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Please Forward a Copy of Your Media Kit

If you’ve never been asked for a media or press kit, don’t worry, your time will come. And if you don’t have a kit, I suggest you create one . . . quickly. What is a media kit and why do you need one?

A media kit, also known as a press kit, is a compilation of sorts that tells people most of what they need to know about you. Imagine you’re a movie star. You want to audition for the role of a lifetime, and before you’re even allowed through the door, the casting agent asks you for your media kit. Can you imagine what the agent’s response might be if you told him or her you didn’t have one? More than likely, you’d probably hear, “Don’t call us; we’ll call you.” Or you might hear that dreadful four-letter word: “Next!”

Now, back to reality. We’re writers. Imagine you’re at a conference, and you’re introduced to the director of an organization as a great resource and speaker on a particular topic. The director is interested in having you speak at next year’s conference and instructs you to forward a copy of your media kit. Even if you don’t have one—there’s no reason you shouldn’t after reading this article—never say that you don’t have one. Advise them that you will get one to them as soon as you can. A side note: “as soon as you can” does not mean immediately. It means exactly what it implies, as soon as you can. This gives you time to create one or hire a professional to do it.

Where do you start? Below I’ve listed some of the simple components that every media kit should contain. Anything else is extra, but make sure […]

Please Forward a Copy of Your Media Kit

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NaNoWriMo Update 10-31-13

It’s NaNoWrimo Time!

What’s all the hoopla about? And, what is NaNoWriMo anyway? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and every year, from November 1st – November 30th, writers from all over the world challenge themselves to write a novel, or at least 50,000 words. The event is really big deal!

Globally, writers task themselves to write at least 1667 words per day, for thirty days, in the hopes of completing an entire novel. Anyone can be a part of NaNoWriMo, but I’m here to tell you, it’s not for the faint at heart. To learn the back history of National Writing Novel Month, please visit their website at www.nanowrimo.org.

I have been a NaNoWriMo participant since 2006 and didn’t “finish” my first novel until 2012. When I say finish, I mean make it to 50,000 words. This year, I am challenging myself to write two, yes you heard me correctly, two novels.  Because the site will only allow you to have one novel per profile, I have created two NaNoWriMo profiles. I really hope that is okay NaNo folks.

For my “ymjauthor” profile, I am writing a novel titled “The Krazies.” This novel was inspired by my kooky neighbors and of course my over-active imagination. I have not decided if I am going to make this a stand-alone title or make it a part of a series or trilogy.

My second profile is “thatliterarylady” and for this profile, I am writing a book called “3737 Grim Avenue.” This is the second book in the Tommie Lane Christian Thriller Series. In this title, Detective Tommie Lane joins her girlfriends in beautiful San Diego for a girl’s weekend. In comes a new character that Tommie soon finds, has a Greensboro connection—and […]