Writers, Want More Print Coverage? My PR Friend Marsha Has The Answer!

Offer Up Your Own Articles As
A Writer!

 

 
One often overlooked means of getting great publicity is to contribute articles you wrote yourself to publications. Not only does your published byline boost your visibility, it provides an excellent credential.

While many of the major national publications don’t accept unsolicited articles, some do set aside space for contributor columns or accept guest columns on their op-ed pages. The New York Daily News and Newsmax, for instance, have published many articles written by our clients. In some cases, these articles have drawn the attention of other media, leading to more exposure for our clients.

Smaller publications, trade magazines, and online publications also may be good places for your articles to land. These publications often have small staffs, so they’re happy to get well-written articles that they don’t have to pay for. Your reward is the publicity you’ll receive because you’ll likely get a credit line that includes your website and email.

To help get you started on the path to publication, here are some do’s and don’ts:

 

  • Look for submission guidelines on the publication’s website – and follow them! Some publications post their rules for submitting unsolicited articles. They may outline the topics they’re interested in, minimum and/or maximum word counts, and the style. If you find guidelines, stick to them! The No. 1 mistake people make is going over the maximum word count. That will very likely get your article rejected. And, since editors often don’t tell you why they’re rejecting the article, the writer keeps repeating the mistake.
  • Pitch your ideas before writing a full article. While with some publications you can submit a full article, you can save yourself time if you first pitch a few ideas to gauge whether the editor would have any interest. Send a short email offering three or four topics, with a one-paragraph synopsis of each. Add a brief bio highlighting your relevant credentials. The worst they can do is say “no,” and if they do you won’t have wasted your time writing an entire 700-word article, or whatever length was the target.
  • Be prepared to offer exclusivity. Many publications state up front that they will accept only articles that have not been previously published. They may also require the writer to promise that the article won’t be submitted to other publications until a specified number of days pass. Be sure to check the fine print! Or, the editor may tell you it’s OK to publish in magazines that it doesn’t directly compete with.

Sign up for Google Alerts. Don’t assume that the editor will contact you to let you know when the article has actually published. One of the best ways to track that is to sign up for Google Alerts, so you’ll be notified when the article is posted online. Once that happens, be sure to share the link on your website and in social media to get the most out of the moment.

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Bylined articles help you establish your reputation as an expert, build your brand and gain visibility. They may lead to an invitation to be a regular contributor, as has happened with a number of our clients. And bylined articles can generate even more interest from other publications whose editors see your work and approach you wanting their own interview or story.

WRITE ON!

P.S. If you’d like professional help getting coverage in the press, or being interviewed on radio and TV, give us a call. We’ve been providing this service to clients for 27 years. We also offer a comprehensive social media marketing program for select clients, where we do it all for you.  If you’re interested in our help, please call us at 727-443-7115 Ext. 231, or simply reply to this email or visit our site at:  The PR Insider ~ EMSI  We’d love to hear from you!

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Celebritize Yourself: 5 Things To Focus On When Defining Your Brand

About Marsha Friedman:

CEO & Founder, Marsha Friedman doesn’t like sitting still. As a prominent business woman, she has run her public relations firm successfully through prosperity and adversity, ironically having one of her best revenue years in the midst of 2009’s recession. As a publicity expert, she has authored the book Celebritize Yourself.

Marsha Friedman launched EMSI in 1990. Her PR company represents corporations and experts in a wide array of fields such as business, health, food, lifestyle, politics, finance, law, sports, and entertainment. Some of the more prominent names on her client roster are Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane, and the famous Motown Group, The Temptations.

She consults individuals and businesses on a daily basis and is frequently asked to speak at conferences about how to harness the power of publicity.

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My Author, Writer, and Blog Pick of The Week. Meet My Friend Stephen Who Needs Your Advice Blog Friends!

Many of my friends and readers know I ENJOY meeting new authors and writers through social media. Isn’t that using social what using social media for besides maybe business, marketing, and promoting or supporting something…I met Stephen I believe on Facebook as we have a lot in common.

