Check out The New Release: “The Yiddish Gangsters Daughter” by Joan Lipinsky Cochran as posted on Writer Christoph Fischer's blog.
Check out this post from the Book Publicist blog on How Authors Can Use Book Clubs to Promote Their Books
By Scott Lorenz
When promoting a book, many authors think national promotion. And that’s fine, but I also suggest authors consider solid local promotion using book clubs. While national campaigns can be effective, reaching out to a nearby audience is certainly cost-effective and, when done right, can help start word-of-mouth promotion every author covets.
The obvious appeal of a book club is that it is a prime niche target. The simple equation is that book clubs consist of people interested in books and people who like books can like your book as well as any other.
The investment is driving 15-20 minutes to where the club meets, speaking for 30 minutes, answering questions for 10-15 minutes, and then greeting members as they depart at a table filled with your books.
If 20 members attend that week’s book club session, and six buy your book, they will return to…
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Check out TALON, Book 5 – Encounter first chapter – by Gigi Sedlmayer, as posted on The Story Reading Ape Blog.
‘No, no, no!’ Matica screamed out from the time they had seen it. She had hoped not to see it so early, especially while laying on Talon and trying to fly home. ‘It can’t be. Not so early. Not now.’
Not only was she agitated, Talon was grunting nervously as well, shaking himself and flapping his wings irregularly, hardly flying straight. Matica had difficulty holding on, being so edgy herself.
They flew for only half an hour when they were shocked through to the core. Talon turned around straight away and now they were on their way home, still not believing what they had encountered.
Talon didn’t fold his wings to his body after he had landed and Matica had slid down to the ground. Talon, with bulging and big grey eyes ran around restlessly. He couldn’t stand still and was grunting nervously. His expression showed real worry.
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Check out what’s new on the shelves of Sally’s Bookstore and Cafe from this post on the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore and the first author with a recent review is Olga Nunez Miret for Escaping Psychiatry.
About Escaping Psychiatry
‘Escaping Psychiatry’ is a collection of three stories in the psychological thriller genre with the same protagonist, Mary, a psychiatrist and writer. She is trying to develop her literary career but circumstances and friends conspire to keep dragging her back to psychiatry.
In ‘Cannon Fodder’ Mary has to assess Cain, an African-American man accused of inciting a religious riot when he claimed that he could hear God and God was black. He might not be mad, but Mary is sure he’s hiding something.
‘Teamwork’ sees Mary hoodwinked into offering therapy to Justin, a policeman feeling guilty after his partner and ersatz father was killed on-duty. Before Mary can extricate herself from the case, things get personal.
In ‘Memory’ Mary goes missing after an…
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Check out the short story, What’s in a Name – Celia – A Crisis of Faith, by Sally Cronin, as featured in this post from the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
In the Cafe and Bookstore summer sale, I gave away several copies of my short story collection free… as an indie author, and not tied to Kindle publishing, I can share my stories freely here on the blog.. Over the last few months I have been working my way through my books, and now I would like to share the 16 stories in this first volume of What’s in a Name.
There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.
Celia – A Crisis of Faith
Celia sat on the edge of the wooden chair and…
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Check out this humorous list of writing rules from this post on the Book Editor blog.
1. Make sure each pronoun agrees with their antecedent.
2. Just between you and I, the case of pronouns is important.
3. Watch out for irregular verbs that have crope into English.
4. Verbs has to agree in number with their subjects.
5. Don’t use no double negatives.
6. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
7. The passive voice is to be ignored.
8. Never use a big word when substituting a diminutive one would suffice.
9. Kill all exclamation points!!!
10. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
11. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
12. Being bad grammar, a writer should not use dangling modifiers.
13. Join clauses good like a conjunction should.
14. A writer must not shift your point of view.
15. About sentence fragments.
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Meet Guest author, Kevin Morris, from this post on Sue Vincent’s blog.
The flowers as I
That they will die?
I paused and smelt
Their slim stems that I
Could so easily break.
I chose not to take
And did the blooms forsake,
Know that they shall die”.
“Wild Flowers” can be found in “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, a collection of 44 poems encompassing the passing of the years, nature, man’s place in the world and politics. The book is now available in the Amazon Kindle store for preorder
via Amazon USA) and Amazon UK .
Read Audrey Driscoll’s review of the book on her website.
Kevin Morris and his guide dog, Trigger.
About the author
I was born in Liverpool (UK) on 6 January 1969.
I lost the majority of my eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot.I am a braille user and have happy…
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