Promoting Your Work and Your Self

Getting the word out: requirements and pitfalls  
Featured Guest - Tangina Ann

Well for a while I would pay the publisher a fee for a service and sometimes still do, or if they were going to attend some kind of book fair naturally I would want my book promoted there. Right? Well one thing I do know about advertising is if it isn’t working, try something else. Go a different route. For me the different route has been to use social media outlets; it is certainly the cheapest way to go.

Some of the social media outlets I use are: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Google+ YouTube, Pinterest, Netlat, LinkedIn, Crowd Publishing tv, Tumblr, Craigs list.

The list can go on and on. However, these are my top rankers. I use them all and they are all free. Set yourself up a Facebook page; you can pay as little as a $1.00 a day to promote your book(s) or events on Facebook. Facebook can make a video free; go to my Facebook site to see an example of what I’m talking about. See the link below

It can be photos you shared on Instagram or pictures you just took or saved to your phone. Facebook will display these pics, (you are the only one that can see them), and ask if you would like to make a video. If you decide to say, “ok I want to do this”, they will provide 4-6 different templates with music for you to choose from. In the past they let me choose 5–10 pics to use to make the video; again it’s done using their templates with music. You can share it on Facebook, copy the link and paste it on your Instagram or LinkedIn page, for example.

I use any form of social media I can; the only pitfall is it takes a lot of time, sometimes with little result so that it can seem like you’re wasting your time. There is no promise you will hit it big but what do you have to lose?

YouTube: if you put a video on your page, providing there are no copyright issues YouTube will pay you to allow them to run commercials on your video. They call it monetising your video. But there are catches there too; you will have to read the stipulations to understand what is required. No guarantees there either but again what do you have to lose?

There are extra benefits in self-advertising; it can cost very little to nothing and I have found new friends I would not have met otherwise. I found it so rewarding because I have met some really nice people. Sure I may never meet most of them in person, but that isn’t what is important. I still value their opinions and consider them amongst my good friends. Another benefit I found is it can help build your self-confidence while building skills you never thought or knew you had. You can be creative in the way you put your ads together as long as it is within the guidelines; most importantly my motto is, “be yourself”, because no one can copy you.

You don’t have to use all these social media outlets; you can pick and choose, find which works for you and stay with it. Don’t give up. Keep working at it because you never know when, (and I’m not saying this will happen to you); however you never know when someone will contact you and say, “hey I would like to feature your book in my magazine”, ask you to contribute a story to help a charity or for that matter be asked to write an article for a magazine. It maybe something even bigger, you can never tell. I read an article where one famous writer wrote 13 books before hitting the big time.. If writing is your dream, be encouraged– keep writing, advertise where you can because you never know when an opportunity may come your way.

And when it does grab it !

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Tangina Ann interview

Posted on December 30, 2016. 


Tangina Ann Interviewed by Terry Gilbert-Fellows
 Blackheath Dawn Publishing.

What is the prized possession you value above all others?

Family, and a few good friends. Why? You have this nice house and car but one day you get this call your house has just burnt down. You go out to get in to your car and it’s gone. Someone stole your car. Talk about a bad day. Who are you going to call? The Police of course. But you’re still in need of a ride to your house that burnt down; plus a place to stay until you rebuild your home. Are you going to be able to count on your friends from work? Well maybe. It is my experience that when the chips are down it is family who will always be there. You can replace your house and all you think you hold dear but can you replace a member of your family? No they are all one of a kind and irreplaceable.

If you were able to be invisible and were researching for a written piece, where would you go?  

I have done a considerable amount of family history research back to mid to late 17th century so along with being invisible I would need a time machine. I would need to go back to Hellingly, Sussex, England 1637 a year before my ancestors Thomas and Lynda died. They died in the same year although I have a date for Thomas’ death there is no record of the actual date for Lynda. Did she die the same day or later that year? Did they die as a result of a war or a disease? I have traced their son Benjamin boarding a ship in Ireland, arriving in America less than two years after they died … Did he kill them and run to America to escape justice? He had two younger sisters and a brother. What happened to them? Being invisible would allow me to watch the events without changing anything and fill in the blank area of the events leading up to the day they died. Hopefully the time machine wont break down and that I will be allowed to return home.

What most engages your curiosity?

Mysteries, Ancient history and Animals.

What do you consider to be the wisest move you ever made?  

I would have to say of late it was to start writing. It has built my self-confidence and forced me to see things in a different light. By advertising Promoting and engaging with other people it has been a rewarding experience.

If you were able to regain a treasure, what would be your choice? 

The question I have is, is that treasure an object or a person. If there was a treasure I could get back it would be my brother tom. He was always there when I needed a friend and was never afraid to tell me like it was. He was the kind of person who would stop and pick up a stranger and give them a ride. One time when we were sitting in pizza hut in Gibbons Glade eating lunch, it was freezing outside. Some guy came in the restaurant and his shirt was soaking wet. I think he said he slipped on an ice patch and landed in a small puddle. Tom felt bad for the guy and took off his shirt and gave it to him. I wish more people could be like him.

What is your favourite book?

The Atlas of the Ancient world, and the Bible.

 Is there something for which you are still searching?

