Archive for March, 2009

Authors: We would like to bring this special publishing offer to your attention.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2009 by Allbooks Review International
RealTime Publishing Promo

From now until June 1st, authors can save $100 on the setup of a new title… when combined with an order of 50 books for that title! Basically, referring to RealTime’s Authors Area, the $300 price tag attached to the POD and eBook Publishing pack is slashed to $200.

So, don’t delay, act now and make your masterpiece available for everyone to enjoy. Simply, send your manuscript to or and when approved, you will be just a few short days from flicking through the pages of your newly publishedbook.
Please note that the review period can take up to 30 days, so don’t delay.

To your success,


Author, Shirley A. Roe’s books now available in Kindle.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2009 by Allbooks Review International

Dreams and Nightmares, The Martha Whittaker Story , The Whittaker Family Reunion and A Call to Faith and Freedom, historical fiction by the award-winning author, Shirley A. Roe are now available for Amazon’s wireless reading device, Kindle 2.


PRLog (Press Release)Mar 19, 2009 – Kindle is Amazon’s portable reader that allows users to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers to a high-resolution electronic paper display.

Encompassing romance, adventure and history, these three novels now become even more accessible through Kindle. Kindle 2 offers users wireless delivery of content in a new slim design with longer battery life, faster page turns, and much, much more. Users will enjoy sharper images and a new read-to-me feature. For more information on ordering Kindle, and to order for Kindle, visit The author’s books are also in regular ebook format and printed versions.

The Whittaker Family Reunion has now been nominated for an Ippy Award and the 2009 Indie Excellence Award. Printed versions of The Whittaker Family Reunion  may be ordered online at and , or through your local bookstore (order ISBN 0978-1-906806-

51-4 paperback).  Printed version of A Call to Faith and Freedom (order ISBN 0978-0-974963440)  Ebook versions of all three novels available at: For more information, contact Shirley A. Roe, or visit author’s website:

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Shirley A. Roe is an author and managing editor of Allbooks Review. Watch for Return to Whittakerville, the final installment in the Martha Whittaker Story. This novel to be released in summer 2009 by RealTime Publishing.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2009 by Allbooks Review International

ATLANTA, GA, March 12, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — More than 100 fledgling authors registered for workshops held during Spring Book Show 2009, which concluded its three-day run on March 8. Long the South’s largest bargain book show, the Spring Book Show and the Authorship 101 and Authorship 201 workshops were held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in north Atlanta.

The Authorship 101 workshops on March 7 focusing on “How to Become a Successful Writer” featured eight best-selling authors and book business experts in presentations designed to help novice writers. Brad Cohen, author of “Front of the Class,” shared the journey of how his book was turned into a Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-TV movie that aired on CBS. Brad reminded the authors to never give up on their book idea, but at the same time, to think big and have the ability to see that their idea may be much more than just a book that sits on a shelf. It too can become a movie where their words come alive. Patricia Sprinkle, author of 20 mysteries, reminded participants of the difference between writing mysteries and other writing. “You actually have to write three stories to get one,” she pointed out. “You need to have at least in your head what led up to the murder (motive), what happened at the murder scene and how the mystery is solved. Then you have to weave the first two stories into the third. From Man Martin, selected as Georgia author of the year for his humorous novel “Days of the Endless Corvette,” came this advice: “Humor is not what’s on the page – it’s what happens in the mind of the reader. You’ve got to give just enough information to describe a humorous scene so that readers can imagine it for themselves and leave them to fill in the details.” “Don’t be afraid to promote yourself through press releases and articles that build your listings on Google,” advises Darlene Ford Wofford, author of “Edgewise: An Assignment to Remember.” “We cannot afford to be bashful or shy in this business. Be pro-active, researching the names of radio and TV producers, chapter officers of various clubs and community groups, editors of magazines and local newspapers. According to Ahmad Meradji, CEO of Apex Book Manufacturing, Atlanta’s top digital book manufacturer, “One thing I suggest to the writers from a printing point of view is to keep the book’s entire layout including size in mind from the conception to the final product. That will save them time and money when they are ready to publish it.” Anna DeStefano, best-selling romantic suspense author and immediate past president of Georgia Romance Writers, shared with conferees the exciting evolution of the modern romance novel, key breakdowns of the various segments of the romance market and noted that romance is a leading genre in North American publishing, with $1.375 billion in sales generated in 2007. Her main tip to new writers was to become involved in networking in professional writing organizations as they launch their publishing journeys. The Authorship 201 workshops on March 6 provided advanced instruction in “Writing for the Christian Market.” Speaking to the Christian writers, Cecil “Cec” Murphey, the author or co-author of 112 books with Christian themes, urged fledgling authors to be sincere. Cec cited jazz great Charlie Parker’s advice to the artist: “If it ain’t in the heart, it don’t come out in the horn.” Nationally syndicated “Hot Topics” TV show host Kimberley Kennedy, whose book, “Left at the Altar,” just published by Thomas Nelson, offers valuable advice on how to handle rejection, was on the program with Murphey. “Don’t expect your publisher to do the work of promoting your book,” she advised. “Mine hired a New York public relations firm to help promote ‘Left at the Altar,’ and the firm arranged a number of radio interviews for me, but the bulk of the promotional work, such as blogging, is still up to me Other presenters included Atlanta (soon to be New York) book publicist Russ Marshalek, Atlanta book publisher Barbara Friend Ish of Mercury Retrograde Press and Hollis Gillespie, whose first three humorous memoirs are published by HarperCollins and are soon to become the basis of a new TV sitcom series.

