A Shortcut to Help you Write More: A Media Page

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What’s a MEDIA PAGE?

An authors job is often full of non-profitable tasks. Nothing frustrates me more than spending my novel-writing time on other things.  After all, without books we have nothing to sell and without sales we have no income. So, I’m often looking for ways to save time. My guess is that you are too.

How can we save time?

Once you’ve published your novel you will need to enter information about your book in a zillion different places. (Or so it feels.) One way to cut down on time (so you can write more salable words) is to create a Media Page. It’s kind of like a cheat sheet, a short cut that has all the information you’ll need to load for ads, contests, blog tours, Amazon descriptions, and Goodreads. Believe me, you’ll find yourself using a media page often so the sooner you make one and file it in a place you can easily access, the better.

Here’s what to include:

1. Your book title

2. Author name

3. Photo/jpeg of your book cover

4. Premise or book blurb

5. Author bio

6. Social media links–Include them all so you don’t have to search later. FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, blog,

7. A link to your book trailer

8. Author photo.

9. Other novels you’ve written.

10. Links to the book so readers can purchase it.

11. Page count

12. The ISBN number

13. Endorsements, quotes from readers

14. Name of publisher. (Include your own publishing company to make your book look more professional.)

15. The genre.

Here’s what my most recent MEDIA PAGE looks like:

Title: Scattered Links

Smaller Final Cover 12-2013 

Author name: M. Weidenbenner

Genre: Young adult contemporary, multi-cultural

Pages: 256

ISBN: 978-1494366957 

Ebook: ISBN: 978-0-9894049-3-8

Cover artistAvalon Graphics

Publishing Company: Random Publishing LLC – (For tips on how and why to create your own publishing company click HERE.)

Book Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJhOrCHr9q8

Book Buying Link: http://www.amazon.com/Scattered-Links-Michelle-Weidenbenner-ebook/dp/B00HP3X6R4/ref=la_B00E21RMNG_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391293298&sr=1-1

Endorsement:

“CAPTIVATING!

SCATTERED LINKS takes you down the street of nearly any Eastern European town, arm-in-arm with the orphaned. Michelle has captured the beauty and horror millions of children live everyday. The attention to detail is impressive. Having lived in a post-Soviet country for a time, visiting orphaned children, this fictional account rings with truth, from the heart-wrenching pain of abandonment to the realization of self-worth, and the love family and faith brings. Thank you for such an uplifting book, appropriate for the young reader, as well as adult. May your heart be encouraged, as mine was.”

Kim de Blecourt, speaker and award-winning author of “Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother’s Courage, a Race to Freedom”

Book Description:

Scattered Links is a novel that pulls its characters from the gutters and, in the end, celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit.

Thirteen-year-old Oksana lives on the streets of Russia with her pregnant mama and abusive aunt—both prostitutes. When Mama swells into labor, Oksana makes a decision to save herself from abandonment, a decision that torments her forever. When her plan fails and her aunt dumps her in an orphanage, she never has the chance to say goodbye to her mama or tell her the secret that haunts her.

Scattered Links is a story of family and the consequences that come from never learning how to love, of a girl’s inability to bond with her adopted family and the frustrations that follow.

How can a child understand the mechanics of forming a healthy relationship when she never had a mother who answered her cries, held her when she was frightened, fed her when she was hungry, or loved her unconditionally?

Only when the child meets a rescued abused horse, and recognizes the pain in his eyes, does she begin to trust again.

Reviews:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/785037917

About the Author:

Michelle grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital she cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting, without drama, she discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which comes in handy with book reviews.

When she’s not writing she’s winning ugly on the tennis court. She’s known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

No joke. It’s ugly.

Her debut novel, Cache a Predator is a geocaching mystery and an Amazon bestseller in the drama and thriller/crime category.

Scattered Links (initially titled Love is Just a Word) was the winner of the 2013 Aspiring Writers Competition, sponsored by Write on Con and The Reading Room. It’s currently a contender in The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Michelle blogs at Random Writing Rants where she teaches and encourages writers how to get published.

Blog linkhttp://www.randomwritingrants.com  Random Writing Rants, Teaching adults and teens how to get published

Website link: http://www.mweidenbenner.com

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/randomwritingrants

Twitter link:  http://www.twitter.com/MWeidenbenner1

Goodreads link:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7171873.M_Weidenbenner

What else would you include in your Media Page?

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Comments

  1. You are so right! I created one when I was going so many blogs before the launch of my book. Sometimes, I just forwarded the email that I sent a blog post, taking out the forward of course and also replacing the post with the correct one. Forgot to change the subject line sometimes, though. lol

    • Hi Pat – There’s so much busy work in this business, isn’t there? But it’s important stuff. It helps to be ready, for sure.

      Have a great weekend!

      M

  2. I’m in the process of redoing my website and hadn’t thought about doing a media page. Thanks for writing and sharing!

  3. Love your ideas here, Michelle! Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Thanks so much for this! Excellent and so well presented. I’ve needed to make these for a long time now but didn’t want to go through the hassle of starting from scratch. Your post provided a template and now my first one is done! Thanks for helping other authors, Michelle!

  5. Great idea. I just did this. It took only about 30 minutes start to finish and will save me a lot of time going forward. Thanks for this!

    Here’s my media page: http://www.sueciullo.com/media/

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