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Allbooks Review September 2010 Newsletter

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POOLE LITERARY FESTIVAL NEW MEDIA PRIZE
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DEADLINE:  September 15, 2010
GENRE:  Short Stories, nonfiction, poetry, young writers
DETAILS: Two age categories: adult and student. Storytelling, whether fiction or non-fiction or poetry, written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, on the web, or via
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interactivity for the audience.
PRIZE: £250 and an Apple i-pad for 1st prize winner in each age category.
URL:   http://www.poolelitfest.com/new-media-prize.php  

FEATURE

Why Book Promotion Takes Patience
By Patricia Fry

Why must authors have patience? Because it takes time to go from exposure to sales. Exposure is necessary in order to alert potential customers to your book-let them know that it exists. People have to know about your book before they will purchase it. News flash: Just having it sitting on a shelf in a bookstore, doesn’t necessarily mean that people will be inclined to purchase it.

They need to hear about it, read about it, hear others talk about it, see it reviewed in their favorite related publications, handle it a few (or many) times, have it recommended and learn more about it. Not only do they need to know about it, they must be convinced that this is something they want to read-that they will enjoy it or benefit from it or that someone they know will. Handpicked books make great gifts.

So how do you get this sort of exposure for your amazing book? You must establish a website and, perhaps, a blog site. Go out and speak. Get your book reviewed many times over. Arrange for book signings. Rent booths at book festivals. Join organizations and groups that can help you get exposure for your book (those related to the theme or genre of your book as well as those that can help with marketing, offer resources, etc). Where appropriate, teach courses and/or give workshops related to your book. Speak at conferences related to your book. Talk about it everywhere you go. Submit articles to appropriate magazines/newsletters/sites. And make sure you are listed in Books in Print (so booksellers can special order your book for customers).

Currently, I am testing new waters while getting exposure for my latest book, Catscapades, True Cat Tales. And I am reminded how time-consuming book promotion can be, especially just coming out of the publishing gate. How much time is it taking? LOTS of it. Getting exposure in all the right places is my full time job at the moment. And it takes patience, because reviewers don’t always respond as quickly as you would like. Booksellers can drag their feet about scheduling your signings. Potential customers who may really want a copy of your book put off purchasing it.

How long does it take to get the results you want through exposure? Do you want me to be candid? This is an ongoing activity for as long as you want your book to sell.

Until you have major name recognition as the author of mysteries, true crime books, children’s or young adult books, fantasies, science fiction or books on finance, for example, you will need to practically hand sell each and every book you produce. As authors in this publishing climate, the best that we can do is to consider authorship a serious business, not a privilege that will result in instant fame and fortune.

Sure, you’ll get a flurry of sales after a positive review is published by a reviewer of some credibility and with a large following. You may sell a box or a handful of books at a book festival or a large conference where you speak. You will surely sell a dozen or so books at a well-publicized book signing. And some of those customers will tell others about your book and you’ll get some residual sales. But then, you’re back to the drawing board reminding potential customers about your book on a regular basis while attempting to find new ways to get exposure.

Does it sound like a dismal reward for writing a marvelous book-to have to promote for evermore? It depends on how you look at it. I suggest shifting a measure of your creativity over from your writing efforts to the process of promotion and look at it as a creative challenge.

Here’s another tip. Don’t ever allow yourself to be discouraged when your sales, during a particular event or after a great review, fall below your expectations. Exposure doesn’t always lead to immediate gratification (sales). In fact, I like to tell the story of a SPAWN member who shared in our SPAWN booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books one year. He didn’t sell very many books that year, but he made some amazing contacts that led to him being involved in a documentary featuring the topic of his book. It airs frequently on the Military channel.

If you are currently or will soon be promoting a book, keep things in perspective. Understand the concept of book promotion.

·   Book promotion is not a one-time shot. It is ongoing for as long as you want to sell copies of your book.

·   Book promotion is not a passive process. It takes serious planning and assertive action.

·   Book promotion efforts do not usually result in high sales right off the bat.

·   Book promotion takes time, effort, energy and creative thinking.

If you have a good product, your next obligation is to be proactive in promoting it and be patient.

