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Naked News for Indie Authors How NOT to Invest Your Marketing $$$

by Gisela Hausmann 

In this new book “Naked News for Indie Authors: How NOT to Invest Your Marketing $$$” marketing expert, email evangelist, and indie author Gisela Hausmann reveals how indie authors can avoid wasting time and money. She also offers free and/or cheap alternatives to many common marketing methods and myths. The book includes five helpful illustrations.

Gisela Hausmann has done it again
reviewed by Chelle Cordero

Just reading her book has risen my expectations and optimism, she is informative and direct. Gisela opens our eyes to how to recognize opportunities. Thank you for another “Naked” truth.

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About the author

Gisela Hausmann is a 29 yr. self-publishing industry veteran, an email evangelist and a top reviewer.

Her work has been featured in regional, national, and international publications including Success magazine (print) and Entrepreneur, on Bloomberg, The Innovation Show – a show for Square Pegs in Round Holes, “The Brutal Truth about Sales & Selling”-podcast, and Austria’s Der Standard and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. Gisela is a graduate of the University of Vienna, Austria.

A unique mixture of wild risk-taker and careful planner, she globe-trotted almost 100,000 kilometers on three continents, including to the locations of her favorite books: Doctor Zhivago’s Russia, Heinrich Harrer’s Tibet, and Genghis Khan’s Mongolia.

Her motto:
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”-Napoleon Hill

For more information about the author please visit her website at

She tweets at @Naked_Determina

Book Promo: 30-Day Author by Kevin Tumlinson

30-Day Author: Develop a Daily Writing Habit
and Write Your Book in 30 Days (or Less)
by Kevin Tumlinson

Need to write a book, but don’t want to spend years doing it?

What if you could do it in 30 days or less?
Learn how to develop a daily writing habit. Learn how to determine the length of your book. And learn what to do with your book when it’s done—including editing, layout, cover design, and even marketing.
30-Day Author is a treasure trove of information for the will-be author. Whether you are a public speaker, coach, consultant, or just someone with a great story to tell, get your non-fiction book or novel written fast and on shelves in no time.
Kevin Tumlinson is a prolific author, host of the Wordslinger Podcast, and co-host of the Self Publishing Answers Podcast. Every week, Kevin helps new authors learn more about the craft and the business of writing, publishing, and selling books. In this guide, Kevin breaks down his formula for writing a book in 30 days or any other timeframe you want, and gives you the foundation for marketing that book while developing a daily writing habit that will serve you for the rest of your career.
Read 30-Day Author today and get started on producing the book you’ve been daydreaming about.

About the Author

Kevin Tumlinson is a thriller and speculative fiction author traveling the U.S. with his wife, an RV, a chihuahua named Mini, and a fully-loaded laptop. He writes multi-million-dollar blockbusters that can be read for only a few bucks.

Kevin grew up in Wild Peach Texas—an actual village wedged between the Brazos and San Bernard Rivers, with a population of less than 2,500 people and seemingly not a peach tree within a hundred miles of the place. He has had an eclectic career that includes engineering, teaching, broadcasting and media, and marketing. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards for writing, public speaking, and his work in advertising and marketing.

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Guest Post: Rev Up Your Mind by Kirsten McNeill


The hardest part about writing is to start writing! You would think I’d be constantly excited about writing. This is my livelihood and dream after all. Unfortunately, I’m full of excuses and fear, and I’m sure that goes for many others looking to accomplish a big task.

It’s easier than you think to make time to write. I’ll make excuses like “oh, I’m too tired” or “I have no time today.” Then, make time! The only thing getting in my way is myself and my fear. I’m afraid to start because I think my work will be bad.

All first drafts suck anyways, right? It’s better to have it done. That’s what editing is for. My fear controls me. It tells me that I’m not good enough and that I’ll never succeed. I haven’t tried yet, so it’s impossible for me to fail. All I have to do is come up with an idea and get my butt in gear.

I was watching a webinar once, and the person said that good writers make time to write. I don’t think “good” is an appropriate adjective here. Making time to work on your craft doesn’t have that strong of a correlation to your talent.

Sure, if you never write, you’ll never practice and get better. Sometimes, it’s hard to find motivation to work, though. That doesn’t make you a bad writer. It just means that you won’t get as much practice in as you may have wanted.

Day jobs, family, friends, and other responsibilities take up our time. I guess what the person from the webinar should have said was to make the most of the extra time you do have. Every bit counts, so when you don’t know what to do you should write.

Start typing, even if what you’re typing is complete garbage. You can always go back and change it later. Just get something on that page! That is my advice to myself and all the other struggling writers out there. Crush your fears and get your butt in gear.