Sure, it’s something you can’t buy and it’s hard to find. 

What makes you sad?

Watching a video that comes across my page of a child being kicked, tossed around, stepped on or slapped for no good reason. I want to reach in and pull that child to safety but I can’t. I think anyone who abuses a child in anyway should spend the rest of their lives in jail. I’m not against discipline when it comes to teaching a child wrong from right. However, good parents know the fine line and between the discipline and abuse.

Generally, what is your attitude towards poetry and do you have a favourite poem?  

I like poetry as long as it isn’t depressing.

I haven’t read anyone’s work in a while though, I have few that I have recently written I’ll share one with you. 

It Was

Bright and sunny day then it got dark and the sun went away.

Lightning came, filled the sky with rain,

Now I sit here and wonder why.

Who can I blame for all that rain?

This rain is a blessing so who am I to complain?


What do you consider was your most life changing event?

There is a lot that can happen in a person’s life that can be marked as a life changing event. I think the recent developments concerning my Work as an Author has been nothing short of exciting and a dream come true. I’m truly thankful.

Then there is my move here to Tennessee. The area I live in is a little like going back in time where neighbours help each other and are friendly. Nice change

Do you have a pet hate?

Scammers! These people are lower than an ants belly. These people are everywhere pretending to be someone they’re not taking people’s money. I have been fortunate enough not to have fallen for any of their nonsense. There are some who haven’t been as fortunate.

I have started a page called Scam Awareness on Facebook. It is for anyone to share if you run in to someone who you can confirm is a scammer. Share the information to make others aware of it. For some reason these people are not scared of getting caught so let’s make it as hard for them as we can by informing and being informed.

Why is writing important to you?

Some people dream of being an actor, singer, guitar player. It is something I dreamed about doing. Somehow with work and family you tend to put your dream aside and some never follow through with it. Why is important to me? It is important for anyone to follow a dream. It is a form of expression and a way for me to share with others things that otherwise only I would know about. When I had the acceptance letter for my book, it was a dream come true there is nothing like it.

I was asked yesterday If I had plans to make any of my books in to a movie. I have no clue how that even works. Then again I didn’t know a thing about Facebook or G+ or any of that stuff. Everything has been a challenge and learning experience. I have enjoyed the journey. Who knows what the future holds?

What, if anything, makes you different?

My dad says I’m flamboyant. I have been called beautiful. One thing I know is beauty is only skin deep. It’s fleeting and can fade away. If you don’t have a good heart or compassion for others, then all that on the outside means nothing. How does that make me different? I don’t know. There is only one of me as there is only one of you. We are all different in our own unique way.

 Tangina Ann’s current published book list –But see below for more news

Short Stories In The Life of Little Girl Blue

Natalie’s Dilemma

Gooner Meets Her Match

The Search For Serenity

All are on Amazon. B&N & BAM


The Rise of the Black Horse Rider

This new book is based in part on the bible but is not biblically accurate. I bring to life creatures and people in a way you have never seen before. Move over Zombie Apocalypse. As for the rest of you hold on to your hats and run for your lives

Tangina Ann 2016

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Tangina Ann latest interview by AllAuthor Author Tangina Ann prefers the country to the city for its peaceful living and serenity. A lover of taking pictures of nature, animals and passionate about wood art, Ann hopes to find a venue to exhibit her artwork which she has done previously also. Tangina previously worked on her farm and learned not only how to make goat cheese and butter, but also how to interact with customers which were a big deal for the shy Tangina. She contributes her growth as a writer in part to God and some to Family and Friends that encouraged me along the way. Receiving compliments like ‘Tangina is a dark horse of a very pale complexion.’ Tangina writes from personal experience and experiences of others. She is currently working on a book called The Legend of Fisher King Island and a chapter for Tyler Wagner for 100 person book titled the better business book volume 4. Read full interview...

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When you open a page on social media if your like me you have one page for just family and close friends and you have a page that you market your self and your books on. What I didn't expect is how you can touch some one in a special way and not even know it. You develop friendships and even to an extent relationships.

Although you may never meet them in person They reach out to you for different reasons and you feel a connection with them. You don't really know what it is that you may have said or what post you may have posted that they feel safe enough to open up to you but I can't tell you how much that means to me for some one to have that kind of confidence in me. That they open up about things that you would never expect and I keep it close to my chest as to never repeat what I have been entrusted with.

No nothing illegal. Just encase you were wondering.

There is a dark side to social media though and that is with all the good people on social media there are some who will take advantage of a soft heart or someone who just has the ability to have compassion and want to help someone out of a bad situation. These people see that as a weakness and they are known as Scammers. They come in many forms and you have to learn how to spot them. I have ran across more then my share of them and I refuse to let these cold and calculating bunch of bandits change who I am however I have learned over the years what to look out for. This subject was the inspiration of one of my books The Search for Serenity.

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Author Tangina Ann grew up in a small town Pennsylvania about 51 miles north of Pittsburgh. Tangina is currently a self-published author until she can find some one who will pick up the mantle. She likes to do wood art and shoot photos of nature. She has a few cats that make her day a little lighter. She likes to go to a movie once in a while or miniature gulfing

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