Thursday, October 25, 2018

New Marketing Subscription Service for Authors, Artists, Entrepreneurs

What do authors tend to hate more than anything? What do entrepreneurs put off until the last minute because they're too busy with all other aspects of their business?


Daily, we hear from authors about how much they hate promotion (and especially self-promotion) of their books.

Daily, we hear from entrepreneurs about how they struggle to find time to market their products after they've done all the other work creating.

Daily, we hear from artists that they're artists, not marketers.

We hear you loud and clear. We see the need and want to help!

Beginning November 1, we are launching a new marketing subscription service for authors, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Each month, you will receive:
  • Consultation by e-mail, as needed, to discuss your marketing needs
  • 35 Tweets custom written, with links and relevant hashtags, then shared on our social media accounts each month
  • 30 Pins on Pinterest per month – pins created from your own blog, website, book/product pages and shared on our accounts
  • 12 Facebook shares per month – shares on our FB accounts and groups, from your own FB pages and blogs, and from your book/product pages
  • 4 Instagram posts per month – we create four original memes customized for you and your books/products
  • Monthly analytics report
At the end of each month, we provide you with all the created content (like memes and tweets) so you can have them for future use, and we'll reconfigure some of them for use the next month so that we're constantly building your marketing platform.

Because your marketing needs change based on book/product launches, holidays, and other special events, we're happy to tweak our plan to fit your needs from month to month.

The cost is only $49 a month.

Ready to get started? Click on the Subscribe button below. When we receive notice of your subscription, we'll send you an e-mail requesting information from you so we can arrange for our initial consultation and then begin marketing your books, art, and/or business.

Another service we offer is our Marketing Package, which includes:
  • Two press releases written and distributed to your local markets and globally
  • One custom video book trailer (up to 2 minutes in length)
  • Six custom memes promoting your book for use on social media
  • 25 Tweets written about your book, website/blog, themes, author page
  • Six months of Social Media sharing about your book (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest)
This package price is $499, but we have created a special bundle price if you're interested in both the subscription and the full marketing package. Just send me a note for more details and a customized quote.

I look forward to serving you and watching your business grow. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Latest Release: The Young Storyteller's Prompt and Draw Series by Tracy Ruckman

We're excited to announce the release of The Young Storyteller's Prompt and Draw Series by Tracy Ruckman.

This series of twelve books encourages children to create their own stories from simple prompts. Lined pages with the prompts and plenty of work space for illustrating their stories, too!

About the Series:

Encourage Children to Write and Illustrate their Own Stories!

The Young Storyteller’s Prompt and Draw Series offers basic prompts to guide children through a solid story structure while encouraging their imaginations to soar.

The pages within provide short prompts with lined space for writing out the story and ample blank space for children to illustrate as they create.

This series is perfect for home use, as well as in a classroom or homeschool setting.

The books are available on Amazon, or can be purchased by the case of 24 with a special discount for teachers/classrooms/schools. E-mail us for more information on case pricing.

The links for each of The Young Storyteller's Prompt and Draw Series:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Latest Release: A Dog and His Bone by Mister Brock and Stephen Low

We're excited to announce the release of our latest book, A Dog and His Bone, written by Mister Brock and illustrated by Stephen Low.

About the Book: 

A selfish young dog called Rufus goes in search of his beloved bone and finds three new toys even more amazing. But he isn't the only one who wants them ...

Available on Amazon
Available on Kindle

About the Authors:

Mister Brock and Stephen Low met in 2010 when they were both teachers in South Korea. Though one came from America and liked to write and the other called England his home and was a gifted artist, the two shared a passion for storytelling and creativity which led them to begin the process of creating A Dog and His Bone. Over the years, the two merged their talents and created the company "The Slow Connection," which has published numerous children's books for the teaching company VIPKID along with a number of other freelance projects. The two continue to create works together and remain close friends to this very day.

Visit them on the Web:

L-R: Mister Brock and Stephen Low

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Latest Release: Big Daddy and Cousin Rico Visit Indian Springs

We're excited to announce our latest release, a cute picture book written by Mary T. Jacobs and illustrated by Marci Thacker.

Available on Amazon in paperback. (Kindle version coming soon!)

Grandfather and Big Daddy plan an exciting road trip on their way to a family reunion, planning to leave Cousin Rico behind. But Rico has a surprise in store that soon lands him in big trouble. In this grand adventure, Rico learns the love and care of family and friends to help them all have a happy ending!

About the Author:

Mary Jacobs is a retired middle school principal and college professor. She worked at Mercer University and was the coordinator of the Educational Leadership Department. She is married and has two wonderful children and three awesome grandchildren.

