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Ominous: Borders: Coffee

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Ominous: Borders: Coffee

V400370332_SX200_Set in PARIS, this thriller surges ominously through the psyche of modern Europe. Conflict is rife; danger is everywhere. You will be tempted to trawl through Paris, to drink in the bars, or smoke on dark street corners. Be warned… watch your back… Inspector Vasseur has his favorite table on a battered sidewalk.

Alone he sits on hot summer nights, allowing his instincts to grapple with the mysterious case of innocent deaths along the River Seine. In other parts of the city, the Stalker trails her female targets, hell-bent on seduction; the Baker clings to his French traditions despite the temptations of the world around him; two beautiful women set up a coffee society – one leaves the prison of her insular creativity and the other relishes life in all its forms.

They bring out the very evil in some, and the pursuit of romance in others. In this tightly plotted novel, borders are stormed, emotional, sexual, and psychotic; and borders weave danger around lovers of coffee, the creative, and the finest of foods. Discover why author Peter Standish Evans holds a deserved and special place among-st the new breed of thriller writers. Ominous: Borders: Coffee will be a dog-eared and red wine stained addition to your book collection.

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About the Author:

Peter Standish Evans was born in England; son of a Welsh father and Scottish mother with a penchant for moving home. Told as a youngster his birth country was Wales, he was entranced – and a natural admirer of Dylan Thomas. Years later he discovered that borders had mysteriously shifted, or the English had usurped “Colwell”, his parents home-village at the time.

To this day Colwell and Malvern remain firmly rooted in England, and hosted W.H. Auden’s moment of Right,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_“revelatory experience”.

As one of a tribe of six siblings, deciphering the concepts of fact and fiction was mandatory for survival, as was packing battered English bags for their numerous trips to and from Southern Africa; moving residence to new locations, alternately far north and far south of the equator.

Despite leaving the “fine art of facts” to scientists, both poetry and fiction remain his constant companions. He is an ardent reader, and now enjoys writing full time.

Peter Standish Evans has two children, and divides his time somewhat equally between Europe and South Africa. He holds a degree in English Literature from Natal University and a Masters from Witwatersrand University.


Ominous: Borders: Coffee (A Paris Thriller)” is his first novel, and he is working on the sequel, “The circle of dark squares”. He has a published poetry collection “Red Winds Howl”, which has been described as “a blend of 303 bullets and tequila”.

“From the first pages this wonderful thriller hooks one into the story with its interesting and disturbing characters, it’s sensory explorations and the layered complexity of psychology and humanity. The French setting with a minor African riff and the detail of food, wine, coffee and poetry makes for a mentally stimulating ride. This is a page turner that I wish could have gone on longer.”

Kindle Edition http://www.amazon.com/Ominous-Borders-Coffee-Thriller-Novel/dp/0957199236

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Are You an Eligible US Author?

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Starting in January 2013, some famous authors become eligible to reclaim their work, such as Stephen King, Judy Blume or John LeCarre.  US publishers face the loss of their back lists as authors begin using the Copyright Act to reclaim works they assigned years ago, for example these New York Times bestsellers from 1978:
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  • Jackie Oh  by Kitty Kelley
  • Illusions  by Richard Bach
  • Chesapeake  by James A. Michener
  • Robert Kennedy and his Times  by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
  • A Time for Truth  by William E. Simon
  • Fools Die  by Mario Puzo
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Section 203 of the 1978 Copyright Act allows authors to cut away any contract after 35 years. It was set up to protect young artists who signed away future best sellers for a pittance.
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In many cases, before Section 203 came into law, the author had signed away their rights. The new law has fewer such loopholes and will also mean that nearly every book published after 1978 becomes eligible for termination. These new options mean authors have more leverage to walk away from their publishers altogether.
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Authors have a five-year window to exercise the right but must also provide advance notice at least two years but no more than 10 years beforehand.
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Many authors are simply unaware of their options, others may prefer to seek a sweeter deal with their publishers, rather than fly solo or risk a lawsuit. The Authors Guild and copyright lawyers can help with plain English explanations.

