5 Easy Steps to Successfully Write, Publish and Promote Your Book!

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Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

OR … How I Nearly Became an Overnight Success After My Forty Year-Apprenticeship in the Book Business!

If you read my bio you’ll realize I have worked with books and authors in one way or another for most of my life. I have experience as a bookseller, a publishers’ sales rep, a promoter (a self-styled Author Impresario!), a speaker, a student of writing, editing and publishing, a published author, and a publisher of my own and other authors’ work. I’ve been writing this blog on-and-off for almost ten years, and have discussed the book business here, made friends with like-minded authors and readers, networked and reached many other people in the business, made many friends and connected with even more colleagues, have shared a great deal of information I discovered over the years on the topics of Publishing, Reading, and Writing (hence the name of this blog …), followed and…

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A delightfully entertaining children’s book by Tina Frisco

This is a delightful story about an only child who is about to have four new siblings. Tina Frisco has written this story in a way that would be helpful to any household with a new (or multiple new) little ones on the way. The way the parents prepare Gabby to meet each child is insightful and shows a great method for involving the child with the new siblings.

The fact that this story is based on a real family makes it even more appealing. This book is beautifully illustrated. I loved that Tina included pictures of the family this story is about.

Entertaining and educational with great parenting tips.GQ-CS Cover

Click on the book cover for the Amazon purchase link!

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Dangerous Liaisons by Sarah Stuart

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When I picked Dangerous Liaisons to read, I had no idea what I was in for. The story starts with a young girl, an only child, raised on a hunting estate in Scotland. She has flaming red curls and a book that had been passed down to her through generations called the Book of Hours. Lizzie Cameron works diligently at decoding this diary of sorts written by her ancestors who were of royal lineage in the 1500s. The message was always the same, to find love where they may. Love is a gift of God, not of kings.
When Lizzie leaves home and finds her way on her own in London, she meets Michael Marsh, handsome, talented, backstreet boy seeking a career in theater. This story is a rollercoaster ride as we see Michael and Lizzie marry, him rise to international stardom and fame through Lizzie’s determination and connections. They bear two children, a girl first, then a boy. When Lisette, their daughter, turns fourteen years of age, Lizzie passes the Book of Hours on to her. Michael is always gone touring. Lizzie spends too much time alone. She has an affair with another man and conceives his child. Then the unspeakable happens. Lisette is groomed her entire life for theater and is cast in a leading role opposite her father, Michael, who she hardly knows. The storyline involves nudity and love scenes. I won’t write a spoiler and give away the plot, but I will say that Sarah Stuart certainly knows how to weave a web of lies, deceit, heartbreak, forgiveness and healing. If you enjoy a steamy love scene, this book is for you. If you enjoy a plot that takes so many twists and turns that you sometimes aren’t quite sure where you are, this is the book for you. Sarah did an excellent job of bringing all of the loose ends of the story full circle with an ending that leaves you sighing with relief, A well written story by an Indie author!

Find it on Amazon.com

Christmas and Independent Authors and Musicians

With Christmas fast approaching, I began to consider gifts for people who literally have everything. A Facebook post by Richard Dobson solved my dilemma.

What better way to celebrate the holidays with loved ones by giving them a gift of wonderfully entertaining books or music by struggling Indie artists?

I have read some great books this year by Indie Authors. So why not share them?
I went to Amazon and purchased a book by Marc Estes,Four Pieces for Power Then one by Lena J. McCoy .Special Run But, I didn’t stop there. I also purchased a book by Robin Chambers 511nQYo6+iL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I was delighted to find that part 2 of A Wizard of Dreams has been released, which I promptly downloaded to my own Kindle.

Tina Frisco has two great books out and one is a children’s book, which I also promptly downloaded.GQ-CS Cover

These are just a few amazing authors I’ve had the pleasure of discovering this year and now I want to share their work with others. Isn’t that how it all works? You read a great book and you want to tell everyone you know about it?

