3 December 2010

Book Savvy Spotlight on Derek Smith

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Derek Smith, author of 'No Cousin of Mine' -A book about true life post-war stories. The foreword to this book has been written by John Noakes, probably the most famous of all the presenters of the Blue Peter programme.

Enjoy the interview.
Q1: Can you tell us a little about your book, 'No Cousin of Mine'?
The title 'No Cousin of Mine' is taken from a favourite drinking song of Number 256 RAF squadron that was serving in Western Germany shortly after the end of the Second World War. The book is a sequence of real life stories involving a young man and his comrades during their time of National Service.
It is about being conscripted into a rigidly disciplined, sometimes harsh system and learning how to survive.
It is about young lads, most only 18, entering this system and emerging after 2 years as men.
It is about learning to make the system work for you but at the same time recognising the responsibility of doing a job that entails maintaining fighting aircraft in a safe and serviceable condition in a situation where you are only a few minutes flying time from a real and menacing threat from the East.
Finally it is about the indomitability of the human spirit that will always adapt and gain from such experiences.

Q2: Why did you write this book and why did it take nearly 60 years before you got round to writing 'No Cousin of Mine'?
Two years ago I read a book written by an old school playmate, Geoff Blore. I got in touch via his publisher and we were reunited after almost 70 years. I told him that once, more years ago than I cared to remember, I had started to write a book by longhand many years before word processors, but that when, after a week of struggle, I had ended up with only 4 pages of crossings out and insertions, I had given up and under the demands of a busy life I had never attempted it again. He said that I must write it now and that he would help me. 'No cousin of Mine' was the result.

Q3: How can you be so sure that your recollection of those days is accurate?
If you asked me to recall a conversation I had in 1952, I would be able to recall it with the utmost lucidity. If, however you asked me what I had had for lunch the day before yesterday, I would have no idea. It is called senility.

1 December 2010

Author Spotlight with Steve Morris

An interview by Katie Salidas, 'Written In Blood' Blog
Friday, November 26, 2010

K.S. Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.
S.M. So great to be here. Nice to meet you. My name is Steve Morris and I am based in the North West of the UK. In 2009 I wrote a book of short stories called “In All Probability” which was well-received by the Press. Despite a range of reviews including comments such as “an often disturbing imagination”, I was greatly encouraged by the reception of my first effort.
For a living, I travel around my region to teach math and science to students who are too ill to get to school. Some stories that I wrote in my teenage years found their way into magazines, so I compiled a collection of them into a book with the help of a publisher.
Now I am back with a second complimentary collection of (longer) shorts called “Jumble Tales.”

K.S. Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
S.M. Just before going to press, ironically by a quirk of probability, I found myself working in proximity to someone with the same name as one of the characters with some very similar traits. I managed to change the name at last moment to avoid possible legal action.

K.S. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
S.M. I loved reading and was taught to read and write by my parents way before I went to school. Right from the start, teachers told me that writing was what I would end up doing. So I chose to follow a career in math and physics, which I do actually love.

K.S. What genre do you write?
S.M. Short stories. All with a twist. With a background in mathematics teaching, I try to “work in” flips based on those frustrating quirks of probability which we all fall foul of now and again. Some of the stories end abruptly, but this is deliberate, leaving the reader an opportunity to draw their own conclusions or to guess at mine. Most stories cross over between science fact and fiction but some are situation-based romantic stories of pure chance.
If “Jumble Tales” is successful then there will be a novel.

K.S. What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
S.M. Oh. Being English the classic writers Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Arnold Bennett and R.D. Blackmore.
I have always enjoyed the work of Philip K Dick for his gift of imagination.

K.S. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?
S.M. That there are so many talented enthusiastic encouraging people out there offering support.
However that there are also some people known for a lifetime who went out of their way to either ignore or dismiss my first book. We learn who our real friends are and I’ve made some great new ones after “In All Probability” came out.

K.S. What inspires you?
S.M. Tomorrow. A new fresh day ahead of me. I wake up before the animals who rule the farmland outside my house. They get me back when I try to go to sleep before them!

K.S. Can you tell us a little about any of your novels?
S.M
Jumble Tales
Psychological sharpshooters, fickle football fans and prodigious people who choose to use and misuse their incredible talents invite you into this collection of their jumbled-up worlds.
During dark days at work when people reflect both on what could have been and on what could still be, things are never quite what they seem, and never turn out as expected. Crafted to be short and snappy enough for coffee breaks, but long in the memory, Steve Morris maintains the momentum from his first book
"In All Probability" with more of his diverse short stories of the unexpected.
You'll never take anything for granted again except perhaps for uncertainty itself.
Anything can turn up in a "Jumble Tale."

In All Probability
Hold on. Not so fast. Just when you think it’s just another day…. An assassin with a unique technique, an almost-was soccer star and a bitter long-forgotten one-hit-wonder pop star are just a few of the random characters who turn up within the stories in this book. Each are loveable in their own different ways and are doing their very best to dodge Lady Luck’s sadistic target practice. Heroes they are not. This all happens within “In All Probability” the first collection of Steve Morris’ diverse short stories. And do they all live happily ever after?... In all probability - probably not!

K.S. Where can we buy your novel?
S.M. Most online shops on both sides of the Atlantic. They are stocked in the major ones.

K.S. Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
S.M. Yes.
http://www.s-morris.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Morris/211211261851

K.S. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
S.M. Like investing in antiques, where you should buy something you will enjoy yourself, in case it loses value. – Write what you enjoy

27 November 2010

Book Savvy Spotlight on Julius Falconer

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Julius Falconer, a retired teacher and member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He writes detective stories that are clever, witty, erudite and stylish. The novels are a genuinely refreshing approach to good old murder mystery, a new style of penmanship for the hardened mystery fan.
Enjoy the interview.
Q1: Can you tell us a little about your book (The Spider's Banquet) featured in the of Book Savvy Newsletter?
A valuable mediaeval manuscript is kept, unknown except to a few scholars, in an isolated monastery, until, in a bewildering sequence of events, it is copied, sold and stolen - not necessarily in that order - and the focus of deaths. Real history is interwoven with fiction as the detectives seek to unravel the web of deceit and murder and to identify the spider at its centre. (The title is a reference to Roussel's ballet of 1913, but its relevance becomes properly apparent only at the end of the novel.)

Q2: When you write what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?
Not an emotion so much as an intellectual stimulation: joy in the things of the mind!

