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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Check out @donnahill Newsletter featuring @sylviahubbard1
News From Donna Hill
Hello My Reading Family,
Happy holidays!! I know all of you are getting ready to get together with family and friends to share the joy of this holiday season. Many of us have had a very difficult year. If tough times have not hit you directly, I'm sure it has for someone that you know. So in this time of sharing be sure to remember those who have less, be thankful for all that you have and rejoice in your family and real friends.
I want to thank each and everyone of you who put your pennies together and enjoyed some of the books that I've written this year. I truly appreciate you and promise to keep them coming in 2012.
By the time I touch base with you all again, I will have participated in my graduation and will have my MFA. I feel truly blessed. It has been a grueling two years, but worth all the sweat and tears. In my next issue, I will be sure to include some grad pictures!!
I am thankful for so very much, and most of all my incredible family who make all that I struggle for worthwhile. And I cannot say enough about my friends who have stood by me through thick and thin! I love ya'll. For real!!
In the meantime, please enjoy this last edition of my newsletter for 2011. This issue features a fabulous author and savvy internet maven Sylvia Hubbard. She is truly amazing. I have two books coming out that will hit stores..... any minute now--Long Distance Lover and If I Could. Both of these are re-issues. So if you did not read them the first time around this is your chance. And if you did, please, please tell a friend. (remember a book is the perfect gift).
My book choice this month is When She Woke--a ingenious twist on the story of the Scarlet Letter. And last but not least, check out my daughter Dawne!!! A star. Keep her in your prayers as she makes her music move in 2012.
Well that's it for now. My love and many thanks and have a joyous holiday and a Happy New Year!!
Sylvia, you are a one-woman marketing machine who has really found her niche in using technology. Please tell us what started you on that path.
In 2000, I was frustrated after I independently published my first book because I couldn't afford to pay for marketing & promotions, much less even buy my own books to sell. Back then (which seems strange to say just eleven years ago) e-books weren't popular, but I learned how to sell them because that was all I could sell.
You are involved in several literary promotion endeavors as well as running your own publishing line--Hub Books. It can't be easy to keep everything under control. How did you get Hub Books up and active?
I registered HubBooks initially for Motown Writers Network. I wanted a Literary Organization as a subsidy of my "Company." Plus once I heard someone say a long time ago it would get me better speaking engagements if I had a company instead of them writing checks to me. (That didn't work). In 2004, when no speaking engagements jumped off, I decided to take the step and publish my own book under HubBooks.
What programs do you use to upload your e-books?
Currently, I use Word to upload my books. I learned InDesign a long time ago, but I'm socomfortable with anything Microsoft (because I'm a PC girl) that I've always started my work there. I'm certified in Microsoft Word as well and I used to teach it at several community centers and a college. As the digital age progress and books become more artistically digitally, I'll start transferring books from Word to PDF to change them into mobi and epub files through Calibre Software which is FREE. (My favorite word)
You are a constant blogger. Do you plan your blogging in advance and how do you come up with interesting content?
I own over five blogs (six come 2012). The planned blogs are usually series of blogs (live stories, series or ongoing topics), but most times when I get the urge to write, I write and then post up for later. By the way, I'm always looking for guest blogs on the various blogs I have.
You tweet as well. When you began tweeting, what was your focus? What did you hope to achieve and do you think you have?
At almost 30K tweets in less than three years, I would say I'm a pretty avid tweeter. In any endeavor I do, my focus is to take what a service or network does and make myself noticed, so I can sell a book. Twitter is a fast moving, lots of taking large room of people networking, sharing and doing. If you're standing still on Twitter, you could miss the best FREE marketing tool ever invented. So in my three years have I accomplished what I wanted to on Twitter? I believe I have come close as possible to my goal. At over 3700 true followers (no autoboting spammers), I can say I have people who like what I do on Twitter.
Since you published your first book how has the marketing books changed?