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Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers

Author Solutions are in the business of ripping people off – that’s how David Gaughran says it bluntly.  Maybe I was to cautious in my article.  Read the sad truth how they take advantage of writers from another source too and please: BEWARE!

via Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers.



First Penguin – now Simon & Schuster Wants Your Money

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… or how reputable publishers turn into “Vanity Publishers”
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They will not publish authors in the first place – and then they try to fleece them and charge them for “self-publishing” which is also called “Vanity Publishing”.   Simon & Schuster, four largest English-language publishers, through its Archway Publishing seeks writers who “self-publish” fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s books and let them pay for author services.

Archway Publishing will be run with help from Author Solutions and includes “editorial, design, distribution and marketing services” for authors.  The cost for these “services” range from $1,999 Author package to $14,999.   Read about their pricing / royalties in the FAQ’s.
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Their royalty samples :

Book Retail Price $17.95
– $9.87 (55% Wholesale Discount)
= $8.08 (Net after Wholesale Discount)
– $4.97 Printing costs
= $3.11 Net
x 50% (Royalty Rate)
= $1.56 Royalty Earned from a retail sale
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Book Retail Price $17.95
– $4.97 Printing costs
= $12.98 Net
x 50% (Royalty Rate)
= $6.49 Royalty Earned from their website sales
(My comment: If ever anyone buys from their un-known website)
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When do they pay royalties? After five! months… e.g. First Quarter: January 1 to March 31 (checks are mailed in late May)

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Here are more snippets from their press release:
The following services will be Archway Publishing exclusives:
Concierge Service – Authors will have the option to work with a dedicated publishing guide who will coordinate each step of the book production process.
Bookseller Catalog – Archway titles will be included in Edelweiss, the leading, industry-wide online catalog available to major retailers, wholesalers, libraries, bloggers and thousands of industry professionals.
The Archway Speakers Bureau, powered by Speakerfile, helps authors connect to a world of potential speaking “opportunities” and establish themselves as credible voices in their fields.
Premier Video Production and Distribution – Archway authors will have the “opportunity” to create high-quality videos and book trailers for distribution to major online video networks.
All these “services” can easily done by an author – they don’t need to employ a vanity publisher for it.

Another press release from Penguin tells “150K writers have used the services of Author Solutions” and sold total of 190K books, which means a little bit more than 1 book per author.  Go figure…

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Secret of a Terrific Guest Blog

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There is a fantastic way to gain exposure for your book here on this blog: Guest Posting.
Authors asked me so many times about the concept of guest blog posting, that I am summarizing it here again:
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The whole idea is to create a well-written article and contribute to a successful blog that has many readers to whom you can introduce yourself as an author. Get not only your name out, show off your writing skills, give useful tips (or write about mistakes you learned from) but also have a link to your book sales page, included in a short bio, to invite readers to check out your book and buy it.  Your guest blog will not only appear on this site, but also dozens of times over a period of months on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Chime.in, StumpleUpon and Google+ to ten thousands of readers.

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Do some brainstorming:

  • What would you have done differently while writing / editing / publishing
  • Is there any advice you would give new writers
  • What was your biggest book marketing success so far
  • What are your experiences with editors, publishers, book cover artists etc.
  • Are there any publishing news you would like to share
  • What is the secret of your books success

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There is so much to write about your experience!

Blog articles should be new and unpublished, content rich and pertain to the craft or business of writing, editing, publishing, or book marketing. Best length is between 500 and 800 words. Get more tips here in former blog posts:

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/authors-want-pr-for-your-book/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/guest-blogging-etikette/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/3-surefire-ways-to-get-more-traffic-at-no-cost/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/would-you-like-to-write-a-guest-post/

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Guest Blogging is one of the many steps you can take to establish your brand as an author.  As more steps you take, as higher you will climb…  If you like to write ab guest post just drop me a line:  111publishing  a t   gmail.com

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Follow on Twitter: @111publishing

And don’t forget to spread the word on other social networking sites of your choice for other writers who might also enjoy this blog and find it useful. Thanks, Doris

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The Most Valuable Book Marketing Help You Can Get !

