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Emily’s Ride to Courage: Interview with Author, Sarah Maury Swan


“Emily’s Ride to Courage: Interview with Author, Sarah Maury Swan” by Joan Y. Edwards

book cover for Emily's Ride to Courage by Sarah Maury Swan

Today I am honored to have Sarah Maury Swan as a guest on my blog to talk about her books, Emily’s Ride to Courage and Terror’s Identity. Thanks for being here, Sarah. 

Thanks for inviting me, Joan. I am excited to tell you and your readers about my books.

Great. Let’s get started.

1.Why did you write Emily’s Ride to Courage?

Sarah: I started this book several years ago when we had to put down a very lame 9-year-old Appaloosa gelding. I was washing windows after they took his body away, because it helped me to process my grief.  Grandpa’s voice came to me, saying “Won’t have me no white hoofed horse. One white hoof, maybe, but never no four white hooves.” 

But since I write for children, I couldn’t use Grandpa as the main character, so along came Emily Gordon. Then on the advice of an editor at Peachtree, I added more tension by having Emily’s Army Reservist mom be deployed to Afghanistan and Emily’s dad already away from home for a year. Emily’s older sister is angry that she had leave their Chicago home just as she is entering high school and go away for a year. “Eew, dirt,” she says. She’s also angry because there aren’t any dance studios with room for new students.

2. What genre is it?

Sarah: It’s a middle-grade horse story.

3. Who has inspired you to not only write your stories, but to get them published?

Sarah: I’ve always made up stories and my family has a number writers and artists, so I suppose that was part of my inspiration. My father was always submitting–mostly unsuccessfully–stories and poetry and both of his parents were journalists. Both of them had books published. But the trade publishing industry has gotten very full of aspiring authors. So after two all-the-way-to-the-marketing-people rejections, I decided to self publish, especially since that is no longer sneered at. And because I’m 76-years-old. As Grandpa would say, “Time’s awastin’.”

4. What was the most difficult thing to overcome in writing this book?

Sarah: Listening to my critique partners. Though I’m glad I did for the most part. Critique partners catch things the writer doesn’t see. They read your stories from a new prospective.

5. What character traits does Emily have that you believe readers will relate to?

Sarah: No matter how confident a person seems to be on the outside, we all have moments of self-doubt. Lots of children give into fears they feel. As do lots of adults. And lots of children don’t see the value of a particular subject in school. For Emily it’s math Why? I tried to give solutions for the problems the reader is facing.

Sarah on one of her special horses, Gemini. She raised this one from 4 months of age.

6. How did you get interested in horses?

Sarah: As far as I can tell, I was born with a love of animals, horses in particular, and both my parents liked to ride. One time, a neighbor who was taking riding lessons from me, asked this question: If I had to choose just one animal that I loved, which would it be? She seemed mighty disappointed when I said a dog.

7.Who did the cover art for it?

Sarah: CreateSpace did the cover art and design. They ended up with a good cover, but they charged me additional $79 because I wanted a change. They picked a bay horse with only 3 white hooves. Emily’s horse has to have 4 white hooves because that’s Grandpa’s major objection. They did add the final white hoof. If I were to use the company again, I think I’d use my own design. Still, all in all, I’m pleased.

8. Which company did you choose to publish Emily’s Ride to Courage?

Sarah: I chose CreateSpace because Sable Books, the company I used for Terror’s Identity, was too busy to work with me right now. I heard good things about CreateSpace and saw several of their recently published books and talked to the authors. The books were nicely presented and the printing seemed to be of good quality. It doesn’t hurt that their price is less than the hybrid publisher I used for Terror’s Identity. On the other hand, SableBooks.org is easy to work with and quite thorough.

Now available from in Kindle format on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Emilys-Ride-Courage-Sarah-Maury-ebook/dp/B0784XFT6X/

Other links for Emily’s Ride to Courage are coming soon, including my new work-in-progress website. I also have a very nice SCBWI Bookstop page. https://www.scbwi.org/scbwibookstop-display/?id=481166

9. Tell us about your first book. Terror’s Identity.

Terror Identity cover

 

Sarah: My first published book was Terror’s Identity. It is about a sixteen-year old boy who has to go into witness protection with his mother and sister because his father is investigating a group of terrorists who are causing problems in the U.S. The terrorists target his family.

The book is selling quite well and getting very good reviews. I’m on my third print run with the publisher, having sold almost 400 books. It is available from CreateSpaceAmazon, and from me at dale4sarah at suddenlink dot net.

And I got a great response from the judge at the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books contest. Though it would have been lovely to have placed, I came close.

Judge’s Commentary from Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books Contest:

Terror’s Identity presents with a haunting cover design and an equally enticing cover blurb that were both certainly enough to get me hooked. But I was really very excited when I discovered that the author has a fantastic writing style and a voice that is perfectly suited for the genre. This is a really good book. Witness protection, terrorism, and one very brave hero named Aidan, what more could you ask for? This book certainly kept me entertained and turning the pages. The author has done a great job with strong, fast pacing that doesn’t lag. And an equally great job of realistic dialogue that also presents with a nix mix of dialogue and narrative. A great ending and just really strong storytelling left me wanting more. In fact, I hope to read more from this author. A solid entry. My only constructive criticism would be to keep any eye of incorrect use of dialogue tags, overuse of punctuation, and repetitive mannerisms and “ly” adverbs. All of these things are quite common in fiction, but tightening them up whenever possible will only make this a stronger entry. Best of luck with this book and thank you for sharing your world with us.

