Writing Brings Healing to the Soul – Free Ebook of Tips

By Lisa Saunders, Special Guest Writer

lisa saunders daughter Writing Brings Healing to the Soul   Free Ebook of Tips

Lisa and her daughter

The moment I gave birth to my daughter Elizabeth in December of 1989, I felt a stab of fear—her head was so small, so deformed. Within 12 hours, I was told she had been profoundly disabled by congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus). The neonatologist said, “If she lives, she will never roll over, sit up, or feed herself.”

He was right.

Writing (and Scripture) was how I dealt with my initial shock and grief–organizing my thoughts of despair by getting them down on paper stopped them from endlessly swirling around and overwhelming me. Getting my revelations and stories inspired by Elizabeth published made me feel less alone as I connected with others. Sharing my story with others not only healed my own soul, but according to the letters I received from readers, my candid thoughts were also bringing some healing to them. Eventually, even my sense of humor returned and I found that I was able to start writing about other things.

Many writers have asked me, “How can I get my story published?” In order to share what has (and has not) worked for me, I’ve written a FREE e-book, “How to Publish and Promote Your Work,” to help others find the same satisfaction I felt when publicly sharing my thoughts. To download it visit the web site post, Free “How to Get Published” E-Booklet and click on the “Get Published” button.

When trying to get a non-fiction book published, it is required to submit a book proposal. The publisher for my recently released book, “Anything But a Dog! The Perfect Pet for a Girl with Congenital CMV,” which is about a big, homeless dog’s devotion to my disabled daughter, gave their permission for me to include my book proposal in my free e-book. Readers can use it as a guide for their own proposals.

Share your soul!
Lisa Saunders

Note from Lisa Copen of You Can Sell More Books: I had the opportunity to read this ebook and it’s a gem. Lisa writes it from the heart, but also provides some special stories and examples that will help you piece together your own story for a book, an article or more. It’s a wonderful tool I recommend.

 Writing Brings Healing to the Soul   Free Ebook of Tips

URL Tips for Writers and Authors

Here’s a tip for every person who owns a web site, especially authors and writes. Never use a hyphen in your URL (that’s the www._____.com) unless it’s strictly   used as “secondary site” to point search engines to and not used in any of your   publicity materials. If your name is already taken add on a phrase or name such  as www.greatbooksbymyfirstnamelastname.com.

In my magazine, HopeKeepers, we featured an article and at the end of the article gave the author’s bio and web site. Unfortunately, her web site was www.myfirstname-mylastname.com.

When the paragraph was justified, unfortunately her bio appeared to say:

Visit her web site at www.myfirstname
  mylastname.com for updated readings.

Now… the hyphen was actually in the correct place, but a reader believed the hyphen was there because of the page break (makes sense, someone on my staff should have caught that!) and she typed in the URL www.myfirstnamemylastname.com  and bought one of the books from the web page, believing it to be Christian material. Needless to say, this was not our writer’s web site.

I received an email from the reader, who visited the author’s web site believing
it to be Christian material, bought the book and started reading. She was then
appalled that the woman who “supposedly had written for our Christian audience
had written a filthy, nearly-pornographic book.” Thankfully, I discovered the
error, but I wondered about the many times this must happen when people use a
hyphen in their name and it’s forgotten by the time people get to their computer.

Another reason is that as an editor and someone who is looking for authors who may be interested in being chat guests for our web site community, it’s easier for me to locate you. When
I type in your name to a search engine I am going to get nearly ever place online that sells your book. The first place I always try to locate an author is by typing
his or her name into the URL.

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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

Why do I Need More Than One Web Site?

They call it “concentration” but it’s the addictive little game I play with my son where you turn 2 cards over and try to match. Check out the computer version over at LinkTiles where our button “You Can Sell More Books” was chosen as one of the Tiles today!

LinkTiles is a catchy little site where you are able to create a “tile” (a little square) that represents whatever you want to be promoting and then it links to ALL of your web sites. If you just have one site, you may soon have more. I would have laughed had I heard that a few years ago, but I have about 12 web sites hosted and about 5 other networks like Ning and MySpace.  This one is a blog, and it’s my entire site so far.

 Others are more extensive like Rest Ministries, which also has Rest Ministries Publishers, HopeKeepers Magazine, National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week and soon-to-be Hope Endures Podcast. Each of these have their very own web site design and are individual sites.

Why so many? As you are marketing you will find that your niche area can be broken down into even smaller niche areas, and then you are able to target those keywords for that individual site, hence, more people will be able to find you on the world wide web.

You should also purchase the URL (the www.___________) for your book titles. If the name is already taken just use MyBooksNameBOOK.com. You may have noticed that movies often do this; when the URL is taken they just buy one and put “movie.com” at the end of it.

This gives you the chance to increase people being able to find the book (and you, the author, for those guest appearances!) but also is an easy way to give your web site on the radio. When I’ve done radio shows talking about my book, Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend, the host will say, “Where can people find that on your web site, Lisa?” and I say, “Beyondcasseroles.com” and the host says, “Oh! Wow! Great!”

(Remember the other golden rule to always make other people’s lives easier! That’s a few phone calls the radio station won’t have to take because people driving around will actually remember the URL. If it had been www.restministries.org/comfortzone/item3.htm they would not have remembered that and I would have felt pretty silly giving that URL.)

But what happens when your web sites start to multiply and you don’t know exactly where to send people? That’s where LinkTiles can come in handy. Check it out and see if it’s for you. So far, I’ve not used it extensively, like putting it in my email signatures and all of that. But today’s exposure alone being featured in the Concentration Game was worth the 15 minutes it took for me to set up the page.

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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

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