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An interview with Lisa Ard- author of Saving Halloween!

  Ms. Ard, I loved reading your book Saving Halloween and would like to ask you a few questions- Ms. Ard: Hello Ava, Thank you so much for reading Saving Halloween. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm happy to answer your questions. 1.When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Did you write stories when you were a girl? Although I wanted to be an author as a child, I don't recall writing stories. I did read a lot. It was only after reading to my own children that I decided to give writing a book a try. 2.Do you like Halloween best of all the holidays? Do you dress up and go trick or treating? I do love Halloween! I wait until October 1 to put out my decorations – some I've bought and some have been passed down from my mom and grandmother. I dress up, almost always as a (good) witch and greet kids at the door with candy. I wear my favorite red witch's hat on my school visits too. 3.What kind of books did you like best when you were my age (9)? I loved anything by Roald Dahl, my favorite author. Fantastic…

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Join us at SPBE in November!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH Come join the fun as we celebrate five successful years as the only exclusive home forself-published books and authors.The Self-Publishing Book Expo is celebrating our 5th Anniversary! This year, in addition to an all-star line-up of some of the most knowledgeable speakers in the business, the Expo will feature some inter-active sessions, and some extended sessions allowing for attendees to have more access to the information they need to successfully publish. We are also introducing a special coffee hour for attendees to mix, mingle, compare notes, and askone-on-one questions of some of our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and partners. At 12 noon, be sure to join us to discuss- THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY: What Makes a Good Self-Published Book?indieBRAG represents a group of 150 readers who have reviewed 1,000+ self-published titles. They are not editors, publishers, or literary experts; they are simply ordinary people who love to read. Members of the indieBRAG staff will uncover what they have learned in the process of choosing their B.R.A.G. Medallion winners. What does a book need in order to make it worthy of the reading public's time and money? What are the important things to weed out of…

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Bring your superpowers to work- Darcy Eikenberg

Author Interview - Darcy Eikenberg Stephanie: Hello, Darcy. Congrats on winning the BRAG medallion. Please tell me about your book, Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control. Darcy: Thank you! I'm honored that "Bring Your Superpowers to Work" was chosen! The book is a practical guide for anyone who's successful "on paper"—good job, good company, good pay—but feeling less than successful on the inside. It's filled with real-world, simple ideas to help you change your life at work without having to change everything in your life. Stephanie: What genre does it fall under? And how long did it take you to write it? Darcy: It's a non-fiction business book in the career development and leadership space. However, I've had some people refer to it as self-help because of all the simple, practical actions and tools the book shares that any one of us can use in our work-life. The book started as a series of posts on my blog, www.RedCapeRevolution.com. I wasn't focused on writing a book, but an agent who had subscribed to my monthly email newsletter suggested I consider it. I started to work on a nonfiction book proposal to pitch the…

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Hugh Howey Shares His Wisdom!

Hugh took the time to share with us as he headed to the Frankfurt Book Fair! Hi Hugh Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. One of the things I enjoy and appreciate most in self-publishing is the support authors give to each other - I don't know if that's true in the traditional publishing world but somehow I doubt it. You have said that the journey of your life in the last decade has been the source of true joy, not just because of being a bestselling author – although you have to admit that is pretty spectacular! Your passion for what you do is inspiring but do you think it is possible for someone to become a bestselling author if they view it as strictly a way to get rich? Hugh- I think the chances are very unlikely that anyone becomes a bestselling author, however they go about publishing and whatever their motivations are. The truth is that millions of books are published and very few of them become bestsellers. It's similar to those who play basketball and those who start in the NBA and make the All-Star team. But I don't think that should…

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Congratulations- Sue Fortin!

Congratulations Sue! I hope your new publishing deal with Harper Collins is a wonderful and fruitful experience- Thank you, it's very exciting. Since Harper Impulse is digital publishing, will you continue to have a print copy of your book available and, if so, how will that work? Harper Impulse are working on a digital first basis, so although there are no guarantees every title will be published in paperback, there is the scope for it at some point. Many self-published authors are seeking deals with traditional publishers while many are not. What is it that you find appealing about such a deal? Oh gosh, that's a loaded question  It really is a matter of personal choice and for me, there were several reasons. To self-publish proficiently and to a high standard can be quite expensive and I really wouldn't like to add up how much I spent on having my book edited, edited and edited again, together with having the cover professional designed and then the costs of promotion. To do this again for a second novel, I wasn't sure if I could invest so heavily. Another factor, was how wide reaching I could be as an indie author.…

