Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I need help with Writer's Block

A storm came through over the weekend and I lost Internet access for over 4 hours. I was temporarily lost as to what to do next until I remembered life does exist beyond cyberspace. I read. (Did someone say summer? What summer!)

Last night I took some pictures of the lake from southeast to southwest moments after another storm passed.



Honestly, all I did was aim the camera and click the picture. I'm just as shocked at how beautiful they turned out as anybody.

I feel the same way about my manuscripts. All I do is sit down at the computer and type out what my characters do. The fact the information is in my head isn't a big deal. There are so many influences in my life contributing to my stories, that taking credit for them seems a bit over zealous on my part.

Having said that... I'm stuck.

My protagonist/hero RCMP Investigator Corporal Danny Killian is acting bizarre. I realize he has his issues, but the guy keep taking mental vacations. We're going over the same 12 chapters. Every time I position my fingers on the keys and wait to see what he'll do next, he stalls. Then he jumps back to chapter one and continues from there. I follow along and revise or edit until once again we're in the middle of chapter 13. Then nada. We go back to chapter one and repeat the process. This has been going on all year. I edit, revise, follow Danny and Sally, until once again we're back somewhere in the middle of chapter 13. Then the whole thing starts over again: I sit. I wait. And nada. Well, you get the picture.

I'm reading Donald Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel, Martha Engber's Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up, and James Scott Bell's Plot & Structure. These are great books! But now I'm afraid to give credence to the words: Do you think ... it's burn out! Am I experiencing editing overload! I've spent the last 3 months working with my awesome editor Leanne Flett Kruger. It was a painless experience. Surely it's not that I'm OLD?

Help!

What do you guys do when this happens to you? Words of Wisdom, please!
--happy to be blogging!
joylene
ps. A thought just occurred to me. Maybe I'm just being lazy. 

Monday, June 28, 2010

TIRED OF REJECTIONS

Are you receiving one rejection after another? I bet they don't include a reason for the rejection either. Instead, they write "Not for us," and you're left trying to decipher why your prize possession is rejected yet again.

Before you chalk it up to lame publishers or editors, I'd like to recommend WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL and/or WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL WORKBOOK by Donald Maass. This is the man who brought British author Anne Perry's books to North America. He wants to help you edit your manuscript into the next breakout novel. Let him. 

How many times have you heard someone say:

"I was rejected for no good reason."
"I didn't write the next Harry Potter, so my manuscript was rejected."
"I'm not surprised my manuscript was rejected; I wrote a literary novel not the next blockbuster."

If you're truly passionate about your craft, you won't nor can you give up. You'll keep plodding, reading, studying and writing. And along the way you'll dissect your favourite novels and determine for yourself why those authors succeeded.

"Inherent Conflict, Gut Emotional Appeal, Plausibility, and Originality."

Donald Maass says if your manuscript has the four components listed above, not only are your chances of staying out of the slush pile good, you may have the makings of a Breakout Novel.

Take down your favourite novels and ask yourself:

INHERENT CONFLICT - No doubt there is conflict in your favourite novel. There is in mine. The question now is: Is there enough inherent conflict in your story? Could you go a step further and dig deeper? Are your characters trying to overcome great obstacles on the way to obtaining critical goals? Will your character lose everything if their goal isn't met?

GUT EMOTIONAL APPEAL - Did you rally behind Harry Potter when he was fighting for his life? Was your stomach in a knot when Tess of the d'Urbervilles confesses her secret to Angel only to be rejected by him? Did you want more for than anything for Anna Karenin to live happily ever after? Gut emotional appeal is when you leave your reader deeply moved by the experience of reading your book. The story stays with them for days afterwards.

PLAUSIBILITY - Did you believe the story's plot could really happen? If Dune is on your list, did you read through without stopping to think: "never could have happened"? Did you find the character acted in a realistic manner and were believable? While reading Harry Potter did you buy into the story's premise? Chances are you did on all accounts. 

ORIGINALITY - This doesn't mean you have to come up with a plot line as far out there as The Sixth Sense. What it does mean is you need to tell your story in a new way, a way your reader won't expect. Likely, your story has been told a thousand times before (Romeo and Juliet has), so make certain your characters are fresh and well-rounded, and their quest toward obtaining the all important goal is unique to them. Add originality by doing the unexpected.
 
