Oil Spill by Dylan Saucedo Interview

1. Which book (or other media) would you say is your largest influence? Contemporary poetry has been a large influence. Sylvia Plath. As well as certain television shows.  2. What part of the book was the most difficult to write? Most of the book was both, hard and easy to write. Since it’s poetry, much of it comes from personal experiences, having to go back and edit poems and reopen wounds is a difficult thing to do. Though the initial feelings that created each poem came naturally. 3. What was the seed of the book, or the very first thing…

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New Hot Toy Lists for 2018 from SproutScout.co

Looking for toys for kids both young and old? SproutScout.co has put together 30 guides for parents and grandparents to find the *perfect* gift this Christmas. Each list has ten options to help you find exactly what your child/grandchild will want to find under the tree. The Top 10 Best Current Marvel Toys The Top 10 Best Current Toy Cars And Trucks The Top 10 Best Disney Toys The Top 10 Best Dolls For Kids The Top 10 Best Learning Toys For Toddlers And Young Children The Top 10 Best Drones For Kids The Top 10 Best Ride On Toys…

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Irregular and Extraordinary Rendition Against US Citizens Still Going On

Dan Tito Davis Captured photo Key West Florida

You’re asleep when they come for you. Or you’re relaxing on the couch. Or walking home on a quiet, unassuming night. They arrive in a group. Dark clothes, maybe masks. They rush you all at once. Your hands, secured with zipties. Simple, hard to break. A blackbag is placed over your head. It blinds you, muffles the sounds you hear. The sudden darkness is suffocating; combine that with the fear and confusion, and it’s hard to breathe. Maybe they stun you. Or they drug you. Or they hold something against your nose. If it smells sweet, it’s sevoflurane. Less sweet,…

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Press Kits: Separating the Amateurs from the Professionals

By Mari Selby Marshall McCluhan said, “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” Your press kit – or media kit ­– is a tool. It’s your chance to shape how you want to be perceived and received. Media kits are sent out along with your book to reviewers, interviewers, for possible speaking […]

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Reaching out to Book Bloggers—Part Two

Article originally appeared on City Book Review. By Bethany Brown As we all know—authors, publishers, marketing professionals and book coaches—reviews matter. Any time you can get your book reviewed; participate in an online interview, podcast or webinar; write a guest post or article or even provide an excerpt on a well-trafficked site, it’s good for […]

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Making the Most of Your Amazon Author Page

By David Wogahn | @Wogahn | authorimprints.com Most online stores give authors a chance to share information about themselves. But only Amazon goes so far as to provide website-like features to every contributor to every book they sell. The service is called AuthorCentral and it offers 5 author brand-building features: The ability to create a branded website […]

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Reaching Out to Book Bloggers (Part One)

Original post from City Book Review on March 1, 2017. By Bethany Brown While there are many different components to a book launch, reaching out to book bloggers is a key piece of any book marketing or publicity plan. Reviews on book blogs, book mentions, author interviews, and guest articles are vital to increase exposure […]

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The Good Thing About Bad Reviews

Seven strategies for coping, moving on, and even making the most of a bad review By MaryGlenn McCombs   Several years ago, I sat in on a panel featuring some of the country’s most successful crime fiction writers. The topic?  Bad book reviews. The panel’s moderator began by reading snippets of comically bad reviews of […]

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How Authors Can Get Speaking Gigs

By Scott Lorenz, Westwind Communications As a book publicist, I am constantly being asked to help authors get speaking gigs. But, it’s a specialty in itself and outside our wheel house. Authors can make a lot of money speaking, more so sometimes than selling books, but, often, it’s the book that creates the demand, so there […]

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Reviews – Aiming for the Brass Ring

By Mari Selby As an author, what do we most want from the publishing of our books? Public recognition Skyrocketing sales Simply spreading our message We may want all three, and receiving a review can mean grasping that brass ring. A review in a prestigious print magazine can truly make an author’s name and multiply […]

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