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Services:

Our ala carte services are offered at extremely competitive prices, but the more marbles you pick, the more you save. Please contact me regarding your needs, and I'll get back to you with a personalized and detailed pricing structure!

 

Contest & Giveaway Management

Readers love their freebies, and giving away signed books, cover flats or other promotional materials is a great way to get them flocking to your website. I'll post notices about the contest on all your networking venues, gather comments and randomly select the winner from qualified participants. I can forward the winner's mailing information to you and let you handle the shipping, or you can send the giveaway items to me and I'll take care of everything. (Shipping charges will be billed to you as a separate item, for your tax recording purposes.)

 

Social Networking

You've already heard the rally cry: get yourself out there and build that platform! Twitter™, blog, keep a MySpace™ and don't forget Facebook™! Social networks are fantastic places to build your fan base, but there are only so many hours in the day. I can handle the creation of your professional accounts, blog tours & blog hops, post daily or weekly updates from all of them based on a single e-mail from you. I can forward comments to you for response, and/or respond to basic queries either as you, or as "Annette, your Virtual Author Assistant", depending on your preferences.

 

Newsletters

The majority of authors nowadays have a monthly or at least quarterly newsletter they send out. I can help set up and schedule your newsletter, saving you time and effort.

 

Travel Itinerary Organization/Planning

The level of planning will depend on your preferences but I can handle everything from flight planning and hotel finding, to directions/maps, to searching out the best restaurants, attractions, etc. near your destination. I'll send you a list of options, so all you need to do is make a call and book your reservations. Once I know which options you've selected, I'll provide a convenient, detailed itinerary for your personal use and a more general version you can e-mail to your family and colleagues.

 

Fan Letters

You'll need a P.O. Box address for all that fan mail soon to be pouring in. Let me host it, collect your letters on a weekly or monthly basis and send out a form response, forwarding the best to you to keep you motivated. All letters will be organized into a binder and mailed to you quarterly. Or, if you need them sooner, we can scan them and send them to you electronically.

 

Website Design & Updates

As a photographer and all around creative soul, I look forward to collaborating with you to design and create your website. Jar O'Marbles provides website updating, whether we design it or not, at an affordable price. Let us help build you with a vibrant, active Internet hub. If you already have a website up and running, I'm happy to provide update services at an ala carte price.

 

Research

Researching topics from the obscure to the mundane is something I've always been incredibly talented at. Details bring books to life, but researching takes extra hours, time which could be spent writing. I love playing the detective; let me do the foot work for you. I can research a specific subject (i.e., types of dogs best suited for jogging, brain mapping, critical access hospitals) or specifics for a particular location (i.e., is there a Starbucks™ with a drive through in a particular city?). I'll put everything I learn into a concise report with sources cited, graphics and additional reading links.

 

Email Review & Response

Visitors appreciate that "contact me" link on your website, but who has time to review and respond to hundreds of e-mails? I do. Each morning, I will check the email account, delete spam/junk, forward any important emails to your personal account and respond to fan emails as necessary, selecting a few for you to respond to personally each week.

 

Review Gathering

Reviews hurt morale as often as they help, especially on public blogs and shopping venues. If you wish, I'll hunt down your reviews, but I promise to only shoot you the happy ones. All magazine, newspaper and trade reviews I find will be sent to you automatically, unless you prefer me to screen those as well.

 

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