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Friday, 30 March 2012

Writing is about experiences, not just publishing.

by 

Janet McNulty


Many people want to write that novel, but they have no idea how to start or how to complete it.  Another problem many have with writing is the writing craft itself.  Writers always have to improve their writing to avoid falling in a rut. To accomplish my first completed novels I did a few things.

First I took a couple of writing courses.  One was a creative writing course that focused on poetry.  My goal in taking it was to get ideas for stories that I wanted to publish.  It also enabled me to learn about a different kind of writing.  Most of the time I write prose.  But taking a poetry course introduced me to the world of rhyme and meter.  Having to tell a story in a few stanzas that follow a pattern is very challenging.  It forced me to think of a new way to communicate.

The second writing course I took was one the involved learning how to write fiction.  In it I learned to move beyond telling a story and put the reader in the tale with detailed description.  Writing is about more than just putting what is in your head onto paper.  Your reader has to feel as though they are in the story itself.  That is what this class taught me. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

I wonder what April will bring?

April is soon approaching and for this month I have asked my guest bloggers to concentrate on REVIEWS, and I'm sure we'll be in for a treat with the line up of authors I have coming over to share their delights, woes, tips and funny stories.


We have the honour of M.C.V Egan author of The Bridge of Deaths, Katie Salidas with her non-fic novel Go Publish Yourself.


Then David Kubicek author of Friend of the Family, and David Grant author of Blood: The New Red. 


Rod L. Predergast is spotlighting his excellent book called Dinner with Lisa, and we can look forward to Cait Lavender's top ten sharp and short reviews of her favourite authors. She is the author of Hunter Moon.


Who else wants to join the line up?


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Monday, 26 March 2012

The End… or Just the Beginning?


Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my! 

by 
Lola James

When I first started writing, I wanted to be done quickly so that I could be published and actually become an author. Well, I wrote the story found a critique partner, and an editor. The whole process took about a month, and I am somewhat of a fast writer. Happily, I published my book on KDP, Pub-it, and Smashwords. I then sat back and waited for my good reviews and acclaims to roll-in. Boy was I wrong… Nothing happened, well something did happen I joined a writing group a few months too late, actually the day after I published, and joining that group forever changed my life.


The group consisted of less than 100 people but it was about 10 people in that group that really helped me out. It was nice to be among my peers, I mean my friends were supportive but they couldn’t relate; hell half the time they didn’t know what I was talking about!


Sunday, 25 March 2012

Ruby Barnes - author: Ruby’s top ten tips for ebook publishing

I love finding blogs that share important information for us independent writers. It's what makes us feel we aren't alone; other writers going through the same old worries and niggles are just a click away.

I found Ruby Barnes' blog on Twitter (good old Twitter), and would like to share his wisdom with you. Check him out. 

Ruby Barnes - author: Ruby’s top ten tips for ebook publishing: You’re going to need a good book, one you believe in, one that has your author’s voice. That unique voice communicates your individual tale...
  1. You’re going to need a good book, one you believe in, one that has your author’s voice. That unique voice communicates your individual talent as a writer.
  2. Test your book on honest people before you consider releasing it. Make it the absolute best you can. Don’t regret, be proud.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Found something interesting for Kindle authors...

Kindle Promo

Might be worth a look? I spotted it on Twitter. I've not looked into it in great detail, but, as you know, I'm always on the look out for new promo ideas. Here's the intro to the site:

Firstly, following the successes on twitter this site has been set up to extend the social medium and help indie authors, self publishers and authors in general spread the word about their books.

Secondly, the objective is to act as a resource to assist those going through the process. Be it writing, scratching their heads in bewilderment around the self publishing options and trying to figure out an efficient and economical way to market their works.

I have experience in all of the above and have struggled with most of them. So the idea is on a mass scale to share what we have learned and what we know...


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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Reviews are an author's gold


by
Nicholas Maze

How do you get reviews?
When it comes to books, reviews are partial gold. Reviews spark a person’s interest. If you are new to the writing scene and have no reviews you can easily be overlooked: an individual will not take the time to read about your book, even if it is a genre that they love.

Although you spent months or years writing, that two-paragraphed review could hold the life of your book in its hands.

At the same time, you can have great reviews, but no one ever sees them. Being unknown can stop you from being noticed all together. So, a long list of great reviews can mean nothing. Reviews are a gamble, but definitely worth the risk.