I try very hard not to use adverbs, but I guess I missed a few. I’ll do better next time.

10. What pleases you about your books?

Sarah: I’m pleased to have people read my books and I’ve enjoyed writing them. I also like reading books, and since I write for children, I find it especially enjoyable to read recently published children’s books and then tell people about them on my blog: http://sarahsbookreflections.com. I also send the reviews to the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database.

11. What’s been your favorite way to promote a book of yours? 

Sarah: One of my favorite ways to promote my book is by going to our local farmer’s market here in New Bern, NC. I meet lots of local people and people visiting this lovely town. What could be better than being a writer observing people as they go about their business. Many opportunities for making up characters in my head present themselves, like the fellow wearing a khaki kilt and a t-shirt with the logo commenting on the slow medical care given to our veterans. His graying goatee flowing half way down his chest most definitely will show up in a story that I write.

Being the blabber mouth that I am, I happily tell anybody who’ll listen about my books. I’ve sold a lot of books that way, because I almost always have copies in my car.

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If you would like to review either of Sarah’s books, please email her at dale4sarah at suddenlink dot net.

Here are two other blog posts about Sarah Maury Swan:

“Terror’s Identity:” Interview with Sarah Maury Swan, Author and Reviewer

Pub Subbers: What Do We Get Out of It? by Sarah Maury Swan

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BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder


 

man who is cofounder of BLASTY software

Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of BLASTY.

“BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder” by Joan Y. Edwards

I am pumped up with excitement that Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of Blasty is our guest today. 

1.How did you and the other people who combine forces to start BLASTY?  

OZ: My former company was an advertising agency where I was working with many creators. I understood how important copyright was for them and that the Internet was destroying value of this copyright. In 2014, I became an advisor for a music distribution company which was facing similar copyright issues. That’s when I decided to create Blasty.

Olivier (CEO), Cosima (Analyst), Matthieu (CDO) and Wilfried (CTO)

2. Is there a personal reason why getting rid of the illegal downloading of copyrighted books, CDs, and art images is important to you?

OZ: My very personal point of view is that the situation is totally unfair and unacceptable.

3. What do you want Blasty users and fans to know about your company? 

OZ: I would like our users and fans to understand that we really put all our energy into this battle. We encountered many technical hurdles but we overcame every one of them. We intend to remain in this focused mindset. 

Olivier (CEO), Wilfried (CTO), Cosima (analyst), Anna (analyst) Team 2 of Blasty

Olivier (CEO), Wilfried (CTO), Cosima (Analyst), Anna (Analyst)

4. Do you have suggestions besides using BLASTY that authors, artists, illustrators, musicians, and publishers might do prevent illegal downloading? (copyright page notices, other notices)

OZ: Blasty is really the most useful and consistent way to protect a copyright online.

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Logo for Blasty – Stop Illegal Downloading
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5. What is the goal of BLASTY?

OZ: Our goal is to unite as many creators around our cause and mission. The more authors are convinced that it is worth protecting their copyright, the more their voice will be heard by those people and institutions with political power to curb digital law in their favor.

6. Who can benefit from joining BLASTY? (Authors, artists, illustrators, musicians, publishers)

OZ: Any author, creator, producer, publisher or distributor of books, audiobooks, courses, videos, downloadable graphic resources (such as themes & templates), music or software can benefit from using BLASTY.

7. Please explain how BLASTY works.

OZ: Blasty monitors Google for illegal copies of your content and lets you very easily submit DMCA take down notices to Google, Bing, Yahoo and the hosting websites for infringements.

Blasty now works on both Windows and Mac. As of today, Blasty requires Google Chrome to operate BUT this is going to be fixed by end of November. Starting December 1st, Blasty will also perfectly work with Safari and Firefox.

The most automated plan is Blasty Full Power. 

8. Please explain your membership deals at the present time.

OZ: Blasty offers 3 plans with both a monthly and yearly subscription.

Blasty Free which monitors Google for your content without the possibility to submit Blasts.

Blasty Basic ($9.99 per month or $77.88 per year) offers unlimited manual Blasts.

Blasty Full Power ($19.99 per month or $155.88 per year) offers unlimited automatic Blasts.

Go to Blasty: http://www.blasty.co/ 

9. Will you read and respond to readers who leave a comment?   

OZ: of course!

10. Thank you again, Olivier, for agreeing to be a guest on my blog. I am honored.

OZ: my pleasure! 

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Reblog: 11 Practical Ways You Can Be a Hero For An Elder or Caregiver


Thank you, Jen Finelli. I am excited that you invited me to be a guest on your  Becoming Hero blog. In Twitter Jen’s known as Petre3Pan. 

When you care for others, you are a hero to them. I hope these ideas help you. You will love the Super Hero image on Jen’s blog.

11 Practical Ways You Can Be a Hero For An Elder or Caregiver

1. Pray for them. Call caregiver on the phone and ask how you can help Choose one of these needs that you feel comfortable discussing with her: Emotional, Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Financial, Social. Give her the phone number of your local Social Services and also the contact information for the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in your county to ask about available respite (rest from caring duties), support groups, and other services that might help her and her elder….

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 http://becominghero.ninja/practical-elder-care/

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21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors


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“21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors” by Joan Y. Edwards

Writing a book is a wondrous feat and getting it published is another great accomplishment. Selling your book is the next step and it is a very interesting endeavor today. You have to plan and take action. To make money; you have to spend money and/or time. You must be creative. Choose things to do that are fun for you. I suggest you work on three of them at a time. Choose two that you can do without any problem and one with a little challenge to it. Reward yourself for each step you complete.