If you are already published but have noticed a decline in enthusiasm from your current publisher, Donald Maass believes there is no reason why your next novel can't be a breakout success. Start by building on these fundamentals.

Happy Writing.
--
joylene

Friday, June 25, 2010

SIGNS OF SUMMER

Mama Bantam and her first ever chicks

Hummingbird resting for a moment.

Summer flowers

Mr. Woodpecker pecking

In the north, signs of summer are never taken for granted. Our summer season is too short to do so. And while I long to be outside (minus the bugs) I'm enjoying work on a manuscript for a writer who has had a request from a publisher. That's always great news, and I'm happy to help.

I'm also doing research on my Metis heritage. This morning my cousin sent me a newspaper notice of our great-grandparents wedding announcement. The date was Oct 24, 1878. One hundred and 5 years before the birth of their great-great-grandson. Fascinating.

This certifies that
Honoré Gauthier
Son of J. B. Gauthier and Rosalie Germain
and
Rosalie Gauthier
Daughter of André Gaudry and Magdeleine David
were united in the
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
according to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church
in Notre Dame de Lorette Church
Lorette, Manitoba
on the 16th of September, 1878
Father L. R. Giroux officiating

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Final Draft of Broken But Not Dead in Editor's Hands.

You may have heard that the fires near Vanderhoof in central BC are growing? That's still a distance from Cluculz Lake, though I could see the fire from here on Saturday when the wind changed direction. Today, the haze over the lake has lifted in part because of the wind, which also makes the fire a threat to forests west of us. I'm no longer conscious of the smell though.

I took this photo on Saturday from my balcony when the sky was still clear. Yesterday the haze was so thick we couldn't see Sinkut Mountain.


This photos is courtesy of K. Bernard.


On Saturday I was the lucky recipient of a black fly bite. I'm using cold tea bags and ice to get the swelling down, and yesterday I was able to see enough to take the online exam for my boat operator's licence. I received a grade of 97%. Of coure, DH's mark was 100%.

If you're thinking of taking the exam, I recommend studying the study guide first. Many of the questions are about buoys, sailboat light positioning, and right-of-way.

Note: you aren't allowed to take the exam on your own computer, and you must be supervised by a non-family member.

Boater Exam Study Guide

Yes, I'm definitely allergic to the blackflies, but I'm happy to report that this particular culprit was squooshed dead.



I mailed my final draft to my editor Leanne Flett Kruger last night, and now I'm sad to see the end to our working relationship. What a jewel you are, Leanne. I loved working with you. Hopefully, we can do this again in another year.

Thank you for making the whole experience so pleasant. Your encouragement, praise and assistance went above and beyond anything I could have ever hoped for or expected.  

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More Deadly Attitudes That Kill Writers’ Chances

by Katherine Swarts

My last guest post discussed five “Deadly Attitudes that kill writers’ chances,” attitudes closely related to the mechanics of writing and selling. This installment presents one more, plus four additional “DAs” in the “pure attitude” range.

6. Deadly Gimmicks. No story ever sold solely because the text rhymed; plot and characters are what count, and most writers have enough to do mastering those. In any case, never get cute with the physical manuscript: no neon-colored text; no computer-animated introductions; no glitter sprinkles that drop from a hard-copy envelope (probably to stick to an editor’s best suit). The “gimmick” approach gets attention, all right, but not the kind you want.

7. Deadly Arrogance. If you want to create an instant image of yourself as impossible to work with, just say any of the following: “I know you don’t normally publish fiction/poetry/two-part stories, but my work is so good I’m sure you’ll make an exception.” (No, they won’t.) “My children/mother loved this story.” (Readers who don’t love you aren’t likely to be equally receptive.) “God gave me this message.” (God probably hasn’t warned anyone to buy your first draft or be struck by lightning.) However good your work, you don’t rate special favors before you prove yourself.

8. Deadly Humility. Don’t say you’ve “never published anything”; people will wonder why not. And no one will buy your work out of pity for your unpublished state. Focus on why you’re qualified to publish this thing: note your expertise in the topic area, or your access to knowledgeable sources; and to prove your writing ability, make sure your introductory letter is interesting and typo-free. When approaching agents and editors, projecting self-confidence is vital.

9. Deadly Defensiveness. The dream of writing one’s way to fame and fortune brings out the spoiled brat in many people. They demand that publishers reconsider rejections; they scream “You got that idea from me!” when a remotely similar story appears; they get as far as being accepted and then fight every suggested change in plot or wording; they openly protest every negative review. Such behavior gains a writer nothing except black marks on the reputation.

