Friday, 22 August 2014

How to be Twittertastic Interview feature

Today I'm hosted by +Krysten Lindsay Hager on her blog ( for an interview feature about How to be Twittertastic.

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You can grab a copy of How to be Twittertastic here ;)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Top 5 Twitter Tips

Today I thought I'd share with you my top 5 Twitter tips. Got a top Twitter tips of your own? Leave a comment below with your 2 cents.

P.S. You can find out more great Twitter tips and learn how to be Twittertastic in my book How to be Twittertastic ;)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Quick Tips: Using Pinterest to Promote Your Book

This weeks Quick Tip is about a simple way of using Pinterest to promote your book.

How are you using Pinterest as part of your book marketing campaign? Leave a comment below with you 2 cents.

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

"Virtual Book Tours" Wins Indie Book of the Day Award

On 13th August my book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion from the Comfort of Your Own Home won the Indie Book of the Day Award. (You can see the post announcing it at

Virtual Book Tours by Jo Linsdell wins Indie Book of the Day Award
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I'm thrilled as this award is voted for by the public. It's awesome that this book is now an award winner :)

The book is available in both print and kindle formats from

Friday, 15 August 2014

Featured Friday: Alphabet Wildlife A to Z by Nata Romeo

Author: Nata Romeo
Illustrated by: Nata Romeo

SYNOPSIS OF ALPHABET WILDLIFE A TO Z: Alphabet Wildlife A to Z is a beautifully hand-illustrated book where children learn of many different animals that begin with the letters in the alphabet. This book introduces young readers to a variety of animals, many of which are unknown to people.

Nata Romeo a.k.a ArtistaDonna, is the author and illustrator of her first children's book titled Alphabet Wildlife A to Z.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, she now brews and sprinkles her art and stories from the Philadelphia skies. She dreams that her work gets swept up and tangled into a massive storm front so that her imagination can travel across the universe and beyond.

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Author Website:

Mini Interview

Please tell me how long you have been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.  
I have been writing for about a decade now, but have come a long way with my writing since then (wiser!). My mamma and papa` have always told me that I have a wild imagination. So this is why I became a writer. Writing completes me!

Are you a fulltime or part-time writer? I suppose I would be considered a part-time writer, who carries a notebook and a pen and sneaks in writing at anytime! I work full time as a special needs classroom assistant for the School District Of Philadelphia.

Where do you draw your inspirations from? I love photography.  A lot of my inspiration comes from reference photos, and surfing the internet. Most of the time I’ll compare reference photos along with my child model (my daughter! lol) and then change it up according to my style. Sometimes, my child model wants payment for her services!

Is this your first published work?  What other types of writing are you interested in?
Yes, this is my first published children’s book.  I also have an interest in writing MG and YA. Actually, I have already begun writing my rough draft for a YA.

Why did you decide to self-publish your work instead of pursuing traditional publishing?

I decided to self-publish Alphabet Wildlife A to Z, instead of traditional publishing because I felt strongly about promoting it myself. There is a long list of Alphabet books already out in the market, but I feel that my book is unique and represents me as an artist. The beauty of self-publishing with CreateSpace is that you can easily edit your book. Basically, I wanted the freedom to make all the decisions.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Using Hashtags... the RIGHT Way

Today I thought I'd share with you some tips for using hashtags the right way. Do you use hashtags on your tweets? Which ones are your favourites? Leave a comment below with your 2 cents.

P.S. You can find out about more hashtags and learn how to be Twittertastic in my book How to be Twittertastic ;)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Quick Tips: Get People Tweeting the Content You Want Them To

This weeks Quick Tip is about a simple, yet effective way of getting people to tweet the content you want them to tweet. I'm a huge fan of and use it in my blog posts, media kits, etc...

The easier you make it for people to share, the more likely they are to do it. 

How are you using ClickToTweet? Leave a comment below with you 2 cents.

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

How to be Twittertastic: The Tour

Did you miss some of the stops from the virtual book tour for How to be Twittertastic? Here's a list of all the stops from the tour:

If you've read the book please take a moment to post a review to Amazon and/or Goodreads. Thanks for your support.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Featured Friday: True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Title: True Colors
Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager

Purchasing links:
Book blurb: 
Landry Albright gets pushed into trying out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition with her two best friends. She doesn't think she stands a chance, but she advances to the next level in the competition and her friends ignore her when they get cut.

Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut and includes Landry in her clique. Devon becomes the perfect best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition?