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Book_Staple“Nobody ever made money writing a book – only by selling it” 

More than 830 blog posts with valuable advice for writers you enjoyed so far here on this site.  Now I am offering individual one-on-one Book Marketing Training for authors – wherever you are worldwide.

Nowadays literary agents and publishers ask a potential author “what is your platform” or “what are your plans for marketing your book?” During the last years publishing books has totally changed.

Not every writer has the time / money to travel and attend writers’ conferences and there are only very few of them that offer lectures with the topic of book marketing and promotion.  We can help authors:  Individual training and customized marketing consultations for your book at an amazing offer!!! 

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Register now to get started on your road to success:

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Sign up NOW for this extensive training / consulting package:

    • Three hours of one-on-one Book Marketing Online Seminar phone-consultations
    • Unlimited book marketing consultations by email for up to three months
    • Unlimited social media help by email for up to three months
    • Instructions / Checklist / Hundreds of links for you to use for your free book promotions
    • Free e-book: “Book Marketing on a Shoestring” launch in January 2013
    • Blog post including cover image/author bio/book description on both, blog and our websites
    • NEW: Author interview on our blog website (105,000 visitors so far, 500+ subscribers)
    • NEW: “Book of the Month” recommendation major book lover sites
    • NEW: We will advertise on your KDP Select FREE days your book intensively
      … Plus one surprise gift we will reveal once you sign up!

Writers need to build their own platforms, identify their own demographics, and find their own market share – even if they are with a traditional publishing house! The profession has changed tremendously and writers need to adapt in order to succeed. Questions about this online book marketing training? Just email!
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These could be topics you will want to learn about:

  • Identify your target readers and their demographic
  • Find out how to reach these readers online and off-line
  • Get tips & tricks how to use social media
  • Create your own brand and your platform
  • Choose the type of publishing that is right for you
  • Navigate the pre-publishing process
  • Create titles that soar, find an agent or get a book distributor
  • Learn about printing options or discover the “how-to” of foreign rights use
  • How not get duped by POD’s / Aggregators & others who want your money
  • Market and publicize your book successfully on a budget
  • Leverage the content of your book into other markets
  • Prepare your next bestseller & find free book publishing funding sources
  • …..and most important: your own list of questions, we will help you with.
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The blog article about your book will be posted several times / week for 3 months individually to all major Social Media sites/

Speaking about your book, publicizing it, promoting it, can be the most exciting, fulfilling part of the adventure – if you know what you’re doing.

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And here is how it works:

  • 1. Step: Click on “Sign up” for this Book Marketing Training
    2. Step: Send us your online book sales page link, synopsis of your book & to whom you want to sell it
    3. Step: We will buy your book, read it and …. (surprise)
    4. Step: Write your list of questions and give us the best time for an initial consultation
    5. Step: Two or three phone consultations (for a total of three hours)
    6. Step: You implement the first steps & we will have more consultations via phone & email
    7. Step: You will receive our new e-book & an individual to-do lists for further book marketing
    8. Step: The article about your book will intensively be distributed via Internet
    9. Step: You will be interviewed and this article will be well publicized
    10. Step We will heavily advertise your book on KDP Select FREE days
    11. Step: Your book will be “Book of the Week” as recommendation on a major book lover site

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See what authors posted on Twitter about the valuable advice:
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From @DeborahDolen:
to @111publishing “Well, you tweet such helpful author tips it is unreal. You are the best on Twitter to help any author. Period.”

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Keith Nixon @knntom:
Go to http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com for lots of excellent writing tips from Doris-Maria

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@111publishing
Links to publishers and agents ~ typical of the treasures from @111publishing ~
savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/100

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Gary Henry @LiteraryGary
@111publishing You’re welcome. I appreciate your retweets, and terrific blog posts.

