#PD15 Behind the Scenes Tour: How It Works

#PD15 Behind the Scenes Tour: How It Works

A quick tour behind the scenes of the 2015 Promo Day event offering a closer look at what you can expect during the event on Saturday 30th May. 

What's covered:
- How the site works
- Registration and profile set up
- Navigating the forums
- Giveaways

and more...



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#PD15 EBook Giveaways (Offered by @PDMIPublishing)

PDMI Publishing have joined with Promo Day this year to offer the following giveaways during the event. For a chance to win just enter via the Rafflecopter below.

#PD15 EBook Giveaways (Offered by @PDMIPublishing)


The Prizes:

R.S. Hunter 

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Why hire mercenaries to kill an innocent family just to obtain one little key?

That question haunts Jacquie Renairre for six years as she hunts down the people responsible for murdering her parents. Not even accepting an assign-
ment to investigate a conspiracy that aims to start a war can keep her from searching for the key. 

Armed with her father’s guns and socialite Clay Baneport, she continues her quest for answers abroad. With the world edging closer to disaster, Jacquie is running out of time to figure out how the war, the key, and ancient legend are intertwined. The fate of the world hinges on her ability to unravel both mysteries before it’s too late.

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Peter Wells 

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Having spent his childhood in a barren emotional wasteland overseen by a father who valued order above feeling, Bill finally meets a woman who leads him to a place he can call home. Arriving in the small coastal town in England with his new wife, he finds that he is quickly assimilated into her community and extended family. With his somewhat murky past behind him, he forges a new life within a solid, caring community and discovers what being valued means. As it happens, his wife appears to be overly interested in “organizing” everything and everyone around her, including her young cousin who is the apple of her father’s eye.

Within the garden of Eden Bill knows he can show no interest in this apple called Misty. He knows the price of doing so, and the value of what he now enjoys. Will that be enough to protect him from desire? Luck is with him: she has no interest in him. But what if circumstances where to change and she looked at her world and him with new eyes. Would he cling to common sense?

With the hand of a surgeon, Peter Wells gently probes the thoughts of the mundane to seek those corners that still long for adventure. Those bits and pieces of each of us that gaze out on the world and find something to settle on and wonder... Tenderly touching the wounded, lonely parts of his characters’ hearts, Peter gently leads them to a destiny they never could have imagined on their own.

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The Shaughnessy File by Etta Jean 

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Come to the 3rd District in New York City where pumpkins become limos and corporations are kingdoms in this modern take on classic faerie tales.

Trouble starts in the Shaughnessy household when youngest daughter Aenya starts dancing her way through her shoes every night-without ever leaving her room! She keeps her double life a secret from all the men who try to find the truth, but then private investigator Hiro Michaels arrives on the scene. 

Can she find a way to have her dreams and her love all at the same time?

Kienan Shaughnessy throws his dreams of a musical career on a wild gamble that takes a detour once he meets plain nightingale Madelyne Winters. The young innkeeper has been burned by love and cursed by hate, and she can’t trust anyone as beautiful as swan-like Kienan. Can he teach her to sing a love song before it’s too late?

Eldest sibling Taegan Shaughnessy unexpectedly gets a new pair of glass slip-pers as he pines for a princess out of his reach. Station and impropriety alike threaten to keep Kalliope Tavoularis from having the man she loves, but this princess won’t take anything lying down. Can some help from an unlikely 

faerie godmother stop the clock from striking midnight forever?

Mel Shaughnessy is the wild-spirited beauty of the household. Though as smart as he is handsome, his college grades have plummeted past the point of no return. His only hope is the university’s tutor: a woman nicknamed ‘the beast’. Audra Alexandros has no sympathy, and no graces, and yet there’s something about this lone wolf that Mel finds himself helplessly drawn toward. Can the beauty win the beast and close the file on the Shaughnessy Family for good?

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The Universal Mirror by Gwen Whiting 

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On the island of Cercia, the gods are dead--killed by their followers and replaced with the study of magic. Magicians are forbidden to leave their homeland. Laws governing the practice of magic also prevent the casting of spells on the living--whether to harm or to heal. Quentin, a young nobleman, challenges these laws out of love for his wife. 

