I’m so stoked today to introduce you to two women who have become very near and dear to my heart – both the real, beating one, and the publishing one! The powerhouse women behind one of the most successful author promotion companies out there, Marianne and Judy of Goddess Fish Promotions. This dynamic duo is celebrating 10 years in business and they’re on a month long anniversary tour promoting their author services. On a personal note, I’ve used Goddess Fish for 3 of my book releases and they have all been widely and wildly successful, mostly because of these two fab ladies! Let me introduce them to you now, and stick around because even though it’s their anniversary, they’re giving away chances to some really great gifts!
Without further ado, here are Marianne and Judy
Welcome to the Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary Month Long Celebration!
Who is Goddess Fish Promotions? And what do we do? We’re glad you asked!
We didn’t want your visit here to be dry and boring, so we decided to have a poetry competition and put what we do into verse. Here are the initial entries:
Roses are Red.
Violets are Blue.
I’m awful at poetry.
We can edit your book
find things you didn’t see
It will be fun to look
at the changes from me.
(Yeah, for some reason, Judy won!)
Even better, her poem is correct. We DO offer editing as one of our options. Here are a couple of testimonials from clients:
I worked with Marianne on a complete edit and was very happy with the results. Her feedback was clear, easy to follow, and she probed on things I hadn’t thought of. She was also responsive whenever I had questions and helped me work through a few issues. Her feedback and guidance improved the quality of my manuscript, all at a very fair price. I’m working on my next book and plan to use their services again.
-J B Glazer, author, In Search of Mr. Anonymous
Choosing the right editor for a project is incredibly important to an author. Let’s face it, we want the best for our books. When I was considering editors for my first indie-published book, Regenerate, I naturally thought of Goddess Fish Promotions–and I’m so glad I did.
Marianne Arkins and Judy Thomas are incredibly attentive and professional during the entire editing process. Their input was invaluable and the story is much stronger because they cared enough to help unsnarl plot points and find order in the chaos..
I can’t wait to work with them again. Truly, a top-notch editorial team! – Sarita Leone, award-winning author of Regenerate
We also offer Virtual Book Tours, Graphic Design, Social Media Promotion and more. You can see more testimonials here.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little (more information is below) and we’d like to do the same. We’d LOVE to see a little poem that tells us a bit about you in the comments. We’ll be awarding random book giveaways and $5 Amazon GCs to some of the best poetry we find. It might not be at every stop, but when something really makes us smile, we’ll reward it! Come on, be daring…
And now, more about us:
Goddess Fish Promotions
Goddess Fish Promotions was established October 14, 2008. Why? Well, when Marianne became a published author and got her the first taste of trying to promote a book on a budget, there was only one other virtual book tour company in place at the time, and their fees were simply too high for a small press author. After coordinating and running her own tour, she knew other authors could use the same service for a reasonable price. Thus, Goddess Fish Promotions was bo
Because both Judy and Marianne were authors and editors prior to running Goddess Fish Promotions, they approach the business with a unique point of view, and treat their clients how they would expect to be treated.
The people behind the fish
Judy has a college degree in English and she’s worked in retail, education, at her local library as well as an editor for a small press and for the now defunct ShadowKeep Ezine. She’s also a published author so can see things from both sides of the fence. In 2013, she “retired” and now spends her days helping authors make their dream come true—as well as working as much as she can with her local theater group.
Grammar freak and coffee lover, Marianne wrote her first novel at ten years old, built her first commercial website in 2000, and published for the first time in 2006. She worked as a professional editor for just over a year, and knows what it’s like to write, edit and promote a book on a budget.
Connect with Judy and Marianne (aka. Goddess Fish !) here:
And now for some fun stuff: Giveaways!!!!
Click on the link(s) that pertain to you below for chances at gift cards and promotional services
For Everyone: One $50 Amazon/BN GC, two $25 Amazon/BN GCs, Two $10 Amazon/BN GCs
For Authors: 2 $10 GC for any Goddess Fish Promotions service, Winner’s choice of either a free blurb blitz (2 wk) or book blast (5 day), 50% off any tour (excludes Review tour or Full Service Tour), 4 free 25 page complete book edit, 2 Winner’s choice of teaser or social media cover graphic design
I love a good speed round, ala Bravo’s Actor Studio questionnaire, so here goes
Napkins or paper towels?