Q3: Many of the book reviews for your novel have described it as enthralling, intriguing, full of suspense as well as entertaining and even erudite, how do you manage to combine all these virtues in a detective crime novel?
I try not just to tell a story but to embellish it with outside references intended to set up resonances and provide interest for the reader. I make sure I check that there is a proper balance between developing particular points and moving the story forward with a variety of styles (e.g. narrative, conversation, authorial commentary) and changes of scene where appropriate. I also try to appeal to readers' interest in forensic detail, in the psychology of murder, in the breaking of alibis, in 'thrills' and in the more intellectual aspects of the genre. I give the reader a chance of solving the crime. I use a style of English that I think will gain and hold the reader's attention.

20 November 2010

Sharks That Walk On Land - An authentic account

Ron Palmer releases a superbly written historical fiction based on an authentic account of the events leading up to the tragic death of Captain James Cook.

It is February 1779; Captain James Cook is on his last voyage to the Pacific. This is a fascinating fictionalised account of the sad events leading up to the demise of James Cook. Although written as a novel the content has been thoroughly researched from the officers journals of Cook's last voyage of discovery to the Pacific, and in this respect is an authentic account of the events leading up to his tragic death at the hands of the Hawaiians.

Find out more…Sharks That Walk On Land 

Sail with Captain Cook in this rousing sea adventure novel.

“An exceptionally well-crafted historical novel,
beautifully written"
…publishedbestsellers.com

An unforgettable trip to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize

Author and Travel writer, Valerie Astill releases an insightful new book based on her unforgettable trip and adventures to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

This fascinating trip consisted of so much more than learning about ancient civilisations such as the Aztecs, Zapotecs and Mayans and visiting the remains of their once great cities. Whether travelling by coach, visiting a remote site by five-seater aeroplane or travelling upriver by boat, the journey itself was part of the adventure.

However, it was the discovery that many Indians still practised ancient customs, plus unexpected events such as an erupting volcano, falling rocks and animals invading the bedroom at night, that made this journey through Mexico, Guatemala and Belize so memorable.


"...An insightful account for the discerning traveller.” 
…publishedbestsellers.com

23 October 2010

Born To Survive. The fox hunting debate goes on...

A Reflection by Grahame Howard, author of 'The Wishing Book' Series.
October 2010

Her footsteps resounded on the concrete path as she made her way to the back door. Overhead, the moon hung in the sky like some large floodlight, illuminating the countryside around. With breath almost frozen to her lips she reached out for the door handle as she fumbled with her key.

“Was that a sound?” she thought as she glanced to her right and looked into the partly shaded face of a sitting fox. 

This was the sight that greeted my youngest daughter as she returned home one night from a disco. To say she entered the back door rather quickly would not be far from the truth. In fact, to say she catapulted herself in the door would be a more appropriate statement!

Ever since we had moved into our house I had longed for this to happen to me. I had seen badgers and the odd hedgehog. We had even had a herd of heifers in the yard, but still the fox eluded my gaze.

There is something about the fox that fascinates me. A most cunning animal by nature, the fox can be said to possess great alertness that has enabled it to live close to human activity without being easily noticed. Although the great fox hunting debate goes on, the fox has managed to survive very well.

Read Full Article.

7 October 2010

Never Mind Where the Ball Went - Witty Golf Stories

A superb collection of hilarious golfing stories based on years of adventures on golf courses around the world.

Have you ever thought of throwing your clubs with a bit of draw? Or deliberately playing slowly to rattle the opposition? Have you used the well-timed tactless remark to gain advantage? This book tells you how such behaviour rebounds on the club golfer.

The author Forbes Abercrombie is a retired surgeon who took up golf in his early twenties, getting down to a single figure handicap at his best.

There is something for everyone in this volume. A word of warning though; this is not recommended bedtime reading, as you will have finished the book before you can put it down!

Find out more…Never Mind Where the Ball Went other Golf Stories

Delightfully entertaining golfing stories based on real life adventures.

witty stories for the discerning golfer……. publishedbestsellers.com

18 September 2010

A top-rate whodunnit in the finest British traditions: urbane, cultured and witty.

The Wichenford Court Murder

A sophisticated and stylish fictional detective page-turner guaranteed to entertain and stimulate jaded brain-cells, with a deftly crafted plot that will keep you guessing till the end.

Looking for sophisticated and stylish entertainment to stimulate jaded brain-cells? LOOK NO FURTHER! Falconer has shown yet again that he can produce a top-rate whodunnit in the finest British traditions: urbane, cultured and witty. 

A suicide before the First World War, a university career cut short by drink and debt, a missed business opportunity, family antagonisms, a threat to jobs on the estate, all give the inspector and his sergeant food for thought – not to mention a headache – until the inspector rumbles the one tiny mistake that leads to the unmasking of the killer. A triumph of literary sophistication!

Find out more…The Wichenford Court Murder

Compelling detective thriller loaded with twists and turns… publishedbestsellers.com

A heart warming fictional story of courage and determination, love and loss in rural England

Brook Breasting

Superbly written with deliciously entertaining plotlines – get the kettle on!

The new Treasurer of the Brook Breasting Fete Committee the Reverend Rolf James has discovered an anomaly in the accounts. He calls for an Extraordinary General Meeting. Is there a villain to unmask?

Chapter by chapter, we see the lives of the main characters in this book held up to close scrutiny.

Author John White brings this story to life with a cast of unforgettable characters in an inspiring tale of courage and resolve, love and loss.

On the outside, Brook Breasting is a picturesque English village. On the inside, it has the characters that make it uniquely, Brook Breasting.

Find out more…Brook Breasting

a truly unique and inspiring plot…publishedbestsellers.com

A superb collection of diverse short stories of the unexpected

Jumble Tales

Short & snappy enough for coffee breaks, but long &lingering in the memory.

Psychological sharpshooters, fickle football fans and prodigious people who choose to use and misuse their incredible talents invite you into this collection of their jumbled-up worlds.

During dark days at work where people reflect both on what could have been and on what could still be, things are never quite what they seem, and never turn out as expected.

Steve Morris maintains the momentum from his first book “In All Probability” with more of his diverse short stories of the unexpected.

With a succinct and precise style, this collection contains something to entertain the keenest of readers.

Anything can turn up in a “Jumble Tale.” 

Find out more…Jumble Tales

A brilliant & unique collection of short stories!... publishedbestsellers.com

A shocking historical account of slave trade in the Gold Coast

The Theologian Slave Trader
A Personal commentary on Fredericus Svane Africanus' autobiography

The Theologian Slave Trader explores the life of Fredericus Petersen, a mulatto adopted in 1710 by a Danish Lutheran Priest at Christiansborg Fort in what is now Ghana and who was subsequently brought back to Denmark as a teenager.

