Come and be interviewed

Author Don Massenzio invites 10 writers and bloggers to be interviewed and featured on his blog. Contact him!
Thank you for the chance, Don! 🙂

Author Don Massenzio

interview-3Hello,

I’ve been running my weekly ‘Perfect 10’ interview series this year. Every Monday, I run an interview with an author and ask them a series of 10 thought-provoking questions. As I look toward the end of the year, I still have about 10 slots open.

If you’re releasing a book for the holidays or trying to get more exposure and meet other authors and bloggers, this is a great opportunity. Just email me at don@donmassenzio.com and I’ll send you the necessary instructions.

This is a great opportunity and there are only 10 slots left until the end of the year.

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. FlorySteve BoseleyKayla MattMae ClairJill SammutDeanna KahlerDawn Reno LangleyJohn HowellElaine CouglerJan SikesNancy Bell

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7 Signs of an Awesome Submission

Steven Capps provides us with a great post about 7 signs of an awesome submission. I really like the 7 points he describes here. Thank you, Steven!

Steven Capps

Welcome, friends! I’m currently busy time traveling so you should be reading this in the future while I am busy in the backwoods of South Carolina for some military training. I’m sure currently having a grand time dealing with summer in the south and proabably not having a shower. (Actually this is a lie because I forgot to schedule ti and now that I’m back it kind of destroys the joke.) Anyways, back to this weeks post.

I’m still need to do the drawing for the Writers Toolkit so I imagine that will happen tonight. If you haven’t followed the blog or signed up for the newsletter this is your last chance to be entered in this drawing. I’m definitely going to do another giveaway, though  I am thinking of giving away a signed Patrick Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson book for the next one. I’ll have more details later.

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A Sick Writer

By now I guess, it’s known that I have been sick for a few weeks, being ‘blessed’ with shingles and pneumonia to the same time. I could have done the one without both, but after all, I’m afraid, I had to take it the way it got me.

Now, being in pain and feeling sick, having a fever and not finding any comfortable position, I wasn’t able to do much more than drinking, resting, sleeping, watching TV and trying to keep my cats away from climbing on me.

And here exactly is the point I start complaining…

I’m a writer. A sick writer. And I would have loved to ‘use’ the time getting some work done. Typing, blogging, scribbling, planning new stories, reading and whatever else belongs to a writer’s life, but I had no chance.

Shingles caused me that much pain that all I could do was trying to find a way to spend the days on the couch with plenty of pain killers inside of me that nearly knocked me out. There was no way I would have been able to sit behind the computer and type much.

I was unable to turn onto my stomach to write by hand on paper. And when I tried to read I started feeling dizzy enough, I was ready to vomit.

I wanted to work, develop ideas, find new characters, plots, storylines, whatever came into my mind, and nothing was possible.

But of course I’m smart, right? I got my phone next to me. And whenever I had an idea, I recorded it. What a wonderful girl I am! The idea would have been amazing, if…

… yes, there’s an ‘if’…

… if, I hadn’t been too sick to make sense.

Yes, you can laugh. I did too once I listened to my ‘notes’. I was sick enough that I couldn’t hear much more than some mumbling. And if there was a clear word or two, it didn’t make sense.

My fever was high enough to cook my brain, which means, the ideas I got are entirely useless. This is annoying and nearly make me consider getting either a secretary, a nurse – or both.

I’m almost sure I’m not the only writer ever being sick. How are you doing this? Are you able to use your time fruitfully during this forced break? If yes, how are you doing it? Thank you for your advice!

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How To Organize A Blog Tour – Research by A. J. Alexander

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During the past years of activity on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest,’ and the inquiries to publish posts and interviews for different Blog Tours I promised myself once I find the time I would do research on ‘Blog Tours.’ What is this? And why is it so important to writers? Who does organize them and if I have to do that myself, how to do it best?

What is a Blog Tour?

Alessandra Wike writes on “PR by the book”:
The age of the internet gives authors the opportunity to connect with thousands of people. Taking advantage of these seemingly endless possibilities, blog tours provide great publicity for a new book without the hassle (or expense!) of travel. Instead of an author traveling from bookstore to bookstore and city to city, an author’s book can travel virtually from blog to blog and garner hundreds, if not thousands, of views in a short amount of time.

To read the entire blog post, click here.

 

“Reedsy,” writes:

A blog tour is very much like a traditional book tour, where the author would go from town to town to sign their books and meet new readers; except this time, you go from blog to blog. There are countless fiction and non-fiction blogs that have emerged in the past few years, all written by passionate readers who want to share their love of books with other readers. They post book reviews, launch announcements, and interviews with their favorite authors. To continue reading the article on Reedsy, click here.