10. Deadly Quitting. Have you heard of John Kennedy Toole, whose book A Confederacy of Dunces won a 1981 Pulitzer Prize—but who wasn’t around to see it because he’d committed suicide in 1969 after repeated rejections, leaving his mother to carry on the work of finding a publisher? While few writers go to such extremes, thousands give up too quickly. They edit their work over and over but never submit it; they put a manuscript away forever after the first rejection; they stop writing new stories when their earliest efforts don’t sell; they dismiss “we can’t use this, but we’d like to see other examples of your work” comments as token politeness (editors don’t waste time on personal communications unless they see genuine potential). You can be innocent of all other Deadly Attitudes and still kill your chances with this one.

If you harbor any of the DAs and still sell your work, you probably are a celebrity. Or a publisher’s nephew. Or just luckier than the average lottery winner!

Katherine Swarts is a professional writer specializing in corporate blogs/newsletters and other articles. Her Web address is www.spreadthewordcommercialwriting.com.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE CHAIR JUST FOR WRITING?

Back by popular demand, (or was it a request for proof of fish?) here's a pic of the two 5 lb char "we" caught up at Tchentlo Lodge last weekend. (I didn't actual fish, but what's his is mine so...)


These are just two of the fishermen we had to contend with. Notice the shifty eyes?


This two and a half year old bear must have heard about our fishing trip because the next day I caught him sneaking past our balcony door.


On a different subject - Here's how my "old guy" gets wood for winter.


Some say it's cheating.

And lastly, the reason I'm having trouble with my WIP is because Fluffy won't let me have my favourite chair back.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

SILENCED CRY, a book review by Joylene Butler


Marta Stephens, SILENCED CRY, Bewrite Books, 2007, 284 pgs

As a writer, I'm well aware of how difficult it is to write a good pitch. For that reason when I read the publisher's blurb for Silenced Cry, I bought a copy. Bewrite Publishers promised that Stephens' novel would keep me entertained from start to finish.

Author Marta Stephens delivers on that promise.

Homicide detective Sam Harper stands by helplessly as his partner is shot dead at what should have been a routine pick-up for questioning. His late-partner was so certain of the lack of danger that he declined to wear his vest before confronting the witness. Now Harper is left with more questions than answers. And to make matters worse, he's taken off the case and assigned to Homicide and a new partner.

When Harper is called to investigate a cold case, (the body of an infant is found stuffed in the wall of a building due for demolition) the investigation leads him to a possible involvement by his police hero father and his boss, a man he respects and trusts. As more leads surface, the investigation becomes baffling. What is surely a horrific crime also involves rape and police brutality. Stephens' depiction of the grieving mother Roxanne Lewis is unforgettable and deeply moving. 

Someone once said that if you've read one mystery, you've read them all. That is so far from the truth here. Sam Harper is not your run-of-the-mill hero. Though the book is about a good cop, it's not reminiscent of any other good-cop novel. Harper is his own man, troubled, sincere, loyal and complexed. Silenced Cry is an intelligent story about a police detective determined to do the right thing even if it means it might destroy him.

* * * *

The Author - Marta Stephens

Marta Stephens is a native of Argentina who has made Indiana her home since the age of four. This mild-manner lady turned to crime with the publication of the first in her Sam Harper Crime Mystery series, SILENCED CRY (2007).

Stephens resides in Indiana with her husband and two children. The first novel in her Sam Harper Crime Mystery series, Silenced Cry (2007) received honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Festival and ranked among the top ten in the 2007 Preditors and Editors Reader Poll.

The second book in the Harper series, The Devil Can Wait won the bronze in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) in the mystery/suspense/thriller category and ranked in the top ten in the 2008 Preditors and Editors Reader Poll.

Stephens is currently working on the third book in the series. Look for her novels in both trade paperback and e-book formats. Her collective authors’ blog, Murder by 4, was selected by Writer’s Digest among the 2009 101 Best Websites for Authors.

