Moderator: Tannia E Ortiz-Lopés

Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés will be moderating the 15:00 CET and 16:00 CET workshops

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 The book could be purchased directly from the publisher at and at all major online stores.

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Moderator: Frances Shani Parker

Frances Shani Parker will be moderating the 14:00 CET workshop.


Frances Shani Parker is an award-winning writer, consultant, and former school principal. A hospice volunteer for many years, she is author of nationally endorsed “Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes.” With stories, poems, and general information, she presents a captivating account of her hospice volunteer experiences in Detroit nursing homes and her insights on healthcare, caregiving, death, and bereavement. Her website is

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Sponsor - Linda Ballou

This years event is Sponsored by author and travel writer Linda Ballou.


A love triangle of extremes has proven to be a solid base for my writing. From my roots in Alaska I receive strength, solitude, centeredness and respect for the awful power of nature. My short story Raindrop People and numerous adventure articles including my most recent “Raven Brings the Sun” about my float down the Tatshenshini River take place in my homeland. In Hawaii I found nurturing, a spiritual awakening, sensuality, peace and my heroine for my historical fiction, Wai-nani—High Chiefess of Hawaii. In proud California I obtained a degree in English Literature from Northridge University and a doctorate in urban savvy. I continue to enjoy opportunities here for intellectual stimulation, exciting contacts and friends. It makes a great base for exploits that I will share in my travel collection Lost Angel Walkabout.

Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii; Her Epic Journey

Through the eyes of high chiefess, Wai-nani, experience the Hawaiian society as it existed when Captain James Cook arrived at Kealakekua Bay in 1779; ride the billowing seas with Eku, the wild dolphin she befriends; learn why she loved the ruthless, conflicted ruler, Makaha; walk with her as she defies ancient laws and harsh taboos of the Island people; share the love she received from all who knew her and learn how she rose to become the most powerful woman in old Hawai’i.


ISBN13: 978-1-932993-88-2


Cover Art Design: TC McMullen

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

Workshops and moderators

Workshops taking place during PROMO DAY 2009:

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Lael Johnson - Blogging and Journaling. Moderator Frances Shani Parker
15:00 John Evans - The Age of Networking: Tips and Tricks to Survive in Today's information Age. Moderator Tannia Ortiz Lopez
16:00 Karina Fabian - Marketing for Beginners. Moderator Tannia Ortiz Lopez
17:00 John Desjarlais - Finding an Agent. Moderator Molly Swoboda
18:00 Carolyn Howard Johnson - Query Letters as Promotion: Let's Make Them Picture Perfect! Moderator Dawn Menge
19:00 Elysabeth Eldering- Hosting Authors on Virtual Book Tours. Moderator Jo Linsdell
20:00 Joyce Anthony - Promoting with Twitter. Moderator Jo Linsdell
21:00 Ron Berry - Character websites. Moderator Dawn Menge
22:00 Devon Ellington - Creating and maintaining a successful writer's blog. Moderator Jay Miller
23:00 Carol Denbow - Technical Aspects. Moderator Jay Miller

On site Bookstore

On the PROMO DAY site you will find an on site Bookstore featuring a variety of books by the PROMO DAY crew.

The bookstore lists books by the PROMO DAY workshop presenters, moderators, sponsor and organiser.

From Saturday 9th May you will also be able to purchase your copy of the official PROMO DAY book here.

Drop by the bookstore and take a look.

Samples Page

Samples Page- Your chance to show off you writing skills and maybe catch a new paying assignment or book deal whilst your at it!

Send a sample of your writing (can be an article, a poem, a chapter from your book, etc...) in word or pdf format to before 20th April 2009. Please make sure you include copyright information.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to show the world your talents!

WH- Lael Johnson

Workshop Title: Blogging and Journaling
Time: 14:00 CET

Lael Johnson is the owner of Writer's Eye Advisory Service and Creations Beadwork. She has a varied background in history, marketing management, psychology, community service and facilities management. She is also a trained creativity coach, writer and beader. She believes in celebrating creativity wherever she discovers it. She helps women identify and develop their creative skills.including to learn new creative skills each year.
For more information visit: you may email her at:

Ten Fun Journal Writing Techniques
Your colorful and fun journal writing guide!

WH- John Evans

Workshop Title: The Age of Networking: Tips and Tricks to Survive in Today's Information Age

Time: 15:00 CET

Bio: Author John Evans was born in 1985 in the small town of Tooele, Utah. From there he spent much of his life moving from place to place, often not staying in one location for more than a few months. Evans has gone on to write one novel, and several short stories. His most recent project includes a second novel entitled “The Ascension”, and serves as a sequel to “The Fallen”, his first published novel. Evans currently resides in Hilo, Hawaii where he attends college pursuing a degree in Information Technology.


• Opening Remarks

• What is Social Networking?

• Brief History on How Social Networking was Started

• Why is Social Networking important?

• How does Social Networking help Promote an Author’s Work?

