#MarketingMonday – Reciprocity

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#MarketingMonday – Reciprocity

Marketing can be daunting to say the least. I mean who wants to sit there and feel like they are bashing others over the head saying things like: “Buy my (insert product)!” “Watch this video!” “Have you seen this?” and yadda yadda on and on. No one, that’s who! It’s the down side of putting your products and yourself out there.

People ain’t got time for all that stuff!

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So what can you do? One thing I have found more beneficial than anything else is RECIPROCITY! Or promoting others.

Reciprocity:   a social norm of responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind action

Yes, talk about other people in your field. Let them know what they say matters. Let them know that you find their post intriguing. Let them know that you think they are important in your field.

HOW can you do this?

  • LIKE what they say.
  • COMMENT on their posts. Ya know, be interactive on social media. ***cough, cough. SOCIAL-IZE! cough, cough***
  • REBLOG, RETWEET, SHARE what they have to say. Spread the word! Give them some link-y love!!!

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As you do this you will accomplish several things:

  • Getting great content out into the world.
  • Getting your name noticed by the poster. They notice who does this… trust me!
  • Having your followers trust you for great content.
  • Building your brand.

And guess what happens when you do this regularly??? People will start LIKING your posts. They will start COMMENTING on your posts. They will start SHARING, REBLOGGING, and RETWEETING what you have to say. You will see it come full-circle. Ya know, the whole “what goes around, comes around” kind of thing.  😉   Will it happen over night? No. Building trust and loyalty takes time. You will have to work at it. But it will happen!

There are several ways to find great content too…

  1. READ. Do a search and see what you can find.
  2. FOLLOW others on the interweebs. See what they have to say!
  3. SIGN UP for blog post notifications. This way you will be able to read posts and easily share what you will.
  4. LOOK at what is trending. See what is popular in your area.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to begin to market yourself (and others).

Until next time…
Have fun writing!
~t


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New Year – Motivation

New Year Motivation

New Year – Motivation!

Welcome to 2018, y’all!

It’s the time of the year of new-ness. I like to think of it as a turning of the page, a new chapter, a new book. The possibilities before you are endless. There are things out there you want to make better, want to try for the first time. I’m here to tell you to GO FOR IT!

Time is our worst enemy. We don’t know how much is left. If you want to write. WRITE! If you want to draw. DRAW! If you want to go back to school. REGISTER! Reach for the stars.

As many of you know, I detest making resolutions. I always feel as if I’m setting myself up for failure. And ain’t nobody got time for that. So instead of listing things I want to accomplish. I choose a word to inspire me throughout the entire year. Once chosen, I print it out where I can see it every day. Or re-look at when I get discourage. This year my word is…

CHIPS

No, not potato chips. Or wood chips. Or even poker chips. Although poker chips would fit perfectly in my field. As every thing seems to be a gamble!   *laughing*   But the chips of every day life, what you are doing, exposing yourself, and getting things done. This is the quote where I found my word:

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So, my challenge to you is how will you stretch yourself this year? Do you like to make a New Year’s Resolution?   *it’s okay if you do*   Do you like to find an inspirational word? Or do you do something different? Let me know in the comments.

~ HaPpY NeW YeAr’S EvErYoNe ~

Until next time…
~t


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REBLOG: 5 Common Mistakes That Even Longtime Bloggers Make

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5 Common Mistakes That Even Longtime Bloggers Make

“Several times per month, I consult with authors looking for an evaluation of their online presence and often that includes their blog content. Sometimes they’re wondering why they don’t have more traffic, or they ask if they should continue the effort at all.

Given the time and energy that’s involved in meaningful blogging, it’s an important question. Here are five things that I often discover when I evaluate authors’ blogging efforts.”

READ MORE ON…   Jane Friedman’s blog!

#PubDay for Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish

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#PubDay for
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum
in a Dish!

It’s here! It’s here!

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Bring in the balloons! Throw the confetti!
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Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish is now available on my publisher’s website!

BLURB:

A dish of bubble gum and learning to count has never been so much fun! Match colors and watch the bubble get bigger and bigger as you count higher and higher. Chomp, chomp, chew, chew. Look at the bubble you blew! Suggested age range for readers: 1-6

I’m just a little excited. *you couldn’t tell could you?* I am hitting TWO milestones with this book:
1) This is my debut as an illustrator. Some of you didn’t even know that I drew. But I do.  😀  Over the last few years, I’ve been honing my craft and studying others work. I’ve been learning my own voice for my illustrations too. I post tidbits and sneak peaks over on instagram.
2) This is my 10th picture book! *wow-oh-wow* I’m humbled. Truly, I am. I’ve been published by two small houses. (I will be adding a third soon!) They are so supportive and believe in my work and in me. Small publishing houses have some mighty big ❤ s!

