AUTHOR TIPS AND RESOURCES

Web sites for writers, usability resources, radio promotions, book, and web promotion tips, in-store placement, and more.

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Aventine Press is not liable for the services provided through the following companies. However, if you feel that the business is not legitimate please contact us.

Epic Book Promotions

Epic Book Promotions

Epic Book Promotions will work with you over the next year to walk you through the process of marketing your book and help you with any of your concerns, using resources and experience in getting your book distributed to the “book buying” public.

Epic Book Promotions (EBP) will contact a wide variety of media sources and advertising outlets in order to get as many sales as possible. EBP will also act as the source of contact for private individuals and bookstores that wish to order your book.

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Media Connect

While we continue to be one of the industry leaders in book publicity, we are much more.  MEDIA CONNECT also partners with leading associations, nonprofits and companies to deliver their message on a national level. Our National TV and Print campaigns, including in-house Satellite TV, Morning Drive Radio and Online Tours, ensure you the greatest impact with today’s media.

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Submit Press Release 123

Submit PR 123

Submit Press Release 123 will help you reach millions with online press release using PR Newswire. Send your release online and engage prospects. PR Newswire Wire Distribution Including: Print & Broadcast Media, Trade Journals Submission To 5,300 + Websites Including Yahoo!, AOL.com, CNet News, Forbes & Bizjournals.com. Additional packages also include submissions to news sites like Google, Bing and Yahoo! and social media streams like Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Suspense Magazine Media Kit

suspense magazine

Introducing Suspense Magazine publication.  Below you will see the link to the Suspense Magazine media kit.

We will provide 20% off the rates listed in the media kit for participating authors. Our magazine deadline dates are the 1st of every month for the next month’s issue.  For example:  Deadline to get into the July Issue is June 1st.

We will also give all authors a banner on our site when an ad is placed in the magazine.  This banner will link back to the authors book where it is sold.  As for review copies, this can happen a couple of different ways.  Authors can either query us their book in an email, sent to: John Raab (editor@suspensemagazine.com), or they can mail a copy with a letter to our address: John Raab, CEO / Publisher, 26500 Agoura Rd., #102-474, Calabasas, CA 91302. All emails are responded back to within 24 hours, every business day.

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Book Tales Radio

Book Talk Radio is currently looking for authors to interview on their radio talk show – If you are interested, please submit your book synopsis, author bio and contact information to RadioTalkers@aol.com

Bookhitch

BookHitch

Bookhitch is a marketing tool for publishers and authors to raise awareness of their books as well as a search engine for book lovers featuring thousands of publishers and authors! Search by title, author, or browse by genre.

Our basic listings are free, and it only takes a few minutes to list a book.

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Targeted Media Publicity Program

Targeted Media Publicity program

Get your book into the hands of the media, NOW! With our Targeted Media Release Package the Jenkins Group helps you reach:

Television, Newspapers, Magazines, Online Newsletters and Blogs that target your books specific market.

We have precise media contacts for: Childrens Books, Business Books, The Arts, Spiritual and/or Religious Books, Self Help, Fiction, Non Fiction and everything in between.

All Targeted Media Release Packages now include both a Regional and a National Media Contact List for one low price. As your special gift all orders placed on or before Monday August 31st will receive The Publishers Guide to Sales and Promotions e-book for FREE ($145.00 value), just:

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Talk-N-Books

Authors, publishers and publicists interested in promoting books can contact Janet Coleman at TalkNBooks@aol.com. Author Bios and book summaries can be submitted at TalkNBooks@aol.com

Self Book Shelf

This website is to help all self-published authors get the best exposure for their books. New books are added to the shelf Sundays, so if you would like to use this site to feature your books, please do.

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Artists First

ArtistFirst Radio Network

AUTHORS WANTED!

To help independent authors worldwide, ArtistFirst World Radio is offering a new show series exclusively about independent and undiscovered authors, entitled Authors-First – WEEKNIGHTS @ 8PM EST.

Anyone on-line can tune-in on their PC, anywhere in the world by clicking: http://stream.netro.ca/afrn or logging on to www.artistfirst.com and clicking a “Click here to listen” button.

To find out how to submit your materials:

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Book PR & Marketing Toolkit

This toolkit includes a selection of 22 of the best, most useful, and most insightful Book Marketing Buzz Blog posts of this past year.

If you haven’t signed up to receive the blog, please visit the website do so.

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Published.com

Published

Since 1997, the Published.com Book Directory has been helping book lovers discover the best books. We’ve also made book promotion free and easy for all authors and publishers, big and small. Now, we’re kicking book promotion up at least three notches.