Mary has published many articles and is the author of the book Inspiring Future Leaders through Coaching and Mentoring. Rico’s Cabo Adventure is her third children’s book and the third book in the Big Daddy’s Adventure Series. Be sure to check out the first two books– Big Daddy’s Secret on Fripp Island and Rico’s Fripp Island Adventure! Mary currently lives on Fripp Island with her husband.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Marketing Memos: Matt Patterson

One of the most common concerns I hear from authors is that of marketing, so I decided to seek out the experts to offer their best marketing tips. Each week, I'll interview a marketing expert in this new Marketing Memos column.

Today, I'd like to welcome author, entrepreneur, and friend Matt Patterson to share his insights on the marketing journey.

Welcome, Matt! First, tell us about what you market.

I market my two books – My Emily and We’ve Got This! 

In addition, I also market my speaking platform as well as training – organizational and/or individual.

For years, I would be asked the question, “So, what do you do for a living?” I always responded, “I’m an author and a speaker.” That’s true, but in the last year or so my vision has changed.

Yes, I have written two books and yes, I speak to groups, companies, organizations, and individuals – but my passion (writing and speaking) has also become my purpose. 

Now, rather than saying I’m an author and a speaker, I consider myself an advocate for childhood cancer, special needs children, and for couples who have lost children.

Share with us up to three of your top marketing tips. What will help our readers become better marketers for their own businesses or books?

  1. Be persistent and consistent – relentless. Whether it’s with blogging, a YouTube channel, social media or anything else, be absolutely persistent, consistent and RELENTLESS. Each and every day. Stick to your plan.
  2. Don’t be afraid to try new things. There may be some form of marketing that you want to try, but you’re hesitant. Whether it’s starting a YouTube channel, jumping on to Pinterest or Instagram – step forward, try it, and learn it. Slow and steady. Find out who the REAL innovators are in the areas you wish to try. Not the self-proclaimed gurus – but the REAL leaders. Little by little. However, be persistent and consistent. RELENTLESS.
  3. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Remove them. Remove negativity – whenever, however. It’s venom. We often hear – “Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.” Simple, but true. This past year I had to distance/separate myself from a “friend.” This “friend” was harsh, negative, and narcissistic. I just put up with it. He was my friend, but he wasn’t a friend. He was someone with whom I couldn’t the cord. It was difficult, but I finally reached a point where I had to cut the cord. I’m happier. I’m healthier (physically, mentally and emotionally). Don’t be afraid to cut the cord AND don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re a good person. Really. You are! Take a second right now, go over to a mirror and tell yourself, “You’re a good person!” One more time! “You’re a good person!” 
What’s the ONE thing you wish someone had told you before you got started in this business that would have helped you most in the early stages?

Be careful of where you invest your time and resources. There is a difference between and spending and investing.

Many times, when individuals start in a new venture, they’re so excited to get started that they want everything – right then, right now.

Spending is when you quickly spend resources for coaching, programs, etc., from self-proclaimed experts with little or no return.

Investing resources is when you invest your precious resources with someone who is a legitimate leader in the arena you’re pursuing. The training and insight received will provide a real and true return on your investment. 

Be careful. Do your homework.

What’s the hardest challenge you’ve faced in this marketing journey?

As simple as it may sound, my hardest challenge is staying organized.

Things happen. 

Life happens.

From posting content to writing, editing, consulting others, there’s one thing I’ve battled and that’s putting ME first. 

I got my wake-up call in late October when I had a stroke. I dodged a massive bullet and I give thanks each and every day for the blessings in my life. Please take care of YOU first.
Plan your each work day the night before. Your plan should include some moments for YOU. If it means waking up 45 minutes earlier to read, meditate, or work out – or perhaps all three, then set your alarm. If it means going to bed earlier to wake up earlier – so be it. 

And one piece of advice – coming from someone who is guilty of this – learn how to let go of some things that you just don’t need to do. Let it go. LET IT GO! You don’t have to do EVERYTHING!

What’s next for you? 

Busy. Busy. Busy.

I’m in the final stages of completing a companion workbook for We’ve Got This! Shortly thereafter, I’ll begin work on a multiple-book inspirational series, which has me very excited. I’m also exploring philanthropic efforts geared toward childhood cancer and Down syndrome.

Where can our readers connect with you? 

About Matt:

Matt Patterson is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, as well as an award-winning and two-time Amazon #1 international best-selling author. Matt's background includes 20-plus years in marketing communications, public and media relations, as well as print and broadcast journalism. In addition, he is an Air Force veteran, having earned the Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Award.

In addition to speaking and writing, Matt is a passionate advocate. He volunteers his time to helping organizations and charities dedicated to assisting families with children who have special needs, little ones battling pediatric cancers, as well as grieving parents who have lost a child.

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