Monday, October 28, 2013

A first for Just Write Books - A book trailer for Food Fix



Please feel free to repost this book trailer.  We want it to go to as many places as it can to help people.  This book is not a diet book but a book with exercises and comfort that those who struggle with food problems are not alone.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ten Things to Know About Hashtags



A small sampling of possible hashtags to use when writing.

When using social media it’s important to know all the tools and how to use them. One grossly misused piece of social media. Here are a few tips to getting it right.
1. Know where to use them. Hashtags are compatible with most social media platforms including Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and now Facebook. Always check before using them elsewhere.
2. Don’t use spaces. If your hashtag is multiple words, do not use spaces, this will defeat the purpose of a hashtag. #JustWriteBooks not #Just Write Books.
3. Make them specific. Be fairly specific so you know that the people who find you are really looking for you.
4. Limit yourself to three. Use three or fewer per post. Anymore than that is annoying to your readers.
5. Make your own. This sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, but especially if you’re announcing a new book, it’s not a bad idea to make one up that is the name of your book.
6. Test the hashtag. A great way to see if the hashtag works is to click through and see what related pieces come up. If it doesn’t really relate to what you’re talking about or is unfocused, try another.
7. Follow the hashtag. If you use the hashtag for an event or special conversation. Make sure to check in on it once in a while in case you need to response to a comment that isn’t directed at you.
9. Make them relevant. Is your hashtag something that people care about? Would what you’re posting about mean something to someone other than you? If not, consider not using it.
10. Put thought into your choices. Don’t use generic words, make sure they mean something to someone who is searching for that hashtag. Remember hashtags are meant to help other people find you.
What hashtag have you invented?

Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: jstwrite@jstwrite.com

Sunday, October 20, 2013

10 Reasons Authors Should Use Author App for Facebook



Author App Icon in Facebook

Social media is very important in all business applications in today’s world. A great way for an author to create a presence online is to use an app called “Author App” for Facebook. Below are some of great reasons to use it.
1. It’s on Facebook. Recent studies are showing that most people search for companies to do business with on Facebook, so it’s important that they can find you that way. This also it a more direct route to younger audiences.
2. It includes your author bio. Make sure to tell your story as well as include all your books. This gives your readers a personal connection with you.
3. It includes connectivity to your website. Make sure to fill out your web address so readers can find your web presence.
4. It includes a link to a mailing list. If you want to keep in touch with your readers, especially about upcoming events and writing, a mailing list is a great way to do that. Author App makes it easy for interested parties to sign up to receive your notifications.
5. It allows readers to share your page with friends. Nothing works better than a referral of a friend. With the quick “share author with friends” button, your readers can recommend you.
6. It provides easy viewing of books published. Upload your book covers and descriptions to create a quick and easily viewable collection of all your books.
7. It provides a link to purchase books. Since you probably want to sell your books, making it possible for readers to click through to links on Amazon to purchase your books is more likely to result in a click to buy.
8. It provides listing of author events. If you are doing book signings or author talks to spread the word about your work, having the events listed in one easy place will make it easier for people to keep track of your events.
9. It’s easy. None of us need more learn (we doing that everyday with technology) and by filling out a few fields, you can have everything set up in an 30 minutes or less. If your bibliography is extensive, it may take a little longer.
10. It’s fast. None of us need to add time-consuming tasks to our busy schedule. Everyone is so busy, that adding anything that requires intense attention and a lot of updating or going to another website will just make it harder to do. Heck, you’re on Facebook anyway, right?

At Just Write Books, we attempt to help our authors in every way we can. This blog post is just an example of our brainstorming ways that authors can get the spread the word of their books. We look forward to future blog posts touching on Amazon Author Pages, GoodReads, YouTube and others. 

Good writing!



Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: jstwrite@jstwrite.com

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Author Talks: Norma Salway





Norma Salway wrote an email and sent it via my website asking if the book that she wanted to put together was something that would interest Just Write Books. She described her book as a memory book of summer camp life as experienced by a child that didn't leave the area when the summer ended.

I said give me a call.

When we talked we both were excited and I asked Norma to bring her text and pictures and talk about what she wanted to do.

Norma had an amazing number of original old photos depicting camp life around Songo Pond. Pictures that made walking in the woods, playing on the rope swings and water slides very real to this person from away. Once we started putting the book together, Norma mentioned that she likes to make potato prints. She showed me some and we decided that they should be a part of The Spirit of Songo.

I learned so much about Norma as we worked on her first book and then when she came to me with her second I was easily able to urge her to try her hand at the watercolor illustrations she wanted for Touched by a Hummingbird.

Some people are easier to work with than others. Norma is a bright light that only gets brighter as she learns that she can do even more than she ever dreamed.

Her ambition to write books was clear—her ability to illustrate with her own work, vintage photos or with the drawings of students was a part of her self-discovery. I am happy to be a part of her metamorphosis from a retired teacher to an active author and presenter.