• FREE Promotional Tools for Social Networking

• Designing the “Perfect” Profile

• Building Your Fanbase

• Concluding Remarks

• Open Q&A

WH- Karina Fabian

Workshop Title:Marketing for Beginners
Time:16:00 CET

Workshop outline:

In "Marketing Basics," Karina will offer advice for seeking and reaching your target audience and getting them interested in your book—and you. We'll explore the things every author should do and ways to make your efforts more effective. This will be mainly a Q&A session on the basic steps of promoting, so bring your questions.

General Websites, where you'll find info about her, her writing and her eclectic writing/homeschooling/humor/just-gotta-say-it blog, where you can learn more about the fantasy noir dragon detective Vern, his partner Sister Grace, and the world of Dragon Eye, PI., where she'll gladly advertise your book if you'll return the favor to someone else
Anthology Websites: Infinite Space, Infinite God--thought-provoking science fiction with a Catholic Twist Leaps of Faith--Christian sci-fi because God and Science Do Co-Exist Firestorm of Dragons--dragons as you've never seen them before.

After having been a straight-A student, Karina Fabian has made a career of Fs: Family, Faith, Fiction and Fun.

Karina's writing career began with writing about parenting issues, the Catholic faith, and artists and community leaders. She's written for over 50 publications, including newspapers, magazines of all sizes and radio.

She doesn't just write about family, but with her family. She wrote three craft books for a EcceHomo Press by using her kids to test, create and model the crafts. She and her husband, Robert, write science fiction stories while on dates.

In 2005, she turned her attention totally to fiction. With Rob, she has edited the Christian SF anthology, Leaps of Faith, (coming 2008) and Infinite Space, Infinite God, an award-winning SF anthology with Catholic themes (2007 twilight Times Books)

Her latest fantasy adventure, DragonEye, PI, features a down-and-out dragon working off a geas by the Faerie St. George. Vern d'Wyvern (yes, it's an embarrassing name for a dragon) is partnered by Sister Grace, a Mage for the Faerie Catholic Church. Together they solve crimes magical and Mundane and save the universes on an all-too-regular basis. DragonEye, PI, stories appear in magazines and on the Internet, and its first book, "Magic, Mensa and Mayhem" comes out from Swimming Kangaroo in early 2009.

In addition to juggling the stories from at least three different universes, Karina is President of the Catholic Writers' Guild, owner of Catholic Writers Online, and active in a half-dozen or more groups. She also teaches writing seminars on-line. With four kids, five pets and a very understanding husband who is an officer in the Air Force, she tends to sleep in her "spare" time.

WH- Carol Denbow


Carol Denbow is the author of 5 non-fiction books and co-contributer to another as well as the editor of 9 writers Websites. Carol loves to write and share information with other writers and published authors. In addition, she is a retired business owner, farmer, mom of two, and step-mom of two additional grown kids.
Carol's books include:

A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story (2008)
Stress Relief for the Working Stiff (2008)
Are You Ready to Be Your Own Boss? (2006)
How to Organize a Virtual Book Tour (ebook 2008)
and coming this spring, 100 Ways to Market Your Book for Free (or really cheap)

Workshop Title: Technical Aspects
Time: 23:00 CET

WH- Joyce Anthony


Joyce A. Anthony is a Pennsylvania-born writer who shares her home with a teenaged son and mini-zoo. Writing is just one of her many passions. Others include her work as an advocate for animal rights and work in the field of both Asperger's and bipolar disorder.

Visit for more information on Storm. Meet the characters and read the reviews.

Synopsis of Storm:

What do a prostitute, an abused child, a disillusioned minister, a Vietnam Vet and a homosexual have in common? These and many others find their lives changed when they meet Storm and his companion, an amethyst-eyed dog named Maggie. As you follow Storm on his journey to discover his true identity, you will meet many of society's forgotten people. You will laugh, cry and get angry-whatever the emotion, you will feel deeply. When Storm realizes who he is and why he is here, the world is completely changed and not one soul remains untouched. Upon closing the covers of this book, you will see the world around you in a far different light and find yourself wondering--Is it really fiction?

What they are saying:

"it is the greatest true story ever retold before it comes true. Plan on a few hours of uninterrupted trance-like reading, you won't want to do anything else except keep turning the pages once you've started. Get ready to examine yourself, our society, and our world as it relates to its creator. There are many sad truths in this book. But in the end, the truth will set you free.

Contact a book store near you

ISBN 13 9781932993745

Amazon link:

Workshop Details

Topic: Promoting with Twitter
Time: 8pm CET

The workshop will cover:
*What is Twitter and why you want to sign up
*How to effectively gain followers
*How to best network/promote with Twitter
*Useful tools
*Questions/answer session

WH- Elysabeth Eldering


With a childhood spent traveling the globe, it's no wonder that writer Elysabeth Eldering has a passion for geography! Growing up in a military family, Elysabeth lived in Japan, Germany, New York, Kentucky, and Texas before her family finally settled in a small town in South Carolina. Elysabeth, who lives in Honea Path, SC, has put her globetrotting skills to work in the Junior Geography Detective Squad's 50-state, mystery, trivia series.

