Letters and Comments

90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book’s Daily Marketing Plan

Just finished reading 90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE. What great info.! I am not the marketing genius, but give me directions I can follow and turn me loose. Thanks for that book. I have already started tweaking my keywords, working on my (book marketing) cheat sheet, and making little changes to my websites. R. RELATED: Why Are These Books Best Sellers? One-Shot Book Marketing Does NOT WORK - But THIS DOES! Print on Demand Price Comparison How Many Book Sales Needed to Recoup Your Investment? Building Block Book Marketing

You’re a Bulldog

I loved the advice you gave last week about articles held for ransom. You are a bulldog, and I mean that with the utmost respect. You paid me for my article long before publishing. Thank you very much.…

“I Have Booklocker.Com, Inc. To Thank For Producing A First-Rate, Quality Book For Me!”

Hey, Angela! I'm excited to let you know that A God for All Seasons just won the Feathered Quill Book Awards Program Bronze Medal for Best Inspirational! The judging criteria includes Layout and Design and Production Quality. Once again, I have BookLocker.com, Inc. to thank for producing a first-rate, quality book for me! Thank you!!! Patti Tingen A GOD FOR ALL SEASONS: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times RELATED: The BookLocker Family Rallies Together To Make Great Books! Another Happy BookLocker Author! "I Have Had So Many Compliments On (my BookLocker.com book cover design)!!" BookLocker Did An Excellent Job! BookLocker's Cover Designer is a Rock Star!

Finding Your Article With Someone Else’s Name On It

Hi Angela, I read your articles about dead beat editors and, while that is upsetting, it is more upsetting to find your article with someone else's name as the writer. Not getting paid for your work is bad enough but, when you see your work with someone else's name on it, you just know that person crawled out from under some garbage. And, I can't do anything about it. when my old computer died, it took a lot of my work, and the information of who I sent it to, and when. I backed up most of my work, but I didn't get it all, I have the hard copy but that's it! I am a trusting person believing nobody in this business would put their name to another person's work. I mean really, who would do something like that? The sad part is I don't have the information about who I sent it to, or when. New writers. go figure. Anyway I thought I'd share my tale of woe and call it a learning experience. Stay well, Angela D. RELATED: A Magazine Editor Rewrote My Article, Inserted Mistakes, And Put My Name On It! More Than One Way to Expose a Deadbeat! Writers, Are You TRYING To Get Ripped Off?! Yet Another Reason To Avoid Pubs That Pay Crappy Rates! Warning Signs of a Potential Deadbeat ATTENTION DEADBEAT PUBLISHERS: Trying to Threaten Your Victims Into Silence DOES NOT WORK!

Writers, Are You TRYING To Get Ripped Off?!

Hi Angela, I just got back into the country after three years away, and recently came across your site again. What fun it was reading your "bad query" section again. Also, it is a breath of fresh air to see that you still raise hell about writers who write for peanuts. I've missed you. : ) K. RELATED: Writers, Are You TRYING To Get Ripped Off?! Yet Another Reason To Avoid Pubs That Pay Crappy Rates! More World's Worst Book Proposals And Query Letters! When Writers Contribute to a Scammer's Success Top 10 Signs You've Been Scammed Into Writing for Free Watch Out For This Scam Targeting Writers!

A Magazine Editor Rewrote My Article, Inserted Mistakes, And Put My Name On It!

I was very interested in the question by "Paid But Angry," who had submitted an article that was then rewritten and published under his/her name with errors. A similar situation happened at my workplace about 15 years ago, when the company decided to start a newsletter. A co-worker and I wrote an article about our boss in a witty, gently teasing tone. We ran it past her before submitting and she said it was great and had made her laugh. When the newsletter was distributed, we were horrified to discover that the editor had added a badly-written, long paragraph at the end of the article extolling the virtues of our boss in a syrupy, cloying tone and had also somehow managed to insert 22 (yes, twenty-two!) typographical errors into our formerly pristine work. Needless to say, my co-author and I were furious and embarrassed; over 300 employees would read this dreck and think we had written it. I wrote an email to the editor requesting a retraction/correction. The next day, I was called on the carpet by my boss's boss, who said I had "hurt his (the editor's) feelings" and that if I didn't let it go, I would be written up! All these years later, I still get angry just thinking about it! So I can definitely feel the pain of "Paid But Angry" and understand exactly how s/he feels. I wish I had been brave enough back then to pursue getting the retraction and I hope s/he has a more satisfying outcome. - L. RELATED: My Editor Screwed Up My Book! What Is Happening to Editors' Manners?! AN EDITOR WHO REJECTED MY QUERY GOT MAD AT ME FOR SELLING THE ARTICLE TO HIS COMPETITOR! When Editors Hold Articles Hostage POD Authors Need To Hire Editors

