If any one is interested in writing a short ‘n’ sharp paragraph of paranormal true events (could be while researching your book or a reason why you wrote the book in the first place!) send it to wiselouise(AT)gmail.com for it to be placed on this blog. Continue reading
Coming soon… Village girl Julie Compton couldn’t wait to leave Potterspury, neither could she wait to turn her back on her mum, boyfriend and best friend when they cruelly conspired against her and turned her cossetted life upside down and inside … Continue reading
Has anyone seen the potential of marketing via Pinterest? I have. It’s visual and it’s taking off very quickly. I can go anywhere on the web and “Pin It” (grab) a picture and stick it to a board, along with a short description, then I can Tweet, FB, LinkedIn the link as normal and when people click on the picture they are taken STRAIGHT TO THE PURCHASE PAGE of your book.
Never more is a book cover so important.
Want to be included? Email me your book’s purchase link and its genre. Here’s the Book Junkies link in full: http://pinterest.com/BookJunkies/
Update: Success! Authors have informed me sales have picked up since they’ve added their book on Book Junkies, and that to me, is success. It may have happened anyway, who knows? But it’s good to know there is a library for our growing niche community and it’s being viewed!
|In 50 Ways To Live Life Consciously, Metaphysical Expert Christine Agro offers the simplest, yet most life-changing answer to the question “Why Are We Here?”|
he has talked to me about his painting process. He talks about working on a
piece and then hanging it on the wall of his studio and then moving on to work
on something else, even though the first piece isn’t finished. He hangs the
painting in a place where he can still see it out of the corner of his eye. He
says to me ‘I’m looking at it with my peripheral vision. It helps me to see
something I didn’t see.’
to look out of the corner of one’s eye.’
because I am an explorer of Conscious Living and I love to share what I
discover. As my own work has evolved I’ve found my own sort-of ‘peripheral
vision’ developing. True to form, I don’t just want to have the experience of
this peripheral vision, I want to understand it. When we can understand why
something works, or how it works, or why it benefits us, then we can really
start to create change in our lives. Our knowing allows us to consciously
access and utilize the information, rather than it being a haphazard happening.
happening with others and also by sitting in my meditation space and looking at
the energy. I call it ‘picking it apart.’ I visualize what I want to explore;
it could be a person, a situation or even energy; and then I pick it apart like
a cotton ball to see what comes out. The information unfolds for me like a
‘peripheral vision’ for a while now. Personally, I find the busier I am, the
more I get done. I also find that information flows when I’m in the shower or
I’m driving. These are my own sorts of
‘peripheral vision’. But I’m not happy with the fact that they work, I want to
understand why these experiences let my creativity flow.
I’ve found is that we can get so focused on what we are creating that our mind
and sometimes our ego create blocks (writer’s block falls into this category).
I get the picture of standing in front of a brick wall and we just keep trying
to run through it, when in fact if we step back and take a look, we can
actually walk around it, or easily climb over it. In the process of shifting our focus to
something else we open the door for the information, the insight, the clarity
or the inspiration to resume flowing.
(iDisorder by Dr. Larry Rosen) there was a discussion about how the brain
operates. One thing I took from it is that our brain doesn’t reset or calm down
unless it receives different signals to do so. Simply turning off the computer
doesn’t work; we need to change our environment, like go for a walk on the
beach. So in the case of blocks, I believe, but I don’t know scientifically,
that could be why ‘peripheral vision’ works. It allows our mind to receive a
different signal and to release the block. Don’t quote me on that though, I’m
just surmising from what I read. What I do know, however, is that
energetically, shifting your focus works.
you’ve lost your inspiration, consider looking with your own form of
get to the next ‘something’?
that will help you create a graceful, ease and flowing life.
information is so simple yet so powerful that you may actually feel yourself
shifting as you read. With insight into the how, why and what-for of life,
Christine helps you get off the mental and emotional wheels and helps you get
your ego in check creating a natural balance with the one aspect of yourself
that really does have all the answers, your Spirit.
Consciously is a treasure box that answers the question “why are we here” and
offers 8 tools and 42 concepts to help you make the shift into conscious
recognized Clairvoyant, Inspirational Teacher, Metaphysical Expert and author
of 50 Ways To Live Life Consciously: 8 Tools and 42 Concepts to Help You Wake-Up And Live (Haldi Press March 3, 2012).
through her Creative Vision Mentor Process.
please visit her at: www.christineagro.com
interconnected and there is both magic and power in this awareness.
and a whole new way of seeing the world and living in the world spring to life
our lives are put together and our destiny becomes ours to consciously create.