Back in the day (just ten years ago), it was all about pushing people to buy the book. Now, as Scott Straten calls it, marketing is about "unmarketing." Now you have to sell yourself in order to sell the book, plus also continually engage those customers who have bought from you to get them to draw other readers to you. It sounds like a complicated style of word of mouth marketing.
What are some tips that you can offer authors and business folks on how to maximize technology?
First tip: USE IT! Don't just jump on a technolgy bandwagon by signing up to things you see your "friends" sign up to. See how it's utilized by them or other authors before signing up. I hate going to accounts of people who signed up for something and it looks like a tumbleweed rolled across my screen. You want to be where you say you are going to be by having each account you have open updated.
Second: Don't stretch yourself too thin. Utilize services such as Ping.fm, Hootsuite, SocialOomph, and even Bufferapp to give yourself great mobile apps, reminder campaigns and space out information so you aren't overwhelming your followers & friends.
Third: While having a website or blog (CMS), visit other blogs, social network pages and retweet others to show you support your genre and platform. Article market and guest blog so let others know about you but also present great content for people to read other than your books.
Fourth: Content is King, but Quality is Queen. Bring your best to others. Make sure you are blogging at least once a week and sharing information about your literary world with your readers and other followers.
Fifth: Help someone else. Do something for them online that they couldn't do for themselves. Send out a tweet of theirs, host them on your blog, and invite others to "like" their page. Be an asset to the World Wide Web, otherwise you're just a liability.
Please tell us about the Michigan Literary Network, of which you are the founder.
I realized in 2009, Motown Writers Network was getting a lot of writers, but I wanted morereaders. Mainly my market has always been Michigan, but I needed someway to get readers to see the asset Motown Writers Network was. So I created The Michigan Literary Network. Under this subsidy, we join readers, bookclubs, libraries and even literacy groups together to connect readers to Michigan Authors and to also raise literacy rates in Metro Detroit.
What are you currently working on?
EVERYTHING. Lol. I'm doing a live book on my site. It's where I come up with a book from the top of my head and just write. Readers can come and read the book live and make comments, criticisms and so forth. It's called The Revenge of Three.
I'm also working on producing a paperback to be release the first of 2012 called Hope Is Love. It's an ebook exclusively available on my website in pdf, mobi & epub & the exclusive paperback version will be available everywhere in January of 2012. The paperback cover will actually debut the Christmas week for my readers and I'm too excited about! I'm always looking for reviewers and book clubs to host me, so please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
World-class sprinter Kelly Maxwell doesn't have time for romance. But when she suffers an injury on the track, she begins to reevaluate her life. Facing a difficult recovery at a physical rehab facility in New York, Kelly must decide whether she really loves the sport. But after meeting with her physical therapist, Dr. Alex Hutchinson, she faces yet another hurdle.
Alex Hutchinson has fallen in love with the wrong woman before-another athlete just like Kelly. Now, years later, he doesn't want to make the same mistake twice. He tries to back off, but the attraction is too strong. And when he realizes that Kelly's coach has his own agenda, Alex tries to protect her even more. But is he ready to heal his broken heart?
If I Could
For someone who's always played by the rules, Regina Everette has broken them all lately. First, she divorces a perfectly good provider-and the father of her two children-simply because their marriage wasn't working. Now she's quit her job simply because she wasn't fulfilled. Her kids are shell-shocked. Her girlfriends are scandalized. Her mother is appalled. Nobody knows what on earth she's doing...including Regina herself.
Unemployed and unattached, exhilarated and scared to death, Regina fumbles her way into an existence that has no boundaries. As her choices create a ripple effect through the lives of her family and friends, she falls headlong into a new career and a new relationship, certain of just one thing: from here on in, she'll live - and love - on her terms.
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When She Woke
Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family, but after her arrest, she awakens to a nightmare: she is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, and cameras are broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for home observing new Chromes-criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime-is a new and sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder. The victim, says the state of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father-a public figure with whom she's shared a fierce and forbidden love.
When She Woke is a stunning story about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are released back into the population after being "chromed." In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she has held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes the personal.
In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction-Myron Bolitar-a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.
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