Promoting A Long Series: Guest Post By Charles E. Yallowitz

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, Charles E. Yallowitz. Charles is on a blog tour to promote the latest release in his celebrated Legends of Windemere series, Warlord of the Forgotten Age. After 19 years, his series is coming to an end, so he’s the perfect person to discuss the challenges of promoting a long series.

Promoting A Long Series

Thank you to Nicholas for letting me be a guest and helping me promote Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age.  After 19 years of writing, editing, outlining, and toiling, my big fantasy adventure series comes to an end.  One thing I didn’t mention there was all the marketing. So many promos and ads and guest posts and fretting over numbers.  It really makes me wonder how I found any time for actual writing, especially since I wrote the final 12 volumes in…

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I’m Back With Several Courses For Publishing Authors

Nicholas C. Rossis

Vacation writing inspiration | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksAfter a short break, I’m back with news of several publishing courses now available for only $10.99 (down from as high as $200)! If, like me, you’ve attended any Udemy courses in the past, you will surely have heard of the New Year Resolution offer they’re currently running, lasting until the 11th.

Dave Chesson (aka Kindlepreneur) has kindly compiled the best of the writing courses on offer into a super-helpful post. From writing to productivity tips to marketing, you can find out more on his blog!

Become a Book Launch Gladiator: How to go from Newbie Author to Bestseller

Book Launch Gladiator course | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksIf Udemy’s courses are not enough for you, how about a great new course by Jordan Ring, aimed specifically at people struggling with their book.

The major parts of the course are:

  1. Course Intro and Basic Questions Answered
  2. Pre-Launch Phase and setting up your book for success
  3. Review How to
  4. Launch…

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Meet Stephanie Barr

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Hi everyone today on Paws 4 Thought we’re pleased to introduce fantasy author, rocket scientist and cat lover, Stephanie Barr.

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1) Which of your characters are you most like?

Most of my protagonist characters, including several side characters, are based on aspects of my own personality either gifted with traits I lack, taking that aspect to a much greater degree or both. Sometimes the aspects I lack are provided by people I know (a few exceptions like Lofar (short story) and Dante da Silv (Tarot Queen), both more based on my husband of the time).

Two in particular were focused on my being unusually bright (which does not get you friends) and my social awkwardness (not shyness) that makes me incredibly unpopular even today except among a few discerning folks. That’s Dylan Chroz of Saving Tessa and Nayna from the forthcoming Ideal Insurgent.

However, I’m probably most like Darma from…

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Writing Links 12/18/17

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links 12/18/17

Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/how-characters-see-themselves-in-relation-to-other-characters/ How do your characters relate to each other?
  2. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/12/so-your-character-is-from-norway.html Norway characters.
  3. https://mythcreants.com/blog/five-essentials-of-historical-fantasy/ Filling in the gaps, something I worry about.
  4. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/12/lessons-and-good-habits-for-writing-and.html On writing.
  5. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/12/15/7-tips-to-ending-a-series-buy-stock-in-tissues/ Tips on ending your series.
  6. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/12/14/meet-guest-author-robbie-cheadle/

MG/YA:

  1. http://middlegrademafia.com/2017/12/12/mafia-411-nutcracked-by-susan-adrian/
  2. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/12/stem-tuesday-science-fiction-books-classroom/ This week’s science in books.
  3. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/12/vlog-series-standalone-companion-novels.html I’ve been writing companion novels for the past series I just did and didn’t realize it. I just thought they were called series as well. Oh, what we learn, lol.
  4. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/12/yallfest-interview-with-jeff-zentner.html Interview with the author of The Serpent King.
  5. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/12/sparking-imagination-written-imagery/ It may be more important than ever to give readers an opportunity to envision and imagine through the words on the page.
  6. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/12/2017-year-in-review.html My year has been bad as you might know if you’ve been reading these posts for a while. I had a tornado hit my home in July and then again in Oct. My kids and I were in a car accident…

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Propelling Your Blog As The Next Hot Ticket Item

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Eureka! I’ve finally discovered the secret to blogging success! The good news is that I can’t wait to share the magic potion with all of you! Whoot!

Ready?

Let’s get started…

What is ‘blogging success’ at the outset? Is it something achievable? Is it quantifiable? For me, a successful blog is one that is loved by all. A blog that is pampered in its niche attracts thousands of visitors, garners hundreds of likes and is home to a never-ending string of comments. A successful blog stands out from the rest because, well, it is amazeballs. But what does it take for an amateur to get there? Did it cross your mind at some point in time that those established bloggers were starters, like you? Yeah? Good!