Some people spend their entire life living unconsciously, unaware of why their
life unfolds the way it does and allowing their unconsciousness to drag them
along. Life is only ‘by chance’ if we are unconscious to it. There is so much richness
and reward that comes when we live with awareness.
each step you take must be made as a conscious choice.
ourselves – God, The Universe, The One – to tell us what to do. Our learning,
our healing, our growth will only happen when we say ‘yes’ to the steps along
Ooh, I can hardly wait!
line-up for June is:
Aaron L. Slaton and Acacia Beumer
Into The Deep! was completed around 2006. My sister set up a lot of local book
signings in the local metro Atlanta area, with hopes of getting the book
noticed and selling a good amount of copies.
was at Barnes and Nobles. If I remember correctly, I think we almost sold all
of our books that day. We were unknown authors with a self-published book,
which makes the odds of any success with a traditional book signing very slim. It’s
hard to get anyone to look your way as they walk into the bookstore, let alone
sell any books. So what did we do that was so special on our first book signing?
into Barnes and Nobles.
into a bookstore already have an idea of what they are looking for, or at least
the genre of the book they have in mind. So, as far as they are concerned, you
are just another author out of the millions of unknown authors eager to have
their book on the New York Times Best Selling List.
- What makes your book stand out from
the millions of others books flooding the shelves of bookstores?
- Why should they stop and pay
attention to a book they have never heard of or seen?
at first, we made it a point to try and communicate with almost everyone that
walked in the store that day.
in the book and let the customer walk around the store and continue reading the
book as they browsed through it.
on some of our other book signings, some people left our books on the shelves
and we had to go behind them and collect the books.
signings can be very tough, especially when you approach people and no one
seems interested. Remember to stay upbeat and don’t get discouraged. Even if
they are not interested at that time, let them know about your website, give
them your business card or postcard, and let them know about any future events
you can’t expect to sell hundreds of books at signings, but if you stay
positive and learn to engage potential customers, you might just increase your
book sales on your next signing.
Out Into The Deep! http://www.launchoutbook.com
pitfalls, cruel turns of fate, and the inescapable reality of death. How we
make our way throughout this journey is what really counts but sometimes it is
easy to lose our way and our faith. Launch Out into the Deep! is a
well written heart warming coming of age book. Launch Out Into The Deep! will
work wonders for your soul and alleviate any feelings of loneliness,
rebelliousness and even regret.
It’s important to realize that the bible is not an easy read, and that where
books like these fit in – selecting certain Bible passages and references from
the Testaments along with engagingly written notes, and true experiences from
the writer and other people, to help us reflect on the Bible’s meaning and how
it is relevant to us today.
Launch Into The Deep! has a very intelligent architecture: a short description of life’s
brutal lesson and the cool balm that Faith provides, followed by quotations
from the Holy Scripture. Lastly a soothing poem in rhyming verse provides the
apt closure to the episode. It’s like celestial music lending its rhythm and
cadence to the momentary turbulence of the cosmos.
Launch Into The Deep! is full of such tender moments of truth. This collection of life’s
practical and illuminating lessons about the grace of Jesus and power of Faith
will definitely endear it to the multitudes, who find teachings of the Bible
difficult to comprehend and relate to their own situations.
The topics discussed are contemporary and compelling; these are subjects that affect our world today and those for which people are seeking genuine guidance. Words reveal an understanding of the depth of emotions in our world, and explains situations through personal experiences.
Website – www.launchoutbook.com
reviews about their book(s). That will prevent them from being tempted to
respond. However, we’re all human, and we want to know when someone talks about
our work. I can safely assume that 99% of authors will ignore this advice
99%. Once you’ve read a review on your work, you might be tempted to respond.
The best advice I can give you for that is, no matter if they are good or bad, leave your book reviews alone.
the author. They are the reader’s personal interpretation of your story. They
need to feel free to share their thoughts, good or bad, without fear of
like your book. A bad review does not mean the reviewer is personally attacking
you. It’s simply an opinion from one reader. You’ve heard the old saying about
opinions, right? Everybody’s got them…
bad review. After all, you did labor over this project for countless months,
revision upon revision. It’s okay to be angry, hurt, disappointed, and any
other negative emotion that hits you. Your work is your baby, and a bad review
is akin to someone calling it ugly. As the author, you feel like any negative
is a personal attack on you. Just feel
it in the privacy of your own home. Remember, it’s one opinion.