Kirsten McNeill is an aspiring YA writer and hopes to change the world with the written word. She loves to create stories, play music, and read whenever she has the chance.

Kirsten’s website is
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Healing Through Writing

Can Trauma Spur Creativity?
After His Devastating Loss, a Man Finds Healing
Through Writing

Can an emotional trauma flip a switch in the creative brain? Does profound loss offer a new perspective from which to peer into one’s soul?

For LeRoy Flemming, author of the “Timelightenment” series ( and volume one of “Soulsplitting,” the answer is a resounding yes! And, there’s psychological research supporting this idea.

In role-playing, veterans who’ve endured trauma resulting in PTSD “were better able to represent the boundary between reality and the role-playing, to immerse themselves in the scene, to enact identifiable characters consistent with their setting, and produce complex and interactive scenes that told a coherent story,” compared to non-PTSD vets, according to researchers Robert Miller and David Johnson.

The non-PTSD group created more stereotyped, and unimaginative scenes, despite a higher education level and greater role-playing experience, the two wrote.

“I was never diagnosed with PTSD, but I know profound emotional trauma can trip all kinds of coping mechanisms in the brain and soul, including creativity,” Flemming says. “When I suddenly lost my mother, it was a profound, life-altering shock. She was fine when I saw her last – Dec. 25, 1999 and she died on Jan. 1. That’s what started me writing.”

His mother was, by far, the most stabilizing and inspiring person in his life, he says, and losing her rocked him to his core. Rather than seeming abstract, the larger questions in life became the most important, and that’s when he knew he had to write.

“I didn’t have much of a background in writing,” he says. “But since her passing, I’ve been in close contact with a part of my soul that has spawned several books, all of which have helped me heal.”

The creativity caused by pain is a cycle, “because the creative process has significantly healed me,” he says. “I’m not surprised that creativity increases within those who’ve suffered; it makes sense.”

How does a grieving individual make something good out of a heart-wrenching loss? Flemming offers perspective.

•  Don’t force it. One of the last things a grieving person needs is an assignment they don’t want. Grief is a process that entails a host of negative emotions: denial, confusion, anger and more. Prescribing creative therapy to oneself or another before one is ready for it can backfire.

•  Let it flow naturally. We are all unique individuals and, though we know in the backs of our minds that we’ll someday face the loss of a loved one, we can’t predict how we’ll handle it.

“Grieving and creativity actually share some traits,” Flemming says. “Both are processes, and both prompt individuals to express feelings in their own terms. When creativity can be used in conjunction with the grieving process, the catharsis can be profound.”

•  You have many options. When a person is desperate for an outlet, he or she will often gravitate toward what he knows. A onetime aspiring painter, for instance, may return to that familiar and comforting form of self-expression.

“But the mind can be unpredictable; it may be that gardening is the process that is most therapeutic for a grieving person, even though she never pulled a weed or planted a seed in her life,” Flemming says. “In other words, be open to where your intuition guides you. As most grieving people understand, life doesn’t always work out as planned. Be open to helpful new possibilities.”

About LeRoy Flemming

Leroy Flemming is a graduate of Alabama State University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Montgomery, Ala. He always wanted to show people that with spiritual guidance you can make things happen. Through his determination and inspiration from his Creator, he completed his five-part series of novels, “Timelightenment,” (, in hopes of demonstrating to the children of this world that they can dream big, and accomplish those dreams. Though inspired by many people, his biggest influence comes from his mother, who said shortly before she passed away, “Son, I may give out, but I never give up!” Flemming recently completed volume one of his new series, “Soulsplitting.”

Morgen Bailey talks about blogging

‘To Blog or Not To Blog’
by Morgen Bailey

(this article was previously posted)

A Blog: Why start one?

  • You write and want to tell people that you exist;
  • Writing blogs are usually read by other writers and readers and it provides you with a community;
  • You’d like to invite other writers to take part in your site;
  • You want to provide useful information to others;
  • You want to sell your writing and you know you need an outlet.

What do you have to say?

  • You want to share your writing – put up poems, short stories, novel extracts, non-fiction pieces;
  • You’re writing your first novel and want to let others know how you’re doing;
  • You surf the net and find articles of interest want to share the links;
  • You want to learn about writing so you have guests discussing various topics;
  • You have other hobbies, or businesses, you want share with the world.

How often should you post something?

  • At least once a week. You don’t have to do what I do and post 3-4 times a day because you’d have no life and really, would you have enough to say? I don’t, which is why I let everyone else to do it for me.
  • The advantage of having so many guests involved is that they give me the content and they are always so appreciative of having a platform to share the news about their latest book.

When should you post something?

