Four Corners of Getting Published

Four Corners of Getting Published

If you think of writing as a box, the center of the box has to be the writing itself. That’s the most impertant aspect, because if you don’t write something, nothing else will matter.

Once you’ve written it, or while you are writing it, the corners of the box come into play. The first corner is one that halps you in you’re writing – that’s called Editing.

The second corner, once you’ve got your work well-editted, is Formatting, because you’ve got to put it in the proper format to get it pirnted. This corner is highly dependent on where you go to publish – whether through someone else, or by yourself.

The third corner is Cover Design. Ever book needs a cover, and its said that the cover helps sale the book. Again, you can hire someone to build your cover, or you can do it yourself.

The final corner is Marketing. This one is optional, since if your only making the book as a gift for family, no real marketing need be done. But if you intend to sell to others, you’ll find this takes more effort than most of what’s come before, with the exception of the writing itself. Bria Burton will be showing some unique ways to get your name out there.

In the FWA workshop, GET YOURSELF PUBLISHED, being held on Friday, 10/21, in Altamonte Springs, we’ll go over all 4 corners. Not only that, you’ll get to practice, with guidance, on these corners. But time is running out to register!

Special Bonus for Attendees

As a special bonus for any attendee, if you can find all the mistakes in this post, you’ll get a small gift at the workshop. Just bring the number with you and hand it to me on a sheet of paper with your name.

We hope to see you there!

John

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Get Yourself Published

Get Yourself Published Workshop Oct 21

Coming next month, there’s still time to sign up, is a new full-day workshop, Get Yourself Published, that I’ll be presenting with author Bria Burton at the FWA Conference, on Friday, October 21st. You can sign up here.

This will be a work shop. You will really work, You’ll practice some editing techniques, to strengthen the quality of the readability of your story. You’ll be shown several fun ways to promote your finished product, and you’ll work on formatting your story, and designing a cover.

All Day Work, Free Software Included!

It will be a full day of work and you’ll have the opportunity to install all the software necessary to complete your work, from word one to the end.

You’ll be working on your story. In addition, at least one attendee will have part of their story formatted for them, or their front cover laid out in graphics software.

We cover editing, formatting for print, marketing, and cover design. By the end of the day, you should be able to make this decision:

A. I can do it myself! (Because you are confident that you can handle the steps with what you learned in the workshop.)

Or,

B. I can prepare it and have someone else do it for me! (You’ll be able to understand what makes for good cover design, what helps in preparing ahead of time for the simplest translation from story to finished product. But you don’t want to bother with the details. However, just understanding them gives you the information to ask the right questions when you hire someone to do it for you.)

So, come out to a great conference and take in the incredibly-priced full day workshop on self-publishing. We hope to see you there, and will be available throughout the weekend for any questions.

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Art Walk Success

Art Walk Success!

When you read those words, I imagine you’re thinking, “Wow, they sold a lot of books.” That’s how most people measure success, I think. They measure it by money.

And although it was our best Art Walk event in those terms, that’s not what I mean when I say it was a success. To me, what was important was meeting all those people who stopped by our booth to talk. Whether it was dogs and cats, zombies, old men, or Sci-Fi history, we shared a great deal in discussions with so many people.

That, to me, made it a success. So much so, that I couldn’t wait to post my impression of the night. It started out hot, but Bria had a cheap tablecloth we hung up behind us that blocked the sun. And even though it was hot, there was a nice breeze coming off the bay that helped keep us somewhat cool.

Once the sun dropped out of sight, the cool night air refreshed us. It was a beautiful night – more of an October or November night to me – made even better by the friends who stopped by, and others who took the time to say hi and chat about anything.

New Zombie Signups

We also had several people sign up to be in an upcoming Cord Wheaton episode. J Gerard Michaels will be in touch with them to decide how he will craft them into the story. We are expecting a release date of early next year, or maybe even late this year!

Prometheus a Hit

The anthology – historical science fiction – was a big hit, and Bria was occupied quite a bit talking about the book, and selling them quickly. It also gave her an opportunity to try out some new technology, with great success.

The night flew by so fast, we forgot to eat. What a difference from some of the other nights, where we would easily go pick up food at a local restaurant, unconcerned that we would miss someone stopping by.

So, thank you to all those who came out to say hello and support us. We had a great time!

