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I receive daily emails, Twitter, and Facebook messages daily about marketing, publishing, and social media. In an effort to save time and consolidate answering the same questions a multitude of times, I'm opening this forum for questions. I'll answer them as I am able, and I'll try to get to each in a timely fashion. 

Please be succinct in your questions and ask only one question per comment. I'll respond to each directly and will leave the answers below for others to refer to. 

*I do not claim to be an expert on any subject, but I am happy to share what I have learned about marketing, publishing, and social media. When leaving a comment on this forum, you understand that the answers you receive may not be what will work for you, and you agree to hold Melissa Foster and WoMen's Literary Cafe, LLC harmless and free of responsibility for the outcome of your actions.




April 5, 2014 by Joyce DeBacco, 1 week 6 days ago
Comment id: 79029

Thank you for your prompt reply. But where is the contact form? Your site is too busy and I can't find it.


April 5, 2014 by WriterGirl, 1 week 6 days ago
Comment id: 79031

We figured out what happened. It was an error on our side. Your book ran yesterday by accident and our program manager will be emailing you directly and comping you an ad. I am so sorry for the error.

Universal ad for Bargain Booksey and WLC

April 5, 2014 by Joyce DeBacco, 1 week 6 days ago
Comment id: 79026

My book, Serendipity House, is supposed to be featured in your daily deals column on the right along with a Bargain Booksey ad. BB has the book listed, but it's not up on the WLC site. Please check into this. Thanks.


April 5, 2014 by WriterGirl, 1 week 6 days ago
Comment id: 79027


I just checked our submission forms and we do not have one from you. I assume that you filled the form out at Booksy directly and they did not notify us. Please use the contact form and email me and I will follow up. So sorry for the confusion.


Author Sponsorship

April 5, 2014 by Kazzie K, 2 weeks 10 hours ago
Comment id: 78996

Hi Melissa,

i am looking at putting the first four books of a series as a bundle on the sponsorship site,how do you do that with different isbn numbers and  how many days notice do you need to give for the date request.

Many Thanks





April 5, 2014 by WriterGirl, 2 weeks 10 hours ago
Comment id: 78998

Hi, this depends. If you are looking to promote four different books you will need to choose the promotions (AUTHOR TAB in the main menu, then choose PROMOTIONS and select the ones you want). Each book will require a separate form to be completed. Each promo has a different lead time, so read the instructions for each. If you are promoting one bundle, then we just need the bundle's ASIN. We do not use ISBNs, only digital books at this time.

Advertising under your new release this month April

April 1, 2014 by donettea1977, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Comment id: 78883


I just read that your offer a 7 day add for books released within the past 7 days. I just published the kindle version of my book and want to have you promote it on your site eventhough I missed day 1, Please let me know how I can get in your promotion  as today is day 40 of my kindle publishing and I won't qualify next month for your promotion. Thank you!


Donette Williamson

New Release

April 1, 2014 by WriterGirl, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Comment id: 78884

Hi Donetta,

We don't allow books to be added mid promotion, but you can submit for next month and we'll honor it:-)

How do I remove something posted on FREE eBooks for March 24?

March 16, 2014 by miritbarak, 4 weeks 6 days ago
Comment id: 78200


I cannot figure out how to align well the paragraphs on my posting:

Plus, I will change the cover image. Can you tell me how can I edit it please?





March 16, 2014 by WriterGirl, 4 weeks 6 days ago
Comment id: 78202

I have aligned it for you. When you copied and pasted your info you had a width set of 991 px. 

The cover image seems to be linked to Amazon so that should change automatically when your Amazon image changes.

Aspiring Editor

January 31, 2014 by nebeener, 11 weeks 21 hours ago
Comment id: 76199

I am an author and aspiring editor and have a question regarding the editing certificates available online through universities and other sites.  While I have a degree in English Lit., I have very little mentionable experience in editing and I am thinking that I might have more success attracting clients were I able to show certification.  I have found a few programs through universities, but have also found one on MediaBistro that looks very thorough as well.  Would certification improve my chances in the freelance editing world? Would the more expensive university program garner greater respect than a program like the one from MediaBistro?  Any help from anyone in the know would be much appreciated!


Editing services

January 31, 2014 by WriterGirl, 11 weeks 21 hours ago
Comment id: 76200

Hi Renee,

I really can't give you a solid answer on this. While I believe education and experience are critical in becoming a well-respected editor, I can't speak to the income or reputation you will gain, and I'm not familiar enough with Media Bistro to make that determination. But I do wish you luck.