Dr Christiana Oware Knudsen, brings the autobiography of Fredericus Petersen to life and contemporary relevance with the lively and engaging approach of an African story-teller, interweaving historical facts with family legends and documented impressions of the period.

Find out more…The Theologian Slave


…intriguing account of one of the worst tragedies in history… 
publishedbestsellers.com

27 August 2010

The Single Best Marketing Tool for an Author?

By C. Patrick Schulze, August 23rd, 2010

If you’re unfamiliar with the idea of a blog, the term comes from the contraction of the phrase, “web log.” A blog is simply a way to post whatever you wish to the Internet. Many think of it as a free, simple, easy-to-maintain website and others consider it an open journal.

A blog, as with every part of your marketing, has but one main purpose. It’s to raise awareness of you and your books and novels.

However, it also serves a number of other purposes.

Your blog:
  • helps establish your credibility as an author
  • allows others to learn of your books and novels
  • sells and pre-sell your books, 24/7
  • allows you to have a two-way conversation with your potential customers
  • serves to promote your existing and upcoming books and novels
  • allows you to communicate about things that are of importance to you
  • can put you in touch with other authors for collaborate, not competitive, efforts
  • can even help you develop the habit of writing on a regular basis
Read the full article at:
Book Marketing Mondays: The Single Best Marketing Tool for an Author The Official BookBuzzr Blog

21 August 2010

Post war-time account. A candid & positive feedback by Ken Newton

No Cousin of Mine. 9th August 2010

"I too was at RAF Ahlhorn in 1954.

The book is an excellent read - I couldn't put it down - read it the first day I purchased it.

I liked the visit to the Hamburg cemetary and his meeting with a German woman - quite spooky.

This was a great read and I only wish that I'd had the ability to write such an entertaining book."
 
Find out more: No Cousin of Mine

Straight talking and positive book review. Drifting Beneath the "Red Duster".

Comment: Drifting Beneath the "Red Duster". August 19 2010.

Well mate I have just finished the Book and this is my honest opinion of it!

On starting to read I found that your introduction was just great, it gives the insight of what you wanted in life and made for a good start!

Your experiences both on board and ashore in the various ports were excellent, you gave the honest an open way that you lived the years, there are some really spicy parts but this makes it all the more realistic, as we all as Seaman know just what that was all about!

All of your stories may well ring Bells in many an Ear,what with the happy times and the crazy times too! Fights, Police, you name it I am sure most of us went through a bit of that! I know I did anyway, possibly not the same but some very close to what you talk of!

Amazing just how we can recall all the times we had, and its great to read things like this, as it sure does revive the old Brain, and brings back very good memories, be they hostile, Funny or just sheer joy!

I am sure that you will get many sales from this, and I hope that you also get good feedback from whoever reads it!

A great book put together in a way that depicts life as it was, no Bull, no pulling punches just the plain truth!

I will treasure this Book Mort, and only wish that I too could put something like this together!

Good Stuff mate and Congrats on the Publishing!!

Cheers
Vernon

Find out more: Drifting Beneath the "Red Duster".

Tips for Your Online Book Promotion by Marsha Friedman

It’s Not About the Technology, It’s About the Customers
Date: 18/8/10

When I started working with authors on their publicity campaigns, the landscape was reasonably simple. Arranging phone interviews on talk radio shows, appearances on TV and getting reviews in major newspapers and magazines drove consumer interest. Everyone bought their books in bookstores and the only people interested in the Internet were some computer geeks.

Boy, have things changed. Today 44 percent of ALL books sold in North America are sold online at Amazon.com. What’s more, e-books now account for nearly 30 percent of all of Amazon’s sales.

I want to underscore the importance of this information, because one of the most difficult things to do in the mass consumer marketplace is to figure out where your customers might be. For the book market, it’s no mystery – nearly half of your customers are researching and buying online. They live there, so that’s where you need to be.

Moreover, the e-book is growing in leaps and bounds, so fast that it’s difficult to keep track of the changing stats.

With all this online focus, and statistics changing as quickly as the industry can report them, it’s paramount for authors and publishers to focus on their online assets. It’s not enough to simply have an Amazon listing anymore. To compete, you need more:

Web Site – Every author should have their own Web site, whether they are marketing one book or twenty. If your book has garnered some positive reviews, feature them on the home page – get as much leverage from those reviews as possible. Make sure visitors to the site can easily purchase your book directly from the site. No need to invest in an expensive e-commerce web solution – PayPal is totally acceptable and trusted these days, and easy to implement on your site.

Even though most of your online book sales will come from Amazon, it’s worthwhile selling on your site and will provide the opportunity to add these book buyers to your own mailing list. That way, when your next book is ready to be released, you can email everyone on your list and let them know. If your topic or area of expertise lends itself to a weekly or monthly newsletter, add a newsletter signup to the site, and make sure each edition of your newsletter contains links back to your site. You never know where your newsletter will eventually land.

Book Reviewers – The reality is that the top book review publications – Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times Book Review – are already very exclusive. They can’t possibly address all of the hundreds of thousands of new books published every year, so self-published books rarely make their lists. But the Internet has opened new doors for authors looking for reviews.

Book bloggers – reviewers who post their reviews on their own blogs – have become as influential as book reviewers in traditional publications, so make sure you don’t overlook book bloggers when you are launching your new title. It’s even possible that some of the top book review publications may become obsolete one day, as their space and restrictions make it impossible for them to address the lion’s share of the books available to readers.

Press – Getting as much media coverage as possible is always desirable when marketing your book. But after the radio or TV interview has aired, or the review has appeared in various publications, are you done? Absolutely not! Getting press is a huge boost to your credibility and you want to squeeze out every last precious drop. You’ve got “bragging rights” now…so use them. Make sure to post your radio and TV clips, and links to your articles on your Web site. Email your newsletter subscribers and business associates to let them know when you’re on the air or featured in a news story – it’s marketing gold.

Over the years, I’ve found that the best way to market a book is to put yourself in a place populated by your customers and then provide them as much information as possible on what you’re selling. Today, the Internet is one of THE most important places to be so as not to miss out on those valuable opportunities to connect with potential buyers.

If you follow the steps I just outlined, you’ll be able to do just that.

For 20 years Marsha Friedman has been a leading authority on public relations as CEO of EMSI. Go to http://www.emsincorporated.com/ to signup for her free weekly PR Tips today! More resources for authors can also be found at http://publicitythatworks.com/. Or call 727-443-7115 x202.