I’ve read through many online sources and books about marketing to sell both Flip Flap Floodle and Joan’s Elder Care Guide.

I listed the resources I’ve found helpful. These marketing tips are ones I’ve used personally, witnessed other authors use them successfully, or plan to take action to make them a reality myself.

1. Place a profile on About.me. Mark Coker recommends this as a way to put all of your information in one place that many people look first. Place an About Me file on your website and blog.

2. Make a Facebook Author Page and a Facebook Personal profile page.

3. Twitter  – Open a Twitter personal account. Post about things relating to the book you’re writing. Follow and retweet other people’s tweets relevant to your favorite topics.

4. Set up pre-orders for your book. Helps build tension so people anticipate the big release date. After the release of your first book, as soon as you get the second book ready, do a pre-order for it. On the last page of your first book, let people know about your second.

5. Create a Video Trailer for your book.

Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/

Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html

6. Send out a News Release before your book launch. Put your press releases on your website. PRlog sends out free press releases (https://www.prlog.org/)

Sample Press Release

Rob Bignell. “Press Release: Advice on Day Hiking with Children:” https://www.prlog.org/11593433-new-book-provides-valuable-tips-advice-on-day-hiking-with-children.html; 

Stephen King. “Book Release American Vampire:” http://stephenking.com/promo/american_vampire/press_release/

7. Obtain 50 reviews of your books on Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble. Use 50 as your top goal but be happy and celebrate each review you get. According to Brooke Warner Huffington Post, you need 50 reviews for Amazon to give you special notice. Be willing to give people who commit to review your book  a free PDF, Kindle, or paperback copy for their review.

If it’s an ebook on Kindle and you belong to GoodReads, Kindle asks you to review the book when you finish it. It posts it on both Amazon and GoodReads for you at the same time. 

It’s exciting to watch your book ranks after your book is released. To find statistics about your book sales and book rankings:

Sign into Amazon’s Author Central. It gives you the number of books sold. http://www.amazon.com/authorcentral

Check the listing of Best-Selling Authors from top down: https://www.amazon.com/author-rank

Ranks Amazon Book Sales  – website and app. https://www.novelrank.com/; 

I have 14 reviews on Joan’s Elder Care Guide and 18 for Flip Flap Floodle. So I need a lot more reviews to hit the lucky number of 50 reviews for each. If you’d be willing to do a review of either book for me, please let me know. I’ll send you a paperback copy. I’ll be willing to do a book review for you, too.

Put whole reviews or snippets of reviews with a book cover image and a link to purchase your book on your blog, website, emails, Facebook, Twitter, and your favorite social media.

8. Create Slide Presentation for your website. Linked-In has SlideShare where you can create and share slides about you, your writing, and your books. This SlideShare can be embedded on other people’s websites or blogs. You can even share it on your personal website or blog, too. To do the Linked-In SlideShare, go to Robert Sisson’s step by step directions: https://www.slideshare.net/RobertSisson/how-to-upload-your-powerpoint-slides-to-slideshare?qid=e74460bd-5446-41d3-894b-37cffb952803&v=&b=&from_search=11

9. Blog Tour – Ask 10 or more bloggers to interview you as a guest. Stagger the interviews. Have one each day for a week or two weeks. Include one review or snippets from 3 reviews with an image of your book cover and a link to purchase your book.

10. Book Blitz on the day of your book release – Ask 10 or more bloggers to put a copy of the specialized Book Blitz notices (format similar to a news release) on their blogs.

Sample Book Blitz:

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards

New Book? Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitz

11. Have a Book Launch Facebook or Twitter party

Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/

Lynne Hinkey. “Virtual Book Party” https://writerswin.com/virtual-book-party/

Katherine Mayfield. “Hosting a Book Launch Party on Facebook:” http://fundsforwriters.com/hosting-a-book-launch-party-on-facebook/

12. Create a book club study guide or teacher’s study guide for your book. Rob Bignell says this is a good way to entice book club members to buy copies of your book.

Sample Study Guide

“Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/

13. Make and distribute promotional materials: bookmarks, postcards, and business cards. You can print a coupon on the back of some of your business cards that say. If you’d like a free book, ask me for details. Willing to do a review – Free copy of book or something similar. Ask me: How can I get a free copy of your book?

14. Place a copy of you book in waiting rooms. Rob Bignell says to write a note inside your book that says, “Please leave for others to enjoy.”

15. Get your book into at least 2 local bookstores. If you or your publisher does not have a return book policy, you may want to see if local bookstores or businesses related to the subject of your book would sell your books on consignment. If your publisher has a return book policy, it will be easier to get your books on the shelves in a store.

16. Have a book signing event. Do a reading or a presentation. Mingle with the people in the store. 

17. Have contests to win copies of your book or give away copies of unpublished writing.

18. Do a joint venture advertising campaign with 2-4 other authors with similar subjects or genres or who live in your area or travel together to different states.

19. Ask your readers to write, call, and visit your local library and ask them to order your book. Make sure your ISBN number is on your business card or on your website.

20. Write articles for organizations, newspapers, blogs, ezine articles, HubPages. Rob Bignell says they pay freelance writers for writing. Perhaps they will allow a byline and add the title of your book, a book cover image, and a link to purchase it.

