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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

It the spotlight of... Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Love Comes Later
A story of love, loss, culture, duty and family

Hind is granted a temporary reprieve from her impending marriage to Abdulla, her cousin. Little does anyone suspect that the presence of Sangita, her Indian roommate, may shake a carefully constructed future. Torn between loyalties to Hind and a growing attraction to Abdulla, Sangita must choose between friendship and a burgeoning love. 

A modern quest for the right to pursue love and happiness, even when it comes in an unconventional package. 

Love Comes Later explores similarities between the South Asian and Arab cultures while exposing how cultural expectations affect both men and women. 

Identities are tested and boundaries questioned against the shifting backdrops of Doha, Qatar and London, England.

Love Comes Later is a literary fiction/contemporary romance. Check out a previous post by Mohana Rajakumar on WWBB!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Building an Author Platform

article by 
Cindy Vine

Sometimes all we start off with is a dream. A dream to be a published author. In our free time we write, cursing distractions, but determined to get that book out. Unfortunately, having the dream and writing the book is not enough. You are expected to be a marketer as well and do all your own marketing. For many authors this is the challenging part. You are already restricted with time, many holding down a full-time job and writing on the side, the very idea of doing one’s own marketing is almost enough to give up the dream.

Let’s just get one thing straight. Marketing is not door to door selling or parking your car in the parking area of the local mall selling books out of the trunk. Internet marketing is very different and involves creating your author platform. This can be done in the comfort of your own home and will take up an hour or two of your time every day if you want to do it properly.

There are FIVE ways you can build your author platform. There are other ways but these are the most important.

Article writing – join a site like Hubpages.com and write articles about some of your favourite subjects. You can earn a little bit of money on the side, but most importantly you get your writing out there, amass loyal followers and start building yourself a presence on the web.

Social media – whether it’s tweeting on Twitter, status updates on Facebook, pinning pictures on Pininterest, or participating in groups on Linkedin, Goodreads or Shelfari, social media is the way to connect with would-be readers and get your name out there.

Website – it is imperative that you set up an author website or a book website. You don’t have to know much about designing websites to be able to do it. You don’t have to spend a fortune either on hiring a web designer. All you have to do is go to a hosting provider like Go Daddy, buy a domain name, and sign up for Wordpress through Go Daddy. The templates are designed for the technically-challenged, all you have to do is follow the instructions. There are many tutorials available for free on the net if you want to get a little more elaborate, that will explain step-by-step what you need to do.
Blogging – sign up for a blog at Wordpress or Blogger. Try and come up with original content, always include an image, keep your blog posts short about 300-500 words, controversial and humor is good and promote your blog posts through your Social Media. Part of blogging is not just writing your own posts but also commenting on other blogger’s posts. It’s all about making those connections and getting your name out there. She Writes is a great blogging site for women. You can get your blog listed there, join groups and make connections with like-minded people who would probably love to support you by reading your blog.  

Virtual Book/Blog Tour – this is another great way to get your name out there in cyberspace. Writing guest posts for other bloggers, being exposed to a different set of followers, all this helps to build your author platform. You can sign up with different marketers like Virtual Book Café to get them to organize and manage your blog-hopping tour. Or if you have friends with blogs you can arrange it all yourself but that can be a little time-consuming especially if you are already stretched for time.

Your author platform is something you need to get working on as soon as you make the decision to write a book. Don’t try and do everything all at once, you’ll become far to overwhelmed. Start off with baby steps. The blog, the website, social media. But remember to restrict your author platform building to a couple of hours a day otherwise it can take over your life! Good luck!

Contacts:   Website       Blog      Fanpage       Twitter       Hubpages       Email

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Medieval Knights, Ladies, and Romance

Article by Jill Hughey

Hello fellow romance lovers!  I am Jill Hughey, author of historical romance and participant in the Medieval Knights, Ladies and Romance blog.  The blog was started by Vijaya Schartz, a prolific author of medieval romance. 

