Monday, October 1, 2018


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Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary


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:

About 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 born.

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 Thomas

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.

Marianne Arkins

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.

Interview with 
Judy and Marianne
How did you get started in this business?
Judy:  Marianne said, “I’ve been thinking…”
Marianne: I’d recently been published and wanted to run a virtual tour for my book, but at the time there was only one company who ran them and they were hundreds of dollars which I couldn’t afford.  So I organized my own.  And it was an absurd amount of work. So … I suggested to Judy that we should start running tours for a reasonable price, something small press authors could afford. As far as I am aware, we are the second ever virtual book tour company :-)

How can an author stand out of the crowd in book promotion?
Judy: One of the best things that an author can do is really take part in the tour process.  We had an author who not only thanked the host (which we recommend for every tour - it’s just good manners), but who also, in the comments, started the conversation by asking unique, open-ended questions on each stop--and took the time to respond to the participants.  She had a great tour!!

Is there one particular genre you find you get more of than another?
Marianne: Romance is the primary genre we tour, likely because that’s the most sold genre of fiction. Next would likely be mystery/suspense and science fiction/fantasy.  We tour any fiction genre, though, and occasional non-fiction.  

Do you take all books?
Marianne:  We tour any fiction genre, and occasional non-fiction.  



For Everyone: One $50 Amazon/BN GC, two $25 Amazon/BN GCs, Two $10 Amazon/BN GCs
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 


  1. Happy Anniversary! I absolutely visit your blog or facebook daily. LOVE IT! Thanks so much for all you do and I wish you the very best forward!

    1. Thank you so much! Our best to your girls.. they are precious!

  2. I love the interview so fun to learn something about the authors.

  3. Happy Anniversary! Love your site and learning about all the new books available.

  4. Congratulations!!! I've found some great books because of Goddess Fish Promotions :)

  5. Hello there Judy and Marianne, thank ou for touring my book. I'm about half-way through it, but unfortunately have not been able to devote as much time to it as I would like. At my age I did not think I would be elected the Chairman of the retirement village council where I live. I will try to chat and twitter with readers very soon. In the meantime ten years is a very good milestone to reach and pass, CONGRATULATIONS break out the bubbly!

  6. Oh dear!!! I did not read it before publishing, editing needed!! Thank you - I am hal-way through the tour not the book. Chairmanship is a time eater. All the best for your future ventures. Love, Light and Laughter from Australian Charles.

    1. lol.. we definitely understand! btw, we do offer editing services (wink wink)

  7. Congrats on your 10th Anniversary!

  8. I enjoyed the interview.

  9. Do you prefer e-books or print books?

    1. Both! Depends on the situation, really. Going on a trip? I'll take my Nook. Reading at home? Print works just fine. Reading before bed? Tablet again... I don't have to get up to turn off a light when I'm drowsy. :-) What about you?

  10. What writers have influenced you?

  11. How did you pick the genre you write in?

  12. What was your favorite childhood book?

  13. What inspired you to start writing?

  14. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

  15. How do you handle writer's block?

  16. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

  17. What comes first, the plot or the characters?

  18. How do you develop your plot and characters?

  19. Happy Tenth Anniversary, Girls! Still miss blogging with you...

  20. How do you come up with the titles of your books?

    1. Hi Becky, just FYI ... we aren't ignoring your questions. It's just that we aren't here promoting books, so can't effectively answer you. Thanks for stopping by though! Have you seen our other stops on the tour?

    2. I will look at the other stops. And thank you.