If you are an author you want people to read your book . I hope people both read and are entertained by our books. In order for people to read your book you need reviews,hopefully good reviews. Now we all know what Abe Lincoln said...."you can't please all of the people all of the time". An author I know tweeted that he had just had a mean , nasty review. I tweeted to him that constructive criticism was one thing but being mean and nasty was another.Therfore I told him not to pay any attention to that person.He said I was very kind. Nope I was just telling him how I felt. Now when we are the object of that mean, nasty review......well not so easy is it? I don't know about other authors,but I LIKE our book. I like our characters. I am invested in them. We wrote our book the way we did on purpose. We had a plan. We had a tone we meant to set........ Barbara Mertz aka Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels is one of my favorite authors. Depending on which name she writes under and series she is writing she sets a certain tone. Now my personal favorite is the Amelia Peabody series. That series makes me laugh out loud every time I read it! Often though I would wonder how many people would understand her humor (I know some who just don't get it). What I am trying to say is, my book and your book is not everyone's cup of tea and that's okay. There is an audience for everyone. Everyone needs constructive criticism. I don't mean "quit writing",that's mean and nasty. I mean things like "you need more character development" etc. So if someone assasinates your work just remember that an assasin is doing it........that wasn't your target audience anyway, right? ........blog later.....Joan
As I have said before,people constantly have said to me "you should write a book" . This was always in reference to our family exploits. With 6 children, many pets and multiple moves,something remarkable was always happening. This story recounts the time we moved from New York to Maryland. We decided to take a vacation when we moved. Now for our family that always meant a camping trip. We camped all over the country,at Walt Disney World, the grand Canyon, quite often on the ocean and many other exciting places. This time we decided to camp while we looked for a house and at the same time visit the nation's capital. Our daughter Patricia had a very best friend Lisa who lived in Michigan. To make the move easier she asked if Lisa could come camping with us.We said yes and so she came. Now Lisa had never camped before so this was her inaugural camping trip. With so many people our campsite was quite busy and loaded with coolers, suitcases, camp stove, fire ring etc. We had a huge tent for sleeping and a screen tent for cooking and eating. Lisa was in awe as we all worked together to set the camp site up. As this was not our "first rodeo", we were up and running in no time. After supper we were in the screen tent playing a board game when it started to rain. Undaunted by a little rain we moved the game into the sleeping tent. Well the "little rain" soon became a deluge of Biblical proportions. It quickly became evident that we needed to retreat to a hotel. We began to quickly pack everything we could (except for the tents). Poor Lisa wanted to help and as we were packing up everything in the screen tent the roof began to sag under the weight of the water. So Lisa stood with her hands raised like Moses leading the Israelites out of egypt, so the tent wouldn't collapse on top of us. Soaked to the bone & giggling a lot we piled into our van in search of a hotel. We started down the highway when "BOOM CRACK WOOSH" lightning struck a gas main just ahead of us beside the highway. Later, on the news we heard the flames shot 150 feet into the air. It certainly looked to be of epic proportions! The heat was unbelievable. We were the last car to drive through before they shut down the highway. Well THAT was exciting. Without further incident we found a hotel and settled in for the night.The next morning we got up and everyone was getting dressed and ready to have breakfast when the fire alarm sounded in the hotel. No this was not a drill. The hotel was on fire. Chris and I did a head count and Lisa was missing. Patricia yelled "I think she's in the bathroom!" I ran over to their room and started pounding on the door screaming "Lisa fire! Lisa Fire!"......she didn't come out,after much pounding and screaming she came out and said "WHAT?" Later she told us she didn't hear the fire alarm or me screaming FIRE!. She thought boy someone really needs to use this bathroom. Yeah, so that was Lisa's first vacation with us and her first camping trip.I know she never vacationed with us again AND I'm fairly certain she never has gone camping again either.
I think self published authors and actually authors in general to be some of the nicest ,most helpful people I have ever dealt with. We self published our first novel, Bioprints, on December 19,2013. We had no idea what we were doing. We had never been on Twitter nor had we visited author's pages ,websites or blogs. One of our friends started as a self published author and now has a literary agent and a publisher. I hope one day we will acheive that too. She was extremely helpful. One of our daughters had been "tweeting" for years. She got us started on Twitter and even shared contacts :D, all of whom have been inviting and kind. All six of our children and one daughter-in-law quickly became beta testers and copy writers.Then we started tweeting! Oh my goodness!! I really cannot believe how kind and helpful everyone has been. When any author is promoting an event, book sale, blogspot, booksigning...whatever the occasion, everyone jumps in to help and tweets away. Also we have pestered some people with many questions about how to find, deal and execute everything needed to self publish successfully. No one has complained or not answered. All the authors have given us informed advice. Many of the authors we have met, have read and reviewed our book in exchange for us to read and review their book. That is an amazing help! We recently had a free book promotion which was very successful, we were #3 in our genre on Amazon. That only happened because SO MANY AUTHORS jumped in and helped us promote the event. Of course all of our tweeps were an amazing help not just authors, but most of our tweeps ARE authors :D. We have now finished our second novel, Flash Zombies, VolumeII in the O'Rourke crime novel series. Thanks to all our new friends and their help I am not as flummoxed about what I need to do.....that is after a million rewrites :(. My heartfelt thanks to all who have helped us so far, authors, entrepreneurs,family and friends! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!...blog later.... Joan
Day three of rewrites for Flash Zombies. All I can say is "ugh". The same three chapters (the first three). I certainly hope when Chris and I go over these this time we won't change five sentences or rewrite a whole paragraph or realise we've slipped from third person narrative to first person narrative. "Sigh"..... If I didn't already have a sizeable goose egg on my forehead I would be banging my head against the wall. It certainly is amazing that we can rework one sentence fifteen different ways before we think it sounds authentic. oh! Did I mention commas? The bane of my existance. To use a comma or not to use a comma THAT is the question! Please God let someone read these books and be entertained! Hehe I jest. I really love writing. This nit picky stuff though is torture.......Well back to the torture chamber!....Blog later....Joan