Now, before you say, "Ugh, who wants to read romance set in the dark ages?" check out the description of what we try to include in our posts.

"where history, romance, fantasy, knights and ladies collide.  Come experience the middle ages through the minds of talented and knowledgeable authors who will transport you back in time."

I personally love medieval and Middle Age romance because, at least in the books I write, there is less emphasis on pretty clothes or intricate hairstyles and more on survival.  These romances tend to be edgier and have conflicts that go beyond social rules or misunderstandings.  While the emphasis is always on the romance, you will find real action in addition to blossoming love and happily ever after.

Even if you are not a current fan of medieval romance, any reader of historicals would enjoy our blog.  A group of active authors all contribute, and though we all write romance set in the Middle Ages or medieval period, we discuss everything from visits to locations for our books to creating covers to our writing process.  We mention good books we are reading (both romance and other genres) and sometimes we even talk about our own books!

Generally two or three posts go up a week and we love to get comments.  Since we share the blog, our visitors get different viewpoints and ideas while none of us get worn out trying to keep up with it.  This allows us to keep it fresh for everyone!

I hope you will pay a visit to our blog, maybe even join us? If you want more information about me I can be found on facebook or on Twitter.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Need an editor?

Do you need an editor for your manuscript? Wendy Ely is experienced and edits full-time. Her rate is $1.25 per page (double spaced). Click HERE to see what her clients are saying.

Here is what she can offer to her clients:

Story Structure:
  1. The flow of the story.
  2. Plot strengths, weaknesses, and inconsistencies.
  3. Point of view, tone, and voice flow.
  4. Character development.
  5. Dialogue.
Line Editing:
  1. Line by line editing for typos and grammatical errors.
  2. Page by page revision recommendations when applicable.
  3. Phone, email, or online chat time for brainstorming your manuscript.
  4. A second read-through to go over "problem areas" of the manuscript with no extra charge.
Email: creativemanuscripts@gmail.com

Friday, 24 August 2012

I don't wanna say it, but it's almost the end of...

British summertime.

Not that we had a sizzling summer or anything, more like a sodden summer. Consolation is that the kids go back to school! Peace and quiet without the TV blaring, no shouts of 'I'm bored' or 'Mum, he's/she's hit me!'. Joy.

Anyway, my theme for September is FREE guest posting. I want posters to write about anything they like. No, not the time you had one too many and ended up on a barge, but rather about books, writing, blogging, readers, marketing, book covers, favourite authors... you get my drift. Anything as long it's about the world of the writer or blogger.

The byline is all yours! I want book covers, purchase links, author media links...

Use the contact button top left of your screen if you're interested, and I'll send you my guidelines.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Author in the chair - Vivian Mayne.

The Curse of Fin Milton
Vivian Mayne

Buy NOW!

Set in modern day London and Cornwall, England, this enchanting ghost story follows the quest of a young man who carries a curse that condemns him to a life without the woman he cares for most in the world. His quest to lift the curse threatens the lives of all those he cares for.

The couple first meet as children, but were predestined to suffer a supernatural romance as a consequence of a curse cast in days gone by.

Aided by a beautiful and dangerous ally who herself has mystic gifts he has to ward off paranormal forces as he seeks to unshackle the restraints of the curse. The two lovers are constantly at the mercy of a ruthless family whose interests would be threatened if the the curse were lifted.

 Tell us the background for The Curse of Fin Milton about?
Set in modern day London and Cornwall, England, this paranormal romance follows the quest of a young man, Fin Milton, who carries a curse that condemns him to a life without the woman he cares for most in the world unless he can lift it. Fin has supernatural abilities and has never been able to lead a normal life. Initially he is unaware that he has been living with the curse or that it would be his destiny to be torn away from his lover every ten years.

Aided by a beautiful and mystically gifted daughter of a local family with a history of criminality and violence, Fin has to ward off paranormal forces as he seeks to unshackle the restraints of the curse that keeps the two lovers apart.