I also utilize book review services, such as *bookrooster.com and *bookplex.com. These organizations locate reviewers for you, who turnaround and submit their reviews to various online sites. By submitting reviews to various online stores, they are increasing your presence and certifying you as a worthy writer.
*Louise Wise: I haven't checked these out, but be expected to pay.

How do you deal with bad ones?

In my world, a bad review is excellent!

I’ll give two key reasons why I enjoy bad reviews. First, a bad review helps you to grow. When you receive a poor review, you have the opportunity to see where you might have made a mistake or maybe missed some information. Bad reviews help you to grow as a writer.

My second benefit is reality. When a curious reader is going through your reviews, they will come across that negative review. Of course they will wonder if the book is terrible, but they will also see that real people reviewed your work. And, if you have good or great reviews to go along with it, they can weigh their options.

About a week ago, I received my lowest review for my latest work (EXIT: How to Leave Debt Forever). The reviewer titled the review, “I didn’t find anything new here.”

Although, the title stated how my book was just like any other financial book, the reviewer yet pointed out that they learned something in the book. This type of review is even better, because I not only received a “lower than average” review, but I also received good remarks on my work. So, a curious reader will be led to read the negative review and find a positive spin on it.

One thing you have to remember is that you will not please everyone, so write from your heart and find the good in all your reviews and comments.


The Exit
How to Leave Debt Forever


What 12+ years of schooling never provided is located within this amazing literature. From basic instructions on saving to the reason for America’s current financial dilemma, we receive great advice in the world of finance. People across the globe are crying for relief that will never come. In EXIT, we learn that financial strain is planned and orchestrated. The more America suffers financially, the more successful certain individuals become. How do we eliminate a problem that has been in place for almost 100 years? We first learn how to exit, escape.  

Genre - Non-Fiction/Self-Help/Financial

Format - Paperback & Ebook
Publisher - Pearle Pages Publishing
Released - February 21, 2012



Purchase Links:
Nicholas Maze Website
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Itunes
Lulu

Monday, 19 March 2012

The authors who did it RIGHT


The Ones Who Came Before Us and Did it Right

By: MK McClintock

How often do we as authors and readers talk about the writers who have influenced our writing-style or how we choose which books are worth to line our shelves? I’ve done it often, usually without thinking about it. What I don’t always do is answer the question ‘Why?’ Why do I choose those writers? Why do I choose those books? Is it as simple as just liking the book? It made me laugh. It made me cry. The author is just amazing. But if someone asked us to pinpoint the ‘why’ how many of us already know?

As both an author and reader, I certainly have my influences. Writers who I feel personify what it means to be a great writer. Writers who are able to capture a single moment with such astounding clarity, the reader can’t help but feel the chills, the tears, the touch of a hand, and the all-consuming love. They are no longer a reader, but are in fact living the life written out on those pages. I’ll admit, I really get into a good book. So much so, that I’ve read some of my favorites upwards of two dozen times over the years. Is it because these writers have influenced me in such a way that I can’t seem to get enough of them? That can’t be it, because the books I tend to read for simple pleasures over and over, aren’t written by those I’ve claimed to be my favorites (with the exception of Woodiwiss), or by those I’ve claimed to have the most influence over my own writing or reading choices.

Who are your favorites? How have they influenced the way you write or which books you choose to read?

So today, I’ve listed my top influences – whether it be for writing or reading, these are the authors who have had the most profound effect on me as a writer and reader. If it has their name on it, I can only wish I wrote it and chances are, it’s on my bookshelf.

·         Kathleen E. Woodiwiss: I don’t believe I’m only in saying that this author is a favorite or influenced me to become a writer myself and I’m certain there are also those who would disagree. I didn’t begin writing with the arrogance that I would ever reach her level of skill, but this wonder of historical romances pulled me into her stories, made me long for the lives of her characters, made me laugh with them, cry with them and she did it all superbly. As an author of historical romance, I often think of her books as I write and imagine that if my books come out even half as good as hers, I would have accomplished something.

·         Edward Rutherford: I haven’t yet read all of this author’s books, but I’m working through the list. I will say that after I read The Princes of Ireland and The Rebels of Ireland, I was sold on this author. From his style, to his dedication to accurate history and his ability to creatively and effortlessly intertwine fictional families with fascinating history. I longed to be a part of that world, no matter how difficult or horrible it read at times, I wanted to be there with the people, fighting their battles, tending the wounded, loving the families. The images he creates of the landscape is vivid, the characters equally flawed and heroic. His ability to incorporate the history into his books, and still write a fascinating work of fiction, is one of the greatest reasons why he is on my list.