31 July 2010

GREAT book promotion lists from The Creative Penn!

Authors have to do their own marketing, that is the reality of the publishing industry whether you get a publishing deal or you self-publish.

These days anyone can market globally using just a computer and their time. It may take effort, but it doesn’t need to cost you anything – and you might even enjoy it!

Many thanks to the 'The Creative Penn' for compiling these comprehensive lists of articles, audios and inspiration for marketing your books.

Topic covered include.

* The Basics: Author Branding and the Author Platform
* Social Networking
* Podcasting
* Video
* Speaking
* Other Book Marketing Strategies

Access all these and more by clicking on this link:

Be sure to come back and share some feedback.
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24 July 2010

Born 2 Rule: Memoirs of Frederick III. By Kevin Konomanyi

15-year old author releases an intriguing novel where history comes to life!

An inspiring story of political intrigue, courage and determination that will inform and intrigue in equal measure.

An enthralling historical fiction taut with vivid characterisation. The past blends with the present in this novel with a cast of unforgettable historical characters in an inspiring story of political intrigue, courage and determination, love and loss. It is easy to forget that this book is a work of fiction.

Find out more


..an inspiring story where history comes to life... publishedbestsellers.com

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17 July 2010

Want to improve your own writing? Reflections from novelist Sheyna Galyan on writing.......

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tips For Writing 

Write the story within you. Most writers will tell you to write the book that's in you right now, the book you think about every waking minute, the book you have no choice about writing. Don't write the book your publisher wants, or the book your mother wants, or the book that's guaranteed to make the New York Times bestsellers list. If it's not the book that is kicking and screaming to get out of your head and onto paper, you'll only wind up being disappointed in it, and it probably won't please your publisher, your mother, or anyone at the New York Times. Hand in hand with that goes...

Believe in yourself. This is crucial to not only writing well, but selling the book you do write. If it's too elusive, too overwhelming, or causes you to snort derisively, please consult with a good therapist.

Keep a journal of ideas. You can keep an actual journal or book and write down story ideas, character names, plot twists, and so on. Or you can do what I do which is messier but also works: I write ideas down on slips of paper, backs of envelopes, paper napkins, or anything else I can get my hands on and then keep them all in a box that I call my Idea Box. Whenever I want an idea for a story, or I need some way to develop a plot or I need a character name, I reach into my Idea Box and pull them out. Usually one of them fits. UPDATE: I also use my iPod Touch for this, writing ideas into a memo or note and sync-ing it with my laptop. I name them all starting with "Useful Bits:" and categorize them as "Writing" so I can group them efficiently.

Don't be afraid to improve. In other words, don't expect your first writings to be perfect. They won't be. It's the nature of growing as a writer. Use each opportunity to write as a chance to develop your craft. A year from now, you'll look back on your writing and be surprised at how far you've come. That's good: it means you're growing. The scary part is when you look back at stuff you wrote years ago and it looks exactly like the stuff you wrote yesterday. That means there hasn't been enough growth. Even published writers aren't perfect writers. I was first published over twenty-five years ago and I'm still learning and growing as a writer.

Read writing books. You can find them at any local library. One of the many better ones is Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. As a writer, you are an artist, and all artists need to learn their craft from those who have already succeeded. Books about writing will answer a lot of questions about fiction and non-fiction, synopses, characterizations, dialogue, plot, setting, description, and so forth. They are a wellspring of information, so take advantage of them.

Be a prolific reader. The more you read, the more you will see how other successful writers practice their craft, and the more you'll learn about your own.

Read the full article at: Books and Beliefs
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Book Marketing Information by Christian Author Promotions & Book Marketing

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Here are some great sites that you might find valuable to you with regards to marketing your books, from Christian Author Promotions & Book Marketing

Vista Print - Offers free products, free designing and lots of additional products from post cards, to letterhead, to business cards and other great advertising and marketing tools. www.visitaprint.com

PhotoBucket - A great place to host pictures, videos and create photo albums. It's free and lots of fun. www.photobucket.com

Go Daddy - Go Daddy is the premier hosting company for web sites, From domains to hosting to you name it and they have it. www.godaddy.com

The Blog Catalog - If you have a authors blog this is a great community to join and share your authors blog. They have some intense traffic. www.blogcatalog.com

Christian Top 1000 - Join the Christian Top 1000 and add your authors web site or blog. www.christiantop1000.com

The Authors Club - Don't forget to join the Authors Club. http://www.phpbbplanet.com/authorsclub/

Be sure to visit Christian Book Marketing

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3 July 2010

PR with Passion: Successful book promotion in a challenging era | SeacoastOnline.com

By Stefanie Guzikowski
July 01, 2010 2:00 AM

"Many people think that when they're finished writing their book, the hard work is over, but the truth is, marketing is critical to an author's success. Marketing campaigns do more than drive sales. They generate awareness and excitement about a book, create a sense of urgency, demonstrate the author's expertise and build a community of fans and supporters, who can also serve as "ambassadors" for the book and the author. While marketing does take time, energy and money, today's authors can't afford not to implement a marketing campaign.

Authors work hard to stand out as creative, talented writers, and they must tap into that creativity once again to develop an engaging, powerful marketing campaign. It takes considerable effort and time to successfully promote and market a book prior to, during, and after a book launch. In fact, promotion should begin three to six months prior to printing and continue indefinitely after its launch."

Read Full Article at:
PR with Passion: Successful book promotion in a challenging era SeacoastOnline.com
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TGIF Book Marketing Tips: How to communicate online to get better book sales | The Official BookBuzzr Blog

July 2nd, 2010
Guest Expert: Teresa Morrow

You have taking on the endeavor of writing a book. In order to sell your book, you will need to tell people about it. You will need to communicate the message about your book so those readers who resonate with your book will want to know more about you and the book. And how you communicate this message can either bring in more sales or possibly drive people away from wishing to know more about your book.

1. Communication is give and take –
Any meaningful conversation consists of listening and speaking. You are excited to share the message of your book with people, but don’t allow this enthusiasm hinder you listening to the questions, comments and suggestions others may communicate with you during a conversation. You do not want to dominate the conversation by talking about you and your book and not allowing others to share their part of the conversation. By listening to others in a conversation, you will open yourself up to meeting new people and potential readers.

2. Think before you speak (or type) –
Having a clear concise plan on how you are going to communicate with others about your book is important in bringing in more potential sales. Especially with being online, you know each message is archived and kept indefinitely, so having an idea of the words you are going to use could make the difference. It is best not to rush into saying or typing something you may regret later.

