3 S.R. Johannes: September 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

RockABet by Kelly Polark

Today, I'm playing band manager to celebrate the release of Kelly Polark's ABC's of rock 'n' roll picture book, ROCKABET: CLASSIC EDITION

Are you ready to rock A to Z? Let's roll through some music history! ROCKABET: Classic Edition introduces classic artists of rock 'n' roll in catchy couplets. This fun book promotes the arts, literacy, and learning the ABC's. Cute illustrations depict musicians in a childlike manner. Reading rocks!

Tell me your rockin' picks if you could create your own band.

Band Name: 
First Gig: 
Lead vocals: 
Lead guitarist: 
Bass guitarist:
Keyboards (optional):
Who would you choose for your supergroup and why?

Here's a band name generator to create your killer band name!

ROCKABET: The CLASSIC EDITION can currently be purchased online at Amazon or at select bookstores. Hardcover books will be available at various online retailers and stores in October.

Kelly Polark is Kelly Polark is a married mom of three and a children's educator and author from the Midwest. She has been featured in Spider, Ladybug, and Highlights Puzzlemania. Her published books include BIG SISTER, BABY BROTHER and HOLD THE MUSTARD! by Meegenius and ROCKABET: CLASSIC EDITION. In her free time, Kelly plays with her family, reads books, and sings along at rock concerts. 

Visit her websites, BOOK RECS OF THE ROCK AND FAMOUS (www.bookrecsthatrock.blogspot.com) and KELLY POLARK (www.kpolark.blogspot.com). Find her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorKellyPolark) and on Twitter, too (@kellypolark)! 

She is also the author of BIG SISTER, BABY BROTHER and the upcoming HOLD THE MUSTARD! from Meegenius. Come visit her on Facebook and Twitter! Check out her website and celebrity book recommendation site, Book Recs of the Rock and Famous.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Huffington Post: 50 things under 50$ (book promotion)

This article was in Huffington Post today ad offers some great ideas.
These days it seems like everyone's book marketing budget is a little tighter. If you're feeling the pinch, or if you're just looking for some great free stuff to do on your own, here are some tips that can help keep you on track. Along with the tips, I've also linked to other articles I've written on the various topics, in case you want to dig deeper:
  1. Buy your domain name as soon as you have a title for your book. You can get domain names for as little as12.95. Tip: When buying a domain always try to get a .com and stay away from hyphens, i.e. penny-sansevieri.com - surfers rarely remember to insert hyphens. You should also consider using your keywords in your domain because it'll help you rank better. Social media is great, but don't use your Facebook or Twitter pages as your "website" - you should own your domain and have a site. Period. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/penny-c-sansevieri/how-to-build-the-perfect-_b_1932184.html
  2. Head on over to Wordpress.com and start your very own blog (you can add it to your website later): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/penny-c-sansevieri/ten-reasons-why-you-shoul_b_839231.html
  3. Set up an event at your neighborhood bookstore. Do an event and not a signing, book signings are boring!
  4. It's all about content these days so why not create a calendar for content? Often if you aren't sure what to write, or when, a content calendar will keep you on track. You can plan the calendar around your free time (though you should blog weekly) and around holidays or events that may tie into your book.
  5. Then, while you're at it: brainstorm content ideas and start a content folder you can always refer back to when you aren't feeling "inspired" to write anything.