Stephens holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Ball State University (IN) where she is employed in human resources. She is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime Speed City Indiana Chapter, and the Midwest Writer's Workshop. In addition to writing, she also enjoys oil paintings, gardening, the family’s pet Boston Bulls, mini Daschunds, and shared moments with family and friends.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tchentlo Lodge, Nation Lakes

I did something unusual and went away for the weekend fishing. I know, I live on a lake, what am I doing going somewhere else to fish. Friends have a lodge on the Nation Lakes and he was celebrating a birthday and wanted to be surrounded by friends and family. I've featured photographs of Tchentlo Lodge on my Facebook. It's a beautiful place, ninety-minute drive from Fort St. James. Today I'm back to work completing my final deadline for my editor on revisions for Broken But Not Dead. On Wednesday I hope to have a review posted of Marta Stephens' novel Silenced Cry.

Meanwhile, here's some shots of Tchentlo Lodge.






Thursday, June 10, 2010

Writing the Breakout Pitch

I haven't met a writer yet who likes writing query letters. And why should we? We're pitching our stories to strangers. Everything depends on whether we convince them just how wonderful and brilliant our 300 page novel is. And in no less than one page, I might add. Because if we don't, no matter how wonderful and brilliant our novel is, nobody but us is going to know.

But how do you take a 300 page story and condense it down to one or two paragraphs?


In his workbook Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maass implies it's pretty simple. I know - I know, you're thinking Balderdash...  or something along that line. But as Donald suggests, when was the last time somebody told you about a terrific movie they saw at the show, and the way they explained it convinced you to see said movie on movie night?  When was the last time you bought a book because of word-of-mouth? When was the last time you checked out a game on the net because your buddy convinced you you'd love it? When was the last time you went on a blind date even though you swore you never would again, because your best friend convinced you otherwise?

Yes, it's scary to think you can learn anything from a fourteen year old, but if you have contact with one, listen to how they describe their favourite something.

As Donald Maass says, the secret is brevity. Start with genre, (he needs to know who to pitch the story to), include setting and protagonist, state the problem, and show how your take on the situation is new. Oh, and practise!

Exercise: (remove my answers and insert yours:

1. Write down your novel's

- Title: _________ (Dead Witness)

- Genre: _________(Suspense Thriller)

- Setting: ________ (small town Canada, Baja California, Mexico, Nevada, and Seattle)

- Protagonist: ________(Canadian wife and mother - Valerie McCormick)

- Problem: ___________ (Valerie, a foreigner, witnesses a double murder while on vacation in Seattle. The FBI convince her to testify, and now the killer, a powerful drug-lord knows where she lives.)

2. What makes your story different or unique?

_____________________________________________(When the murderer sends someone to kill Valerie, the FBI can't locate her family in time and are forced to kidnap Valerie to trick the killer into believing she's dead. Only now her husband, three daughters and her brother, Private Investigator Aidan Roth also believe she's dead. Cooperative Valerie becomes the hunter)

* * * * * 

For those of you who have read the story, you know it's more complicated than that. There are several subplots and there are important relationships between Valerie and her children and her brother that are vital to the story. But my job isn't to describe detail to a potential agent. My job and yours is to give them something to get excited about.

Here's some famous pitches:

The Girl With The Dragon Tattooby Stieg Larsson
Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over forty years ago. Starting his investigation, Mikael realizes that Harriet’s disappearance is not a single event, but rather linked to series of gruesome murders in the past. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness.

A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men, The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rife -- and takes justice into his own outraged hands. For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life... and then his own.


In the Shadow of Evil, by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier
This murder mystery is set in the foothills of the Rockies. The main character, Christine, is a Métis woman who struggles to deal with the sudden loss of her husband and child. Haunted by her own childhood of a broken family, sibling rivalry and foster homes, Christine's life suddenly unravels revealing the ghosts and events of her past. All is brought to a suspenseful and surprising conclusion.

Dark Knowledge by Keith Pyeatt
When good and evil intertwine, taking one means accepting the other. When Wesley discovers a world inside his mind, he-s offered more than just an escape from mental illness. He-s given gifts of knowledge he carries back to the physical world -- unaware that with the good, comes the bad. As knowledge builds Wesley's intellect and gives him the ability to heal sick friends, he-s thrust into an evil contest, pitted against opponents who have trained their entire lives to kill. As Wesley fights for his life in two worlds, piecing together his mind and his heritage, the harder it becomes to distinguish good from evil. The greater his intellect, the more difficult his choices-and sacrifices.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Writing The Breakout Novel Workbook

Since beginning Donald Maass' Writing The Breakout Novel workbook exercises, we've covered these 10 topics:  

1. Turn Your Story into Breakout Novel,
2. Introduce Your Protag as if He Were Your 1st Born.
3. Is Your Protagonist Too Predictable?
4. Unforgettable.
5. Is Your Antagonist Believable?
6. Are You Using Setting to Your Full Advantage?
7. When to Use Backstory.
8. Weak POV - Fix it.
9. Do You Have Enough Disaster in Your Novel?
10. Stay Out of the Slush Pile - Add Plot Layers.