21. Set up a Google Alert for you book title, book subject, and your name. They will email you daily or weekly articles that contain the words you designate. This may help you find blogs or magazines with articles about your subject. Then you can pursue writing for them, doing a guest blog, etc.

Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/

RESOURCES

  1. Advisory HQ. “Top Free Press Release Distribution: https://www.advisoryhq.com/articles/top-free-press-release-distribution/
  2. Authors’ Community. “Marketing Your Books:” http://authorscommunity.net/category/marketing-your-books/
  3. Blog: Books on the Knob. “List of free books, coupons for Amazon:” http://blog.booksontheknob.org
  4. Book Enthusiast Promotions. “Release Day Event:” http://www.bookenthusiastpromotions.com/release-day-event/
  5. Bookmarket.com. Reputable Mailing Lists. http://www.bookmarket.com/lists.htm
  6. Brandon Cornett. “54 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:”
    http://www.bookmarket.com/postcardmarketing.htm
  7. Caitlin Muir. “89 Plus Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life:” http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/
  8. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (The HowToDoItFrugally Series) ebook https://www.amazon.com/Frugal-Book-Promoter-partnering-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B005G5L3DC/
  9. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career:  https://www.amazon.com/Great-Reviews-Frugally-Ethically-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B01MQCKRF5/
  10. Daniel Kehrer. “10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:” http://www.bizbest.com/10-tips-for-postcard-marketing-success/
  11. Daniel Newman. “Here Are 12 Must-Use Apps for Marketers:” https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246047
  12. Danny Iny. “7 Book Marketing Lessons for the Self-Published Author:” https://www.inc.com/danny-iny/7-book-marketing-lessons-for-the-self-published-author.html
  13. David Gaughran. Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let’s Get Publishing Book 2):  https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Visible-Noticed-Publishing-ebook/dp/B00CPQ6YYI/
  14. Erin Bowman. Publishing Crawl. “How to Support an Author Beyond Buying Their Book:” http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2015/04/20/how-to-support-an-author-after-buying-their-book/
  15. Erin Entrada Kelly, Book Publicist. “YOU DID NANO. NOW WHAT?” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/you-did-nano-now-what/
  16. Debbie Ridpath Ohi. “Want to support an author’s or illustrator’s new book but can’t afford to buy it?” http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/19/want-to-support-an-authors-or-illustrators-new-book-but-cant.html
  17. Derek Haines. “What’s the Best Way to Promote My Self-Published Book:” https://www.justpublishingadvice.com/whats-the-best-way-to-promote-my-self-published-book/
  18. Diana Urban. “119 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales:” https://insights.bookbub.com/book-marketing-ideas/
  19. D. Jean Quarles. “5 Tips to Writing Your Author Bio:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/09/5-tips-to-writing-your-authors-bio.html
  20. Enticing Journey Book Promotions. “Release Day Blitz:” http://www.enticingjourneybookpromotions.com/p/release-day-blitz.html
  21. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/08/authors-boost-book-marketing-with-these-5-apps/
  22. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/03/27/marketing-your-first-book-graham-storrs/
  23. Greg Scowen. “A Few Indie Book Reviewers:” http://www.gregscowen.com/a-few-indie-book-reviewers/
  24. HubPages. Search for writing gigs. HubPages. 
  25. Huffington Post. “The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/the-top-10-things-all-aut_b_6744386.html
  26. “Indie Authors: 17 Book Marketing Tips to Sell More Books:” https://www.amarketingexpert.com/indie-authors-17-book-marketing-tips-to-sell-more-books/
  27. iuniverse. “10 Tips for Marketing Your Book:” https://www.iuniverse.com/Resources/Book-Marketing-Self-Promotion/10TipsForMarketingYourBook.aspx
  28. J.C. Saucedo. “20 Book Marketing Tips and Tactics for Self-Published Authors:” https://blog.placeit.net/20-book-marketing-tips-tactics-self-publishing-authors/
  29. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 1: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/01/03/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-one/
  30. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 2: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/02/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-two/
  31. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 3: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book): http://writersrumpus.com/2014/03/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-three/
  32. Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/
  33. Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/
  34. Joanna Penn. How to Market a Book Third Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Market-Book-Third-Joanna-Penn/dp/191210587X
  35. Joan Y. Edwards. (Book Blitz) “Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/joans-elder-care-guide-empowering-you-and-your-elder-to-survive-by-joan-y-edwards/
  36. Joan Y. Edwards. “New Book? Spread the Word with a Book Blitz:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/new-book-spread-the-word-with-a-book-blitz/
  37. Josh Funk. “How Can You Help an Author?” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/how-can-you-help-an-author-im-so-glad-you-asked/
  38. Josh Funk. “How to Buy a Picture Book without Buying a Picture Book:” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/how-to-buy-a-picture-book-without-buying-a-picture-book/
  39. Kate Tilton. “Bloggers Resources (contains blogger reviewers):” http://katetilton.com/bloggers/
  40. Kimberley Grabas. “71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book:” http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/promote-and-market-your-book/
  41. Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/
  42. Mark Coker.  Smashwords Book Marketing Guide – How to Market Any Book for Free (Smashwords Guides 2)Kindle Edition: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XR57PE/
  43. Melinda Brasher. “Strategies to Get Book Reviews:” http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/04/strategies-to-get-book-reviews.html
  44. Monique Danao. “Four Simple Ways Free Lance Writers Can Find Gigs Fast:”  http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/find-new-writing-gigs-fast
  45. National Pen Company. Personalized, colorful, distinctive, smooth writing promotional pens, stylus, magnets: http://www.pens.com
  46. New York Book Editors. “5 Tips for Marketing Your YA Novel:” https://nybookeditors.com/2017/08/5-tips-for-marketing-your-ya-novel/
  47. Nonfiction Author Association. “How to Get Book Reviews – 50 Resources to Generate Book Reviews:” https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/how-to-get-book-reviews-50-resources-to-generate-book-reviews/
  48. Pam Perry. “25 Tested Marketing Tips for Self-Published Authors:” http://www.pamperrypr.com/25-tested-marketing-tips-for-self-published-authors/
  49. Press Release Log. https://www.prlog.org/
  50. Publicity Insider. “Special Report: The Ultimate PR & Publicity Secret:” http://www.publicityinsider.com/freesecret.asp
  51. Rachel Abbott. “Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Scams:” http://rachelabbottwriter.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/reviews-the-good-the-bad-and-the-scams/#
  52. Richard Ridley. CreateSpace blogger. “Social Media Swap:” https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2015/02/02/social-media-swap
  53. Rob Bignell. 7 Minutes a Day to Promoting Your Book [Kindle Edition]: https://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Day-Promoting-Your-Book-ebook/dp/B00B4XD6FI
  54. Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html
  55. Sandra Warren. “Tag Team Marketing – Authors Helping Authors (contains additional marketing information related to book stores, retail stores, and organizations):” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/03/tag-team-marketing-author-helping.html
  56. Sandy Smith Publicity. “101 Book Marketing Ideas to Promote Your Book:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/101-book-marketing-ideas-promote-book/
  57. Scholastic. Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide: “Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/
  58. Smith Publicity. “How to Hold a Social Media Contest:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/how-to-hold-a-social-media-contest/
  59. Tim Grahl. “Book Marketing Plan – The Definitive List:” https://booklaunch.com/book-marketing-checklist/ 
  60. Valerie Peterson. “Book Signings and Book Tours – A Reality Check for Authors:”http://publishing.about.com/od/BookPublicity/fl/Book-Signings-and-Book-Tours-A-Reality-Check-for-Authors.htm
  61. Valerie Peterson. “Part 1 – Getting Your Book into the Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/How-To-Make-Booksellers-Love-You.htm
  62. Valerie Peterson. “Part 2- Make Booksellers Love You:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/Make-Booksellers-Love-You-P2.htm
  63. Valerie Peterson. “Part 3- Getting Your Book Into a Local Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/fl/Getting-Your-Book-Into-a-Local-Bookstore.htm
  64. Vistaprint.com. Business cards, post cards, posters, car signs, etc. https://www.vistaprint.com
  65. Writing Career. “Publishers and Magazines Ask for Stories. Help writers get writing gigs:” https://writingcareer.com/
  66. Zairmail.com. Direct Mailing lists, post card templates. http://www.zairmail.com/