What inspired you to write The Curse of Fin Milton?
I had a dream about astral planing (where your conscious mind is separated from its body) and went to a party at this grand house in Surrey and met a lovely guy (I used this in the book, albeit briefly, with the party at Eel Pie Island).

Then, I fell in love and it was like being hit by a train. It was unreciprocated, which was hard, but I had to get on with it. I began to think I was cursed because I could not explain why I felt the way I did about him, it made no sense. However, I drew from this experience and wondered to what extreme could I take this theme: what if someone was cursed to love someone they couldn’t be with? With this premise on board, the story snowballed and I started writing it from Fin’s perspective. It then became his story and it really grew legs, taking on a life of its own.

Describe what you were aiming for with The Curse of Fin Milton?
I wanted plenty of conflict to keep the reader hooked with lots of punchy dialogue, helping to establish the personalities. I wanted to create a hidden world where good people live normal lives with concealed extraordinary abilities, and where bad people with similar powers never get caught. Hence the talisman/cloak (hiding in the shadow of Etherea) and the overseers: the Sentries from Etherea – who are like the cosmic police. It then all tallied with a cold act of revenge and the design of a curse. I created family trees, which are still growing and will intersect more in Book 2.

There are a lot of characters. How did you deal with all the personalities? Did you write plan for each one?
Yes, I did a lot of research on the different personalities. I have a Facebook page where it will have a list of all the characters and their attributes, relationships, powers etc. I spent over ten years working on this and it evolved. I enjoyed it so much, I had a plan for each character. I wanted to create something big so that it felt multi-dimensional, more real. I am doing the same for the sequel and there are new characters. In the print edition there are family trees. These are currently on my Facebook page. 

Sunday, 12 August 2012

An alternative historic YA novel

The Shadow of Black Wings
James Calbraith

A dragon rider on his first overseas adventure. A girl warrior in search of her destiny. A shrine apprentice disturbed by portents of doom. Their fates entwine as an ancient empire stands on the brink of revolution in this steam-powered fantasy set in a mythical Japan.

  It is the sixteenth year of Queen Victoria's enlightened rule and the world trembles before the might of her ironclad navy and the dreaded Dragon Corps. The young dragon rider Bran finishes his secondary education and joins his father - a soldier and a spy - on a journey to the mysterious lands of Orient.  

An ancient empire stands on the brink of a civil war.
His arrival may push it over the edge.
In the empire of Yamato, sealed from the rest of the world for the last two centuries, a wizard's daughter Sato witnesses her father joining an anti-government conspiracy. 
Her friend Nagomi, training to be a priestess, is haunted by dark visions that she must keep secret. Neither of them is aware that a change is coming to Yamato... on the wings of a dragon.

A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, "The Shadow of the Black Wings" is the first volume in "The Year of the Dragon" saga. 
The second volume, "The Warrior's Soul", is expected in August.

About the author
James Calbraith is a 34 year old Poland-born writer, foodie and traveller, currently residing in South London.

Growing up in communist Poland on a diet of powdered milk, Lord of the Rings and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around university faculties, he moved to London in 2007, found a decent IT job and started writing in English. His debut historical fantasy novel, "The Shadow of Black Wings", has reached ABNA semi-finals and was published in July 2012. Currently he's working on the second volume in the cycle, "The Warrior's Soul".

His volume of short stories, "Transmission", published on Amazon Kindle in June 2012, has reached the tops of Kindle bestseller lists in USA, UK, France, Germany and Italy.

Contact James Calbraith via the following social media sites:

      Unchanging the river flows, and yet the water is never the same.
      In the still pools the foam now gathers, now vanishes, never staying for long.      So in the world are men and their dwellings.                                                                                               Hōjōki
Click for more and read an excerpt of The Shadow of Black Wings:

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Why hire a Proofreader?

Article by Malika Gandhi

We all like to write and produce something worthwhile for our readers to appreciate. A document or a novel without correct punctuation or spelling will be confusing and even jarring to read, therefore the writer must make sure that his/her work is proofread.

