Marketing… A Home for Your Name

Marketing… A Home for Your Name

Now that you are beginning to get your game plan down, you will need to have a home to house all your information. The best thing to do? Have a website!

  • But I’m not published!
  • But I don’t have a storefront!
  • But I don’t have any clients!
  • But I don’t have a lot of merchandise!

It doesn’t matter! You NEED a place to call home. You NEED a place to where everyone and anyone can find you. You NEED a place where YOU control the information that is being put out.

Trust me, people will look you up. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE!, Googles everything this day and age. Do you want them to look you up and see ‘the other you’ that you found in your initial Google search? NO, you want them to find you and all the amazing things you have to offer. So give yourself a placed to call home.

It doesn’t have to be fancy either. A landing page works miracles until you are ready to expand. A simple… Hi! You’ve found my page and this is what I’m up to. With a great profile picture and maybe a few social media links is all you need to get started.

REALLY!

It doesn’t have to be expensive either! WordPress, Weebly, and Wix are a few websites out there that are FREE. Yes, FREE!!! And who doesn’t like freebies? No one, that’s who. They all have a learning curve, but with a bit of time… and maybe some YouTube help… you can get a website up and running.

Don’t forget your name!!! Remember looking around seeing if “you” are available? Try to find something consistent across all platforms and then secure them all. I have done this on everything I knew was out there, whether I use it or not. Then when a new social media comes available, I secure that as well. Do I use them all? No, BUT I do not promote the ones I’m not active on.

Once you have a website secured, you are on your way to building a platform with a solid foundation!

Until next time…

Happy Marketing!
~t

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www – Wednesday – South Georgia Writer’s Guild

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www – Wednesday
South Georgia Writer’s Guild

Today I wanted to share another organization I’m a part of. It is call South Georgia Writer’s Guild. (SGWG)sgwg-logo-final

SGWG was formed by a handful of writers who all live in South Georgia. (Bet you never who have guessed that, right! *laughing*) We write from all different genres and have all different experiences. But that what makes this organization so amazing!

We have found that we can pull from each other and grow.
Over the past few years we’ve gone from a handful to almost 100 members.
We meet two times a month and have video meetings too.
There are writers from kidlit to romance to sci-fi to fantasy to gamers to (fill in the blank)!
We have hobbiest to intermediate to experienced. Indie and traditional.

YOU NAME IT!

Feel free to check out the South Georgia Writer’s Guild website and join the group, if you like!

Are you a member in a great group? Let us know who they are!

Until next time…
Happy writing!
~t


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www. Wednesday – KidLit.TV

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http://www.   Wednesday   – KidLit.TV

Hi everyone.

Most of you know one of my passions is writing.

*bet you couldn’t guess that. LAUGHING* 

I’m honored to be a part of the KidLit TV team.  For those of you who haven’t checked out their website, it is full of videos that are kid-friendly.

STORYMAKERS: Features authors (and kidlit champions) who share something about a book of theirs. It could be an interview, or a yummy recipe, or a craft, or sharing other titles, and on and on. It’s a great way for children to see the people who are behind-the-book.

READ OUT LOUD: Who doesn’t like story time????? So gather around and listen in as someone (author/illustrator/literacy champion) reads a story and shares the artwork inside the covers.

READ, SET, DRAW!: Time to drag out your pencils, pens, markers, or water colors! Budding artists can learn first-hand to draw from illustrators!!!! How cool is that?!?

Podcasts: Many of the episodes are available as podcasts! You can always listen to an episode!

There’s a tab for crafts and thinking outside-the-box! There’s also Phil’s Fast 5 episodes, Two-In-A-Teepee, and so much more.

Check out: KidLit.TV, but be prepared to stay for a while!

Until next time…
Happy writing!
~t


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www. Wednesday – SCBWI

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http://www.  Wednesday – SCBWI

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you know I write KidLit. (aka children’s books) This is my heart, my passion. I can honestly say, I would not be where I am professionally without SCBWI.

