Using Instagram to Promote Your Book [Long Post]

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“Instagram is a relatively new social media platform that focuses on photo and video sharing. Users can browse post by tags (the good old #hashtag) and by location.

It’s fairly new in comparison with some other social media you may use (see my post on Twitter), but it is the fastest growing of all social media platforms and as such, should not be overlooked. As I did for so long [smacks forehead].”

Here is my interview with S. A. Gibson

via Here is my interview with S. A. Gibson

From September 2017

Name S. A. Gibson I was born in 1955.

Where are you from

I was born near Soeul, South Korea, but, have lived most of my life in the Southern California cities.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I was a single child, attending schools in Los Angeles. I worked for years in computers, administration, and community organizing. Now I’m semi-retired and going back to school to get a PhD in Education. Living with my spouse and our dachshund-chihuahua mix.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I recently released a boxed set of three of my books set in the United States. After the Collapse, like all my stories is set in a post-apocalyptic time in the future. Advanced technology has been lost and librarians rule the world. This box set includes my books Feeling a Way, A Dangerous Way, and in the Horde’s Way. Each book contains the library sword-fighter William Way as a character, over 25 years in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote my first fiction book for publication in 2014. I read voraciously. Mostly science fiction books. I was running out of the type of books I wanted to read. So, I determined to write stories I would want to read, again and again.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I joke about being old fashioned. I say I didn’t consider myself a true writer until I got a paper check from a bricks and mortar bookstore. Which happened this year!

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I like science fiction stories with a small group of people who work together to meet and impossible challenge. Since I couldn’t find enough to read, I had to write my own.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to map out a complete story with a loose outline. Then I write like crazy to get a first draft out. The story changes from the original outline during the writing. New characters often take more important roles. Then I have to spend months to clean up that first draft.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My most recent full novel was In the Horde’s Way. This book was the third of the After the Collapse series. All three have the word “Way” in the title, referring to William Way, the librarian. In this third book, a vast horde has invaded the United States from the Mongolian Steppes. Their mounted armies sweep across the western states and must be stopped by the librarians and their allies on the plains of Arizona and New Mexico. Hence, the librarians stand – In the Horde’s Way.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I want to say we should use our brain first before we turn to weapons.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I wonder if I should call my stories realistic future fiction, instead of science fiction. I research extensively to be accurate about what people do without modern technology. I found pigeons were used to communicate across distances.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I loved the Golden Age science fiction classics from Asimov, Clarke, and read them all.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Most recently I have enjoyed and been inspired by Lois McMaster Bujold. I appreciate how she does space opera. I am a huge fan of space opera, but she writes a new style, character driven with real feeling men and women. I thought, that is the way I want to write.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I’m a big believer in science. So all the academic studies I’ve pursued in my life have reinforced my belief in the power of reason, understanding, and hope in the future.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I would just work to make the characters stronger and more real. Fortunately as an indie author, I am free to re-edit as many times as I want. And, I may revisit that story again with an editing pen.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I have probably averaged about a book a week, since childhood. I’ve read every day of my life. It seems writing is just a natural next step.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

My next planned book is a sequel to Asante’s Gullah Journey. Lakisha a sixteen year character in the earlier book has her first assignment as a new library staff member. She must travel to Louisiana to investigate and arbitrate between a conflict between Native Americans and Quaker farmers.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I always want to dump information in my stories. I have so much fun researching ancient technology that I want to share it. I must remind myself that others are not as facinated in the topic as I am.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I want to. So far, it’s been mostly armchair travel. I have traveled, as a tourist to roughly each location, in my stories. Except the stories set in India. I have traveled to North and South Carolinas, the locations in Asante’s Gullah Journey. I’ve visited Arizona and New Mexico, the locations in A Dangerous Way and In the Horde’s Way. And I’ve lived most of my life in California, the location in Feeling a Way. I’ve not visited India, the locations in a Pratima book and short story, yet.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Artwork was drawn for my After the Collapse books by David Steele http://www.davidsteeleartworks.com/ My cover design has been done by Rachel Bostwich http://rachelbostwick.com/

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I find the writing rather fun. I love the research. Editing after the first draft is hard, slow, and time-consuming, but necessary.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Every story I write gives me a wealth of new information. I learned about pigeons, donkeys, atlal’s, food preparation and food storage. I think my writing experience is turning me into a trained survivalist.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

Cicely Tyson, be great playing Old Lady in Asante’s Gullah Journey.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Find an excellent development editor that you work well with. They can make the difference between average writing and great writing.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope I can carry you on an enjoyable ride that takes you out of your daily life.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Secret King: Lethao by Dawn Chapman

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, maybe the Bible?

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

When people help others.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would like to have met Sojourner Truth. I would want to know how a person could be so brave, take on some many struggles, and help so many people, when born so poor, helpless, and oppressed.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

He will be remembered.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

The Last Ship and Dark Matter are TV shows I enjoy. I enjoyed Wonder Woman.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Donuts, but I avoid those seductive treats when my will power holds up. Like green. Julieta Venegas, Mexican pop-rock.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Goat farmers seem to have a fun job, at least some of the time.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

How People Really Decide To Buy Your Book

via How People Really Decide To Buy Your Book

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

People judge a book by its cover. However, as every author knows, that’s not the only thing that makes them buy a book. Tucker Max recently explained in The Writing Cooperative what else influences their decision in a post we should all bookmark. As he points out,

Almost every potential reader will judge whether or not to buy and read your book before they have read one single word inside the book.

He then continues to explore the unconscious process of choosing whether to buy a book or not, breaking it down into a handy list, listed in order of what readers will consider, from first to last:

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A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: before the Modern Age

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett

Part 6: Firearms before the Modern Age

Prologue by William R. Bartlett

Thank you for all your kind responses. This is the final part in my Writer’s Guide to Firearms series and here I’ll discuss weapons for those who may want to write historical fiction. The development of firearms has continued, but, for the last century-and-a-quarter, give or take, it’s been fairly static with no dramatic changes. In that time, weapons were loaded with a brass cartridge containing a primer that ignited the propellant, i.e. gunpowder, and a projectile, also known as a bullet. One way or another, the cartridge was inserted into the chamber, the trigger released the firing mechanism (either a hammer hitting a firing pin or a striker) that hit the primer, which ignited the propellant and the resulting expanding gasses drove the projectile out of the barrel. These weapons had one thing in common: the self-contained, metallic cartridge. For our purposes, we’ll refer to all weapons that utilize this cartridge as firearms of the modern era…


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An Obituary: Todd Bol, creator of Little Free Library, dies at 62

An Obituary: Todd Bol, creator of Little Free Library, dies at 62

…Bol repurposed wood from his garage to build a dollhouse-size library in the shape of a one-room schoolhouse. He decorated the structure with a steeple and a tinny toy bell. He painted the library red, using bright white paint for its wood-shingled roof, and crafted a glass door to secure a few of his parents’ favorite books.

Then he set the library outside his home in Hudson, Wis., atop a wooden pole with a sign reading “Free Books.” And he waited…

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