What is PROMO DAY?
PROMO DAY is a FREE online international event for people in the writing industry. A whole day dedicated to promoting, networking and learning.

When is PROMO DAY?
This years event takes place on Saturday 9th May 2009.

Where does PROMO DAY take place?

Who can take part in PROMO DAY?
Everyone! Avid readers, writers, authors, publishers, editors, graphic designers, virtual assistants etc… Anyone with an interest in books and writing, from anywhere in the world.

What features are available on site?
The site is packed full of opportunities for authors to promote their books. They can post a video trailer and writing sample and promote in the on site PROMO chatroom.

The sample page is also great for writers to show off their skills and maybe get a book deal or a paid writing assignment.

The useful links page is full great sites with information and resources for people in the writing industry.

The downloads page will be packed full of files containing useful information, tips and advice on a variety of subjects. These will be available for FREE download during the event.

A new feature for this year is the Radio and Podcasts page which features some great shows for writers.

Another fantastic new feature is the FREE on site workshops taking place during the event. They are presented by guest hosts who are experts from the industry and cover a variety of topics. This is a great way to learn more about the industry.

There is also an on site bookstore where people can purchase books written by the events, sponsor, workshops hosts and moderators.

The event takes place in CET time. How can I check the workshop times listed with other international times?
Simple, just go to the time difference page of the website and insert your time zone into the converter.

Review of PROMO DAY by Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés

Promo Day!, created by Jo Linsdell, is becoming one of the hottest spots for authors and writers from around the world to gather together for a day to talk about their latest projects, their books, and other topics of common interest. It is a day of camaraderie for all friends and an opportunity to meet new authors, too.

I have attended two Promo Day and I am looking forward to the next one. Promo Day 2006 provided the authors and visitors with the opportunity to sample some author’s writings. This new feature allowed us to take a look inside an author’s work and gave us the opportunity to give some feedback about the piece while chatting with the author.

I promoted PROMO DAY at several yahoo groups I belong to because I believe in the quality of work of Jo Linsdell.

Jo Linsdell is a young, brilliant, and dynamic author whose new and innovative ideas are helping to shape the way to promote new authors and give them an opportunity to be in the spotlight as new authors pursue ways of writing exposure, marketing, and networking.

Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés is a writer by profession, a mother by choice, and a wife by the covenant of marriage. She was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico and currently lives in Germany with her husband and two sons. On 2004, she published her first free-style inspirational poetry book, The Window to my soul, My Walk with Jesus (Tate Publishing) under the pen name of Mary Magdalene. In March 2006, the book was voted “Best Poetry Book” by www.christianstoryteller.com The book could be purchased directly from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com and at all major online stores.

Visit the author at: www.myspace.com/tanniaortizlopes, and http://timewithtannia.tripod.com/

Comments about past events

Debra L. Butterfield
Web site URL: www.proofplus.biz
Comments: Really enjoyed Promo Day. It was great chatting with other authors and meeting new people. I look forward to your next Promo Day. Thanks!

Lea Schizas
Web site URL: http://leaschizaseditor.com
Comments: I had a blast today, Jo, and met some wonderful people. It's fun to learn about everyone's writing process and what their upcoming projects are. Thank you for hosting this and looking forward to the next one. Lea Schizas http://leaschizaseditor.com Award-winning Author/Editor

Grace Bridges
Web site URL: http://www.faithawakened.com
Comments: Great fun! I look forward to the next one

Name: James R. Tate
Web site URL: jamesrtate.com
Comments: Thanks for another resource for an aspiring author

Hal Manogue
Web site URL: http:halmanogue.blogspot.com/
Comments: Hi Jo, I enjoyed Promo day. Thanks for the opportunity to meet new friends. Hal

Web site URL: www.myspace.com/tanniaortizlopes
Comments: Today I had an awesome time during Promo Day. I got to meet other writers, read about their work, check out their website, and shared our areas of expertise. The conversation were very cordial and professional. Definetely a must do again! I look forward to the next one. Jo, you did an extraordinary job. I pray God bless you with health and keep you doing what you enjoy doing... May the peace of Christ be always with you, from far away in Germany, TANNIA author of The window to my soul; My walk with Jesus Voted 2006 Best Poetry Book by www.christianstoryteller.com

Diane the other
Web site URL: None
Comments: Wonderful idea, Jo. More nervethan I've got to host a promo, but I mainly write reviews. LOL

Tammy Powley
Web site URL: http://www.tammypowley.com
Comments: Thanks for running Promo Day, Jo!

Elaine Cantrell
Web site URL: www.elainecantrell.com
Comments: I had a thoroughly enjoyable hour with you. Thanks for the opportunity.

Paul McDermott
Web site URL: www.bagheeraslair.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
Comments: Great PROMO event, lots of new points of contact .... hope to be back frequently!

Susan Watkin
Web site URL: www.amorgos.freeserve.co.uk http://www.lulu.com/susanwatkin
Comments: Jo A great idea! I hope the promo day produced some new customers for us all. Thank you Susan

Master Blackwhip
Web site URL: http://100colpidifrusta.splinder.com/
Comments: Thanks to Jo for having given to me the chance to speak abount my book :) Jo, you have done a very good job. Great!

Sponsor - Linda Ballou - Book review

Reviewed by Yolanda Renee
by Linda Ballou

WAI-NANI -- HIGH CHIEFESS OF HAWAI’I HER EPIC JOURNEY is a beautifully written epic about a strong independent woman. It is a history lesson written with care and heart about a remarkable people during an amazing time. The Queen Ka’ahumanu, the favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great, inspired Wai-nani’s character.