SUCCESS STORIES

We love to hear of your success stories, submit them to us at:  allbookreviews@aol.com

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.

Congratulations to:

Creating A Healthy Life and Marriage has won an award.  Judith

Readers Favorite

2010 Silver Medal Winner

Non-fiction, Relationships

Dear Shirley!

Wow. Thank you for the wonderful review. I have been real busy and could not get back to you.

I just broke my third Guinness World Record on Live TV last week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etDo37PKKvk (see me drop the anchorman on the floor live)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGG9D7EO_rs

Another world record (4th one) is set for this Saturday August 14th at 1 PM PST at livestream.com.

The cookbook is here. I will send the hardcopy to you.

Thank you so so much!

THIENNA

Creating A Healthy Life and Marriage; A Holistic Approach: Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit has received its first two awards:

Featured Book of the Month

August 2010

Pacific Book Review

http://www.pacificbookreview.com/

Readers Favorite Awards 2010

Finalist, Non Fiction – Relationships

Beyond Doubt is now available as an e-book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and others, please let everyone know it is downloadable. Many blessings!

John 

Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW

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

Don Hurst.  Roseville, California, USA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:

Cloud Riders.  ePress-online Inc.

Tell us about yourself:

I’m Don Hurst.  My full name is Donald Douglas Hurst.  I’m a 75 year-old life-long bachelor living in Northern California, U.S.A.

I have an AA in Art and a BA in Expressive Arts.

I am a veteran of United States Navy during the Korean War and a veteran of the United States Air Force during peacetime.

I have two younger brothers.

10 years younger, Dennis, who lives in San Diego, California.  He’s an electronics engineer.  He’s retired but still magnificently smart.

And Bob, who also lives Roseville.  He’s 3 years younger than me and has for years been the president of a corporation.  He’s now retired but is still unabashedly bossy.

I write fantasy mostly, because it’s more real to me than so-called reality.

I have a web site: http://www.donstuff.com

On the back cover of Return to UKOO, my first book, is the following: ‘No matter where I go, there I am.  I can either get in the way or enjoy the company.’

Enough about me.  I’m getting bored.

Don

When was the book released?

2010

Give us an overview of your book.

14 year-old Paul Winsome has to ride clouds to save his 11 year-old sister Vicki, and  the solar system.  He has no idea how.  Why was he chosen?  Could anyone be less qualified?

Through his parallel-imagined-life, Paul has to enter a dangerous, intimidating, puzzling pursuit of a reality just beyond his grasp.  He has no choice but to trust his imagination.  However, isn’t his imagination mixed in with everyone else’s imagination in an imagination life stew?  Aren’t his chances of failure literally astronomical?

“Your gift of imagination is able to reach any altitude,” says wizard Maken Fairchild.  Easy for him to say.  He doesn’t have to confront gargantuan gorilla Claude Nab or his owner, queen authority of malice Calamity Horrid.  He doesn’t have to face an invading solar system Vile Extinction, whose added suns will cook Earth upon her arrival.  He doesn’t have to face her laser-shooting eyed son, Kid Badd.  Face six eyed Keen Aware.  Bully Buster.  Save his cat, Isno Gravity.

Not to mention, how does one ride clouds anyway?

Surely someone has made a dreadful mistake.

What inspired you to write this book?

E. B. White answered a child’s question about whether his stories were true.

He answered, quote: “No, they are imaginary tales… But real life is only one kind of life―there is also the life of the imagination.” End quote.

Combine that with the Harry Potter series and Cloud Riders sprang to life in my imagination.

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

I wanted to write a book about imagination itself.  It took six years to complete.  It’s been quite a cloud ride.

Where can people buy your book?

www.ePress-online.com

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

Not at the present time.

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

Cloud Riders is not self-published.  But my advice is to remember that

‘writing the book and self publishing it is only half the task.  The other half is to sell it.’

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:

Editing, cover design, encouragement and a reality check when my

Imagination soared too far for a reader to grasp.  ePress-online Inc. is staffed by other writers helping writers with their craft.  They have been wonderful to me both in guidance and understanding my goal.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

My review by Alison Griffiths, an Allbooks Reviewer.  She brought me out of a worsening dark cloud of self-doubt.  The encouragement of Writers Village University’s Donna Sundblad, know at WVU as Birdie, suggestions as to marketing.  Marketing success is the branch held out to keep me running toward accomplishment.  I truly care less for Don Hurst being successful than Cloud Riders reaching the reading public, young and old.

