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  • Website Design & Online Publicity
  • Book Publicity & Marketing

  • Media & Presentation Training

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  • Book Festivals - U.S.


  • GENERAL INFORMATION

    New Author Timeline by Brian Malloy

    Author Behavior Guide by Bella Stander. The lowdown on what -- and what not! -- to do and wear, based on painful experience and personal observation.

    Book Marketing Budgeting The blunt bottom line from MarketAbility. Essential reading!

    Event Planning Guide for Booksellers by children's author Dianne Ochiltree. Good for authors too.

    40+ Ways to Make Your Next Book Signing an EVENT!! by Larry James.

    Marcela Landres Aimed at Latino writers, but the information and inspiration offered apply to almost everyone. "Latinidad" newsletter features timely information about workshops, writing contests, awards, and fellowships.

    Publishers Marketplace Great info on publishing business. Register for free daily news email, Publishers Lunch.

    Writing-World Wide variety of resources and pragmatic advice for writers.

    Ten Essential Tips for Successful Interviews by Media Mentor Steve Bennett.

    Google's Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide, a compact guide to improving website crawlability and indexing.

    How to Write Good Timeless advice from the immortal Michael O'Donoghue.

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    LITERARY NETWORKS

    Backspace: The Writer's Place Information, articles and discussion forums for writers.

    Goodreads offers networking for book lovers & their favorite authors.

    Jacket Flap Resource and social networking web site for people in the children's book industry.

    Library Thing Catalog your books and discuss them with like-minded readers.

    Red Room connects writers and readers.

    Shelfari Social network for people who love books.

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    RECOMMENDED BOOKS

    THE SAVVY AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO BOOK PUBLICITY: A Comprehensive Resource -- From Building the Buzz to Pitching the Press by Lissa Warren (Carroll & Graf)

    PUBLICIZE YOUR BOOK! An Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book the Attention It Deserves by Jacqueline Deval (Perigee/Putnam)

    NAKED AT THE PODIUM: The Writer's Guide to Successful Readings by Peter V.T. Kahle & Melanie Workhoven (74th Street Productions). How to use drama as a tool to give dynamic readings anywhere.

    ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR EVERYDAY LIFE: Experience the Power and Pleasure of Being Your Very Best in Any Situation by Jane Marla Robbins

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    WEBSITE DESIGN & ONLINE PUBLICITY/MARKETING

    Anne Gerdes Web Design offers reasonably priced professional Web design and Internet marketing.

    Austin DesignWorks offers professional & affordable web design and hosting services.

    AuthorBuzz is an online marketing service that puts authors directly in touch with readers, reading groups, booksellers and librarians.

    AuthorBytes creates author websites, multimedia trailers and podcasts, and does online book promotion.

    Authors on the Web offers website design and internet publicity/marketing for authors and publishers.

    Denise Biondo Studio Web design & animation.

    Cuberis specializes in logo, print & web design.

    Tom Edgar has been building dynamic, database-driven websites since 1997.

    era404 provides design, development & marketing services.

    FSB Associates Website design, internet book & author publicity.

    Sara Gillingham is an award-winning art director and designer who provides services to the children's publishing and gift industry.

    Glass Slipper Web Design specializes in website design, banner ads, book videos and website logo design.

    Ink2Art Artistic website design.

    JonasWeb offers web design & hosting; services to retool, update or maintain existing websites.

    Likoma Website design by Bradley Charbonneau.

    Lincoln Flood Studio Animation, websites, video & multimedia.

    Miss Mary K. "Purveyor of fine websites."

    Nodebud Authors offers creatively crafted websites for the literary world.

    SRA Design Studios focuses on creating aesthetic and engaging design elements to create a positive web identity.

    Winding Oak Literary services, web design and booking agency for children's authors and illustrators.

    Wolfe Star Design Website design, branding & logos, print design & illustration.

    Xuni Author Website Management. Beautiful & functional sites by designer extraordinaire Heidi Mack.

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    BOOK PUBLICITY & MARKETING

    The Barrett Company specializes in entertainment/celebrity, travel & business books. Provides a range of services, including media escorts in Southern California. Offices in Los Angeles & New York.

    Biggs Publicity SF Bay area, specializes in general interest lifestyle and personal growth books.

    BreakThrough Promotions/PJ Nunn & Assocs. (TX)

    Fortier Public Relations (NY) specializes in the promotion of business authors and thinkers.

    Goldberg McDuffie Communications (NY, CA) is a public relations firm for publishers, authors and books.

    GT/PR (DC) Former PublicAffairs VP Gene Taft works on a wide range of books on politics, current events, history, biography, sports, music, film, and television.

    Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity offers personalized, tailored campaigns for books, authors, publishers and literary organizations.

    Peter Handel: Publicity for Books & Authors (SF Bay area) offers national publicity and promotion with particular emphasis on the West Coast book market.

    Hilsinger-Mendelson PR & Marketing (NY & CA) is a literary public relations firm.

    Milton Kahn Associates (CA) Veteran entertainment PR specialist now works with publishers and authors.

    Kim-from-L.A. Literary & Media Services (CA) offers book publicity services and media training.

    KSB Promotions (MI) handles non-fiction books with a focus on general lifestyle topics, including travel, food and nutrition, parenting, consumer health, etc.; and select children's books.

    Gail Leondar Public Relations (MA) introduces progressive authors to thoughtful, well-informed media people and their audiences across the country.

    Scott Manning & Associates (NY & NH) creates and implements public relations campaigns for a wide variety of high-profile authors and products.

