If you’re a regular listener to my live radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio network, you know how the show works. Okay, sometimes I throw in a few surprises for my guest like making them sing, live on air and getting them to take part in a quiz, they knew nothing about.
Well, on the last show, Friday 8th April, I did two things I’ve never done before in the five years I’ve been on the air. I had a rant, and I cried. I’m not going to tell you what the rant was about or why I cried, you need to listen to the show and find out. As well as those two monumental occurrences, we have awesome music from Lola Black and her hit single Hot Enough. Live readings from two of my flash fictions from my Collection, Heads & Tales, and my wonderful guest, Teri M Brown, who also does a reading for you.
Ummm this could quickly become redundant if you don’t read paperbacks.
However, one of the earlier services Author Assist offered was designing Bookmarks.
So take a look at my gallery.
So these are the only ones I can find on this computer. I’ve had many laptops since Author Assist started back in 2015. Here is the website where you can see more of my graphic designs scroll down a little and you’ll see more books marks.
3 lucky peeps will get a master sheet of bookmarks. No matter if you’re an author or reader. We can discuss the design. For a chance to win some unique bookmarks from Author Assist, just read and comment on a few of the #MarchoftheWriters blogs. Don’t worry if you can’t see your comment, it has to be approved.
On Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Linkedin… actually that’s not what this is about.
How do you connect with other writers, with your tribe and with potential new readers?
I have two answers for you.
The first; Go Indie Now. Yep, you’ve seen me mention the media platform Go Indie Now and the workaholic, Mr Joe Compton. Joe has created a platform where the indie community can meet, chat have heated debates, get drunk at Joe’s bar (Just kidding) – no I’m not!
Find out about new indie films, books and what’s hot in the gaming community. These shows, panels, interviews, and reports are entertaining for the public and the indie community. Authors, there is so much you can learn from those that have done it all. We’ve all made mistakes so learn from those that have tried and failed but don’t give up. Get tips and get the inside scoop on what’s going down in the indie world.
Have you always wondered what’s inside a writer’s mind? How do they build these magical, dangerous and extraordinary worlds? How do they come up with the characters you love, with the plot twists and write stories that will keep you turning the page and gasping for more?
You will find these answers and more on the media platform Go Indie Now. So please support Joe and all the hard work he does for the Indie community. Seriously, this man just never stops.
The reason I mention this in my article about being social, is I have made some wonderful connections and long-lasting friendships with indies I’ve met while being a guest on the shows. This then takes me to their safe place. Their group, where I’m welcomed and treated as one of the family. Thus creating more connections and friendships, thus learning more from my peers.
Please subscribe to The Go Indie Now YouTube channel and take a look at the shows he hosts. Watch and be entertained, leave a comment and like the videos. Thanks, and remember, it’s always time to Go Indie Now
And my other way to socialize is not knowing who is Behind The Pen. (Did you see what I did just then. lol)
Podcasts, Zoom interviews, Radio shows, they are so hot right now. If you want to find new readers, you have to step up, show your face, and let us hear your voice. There are thousands out there waiting to hear about exciting new books and authors they have never heard of. The world is yours to conquer! Okay – maybe I went a little too far with that last line. But I’m sure you understand what I’m trying to say. People don’t know you. They don’t know your name, they don’t know your books, and now you have a chance to be seen, heard and noticed. If you’re camera-shy, contact podcasts and radio stations. If the camera loves you, get on some pannels, shows and interviews. Your readers are out there waiting.
Behind the Pen is a YouTube show and audio podcast where I chat with all artists; musicians, authors, illustrators, writers, editors, anyone who uses a pen for work.
Gosh, where do I start? This is what I do so I could go on for hours but I’ll list the most important lessons. (I will be tough.)
Write about what you know.
For example, this is your first book and you’re writing a detective mystery about a body being found on an archaeology site. Why would you do this to yourself? Do you know how much research you would have to do? What do you know about police procedures? What do you know about archaeology?
Write about what YOU know. When you write about something you’re passionate about, something you’ve actually experienced. That will come across in your writing. Giving it depth, realism and valid description.
Remember the three essentials.
Editor (No, not your mum or next-door neighbour)
Formatter ( No, not a converter. A formatter makes it pretty inside, adds the chapter and front and back matter.)
Cover Designer (No, not Canva or Fiverr)
These three essential cost a lot of money and if you don’t have that money, then you are not ready to publish.
Don’t cut corners. Your book has to be polished before it goes out to the public. It needs the three essentials and a kick-arse blurb. Your book has one chance to be a success, if you send it out after writing the first draft, not having it edited and using a cover you did, I can guarantee failure. And that’s a word we authors DON’T want to hear.
Have that first line ready. The tag line is what you will use on your promos, graphics or posts. It’s going to be the first thing a potential reader sees when they look at the blurb. That one line has to have power, it needs to pack a punch so that the person who reads it will then continue to read the rest of the blurb.
Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for – Catch 22.
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same – Wuthering heights.
Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he’s writing to stay alive. – Misery.
They are feared, hated, hunted down and destroyed….and yet they are mankind’s last hope. -The Aldoron Chronicles.
