This non-fiction narrative recounts one of the worst maritime disasters in history, the sinking of Le Joola – which tore at the soul of a country. Patrick Wiley’s interviews with survivors and extensive in-country research revealed the shameful loss of life and incredible accounts of survival that form the heart of the book.
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A PERSONAL INTERVIEW WITH
Author M.F. Erler
by Suzanne Parrott
Erler is currently working on her 10th novel. But her past also offers some interesting tidbits on how these works came to life: from trekking across Ireland to traveling to China. The flavor or her experiences shows in her writing, one that is rich with flavor.
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Martina’s past and her depressions have come back to haunt her, even though she should be content to see her time-traveling daughter, Celestia, married to Laken Meta, a Time Portal Guardian. Instead she flees to The System, putting herself and all her family in jeopardy.
Will they be able to get her back, despite the dangers they all face? Will Dain and his younger brother, Evin, two teens from present day Earth, be able to help–with their special GAP-crossing abilities? [Read more…] about Where All Worlds End, Book 7, The Peaks Saga
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~ HONEYMOON CRUISE TO MURDER
What was to be a wonderful honeymoon has turned into a nightmare as people are being murdered, and Shelly’s husband is the security guard’s number one suspect.
“Oh, them poor things! To lose your pa like this! And you knew them? If I’s you, I’d be real careful. You’ve known both of the people murdered. For all you know, you could be next on his list.”
Nicole shuddered, snuggled closer to Tim, and whispered, “I don’t like this at all. I really wish Curly and Shelly were here to help us.”
“Me too, hon, me too,” Tim replied.
Join Shelly, Curly, and Tucker in this exciting and fast-paced sequel to A Vengeful Spirit as they track down the real guilty party aboard a Caribbean cruise ship.
A Vengeful Spirit, Shelly Gale Mystery Book 1
A Covetous Spirit, Shelly Gale Mystery Book 2
If you’re not JK Rowling, there’s work to be done
If your book received “withering reviews” that included an assessment like, “so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd” you’d never sell any copies, right?
Unfortunately, writers with gold-plated names like JK Rowling can overcome such a New York Times review (it was of one of her post-Harry Potter novels, “The Casual Vacancy”). According to this article it still sold more than 1.3 million copies and was the No. 1 best-selling hardcover fiction book of 2012.
So, unless your name is JR Rowling and your readers aren’t looking too closely at the cover, there’s a lot of work to be done to get book sales rolling.
The behind-the-scenes work to create a platform prior to publishing your book is almost as much work as the writing itself.
LULU.com offers a great, step-by-step guide to publicity and marketing, including working with related blogs two months before publication and planning a “cover reveal.” Interestingly, it says little about sending out advance copies for reviews.
And if you’re querying agents, your online presence is important, according to the Write Life 2013 survey. So think about showcasing your expertise in your subject matter or providing evidence of an audience (yes, prior to publishing). It’s all about your platform, which is well-described in this blog post by Rashelle Gardner.
Later, Rowling published “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under a male pen name (Robert Galbraith) and the book sold only modestly until she was unveiled as the true author. It had done about $50,000 in sales, prompting the NY Times writer to comment:
‘What’s clear is that without the aura of celebrity, “The Cuckoos’ Calling” would have been just another work of debut crime fiction. Its author might have gotten a modest TV deal, and maybe another book contract, while working another job to make ends meet.’
Published with permission. Alison O’Leary is a book publicist who can be reached on LinkedIn.
Guest post by book publicist, Alison O’Leary. Originally Published Jan 9, 2014 on ChristopherMatthewsPub.com