Tomorrow we'll talk about his chapter on querying agents and publishers. After I read the chapter only once, I wanted to go out and pitch the sequel to Broken But Not Dead. The chapter is that much of a confidence builder. Join me tomorrow and we'll learn what agents like Donald Maass are looking for in a query letter.
--
joylene

Monday, June 7, 2010

How to Maintain a Happy and Healthy Relationship in Any Situation

How to Maintain a Happy and Healthy Relationship in Any Situation
by Vivienne Diane Neal

Whether you are in a business, family, casual, or committed relationship, there are certain shared qualities that men and women should have in order to maintain a happy and healthy union.

Before establishing any type of rapport with anyone, whether it is in the workplace, a romantic, platonic, or casual merger, it is vital to know who you are first, because you usually draw people who have similar qualities or as the saying goes, “You attract what you are.” If you do not feel good about yourself, then you will be a magnet for others who will have a low-opinion of themselves. This type of person will never value you as a human being. The name-calling, the offensive remark or the putting down of an individual will always be his or her main goal in life. These negative feelings, which can lead to violence or physical abuse, have no place in any type of relationship. If you are romantically involved with an abusive mate, remember, love is not supposed to hurt. If the office bully is your employer or an employee, morale and production may suffer and affect the company’s bottom line.

Get to know someone first before getting romantically involved with a person. The same can be true when you are seeking a friendship or a business partner. This means observing a person’s behavior around others, namely co-workers, associates, friends, family and parents. One should always follow his or her instincts. If something does not feel right, do not stick around for the outcome. If a person is abusive to family members, there is no way that individual is going to treat you any better. Moreover, do not think for one second, that you can change someone’s destructive behavior, because you cannot.

Communication is another key component in any relationship. Exchanging ideas involves not only talking but also listening. This does not mean that one has to agree with everything a person says; it just means that each person’s opinion is just as important. You can agree to disagree and still have a good relationship.

Respecting someone's cultural, racial, religious, ethnic background, sexual orientation and political beliefs plays an important role as to how well we connect with people. Certain behaviors that you participate in may be okay with some but not always sanctioned by others.

Enjoying each other’s company is essential. While life is not always perfect, why continue work or be with someone who is miserable and ends up making your life unbearable. All the unnecessary drama and negativity that people bring into your life will definitely bring you down. Your friend breaks up with her boyfriend; you end up losing your significant other; he despises his occupation; you no longer love your job. People who are always complaining or finding fault about one thing or another will eventually have you following their lead. You can be unhappy or preferably peaceful all by your lonesome.

Bio:

Vivienne Diane Neal received her AA Degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College in 1977 and her BS Degree in Home Economics from New York University in 1979. For over 16 years, she was a consultant to several home care agencies, training their home care workers in nutrition, meal planning and home management.

From 1982-1986, she was the publisher and editor of Gourmet News, a monthly newsletter, focusing on food, nutrition, shopping and cooking, and sponsored two cooking contests: Vegetable Cooking and Seafood Galore in 1985 and 1986 respectively. Gourmet News appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and in several cottage industries' publications. Her article "Caribbean Delights was reprinted in part in the November/December 1984 issue of the now defunct Elancée Magazine.

Vivienne was also the publisher of Features and Information, from 1992-1996, which brought creative and fun ways to meet people in a comfortable and pleasant manner, suggestions on personal development and self-improvement, beneficial approaches to achieving and maintaining a healthy life-style through good food, diet and nutrition, travel tips, events and more.

From 1995-1999, Vivienne was the executive producer of Colorful Images, a monthly non-commercial cable TV program that featured good news, events, profiles of people doing positive acts in the community, celebrity, entertainment and business news.

In 2006, she started One World Singles, an all-inclusive dating site for singles of all colors, ages (18+) religions, ethnicities and lifestyles and One World Singles Magazine Blog, featuring articles and advice on dating, romance, love and so much more.

