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Friday, December 6, 2013
12:30 AM | Posted by Bethany Jones | | Edit Post
1. What was the most challenging part of writing "The Secret of the Mantras"?
It took me thirty years to write this book, then three years to not find an agent. The biggest challenge was not in maintaining the courage to continue to believe in the book and go back to it while it was being written, but in keeping myself from getting discouraged and giving up because of the rejections and non-replies from the more than 200 agents to whom I sent queries, one of whom actually wrote back to say, “Nobody these days is interested in a memoir by a nobody.”
2. What appeals most to you about independent publishing?
What I find most appealing about independent publishing is that it’s there these days. An available option for those of us who keep getting told by agents and traditional publishers that nobody wants to read what we’ve written. Or in other words, that in “today’s market” they don’t think they can make any money off it. I also like the substantially higher royalties than what traditional publishers pay, and the fact that I’m completely in charge of how the book looks and what it contains.
3. What do you think is the biggest key to becoming a successful writer?
To be completely honest (and reveal another secret), I don’t consider myself a writer, in the sense that Austen and Flaubert and Tolstoy were writers. And I know I’m not “successful,” in the sense that my book has not yet made me rich and famous. That said (and to stop evading the question), maybe the thing dangling from the gate blocking the path towards success as a writer is not the kind of lock that can be opened with a key, but with a combination: talent, diligence, and luck. First you’ve got to have a flair for writing, which at the beginning can manifest itself simply as a desire to become a writer. Next you’ve got to be diligent in developing that talent, that flair, indulging that desire (see below). Finally, you’ve got to have help from the gods---whether you worship at the altar of Random House or CreateSpace---so that what you’ve written will be read. And of course the gods need all the help we can give them (one of the reasons I’m answering these questions).
4. What advice would you give to new writers?
That’s easy. (And a lot of people have already said it on this blog.) Write. And write & write & write & write & write & write & write. Start early and make it a habit. Following the advice of my freshman English teacher, I started keeping a journal in 1960 and I’m still at it, every day. At first I tried to express big thoughts about storms at sea and never-ending love and the eternal silence of infinite space, but soon I realized other people had already done that, better than I could. So instead I took to taking notes on little things I saw and heard around me that caught my attention or took my fancy. During the day I would jot down these snapshot-observations in a little notebook I kept in my back pocket or on paper tablecloths or napkins or in margins of books. Then at night I’d haul out all these notes and type them up, trying to reproduce what I’d seen or heard that day as accurately and as objectively as I could. I guess my goal was to get things coming through me rather than from me. The Secret of the Mantras is largely based on the notes that comprise my journals from 1965 to 1970, and many of the conversations are reproduced word-for-word exactly as I heard them, or as accurately as I could recompose them while they were still fresh in my mind.
Richard Blakely is the author of The Secret of the Mantras. Follow him on Facebook or stop by Amazon to pick up a copy of his book!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
10:21 AM | Posted by Bethany Jones | | Edit Post
Writers love books. We love to make them, we love to read them, we love to talk about them. Few things give us more pleasure than introducing a reader to a book we know they’ll love as much as we do. What could be better?
Getting paid to do it, that’s what. With ebooks and bookstore financial troubles in the news, it’s easy to forget that millions of physical books are still purchased every year. Hardcover treasures are uncovered by collectors, children’s books brighten the eyes of young people, and dog-eared paperbacks make the journey home, then back to the bookstore, then to another home. Every sale results in a little bit of profit for someone, and that profit can be yours with a little knowledge and a little work.
Book Profits Dot Com can give you that knowledge. Authored by a 10-year veteran of the online book trade, Book Profits Dot Com teaches you the tricks of that trade - from finding free books to making happy customers out of angry ones - that can ensure your online bookstore provides maximum returns for your effort. It also provides a sample business plan that will help you outline your own business strategy, costs, and commitments before you spend a dime on inventory. If you have ever wanted to own your own bookstore, Book Profits Dot Com will tell you bluntly what you're getting into. It will also reveal exactly how to make the most of it.
The work, however, must come from you.
Bill Hoyt is the author of several books, including Book Profits Dot Com and Good Hater. Check out his book on Amazon or connect with him through his blog.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
7:20 PM | Posted by Bethany Jones | | Edit Post
Have you always known that you wanted to write?
I have always told stories, especially when I was teaching. I used story writing as part of my daily work. Sometimes I would write them down to use again. I never let anyone else read them though, just the kids that I taught. So many people told me I should go ahead and write.
My mum had always wanted to have a book published, but she never managed to get there. So in some ways I never thought it was possible. Then my Mum gave me three books written by my volleyball coach. I realized that it was actually possible. However it wasn’t until I was an adult that I actually got the courage to try. Now I have three published children’s books and stories in four Anthologies. I couldn’t be happier!
What has been your biggest challenge as a writer?
