Thursday, January 31, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Charlene, thanks for introducing us to your book. Tell us a little about how you became a writer. I still can’t believe I’ve published a book. So, I have to get used to the idea of being called an author. To answer the question though, English and Art were my two favourite subjects in school. In English it was the literature and comprehension and in Art it was drawing. I guess the creativity and love for writing essays in school combined itself to make try my hand at writing. I wrote my first full length story fourteen years ago but only as a hobby.
Currently working on Book 2 which is based on Cody’s brother and his relationship.
Thank you, Charlene, for bringing us your newest release!
Thursday, January 17, 2019
With many publishing houses closing and with the growth of Amazon books and other retail online outlets available for e-books as well as print, many authors I know have stopped waiting for contracts with big publishing companies. They have decided to go on their own and publish their own books. While I have done it for non-fiction, others are doing it for their fiction books, to great success. Today's guest in My Writing Corner, Cyndie Zahner, has a new book out that caught my attention. When she told me she was publishing independently, I wanted to know more about her publishing journey.
When I quit my full-time job and began writing novels, the best advice I received from a published author was don’t wait to secure a publisher for your first book. Begin your second.
First, being on your own with no one to ask questions of.
That means your workload doubles. Researching how to place my book on multiple websites was time-consuming alone. I also had to find a conversion program to change my word document to pdf, epub and mobi files (Jutoh, love it); decide what to do about ISBN numbers (botched that, purchase a block of ten on your own if you self-publish); find review sites (this I learned from TWRP); find a cover artist (thank you to my niece, Amanda Filutze); clean up my social media and learn more about the internet (thank you to my daughter, Jessie Zahner Grieshober, who walked me through this maze of misery); track my links (bitly.com, I love you); and worst of all, research margins and design my print book. (I hate gutter margins.)
My freedom. I’m in charge. If I want to lower my price, I can. Up it? I can do that, too. I’m able to try different book blurbs to see which ones sell more books, and change key words at will.
Again, thanks for sharing your story. Any questions or comments for Cyndie?
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Welcome to the new year! 2019 promises to be another year of great reading and discovering some wonderful new authors as well as enjoying the latest works of some of our favorite writers. We're starting out the year in fine fashion, spotlighting an international thriller that mixes intrigue with romance: For the Love of A Spy by M. S. Spencer.
Ms. Spencer has published twelve mystery/romantic suspense novels, and currently divides her time between Florida and Maine.
Their love affair intensifies against the backdrop f the dramatic world events of 1991 -- a disintegrating USSR, Middle East peace talks and Vietnam's re-emergence on the world stage. Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving Maris limp and lovelorn. n her quest for answers, she is yanked into the dangerous world of Michael’s work—in Washington, DC, in France, and in Spain. Looking for safe harbor for her emotions and her body, she accepts the advances of a dashing French diplomat.
Will she embrace the luxury and comfort of Emile and his chateau or the romance of international intrigue with Michael?
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