Press Release used by Allbooks Review March 12/09

RealTime Publishing author, Shirley A. Roe, is nominated for both The IPPY Award and the 2009 Indie Excellence Awards.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4, 2009 by Allbooks Review International

RealTime Publishing author, Shirley A. Roe, is nominated for both the IPPY Award and the 2009 Indie Excellence Awards for her historical fiction novel “The Whittaker Family Reunion”.

“Shirley introduced us to the Whittaker family in Of Dreams and Nightmares” states Richard O’Brien, founder of RealTime Publishing. “The second book in the series, ‘The Whittaker Family Reunion’ takes readers back to 1881 where the family is reunited once again. Fans of Roe’s claim her characters are so real, they become family and friends in their minds. Readers feel their pain, their fear and their happiness. Roe’s books are written to appeal to young adults as well as older readers. Christian readers appreciate the references to the family’s never ending faith in God and each other. Well received by readers of romance, adventure and mystery as well as historical fiction.”

Fans are happy to hear that a screenwriter is currently working on bringing the Whittaker family to the big screen. The next book in the series, Return to Whittakerville will be released in summer of 2009. Author, Shirley A. Roe divides her time between Southern Ontario, Scotland and Florida. In addition to being an author, Shirley A. Roe is the Managing Editor and founder of Allbooks Review, an author promo and review source. Her credentials speak for themselves. Often a guest speaker at Writer’s guilds, conferences, libraries and schools, she is a sought after guest on many radio interview programs. Roe’s syndicated column for the California Chronicles is well received. She is a regular reviewer for Foreword Magazine, Midwest Reviews, Mystique Books, Poetic Voices and several other prestigious review publications.

RealTime Publishing is delighted with the announcement. “Shirley is one of our finest authors”, concludes Mr. O’Brien, “we believe she can go all the way and can count on our total support throughout”. Books can be ordered from the publisher, and most bookstores including Borders, Waterstones and Books A Million. Also available in ebook and Kindle format.

Contact information, or contact Shirley

Allbooks Review March 2009 Newsletter

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2009 by Allbooks Review International

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Every May, in honor of Mother’s Day, NYTimes Best-selling author Brenda Novak holds her on-line auction for diabetes research.  Brenda began the auction five years ago, determined to find a cure to the disease that afflicts her youngest son.  To date, Brenda, along with other authors, readers, publishers, agents, and businesses have raised over $500,000–money that’s gone directly to research.  This year, all the money raised will go to the DRIF (Diabetes Research Institute Foundation).

This year’s auction begins on May 1st, 2009 and will run through the 31st.  Donations are being accepted or you can stop by to see any of the hundreds of items already listed–and check back frequently as new items are added every week!  From gift baskets filled with goodies, to once-in-a-lifetime vacations, books, artwork and much, much more.