The BookLocker Family Rallies Together To Make Great Books!

I much appreciate all you have done and the understanding and friendliness projected from (BookLocker's) cover designer, Todd. (You) have all been so nice to me! How you rally together in harmony to make a book is just great! :) Mary Francis HERE RELATED: Authors Who Avoid Traditional Publishers BookLocker Offers Amazing Turn-around And Service! Another Happy BookLocker Author! I Have Had So Many Compliments On (my BookLocker.com book cover design)!! BookLocker Did An Excellent Job!

BookLocker Offers Amazing Turn-around And Service!

Hi Angela, I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding work that you and your team put forth in publishing Swagger at 60: Use the Tools of Mental Toughness to Serve and Succeed at Any Age. I've worked with other publishers and none provided the amazing turn-around times and service that you provided. I regret ever having published with anyone else. Thank you again for your terrific work! Lee Witt Swagger at 60: Use the Tools of Mental Toughness to Serve and Succeed at Any Age

90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book’s Daily Marketing Plan

Angela, Hi. Just wanted to let you know I featured your book 90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online on my author's blog. It was a saving grace resource tool for me and I wanted to share its importance to new authors with my readers. I also mention Abuzz Press and WritersWeekly. It's here: http://jenniferdeese.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/markwting-and-promotion-newbie/ Jennifer Deese The Orchid Keeper (Abuzz Press) http://jenniferdeese.wordpress.com

Letters To The Editor For December 10th

This Week:

  • WritersWeekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest Entry Evolves!
  • Is That Free Ebook Site REALLY Violating Your Copyright? Maybe Not...

Another Happy BookLocker Author!

Thanks for how easy and pleasant you have made this process for me! Elisha Wahlquist Adele: Two Girls. Two Paths. One Revolution. An epic tale of two aristocratic families poised at the brink of the French Revolution. Adele and her cousin Stephanie face their "coming of age" as plots and liaisons intertwine to trap them. A secret passage, high intrigue, a wayward maid, and the pressure of being a salonniere... Archived letters are HERE. …

“I Have Had So Many Compliments On (my BookLocker.com book cover design)!!

Angela, Thanks for putting Twenty-One Steps of Courage at the front of the cover design examples. I have had so many compliments on that cover, and always refer any authors who ask about it to you (and Todd). Because we used a real Soldier on the front, readers often think the story is non-fiction. I love that! Their remarks validate my choice to make sure the novel was as factual as possible. Sarah Bates http://www.sarahbatesauthor.com Twenty-One Steps of Courage To have a son adopt his father's dream as his own is rare. But that is exactly what Rod Strong does when in 2006 he enlists in the Army to join The Old Guard. Serving as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery is all his father ever wants, until he dies in the Gulf War. Now Rod decides to honor his father by taking his place. He forges ahead, naively believing sheer will and hard work are all he needs... …


Angela, I have got to tell you how happy I am to be part of the BookLocker family. You and your crew have delivered diligently at every step of the process. After some fiasco episodes with my first go-round in the business, with (a large traditional publisher), it has been more than a pleasure to work with such capable and efficient and hard-working people. I told your designer this, and I'll tell you ... just wish there would be some way to celebrate, upon the release of Eleventh Heaven, with everyone who helped it see the light of day! :-) Someday, maybe, some way ... Thanks! Rob Miech ELEVENTH HEAVEN: Ed O'Bannon and the 1995 National Basketball Champion UCLA Bruins

One Great E-News Magazine For Authors!!!