1. Passion

Passion is the key to unlock the door to blogging success. When you blog, you have to do it out of love…

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Pipe & Thimble Publishing and Bookstore

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Pipe & Thimble Book Store is founded on the principles of Richard and Peg Austin’s doll house miniature business in the late 70’s by the same name. We strive to treat all authors, artisans, and other indies with respect, fairness, and integrity. We created a haven that returns to the original roots of storytelling with a focus of community, bringing forth those voices that are so essential, and yet so often unheard.

​Along with providing a platform for and promoting indie authors, local handmade artisans, musicians, and others within the indie circle, we also offer a place to further their own reach within the South Bay, as well as working with local schools, charities, libraries, and other local business on joint events that support reading, learning, and community.

​As independent authors and artisans ourselves, we know the struggles that accompany getting product in stores and in a way that benefits the author/maker. We also know the difficulty of finding locations that work with those in the indie circle for events.

S. A. Gibson is proud to have his work featured by Pipe & Thimble. I’ve enjoyed appearing on author panels there. Please visit the store and spread the word.

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Pipe & Thimble
24830 Narbonne Avenue
Lomita, California

Things I Learned From Signing A Trad-Pub Contract

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

You may remember how Azure Fire Publishing has both hired me to be their Editor-in-chief and asked me to publish my fantasy/sci-fi books with them.

I now have some more exciting news to share: Patakis, the largest Greek publishing house, has bought in advance my next 3 children’s books and will publish them next year in Greece. Which means I am officially a hybrid author, as they also offered me a cash advance (a small one, but hey, it’s the principle, right?)

The new books continue the adventures of the little boy, his dog, and a few new cast members including a dragon (some Musiville favorites also make guest appearances). Their titles are Valiant Smile, Whisker Smile, and Lola’s Smile. All books will now be officially part of the Mystery Smiles series (the old name, Niditales, will now be phased out).

The first book will…

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Starving Artist, A Writer’s Fate?

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I confess, I occasionally fantasize about writing a book which completely panders to an audience just for fame and money. However, will the Faustian bargain result in having to discard my personal pleasure in storytelling, can I have it both ways. We all know of big best selling books we consider crap and are perhaps a bit jealous. I jokingly threaten my family about “doing it” one day.

Well, upon reflection, there have been some wonderful and noted authors who began by writing ‘junk.’ Raymond Chandler and John O’hara come to mind. Even Jacqueline Susan and Harold Robbins, while not exactly respected, are acknowledged for writing some of the best guilty pleasures around.

I want to discuss the conflict between struggling as a starving artist and selling out. We writers who strive to be full-time authors must make decisions each day about how to develop our art and market our products. We began as artists because we loved the art and thought bringing our visions to life would be fulfilling.

I asked author Diane Morrison about this question. Here were her thoughts, “I think if you don’t love what you’re writing, your reader will be able to tell. So I think the first order of business is to create a story you really want to write. Then try to get someone’s attention from there. I think that the truth is that good writing shines through. Everyone said Stephen King was a hack but now his book on writing is used in almost every major writing course. Eventually, people will see good writing for what it is – IF they see it. And that’s the rub. I don’t judge anyone else for their “Faustian bargains,” as you put it, but I know I couldn’t do any justice to something I didn’t want to write. I’ll just have to try to get noticed in other ways.”

Greg Alldredge gave me some feedback, “Your question made me think. Forty-five years ago, the books I read were considered crap by many. In my younger years, the likes of Steinbeck and Hemingway never appealed to me. I couldn’t connect with their style of writing. The other day I found a blog post, Hemingway only wrote on a fourth-grade level, yet I found his writing difficult to read and honestly boring. “

“I look back at the books I did read, they were popular modern-day swashbuckling adventures. Alistair MacLean caught my attention early, though I would guess many would consider his books pandering to a certain audience. In me, he found that willing audience. You can’t argue with success, at least seventeen of his books were made into movies all with big-name casts. When I was little older, I discovered science fiction and fantasy. Before e-books, I was a member of the science fiction book club. Many of the writers I discovered in my early 20’s were simply because the covers looked cool. Later I found out some of them were giants in science fiction writing. It was the 80’s what did I care.”

