Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Top 15 Books For 2014 - Podcast

I was asked to list my top 10 books for 2014.  I cheated and add 5 more to my list.   I decided instead of writing a post to do a podcast.

Here's my list

15.  Your Love Is King by Adrienne Thompson

14.  Honour Among All: A Novella by Vivian Kay

13. The Literary Entreprenur’s toolkit by Tyora Moody

12. Passion’s Prey A C Arthur

11.  A Writer’s Guide To Publishing & Marketing by Barbara Joe Williams

10. The Outlander by Diane Gabaldon

9. The Returned by Jason Mott

8. Open Door Marriage by Naleighna Kai

7. The Lawyer's Luck: A Home to Milford College prequel novella by Pipe Hugley

6. Destiny Captive by Beverly Jenkins

5. Just to Be with You by Sheryl Lister

4.  Going Down in Flames – Chris Cannon

3.  Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

2.  The Perfect Affair (The Shady Sisters Trilogy) by Lutishia Lovely

1.  Anybody's Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young

Here's the link to Barbara's Podcast

Friday, October 24, 2014

PODCAST FRIDAY: Books To Help Writers Part 1

A new series about books writers should have in their library.
A Writer's Guide to Publishing & Marketing (Volume 2) by Barbara Joe Williams

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SORMAG's Online Conference - Are You Coming?

Three reasons why you should attend SORMAG's Online Conference:

1.  No hotel fees

2. No airfare

3. Have you seen the agenda?  We have some of the top writers participating this year.

Register today and be a part of the stay at home conference.




Would you like to be a SPONSOR? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What makes you purchase a book?

What part of the book grabs you?

Do book covers grab you?

Does the blurb grab you?

Does reading an excerpt grab you?

A good book cover, will make you want to pick the book up.

This book cover, intrigued me.  My first impression was historical friendship.  I wanted to know what the story was about.  I clicked on the link to read the blurb and I was even more intrigued.  I asked for a sample.  The sample will be the final decision on if I purchase the book.

What makes you purchase a book?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Motivation Monday - In Order To Succeed

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. 
- Nikos Kazantzakis

Monday, September 22, 2014

Motivation Monday - Decide What You Want

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. - H. L. Hunt

Friday, September 19, 2014

PODCAST FRIDAY - Writing Christian Fiction

Writing Christian Fiction with - Tyora Moody, Pat Simmons, Andrea Wilson, Sherryle K. Jackson


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Business Tip: Give It Away

Constant Contact is doing a series called Market Your Business on a Shoestring.  I thought I'd share a few posts I though were helpful.

Have you ever used give it away as a marketing tool?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Motivation Monday - Fear Cannot

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. 
- Baruch Spinoza

Monday, September 08, 2014

Motivation Monday - Don't Give Up

Don't give up. Don't lose hope. Don't sell out. 
- Christopher Reeve

Monday, September 01, 2014

Motivation Monday - Consult not your fears

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. - Pope John XXIII

Monday, August 25, 2014

Motivation Monday

Setting goals is the first step in turning
 the invisible into the visible. - Tony Robbins

Monday, August 18, 2014

Motivation Monday - What is a goal?

A goal is a dream with a deadline. - Napoleon Hill

Monday, August 11, 2014

Motivation Monday - Conquer Fear

If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. 
Go out and get busy. - Dale Carnegie

Monday, August 04, 2014

Motivation Monday - What do you want?

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. 
- Bill Cosby

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Video - Business Tip - Give It Away

In today's economy, people are more comfortable purchasing something they have been able to experience first. Don't be afraid to give someone a free trial or a sample. Chances are they'll want to purchase more. 

Do you have a freebie or sample you offer with your business?

Join SORMAG''s email list and receive a Free Book Teaser Ad


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Podcast Interview Tips

Last night I did my first podcast interview with Tyora Moody.  I know you’re thinking I thought you were doing podcasts.  I am, but I was the guest instead of the host last night.

Tyora was an excellent interviewer.  She gave me the questions she wanted to ask ahead of time.   

I wanted to offer a few tips to you if you plan on doing a few podcasts yourself.

If the host sends you the questions before time.  Take time to read over them and then write out your answers.

I typed out my answers then printed them out, to use as my notes during the podcast.

Show up for the interview.

I know this sounds like a logical thing to do but you would be surprised how many people don’t show up for their interviews.  They forget to put it on their calendar or life shows up.  If you can’t make the interview, send a quick email to let the host know, so they can reschedule the interview.  You don’t want them waiting on you to show up.  That doesn’t look good and I’m sure they will not be rescheduling.


This might be hard for you if this is your first time, but if you have a great host like I did with Tyora it can be fun.  I always say a prayer before I do any interview asking the Lord to guide my tongue because I have a habit of talking and talking.

Have a conversation

Don’t give the host a hard time of pulling answers out of you.  This is the time to talk and share a little about yourself, your book or business.  It’s not fun chatting with someone and all you are saying is yes or no.

Have fun and smile

Listeners can tell if you’re having fun or if you’re scared to death by your voice.  If you find yourself smiling a lot it will come across in the podcasts. 

When I first started doing the podcasts, I found myself laughing a lot and my guest did too.  At first I was worried listeners wouldn’t take it serious, but then I realized that laughing is a good thing.  Yes writing is serious, but you still want to have fun with it.

Promote your podcast

When the podcast goes live, send out the link to your readers, friends, social media.  Send a thank you note to the host.

Listen to the interview

How did you sound?  What can you improve for the next interview?

I want to thank Tyora Moody for  my first podcast interview.  When the podcast goes live, I will post the link so you can hear what we had to talk about.

I hope this tips help you when you have your podcast interview.  If you have any questions about podcasting or podcast interview, feel free to leave a comment.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Motivation Monday - Weeds

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. - Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What am I up to? Summer/Fall Plans

These next few months will be busy for me.  I’m currently in the editing stages of my promotion book.  It is coming along well.  I’ve decided to make it into a workbook, that you can write in.  I think it will work better that way for helping you keep all your information in one place.

I think might have found a printer to print the book for me, I requested a bid, so I’m waiting on a response.  I’m still working on the title.  Once I finally get a title I like, it will be moving on to getting a book cover.

I’m learning a lot in this self publishing  journey.  There are many steps to take, and they all work together, so you can’t skip them because it’s not going the way you want it too.

I’m working on a 14 day challenge – I Don’t Have Time To Promote.

I hear this all the time when I talk with authors.  This challenge will help you schedule time to promote.  I’m working on having the challenge ready for September.  If you’re interested in joining the challenge you can sign up. (Feel free to share the link)

I’m also working on the 2014 SORMAG Online Conference.  I would like this year’s conference to be even more interactive.  I’m accepting workshop proposals and registration will open in August.

I have a lot on my plate, but that’s OK.  I like keeping busy.

What’s on your agenda?