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August 2008 Blog Posts (161)

Promote Your Book on Social Networking Sites

If you participate on the Book Marketing Network, you already know that social networking is a great book promotion tool. But don't stop here. There are dozens of other social networking sites that offer a great opportunity for reaching your target audience of readers.

The two major social networks are obvious choices: MySpace and Facebook. In June 2008, MySpace had 118 million unique visitors worldwide;… Continue

Added by Patrice-Anne Rutledge on August 31, 2008 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment


Another WOW review from The Library journal! Can RELENTLESS AARON do no wrong?

Relentless Aaron. Single with Benefits

-- Library Journal, 6/26/2008 10:03:00 AM

Relentless Aaron. Single with Benefits. Griffin: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2008. 288p. ISBN 978-0-312-35937-9. pap. $14.95 F

Verdict: For an incisive look at a man’s inner thoughts and feelings as he juggles multiple… Continue

Added by Relentless Aaron on August 31, 2008 at 5:24pm — No Comments

A great marketing idea to harvest book reviews, and the review that it netted from me

Not long ago I responded to a promotion by Thomas Nelson Publishers, offering a free copy of Stephen Mansfield's new book The Faith of Barack Obama to bloggers who would promise to write a review of the book. There was no requirement that the review be positive, negative, neutral, or anything else. The book arrived by Priority Mail less than 48 hours after I emailed my response. Here is the review that I posted on… Continue

Added by Stephen Windwalker on August 31, 2008 at 12:15pm — No Comments

How to Keep People from Making Big Mistakes

I found this interest little tidbit in a book review of Billion Dollar Lessons by Paul B. Carroll and Chunka Mui. Sometimes if you want people to do what you want, you have to give them a big stake in the issue:

After World War I, more than 75 percent of U.S. Air Mail pilots died in crashes on the job. The mortality rate was eased only when the Postal Service required the managers who ordered pilots out in bad weather to go along for the ride.

Added by John Kremer on August 30, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Rokia Traore - Kounandi


Added by The Cushite on August 29, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Author Talks! with Ellen Meister, author of The Smart One

Come join the discussion! Ellen Meister is the guest author at Author Talks! today and tomorrow. A lively chat has already begun!

Added by Mary Lewis on August 29, 2008 at 9:42am — No Comments

Carnival and big hair

This week's Carnival of Education is brain-based, and it's being held over at Sharp Brains right now! Go check it out to see all the great articles, including my quick hits on the first day of school.

The girl who is obsessed with my hair remains obsessed. She hasn't asked any more… Continue

Added by John Pearson on August 28, 2008 at 10:19pm — No Comments

I hate my life!

Long ago, when I had to interpret those words, a myriad of feelings slid through my head. What could possibly drive someone to utter that gloomy phrase? Are there events that pile up in such a way that you reach the end and all that’s left is hate?

I’ve had days where bad news stomped in like muddy shoes on a clean floor. We don’t expect it, and aren’t ever prepared. You probably have been there. The routine, the details of daily life follow through uneventfully. Until a phone call,… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 28, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fall is nearing!

I know it's been a while since I blogged, but I decided to take a break this summer from a lot of writing related activities. Now that fall is approaching, it's time to buckle down and get back to work!

I'm currently a feautured author on a fantastic site called They've interviewed me and this is one interview you'll want to check out! They had some totally different questions than I've ever been asked and it was so much fun! The link to my interview is:… Continue

Added by Kelly Komm on August 28, 2008 at 4:28pm — No Comments

How to Judge a Book By Its Cover (and a few other factors)

Savvy Merlin Mann of 43 Folders has a great checklist that can help us authors and readers. What elements provide irresistible “curb appeal” for a book? What makes us want to crack it open and read?

Here’s his heuristics:

Added by Kare Anderson on August 28, 2008 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

This Time Next Year We'll Be Millionaires!

