Thursday, October 25, 2018

Straight Celebrating from the Library: Goddess Fish 10th Anniversary

This post is part of the Goddess Fish 10th Anniversary Celebration. And, even though it's their anniversary, they are giving away some awesome prizes. See the giveaway at the end of the post for two different groups: one Rafflecopter for everyone and one Rafflecopter for authors only.


What did you read as a kid?

Judy: I read everything and anything – yes, I was that kid sitting at the breakfast table reading the back of the cereal box. I even read things that my mom would tell me (after the fact) she thought they were too old for me (picture From Here to Eternity – read in the 4th grade – yeah, there were things I didn't understand. I just skipped over them).

Marianne: Nearly anything, including the dictionary. I was a library assistant in middle grade and fell in love with the entire “Wizard of Oz” series (I wanted to be Ozma in the worst way). As I grew older, I gravitated toward fantasy (I did a book report on “The Hobbit” in 4th grade…my teacher didn’t believe I’d actually read it). I read my first Harlequin romance in Junior high and I’ve been just as eclectic since, reading everything from horror, to sci fi, to romance and nearly anything in between. No genre is safe from me!

A few short answer questions:

Tea or coffee?

Judy: both.. Coffee in the morning, sometimes hot tea in the morning, ice tea in the afternoons.

Marianne: coffee mainly, though now and then (especially in the winter), I’ll have tea.

Do you prefer the sea side or the mountains?

Judy: the seaside

Marianne: that’s HARD, but if I had to choose, I’d have to choose the mountains.

Sweet or salty?

Judy: both, preferably at the same time

Marianne: both. I have severe cravings for both at different times of the month…

Print or ebook?

Judy: again, both. Print in the pool or at the beach/ebooks at night or while traveling

Marianne: both. Actually, as I’ve gotten older, my vision is really degrading, so I find eBooks are actually easier to read. Plus, my husband wasn’t happy with how many print books I had (he’s not a reader and just doesn’t understand “no such thing as too many books”), so … mainly I read digital nowadays.


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...


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


  1. Thanks for hosting us! Readers, what about you? Tea or Coffee? Mountain or Seaside? Wondering minds want to know.

  2. Definitely tea... and mountainside, with snow, for me :)

    1. I (Marianne) live in the northeast, so get more snow than I like most winters. But I do love the mountains! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Y'all do one terrific job, Happy Anniversary!