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Day 30 #MarchoftheWriter

  People to follow.

FOR READERS:

There are so many great books out there, I can only name so many and sorry for the ones I have left out.

Follow on Goodreads or Bookbub. And if you can find them on social media.

Vanessa Giunta – paranormal thriller/suspence/fantasy

Ron Lahr – humourous fantasy/scifi/newadult

Wesley Britton – sci-fi/non-fiction, Bond and TV, film and lit spies.

Micheal Scott – dark fantasy/horror

JD Estrada – poetry/dark/fantasy/horror

JD Blackrose – contemporary fantasy/paranormal romance/new adult

Victoria Saccenti – Fantasy/romance /adult romance/historic

Joe Compton – political thrillers

Teri M Brown – historical thriller/epic

Paul White – flash fiction/thriller/children’s stories

Sephe Haven – memoir/humorous

Alexia Kantas – illustrated children’s book.

(Yes, I know she’s my daughter, but she’s also my partner in crime when I need help with covers, graphics, trailers.)
Oh, and she had her first book published when she was just 8.
Please support.

FOR AUTHORS:

Go Indie Now – A HUGE media platform that showcases and promoted indie artists. that’s authors, filmmakers, musicians….

The Writing Tribe: Friendly, knowledgeable, cheerleaders and motivators. They have regular sprints and zoom chats.

Story Origin – Everything an author needs to not only run their newsletters, find cross-promoting authors, find reviews, beta readers,… A huge platform. This list goes on.

Author Assist – Can help authors with every aspect of the writing, publishing and marketing of their book. A distinction when it comes to trust, work ethic and knowledge. The Testimonials don’t lie.

Wattpad? What?

Here’s what you need to know before I start throwing out numbers. It is a fact now that the writers on Wattpad are not kids and that many of the stories on Wattpad are not suitable for kids. That is why Wattpad has a mature label for adult stories.

Yes, Wattpad started as kids writing fan fiction, and even though there is still fan fiction written, ( Yes, I have partaken in this) that is just a tiny percentage now, compared to before.

I’m an avid, well more like addicted reader on Wattpad and I have a pen name for my fan-fiction and I use my own name for my novel work.

The Wattpad app came out in 2008 – 14 years ago.

90 million readers use Wattpad.

Wattpad stories are available in over 50 languages.

Even though most of the stories on there are free to read, their paid book users have spent half a billion minutes reading the paid books. On average there are 30 million minutes of reading every month from these paid books.

I have read stories on Wattpad that can easily rival a bestseller.

Wattpad authors have gone on to receive publishing contacts and many, more every year, get picked up by TV or film producers.

So, back in 2015 many took part in a Wattpad challenge called A to Z of Wattpad. I have decided in recognition of how frigging AWESOME Wattpad is, I would resurrect this challenge. And if any Wattpad readers or writers happen to see this blog, I challenge you to post your A to Z of Wattpad.

LET’S DO THIS!

Day 11 #MarchoftheWriters

Writer Wisdom

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.

Serving authors since 2015

A Must For Fiction Authors

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).

Through December 7, you can get the Energize Your Writing Toolkit for just $29. It’s regularly $49. 
https://shortcutsforwriters.thinkific.com/courses/energizeyourwriting?ref=60ad39

To get the deal, put the code blackfriday20 in your cart at checkout and the sale price will show before you pay. If your characters and body language could use some help, take advantage of the sale before it’s gone. Order here! https://shortcutsforwriters.thinkific.com/courses/energizeyourwriting?ref=60ad39

Bringing History To Life!

Elliott Mason debut novel was The Arlington Order, which takes two major events in history in the Civil War era, orders for the assassination attempt on Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and the mystery of the gold treasure that vanished without a trace. Moving on 150 years later two historians stumble on clues. (no spoilers)

His second book is an exciting thriller adventure, but you’ll have to watch this episode of Behind The Pen, where I chat with Elliot to find out more about it.

BIO

Elliot Mason grew up in Southern California. He graduated from USC in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in history, and went on to complete his master’s degree at Azusa Pacific University.

For many years, he was a featured and contributing writer for several websites, blogs and trade magazines. In late 2019, his first suspense thriller, “The Arlington Orders”, was released to much critical acclaim. Featured on radio interviews, podcasts and television shows, Mason’s work struck a chord with the public as it touched upon many of today’s hot button topics, making him one of the most in demand new authors.

His eagerly anticipated follow-up novel, “The Legal Killer”, was released in the spring of 2021. It’s controversial subject matter has already created a buzz among fans and critics alike, and will certainly be one of the year’s most talked about suspense-thrillers. In addition, he has two more novels in the works due for release in 2022 and 2023.

Mr. Mason still resides in California and is currently active in writer’s workshops, book readings and signings and other appearances.

https://www.amazon.com/Elliot-Mason/e/B088Y81T87

https://www.elliotmasonbooks.com/

Virtual book fair with Rockhill Publishing LLC

With 40 writer’s artists and poets taking part in this virtual book fair.

Get Access to Hundreds of Authors On DemandLearn how to start streaming with Miami Book Fair Online! A free and simple registration is all that’s required to access Miami Book Fair Online. To get started, visit MiamiBookFairOnline.com and sign up using your email or Facebook account. Complete your profile and share your interests to receive personalized email notifications about programs and activities as they become available.

Here are some of thing you have to look forward to.


Author workshops

Panels and discussions, where you can join in.

Book shop selling, ezines, graphic comics, novel, swag and official merch from the event with many publishers showcasing their authors work.