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Added by Mitzi Szereto on August 27, 2008 at 10:31am — No Comments

Experiencing a simpler life -- if only for a few hours

It was 2:15 AM on a hot summer's night and I was sitting in the living room of my apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona -- with no electricity. I awoke about 10 minutes earlier to total darkness and complete silence. Things that I've always taken for granted weren't working: no air conditioning, no lights, no TV, no internet, no refrigeration, no

Even my emergency back up lights and flash lights weren't working. I'd taken them for granted, too. I had them in my… Continue

Added by Joanne (JP) Stein on August 27, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Stupid things "we" do...

I should say stupid things "I" do. “Can’t find my cell phone,” hubby murmured as he paced from room to room.

“Where did you use it last?” I asked, as I picked up the home phone to dial his cell—a tried and true way to find lost cell phones these days. But no luck.

We did a mental trace of the places it could be. The next morning, still discussing the possible spots where he might have left it, we hopped in the car and headed to church. We looked under the seats, in the… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 26, 2008 at 5:26pm — No Comments

A few bad answers

School has already started, but this week's Mr. Teacher column on is titled Practice Q&A, and it is intended to be an aid to parents for getting their kids ready for going back to school. Teachers ask a lot of questions -- the kids need to have their answers prepared.

If you know me, then you know these are NOT your typical answers to typical questions...

Learn Me Good

Added by John Pearson on August 26, 2008 at 4:53pm — No Comments

This Is Phyllis Zimbler Miller Signing Off

I started blogging in March with two blogs and added a third blog in June. During those months I posted my blog here because I wanted to share my information with other online people.

And then the Web 2.0 bug bit me: I’ve just started an online company – Miller Mosaic, LLC – to provide online information to make people’s lives easier. The first website is now live at

Suddenly I’ve been… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on August 26, 2008 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Latest Customer Review - A Study in Red

This is the latest review by a customer to appear on the site. I'm absolutely delighted to have picked up yet another great review and I'm just so pleased that people are continuing to enjoy the book. To visit the site please see

A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper, 25 Aug 2008

By Sue Lamb

A Study in… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on August 26, 2008 at 11:44am — No Comments

Invite Pamela to Your Next Event

Invite Pamela to Your Next Event

Speaking Engagements

“Pamela’s message is real — not contrived. She’s a living testimonial to how the ‘can do’ attitude will win out over the ‘I can’t.’ What’s more, she’s entertaining, amusing and fun to listen to.”

Mike Rounds, Former President,

L.A. Chapter National Speakers… Continue

Added by Pamela Samuels Young on August 26, 2008 at 11:17am — No Comments

Win a Free Copy of Hal Lanse's Read Well, Think Well

Education expert Hal W. Lanse is giving away a copy of his latest book, READ WELL, THINK WELL!

Synopsis: Millions of children struggle with reading-and even more struggle to understand exactly what they're reading. Read Well, Think Well will help you to teach your children to build the essential reading and comprehension skills they need to succeed in today's demanding school system. Teacher trainer and literacy… Continue

Added by Cheryl C. Malandrinos on August 26, 2008 at 10:18am — No Comments

Book Giveaway Poll @ The Book Connection

Hello all,

It's been forever since I've last blogged. I hope your summer is going well. I've been considering book giveaways at The Book Connection for some time and have begun a new poll to gauge interest.

Please stop by and let me know if you would be interested in book giveaways.




Added by Cheryl C. Malandrinos on August 26, 2008 at 10:02am — No Comments

I Am Guest Blogger at Bitten By Books Wednesday, 8/27-Amazon Cert Giveaway Too

I will be guest blogger on Bitten By Books on Wednesday, August 27th. I'll be giving away a gift certificate of $20.00 to Amazon. So check out my article I wrote for them, "How a Horror Author can Write the Same Scary Stuff for Dark Paranormal Romance" and leave a comment and get a chance to win that gift certificate.

The link will be for that day. Thanks.

Sapphire Phelan…


Added by Pamela K. Kinney/Sapphire Phelan on August 26, 2008 at 7:28am — No Comments

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