Media editors often penalize writers who use illustrations or photos in fiction, except, of course, in children’s books. In novels, they consider graphic support “unprofessional.” In the case of indie writers, I believe they are wrong. Here’s why. I was an editor at the Reader’s Digest for many years. We loved pictures with our stories, which were either… Continue reading Penalty Points for Indie Writers
Every book I write has an “Ad Campaign” using artwork from chapter headings. The “ads” themselves always run with a review blurb and a link to the book. On Twitter, I also use hashtags within the blurb copy. The blurbs change because I have a lot more editorial/reader reviews than pictures. Here are a few… Continue reading Poison Heartbeats Ad Campaign
Awesome Indies is one of the most-respected guides for good reading in Indie Publishing. It has just sent Poison Heartbeats its notice of approval. They suggest their Awesome Indies Approval (AIA) badge “takes the risk out of buying Indie.” The endorsement does not come easily. The assessor of the book must approve it with at least a 4-star ranking.… Continue reading “Poison Heartbeats” wins Awesome Indies Approval
Every author loves positive reader reviews, even though they rank far down the ladder as promotional requirements. Email marketing, websites, blogs, book signings, public speaking, social media, awards, blog tours, local media, editorial reviews, and business cards will, individually, sell more books than a good five-star review from a reader. That’s right; a good business… Continue reading Why don’t more readers review your books?
What happens when ISIL and ISIS decide to turn a glass of water into a weapon of mass destruction? Can Homeland Security plug the poisonous leak with which they want to destroy America? Poison Heartbeats answers these questions in a new novel by Temple Emmet Williams, the second book in his “Heartbeats” series, which… Continue reading Can a glass of water become a weapon of mass destruction?
From the book Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was listening to the words of Ahmed Kahn, tasting them. The great leader of ISIL leaned back, still doubting. “How can we control or influence the actions of an infidel warrior? How can he become our weapon? Would it not be better if he were Muslim?” “It would… Continue reading Poison Heartbeats Wins 5-Star medallion from Readers’ Favorite
For Indie book writers, only two avenues lead to getting your work into the hands of readers: Road Warrior, or Cyber Warrior. You do not have to take your pick. They combine nicely. But you only have these two choices. It simplifies things. Road Warriors enjoy eye-to-eye contact with their readers. Road Warriors meet their… Continue reading Are you a Road Warrior or a Cyberwarrior?
Wrinkled Heartbeats was recently chosen as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It received the award as one of the best First Novels of the year. It is available as an ebook, a paperback, or a hardback from Templeworks Properties. The book has also received an Awesome Indies Approval badge, which includes the following… Continue reading “Wrinkled Heartbeats” a Finalist at 2016 Indie Book Awards
Awesome Indies is one of the most-respected guides and advisers of Indie Publishing. It has just sent Wrinkled Heartbeats its notice of approval. They suggest their Awesome Indies Approval (AIA) badge “takes the risk out of buying Indie.” The endorsement does not come easily. Two AIA reviewers/editors must approve the book with at least a 4-star ranking.… Continue reading Awesome Indies awards “Wrinkled Heartbeats” its coveted Approval Badge.
If you want to succeed as an author, then sales consistency is part of the mix. If you sell, for example, two copies of a book, day after day, your ranking on Amazon best-seller lists will be high. Over a four-week period, you will sell 56 books. In most “narrow” categories, you will be in… Continue reading An Author’s Life Ain’t Fair: Here’s Why.