His best friend, Asahel, defies authority at his side, unaware that the search for this outlawed magic will bring them both to the edge of reason and even threaten their very souls. The Universal Mirror shows how far two men are willing to go for the sake of knowledge--and what they will destroy to obtain it.


Vengeance by Andrea Zug

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When the Lancers expertise is requested in Los Angeles, California by their friends Ramon and Carmen Valdez, Angela has a troubling epiphany. She senses something sinister and dangerous lurks beneath the surface, and when Mike tries every trick in his arsenal to keep her from going with him, she considers her fears validated. From the moment they enter the city of Angels it is obvious that Carmen Valdez did not overstate the problems within the neighborhoods. The Lancers encounter one bizarre and, at times, unbelievable set of circumstances after another in an effort to bring the case to an acceptable conclusion. Their understanding of the concept of good and evil is tested. Mike’s belief in a God that is good and just was lost in Vietnam amid the blood, death, and man’s inhumanity to man. Can he trust what his eyes tell him to be true over what his brain allows him to believe? If God exists, can the devil be a lie?

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Meet the #PD15 Sponsors

Meet the #PD15 Sponsors, Mediaaria CDM, www.PromoDay.info


MEDIAARIA CDM is a small press publishing house, dedicated to publishing books of literary merit and innovative vision by new and emerging writers in traditional print format. Built upon the pillars of discovering, nourishing and launching new writing talent, MEDIAARIA CDM maintain rigorous submission standards and work with writers to make their work available to a worldwide audience.





Meet the #PD15 Sponsors, Cedar Loft Productions, www.PromoDay.info


Cedar Loft Productions is a small publishing company with many options for our authors. We publish both new and published authors.

Our team of professionals is eager to work with you to make your publishing dream come true!
If you are looking for extraordinary personalized service, you've come to the right place! We aim to be friendly, helpful, and available to all our clients.

We are here to serve you, answer any questions you may have, and work with you through the entire publishing process. We also coach those who want to self-publish.

As a new publishing company, we are positioned to offer outstanding service to each of our clients. When you sign with us, you aren't just a number or another client, you are an important part of our publishing group. We get to know you and your visions for your creations. This same respect for our clients will follow as we continue to grow.




Meet the #PD15 Sponsors, Sandy Lender Ink, www.PromoDay.info

Fantasy enthusiasts will recognize Sandy Lender as the author of the 2007 breakout novel & Choices Meant for Gods from ArcheBooks Publishing, but the South Florida resident has been writing since she was knee high to a grasshopper. At the early age ofabout six, Sandy entertained the folks in her great grandmother's apartment building in Southern Illinois with stories of squeaky spiders and mice picking berries. Sandy won a first-place award with that imagination when she wrote a sequel to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird during her school days in the St. Louis area before earning a degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. That led to a career in journalism where she's worked for a variety of publications the past 23 years.Today she's the editorial director of two construction magazines and editor/publisher of an avian publication. ArcheBooks is releasing the final of the “Choices” trilogy late this summer in hardcover and a number of her YA novels are getting star treatment. She presents workshops on writing, editing, online marketing and the surprising topic of parrot husbandry. But writing and marketing are only half her story. Sandy is also a sea turtle conservationist, serving in the group Turtle Time since 2005. She also has companion parrots and turtles in her home who keep her hopping. It takes one ring on her cell phone to discover she's remained obsessed with Duran Duran since 1984. She's beaten cancer twice, but still fights the IRS. For PD15 she’s teaching us the art of organization for marketing—looking at her schedule, you can see the need for organization to keep everything on deadline.





Meet the #PD15 Sponsors, Book Goodies, www.PromoDay.info

BookGoodies.net was started by Deborah Carney in 2004 as a site for people to find books.  It was a simple directory site with links to book sellers and places to get other “book goodies” like lamps and things.  Over the years it evolved and finally when the Kindle hit and my friends started publishing books, as did I, I wanted to create a site where people could find books published by the “little guy”.  I was also involved in podcasting and decided to start interviewing authors.  So BookGoodies.com was born in 2010.  

