renate on March 22, 2007 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

looking for some tips on how to market a book the right way

I have been trying to sign up for as many blog websites as possible, hoping that some of the millions of people that visit these sites will actually want to read my books. Any other avenues I can pursue???

I would love to hear any other suggestions. Also if anyone knows how to turn a Woman's Fiction novel into a Lifetime movie (lol) or something close, please feel free to share.



Added by Debi DeSantis on March 22, 2007 at 9:01am — No Comments

Blog with me on

Hi all,

I blog at

topics include things like

telling profitable stories

telling compeling stories

adventures in video

interesting people

must read books

Ronda Del Boccio

Added by TheStoryLady on March 21, 2007 at 11:45am — No Comments

Been There

While searching the web a few weeks ago for illustrators, which I found out a publisher gets for your work in a children's book should you ever break through the barrier, I found one of the truest statements about being an author.

For most of us it's a hobby. We work other jobs while trying to make our dreams come true. I always tell everyone. Write because you love it. Because if you don't, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. For me, writing is the greatest therapy I've…


Added by Kevin Noa on March 20, 2007 at 8:31pm — 1 Comment

Ning and

Ryan Richardson just sent me a chatter message on my page here. I thought his suggestion was good so I'm adding it here as a blog post.

"You guys should read and recommend each other's books on Amazon. Refer to this Ning site and then other authors will want to join this site.
Within time, all your books will be flying off the shelves if you work
together on Ning AND Amazon."

Added by John Kremer on March 20, 2007 at 12:42am — 6 Comments

Book Marketing Tip: Let Google Alerts Help You Track Your Online Publicity

All authors want to know when other sites, blogs, or online stores mention them or their book. Keeping up with all your latest mentions can be time-consuming, however. To make this task easier, and automated, try Google Alerts. Set up an alert for a specific name or phrase and you'll receive email notification when it appears on the web or in Google news. You…


Added by Patrice-Anne Rutledge on March 19, 2007 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Writing Groups?

When I sold my businesses about 15 years ago and announced to the world that I was allowing myself one year to write the “Great American Novel,” I received seven books on how to write novels for Christmas. I actually read a couple of them. One of those devoted significant space to the concept of “never join a writers group. Never, never, never join a writers group that serves anything to eat…


Added by Bill Stephens on March 19, 2007 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

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