Episode 135 – “Karma Is Your Best Publicist!”

By Damien Newbie Writers Podcast 2 Comments on Episode 135 – “Karma Is Your Best Publicist!”

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Karma Bennett





Karma Bennett offers fully customized publicity campaigns tailored to the needs of her clients. In addition to traditional publicity outreach, she offers assistance with social media, marketing, SEO, book tours, and branding. She loves helping authors find the value in Twitter, Tumblr and other social media resources. Some of the genres she’s worked with include fitness, health, horror, sexuality, pop culture, humor, and young adult. Karma has secured publicity on a wide variety of media, including Cosmopolitan, Fox & Friends, Woman’s World, Mother Jones, USA Today and LA Weekly.

Prior to founding Future Is Fiction Communications, Karma was the publicist for Ulysses Press, voted by Publishers Weekly as one of the fastest-growing indie publishers in the world three of the four years she was in their employ.

She is a board member for San Francisco’s Book Promotion Forum and a member of the California Writers Club.


Who Gets A Publicist?

I know what you’re thinking, no one needs a publicist, and you’re right in that I will always recommend food, water and shelter over hiring a publicist. But if you’re going to launch a project, you will need someone to contact the media to help spread the word. And just like you could bake your own wedding cake or defend your own murder trial, many tasks are best left to professionals. When someone says they need a publicist, they don’t mean that they’ll starve without one. They mean that if they want their new product to sell they will need to make as many people aware of it as possible, or their project will fail (and then they will starve)

We explore why one would need a publicist, the benefits of having a blog and the importance of social networking. There’s more to being an author than just writing, it’s Karma’s job to help you with that.


Plot Generator:

Need to kick your plot in rear? Try Karma’s Plot Point Generator.
As with any show that Catharine isn’t on, we go way off topic and end up talking about cats being strapped to rockets and shields….. here’s a link: a href=” http://the-toast.net/2014/06/05/german-rocket-cats-meditation/ rocket cats


What about “before”? Along the lines of “If Only I Had Known” Describe the day before – the day before bad news, the day before good news. If it’s fiction, what kind of clues can you drop that indicate pending disaster or triumph?

Word of the Week:

This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/

jark – noun – A seal or insignia on a counterfeit document. Who would have thought there would even be a name for that!

Tortured Sentences:

This poem was written by Sylvia Plath was written in approximately 1963 right before her sudden death by suicide.

Shout Outs

Coming up next week:

Excitement and mayhem – I have no idea.


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  • Karma
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:14 am

    *makes discerning face* Not sure if Damian is complementing me, or if episode title is a pun on my name.

  • Damien
    Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:31 am

    It’d be a pun. I always try to play on words. The other option was “Cats With Rockets Need Better Publicity” but it seemed too long.

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