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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Giving Your Contact Info on Radio Talk Shows

Bryan Farrish, Guest Author

Rounding out a good interview, is the making sure that listeners can find you. The number of sales you make from your interview is going to be directly proportional to the number of times you give out your contact info on the air. And sales is why you are doing interviews in the first place, so make every attempt possible to announce your contact info. Here are some ways to do it.

First, when scheduling your interview (or when you call in, just before you go on,) ask the host or the producer if it’s OK for you to refer to your site or 800 number, especially if you have some free info to give to callers. Matter of fact, that’s why you create free info… so you have a reason to give out your contact info to get it.

RadioTalkShowsBefore the interview, mail a stickie-note or some other easily kept note to the secretary, and on it put your contact info. She’ll need it during and after your interview.

During your interview, every five minutes or so, somehow work your way away around to saying “and if you’d like the free info I was speaking of, you can call 800-123-4567 or e-mail me bob@aol.com”. The first time you announce it during the interview, don’t sound like you knew you would be able to do it… instead, ask out loud if it’s OK.

Every thing else is done after your interview. First, the day after the interview, call the secretary to say thanks for the help, and then ask to be put through to the producer/host so you can thank them too. Then, if pertinent, ask the host/producer if they would like a quantity of your products (i.e., books) to give away during the subsequent days after your interview.

If they want them, get the product delivered immediately so the giveaways can be done while the audience remembers you. Of course, you could have done this ahead of time if you felt that the producer/host would really want to do it.

Mail a thank-you card to the secretary, and a separate one to the host/producer, and in the card include another stickie with your contact info. You could also include the cards (instead) with the give-away packs when you send them.

Next, talk with the station’s webmaster or program director to see if they can link their site to your site, in return for you linking to theirs (which you would have done anyway, in order to show people how much media coverage you have been getting.) Also, if they do a mass e-mail to their listener base, ask if they’ll put your link (and maybe your description too) in one of them.

Some other things you might do if the interview is local to you, is to volunteer to go to the station and answer their phones for them after your interview. You can either fill-in while the receptionist is out, or more likely, just take the calls from people who are calling about you anyway… this way, you get to talk to them yourself, and the station ends up looking like a real provider of service!

And in the spirit of connecting with listeners, you can also volunteer to appear at station remotes (maybe sitting at their table,) or at your own little table, answering questions from those who heard your interview. Don’t be offended if the station doesn’t want to do this though… they usually charge for these kinds of things.

Lastly, when you’ve done as much as you can after your interview, you might consider sending a station some specialty promotional items that have your name/topic printed on them. Things like pens and writing pads for the secretary, CD openers for the Program Director, and stickie-notes for the morning show hosts and producer.

BONUS Articles: FREE eBOOK Download: “How to Book Radio Shows & Be a Great Guest!”
5 Tips for Being a Great On-Air Guest
Preparing for Your First Interview as a Published Author
How to Be a Great Radio Guest!

bryanCopyright © 2014 – Bryan Farrish. Reprinted with permission. Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion is an independent radio interview promotion company. 818-905-8038 – www.Radio-Media.com.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Stuff You Need to Know About Copyrights

Filed under: Author Tips,Copyright — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Copyright laws are complex. If you want to copyright what you are writing, use this page as a helpful resource for all things copyright!

You will need the following information and forms before you send your book to the printer! Remember to allow plenty of time to receive and send back the required forms. Ideally, you will want to plan to begin this process while you are writing the book, otherwise there could be a gigantic time lag.

CopyrightCopyright Information ~ For NEW copyright fees (effective May 1, 2014) click here!

To get answers to specific questions about copyright, call the Copyright Public Information Office at: 202 707-9100 (Forms Hotline). Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery of forms.

Library of Congress
Copyright Office
Register of Copyrights
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20559-6000

The best idea would be to download the forms from http://www.copyright.gov/ — the site also includes information on filling out the forms, general copyright information and links to other websites related to copyright issues.

Larry’s NOTE: I am suggesting that you send for the copyright forms before you need them. Actual registered copyright can only be obtained after the book has been published. Complete instructions come with the form. Information obtained from the other contacts below will need to be published in your book.

Click here to read an excellent article on copyright infringement on the Web.

Here are some important things to know about copyright law, presented in “Writer’s Market 2000:”

Copyright protects your writing, unequivocally recognizes you (its creator) as its owner, and grants you all the rights, benefits and privileges that come with ownership. The moment you finish a piece of writing — whether it is a short story, article, novel or poem — the law recognizes that only you can decide how it is to be used.

Copyright law gives you the right to make and distribute copies of your written works, the right to prepare derivative works (dramatizations, translations, musical arrangements, etc. — any work based on the original) and the right to perform or publicly display your work. With very few exceptions, anything you write today will enjoy copyright protection for your lifetime plus 70 years. Copyright protects “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. Titles, ideas and facts can NOT be copyrighted.

Some people are under the mistaken impression that copyright is something they have to send away for, and that their writing is not properly protected until they have “received” their copyright from the government. The fact is, you don’t have to register your work with the Copyright Office in order for your work to be copyrighted; any piece of writing is copyrighted the moment it is put to paper.

RECOMMENDED: Registration of your work does, however, offer some additional protection (specifically, the possibility of recovering punitive damages in an infringement suit) as well as legal proof of the date of copyright.