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@DeborahDolen
I truly find @111publishing [s] Tweets one of my most valuable follows. If there was a “quality” award
@111publishing would get it!

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Lawrence Winkler
Doris Thank you so much. You are amazing, so helpful to all of us who are starting down the road of self-publishing. I just printed that blog post off this morning and will start to act on it today. You are an inspiration.
Thanks again for everything.
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@EileenHamer
@111publishing Thanks, Doris-Maria Heilman, woman of many talents!
Paula Cappa

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Thanks for following. I love your posts! So helpful. Far better than the others out there.
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@111publishing it’s a great offer … lots of authors can make use of it 🙂
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  • ENJOY YOUR SUCCESS!  And don’t forget to tell your fellow writers about this learning opportunity and marketing help, thanks. Register now to get started:

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And Actually … by Denise Deegan

The Butterfly Novels form a series of contemporary YA books set in an elite school in South Dublin. Called the Irish OC, they follow the stories of three sixteen-year-old friends, Sarah, Alex and Rachel.
Each book is told from a different girl’s point of view.  All of them tackle big issues affecting teenagers today.  Whether laughing or crying, they are books that make you feel.
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“When I first met Alex and Sarah – in detention – they treated me like I was normal. A human being.  They actually liked me – thought it took a while to trust that. I’ve never told them about my life before I met them. I wanted a new one.
A fresh start.  Now, they think I’m the strong one, the one with all the answers, the guru. No clue why.  When I get a part in a TV drama it’s all my dreams come true.  It’ll also bring me face-to-face with someone from my past.  But I’m a different person now.  And I’m sure Rebecca is too.  No matter what, there’s no way I’m going to let my past destroy my future.”
Available at Amazon
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Reviews
‘Expect more of the same sharp dialogue, realistic romance and characters so believable that they stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.’
Kiss Magazine
‘Deegan has done it again. Not only is AND ACTUALLY… as addictive a read as the previous two books in the series, but it also has the same level of powerful drama and emotion, with some breath-taking scenes. There’s also the wonderful Dublin setting, and sparkling, fast-paced dialogue, complete with humor. (When Rachel introduces us to her agent, she says: “think Edna Mode from The Incredibles but tone it down a bit; she’s Irish”.)’
Chicklish
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About the author:
When Denise was young she wanted to be adopted, have buck teeth and a broken leg. She has achieved none of these things.  She has, however, been a nurse, a china restorer, a pharmaceutical sales representative, a public relations consultant, an entrepreneur and a college lecturer.
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twitter: @denisedeegan
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Lots of Competition for Your Book

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In 2012 an estimated 10 to 15 million books will be published. Lots of competition… 

Life as an author can be a lonely one. You can feel overwhelmed by all the choices and options available to you, not sure which direction to go.  Ask yourself: “Are you as well known as you could be as an author?”  “Are your books selling as well as they should do?”  Learn about the difference between the top 3% of bestseller authors and everyone else!

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You worked very hard to write your book and now it needs to be introduced to your readers. In the last two blog posts I explained how I can help you in individual sessions – customized to your needs – how to establish an author platform, learn the ropes of social media and promote your book at a “next to ZERO” budget.
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Additionally to this intensive one-on-one Book Marketing Training you will get an article about your book, which will be posted 5 times / week for 3 months to Social Media outlets and blogs – see a complete list in the “About” section – approx. 500 x in total and to at least 125,000 readers, reviewers, followers and friends – and for sure, they will send it to their friends and followers as well.
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Why should you take advantage of this Book Marketing Training offer?

ONLY sign up when you are really serious about the success of your books!
Please, NOT because of its incredible low introduction price.  And only, if you REALLY want to get professional help for the promoting-part of your book(s)!
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And here is how it works:

You will be introduced to the seminar page.