What is the difference between a proofreader and a copy-editor? Doesn’t a copy-editor do what a proofreader does, in which case why would I need to hire a proofreader?

The difference between proofreading and copy-editing is practically a hairline difference but which can make your work stand out. A proofreader looks at common errors such as typos and grammatical slip ups in a work piece. It is a final read-through before being published as a novel, periodical, magazine or a piece for the World Wide Web.

A copy-editor looks at all these things as a whole and corrects not only the spelling, punctuation and spacing but also fills in any gaps which the writer may have missed in terms of plot, paragraph structure, repetition etc. After many drafts or rewrites whilst working with the copy-editor, having a proofreader look at the final draft is not a bad idea.

“But I can proofread myself, why should I hire a proofreader?”

This is a good question and a sound one at that. Our own writing is too close to us, which makes us see words as correct when they are not. Our mind overrides misspelt words and we work on, oblivious to any mistakes. A proofreader will be able to ‘see’ these errors when we, as writers, will probably not.

If you are a novelist, it is even more important to get your work perfect in grammar and punctuation. The majority of first-time novelists try and publish their works through a traditional route – through traditional publishers and agents. To avoid rejection from an agent or publisher, it is ten times more important to that first-time novelist to make sure there are no errors in his/her novel.

English is a complex language which is not only spoken differently but also written differently. Some countries follow the UK version when some follow the US version. Bearing this in mind, the proofreader will look at the work subjectively and work towards it in the correct frame of mind.

A little something to think about, of a certain little punctuation...

Let me tell you something about the Apostrophe. We all get confused with this little squiggly punctuation. We are constantly questioning ourselves – where and how do we use it? Let me explain. The apostrophe is used when letters are missed out in a word, such as “did not” becomes “didn’t” and “ he is” becomes “he’s”. It is also used to show possession, like a boy’s toy car or Mrs Rich’s expensive handbag.

The only time it is not used is when we are talking of something, for example, dinners.

The apostrophe is such a punctuation that even the most qualified and experienced, can get wrong. Like the apostrophe, there is also the comma, the speech marks, the semi-colon...and the list goes on. Is the writer expected to remember where and when each one is used? Maybe so, but this is where hiring a proofreader can become useful.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Get blogging!


I started writing when I was twelve. (Pro tip for aspiring young writers: never mention that in your query letter.) By the time I joined the army a decade later, I had amassed quite a body of work.

When I look back on the musings of my thirteen year old self I sort of rip my hair out with despair. The stuff I wrote when I was fifteen merely makes me shake my head in chagrin. My first novel, which I completed at the tender young age of seventeen, shows what might charitably be called progress. With my twenty year old stuff, I can start to spot the diamonds in the rough, diamonds that might have been picked up, polished off, and kept for today. At twenty-two I was just about maybe on the verge of being ready to publish.

Then, as I mentioned earlier, I was commissioned as an officer in the army. (You may be wondering where I’m going with all this. Well, now, calm down there, speedy. I’m unraveling a yarn here.)

You might wonder why I refused to publish any of my work while I was serving in the armed forces. If you’ve ever perused the nonfiction section of your local, independently-owned bookstore (and I highly recommend you do!) you’ve probably noticed tons of books by Jack Gutmuncher, LTC (R) and his ilk. What you’ll notice about all of those books is the little (R) at the end of all those names. That’s short for “retired.” Because, believe it or not, the army has a pretty strict policy about officers not making the army look bad. And voicing one’s own opinions – good, bad, or indifferent, but especially PUBLICLY – is bad juju. So I put off publishing for ANOTHER five years. (Trust me, I’m going somewhere with this.) 

Finally, at the ripe old age of twenty-seven, I was free and clear of Uncle Sam, my work actually ran the gamut from middling to scintillating, and I realized that I had been putting off publishing so long that I had no idea how to actually do it. I was but a raw babe in the woods, and I did what all raw babes do, I looked to someone who had walked the path before me for guidance.

