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So glad you could join us in the Winner Circle! Our team is really proud of the vast array of resources we’ve been hard at work compiling over the last year, and we’re excited to take Where Writers Win to the next level by providing you with a “one-stop-shop” for your author marketing needs.

From here you can visit any of the portals below and be transported to a wealth of information, all meticulously researched and vetted to make the absolute most of your marketing, sales and publicity efforts.

Enjoy your time here and check back often as we’ll be adding new content for you every week!

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20 thoughts on “Winner Circle

  • August 21, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Hello, I’ve written a mystery that includes a small-town police chief, a DEA agent, and an informant–the latter use surveillance devices. Do you know where I could find a professional in the police business who would read part or all of the ms and let me know of any glitches in the portrayal? Thank you. N Sullivan

  • May 9, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I’m a new author and I hear lots of Authors giving away books for FREE all you have to do is pay for shipping. How is that done??? I’m sure Brendon is not mailing out all 5000 FREE books! Any information???

    Thanks for all you DO!

    • May 13, 2017 at 3:24 am

      Typically this will be done as part of a BIG promotion – so the publisher will print those 5,000 or 1,000 or whatever, getting a less expensive rate to print a bunch. Yes, even at a buck or two apiece printing, it’s expensive, but DOES get the book into many hands and many reviews, lots of buzz!

  • October 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I need to change my credit card # and can’t seem to find where to go to do that?

    • October 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      It happens within your own paypal account within your subscription preferences. If you still get stuck I can walk you through by phone 🙂

  • August 1, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Typical. Typical. I just typed such a long comment that the site “timed out” and lost it. A lesson learned.

    A marketing conference with Shari has provided not just a wealth of new resources and great new ideas for using the ones I already have, but an approach that is essential if I am to settle into this marketing life for my book. My weakness is to try to do everything at once, to get overwhelmed, and to work all day every day, sometimes late into the night.

    I now have a workable list, typed up from my notes from my conversation with Shari, and can actually tackle that list one item at a time. Today, I am wandering around this site a bit, looking over my “shopping list,” and tomorrow I expect to focus on online book clubs.

    Thanks, Shari, for your help and your insights. And thanks for the kudos about my website and my marketing efforts so far. I’ve been flying blind up to this point.

    • June 22, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      I feel just as you do, Winners’ Circle friend. It’s a brave new world out here for authors.
      Shari is a rope for me to grab onto as I roil in a raging torrent of incomprehensible hashtags and logarithms (or whatever) I, as a “Silver Surfer” and an artist of sorts, have thus far failed to successfully assimilate.
      I just need the strength to hold on and paddle, and trust that Shari will get me to the shore.
      At the moment I am compiling a list of “live” book clubs who might want to hear from me. All courtesy of Winner Circle.
      Best of luck to you, and to all of us.
      Atwood Cutting

  • February 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    How does one access and download one of the author website templates? Is there a charge? Thanks

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Yes — these are where we “begin” with an author’s custom website; the templates we ourselves use and modify. If you’re looking to DIY there are a number of great free templates out there – search Google and look for those that are tested, established, mobile-friendly, etc.

  • January 15, 2015 at 10:10 am

    We had to stop writing for a little while and doing any marketing due to a health issue my sister had. I am happy to say she is doing great now and we are back. I do the marketing and promoting of our website and was having a hard time getting back into the groove again. I went back to Writerswin website and all of the articles got me going again! Thanks so much Shari!

    JB Bonds

    • January 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks, JB Bonds — we’re all so glad to have you back — write on, market on!

  • September 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Below under the WWW Press Box section I selected the “New Orleans: Write Stuff” and am directed to aol.com every time. Is there a glitch? What I want is the date of the next writers conference which is held in New Orleans every year.

    Thanks, Beverly J. Campbell

    • September 2, 2014 at 12:06 am

      Hi Beverly! Yes, that’s the right link as these are press articles we’ve written that appear on other sites. Words & Music this year happens November 20-24 and their website address is http://wordsandmusic.org — The site is in the middle of a re-do, so pardon any construction dust there!

  • April 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Shari, A response I made to a blog in Writers of YA Fiction:

    It always hurts to be rejected at some level. The problem in finding an agent is there are so many new unknown authors that your book is lost inside an tsunami of new books. The numbers make it impossible for an agent to respond, much less look at the book. Everybody is in everybody else’s way. The only way an agent might peek at your book is to have something about you or the book that sticks out of that flood. Then there’s the brick wall of the publishers who only consider what sells and is currently hot in the ever-shifting culture.

    That is why I’d suggest self publishing. The public still won’t know you’re there, but the point is YOU ARE OUT THERE. And you and your book have a chance.

    • June 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Your last comment: YOU ARE OUT THERE. And you and your book have a chance,” is inspirational. Thanks.

  • November 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Shari saved me from certain obscurity.
    With the publication of my first novel, Birth Offering, I knew that I needed help with social media. I was an expert at email. Unfortunately, that was all. I had never looked at Twitter or Facebook. I never heard of Google Plus. So I was in dire straits. I contacted Shari, and she very patiently talked me through the process of signing up and using all forms of social media. After all of our sessions, I now routinely promote my writing efforts through a number of different platforms – and not only do I sound like I know what I’m talking about, but I actually do know what I am doing. Couldn’t have done it without Shari. She made the learning process both fun and manageable.

  • September 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Shari and Kendra did wonderful work for my new website. My minimal on-line skills have improved 100%, and the website looks terrific. I read most of Shari’s posts, and I’ve already utilized the blog sites and directories included in the Winner’s Circle to promote my website and new book, The Black Owls.

  • August 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Tell all your writing frineds. This is a fantastic site with something for everyone regardless of their genre, their skills or their interests.

  • June 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I appreciate much of the material you are furnishing and am learning to benefit from what you offer. It occurred to me that you seem not to have any information on Writers Guild that exist across the country. Do you have any plans to find and list these organizations? It could prove to be a very useful tool for authors and I am looking for a source of contact information for Guilds everywhere.

    What say ye?


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