Thursday, December 15, 2011

Win Prizes and Support Our Authors

Win a Kindle and a bunch of other prizes by simply "liking", making a comment, or subscribing to some book series this week only at:

Several of our LDStoryMakers authors are featured and have written some terrific books that are avaialable for FREE at that site: Trina Boice, Heather Justesen, Tristi Pinkston, and Jonathan Thompson!

Tell all your friends to come support us and they can win a Kindle too!  The Big World Network is a new, cool web site where readers can get books for FREE, listen to the authors read each chapter, and win prizes!

Trina Boice

Friday, December 9, 2011

What Would A Celebrity Endorsement Do For YOUR Book?

by Trina Boice

Getting a famous celebrity to endorse your book could bring huge recognition and sales to your marketing efforts! But what if you don't know any famous movie stars or industry experts personally? No worries! Ask anyway! I've found that those who succeed in life are those who are persistent and brave....that's definitely true for authors too.

Here are some steps to consider while you're working up your courage:

1. Reach for the stars! Do a quick brainstorm of the celebrities or experts in your field and create a Wish List of everyone you would want to endorse your book or project. Think big. Of course, they should actually have something to do with your target audience, platform or subject matter.

2. Do your homework about each famous person on your list so that when you write to them you can mention something specific they did that inspired you.

3. Make it easy for the celebrity to say yes to your request for an endorsement or testimonial by showing them 2-3 quotes you've written ahead of time that they could choose from. Of course, don't offer the same quotes to everyone on your list; personalize them for each celeb. Offer to do a video or written testimonial for them to use on their web site.

4. Don't think of yourself as a little peon. Just be brave and ask! The worst that can happen is they'll say no. Most famous people love recognition and love to be quoted.

I found a cool web site that offers a paid membership access to celebrity contact information at They have all kinds of examples of regular 'ole people like us and how their books, products, and fundraisers earned a LOT more money when they were endorsed by famous people. Check it out! Your new BFF celebrity may be waiting...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Conference Registration is Open!

It's all so exciting ... the LDStorymakers 2012 Writers Conference is now open for registration. Because of space limitations, we are capping attendance at 450, so please, please register as soon as you are able so you don't miss out. In addition, our agent slots are filling up mega fast, so if you want to do a pitch session, hurry on over!

You can register here, and learn all about Storymakers here.