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Online Review

The Online Review accepts all self-published books in any format for review. To submit your book:

 

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Midwest Book Review

Midwest Book Review

Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review is an organization of volunteers committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing. MBR accepts no financial donations from authors or publishers for their services and features an excellent online book review publication that showcases reviews and commentaries of those Midwest Book Review editors and specialized reviewers who have demonstrated expertise and mastery of their particular fields, responsibilities, and interests.

 

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Gwyn Plummer - Romance Book Reviewer

To say that I love reading romance novels is an understatement.  To me, starting a new novel is right on up there with chocolate and sex.  I don’t know which is better.  Well, that’s not totally true, but you get the point.

Being an aspiring author myself, I understand the rough roads and the jabs and stabs (particularly to the heart) of trying to get a novel published.  And even when that happens, the work is not done.  You must get someone to read it.  What entices most people to pick up a book (especially by a new author) is what someone else has to say. In an effort to assist literary entrepreneurs, I review romance novels for self-published authors.

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Pacific Book Reviews

Pacific Book Review

Pacific Book Review does a lot more than just review books; we market your book so it receives the attention it deserves at an affordable price.  We also provide professionally written press releases & global recognition to the media, exclusive author interviews, video book trailers packages, author spotlights, and so much more.

 

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BookReviewBuzz.com

Book Review Buzz

You Can Get Your Book Reviewed Within 2 weeks.

You can exhibit and showcase your book at Book Expo America and other book tradeshows.

You can advertise your book in Foreword Magazine which reaches over 20,000 book buyers with every issue.

We also offer

  • Rapid Reviews of books
  • Guaranteed press release distribution & placement
  • Media databases ** Special price only $99 until the end of March
  • and much, much more.

Reviewers can also request copies of your book for review directly from our website.

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Reader Views

reader views

Book reviews, for readers, by readers.

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Kaye Trout's Book Reviews

I review Print-On-Demand (POD) and small press published books for my site and Midwest Book Review.

If you would like your book reviewed, please send a signed copy to:

Kaye Trout
65 Starbright Court
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

If you would like to receive my monthly review newsletter, please provide your email address. There are no charges for these services.

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Stevo’s Book Reviews on the Internet

My Best of the Best titles are collected in a monthly Listopia entry (and on the page for each book) at Goodreads.com:
https://www.goodreads.com/list/user_votes/18168079-steve-brock.

As the former manager of Microsoft Network’s Books and Reading Community, Steve has a large following of book fans who read his monthly list of recommended books on his Delphiforums.com website. The list has proven to be a valuable resource to not only book lovers, but by the acquisitions departments at academic and public libraries, and bookstores (both online and brick-and-mortar). Pageviews are running at over 250,000/month.

Each month, Steve may write a brief review or two, but he is concentrating on the list, which will include sections for nonfiction, fiction, and children’s books. Each will be preceded by a section for best books in each category. Steve has also begun accepting “Featured Book of the Month” ads on his start page. He’ll run one ad at a time for $300/month. There is no obligation whatsoever to purchase an ad in order to have your book reviewed or recommended. No fees for any review or recommendation.

 

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U.S. Copyright Office

copyright

Copyright information and application.

 

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Library of Congress

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress assigns a unique identification number to the catalog record created for each book in its cataloged collections.

 

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ISBN Agency

ISBN

The official site operated by R.R. Bowker to apply for an ISBN publisher prefix.

 

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The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine tells you everything you need to know about the costs, contracts & process of self-publishing.

Discover what every author has the right to demand from any self-publishing company.

 

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Books and Tales

“A virtual potpourri of information about print-on-demand publishing, web design and other useful information for the writer,” Books and Tales is the brainchild of author Clea Saal, who somehow finds the time between writing and web design artistry, to have compiled the most comprehensive data on print-on-demand publishers available on the internet.

 

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AuthorME

The mission of AuthorMe.com is to offer hope to writers that go unnoticed in the publishing world. We understand that a writer’s dream is to be discovered and respected as an artist, to see his or her works published, and to be considered as a possible prospect for future media writings.

 

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Road to Romance

Road to Romance

The Road to Romance is a place for readers and writers of romantic and women’s fiction. Their goal is to introduce new authors to readers, and new readers to authors.

 

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The Black Writers Alliance

Black Writers

A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting African-American writers in improving their craft and to promote fellowship among the writing community.

 

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Manic Reads

manic readers

Manic Readers LLC, is an Ohio based company founded in 2007. Our mission is to provide readers with a wide variety of information on the industry’s books, authors, and publishers, while simultaneously giving authors and publishers a place to promote their books for free.

 

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Authors Database

AuthorsDB

Get listed with AuthorsDB – Our website is designed as an SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and its capabilities of search engine listings are far reaching.  Normally your listing is indexed in Google within 24 hours, and we’ve seen it sometimes within hours of going live.

