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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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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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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Cause and Effect: Does Your Character’s Behavior Make Sense? – From the Writers in the Storm blog

Cause and Effect….The behaviour of your Characters.

Author Don Massenzio

by Angela Ackerman

Have you been in a situation where someone acts erratically, and not in a good way? It takes you by surprise, doesn’t it? Imagine this scenario: you’re sitting around the lunch table with coworkers and pop out a joke. Instead of a wave of laughter, one of your tablemates begins to sob. Or they jump up, shove the table, and walk out.

Your emotional response?Befuddlement(What just happened?)Guilt(What did I say?)Judgement(Wow, she’s unstable.)

It’s always a bit uncomfortable when we can’t follow the logic of cause and effect. A joke should prompt laughter, head shaking and a grin, or maybe if poorly delivered, an awkward beat of silence. These are reactions we expect.

Cause-and-effect is very important in the real world.

This sequence helps us navigate life. When we know what to expect, we know what…

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Why is being a grown-up so hard?!

Getting to know your Author… Meet Julia Blake who always has great blog posts.

A Little Bit of Blake

It’s been a funny old week, one that started with me having the mother of all migraines. Now, I used to get these quite a lot during my teenage years, but then hormones settled down and I seemed to shake loose of them and never really suffered from them again, until last year. Then I had one that necessitated me being sent home from work. It was horrible, that sick pounding in my skull and the wonky vision but spending the day in a darkened room with no stimulation, seemed to do the trick and I haven’t had one since.

But last Sunday morning I awoke with a strange throbbing in my brain, I got up and ready for work, managed some breakfast, but all the time could feel this headache getting worse. I decided to go to work anyway. Like most British people, I don’t get paid for taking…

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