Read Full article at:

TGIF Book Marketing Tips: How to communicate online to get better book sales The Official BookBuzzr Blog
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1 July 2010

The Wordsmith Award

Publishedbestsellers.com

Presents:

The Wordsmith Award
First Prize: £200 (Or equivalent currency of winner's choice)
Second Prize: Julius Falconer Novel Series

Competition Genre: Fiction (Novels)
Closing: Bi-annual*

Rules:
1. Entry to consist of maximum 500 words synopsis of the work plus the first 5,000 words.
2. A front sheet containing all contact details and the title of the work.
3. Announcement of results shall be electronically via email to the email address used for entry except where otherwise advised. Only successful entrants will be notified.
4. The finished manuscript must not exceed 80,000 words. Manuscripts will not be returned.
5. Entry £5.00 per manuscript: Cheques to be made payable to PSL or via PAYPAL email link.

Post all entries electronically c/o Competitions@publishedbestsellers.co.uk
If Authors do not have email access or prefer postal entry, send to:
Published Bestsellers c/o 7 Groveherst Road, Kent DA1 5JD. All postal entries to have an A5 stamped addressed envelope attached for results.

* Closing: Bi-annual
SUMMER WRITING COMPETITION (1st June - 31st October)
Entries close 31st August. The winning manuscript must be completed and delivered to the publisher by 31st October. Judging and announcement of winner by 30th November.

SPRING WRITING COMPETITION (1st December – 30th April)
Entries close 28th February. The winning manuscript must be completed and delivered to the publisher by 30th April. Judging and announcement of winner by 31st May.
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29 June 2010

Shining the Book Promotion Spotlight on Stephen V. Masse

Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He wrote his first novelat age 13, handwritten into a school composition book.

Educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he studied creative writing, and was author of a weekly newspaper column, “Out of Control.” His first novel for children, Shadow Stealer, was published by Dillon Press in 1988. Short Circus is his second novel for children.

In addition to children’s books, Masse has written A Jolly Good Fellow, winner of the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards, as well as honorable mention in the 2008 New England Book Festival for best books of the holiday season.

Stephen’s latest Book is Short Circus.


Welcome to Book Marketing Buzz, Stephen. Can we begin by having you tell us a little about your book?
Short Circus is twelve-year-old Jem Lockwood’s own story about his remarkable adventures with his Big Brother Jesse Standish, and a host of neighbors and friends. When Jem discovers that Jesse’s rented house is about to be sold, he does all in his daring imagination to make the house unmarketable. Summer has never been better, now with Big Brother Jesse to lead explorations of familiar landmarks, museums and beaches. Sadly the city’s swimming pond has been sabotaged, and the city has had to close it to all recreation after two boys are injured. Jem is sure he knows who did it, and helps carry out a plan to punish the evildoer. But Alpha qualities are not always perfectly aimed, and Jem learns about the consequences of jumping into action without sufficient knowledge or understanding.

What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?
My first priority was to get the book into circulation among major review sources, and second was to get it into literary competitions. Another major focus was the book cover, because once a cover goes online, the book may be forever defined by that thumbprint. The rest of marketing is a mixture of online sources such as blog tours, visits to book promotion and review websites, and advertising; and real-world hustling to get the book into bookstores and get readings in libraries and other venues.

Read full Interview:
Shining the Book Promotion Spotlight on Stephen V. Masse
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Book Marketing Mondays: The Craft of Marketing | The Official BookBuzzr Blog

"I sat in the audience at the James River Writers’ Conference last year where a panel of three well-known authors spoke on book marketing. They offered what I consider the secret to marketing your book.
After the authors held their discussion, they opened the floor for Q & A. An aspiring author asked a question which I’ll paraphrase. She asked, how much time did the authors spend on marketing their books and how much on their physical writing. The authors covered their microphones and whispered among themselves. They then nodded in unison. One of them leaned into his microphone and said, “seventy-five percent on marketing and twenty-five percent on writing.” The other two nodded their agreement.
A sudden hush fell over the audience. However, a hubbub soon rumbled around the room. I think everyone in attendance had the same question I did. “Really?”
The authors then went on to explain their collective comment, but each one agreed on the formula offered."
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Read Full Article at:
Book Marketing Mondays: The Craft of Marketing The Official BookBuzzr Blog
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28 June 2010

A gripping sea adventure novel by James McCarthy - 'Me and the Foreign Girl'

James McCarthy releases a gripping sea adventure novel with an enthralling plot.


"A unique thought-provoking style that will keep you well and truly immersed till the end."

The Plot:
Caught in an Atlantic storm the ‘Annie L.’ is sinking. With its motley crew the trawler is an accident waiting to happen. They are hundreds of miles from their homeport on the picturesque Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland and there may be no chance of rescue.

The crew; the Skipper, his sensible nephew Pat and deck hand Coleman seem to have a death wish. Life had failed each of them in its own way. The exception is the beautiful red haired marine biologist from Finland who is with them for this one trip. She wants to live…. 

…Find out more…Me and the Foreign Girl


...An excellently woven plot… publishedbestsellers.com
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An incredible crime thriller novel by Neal James - 'Two Little Dicky Birds'

Neal James releases an incredible crime thriller novel with a tightly-woven plot that will have you in tenterhooks and keep you guessing right till the end.

"This is the number one page turner; it will defy your efforts to put it down!"

The Plot:
On Saturday 8th April 1975, in a fit of rage, Paul Townley took the life of his father, Harold. The significance of that single event was to affect the rest of his life, as he resolved to make it his mission to rid society of the kind of person that the man had become.

The first killing took place six months later, and over the following fifteen years seventeen more were to follow, as the trail of devastation left by a serial killer covered the length and breadth of England.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Barnes looked down at the letter which lay on the desk before him…

…Find out more…Two Little Dicky Birds


a gripping detective thriller ……. publishedbestsellers.com

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Julius Falconer's superb, detective novel - 'Jagger'

Julius Falconer releases a superb, detective novel with a deft and thought-provoking plot.

"Intelligent stimulation vies with sheer entertainment for pride of place."

The Plot:
Lionel Jagger, head of English at Mincliffe College in rural Worcestershire, is found dead in bed one morning, with his throat cut. Twenty-eight years old, erudite, talented, popular: an unlikely victim of murder. Inspector Wickfield and his assistant Sergeant Spooner trawl through his life, leaving no stone unturned. They interview widely, they travel extensively. The only result is bafflement, since all they meet have either no motive for murder or an unassailable alibi. In his despair at bringing the affair to a successful conclusion, the Chief Inspector hands the case to another detective team. Wickfield, however, despite this set-back, uncovers, with a flash of inspiration as clever as it is fortuitous, a devious and subtle plot that has deceived his colleagues!

