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Budget Friendly Tools.

Budget Friendly Tools.We know you wrote your book to earn a living and there a few great services out there FREE and/or low cost you should know about. Here are some of our favorites. If you need help setting –up contact us.  Note most are cool phone apps as well. Much success!

1. TRELLO
Have a to-do list the length of your arm all on different bits of paper? We use a tool called Trello, and it works like a corkboard. You can add tasks to different columns to keep track of what needs doing and when, and you can assign tasks to other people (particularly useful if you have someone helping you with PR, for example).

2. POCKET
Found an amazing article, or a competition that you definitely need to enter, but don’t have time to look at it there and then? Pocket is a useful app that works with your browser and other devices to save things in an orderly way, so you can go back to them later.

3. MAILCHIMP
Email is an amazing marketing tool. If you haven’t used MailChimp before, we’d recommend taking a look. This what we are using right now J It reduces the amount of time you spend creating newsletter with the drag and drop components. It’s easy to put something together that looks really professional. There are also lots of easy tools for attracting new subscribers.

4. LASTPASS
LastPass is a secure system that’ll remember all your passwords for you and also generate new ones for you. Useful.

5. THUNDERCLAP
It’s all about your book trending? Ask people to sign up to your Thunderclap campaign, and it will automatically tweet and post your tweet to their profiles – all at once. It’s a good way to flood social media with your book.
6. STREAK
This gmail app was created for sales teams, but works really well for anyone pitching to different people. It works in your inbox and enables you to keep track of your pitches and chases, as well as letting you see which emails have been seen. Especially when its time to send pitches to book clubs, bloggers and magazine.

7. HOOTSUITE
Don’t have time to tweet all day every day? Hootsuite help with scheduling tweets in bulk, meaning that you can reach those all over the work while still sleeping. You can also shorten URLs at Ow.ly, which lets you track the number of clicks on those links.

8. MOTIONMAIL
A free tool for adding a countdown timer to an email. Alert your readers to that limited offer, competition, or book giveaway you are running, and customize the timer to match your brand.

9. DROPBOX
The best tool we can’t work without. Saving book drafts to your Dropbox means that you can write anywhere you are – and you don’t have to worry about losing your work when your laptop crashes It’s also a great way of sharing large files. No USB sticks!

17 Top Skills All Entrepreneurs Need

1. The ability to manage money.

Very simply, if you can’t manage money, you can’t manage a business. Do you know where your money goes each month? Do you live off less than you earn? If the answer to these questions is no, you’ll struggle to manage a business budget as well.


2. The ability to raise money.

Once you can manage money, can you get more? In order to get investment, you need to not only understand where to get money, but how to convincingly make a case that your business is a good risk as well.


3: The ability to relieve stress.

Stress is no laughing matter. If you allow yourself to get frustrated and upset by setbacks, you’ll struggle as an entrepreneur. 


4. The ability to be productive.

This is a big topic, because there’s no one right way to be productive that works for everyone. Learn about your peak energy times, your routines, and the productivity tools that work for you in order to create your own plan for success.


5. The ability to make entrepreneur friends.

According to entrepreneur Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” So who do you want to be? Improve your odds of success by finding entrepreneur friends who will be able to understand your struggles and give you much needed insight.


OH NO... where is the other 12  skills. Join Literacy Moments and will share these are other great resources we find from friends and great resources..

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EMPOWER ME! SHORT STORIES CONTEST

Guidelines:
* The submission deadline for the short story contest  is midnight, August 1, 2015.
* The entry fee is $20 
* You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 1,500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
* $300 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the EMPOWER ME 2015 Issue and read at EMPOWER ME BOOK FESTIVAL. 
* A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of Literacy Moments readers, who will select 12 short stories as finalists.
* Close friends and students (current & former) of the finalist judge are not eligible to compete. Nor are close friends or family of the Literacy Moments staff.
* Winners will be announced in the EMPOWER ME!  Issue, August 2015.
* We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in August, 2015.
* We are simply looking for good stories, and there are no restrictions on the subject matter or content for submissions.
Please include your entry form, bio, and any contact info on all the files that you submit.
WINNER will read story at EMPOWER BOOK Festival

Please Note: Literacy Moments Magazine adheres to the following Contest Code of Ethics, as adopted by the Council of Literary Presses and Magazines. “CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.” 

SHORT STORY ENTRY FORM

EMAIL ALL SUBMISSIONS TO: LITERACYMOMENTS@GMAIL.COM
SUBJECT: Short Story  * pay via Paypal 

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EMPOWER ME! VIRTUAL TOUR

CALLING ALL AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS:  

OPEN SLOTS FOR THE  EMPOWER ME! VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR



Register TODAY get 5 FREE Bonus Features: 

1. 1 Extra Free Promo Day

2. Spotlight in our Media Partner Magazine and blogs reading section 

3.Feature interview on Literacy & Lyrics Blog Talk Radio. 

4. Free admission and/or discounts to upcoming events, roundtables and festival 

5. Reviews placed on 10 more readers sites.


We are promoting various books with EMPOWER ME! Virtual Book Tour for 45 days!


SUMMER SPECIAL ---Starting as low as $55 to participate.. 



Features:

JOIN LITERACY MOMENTS MAGAZINE EMPOWER ME! VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

AUTHORS this a great opportunity for you to get your gift wrapping skills together from the orders coming in from sells.

