Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Goddess Fish Promotions 10th Anniversary (VBT, guest post)

Congratulations to the hardworking team that comprises Goddess Fish!

It is my pleasure to share a guest post by them as they share...

Ways to make your characters more real

The Goddess Fish team

I’ve been watching the TV series, “Numb3ers” recently and have been fascinated by the little tidbits they add in to create their characters and make them real and different. One of my favorite characters is Professor Larry Flineheart.  He’s real, and deep and intelligent, but also incredibly quirky.  How? Here are some examples:

1.     Larry only eats white food.  Who thinks of stuff like that?

2.     He loves baths. He does his best thinking there.  At one point, he’s homeless, but refuses to stay at Charlie’s house because there is only one tub there, and he doesn’t like to share.

3.     In season three he homes back from the space station to a kind of spiritual awakening.  He struggles with the dichotomy of belief in God and belief in science, though he doesn’t find them anomalous.

There are so many other things about him that are fascinating and interesting.  How do you make your characters different and memorable? Is it how they dress? The pets they keep?  A phobia? A quirk? Think outside the box when you’re doing character creation… no two people are the same.  No two people are perfect.  I want to read about someone I’ll think about for weeks, months or maybe years after. 


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.




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

The tour dates can be found here


  1. Thanks for hosting us. Readers, what is your guilty pleasure?

  2. Enjoyed reading your post today about character development. Since I'm not a writer, most of it goes over my head. As a reader, I do appreciate the time an author takes to round out her characters, making them seem real and alive. Really adds punch to the story.

    1. Karen, the best kind of character development is really invisible to the reader. You'll fall for them, but you may not be able to put your finger on just why. THAT is talent and I love authors who can do this effectively. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I loved that show Numbers. It was such a neat show.
    My guilty pleasure is watching Big Brother. That show, even though I think it's scripted is very funny with all the drama.

    1. Mary, thanks for stopping by. I haven't really dug in to many reality shows (other than cooking shows like "Chopped"), but they are hugely popular, so clearly they're doing something right!

  4. Happy 10th. Keep up the great work.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. love your site goddess fish <3 hope you have many more years to come!

  6. Congratulations Goddess Fish Promotions on 10 years! I really enjoy Goddess Fish Promotions!