Sales and Marketing

January 3, 2014 by CherylG, 15 weeks 20 hours ago
Comment id: 74675

Hi Melissa :)

How long after consistent, steady marketing of my book can I expect to see even the slightest increase in sales--weeks, months?

Thank you :)

Cheryl G


January 3, 2014 by WriterGirl, 15 weeks 20 hours ago
Comment id: 74676

That really depends on the book, the quality of the writing, and the number of books you have out. With one book, if it's not a given to increase sales unless you really have a strong book. Without knowing your book and your previous marketing summaries, I can't really make a clear judgment. Every book is different.


January 3, 2014 by CherylG, 15 weeks 18 hours ago
Comment id: 74678

Okay, thank you. The writing is solid so I'm not concerned about that. It's garnered excellent really comes down to if the book resonates with readers. Is it a "strong" book? Not sure how I would define "strong" except obviously all of the bestsellers out there are "strong" or they wouldn't be bestsellers. Jennifer Probst hit the jackpot with The Marriage Bargain, light, fun romance pubbed by Entangled a couple of years ago and readers went crazy over it. Was it a "strong" book? It definitely had legs. :) 

I think the key is to have multiple new books as well as older books out there at once. I think I should consider removing my new book from Amazon and waiting until I have several books ready to publish. That is probably the ticket to having consistent sales. Hopefully by the end of the year I should have more books ready to pub on Amazon.

Thank you and have a great day. :)

P.S. I'm enjoying the classes I bought. :)

Cheryl G

I wouldn't remove it

January 3, 2014 by WriterGirl, 15 weeks 18 hours ago
Comment id: 74680

Hi Cheryl,

I would not remove the book from sales platforms. If it were me, I'd want that exposure, even if sales were slower. It's very hard to define what makes a breakout book because it changes from time to time. I would focus on getting your other books out, but I would also continue to amp up your exposure and build a readership when you have one book out. I know successful authors with one book and I know authors with multiple books who sell nearly nothing. There are no givens in this business. If you are referencing The Judge and the Heiress, then why don't you try upping the price (it's not a full length novel, so maybe $1.99?) focus on gaining reviews, do a blog tour or two to gain exposure, then after a few months when you have another book out, do a BookBub ad with Book 1 and intro book 2? That way you are still building and audience while you're writing.


January 3, 2014 by CherylG, 15 weeks 16 hours ago
Comment id: 74681

Thank you very much for your advice. I appreciate it. :)



December 31, 2013 by potasyumsiyanid, 15 weeks 4 days ago
Comment id: 74463

Hi Melissa. My question is related to a quotion which is my final exam question.  “Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.” by Paul Tillich. I want to know what do you think about this quotion?


December 31, 2013 by WriterGirl, 15 weeks 4 days ago
Comment id: 74464

I think it's a brilliant quote, but I also think there are a zillion other ways to describe the same state of being <3

How to use WLC for different TwitterAccounts?

December 6, 2013 by GTO, 19 weeks 16 hours ago
Comment id: 72738

Hi Melissa. I joined WLC around a year ago and I love how the Twitter Follow Program has helped me grow my followers on Twitter for my account @DianneEButts. I now have two other Twitter handles: @GParentObstacle (for a co-authored book) and @BAboutWriting (for my blog for writers). I opened a new WLC account for @GParentObstacle and I thought I could Log Out and log back in under the new account and begin using the Twitter Follow Program to grow that account. And then repeat for my @BAboutWriting Twitter handle. But it's not working that way. I'm now logged in to WLC for my new account for @GParentObstacle and it turns out when I click on the Twitter links, it's still going to my @DianneEButts Twitter handle. Any ideas how to get it to go to my other Twitter accounts?  ...   Oh wait. I just now thought of this: Maybe it's because I'm logged in to the @DianneEButts account on Twitter. Maybe I need to log out of TWITTER and log back in under the other account??? Sorry I didn't think of that before I started writing this, but I'll leave it in case anyone else has the same question. I'll try that and see if it works. Thanks.


December 6, 2013 by WriterGirl, 19 weeks 16 hours ago
Comment id: 72740

Glad you figured it outsmiley

Seeking an Editor

November 25, 2013 by Darmie Orem, 20 weeks 5 days ago
Comment id: 71919

Dear Melissa. I was introduced to the site by Paulette Mahurin. I'm desperately seeking an editor who specializes in African patois. Where will you suggest I post the message on the site? And if you know of any editor who specializes in this area please, let the person reach me through this email address: Thank you!

I don't

November 25, 2013 by WriterGirl, 20 weeks 5 days ago
Comment id: 71930

I'm so sorry. I don't know of any editors who specialize in that dialect, but you can post on the Writer's/Editor forum and see if someone responds. You also might consider querying groups that might be from that region on Facebook. Good luck!


