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This Week in Indie Publishing

Author Don Massenzio What does it take to write and publish a book? Fire in the belly When I decided to write my book, many years ago, I was committed. I had what I called “Fire in the Belly.” That is what it took for me to stay with it. I had passion and conviction that the story was important. It was history that had never been public. I needed to set the record straight, and I believed in myself that I was the person to write it. I had a lot of challenges, though: Read the rest of this story HERE . Six Tips For Would-Be CEO Authors Think you’ve got a book in you? Here are some guidelines for those who are thinking about writing a book from CEOs-turned-authors who have already been publish...
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A chance meeting with a Pinguin

A chance meeting with a Pinguin who decided to walk among us in my recent visit in South Africa. Isn't he lovely? (video taken by my friend, Judith Parnass.) Original link

Birds of Maine Coloring Book for All Ages Released by Maine Author

$5.95 on and other online bookstores I was inspired to create the coloring pages for the Birds of Maine Coloring Book as I was born and grew up in Maine. I love Maine and have seen many a snowy day where the birds are brilliantly silhouetted with their color on the sparkling winter scenery. And I thought there was no way to better honor my cherished state than to create a coloring book with illustrations to color of birds you can find in your own backyard in Maine. Birds were a perfect fit for my Practice Your Way to Perfect coloring book collection.  Child, teen or adult this book is for everyone! With five designs and five pages of each, you can color page one of the design, and...
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SORRY ALL APPOINTMENTS TAKEN NOW for the One Day Special Rune Readings

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Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives

And people wonder why I refuse to go with KDP-S … I am afraid of having the wrath of Amazon aimed at me for no good reason whatsoever, as happened to the authors here. David Gaughran Phoenix Sullivan is well-known in the indie community – I’ve known her myself since 2009 or 2010 and consider her a close friend. Aside from being exceptionally generous with her time and knowledge, tirelessly sharing her insights on marketing and algorithms, Phoenix is also well known as a vocal campaigner against scammers and cheaters – particularly on the current big issues of book stuffing and clickfarming. And now she is being targeted. Phoenix made a box set free for a few days back in September, advertisi...
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The Tragic Tale of Tony the Truck-Stop Tiger

I was only one out of many who signed petitions, made donations, etc., to try to get Tony moved to a sanctuary. Many of my readers may not know about my animal welfare and humane education work. This was just one small example. A lot of people tried very hard, in a system rigged against us, to help this big cat. Sadly, we failed. Free Tony The Tiger Tony’s 16-year confinement and ultimate death as a roadside attraction expose the failure of the American legal system. By Stephen Wells / AlterNet October 19, 2017, 11:50 PM GMT Direct Link: Tony should have been allowed to live in a sanctuary, where he could feel grass und...
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Henry Rider Haggard’s Cleopatra

And talking about historical novels, Egypt and all this sort of stuff… Henry Rider Haggard, author of King Solomon’s Mines and She, two books that are highly regarded here on Karavansara, also wrote a book called Cleopatra , published in 1889. Now, it is sometimes an overlooked fact that Rider Haggard wrote a huge number of books (56 novels, 3 collections of stories and 10 non-fiction books), and while he is still best remembered for his Quatermain-Ayesha novels, but his catalog includes al sort of historical and exotic adventure. And most if not all of it is available for free online. But about Cleopatra, now… The book is supposedly the translation of a mysterious scroll, found in a tomb in...
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Book Review: Wolf's Head (The Forest Lord Book 1) by Steven A. McKay

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions – including John Little and Will Scaflock – hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends  seeks bloody vengeance. I’d been intrigued by the success of Steven A. McKay’s Forest Lord series so decided it was time to take a look. The ‘Forest Lord’ in question is Robin Hood, and the st...
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Spooktacular #Author #Giveaway! $150 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

Hey Everyone!! :-) There's a new giveaway for Halloween!  Please take a moment to check out the Spooktacular Author Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 100 prizes, and the grand prize is $150 cash payable through PayPal!! :-)  Now isn't that worth taking a few minutes to check out? ;-)   Here are all the details: a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you so much for stopping by today!  And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-) Original link