SO, I wanted to help support him and his awesome blog by sharing a recent post he has on “Seeking Advice” on his book project he working on. Here is more and I invite you all to share your tips, advice, and wisdom writers and authors. Even YOU Readers!

 

Meet Stephen Kavalkovich

Author/ Speaker/Recovery Advocate and Coach

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I am a man who was given the gift of many experiences in life. For most of my adult life, I was a 911 Paramedic. I have seen tragedy and suffering first hand for many years. Little was I aware that I was the one who needed the saving. Through seeking peace within by using all things external, I wound up dead and ruined in every way.

My goal is simple, to use my experience to connect and give you a voice. I have expertise in Emergency Medical Care, First Responder and Addiction/Substance abuse issues, Recovery Coaching, Intervention, Leadership, and Spiritual Studies. I am available to serve your coaching, professional speaking, and journalistic needs.

 

HELP! FRIEND, I SEEK YOUR GUIDANCE…

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Good evening, friends. I have taken to my blog to enlist your guidance. I have had a burning desire for many years to write a book. A few months ago, I sat down at my table and just began writing. I wanted it to be a memoir of sorts, but my research showed a massive selection of the same format in the marketplace. I wanted to do something different, so have decided to draw on my personal experiences and create a fiction novel. I also felt that it would give me more creative freedom regarding details and specifics. As you can see above, this is the book cover I have created along with a short description of its contents.

Now, for my humble request. I wanted to ask what it is you would want to read about when you see the title and cover design?
What is it that would keep you turning pages?

If you take the time to read my autobiographical story at https://www.facingaddiction.org/news/2017/05/25/paramedic-survives-911   
this might help you to understand who I am and where I came from. I am so excited to embark on this project and really thought it would be a great idea to have as much of your input as possible.

For those who take my request for help seriously, there is a reward for you.

Any feedback or guidance offered will get a mention in the acknowledgments and 2 free autographed first editions. Would you want war stories? Factual events? What is it that would get you to purchase the book from a store display or on your Kindle or Ipad? I know what I would like to read but I really want to know what you would want.
I sincerely wish to express my gratitude for your current and hopefully continued support in the future. I pray for blessings and peace for each of you on your own journey of life and transformation…

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I would like to invite you to visit Stephen’s blog  ~  Welcome to Tales from the Broadside.  And connect with him on Social Media too!

On Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  LinkedIn   ~  And Instagram!

Thanks, Friends!

“Cat Lyon’s Reading Den”

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About My Book, My Writing, and My Book Blogging Ramblin’s. . .

Hello and Welcome All,

Now it is no secret that many of my blog friends,  my followers, and readers who come for a visit know that a live life in recovery. I share this a LOT. But I also need to keep in mind those of my visitors that are new to my book promoting blog may not know this about me. They may not know that my current book titled; Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat, is some what my Memoir of my life, starting as a wee little girl to about 2012.

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Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) Nov 2012

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And I can honestly say that my life has changed in SO many ways since my book was released on my 50th birthday! Yes, I’m 50 something, but age is just a number people! That was in November 2012. My book was written & shared with the intent to make readers who also live in recovery from any addiction know they are not alone.
That they can recover and overcome!

I can also honestly say, that my writing has become so much better as well! LOL. We all know great editors can help make our words come to life, and they can make our words within the pages of our books look and sound good. But as a writer, the rest is up to me.
Is my storyline strong enough? Or did I grab the reader, did I hold their attention with my craft and prose till the end of my book?

These are many questions all of us as writers ask. One of the ways we learn what readers think about our books is through the power of book reviews. I take all my book reviews from 100% organic readers very seriously. Now, not to brag or toot my author horn, but I have been blessed with most all 5 star Amazon Reviews, and one 4.8 review. Not bad for a first time writer/author. But I did work very hard for those reviews. I do believe all writers and authors do. And we take our craft as writers seriously. Not to say you can’t have some fun along the way right?