Visit and click on “auction” to help us find a cure to this terrible disease.

Call for Submissions:

Allbooks Review is now offering an Author’s Page, for $75 per year. You prepare your page to tell readers anything you like. Bio, book titles, where to purchase, etc. Include a photo of yourself, and a covershot for your books.

Each additional year is only $25. Get a full page ad that you can send your readers to. Just like having a website without the fuss.

Contact me at: for details.


Authors: At last a reasonably priced POD source that produces excellent quality books for prices the author can afford. Excellent distribution packages, Allbooks Review included, and Barnes and Noble listing and much more. All from a reputable firm.

For all of the publishing details and costs, go to

Manuscripts must be submitted for approval prior to publishing, please contact me at this email. or if you go through the website above, let them know Allbooks Review sent you.

Remember to post your book signing, guest speaker events on our Bookstore page. Simply send us an email with details of your events and we will be happy to post them. Just part of the Allbooks service to our authors.

Success Stories

We love to hear of your success stories, submit them to us at:

The Whittaker Family Reunion by Shirley A. Roe has been nominated for the 2009 Indie Excellence Award.

Getting More Publicity – How to Be Galvanizing

by Paul J. Krupin, Direct Contact PR

You’ve written a book. Now what? It’s time for some publicity. It’s time to “spread the word.”

You ask, “What do I put in a news release? What are the right words?”

What can you say that pushes the media’s hot buttons? How do you now get published and interviewed so that you get media coverage that sells you and your products?

If you are going to jumpstart your publishing career you’ve got to give the media what they want!

And guess what — what “they” really want turns out to be what most people in America want:


It should come as no surprise. People want an emotional experience that takes them out of their boring, humdrum lives and temporarily takes them away — transcends their reality to a time and place far, far away.

They want to experience the dramatic personal pain, suffering, pleasure or achievement that someone else is going through.

Look around you and you’ll see that all news coverage is basically designed to cater to this very special goal — this is what the Public wants.

They want to be stimulated. Emotionally. Not intellectually, but deep, deep, deep inside. They want to feel what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.

And once you realize this, you’ll realize and learn how to push the media’s hot buttons.

If you are going to be successful you must give them what they need.

This is not rocket science. It is psychology.

I reviewed the news releases that I’ve done for the past few years for authors and publishers, seeking to identify the common characteristics of communications that produced stellar media responses — and the book sales that went with them. I sought to take a fresh look at the key
issues that appear in the marketing communications that produced the best success — the ones that were what I call “galvanizing.” It was a fun exercise.

Here are 22 points on the topic:

“How to be Galvanizing”

gal·va·nize (def.) startle: to stimulate to action; “…startled him awake”; “galvanized into action”

1. Be right and be first to tell people that you are right on.

2. Be wrong but keep trying to do it right and be the first to admit it, telling people what you did wrong and are doing about it.

3. Communicate clearly and help the people you can help the most. Put your audience first.

4. Demonstrate purpose. Do something noble and heroic and active, don’t just talk about it.

5. Be passionate and surprise people by doing something interesting, unusual, and real.

6. Make people laugh and smile at you, with you and at themselves.

7. Give people relief from a headache or the pain they are experiencing now.

8. Show people a half naked man or woman. Why? Because it works. Now make it relevant or
meaningful to your ideas in some surprising and legitimate way.

9. Tell people about their innermost fears or insecurities.

10. Predict what is going to happen six weeks from now and why it is important.

11. Be spontaneously alive and exuberant about people and your ideas.

12. Show people courage and do something amazing and brave.

13. Be astonishingly honest and sincere. Achieve authenticity.

14. Be irreverent and make people realize the folly of their beliefs.

15. Tell true dramatic and personal stories. Focus on achievement in the face or adversity. Help people see themselves in the story.

16. Shake people to their roots. Tear apart a sacred cow.

17. Scare people with a prediction. Identify and describe the common enemy or the crisis on the

18. Use a really good relevant photograph. Give people visual evidence so they know they are in good company.

19. Do your absolute best and create something truly remarkable and memorable.

20. Create a vivid metaphor that illustrates and relates to your audience at a deep personal level.

21. Create a visual picture that makes people realize what their future will be like.

22. Tell people exactly what they need to do to be healthy, involved, authentic, purposeful, connected to the future, inspired to find greater
meaning and motivated to take immediate action to fulfill their destiny.