New Book and Author Appearances

New Book and Signings

j gerard michaels has released a new book, the third in his Cord Wheaton Saga, Zombie State, in both paperback and Kindle. It’s available now here. This is the cover:

Zombie State cover

This compilation includes episodes 12 to 16 in the series. It follows the detective as he attempts to prevent the zombie apocalypse from becoming a reality. It looks like one state has pretty much turned, and it’s his state, which was ground zero.

Filled with action, humor, romance, mystery, and of course, zombies, the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy!

Author EVENTS

This is a busy time for author appearances. We have 3 coming up in the next month, all occurring within a week of each other.

Brigitte D. Moore will be giving a book talk at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library in Pinellas Park on Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 in the afternoon. One of our most popular authors continues to make sales and spread the word about her personal story.

j gerard michaels will be at the 5K Zombie Run in Largo, FL on the same day, in the morning. You could actually make both events! This one is a fun family affair, with children of all shapes and sizes enjoying exercise and the outdoors. The author will have some goodies to give away as well.

Bria Burton will join j gerard michaels at the Gulfport Art Walk in Gulfport, FL (southwest of St.Pete) on Friday, March 6, at a booth selling their books. I’ll be there as well promoting Soul Attitude Press. This is another great event that we’re happy to be a part of.

UPCOMING

We have more books coming in the near future. Grandpa Tic is hard at work on his 4th guide, hoping he can then produce a print book. We’re also working on a step-by-step guide to give you the ability to produce your own book, for free! (Or, for the cost of this book, you’ll then have a guide to produce your own at no cost.)

Free Download Weekend

Free Download Weekend

Yep, you read that right. We are blowing out the doors on Kindle with a bunch of free downloads from some of our authors. All weekend long, Nov 15-16, you can download 3 zombie ebook episodes of The Cord Wheaton Saga, 2 spiritual offerings from John Rehg, and Tic Rawghers’ first guide.

The books to download are:

Tic Rawghers’ first guide:

RawghersCov2Grandpa Tic’s humorous look at the electronic world of today through the eyes of an old man and his grandchildren.

Laugh along with him as he attempts to learn how kids function today, while giving them advice on how it really should be done!

 

 

 

j gerard michaels’ The Cord Wheaton Saga episodes 4 And a Zombie in a Pear Tree (in English and Vietnamese) and 7: Soul of the Undead

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And finally, John Rehg has two short books for free this weekend:

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BOOK SIGNING

The authors will be reading and signing copies of print books (though Tic won’t as his aren’t in print yet) at Wilson’s Book World in St. Pete, Florida, this Saturday, Nov 15 around 3:30-5 pm, along with Bria Burton, Sunny Fader, and others.

Should be a lot of fun and we’ll have some free things to give away or include with any purchase. We hope you can make it out to listen to some good stories, etc.

Florida Indie Bookstore Day

Florida Indie Bookstore Day – November 15!

What is it?

A celebration of independent bookstores. Authors will be reading and entertaining and offering their books for sale. Come out and enjoy the fun. We have several authors appearing at Wilson’s Book World at 2394 MLK in St. Pete (just south of 24th Avenue).

Why should you be there?

Several of our authors will be reading! Bria Burton, author of Lance and Ringo Tails; John Rehg, author of several books on spirituality and prayer; j gerard michaels, author of the zombie series: The Cord Wheaton Saga, and possibly a special appearance by Grandpa Tic Rawghers, author of Grandpa’s Guides, an ebook only series.

Bria reads at 1:30, and the others around 3:30. Come out and join the fun.

Free Downloads!

To celebrate, some authors will be offering free downloads of some of their ebooks. Stay tuned for these special offers tomorrow.

COMING SOON- HELPING YOU GET PUBLISHED

Are you overwhelmed by the plethora of options in the publishing world? Do you get inundated with emails touting the latest and greatest publishing offer? Are you tired of all these and just want a simple way to put together your own book?

If you answered YES! to any of these questions, we’re here to help. We don’t do everything, but we can help you get published, and we’ll soon be offering some tips and advice on how to publish yourself, easily and at virtually NO COST!

That’s right – it’s something you can do very easily and cheaply. What a wonderful gift to give. Now, I know you are thinking, “It’s too late! Christmas is less than two months away!” (Actually, for those counting it’s 42 days, and I don’t expect you to put something together that quickly.)

Now’s the time to think about next year! And get started on putting your book, your story, your poetry (or whatever) together. We’ll start our series in December. Stay tuned for more details. (Or check back, or get on our mailing list!)

You can ask the publisher Saturday at Wilson’s Book World – we’ll be there celebrating Florida Indie Bookstore Day!