I always tell many in recovery, “we all have a story within us to tell.”
And I do believe that. Look, over 8 years ago, if some psychic lady told me I’d be a writer and published author in my lifetime? Man I would have laughed in her face. Really! I would have, as it was never on my life radar.

Now, am I a good writer? Well, I hope so. My readers seemed to think so as far as their book reviews of my current book. Writing for me is a release. Yes, my book maybe hard subject matter, but many who have never experienced addiction, or the joy of triumph in recovery, or even may not know anyone with addiction problems, but many readers say they learned much from story.

In recovery, we all know that our words and stories of recovery can be a powerful tool to help those who do live life in recovery. But through my book, and my other blog, my recovery blog: https://catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com/
they are meant to not only help those in recovery, those reaching out for help, but also they are about creativity. Many people journal in recovery. I do, and I have for years because it was the only way to see my positive progress in recovery, and also my weakness’ where I needed to work harder in those area’s.

Well I look at writing the same way. We as writers are always learning and evolving. We grow in our craft as writers the more we write. Wring came natural to me because I was already journaling a long time. Now, that is not to say because one writes in a journal or diary, that now you’re a professional writer. Oh no, but many of us who do write enjoy it as it puts our mind, heart, and our imaginations to work. Of course, these are just my own experiences.

Since my current book is non-fiction, about addiction, my life, and recovery, this topic is much harder to write. There is a very fine line for sharing a story of addiction without readers feeling you are using excuses, rationalizing, or blaming things on someone or something other than my poor choices when I was deep in my addictions.

I feel the same when writers write fiction. The characters and storyline needs to come alive. And that can be a tough job. My own struggle is the darn endings, or close out of my books, that is my weakest area as a writer. When this is accomplished with your books, and readers tell you through their reviews or maybe comments on your blog or website, there just is no other fantastic feeling ever as writer. It is also why I book promote as my business. I enjoy helping other authors find their readership, and have the honor of reading many fabulous books they have written. If you’re an author and need some advice or tips on how to promote your books? Then check out my new Feature Page of Book Promoting tips here on this blog.

Many authors hire me to just pure book promote for them, so they can continue to write more books, and have the peace of mind knowing I’m getting out there for them promoting their work through all forms of social media, book promoting sites, with a dash of sending out Press Releases announcing their books to many media outlets, book bloggers, and internet media. I enjoy doing this for all authors at very affordable prices. I want all of us to be successful, and make sure readers find all our amazing reads.
My clients are authors helping authors.

I hope you enjoy my Book Promoting Blog while your here. If you’re a reader, check out my Monthly Hot Book Picks page, and if you’re a writer? Keep Writing!!

Until next time everyone!

Much Happiness & Success All,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

I Was Featured On Be A Best Seller & Make It Happen! A Must Place For Writers Of All Levels.

Hello Friends, Readers, Authors, Writers, ad Welcome New Visitors!

Be A Best Seller
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I’m very excited to share a wonderful writers tip for you today! If you are an author or writer of any level? Then you need to know about http://www.BeABestSeller.com & their free writers newsletter of advice, tips, seminars, and so much more!. You can subscribe for free, and they have so much to offer for writers. They also do a feature called; Make It Happen, . . . Voice Matters! And I was a Featured Author sharing my voice, book, and about being a writer who lives in recovery with Mental Health challenges, and a Childhood trauma and abuse survivor.
Here is more about them, and how they help writers be the best they can be!

BeABestseller ~  http://www.beabestseller.com/  is THE online community and inbox magazine (much cooler sounding than newsletter) for people who have a burning desire to get their message out to the world but are overwhelmed with the process of writing, publishing, and promoting a book.

Our mission, at BAB,  is to elevate the voices of entrepreneurial authors around the world by providing expert advice, tools, and resources in order to create the writing career and author’s brand they have always dreamed of having. To create a vibrant online writers community filled with insightful stories, interesting characters and lively dialog.  To have a creative space where writers, from around the globe, can come together to support each other and celebrate the craft of writing.

