Scribblers’ Retreat Writers’ Conference Agenda

Scribblers’ Retreat Writers’ Conference Agenda

August 13-16, 2009 “SciFi, Fantasy, Mystery, Inspirational- This World and Beyond”
Linda Armstrong, Charlotte Babb, Maggie Carter-de Vries, Nina Munteanu, Tom Dent/Andy Lamon, Jaclyn Weldon-White, Dr. Thom Brucie, Daniel Black, Victor DiGenti, Jack McDevitt, (Entertainment-Harpist Barbara Anderson)

November 12-15, 2009 “Novels, Short Stories, Etc.” Chris Rumble, Lois Ruby, Len d’Eon, Cornelia Bailey, Rich Krevolin, Julie Grimm, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Patricia Patterson, Pro. Tom Williams, Gary Ferguson (Entertainment-The Youth Symphony Trio)

Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference
“Where “can’t” is not in our vocabulary.”

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Review of Summertime by Kim Smith

Title: Summertime
Author: Lynn McMonigal

Reviewed by Kim Smith, author of A WILL TO LOVE, Red Rose Publishing, 2009

Neither Joey nor Laura expected to find love on a strip of beach that summer, but they did. And from that love came many great things, including Laura’s dedicating her life to Christ, and the birth of their love child. A child that Joey would not learn about for ten years, and a decision not to tell the child about her father until a fateful day ten years into her life.

Lynn McMonigal has hit a home run with this inspirational romance filled with thoughtful situations and godly solutions. Her masterful handling of premarital relations and the sometimes difficult decisions that have to be faced, sometimes alone, are supreme.

Summertime, is a wonderfully uplifting story of love found, love lost, and how faith can see us through all things.
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Interview with Hope Clark of Funds For Writers

What is FundsforWriters?
FundsforWriters, originated and edited by C. Hope Clark, is a family of newsletters, a library of ebooks, a blog and a website all about finding money as a writer - grants, contests, markets, publishers/agents and jobs. FFW is nine years old and now reaches 23,000 readers. We've been recognized by Writer's Digest in its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the last nine years.

What services do you offer?
FFW offers four newsletters, ebooks, and consulting services, not to mention all the information on the website about grants, contests, markets and articles from guests. We have become the grant specialist for writers, educating them about retreats, conferences, fellowships and grants that might help their careers. At the same time, we try to dispel the myths that someone can start writing and find a grant to quit the day job. Those just don't exist. So we do an education effort as well as provide resources. Hope's consult services involve anything from career counseling to finding markets to writing resumes.

You offer several newsletters. Please tell us a bit about each.
FundsforWriters is the original parent publication. It provides about a dozen combination of grants, contests, markets and jobs and is delivered weekly. It's free. The listings usually pay 20 cents/word or $350 or more.

FFW Small Markets is the second more popular newsletters. It's the same as FundsforWriters except the listings pay under the threshold of the above newsletter. Small paying opportunities. It's weekly and free,

WritingKid provides contests and markets for writing children from elementary to college age. This one is often used by parents, grandparents and teachers, so it's 2200 membership is probably triple or quadruple that in reality. It's biweekly and free.

TOTAL FundsforWriters is biweekly and is the only paid subscription. For $12/year, writers receive issues every other week, containing 75 or more grants, contests, etc. It's huge.

One of your specialities is grants. Any tips for writers wanting to apply for one?
Research the grant as you would a publisher, agent or magazine market. Grants have missions and goals, just like any publication. Make sure what you do matches what they offer. Each grant is different in vision, amount, qualifications and use. There isn't one way to apply just like there isn't one way to apply for a freelance market. Grants are available at the local level through cities and arts councils and community foundations. They are also found at the state level at arts or humanities commissions. Nonprofits offer grants, and you can partner with a nonprofit to apply for a grant. Grants are available through arts commissions to make school presentations and pay you for your services. Grants to attend retreats are popular yet frequently overlooked. Some writers attend several retreats on grants. The key is the writing project and your career plans, though, not necessarily your need. I'm often asked how someone can get a quick grant to save their home, to quit work, to pay a bill. The emergency grants for such purposes are posted all the time at the website at , but otherwise, grants vary, and you need to study grant guidelines to find a fit.