BookGoodies.com has a mission of helping authors get found by readers and bloggers, plus educating authors on best practices for publishing and marketing. In addition to the forum we have an author’s only Facebook group where participants have actively produced anthologies with the proceeds going towards literary charities.  



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#PD15 Webinar: How To Use Public Appearances To Improve The Visibility of Your Author Brand with Clay Gilbert

#PD15 Webinar: How To Use Public Appearances To Improve The Visibility of Your Author Brand with Clay Gilbert

Presenter:
Clay Gilbert

Presentation title: 
How To Use Public Appearances To Improve The Visibility of Your Author Brand

Presentation outline:
As an author, I find that public events like book signings, readings and convention appearances are not only a lot of fun, but an important way to connect with your current audience and broaden your reach to new readers. Join me as I share my experiences and offer ways you can use public appearances to improve the visibility of your brand, to gain new readers, and have fun doing it!

Presenter Bio:
Clay Gilbert has been hearing voices in his head and trying his best to transcribe them to paper since around the age of four. He published his first short story, "The Computer Conspiracy", in Scholastic magazine at the age of four. Many years later, and after further transmissions from the beyond, he is also the author of Annah: Children of Evohe Book One and Dark Road to Paradise: Tales of the Night - Kind BookOne, both published by PDMI Publishing, LLC. He also serves as PDMI's Chief Editor, and has taught English Composition, Business Writing, and Literature onthe college level.

Connect with Clay:

All webinars are free to all attendees, and are available for the entire day on Saturday 30th May during the Promo Day event. Click "Register Now" above for access to this, and all the other webinars. You'll also have access to the pitch sessions with Publishers, and all the other activities and opportunities that PD15 offers.
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#PD15 Webinar: How Reviews help Build Your Brand with Brandy Potter

#PD15 Webinar: How Reviews help Build Your Brand with Brandy Potter. Register now at www.PromoDay.info

Presenter:
Brandy Potter

Presentation title: 
How Reviews help Build Your Brand

Presentation outline:
1.    Define the review process – Magazine/critic reviews vs customer reviews.
2.    Discuss Amazon Sales and Goodreads rating systems
3. Identify books and authors who’s books benefited from ratings and reviews

Presenter Bio:
Brandy Potter lives in Maryland with her daughter and pets. She has been writing since she was 9 years old. Currently in development are a crime novel, a mafia story, a screenplay and another semi-autobiographical story. Plus Venomous Lives

Brandy works in various genres including Sci-Fi Fantasy, Crime, and many others. She says she is not genre driven but rather she is character or story driven. She finds her stories come to her in many ways.

Her character development focuses on the psychology of the everyday person, fictionalized visions of the everyday people overcoming their conflicts. She likes strong female leads but maintains that they are strong in different ways. She also shies away from the industry pre-packaged protagonists. Her fans say that her characters are so developed that they often have a hard time letting them go and are always routing for a sequel.

Her writing influences consist of David Eddings, Jane Austin, Rudyard Kipling, J.R.R. Tolkein, Nora Roberts and Steven King. Brandy is an avid reader who prefers printed books to e-readers because, "There is nothing like the smell and the feel of a book. 

Connect with Brandy:

All webinars are free to all attendees, and are available for the entire day on Saturday 30th May during the Promo Day event. Click "Register Now" above for access to this, and all the other webinars. You'll also have access to the pitch sessions with Publishers, and all the other activities and opportunities that PD15 offers.
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Publishers Taking Pitches During #PD15

The following Publishers will be taking pitches during the Promo Day event on Saturday 30th May:

Publishers Taking Pitches During #PD15

Publishers Taking Pitches During #PD15

Publishers Taking Pitches During #PD15

Publishers Taking Pitches During #PD15

Click the "Register Now" tab above for access to the forums where the pitch sessions will take place. 

