Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 11/7

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author Sarah Stein!

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Name: Sarah Stein

How long have you been published? I’ve been published for over two years.

What's the worst part about being published? The worst part about being published is the feeling of not being good enough. Not having what it takes to continue creating stories.

What's the best part about being published? The best part about being published is probably reading the reviews. Feeling a sense of accomplishment because I wrote that book makes it worth the pain and suffering of beating yourself up. 

Are you self-published or did you go through a publishing company? I went through three different publishing companies with all three books. I’m looking forward to releasing a set of short stories that will be self-published.

*What are the highs, if any? The high is being able to place a publisher’s name on the back cover of your book.

*What are the lows, if any? The low is not having the right amount of communication with your publisher. If there is a lack of communication on either end, the final product won’t be the way it was envisioned. Not all publishers are difficult to work with. That’s why I research each one.

What is the name of your book(s)? Hearten Christmas, New Beginnings, and Her Will

Was it/were they an easy write for you? I don’t think any book is an “easy” write, but they were fun and enjoyable to write.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? The most difficult part about writing is finding the time, and finishing each book. I have so many ideas that I must put on paper in between sessions of writing.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The easiest part of writing a book is brainstorming, outlining, and character development.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Interested readers can purchase a copy of on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and Siren Bookstrand.

Do you have any future projects in the works? I’m working on four separate Anthologies. The Dark Truth: Appearing in Tales After Midnight Halloween Anthology, Counter-Love: Appearing in the Anti-Valentine Anthology, Mistletoe: Appearing in the 25 Days of Christmas Anthology (charity), and Me + You: A Summer Romance Anthology (information will be released soon). I’m also working on The White Stealth Series, and the Unleashed Series. 

*Is there a tentative release date? Tales After Midnight Anthology will be released around Halloween 2017. Anti-Valentine Anthology will be released during Valentine 2018. 25 Days of Christmas Anthology will be released Christmas 2017. Me + You Summer Romance should be released summer of 2018. I don’t have release dates for any other books. 

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Facebook, Twitter, Website, Goodreads, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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Join me on Thursday as I bring you author Elle Welch!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Flow Friday

Welcome to Flow Friday! Poetry lovers, kick back and enjoy the read!
 

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When the blazing sun hangs low in the Western sky
When the wind dies away on the mountain
When the song of the Meadowlark turn still
And the field Locust click no more in the field
And the Sea Foam sleeps like a maiden at rest
And Twilight touches the shape of the wondering Earth
I turn home
Through blue skies and purple Woods
I turn home
I turn to the place that I was born to the mother Who Bore Me
And the father who taught me long ago long ago long ago
Alone am I now
And lost
And alone
In this far wide wondering world
Yet still
When the blazing sun hangs low
When the wind dies away
And the Sea Foam sleeps
And Twilight touches the shape of the wondering Earth
I turn home
 
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Every Friday, I will showcase one or two other poet's work. If this is something that you are interested in participating in, please click on this link and fill out the form. Poems will be posted in no particular order so be sure to keep an eye out for yours!😉
 

The Time When Your Hobby...

Turns into your career...
 
*To my fellow authors, I applaud those you that can live comfortably off of your books. Even more applause to those of you that have been published for a short period of time and have made a crazy impact on readers.*
 
Maybe, one day, I will be able to live comfortably as well. Who knows.

I've been published since I was 22 years old, I'm 33 now, and I never really looked at writing as the kind of business that it is. Writing is a hobby for me and publishing what I write is just an added perk.

In the beginning, I was super self-conscious about my books because they are poetry books, and not just any poetry books either. These are the kind of poetry books that allowed complete strangers to see parts of me that I keep hidden for a reason. To be so guarded, and yet, so exposed like that was a terrifying feeling. 
 
I would sell copies of them until I felt like I was making "too many sales" and then I would shut down completely about them. One time, I sold 50 copies in less than a 3 week time frame and it totally freaked me out; probably didn't help much that the sales were to co-workers of mine and I could not fathom any of them knowing me so intimately like that.

I find that I am okay promoting and marketing my novella but because I still have that innate fear of being judged, I generally remain mum about the poetry books. With the last few author events that I have had the pleasure of being an attending author at, I only sell my poetry books as a way to get more comfortable telling others about them.
 
In recent weeks, however, I have been learning how to market more only because I truly do want people to read what I write. I want them to get all the feels that I feel as I pour my heart and soul into my work. I want my words to make an impact on readers the way that other authors have made an impact on me. The kind of impact that causes you to feel like I am talking to you about a situation in your life. The kind of feeling that proves to you that you are not alone in this world when it comes to the kind of emotions that you are afraid to express. The kind of impact that leaves you feeling empty when you have finished reading the book.
 
I'm going to market better so maybe, just maybe, my hobby will allow me to live comfortably one day, too.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 11/2

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author N'Zuri Za Austin!


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Name: N’Zuri Za Austin

How long have you been published? I have been published for a little over a year now.  My actual publication date was on June 8, 2016

What is the name of your book(s)? The name of my book is Fragments of a Reflection. It is a collection of short stories and poetry that narrate the lives of five women who on the surface appear to be beautiful, successful, and emotionally strong.  The women, however, are conscious of their internal truth and know they are nothing more than what the mirror says they are – a fragmented reflection.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? What are the highs and lows? I went through an Atlanta based publishing company called Urban Edge Publishing. They were amazing to work with. The lows are that I know nothing about publishing, marketing, or selling a book. The highs are that I’m with a company who understands that, and who is willing to teach me.

Was it/were they an easy write for you? I’d like to think it was pretty easy for me to write.  I write life. I write what I see; what I am exposed to; what I’ve been through; what I feel…  I’m just taking all of those things and transferring them into words and poetry.

What's the worst part about being published? The worst part about being published is that I’ve exposed myself to critique. I know that not everyone is going to like my writing, and that not everyone is going to understand my vision - but still, hearing it or seeing it in a review terrifies me.

What's the best part about being published? The best part about being published is that I know my words will live forever; that I am leaving a part of myself behind; that I may someday become someone’s history lesson.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? Writing ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘The End’.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? The writing isn’t hard; it’s the marketing that I hate. 

Do you have any future projects in the works? I don’t have any more books planned, but as a filmmaker, I do have projects in the works. As a matter of fact, I’m just finishing up post-production on my Battle Line Series – so I’ll be touring that around soon. I also have a few other Poetry in Motion projects in the works. One is a domestic violence piece and the other is a piece on love. And I may turn my book into a movie… maybe.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Right now, my book can be purchased at Urban Edge Publishing and on Amazon, but hopefully one day it will be available in stores worldwide.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? They can email me, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and stay in the know.

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Join me next week as I bring you more authors!