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Crystal Ponti
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Get a #1 Hot New Release FREE for joining the Forewordz community - connecting authors and readers through daily deals on the hottest eBooks! Sign up is free! We'll be launching soon...
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*IF YOU'VE EVER BEEN DECLINED BY BOOKBUBS...READ ON!*

Hey everyone! My name is Crystal, and I launched this community a few years back to help authors connect with readers and share their books. An author and publisher myself, I know how difficult it can be generating awareness and growing a readership. That's why I'm very excited to announce my latest venture called Forewordz. The more I network with authors in all genres, the more I hear how awesome BookBub is, but how incredibly difficult it is to get accepted by them. There are other competitive services, but most do not understand the needs of authors and what really attracts readers to download a book. We're building Forewordz to be extremely author-centric, which in turn will generate excitement with book lovers. There will be daily deals like you get with BookBub and others, but authors will share why they think readers should download their books. They'll create the pitch that helps sell the reader. In addition, with each book listed an author will be able to include a link where people can sign up for their updates - this will help authors build the most critical element of book marketing...the email list. Sadly, you never know who is downloading your book via BookBub. It shouldn't be that way. There are a bunch of other perks which will be detailed on the website when it launches (over the summer?). Right now, I could use your help in getting the word out and encouraging people to sign up. Here's the link: http://www.forewordz.com. *In the early days of the launch, I intend to take the listings that you post here and include them FREE as part of our daily deals.* So please keep posting! Thank you!
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Hi everyone, ZAPP BOX is launching a free to use listing and promotional platform in early June.  We have plenty of users interested in your books!  Check out the video and sign up at the link below.

http://www.zappbox.co.uk/publish
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You Control Your Destiny

The world might be infested with intestine-oozing slimeballs, but you control your destiny. So don’t let the naysayers, negative nitwits, or competitive cretonnes get you down! Keep moving forward!

#thewalkingdead   #bloggingtips  
I’m a little bit addicted to the whole zombie phenomenon. There’s always a good excuse for an undead movie marathon and when the apocalypse comes, I feel confident that I’ll survive for at leas…
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Thanks +Sarah Fuller!
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Hey everyone! I'm the US Community Manager for Brainly, a site devoted to helping students get "unstuck," particularly with homework. We are seeking teacher volunteers to help answer questions and also Moderate student-generated content on our site. We have several amazing teachers on board who are doing an incredible job, but we are growing rapidly. If interested, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!
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Did you know that indie authors can submit their books for free through BookLife for a possible review in Publishers Weekly? Here's more from editor Adam Boretz who I had the pleasure of interviewing...
When navigating self-publishing, indie authors are faced with countless choices. Decisions must be made on how and where to publish a book, what marketing strategies will be used and whether or not self-publishing is a stepping stone to finding an ag...
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Every other week I share a list of 10 places where bloggers can get paid for their writing. This week I’ve compiled a list of places where your hobbies just might pay off.

#bloggingtips   #getpaidtowrite  
Here are 10 places to get paid for your writing based on your hobbies...
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Wonderful idea +Crystal Ponti​.
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For those of you who love books (duh!), here's a chance to win more than 30 including some titles from well-known best selling authors! :)

http://writermomblog.com/the-great-readers-giveaway-ultimate-summer-kickoff/#sthash.abSmd6CE.dpbs
There are few things that I love more than going to the mailbox and finding that someone has sent me a book to read! Even if I ordered the book, and I totally knew that it was coming, it’s still the best prize the mail carrier ever leaves me! If someone has sent me a book for free, then it’s even more of a bonus! If you’re like me, and would love to find your mailbox stuffed full of free books then this giveaway is for you! I have gathered up som...
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Totally Agree about the mailbox.
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Testing out BookBub today for the first time! Have you had success with BookBub? And this really does make a great Sunday read or Mother's Day gift! :)
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Whether you love or hate the show (we can’t be friends), here are 5 blogging lessons we can learn from The Walking Dead...

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5 Blogging Lessons We Can Learn From The Walking Dead
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Great article +Crystal Ponti. I think a lot of people are behind the curve re: having a plan and having a niche. The biggest mistake people make is to start general blogs without a direction (which is where an overwhelming number of those who fail go wrong). I like the comparison of a niche to a weapon - entirely accurate (although carrying a sword like Michonne is the best option, I'm actually quite skilled with a sword).
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Hey everyone! I'm the US Community Manager for Brainly, a site devoted to helping students get "unstuck," particularly with homework. We are seeking teacher volunteers to help answer questions and also Moderate student-generated content on our site. We have several amazing teachers on board who are doing an incredible job, but we are growing rapidly. If you're interested, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!
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Ever wonder what those loud headphones are doing to your kid's hearing? This handy infographic is eye-opening and SCARY.

#hearingloss   #childrenhealth  
Hearing Loss and Headphone Use (Infographic)
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Five years ago the more followers and fans you had on social media, the better. It was a numbers game. Numbers meant that you were someone influential. How things have changed. Social influence is no longer measured in quantity. Today this important metric is all about quality, particularly the quality of your engagement. 

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Five years ago the more followers and fans you had on social media, the better. It was a numbers game. Numbers meant that you were someone influential. How things have changed. Social influence is no longer measured in quantity. Today this important metric is all about quality, particularly the quality of your engagement. How are you effecting others’ emotions? When you post an update on Facebook, do your followers comment in droves? Do they shar...
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One tip might be not to use a lower-case letter in the middle of a fully upper-case headline.  If you do that, your headline ends up looking like some kind of health term "biogging".
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  • Blue Lobster Book Co.
    Founder, 2014 - present
    Nestled in the heart of Maine, Blue Lobster Book Co. is a full-service, self-publishing boutique. We aim to be the partner of choice for a select group of authors who value personal attention, a partnership philosophy, and a creative approach to marketing.
  • MommiFried
    Blogger, 2012 - present
  • BambuSky
    Founder, 2011 - 2013
  • Google
    Community Moderator, 2013 - 2013
  • WikiAnswers.com
    Senior Community Manager, 2004 - 2013
  • Answers.com
    Senior Community Manager, 2004 - 2013
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Book Marketer; Self-Publishing Expert; Social Media Guru; Author; Blogger
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Founder of Blue Lobster Book Co.; Author of The Mother of All Meltdowns; Mommy Blogger over at MommiFried.com!

Yes, I love Google+...Feel free to add me to your circles! Here are a few suggestions:
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Blue Lobster Book Co. was founded by marketing industry veteran Crystal Ponti, who has worked for and consulted with some of the largest sites in the world including Answers.com and Google. Prior to working at Answers, she spent a number of years as a business and marketing planning consultant helping entrepreneurs plan, launch, and grow their businesses. Since then, she has focused on book marketing. Most recently she served as Managing Editor, Contributing Author, and publisher of the book The Mother of All Meltdowns, a tell-all collection of moms’ finest (worst, completely awful) moments. She also blogs at MommiFried, an outlet for her creative writing and a way for her to share her later-in-motherhood experiences with all women and parents, and is a regular contributor to Felicity Huffman’s site What The Flicka? and Business 2 Community.

When she is not busy consulting, blogging, or writing, she can be found nurturing a beautiful family of five children, one much-younger husband, and a cat that drives them all up the wall.

Here on Google+ she owns/manages a handful of pages and communities including:
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