1. Step: Click on “Sign up” for this Book Marketing Training
2. Step: Send me your online book sales page link, synopsis of your book & to whom you want to sell it
3. Step: I will buy your book, read it and …. (surprise
4. Step: Write your list of questions and give me the best time for an initial consultation
5. Step: Two or three phone consultations (for a total of three hours)
6. Step: You implement the first steps, and we will have more consultations via phone and email
7. Step: You will receive my new e-book, and an individual to-do lists for further book marketing
8. Step: The article about your book will intensively be distributed via Internet
9. Step: You will be interviewed and this article will be well publicized
10. Step: Your book will be “Book of the Month” as recommendation on a major book lover site

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Finally: ENJOY YOUR SUCCESS! And don’t forget to tell your fellow writers about this learning opportunity and marketing help, thanks.

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For any questions you might have, please drop me a line:  111publishing  a t   gmail.com

or go directly to the website 111Publishing

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Even if You Landed a Publishing Deal…

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In my last post I explained the reasons why I created an individual online Book Marketing seminar for authors, using one-on-one instruction. To get help in promoting a book is not only important for self-publishers, but also in case you landed a publishing deal.  Your publisher will NOT place ads in the NY Times, book promotion is up to YOU!  The first questions a literary agent or a publisher will ask you: What is your platform? Who are your target readers? How will you promote your book?
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Are you one of those writers, hiding behind your laptop, terrified at the thought of “marketing”, because your skill is writing – not marketing? Authors need BOOK PROMOTION, but don’t want to appear like a “used car salesman”.  However remember: “Nobody ever made money writing a book – only by selling it”.
The Most Valuable Book Marketing Help You Can Get ! 

Individual training and customized marketing consultations for your book at an amazing offer!!! Register now to get started on your road to success: Book now, in November or December, and get 3 months of individual marketing training & promotion for your book – for only $59.00.   Regular price after December 31, 2012 will be $98.00.
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This extensive training / consulting package which gives you:

  • Three hours of one-on-one “Book Marketing Training” phone-consultations (all topics regarding publishing, promotion, platform & branding, social media, learn about free book marketing possibilities etc.)
  • Unlimited book marketing consultations by email for three months
  • Unlimited social media help by email for three months
  • Instructions / Checklist / Hundreds of links for you to use for your free book promotions
  • Free e-book: “Book Marketing on a Shoestring” (launch late November)
  • Blog post including cover image/bio/book description on both, blog and our websites
  • Plus one surprise gift we will reveal once you sign up!

During the last 18 months more than 90,000 readers appreciated useful, free tips for authors here on this blog.  Get more in-dept help while taking this online book marketing training.  I will take you under “my wings” and help you promote your book for a very affordable price.

Get more info about the steps we take together on my website, where you can book your individual book marketing training..
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How to Bring More Fun in Promoting Your Book

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The Road to Success – Photo by Michael Gras

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Planing to write a book – or having one or more books already on the market?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone helping you to promote your book and show you: 

  • How to navigate all these Social Media sites?
  • And teaching you successful book marketing? 
  • Making it all fun – and not a daunting task?
  • Publicizing your book on all major social media sites for you?
  • Having someone you can ask all the questions you might have about self-publishing and book promotion?  

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We will show you how easy it can be, once you learn the insider tricks!  

And most important: You will get this professional help for  just a dollar per day for a full three months! Actually only $98 for the whole package during the next three months! We are offering all this to authors, new and experienced. Besides writing useful free blogs and books to help authors navigate self-publishing, we are providing seminars and workshops. However, not everyone has the time to come for a whole weekend or longer to attend these courses. And there are writers everywhere in all parts of the world who cannot attend seminars easily.

For those we created an individual ONLINE BOOK MARKETING SEMINAR with one-on-one instruction over the phone (Skype) and through email, plus three month of advertising your book several times a day on all major social media sites.  To introduce this new marketing help, we are offering it for almost “next to nothing”.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post, when I explain

in detail how I can help you to achieve your goals

or visit: http://www.111publishing.com/seminar/

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