In this issue . . .
-- 101 Best Websites for Writers
-- New England children's bookstore tour
-- Oddcast avatars starring on many websites
-- Nautilus Book Awards
-- Professor looking for books on political transition
-- Diabetes book launch
-- Select the best video camera for your Internet marketing needs
101 Best Websites for Writers
Writer's Digest magazine is accepting nominations for the best websites
for writers for their 2009 list. The deadline for nominations is December
1st, 2008. I would greatly appreciate it if many of you would send your
recommendations for BookMarket.com to WD.
Email your nominations for BookMarket.com to firstname.lastname@example.org
with 101 Best Websites as the subject line. You can say something
like the following:
I nominate John Kremer's BookMarket.com website for your upcoming
101 Best Websites feature for 2009.
Category: book publishing, marketing, publicity
This website features 1,400 plus editors of first novels, business books,
cookbooks, health books, religious books, sports books, and more. It
also features tons of marketing tips and recommendations for book
authors and publishers. Also includes a Self-Publishing Hall of Fame.
The webmaster, John Kremer, is the author of 1001 Ways to Market
New England children's bookstore tour
Note: A few days after I checked out the website for this organization,
they changed the URL. I've noted the correct URL for the interactive
book tour below.
If you have a children's book and would like to set up a book tour in the
New England states, check out this interactive map on the New England
Independent Booksellers Association website (which allows authors and
readers to connect to almost 50 independent bookstores which sell
children's books): http://www.necba.net/necbamap5.html
Oddcast avatars starring on many websites
Oddcast is an online service that powers avatars for various websites
that want to provide an interactive experience for users. You can check
out their various services and partners at http://www.oddcast.com.
Oddcast's various solutions offer viral pass-along possibilities.
Florida's Natural orange juice website (http://www.floridasnatural.com)
allows users to pick a persona, a voice, and type in some words to
create a video like the one showcased on my blog at:
As a result of this promotion, their one-week average on Alexa.com
went from 564,371 (3-month average) to 305,173 -- a 153,737 jump!
As part of Volkswagen's TV campaign for its new Routan minivan, they
set up a new site at http://www.babymaker3000.com that allows users
to upload photos of themselves and a partner (or anyone) to see what
the resulting offspring might look like (as a 3-D expressive avatar).
When I checked Alexa.com today, BabyMaker3000.com's rank is still a
paltry 2,000,626, but their one-week average was 357,126 -- again, a
huge jump in activity and online interest.
Time Warner Cable has just launched a new viral video promotion called
Fame Star (http://myfamestar.com) where users can upload their
photos, pick a city, record their voice, and choose a story arc (options
include scandal, success, and tragedy). Oddcast then creates a
one-minute video as a celebrity exposé. Upon completing the video, the
user can share the video via email and social networks. Right now, TWC
is geo-targeting users in New York, Southern California, Texas, and the
Carolinas. The Alexa.com rank is 1,468,757.
Avatars, of course, are not an answer just in themselves. You do need
to get people excited about them. That takes promotion. Compare the
above sites' ratings on Alexa.com to BookMarket.com (160,276), which
has no avatar-making promotions.
Ten Million Eyeballs Events
This is going to be such an incredible program that you really should find
a way to sign up now. This is my commitment to you: I guarantee that
this course will change how you market your books during the coming
year -- and will result in many more people hearing about your books!
Read all about this new online program at the following website:
Professor looking for books on political transition
Timothy Phillips, co-founder of the Project on Justice in Times of
Transition at the Institute for Global Leadership is looking for books to
use in his classes on conflict resolution, transitional justice, and the
process of democratic change. Books on politics, political history,
social justice, and international relations are of special interest. If you
have a book of interest for his classes, send review copies to Mr. Tim
Phillips, Project on Justice in Times of Transition, Institute for Global
Leadership, Tufts University, 96 Packard Avenue, Medford MA 02115.
Diabetes book launch
As a diabetic myself, I'm always looking for the best books on diabetes
treatment and prevention. If you are a few pounds overweight, sit for
several hours a day, skip meals, snack on chips or candy, or drink sweet
tea and juices, you might very well be diabetic or pre-diabetic.
You could permanently drop as much as 60 points on your blood sugar,
70 points on blood pressure, and 60 points on cholesterol simply by
making a few lifestyle changes. If you'd like to know more, check out
http://www.lifestylemakeoverebook.com/diabetes. That's where you
can find out about George Thome's November 19th book launch of
Lifestyle Makeover for Diabetics and Pre-Diabetics.
I was seriously diabetic without knowing it three years ago before I got
diagnosed as a diabetic and changed my eating patterns. If you have
any question about where you stand, you should read George's book.
Below are a couple of other books that might also help you maintain your diet
if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas: For people who say they don't have
time to cook healthy meals, 3rd Edition by Brenda Ponichtera. A useful book
for anyone with heart disease, diabetes, or weight control issues.
The ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond by David and Nikki Goldbeck.
There are 24 million Americans with diabetes with another 57 million having
blood sugar abnormalities called pre-diabetes. The regular consumption of fresh
fruits and vegetables help people lose weight, thus making them less disposed to
Select the best video camera for your Internet marketing needs
My friends at Traffic Geyser are now offering a free video on how to
select the best video cameras for Internet promotions. Since their
service has submitted more than 3 million web videos in the past two
years, they know what they are talking about.
They go through all of the major video camers in this free video -- from
the Flip cameras and webcams all the way up to the HD prosumer
models. Plus they show you which microphones to use and what the
must-have accessories are.
Check it out at http://www.bookmarket.com/videocameras.htm
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— George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, philosopher
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