November 22, 2013 by M.Charlotte13, 21 weeks 16 hours ago
Comment id: 71685

Dear Melissa, I was wondering if I use a last name for a character that i saw in a different book in my own book is that considered plagiarism? Sincerly, M.Charlotte

No Plagiarism

November 22, 2013 by WriterGirl, 21 weeks 14 hours ago
Comment id: 71687

Hi, it's not plagiarism by using the name of a character, but if you use the same story/text it is. There aren't enough names to go around, so books often repeat first and/or last names. 

Promoting my site

November 22, 2013 by Unhappened, 21 weeks 1 day ago
Comment id: 71630

Dear Melissa,
I have just started a site on DreamHost, (, and need advice on how to get traffic.
The aim of my site is to promote a remarkable novel by someone else, not me, and I believe once it gets going, once word gets around, everything will be fine.
I have added my url to as many search engines as I could find, (which probably accounts for all the visitors so far), I have emailed web-promotion companies for advice, to which very few have even replied, except to ask what I am selling, (a person), then ask for money I cannot afford.
I am a student of arts with limited funds, and I don't have much technical knowledge, but I have unlimited faith in my project of introducing the world to the most remarkable, strange, challenging, and beautifully written work I have ever read, and I have read heaps.
I do not subscribe anywhere, rarely comment, or have any efriends, (I have a few physical friends), so I am not exactly gregarious, more a quiet loner, but I am more than willing to do what it takes, even selling my old car and pay someone to get my site noticed.
Anyway, any advice would be appreciated.
Lauren Wills


November 22, 2013 by WriterGirl, 21 weeks 14 hours ago
Comment id: 71688

Hi Lauren,

It sounds like you are doing the right things. I would reach out on social media and connect wth people that way, too.


November 23, 2013 by Unhappened, 21 weeks 9 hours ago
Comment id: 71699

Dear Writergirl,
Thankyou for your advice.

FB Like Etiquette

November 20, 2013 by jroseallistser, 21 weeks 2 days ago
Comment id: 71515

Hi Melissa,

I've been doing the FB Like program for the past month and love it! Just one question/problem...

The guides state we should send the WLC notice to participating authors as a PRIVATE MESSAGE . Several, however, stop by and drop notes on my public stream. Today, one even plastered a self-promotion plug/link in my stream along with it. What should we do about this? 

Public notices

November 20, 2013 by WriterGirl, 21 weeks 2 days ago
Comment id: 71516

We try our best to remind members not to do that. I think you can just delete it from your page and perhaps send them a PM reminding them. 


November 17, 2013 by Salty917, 21 weeks 6 days ago
Comment id: 71245

How do I get my book featured on this site? I really need help in Marketing my book. I have written and self published a really great book but have limited resources. Where do i go from here?


November 17, 2013 by WriterGirl, 21 weeks 6 days ago
Comment id: 71255

Hi Sally,
Congrats on your publication. We offer paid advertisements for authors under the main menu item"Authors", then look at the link that says "Get Promoted".

You can also find many free ways to connect with readers and criss promote under the same menu.

If you would like help in learning to market please check out our educational arm,

Hope this helps!

Unable to tick the 'like' under your name

November 15, 2013 by Kasper Beaumont, 22 weeks 15 hours ago
Comment id: 71160

Dear Melissa,

I have liked 20 authors' pages and sent them the private message, but am unable to click the 'like' button under their name on your WLC page.  Is that what I am supposed to do?

Kind regards, Kasper.

FB like program

November 15, 2013 by WriterGirl, 22 weeks 12 hours ago
Comment id: 71161

Hi, no you are not supposed to click that like button. You can if you'd like but it became very difficult to keep track of so we ask that you leave yourself a comment on the FB like program page to remember which number you are on. You are supposed to "Like" the author's pages on Facebook, though. I'm assuming you did do that.

Hello, Melissa, I noticed

November 13, 2013 by Russell, 22 weeks 3 days ago
Comment id: 71006

Hello, Melissa,

I noticed that you promote on Kindle Nation Daily. I haven't been on there for a while because I found that it wasn't profitable. Or maybe I chose the wrong package.

Which package has worked for you?



November 13, 2013 by WriterGirl, 22 weeks 3 days ago
Comment id: 71008

Hi Russell,

Ads for books will yield different results based on genre, price, cover art, and sample of writing, therefore, what works for me may not work for you. I suggest you do a few test runs with different packages/prices to find what works for your specific book.

ok, thanks.