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Interview with Dan Klennert – Amazing Iron Sculptor


 

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Dan Klennert and Barb, the love of his life

“Interview with Dan Klennert – Amazing Iron Sculptor” by Joan Y. Edwards

In July 2017, I had the pleasure of visiting Dan Klennert’s Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park with my daughter, Lorrie; my sister, Janet; and my nephew, Mike. Oh my goodness! What a treasure we found!

Mike, Lorrie, Dan Klennert, Janet, and Joan

With Dan Klennert’s hands, old horse shoes are fashioned into gigantic fish and horses. Backhoe teeth become the jaws of a dinosaur and the drive lines of a Ford van become its legs. Articles of scrap metal that once toiled in fields or churned in engines are rescued from the trash and reborn as remarkable sculptures. What society once used and then discarded as junk, Dan instills with dignity and new meaning.

I am happy that Dan Klennert agreed to be a guest on my blog today! Welcome, Dan!

Dan: Thank you, Joan. I am glad you enjoyed visiting my park. It’s fun talking with visitors. 

You call your park “Ex-Nihilo (pronounced X-Ne-High-Low) Latin words for “Something Made Out of Nothing.” You’ve certainly done that. Here are three of my favorite sculptures at the park: 

“EEK, a spider,” says Janet. Spider by Dan Klennert

Rooster by Dan Klennert

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Janet with Giraffe by Dan Klennert

1. When did you first get involved with art and old wore out items?

Dan: I fell in love with art in Seattle when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I’d sit on the front porch and draw. I’d take my red wagon and search through neighborhood junk piles. I found great stuff that way.  I went to school mostly for art. It was great! I just loved it. I find love and respect from my art.

Horse by Dan Klennert

 

2. Tell us more about how you became the sculptor you are today?

Dan: This is the journey in my life that made me the artist I am today. As a young child I fell in love with art by tracing pictures out of my coloring book. That lead to drawing free hand which I loved to do all through high school. 

After high school I went to work as a mechanic and fell in love with the wore out broken gears and sprockets. My foreman showed me how to glue metal together with an arc welder. At that time I put my love for art and my love for wore out metal together and started creating sculpture and at the same time practicing welding. From there I entered in art and craft shows and the rest is history.

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Skeleton and motorcycle by Dan Klennert

3. Why do you create art sculptures?

Dan: I create for the love of art. I get inspiration from the shapes and spirits contained in old metal and driftwood. I see a vision in my mind’s eye as to what certain shapes want to be.  Then I use music to put me deep into my imagination to create the vision. I like to think that I’m recycling the spirit of the piece and giving it new life. My love is preserving these older pieces of metal that contain some history and were made by the hands of man. I feel I’m giving new life to the tools and machines that made America what it is today.