    MAX Communications (GA) promotes authors and books, with a specialty in children's books.

    McAllister PR (NY & London) specializes in media relations and brand promotion campaigns for authors in the US & UK.

    Media Masters Publicity (NC, MA & NY) Full-service literary publicity agency specializing in children's and young adult books, and adult non-fiction.

    Monteiro & Co., Inc. (NY) helps nonfiction authors get heard in a busy world.

    Meryl Moss Media Relations (NY area) conceives and implements targeted creative publicity and marketing campaigns.

    Newman Communications (MA). Affordable publicity for literary clients.

    Obie Joe Media (MD) specializes in publicity for creative nonfiction, photography and urban affairs titles. Services include media bookings, targeted audience appearances, search engine optimization, web sites and database development.

    Oettinger & Associates, Inc. (DC area) specializes in military and public policy books and films.

    Open Book Publicity (SF Bay Area & Boston) specializes in creating campaigns tailored to each book and author, and designed to generate extensive media coverage and word-of-mouth.

    Raab Associates (NY) Marketing consulting and publicity for children's and parenting books, and children's specialty products.

    Shreve Williams Public Relations (NY & DC) specializes in strategic media campaigns for books, publishers, and authors.

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    MEDIA & PRESENTATION TRAINING

    CommCore Consulting Group (DC & NY) provides communications counsel to authors, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

    Kim-from-L.A. Literary & Media Services (CA) offers book publicity and media training.

    The Newman Group (NY) trains clients around the globe.

    The Winnick Group (CT & NY) does media coaching in person and over the phone.

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    SPEAKERS AGENTS

    Authors Unlimited, New York

    Greater Talent Network, New York.

    The Lecture Bureau, Cambridge, MA.

    Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau, Boston, MA.

    Speakers Home Exclusive, CT. Established by public relations firm Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.

    Speakers-Network, Columbus, OH. Headed by Karen Kendig.

    Washington Speakers Bureau, Washington, DC.

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    U.S. BOOK FESTIVALS

    Alabama Book Festival

    Alabama Bound

    Alaska Book Festival

    Amelia Island Book Festival (FL)

    Ann Arbor Book Festival (MI)

    Arkansas Literary Festival

    Baltimore Book Festival (MD)

    Bethesda Literary Festival (MD)

    Bangor Book Festival (ME)

    Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival (OH)

    Books in Bloom (AR)

    Border Book Festival (NM)

    Boston Book Festival (MA)

    Brattleboro Literary Festival (VT)

    Brooklyn Book Festival (NY)

    Buckeye Book Fair (OH)

    Carolina Mountains Literary Festival (NC)

    The Celebration of Books (OK)

    Central Coast Book & Author Festival (CA)

    Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest (IL)

    Children's Book Festival (MS)

    Children's Literature Festival (MO)

    Connecticut Children's Book Fair

    Dahlonega Literary Festival & Writer's Conference (GA)

    Decatur Book Festival (IA)

    Delaware Book Festival

    Dodge Poetry Festival (NJ)

    Fall for the Book (VA)

    Festival of Reading (FL)

    Georgia Literary Festival

    Get Lit! (WA)

    Great Smoky Mountains Book Fair (NC)

    Harlem Book Fair (NY)

    Hawaii Book & Music Festival

    Hispanic/Latino Book Fair of New York

    Kansas City Literary Festival (MO)

    Keene State College Children's Literature Festival (NH)

    Kentucky Book Fair

    Key West Literary Seminar (FL)

    Latino Book & Family Festival (various locations)

    Lex Allen Literary Festival, Hollins University (VA)

    Literary Feast (FL)

    Literary Orange (CA)

    Litquake (CA)

    Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (CA)

    Louisiana Book Festival

    Maine Literary Festival

    Maine Festival of the Book

    Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival (MA)

    Miami Book Fair International (FL)

    Montana Festival of the Book

    Much Ado About Books (FL)

    Multicultural Children's Book Festival (DC)

    Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (MS)

    National Book Festival (DC)

    National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (NV)

    Nebraska Book Festival

    Newburyport Literary Festival (MA)

    North Carolina Literary Festival (NC)

    Northern Arizona Book Festival

    Novello Festival of Reading (NC)

    Ohio River Festival of Books (WV)

    (downtown) Omaha Lit Fest (NE)

    Orange County Children's Book Festival (CA)

    Oxford Conference for the Book (MS)

    Philadelphia Book Festival (PA)

    Portland Wordstock (OR)

    Reading Rumpus / Maine Children's Book Festival

    Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors

    River City Reading Festival (KS)

    Rochester Children's Book Festival (NY)

    Savannah Book Festival (GA)

    Sonoma County Book Festival (CA)

    South Carolina Book Festival

    South Dakota Festival of Books

    Southern Festival of Books (TN)

    Southern Kentucky Book Fest

    Southwest Florida Reading Festival

    Spring Literary Festival (OH)

    St. Louis Storytelling Festival (MO)

    St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading (FL)

    Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (LA)

    Texas Book Festival

    Tucson Festival of Books (AZ)

    Twin Cities Book Festival (MN)

    Utah Humanities Book Festival

    Vegas Valley Book Festival (NV)

    Virginia Festival of the Book

    West Hollywood Book Fair (CA)

    West Texas Book & Music Festival

    West Virginia Book Festival

    Wisconsin Book Festival

    Woodstock Writers Festival (NY)

    Wyoming Book Festival

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