Marketing – I never thought about it, I just wrote the book. Of course you need to be able to sell them. Some authors expect publishers to do the work, but why should they. If you’re a no one then you need to put in the hard yards. This is still something I am learning. I have met some fantastic people along the way and love to help other authors out. It can actually be a lot of fun. It is still a major challenge though!
What advice would you offer to aspiring authors?
Don’t give up, dreams can come true. Just don’t expect it to all happen without hard work. Believe me when you hold that first book with your name on it, then you’ll know it was all worthwhile!
What's one thing that you want readers to know about your books?
They are fun to read. I write so people can enjoy them, don’t over analyze the stories. There are no hidden meanings. They are stories to be read, enjoyed and shared!
1:00 AM | Posted by Beth | | Edit Post
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I'm excited to be part of the launch celebration of "Ignite!" a book of tastefully erotic short stories written especially with moms in mind! By the way, my treasure hunt word is "WRITER."
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Whether you're a woman who has put passion on the back burner, or you're a hot mama who has been keeping things aflame, these stories are sure to light your fire! They're short. They're hot. They're a little something just for you!
A special thanks to Michael Bracken who took the time to answer some questions about writing for readers of The Hungry Freelancer!
Q: Is this your first time writing erotica? (If it’s not your first time, please tell us a bit about your other work. If you have not written erotica but want to tell us about other published genres, feel free. If it’s your first time being published at all, go on and tell us your thoughts on this.)
A: I’ve been writing fiction professionally since I was a teenager in the late 1970s and sold my first erotic short story in the early 1980s, an erotic mystery published in January 1983. Over the years I’d authored several books and more than 1,000 short stories, several hundred of which are erotica or have erotic content. Though I’ve written under several pseudonyms, these days most of my work appears under my own name or as written by Rolinda Hay. Novels, short story collections, and short stories written under both names can be found at all the online bookstores.
Q: Being that it was specifically written for moms, what inspired you to write your particular story?
A: I wondered how a married couple, regularly separated because one of them traveled for business, would keep their sex life fresh and exciting. “Extra Money” is the result.
Q: Being that you’re a male writer, we thought it was particularly interesting that “Extra Money” is written in the first-person point of view… as the woman. What were the challenges in writing it this way, and/or what are your thoughts or insights on this?
A: I have been writing stories with first-person female narrators since the early 1980s when I began writing for confession magazines such as Intimate Story, Secrets, and True Love, and I still contribute regularly to the last remaining confession magazines, True Confessions and True Story. I may be the most prolific male writer of confessions, and I’ve written so many that an article in Romance Writers Report, published by the Romance Writers of America, dubbed me “The King of Confessions.”
I’ve been writing fiction with first-person female narrators for so long now that I no longer find it a challenge, but early on I learned that the key to writing a story from a viewpoint that isn’t my own is to pay attention to the people around me and to try to make each character an individual and not a generic “man” or generic “woman.”
Q: What types of books do you personally read the most?
A: I read a little of everything, but if faced with a stack of books representing every genre and forced to choose only one, I’m most likely to select a hardboiled or noir mystery.
Q: Tell us a quirky thing about you that most people don't know.
A: When I was a teenager, I published Knights of the Paper Space Ship (later known as just Knights), a science fiction fanzine that included contributions by many science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers who were then or are now quite well-known.
Q: What else do you have going on or coming up?
A: I have stories in the recently published anthology High Octane Heroes (Cleis Press), and forthcoming in the anthologies Cowboy Heat (Cleis Press), Deadhead Miles (Spook Show publishing), and The Mammoth Book of Urban Erotic Confessions (Robinson Publishing). I also have stories in the October, November, and December issues of True Story magazine, and a story in the current issue of Clean Sheets (www.CleanSheets.com).
Description: “Extra Money” is the story of how one mother satisfies her sexual needs while her husband is away on business!
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Monday, December 2, 2013
10:41 PM | Posted by Bethany Jones | | Edit Post
Satisfied, I head toward the clearing. I will see Petunia. I will climb up onto her smooth dinosaur back and hold her closely with all of my remaining limbs. Rays of sunshine shimmer in the dusty green and yellow air of the forest. My mouth is dry and my hand is hot and sweaty. I feel warm and bright.
Alene, Kirsten (2011-03-08). Love in the Time of Dinosaurs (Kindle Locations 1083-1088). Eraserhead Press. Kindle Edition.
Love in the Time of Dinosaurs is not your ordinary romance story.
If you're looking for a weird, short read, this is your book. It's no classic by any means, but the writing is good and the story flows well. It's written in first person, present tense. I normally hate present tense, but for this story, the author really pulls it off well. As I mentioned, it's pretty short. I read this in about an hour, so it's definitely something that you can read in the tub or while sitting around in a waiting room.
Simply put, this story follows the life of a young monk who has always believed that dinosaurs are bad and dangerous. That is, until he meets a strange new dinosaur who changes his mind and questions his belief system. If you're looking for some of that dinosaur erotica, you won't find it here. If, however, you want something that's going to challenge the way you look at love, you might find some enjoyment in this book.