Landry hopes her big break could come at any moment, but soon sees there's much more to modeling than just getting your hair done and looking pretty. She begins missing out on being with new friends like Ashanti, a girl who truly has Landry's back. Landry also has the chance to have a boyfriend when she meets a boy named Vladi from another school.

Part of Landry wants to be famous (and have her hair look good for once), but part of her just wants to be accepted. She learns about friendships, being true to yourself, and that a good hair conditioner doesn't hurt.

Video book trailer: 

Author bio: 
Krysten Lindsay Hager is an Amazon Bestselling author and book addict. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she's not catching up on her favorite shows (Hart of Dixie, The Goldbergs, Dallas, and Devious Maids, and she's a die-hard Detroit Lions fan). She's worked as a journalist and humor writer, and writes middle grade, YA, and adult fiction.

Mini Interview:
Why did you write this book?
I had just finished a creative writing independent study with a professor when he mentioned you should write the book you want to read. I thought back to a book idea I had when I was in the sixth grade about a group of friends and their loyalty/trust issues. So many of us deal with frenemies throughout our lives and I wanted to write about that and also about the mixed messages we get about ourselves and images from magazines, music videos, ads, etc.  I wanted to incorporate all these things and use humor as well.

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or its creation?
The idea for the four girls as friends (Landry, Devon, Peyton, and India) came from when I was in the sixth grade and saw the cover of a Bangles’ album called, “Everything.” I started wondering what these four women were like as preteens/early teens. I put the modeling competition in the story because I feel so many of us have insecurities about our appearance and about how sometimes young girls feel that looks can gain them acceptance. I had done some modeling at that age (I started a little younger than Landry) and I saw how it impacted my views on things and I wanted readers to see it wasn’t what they (or Landry) thought it would be like.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I’m working on a sequel to TRUE COLORS that picks up right where the previous story left off with Landry getting off the train in Chicago with her mom to see her dad. I’m also working on another MG/YA novel, as well as an older YA one, and an adult novel. I have an essay about my grandmother coming out in a new anthology called Grandmothers Who Stand Watch During the Day and Howl at Night, which will be out later this year.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Why It's Good to Google Yourself

Earlier this week I was doing a search on myself on Google (something I do from time to time to see what people are posting) and found that I've been featured on the Au Courant Press Journal website several times this year. 

The most recent post is this one about using hashtags:

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Sometimes if happens that people find my videos or infographics and post them on their sites without telling me. Other times, like in this case, I sent a guest post to someone who has multiple sites and it fell through the holes. I wasn't aware that she had started this particular website and as she posted on her other site during my virtual book tour for How to be Twittertastic I simply didn't realise she'd done this post too. Turns out this wasn't even the first time she'd posted about me on this site.

After this discovery I'll be checking myself on Google more often! 

If you do post about me on your site, drop me a quick message with the link so I can share it with everyone.  I like to give a public shout out to my supporters ;)

Do you ever Google yourself? If yes, how often? Leave a comment below with your 2 cents.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Top Twitter Tools for Authors

Today I thought I'd share with you some of my tops Twitter tools for Authors. What are some of your favourite Twitter tools? Leave a comment below with your 2 cents.

P.S. You can find out about more great Twitter tools and learn how to be Twittertastic in my book How to be Twittertastic ;)

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Quick Tips: Creating Visual Content with Canva

Over on my YouTube channel ( I post about a variety of things. One of my features is the "Quick Tips" series. In this episode I share one of my favourite ways of creating quick professional looking visual content.

Do you use Canva? What other visual content creator sites do you use regularly? Leave a comment below with your 2 cents.

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Monday, 4 August 2014

How to be Twittertastic Best Seller in Multiple Categories

The official virtual book tour for How to be Twittertastic is now over but the excitement isn't. If you're quick you can still take advantage of the special countdown deal I have going over on and grab a copy for just $0.99. 

You'll notice that How to be Twittertastic is currently a best seller in multiple categories [INSERT HAPPY DANCE HERE].

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The book is also featured on the Awesome Gang website today so if you get the chance please hop over and give the post a like, comment, and share.

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Thank you all for your continued support. Once you've read the book please take a moment to post a quick review on the Amazon product page. It really does make a big difference ;)

Friday, 1 August 2014

Featured Friday: Wiggy Wanda by Kathy Mashburn

Title: Wiggy Wanda
Author: Kathy Mashburn
Illustrated by: Mindy Liang
ISBN: 13: 978-1499662863

Keri Fields is only seven years old when she learns the reason for her mother’s sickness.  She has seen firsthand how badly her mother feels when she is sick.  Keri listens carefully as her mother tells her about a boo-boo called cancer that is causing her to be sick enough to throw up and tired enough to lie down often.   To help explain the things that will happen while her mother is being treated by the doctor, Keri’s parents present her with a very special gift.  Keri quickly discovers this is no ordinary gift!