Today I started on our first rewrite of our new book Flash Zombies the second book in the Ryan O'Rouke crime series. It's funny how many things you see that you wonder what you were thinking the first time you wrote that sentence or paragraph or chapter. It's amazing to me how many times I think the reader is a MIND reader and knows why a character would act, say or do certain things without me ever telling them. To make matters worse I had a million things to do before I sat down to start writing (or in this case rewriting). You know IMPORTANT things: fix breakfast, shower, dress, do dishes, laundry,clean the kitchen and so on. I was in such a hurry that while I was throwing a piece of trash away I stood up and turned and.......BAM! I was seeing stars (not the good kind either). I may have blacked out for a minute. I had hit my head on the corner of a metal pot rack. So now I have a giant goose egg on my forehead but at least I was ready to write. Now I may not have been so gentle with my characters today. Actually I think one cussed for the first time ever. When Chris got home and we went over the rewrites he laughed and said "And now we're officially PG13!". This is only the first rewrite....there will be more, I can only hope tomorrow I don't break a limb or something equally disasterous.....who knows what I'd have poor Ryan and Siobahn saying and doing.......blog later .......Joan
I know many people are interested in our paranormal investigations. Every one loves a good "ghost story". As I've told people a lot of investigating is spent waiting for something to happen. An investigation doesn't have to be done at night. Entities are around 24/7 just like us :D. One of my best investigations was during the day at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia. They host regular ghost tours there and Ideal Events has a night time tour with Ghost Hunting celebrities there at least once a year. This time though it was just my daughters Patricia,Jessie and me. We had just spoken with one of the docents who works there. She had shown us a picture of an appariton taken by an 8 year old boy on a school trip. You could see half of a face and torso. He looked like a pirate. We asked her if pirates had ever been imprisoned there, she said indeed they had. Well we decided we had to investigate at the same place and at the same time of day . It was our last day there and we had stopped by for one more investigation before boarding the plane. Most of our equipment was packed already so all we had was a couple of gaussmeters and a K2 meter. I had even packed our recorders which I still regret to this day! You really don't need any equipment to ghost hunt just yourself and your 5 senses. Some of the equipment does make communication much easier. One method use incommunicating with an entity is called "provoking". The idea is if the entity is not responsive you can "provoke" him/her/it into a response by being rude, angry , taunting so on and so forth. I don't choose to use this method myself. My whole purpose is to help whoever may be there. Anyway back to Ft. Mifflin. We had been asking questions for a half hour with no knocks, bangs,squeaks, pokes or anything lighting up the equipment. So I said ( to my daughters to be funny...I thought). "OH! The BIG BAAAD pirate can't even light up the little box." well those meters lit up so fast they almost flew off the bunk! We all looked at each other and burst out laughing,which set off another round of lights going off like crazy! At which point I said " I am so sorry I meant no disrespect to you I was making a joke." We then "chatted" with him via the meters for quite awhile. THAT was fun!......blog later.....Joan
I may have mentioned that I am an avid reader. I love books. I like reading book, I like owning books,I like writing books :D.......I love books! When the Kindle first appeared on the scene my sister got one. She called me up and told me I HAD to get one. She explained the glories of carrying around 10,000 books in your purse,ready at a moments notice. BUT I love BOOKS! I love their smell. I love to turn the page. I love to go to the library and borrow books. I love to own books and reread them. SO, Chris and I went on a cruise. I brought 5 paperback books. I read them all and promptly bought 5 more on board. When we got off the ship Chris promptly bought me my first Kindle ( I say first because we own at least 4 and both have the app on our smartphones). Now I love my Kindle don't misunderstand. I am so proud to have our first e-book on Amazon. Nothing though prepared me for the feeling I had when we opened a package in the mail yesterday and...... there was Bioprints in PRINT!!!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!! WE WROTE A BOOK!!! lol! I am excited beyond belief. Now if I can just find a publisher who will print it in hard cover......blog later....Joan
I used to be the lead generator at a Home Depot. I loved my job, my customers and the people I worked with. One thing I can do is sell. The year I left Home Depot I was 320% over goal. I knew it would be difficult to replace me so I wanted to be sure their numbers would be good for the rest of that fiscal year. So blatant promotion is nothing I was worried about. I sold at home services to people. So if you needed a new roof, windows, HVAC, doors, deck etc I was the person to see. I learned quickly to sell people what they needed not what they wanted. That way everyone was happy. You don't sell what the buyer could never recoup in their neighborhood. Or what wouldn't work. So sometimes they needed a less expensive item and sometimes a more expensive item. I had customers come in my last week just to say goodbye. So you know they were satisfied happy customers. I was not prepared after writing our first novel Bioprints for all the blatant self promotion needed to launch a new book. Now believe me I am quite sure we have a good book. However I was not prepared for how I would feel constantly saying "buy our book" "5 star reviews" and so on and so forth. Fortunately I do think we have a good product and if you like crime novels, romance ( totally pg clean romance) mystery and corporate espionage you won't be disappointed with Bioprints. I am now used to all the "blatant self promotion" and no longer think about it that way. I realize you need to be introduced to our book and see if it is something you would enjoy reading. O'Rouke Crime Novel Vol.II will be out soon. The title will be Flash Zombies and you will have to read it to find out why :D. I think you'll like it. Vol.II is longer than Vol.I. Other than that we have many of the same charachters returning and also quite a few of the same elements. I hope you'll read both of them, enjoy them and be entertained for a few hours....blog later...Joan
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