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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday

Randy’s anger grew as he stormed toward his truck. The engine roared to life, and the truck left skid marks on the street as he drove off. His fist pounded the steering wheel. “You’re a fool, a damn fool. Mom was right when she said I’d be sorry if I asked a rich girl to marry me. Now she can have Drew, her ghosts, and whatever else she finds amusing,” he yelled.

The above is from Chapter Two of my current WIP, Abandoned Souls, due out summer 2014.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday

No one knew how long the creek bed had been dry, but several old graves could be found under the bridge. None of them had any markings. Rumors were rampant in the nearby town as to whom or what was buried under those abandoned tombstones. The county scanned the ground. They were convinced that bodies were properly buried under the bridge. Their conclusions didn’t stop the rumors.

The above is from chapter one of my current WIP, Abandoned Souls, due out summer 2014.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BK Walker Virtual Tour




On Tour January 20th-24th and 27th-31st
AUTHOR BK Walker
Maverick Tour Page


B.K. Walker considers herself a Happy Hippy from Way Back. Always having a creative side, when her muse started finding her voice, BK had no choice but to give in and listen. Now having listened and published 17 books, she continues to entertain readers with paranormal romance, contemporary romance, erotica romance and short stories.
Links: Amazon
Contact: Website Face Book  Goodreads



ABOUT THE BOOK

If you could reach for your dreams and become the author you've always wanted to be, would you do it?
BK Walker understands your fear, your frustrations, and your inner critics and is here to help. She will hold your hand and guide you through the entire process from an idea for a book to actually writing it, getting published, and marketing your book for sales, helping you reach your dreams and live your passions.
In this book you will learn:
-How to put your ideas into writing
-How you can write your book in one weekend
-When to start building your author platform
-How to decide which type of publishing is for you (Self-Publishing vs. Traditional)
-Cover Designing to capture your readers
-Writing Killer Synopsis' to close the sale
-Creating a marketing plan
-Marketing on a Shoestring Budget
Stop by for Free Writing & Marketing Strategies at bkwalkerscafe.com
If you're ready to put your dream of writing into action, then this book is for you. It's time for you to Be Brilliant...Be Bold...and Be Beautiful You! Free your muse and start writing today! #BeFree

VIDEO GUEST POST
MAVERICK CHAT
w/ Author/Media Consultant B.K. Walker


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Promotion Jan. 20th-24th and 27th-31st
Mon. 20th-   Spotlight promo at  IndieWritersReview
Tues. 21st-30 minute Book Chat w/ Michelle Cornwell-Jordan-- IndieReview Behind The Scenes Internet Radio
Wed. 22nd- Guest Post at Write Indie: Musings of a WriterGeek
Thurs. 23rd-Video Chat aired at Black Flag TV and  IndieReview Behind The Scenes TV (Web Video Content Hosts)
Fr. 24th- Ten Minute Twitter View chat w/ Host Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Tweetchat Room for Author BK Walker! Click To Join TweetChat! ***You must be signed into Twitter to join/view chat***
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Week 2
Week Jan. 27th-31st
Mon. 27th-Spotlight Feature at Emma's Ramblings and GiazzWorld
Tues. 28th-  Spotlight Feature at The Bialog
Wed. 29th- Spotlight Feature at The Bridge Of Death BlogSpot and Ronda's Book Reviews
Thurs. 30th-Spotlight Feature at Musings Under the Willow Tree
Fri. 31st-Spotlight Feature at Maverick Promotions



Maverick Promotion”Artists Not Afraid To Think Outside The Box" ©Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
 

Monday, January 6, 2014

*New Release* BLACK VELVET ROSES

Kellie ventures again into the unknown. It is a stand-alone novel yet contains all of Kellie’s friends from her previous stories. This time Kellie becomes involved in two mysteries while fighting a menacing shadow that is bent on killing her. She investigates the secrets of an elderly woman’s haunted house and the terror that abounds at the Gotz Manor House. Kellie battles evil in the form of a menacing shadow and discovers abilities she never knew existed. She fights for her life with her courageous dog, Rufus, at her side. Kellie has questions she must answer. Why do roses show up everywhere she discovers a mystery and why are spirits speaking to her again? Her grandfather may be gone, but other evil follows Kellie again.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bullying Doesn't Only Affect Children (Post by Kristen Lamb included)

