Laura Smith


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Posted by lsmith335 on February 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

How did I get over 1100 downloads on my free promotion with my second book when I only got a little over 100 downloads on my first book? I really can't say. I didn't do much different this second time around than my first. I went to all of the same websites for free advertising (though this time around I knew which sites to avoid). I was able to boost my social media accounts a little between books, adding followers on Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest. I also received a decent amount of review r...

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Selling Hard Copy Books

Posted by lsmith335 on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I kept coming across CreateSpace as a usful tool to format books and ebooks, but there seeemed to be so much to it that I decided to format the books myself. Knowing what I know now, I should have started with CreateSpace to begin with. Now, I have my second ebook available to buy in print form on CreateSpace with an Amazon listing to come within the next week, and it didn't cost me a dime.

CreateSpace prints books as they are ordered so there's no need to purchase books ahead of time a...

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Selling My Second Ebook

Posted by lsmith335 on January 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My new ebook launched on Amazon on January 12th. This time around, I'm going to focus on getting some author interviews and trying out some inexpensive paid promotions. The first time around, I learned that free promotions are basically a lottery. You have a slim chance of getting on a site. Out of the over 50 inquiries I made with my first book, I was mentioned on about six sites and two or three tweets. Paid promotions guarantee coverage on several sites and Twitter feeds. We'll see how it ...

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How to Promote an Ebook

Posted by lsmith335 on November 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm still learning as I go, but these sites have been very helpful in setting up my ebook and promoting it. One thing I've learned is to start putting in requests for reviews and promotions weeks before you publish your ebook. A lot of these sites need time to add your work to their site.

I've also had a lot of people say that they can't download my book because they don't have a Kindle reader. Below are some sites that show you how to download your ebooks onto a PC.

As of today...

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Keeping Track of Submissions

Posted by lsmith335 on November 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Below is a sample of the spreadsheet and list that I use to keep track of my submissions. The spreadsheet lists all of the journals and pieces that I submit in the order that I send them. I also keep a list of which pieces I submit to each journal. If I decide to submit to that journal in the future, I try to make sure that I'm not sending them the same work over and over again. It's easier to look this up on the list than to try to go back through the entire spreadsheet to figure out which p...

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List of Book Publishers and Agents

Posted by lsmith335 on November 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are some publishers where I have submitted my children's book. They accept submissions from writers without agents. I have also included some agencies that are looking for new clients. If they decide to represent you, they can submit your work to a wider variety of publishers and increase the chances of your book being selected for publication. The competition is fierce (especially in the children's/middle grade/YA genres) so good luck!


Arthur A. Levine Boo...

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Sample Submission Cover Letter

Posted by lsmith335 on November 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Below is a sample of the cover letter that I sent to poetry journals with my poetry submissions. The parts underlined are the places where you  would fill in your own specific information. Journals like cover letters to be no more than one page long. If a jounal has a submissions manager on their website, I post this letter in the comments section of the letter. Also, be sure to adapt this letter according to any other specific information that a journal is looking for (author bio., pers...

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Publication Credits

Posted by lsmith335 on November 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Below is a sample of my publication credits sheet. Sometimes journals ask for a list of your publication credits. I update this sheet every time I am published. 


Laura Smith Publication Credits


• Published June 17, 2013 – Torrid – Poem titled, “First Day of High School.”


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Places to Submit Poetry

Posted by lsmith335 on November 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is a list of journals where I typically submit my poetry. All of these places are free to submit online (the last time I checked), and I have included some of their guidelines, though I always check their website to see if they have updated their submissions policy before I submit. Also, make sure you submitting within their submission time frame. 


Literary Journals



521 Magazine



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Action Versus Description

Posted by lsmith335 on September 9, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Action and description are competing factors in story telling. I've noticed that writers often lean towards one over another. I'm an action writer myself. My first drafts are focused on getting the actions down on paper and filling it in with description later. If I start with a description, the story usually goes nowhere. I need to build that frame first before I can fill in the meat of the story. A good story cannot neglect either in my opinion.

We are told as writers to show, not tel...

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