Welcome to this week’s first cafe and bookstore update. And the first author with some news is Mary C. Blowers in collaboration with Leah Cutter, Blaze Ward, Douglas Smith and Prasenjeet Kumar with a box set for authors. Ultimate Guides to Indie Publishing – Make yourself a best seller. On pre-order for April 26th.
I remember sending photocopies of my manuscript out to children’s book publishers, only to be met by rejection.
Imagine my delight when I heard I could publish on my own very inexpensively.
Authors no longer have to wait for acceptance by the big Five–Hachette, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin Random House and Simon Schuster–or find an agent. Just write and upload. You’ll need a cover and some other features, but it’s really possible to do it yourself.
My children’s book? It’s now The Prophecy of Enchantria, available on Amazon along with 18 others.
Read how I did it, and how the others in this box set did it. We offer our recommendations for many facets of the writing career. Make 2017 the year you get published.
Table of Contents
1. “Create Your Book Start to Finish” by Mary C. Blowers
2. “Business for Breakfast, Volume 1” by Leah Cutter
3. “Business for Breakfast, Volume 3” by Blaze Ward
4. “Playing the Short Game” by Douglas Smith
5. “How to be an Author Entrepreneur Without Spending a Dime” by Prasenjeet Kumar
6. “How to Market Your Books Without Spending a Dime” by Prasenjeet Kumar
Buy the book at the pre-order price of $5.75 for delivery on April 26th: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guides-Indie-Publishing-Ebook-ebook/dp/B072B5DM39
About Hoarder’s Nightmare released on April 17th.
Do you think you might be a hoarder? Read about Mina, who buys something from a thrift store and has major trouble with it. Something gets lost in the clutter and could involve legal trouble! Read as she travels to distant places and finds treasures beyond her wildest dreams. But do they last?
A small selection of other books by Mary C. Blowers
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Blowers/e/B006X9C9CE
Connect to Mary via her blog: https://maryblowers.com/
Our next author, Bette A. Stevens is offering her book Amazing Matilda at 99c in celebration of Earth Day 2017. The monarch butterfly and milkweed (the caterpillar’s food source) are endangered.
Inspire the Kids with an Award-winning (Excellence in Children’s Literature) Monarch Butterfly Tale.
In this age of instant gratification, there’s an award-winning children’s picture book out that teaches kids that patience and hard work really do pay off.
‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale’ is a timely tale that follows MATILDA, a tiny monarch caterpillar, from the time she hatches from her egg on a giant milkweed leaf until she realizes her dream to fly. The story provides challenges and adventure at every turn.
Grandparents, parents and teachers will find that AMAZING MATILDA is a book that kids will want to read themselves and hear read to them again and again.
The latest reviews for Amazing Matilda
I love nature and animals. All animals. I love butterflies. When I saw Amazing Matilda, I had to buy and read it. Little Matilda is desperate to fly, but doesn’t know how. This is a wonderful and cute story about learning patience. It’s an encouraging book for children and adults alike. The story takes you from Matilda as a small caterpillar to her metamorphosis as a beautiful Monarch butterfly. A quick read, you’ll be done with it in no time at all.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of nature, animals and children of all ages from two to 100. It is beautifully yet simply illustrated.
I just read this little cutie… it is a great learning tool, especially for the extremely young… the sentence structure in some places could be shortened (for the extremely young), but otherwise it will help to teach kids to keep trying no matter what, that anything is possible… I will definitely be suggesting this to my cuz, to read to her new baby… thanks for putting this out in the world…
Read all the reviews and buy the book at 99c: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Matilda-Childrens-Literature-Butterfly-ebook/dp/B00AU9ZISA
Also by Bette A. Stevens
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M
Connect to Bette via her Website/blog: http://www.4writersandreaders.com
The next update is for fantasy author P.H. Soloman who continues to receive excellent reviews for The Bow of Destiny (The Bow of Hart Saga Book 1) published in September 2015.
Fantasia Reviews 2016 Book of the Year, “in the vein of R. A. Salvatore and Piers Anthony.”
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but he isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.
One of the latest reviews for The Bow of Destiny
I’ve never written a fantasy story, but I love to read the genre. There’s something about being transported to a different realm where various creatures live in unfamiliar habitats, food and currency are foreign to me, and (almost always) there’s an epic quest.
P. H. Solomon’s THE BOW OF DESTINY fulfills everything I look for in a fantasy and more.
This is the story of Athson, son of Ath, who was raised by elves when his parents were violently killed by trolls and an evil wizard. That sounds like a story in and of itself, but it’s only the backstory to this wonderful tale.
Athson is such a relatable character—which is saying something, because in the beginning of the novel, it’s not even clear that he’s sane. He’s having visions of dead people and dogs, and he needs medicine to keep his fits under control. But it’s this vulnerability—and the unreliability of his narration—that makes him such a compelling character. When he is given “the inheritance” and told to seek the bow destined for him, you can really feel his confusion and distress. Masterfully done.
Athson has two journeys in one—his personal journey regarding the bow and his group’s journey to find the Withing’s stolen book. What’s a Withing? Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but Hastra is powerful and revered and Athson doesn’t trust her. There are secrets kept on both sides, secrets that could have disastrous implications.
Of all the characters we meet on his journey, I’m particularly fond of the giant Ralda. He is brave, kind, fearless, and tortured by tragedy in his past. All of the characters were well-developed and easy to relate to, but I could read volumes of Ralda’s story.
If the novel wasn’t exciting enough, the epilogue blew me away. It was totally unexpected, and I can’t wait to read the next installment.
Solomon hit the ground running with the first novel in the series. I highly recommend it.
Read some of the 50 reviews for The Bow of Destiny and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Bow-Destiny-Hart-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B014AZ5DMU
Also by P.H. Solomon
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/P.-H.-Solomon/e/B00LU4XNQS
Connect to P.H. Solomon via his Website: http://phsolomon.com
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