Where can people find out more about you and Funds For Writers?
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Interview with Debra Shiveley Welch

A Very Special Child was your first book, for which you were given the Faith Writer's Gold Seal of Approval - Outstanding Read for my children's book which addresses adoption in a spiritual way. How did this praise effect your future writing?
It encouraged me to go on.
When I received the award, I knew that my work was good and appreciated. I can’t begin to explain how I felt. Yes, I can! Like I’d won an Oscar!
This also encouraged me to go beyond my comfort zone. Obviously, I could write…I was good. It was very liberating.

Tell us a bit about you latest book?
Son of My Soul – The Adoption of Christopher is a memoir written to my son. It begins with the prophecy of my birth and chronicles my life from childhood to the adoption and raising of my son.
Although this is an important part of the book, especially as a legacy for my son, as I got further and further into the work, I realized that I was really writing about breaking the circle of child abuse. It is an important message and one that I hope will help many who are veterans of child abuse.

Your son is also a writer. How do you help support each other?
Chris reads my work and I read and edit his. He is a great supporter of mine, and of course, you know I’m a proud Mama.
Chris is such a great kid. He’ll go over my latest work and tell me how much he likes it. He also asks pertinent questions, which sometimes help me figure out a snag I’ve run in to.
We work very well together. We have a lot of fun and great respect for each other.

You've been plagiarised in the past. How did you find out and do you have any tips for helping to prevent plagiarism?

I use Google Alerts
I have written an article on detecting and protecting your work here:

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

My web site is at

Anything else you'd like to add?
Although I’ve been published since my early twenties, my first book was published at age 52, so don’t give up! Keep working, keep plugging away and you can make it happen.
Don’t go into this profession, however, thinking that you will make a lot of money. Most of us don’t. Write because you need to and have something to say.
I’d like to plug my current project, if I may. I’m working on Cedar Woman, a romance novel about a woman of the Lakota Sioux tribe who opens the first Native American restaurant in Central Ohio. There are a lot of traditions and ceremonies of the Lakota, all authentic, as well as much of the Lakota Plains language.
I’m very excited about this work and am having a great time. My sister, Julie Spotted Eagle Horse, is a consultant on the book, assuring the genuineness of my representation of the Lakota culture and language.
Chris, my son, and I are working on a cookbook together. Chris wants to be a chef and a musician. At age 16, he is already a good cook.
We’re having a great time inventing and recreating family recipes. I love working with my son.
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Review: the stories of Devil-Girl by Anya Achtenberg

Title: The Stories of Devil-Girl
Authors: Anya Achtenberg
Publisher: Modern History Press
ISBN: 978-1-932690-62-0
Cost: $ 16.95

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell for The Weekly Book Review

The Stories of Devil-girl tells of a young girls fight to survive. It deals with various types of abuse from her life as a child and that of life on the streets as a young woman.

In an original and powerful mix of poetry and story telling, Anya Achtenberg lays herself bare in this partly autobiographical series of short stories.

An educational eye opener. This moving tale should be used by teachers as a tool. It’s strong message, although full of pain and suffering, is an important one.

The Stories of Devil-Girl is well written and thought provoking. A must read!
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Interview with Nadia Brown of Author & Book Promotions

Tell us a bit about Authors & Book Promotions?

Author & Book Promotions is a resource directory for both aspiring and established authors and also promotes literary works by best-selling and new authors wanting greater online book publicity. Authors will find a listing of newspaper and book reviewers, articles on book promotion, and tips on marketing a novel as well as other promotional resources.

When did you start it?