This will be a short post from me. I am including a link to Kristen Lamb's blog where she discusses this subject much better than I could.
Brave New Bullying: Goodreads Gangs, Amazon Attacks—What Are Writers to Do?
I hope you have learned as much from this post as I have and if you run into these types of people in the future you will know how to deal with them.

Happy reading and writing.

Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Guest Post by Author John Holt



John Holt Biography

I was born in 1943 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. I currently live in Essex with my wife, Margaret, and my daughter Elizabeth. And not forgetting Missy, the cat who adopted us, and considered that we were worthy enough to live with her. For many years I was a Chartered Surveyor in local government. I was a Senior Project Manager with the Greater London Council from 1971 until it was closed down in 1986. I then set up my own surveying practice, retiring in 2008.

I suppose like many others I had always thought how good it would be to write a novel, but I could never think of a good enough plot. My first novel, “The Kammersee Affair”, published in 2006, was inspired by a holiday in the Austrian lake district. We were staying in Grundlsee. The next lake, Toplitzsee, was used by the German Navy during the war to test rockets, and torpedoes. As the war came to an end many items were hidden in the lake – millions of UK pounds, and US dollars, in counterfeit currency; jewellery stolen from the holocaust victims; and weapons. There were also rumours of gold bullion being hidden in that lake. Despite extensive searches the gold was never found. In my book, however, it is found, only in the next lake, Kammersee.

The books that followed, The Mackenzie File, The Marinski Affair, and Epidemic, all feature Tom Kendall, a down to earth private detective, and were originally published by Raider Publishing in New York. My fifth book, A Killing In The City, another featuring Tom Kendall, was originally published by Night Publishing. In August 2012 I decided to go down the self published route, and formed my own publishing brand PHOENIX. All five novels have now been published on PHOENIX. A sixth novel “The Thackery Journal” was published on 8 August 2013.

I am currently working on two other novels featuring Tom Kendall, and I have made a tentative start on an Adventure novel.



Guest Post:
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and if you could bottle it you could make a fortune.

Question knowing what I know now, what advice would I give myself three years ago? Thats bad English I know, but you know what I mean. Alright to be absolutely clear what advice should I have given myself three years ago?

In 2010, I already had three novels published. Hang on before you start with the WOWS, and the Awesome , the three books had been published by a Vanity publisher in New York. The first had been published in 2006, the second followed in 2008, and the third in 2009. Now Im sure that you all know what a Vanity Publisher is. For those who dont know a Vanity Publisher is one that you pay to have your work published. Now dont get me wrong I was pleased to have my works published. I had no success with the mainstream publishers, so it was good to see my works advertised on Amazon and available to anyone who wanted to buy them. Yes you knew there was a catch didnt you. It was only paperbacks that were available, not ebooks. Regrettably sales were poor and I never recouped my costs.

Three years ago I had just finished my fourth novel, Epidemic. Once again, despite everything, I offered the book to that same Vanity Publisher, who, quite naturally, was delighted to take my money. Who can blame him? The book was eventually published in January 2010.

Now I realise that things were a little different three years ago, and maybe it wasnt so easy. And I didnt know people on Facebook, or Twitter, to share advice with. What I should have done three years ago, and advise anyone to do it now. If you cannot get a Traditional mainstream publisher interested in your works, do not go to a Vanity Publisher. Take the Self Publisher route. I eventually took that road just over a year ago, in August 2013. I now have six books available.

With the likes of Lulu.com, Createspace, and Kindle Direct Publishing, to be self published is the easier thing in the world. You have full control of everything cover, content, price, and you keep 100% of the royalties. Admittedly the paperbacks are still poor sellers, but Im pleased to say that the ebooks have done pretty good, recouping all of my previous expenses, and making a nice little profit as well.