...Find out more…Jagger


A brilliant plot, a masterpiece!… publishedbestsellers.com
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David Jay's detective thriller - 'Inspector Doyle Daly: The Rise and Fall of the Phoenix'

David Jay releases a detective thriller with an intriguing plot that is sure to keep you entertained and rapt till the very end.

The Plot:
‘The Rise and Fall of the Phoenix’ follows the hunt for a serial killer who taunts the police by leaving clues which inform of his next victim. Doyle takes the case after several murders and a wrongful conviction which sees the killer still on the loose and with all the same trademarks. This is a fast paced thriller which takes the reader into the world of everyday policing and camaraderie between like minded officers.

…Find out more…Inspector Doyle Daly - Rise and Fall of the Phoenix


This is the first in a series of books featuring Inspector Doyle Daly. Follow the SIU team through the series of books.

...a unique and imaginative plot... publishedbestsellers.com
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Julius Falconer's gripping detective novel - 'Tempt Not the Stars'

Julius Falconer releases a gripping detective novel.

"Written in the classic tradition of British detective fiction, the adept Julius Falconer, informs, entertains and intrigues his readers in equal measure."

The Plot:
The Hon. Mr and Mrs Bede Lambton, of Abberton Hall in Worcestershire, persuade their nephew Gregory to enter a competition run by the Syrian Ministry of Tourism. Gregory, a student in the archaeology department of Bristol University, produces a paper called ‘The Syrian Sapphire’, but it is a housemate of his, Sheena Morrison, who submits it in her own name and under a changed title, ‘The Star of Syria’. The day after being told that her entry has won, Sheena is murdered. There appears to be nothing in Sheena’s life or in the competition entry to justify such savage action. Inspector Wickfield and Sergeant Hewitt find themselves baffled by a seemingly motiveless murder. Had the killer mistaken his victim? Was the murder a burglary that had gone wrong?!

…Find out more…Tempt Not the Stars


...Brilliantly crafted detective thriller……. publishedbestsellers.com
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Chris Pownall releases a hilarious autobiography - 'Funny How Things Work Out'

Chris Pownall releases a hilarious autobiography including a fifty year fulfilling career and various travels around the world.

"This hilarious autobiography is sure to put a smile on your face."

This is the story of Chris Pownall’s life beginning from early childhood to retirement. Chris’ autobiography is unique because he tells his story with a slant towards the more hilarious side of his life.

Chris has always had a reputation for being there when things were going wrong–but it’s nothing to do with him really! His former work colleagues will bear witness to situations involving freak weather conditions and disrupted travelling arrangements. His sense of humour has seen him through many difficult situations–which he managed to salvage with wit and discretion (Even if he says so himself)!

…Find out more…Funny How Things Work Out 


...An authentic biography……. publishedbestsellers.com
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26 June 2010

Another good independent review from Goodreads - In all Probability

In All Probability by Steve Morris (Goodreads Author)

Nicole's review, June 23, 2010
rating: 5 Star

In All Probability is a collection of 30 short stories, all with unusual endings. In fact, you could probably say the endings would not happen "in all probability". As I read one short story after another, I was reminded of the Twilight Zone... many of these stories would find a happy home on that show. They were all strange and quirky and I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what unusual thing would happen next. Overall, the stories were very entertaining (true, there were some I was less interested in than others, but that's bound to happen). I would recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting, light read.

18 June 2010

Mandy the bookworm's Review - In All Probability

Steve Morris has done a wonderful job of putting together 30 short stories, roughly three to five pages in length, in his collection, In All Probability. The stories are about ordinary people, real people, you and me, and the choices they make which can have life-changing consequences. The endings aren’t what you would call unhappy, rather they are what most probably would happen, and of course life isn’t all happy endings so let’s say the endings are ‘real’.

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About the Book
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Book Promotion Tips for Skittish Sellers - The Savvy Book Marketer

In today's guest post, mystery writer Elizabeth Craig shares book promotion tips for authors who are shy about selling.
My children are both in Scouts. It’s been a great experience for them—they get to try new things and build self-confidence and self-reliance.
The only thing I dislike about it? The selling

Read Full article at:

Book Promotion Tips for Skittish Sellers - The Savvy Book Marketer
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16 June 2010

A Ticket to Tewkesbury - A candid review by Nathan Weaver

I've been following James for a few years now, as he started out online sharing short stories. This was his first published novel, and I got my dirty paws on it and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. And even after reading it, I still grab it and read some here and there. It's a quick paced book, and treats its characters with respect.

It unravels with lots of twists and turns, and I found some of its humor to be very reminiscent of Hitchcock in his younger days. And actually, the whole story had a Hitchcock feel to it. Something Hitch wouldn't have minded making a movie, no doubt.

I strongly recommend it. It's an easy, intriguing, fun ride to "Tewkesbury" and back again.

And now I hear the sequel is in the works, which is good... because this book doesn't tie up all the loose ends--putting it lightly.

About the book

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11 June 2010

Your Book Marketing Plan – How Much Should You Budget to Promote Your Book?

To promote your book successfully, it’s important to budget funds for book marketing. While it’s certainly possible to do online book promotion on a shoestring budget, you will still need to invest in promoting your book.

The amount you should budget depends on your book marketing plan. Here are some expense categories to consider and some money-saving tips:

Blog/Website: Website design and hosting fees. If you use a blog-based website, you’ll minimize costs for online book promotion.

Graphics: Design of website header and graphics, design of printed materials, purchase of stock images for blog/website, and a photo shoot for your author photo. Services such as Killer Covers and eCoverBee can provide lower cost website graphics.

Printing: Business cards, bookmarks, postcards, flyers, and posters for personal appearances. In addition to local printers, check prices for online printers such as Printing for Less.

Copywriting and Editing: You may want to hire a professional copywriter to help you write effective sales copy for your website and other book promotion materials. It’s also a good idea to have an editor or proofreader review your website and marketing materials.

Email Marketing: You will pay monthly or per mailing fees to the company that manages your opt-in mailing list. Some services, like Mail Chimp, waive their fees until your list gets to a certain size.

Review Copies: Printing, packaging and postage for review copies sent through the mail.

Publicity: There are a number of free online press release services, such as PRLog and Free Press Release. To get wider distribution for your most important releases, you will need to use a paid service like PRWeb.