·         Louis L’Amour and Larry McMurtry: These two western authors share a spot on my list and it may not make much sense to many people, but as western authors go, they are the greatest I’ve ever read. Lonesome Dove. The Sacketts. Need I say more? They both wrote westerns as I imagined the west would have been. The cowboys didn’t ride horses bare-chested and the women didn’t swoon at the sight of a handsome face. It was survival on the frontier, gun against gun, dirt, grime, hardship, flawed characters, good families, outlaws who didn’t always die and good guys who sometimes did. That was the west and I believe that if I can learn to incorporate a bit of their style into my own writing, I’d have a successful western. I’m still working on that, but I’d say that as far as good, down-to-the-earth, love ‘em, kill ‘em, fight ‘em, real west would have been, these two just may have captured it. Oh and did I mention that they not only captured it, but made us want to read about it. 





McClintock was born on the west coast, but after less than eight years she left with her family to the Rocky Mountains. After more adventures around the country, business college and culinary school, McClintock found a place to call home in Montana.

"I've always loved books and spent more hours reading through school than any other activity. I wrote stories when I was younger and even tried my hand at a novel. It wasn't very good and I shelved the idea for years." She pulled the ideas off the shelf and began working on her first novel, Gallagher's Pride, the first in an historical series about a ranching family in Montana.

Over the years McClintock traveled the country and visited magnificent Scotland. She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock still calls Montana home. McClintock is also the author of Alaina Claiborne, the first of her British Agent novels. She is currently at work on her next book.’

Genre – Western Romance
Format – Print and Ebook
Purchase Links:
Amazon Kindle



Blurb: Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn't know existed. Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost family, heal old wounds and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man who destroyed her family. As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than enough to occupy his thoughts and time-he didn't need the complication of Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn't need the trouble that came with her. Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life than revenge.

Click below for a short excerpt: 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The finalists for Rachael Harrie's second campaigner challenge

I have been asked to select five finalists from a short-list of ten for Rachael Harrie's second campaigner challenge, and I've been given TWO days to do it in! Cheers, Mark. 


The rules were:


Do one or more of the following using the prompts (which should include at least one, some or all in your challenge):

  1. Write a pitch/logline for a book based on the prompts (less than 100 words)
  2. Write a short story/flash fiction piece of less than 200 words based on the prompts
  3. Write a poem with a twist using the prompts as inspiration (in less than 200 words)
  4. Write a story/poem in five sentences, each sentence based on one of the prompts
  5. Write a poem/flash fiction piece (in less than 200 words) about the water pear *without* using the words “pear”, “spoon”, or “droplet”.

Two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair. 

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For added difficulty/challenge:

  • Complete at least three of the above activities and tie them all together with a common theme (feel free to either state the theme in your post or leave us to guess what it might be)
  • Write in a genre that is not your own
  • Ask Challenge entrants to critique your writing. 

The judging criteria is as follows:
  • How creatively the prompts are used (possible 5 points awarded)
  • How well the entries are written (possible 5 points awarded)
  • How engaging/entertaining/unique the entries are (possible 5 points awarded)
  • If the entrant completes more than one of the activities in their post, how well their pieces are tied together by a common theme and how strongly their theme shines through in their writing OR If the entrant only completes one of the activities in their post, how strongly their theme shines through in their writing (possible 5 points awarded)
  • Whether the judge wants to read more (possible 3 points awarded)
  • Creativeness/uniqueness of the entry’s title (possible 2 points awarded)



They are the rules, and my entries are:

Andy Brokaw 

Daniel Todd Noyes
Kaylie Austen
GwenTolios

Alyza Smith 
K S Collier
View from Fairview
Sally Scribbles
Melodie Wright

Sara Bowers

All were very, very good and I had to choose FIVE. I read all their pieces and picked out my favourites for interest, a full story (beginning, middle and end) and use of the prompts above. Then I re-read my favourites and awarded the points. The highest points, and thus going through to the next round are...


Drum roll!
Daniel Todd Noyes
Alyza Smith
View from Fairview
Melodie Wright
Sara Bowers


The above people have been emailed and told. Well done, and good luck on the next round!



Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Meet Cora Parks: Your IRS Refund

My Foray into the Blogosphere

by
Cora Parks

I first learned of blogging in 2007 as a way to make money.  Unfortunately, I promptly forgot about it until 2009.  What precipitated my going into blogging was a desire to disseminate tax information to a larger audience than I would be able to reach as a sometime tax instructor at work.

So in August 2009, I commenced my first blog post.  It was nothing special, just a “hey I’m here” type of post. 

All I wanted to do was to talk about taxes in plain English so that no one’s eyes would glaze over.   Although, others make money off their blogs, I don’t make a penny.  In fact, I lose money in that I must pay hosting fees every month out of my own pocket. 

Do I wish that I could make money?  Yes.  Do I want more readers?  Of course I do.  But my writing was and is not predicated upon the number of readers or how much money I make.  I do it because I love it. 

The only caveat is producing fresh material.  Except for a couple of guest posts, I write and edit all the material on my blog.   This year, I made changes to the blog template, the size of posts, and frequency of posts in an effort to attract more readers. 

Right now, I take things day by day, hoping that my posts make “taxes a little less taxing” in the lives of my readers. 

I would love to have you join us at blog.taxtoday.info. 

Cora Parks is a lifelong Atlantan whose vision is to bring proactive tax counsel and personal responsibility to the masses in the area of taxation.

She is the author and editor of the financial blog Tax Today, a blog that provides readers with information on an array of federal tax topics. She is currently collaborating with PYPTW Inc, a nonprofit organization to start a low income tax clinic in metro Atlanta.


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Genre – Non-Fiction, Tax
Purchase Links: Amazon

In this book you will find all the information you need about an IRS refund, from the options that you have to get your refund, to getting a bigger refund, and getting it faster. In addition, we include little known IRS refund topics, like what to do when you have an expired refund, what to do if you get an unexpected IRS refund and much more.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

So you want an Author Platform? FREE eBook

social media and newbie writing guide

For a self-published/indie writer creating a platform is a must. The sooner this is made and maintained the better. But where do you start? So You Want an Author Platform is an easy to follow guide that will help you connect to bloggers and potential readers of your book.

This is a short eBook of approx 9500 words. 

FREE from 
12th to 16th March
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Friday, 9 March 2012

Food expert, Beth Aldrich, talks us through her book tour, and how you should go on one, too!

How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight and Feel Fabulous
by 
Beth Aldrich



Congratulations, you've garnered a book deal with a major publisher and you've written the book; but that's just half the work. The most challenging work is about to begin. Most writers do just that, they write; but with today's competitive book market, good writing is only half the battle. Nowadays, writers are encouraged to be active in social media and other forms of marketing so they can ramp up their book's presence-to stand out on the bookshelves and increase sales. 

When I began my book journey two years ago, little did I know that I'd be embarking on the ride of my life: with 12-hour work days, writing the book and "getting the word out" about my book in any way I could.

Knowing that I would be responsible for my own "tour" expenses, I decided to build my presence in social media as a way to reach my target audience of busy moms, so that the sponsorship money I raised would be best spent traveling to book tour events. Knowing that many moms like to connect online through social media, I began making connections and generating useful and trustworthy content to build my following.

Nothing good comes easy and it's been a daily challenge to garner followers (legitimately) who appreciate and value my content. Through my networking and connections I decided to partner with SocialMoms.com, a popular moms online social media community filled with articles, content and great mom networking. With the power of social media, we created a book launch virtual party and contest with over 100 mom bloggers who participated.
I acquired book tour sponsors who donated prizes for our contest so that all participants would have incentive to be a part of the fun and excitement. I love to get involved with contests and communities and I wanted to create that for the moms who took the time to be a part of this special project; within weeks of my book's launch, there were thoughtful blog posts about my book, spanning the internet, from real moms-the demographic I was hoping to tap.

Word spread like wildfire and on my book's launch day, and the throughout the month that followed, my book was a best seller in two categories on Amazon. The mom bloggers agreed to Tweet, FB and share their blog posts and in exchange, we offered sponsored goodie boxes of book-inspired products (all garnered from months of product partnering sponsorship deals), exposure on our blog and cross promotion through social media. We had a multi-prize drawing the night before the book launched, and announced winners via a private newsletter designated just for the participating bloggers. All-in-all, it was a successful book launch, thanks primarily, to the hard work and support of the mom bloggers in our book tour contest, social media and my tenacity to get the word out.