If only I had done it three years ago .... but we cannot give into regret, but we should learn a lesson and go forward.

MARKETING

So after months, if not years, of toil and trouble, your epic is at long last completed, and is ready to be released on the world. You have had the good fortune to find a publisher prepared to bring it into print for you, or you have gone down the Self Published route. Either way it is there, for sale. Pretty soon you will realise that writing the book was perhaps the easiest part of the process. Even getting published wasnt that difficult, especially if you do it yourself. With Lulu.com; Createspace; Kindle Direct Publishing; and several other outlets on the Internet, publishing is easy, and at no cost.

Now comes the difficult part, selling your book. Nobody is going to buy it because theyve never heard of it. So you have now got to publicise, promote, and publicise, and promote and ...... until you make a nuisance of yourself. And then you have to publicise and promote some more.

I cant remember the exact figures but I was once told that every month 20000 new books hit the shelves (virtual or otherwise). That is some competition.  

OK so what do you do to publicise your opus, especially if funds are tight and you cant really afford a half page spread in the Times. Well there are some things you can do. Firstly let your local library know, give them a copy. The might be prepared to arrange an event in the library. I had one a year or so ago. It wasnt the event of the century, but I sold about twenty books, and handed out some leaflets, and book markers. Tell your local newspaper, they might be prepared to publish something about you. I mentioned earlier about leaflets and book markers. Well apart from them I have business cards relating to my books, I have sticky labels that I place on every letter that I send out. This is all effective advertising that costs nothing. And one other thing, if you have more than one book. Make sure that details of all of your books are included in the last few pages of ALL of your books.

SELF-PUBLISHING
In August 2012 I decided to go down the self publish route. With sites like Lulu.com; Createspace; Smashwords; Kindle Direct; self publishing is now so easy, and cost nothing. I now have all six of my novels self published under my brand PHOENIX. I have full control over the book content, the cover, promotion, publicity, and, of course, I don't share the royalties with anyone. The promoting is a full time job, but it has to be done. All in all, and thanks to my friends and supporters on Facebook and Twitter I am glad I made that decision.

So thats it then, decision made, you are going to self publish. So how do you do it? It really couldnt be simpler.

First lets consider the paperback. Decide what size you would like your Paperback to be. I use A5. Set the Page Layout on your word processor (I use Microsoft WORD) to the size you require. Type up your novel. I use Times New Roman, 11 point. Page Layout Margins Top 1.9cms; bottom 1.9 cms; inside 1.27 cms; outside 1.9 cms; gutter 0.89 cms; Mirror margins. Once completed you can then submit that WORD document directly to Lulu.com or Createspace. There is no charge for getting published. There is, of course, a charge to purchase the actual books. (I have used both. In my opinion Lulu.com produces the better product, but they are slightly more expensive to purchase). Both Lulu and Createspace make your work available on Amazon. Follow the simple on-line instructions to get published. You will be asked to upload the file containing the novel. An ISBN number will be allocated (again at no charge). With regard to the cover you will be required to upload a wraparound cover. You will be advised as to the sizes required. And that is that. Your paperback will be ready to purchase from Lulu or Createspace instantly; and on amazon 6-8 weeks later.

Now to the ebook there are many sites where it is possible to produce an ebook for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and all kinds of ebook formats. I started with Kindle Direct Publishing KDP, but, through using Draft2Digital, I also have books available on Noon, Kobo, and iTunes.

Once again it is simple to do, and at no charge. Use the same WORD document you used for the paperback. Follow the simple on-line instructions. Upload your cover for ebook use you will only require a front cover - The ebook will be available within 24 hours on Amazon

A word on ISBN numbers if you have a number of books, and you wish to make them available in several different places, you would best be advised to purchase your own from http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=123 – the cost is £118-50 for ten.










Tuesday, November 19, 2013