November 13, 2013 by Russell, 22 weeks 2 days ago
Comment id: 71015

ok, thanks.

One more thought

November 13, 2013 by WriterGirl, 22 weeks 2 days ago
Comment id: 71016

Russell, there are also less expensive options for Kindle promotions. But keep expectations in mind, too. Unless you're pulling a BookBub or EreaderNews ad, ads are really for exposure, and long term, consistent exposure on a well written, professionally edited and covered book, should lead to long term sales. Have you taken the Fostering Success marketing courses yet? You might want to check out the CORE package. It can really help with developing a marketing plan that's long term (as well as short term). It's geared toward career-oriented authors. 

twitter change

November 8, 2013 by writes4coffee, 23 weeks 1 day ago
Comment id: 70658

Hi!  My twitter name has changed and I can't find a way to update it on this site.  Can you tell me what to do?  Thanks.

Twitter name

November 8, 2013 by WriterGirl, 23 weeks 1 day ago
Comment id: 70663

Are you looking to edit your profile or edit the Twitter Follows program? If the Twitter Follows program please send a message using the Contact form under HOME on the main menu. If your user profile, see MY ACCOUNT>EDIT>Personal Info (find My Account in the lower right navigation box of any page)

my name...

November 6, 2013 by Robert K. Swish..., 23 weeks 2 days ago
Comment id: 70537

I posted a free book...where it states your puts me as Robert Swish...

login is correct...Robert Swisher...

merely wondering..

Free ebook

November 8, 2013 by WriterGirl, 23 weeks 1 day ago
Comment id: 70662

Robert, it shortens your name because it's over the character limit for usernames. I might suggest removing the "K."

Hi Melissa, How do I get the

November 1, 2013 by Stella Eromonse..., 24 weeks 13 hours ago
Comment id: 70143

Hi Melissa,

How do I get the HTML codes for WLC? I'd like to include on my blog.


November 1, 2013 by WriterGirl, 24 weeks 13 hours ago
Comment id: 70144

Do you mean our RSS feed? There is an RSS button on the right side of our menu bar:-)

Facebook "Like" team, Twiiter

September 13, 2013 by gardeniarose, 31 weeks 18 hours ago
Comment id: 65825

I've signed up for both the FB Like program and the RT. However, I'm not sure that I understand exactly how they work.


September 13, 2013 by WriterGirl, 31 weeks 17 hours ago
Comment id: 65826

Hi, if you signed up for the Tweet Team, please click on the birds in the right column where it says "Join The Tweet Team" and watch the video. Full instructions are located there. You'll post a tweet on the Team page and you'll be directed to your team page. Then  you'll copy/past and schedule the tweets from your team mates for that day. They, in return, will tweet the tweet that you left. You are also required to tweet the WLC Sponsored Tweets every day you are on the team. Please watch the video and use our CONTACT form for further questions so we can respond via email and keep track of the conversation. 


FB Likes is a program where you sign up with your FB Fan Page, then using your FB Profile page you "like" each person on the list. Please read the instructions on the page for details. Again, please use the CONTACT form for more information. 

Thanks so much!

Update on setting up your blog for Blog Follow Program

September 13, 2013 by Kylie Sabra, 31 weeks 1 day ago
Comment id: 65762

Google Friend Connect is no longer available for blogs other than Blogger. Took me a good bit to figure that out. Unfortunate. It's a much smexier tool than Networked Blogs, which is ungainly to use. 

This took effect quite a bit ago.  Hopefully the information page for blog set up can be updated. 

Still struggling to get Network Blogs set up correctly. It leaves "trash talk" that my audience can see.  

:) Wish  me luck.


Google Friend Connect

September 13, 2013 by WriterGirl, 31 weeks 1 day ago
Comment id: 65790

Hi, I'm sorry but Google Friend Connect does still exist for blogger. Thanks for the info, though. You can read about it here if you'd like: GFC


how to I upload my book's fb page to WLC

September 6, 2013 by Constance B. Wilder, 32 weeks 1 day ago
Comment id: 65251

Hello Melissa=I am new to WLC. I follow you on twitter, but cannot send a message to WLC because you do not follow me-constance b. wilder @wilderconstance. Also, my subject-how do I upload my book's FB page to WLC's. Thank you so much, Connie


September 6, 2013 by WriterGirl, 32 weeks 1 day ago
Comment id: 65252

Hey there Constance, thanks for the note. I'm following you now! You can go to the PROGRAMS menu in the right column and follow the links for the FB likes program if you'd like. Be sure to check out our Author tab at the top of the page. You'll find loads of resources. 

Happy to connect!