  • Probably without exception, most of your traffic will come from the United States so you’d want to post your items at a time that will catch most viewers. I post a main post at 7am so it catches late night US traffic and pre-work UK traffic then another post writing prompts at 6pm to catch the US lunch-timers and UK evening traffic (but not so late that they won’t get to do the exercises). It also means that most posts are at the top of the home page for at least 11 hours meaning everyone gets a chance to see it. I have menus at the top of the blog so the links to everything I post is accessible. This helps visitors, guests and I get to keep a track of who’s doing what when. It also fits in with my ‘working day’, although I generally schedule items in advance.

Which platform (host) do you choose?

  • I have nine WordPress blogs, one Blogspot (Blogger), and a Weebly site. I also build (and maintain) blogs for other writers, so you can guess which one I recommend.

How much does it cost?

  • It can cost nothing. To-date I’ve posted over 2,500 items on the mixed blog and 700 interviews on the interview blog and various on other blogs and it’s not cost me a penny. All the WordPress blogs have ‘WordPress’ domain names e.g., which some authors wouldn’t want. For around $20 a year you can choose your own domain name. I didn’t because by keeping I have two ways for internet search engine users to find me. I may change this as you can’t put any advertising on the free versions, or you can let WordPress put advertising but it would be their choice. They can (and technically do) that already but I’ve only ever spotted one item on a random (old) post and I can’t even remember what it was for.

Pros and Cons

  • PROS: Marketing your books is seen as a necessary evil with self-published authors knowing that they have to do all the work and traditionally published author still have to do the majority because their publishers don’t have the budget to invest. I’ve only had two authors say their publisher does all their marketing but those authors are still active online (Twitter, Facebook etc). It’s part of the ‘job’.
  • CONS: Is there a downside to blogging? Not really. If like me, it takes over your life, then that could be seen as a downside time-wise, and it has affected my writing, or lack of it, but it’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve ‘met’ SO many people (authors, editors, agents, publishers, readers) because of it and other than a better balance of blog-time and writing-time, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Do you blog? Which platform (e.g. WordPress or Blogspot) do you use? What do you like or dislike about the blogs you’ve read?


   about Morgen Bailey 

Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog,, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page).

Main blog:


Twitter: and

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My books:

 She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog. Her debut novel is the chick lit eBook The Serial Dater’s Shopping List and she has six others (mostly crime) in the works. She also has several short story collections and writer’s block workbooks available on and

Cross-Promote Your Writing

How To Successfully Cross-Promote Your Writing

By Writer’s Relief Staff

First, a big “Thank You” to Chelle Cordero of Potpourri Parlor for hosting Writer’s Relief for this guest post!

At Writer’s Relief, we believe that a submission strategy team is an important factor in an author’s success. Having people who support you with expert advice about where to submit your work will definitely help advance the career of any author. The same can be said for a promotional team to further your efforts in cross-promotion. And the best part is that you can start assembling your promo team right away!


The Benefits Of A Cross-Promotion Team Effort:

Increase sales – The more people you have sharing information about your latest releases on social media, the more likely your sales are to increase. As you gain new fans, the possibility of selling more copies of your book will skyrocket.

Publicize events – When one author has a book event, public reading, or contest, all promo team members spread the news. That means Facebook, Twitter, blog posts, and e-mail newsletters. Don’t be afraid to let your fans know when something big is happening. They will thank you for it.

Gain more followers – By creating one group blog that all team members can post to, each contributor benefits from increased exposure. In addition, each member should guest post on other members’ blogs. This adds credibility and helps draw fans of one author or writing style to the other blogs.

Generate event buzz – Put together a group reading, a seminar, or even a daylong conference. When it comes to public relations, there’s always strength in numbers.

Garner conference attention – Visit a writing conference as a team and start a panel for like-minded authors to hear what you have to say.

Important Aspects Of Assembling A Promo Team:

When assembling your promo team, it’s a smart idea to work with authors of the same genre. For example, if you write romance fiction, you’ll want to team up with writers who also write romance fiction. This will help strengthen your author brand while reaching more of your target market.

However, this doesn’t mean you should avoid asking writers in other genres to join your promo team, especially if you’re attending conferences and seminars as a group. Each writer will bring his/her unique viewpoint to the team’s presentations, and having other genres represented will expose your writing to new readers.

If you’re unsure about how to find writers who might want to be part of your promo team, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to meet new writers looking to establish a network. You can find an extensive listing of writer’s organizations on our Publishing Tool Kit pages.

Start Promoting!

Once you’ve assembled your promo team, get out there and start cross-promoting! Marketing oneself takes time and dedication, so be sure you give 100%. If you’re working with other writers, they’ll want you to be just as focused and enthusiastic as they are.

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