the Word Out There!
What Do You Do With Your
Media Releases and Media Kit,
Disseminators, Article Banks,
and Sites That Post for Free!
Your resources are on this page!
Other Writers' Resource Pages
On This Site
Media Release Disseminators
Some of these sites are FREE,
some are affordable,
most listings include my mini reviews.
Many of these sites offer
tutorials in writing media releases.
You will find step-by-step
directions for writing a
(right down to the font and spacing!) in
The Frugal Book Promoter.
Be aware that many of these sites require
your address to log in
and many of those will not accept PO Boxes.
Almost all require a phone number.
(Lets you preview your release.)
(Active e-mail address permitted for paid
(Don't bother to enter image if you don't
intend to upgrade--meaning pay more for dissemination of-- your submission.)
required and you'll need to wait for your e-mail confirmation.)
(Difficult to sign on
and if you don't upgrade the service, your release doesn't get much
distribution, including submission to Google.)
is no longer free to anyone but charities.
There is a $30 charge.
www.prleap.com (One of the easiest to
negotiate but requires your phone number but they started charging
for their minimum service January, 2008.)
(This site no longer offers free service.)
(If you are submitting a
release for a minor event and only want the free service, you may
have time getting it for free!)
itself as "affordable." I could find no free option.)
(I liked that those who post can choose some of the media
outlets they provide. That his requires an upgrade may well be
worth it for a major, truly newsworthy event.
free. And lots of information on the whole media release
sites change policies and come and go very quickly. These have
all been around for a while and I check them and update them as
frequently as I can.
Web Sites that Welcome
. For a fee you can upgrade to include newsletter services and and for a
very small fee you can list services to writers in their Marketplace. I
use this site as a backup site, too. See
what I've done at
So far, it appears they have no way to read all the
friends you might collect at once. You may have to contact them
by individual post.
Includes an RSS feed that you can place on blogs, etc.
far, it appears they have no way to read all the friends
you might collect as part of the social network except by
www.google.com has a
free calendar that you can list your events on and then feed
it to your Web site, blogs and other places where you hang
can also use all the social networks like LinkedIn.com, Facebook.com, and others.
A List of Sites that
Disseminate Content (Articles)
for the Use of the
These sites are
also called "content
providers" and "article banks."
articles, essays, humor and more work for you rather than
moldering in a drawer can be good business for an author. Here
are some sites that cater to those with a need for content. The
author supplies the article complete with byline and a tagline
that includes a pitch and web address and an editor searching
for just such an article may use it. Each works in a
slightly different way so you'll want to explore them to see
where your material fits best. For more on how to make your
articles work for you, read
Frugal Book Promoter.
Links can be a great way to build Web site
traffic. Trouble is there is a tendency to
withhold a favor until someone has reciprocated.
Though I use the term reciprocal links
occasionally, they are not truly reciprocal
because I do not demand a return link.
If I think a link will be useful to you, my Web
site visitor, I will post it whether or not it
is reciprocated. Nor do I expect links to
be tit for tat.
Am example of that: Someone
may mention my book or my site in their
newsletter rather than on their Web site and
that makes me just as happy. I suggest you
do the same. It gives your link page more
credibility and it underscores what pubic
relations is supposed to be about -- ethics and
a willingness to help one another when possible.
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promotion, or tech on every page of this Web
Associated Content (A paying content provider)
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You will find at least one promotion, writing
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three! Happy browsing and collecting!
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Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More
The New Book Review
Master's in English.org Online Universities'
101 Essential Sites for Voracious
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for Sharing with Writers blog.
Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008)
and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter
Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor
New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor
Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award
Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.
A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military
Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010
Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010.
MWSA also gave a nod to
She Wore Emerald Then,
a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.
Named #! on Top Ten
Editing Books list.
New Generation Book Awards 2012,
The Frugal Book
Promoter; Finalist 2010
The Frugal Editor;
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The Oxford Award
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Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for
Los Angeles Book Festival 2012
Winner Diamond Award
for Achievement in the Arts
California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of
And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry.
See the awards page on this site.
ABWA is a group of highly
skilled networkering women in business.
Military Writers' Society of America
Also, honorary member of
Writers of San Diego, Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
(GLAWS), IWOSC, and Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA)
Book Publicists of
(BPSC) Pix: Proud Irwin Award Winners
Carolyn and Janet