Author & Book Promotions was launched in 2006 to assist and guide authors in their book marketing process. As the popularity of A&BP has increased, we now feature businesses that provide writing-related services such as proofreaders, editors, publishers, etc. It is a great place where readers can discover new authors and for those in the writing community to enhance their online exposure.


An author must wear many hats, which includes being a salesman/saleswoman. They are the ones responsible for promoting their novels as publishing companies today, rely mostly on authors to promote their own books. Book marketing is an integral part of being an author, and it is not sufficient to just be a talented writer. As self-publishing and POD have increased, promoting has become arguably more challenging than getting a book published. Author & Book Promotions was designed to help authors meet the challenges that come with marketing a novel.

What services do you offer?

Author & Book Promotions provides services to both authors and writing-related businesses. For authors wanting greater exposure, a Featured Books section is available. It is a service that A&BP is providing to best-selling and new authors seeking an increase in their online book publicity. Authors are able to have their books featured monthly along with their book title, name, and direct link to where their books can be purchased by readers. Writing-related businesses may advertise their services on our front page side bar and on all of our pages. Their services will also be announced in our newsletter.

Where can people find out more about Author & Book Promotions?

Authors may visit our web site by going to . To contact us, please send all book submissions and queries to

Anything else you'd like to add?

Be sure to check out the books currently being featured. To find out how you can have your book featured please visit the Authors section of our web site. We also encourage avid readers to browse our online book store and purchase books by our distinguished authors!
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Interview with Brian Porter

What made you want to be a writer?
I suppose you could say I became a writer almost by chance. Having been in the Royal Air Force and then working in business for many years I became ill and was unable to pursue my regular career. I'd always had a talent for writing poetry and someone suggested I try my hand at it in a more serious way. I did, and was successful enough to be voted into the UK's Top 100 Poets in the Forward Press Awards three times in four years. I then saw a competitiion for short story writers, and though I'd never written a story before I entered, didn't win, but found I'd caught the writing bug. Amazingly, over a two year period, every short story I wrote was picked up by various publishers and appeared in various magazines, anthologies or e-zines. My novels followed in a sort of natural progression and I've been very lucky, once again, to find that every one of my works have been very quickly snapped up by publishes.

You won two awards in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2008 (Best Thriller and Best Poet). This shows your skill for different genres. Do you think it's important for writers to try different genres? Why?
I wouldn't say it was a pre-requisite for writers to write in different genres, but I think it does help to have that extra string to one's bow, so to speak. It allows for recognition from a completely different set of readers and increases the writer's potential exposure to a wider audience. I'm sure, for example that those who read my thrillers are a totally seperate readership from those who read my poetry under the Juan Pablo Jalisco name, or those who read my childrens and Young Adult books under my Harry Porter pseudonym.

What do you enjoy writing most?
Without a doubt, my dark psychological thrillers. I enjoy researching every aspect of htose books, from the means to commit the foulest deeds to the police procedures and every other aspect of detail that gos to make up the complete novel. I find I receive enormous help from various professional bodies and individuals when I tell them I'm an author and it allows me to meet and intergrate with a whole new set of people for each book. I also love creating the fictional scenarios that show the darker side of human nature, and making them as believable as possible. The study of the psychology of crime, psychiatric practices, and forensics is also so fascintating and helps me in my various literary creations.

Your Thriller, A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper, deals with a very famous character. How did you research for this book?

I've been interested in the Jack the Ripper murders since I was about 18 years old, when I first read a book on the subject. that began a lifelong obsession with the crimes and I've never really lost my enthusiasm for studying and researching the Whitechapel Murders. To that end, I'm a member of The Whitechapel Society 1888, an organisation that studies not only the Ripper murders, but life and culture in Victorian and Edwardian London in general, and I subscribe to both The Jack the Ripper Forums and Casebook, Jack the Ripper, where so much information can be found, and new contacts made with fellow ripperologists. I suppose the short answer to your question, Jo, is that I've effectively been researching for this book for the last 38 years. I hope it shows in the finished product.

