Ahoy, mateys! Winter squalls are fast becoming sprightly spring winds wi’ a promise of smooth sailing fer 2010. Put yer Pirate Hat on an’ prepare to parlay wi’ the 1st Turning Point Crew. Get ready fer a purely profitable year of Piratical Promotion, sailing upon the open Seas of Publication.
Fer the uninitiated Pirates ‘n Parrots amongst ye, 1st Turning Point is a place where authors ‘n artists teach, share, and learn all about promotion. Published or unpublished, we don’t care – come aboard, tour the ship and sail away with us while we all improve our promotional skills. Sign on to become a subscriber—or Parrot, as we like to call our motley bunch. To learn more about 1st Turning Point, check out our About page.
Mark your calendars now for Saturday, May 1st, our one-year anniversary! Lots of doings are planned, and you won’t want to miss the fun. It’s been quite a year, but we’re just getting started!
Be sure to note the 1st Turning Point article, Beat the Promotion Learning Curve—Before the Call, in the latest edition of the Romance Writers Report. It’s the latest of many exciting ways Cap’n Jacquie Rogers ‘n Cap’n Ann Charles are getting the word out about 1st Turning Point and all the strategies the site can help you learn for the best methods to promote yourselves and your work. Our venerable Cap’ns also gave their “Get a Jump Start on Your Writing Career” workshop for the Rose City Writer’s Retreat in Portland in February, for writers who have yet to develop a platform.
Read on for an overview of the latest exciting developments on 1st Turning Point:
Our Current Schedule ~ Learn Marketing & Promotion Skills from the Best!
Sundays: Book Video Reviews
Mondays: Instructional Articles
Tuesdays: Featured Artists and Special Guests
Wednesdays: Reviews of Publishing Industry Books
Thursdays: Special Features
Fridays: More How-To Articles
Saturdays: Website Reviews
New for 2010: Make special note of our latest Saturday offering, Website Reviews, which debuted February 13th to wild acclaim. Interested in finding out how your own website rates? Send the following information to crowsnest@1stTurningPoint.com with WEBSITE REVIEW in the subject line:
- Your author name
- Web designer name
- Website URL
- Plus an optional short paragraph on where you are in your career and a few items about your website that might be of interest.
What else is new, you ask? How about a sparkly new Forum! Cap’n Ann spent hours ‘n hours chained in the bowels of the ship to get the forum up and running January 1st. It’s a place for the Parrots to come together and share their wisdom, ask questions and have some pirating good fun. Be sure to stop in, sign up for the monthly contest, and stay awhile. There are always new topics and new Parrots to squawk with.
We love to share our Parrots’ ‘n Pirates’ GOOD NEWS on our Good News page, such as:
Laurie Ryan won 1st Turning Point’s January forum contest. Laurie won a CD from January’s guest artist, Fiddlehead; a $5 giftcard to Starbucks; and an article slot for May on 1st Turning Point. Keep an eye out for her article in a few months. Congratulations, Laurie, and thanks for entering the contest! See you in the forum.
Deborah Schneider took part in two big events: a St. Valentine’s Day Victorian Tea at the Bellevue Library, along with Megan Chance and Anthea Lawson, and the Romance Author Mash-Up at Parkplace Books in Kirkland, with Megan Chance, Rebecca J. Clark, Anthea Lawson and Shelli Stevens.
We’ve rounded up some new Crew members over the last several months, including Norman W. Wilson, Ph.D as Forum Moderator, and Diana Coyle for Website Reviews. Christina Arbini joined the ranks as a columnist, and Kris Tualla has been impressed into service –er, has signed on as well. We’re delighted to have them aboard! You’ll be seeing lots more of them in the coming months.
There are now a whopping 35 of us on ship, not counting frequent guests who swing by to share tales of their promotion and marketing adventures. If you’d like to come by and have one of your articles published, check out our Article Submission Guidelines page for instructions. We love new faces! We’re well over 1000 Parrots strong now, so if you’re not a Parrot yet, stick a feather in yer cap and fly on over. This is the best place to roost in all the seas!
Guess what? 1st Turning Point is looking into offering online classes! The first class is planned for May. Be one of the first to help us launch this new part of life aboard ship.
How to Build Your Platform
Location: 1st Turning Point Forum
This interactive workshop is FREE! Attendees will be chosen through a drawing, to be announced soon, so keep watch! To enter your name in the drawing, send an email to crowsnest@1stTurningPoint.com with PLATFORM CLASS as the subject. It is designed for those who are serious about building their platforms. This class involves one-on-one interaction, and each attendee should leave with a plan to help themselves along the journey to publishing success. Class size limited to 12. Stay tuned for more details.
