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
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?
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