29 October 2011

3 in 1- Guest blog + Giveaway + Contest

Author Kandie Delley is visiting with us today to share the importance of the Internet and how we can use it to our advantage. Not only authors, her suggestions cover other lines of business as well.


On to you, Kandie!

 

 Make the Net Work for You!
The internet has created several viable means to make a profit for nearly anyone.  It doesn't matter how unique your gifts, products, or interests are, there is bound to be someone in the world who will use, buy, or share your contribution with the world (if you’re getting the word out –Marketing). Put those people—consumers, readers, customers, etc—on the internet and they are more accessible than ever before. 
I learned to utilize information gained from hobbies, past creative pursuits, and newly developed skills towards my writing career. You really have to think outside the box. One of the best  experiences that helped me on my path to publishing was my actor's journey.
As an actor, I learned about having my own space on the “information super-highway.” By displaying demo reels, headshots, and resumes, this self-promotion increased my marketability and expanded my networking circle. I even acquired a film agent for representation! 
On the whole, using my experiences in film, music production, and freelance writing has provided me with imaginative ways to market my books and run a business. The main lesson I learned is, the world is your oyster. An idea or concept will take time, determination and, great promotional and marketing skills, but eventually, you will find your pearl.
Overall, technology is FABU—online videos, social media, podcasts, interactive forums, movies, and in some cases 3D! However, it can be TABOO if you’re not decisive. You’ll need to:
·       Maximize your time and resources using the least amount of manual labor.
·       Plan ahead by pre-scheduling blog posts and newsletters.
·       Strategize the marketing and promotions of your product by building your network & deciding who complements your style, product, and beliefs.
·       Recognize that you are a business from product development, admin and operations to customer service and public relations. 
Know your product and think about the five keywords that describe it. Use those key words in marketing and follow the tips I’ve given in my previous blogs (see Spooktacular Web Tour) to combine all that information to manage your digital brand! 
Happy Halloween! 

About Tempestuous Tales:
 
An urban legend becomes a nightmare when three women face tragic consequences:  an unexplainable vanishing, a sadistic marriage, and a visit from beyond the grave, after an ancient talisman grants their wishes. Tempestuous Tales  adds a modern twist to three classic short stories: The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, Night Drive by Will F. Jenkins and Bluebeard’s Bride by Sarah Holland, based on the works of Charles Perrault.


Paperback coming November 2011. Download a free Tempestuous Tales mobile phone or desktop wallpaper here.
Tempestuous Tales is available on:
·  SMASHWORDS 

GIVEAWAY
Su has chosen a free MP3 music download of the song Breathe. You can listen to a sample here.
You can download Breathe here.
CONTEST
Leave a comment with your email address on this blog and be entered into a drawing to win free graphic design services worth $50 courtesy @KanDel_Media on twitter. For samples click here.
I will announce all winners on Nov. 1st on my blog.
Thanks again Su, for allowing me to visit your blog and have a blessed holiday season.

AUTHOR BIO
Kandie Delley 
Mystical lands, adventurous, kick-butt divas, and super-hot romances are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to author Kandie Delley's imagination. With the release of her paranormal suspense short story compilation, Tempestuous Tales, she is definitely capturing readers' attention. Her stories feature strong, witty, and successful women, their adventures and the men who love them. Kandie lives in North Texas and takes care of two rambunctious dogs, Isys and Ramsey. She works as a commercial accountant for a Dallas-based media company during the day. For more information visit:  http://www.kandiedelley.com