As it turned out, my high school valedictorian had recently been published. So I asked him what to do to be published. He answered me in three words:

“Start a blog.”
So I created Manuscripts Burn with a mission statement of putting some of my old, unpublishable work out there on the internet and seeing if I could make a name for myself. 
Then an incredible thing happened.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

All Things Writing: A Blog for Writer

Mary Ann Loesch

I love finding blogs that help other writers, which is why am thrilled to be a guest today at Wise Words. I'm also slightly jealous of the title of this blog site. It makes me wish I had something cool to connect my last name to like Louise Wise does. True, I do have my own blog called Loesch's Muse, but it doesn't roll off the tongue like Wise Words.

Ah, well. That's life! I'm saddled with a last name that most people pronounce lush. Hmm…now that I think about it, sometimes that is a pretty fitting title for me as well…

Anyway, as I was saying, blogs that help other writers make me do a happy dance that would embarrass Madonna. They make me feel like I'm learning some secret that no one else knows or often they get me over the hump on a problem that I've encountered in my writing. Of course, a few years ago when my writing group decided to start a blog, I thought they were crazy.

Why would I ever want to write about writing? I'm too busy…well, writing.

It took a while for me to get into the swing of blogging, and as a group, we were kind of all over the place on topics. But once we got the hang of it, we discovered that our blog could actually do some good, and that's how All Things Writing was born. Each week we strive to write about topics that interest a particular group of special people: writers. The  areas covered on the blog include agents/editors, freelance writing, character development, writing prompts, styles of publication,  genre definitions, writing conferences, author interviews, and book reviews.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Join my Indie library on Pinterest


Has anyone seen the potential of marketing via Pinterest? I have. It's visual and it's taking off very quickly. I can go anywhere on the web and "Pin It" (grab) a picture and stick it to a board, along with a short description, then I can Tweet, FB, LinkedIn the link as normal and when people click on the picture they are taken STRAIGHT TO THE PURCHASE PAGE of your book.

Never more is a book cover so important.

Want to be included? Email me your book's purchase link and its genre. Here's the Book Junkies link in full: http://pinterest.com/BookJunkies/

Open to small-press/indies only.

Update: Success! Authors have informed me sales have picked up since they've added their book on Book Junkies, and that to me, is success. It may have happened anyway, who knows? But it's good to know there is a library for our growing niche community and it's being viewed!

A library for ONLY small-press and indie authors


Has anyone seen the potential of marketing via Pinterest? I have. It's visual and it's taking off very quickly. I can go anywhere on the web and "Pin It" (grab) a picture and stick it to a board, along with a short description, then I can Tweet, FB, LinkedIn the link as normal and when people click on the picture they are taken STRAIGHT TO THE PURCHASE PAGE of your book.

Never more is a book cover so important.

Want to be included? Email me your book's purchase link and its genre. Here's the Book Junkies link in full: http://pinterest.com/BookJunkies/

Open to small-press/indies only.

Update: Success! Authors have informed me sales have picked up since they've added their book on Book Junkies, and that to me, is success. It may have happened anyway, who knows? But it's good to know there is a library for our growing  community and it's being viewed!

Monday, 6 August 2012

MS submissions wanted for Great American Author

Do you have a manuscript you're waiting to get feedback on? Great American Author provides you with an editor AND an opportunity to win money during a selection process completed by popular vote.

The prize for winning is $1000. Because the author and editor become a team, the winning author's editor is awarded $500. Authors can bring their own editor into the contest and vice versa. Think of this as a writing contest, manuscript development tool, and an author/editor connection. If you need an editor Great American Author takes care of setting one up. All editors are qualified through the same process. 

Deadline dates for Great American Author writing contests are monthly:

- Fiction - first day of each month
- Science Fiction and Self-help - eleventh day of each month
- Romance and Paranormal - twenty-first day of each month. 