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

I found Allbooks Reviews on a site that lists book reviewers.  I just got lucky in my pick.

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

I’m 75 and living on Social Security.  Low cost was not only a surprise, but a God send.  As to what more Allbooks Reviews could offer, I haven’t explored fully what is now offered.  Seems to me so much is offered that it will take some time to grab a hold of the spinning merry-go-round of marketing help.

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

Thanks right back at you.  I am truly appreciative.

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

Allbooks Review April 2010 Newsletter

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

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FEATURE

Sneak Peek: Characterization
from Accelerated Getting Started in Writing

Once you’ve determined who your characters are, what they look like and why they act the way they do, you’ll need to find creative ways to get that information to your reader. The use of a variety of techniques to portray your characters to your reader is referred to as “characteriza-
tion.”

There are three primary methods of characterization: description, action, and dialogue. Description is narrative that simply tells your reader something about your character:

Larry was a tall, unhappy man with short brown hair.

A more dynamic method of characterization is to show your character in action or in dialogue with another character (we’ll discuss dialogue in more detail shortly). The words and actions of a character–particularly when enhanced by description–can tell your reader a lot about who that
character is. Here, for example is Larry in action:

Larry shuffled into the kitchen, ducking instinctively as he came through the doorway. The dishes were piling up and the floor needed sweeping, but he couldn’t find a reason to care about that right now. He pulled a beer from the fridge and sat at the table without opening it.

From this passage, we get an impression of Larry’s height from the fact that he needs to “duck” through the doorway. His unhappiness is hinted at by his shuffling, and his apathetic reaction to his surroundings. In a similar way, dialogue can characterize by letting the reader see the
character relating to someone else:

Beth clicked on the light and jumped when she saw Larry slumped over the kitchen table. “Jeez, Larry, you scared me half to death. What the hell are you doing, sitting in here in the dark?”

“I don’t know. Nothing.” Larry ran his hand over his head,
spiking his short brown hair.

“Did you go to work today?”

“No.”

“You sick?”

“No.”

Beth laid her purse on the table and sat down. “Now you’re really scaring me. Tell me what’s wrong.”

Not only does this brief dialogue passage show us a picture of a despondent Larry, it introduces a second character and gives us some indication of the relationship between the two characters.

All three methods of characterization can be effective. How you use them, and in what combination, is a matter of your personal style and the needs of your story. You should practice all three, and study them in the published works of writers you admire to see how each contributes to the overall style of the piece and to your understanding of the character.

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SUCCESS STORIES

We love to hear of your success stories, submit them to us at:  allbookreviews@aol.com

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.

Hi:

Just wanted to share the news that my book has been nominated for an award in the Romance Category. Take a look, http://readerviews.com/Awards2009Finalists.html. Winners will be announced next month. 🙂

Christyna Hunter
Author, Wildfire &

The Butterfly’s Dance

My New Book Unintelligent Humans will be released officially in July of this year.  Check out detailed info at my website.www.UnintelligentHumans.com In addition, my last book Eastern Wisdom for Your Soul has recently been sold for translating to an E-Book publisher in Italy.

Richard Singer, Author, Eastern Wisdom for your Soul,  Unintelligent Humans

TIP

Allbooks Review wishes to thank all of the authors that purchased our promo package in 2009, making this our best year ever. We have grown over the past 10 years and will continue to provide excellent service for reasonable fees. Our goal is to make your book sell !

Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:

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

Sherry Jones Mayo

Sedona, AZ

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:

Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic

Modern History Press

Tell us about yourself:

Depending on the day and situation, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, writer, cook, confidant, or crazy cat lady. No matter which hat I’m wearing, after 20 years in emergency medicine and working with a paramilitary organization, I’ve accumulated enough experience to lend a more qualified hand in crisis response; my focus remains on continuing in the helping professions, but lately it is through another door. I find myself looking backward as much as forward, stopping to think, “Wait, I’m not entirely done with that yet, I still have something to say.” Knowledge gained while working toward the Health Psychology degree is giving me a clearer voice, and I hope to share those lessons and thoughts with my readers.

