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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday Tips and Tweaks - Vicki B

This week author Vicki Batman joins us with her tip. Vicki is an avid Jazzerciser, handbag lover, mah-jong player, Yoga practitioner, movie fan, book devourer, cat fancier, Best Mom ever And adores Handsome Hubby.

Vicki’s Tip on Creating a media page for your book
Once your book is published, you will want to talk about it...a lot! And over and over. That’s where a media page comes in handy. Here’s what my blank one looks like:
Note: all margins are .5 x .5 x .5 x .5. Text in Verdana font size 12, aligned on the left.

Book Title:

Release Date:

Author:

Publisher:

Word Count:

Page Count:

ISBN:      / paperback

ISBN:      / digital

Book Cover: attached separately

Long Blurb:
Short Blurb:

Excerpt: limit to one page

Author name

Author photo: attached separately

Author bio:

Find Author at:
Website:
Facebook:
Twitter:
Pinterest:
Goodreads:
Author Central:
Google+:
Other web/blog sites:
Email:

Buy links for Book title:
Amazon ebook:
Amazon paperback:
Publisher ebook:
Publisher paperback:

I fill in the blanks and save the file as: name of book media kit Ex: 080614 VBatman Temporarily Employed Media Kit
I open a folder and entitle it: book title media kit Ex: TE media folder
Inside the folder is the media kit file; covers in various sizes, author photo. Another short excerpt. That’s it!

I have used this method for almost a year now and no one I’ve shared with has complained. If anything, they have used too much! It’s a go-to place you’ll visit often.  Many times, I’ve copied from the kit. No more scrambling around to find stuff. If you would like to see the one I created for Temporarily Employed, email me at: vlmbatman@hotmail.com .

And now, direct from my Temporarily Employed media kit, an excerpt to tickle your fancy:

Excerpt from “Temporarily Employed”
    “Yuck.”

    Pretty much covered the whole freakin’ day.  

    A blinding red-white, red-white strobe, reflected in my brand new Wrangler’s rearview mirror, seized my attention. The police. I tossed my hands skyward, ready to surrender. I shouldn’t have been too surprised. Like I'd commented this a.m. to my roommate, Jenny, “Today, anything’s possible.”

    My Bad Day checklist included:

- Crappy job interview, one which might have provided desperately needed     income.

- Wore gut-busting panty hose on a hot day which had now worked past my     waist     and strangled my diaphragm.

- A barely blowing air conditioner indicated something had malfunctioned in     my new, fun car.

    I stole another glance in the mirror, and with great reluctance, flipped the right turn indicator. My vehicle coasted to a stop on the shoulder of Boston Avenue in my hometown of Sommerville, a nice suburb located between two large cities. Four lanes of cars and trucks zipped by as I sat there where every single one of my family, friends, friends’ friends, and their friends—including Rat Fink Suzanne—would see a police vehicle positioned right behind mine. Gleefully, drivers would chant the “Ha-ha, got you, not me” ditty.

    How embarrassing.

    After killing the engine, I flopped back in the seat. Shooting the morons the finger was an idea. Nah. I'm too exhausted to care.

    A litany of:  "No, not hiring." "Just filled the position." "You're over qualified." "You're under qualified…" tornadoed through my head. Coupled with the intense job search through various outlets like the internet and completing numerous online employment applications, no wonder my body had been depleted of all life force.

    Not even a breeze blew to take the edge off the unbearable summertime heat. Tangled wild trees and dry scrubby bushes banked the roadside. The grass had taken on a scorched look. Rolling down the driver’s window, I surveyed my surroundings. Nothing great. Nothing new.  

    I stole a glance in the side mirror at the policeman who strode purposefully along the shoulder. The gravel crunched under his boots. He looked huge, probably because his uniform, which appeared to be bulked with a bullet-proof vest, made him resemble a buffed-up superhero in size. Exceedingly intimidating.

    Sigh. When things went wrong, they were really wrong.

Buy Links:
Amazon ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Temporarily-Employed-Vicki-Batman-ebook/dp/B00N4J5FDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410893535&sr=1-1&keywords=temporarily+employed
Amazon paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Temporarily-Employed-Vicki-Batman/dp/1628304979/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412359358&sr=1-2&keywords=temporarily+employed
The Wild Rose Press ebook: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5829

You can find Vicki at:
Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ipdLkv
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=116288777&trk=hb_tab_pro_top
Google+: bit.ly/1zUggDF
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/vickibatman
Plotting Princesses: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com
Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/o1515093723
Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com

Thanks Vicki, for dropping by and sharing that great marketing tip.

Don’t forget to check back next week for another tip or tweak.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip on the media page and folder. I have something similar, but I love the naming convention to keep it all straight.

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    1. Vicki thanks you for dropping by. She's had a family loss and won't be dropping by today.

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    2. Hi, Stanalei! I was surprised how many authors don't have one.

      Thanks, Beverley. I hope a couple of days late is okay to visit. hugs.

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    3. Absolutely. Thanks for making time to do it. big hugs

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  2. Media kits are wonderful and easy to send out when you are doing blog tours or visiting other authors!

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    1. I know I'm going to use Vicki's suggestion.

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  3. Dynamite tip. This will save hours of work. Thanks a bunch. I so appreciate this. Copied and Pasted without permission. Shh. Don't tell.

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    1. Okay, I won't tell Vicki. (although I'm sure she expected you to do it).

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    2. Hi, Charmaine! No problem. If mine helps, whoopee!

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  4. Great template. Thank you. Will use.

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  5. Thanks for dropping by Christine. Like I already said I'm planning on using it.

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    1. Thanks, Christine! Let me know if you need a better file.

      Hugs, Beverley. See you soon.

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