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.
Charles Freedom Long has written an epic science fiction book filled with truth, failure, hope, danger, life, love, death, redemption, and enough twists and turns to create a roller coaster of literary satisfaction. He paints another world, with a few shocking similarities to our own, with the same sort of ambition with which Isaac Asimov… Continue reading “Alvar’s Spear” is an epic science fiction adventure of the highest quality.
The president of IndieBRAG just told me I am in the running to become a finalist for their Book Cover contest, which starts on July 1st. The honor is not for my latest book, but for the first one I wrote: Warrior Patient. It’s a book that contains a lot of humor, and much that is… Continue reading Book Cover Contest
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?
David Haight’s stories in “Katharina (and other magnificent disasters)” can be brutal, biting, written on the edge of a knife that slices through your soul. Literary diamonds gleam through every scene; the writing is truly exceptional. The reader might want to look away from the accidents of life that the author reveals. Readers might want… Continue reading Like listening to the truth on steroids spoken by people ….
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
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?
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?
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.
On October 28, 2015, Warrior Patient by Temple Emmet Williams made it into the Top Slot on three different non-fiction best-seller lists at Amazon. After a week, it fell back in the ratings. Then on December 1, 2015, after a strong 99¢ discount campaign, Temple’s first book returned to the best-seller lists. The author is in the… Continue reading Warrior Patient Reclaims Best Seller List