Friday

Read “Jasper's War” and help a Wounded Warrior




Author Cym Lowell is continuing his mission to make a difference in the lives of wounded Veterans. It's your good news. Made possible by La Fogata.

By ESTEBAN SOLIS
SAN ANTONIO - We take pride in being known as Military City USA, and now there's an easy way to support our wounded warriors -- just by buying a book.

Vietnam veteran turned author Cym Lowell has written a book called Jasper's War. In addition to be a very interesting book to read, it also highlights the importance of wounded warriors that live around our community and need a little push getting back to their regular lives. To obtain a copy of this amazing novel, visit www.cymlowell.com or Amazon.

Not only you will get a great book, but also you will be helping the wounded warriors of San Antonio. One hundred percent of its proceeds will go to "Operation Next Chapter." The initiative has partnered with Soldiers Angels to buy voice-controlled laptops for military personnel who were injured and in need of these devices.

You can find more information by visiting www.soldiersangels.org or Operation Next Chapter.

Wednesday

Are There 5 Reasons to Stick With Major Publishers? No, There Are Zero Reasons






by Michael Levin
NYT Bestselling Author, Amazon Kindle #1 Business Book Author, CEO, BusinessGhost.com

A HuffPost blogger with expertise in publishing suggests there are still 5 reasons to get a deal with a New York publisher: partnership; quality; legitimacy; distribution; and advances.
Respectfully, there aren't five reasons to go with New York. Actually, there are zero reasons.
If they can't do a good job with Hillary Clinton's new book, and that release is generally viewed as a flop, why would they do any better with a book written by a mere mortal?
Let's look at each of the five reasons and see if the arguments hold up. (Spoiler alert: they don't.)
1. Partnership. Um, really? What kind of "partner" gets 85 to 90 percent of the pie, and has a long, sorry history of illicitly keeping much of the rest? Yes, the editorial staffs work hard to create well-edited books. But otherwise, what exactly does a New York publisher do? They don't do marketing or even share their marketing expertise with authors. Publication of books is delayed as much as a year after they're completed, by which time the information in the book may no longer be useful, current or actionable for readers. And editors get fired so often these days that they often aren't even around when a book they edited gets published.
2. Quality. No. New York publishers only care about the marketing plan for a book, not the contents. If Author A has great content but only no national footprint or large social media following, and Author B has recycled content he "borrowed" from other authors but a million Twitter followers, guess who gets the deal. The New York publishers are essentially running a scam on readers, by publishing third-rate books with first-rate media platforms, which is why book readers are an endangered species.
3. Legitimacy. This used to be true but is no longer the case. As a ghostwriter, I constantly hear from my clients, "But in MY field, I need the legitimacy of a major publisher." It's not legitimacy; it's an ego trip for the author, a pat on the head from a bunch of smart people in New York City. Here's why: if I made a list of ten publishers, of which five were imprints of the major houses and five were names I made up, most non-publishing industry could never tell which was which. It's an ego trip pure and simple.
CLICK HERE for the rest of the article.


-CYM

(The above article is re-posted from Huffington Post. I have posted this article on my blog to share with you, my readers. I only re-post articles that I find entertaining, educational or just plain good. I am NOT the originator/author/writer of this post. I always post the first few paragraphs of interesting articles & then provide a link directly to the original source. Please keep clicking & reading.)


Monday

Lying Awake by Mark Salzman {book review}




Lying Awake 
by Mark Salzman 
(Vantage Contemporaries, Vantage Books, division of Random House, Inc.)


What is the nature of your faith? Is it a belief in God? Something super-natural? Another person? Or yourself?

I have often explored these questions with thoughtful friends, which seem to arise more frequently as we age and experience life.

In Lying Awake, Mark Salzman explores the subject from the standpoint of a woman named Helen who became a Carmelite nun adopting the name of Sister John of the Cross. After some 28 years in the cloister, she felt abandoned by the God she dedicated her life to serve. She wrote diaries, which were published providing a source of income for the cloister located in the Los Angeles hills. 

Sister John became sick. Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Is this all there is? became questions tormenting her consciousness.

Sister John had been abandoned by her mother. After so many years, Sister John began coming to grips with her emotions about her mother as what she thought were migraines morphed into an epileptic disorder. It was as if her life could not really begin until the mystery of her mother was resolved. When it was, suffering of the knowledge was drowned in the drudgery of everyday convent life.

A confessor asked if her faith was simply self-devotion, as if Sister John worshipped projections of her own needs. She then asked: what is my dream?

Lying Awake is lovely means of guiding you through your own emotions about faith and the purpose of life. You will enjoy its majesty!

As I read Lying Awake, I was reminded of the story of Punchinello by Max Lucado. It is the story of a carved wooden Wemmick, Punchinello, who had a paint job less attractive than the other Wemmick’s, in his own eyes. The carver on the hill advises him to go back down the hill and discover other things that might differentiate him. In the end, Punchinello discovers that the carver (God) gave him a heart and feelings that were unique unto himself.

Like Sister John and Punchinello, we all need periodic re-examination of our faith and emotions.