Published by 4RV Publishing, the series made its debut in summer 2008 with State of Wilderness. The Junior Geography Detective Squad will continue to put their mystery-solving talents to work in each state to challenge young readers on their knowledge of the nation's geography and interesting facts. State of Quarries is next in the line-up.

The mother of three - an adult son and a teen-aged son and daughter - juggles a schedule that includes volunteering with her children's school activities, including the marching band and band competitions. An avid pet lover, Elysabeth is caretaker for the family's three dogs. She's active in the Greenville chapters of Sisters in Crime and the SC Writers Workshop and has judged entries for the Derringers Awards competition.

Elysabeth entered her first writing contest on a dare from a friend. Since then, the prize-winning writer has received awards from Armchair Interviews and Echelon Press. Her most recent story, “Bride and Seek,” was published in the SC Writers Workshop anthology The Petigru Review and is available on She has an article on editing and self publishing, also with Armchair Interviews.

To learn more about the Junior Geography Detective Squad, visit and

Special orders (for schools and homeschoolers) should contact either the author or publisher with subject line: Special orders - JGDS series
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Title: Hosting Authors on Virtual Book Tours:

- Embarking on your Virtual Book Tour - how to find hosts and who makes the best hosts
- What is required from touring author
(the guest blogger has the hardest job but can make virtual book tours a success if they prepare in advance)
- What is expected from host
(hosts have it easy but also need to be active participants in promoting the guest blogger)
- How to ensure a successful blog tour
(hosts and guests working together can make sure that the whole networking idea comes together)
- Wrapping up
(keeping everyone informed of the whole tour and enticing readers to follow you on future tours)

This workshop will take place at 19:00 CET

WH- Carolyn Howard Johnson

Workshop Title: Query Letters as Promotion: Let's Make Them Picture Perfect!
Time: 18:00 CET


Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be speaking on Query Letters as Promotion: Let's Make Them Picture-Perfect! on PromoDay at 9 am. Pacific Time. Her first novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her second book, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, creative nonfiction, won three. Her chapbook of poetry Tracings, was named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads list and was given the Military Writers' Society of America's Silver Award of Excellence. An instructor for UCLA Extension's world-renown Writers' Program, her book The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't is recommended reading for her classes, and was named USA Book News' "Best Professional Book 2004." It is also an Irwin Award winner. Her second book in the How To Do It Frugally series is The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success is also a USA Book News award-winner as well as the winner of the Reader View's Literary Award in the publishing category. She is the recipient of both the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award and the Glendale American Business Women's Association's Woman of the Year award. Her community's Character and Ethics Committee honored her for promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen." She is a popular speaker and actor. Her website is And, yes, she credits much of her publishing success with writing query letters that work!

WH- John Desjarlais

John Desjarlais will be giving a workshop during PROMO DAY about Finding an Agent.

The workshop will cover:

Who needs an agent
Where to find (and how to read) agent listings
AAR and non-AAR agents
Fee-charging and non fee-charging agents
Writing the agent query
Meeting agents at conferences
Questions to ask an agent when you get an offer
What an agent will - and won't - do for you
Agents and promotion


A former producer with Wisconsin Public Radio, John teaches journalism and English at Kishwaukee College in northern Illinois. His first novel, The Throne of Tara (Crossway 1990), was a Christianity Today Readers Choice Award nominee, and his second historical novel, Relics (Thomas Nelson 1993) was a Doubleday Book Club Selection. Bleeder (Sophia Institute Press, forthcoming August 2009) is his first mystery. His work has appeared in periodicals such as Student Leadership Journal, U Magazine, The Critic, On Being, Student Soul, Apocalypse, The Upper Room, The New Pantagruel, The Karitos Review and The Rockford Review. He took Honorable Mention in the 1997 Writers Digest Competition (essay), 2nd Place in Fiction in the 2004 Phidian Art Society of Illinois Contest and 1st Place in 2006. He holds an MA in Media from Columbia University and an MA in Writing from Illinois State University. A member of The Catholic Writers Guild, The Academy of American Poets and Mystery Writers of America, he is listed in Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in Entertainment, and Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Workshops taking place during PROMO DAY 2009

Workshops taking place during PROMO DAY 2009:

Times are shown in Central European Time.

14:00 Lael Johnson - Blogging and Journaling
15:00 John Evans - The Age of Networking: Tips and Tricks to Survive in Today's information Age
16:00 Karina Fabian - Marketing for Beginners
17:00 John Desjarlais - Finding an Agent
18:00 Carolyn Howard Johnson - Query Letters as Promotion: Let's Make Them Picture Perfect!
19:00 Elysabeth Eldering- Hosting Authors on Virtual Book Tours
20:00 Joyce Anthony - Promoting with Twitter
21:00 Ron Berry - Character websites
22:00 Devon Ellington - Creating and maintaining a successful writer's blog.
23:00 Carol Denbow - Technical Aspects
TBC Lea Schizas - What editors look for and how writers can spruce their writing

*TBC - Time to be confirmed

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