Thanks

John

Reading Festival Success

Reading Festival in downtown Bradenton a success

The reading festival organized by FWA (Florida Writers Association) was a success for our table. Authors Bria Burton and J Gerard Michaels both sold multiple copies of their books. Bria sold her new Lance and Ringo Tails book and Michaels sold sets of his Cord Wheaton Saga, book 1: Zombie Origins and book 2: Zombie Menace. Both authors read from their books during the festival, which ran Jan 10 – 11.

Reading Festival authors Bria Burton and J Gerard Michaels

Connections

It’s more than just about sales, though, and we are also excited about the many connections we made with other publishers, marketers, and authors. We hope to hear from them and reach out to them in the near future.

Some of them include Cheyenne from On Line Binding, Michael Butler from Next Century Publishing, and Matt Peters from Beating Windward Press. As we are committed to providing you with the service you need, it’s important to know who we can send you to for those services we don’t provide.

FOLLOW THE AUTHORS

If you want to follow our authors on Twitter:



Bria is the more active Twitter user, while John, writing as J Gerard Michaels, is just getting his Twitter fingers wet.

You can also follow them on their author websites / blogs:

Bria’s:  (her blog about her pets, and her author website)

www.lanceandringotails.blogspot.com

www.briaburton.com

J Gerard Michaels:  (where he writes exclusively about zombies)

www.jgerardmichaels.com

Both are actively working on their next offerings. We hope you find their work enjoyable and engaging. Stay tuned as we add more authors to our family.

We thank FWA for putting on the reading festival and extending the reach of our authors. This first ever FWA reading festival, open to the public, gave them the opportunity to read (and sing) in public, to sign some books and meet new people. And that is what a festival is all about.

John

 

Happy Holidays! Upcoming Events

Happy Holidays!

We wish you the happiest holidays this year, and thank you for all you’ve done for us. Our little venture really took off this past year, after ‘resting’ the first couple of years, as we published 7 new titles in paperback (+1 assisted), and over a dozen ebooks (a mix of short stories and full-length books), in an eclectic mix of genre’s: memoir, spirituality and faith, and horror/humor:zombies.

We hope next year will see continued contributions to our readers and authors, and soon-to-be authors.  Our misson: to provide you with a good read, an inspirational lift, laughter, and the thrill of holding that first book in your hands.

UPCOMING EVENTS: BOOK SIGNINGS

Jan 5 2014 – Sunday 2-4pm    Brigitte D. Moore

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at Wings Bookstore – corner of 45th Ave and 4th St N in St. Petersburg, will be signing her new memoir: Finding Home.

Brigitte Moore’s story of growing up after the war and immigrating to America is a compelling story of survival in war-torn Germany, detailing many of the hardships of growing up during that time.

Jan 10-11 – Friday/Saturday 9am-5pm FWA Reading Festival   

at the First Baptist Church Educational Building,

1306 Manatee Avenue West,  Bradenton, FL 34205

Soul Attitude Press will share a table with one of our authors, Bria Burton, offering our books for sale and also doing a reading or two from our selection. We are excited to be a part of this new 2-day FWA event, the first ever open to the public (for the reading festival).

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Bria’s latest book

Bria’s new book is now available in paperback as well as ebook format. Her compilation includes a never-released story as well as those previously offered on the Kindle, a total of 10 ‘Tails’ in all.

For the pet lover and anyone interested in good, humorous, family entertainment.

 

We hope your holidays are filled with joy and love, and that you carry this spirit with you every day, not just on special occasions.

John, for Soul Attitude Press

Book Announcements: Burton and Moore

Book announcements in today’s news from Soul Attitude Press:

Bria’s Book, Lance & Ringo tails, available

Bria Burton, author of the Lance & Ringo Tails series, has released the ebook and paperback compilation of the first 10 stories (the first 9 having been released as singles), and you can find it on Amazon here (paperback) and here (Kindle), and CreateSpace here.

Lance & Ringo Tails book cover

What a journey it has been for Bria as she worked through the layout software, learning new skills and the intricacies of CreateSpace.

Congratulations!

Brigitte moore’s book signing opens 2014

Brigitte D. Moore, our current bestselling author, is having a book signing at the Wings Bookstore on the corner of 4500 4th St N in St. Petersburg on Sunday, January 5th, from 2pm – 4pm. She will be signing her debut memoir, Finding Home, My Journey from Post-War Germany to America. It’s available on Amazon here.

Stop by and give a shout to this wonderful lady!