Thunderball Film LLC has recently acquired the motion picture/TV rights for this book. Did you imagine a film version when you were writing it?

The movie deal came completely out of the blue, a total surprise. I never dreamed of anything like this happening while I was writing the book. My only priority at that time was to do a good job on the book and hopefully one day find a publisher who would take responsibility for placing my work on public view. When Hollywood came knocking on the door, I must admit I was in shock for about a week. I think I'm still in shock to be honest as the movie compnay have just offered me a new deal which will see my next six novels, including the sequel to A Study in Red, being adapted for Motion Picture or TV. I signed the contract just this week.

You have written many books and received numerous awards. Any tips for more novice writers?
This is always a hard one to answer, Jo. A lot of writers out there are so desperate to see their work in print that they allow themselves to be taken in by vanity publishers who will charge them the earth to print (as opposed to publish) a book, and deliver absolutely nothing in terms of marketing or sales support. That is never a good option, so I'd always advise aspiring writers to stick with traditional publishers. You may receive hundreds of rejection slips, but if your work is of sufficient quality, then one day it will find the right publisher who will take it on. I hate to see people being ripped off and I would just say that if you believe in yourself and your work, don't ever give in, keep trying. An author should never have to pay to get their work published. That's the publisher's job. There is a publisher out there who will love your work. It's just a matter of finding the right one. I think self-belief and developing a thick skin when it comes to rejection are important 'skills' a writer needs to develop. Oh yes, one other thing is that an author must try to promote his/herself as much as possible nowadays, to become a 'brand'. People will buy a James Patterson book, for exanmple, simply becuase it has his name onthe ocver. That what I mean by 'becoming a brand'. Believe me, it works, so get out there and promote, promote, promote!

Where can people find out more about you and your books?

I'd love it if people would visit my various websites. They can be found at
The Amazon page where the book an be found is at

Anything else you'd like to add?

Just a big thank you to you Jo, for allowing me the opportunity to reach out and talk to your readers like this. It's been great to be able to talk about my work and hopefully, give a few aspiring fellow authors a little bit of inspiration along the way. Finally, if anyone would really like to know the full story of the genesis of A Study in Red, they can read about it in an article I wrote for The Journal of The Whitechapel Society 1888, called "Whodunnit - I Dunno" which can also be found online at
There's also a video trailer for the movie/book on You Tube at or it can be seen at Thunderball Films' online screening room at
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Are you posting something that you don't want people to know what the URL is because it might give away that it's an affiliate link? Then you can enter a URL into TinyURL, and your affiliate link will be hidden from the visitor, only the address and the ending address will be visible to your visitors.

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TinyURL was created as a free service to make posting long URLs easier, and may only be used for actual URLs.

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Authors read Radio show

Authors Read is 15 minutes in duration offering authors a chance to read from their published work for up to 12 minutes. There is nothing like hearing a story told the way the author intended it to be read… straight from the author’s lips is even better! Listeners are able to experience a snipet of each featured author, poet or story teller to determine if the writing appeals to them or to someone on their gift-giving list. Authors Reads also offers familes the opportuntiy to gather around together to experience children's authors reading their books on the radio.


Find the host's blog at:

Upcoming Episodes

16/05/2009 18.00 - Scotti Cohn - One Wolf Howls
Freelance writer and editor, Scotti Cohn joins us today. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; her debut children's picture book, One Wolf Howls, was published by Sylvan Dell Publishing in March 2009. However, Scotti is far from new to the world of writing, as she is the author of six non-fiction adult titles published by The Globe Pequot Press. Find today’s author at and the host at:

5/18/2009 6:30 PM - Tim Fleming - Murder Of An American Nazi

5/30/2009 6:00 PM - Dianne Ascroft - Hitler and Mars Bars

6/1/2009 6:00 PM - Lucinda Kathmann - Payshapes & the Bear
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Review of Opal, Herby, and Squeaky

Title: Opal, Herby, and Squeaky
Authors: Jay Miller
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 978-1-4389-1808-2

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell for

Opal the cat and Herby the dog team together in the attempt to out smart Squeaky the mouse and stop him from stealing their food. With some help from God, they learn about forgiveness and friendship.

