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February 2015 Blog Posts (64)

Beneath the surface

February 21, 2015

I’m taking more faltering steps into self-publishing as the real truth behind it all begins to unravel. Until now I have not needed to get too involved because others have done the work for me. But like the proverbial swan gliding around on the surface of the water; the marketing feet are going nineteen to the dozen beneath it all while above the surface all is calm and under control. Writing books and having them published by professionals is fine. Going into…


Added by Michael on February 21, 2015 at 7:39am — No Comments

Cover art & design for 'Black Dog Short Stories' by Rachel Neumeier (@RachelNeumeier)

I am really enjoying working with author, Rachel Neumeier. This is our second project together, and we're already planning one other, Pure Magic. Rachel is a hybrid-author, publishing books through both traditional houses and indie…

Added by Aidana WillowRaven on February 20, 2015 at 12:21pm — No Comments

The Importance of an Internet Presence

The Importance of an Internet Presence

"Look at those thousands of books!" I said to a fellow author while visiting a book store. What's an author to do? Whether you self-published or traditionally published, your book has to get in front of the reading and book buying public. Today it's the Internet. And I am so happy to have found Theodocia at She has really helped me to get my books out there on…


Added by Linda Maria Frank on February 20, 2015 at 9:11am — No Comments

Eat More Protein To Lose Weight

Studies show that a balanced diet that includes more protein leads to easier weight loss.[1] You can speed up the process even more by consuming low glycemic carbohydrates and good quality fruits and vegetables.

Eating quality protein will also help maintain your muscle mass while you are losing weight.

What Is A High…


Added by Robert Lalonde on February 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Talking Books with Author John Herrick

A graduate of the University of Missouri—Columbia, John Herrick explores themes of spiritual journey and the human heart in his works. Herrick’s debut novel, From the Dead,which was hailed as “a solid debut novel” by the Akron Beacon Journal, achieved Amazon best-seller status. Herrick’s second novel, The Landing, was named a semifinalist in the…


Added by Mayra Calvani on February 18, 2015 at 8:24am — No Comments

What’s your biggest challenge in self-publishing on the Internet today?

Hello Self-Publisher!

I am a newbie on this forum.  I’m looking for some insights for something I’m working on.

Is anyone struggling with self-publishing on the Internet right now?

I'm looking into understanding and helping authors who want to self-publish on Amazon, Create Space, iUniverse or any other platform get past the book production stage and launch their books.

If you've finished your manuscript, however,…


Added by Peter Habo on February 18, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Write What you know-----------------++

I have attended many conferences where speakers have repeated this advice.  Write what you know.

I believe there is some truth in that statement.  It's also what you feel most comfortable doing. Another good idea is to hang your story line, especially for children, on a historical peg.  That gives you a good platform to begin writing. One of the stories I wrote years ago for Children's Friend magazine was from a historical tidbit about how George Washington's soldiers…


Added by Frances Altman on February 17, 2015 at 4:14pm — No Comments


Welcome to Brenda's Blog



Added by Brenda Joyce Hoffman on February 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Interview with Sharlene Almond

  1. Tell me about yourself.

I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my two dogs. Although I have had training in Beauty and Spa therapy, editing, journalism, animal behavior and photography, criminology and counselling; my main interest lies in writing novels which allows me to explore and learn about other eras and countries, creating characters that have deep rooted flaws, but uses those to achieve the end goal.


As an author of…


Added by Sharlene Almond on February 16, 2015 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Sample chapter of Initiated to Kill

London, 1996

“Mummy, mummy, wake up! Please don’t leave me.” A dark shadow appeared, as a man

advanced towards her.

“Mummy’s not going to wake up, but Daddy will look after you.”

“Please don’t hurt me, I’ll be good. I promise.”

An arm went around the child, and darkness fell.

* * * *

Seville, 2010

A mixture of sounds and…


Added by Sharlene Almond on February 16, 2015 at 1:56pm — No Comments

WOI Special - Celebrate Today's Woman

(714) 242-5259…


Added by World of Ink Network on February 16, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

New Release - You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction


I’m sharing a bit about my latest book: You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction. If you’ve always dreamed of writing and getting published, but have no idea where or how to start—THIS is the book for you!

As an author of 95 short stories and 19 romance novels, I’m often asked: Where do you get your ideas? How do I get published? How do you write a book? What advice do you have for writers who are just starting out? Do you have any writing…


Added by Kelli A. Wilkins on February 15, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Learning the Lesson


February 15, 2015

I seem to be increasing my work load simply by looking into ways of promoting and marketing my books. Despite the ease with which the methods are claimed to be, and that no technical knowledge is required, I find myself scratching my head and wondering what I must do next; or how do I prepare a campaign and list of subsrcibers for Mail Chimp. Do I really need e-pub, mobi and pdf files ready to distribute to those on my subscriber list should they ask? And…


Added by Michael on February 15, 2015 at 10:16am — No Comments

A Word of Encouragemet - Look In My Mirror

From Devotional "Shh! God Is Trying To Tell You Something"

Each day, you look in your mirror and see a reflection of yourself, oftentimes you don’t see the beauty I’ve imparted into your life. You see only the negative things about yourself, the wrinkles, and imperfections. You don’t take…


Added by Shearon Hurst on February 13, 2015 at 10:10am — No Comments

Word of Encouragement - Return To Sender" />

The enemy comes as a roaring lion, but I come to you as the Lion of Judah, who defeated him on the cross.  He has no authority over you, unless you give it to him. And how do you give it to him… through fear. I did not give you the spirit of fear; that is a gift from the enemy that must be returned to the sender.  I gave…

Added by Shearon Hurst on February 13, 2015 at 9:48am — No Comments

WOI Presents The Paranormal Hour with Willow Cross, Tracee Ford, and Kelly Abell

This week The Paranormal Hour welcomes Dark Specter Paranormal Research.  DSPR is a dedicated team of individuals that perform paranormal investigations in private homes, businesses, or larger locations.…

Added by World of Ink Network on February 13, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Link novel available now on

D. A. Karr announced today that her latest novel Link is now available for sale on Amazon. Link is a sci-fi mystery thriller. It is set in the year 2800, in a future apocalyptic world where time jumping becomes a means to control the human race.

 “Link is suspenseful, intriguing, and action filled,” says D. A. Karr. “Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler fans will enjoy reading this book.”



Added by debra karr on February 13, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

I found the story to be intense... - Review By MF Thomas

As a fan of spy novels, I was intrigued by the premise of Black Hawk Day Rewind. I found the story to be intense, as the authors did an outstanding job weaving together espionage, military action and high-tech intrigue. The characters were well crafted and I especially enjoyed seeing Barnett’s motivations unfold. I strongly recommend this book!  ★★★★★ Review By MF Thomas -…


Added by Baibin Nighthawk on February 12, 2015 at 7:08pm — No Comments

On Sale Now!

My latest dystopian sci-fi THE END TIME is being featured on Free Kindle Books and Tips. It's on sale today! Please check it out. Combined reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars.


In the future there is a device that will show you how and when you will die. Bob Bradly has forty-eight hours to save everyone on the planet.

Added by Neil Ostroff on February 12, 2015 at 1:08pm — No Comments

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