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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A Few Online Marketing Resources

Well, I missed the big release of my book because H1N1 blew through our household. In fact, I don’t even think I was awake when my book came out. But now that we’re on the road to recovery (and I can sit at my keyboard without nodding off) I’m jumping right onto the Marketing train.

My publisher, and a few caring expert authors, have shared a few marketing tools with me and I thought I’d let you in on some of them. I’m sure that many of you already know about some of these but I’ll put them here anyway just in case.

(1) Media Connections: This is a great networking site run by Jackie O’Neal. Not only can authors connect with other authors, but Jackie is very well connected and can hook you up with many online connections. Some of the information is free but there are some small fees for others. She did a little video ad for me for $25 and now it’s up on Women Online Magazine!

(2) Author’s Den: If you want to get your face and work out there, this is definitely one of the greatest places to do it. You can get a little page for free with just the basics or you can choose from a variety of packages for a fee. The great thing is that it’s for authors but if you have a short story to share or another shorter piece, you can put those up to! And you get a blog too.

(3) She Writes: A wonderful friend of mine (Thanks, Annette!) told me about this great site for women writers. With your free membership, you can get your work advertised on their front page, join different groups based on your interests, needs and/or genre, and be “in the know” on all the latest and greatest in the writing and publishing world.

(4) JacketFlap: CALLING ALL CHILDREN/YA WRITERS!! This is a great place for you. Also a free membership, you can add your books for some free publicity, join groups and discussions and even get connected to a few agents and publishers. Definitely something to check out.

(5) LinkedIn: Another great FREE connection tool. Not only can you build up your profile and network but you can make some very valuable new connections by having people recommend you for jobs or appearances!

Of course, the problem with joining all of these media places—not including Twitter, Facebook and MySpace—is that in order to get the most out of them, it’s good to go in there at least once a week or so and post, ask questions or snoop around. Yes, it can be very time consuming but it’s all worth it if you can make those necessary marketing connections to get your work out there!

Good luck and feel free to share some of your own (this list certainly isn’t exhaustive!)

Happy writing all!

Author of “I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD
Author of “Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)” (Now Available!)
Author of “The Sensory Diet: Setting the Sensational Child Up For Success” To be released January 2011)


  1. This is great information, Chynna, thanks for sharing it. You are so right though about having to keep up with all these groups and so on for them to actually be useful! It can be time consuming and another job in itself!


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