It’s my belief and experience that these triggers to getting attention and galvanizing people are useful and applicable to all the marketing communications you use to promote your books or products or services.

A galvanizing message will tend to resonate with certain types of people and media. You may have to change your target to match the message. If you find out that one galvanizing idea works for one group or type of people, you may have to find out whether it works as well if you present it to another type of demographic pool of people. A message that works with mature seniors, may or may not work well with fitness, health or women’s. A message that works well with techies may not work well with business or education.

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I would enjoy feedback and comments on this tips article. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. Send me an email at

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Buy the eBook!
Galvanizing PR: Tactics and Examples to Light the Way for Improved Publicity Success is available as a PDF download for $24.95.

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Paul Krupin

Paul J. Krupin – Direct Contact PR
“Reach the Right Media in the Right Market with the Right Message”
800-457-8746 509-545-2707


Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)

My name is Rob Costelloe, and my wife and I live in Cypress, Texas, near Houston.

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:

The book, my second, is Pocket Piece Cameo, published by Saga Books.

Tell us about yourself:

Although I’ve written sporadically all my life, it was only in 2005 that I decided to write professionally. And how that came about makes for a strange story. At the time, I was comfortably determined not to write again, but I did have an interest in love stories in books and film, as well as a restless spirit for wondering what love could achieve in people’s lives. So I’m coasting along, fat-dumb-and-happy with a fulfilling career as an engineering manager (or all things), when I started reading a love story, the best I had come across in years. This story was developing well enough that I was genuinely excited to be reading it. But in the final paragraph, the author had the male protagonist commit suicide and consigned the heroine to an old age of despair. Well, let me tell you: I was so outraged on behalf of all the women who doubtless felt betrayed by the book’s ending that I decided to provide them something better. Within twenty-four hours I was writing my first novel, Coinage of Commitment.

When was the book released?

Cameo was just released in November.

Give us an overview of your book.

Here’s the blurb from the back flap:

Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, Jill and Blake seem the unlikeliest match of all. He is a star athlete, but as an oversized football lineman, he is self-conscious about his weight. She’s a thrill seeking acrobat and gymnast, a tomboy who prefers computers to boys. Allison, on the other hand, seems to have it all: beauty, brains, talent, and ambition, but epileptic seizures scramble her life and her vulnerabilities. All three are upended by a treachery breathtaking in its audacity and shattering in its impact. Can any love withstand a betrayal perfectly fashioned to destroy it? Pocket Piece Cameo is a coming of age story that tests the limits of love’s resilience, of loyalty to a promise, of the distance that love can travel, and the worst that it can recover from.

What inspired you to write this book?

In this case, it was an instance of building a story from the characters. I formulated the four main characters while working on my first novel, Coinage of Commitment. Once that work was complete, I started plotting Pocket Piece Cameo.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?

Both of my titles defy easy genre classification, except that they are contemporary era love stories. I had a Romance publisher offer a contract on Coinage or Commitment (which I didn’t accept), but they made it clear that they were making an exception to their policy of never publishing outside of the Romance genre.

Where can people buy your book?,, and they can get a signed copy from me at

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?

Truth to tell, I’m in the “mulling” stage of characters for the next book.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:

In today’s market, royalty print published books are more expensive to produce, hence represent a higher hurdle for unpublished writers to surmount in terms of selling a manuscript to a print editor. The benefit is that print books, in my opinion, are easier to promote to the reading public.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

I am unusual among authors in that I always design my own covers. The reason is artistic. I simply want the prospective reader to be able to get a distillation of the reading experience that awaits them by a glance at the cover image. Basis reader feedback, I think this has helped.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?

I found Allbooks Reviews through a Google search. I like your web platform as a promotional vehicle.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?

The cost was a pleasant surprise. And I was pleased with the quick service, the attention to detail, as well as the quality of thought that went into my book’s review. I think Allbooks Reviews is off to a good start. I want to see you succeed so that millions of readers peruse your site, looking for good books to buy and enjoy—including mine.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

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