Jay Miller’s wonderful tale is accompanied by delightful illustrations by Lee Qualis.

My 17 month old loves it when I read to him and especially likes Herby as he looks just like our pet Dog.

A good educational book. All young children will enjoy this book...many times over!
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Interview with Colleen Spiro

What 5 words describe you best?

shy, sensitive, introvert, Christian, survivor

What made you want to be a writer?

I have wanted to be a writer since I was a child. But I believed it that it was just a dream that would never come true.

As a child, I wanted to write novels and short stories. But I never could write in that genre very well. Several years ago, I started writing about my love of God and about God’s presence in my life and I knew I had found my niche. And I discovered that others actually liked what I wrote!

So writing is a gift and I believe that God has led me to the kind of writing He wants from me.

Tell us about your book The Third Floor Window

The Third Floor Window is the story of my journey of healing from child sexual abuse. As a child, I would often look out the third floor window of my bedroom at the world outside, wishing for a different world inside.

I thought I had dealt with my past once and for all. Then the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church hit the news and it triggered a lot of memories and buried emotions. And I was so devastated by the attitude of many people who were more concerned about defending the Church then they were in helping the victims.

So I decided I needed to write my story in order to teach others about the long term effects of child sexual abuse. What I discovered along the way was healing and hope.

Your book carries an important message. Was it hard writing about your own experience?

Reaching back into my childhood and telling my story was painful and yet, at the same time, it was healing. When the book was published, I felt freer than I had felt in a long time. Each time I tell my story, I let go of the pain a little more and I feel my burden lighten. The more I tell my story, the more I heal.

Where can people find out more about you and your book?

People can read more about the book at my website and blogs:

The book can also be purchased through major online bookstores such as and and my publisher,

Can you indicate a few good places to turn to for others suffering with sexual abuse?

My website lists some links for survivors including forums and blogs. After the Silence ( is one such forum. Also, going to a support group is one of the best things I ever did for myself. It is helpful to know we are not alone. Communicating and sharing with other survivors has been very healing for me.

Anything else you'd like to add?

This book is also good for survivors’ families and friends, as well as people who have had to carry a heavy cross of any kind. My book is about hope and how God has helped me carry my own cross.
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Well, voting is now open. I suggest you check out all the nominees. The People's Choice YA Book blog awards is about recognising all book bloggers for their effort, and showing our appreciation to bloggers we admire. Every book blogger makes a huge effort on their blogs, and I hope you are all giving yourselves a pat on the back. Once you're done with that, vote! Voting is open until May 15th.

"Hey, Teenager of the Year" web site has almost 80 entries and is broken down into various sections:

Best Reviewer Award
Best Newcomer Award
Best Interviewer Award
Golden Blog Award

Such events can only be good for both bloggers and writers, spreading the word about what this great bunch of literary blog writers produce.

Check out the nominees and vote on this fun event at:
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PROMO DAY takes place tomorrow!

What is PROMO DAY?
PROMO DAY is a FREE online international event for people in the writing industry. A whole day dedicated to promoting, networking and learning.

When is PROMO DAY?
This years event takes place on Saturday 9th May 2009.

Where does PROMO DAY take place?

Who can take part in PROMO DAY?
Everyone! Avid readers, writers, authors, publishers, editors, graphic designers, virtual assistants etc… Anyone with an interest in books and writing, from anywhere in the world. No registration necessary, just turn up and join in the fun!

What features are available on site?

The site is packed full of opportunities for authors to promote their books. They can post a video trailer and writing sample and promote in the on site PROMO chatroom.

The sample page is also great for writers to show off their skills and maybe get a book deal or a paid writing assignment.

The useful links page is full great sites with information and resources for people in the writing industry.

