Congratulations to Nicholas C. Rossis whose book “Runaway Smile” has been named an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards! Well done!
Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:
I got some exciting news yesterday, which I wanted to share with all of you! USA Book News announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 21, 2015.
Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories and awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Runaway Smile, my children’s book, was an award-winning finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, in the Children’s Fiction category!
I want to thank my parents, and my wife, Electra, and Dimitris Fousekis, and . Sorry, Electra told me that this is not that kind of post. She promised to listen to my speech as soon as I’m done, though, so I’d better wrap this up and fetch the shampoo bottle (which doubles as award-accepting-ceremony-microphone in our household).
Before I go, a big thank you to all of you who have taken the time…
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From Tim Baker, a great reminder of what all writers need in their writing toolbox …
Originally posted on blindoggbooks:
In the world of professional baseball, teams send scouts to colleges (sometimes even high schools) to evaluate young talent.
There are five aspects of the game that these scouts look for, and naturally, the more areas a player excels at, the higher he is rated—they are hitting for power, hitting for average, fielding, throwing and speed.
A player who demonstrates proficiency in all five of these areas is rare, and is referred to as a five-tool-player.
Bo Jackson, Mike Schmidt and Kirby Puckett are a few examples of such elite players.
Naturally, it isn’t necessary to be a five-tool player to be successful in Major League Baseball, but obviously it is to a player’s advantage to possess strength in as many of the five as possible.
So it is, too, with writing.
You don’t have to be a five-tool-writer to be successful, but you should work to excel…
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Only a few hours in my old neighbourhood of The Beach in Toronto, so I tried to make the most of my time …
Just missed the Main St. bus as I came out of the Danforth Go Station.
It was a nice day, not too cool and I was wearing a light sweater anyway. Decided to walk down Main and Southwood.
Saw a Blue Jay (actual bird, not baseball player) and passed the plaque in front of the boyhood home of Glenn Gould. Lily of the Valley plants lined one walkway.
Around the corner of Williamson Rd., I smiled at memories of my elementary school, named after the street, then on to Wineva. Kids were heading in the opposite direction back up the street to school after lunch.
I crossed Queen with the help of the crossing guard who has been working that corner for more than a decade.
Continued south on Wineva for a brief visit with my sister and friends, caught up on the news over tea and sandwiches.
Out to walk again, south to the boardwalk and beach where I saw a pair of Cardinals (again, the bird kind).
Not busy but the weather was warming up enough that there were a number of people sitting on benches as well as the usual dog walkers surrounded by packs of all sizes and breeds.
Past the Leuty Lifeguard Station that always says, “Welcome back home!” to me every time!
West along the boardwalk, past the empty skating rink and the full tennis courts.
North on Kenilworth to Queen and a left turn to continue west to my eye doctor’s office.
East again along Queen, past Bellefair. I stopped to look at #3, my grandparent’s house. Kew Park on my right, gardens filled with tulips of all colours. Past the Beaches Branch of the Toronto Public Library (Hooray!!) and Mr. Hollywood selling his pencils in front of the grocery store.
Past the storefront where my grandparents once ran a fish & chips shop, and where my parents met before World War II.
Then round the corner again from Queen to Wineva and back to my friend’s house. She drove me to the GO Station. (And, thank goodness, as my feet in new shoes were killing me!)
Thanks to Chris Graham, the most wonderful Story Reading Ape, for all he has done these past two years to encourage and promote Indie Authors, and specifically for what he has done in hosting ME in his Authors Hall of Fame and as a guest blogger, and by reblogging so many of my own blog posts! Lucky for me I have an unlimited supply of virtual bananas to continue sending your way, Mr. Ape!
Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
YOU are invited to take advantage of the following:
Thanks to all my blog contributors, followers and visitors since The Story Reading Ape Blog began in April 2013 (just over two years ago), the posts have received a total of over250,000 views (increasing daily).
The breakdown of statistics are as follows:
Number of views in 2013: 30,412
Number of views in 2014: 125,910
Number of views in 2015: over 93,000 so far
Current number of views per day: Between 700 and 1200.
Current number of followers: over 7,45
So, if YOU would like to boost YOUR blog traffic, following and promote your books – FOR FREE – why not do one of the following:
Overcome your shyness and send me YOUR Guest Author article to introduce yourself – click HERE to see what is required.
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Thanks to Mr. Ape for this timely blog post (and for including the link to my guest post series I wrote for him on Marketing!). Thanks, Chris, and lucky for all of us you’re willing to promote for bananas!!!
Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
You KNOW I love you ALL to PIECES and I try to help you any way I can – BUT…I’m not an ape who beats around the bush (except to find food of course) so I’ll say it straight…
You’re driving me spare with frustration…
By your apparent lack of imagination!
I DO NOT mean when it comes to your storytelling talents.
I mean, when it comes to Promoting / Marketing yourself and your book(s).
Take the following common methods for example:
BOOK BLOG TOURS
The same promotional wording, layout and general pitch on several host blogs, sometimes interlinked with schedules of where and when (often up to a three week period) the beleaguered follower of many of these blogs is forced to either, click on the Like Button to show the blog host that they support them, or, stay away rather than to read the same promo post…
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I’d like to add to this that it’s a known statistic: readers who borrow books from libraries are generally also book buyers. So if authors think giving their books to libraries is counterproductive to selling books … think again! By placing your book in a library you expose it to many, many more readers. Plus librarians and libraries rock and promote literacy in the community, so it’s a great thing you do in supporting them!
Originally posted on galesmind:
Let’s start a movement!! If you write, donate your signed books to your local library and volunteer to read them. You get followers and future readers they get you in person.
If you have books donate them to small libraries that have so few and little money to buy more.
Get involved. Children that read get ahead. Ereaders are great but there is nothing like the adventure of going to a library and finding that perfect book. Take your kids get them a card. It is better for their minds and health.
Please reblog and share this post so we get the word out that libraries need our support. We don’t want to see a day when they are no longer there.
I’ve just discovered a YouTube channel where a number of very interesting videos of Bequia have been posted! Check out each one for a good overview of what the island is all about. (And, if you know where to look, you’ll see our house in a few of them.)