Are you into podcasts? Meet the Parrots, hosted by Jacquie Rogers, is an hour-long, once a month round-table discussion on topics related to promotion and marketing for authors, musicians, and artists, by those who’ve learned from experience. Our latest podcasts:
(January 20, 2010)
(February 17, 2010)
And that’s not all. What else have we been up to? Check out the treasure chest for a listing of all the fabulous articles we’ve published, and see below for the ones posted since December:
- The Google Book Settlement by Rowena Cherry
- How To Conduct An Effective Author Chat by Jacquie Rogers
- The Care and Feeding of a Book Video by Misty Taggart
- Trailer Gaffes and Greats by Kim McDougall
- Blog and Then Blog Some More—Maybe by Norman W. Wilson
- Being “In Between” Contracts: Making the Most of that Dreaded Condition by Judith Laik
- Author Beware!—The Sequel by Deborah Schneider
- Having a Web Site: How Much Should It Cost? by Michelle McGinnis
- 2010: Forming Promotion/Marketing Goals by Joleen Wieser James
- Google Alerts by Mike Flynn & Eilis Flynn
- Launching a Book: My Take by Carrie Lofty
- Worst Mistakes Authors Make by Rowena Cherry
- Author Beware! by Deborah Schneider
- Flogging Myself Over My Blog-Slogging by Jim Thomsen
- Promotion for Introverts by Susan Lyons
- Where In the World Is My Favorite Author? by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
- Happy Sailing in 2010! by the 1st Turning Point Crew
- The World’s Cheapest Promo by Lisa Hendrix
- Social Networks: Spotlight on Gather by Gina Robinson
- From All Angles by Sarah Simas
- The Perfect Excerpt by Celia Yeary
- Marketing for Newbies by Margie Church
Reviews (Books, Book Videos & now Websites!)
- Hurricane Mercedes: Fortune Cookie Magic
- Hurricane Mercedes: Sam Cheever Website Review
- Kim’s Spyglass—Bonded By Need
- Andrea’s Charted Course: WindLegendsTM Website Review
- Andrea’s Charted Course: Fire Season
- Kim’s Spyglass—Second Chance
- Andrea’s Charted Course: When Coal Was King
- Kim’s Spyglass—A Different Kind of Hero
- Hurricane Mercedes Watch: Call Me Kate
- Coming Soon—Website Reviews! by Jacquie Rogers
- Kim’s Spyglass-A Village Shattered
- Rick’s Radar—Diary of Murder by Jean Henry Mead
- Kim’s Spyglass—Rose of the Adriatic by K.M. Daughters
- Seize The Book: THE MARSHALL PLAN® NOVEL WRITING SOFTWARE by Evan Marshall and Martha Jewett
- Hurricane Mercedes Watch: Tsunami Blue
- Contests, Pro and Con by Eilis Flynn
- Is Your Sex Life In Danger? by John Foxjohn
- Marketing For The New Author: Keeping Track of What Works by Ari Thatcher
- What’s Your Blog Point of View by Shannon McKelden
- Twittering, Blogging and Facebook OMG by Kris Tualla
- Beginning The Website Part 2 of 6 by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
- Perseverance by Joanna Aislinn
- To Sign or Not to Sign? by Gerri Russell
- Authonomy is Great Way to Stay UP while Struggling Toward Publication by Robert W. Walker
- Fiddling With the Muse—An Interview with Musician Anthea Lawson of Fiddlehead Celtic Band by Chassily Wakefield
- Damage Control for Authors by L.S. Cauldwell
- How To Market Your Novel To Hollywood by John Klawitter
- Everything Says Something by Theresa Meyers
- Industry Compass: Evan Marshall & Martha Jewett Interview by Amber Scott
- What’s Your Niche? by Kim McDougall
- The Little Things by John Foxjohn
- Building Name Recognition Through Volunteering by Judith Laik
- Mind Your Manners by Shelli Stevens
- Promotion Strategies to Impress Your Publisher by Susanna Carr
- Promotion for the Pre-Published Author by Christina Arbini
- The Book Has Been Accepted. Now What? by Michael Charton
- Blog Me To Death by Sharon Lathan
- How to Publicize Small Town Book Signings by Chester Campbell
- Ten Considerations When Planning a Book Launch Party by Erin Quinn
- Another Avenue of Self-promotion: Workshop Presentation by Anthea Lawson
1st Turning Point has a new plug-in at the end of the articles, making it easier than ever to Tweet, Facebook and otherwise share article info with your friends and fellow writers. Feel free to help us get the word out!
Looking for more Pirate fun? On Facebook? Join our 1st Turning Point crew there, if you haven’t already. You can also follow us on MySpace, Ning, Twitter, LinkedIn and shop Zazzle or CafePress, where you can find the latest Parrot Gear.
Remember, whether you write novels, short stories, lyrics, or poetry, we’re here for you, and artists in all media, too. Come on board and take a look around, read some of the helpful articles, see what online and live classes/workshops are coming your way soon, check out the beneficial list of resources, and share some of your own experiences and wisdom with others via comments and the new Forum.
We have big plans for 2010! Cap’n Jacquie reminds us: “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” (American poet T.S. Eliot, 1888-1965) Come visit and find out just how far you can go. See you there!
Bio: Chassily Wakefield holds a degree in Creative Writing/English Literature from the University of California at Riverside. She writes Mythic Romantic Fantasy and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three kids and three crazy kittens. She loves being 1st Turning Point’s Cabin Girl, volunteering as Membership Chair for GSRWA, and staying active in the many writing groups in which she is a member, including PNWA, RWA National, OlyRWA, and several online chapters.
*This article first appeared in the Emerald City Romantic Quarterly Newsletter, the official newsletter of the Greater Seattle chapter of RWA and is reposted here with permission.