Manuscript submissions are accepted through http://gaauthor.com/

There is a fee for the manuscript review process. It is 30 days with an editor for $349. Great American Author opens this opportunity to everyone by including a fundraising option. 

If you want to be included in the fundraising option - send a message to fundraising@10daybookclub.com

This is a great way to get on the right path for publishing. You can learn more at http://gaauthor.com/

Sunday, 5 August 2012

A new up-and-coming review site...

Reading in the Sunshine
My Book Reviews

In Megan's words, she tells us a little about herself and why she has started a review blog:

'I'm Megan, I'm 22 and I live on the south coast of England. I had to give up working in a school last year due to poor health, and as I love reading and sharing recommendations with my family and friends, I thought I might try reviewing books as a hobby, so I set up a review blog and also a facebook page which runs alongside it.

My Book Reviews...
I've always enjoyed reading since I was a child, I buy a large amount of books each month, I will try any genre but especially love women's fiction, a few of my favourite authors are Cecelia Ahern, Lindsey Kelk, Harriet Evans, Sophie Kinsella and Tasmina Perry. I do have many more authors I love, I have bookshelves full of novels. However, I will always try any authors and am constantly trying and discovering other authors' books.

Authors all have to start off somewhere and if I can help anybody by spreading the word about their novel, by encouraging people to go and purchase it or asking people to check out an up-and-coming author then I'd love to be of any assistance. 

I feel that there any so many great books out there with a fantstic story just waiting to be discovered, it just takes someone to try one, write about how much they they have enjoyed it, and this can truly make a lot of difference to the authors out there. I hope that I am able to help connect an author with a potential reader, and that I can help any readers out there find their perfect book.'

Friday, 3 August 2012

Writers Can’t Do It Alone...

article by

MK McClintock

What does it take for an author to succeed? What does it take to create a book from a single idea? Is it possible to do it alone?

As an author, I don’t believe it’s possible to take a book from idea to publication without a lot of help along the way. We can’t publish a book and then sit back while sales soar—it doesn’t work that way. Book publishing is a business and every single author out there is a business-owner. In order to make it successful, we have to rely on the knowledge of those who have experience, on other authors for support, and on a variety of online outlets in order to help market our work.

Thankfully there are many in this world willing to help authors on their path to success. We can find these kind souls on blogs and social networks—they’re ready and willing to do what they can. Whether the help comes from another author, a book blogger, or an avid reader, there are sources to help authors reach their goals.

Most of us know of the standard social media websites where authors and readers congregate, but here are three of my top choices for websites who go above and beyond for authors.

In the effort to help authors succeed, the most recent website I’ve had the pleasure of viewing and being a part of is A Novel Idea Live. “A Novel Idea is a coffee shop atmosphere where writers and readers can connect. A Novel Idea, helping authors climb the ladder.”

Another great site that helps authors to gain reviews for their books is An Avid Reader's Haven “Haven is a warm friendly place for readers to gather and chat about what they read, and a place for authors to advertise their books.”

One of my favorite blogs to discover new authors is I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. A lot is going on at this site, but with her loyal following and easy-going way of working with authors, this site is a great place for authors to interview.

So many of these sites exist and more are going live all of the time, so I’ve spotlighted just a few of my favorites. There are numerous resources out there for authors, so if you’re unsure of where to get started, just ask another author. Chances are they can help point you in the right direction!

About McClintock:
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.’

Website       Blog      Email 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

There *is* a place for your short stories. Submissions wanted...

Dragons playing poker

Almost a year ago I decided the way forward was to set up my own publishing company. At the time it was for tax reasons and with a modest goal of publishing one of my own books and possibly progressing from there. Then I had a dream. Not an asleep, dragons playing poker, while I did their washing, kind of dream, but one where I was fully awake, thinking ‘What if?’

‘What if there was a site on the internet doing for the short story what Amazon has done for books and Apple has done for music?’

‘What if all the stories that have appeared in magazines, and for which the authors still have the rights to other publishing, could be dragged out of drawers and made available to the public?’