K.R. and I just finished attending the Koda Conference. Two great days of learning the fine art of marketing, social networking, public speaking, and author development. Kim Emerson, who is MasterKoda, put together one of the best conferences for authors we have ever attended. She will be doing this again in the Fall, and we highly recommend you make plans to attend. You can learn all about her services at http://www.masterkoda.com.
At this conference, we heard from some great presenters such as:
Ginger Marks on the importance of packaging and having a great book cover (www.DocUmeantPublishing.com)
Rebbekah White with great tips on websites and blogs that creat traffic (www.advantagemaketingforyou.com)
Carol Deckert on the importance of networking (https://www.facebook.com/RUNLancaster)
Felicia Slattery on how to be successful at public speaking (www.signaturespeechesforauthors.com)
Debra Shively Welch on the importance of editing your work (http://facebook.com/debra.s.welch)
Tasha Turner on building mutually beneficial relationships in the writing world (www.tasha-turner.com)
Catrina Taylor who gave us great tips on how to format an ebook (www.thewritingnetwork.com)
DeAnna Troupe is the go-to lady for all things Twitter (www.twitter.com/deannatroupe)
Besides all of these professionals sharing their success secrets with us, we also had a wonderful Q & A time with two very successful authors, Martin Crosbie and C.J.West. Their recent success on Amazon.com was just mind-boggling. Look them up on Facebook to learn more.
Todd Brown gave us some great tips on how to prepare yourself for the book review. He is a book reviewer himself, and you can find him on Facebook at Brutally Honest Reviews (it sounds scary, but he is just completely honest.)
Also, Melissa Neil from http://www.Buggie4book.com had some wonderful tips on book reviews too. Buggie4book is a group of about eight reviewers who feel it is important to partner with the author, working together to make the best product possible.
Wow! Just reviewing the who’s who from the conference makes us understand why we feel like such saturated sponges! K.R. and I both feel that we have gained some very valuable information that we are now going to implement in our business. And, as most of you know, that business is being an author. As “What She Knew” has just been published, we feel we are now equipped with the some of the best tools of the author trade.
Two things are coming up very quickly. The first is a blog talk radio interview on April 5 with Rebbekah White!! Woo Hoo!! Yes, she was one of the presenters from the conference. We are so excited. As we get closer, we will be giving you all the details so you can join us that afternoon at 1:00 p.m. EST.
The other very exciting event is our own Amazon Party! Woo Hoo!! So on April 12, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST, don your party hats and blow your kazoos because we will be debuting our new novel “What She Knew.” We will have trivia and some wonderful giveaways. Also, some great authors will be joining us with some gifts of their own. More details on this in the days to come! We are so excited and so honored to be sharing this journey with YOU!!