Judy: Paper towels and paper napkins each have their place. I have some cloth napkins that I use to make the table look pretty at Christmas. Does that count?
Marianne: I honestly don’t use paper napkins… paper towels are so versatile! They’re towels, they’re napkins, and in a pinch they can even work as facial tissue or a coffee filter.
When it comes to placing toilet paper on a roll – over or under?
Judy: Over…unless there’s a toddler or kitten in the house
Marianne: Over. Always. I had a roommate who was an “under” gal, and we nearly came to blows. We finally decided whoever used the TP roll up got to put on the new one in the manner they chose and it had to stay that way for the duration of the roll. I’m pretty sure we ended up using a TON of toilet paper because whoever wasn’t happy with the way it was put on wanted to get through it as quickly as possible.
How did you two meet?
Judy: We were in an online writer’s group together at Writer’s Village University and magic was born! However, since we there are 1200 miles separating us, alas we’ve never had the chance to meet IRL. Everytime we try to plan something, something happens. I have faith that one day it will happen though.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Judy: Love what you do and do what you love. If you are miserable in a job, you are going to be miserable most of your life– and life is too short for that. If you get up and hate the fact you are going to work, find something else to do that you enjoy better.
Marianne: Follow your dreams, and don’t let anyone steal them (especially in the name of practicality). Do what is right for YOU and not what everyone says you should do. I had a drama scholarship for college that I gave up because it wasn’t something I could ever use to support myself realistically. I regret that every day.
Follow these fabulous women as they take on the world for the month of October:
October 1: T’s Stuff
October 1: Let me tell you a story
October 1: White Sky Project
October 2: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
October 2: Harlie’s Books
October 2: Independent Authors
October 2: Bookish Reviews
October 3: Romance Novel Giveaways
October 3: Romance that’s ‘Out Of This World’
October 3: underneath the covers
October 3: Tory Richards
October 4: Kimmi Love
October 4: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 4: Books,Dreams,Life
October 4: FUONLYKNEW
October 5: Author Deborah A Bailey
October 5: Rainy Day Reviews
October 5: Christine Young
October 5: Books Direct
October 8: Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
October 8: The Tired Buyer
October 8: The Layaway Dragon
October 8: Lampshade Reader
October 9: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
October 9: Bookaholic
October 9: Writing is my Oxygen ( hey, that’s me!! HEE HEE)
October 9: Travel The Ages
October 10: Mythical Books
October 10: Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored
October 10: Wake Up Your Wild Side
October 10: Kit ‘N Kabookle
October 11: Beyond Romance
October 11: The Bibliovert
October 11: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
October 11: Harlie Williams, Writer
October 12: The Book Connection
October 12: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
October 12: Nana Prah’s Blog
October 12: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
October 15: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
October 15: Danita Minnis
October 15: So Many Books
October 15: Reviews by Crystal
October 16: The Reading Addict
October 16: BooksChatter
October 16: Casey’s Corner
October 16: Locks, Hooks and Books
October 17: Just Books
October 17: The Avid Reader
October 17: Linda Nightingale … Musings
October 17: A Hippie’s Bookshelf
October 18: Jane Reads
October 18: Bayou Book Junkie
October 18: Sybrina’s Book Blog
October 18: Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden
October 19: fundinmental
October 19: All the Ups and Downs
October 19: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
October 22: Lisa Book Blog
October 22: One World Singles Blog
October 22: Mixed Book Bag
October 22: Books in the Hall
October 23: Fabulous and Brunette
October 23: Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer
October 23: Emily Carrington
October 23: It’s Raining Books
October 24: Erotica For All
October 24: Laura’s Interests
October 24: Book Bite Reviews
October 24: Welcome to My World of Dreams
October 25: Where Landsquid Fear to Tread
October 25: Hearts and Scribbles
October 25: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
October 25: Straight From the Library
October 26: Bookstanista
October 26: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 26: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 26: Readeropolis
October 29: Dawn’s Reading Nook
October 29: Regan Black
October 29: Books,Dreams,Life
October 29: Long and Short Reviews
October 30: Andi’s Book Reviews
October 30: Edgar’s Books
October 30: Iron Canuck
October 30: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 31: Bri’s Book Nook
October 31: bookish bibliophile
October 31: books are love
October 31: Two Ends of the Pen