4. What kind of music helps get you in the creative mood?

Dan: I use loud rock and roll music to get deep into my imagination and to kick butt in creating a piece. I also like using mellow music for people who view my sculptures because it helps them get on the right side of the brain.

5. Are there books that helped you improve your skills in creating your sculptures?

Dan: I am self taught but I had some help by working with older people and tapping them for their knowledge. I believe I suffer from A.D.D. and never have used books for learning my skill, I do use books for pictures to study shapes and forms of what I am creating.

6. Do you create sculptures for clients?

Dan: I have done commission pieces, but I don’t like doing them because my process is I turn up the music, crawl into my imagination and find a piece of metal that inspires me on what to create. Doing a commission piece I miss out on the foundation of falling in love with the image that a certain shape of metal or driftwood inspired me to create.

7. Are sculptures in your park for sale? What are the range of prices?

Dan: My pieces out in my park are for sale, range is 4500 to 80k.

8. Where do you get your material for your sculptures?

Dan: I get my “rusty gold” material for my sculptures from recycle bins, abandoned farms, junkyards and sometimes from fans.  I visualize my sculptures from the shapes of the rusty junk and go into a kind of creative, emotional trance when in my studio. I have been known to work two days straight and it felt as if only eight hours had gone by.

Dan Klennert with his rusty gold iron

Dan Klennert choosing a piece of driftwood for his next project

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Pile of driftwood and other wood for future projects

Dan, thank you very much for sharing your story and your sculpture with us here on my blog.  

Dan: You’re welcome. I hope your blog readers will visit my park soon. I’d love to meet them.

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Resources for more information about Dan Klennert:

  1. To visit Dan Klennert’s Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park, go to State Route 706 towards Mt. Rainier National Park – 3 miles East of Elbe, Washington.  (Admission Price: Donation. Dan’s Gallery (inside) is only open from May through October. The Sculpture Park (outdoors) is open year round.
  2. Website: www.DanielKlennert.com
  3. Contact information: Mailing Address: Dan Klennert, P.O. Box 401 Elbe, WA 98330; Phone 360-569-2280
  4. Walt Disney featured Dan Klennert  in the Disney Movie “America’s Heart and Soul.” DVD Available: http://movies.disney.com/americas-heart-and-soul
  5. The Mt. Rainier Visitor Association sponsored Dan Klennert in a YouTube presentation: “Recycled Spirits of Iron:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAlZ7xjr2wI

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Author Interview with Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid (Writing Tips and a Poem)


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“Author Interview with Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid (Writing Tips and a Poem)” by Joan Y. Edwards

Hi, Joan Reid.  I’m very happy to have you as a guest on my blog today.
It’s a pleasure to be here with you. 

My readers are anxious to learn about you, so let’s get started.

a. Where were you born?
I was born in New York City.  My family moved to New Jersey when I was 2 years old. I have lived in New York State for the past 20 years.

b. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child? Where and why?
I read often on the couch in the living room or at the kitchen table after supper.

c. Who or what inspires you to keep on writing?
My parents and a grammar school teacher, then people whom I have met along the way, and now my husband, daughter and my friendsand you, Joan Edwards! (See Joan Edwards smiling)

d. What do you do for the pure fun of it?
I love riding my bicycle! It helps clear my mind for more writing.

e. What are your hobbies? Do you draw? Paint? Work with clay? Sew? Do woodworking?

Photography, creating collages, and reading are three activities I most enjoy.

f. What are your favorite books that you enjoy reading more than one time? Why?

  • A Year By the Sea by Joan Anderson; and

  • Tao of Writing by Ralph L. Wahlstrom

These books are vastly different, but each brings a fresh focus every time I read a passage.

g. Do you have a funny story to share?

I have a sense of humor for sure, but I cannot recall a specific funny story.

Incidents are funnier when I tell them.

h. Why do you write? 

My reasons for writing:  I have to write what I observe and feel; Writing is enjoyable and fun;  Writing is my connection to myself and others.

i. What are three tips for writers?

  1. When you write, don’t edit until all your ideas are down.

  2. Leave the piece for a day or more to look at it with fresh eyes. When you revisit the work you will be able to edit for content.

  3. READ!

j. What is the most essential ingredient of a poem?

For me, the most essential ingredient of a poem is emotion which is an intangible.

k. Do you have a poem you’d like to share with us that’s not in And the Woman Smiled and is shared first and exclusively in this guest post?

 

I am a Word – © Gianna B. Reid 2017

 

Poetry is—

words scribbled across people’s faces,

on objects, landscapes, in empty rooms,

the splendid and the ugly.

I see and feel words in open spaces, hallways,

in a blade of grass

looking upward to its sun-god.

Soaking in the 24-carat butter of

its rays smeared on blue-toast.

Can we separate ourselves from words?

I am a word.

Today, I am joy.

Aww! Thank you, Joan (Gianna B. Reid). That is a great poem.

l. Would you share three of your favorite poems? (Title and Author)

  1. “August” by Helen Maria Winslow
    https://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2013/08/todays-poem-by-helen-maria-winslow.html

  2. “The Sun Poem” by Mary Oliver http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/mary_oliver/poems/15800

  3. Numerous poems by Billy Collins
    https://www.poemhunter.com/billy-collins/poems/

  4. Numerous poems by William. S. Merwin
    https://www.poemhunter.com/william-stanley-merwin/

m. And the Woman Smiled is your latest book. What company did you choose to publish this poetry book?