Words matter. It is important now, more than ever, that today’s writers share their messages far and wide. And when their words touch and change even one person’s life, a positive impact on the world is made. How fantastic is that!

We are excited to have you join us on this journey to create the writing life you’ve always dreamed of, and that you deserve.

Sign up today to receive your free weekly inbox magazine as well as the powerful interview with bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur Stedman Graham.

The Experts Behind This Fabulous Website!


Jennifer Carlevatti Aderhold is the Founder and CEO of BeABestseller.com, a website and inbox magazine dedicated to elevating the voices of entrepreneurial authors around the world. She is an Amazon#1  Bestselling author and digital marketing consultant.


Michaela Zanello is the Editor & Content Manager of BeABestseller.com.

Before joining BAB, Michaela was a staff writer and assistant for the Internet marketing company, Rachel Rofe Enterprises. And prior to that, she worked as the web editor and hiring manager for FreeLegalAid.com, a directory of legal services and resources.

You can visit the site to view both Jennifer’s and Michaela’s full bio’s and experience.

My Guest Author Feature:

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Please meet this week’s “Makin’ It Happen” featured Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon, a writer who is passionate about helping people recover from addiction, abuse and her break-out book  Addicted To Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) Now on Amazon Books & Barnes and Noble both online.

As a childhood trauma and abuse survivor who lives life in recovery with the challenges of mental illness, Catherine doesn’t let her disabilities limit her as an author, writer, blogger, and advocate. 

Catherine has made an impact in the addiction and recovery communities of So. Oregon,  Phoenix Arizona, where she now lives, and across the Internet. And through her book, she shares her message of hope and recovery to others.

Catherine’s goal as an author and recovery speaker is to advocate and raise awareness about gambling addiction and childhood trauma and abuse. She shares her own story of gambling and alcohol addictions so others can see that they too can recover and go on to lead healthy, balanced, and fulfilled lives.

Catherine has been featured as an Expert Blogger for Addicted Gambling on Addictionland.com, and she was a past contributor to Recovery Social Network and featured in an article by, Columbia University titled;
“Gambling With America’s Health” by, Elaine Meyer here:
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Plus, she has been a guest recovery speaker on many radio & Internet podcast shows. 

Catherine is currently putting the finishing touches on two new books, set to be published in the fall of 2015. She continues to sponsor people in recovery from compulsive addicted gambling, along with those who suffer from mental illness and those who are the victims of childhood trauma and abuse.  And now as a book promoter, she puts the same passion into her business promoting other fine authors books as she does in her recovery! Want her to help you promote your books? Send her an Email here:  LyonMedia@aol.com

http://about.me/LyonMediaBookPromos/
https://catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com/

https://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485

**Now how cool is that**?
I am very honored and blessed to be featured on “Make It Happen.” I am always looking for more platforms to share my story, book and share a message of hope to others from gambling addiction the disease. I want to thank Jennifer and Michaela for allowing me to share my “voice” with all her writer & author subscribers and look forward to some amazing things from “Be A Best Seller.com” this year!
So please go by and visit them to see all the wonderful things they do to help elevate writers to be the best they can be!
They some amazing tips and tools to help you promote your books, writing, and  Voice. . .

Thanks for visiting and hope you come back soon,
Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author & Owner, Lyon Book Promotions

 

 

Meet “Twine Social” They Make Your Media Content Look Good! And My Friends At “Pro Writing Aid” Too!

