Featured Service: Bookside Manner Editing and Proofreading Services

Bookside Manner Editing ServiceYou’ve worked hard on your novel. You’ve written and revised. You’ve gotten feedback from your beta readers. Now it’s time to give it that final polish.

I’m Kelly Cozy, founder of Bookside Manner Editing Services. I provide line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for all genres of fiction, and for select nonfiction categories. I’ve been an editor for more than 20 years, and hold degrees in English (creative writing) and journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Let me put my expertise to work for your book.

Editing is one of the most crucial steps in publishing. Typos, grammatical errors, or inconsistencies will cause readers to put your book aside — and if these mistakes occur in the first few pages of your book, you may lose sales as well.

I know from experience how important editing is. I’m also a writer, and the author of four independently published novels. I know how much time and effort go into writing a novel, how difficult it is to self-edit your own work, and how important it is that your novel be polished and professional while still retaining your distinctive voice and style.

I also know that writers aren’t made of money, and that’s why I’m offering you a free sample edit. Send me a 2,000-word excerpt from your manuscript — I will line edit, copyedit, or proofread the excerpt and return it to you with edits, changes, and comments. You’ll be able to decide if Bookside Manner’s services are right for you without spending a penny.

Details about services, rates, and qualifications are available at Bookside Manner’s website. Together, we’ll get your novel ready for readers.

What customers are saying about Bookside Manner:

“Not only did Kelly finish her edit a full month and a half before my deadline, but when I got it back my manuscript was dripping with red.  She’d caught every one of my cursed homonym mistakes, reined in all of the wayward punctuation, made innovative and informed suggestions based on an obvious grasp of my characters’ personalities, slashed the superfluous adjectives to ribbons, and trimmed the fat down to the bone. I’d never been so pleased with an edit in all my life. Thanks to her diligent efforts, I was able to easily turn that shabby draft into a clean, polished, and positively resplendent final version. I published this second book with confidence, but also waited to see if there would be any hidden mistakes that Kelly or I had missed.  It’s now been a solid year and no one has mentioned noticing even the slightest typo.”
– Emily Thompson, Clockwork Twist: Trick

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Featured Event: PubSense Summit 2015

PubSense Summit LogoThis year’s PubSense Summit is coming up March 22-24, 2015 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC. In its second year, the conference will feature over 50 publishing industry insiders ready to help authors make sense of today’s publishing and marketing options.

Shari Stauch is one of the founding members of the PubSense Summit. Shari is an author (Precision Pool, Pool Players Edge), former pro pool player (in the WPBA Hall of Fame), and publisher of Pool & Billiard Magazine. Nowadays she’s turned her aim from pocketing balls to helping authors pocket more book sales. She is also the creator of the well-known website Where Writers Win (vetted author resources). Shari teaches at conferences around the country and consults with authors and publishers to help emerging authors find their readers.

Thanks for being with us here today, Shari.

Please tell us why you got involved with PubSense.
Speaking at other conferences, I saw first-hand this “disconnect” from today’s publishing reality. Several of us in the “biz” – all authors as well – talked about producing a first-rate conference about the business side of being an author, one that would put both trad and indie options on the table, teach authors the realities – good and bad – of each, the marketing options out there, and put authors in a better position to make decisions (because there’s no ONE right answer!) We didn’t want another conference about craft; there are plenty of those. Rather, we wanted to create more of a roadmap for emerging authors / small publishers, wherever they were at in their process.

What do you see as the main benefit for indie authors in attending the PubSense Summit?
We’re arming indie authors with both knowledge and connections that will directly impact their bottom line. We all know there’s a lot of good AND bad info out there – our goal is to distill it down to the least an author needs to steer their own course.

What lessons have you learned from last year’s event that you’ve put into practice for this year?
The first change for us was the name! We loved PubSmart but it didn’t quite say it all because it’s not enough to be “smart” these days – we all have to be able to come together and make SENSE of this constantly shifting landscape!

Last year, we conducted post-con surveys and as a result, we added sessions and expanded the length of each. Attendees clamored for more time in between classes to learn from exhibitors in the “Discovery Zone” (exhibit area) and network with each other, so we’ve done that, too, as well as adding some events/meals to further nurture those opportunities.

What size audience are you expecting this year?
Based on our space and faculty we want to keep the number at no more than 300 to allow for maximum faculty/attendee interaction.

Is there anything PubSense Summit offers that participants might not find at other conferences?
The goal is to address three key areas: pre-publication, production, and post-pub marketing/PR. What you’ll see that’s quite different from most conferences includes:

  • Instead of having the traditional agent/editor panels, we’ve strategically placed agents, editors, and marketing people on panels where we know they can offer their own powerful perspectives.
  • Which of today’s publishing options are best and how they’re each evolving, starting with a two-hour PubSense Options and Avenues  master class that puts traditional, hybrid, and self-publishers together to present multiple points of view.
  • Creating a professional product for the market, including how to find and get the most out of editors and book designers, exploring the expanded capabilities of today’s advanced ebook tech, budgeting, legal and insurance options, crowdfunding, pre-publication platform building.
  • How to launch that product in an ever-crowded marketplace with sessions on everything from traditional PR, launch parties and press kits, to websites and social media, to understanding SEO and metadata, to all the new book discoverability tools helping authors find readers.
  • We’ve added a panel talking about the Rise of Small Press because both indie and traditionally published authors are asking what role they’re now playing.
  • Over 25 exhibitors in what we call the Discovery Zone, so attendees can learn hands-on about the different apps, discoverability tools and author services on offer.
  • Each of our speakers are asked to blog for our audience, too, and so many have already begun to share their insights long before they arrive in Charleston.