She authored and self-published her first book, Making Dollar$ and Cent$ Out Of Online Dating, which takes a humorous and honest approach to explain the difficulties of starting and running an online dating Website on half a shoestring budget. It is a personal journey into the ins and outs and the trials and tribulations Vivienne has faced and still does while trying to stay afloat in the ever-changing world of the Internet dating business.

Her second book, Shades of Deception, is an anthology of ten fictional short stories about lonely individuals and in their frantic search for love, romance and happiness become the targets and victims of treachery, fraud, scandal and revenge.

Vivienne has just completed her third book, Malicious Acts, a collection of five short stories that centers on men and women who will stop at nothing to get what they want. If it means disguising themselves as benevolent individuals and destroying lives along the way, they are up for the thrill. They will use romance, lust, greed and deceit as preludes to suck unsuspecting people out of their money. The book will go to print in the Fall of 2010.

Ms. Neal continues to write articles on love, romance, relationships and other topics of interests for Associated Content under the pseudonym hmcs.

Making Dollar$ And Cent$ Out Of Online Dating and Shades Deception are distributed worldwide and may be ordered from amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and lulu.com

Contact Information:
Email: hmcsromanceinternational@juno.com
http://oneworldsingles.blogspot.com
http:/www.oneworldsingles.com

Friday, June 4, 2010

ASK PZM - JUNE

Q: Where can I learn more about online marketing to promote my book?

One of the most wonderful things about Internet marketing is that “best practices” for marketers is to give away valuable free information to help you know, like and trust them before you spend any money.

When I first began learning how to use Internet marketing to promote my novel “Mrs. Lieutenant” I signed up for many free reports, free teleseminars, and free ezines (electronic newsletters). I found links to this free information on Twitter and other places.

Gradually I winnowed out who I followed and whose products I actually bought. Yet I continue to this day to read as many blog posts, reports, white papers, etc. as I can because Internet marketing is always changing.

Here are some links to valuable free information:

1. Publicity Hound” Joan Stewart’s weekly ezine – sign up at www.publicityhound.com

2. Book marketer Tony Eldridge’s video marketing tips – sign up at http://www.marketingtipsforauthors.com/videotips.html

3. Book author/marketer Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s ezine – send an email to hojonews@aol.com with the subject line: Subscribe Ref. by HowToDoItFrugally.com

4. Book marketer Dana Lynn Smith’s ebook “Top Book Marketing Tips” and her monthly ezine – http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/

5. Book marketer Penny Sansevieri’s ezine – http://www.amarketingexpert.com

6. Book marketer John Kremer’s ezine – http://www.bookmarket.com/

And I have several book marketing articles at http://budurl.com/bookmarketarticles

Q: Is it important that visitors to my book website know immediately whether my book is fiction or nonfiction?

Yes, it is important. People want to know immediately what genre a novel is or whether the book is nonfiction.

For example, I read the promo copy on a website about a book dealing with a woman suffering from PTSD. I had no idea whether the book was a novel or nonfiction. And especially because I am involved in a military-related PTSD project (www.facebook.com/PTSDWalk) I wanted to know exactly what the book is.

Do not frustrate your website visitors by making them hunt for the information they want. Give them the most important information front and center, including how to buy the book.

© 2010 Miller Mosaic, LLC


Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of the novel www.mrslieutenant.com and the co-founder of the social media marketing company Miller Mosaic Power Marketing. Get her FREE report “Twitter, Facebook and Your Website: A Beginning Blueprint for Harnessing the Power of 3” at www.millermosaicpowerof3.com

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ramona Moreno Winner, author of The Wooden Bowl

Please welcome my guest Ramona Winner, author of The Wooden Bowl, a delightful children's story. Her other works include Freaky Foods From Around the World and Lucas and His Loco Beans.




BrainStorm 3000
805/562-8601
brainstorm3000@verizon.net

Freaky Foods
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V78wSI5xFXQ

Jumping Beans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0hoD-Tpm6I

The wooden bowl ;:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOehoKYxWLA

Diversity Workshop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoFszMAxRyU

Assemblies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=286oXHi_YLc

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Mystery Writer's Lament.

A friend sent this to me. Signing in the Waldenbooks by Parnell Hall. Enjoy.



If you get a chance, stop by Vivienne Diane Neal's blog. 

http://oneworldsingles.blogspot.com/

Vivienne is graciously featuring my suspense thriller Dead Witness.