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Excerpt from Discover What You Are Here To Do: Find The Clues, Follow Your Path by best selling author Nicola Grace.
"When I’m on the road speaking, I often joke about the story of my life as if I’ve stuffed up, done everything wrong and made wrong decisions that lead me up the garden path of nowhere. Part of my introductory speech often goes something like this – “I wanted to be a dancer so I studied history. I wanted to live in a tropical country so I moved to Wisconsin. I wanted to…Continue
Added by Nicola Grace on January 27, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
One Woman’s Journey out of hell
It is difficult to believe that so many women still live in extreme violence and are killed in the hands of their partners. We all want to think that this doesn’t happen. But as Aabra shows in Taliban Escape, violence against women is a growing problem.
Taliban Escape is about one woman’s struggle to free herself from the shackles of violence and…Continue
Added by Irene Roth on January 21, 2013 at 3:56pm — No Comments
Here I go! I just spent the most ever on a huge promotion blitz for SILENT INVASION and DROP OUT (my two best sellers). I did it through blogads.com. I’ve read other posts about the effectiveness of such ads and most said that author’s sales increased because of them. I booked on nine different sites with a combined reach of 312,000 avid readers. These are people who actively read the blogs. My ads will feature the cover, a blurb, and the link to buy the book. The blitz will run on all sites…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 23, 2012 at 12:28pm — No Comments
My latest novel is off to my formatter and should be ready for sale in a few days. I’m ready to go with publicizing it once it is live and plan on doing all that right after Christmas. It’s been nearly a full week that I haven’t written any new fiction material. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing (I wrote the back jacket copy for IMAGINATION and I am posting this blog) just not doing the kind of writing I love most. Though I have been marketing and will continue to reserve…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 20, 2012 at 12:23pm — No Comments
Once again, I’ve reach the elusive milestone of finishing a book. My latest novel (my eleventh to date) is now complete and awaiting the formatting process. The novel took exactly 374 days from first sentence until the final read. A lot has happened in the past year and a lot of changes have taken place both in my life and the world. So, as I sit here on this first day of non-novel writing I find myself feeling quite odd and at a loss of how I should spend my morning. I could market and…Continue
Fellow/author and fan from the U.K. is promoting me on her blog. Please check it out and also check out her books.
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 13, 2012 at 4:21pm — No Comments
Please check out my paranormal, sci-fi experience AFTER. http://www.kindleboards.com/ It’s Kindle Boards book of the day! Thanks!
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 10, 2012 at 11:52am — No Comments
I’m posting the results for my Kindle Boards book of the day sponsorship. One sale of SILENT INVASION. Yep, that’s right. One sale. But, all is not lost. Strangely enough, sales of my other books went up. I even sold a few copies of PULP, my ultra-noir thriller. I also got invited to promote SILENT INVASION for free on a few blogs and two websites. So, that’s good. I have another Kindle Boards sponsorship tomorrow for AFTER so we’ll see how that goes. All in all, the Kindle Boards…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 9, 2012 at 9:11am — No Comments
Please check out SILENT INVASION as Kindle Boards book of the day. Enjoy a great sci-fi adventure!Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 8, 2012 at 7:18am — No Comments
If you read my blog you know I’ve been dealing with some family health issues related to the dreaded C. Doing my final read for IMAGINATION has helped ease the boredom of fifteen-hour hospital room waits. Of course, waiting is nothing compared to what the patient must endure. It was during one of these interminable waits that I had my sudden, ‘ah ha’ moment. I realized, as my wrist and fingers grew sore from typing on my laptop sitting literally on my lap, that I’ve spent my life…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 6, 2012 at 2:17pm — No Comments
Now that my Kindle Fire Department.com sponsorship has officially ended I can now look back on it as a success. I sold enough copies of DROP OUT to break even but what most important is that so many new people have now been exposed to my stuff. It also got my ranking down below 10,000 which according to the Amazon algorithms, means that the site will give me a little more promotion than a book that hasn’t sold so well. As of this post I’m still below the 20,000 rank. As I’ve…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 2, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments
Please check out my latest novel on Kindle Fire Department.
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 1, 2012 at 11:45am — No Comments
Please check out my latest novel, it's book of the day on Kindle Fire Department.
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 30, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments
Its a screenplay. An exciting thrilling screen Play. Terror On A Mountain In Africa.... The screen play begins describing the showing of footage from some of the many nuclear tests that were carried out by the U.S. government in the mountains of Africa. The government had ordered the local residents to move to keep them from getting hurt by the atomic tests. Some of the residents (miners) refused to leave their homes, and were exposed to dangerous levels of…Continue
A bear tricks a deer named Tony into believing that he has gone. However, the Deer gets trapped in a cave with two hungry bears, but through his cleverness, perseverance and desire to live he manages to escape. This story inspires children to face challenges and to overcome obstacles in their path.…Continue
I’m at the absolute most fun time in the novel writing process for me. The plot of IMAGINATION is complete and tight and coherent. The characters have all been fleshed out and the settings are all detailed. Now, I spend the next few days reading fast and tweaking the tiniest details. Once that is complete I give one final, very quick read and send it off to my editor/formatter. I just contacted my cover artist and we are about to begin the process of designing a cover. I have a tagline for…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 28, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I’ve been reading a lot of threads lately about Amazon and Kindle and how Amazon is changing the algorithms to promote books that are more expensive. It makes good business sense if you think about it. You need to sell five ninety-nine cent books or just one five dollar book. If you put equal amount of promotion into each book, naturally the five dollar book will make more money if both books benefit equally from the same amount of promotion. Make sense? There is also the ‘perceived value’…Continue
It’s here, the day when the crazy people of the world jam into stores and fight for the best bargains. Personally, I avoid that mess at all costs. That doesn’t mean black Friday doesn’t have an impact on me, it does. But from a writer’s point of view. As I mentioned in my last post, the ads for Kindles and Nooks are out of control. The ebook marketplace is definitely gaining steam and soon ereaders will be as common as cell phones. Because I believe black Friday does influence people to shop…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 23, 2012 at 9:33am — No Comments
I’m just amazed at the number of Kindle and Nook ads that I’m seeing on television. It seems just the other day that people were scorning ebooks as a fad that would never take off. Well, guess what? People were wrong. Kindles and Nooks are selling by the millions now. I foresee a near future where paperback books, like music CD’s and large boomboxes, will be an oddity, a relic from the past. Now, I’m not talking about coffee table books and photography books, and the book as a work of art.…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 19, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments
I’ve been working feverishly lately trying to finish IMAGINATION by November 30th, but alas, it doesn’t appear that is going to happen (I’m about a month from completion). Between the damage from Superstorm Sandy and my wife’s cancer, my priorities have changed a bit. Had I finished the book on time it would have been a year to the day that I wrote the first sentence. When I first conceive of the plot of IMAGINATION (What if everything we perceive, all that we experience, is just…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 17, 2012 at 11:22am — No Comments