“I don’t know, I’m sure many people consider my books pandering to someone, even though I didn’t mean for them to be. If a writer didn’t appeal to an audience, they wouldn’t be a writer for long, or they would end up like Melville, a critical failure but wildly successful a hundred years later. I didn’t start writing to become a millionaire. The chances of that were slim to none when I started. I started writing because I had an idea in my head, that stewed for over a year. When I sat down and wrote “Lights in the Night” I did it in less than a month because I had already played it in my head for so long. I wrote the book for an audience of one, me. A few people have read it, some of them liked it. I hope more find it, and like it. I do have a dream, of living like Arthur C Clarke did. Finding an island, with a hut nestled on a beautiful beach, however, mine will need high-speed Internet. That is how I want to write. I’m going to look for one in Cambodia soon.”

J. I. Rogers told me, “I think most writers have the ‘when I get famous’ dream, but, for most, it has caveats. Mine includes maintaining complete control of the work and not sacrificing what I believe to be its integrity for the sake of sales… or box office appeal. This may be why I never see conventional fame.”

“Deliberately writing something, or creating something with wide appeal is often referred to as ‘selling out’ and for some it is, but in the light of day (with bills to pay) perhaps a better way to phrase it would be ‘bread and butter’ work. Is it a ‘Faustian bargain’ to create something with wide appeal and not pursue the purity of your dream at all times? Agatha Christie is rumored to have hated Hercule Poirot. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle despised Sherlock Holmes… The popularity of the characters kept them writing the stories.”

“History is filled with writers, poets, and artists who have sold their skills to feed themselves – patrons seldom just threw money at talent without expecting something in return. As an artist who works on commission, I have done this too.”

As writers are engaged in a profession, we all need to think about how to successfully market our creative products. The future for writers is a continuing juggling act between retaining loyalty to artistic purity and attempting to achieve success in business. Each author must make the personal choice on how much energy to place in each aspect of their career and art.

J. I. Rogers: https://www.amazon.com/J.-I.-Rogers/e/B06XDGF5D2

Diane Morrison: https://www.amazon.com/Diane-Morrison/e/B06XCBB7ZB

Greg Alldredge: https://www.amazon.com/Greg-Alldredge/e/B0718VVJ8S

S. A. Gibson: https://www.amazon.com/S.-A.-Gibson/e/B00O0HQ6E8

Writing Links 12/11/17

From Traci Kenworth

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…12/11/17

Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/12/so-your-character-is-from-austria.html Austrian characters.
  2. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/12/06/beautiful-legend-of-la-befana-witch-who-delivers-gifts-to-children-in-italy-on-epiphany-twelve-days-after-christmas-ancient-pages/ The legend of La Befana.
  3. https://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/j-keller-fords-interview-on-the-authors-show/ Jenny’s interview with The Author’s Show.
  4. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/12/05/teaser-tuesday-chaos-on-ambervale/ The gods and goddesses at war.
  5. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/12/villain-necrologies-and-debacles.html Christmas villains.

MG/YA:

  1. http://middlegrademafia.com/2017/12/04/mg-reader-interview-kailey-harmon/ A MG reader tells what she looks for in books.
  2. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/12/stem-tuesday-science-fiction-books-book-list/ MG books with science in them.
  3. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/12/vlog-4-common-cliches-to-avoid-in-your.html My first book had a wake-up scene, lol. I would also like to see a little more reality for disabled people as in no magical cures. We can be just as happy as anybody else.
  4. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/12/pintip-dunn-author-of-seize-today-on.html On surviving rejection.
  5. http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2017/12/artistic-evolution-how-cakeasaurus.html How the picture book grew from a cake-eating monster.

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/12/04/weaving-magic-the-five-threads-of-dynamic-narrative-by-cate-hogan/ It’s all in the details.
  2. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/12/06/never-give-up-on-getting-back-your-rights-by-joanna-campbell-slan/ On getting your right back to your stories.
  3. http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2017/12/self-editing-one-step-at-time.html On habit words. One of mine is so, lol. I even find it creeping into this blog sometimes.

Christian:

  1. https://stevelaube.com/steve-laube-agency-acquires-leslie-h-stobbe-literary-agency/ On acquiring another agency.
  2. https://novelrocket.com/2017/12/using-myersbriggs-to-create-characters.html/ Using personality tests to create characters.
  3. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishings-greatest-challenge-might-surprise-you/

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