I tried something new with this book. I put a call out for people who were interested in being on my LAUNCH TEAM. I had an amazing response… about 20 people.  *wow, again!* I sent them an ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) pdf and my cover art. What they will do in return is give an honest review *I don’t expect 5 stars and bon-bons 😉 *, and a shout out on social media. Will this help? I dunno! So we shall see together, okay? I plan on writing a follow-up blog post on the results I see.

Thank you everyone for following me on my journey here. Here’s to more posts and books!

CHEERS!

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What do you think about my book?
What about a launch team? Do you think they are a good idea?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#CoverReveal: Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish by: Tracey M. Cox

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Cover Reveal:
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish

Hello everyone.

I’m sorry for my absence lately. I have started a “normal” job.  😀  Time seems to slip quickly these days. I will try to update more. I’m thinking of reblogging interesting articles that I come across to help those of you who might now have seen it.

BUT…. back to today.

Today I’m super-dee-duper excited to be sharing this with you all. I have a new picture book coming out. *YAY!  :D* This one is different though. This one I’m not only the author, but the illustrator too!!!

So without further ado, I present to you…

If you would like to find out more about Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish, visit my website. There you’ll find the cover art, a blurb about the book, my book trailer, and a FREE activity page download. Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish will be available from Guardian Angel Publishing on June 30, 2016. Look for the post Friday!!! I will post reviews as they come in.

:::LEAVE ME A COMMENT:::
What do you think about my cover reveal?
Are YOU planning to use the activity page?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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BIG announcement – Happy BOOKDAY to Me!

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Happy BOOKDAY to Me!

So while I was being a busy bee last month, my editor surprised me. Book #9 has been released.

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And yes, you are invited.

Let’s see… I’ve got cake. The confetti is popping. And I see you are here.  😀  YAY!

Book #9

Is taken from my very backyard…

100 Pecans for Tabitha

“Tabitha loves to make pecan brittle and pecan pie. She is on the hunt to find 100 pecans to make her favorite treats. She looks in the bushes, knocks them out of the trees, and more. Along the way she learns facts about pecans and why her grandmother has the trees in her yard.
 Teaches counting by fives, two recipes and educational pecan info. Suggested age range for readers: 1-10.”

Would you like to see the cover?

??? You would???

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Well, I won’t keep you waiting. I mean that would make me such a horrible host and I wouldn’t want you to think ill of me.  😉   😉

So without further ado, here’s 100 Pecans for Tabitha:

100 Pecans for Tabitha

Isnt the cover darling?

Along with the story I’ve included some ‘nutty’ pecan facts and two recipes using pecans.

One other awesome thing, November is Georgia Pecan Month! So grab a book and help me celebrate!

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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October is BIZ-ZEEEEEEEEEE!

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I am having issues with my laptop, which is why I haven’t been on time with my posts lately. Some days it will allow me to go to certain websites, some days no. Today is a good day!!!!!

October is an amazing month! AND it will be busy for writers. Check out what all I know about this month…

#PBPitch

(October 15th, 8 am – 8 pm)
www.pbpitch.com

Twitter event for Picture Books only! You can categorize by sub-genre too. Agents will definitely be checking this feed throughout the day. Check out the website for all the deets!

#WIK15

(October 16th – 18th)
www.southern-breeze.scbwi.org

Southern Breeze’s Chapter of SCBWI has their fall conference. Learn about your craft, promotional ideas, network and more. Check out the Southern Breeze website for all the deets!

#SoGAWritersGuild

(October 27th)

Writers of all genres are welcomed in the South Georgia Writers Guild. We meet monthly in Adel, Georgia and quarterly in Tifton, Georgia. We have monthly challenges of #30mdare using the same prompt, discuss marketing, and talk about writing in general. Leave me a comment if you would like more information about this great group I happen to belong to. 😀

#BLTBF

(October 31st, 9 am – 5 pm)
www.blandtbf.wix.com/bltbf

This is the biggest little book festival in South Georgia. Okay, it’s the only book festival in south Georgia. I saw a need to promote literacy and this is how I’m trying to get my community better involved. It is held within the Arts & Crafts venue of the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. There is a great line up of six authors. Come out and say hello!

So, please excuse me if my laptop shows out again. And let me know if you are planning on attending any of these events.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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What will you be doing this month?
Are you a #pb writer? Don’t forget about #PBPitch!
Will you be attending #WIK15? Let me know, so I can say HI!
Do you live in South Georgia, USA? You are officially invited to our next meeting! Let me know you are interested.
If you’re near Ocilla, Georgia on Halloween, come to the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival and find the Books Love & Potatoes Book Festival booth and say HI!

 

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