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Get your FREE Book Marketing Challenge Pass to Read my Guest Article!

Hi everyone,

I’m so proud to announce that a guest article I wrote about WordPress blogs has been featured in marketing expert, D’vorah Lansky’s Book Marketing Challenge this week. I received over 90 comments on the article and have had a chance to network with a group of writers. I am also honored to be one of D’vorah’s Book Marketing Challenge Ambassadors, so I’ll be available to answer questions during the event.

It’s not too late to join the fun!

This year over 40 authors, publishers, and book marketing experts will be sharing their wisdom as part of the 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge.

The Book Marketing Challenge will provide you with hands-on, interactive training, on a wide variety of online book marketing strategies. You’ll also have opportunities to develop wonderful new friendships with other authors and our guest experts! 

During the Book Marketing Challenge, you’ll have access to workshops, expert interviews, articles, daily action steps, hot tips, special gifts, and opportunities to expand your online presence. 

To read the article and sign up for your free pass to the 30-day event, please click on the image below.
Book Marketing Challenge Guest Blogger

 

Happy blogging,

Gina Akao

 

 

Spotlight on Success: D’vorah Lansky Interviewed Me!

Hi everyone,

I’m proud to announce that marketing entrepreneur, D’vorah Lansky, interviewed me for her Spotlight on Success this week! To listen to the audio recording of the interview, please go to the following link: Virtual Book Tour Success Story.

In this recording and in my guest blog post on D’vorah’s site, http://www.BecomeaCelebrityAuthor.com, you’ll learn:

  • How I turned my Virtual Book Tour into a business
  • How I doubled my freelance income by promoting my book through a Virtual Book Tour
  • How D’vorah Lansky, the instructor of the VBT course, makes a difference in authors’ lives

Don’t forget to visit my business website, www.WritingandEditingToday.com/Endorsements to check out Amara’s endorsement (she is integral to my VBT success story). Also, claim your Top Ten Career Tips!

Have a wonderful day,

Gina

My Virtual Book Tour Travels to HelpDeskJA.com: Turn Your Book into a Business

Hi everyone,

I’m proud to announce that today my virtual book tour travels to the website of Corine LaFont, a talented entrepreneur who helps authors publish and market their books. She is the only certified author assistant in the Caribbean, and and I would never have connected with her if it wasn’t for D’vorah Lansky’s Virtual Book Tour course, which allows authors from all over the world to network and to learn from each other.  Corine also has a radio show on Blog Talk Radio called “Between the Lines,” which is devoted to empowering authors.

To check out the full article, please click on the title: “How to Turn Your Book Into a Business.” This article covers:

  • How I marketed my book, Tales of a Law School Dropout, with a Virtual Book Tour (VBT)
  • How my VBT helped me double my freelance writing and editing income
  • How I turned my hobby into a business by starting with a SCORE business plan and mentor

I didn’t mention this in the article, because it is personal, but one of my main motivations for launching http://www.WritingandEditingToday.com is because my 76-year-old dad has early-onset Alzheimer’s. This disease has shaken up our family in ways I never could have imagined, but as a result of those challenges, I have pushed myself to turn my own hobby into a business. Writing has always been something I did for fun, but now, I am blessed to have clients tell me that I’m an answer to their prayers by helping them with their own books and small businesses. Owning a business has its own set of challenges, so I encourage those of you who are brave enough to take up my small business challenge to balance your lives so that you can manage the stress of owning a business while you remain healthy and happy at the same time!

Also, if you are following http://www.GinaAkao.com and haven’t yet received your free copy of my Top Ten Career tips, please click here.

Namaste,

Gina

Virtual Book Tour Blog Posts!

Hi everyone,

My Virtual Book Tour is well under way, and recently I traveled to the blog of Jacci Turner, a talented Young Adult writer who I met through my writers group, the High Sierra Writers. She gave a passionate presentation on building a platform, so I was excited when she agreed to feature one of my articles on her blog, www.JacciTurner.com. Jacci has published three books, The Cage, The Bar, and The Lamb.

In case you missed it, please click here to view the whole article, “What is God’s Purpose for You?”

During her presentation, Jacci mentioned that her blog had a spiritual theme, and although I am a Christian, I normally do not blog about religious topics, but after reading some of Jacci’s posts, I was inspired.

To see a full list of my upcoming blog tour stops, check out my Events page. The idea behind a Virtual Book Tour is that instead of traveling from city to city to do book readings, authors in the digital era can steamline the process by taking their tour online! Each blog “stop” takes the author to the blog of another successful author who writes about a similar topic.

Do you know what your God-given purpose is? Let me know! Please feel free to comment below. And if you haven’t already, sign up for my subscription list to receive your free gift, “Top Ten Career Tips.”

Have a wonderful day,

Gina

My Review of the 2013 TMCC Writers’ Conference

This year’s Truckee Meadows Community College Writers’ Conference offered a lot of information about agents, publishing (both traditional and indie) and allowed some time for networking. I have been to three TMCC writers conferences, and would definitely recommend attending if you are a writer who would like to be published. The conference covered: reasons to need an agent, creating good dialogue, eBook publishing, an agents panel, how to make the right publishing decisions, and creating characters through conflict.

Attendees could buy a $12 lunch and sit down with one of the agents, editors, or speakers at the conference. I had the opportunity to meet other writers who could potentially introduce me to successful bloggers.

My only gripe with the TMCC conference is that the speakers do not offer interactive exercises to the audience. Even if one author could be selected and a sample of work could be read aloud and critiqued, I believe that the lecture material would be reinforced. Although writers could sign up for one-on-one appointments with agents, I think that the general meeting could provide more value if more interaction was offered in the form of exercises in addition to the Q&A sessions. In the future, I would also like to see a presentation on how an author can successfully build his/her own platform through social media, blogging, entrepreneurial work, and interviews, etc.

I enjoyed this year’s TMCC Writers’ Conference and am looking forward to the next one…perhaps as a bestselling author.

If you liked this review, please follow my blog, and you will receive your free Top Ten Career Tips!

Happy writing!

Gina

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