 

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Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

Aerogramme Writers Studio

Aerogramme Writers’ Studio publishes news and resources for emerging and established writers.

 

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Barnes and Noble In-Store Book Submission

Barnes and Noble

If you would like your title to be considered for store placement, please
submit a finished copy (no manuscripts please) of the book along with
marketing and promotion plans, trade reviews and a note describing how the book meets the competition (what makes it unique) to:

The Small Press Department
Barnes & Noble
122 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10011

The information must include the ISBN and the suggested retail price. The review process takes about 6 weeks, the Small Press Department responds to all submissions in writing.

eBookIt

eBookIt

Through eBookIt.com, authors or publishers can fill out a short registration form and upload the text of the book to us. We will convert each title you submit to us to the various eBook formats. Your book will be carefully prepared for conversion, and closely reviewed post-conversion, by a living, breathing, human being. We look for any errors or inconsistencies, and fix them. We then submit the eBook to Amazon, BN.com, the Apple iBookstore, Kobo, and other major online retailers.

We download copies of your eBook to the iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony eReader, so we can see exactly how it displays on various popular devices. If we find any errors, we get them corrected quickly so your eBook will display and function with the highest quality. Meanwhile, you can sit back and relax (or get to work on writing your next book!) knowing your book will receive first-class treatment, and soon be available through various online retail channels.

 

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Have a Ball Writing Your First Novel - Free YouTube Course

gina greenlee

Have a Ball Writing Your First Novel is writer Gina Greenlee’s free 12-Week YouTube course and offers great insights into the process of writing your first novel:

 

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Writer's Proofreading and Literary Submissions Services

Writers Relief

Writer’s Relief provides proofreading and literary submission services for poets, novelists, children’s book and short story writers.

 

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Writing Contests

freelance writing

The web’s best and most updated selection of writing contests. If you’ve got a way with making your words come to life, try your hand at a poetry contest. If you’re a teen, there’s a special category of teen writing contests just for you. For everybody else, there’s a variety of other ways to test your writing skills, from essay contests to short story contests.

 

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Scrivener

scrivener

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips.

 

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Evernote

Evernote

Inspiration strikes anywhere. Evernote lets you capture, nurture, and share your ideas across any device.

 

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DropBox

dropbox

Secure File Sharing and Storage.

 

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Calibre

Calibre

Calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. Users say it’s outstanding and a must-have. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.

 

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Zotero

zotero

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

 

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Merriam-Webster Online

merriam webster

Features a dictionary and thesaurus.

 

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Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com

dictionary

Related sites that include links to writers’ resources, games, word information, and lots more.

 

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Grammarly

grammarly

The World’s Most Accurate Online Grammar Checker and app.

 

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Purdue OWL Grammar Tools

The Purdue OWLThese OWL resources will help you use correct grammar in your writing. Including resources on grammar topics, such as count and noncount nouns, articles (a versus an), subject-verb agreement, and prepositions.

 

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Education First Grammar Guide

Education First

Do you have a question about the correct usage of the semicolon or how to place adverbs in a sentence? If so, you’ve come to the right place. These pages are a complete English grammar guide filled with the rules of English usage. Each grammatical rule is explained in plain English with several examples, and when needed, counter-examples. The grammatical rules covered by this guide are categorized below. English grammar is not always easy to understand, but by using this guide you should be able to remind yourself of the rules of English usage and speak or write English with confidence.

 

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Reverso

Reverso
Reverso is a portal of linguistic tools including: translation, dictionary, spell-checker, conjugation, grammar, pronunciation feature (just click on a word or a selection of words or on the voice icon).
It is a free service mostly financed by advertising. However, we are trying to make the browsing of our website as pleasant as possible for you, by not displaying intrusive advertisements and by constantly working on the improvement of our services.

 

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Grammar Check

Grammar Check

Like many people, you probably learned the basic rules of grammar in school. And like many people, you’ve probably forgotten much of what you learned. Is ending your sentences with a preposition really that bad a practice? Are there hard and fast rules for when to use who, that or which? Where does the comma go?

All of these questions, as well as many more, can plague both amateur and professional writers.

Our online spelling and grammar checker will answer those questions and (hopefully) help you gain more confidence in your writing.

 

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Encyclopedia.com

Encyclopedia

Provides more than 17,000 short articles from the Concise Columbia Electronic Encylopedia, Third Edition.

 

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia

A free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.

 

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Internet Archive

Internet Archives

 

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

 

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

We carry high quality ebooks: Most Project Gutenberg ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

 

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Google Books

Google Books

Search the world’s most comprehensive index of full-text books.

 

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats

 

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