The Publishers will reply the same day to let you know if they are interested or not.

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#PD15 Presenters

Check out the great line up of presenters who will be offering free webinars at this years Promo Day event on Saturday 30th May.

Check out the great line up of presenters who will be offering free webinars at this years Promo Day event on Saturday 30th May.Register now at www.PromoDay.info

You can find out more about each presenters at http://www.promoday.info/p/presenters.html

Click on "Register Now" right now so you don't miss out on these fantastic webinars.

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Webinars at #PD15

The following webinars will be available for the whole day during the PD15 event on Saturday 30th May:

Visual Content for Authors with Jo Linsdell

Selling kidlit the Dr. Suess way: "There is no one alive who is youer than you" with Tara Lazar

How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon with Penny Sansevieri

Creating Social Media Content that Works with Rivka Kawano

How to Organise for Efficient Marketing and Promotion with Sandy Lender

Effectively Using Social Media to Promote with Khalid Muhammad

Marketing for Authors with Jenny McKinney

Your Editor is Your Friend: No really, Why are you Laughing? with Stacey Brewer

How Reviews Help Build Your Author Brand with Brandy Potter

From Book to Film: Realm Travel! with Dianne Gardner

How to Submit Your Work to an Independent Press with Daven Anderson

How To Use Public Appearances to Improve the Visibility of Your Author Brand with Clay Gilbert

Webinars at #PD15, Register now at www.PromoDay.info


Register now for access to all of the above webinars.

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#PD15 Webinar: Your Editor is Your Friend: No, really. Why are you laughing? with Stacey Brewer

#PD15 Webinar: Your Editor is Your Friend: No, really. Why are you laughing? with Stacey Brewer, Register at www.PromoDay.info

Presenter:
Stacey Brewer

Presentation title: 
Your Editor is Your Friend: No, really. Why are you laughing?

Presentation outline:
A discussion of how to get the most out of the editing experience including choosing an editor and working with him/her to make your book the best it can be.

Presenter Bio:
Stacey Brewer is the managing editor for PDMI Publishing, LLC, a freelance editor, and writes fantasy, historical fantasy, and modern fantasy (though she also suffers from the occasional steampunk and sci-fi ambitions) and will be releasing a children’s book later this year. A little time studying journalism was all it took to turn Stacey into a proper grammar fiend, and a love of reading well-written books drives her to continually study the craft of writing and use those studies to help authors refine their work and make it the best it can be.

Connect with Stacey:

All webinars are free to all attendees, and are available for the entire day on Saturday 30th May during the Promo Day event. Click "Register Now" above for access to this, and all the other webinars. You'll also have access to the pitch sessions with Publishers, and all the other activities and opportunities that PD15 offers.
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#PD15 Webinar: "Marketing for Authors" with Jenny McKinney

#PD15 Webinar: "Marketing for Authors" with Jenny McKinney, www.PromoDay.info

Presenter:
Jenny McKinney

Presentation title: 
Marketing for Authors

Presentation outline:
1.    Why market
2.    I’m a writer, not a salesperson
3.    What works and what doesn’t
4.    The dreaded marketing plan
5.    When should I begin marketing
6.    Wrap up

Presenter Bio:
A published author and the CEO/Executive Editor at Cedar Loft Productions. CLP was born just 2 years ago after much research and contemplation. All team members are currently volunteers and we have a few contracted individuals that we call on from time to time. All our authors are considered our friends and treated with the utmost respect. If a submitted manuscript is rejected by our submissions team, we explain exactly what needs done for the manuscript to be accepted. At this time, we only publish work written in English by authors in the USA. In time, we hope to be global but that is in the future.

Connect with Jenny:

All webinars are free to all attendees, and are available for the entire day on Saturday 30th May during the Promo Day event. Click "Register Now" above for access to this, and all the other webinars. You'll also have access to the pitch sessions with Publishers, and all the other activities and opportunities that PD15 offers.
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Free Webinars at #PD15

The following webinars will be available during the Promo Day event on Saturday 30th May.



