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May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | Tags: Alan Zendell, BlogTalk Radio, books, Cindy Young-Turner, ebooks, Interview, marketing, publishing, social networking, Toby Devens | by alanpzendell | Leave a comment
I’m finally getting the hang of this. After a solo stint in January on Giovanni Gelati’s interview show, I had a brilliant idea for how to improve the encore: invite a charming, talented female author to join me next time. That bill was admirably filled by Cindy Young-Turner in February. We did a third interview today, and this time I really found the right formula — two charming, talented female authors.
Toby Devens joined us today, and I mostly got to sit back and listen while Cindy and Toby engaged in a spirited discussion of the perils of publishing in today’s profit-driven environment http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2012/05/02/alan-zendell-cindy-young-turner-return-to-the-show. To be honest, there were a couple of other guests, a sweet golden retriever who kept wandering over to offer encouragement and support, and the largest, ugliest bumble bee any of us had ever seen. Toby and Cindy never missed a beat when the uninvited guest buzzed into the room.
Have a listen, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the hour passed.
Fair warning — there will be a fourth interview in June after Balticon. This time we’re going to recruit Amy Kaplan as our special guest. Put it on your calendar, Amy. We’ll be expecting you.
I recently received an invitation to advertise my books on Bloggerdise, a new website with a unique approach to publicizing and marketing. Anyone with a book (or any other product) to sell is invited to design and post a free advertisement on the site for each product or book. The site is very easy to use, and the staff provide fast and effective assistance on request. Posted ads are part of a database of businesses (e.g., authors) that is instantly available to review and marketing bloggers. The latter visit the site looking for things to display on their blogs.
In my opinion, the concept is brilliant. It makes full use of the World Wide Web at little or no
cost to anyone. As the site’s popularity grows, the potential exposure is limitless.
How effective is it? Time will tell, but I received a request to do an international blog tour the day after I posted an ad for “Wednesday’s Child.”