Okay, now the hard part… we know you’ve got a lot of noteworthy speakers and events at the Summit, but tell us about just a few of them.
Five master classes offer more intense, two-hour sessions on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday we have 18 one-hour sessions (6 more than last year – same price!), a keynote breakfast with Publisher’s Weekly publisher Cevin Bryerman; a keynote lunch with best-selling author Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn), and our signature Dish & Dialog dinner sponsored by CreateSpace/Kindle/ACX.

One unique session for indies is about SELF-e, an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard® that enables authors and libraries to work together to expose self-published ebooks. Another, led by popular journalist Porter Anderson, called “What’s Trending,” will feature insiders discussing what’s coming up for indies to expand reach, hot genres, and challenges. An extended session called “Perfect Pitch” will teach us how to better pitch bookstores, clubs and librarians, and practice on those exact folks (plus an agent and editor) right within the session!

Digital book guru Peter Meyers will talk about the newest here-and-now ebook content design ideas, focusing on what you can do today without a blockbuster budget. And, Funding for Emerging Authors with PubSlush’s Amanda Barbara and Funds for Writers’ C. Hope Clark, delves into crowdfunding and presales for authors as well as plenty of tips on funding and budgeting to build your author career.

What is your favorite part of all this?
I love every bit of it –but without question my favorite part has to be every time an attendee says, “This was unique, and I learned so much!”  Because that feels like, “Mission accomplished.”

Is there anything you would like to add?
Yes! As a gift to any of the IU tribe, if you visit writerswin.com you can grab WWW’s code to save 10% off Basic or VIP registration. And we’re having an exciting registration contest at the PubSense Summit site with a chance to win a $1,000 promotional consult and marketing plan from Claire McKinney PR!

Where can folks find out more about the 2015 PubSense Summit?

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Featured Services: ReadingDeals.com

Reading Deals logoSetting your book free or reducing your book’s price isn’t enough. With so many books running promos every day, you need to promote the promotion.

This is where ReadingDeals.com comes in. We promote your free and bargain books to our list of readers who have chosen which genres they want to receive. This reduces the noise, and readers gets books they want, giving your book a better chances to stand out!

We are investing in advertising to grow our readership base to help authors like you to get the maximum number of downloads or sales from your promotion. We are using many outlets including paid advertising, social media, our own networks, and more to grow to become one of the top places to promote your book.

We currently offer two advertising options for authors. The first is the free option. You can submit your book and on the day of the promotion, we will consider your book among all of the other books submitted to us for the day. This is not guaranteed, but is a great option for those authors on a very tight budget.

Our other option is the low-cost Guaranteed Submission option. For a small fee, we will guarantee that your book will be featured that day. This is perfect for the authors who don’t want to roll the dice, and want the maximum promotion for their books.

We know we’re not the only site for you to promote your book, but we are going to work hard to connect with readers and grow our reader list. Join us on this journey, and make ReadingDeals.com one of your book promotion options when you set your book for free or lower the price to grow your own list of readers!

Reading Deals is brought to you by the team at BookMarketingTools.com, home of the free Ultimate Author Checklist, The Author Hangout podcast, and great tools for authors to help them to promote their books and get more readers. Reading Deals is another one of these great tools.

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Featured Service: BookTweeters.com

BookTweeters LogoJust publishing your book isn’t enough… you need to promote it. Whether you are running a promotion for your book, making it free or lowering the price, or your book is at its normal price, BookTweeters.com is here to help you promote your book.

For the past several months, we have worked hard, connecting with authors and readers on Twitter across 5 different accounts, to grow our network of followers. We have over 235,000 followers in our network, and it is growing quickly every day! These are people who want to learn about free books, bargain books, and other books that they may be interested in reading.

BookTweeters.com is run by eBooksHabit.com, who have been bringing free and bargain ebooks to their blog readers and email list for the past couple of years. They have worked with thousands of authors and know that authors just need more people to know about their book.

Twitter is a great medium for reaching out to readers, but the problem is, Tweets can be missed if you are following a lot of people. That is why, each day you purchase a promo for, we tweet it 60 times! Each of the 5 accounts tweets it 12 times throughout the day, when a majority of US readers are awake. If we only tweeted once, someone may miss it in their Twitter stream, so we have it set to tweet your book tweets all day long.

But does it produce sales? We have had repeat orders from customers who loved the results of their first order! We obviously can’t work magic, but if your book is appealing, using our tweet packages to broadcast your book to 235,000+ people many times a day is a great way to boost sales or complement a free or discounted price promotion.

We have many packages to suit your needs, ranging from 1 to 5 days of tweets. The more days you buy, the more you save.

Add us to your list of places to get in touch with for your next promo, or try out our packages today to get more exposure for your book!

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