But what about music? Oh, there is such a huge pool of immensely talented Indie music artists as well. I bought music from Tommy Alverson, Deryl Dodd, The Tejas Brothers, Gus Samuelson and Jamie Richards, just to name a few. These folks have such wonderful music to share and I love telling others about them.

So, back to the original post by Richard Dobson. Richard is both an accomplished singer/songwriter as well as an author. His latest CD, “Here in the Garden” is one of the best! I highly recommend his books, Pleasures of the High Rhine, a Texas singer in Exile, The Years the Wind Blew Away and Gulf Coast Boys as both entertaining and informative reading. Richard Years Wind BlewRichard Garden

What a surprise I got when I went to MyTexasMusic.com only to find Richard’s latest CD, Gulf Coast Tales now available. I promptly ordered it!
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So, if you are wondering what to get that someone who has everything for Christmas, please consider taking the road less traveled and purchase a book or music from an Indie artist!

Welcome Guest Author, Tina Frisco

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I would like to welcome my guest author and songwriter, Tina Frisco. I got acquainted with Tina when I read her guest author interview on Chris, The Storyreading Ape’s blog. I was immediately drawn to her first book, Plateau, Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012, to which I posted a review after I’d finished it.
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Click here to go to my review of Plateau.
So, here is what Tina has to say:

Thank you, Jan, for this wonderful opportunity to share a little of myself and my work.

Like many authors, I began writing at an early age. My sister and I composed little ditties that we sang to our parents. They loved this. Their laughter and applause encouraged me to continue writing and singing. I received my first guitar at age 14, which launched my passion for music and songwriting. I’ve performed in many local venues over the years.

I was born with deep compassion for the suffering. This led me to choose nursing as a career, which brought me face-to-face with my own mortality. Writing carried me through the dark days when I would arrive at work and learn that another patient I’d grown close to had died. Writing was also my savior when my little feline companions moved on. Grief has to be the most ravaging and desolate emotion. I couldn’t eat, sleep, or work. My babies were gone. The only thing that saved me was writing. I made a memory book into which I pasted all their photos, wrote down every memory I could extract from my muddled brain, and then began writing to them. Years have passed, but I still write to them on their birthdays and deathdays. It’s a catharsis that serves me well in all areas of my life.

As my heart opened, my eyes did as well. My spirit longed for meaning and purpose. It was no accident when I encountered a medicine woman who became my teacher. A new plane of existence opened to me. I’d never had any trouble finding my voice or acknowledging my feelings, but now my spirit was finding expression. It was standing on the precipice of freedom. It had found its wings. Many thoughts and emotions began to clarify. And it was during this time when I realized that death is to life what waking is to sleep.

After watching one too many “doomsday” documentaries regarding the supposed end of the Mayan calendar on 21 December 2012, I wrote my début novel ~ Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012. I was determined to put forth a message of hope into the world.

While honoring the wisdom of her elders, a 15-year-old tribal female learns to face her fear, trust blindly, and overcome adversity. Her will is relentlessly tested as she discovers her strengths and destiny. She ultimately comes face-to-face with herself in a battle that would shrink the will of the most intrepid warrior, unaware that realizing her destiny will irrevocably impact all beings on earth and beyond. Her people inject humor and wisdom throughout this tale of mystery and adventure. The underlying message is that we must keep our hearts open and act from love instead of reacting from fear; we must practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath. And in so doing, we’ll help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness, facilitating both personal and global peace.

My first children’s book, Gabby and the Quads, was just published. I was inspired to write it after my niece had quadruplets. A child’s moral compass develops early in life, and I wanted to write a book that was ethically as well as traditionally educational.

Gabby is an only child who is about to become big sister to quadruplets! How will she handle this? Her parents decide on a unique approach to introduce her to and help her accept this awesome experience.

Thank you for sharing this time with me. I wish all of you much joy, success, love, and just enough challenge to keep you growing. Harm none and walk in beauty, my friends.

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