Learning: There are a number of blogs and newsletters with helpful book marketing information. But don’t forget to budget funds for books, teleclasses and other opportunities to get more in-depth Education about publishing and book marketing, and for dues to writing and publishing organizations. You’ll be more effective at promoting your book if you know how to do it properly.

Administrative: You may need help in implementing your book marketing plan, especially if you have a day job. There are a number of virtual assistants who specialize in working with authors. You may also want to invest in consulting services from a publishing or book marketing coach to help you develop your book promotion strategy.

Other Expenses: Additional expenses may include travel, book fairs, book award entry fees, advertising, and administrative expenses such as postage and internet access.

The best way to develop a budget is to assign a projected cost to each element in your book marketing plan. Then you can break down your expenses by month, to arrive at a monthly budget.

Dana Lynn Smith is a book marketing coach and author of the Savvy Book Marketer Guides. Get your free free book marketing plan outline at The Savvy Book Marketer blog, and follow @BookMarketer on Twitter for more book promotion tips.

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Online Promotion Tip: 7 Must Haves for Author Online Press Kit

Posted by Teresa, Friday Jun 11, 2010

Some may say gone are the days of the traditional press kit where you have a two pocket folder with your press release on one side and the sheet of endorsements or reviews on the other. Even though these may still be relevant, there is something that is more vital than ever for authors to have and that is an online media (or press) kit.

Like the traditional press kit, you will want to include a recent press release and a list of reviews in your online press kit, however, a few more things will help round out the online press kit such as:

1) Book Cover Image – In a jpeg file format and in a few different sizes to help facilitate placement on websites and print.

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10 June 2010

In All Probability: A Collection of Short Stories - Most recent Amazon reviews

8 Jun 2010

By Ms. J. Lee "Buggsy2008" Amazon Live Link

In All Probability by Steve Morris is one of the best collections of short stories I have read in a while. Normally I stick to novels, but after reading this I am looking forward to reading his next book.

The book contains thirty short stories, each one more bizarre than the last. They start of seemingly normal, then gradually get more and more strange (in a good way!). I found myself trying to work out how each story would end, and sometimes I was right, others I was completely off the mark. Each story took around five minutes to read, which makes the book perfect if you are on a journey, or if you have a busy schedule and don't have the time to read for hours on end.

The ability to write a successful short story is an aquired skill. You need to fit an entire story into only a few words. It's not as easy as it seems, being a writer myself I know how difficult it can be at times to fit it all into so few words. Sometimes you make it work and sometimes you don't... well Steve made it work, not only once but thirty times over in this book. He's clearly a very talented writer, and has a unique style, these combined should make for a good writing career.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read, whatever your normal reading tastes you will enjoy this book. I will definitely be in line to buy his next book!
 
 
 
June 2, 2010
By The letter "M" Amazon Live Link
 
I need to pretext this by saying that I love good short stories. The problem is that many authors cannot pull it off properly. The characters usually seem too thin (sometimes non-existent) or the stories omit any descriptions to make room for dialogue or narrative. In All Probability is interesting because I felt myself feeling empathy for most of the characters while enjoying a well written prose. Morris does well at spinning intriguing tales where the characters seem, well, human.
 
The diversity of the stories was also interesting. Not only do the characters come from all walks of life, convincingly told by the way, but the stories range from the subject of haunting spirits to espionage to dreams and memories.
 
The book is dense with short stories, and, while their are some that I think could have been better, most are very well done. I almost want to complain about the brevity of most of them, but some part of me thinks that is one of the things that I liked most about the book. I very much enjoyed reading a whole story while I was eating my cereal or in one of the other few calm moments of my otherwise hectic life.

7 June 2010

Book Marketing Mondays: Don’t Go At It Alone | The Official BookBuzzr Blog

Most authors achieve a lifelong goal when they write and publish a book. But it’s not long before the stark light of reality hits when they realize that they now have to put on the hat of marketer. For many, they have no desire to engage in book marketing, or sales activities, and yet the success of finding new readers for their book will depend on it.

One principle I learned early on is that you can achieve a lot more success with people behind you than you can achieve if you try to go at this alone. And not just in getting people to read your book and asking them to tell others about it. I’m talking about ways to get your name in front of many people. By default, then, your book will ride on the coattails of your exposure.

So, how can you accomplish this? Consider these ideas:

Read full article at:
Book Marketing Mondays: Don’t Go At It Alone The Official BookBuzzr Blog
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23 May 2010

PublishedBestsellers.com Unveils Three Key initiatives to Help Authors Become Bestsellers

PublishedBestsellers.com unveils three key initiatives to assist authors with improving their writing, get published and become bestsellers.

1. Book Reviews
2. Writing Competitions
3. Marketing Tips and Advice

Book Review:
PublishedBestsellers.com accepts a limited number of new books for review. It is recognised that sometimes books may be overlooked due to lack of marketing, unknown authors, saturation of the market or odd subjects. The goal of PublishedBestsellers.com is to expose published works to the general public and "we pledge to offer unbiased book reviews cutting across a multitude of subjects and genres". So please feel free to send in review requests.

Writing Competitions:
Are you a writer and has got what it takes? Entering a writing competition is a great initiative and could put new authors work a step closer to becoming a published bestseller. Besides the publicity associated with the event organisation, there is an opportunity of receiving a positive critique of manuscripts. Look out for competition announcements at the website, "enter today and find out how good your work is or what is required to improve your writing skills". 

The ultimate prize graciously donated by Pneuma Springs Publishing is to publish the best manuscript at absolutely no cost, including the management of post-publication sales and distribution. Genres include fiction; novels, short stories, non-fiction; self-help/inspirational and theological. PublishedBestsellers.com says "Pick up your pen today! You've got to be in it to win it!" See competition calendar below.

SUMMER WRITING COMPETITION (1st June - 31st October)
Entries close 31st August. The winning manuscript must be completed and delivered to the publisher by 31st October. Judging and announcement of winner by 30th November.

SPRING WRITING COMPETITION (1st December – 30th April)
Entries close 28th February. The winning manuscript must be completed and delivered to the publisher by 30th April. Judging and announcement of winner by 31st May.

Marketing Tips and Advice:
PublishedBestsellers.com presents a library of information and resources to help authors with book promotion success. It has often been said that “If you're tired of waiting for others to sell your book, you can take action to market your books without spending a lot of money or committing a lot of time.” PublishedBestsellers.com provides advice on countless ways - resources, books, newsletter and tips to support book marketing plan.
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Contact for Book Reviews and Writing Competition - admin@pneumasprings.co.uk
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15 May 2010

A Genuine Fake ...a new commercial fiction novel

Fred Maddox releases a new commercial fiction novel with a tightly-woven, deft and thought-provoking plot that will keep you engrossed right till the end. In this novel the author entertains, informs and intrigues his readers in equal measure.