The downloads page will be packed full of files containing useful information, tips and advice on a variety of subjects. These will be available for FREE download during the event.

A new feature for this year is the Radio and Podcasts page which features some great shows for writers.

Another fantastic new feature is the FREE on site workshops taking place during the event. They are presented by guest hosts who are experts from the industry and cover a variety of topics. This is a great way to learn more about the industry.

There is also an on site bookstore where people can purchase books written by the events, sponsor, workshops hosts and moderators.

The event takes place in CET time. How can I check the workshop times listed with other international times?
Simple, just go to the time difference page of the website and insert your time zone into the converter.
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Italian for Tourists Pocket Edition reviewed by Karen Cioffi

Italian for Tourists Pocket Edition by Jo Linsdell

Reviewed by Karen Cioffi
Author, Freelance Writer

Italy is a country I’ve always wanted to go to. It is where my grandparents came from. One of my concerns if travelling to a foreign country though, is the language barrier. What if I needed directions, what if there was an emergency? Well, Jo Linsdell’s book, Italian for Tourists, covers every possible situation that may arise. This is the one book I would have to bring with me.

Ms. Linsdell divided the book into seventeen very informative sections. The first section, Pronunciation Guide, has subsections including word stresses and the Italian alphabet. The Basics subsections include numbers, colours, parts of the day, days of the week and much more. Some of the subsections in Transport include words and phrases for cars, trains, ships and airports. A few of the other sections are: Common Expressions, Hotel, Directions, and Food and Drink. But, the most important section is Emergency (just in case). This section lists the body parts among many other words and phrases. It even includes phrases a doctor may ask you. The detail is amazing.

The format of this book is simple and uncluttered with easy to read font. This allows for easy and quick access to the section and word/phrase you’re looking for. It is an easy to read and understandable tour guide.

Italian for Tourists includes almost every conceivable word or phrase you would need. It also provides you with the information to pronounce them. The detail in this book is wonderful and thoughtful. It is easy to see that Ms. Linsdell must have devoted a great deal of time and effort to create such a useful and helpful book. If you are travelling to Italy, this is a must have book.
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PROMO DAY makes its return in 2009 and promises to be the best yet. Mark your calendars for Saturday 9th May 2009!

An all day, online, international event for people in the writing industry packed full of tips and advice along with a variety of opportunities for writers, publishers, editors etc to promote their work and services. Readers are also welcome to drop in and get to know the authors better in the online chatroom, view the video trailers or read the sample chapters on site.

Founder and Organiser of the event, Jo Linsdell, had this to say “PROMO DAY came about because I was looking for opportunities to promote my books using the internet at little or no cost. After attending the Muse Online Writers Conference back in 2006, I searched the internet for similar events aimed at what to do after you’ve written the book and found none. I decided to fill the void and so PROMO DAY was born. PROMO DAY is a great opportunity to network with other members of the industry, take part in online workshops and promote and best of all it’s FREE”.

New features for this year is the Official Blog for the event,, where everyone can keep up to date with new announcements and information regarding the event and the official PROMO DAY book, packed full of information and resources, which will be available to buy during and after the event.
Visit the website for more details of how you can be involved.


This years event is Sponsored by author and travel writer Linda Ballou.

Comments about past events

Debra L. Butterfield
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Comments: Really enjoyed Promo Day. It was great chatting with other authors and meeting new people. I look forward to your next Promo Day. Thanks!