JWB: When did you start writing?
Salway: Throughout my years of teaching, I always wrote songs, chants, and poems to enrich our curriculum. However, during my late husband’s long battle with cancer, I started writing poems as a peaceful outlet. I found writing to be very therapeutic, and I never stop.

JWB: What are some of the themes you return to regularly in your writing?
Salway: The whispers and soothing childhood memories surrounding nature and the impact of natural creations upon our lives seem to permeate my writings. From the poems in The Spirit of Songo, the inspiration and message in Touched by a Hummingbird, to the classroom stories in I’m Just a Kid, You Know, I find myself wanting to share the influences of nature with readers.

JWB: What is one event that has shaped your writing?
Salway: Growing up, I had a mom who read aloud to us every night so I developed an enjoyment of reading from an early age. She also had a passion for the rhythm of rich language and surrounded us with word games and quotations. She constantly shared poems with us that her dad had taught her while milking cows in the barn.

JWB: What are your three favorite books to reread?
Salway: That’s a tough question as I have so many favorites! Having taught primary grades for all those years, I had certain books, I had to read to my students year after year. One of my favorites is Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch and Owl at Home, by Arnold Lobell. My favorite adult book is a 1923 copy of The Passing Throng, by Edgar A. Guest.

JWB: Any advice for young writers?
Salway: Read, read, read. Write, write, write. The more you read, from a variety of genres, the better you’ll write. The more you write, the better you’ll read.

JWB: What are you currently working on?
Salway: I’m currently working on a children’s book but a couple more book ideas are swirling in my head. I never stop writing really. I enjoy people watching and will often jot down observations and descriptions while out and about. I keep a journal handy in my car.

Author Bio
Norma Kimball Salway, parent, grandparent, graduate of the University of Southern Maine, retired from teaching in 2009. During her 34 years in education, she taught four- to seven- year-old students. Her hobbies include writing, kayaking, gardening, antiquing, and crafting. Since retirement, Salway has written three books. Her current book is I'm Just a Kid, You Know! She tells stories about her decades in education and her love of teaching in the primary school. The first, The Spirit of Songo, is a collection of original poems and vintage photos about the lake near her Albany home. The second, Touched by a Hummingbird, written and illustrated by Salway, tells the true story of rescuing a hummingbird prior to her friend's funeral. This book comforts those grieving a loss. Salway continues to write, living in Portland, Maine, with her Maine Coon cat, Gusty.
Learn more at normaksalway.com


Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: jstwrite@jstwrite.com

Monday, October 7, 2013

10 Key Points to Getting Great Book Blurbs


Every title at Just Write Books goes through a publishing process that includes getting blurbs for the back of the book for our Maine authors.  Our state, Maine, being so small in population is a hazard and a blessing when it comes to getting endorsements to print on the back of the book or inside before publishing.

With a small population you can know nearly everyone in the state separated by only two or three people. Those connections can be very helpful in getting celebrity endorsements. Friends of friends help each other here in Maine. If you are attempting to get endorsements from out-of-state it can also be a benefit because people love Maine and seem to be more than willing to help a Maine author.  

On the other hand, many times Maine authors are reticent to put themselves forward requesting the help they need for their book to get the publicity they need. That can be overcome. So on to how you might go about this.

1. Know what you need. What is a book blurb?  A celebrity-written endorsement of your book about three to eight lines on the back.
2. Decide who you will approach. Pick several authors or individuals who have some relation to the subject of your book. It helps if you know the person or a friend knows the person. Contacting the person is probably the most difficult part of the process. Then allowing them to have enough time is critical. Offer to allow at least three months for them to read your book and write the testimonial.
3. Send a nice small package. It should include a cover letter, a synopsis and press release about the book, sample endorsements and the book itself.
4. Write a thorough cover letter. The cover letter should tell what the book is about and how she/he might benefit from having his/her blurb on the back of the book, on your book's website, etc. And of course, tell how it would help you.
5. Include a synopsis of the book. Short, sweet and full of the best of your book.  Remember short.
6. Insert a generic press release for a book event. Whether it’s the book release party or a signing, include an event so the person writing the blurb knows you’re planning to market the book to live audiences.
7. Write and include a page of sample endorsements. Provide at least three and hopefully five that the celebrity can pick one that will fit the style of the person you are asking.
8. Why include the book? Would you write a testimonial about a product that you hadn't seen? Most other people won't either.
9. Send your package early. Call six months before publication to ensure the correct address and to ascertain if your target celebrity is interested in providing endorsements/review blurbs. Send the complete package at least three months before publication.

10. Why is it important? When you see the cover of the book, you pick it up and turn it over to see what others say. Nearly everyone wants to know what others say about a book that they are considering reading. You and your book gain credibility from an expert in your field supporting your book.

Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: jstwrite@jstwrite.com