Welcome Friends And Readers,

 

When I come across tools for Social Media, and ones that can not only make us Look Good across the Web, but save time and keep our media content in order, I enjoy sharing them with you. I recently signed up at; http://www.twinesocial.com/ because it seemed all my BFF’s & some of my supporters all seem to be there! Like my girls on Twitter; @SixBrownChicks  @ZondraHughes  @blackissocial, and @TwineSocial too! Here is a little more of “What & How” they can make you “Look Good” across the Web!
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Get your Twine Social Hub On!
Twine Social collects your brand’s social media content, and arranges it in a beautiful and dynamic view.
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What Is Twine Social?
Twine Social collects your social media content, and arranges it in a beautiful and dynamic view. It provides the tools you need to grow and engage your social audience. Display any social media content on your digital properties, and drive massive social engagement.
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Connect any combination of social media feeds, including hashtags, from any social media network and Twine Social will aggregate your content onto one stunning destination on your website, TV, video wall, or display.
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Your customers see your brand in action, making Twine the perfect social media hub.Twine is richly interactive and engaging. Get beautiful presentation of your photos, videos, and other social media elements on your digital properties.
Watch your user engagement skyrocket.
Award winning social aggregation. We bring a personal and effective approach to social media. Bring your brand alive with Twine.
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WHY CHOOSE TWINE?

+215% visit duration. +60% average page views per visit. Twine is the ideal tool to drive higher social media engagement.

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Twine is a powerful social platform, bringing together your social media content and streams from around the web. Our easy-to-use user interface enables you to quickly connect your social media profiles, moderate content, and promote your social media profiles in real time.
Supported Networks ~Twine supports every major social media platform. Connect your brand social media profiles, and your social content will appear – beautifully presented – in near real time.
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Pricing. All of it. No Hidden fees. (Really.) Each plan allows you to display social media from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, and more.
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So what are you waiting for? Go visit them here; http://www.twinesocial.com/ and get stared today! I did! http://www.twinesocial.com/AuthorCatLyonLuvRecovery
I’m going to go add the rest of my Media Links.
Everyone’s there, so why not come JOIN in the Social Media FUN!

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OK Writers, Bloggers, and Authors, this ones for YOU! Meet the team at “Pro Writing Aid”
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My next share is of a wonderful and helpful writing & editing tool offered by; “Pro Writing Aid”… http://prowritingaid.com/ They have a free editing tool you can go try for yourself with a copy & paste sample of a post, then it will analyze it for you and tell you what needs fixed. You can download the software to use as well. So here is a little bit more of what they offer!
Improve and edit your writing
ProWritingAid is your free online writing editor and personal writing coach. Of course it checks your grammar but it does much more to help you improve your writing:
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Online grammar and spelling checker;
  • Online plagiarism checker;
  • Improve readability;
  • Find overused words;
  • Improve dull paragraph structure;
  • Find repeated words and phrases;
  • Check for consistency of spelling, hyphenation, and capitalization;
  • Eliminate clichés and redundancies;
  • Create a word cloud of your text;
Eliminate vague, abstract, and complex words from your writing. 19 free reports to improve your writing comes with service.
Our premium version makes editing even simpler…
If you’re a professional then time is money. ProWritingAid premium will significantly reduce the amount of time that you need to allocate for editing your work.
The premium edition of ProWritingAid combines our reports with a powerful document editor, allowing you to edit as you go and choose from a list of suggested replacements for grammar and spelling issues.
The premium edition costs as little as $35 for 1-year with significant discounts on multi-year, and multi-person licenses. Many people find that using the premium edition significantly speeds up their editing.
Premium subscribers can also access our premium WordPress plugin that brings the power of ProWritingAid into the world’s most popular blogging platform. Whether you’re a professional writer, a student, an academic, a civil servant, or a businessperson ProWritingAid will help you to improve your writing! .

