Authors

Independent Bookstore Day is Here!

Writers need readers. Writers are readers. Readers need books. This Saturday, April 29th, keep your book buying local and participate in Independent Bookstore Day. The event is nationwide and many small shops are participating. New books, old books, traditionally published, indie published – it’s all out there and yours for the buying. If you’ve been saving up to splurge on a stack of new reading material, now is the time, book lovers. As writers, we never know what experience will seed the plot of our next book, or what stranger will shape a character that will drive readers positively wild with anticipation. And, anyway, what better place to hunt for ideas than in a bookstore? On Saturday, carve out some time from your day to go book shopping. Bring a friend and make an afternoon adventu...

The Help of Others

A guest post by writer Jessica Loftus: I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish we were alone sometimes. I have times in the middle of the night where I’m trying to relax and then my characters start having fights. It’s even worse when I’m editing because I hear them say, “Hey, I changed my mind. My house didn’t burn down after all.” Being the pushover that I am, I sometimes just let my characters run rampant with my story. Outside of our own insanity, a writer has their support system. Whether it be your significant other, your best friend, or your writing group you have a su...

Amazon Vs. Hachette

Let me open this blog post by clearly stating my position: I am not for or against Amazon. I am not for or against Hachette. I am on the side of the marketplace. Sometimes, this is the toughest position to be in. Loyalty pulls in one direction while, often, practicality pulls in another. Consider: I am an avid reader of books. If I find myself in a store that sells books, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of me leaving there with at least one new book, usually more. My purchases are spread out over a host of different brick-and-mortar retail brands, but I admit that Barnes & Noble receives the lion’s share of my book-buying budget for paperbacks and hardcovers. That said, I get my e-books exclusively through Amazon. I have a Kindle (it was a gift) and I both use it and lend it out w...

Spanx Me, NaNoWriMo!

Forget “March Madness.” Instead, make it “March Marketing Madness.” As part of all this basketball craziness, I recently filled out my bracket for the family pool. I’m not doing well; I think even my sister-in-law’s grandmother is ahead of me. Still, there is value in participating in creative activities outside of one’s normal comfort zone, and staring at all those match-ups got me thinking about business. In “March Marketing Madness,” the sports teams are replaced by companies. The purpose of the competition is to pair them up with other businesses or organizations to develop a brand new marketing initiative that combines each one’s products and/or services. The only requirement is that the new marketing initiative both involves and benefits self-published and indie-published writers.  I...

E-Book Sales: Charitable Giving Through Amazon

I have an idea, Amazon. It’s one I hope you’ll embrace – or, at least, fully explore. First, let me applaud the innovations you continue to bring to self-publishing, and to the many writers, authors, and dreamers who have joined with you to create a diverse, thriving virtual marketplace. As a devoted believer in the creative abilities of humans, and as one who will never abandon hope in the progress generated by united minds, I thank you. Yet, this “virtual” world — and its distinct limitations — is the very reason I am reaching out to you today. Self-published authors, people whose creations are alive and well in that intangible place we call cyberspace, who want to find ways to contribute the fruits of our hard work to charity, face a unique problem. We’re virtual. For months...

E-Book Sales: Charitable Giving Through Amazon

I have an idea, Amazon. It’s one I hope you’ll embrace – or, at least, fully explore. First, let me applaud the innovations you continue to bring to self-publishing, and to the many writers, authors, and dreamers who have joined with you to create a diverse, thriving virtual marketplace. As a devoted believer in the creative abilities of humans, and as one who will never abandon hope in the progress generated by united minds, I thank you. Yet, this “virtual” world — and its distinct limitations — is the very reason I am reaching out to you today. Self-published authors, people whose creations are alive and well in that intangible place we call cyberspace, who want to find ways to contribute the fruits of our hard work to charity, face a unique problem. We’re virtual. For months...

Author Interview: Jason Scott Gleason

Bio: Jason Scott Gleason is a resident of Elkridge, Maryland, where he lives with his fiancé, her son, their cat, her bird, his snake, the other’s two lizards, and a couple of fish claimed by nobody. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in the small town of Mandeville. While not busy holding down a day job, he enjoys spending his free time writing, and can be found at the Maryland Renaissance Festival while it is in season. He is an avid dilettante in the field of martial arts and holds the distinction of holding white belts in no less than seven different styles. He can be reached at jasonscottgleason@gmail.com. Erosan’s Tears is his first book. Blog: endlessiterations.blogspot.net Email: jasonscottgleason@gmail.com Twitter ID: @JSGleason Welcome, Jason! Thanks for being here...

Marketing a Book: Sean Biederman, The Concept Farm

  Today we have a special interview with Sean Biederman, Account Supervisor at The Concept Farm. His company creates the book trailers for James Patterson. Sean is here today to share his experience, thoughts, and advice on making successful book trailers, and on creating and defining a Brand. Enjoy! Website: www.conceptfarm.com Blog: www.freshideas365.com Twitter: @TheConceptFarm Facebook: The Concept Farm Based in New York City, The Concept Farm, a hybrid advertising agency, production company, digital development studio and entertainment development group is fueled by creativity, hard work, innovation, common sense, and love. Established by advertising, marketing and branding industry veterans in 1999, The Concept Farm specializes in multi-platform brand content creation for leadin...

Author Interview: Jon F. Merz

Today’s post continues a series of interviews with authors in my Twitter community. Happy reading! Jon F. Merz: Novelist (Lawson Vampire books, Rogue Angel), screenwriter, non-fic author, TV dude (THE FIXER), partner at New Ronin Entertainment, Bujinkan Ninjutsu 5th dan Website:   jonfmerz.net and thefixer.tv Twitter:    @jonfmerz What is your genre? JM: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Thrillers and pretty much anything that I have a blast with. How many ebooks have you published? JM: Wow, I think between novels, novellas, and short stories it’s got to be around forty titles by now.  Plus, I have two non-fiction ebooks as well. Do you sell copies of your novel directly from your website? JM: I don’t just yet, but that’s coming.  All of my stuff is available through Amazon, ...

Marketing: Quotes About Life

In honor of today being the thirteenth—a lucky number in our family—I thought I’d send out the next installment of TwitterQuest a little early. The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to read the ideas, advice, humor, and the just plain bizarre from the Twitterverse. @HarmonyAnnEvans Harmony Evans “Alpha men with a tender side rock my world.” @sararomoli Sara Romoli “No matter what the statistics say, there’s always a way.” @MeredithMBell Meredith Bell “‘What a leader does now sets up what he does later. And there’s always a later.’ – Mike Krzyzewski” @infpwriter David Alan Johnson “Some people gaz...

Quotes Of The Week From Twitter

It’s that time, again! Quotes of the week from the Twitterverse. The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise, is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed the next installment of some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to absorb the ideas, advice, warnings, and breaking news shared through the Twitterverse.  Please read on… @Cori_Rizzo “Kindness does wonderful things to a face. ~Dixie Doyle” @theladywrites Catrina Taylor Rudd “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~ Bruce Feirstein” @Jabaldaia Jose Baldaia “We do not create a culture of innovation with metrics! It builds on the basis of values!” @UltimateVirtual Kimberly Wadsworth “❤ I Love You ❤ Are there wor...

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