Warms, Cym 


Friday

How To Market Your New Book




by Brett Arends, Forbes

You’ve written your book – and now you want to sell it. What should you do?

Marketing a book is supposed to be the hardest part of self-publishing. Services like Lulu.com and Amazon’s Createspace mean it’s never been easier to become an author and publish a book. But getting people to hear about it and actually purchase it is another matter.

Before you despair: Some self-published books go on to great success. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is only the best known.

And lest you think the grass really is greener for those going through traditional publishers, I’ve published two books by that route, and from my experience they don’t do a lot of marketing either. The publishing houses’ traditional marketing strategy consisted of wining and dining the key editors and reviewers for the big newspapers, and then paying to display their authors’ books prominently in the bookstores.

The bookstores are going to the way of all flesh, while the influence of the big name book reviewers is probably doing the same.

So what can you do?

After talking to experts and authors, here are seven thoughts.

1. Be wary of “marketing consultants” who offer to help you market your book for a fee.My Wall Street Journal colleague Adam Najberg wrote a thriller set in China and tried publishing it himself. He found lots of consultants willing to take his money. But none could offer any proven track record of success. Furthermore, when he told the consultants he’d be willing to pay them on a commission basis – so they would only make money if he sold books – they vanished.

2. Don’t get suckered by the Social Media hype.


Click Here for the rest of the article.

-CYM

(The above article is re-posted from Forbes. I have posted this article on my blog to share with you, my readers. I only re-post articles that I find entertaining, educational or just plain good. I am NOT the originator/author/writer of this post. I always post the first few paragraphs of interesting articles & then provide a link directly to the original source. Please keep clicking & reading.)

Wednesday

Is Your Book Cover Design Stopping You From Being On The Bestseller List?



picture of books on a shelf

by Thomas McGee, Write to Done

Would you like to see your book on the bestseller list?
Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing the words “A New York Times Bestselling Author” gracing the cover of their next work?
While it is simply not possible for every author to gain “bestseller” status, even new authors’ books can carry the same quality and professionalism as those of established names in the business.

Bestselling Books Usually Have the Best Designs


As you walk through your local bookstore, you’ll see covers ranging from the bold type of John Grisham’s latest thriller to the frilly embellishments of Beverly Lewis’ newest Amish Romance.
Each carries a level of quality that you immediately equate with professionalism in the content.
It is the combination of the author’s reputation, and the thought and craftsmanship used in the design that persuade you that “this book is for you.”
Let’s face it – if you saw the average, self-designed book sitting next to Karen Kingsbury’s latest, it would stand out, though not for the right reasons.
Self-designed books rarely assure book buyers that they are anything other than, well, self-designed.
In an uncertain book market, getting a potential reader to buy is harder than ever.
The book cover is the first impression, so it has to do the job of convincing the potential buyer that the message inside is worth their time.
If the cover portrays even a hint of “my nephew designed this for his school project,” nine times out of ten, the book will not receive a second glance.
While it is true that a well-designed book cover alone isn’t enough, I can tell you from experience, it certainly helps.

How to Compete with Bestsellers


It is possible to compete with the bestsellers.

CLICK HERE to keep reading...



-CYM

(The above article is re-posted from Write to Done. I have posted this article on my blog to share with you, my readers. I only re-post articles that I find entertaining, educational or just plain good. I am NOT the originator/author/writer of this post. I always post the first few paragraphs of interesting articles & then provide a link directly to the original source. Please keep clicking & reading.)


{Thrillerfest IX} I hope to see you there! Let's meet up... #thrillerfest #thriller #writers



Are you going? Let's meet up!

-CYM



Sunday

22 Thrillers With Kick Ass Heroines


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Charlie Fox in Die Easy by Zoe Sharp

Charlie Fox, ex-Special Forces trainee turned bodyguard, described as “ill-tempered, aggressive and borderline psychotic, Fox is also compassionate, introspective and highly principled: arguably one of the most enigmatic − and coolest − heroines in contemporary genre fiction – Chicago Tribune” and Lee Child said: “If I were a woman I’d be Zoë Sharp. If Jack Reacher were a woman he’d be Zoë’s main character, Charlie Fox.”
snakeskin

Lucy Guardino in Snakeskin by C.J.Lyons

Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock…CJ Lyons’ FBI Special Agent Lucy Guardino has been described by real life FBI Agents as “dedicated, smart, and fearless.”
POE

Alexandra Poe in POE by Brett Battles & Robert Gregory Browne

Half-Iranian bounty hunter reluctantly working for a defense contractor tracking down terrorists worldwide in the hope of finding her father, an Army colonel, who has been AWOL for 10 years. Poe is tough as nails, and never backs down from a fight, occasionally to her detriment.
Keep Reading HERE.
Don't you think Jaspar from Jaspar's War should be on this list??
-CYM
(The above article is re-posted from J.F. Penn. I have posted this article on my blog to share with you, my readers. I only re-post articles that I find entertaining, educational or just plain good. I am NOT the originator/author/writer of this post. I always post the first few paragraphs of interesting articles & then provide a link directly to the original source. Please keep clicking & reading.)