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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,, 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, 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,


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!



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