You know me I love a good challenge and when I take on something, I don’t back down. This one is called March of The Writers and every day, we are given a prompt and it could be to write about a book, introduce myself, write flash fiction and so forth. I will be given a prompt and see if I can do one every day through March. This will be fun.
Well, hello world. I’m Karina Kantas award-winning author and filmmaker. I have 15 books published, some independently, some under publishing contacts. I write in most fiction genres and I go through binges. Right now it’s Dark Romance. I’m from the UK but I live on the Island of Corfu.
I’m a BookTuber, YouTuber, Podcaster and Radio Host and I also run Author Assist which offers affordable assistance to writers, authors and those in the publishing business. I’m a VA , Author Manager, Publicist, Book Trailer Creator, Designer of Graphics, Social Media Consultant, Marketing and Promotion Manager and Narrator… plus a few more I haven’t mentioned.
I’m the host of the Author Assist Radio Show. Which has just celebrated five years on the air. My YouTube and audio podcast is called Behind The Pen and I get to chat and have a laugh with many in a business where they use a pen such as Illustrators, writers, musicians, and so forth.
For all links for my social media ( I’m everywhere) and for the podcasts and my YouTube channel go to
Do you need to pump up your characters’ emotions? Then have I got a deal for you!
My friend Stacy Juba is running a Black Friday sale on her Energize Your Writing Toolkit: Cheat Sheets for Character Emotions.https://shortcutsforwriters.thinkific.com/courses/energizeyourwriting?ref=60ad39 This 100-page printable toolkit is jam-packed with more than 4,000 emotional phrases arranged into easy-to-digest lists. Part reference book and part workbook, this system will grow with you throughout your writing journey. Having the right tool can get the words flowing and help you to write stronger scenes faster.
What this toolkit includes:
A 100-page PDF featuring:
Overview of nonverbal communication and body language.
Detailed written instructions and examples on how to use the cheat sheets.
A walk-through video of the toolkit.
More than 4,000 nonverbal prompts that span 21 categories and numerous subcategories.
See It In Action nonverbal snippets from published books.
Discussion questions that guide you through finding your strengths and weaknesses.
Plus, more bonus features are going to be added soon, and you’ll get access to any updates.
It’s suitable for all fiction genres and for creative nonfiction that conveys emotion (i.e. memoirs).
I spoke to Dawit Muluneh the author, who is also a Deacon to the Ethiopian orthodox church. His love for religion, languages and his country is to be commended. And he’s still learning, not making it easy on himself. But Dawit feels that he has more to learn, more to say and more to teach others.
He learnt about the history of his country which he left when he was seven. When the calling came, he returned to Ethiopia and lived in a monastery as he studied the religion. Through study and reading books, he learnt about Ethiopia’s rich history. Surprised with what he discovered, he’s adamant that others will learn about the Untold History of Ethiopia. Dawit is very open and passionate to the cause and what he wants his books to portray.
He’s a Deacon and an author on a mission.
Watch our chat here.
You can find out more about his books and Deacon Dewit mission and news about his next release.
Or as I like to call him, Darth Vader, and he holds his hands up to being a Star Wars Fan.
ACNH is a recording artist, rapper, hip hop artist, and a huge fan of Eminem who’s music also inspired him to make his own. And as soon as you listen to one of ACNH track’s you can hear the Eminem influence straight away.
Love for music always starts somewhere. It could be a Gospel Choir or rapper from the musician’s younger days. For ACNH it was sitting down with his nan watching musicals.
Poetry plays a huge part in starting him off as a rapper. He freestyles and enters rapping contests where you “politely” roast the person opposite you.
ACNH was a great guest to talk to. Our chat flowed, and we laughed while getting to know each other. We also found out that we both love of heavy metal music.
Here’s the full interview
And you check out his music and his social media platforms by clicking on this link.
Nikki Flynn is a writer, author, scriptwriter, director, cast director, audio sound engineer – I’m sure I’ve left something out??
When she got together with a Uni friend and decided to build a fantasy world, they had no idea how big it would get and that they would turn each episode into audio, with voice actors playing the parts of the characters.
With a large and loyal fan base, Nikki and Edwin Dantes keep bringing in the scripts and getting them out to their eager audience.
Anthologies of Ullord is a fantasy series that follows a wide array of characters. The perspectives of mortal travelers, inhabitants of different areas and the gods that govern the events of the realm all frame the larger story of the plane. The books and scripts tie into the audio fiction podcast of the same name.
Nikki is also working on solo projects like her magical pirate series, Chronicles of Fhaerythe and she’s just started working on book two of the Apotheosis, Book one being Grim. She’s got plenty of new ideas staying with the fantasy genre but may be moving away from YA.
I had a great chat with Nikki, but to understand the uniqueness and expanse of the world Edwin and Flynn have created, I would need more than an hour. Here’s the condensed (fiction) life of Nikki Flynn in 30 minutes.
The audio series is amazing to listen to with professional voice actors, music and special effects. So addictive!
Where to find the books and listen to the audio series.