The Secret Executive Orders, written by Richard A. Stevens, is an extraordinary science-fiction novel. From conception to presentation it appears flawless, gripping, enlightening. Perfectly paced from paragraph to chapter, the book kept dragging me away from far more pressing matters. Let them wait. This is five-star writing. The Secret Executive Orders is a blockbuster of… Continue reading Richard Stephens should quickly gather a tribe of loyal followers, myself included.
A reader asked me how I wrote my books. I answered: “I’m not sure. When I re-read them, I often don’t remember writing what I see.” “So there’s a muse?” she asked. “The characters take over. I do what they tell me to do.” “But you know the ending,” she said. “A lot of famous… Continue reading How do you write your books?
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 examples… Continue reading Wrinkled Heartbeats Ad Campaign
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.
Buccaneer, by Jack Carlton Reed and MayCay Beeler, tells the story of free spirits drawn into the flame of adventure, power, drugs, sex, and money. Most of the story is told from the inside, literally, because modern-day Robin Hoods inevitably stumble into the merciless grip of Federal authorities. One does not expect the free spirit… Continue reading Freefalling Into Freedom
Getting reviews can make or break a book. When writers try to manipulate the process, they often run into problems. New or frustrated authors try to buy reviews, and a cottage industry exists that feeds their desires. It almost always leads to a failure that can destroy the writer’s reputation and any hope of ever “making it” in the industry. Amazon, the… Continue reading Judging Book Reviews
Kerstin (Kickan) and Temple had a fabulous night at the Miami Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, where Temple won a gold medal for Warrior Patient. Kerstin managed to sneak in a plug for Wrinkled Heartbeats, which just got another 5-star rating from a Top 500 VINE Voice reviewer at Amazon (our 12th 5-star review since… Continue reading Looking Up To A Great Harlem Globetrotter
Enter Giveaway In this golden age of publishing, authors need to throw off the cloak of invisible writing. Many people still have a hard time promoting their work. They consider it beneath them, an alien task, the bailiwick of braggarts and con men. They often dismiss the book reviews of writers who self-promote their work, suggesting that the evaluation… Continue reading The Secret Of Invisible Ink
The setup: The heart transplant that can save your life beats in the chest of a clone who calls you “Grandpa.” The delivery: Author William E Mason wonderful novel, Chloe The Clone, flows smoothly through a spectrum of emotions. It leaps from paragraph to page to chapter after chapter of twists, turns, hope and fear.… Continue reading Temple’s review of “Chloe the Clone” by William E. Mason