SHARING HAMILTON Now Available for Pre-Order

I'm delighted to announce that my historical romantic thriller, SHARING HAMILTON, co-written with best selling author Brian Porter, can now be pre-ordered. It centers on the nation's first sex scandal in 1791 between Alexander Hamilton and the beautiful Maria Reynolds, whose con artist husband James blackmailed Hamilton. This became tabloid fodder of the time, known as "The Reynolds Affair." My British author friend Brian Porter writes murder mysteries set in England. I needed him to add his skills on writing about the darker side of life to produce the subplot about a Jack the Ripper-type murderer prowling the nighttime streets of America's first capital, Philadelphia. The challenge was to ...
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 Summertime in Crystal Bay means tourist season for Calliope “Callie” Costas, owner of Callie’s Kitchen, a Greek-meets-Midwest from-scratch eatery. Business is booming but so is the stress. Callie can barely keep up with the demand for her famous summer fruit pies and savory Greek delicacies, plus she’s agreed to bake dozens of “pitas” for the annual Greek Fest. 

When Callie is asked to deliver cast party treats for a Murder Mystery Night at the historic Harris House, it seems like a welcome break from her hot stove. That is, until she finds herself an unwilling player in yet another suspicious death. Worse yet, the victim is a family friend and graduate student working on a ...
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Why Indie Writers are Important to Readers

Originally posted on J.D. Adamsson : There’s been some publicity recently about the lowering standards of books, about how indie writers have an overblown opinion of their abilities. Generalisations like that are rarely accurate, things are just never that simple. There are many writers in this world. The natural geniuses, who still nevertheless need a… Original link

Karavansara Free Library: Georg Ebers

You have to admit the idea had potential: popularize the subjects of Egyptology and Ancient History by writing historical romances. And so Egyptologist Georg Moritz Ebers, a German that had pursued a legal career before he moved on to Egyptology, becoming teacher of Egyptian language in 1868 in Jena, decided to pursue a parallel career as a novelist. The guy was a legit Egyptologist, and today is mostly known for the Ebers Papyrus, a medical text from 1550 BC, in the form of a scroll containing 700 magical spells and practical remedies. Ebers had not actually “discovered” the papyrus – he had just purchased it from Edwin Smith, an American from Orlando, Florida, that lived in Egypt and acqui...
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You CAN Contribute to Change

  Attract the Right Job or Clientele Change is a constant, and so it is possible to revise the perception of salespeople and the way in which management treats them. The lack of respect, integrity (in some companies), and unequal treatment among genders, has one scratching their head wondering why anyone would enter such a profession? If this sounds like your experience, please answer these survey questions by clicking here . Given all of the above, a special team, within The Sales Enablement Society, is focusing on improving upon these issues and more.  We are asking every salesperson, within our reach, to please take fifteen minutes to complete a survey form. Once the results are in, you w...
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Soraya’s Witches Web Newsletter 22nd Oct 2017

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Children’s books: working together-part 1

Hi everyone, Today we have the great pleasure of talking with  Professor Melissa-Sue John.  This is the first part of her interview. The second part will be posted soon. You’re going to love all she has to share with us. Thank you so much for chatting with me today, Melissa-Sue. I’m thrilled to have you and to discuss your wonderful  children’s books. Did you always want to be an author? Melissa-Sue: No. I just wanted to be a professor because I loved to teach. Then by the end of graduate school, I felt the desire to aspire to be a published author. I drafted several novels but never finished any. I’ve read and reviewed one of your books. You are most gifted.   Melissa-Sue John            Ca...
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All about Marketing

    You have guessed it, this post is all about marketing… BUT… not marketing as you may comprehend it from a basic level, which is an amalgamation of advertising and promotion, but marketing from a perspective you may not have realised exists. Have I got your attention? I do hope so, because I believe having a clear understanding of this view of marketing can make or break your success as an author. I once worked in hard-copy magazine publishing and spent many hours discussing marketing with prime agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, John Walter Thompson (JWT), BDM & BBDO (now combined with Abbott Mead & Vickers I think,) along with media buying services Zenith, and OMD and PR compani...
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Feed Import (22 October 2017)

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On Being a Pantser

I’ve always been a “pantser.” I don’t outline my stories, decide how long they’ll be before I start writing — none of that. My characters have taken me in unexpected directions too many times for me to willfully disregard that opportunity. There’s no One Right Way to be an author, so if you’re into plotting and outlining, that’s fabulous. Kim Delauro says it well here. Enjoy this re-blogged article! The Focused Writer I expressed excitement in my last post over having time to plan for NaNoWriMo, but that planning will not include outlining, deeply developing characters, or anything of that nature. While no approach–being a “Planner” or a “Pantser”–is the “right” approach and every writer is ...
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