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5 Facebook Marketing Tips for Authors

 Some advice from Blogger and Author Lindsay Buroker on using Facebook-Month after month, Facebook and Twitter are the top sources of traffic for my site (after the Big G and its search engine, of course). If we consider that I spend much less time on Facebook than Twitter (I usually post to my FB author page 3 or 4 times a week, versus using Twitter incessantly throughout the day, because I'm become a tweet-happy addict), then Facebook is the clear winner when it comes to time spent versus results delivered. I should also point out that I don't post links to my site on Facebook very often, so all of this traffic (1,000+ visitors in January out of about 23,000 total) comes via two or three updates a month.And is getting traffic to my site a win insofar as book sales goes? It's hard to say if the folks who come in via social media outlets are buyers (I suspect many have already bought), but it's a rare day that I don't have at least a couple of sales at Amazon (monitored via the affiliate links I provide to my own books) that originate on my blog. Sales aside, I…

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Little Miss History – Barbara Ann Mojica

Author Interview -Barbara Ann Mojica Stephanie: Hello Barbara! Congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion. Please tell me about your book, Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE. Barbara: Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore is the first in a series of books using the Little Miss HISTORY character as a guide. She looks like a wannabe park ranger with pig tails and hiking boots three sizes too big. With her as your child's guide learning about people and places of historical importance will be fun and educational. The aim of these books is to whet your child's appetite to learn more about history and perhaps even visit these landmarks with you. Little Miss HISTORY presents information in a whimsical and factual way while amusing your child. I hope you will invite her into your home and enjoy this first adventure, and those to follow, with your loved ones. Stephanie: What genre does this fall under? Barbara: This book is children's non-fiction. In the US it would be generally be aligned with fifth grade core curriculum which studies American history. Stephanie: What inspired you to write children's books? Barbara: I am a historian with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in history…

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL!

  Though the origin of the word Halloween is Christian, the holiday is commonly thought to have pagan roots. October 31 – Nov 1 was seen as the end of harvest and the beginning of the dark days of winter. This was a time when the 'door' to the Otherworld opened enough for the souls of the dead, and other beings such as fairies, to come into our world. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. However, harmful spirits and fairies were also thought to be active. People took steps to allay or ward-off these harmful spirits/fairies. Wearing costumes may have originated as a means of disguising oneself from these harmful spirits/fairies. In the Christian tradition, it was believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints' Day, and All Hallows' Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognized by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities. In Halloween: From Pagan…

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Daughters- florence Osmund

Author interview:  Florence Osmund Stephanie: Florence Osmund grew up in an old Victorian home in Illinois, complete with a coach house, the same house she used as inspiration for her first two books. She earned her master's degree from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and has obtained more than three decades of experience in corporate America. Her notable website is dedicated primarily to helping new authors—offering advice she wishes she had received before starting her first novel. Osmund currently resides in Chicago where she is working on her next novel. Florence, thank you for chatting with me again and congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion for your story, Daughters. Please tell me about your book. Florence: The year is 1949, and twenty-four-year-old Marie Marchetti has just discovered the identity of her father, Jonathan Brooks, the father she never knew. She hopes the invitation from him to spend two weeks with her newfound family over Thanksgiving will help uncover vital truths about herself. Discovering who her father is also means discovering her own ethnicity, and her strong need to understand who she really is and where she belongs drives her to seek peace and truth in her life. A lot…

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Teens Are Not Reading!

    "There's been an enormous investment in teaching kids to read in elementary school-Kids are doing better at 9, and at 11. At 13, they're doing no worse, but then there is a catastrophic fall-off. ... If kids are put into this electronic culture without any counterbalancing efforts, they will stop reading."NEA chairman Dana Gioia Let's face it, parents have to take a lot of the blame. No one wants to hear this but far too few parents turn off the TV or computer and pick up a book themselves. It is our job to set the example. Take some time to talk to your kids about a great book and not the latest Lindsey Lohan gossip! Here's a plan- next time your kids say they are bored, and who doesn't here that a hundred times a week?, hand them a book. Next time you are working around the house, give them 2 choices, help or read. Want to bet they will read! I bought my 9 year old granddaughter a Kindle with a pretty pink cover. A lot of our relationship revolves around books- picking books, sitting together on the porch reading, reading interesting or funny passages to…

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