When was the book released?

Paperback edition was June 1, 2009. The publisher plans a hardcover edition for June 1, 2010.

Give us an overview of your book.

“Confessions” reflects the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. I have worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Trauma Nurse, and on-scene Critical Incident Stress Debriefer for Hurricane Katrina, and following small-airplane crashes. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental, or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally.

What inspired you to write this book?

A lot of people today are interested in the true ‘story behind the story’, especially when it comes to true-life situations that touch so closely upon what they or their family members may experience. Whenever I tell people what I do, they focus on the gory side of life, and the type of incidents that catch folk’s attention and prevent them from looking away. What they don’t realize, until it happens to them, is that those horrible things happen to someone who is loved and cherished, especially the children. I want people to see the world, for a moment, through my eyes, to walk with me through the broken glass, to sit next to me and hold the hand of the sick or dying, to fight against death. And then I want them to see the lunacy of it all and laugh.

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

Many books about emergency medicine and true life situations present the hero perspective, a viewpoint of glamorization and drama. This book presents the raw and honest feelings of people without (much) censure or euphemism. Love us or hate us, this is how we feel. My slant is in telling the side of the story you may never know: how the emergency services worker feels about his experience, how it impacts him (sometimes for the rest of his life), what he is thinking as he works his calls, how he internalizes most of the negative thoughts and experiences lest his coworkers or family see him as weak, and what happens after the call is over.

Where can people buy your book?

Ordering from my website allows readers to get an autographed copy (or not, as they choose) through http://sherryjonesmayo.com. Readers may also order from Amazon (which offers a Kindle version), or ask major bookstores to order the book for them.

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

I’m gathering materials for another book, but it will have to wait until grad school is complete, so I’m only writing short pieces for the next couple of years. I’m working on a master’s degree in Health Psychology, which offers a different perspective than my medical training offers. Nurses and Medics respond to the affects of injury and illness, I’d like to focus on a more proactive vision of promoting wellness, and future books may represent that bio/psych/socio vision.

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

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:

A publisher who provides services beyond editing and printing books is invaluable. My publisher, Modern History Press, gives writers tools for self-marketing and promotion that are beyond our experience and expertise, and regularly links writers to other writing opportunities (which in turn promote books). I wouldn’t have known where to begin without that service, and the book may never have gone beyond family copies and bragging rights. Simply, I’m an expert (of sorts) on emergency medicine and crisis response, not on publishing.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

Recently my publisher provided a query regarding the experience of nurses who transitioned from paramedics. The piece turned into a feature interview on the website, and I was able to establish a writing agreement with the site owner. Now I’m not only getting a lot of publicity about the book every time I write for this site, but I have the opportunity to be a paid contributor.

Initial interview: http://rndegrees.net/confessions-of-a-trauma-junkie.php

First feature piece: http://rndegrees.net/blog/career-development/disaster-relief-a-paramedic-turned-rn-shares-her-story.html

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

Sherry: I’ll turn this over to Victor, my publisher, he can answer this question the best

Victor:  Thanks Sherry!  I believe I discovered Allbooks Reviews through a referral from my friend and colleague Irene Watson at ReaderViews. I like the professional and erudite nature of the reviews that AllBooks Reviews has consistently produced.  I feel their reputation and influence in the independent review industry will only continue to grow.  That is why I have selected Allbooks Reviews for all new titles coming from Modern History Press in 2010.

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

Victor: Allbooks Reviews is highly competitive and offers an excellent value-for-money proposition.  In fact, I doubt you can get reviews of this caliber for less money anywhere.  Their service is also quite speedy and customer service always friendly. Probably the next domain for them to conquer would be author-interview podcasts.  Ok, I’ll turn the interview back over to Sherry.: 

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

Sherry: Thank you! Selling books is nice, but the biggest joy is when someone has read the book and told me they laughed, they cried, they were deeply touched. Taking people to a place deep within themselves is extremely rewarding. It makes baring one’s own soul, standing naked before the world in one of the most vulnerable ways possible, well worth the exposure.