 

“Bookmaster” for example gives us a hint on what it means to work on a Blog Tour by writing:

A blog book tour can be set up by a publicist, but if an author has self-published and doesn’t have a publicist, they can do the leg work themselves. The key is to find blogs that are relevant to the topic of the book that are interested in participating in the blog book tour. For example, cooking blogs would be the target if you wrote a cookbook and relationship blogs would be the target if you wrote a book that provided love advice. Depending on the topic of the book there could be an unlimited number of blogs, or there might only be a handful if the topic is extremely niche. Each book tour should include a manageable amount of blogs, as the tour requires a significant amount of time from the author. Even though it’s not an in person tour, there is still plenty of work that needs to be done. (The article can be found here)

 

Now: what interested me most is: How do I really organize a Blog Tour? Of course, there are several hints, tips, and tricks from different writers; the basic work seems more or less the same – several have apparently had super-success while others complained that their echo was insufficient.

One article that impressed me was an article, published by Penguin Random House.

For example, does the post answer important questions like:

• What are the benefits of putting your book on a blog tour?
• What types of books work best for blog tours?
• How can an author ensure his or her blog tour is a success?
• How can an author work with his or her publicist to set up an effective blog tour?

or

• What are some best practices when preparing for a blog tour?

The entire article can be read here:
http://authornews.penguinrandomhouse.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-organizing-a-blog-tour/

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By researching further into the topic, I found another impressive and informative post on Joel Friedlander’s Book Designer’s Blog. He published a guest post, 7 Top eBook Blog Tour Sites, written by Greg Strandberg.

Greg informs about seven eBook Tour Sites, gives prices, information and his opinion to them. I think it’s worth checking them out. He as well links their names to their websites. (For copyright reasons I cannot do this below.)

1. YA Bound Book Tours
2. Xpresso Book Tours
3. Enchanted Book Promotions
4. Bewitching Book Tours
5. Goddess Fish Promotions
6. Sage’s Blog Tours
7. Rockstar Book Tours

If you like to read his opinion about these Sites, please check them out on his article by clicking here.

Finally, after hours and hours of research, I found an excellent post, provided by Mixtus Media on

How To Set Up A Successful Blog Tour + A FREE Guide

They not only provide us with an 11-step-guide on how to organize a Blog Tour, they as well provide us with a free Blog Tour Worksheet.

STEP 1: IDENTIFY YOUR IDEAL READER
STEP 2: RESEARCH
STEP 3: CREATE A LIST
STEP 4: DETERMINE YOUR RESOURCES
STEP 5: FIGURE OUT YOUR TIMEFRAME
STEP 6: CONTACT BLOGGERS
STEP 7: Stay ORGANIZED
STEP 8: CONSIDER GIVEAWAYS
STEP 9: ANNOUNCE THE TOUR
STEP 10: FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THE DELIVERY
STEP 11: FOLLOW UP

Each step is carefully described. To download the Worksheet, which I did, you are first subscribing to their newsletter. But I doubt that’s a problem. They do have more interesting information on their blog. (I didn’t have problems to download their worksheet, just in case your virus program is sensitive. Mine is, and it has carefully scanned the file and found nothing.)

After all the information I had found on Blog Tours I would love to hear from experienced writers how they had found it to organize their blog tours. Is it easy, is it hard? Do you mind providing us with some extra tips, tricks, and hints?

In Need Of A New Computer

 

 

It’s been seven years that I welcomed my desktop to my home… In all these years it has been a loyal and trustworthy accomplice to me in everything I had planned. But I feel it’s getting tired. Even though I can hear it works hard to fulfill my every need it has significantly slowed down.

I would say – another six months and my faithful friend is going to be retired. (or falling into a coma whichever comes first).

To me, this means I need to think about a successor for my dear electronic brother.

After thinking for quite some time and considering the move I have in mind, amongst other things, I decided for a laptop instead of a desktop. Well, that decision was easy, compared to deciding on a model.
The questions I had to ask myself to find THE laptop have been numerous, and I’m still not convinced I thought about everything. Finally, I found a page http://youthvillage.co.ke/top-10-best-laptops/ where they listed the ten best laptops. I was still not sure if one of these would be right for me.

 

I admit I’m lost. I feel overwhelmed with the sheer choices and possibilities. I’m a writer – and I work on a computer daily… but I’m still only a user, not an IT-expert.

After going on with research, I found a website with the best laptops for writers. http://www.144hzmonitors.com/best-laptop-for-writers/ Here they give me a table with the best laptops for writers.

 

 

To be honest: It doesn’t help. I’m still no expert and what they list here doesn’t tell me a lot. Yes, some things help – but some of the more detailed descriptions leave me more confused than ever.

I don’t know which one I should pick. I only know I won’t buy an Apple product. After this decision, it still leaves me with five laptops and just as lost as I was before.

 

Is there anyone who can give me a recommendation? Is someone using one of these laptops and can give me a review? Or is there any other suggestion or advice I can follow? I’d appreciate every help I can get.

 

 

Author Spotlight – L. Loren

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is L. Loren and I am a writer of LoveRotica, love stories with an edge of sexy.