Linda has caught the beauty, mystery, and heart of the Hawaiian culture. I found this book both educational, and inspirational: a seductive journey through time and to a place of great majesty and history. A must read for all those who enjoy romance and history.

Sponsor - Linda Ballou - Book review

Reviewed by Joyce Anthony - Author of Storm

Wai-Nani is like no other book I have ever read. Linda Ballou is a master of language, pulling the reader in and evoking emotions hidden deep within. Her imagery will tickle your senses, allowing you to feel the story more than merely reading.

Passionate and primal, Wai-Nani transports you to the early days of Hawaii, where warriors ruled and women were expected to know their place.

Wai-Nani refuses to be bound by the shackles of society and follows her heart--finding a destiny beyond her wildest dreams. Follow her--no, join her--on this incredible journey.

Go To http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/Books.html for autographed copies shipped FREE anywhere in the world. free! Available on Amazon.com BarnesandNoble.com Borders.com , or you can order it at your local book store

Samples Page - Have you submitted yours yet?

If you would like to submit a sample of your writing (could be from one of your books or an article you've written) please send it to promoday@ymail.com with 'sample' in the subject line. Samples should be in word or PDF format. Please remember to include a copyright page.

Samples will be posted to the site during the first week of May 2009. This is to allow enough time for everyone to read them and therefore be able to give constructive feedback to the writers.

If you work as a freelance writer this is a great opportunity to show off your talent and maybe capture the interest of a magazine editor.

If it's a sample from your book this is a great opportunity to get readers attention and hook them on your story (leading to more book sales :)) or in the case of unpublished pieces, capture the interest of publisher and maybe get signed for that book deal...

Make sure you add a copyright page to your file. Although I would hope that everyone taking part in PROMO DAY is an honest individual, it's better safe than sorry ;)

Sponsor - Linda Ballou - Travel Writer

Ever dream of getting great trips for free?
Adventure Travel Writer, Linda Ballou, invites you to
www.LindaBallouAuthor.com for a free download
"How To Make Travel Writing Work For You"

The Bookstore

Visit the PROMO DAY Bookstore and check out the books now available by the workshops hosts, moderators and sponsors of this years event.

A wide selection of genres. Something for everyone.

Sponsor - Linda Ballou - Book review

Wai-nani: Voice from Ancient Hawaii
A review by Barbara Sharp Milbourn

Travel writer and photographer Linda Ballou delivers a generous slice of Hawaiian history with details of land and sea so vivid, it is almost better than being there.

Wai-nani: Voice from Ancient Hawaii is a meticulously researched account of the Hawaiian Islands around the time of Captain James Cook. The major theme of the novel is the dismantling of the social hierarchal system based on kapu (taboo) that had been brought to the Islands by the Tahitians years before. But what a story!
Meet Wai-nani whose character is based on Ka'ahumanu, favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great, unifier of the Hawaiian Islands around 1810. She is a young woman of royal descent so at home in the sea that she thinks of herself as half sea creature. Her comfort in the water is juxtaposed to her conflict on land, particularly her resistance to the kapu system. We accompany her as she leaves home and meets Makaha (Kamehameha) two hundred years ago when chiefs in feathered capes and tattooed warriors battled for island dominion, priests read the future in pig entrails, men and women ate in separate houses, and human sacrifices were commonplace. We know her and her people, and we connect to place through stunning details of mamo birds, koa trees, 'ie'ie flowers, and taro fields. We drink the bitter 'awa, trek up steep palis, peer into smoking volcanoes, and wave slide bearded monsters.
Much changed with the arrival of Captain Cook, the death of Kamehameha, and the pressure brought to bear on the system. But some things are eternal—love, the circle of life, and the grand and vibrant sea.
The author’s reverence for the land and its people inhabits her words. Linda Ballou is a new voice from ancient Hawaii.

Barbara Sharp Milbourn is a writer and editor living in Nashville.

Moderators needed

I still need moderators to help out on Saturday 9th May 2009. If you can offer at least an hour of your time please email me at promoday@ymail.com with the time(s) you will be available.

There is a time converter on the PROMO DAY site if you need it.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Cover art design

Although there was an inital interest in the design the cover art for the official PROMO DAY book contest nobody actual sent me any designs and therefore I will now be selecting the designer instead of having the cover art voted on.

As this is the first year PROMO DAY has an official book, maybe future events will get a bigger response from designers.

Video trailers

Have you submitted your video trailer?

Just as a film trailer captures the interest of the audience and helps cinema and DVD sales, book trailers give a taste of what your book is about and help generate interest.
You can have one made professionally or make one yourself using a programme like windows movie maker.

You can have your trailer posted to the PROMO DAY site for FREE. All you have to do is send me the embed code to promoday@ymail.com


The names of this years presenters and the topics of the workshops are now online at the PROMO DAY site.

Times will be confirmed and posted to the site this month.

Remember, the workshops are FREE!

The presenters really know their stuff and have loads of great tips and advice to share. With the range of topics to be covered, there's something for everyone!

Sponsor - Linda Ballou

Author and travel writer Linda Ballou is the official sponsor for this years event. Let's get to know her better..

Larry M.: I just loved Wai-nani. In every chapter I could see your research and your exploration of years you wrote about. I loved her and loved Eku and family. I found when I put it down I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Great Job!

Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii: Her Epic Journey is a novel of awesome beauty and power. It is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Linda Ballou’s powerful storytelling talents, her understanding of human nature, and her knowledge of Hawaii folklore, take us on an amazing journey into Hawaii ’s ancient past as she re-creates island life as it truly might have been. Nancy Harlless-Womankind

Go To http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/Books.html for autographed copies shipped FREE anywhere in the world. free! Available on Amazon.com BarnesandNoble.com Borders.com , or you can order it at your local book store


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