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. ¬†ūüėÄ ¬† 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

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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!

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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?
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Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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www . Wednesday- Janice Hardy’s Fiction University

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Janice Hardy’s
Fiction University

“When Janice was first developing her writing skills, she was often frustrated by books that told her what she should be doing, but didn’t provide a clear picture on how to do it. Later when she began teaching writing, she decided to offer¬†answers to those questions and discovered she had a bit of a knack for it. She gave lots of examples, because she felt seeing writing in action made it easier to understand. The responses from her students told her she was right. She started this site back in 2009 with one goal in mind…”

So are you writing, but not sure how to approach a problem. Would like to study the writing process more in depth? Go check¬†out Janice’s site! I mainly write picture books and have found helpful information here too!

 

DON’T FORGET:

Summer Sparks#SummerSparks writing challenge will be wrapping up July 11th, 2015, at 11:59 pm et. You still have time to complete the challenge. ¬† ūüôā ¬† You will need to make sure you have:

  1. Commented on all blog post that list a prize.
  2. Comment on Day 14 post by promising you have at least 14 sparks and leave your name.

Need to see a list of blog post? You can visit the Summer Sparks page. You’ll see all bloggers and their corresponding blog posts.

 

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www. The Purple Crayon

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Harold Underdown’s: The Purple Crayon

Today’s www. Wednesday, I’m highlighting Harold Underdown’s website: The Purple Crayon.

This website has been around for a while and is chock full of information.

How long? you may ask.
It was the first informative website I ran across when I started writing in 2000.  <insert nodding head here> A long time ago.

It’s grown a lot over the years. Of course, the writing world has too. The changes I’ve seen are incredible.

What information can you find there?

  • Who’s Moving Where? – Great inside moving knowledge of the industry. Agents and editors tend to change. Harold helps keep you up to date.
  • Articles – It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or an expert. He is always updating material that you can find useful
  • Editorial Services – Did you know that Harold is a former editor as several well-known publishing houses? He offers critique services and workshops.
  • Information on his book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books”.
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So click on over to Harold Underdown’s: The Purple Crayon and be ready to have some extra time on your hands.

About HAROLD UNDERDOWN:

Harold UnderdownI have been a children’s book editor for over 20 years. For the first half of that, I worked in-house at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge. More recently I have been working independently–working with authors and publishers, speaking at conferences, and giving workshops. I also run The Purple Crayon, an informational website, at http://www.underdown.org/, and am a contributing editor to Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books grew out of my experiences as an editor. I have posted information and sample chapters on my website at my Idiot’s Guide page.
(used from: Harold Underdown’s Goodreads bio)

 

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Do you know of another resourceful website? I would love to highlight here on my blog.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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Marketing Monday: 12 Tips to Marketing Yourself With Little to No Money by Tracey M. Cox

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Welcome to the new year! What better way to get going in the right direction than to get a marketing plan going? While some of these tips will be directed to those who are published, pre-published can incorporate them into their marketing and get a jump on making their name known.

I’ve created a video for you to watch. It goes over each of the 12 tips briefly…


Over the next several weeks, I will be going into each of these marketing strategies with a little more depth:

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Let me know what you think of my thoughts and suggestions.
Do you have a different marketing tip?
Is there something you would like to see more information on that I haven’t already mentioned?
Let me know by commenting below. I want to be able to help you!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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Tuesday Tips: Platform Building

 

I have been going over social media outlets and still have a few to touch on. Today I really want to give you tips on why you should consider your platform and the world you are building for.yourself. Think of a store front that you see going through your downtown area or in a mall. You will obviously recognize the major brands and eventually you will get familiarized with the “mom & pop” stores too. BUT there lies the problem. You have to get familiarized with them.

THIS is why platform building is such a great opportunity to market yourself to your customers. They will begin to see your name and your business out there in the public eye and begin to trust the services you say and do provide.

Here are a few things to consider with your platform building:

  1. Your name (brand).
    What is your message you are wanting to get across. Are you a writer? Baker? Lawyer? Hair stylist? Boutique owner? If you own your own business, you need to get your name out to the local public.
  2. How people preceive you.
    How do you come across to people? Really target the types of people you want to come into your business. Even if it is an online business, they still have to click and browse!
    -Clothing…¬†you might want to have the latest styles you have available.
    -Cooking… How about a gallery of your finished products.
    -Writing/Illustrating… Let people see your work (published pieces or glimpse of unfinished artwork), freebies.
    Do you give discounts or raffles? Do you have giveaways? Or referral systems?
  3. What you want to accomplish.
    Of course you want people to buy, but you also want them to talk about your business too. You need the word of mouth to help you in your business. Platform building makes that more than easy to do with all the instant buttons for people to click. This makes is simple to share, like, reblog, etc about you.
  4. What can you give back.
    Yes, what can you give back. Again, freebies, giveaways, referrals, etc. Do you do something in your community? Are you in any organizations that help out? Let people know that you not only care about their business, but that you care about the community in which you live in.

Shameless Promo Here:

I am now available to help you with your PLATFORM BUILDING!

YEP! I’m going to do a little marketing for myself here.

Platform Building Consultation Services

I have started a Platform Building Consultation Service. I am offering to review what you have on social media & give my honest opinion on how you can approach your chosen audience to make your business more public friendly. I will also give suggestions on how to handle the various Social Media Outlets (SMO) you are interested in and not be overwhelmed by it all. Because let’s face it, it is a lot.
The outlets I am currently offering my services on are:

  • Website
  • Blog
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Youtube
  • Instagram

 

What will I do:

  • I will find out what your intentions are for the public’s eye.
  • I will give an overall¬†opinion on how your SMO comes across to me at first glance.
  • I will go in and give an in-depth look at the different levels of your SMO. (website/blogs)
  • I will send you a document with all my Pros and Considerations of your chosen SMO.
  • I also can provide you with an online meeting that will be privately recorded for your continued use.
    (You will need a Google+ account to have meeting. All recordings are set to private. I will  send you the direct link)

Fees:

I charge $100.00 per hour. One hour minimum required and must be paid upfront.

Payment:

I accept PAYPAL and/or  CHECKS.
Upfront payment must be received and cleared to receive services requested. Afterwards, I will bill you in 15 minute intervals for any additional time.

If you are interested… email me!

My email address is tracey (at) traceymcox (dot) com, include PLATFORM BUILDING SERVICES in the subject line. I will then send you a sheet to fill out and we can be on our way.

I am not offering to write post or bring in new followers/fans/likes. That will be up to you.
I AM offering the support of the beginning your SMO or redesign of your already established presence on the SMO for public friendliness.

Hope to hear from you soon. AND don’t be afraid to get out there and get noticed!

 

Happy Marketing!
~t