 

1. When did you start writing?

I have always made up stories since I can remember, however I didn’t get serious until about two years ago. I released my first LoveRotica series last year.

 

2. What motivates you to write?

I am constantly coming up with concepts for new stories. I have so many notes on future projects it is comical. At least once a week I have something new I want to write. The problem is it takes a lot longer than a week to write a novel, so I am a little back logged.

 

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write steamy romance novel. Funny thing is I had never read a romance novel until a few years ago. I had a blogger friend recommend a book to me that she was very passionate about. I decided if she was that excited about it, I would read it. Mind you, I had a somewhat closed mind about this genre when I started reading. Boy was my mind opened! The book was Scarred by Twyla Turner and it was the first book in a series. Well I tell you, not only did I read the first book, I devoured the entire series and wanted more. I read everything she had written until that point and wasn’t satisfied. I needed more. I had the romance bug. Then I started thinking that I could possibly write romance books. I had already released a young adult book under my real name, so I decided to write romance under my pen name.

 

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I am a big believer is speaking things into existence, the power of positive energy. That being said, I would like to turn my books into blockbuster movies. That is my ultimate goal as of now. In the meantime I would love for them to become best sellers and be able to earn a living at writing. I would also like to see my brand extend beyond books and movies. I have plans for other business ventures that I will keep close for now.

 

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Knock on wood. I have not had to deal with that. I hope I never have to.

 

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

I am still a hopeful author, but I would say to any writer to be vigilant and persevere. There will be times when you question if this is the right thing for you, but if you love it don’t give up on it. Expect to do most of the work after the novel is written and remember no one will love your book babies more than you. Treat them accordingly.

 

7. Please, tell us about your work.

My latest novel is a sexy adult contemporary fairy tale called Egyptian Nights. The main character Egypt Wilson is a young woman who was cursed by her other’s dying declaration that she was unworthy of love. Her life since then was spent avoiding relationships with men, only using them for one thing. Then she meets Harper Beckmann who has the ability to see through her mask and heal her heart. Egypt, aided by her Naughty Fairy Godmother, finds that Beckmann is the one man who can break her curse should she decide to let him in. The story is like most fairy tales and ends with a happily ever after, but you’ll have to read it to see just what that is.
This is a stand-alone novel – the first in the Triple Threat Series about triplet sisters and their journey to self discovery. I am currently working on Book 2, which will be out this summer and Book 3 is scheduled for a fall release.

My first series, The WanderLynn Experience is a 3 book cliff hanger series about a woman named Lynn Sutton, who after raising her orphaned niece and nephew, is finally able to concentrate on her love life. For the past seven years she had focused on the kids and running her luxury concierge business that caters to the rich and famous of Atlanta. Seven years is a long time to go without companionship and once the kids are off to college, she has her eyes set on one man, Connor Wyatt. Connor is her nephew’s mentor and he and Lynn became friends as a result. After his divorce, he finally decides to seek the one thing that would make him happy, Lynn. They go through ups and downs of relationships and dealing with ex wives, evil mothers and overly aggressive friends to make their relationship work. The series follows them from a friends to lovers perspective and ends with a bang. Book 1 is The Layover, Book 2 Island Adventures and Book 3 Destination Home.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

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Connect with L. Loren:

Author Website/Blog:   http://llorenwriter.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/l.lorenwriter
Twitter: http://twitter.com/rebirthoflisa
Instagram: http://instagram.com/rebirthoflisa
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rebirthoflisa
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/lloren
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/L.-Loren/e/B01MSTKUBI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

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L. Loren’s books:

https://www.amazon.com/L.-Loren/e/B01MSTKUBI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Nights-Triple-Threat-1/dp/0996142991/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

The Truth Behind Popular Copyright Myths – written by Susan Spann

The Story Reading Ape made sure that I read this blog post, written by Susan Spann of “Writer Unboxed”. I found it informative, interesting and very helpful and couldn’t resist making sure that word is spread about this blog post. Thank you, Susan Spann!

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Copyright law can seem confusing, but authors need to know the basics—especially when (and whether) to register a copyright, and what to do when using a pseudonym. As a publishing lawyer, I work with copyright issues (and authors) all the time, and today, I thought I’d take a closer look at some popular myths about copyright law and how it applies to novels and other creative works.*

Myth #1: You have to register copyright in order to own the copyright in your work.

False. Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is not a legal requirement for copyright ownership. Copyright attaches to “qualifying works**” automatically at the time of their creation. However, copyright registration is generally required in order to file a lawsuit against infringers, and to claim certain benefits under the U.S Copyright Act, so authors should register copyright within three months of a work’s initial publication.

(**Short stories, novellas, novels, anthologies, poetry, and similar fiction and non-fiction works all generally qualify for copyright protection.)

 Myth #2: Authors benefit from copyright registration.

 

To read the entire article, please go to:

http://writerunboxed.com/2017/06/26/the-truth-behind-popular-copyright-myths/