I self-published it on CreateSpace.com/

n. Where can readers buy And the Woman Smiled?

Readers can purchase it on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Smiled-Gianna-B-Reid/dp/1545143323/ref

o. Did you pay for editing services before you submitted to CreateSpace?

CreateSpace does offer editing services. However, I did not pay them for editing services for And the Woman Smiled.” I did all the formatting and editing myself.

p. Did CreateSpace design your cover? Did you have any choices?

CreateSpace has many choices of book covers, fonts, and trim-sizes on their website. I chose a design provided by CreateSpace.  

q. How are you marketing your book?

I sent review copies to publications that consider self-published poetry, and two local magazines in the Hudson Valley area.  And, I am thankful for this interview!

r. Did you get to choose the retail price for your book?

CreateSpace determined the retail price. There is a minimum charge which
I made every attempt to stay close to.

s. Were you ever traditionally published?

I was a contributor to a traditionally published book, The Bicycle Book – Wit, Wisdom & Wanderings, Published by Satya House.

t. What are the titles and links to your other books? Are they available on Amazon, too?

I have 16 titles on Amazon as Gianna B. Reid.

I self-published Life is a Bike;  and Yes We Can!

I contributed to the following book with Anisa Claire West:
Crime Flies! (Mystery Collection)
https://www.amazon.com/Crime-Flies-Mystery-Collection-Claire-ebook/dp/B00WIYC76Q/ref

Here are links to some of my other books:

Like Gary Cooper (Super Duper)
https://www.amazon.com/Like-Gary-Cooper-Super-Duper-ebook/dp/B00D8GXAVE/ref

Gold Trotter Mystery Series (First 3 from the 9-book series)

Dogs Never Lie
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C51ASDQ/ref

Blue Hill Heist
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DuGTU3E/ref

Until We Kiss
https://www.amazon.com/Until-We-Kiss-Revised-Expanded-ebook/dp/B00I2DOIJQ/ref

m. Do you have a blog?

My blog is: http://joansview-jbreid.blogspot.com

u. How can others connect with you on social media? 

Readers may connect with me on Face Book and Linked In.  Send an email request to me at joan.reid@yahoo.com

Short Bio

Joan Bellofatto Reid (Gianna B.Reid) began writing plays and short stories in elementary school. She has since written and produced several plays: The Jobless Chronicle (winner of Monologue Mania, performed at The Producer’s Club, NYC); and His Last Word, about Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi.  Life is a Bike was a newspaper column that appeared in the US and UK, the essays are available on Amazon.  She contributed essays to The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom and Wanderings.  Other published works: “The Marriage Game”  “Path to Promise” (Student Aid Transcript Magazine); “Not a Fake Pollock” (Art Times); “Not Guilty” (Modern Collage).  Joan hosted a radio show, “Cool on the Groove” (Rockland World Radio) from 2003-2006, featuring authors, poets and journalists.  She currently freelances on education and healthcare; and writes poetry.

Wow! Joan Reid. I’ve really enjoyed learning about you. I had no idea you’d written so many books! I am very proud of you. Thanks again for being a guest on my blog.

Thanks for reading this guest interview. Joan Reid will be glad to answer any questions and respond to any comments you leave for her in the comment area.

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Barbara Lunow: Author of Whistle for a Possum and Two Other Books


Barbara Lunow, Author

Lunow Family Barbara & Wolfgang (Dan) Lunow, back left to right David, Lorraine, Marie, Matthew, and Jonathan

“Barbara Lunow: Author of Whistle for a Possum and Two Other Books” Interview by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you for allowing me to interview you, Barbara. It’s exciting you started out self-publishing but have recently been published by two traditional publishers. I am very happy for you and proud of you.

You are welcome, Joan. I’m glad to be a guest on your blog.

My readers are looking forward to hearing more about you. Let’s get going!

1. Where were you born? 

Fort Dodge, Iowa

2. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child? 

Besides a cozy chair in our living room, I liked to climb up in the plum tree and read. When allowed, I liked to read in bed.

3. What’s your favorite book that you’ve ever read? Why?

I can’t name just one. As a child, a favorite was Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink.

In my adult life one that impressed me very much was a biography of two missionary ladies, “The Gobi Desert” by Mildred Cable with Francesca French

4. Why did you decide to write?

I’ve always liked to write, more than talk. I’ve kept journals and written letters.

5. Why do you write?

  • I write for myself. It’s releasing and relaxing. It helps me focus and remember.
  • I write when I have a story to tell and want to share mission experiences.
  • I write to challenge children and young people to learn about our world, the people of the world. It is a way to honor the people that we worked with for so long

6. What are three tips for writers?

  • Write it all down to start with, then revise, edit and revise again, as many times as you have to. There will come a time when you feel it is enough, then quit and have someone else look at it for you.
  • Join a writer’s group for encouragement and balance. They are wonderful sounding boards to listen to your work and make suggestions. It’s good to hear what others are writing as well.
  • Receive good criticism, blow away the bad. Don’t be discouraged by criticism.

7. How do you entice readers to read to the very last page of your book?

  • Keep up the pace of the book.
  • Don’t drag it out.
  • Have good resolution to your story, even if there is more to come or a sequel

8. You have three books out. Tell us about them please.

I have ONE self-published book with Thomas Max Publishing, “Are We There Yet?” an auto-bio of our first years in Papua, Indonesia as missionary translators.

