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Angels & Devils

Ravens and Angels
Always having been a planner, a list maker, a ‘let’s figure out what we’re going to do tomorrow’ kind of person, life sometimes slaps me upside of the head. I love deadlines for my books, have only missed one, and that occurred this winter when the book I was  Read More 
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From Erotica to Gritty Romances

Thanks to Sherri Goodman for an article on the resurgence of interest in the romance genre. She makes some good points here and I’m pleased to have her as a guest while I tend to some health issues. Hope to be back next week.

It’s difficult to talk about the recent surge  Read More 
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Angels & Devils

Helicopters a mainstay in Vietnam War

After watching much media coverage in the mid-Eighties, I began to research the Vietnam war and its aftermath. Most especially the men and women so influenced by it that ten years later they were still suffering what doctors began to call Post Traumatic Stress. At that time not much was known about treating the  Read More 

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List for promoting your books is below the formatting post.
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This is taken directly from my handout used during workshops I directed to help writers format their book manuscripts prior to uploading to Kindle through Mobi Creator.
Make a folder in your Documents titled Kindle and transfer your Word Document for your book to that folder. If you have used spaces or the space bar to make your indents, or any other odd formatting, save the file into a text file such as RTF of Word Pad, the copy and past into a new Word Document and label that file with your book title in the folder titled Kindle.

For just a minute, let me explain why you have to do this. Have you opened a Kindle book that had crazy formatting. Stuff that didn't belong, spaces or indents where they didn't belong? This is because the author did not clean up their file prior to beginning formatting. Saving your manuscript in the way just described will clean it of most of these problems. The others you can clean up when you do a final read through. Once you've done this you are ready to format your manuscript so it will produce a professional looking book in Kindle.  Read More 
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Sites to Expose Your Brand Online

I do not necessarily recommend these sites for your specific needs. I merely suggest you check them out.



http://book-junkies-library.com/home.php LIST BOOKS

http://www.nothingbinding.com/ AUTHORS SOCIAL MEDIA SITE

http://manicreaders.com/ LIST BOOKS





http://booktown.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network LIST BOOKS




http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/free-ebook-promotion_b52130 LIST BOOKS


http://www.indiesunlimited.com/submissions/ LIST BOOKS



http://shewrites.com BLOG

http://Morgen Bailey.wordpress.com is always looking for guests for her hugely popular blog
WesternEbooks.com Will display your book covers


Bublish.com A unique a different way to promote. Must have ePub copy of your book.

muttonline.com For artists, photographers, writers (includes poets) books & blog

http://www.rafflecopter.com/ to set up giveaways for book promos
Kindleklatch@yahoogroups.com Join if you have books on Kindle. Lots of info shared here.

http://www.Librarything.com Catalog your books online

Brainstorming for Keywords
http://websearch.about.com/od/seononos/a/spooky.htm http://websearch.about.com/od/quicktipsandtricks/ht/keyword.htm

Google for specific needs and find many more sites that are genre specific or open to all genres.  Read More 
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Hop Over to My Blog

Since I seldom actually get a blog written here, I thought I'd tell everyone who pops over to read this blog because it's there in bold letters at the top of my web site, I do post regularly on a blog you might find of interest. It's at http://veldabrotherton.wordpress.com
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I stay up late at night and, as a consequence, sleep late. This morning my hubby arose at his usual teeth-gritting 6 a.m. and by 7:30 had left to go to town. Bobbi, our cat and I curled up and settled in to go back to sleep for a while. Just as I began to  Read More 
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Happy New Year & Happy Writing

It's beginning to look like hard times have hit the economy, which isn't new to us in the writing and book business. It's been hard times here for a spell, and we're all struggling to make it in today's publishing upheaval.

I have a few suggestions. Keep searching for those publishers who aren't afraid to put books out there. There's some good news in that small publishers, who don't give advances, are still signing contracts with writers. In return for us writing them a good book, they will work with us, print an attractive book, distribute, help with promotion where they can, and hand us the reins. It's up to the writer to market that book. I'm grateful to all those small publishers who are willing to take a chance with my work.

It's easier today than when I was first published in the early 90s because of the Internet. There we can promote our work with the possibility of millions of viewers to our social networking sites and websites. It's certainly more than we could do back then.

As I begin work on my two contracted books which can be written at the same time, I'm working on promotional ideas for both. Networking of course, is essential, not only on the Web but at conferences and workshops.

Blog book tours are a great idea. Start your list of bloggers who might host your tour while writing your book. Obtain Google alerts for the subject matter that your books cover and check out blogs on those subjects. Follow those you find suitable and make comments so that when you are trying to line up your hosts, they'll be familiar with you and what you're doing. Share your feelings about their work, too. It's not all about you. Offer to host a tour.

Spend one day a week promoting, writing blogs, adding personal information to social networks like Facebook. Build a website early on and make sure and use tags that will get you noticed by search engines.

Get in touch with your local libraries when you have a release date on your book, or even before. Let them know what you're writing. Invest in post cards that can be mailed or handed out. They make more sense (as in dollars and cents) than bookmarks because they serve more than one purpose. Leave them blank on the back so you can add stickers promoting whatever you might want to at any given time.

When the time comes, mail them to librarians either regionally or nationwide, depending on the subject matter of your book. Mail them to book stores and gift shops and tourist shops in the proper area telling them how to order your book. Mail them to people on your mailing list, which you should begin to build when you begin writing. If people are interviewed and mentioned in your book, give them a call and tell them when the book will be out.

There are probably loads of other things writers can do, so check around online and at writer's blogs to learn more, and keep writing, researching and promoting.  Read More 
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Another Contract

Today was another good day. A publisher has agreed to publish a book for which he asked me to send a proposal last October. When he approached me at Ozark Creative Writer's Conference, I was amazed. I've never written a cookbook, but he is a requisitions editor for a small press, Goldminds Publishing, LLC, and they are having a lot of success with cookbooks that include stories of specific areas. So I will write him a cookbook with stories and photos of our Boston Mountains of the Arkansas Ozarks. This is my second contract within the past few weeks, and I'm so happy to be working on deadline again.

With the book business in such disarray, it only makes sense to go where the business is good, even if it means going in another direction.

I like fiction. I love to write fiction, both novels and short stories. But right now where it's at is nonfiction in a category with which I'm very familiar. The history of the Ozarks. Adding recipes seems the easy part. Still, writing nonfiction is much more difficult than writing fiction. However, I'll write the stories of these people with a great deal of affection for their way of life. It's where I come from, though I've traveled in a wide circle to return home.

My latest short story came out in Echoes of the Ozarks Volume IV in December, and I'm working on one for an anthology called Voices Vol. II, so my fiction desires are being fulfilled. Which reminds me, I need to get to work on that latest short story. It's due Dec. 31 and that's coming right up.

Have a Happy New Year, and writers: Write, Network, Pitch, Attend Workshops and learn your craft. Then Teach it.  Read More 
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