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My Series of Author and Poet Interviews #authors #poets Narberth Book Fair #FridayReads with Rebecca Bryn,

Great interview with Rebecca Bryn.

Judith Barrow

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting interviews with the authors and poets who will be taking part in our Book Fair:  http://www.narberthbookfair.co.uk/.

There are forty of us so, obviously, there are many genres for both adults and children. There will be talks an writing and books, creative writing workshops for adults and fun workshops for children, activities for the children and a fun book trail through Narberth, the gorgeous little market town in Pembrokeshire.   

All free!!

And, of course, there will be the chance to chat with all the authors and to pick their brains on all aspects of writing. Even to buy their books and have them personally signed.

And, as usual, there will also be the writing competition: this year is a poetry competition: Submit a poem, in any form, of 20 lines or less, on the subject of : –

Books and Reading.

Having…

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If Writing is not Political, What’s the Point?

Should writers hide their political leanings? In my opinion, no. Frank Parker makes some excellent points here.

Frank Parker's author site

A recent blog post from Allison Maruska highlighted the dilemma that some writers face when exposing themselves via their blogs and social media. If potential readers get wind of my political beliefs will they decline to purchase my books?

Do the people I hope will buy my books need to know my thoughts on Donald Trump or just how many cups of coffee I drink whilst working on the next novel in the series? My views on creationism or climate change, or only how my latest research trip is going?

My question to people who struggle with these dilemmas is: “why do you write?” Because the truth is that all writing, if it is to mean anything, is of necessity political.

Is anyone in any doubt about Dickens’s politics? Or Orwell’s? Did Wells’s well known Socialism put people off his writing?

Of all genres, Science Fiction is, perhaps, the most…

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Injury by Val Tobin Reader’s Choice Finalist

Injury Reader's Choice Award Finalist

Injury Reader’s Choice Award Finalist

A quick favour:

 
My novel Injury was nominated for a Reader’s Choice award. Can you please vote for it? You can log a vote each day until August, so please, when you think of it, go and vote.
 
Also, if you would like to read it, it’s available for #FREE download as an e-book at various retailers. 
 
Thank you for helping me out.
Cheers,
Val Tobin

Amazon Has A Fake Book Problem

Amazon continues to have a problem with fake books. Great post on the issue.

David Gaughran

Fake books – powered by clickfarms – are gatecrashing Amazon’s charts. And despite being aware of the issue for well over a year, Amazon has failed to resolve it.

If you look at the Kindle Store Best Seller charts right now, and click over to Free Books, you will see that the Top 20 currently has five suspicious-looking titles.

None of them have reviews. All were published in the last week. They have no Also Boughts – meaning they have had very few sales. Each of these titles are around 2,500 pages long, seem to have duplicated content, and are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

What is going on here?

For over fifteen months now, scammers have been raiding the Kindle Unlimited pot using a well-worn trick. They usually pilfer the content first of all – often by stealing an author’s original work and running it through a synonymizer – and…

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Welcoming New Voices and Stories to ACX

Happy news for Canadians who have been waiting so long to offer audio versions of their books.

Audiobook Creation Exchange Blog (ACX)

ACX is excited to welcome new voices and stories onto our revolutionary audiobook creation platform. Starting today, Canadian and Irish Rights Holders and Producers can list their audio samples and audiobook projects for auditions in the ACX marketplace. To date, authors, publishers, studios, and narrators in the US and UK have produced over 80,000 audiobooks using ACX, and we can’t wait to hear what audiobooks you make next. We’d especially like to thank you for the opportunity to help create audiobooks around the world and support the creative community.

Are you looking for a Canadian or Irish voice? Listen to samples. Ready to show off your accents? Update your samples.

Visit ACX.com to get started!

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Celebration Week

I enjoy reading Eric Lahti’s stories. Some great opportunitites today and for the next few days to grab them for free. Don’t miss out.

Eric Lahti

It’s gonna be a free week to celebrate, uh, this week. 5/28 & 5/29: Henchmen will be 100% free. Arise will be free 5/30 & 5/31. Transmute will be free 6/1 & 6/2. As an added bonus, from 5/29 to 6/2, the Complete Saxton will be 100%free. Quantities are limited so get ’em while they’re hot. Click the links on the sidebar and get ready to dance with your wild side, or you can grab Henchmen right here.

Join a small organization of lovable bad guys: a super villain and her henchmen. Eve, the seven-foot-tall, bulletproof blonde is their leader. Frank and Jean are a couple that can get into any computer or building unseen. Jacob is a rough-around-the-edges biker type that has a deep and abiding love of guns and explosives. And Steven? Well, he’s really good at manipulating people and pretty handy to have around in a fight…

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New Release from Dr. Lucinda Moebius

Today I have a guest post from Dr. Lucinda Moebius, an author who writes both fiction and non-fiction. She is currently promoting a new release, and I’ve given her the space to tell us about it.

Self-help book for authors

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Image courtesy of Dr. Lucinda Moebius

I am currently promoting a new release!

 

My newest book is a non-fiction self-help book for authors. I created the book based on lessons I learned about creating an effective book-marketing plan.

The book is Publish Promote Repeat: Preparing to Launch Your Book Workbook.

Promotion is a process. There is no magic formula for selling books. Hard work and dedication are required to create, publish, and market a masterpiece.
This workbook guides you through a three-phased process of bringing your book to a broader audience. Following the steps outlined in this workbook will streamline your prepublication, publication, and post publication marketing process, delivering to you the potential to not only achieve, but maintain, an improved ranking in the sales market.

About the Author

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Lucinda Moebius

Lucinda Moebius has been a writer since she was a child and was first published in 2010. Since then she has worked hard to create unique visions and stories. Her work includes novels in multiple genres including: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Children’s Books, Screenplays and Non-fiction. Lucinda has a Doctorate in Education and loves teaching, but her greatest desire is to help others understand how literature and writing can bring enlightenment and understanding to everyone. She offers book coaching and advice to everyone, whether they want it or not.

 

Links

Amazon: Amazon profile page

Facebook: Lucinda Moebius Fan Page

Facebook group: SFF Promo Group

GoodReads: Profile page

Website: www.lucindamoebius.com

Blogs: Your Next Favorite Author and Moebius Musings