Lea Schizas
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Comments: I had a blast today, Jo, and met some wonderful people. It's fun to learn about everyone's writing process and what their upcoming projects are. Thank you for hosting this and looking forward to the next one. Lea Schizas Award-winning Author/Editor

Grace Bridges
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Comments: Great fun! I look forward to the next one

Name: James R. Tate
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Comments: Thanks for another resource for an aspiring author

Hal Manogue
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Comments: Hi Jo, I enjoyed Promo day. Thanks for the opportunity to meet new friends. Hal

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Comments: Today I had an awesome time during Promo Day. I got to meet other writers, read about their work, check out their website, and shared our areas of expertise. The conversation were very cordial and professional. Definetely a must do again! I look forward to the next one. Jo, you did an extraordinary job. I pray God bless you with health and keep you doing what you enjoy doing... May the peace of Christ be always with you, from far away in Germany, TANNIA author of The window to my soul; My walk with Jesus Voted 2006 Best Poetry Book by

Diane the other
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Comments: Wonderful idea, Jo. More nervethan I've got to host a promo, but I mainly write reviews. LOL

Tammy Powley
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Comments: Thanks for running Promo Day, Jo!

Elaine Cantrell
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Comments: I had a thoroughly enjoyable hour with you. Thanks for the opportunity.

Paul McDermott
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Comments: Great PROMO event, lots of new points of contact .... hope to be back frequently!

Susan Watkin
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Comments: Jo A great idea! I hope the promo day produced some new customers for us all. Thank you Susan

Master Blackwhip
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Comments: Thanks to Jo for having given to me the chance to speak abount my book :) Jo, you have done a very good job. Great!

Workshops taking place during PROMO DAY 2009:

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14:00 Lael Johnson - Blogging and Journaling
15:00 John Evans - The Age of Networking: Tips and Tricks to Survive in Today's information Age
16:00 Karina Fabian - Marketing for Beginners
17:00 John Desjarlais - Finding an Agent
18:00 Carolyn Howard Johnson - Query Letters as Promotion: Let's Make Them Picture Perfect!
19:00 Elysabeth Eldering- Hosting Authors on Virtual Book Tours
20:00 Joyce Anthony - Promoting with Twitter
21:00 Ron Berry - Character websites
22:00 Devon Ellington - Creating and maintaining a successful writer's blog.
23:00 Carol Denbow - Technical Aspects
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Interview with Jo Linsdell

Tell us about your book Italian for Tourists: Pocket Edition

Italian For Tourists: Pocket Edition a phrasebook, published through the online content marketplace, is a basic guide to the Italian language covering phrases and words most needed by tourists. It includes all the words and phrases a tourist is likely to need during their stay in Italy as well as a pronunciation guide and a map of Italy.

How did you come to write an Italian language guide for tourists?
I came to Italy with the plan of staying for 3 days and figured I could get by for such a short stay using English. With this in mind I hadn’t prepared for the fact that Italians might not speak English. In fact a lot of them don’t or if they do it’s very limited. I felt rude not being able to thank or greet people in Italian, after all I was in Italy. If an Italian came to England not being able to speak English how far would he get? I got myself a phrasebook to help me but a lot of the information was irrelevant and it took ages to find what I needed. I wrote this book bearing all this in mind. A tourist doesn’t need to know everything about Italian grammar and the in’s and out’s of renting an apartment. They want to have an easy to use reference book of the language they will need to use and understand during their stay.

This book is listed as a "pocket edition," do you have a more extensive guide available?

Italian for Tourists started out as an ebook. I got a lot of messages asking for a printed version and so I published the 6x9 edition. Since then I’ve had many requests for a more travel friendly size and so now it’s available in the new pocket format too.

Where can people purchase a copy of your book?

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
At my main website

Anything else you'd like to add?
I’d just like to add that anyone who purchases a copy of Italian for Tourists Pocket Edition from on Saturday 9th May will get a free e-book of their choice from my collection by sending me proof of purchase to
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International Book Fairs this month- May 2009

Nigeria International Book Fair
11- 16 May
Designed to give existing and prospective publishers and booksellers the opportunity of exploring and exploiting the country's book market.

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Warsaw International Book Fair

21 - 24 May
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BookExpo America New York

29 -31 May

Primarily a trade fair which enables American publishers to show booksellers their fall lists, this big fair has been through many vicissitudes and will no doubt be affected by recessionary cutbacks. There is a programme for writers which is worth investigating.

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Seoul Internatioanl Book Fair 2009.
13-17 May
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