The Plot
Tracy Gray had lost both her parents; her mother, tragically in a car accident when she was a youngster and now her father through a heart attack, brought on by the stress of trying to keep his antique business afloat.
Taking over the business Tracy soon realised what her father had been up against. An influx of rich men, instant millionaires, with money made from the stock exchange or the property boom, were frequenting the antique sale rooms and effectively pricing antiques out of her father’s reach and adversely affecting his business. She immediately blamed her father’s death on these men and began to formulate a plan for retribution. Her determination to hit back at these people became an obsession…!



..a gripping tale of greed and deception……. publishedbestsellers.com

Find out more: A Genuine Fake
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Captain Damnation and other strange tales - Anthology of short stories

Harry Riley releases a collection of bone chilling short stories that will defy your efforts to put it down. This collection of short stories will intrigue and shock you in equal measure.

A collection of strange and quirky tales with a touch of black humour from an author who is an unashamed admirer of Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, and Roald Dahl’s quirky tales.
These strange tales are written from the author’s earliest childhood memories of blood curdling yarns on the radio, spoken by a man with a dark sepulchral voice.

Author Harry Riley says; “these memories have left me with a lifetime’s passion for what were once known as ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ or American Dime Novels: lurid tales of mysterious mayhem designed to deliciously shock and horrify our impressionable young minds.”

“Science can explain away so many mysteries but it is often the creepy-unexpected that trips you up and opens the door to superstitious dread”.

Find out more: Captain Damnation
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A truly magical book: The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination

Grahame Howard launches the sequel to The Wishing Book 2, a fantasy fiction novel for children 7-11 years old. A magical book which makes all wishes come true is at the heart of these fascinating and action-packed adventures to Mars.

A gut wrenching, nail-biting and terrifying adventure, laden with intrigue and twists around every corner – an experience the children will never forget…!              ......Publisher


..A thrilling hair raising adventure full of suspense and intrigue                 .... publishedbestsellers.com

Find out more: The Wishing Book 3 - Extermination
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11 May 2010

'Sins of the Father'_ A candid Review by Heather Webster, Nottingham

A review of Harry Riley’s ‘Sins of the Father’

A brilliantly executed murder mystery novel which is ideally suited to reading whilst either lounging under the hot summer sun or curled up in front of a fire on a dark winters evening. A book that is riveting and kept me engrossed with its sinister plot and many twists and turns. Set in the beautiful countryside of Northumberland, in a typical village close to the River Tweed the story sets a fast pace from the outset. The leading characters are believable and the author manages to draw the reader into the dark depths of the psychotic and terrifying mind of Billy Turpin. A strong and at times, enigmatic character, evoking varied emotions from sympathy to outright disgust. The other main man, Doctor James Parker is a complete opposite and one with which the reader can probably identify and sympathize. To begin with he comes across as an unassuming and timid character but his strength and tenacity shine through as the novel takes the reader first to the Congo and eventually to New York. There are numerous murders some of which are surprising and the plot keeps the reader on tenterhooks right up to the last page. I now await with eager anticipation a sequel featuring some of the other minor characters from the village of Norbridge.

Review by Heather Webster. Nottingham.
Find out more - ‘Sins of the Father’

3 May 2010

reBlog from Anthony S. Policastro: Writing is About Putting Yourself to Words

I found this fascinating quote today:



Whether you are self-published or published by a traditional house, you will have to market, promote and sell your book. With print book sales declining, and ebook sales exploding, traditional publishers are forced to rely on the authors to promote and sell their books. They no longer have the unlimited marketing budgets of the past.Anthony S. Policastro, Writing is About Putting Yourself to Words, May 2010



You should read the whole article.


24 April 2010

How to Sell Books to Gift Shops and Specialty Retailers

Bookstores are the traditional place to sell books, but sales opportunities abound with gift shops and specialty retailers. Potential retail markets for books include national chain stores, regional chains, thousands of small independently owned gift and specialty shops, and specialty online stores.

One advantage of marketing a book to gift and specialty stores is that there is usually little competition from other books. And retailers have the opportunity to cross-promote your book with related items.

Look for retailers that are a good fit for your particular book and don't be afraid to think outside the box. Here are a few examples of places to market a book:
  • Cookbooks in kitchen shops, gift shops, specialty food stores, and upscale grocery stores
  • Children's books in toy stores and the gift shops of children's and science museums
  • Gardening books at gardening centers, gift shops, and botanical gardens
  • Chic lit and gift books in clothing boutiques
  • Travel guides and regional titles in hotel gift shops, tourist attractions, RV parks, gift shops, chambers of commerce and visitor centers.
  • Health, diet, and exercise books in fitness centers, pharmacies, and beauty salons
  • Inspirational and gift books in hospital gift shops
  • Golfing books in golf pro shops and sporting goods stores
  • Home decorating books in gift shops and home d├ęcor stores

"First of all, you have to have a quality product that is conducive to the gift market," advises Max Davis, the author of 15 books. "The book I had the most success with was Never Stick Your Tongue Out At Mama & Other Life Transforming Revelations. I sold about 100,000 copies to gift shops," he says.

Fine out more Read the Full Article for topics such as:
  • Selling to Hospital Gift Shops
  • Locating Gift and Specialty Retailers
  • Contacting Retailers
  • Displays and Promotions
  • Setting Discounts and Sales Terms
  • Resources

Source: Dana Smith, book marketing blog
Dana Lynn Smith is a book marketing coach and author of the Savvy Book Marketer Guides. For more tips, visit her book marketing blog and get a copy of the Top Book Marketing Tips ebook when you sign up for her free book marketing newsletter.


27 March 2010

A deft and thought-provoking detective mystery novel - Troubled Waters

Author, Julius Falconer releases a tightly-woven, deft and thought-provoking novel in the best traditions of British detective fiction in which intelligent stimulation vies with sheer entertainment for pride of place. It will defy your efforts to put it down.

This is a superb read, the best of its kind……. publishedbestsellers.com

As always with Julius Falconer, you, the reader, are given all the information available to the detective officers, and the vital clue is there for you to spot - if you are up to it! Take your time, enjoy the many detours and red herrings, the literary allusions, the religious and philosophical byways, the silver-smooth English - and keep your eye on the ball if you can! You are guaranteed a stimulating read.

Find out more: Troubled Waters