Click the "Register Now" tab above now for access to them all.
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Jo Linsdell explains why she created the Promo Day event

Jo Linsdell explains why she created the Promo Day event, www.PromoDay.info
The first Promo Day event took place on my website www.JoLinsdell.com back in 2007. It was just a chatroom embedded onto a page of my website. Very different from what the event is today, but it was based on the same idea right from its simple start.

There were several online conferences for writers with presentations about how to write, edit, and revise. Although some of them offered opportunities to network with other attendees none of them really addressed what to do AFTER you've written something. I saw a niche that needed to be filled and so Promo Day was born.

The idea for Promo Day was to give writers, authors, and other people connected with the publishing industry an event where they could come together to promote their work/services, network with each other, and learn about marketing, and author branding. And that's still what Promo Day is for. Promoting, networking, and learning.

I wanted to make it available to everyone and so I decided to make it a completely online event and free to attend.

It was a huge success right from word go and has continued to grow each year. With so much demand it was time to give the event a home of its own and so I got the www.PromoDay.info domain and introduced more features.

The event now takes place in forums, allowing for registered users to personalize their profiles and even upload images and files, and private message other attendees. Attendees can read threads from earlier in the day so they don't miss out on great conversations and tips. The webinars are now all in video format and viewable directly from the forums. As well as the numerous social activities going on in the forums during the event, there is now also added opportunities via social media channels so that attendees can put into practice straight away some of the tips and strategies mentioned in the webinars. 

Last year I introduced pitch sessions with Publishers during the event and it turned out to be a big success. Several authors signed with Publishers following the pitch sessions they took part in at Promo Day. 

Both the website and the forums are now mobile friendly meaning that attendees can also join in the fun from their smartphone or tablet. No need to even be at your computer! 

I love how the event has developed over the years and plan to keep on improving it into the future. The feedback from past attendees has been awesome, and the support from sponsors has meant that I've managed to keep it a free event.

Hopefully Promo Day will continue to grow and develop for many years to come, and offer more and more opportunities to promote, network, and learn.

I look forward to connecting with you all more during the PD15 event on Saturday 30th May and welcome suggestions for how I can make the Promo Day event even better.
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Connect with Promo Day on Social Media

As well as all the action taking place in the conference on site, Promo Day also offers lots of activities taking place on social media sites through out the day.

There will be Live Twitterchats, Facebook wall chats, Google+ hangouts, and more happening throughout the day on Saturday 30th May. Loads of opportunities to jump in and promote your books and services, and join in discussions about topics e.g. book marketing, the publishing industry, etc...

The official hashtag for the event is #PD15.

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#PD15 Webinar: Selling Kidlit the Dr. Seuss Way: “There is No One Alive Who is YOUER Than YOU” with Tara Lazar

#PD15 Webinar: Selling Kidlit the Dr. Seuss Way: “There is No One Alive Who is YOUER Than YOU” with Tara Lazar, www.PromoDay.info

Presenter:
Tara Lazar

Presentation title: 
Selling Kidlit the Dr. Seuss Way: “There is No One Alive Who is YOUER Than YOU”

Presentation outline:
Finding your identity as an author and your passions, and turning them into an author platform to help sell your books.

Presenter Bio:
Street magic performer. Award-winning ice sculptor. Hog-calling champion. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she prefers writing stories for children. THE MONSTORE is her first book, inspired by her pesky little brother (who is no longer so pesky). Tara has several picture books to be released in the coming years. Next up: I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK in August; LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD in October. Tara is the founder of PiBoIdMo, otherwise known as Picture Book Idea Month, the picture book writer’s alternative to NaNoWriMo. In November 2014, over 1300 writers participated in PiBoIdMo. Her blog has been named to WritetoDone’s “Top 10 Writing Blogs” two years in a row.

Connect with Tara:

All webinars are free to all attendees, and are available for the entire day on Saturday 30th May during the Promo Day event. Click "Register Now" above for access to this, and all the other webinars. You'll also have access to the pitch sessions with Publishers, and all the other activities and opportunities that PD15 offers.
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