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SCBWI is a world-wide organization which is broken into various regions. They hold national conferences and regional conferences. There is a bulletin that goes out, which shares valuable information. On the website you can find “THE BOOK” that has contact information for you to submit to various houses and agencies. There are grants you can apply for. And I haven’t even mentioned the people you will meet!!! They are your tribe. The people who really, truly get you!

There is a due to pay every year, but I have found it to be well worth the fee!

Check them out:  www.scbwi.org!

Until next time…
Happy writing!

~t


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Wednesday – www.traceymcox.com

traceymcox.com

Wednesday – http://www.traceymcox.com

This year I’ve decided to challenge myself more. I will be marketing for myself and my business harder. And for my clients also. Needless to say, the first website for me to promote is…   *shameless plug alert!*   my own:

www.traceymcox.com

As many of you know, I’m a small business. I write, illustrate, market, and crochet. On my website you’ll find information about my:

  • books
  • illustrations
  • social media set up
  • critique services
  • marketing
  • website design
  • crochet products

I really do appreciate those of you who are already a client of mine.   *I really, really do!*   You all make my life an adventure. I can’t tell you how much fun I had crocheting this year. And seeing everyone’s response at the things I made.

Please visit my website and have a look around. Let me know what you think about it in the comments!

Until next time…
~t


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Wednesday www – SCBWI

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Wednesday www – SCBWI

Wednesdays I like to share websites that I have found beneficial. If you have been following me for a while, these will probably sound familiar. But I must say the ones I repeat, I repeat for a reason.

My first website to share for the year is SCBWI.org.

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SCBWI stands for The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and is a world-wide organization and is broken down into different regions. I happen to be in the Southern Breeze Region, which is Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle.

SCBWI holds two major conferences a year, and then most regions will host a conference separately. These are amazing opportunities for writers and illustrators. You get to take various workshops or attend different speeches. These can be from other writers/illustrators or agents, editors, and art directors. You get to meet people who will actually GET you! You have the opportunity to present yourself in front of the very people you submit too. You know, to make that personal connection.

You also have an opportunity to volunteer for your region. I volunteer with mine.  😀   Not only is it a great way to pay-it-forward, but the main speakers will see your name and know that you take your job, be it writing or illustrating or both, seriously and are not afraid to go the extra step.

There are dues every year, but I have found that it is well worth it. There is a bi-monthly newsletter, a monthly Insight newsletter, access to The Book, the opportunity to submit to many awards and grants, and much more.

For more information click over to SCBWI.org and check it out. If you are serious about writing or illustrating for children, you won’t regret it!

Until next time…
Happy Writing!
~t

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www(dot)Wednesday – #BLTBF

#BLTBF

www(dot)Wednesday –
#BLTBF

Today I wanted to highlight something very close to my heart…

The of reading!

I live in South Georgia, USA, where the literacy rate is not as high as the national level. As a writer, it breaks my heart. As a reader, I really don’t understand it. I mean, I {{{LOVE}}}} BOOKS! Why doesn’t everyone???

I know, people struggle with language, reading, misconceptions. People get discouraged, downhearted, and want to give up. BUT I am a firm believer in words being power.

So I decided to try and make a difference in my own community. In 2012, I started a book festival. Books Love & Taters Book Festival to be precise. WHY? Well, I hold it during my towns major festival of The Georgia Sweet Potato Festival. This accomplishes the need to advertise and crowd draw. My little town goes from 4,000 to 10,000+ during that weekend! 8-o  Amazing!  I invite local and state authors to come set up to sell their books, meet the public, have their picture taken, and answer questions people may have.

So far the response has been amazing. Last year, there were six authors (including me) within two booth spaces. This year??? Well, I’m going to need more booth space! I have had about 10 that are hoping to be there!!!!

It is an awesome way for authors to get their name out there, meet other authors, and have fun for the day.

AND this is my FIFTH YEAR! Major milestone!!! If you are in South Georgia, I hope you can make it and say hello!

***If you would like to help support BLTBF you can go to the website and donate***

Thanks everyone!

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Do you have any events in your area to help promote literacy?
What other ways can you help spread the word to read?
Do you know of any other websites you would like to see featured?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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