Authors & Writers

For many professional writers ProWritingAid is the perfect way to save money on professional copyediting services. ProWritingAid will catch many of the same things as a professional copyeditor but without the cost.
A good professional copyeditor will cost at least $40 an hour. Using ProWritingAid before sending your work to a copyeditor will save you money and leave the editor free to concentrate on more important stylistic issues.
ProWritingAid has a number of reports specifically designed for the professional novelists, such as the pacing report that will highlight areas of slow pacing (e.g. back-story), allowing you to easily spot areas with too much back-story and not enough action.
*So go give “Pro Writing Aid” a visit and test your writing in their free editor tool and see the difference in your writing today. The have competitive prices for the “Premium Services” they offer too! http://ProWritingAid.com/
I hope these tools will help you as much as they help me. I really enjoy both. These are my own opinions and they are not advertising, it is from my own personal use and experience with both these Websites & Services…
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HAPPY WEEKEND & BLESSINGS ALL,
CATHERINE TOWNSEND-LYON
Author Of “Addicted To Dimes”
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485

 

 

 

Some Writers News And Ramblings…..

Welcome Everyone!

I just wanted to share some news and clear a few things off my “SHARE” list today. A few friends of mine have some happenings and goings on that might be of interest. I’ll start with my good friend and Author, Barrett Stites. His current book: “High Speed Travel In Mexico” http://www.amazon.com/dp/1781

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“True story of jail escape and survival south of the border.”

See, Barrett lives and works in the “Tour Guide” industry in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico and does his own Private Tours. He is also a fantastic writer! His blog is here: http://barrettstites.wordpress.com and find him on FB: http://www.facebook.com/barrettzrun?fref=ts  Go by and say Hello! Better yet, go grab a copy of his Book!
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*SERINA HARTWELL*

MY NEXT friend is a great gal who I met on Twitter @SerniaHartwell And she is a wonderful author. http://about.me/Serina.Hartwell  & http://www.WorldCastlePublishingauthor-serina-hartwell.html
And she has wonderful Blogs too!
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Welcome to my website.
My name is Serina Hartwell, I am the author of The Hidden Saga.  In setting this website up, I have tried to put together an overall story about me and my work through my pages. I have used my blogs, photographs and links to my other space on the web to describe my journey.

I hope to show you the things that inspire me as a writer and take you along for the ride. I’m still new to all this, but like you, I am learning every day.

Please follow me and tell your friends all about me. I look forward to sharing with you.

Serina Hartwell – Author of The Hidden Saga

“I live with my better-half of 18 years, Macius, and I’m the mother of two wonderful children, who grew up when I blinked. I always write with my writing companion, my cat Tilly, and I come from an average size town in West Yorkshire, England. The same place where the Bronte sisters were born and I am from the village in the mill town I write about.”
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*HER SOON TO BE RELEASED BOOK*
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The Hidden Saga Book 1

Author: Serina Hartwell

Print ISBN:

E-Book ISBN

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Date to be determined
AND I Can Not Wait! So keep checking back to see when she is Released!
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AND lastly, I’d like to share an Awesome Blog Tip with You! I found a Wonderful place to get your BLOG NOTICED! It’s called: “Blogionaire” http://www.Blogionaire.com
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS!:
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Blogionaire forwards all traffic to todays blogionaire and tomorrow’s blogionaire is picked from the blogs added today. All unique blogs added by unique users will be stored in our database for tomorrow’s pick of a blogionaire. A user can add or love a blog one time per day. A user can add or love multiple blogs per day.

Can I add any blog?

The blog needs to be written in english. The blog must also comply with our terms.

How do you pick?

Our database picks a random blog and our crew controls so that the blog content comply with our terms of service. If the blog doesn’t comply with the terms the database will pick another random blog. The more unique visitors that has added your blog or loved your blog the greater the chance of becoming tomorrow’s blogionaire.

Is tomorrow the day after today?

The blogionaire that is picked from blogs added today will be blogionaire the day after tomorrow. If you love your blog on Friday and you become our blogionaire you will be presented as blogionaire on Sunday.

Visit today’s blogionaire
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Once you add your BLOG, go and get your *BLOGIONAIRE* Button to add to your Blog like this!

SEE,….”FABULOUS”!!
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Well, that’s all for today everyone! I hope sharing this will be helpful to Someone?
Have a Great Week All! *Cat*