Imagine you have been diagnosed with cancer. Now, imagine how you would go about explaining your diagnosis to a young child.  Wiggy Wanda is a children’s book that will help open the door for women everywhere to begin to tell their personal stories to the young children in their lives – perhaps even their daughters.

Although I enjoy writing across genres, I spend much of my time writing books for children. The stories I write are usually based on an awareness issue like the fear of clowns, or a disability concern like having prosthetic limbs or being blind. Of course, I also enjoy writing stories that are just simply FUNNY! It is my hope the books I write will engage children in a positive way, encouraging them to laugh, learn, and to enhance their imaginations. I enjoy reading, writing, crafting, attending church, and spending time with her family and friends.




Please tell me how long you have been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.
I began writing in the fifth grade when my teacher, Mrs. Brannock, gave my classmates and me an assignment to keep a daily journal about something going on in our lives. As she handed me a thin red spiral notebook to use, she could not have known the profound impact it would have on me in years to come. That simple wire-bound notebook became a bible of sorts to me as I captured my every thoughts, ideas, and dreams inside its pages.

It was much later in high school when another teacher, Dr. Peggy Quarles further inspired me to write. She poured fuel on the fire when she instructed my freshmen class and me to maintain daily journals again. By then journaling had become a habit to me, but her renewed assignment caused an even greater appreciation in reading, writing, and storytelling in me. It is because of Dr. Quarles's encouragement and advice to write about anything and everything lurking behind the doors of my imagination, that I continue to keep pen and paper handy every day.

Are you a fulltime or part-time writer?

I am definitely a part-time writer, but I consider myself a writer with a fulltime commitment.  I can’t remember a single day I have not written in my journal, or scratched out a new idea or story, or scribbled random thoughts on a napkin while dining.  Writing is a part of everything I do.  Most days I even set my alarm clock for an hour earlier than when I need to awake to prepare for my full-time paid job.  I enjoy writing so much I keep index cards on my nightstand to write down my dreams on the occasion I am lucky to remember them when I awake.

Where do you draw your inspirations from?

Everywhere!  Seriously, I am inspired by so many things like people, places, my family, my friends, and news events.   I am a good listener, so I pay attention to snatches of conversations around me to get ideas.  I consider this unintentional eavesdropping because people everywhere talk openly about their lives, their pets, their jobs, etc., which often turns into a story or an idea for a project.   I also practice really looking to see things with a ‘curious eye’.   I try to see things differently than others might.

Is this your first published work?  What other types of writing are you interested in?

No, it isn’t.    I’ve published three different books in three different genres.  My first publication was a book titled How to Swap Batches of Cookies and Candy with Others, plus 115 Great Recipes.  This book came about for two reasons.  The first was to find a way to have fun on a tight budget with my family during Christmas holidays, while the other was to learn all I could about the world of publishing.   I had been attending workshops at a local university on writing, so I decided the best way to understand the jargon and business was to get my feet wet by self-publishing a book.

My second publication is a fun story titled Mrs. Baxter Swarms Mount Vernon High School.  Mrs. Baxter is an eccentric grandma who takes things into her own hands to get to the bottom of the troubles her grandson, Norman get’s himself into a few days before his graduation.  She is a wacky and fun lady that’s sure to have readers laughing out loud.

In addition to the previous books, I have also published three children’s books titled A Birthday Clown for Archer, Feeding Piggy, and Jilly Loves to Pretend.

I enjoy writing in different genres.  My current works-in-progress are Living in the Midst of God’s Plan, and A Day in the Life of Beekeeper.  Readers can learn more about these projects on my website at

Why did you decide to self-publish your work instead of pursuing traditional publishing?

For me, it’s all about the control and freedom to make my own decisions.  I like being responsible for my work.  Once I sent a story to a few publishing houses, which caused me to realize I was not very good at waiting weeks, months, or even years for a their reply, if any.   Then I began to read, read, and read again everything I could get my hands on about writing and publishing.  After studying other successful authors, I decided to pursue self-publishing.   It’s true, we are our biggest asset, so I set out to brand myself and to promote what I love to do, which is to write and tell stories.

This is not to say I would not pursue traditional publishing if an opportunity was presented to me, but in the meanwhile I plan to continue to do all I can to make my own success.  I can dream about the big publishing houses, and who knows, one day I might just land one.

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