Just Some Writer Ramblings, Tips, and Idea’s…..

I spent the day catching up on some finishing touch’s on book number two, catching up on reading and visiting some helpful websites that I wanted to pass on to you.
First the ramblings as it is a New Year, it should be time too for all new passwords on all the important things YOU use a password for to change. Like Your emails, all your Social Media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, About.me, Path, Tumbler, Pinterest, maybe even your vendor accounts through Amazon, Kindle, and GoodReads, Barnes and Noble too!

Some you haven’t heard of you say? These¬†are couple tips on more exposure for wares your promoting! Another great place to give you insight on the “Best Ways” to maximize your FB posts, Twitter posts, YouTube videos and more is my friend Robert at http://Sparkah.com¬†he has all kinds of Marketing videos from his YouTube account that he shares on all the¬†perfect ways to use¬†social media marketing!

For Writers and Authors, it also means some New Year Goals in maybe publishing a new book. Have you considered using a “Fund Raising” site to help cover¬†out-of-pocket expenses¬†and publishing costs? That is what helped me last year get my book published and my e-book out this past May¬†too! Since I had 2 different book covers, one for my paperback, and one for my e-book, I needed help with the costs. We all know the only people making the BIG BUCKS are those who are FAMOUS. Their books sell, but us “Penniless Writers” need some help!…LOL…

There are many to choose from like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and more.
That’s why I did some research, and the best¬†one that fit my needs¬†is “Go Fund Me”¬†http://gofundme.com/5zeqjo This is my link to my “2014 Donor Dream Goal” for Donors¬†to¬†help get my next 2 books out in the world.

My last fundraiser was through “WePay.com and I had good success there as I raised enough to get my first book done!¬† But I wanted a more “Professional” look, and “Goal Levels” of giveaways¬†for my¬†Site this time around, and to be able to get my “New Donors”¬†feel more involved in the Writing and Publishing process! So¬†“Click On” my link above¬†and¬†take a peek at my “GoFundme” site¬†and see how easy it is¬†and creative you can be!

Another website I use, and really helps with marketing my book and both my WordPress Blogs is http://about.me.com¬†¬†This is a new and fast growing network and community of ALL types of people! It’s free, fast, and easy to be creative on making a PAGE for yourself no matter what you do, or kind of business you have! They have “Share Widgets” to use¬†so you can share your¬†“About Me” page on your Blogs or Websites as your Home or About Tabs.¬†I use mine on my Recovery Blog here.
Here is my link: http://about.me/AuthorCatherineLyon as I use it as my Author Bio!


Now I just came across an awesome website via Twitter! I wanted to share a little of what they do. If you are a poet, writer, published author, article writer, you really need to check out this website! It’s a fantastic concept that I have not seen much around before,¬†an excellent way to make income as well, but in a very different way.
They are called: “NokBok” Read Unlimited Books….. ¬†https://nokbok.com.
I have only met TWO of the web team members, Kailee and Joey, and here is a little of what they do as they bring Readers and Writers together!

What is Nokbok?

Nokbok is a subscription based digital library of published and self-published material. Our collection includes books, journalism, articles, academic papers, documents, poems, short stories and more.

Publishers and authors can upload their written material to Nokbok for free and gain royalties whenever their work is read. Nokbok uses a unique royalty model where publishers/authors share in the Total Gross Revenue from the website.

Our vision is to build the world’s largest collection of stories and ideas and place it at everyone’s fingertips for a low monthly cost, while ensuring that the creators of these works receive competitive royalties. Through the Nokbok community, we hope to offer great opportunities for exposure to aspiring, self-published and published authors. Additionally, we desire to¬†encourage people of all ages to spend more time reading and discovering. And finally, our goal is to become a community of action by reaching out beyond ourselves to give to those in need.


The simple answer is. . . pretty much anything, and there is no limit to how much you can upload. We hope to see books, magazines, newspapers, dissertations, lesson plans, poetry, satire, political disputes, cookbooks, short stories, children’s books, works in progress, blogs, citizen journalism, published and unpublished books, journals, research, collaborations, articles, and serial stories. . . oh, and did we mention all of this in multiple languages. We have over 30 languages available. See the following link for a detailed listing of genres and categories: Nokbok Genres and Categories.

Nokbok uses a system of rating works like movies (G, PG, PG-13, R, MA) in order to protect young readers from inappropriate material and to ensure that all readers are aware of what they are about to read. We do not accept¬†promotion of violence or sexual offenses, or pro-terrorism material. See¬†Writer¬†Terms of Service¬†for a complete list of unacceptable material……
So please, go give their website a look at: https://Nokbok.com become a member and read to your heart’s content. They have a great choice of Reads.¬†Visit the “How It Works”¬†tab, if you’re an author or writer, go upload you work and give them a try to¬†gain more readership and earn a little “Cha-Ching” at the same time!

I think Nokbok is going to spread like wildfire once¬†the word gets out! Make sure you tell “Kailee and Joey that¬†“Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon” SENT YOU! That’s it for today folks! Hope what I shared with you today helps in some little way!
“Yes I’m an Author¬†in Recovery, but my Passion is Writing”!
God Bless All!  Xo Xo