JOIN IN THE HOLIDAY CHEER - THIS SATURDAY @ DEJA VU
Books make GREAT holiday gifts, and here is another opportunity for Pittsburghers to support local authors:
HOLIDAY BOOK SIGNING
Saturday, December 11
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Deja Vu Books and Antiques
222 Bridge Street
Bridgewater, PA (Beaver County)
I will be joining about a dozen other local authors at this charming indie bookstore that specializes in antique and collectible books. Stop by and do some holiday shopping!
Hosted by Beaver County Wordsmiths - visit them on Facebook!
Monday, December 6, 2010
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I was recently asked to take part in the 2010 Happiness Project, designed to create the “happiest year of your life.” The project coordinator, Dr. Nancy Mramor, and I have joined a dozen other authors to present articles on the top 12 things proven by researchers to cause happiness. In this series, I report on the topic of "proximity and happiness." Consider taking a moment to read it at www.drnancymramoronline.com/GinaMazza.html . . . your happiness could depend on it!
Since we know that happiness is contagious, feel free forward this article after you read it to anyone who you want to be happy. And check out the other articles in the series at www.drmramor.com. You can also access this article under the G-vents tab on my website www.ginamazza.com.
To your happiness!
Monday, October 25, 2010
- View the world as the fount of glory that it is, and use this as delicious fodder for your writing or chosen art
- Rise up from the umpteen demands on your life and stake out time for your creative self
- Attract a conscious stream of achievement with your writing endeavors
- Widen your “PVC pipe” to higher guidance
- Burn through the thoughtless, negative junk that others have said about your creative dreams
- Take small yet radical steps to change things up in your life so you can swim in a stream of inspiration
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
I suppose if I was a writer who thought getting published was all about luck that I wouldn't invest too much energy on revision. After all, a lucky writer will find the right editor to fix up any manuscript flaws, right? I guess I wouldn't waste time building a platform or developing an audience either, because that surely comes to writers who are already lucky and/or published, which is the same as lucky.
There are examples of writers getting lucky, but let's face it: Most success stories come from writers making their own luck through working at their craft, networking (online and off), and persevering. Don't let yourself get caught in the trap of thinking you're not lucky enough to make it as a writer; you can make yourself lucky starting now.
Until next we meet, keep writing and marketing what you write.
Senior Content Editor
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The amazing young sage Tone Anogianakis flew to da 'Burgh from Vancouver last week to interview me about EMNM, higher consciousness, PGH's role in the planet's spiritual evolution, conscious parenting and other topics. Filmed at the West End Overlook....
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
My friend and colleague, Linda Handley, recently published an endearing children’s book, Squeeky and Louie, in honor of her father, F. R. Handley. (All proceeds from its sale benefit the American Cancer Society.) Linda had the brilliant idea to take Squeeky and Louie on a virtual book tour and was kind enough to share her process for doing so with all of you.
What is a Virtual Book Tour?
A virtual book tour is when an author visits websites, blogs and forums instead of bookstores, cafes and universities that a brick-and-mortar book tour would include. During each stop of the virtual book tour, an author "visits" a different website, blog or forum and may: be interviewed, post an original article or essay (guest post), have their book reviewed, answer questions from the blog's readers or any combination of the above.
Creating a Virtual Book Tour
When creating a virtual book tour it is important to have a well thought out and organized tour. Here are five steps to get you started.
1. Review your current contact and inform them that you are doing a tour; invite them to join you by 1) posting content to their own blog, 2) getting the word out to their social networks or 3) giving you general support.
2. Search other blogs, forums and networks for additional sites that may be interested in hosting you. Keep in mind that you want to stay in your target area and not just invite everyone.
3. Keep a schedule of your dates, keeping in mind that you will need to monitor and respond to comments.
4. Promote your tour on your web site, social networks, blog and press releases.
5. Thank the tour host and do any necessary follow-up.
6. Have an electronic copy of your media kit accessible on your web site or blog. This allows for easy sharing of your book information and you as an author.
Tips provided by Lee Drozak of My Office Assistant: www.myofficeassist.org.
Read more about Squeeky and Louie:
Squeeky and Louie is a children's tale about two gray mice and their adventures with Gus the Cat. "What are little, loving mice going to do when they want to come out and play? This turns out to be an easy problem to solve. Well, with a little clever help the two mice lead the reader on a tale of adventure." The simple text is joyous and engaging, but this is really a story told through the marvelous illustrations. Youngsters will love all the captivating facial expressions and wonderful humorous detail on each page. Squeeky and Louie is a timeless classic to share with friends, family, and future generations. Visit www.squeekyandlouie.com.
Monday, February 1, 2010
- Many publications and publishers accept electronic submissions, whether via e-mail or online submission forms.
- More than ever, writers have to brand themselves.
- Writers must do the work of marketing and promoting themselves to agents, editors, publishers, and--ultimately--readers. (Wondering how? We recommend Get Known Before the Book Deal.)
- Personal sites and blogs have made it easier than ever for writers to develop an audience.
- Ad-based print resources (i.e., Magazines and Newspapers) have struggled to adjust to the Internet with new content strategies and pricing models. (Market Watch, exclusively forWritersMarket.com subscribers gives you insight on the latest changes.)
- Due to the tough economic times, publications are relying more and more on freelancers. (With over 8000 listings, WritersMarket.com can help you find these opportunities.)
- The proliferation of online content has opened up more opportunities than ever for writers from all backgrounds.
- There are more online tools than ever to help writers research and write more efficiently and knowledgeably.
- Social media offers easy and ground-breaking ways to network with publishing professionals, other writers, and potential interviewees. (If you're not already a member, join the Writer's Digest Community. You'll become a part of a supportive and creative community dedicated to the art and craft of writing.)
- Businesses and organizations now rely on great content to attract new customers, sell products, and spread important messages--the trend of content marketing. (Wonder how much you should charge for this content? The "How Much Should I Charge? Rate Card" gives you answers!)