Hello. I hope this finds you well. Just touching base, and wanted to let you know I posted a note on my author's blog today about WritersWeekly and how wonderful it is... …

BookLocker Did An Excellent Job!

Once again, Angela (and Richard), I want to thank you for the excellent job you did of helping me create my book, Manna Gathering...…

Comments From Recent 24-Hour Short Story Contest Participants!

Comments From Recent 24-Hour Short Story Contest Participants!

Thanks for the contest!! I will totally enjoy the book I won, BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K - $100K Publishing Contracts. Alvena ~~~ I'd like to enter my daughter in the 24-hour contest. Can I do that? EDITOR'S RESPONSE: If you want to enter your minor child in the contest, you will need to do so under your name. We can only work with the parents or guardians of children. ~~~ Hi, Thanks for putting on the contest. They are always fun to write. I would like the Query Letters That Worked book. Thanks, Shelby ~~~ Hi Angela! Thanks so much! I'm thrilled and honored my story, "Stash," received an Honorable Mention in the Summer 2014 24-Hour Short Story Contest. I used the link in the previous email to request my ebook prize, but just wanted to send you another "thank you" email as well. Hope you're having a wonderful week! Thanks again! All my best, Cristine ~~~ Angela, Had a great time in the 24-hour short story contest. Looking forward to the next one. For my honorable mention prize, I would like to claim - "New Writer's Guide to Just About Everything" by Sherry Ramsey. Thanks again, Richard ~~~ I saw my name on the grab bag list for the summer contest. I'd like to get the ebook "A to Z on How to Write Science Fiction: a Study and Reference Guide" by Phil Lewis. Enjoyed the contest and looking forward to the next. Jess ~~~ Angela, Thanks again for an awesome contest! Even though I didn't win (one of the top 3 prizes), that doesn't mean I'm not going to try just as hard in the fall! For my price, I'd like to request The Easy Way to Write and Sell Ebooks by Kristina Seleshanko. Best, Devon ~~~ YEAH! I WON something! I won a grab bag prize and I would like mine to be The Complete Guide to Writing and Selling Magazine Articles. I was shocked to see my name. Thank you very much. Gwen ~~~ ABOUT THE QUARTERLY ONTEST 1st prize: $300 2nd prize: $250 3rd prize: $200 + 85 other prizes! Read more HERE. …

A Creative Idea For A Contest Involving Your Book’s Readers!

Hi Ang, Here is an idea to pass along to my fellow BookLocker and Abuzz Press authors: I held a drawing at my most recent book signing and the winner will get a minor character and a cameo appearance in the next Reporter novel in the series. The winner told me, "Make me young, thin, and pretty...and give me big boobs." Heh. Furthermore, as a special bonus I also had the teaser to Book 2 on hand for attendees to read as a thank you for their attendance and loyalty. Cheers and hugs! Peter J. Gallanis Reporter: Part I - Rise and Fall http://www.amazon.com/Peter-J.-Gallanis/e/B00LB9NCPE/

Bigots Need Not Apply! 9 Offensive Ways To Lose A Publishing Contract

Regarding the article, Bigots Need Not Apply! 9 Offensive Ways To Lose A Publishing Contract, I can't believe anyone would be so basically stupid, show such sheer ignorance, and act that unprofessional when contacting a publisher. The statements featured in that article sounded utterly surreal to me. How do these people function when they have to shop at a grocery store? Do they treat every business with this mentality? W. Jones …

Bigots Need Not Apply! 9 Offensive Ways To Lose A Publishing Contract

Angela, I hope this doesn't put me in the "thank goodness I'm not like these" category, but I found myself laughing out loud at the bizarre requests you've received (quoted in WritersWeekly). My favorite was wanting your personal cell-phone number in order to call you 24/7. Now why didn't *I* think of that? Sure you won't reconsider? Just for me? ;-D Blessings as always -- and THANKS for all your hard work! Margaret …

Thank You!

You have a refreshing writing style. Thank you for what you do! Arlene A. …

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