During the tour our team will do the following for you:

  • Create a flyer to highlight your books on all social media platforms 
  • Post information on  partner websites
  • Radio interview to do a reading and Q&A
  • Highlight book on blogs and magazines
  • Send a special marketing message to libraries and book stores
  • Host a Twitter with fans and friends
  • Set-up your Hootsuite to post in various social media you own
  • Include your book in our newsletter to various outlets
  • Assist with scheduling speaking and book signing with book clubs, blog radio and other groups
  • Inclusion in our Read 365! 2015 Calendar of Authors being mailed and downloaded
  • Assisting with video presentation to fans
  • Ensure your Brand awareness is concise on all buying outlets
  • Act as contact for booking and event inquiries
  • Consult festival coordinator for your 2015 calendar of events
  • Free and/or discount space at various events in local area
  • Free ticket to Indie Authors Conference and Awards
  • Inclusion in Quarterly Newsletter to over 1000 libraries and book clubs


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Why Should You Read?

Reading is actually a way of achieving fast thinking, good judgment and of being more educated. Here are 10 reasons why you should read, regardless if you have read before or not.


Reason #1: Sometimes you get so bored, you can't find anything to do, your friends are out of town etc. What do you do then? Most probably, you watch TV or surf the Internet for a good web page to lose yourself in. In short, wasting your time, becoming even more bored. Instead of hours passing by without any real benefit, try reading a book from which you could learn something, that contains some history, geography or facts of life.


Reason #2: Have you ever stayed out of a conversation because you had absolutely no idea who Faust is? It's pretty embarrassing and people do notice. Of course, "Faust" is not the first book you should read, but step by step, you'll get there in no time!


Reason #3: A classic: your girlfriend has asked you to write her a love letter/love poem and you are totally clueless how you should start. Or finish. Or anything, for that matter. What should you do? Open a poetry book with poems about love. Don't use the first two lines you notice that sound good. You should find something that suits you. It would be a lot easier if you had previously read more, so that you knew where to get inspired from, wouldn't it?


Reason #4: How did that go? "He who laughs last..." You can't remember! Reading not only improves your memory, but you find more witty things to say.


Reason #5: Books contain the experience of their authors; maybe the author has gone through something similar with you and he has a solution, or maybe you could prevent something bad from happening.


Reason #6: Even if not consciously, you admire people who have a vast vocabulary and know how to use it. By reading, your vocabulary expands and so does your ability to form harmonious sentences. Without any real effort.


Reason #7: When you feel down, you need to escape this world and all the problems you have. There is nothing better for this than a book, in which you lose yourself and become a superstar, a mermaid, a pirate etc. I know this sounds cheesy, but try it and you will realize I'm right. Your mind and soul will feel free.


Reason #8: It is cheaper than other activities. If you get bored, you go and watch a movie at the cinema, eat out, go shopping etc. A book costs far less and keeps you occupied for some time. You have the option of ebooks, which are a lot cheaper and more accessible. Of course, there is a certain "je ne sais quoi" about the smell of a new book. You can buy cheaper books from their owners, borrow from your friends or get a library card.


Reason #9: You can impress someone with what you learned. Good looks are important too, but it is even more important to be able to have a pleasant conversation with the person you like. Your personality and mind define you.


Reason #10: It's interesting to learn how the great minds of this world thought - if you're lucky, you'll be able to find your flaws and correct them.


So my advice is pick up a book - an easy one at first - and start reading. You just might like it! But keep in mind that everyone has a favorite genre, so if you don't like that book, it probably isn't the right one for you. Go to a bookstore and read a few pages before you buy it.

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR AUTHORS SPOTLIGHT

Feature Authors: Denise Turney - About the Book:This heart stirring story recounts Raymond Clarke’s tumultuous, yet triumphant life experiences. This athletic standout's father, the only parent who stays to fend for him, struggles with alcoholism. His mother abandoned him when he was two years old. Raymond's track and field successes make him one of America’s top middle-distance runners. His athletic exploits also earn him a scholarship to a prestigious university, where Raymond meets a motley sort of friends, some famous, each with an intriguing story of his own. But, just when Raymond thought he was free from his alcoholic father, he finds himself pulled into an unresolved murder. His efforts to go unscathed by the pull and tug of intimacy also threaten to keep him from the one woman he's ever truly loved, the woman he was born to love.

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Feature Author: Tina Brown

About the Book:  This is the Part 2 of Struggles of the Women Folk. Angel, Georgie's daughter tells you what occurs before, during and after her abduction. The story takes place during the turbulent 1950s. Accompany Angel as she travels the world with Miss Emily Barker and Angel's mother's husband Ricky.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24173458-tethered-angel

Feature Author: Holli Anderson of “FIVE: Out of the Dark”

Five teenagers who've recently discovered they have magical powers and are living in the Seattle underground feel it's their responsibility to protect unsuspecting humans from otherworldly foes. Things are going well until Johnathan, their unofficial leader and the boy sixteen year old Paige is in love with, is bitten by a changeling - the venomous saliva causing him to metamorphose into a ravening beast with each full moon. Paige vows that, no matter the cost, she will find a way to cure Johnathan of the evil that has embedded itself in his soul. Johnathan's monthly transformation and daily personality roller coaster isn't the only problem they have to deal with. The Five are also gearing up to face their toughest and most dangerous enemy yet-a powerful and ruthless Warlock who will go to any means, including high school, to build his Dark Army.

Holli Anderson discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her.

Purchase her book TODAY at http://www.amazon.com/Five-Out-Dark-Holli-And…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

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