Gearing up for Christmas!

Now, we’re gearing up for Christmas. Well, okay, we’re already in the throes of it. Last Friday was Hoy Holiday. Each year, on the day after Thanksgiving, we go get our Christmas Tree at the local Christmas Tree farm. We then drag it home and all the girls laugh while the guys try to make it stand upright. We then pull the Christmas decorations out of the attic, decorate the whole house, inside and out, drink lots of hot chocolate, eat frozen pizza (don’t worry – we cook it first) and then sit around the TV together that night watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Sick

Angela’s column will return next week. She’s behind after a bout of weekend food poisoning (no, it wasn’t the turkey) and catching a cold on the same day.

All Publishers Should Pay on Acceptance!

Angela, you are not only on the dot with the (Booklocker.com) monthly royalty checks, but regarding the article I wrote for your newsletter, you are off-the-charts on time, rapidamente!
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
Hugs, Marion Cuba
Editor’s Note: See Marion’s article, How NOT to Waste Money & Time When Promoting your Book, in today’s issue!

How NOT to Waste Money & Time When Promoting your Book By Marion Cuba

When I self-published my historical novel, SHANGHAI LEGACY, many things I did to promote it WERE very successful. In fact, I’ve sold many books, spoken many places, and continue to. But my bottom line – both in time and money – does not completely reflect that (yet!). Here is what I would NOT have done.

Should I pay my vanity publisher to review my book?

I am publishing my book through a vanity publisher. They want me to pay them to write a review about my book. I guess I could then use that review in my marketing materials. Do you think it will be worth the money?
Bill
I don’t write and publish reviews of our Booklocker.com books. Why? The answer should be obvious to book buyers. Nobody believes a publisher’s review of a book because they always have an ulterior motive behind their reviews – to sell books. Furthermore, paying for such a review is ludicrous because it will be worthless and can actually hurt your credibility.
You should get reviews from real reviewers, or even comments from your readers, and post those. They have nothing to gain from their words and your reputation will not suffer.

H-O-L-I-D-A-Y-S can spell W-O-R-K for freelancers By Philomena Lawrence

Editors are always on the lookout for feature articles for the year’s biggies – Mother’s, Father’s and Valentine’s Days, to name a few. With budget cuts, especially in newspapers, staff writers don’t always have the time to write feature articles in perfect prose. Enter the freelancer with a well-researched, well-timed and well-suited story idea and what harried editor wouldn’t seriously consider the query letter?

Gobble Gobble Gluttons

If you’re in the U.S., you are undoubtedly staring at your computer screen today and trying to work, but really dreaming of the turkey and stuffing and gravy and warm pie you may be planning to have on Thursday. If you’re not eating a large meal on Thursday, perhaps you are planning to work at the local shelter or soup kitchen, handing out delectable morsels to those who are less fortunate. If you will be eating at a shelter, God bless you.
We are thrilled to have been invited to Alyssa’s parents’ house for Thanksgiving…

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