Children’s Alley with interactive storytelling, music, art, science, world cultures. So much to see and learn.

Explore the sunshine state of Florida with an interactive map that will take you around to see, art, watch films, see amazing photography, music. Over 100 projects to see and feel part of.

– https://www.miamibookfaironline.com/marketplace/rockhill-publishing-llc


Special Miami Book Fair offer on all print books is 20% off listed price at http://bit.ly/RockHill_PrintBooks using checkout code MBF2020.

And $0.99 on eBooks at https://bit.ly/RockHilleBooks

This discount will run until December 22, 2020.

James L Hill

Publisher, Multi-Genre Author of Adult Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi with a slant towards the dark side.

RockHill Publishing LLC

P.O. Box 62523

Virginia Beach, VA 23466-2523

Tel: 757-692-2021

jlhill@rockhillpublishing.com

www.rockhillpublishing.com

PLEASE NOTE: I have no affiliation with this publisher nor am I a part of the Miami Virtual Book Fair.

99c specials – A mixture of genres for you to devour

 I’ve collected a pick and mix ranging through all the fiction genres. And all just 99c. So you can download now and start reading straight away.

 

Collection of flash fiction / all genres – HEADS & TALES

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http://bit.ly/HEADSCOM Amazon.com
books2read.com/HT – iBooks, Kobo, B&N


 

 

Dystopian Romance  – Dystopian Erotica – TOXIC

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https://books2read.com/ToxicKM – romance
https://books2read.com/ToxicAE – Adult


 

 

Vampire horror- comedy – Sex, Blood, Rock ‘N’ Roll and Vampyr

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MQPJ9TS


 

Sexy paranormal romance  – Beloved Titanian

He’s a riddle I can’t solve…until one night rips away the veil. (1)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Z43452G


 

Hard Science-Fiction – The Allien That Never Was

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VQJXNLY

 


 

International thriller romance – The Coin.

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https://books2read.com/u/3kpyGK – iBooks, Kobo,  B&N
http://bit.ly/TCKIN – Amazon


 

Short story collection / mixed genres – Glimmer and Other Stories

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H89AN1M

 


 

Author Assist Radio Show.

I’m looking for guest for my radio show. If you’re an fiction author, publisher, PA, or work within the publishing industry and would like to be a guest on Author Assist radio show, send me a message and I’ll send you an info sheet.

http://artistfirst.com/kantas.htm

ArtistFirst Radio’s “Author Assist Host: Karina Kantas” is a LIVE one-hour prime-time worldwide promotional radio show on the ArtistFirst Radio Network, broadcast about independent and NYT bestselling authors, their books, their lives and their struggles. It’s a comfortable fun chat with some music thrown in for good measures.
Karina will also be tackling some of the main topics within the industry and throwing in one or two surprises for her guests. The show has been running over 4 years and some of her special guests have been actors, journalists, directors and magazine editors.

Anyone can tune-in on their smartphone, wi-fi radio, tablet, laptop, or any internet device anywhere in the world by clicking: http://lin1.ash.fast-serv.com:7988/stream.mp3.m3u or logging on to http://www.artistfirst.com/kantas.htm and clicking on the “On Air” button.

Over 500 million hours of ArtistFirst Radio Shows have been downloaded or streamed since September 2007.

https://www.artistfirst.com/kantas.htm
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAssistRadio

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WORLD BOOK DAY

Celebrating this special day with some awesome books. Take a look at these international authors and their books. With a mixture taste of writing styles and genres.

 

Take a look at her other books while you’re on Amazon.

http://bit.ly/KarinaKantas

To celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY (1)

 

Take a look at Dr Wesley’s awesome books. Prices start at just 99c

http://bit.ly/WBAMA

Celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY

 

Beloved Titanian is only 99c to downlaod and free with KU.
Download now and take a look at her other novels.

http://bit.ly/VSaccAP

Celebrate World Book Day by buying a book (1)

 

Maria says,

“Happy WORLD BOOK DAY. Take a look at my many books on Amazon.”

http://bit.ly/MEASAP

Celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY By buying a book

An amazing prize-winning blog hop

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OAG 6 Days Blog-Hop 

 

Come visit every blog that participates in this fun blog-hop and collect all 12 words hidden in the text of the posts between 6 asterisks.

If you collect all the 12 words, you’ll have a quote about writing.

At the last stop enter the correct quote in the CONTEST ENTRY form and you will have a chance of winning.

 

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Grand prize $30 gift card

or one of the 3 smaller prizes: $5 gift card each.

 

 

LIST OF PARTICIPARTING BLOG  (make sure to visit them all)

#1 stop May 12

https://www.authorerikamszabo.com/my-thinking-board

#2 stop May 12

http://www.weigandchris.com/

#3 stop May 13:

https://www.goldenboxbooks.com/blog

#4 stop May 13:

http://www.rtranbooks.net

#5 stop May 14

http://sonnetodelldustypages.blogspot.com/

#6 stop May 14

https://www.hrhobbsbooks.com/

#7 stop May 15

https://www.rmgarino.com/blog

#8 stop May 15

https://cindysvoices.blogspot.com

 

#9 stop May 16

http://pattymacfarlane.weebly.com/blog

#10 stop May 16

http://paperpenandinkwell.blogspot.com/index.html

#11 stop May 17 (come visit me again.)

http://www.urbanhype101.wordpress.com

#12 stop May 17

https://www.authorerikamszabo.com/my-thinking-board

 

Thank you so much for taking part. Good luck.