Registration is a matter of filling out an application form (for writers, that’s generally Form TX) and sending the completed form, a nonreturnable copy of the work in question and a check for fee to the address above.

Larry’s NOTE: If you choose not to register your book with the copyright office, I recommend that you send a copy of your book or manuscript to yourself by registered mail and let it remain unopened in your file. This will add to your credibility as to when the work was completed in the event you are ever involved in an infringement suit.

More Copyright Info: The Copyright Website

Larry’s Note: I received a note from Ms. Brooke Pierce, a teacher, who often uses this page in her business classes. One of her students, Matty, found another interesting site that is a great addition to this page. It’s called, “The Copyright Information Guide.” Thanks, Matty.

Larry’s NOTE: I received a note from Ms. Kristen McNeill, a teacher, who often uses this page in her classes. One of her students, Ben, found another interesting site that is a great addition to this page. It’s called, “Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights.” Thanks, Ben.

10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained ~ Brad Templeton answers common myths about copyright seen on the Internet. This article also covers issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the U.S. ~ Great info about Copyright vs. Public Domain. A downloadable PDF Version is available.

ChillingEffects.org – Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. Lawyers from the law schools at Harvard, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, the University of San Francisco and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have collaborated on establishing a clearing house for copyright law.

One last thought: If you will be adding quotes to your book or reprinting articles on your Website or anywhere, always assume that any pre-existing work you’d like to use is copyrighted work and that it requires permission from the copyright owner to use or copy. More info about “fair use” here!

BONUS Articles: 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained
Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright
Copyright infringement Defined
Common Workplace Activities Can Cause Copyright Problems
So You’re Writing a Book, Eh? ~ More info authors should know about ISBN numbers, Library of Congress Numbers, etc.
5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating

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Copyright © 2014 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

commentSubscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Are Writers Ever Insecure? Nah!

Filed under: Author Articles,Author Tips,Guest Author Articles — Larry James @ 11:51 pm
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Rachelle Gardner, Guest Author

I frequently field phone calls from clients who are going through a rough patch in their frame of mind. It turns out being a contracted and published author doesn’t automatically fill you with self-confidence and unending affection for your own work. Who knew?

InsecureWriterThe reality is that the publishing journey is fraught with emotional land mines—dealing with the editorial process, reading your reviews, settling on just the right idea for that next book—that can make you feel insecure and like a fraud.

I can’t write! I have everyone fooled. I am an imposter. What made me think I could call myself a writer?

This, of course, is normal. If all goes well, you will have some moments of loving your work-in-progress and you’ll appreciate your newly published books when they land on your front porch in that UPS box. You’ll even continue to enjoy the process of writing. But you’ll probably also have moments when you’re sure that everything you’ve written is garbage and you’re terrified you’re going to be found out.

And it’s a good thing too. Because it’s that very insecurity that will drive you to keep growing, keep learning, be the best you can be.

Recently I read a quote from famous yoga teacher BKS Iyengar. He said, “The moment you say ‘I have got it,’ you have lost everything you had…The moment you say ‘I am satisfied with that,’ stagnation has come. That is the end of your learning; you have closed the windows of your intellect.”

erich-fromm-quote-about-insecurity-unknownmamiIf you can relate to his statement, then you know it makes sense to look at writing and publishing as a journey, and take from it what we can while we are in the middle of it. It’s part of our larger process of growing and developing as people; it is not a question of “arriving” but more a discipline of figuring out how to keep going.

Don’t worry about yourself when you’re feeling insecure or even hateful toward your writing. Accept it as part of your journey; ask yourself what it means, how it can spur you on. What is it driving you toward?

Let yourself feel satisfied at times, then go back to the natural state of the writer: insecure, frustrated, and driven.

It’s a great life, isn’t it?

RachelleGardnerCopyright © 2014 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent. Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books and Such Literary Agency, representing both fiction and non-fiction. She’s looking for mainstream commercial projects for both the Christian and general markets. In non-fiction and memoirs, she looks for authors with established platforms, strong marketing hooks and an understanding of how to use social media. Non-fiction authors must have a book proposal and three sample chapters to be considered. She’s also seeking all kinds of fiction, and authors must have a completed manuscript to be considered.

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Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

14 Punctuation Marks

Filed under: Author Tips,Punctuation,Speaker Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am

Punctuation is “the use of spacing, conventional signs, and certain typographical devices as aids to the understanding and correct reading, both silently and aloud, of handwritten and printed texts.”

PunctuationMarksI know. This is basic stuff, but it doesn’t hurt to get an update every once in a while. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

Since proper punctuation is an essential part of successful communication, remembering basic punctuation rules will make it easier for you to write clearly and effectively.

Read, “What Are the Fourteen Punctuation Marks in English Grammar?” @ http://Grammar.YourDictionary.com/punctuation/what/Fourteen-Punctuation-Marks.html

GrammarHere are the fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar:

1. Period,
2. Comma – Often overused!
3. Colon,
4. Semicolon,
5. Dash,
6. Hyphen,
7. Apostrophe,
8. Question mark – Often overused! Right?
9. Exclamation point – Often overused!
10. Quotation mark,
11. Brackets,
12. Parenthesis,
13. Braces,
14. Ellipses – Often overused!

BONUS Article: 14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed
15 Punctuation Marks

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Copyright © 2014 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

commentSubscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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