Book number TWO was an author’s choice chapbook of free-verse poetry, “Star Drops and Spider Hairs”, published by MainStreet Rag. I went to a SC Writers Conference and had some of my poetry critiqued by author, Anne Kaylor. She recommended my poetry as a chapbook to Main Street Rag. I did not have to go through process of query letters, etc.

Book THREE, “Whistle for a Possum (and other Papuan tales),” a children’s book of cultural stories, exercises about the Sougb people of Papua, Indonesia was published by Dancing With Bear Publishing.

9. Lee Clevenger with Thomas Max Publishing, the man who self-published your first book, was instrumental in finding a publisher for “Whistle for a Possum,” the culture one. Tell us that story please.

When I was ready with “Whistle for a Possum,” I asked my editor Lee Clevenger of Thomas Max self-publishing for ideas on who might be interested in publishing it. I thought it would be a good book for elementary school market. He said he would ask around. Shortly after that, Lee was at a writer’s conference and in talking with an editor from Dancing with Bear mentioned my book. They are a Christian Publisher, and Marie McGaha contacted me, asked for the manuscript and consequently published it.

10. Please tell us the top three reasons you chose Thomas Max Publishing to publish your book for you.

  • A friend of mine had published with Thomas Max and had a good experience working with them
  • There are no initial fees to publish, they ask that you commit to buying at least 250 books, they help edit and do layout work for you
  • I felt welcomed and they were more than helpful in the process of getting to publishing, even when I didn’t know what I was doing. I never felt intimidated.

11. Did you pay for editing services before you submitted to Thomas Max Publishing?

No, my commitment was to buy at least 250 books from them

12. How long did it take from the time you signed your contract until you received the final copies of your book?

I think it was about 2 months. I had my book professionally edited before I submitted. They worked with me on a few editing problems, but I understand they will help with more details if necessary.

13. Did Thomas Max design your cover? 

I had my own picture and general idea of what I wanted, background color too. Lee worked with me on the font-type size, etc. I set up the back cover, reviews, etc., also my author’s picture.

14. Did Thomas Max Publishing format your book for paperback, hardback, and eBook sales?

It was formatted for all three –hardcover, paperback and eBook. They most often publish paperback and ebook, due to the expense of hardcover.

15. Did you pay separate for ISBNs or were these included in a special package?

Thomas Max Publishing did the ISBN registration, etc. at no cost to me.

16. How does Thomas Max Publishing market your book?

Thomas Max listed my book with Ingram and put it online; the rest is up to me.

17. How are you marketing your book?

I printed business cards, single and foldable, for my books with contact info on them. I put one in each book, send them in letters, and give them as a handout.

  • People can order signed copies of all books from me personally via my email address: blunow@comporium.net.
  • Notified an extensive list of missionary friends and supporters via email and letter in the pre-order stages and also after they were available.
  • Word-of-mouth orders still come through my email
  • Speaking and reading in churches, women’s groups and conferences
  • Facebook – most recently I put the information on Facebook

18. Here are links to purchase Barbara’s books:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Are We There Yet?
Barnes & Noble Are We There Yet?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Street Rag Star Drops and Spider Hairs (PayPal)


Amazon Whistle for a Possum
Barnes & Noble Whistle for a Possum

Contact Barbara:

Contact her for Speaking/Reading or to buy autographed copies of any of her books: blunow@comporium.net or phone (803) 396-0986 
Facebook: Barbara K Lunow

Barbara Lunow, Author

Bio 

Barbara Lunow was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and comes from a family of six children. Her love of books and words started early with her mother reading all the children’s classics at bedtime. As a child she enjoyed any writing assignment given to her, and she served on her high school paper as a feature writer. One of her school themes was later published in her churches national magazine.

Beyond high school, Barbara received a three-year degree in nursing, took a summer course in linguistics, and she attended Bible College in preparation for her life’s work as a missionary. She married Wolfgang (Dan) Lunow in 1960 and they have 5 children.

In 1968, Barbara and Dan began their ministry in Papua, Indonesia, serving as linguist-translators in a primitive tribe of 13,000. They ministered together there for over 35 years. Barbara practiced nursing in village bush clinics, with the only means to contact a doctor via 2-way radio. She translated and set up a three-year Sunday School program. She was the official word-processor, computer-person for the Sougb New and Old Testaments, plus the other translated booklets in the Sougb language.

Barbara’s greatest joy was the Widow’s Bible Class which she started and taught for over 20 years. The widows were at the bottom of the ladder in the Sougb culture. Through the class they were recognized as having value, especially in prayer for their people. She feels she learned more from them, than they learned from her. They encouraged her and dearly loved her kids.

She kept a journal of all their missionary years, and wrote monthly reports and stories to family and supporters at home. When her children went to boarding schools and later to college in the USA, she faithfully wrote to them every week. Barbara served as field editor for her mission and had numerous articles published in their mission magazine.

Since completing translation work, Barbara has finally had time to do her own writing. Her first book, about their beginning years in Papua, titled “Are We There Yet?” was published in 2014. A chapbook of poetry, “Star Drops and Spider Hairs” came out in January 2016. And her children’s book, “Whistle for a Possum (and Other Papuan Tales)” was published in October 2016.

She continues to write and is currently working on a fictionalized story of a young Papuan girl who wants to break away from cultural norms and go to school, instead of getting married.

Thank you, Barbara for sharing your writing journey with us.

Please feel free to ask Barbara questions or share an experience in the comment area. Click comment below and scroll down to the bottom.

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