When people ask me, "How did you know what to do to promote your book?" I always tell them that I networked with other authors, researched what other authors have done in the past and trusted my judgement. I know that I love prizes, so I spent weeks and weeks, acquiring products that I knew I'd love to receive as a participation gift goodie box. I also understand the power of communication, so I interacted with the registered participants regularly, sharing all of the steps of my book tour publication, along the way.



I often connected with the moms on Twitter, through Twitter parties (where we had, yes, more prizes), and on Facebook. I made sure I was following everyone that was following me on social media and I always tried to re-tweet their tweets, etc. With consideration and on-going communication, relationships were built with new mom friends throughout the process. The folks at SocialMoms.com were so supportive, offering advice and ideas, making the launch everything that I hoped it would be. Some of the mom bloggers even agreed to help me host in-person parties in their cities, making my ground tour a huge success. We used the power of social media to get the word out about our on-location book events, which helped raise attendance and bring more awareness to my book's brand.



Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight and Feel Fabulous (Penguin Books, NAL, January, 2012), had a fantastic launch and I can certainly say that the power of social media helped contribute to its kick off success.

To find out more about Beth and her book, visit, RealMomsLovetoEat.com; her book is available where ever books are sold, or online at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.


Monday, 5 March 2012

What’s Everyone Atwitter About?

By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

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A few years ago, I was sitting in an internet café in Damascus, Syria after six hours of Arabic classes.   I had cleared out my email in-box and finally, after weeks of such sessions, caught up on my writing goals. Next on my list was to investigate Twitter, a social media platform people had been talking about at the last writer’s conference I’d attended. “Twitter is essential to building your platform,” a speaker said echoing what many industry magazines were advising.

I thought nothing of it since high school reunion peer pressure had brought me to Facebook. I wasn’t looking for other ways to eat up precious time.

Except on that night in Damascus, I kinda was. So I went to the Twitter home page. One out of four posts were talking about Michael Jackson’s death. Convinced it was a social media hoax, I called my husband. “They’re saying Michael Jackson died on Twitter,” I said. “He did,” my husband confirmed from a few countries away.

From then on, almost three years ago, I’ve been hooked. Twitter is a great platform to get bite sizes of information. You choose whether you want to click or not on the links related to current events, fashion, or books.  Many hotels, restaurants, and other service providers are active on Twitter so if you have feedback a Tweet is more immediate than an email, phone call or letter.

A Tweet is a message of 140 characters or less that you send out into the world. In the beginning it will have a message-in-the-bottle feel as you may not have many followers (which is what someone who subscribes to your feed is called). But as you develop your voice – or the persona you want to present to the Twitterati – others who are interested in what you have to say will join your stream. You can (and should) return followers, reply to messages when people mention you, and in general be an interesting/engaging Tweeter to build that elusive audience all writers hope to have in advance of book launches.

More advanced uses of Twitter include signing up to a tribe on Triberr which means everyone in your group tweets out your blog posts thereby increasing your reach.

If you aren’t yet in the Twitterverse, head over and think about signing up. You may just learn something new.

The modern woman's guide to switching from jet setter to incubator, MOMMY BUT STILL ME retells the story of a first time mother with humorous and honesty. From sex with a purpose to ankles swelling into cankles, this is a no-holds barred look at the all the changes, big and small; from knowing "hipster" as a term that describes your generation to using it describe where you like to carry things.


Imagine a man volunteering to trade in his game nights for heart burn and back ache. Good thing there are women around to ensure the survival of the species. This hilarious look at the journey from high heels to high blood pressure, as a jet setter turns into a bed wetter, is what your doctor won't tell you and your own mother may have forgotten in the years since she was blessed by your arrival.


"At our first meeting my future father-in-law waited until we sat down in the Thai restaurant, the oblong menus placed in our hands and the waiter was a distance away, tending to other diners, before turning towards me, his eyes glowing. This was the first time we were all seeing each other after his son had proposed to me. "When will I get to hold my first grandchild?" He asked. For my father-in-law and everyone else, I have a question of my own: When will any of you be satisfied?" 




Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian Desert was good in many ways since that is where she met her husband, had a baby, and made the transition from writing as a hobby to her full time gig. She has published three e-books this year including Mommy But Still MeSo You Want to Sell a Million Copies, and Coloured and Other Stories. Since she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plotlines.


Her work has also been published in AudioFile Magazine, Explore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, and Qatar Explorer. She has been a guest on Expat Radioand was the host for two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio. She was the Associate Editor of Vox, a fashion and lifestyle magazine.


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