Readers; important dates for your diary.

Some Book Dates to look out for 🙂

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Are you planning to buy more books this year, or do you simply tend to grab one when it catches your eye?

Whichever you do, it is worth considering when to buy your books because, at certain times, authors and publishers run special promotions.

These promotions can include discounts, new releases, posting of excerpts or sample chapters, reveals of covers and a whole host of exciting stuff not usually seen at other times.

Electric Eclectic suggest the following are dates worth putting into your diary and even setting an alarm to jog your memory. (We’ll post further dates for your diary later in the year.)

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March 5

Marked in over 100 countries across the globe, World Book Day is a UNESCO initiative which aims to celebrate books and reading, especially among younger members of our societies. In the UK and Ireland, National Book Tokens are given to…

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Doing your Homework by Terry Odell

You Know is something you’ve probably heard since you had the first thoughts of writing. But what if what you “know” is boring? What if you’ve never suffered for your art? I prefer to think of it as “Write What You Learn.” I’ve never been a police officer, a covert ops field agent, owned a … Continue reading Doing your Homework by Terry Odell

Where did Wally Twitchett come from?

Now there is a story and a half. 😀

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The following article is from a wonderful author whom I am lucky to count amongst my friends.

Julia Blake is warm-hearted, funny and straight-talking; her words dance across the page, keeping you entertainingly captivated from start to finish.

In this guest post for Electric Eclectic, Julia addresses a question many authors are asked.

Author Julia Blake

One of the questions readers ask me the most is, where do you get your ideas from? The honest answer is most of the time I have absolutely no idea. I’ll be going about my daily life and suddenly a scene, or a name, or a scrap of dialogue will float into my brain. For a few days, weeks, months or even years, it will simply sit there, putting out little tendrils of ideas that twist and grow and take root in my imagination, until suddenly, bam, I have a complete plot in…

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The Dark Valley with Electric Eclectic

The Dark Valley is a fantasy story. It was originally I just enjoyed writing this story, originally for Gems of Strength Anthology, which is about strong women. It is can be described as a dark fairy tale with some not very likeable creatures called Trolls who run mines to source precious gems. The Crones are … Continue reading The Dark Valley with Electric Eclectic

5 Steps to Create the Tagline for Your Author Brand – by Beth Barany…

This is great, however, how do you brand if you’re a Multi-Genre Author?

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on The Book Designer:

Many authors are confused about their branding, either because they haven’t thought it through, hadn’t needed to, or didn’t know where to begin.

When you communicate a clear and compelling author brand, you can attract the right readers and fans and potentially sell more books.

Continue reading HERE

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Frequently asked question: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

Yes, I was inspired. The photo was part of the description in the first chapter. It is a Fantasy…Dragons, Space and Technology with olde world attitudes. Not finished yet.

Sharon E. Cathcart

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeToday’s question comes from the Insecure Writers Support Group.

As is so often the case, we have to define our terms. Do we confine ourselves solely to visuals, like paintings or photos (that seems to be implied by the question), or do we consider works of literature, theatre, etc? Because, for me, the answer depends on the terms.

I was inspired to write In The Eye of The Beholder by a novel and a musical. I was inspired to write His Beloved Infidel by a memoir. I was inspired to write The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) by a musician and his work. A single photo or painting, though? Not so much.

How about you? What inspires your work?

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Ghostly Rites – Submission Schedule

Schedule for Ghostly Rites Anthologies for 2020

Plaisted Publishing House

Ghostly Rites Anthology Schedule.

We are calling for submissions from writers worldwide.  This year we are producing three Anthologies.

Ghostly Romance, Ghostly Rites and one for children aged 10 to adult Ghostly Rites Youth.  The Children’s story must be scary but not over the top…Every child loves Goosebump Stories so let’s see what you all have to share.

These Anthologies are for Marketing you and your fellow authors. The eBooks will be FREE and the Paperbacks close to cost, depending on the distribution site.

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Calling All Ghostly Rites Authors

Here is your schedule of submissions for 2020. Details of how to submit coming soon.

Each submission will cost USD $10 per 7,000 words.
Your manuscript MUST contain your author name and story title on the first page.

Ghostly Youth – Volume 1
This is a new publication aimed for the young and young at heart, aged…

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Top 5 of 2019: 7 Tips to Writing Characters with Healing Factors/Regeneration (#2)

Some great advice here…A must-read for those authors writing characters with healing factors.

Legends of Windemere

Coming to us from June 6, 2019!  Not much else I can say about this one.  Doesn’t have the same controversy factor as the previous 2 and compared to #1 it’s . . . Well, you’ll see next week.

Wolverine

One power that I use a lot in War of Nytefall is the regenerative powers of the Dawn Fangs.  They can heal quickly and keep fighting as long as their head and enough limbs are attached.  That second part is debatable for some characters too.  Parts can be reattached if pressed to the wounds as well.  It means that their fights can be very bloody, but only because of how I use this power.  I consider every usage to make sure it still fits, which makes me realize how healing factors might not be as easy to write about as I thought.  It can fall into abuse before you…

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Five Reasons Readers Should Leave Book Reviews

Thanks, Douglas. This is a great post about reviews and why we need them.

Douglas W.T. Smith

To begin, this is a call-out for Book Reviewers for the Of Metal and Magic: Compendium One

To begin the topic of the title, I started the discussion in a recent post, Of Metal and Magic: Compendium One and Book Reviews but I wanted to dive deeper into the topic of book reviews and how it can help authors.

Below are Five Reason Readers Should Post Book Reviews.

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Character conversation with Becca Martin from A Journey of Faith and Kelly Dobson from Inner Vision

I love Character chats. They are amazing. If you have one, please let me know. Meanwhile, enjoy the read.

Ann Writes Inspiration

Hello everyone in the blogosphere, Today I have a special post that doesn’t contain a podcast episode. That’s right, I’m doing another one of my character conversation/interviews. This time I have a special treat for you!

Becca Martin from A Journey of Faith, which is in the editing phase now, is joined by none other than Kelly Dobson from my previously published book, entitled Inner Vision. I’ll start us off, but I’m going to let them do most of the talking, so sit back and enjoy the show.

Ann: Hello ladies, what’s on your mind tonight?

Becca, I have something I want to share with Kelly, and this is the only place I can do it, since we’re from two different books.

Kelly: What’s up, Becca? I thought you were seeking the truth about your own past. How did you find your way into mine?

Becca, I got a message…

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