bring back positive results for you. In fact, it’s going to push people further
away from you and your books. Case in point: An author disagreed with
a review posted by a blog Big Al’s Books and Pals (dedicated to indie books). What started as a simple
disagreement between the author and the reviewer’s blog quickly dissolved into
the author throwing a temper tantrum. This tantrum was tweeted, shared, linked
and spread through the Internet like wildfire. The author’s book took the brunt
of the backlash and was flooded with thousands of negative comments and close
to 100 1-star reviews.
forgets. Any comments you make, whether bad or good, will be stored online, on
servers, and can eventually be accessed and dragged out again when you least
into an online temper tantrum, which will only make you look bad, why not try
to look for something you can take back from the review?
spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, etc.? Think of this as an opportunity to
improve your work. The nice thing about being an indie author is we have the
ability to update and improve our work. With ebooks, it’s as simple as
uploading a new file. The update costs us nothing and will correct the mistakes
for any future books purchased. With POD books, the same principle applies
(although due to cost, you might wait until you have significant improvements
before uploading new files).
self-publishing and marketing your book? Grab a copy of Go Publish Yourself!
successful self-published titles. Each of her titles was created in the DIY (Do
It Yourself) style, without the aid of author service companies. Through trial
and error she has gained the knowhow to successfully publish print and ebooks. Go Publish Yourself! has that knowledge
assembled into an easy-to-use format, packed with no-nonsense tips and quick
and dirty tricks, so you can take your novel to the next level.
More about Katie:
huge family and married into another large one. I have (or would like to think
I have) many friends. My book came out on June 9th 2011 and many of
my friends and family read it.
cards and e-mails with ‘review-like’ comments. One or two actually posted them
on my facebook page. So I found that as
an author I had the wrong kind of friends and relatives. Perhaps not the wrong
kind, but not review friendly friends and relatives.
last summer and through that PR the book was requested for reviews, but that
meant I had to sit, wait, hope, fear, wonder. What if my first review was a bad
review? What if all my reviews were bad reviews? What if my friends and family
were trying to spare my feelings? Should I start smoking again? Should I take
up drinking? I opted for massive amounts of chocolate; I am still trying to
lose the weight acquired during the waiting period!
later the reviews began to come in, and I got really spoiled. They were all
absolutely fantastic, one five-star after another including one from the much
respected Midwest Book Review.
high, this time eating chocolate to celebrate, and learning so much from what
the reviewers/readers tapped into. Words like “unusual” and “unique” were
followed by amazing praise about my great ability to intertwine fact and
fiction. I could do no wrong and the five stars became the expected norm.
that I did not feel disappointed or offended. The review explained that the
factual historical aspect in the book was in great detail and was more than the
reader had bargained for.
three-stars after that, and then the great blow.
one star review… no, I won’t tell you where it is posted, if you are curious
enough you will search and find it. I cannot deny it hurt. I ate a box of
chocolates; I believe I even cried. I try not to remember.
book blogs and I was amazed at the feedback from other authors: you are so
brave, sadly all the bad ones always hurt, not every book is for everyone and
the wisest one of them all look: up the reviewers review history it might be
someone who likes to give bad reviews.
search of my reviewer’s history and my heart sunk a lovely list of good
reviews. Five stars here and there, and then I saw another one-star review and I
had to smile and open another bag of M & M’s grinning from ear to ear the
other one star review was for Ulysses byJames Joyce. So, my book was not for everyone, no book is but I was certainly in
absolutely no delusions of being in the fine gentleman’s category, but I do
have an Irish last name, even if it is acquired by marriage and not by
e-mail from a lovely blogger and reviewer, one of those that gave me five
stars, loved The Bridge of Deaths and even invited me back to her huge site for
an author interview and giveaway. She pointed out how many greats had received
bad reviews, her list did not include James Joyce, but I added him.
received other five-star, four-star, three-star reviews. I can only hope I do
not receive any more scathing or one-star reviews, they hurt, and they hurt a
and honored by all my reviews. I have learned so much from each and every one.
however, if any of you know a good way to end a chocolate addiction.
We have the honour of M.C.V Egan author of The Bridge of Deaths, Katie Salidas with her non-fic novel Go Publish Yourself.
Then David Kubicek author of Friend of the Family, and David Grant author of Blood: The New Red.
Rod L. Predergast is spotlighting his excellent book called Dinner with Lisa, and we can look forward to Cait Lavender’s top ten sharp and short reviews of her favourite authors. She is the author of Hunter Moon.
Who else wants to join the line up?
|Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my!|
Read the first chapter of: Bound to Remember
Genre – Paranormal Romance
Format – Ebook
Publisher – Self Published
Released – October 27, 2011
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Author Website: Lola James and Blog