Friday, December 19, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP DECEMBER 19, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! As always, thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…

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PRIOR EVENTS

Carry Me Home, by Tara Willis
"History is where her heart is for Alaskan author Tara Willis, who made her first stab at historical fiction with a 20-chapter novel when she was just 10 years old. Now 30, Willis had her first book published this past October, though it wasn’t the “Captured in Communist Russia” she wrote in elementary school. “Carry Me Home,” released by Oak Tree Press, was just one of 20 ideas whirling around in her head, waiting to be published, she said." You can read the full article:

The River Hideaway, by Billy Beasley

Billy has this to say about his recent book signing: "Book Signing at Barnes and Noble yesterday was very successful. I can't say for sure how many sold. I can estimate a bit based on the stacks of books on each side of me they kept replenishing. But they did tell me that the store had sold 51 books in December. I feel pretty comfortable saying 45 at least were sold yesterday in the 3 hours." Way to go Billy! Sounds like it went well!

Thonie Hevron, author of By Force or Fear
Just in time for the holidays, Thonie Hevron and a cadre of local writers (from California Writers' Club/Redwood Writers Chapter) appeared at the Rohnert Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire on November 27th and 28th. All authors sold enough books to make the event worthwhile. So much so that the group is already looking into more fairs during the year and especially at the holidays. Sound impressive Thonie, good job!
 


The Big Squeal, by Carol Alexander
Elvera Gray, recently posted a remarkably positive review on Carol Alexander's The Big Squeal. Here is an excerpt of the review:


"I enjoyed reading the adventures of Liberty the Pig. The author masterfully intervened the historic events of the past with modern life. Both children and adults will benefit from reading this wonderful book, learning something new and enjoying the rich language. It definitely broadens children's outlook. I believe that most children after reading information, well-presented by Carol Alexander, about Lincoln's work in Illinois, will be inspired to read some more books about one of the most popular American presidents! I am so thrilled that the book was presented to the Russian State Library of Foreign Literature! Moreover, it will be translated in Russian, so that not only those children who learn English can read it. I am sure Russian children will appreciate it not less than American kids! I do hope that Carol Alexander will continue to write interesting educational books for children! I am sure that teachers and parents of students will be really appreciative for her creative endeavors. Good luck for the Author!"


The Reluctant Assassin, by Ken Oxman
Recently, Ken Oxman was working hard signing books at his book signing events! In this picture, he is signing a copy of Reluctant Assassin at Barrett's book store in Darien, CT. In addition to that, he participated in an author panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT. Keep up the good work Ken! 

UPCOMING EVENTS

This 20th, 11am-1pm, Billy Beasley, author of The River Hideaway, will be having a book signing at Two Sisters Bookery. Here is an excerpt of his book: "The year is 1967 and Wilmington, NC, like much of the country, is embedded in racial turmoil. Two boys on the brink of manhood--Bret Marin and Clarence (Money) Wilkins--forge an unlikely friendship that alters the course of their lives forever. Bret and Money find their friendship tested by the racially charged times, by the cruel demands of an overbearing father, and ultimately by an allure that develops between Bret and Money's sister, Teke." Good luck on the up and coming event, Billy!



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pinterest: Another Way to Develop and Promote Your Novel

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Hmm. As a novelist, I’m not sure I like this old saw. After all, I am not a graphic novelist, but the old fashion kind. I paint with words.

But there’s no denying we are becoming an even more visually-oriented society than ever before. And that’s saying something!

Authors know to use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Linked-In, and other social media sites, but a relatively new kid on the block is Pinterest. Think of a virtual bulletin board you have divided into categories. You find pictures that fit your categories and “pin” them to your boards. For some odd reason, people search out your boards and “follow” them, like having “friends” on Facebook or “followers” on Twitter.

Pinterest launched as a closed, invitation-only beta site in March, 2010. From it’s initial 5K users, after only nine months the site had 10K users. Time magazine, in August, 2011 listed Pinterest in its “50 Best Websites of 2011” article. In December of that year, Pinterest became one of the ten biggest social network sites. By July, 2013 the site had 70 million users world-wide, 80% of them women.

That’s quite a potential audience for authors.

I heard about authors using Pinterest from someone in one of my Facebook affinity groups. She described how she used the boards to post pictures of her books and to promote the books of others. I was intrigued and checked it out.

This particular networking site doesn’t require nearly the same amount of energy as other social networking sites I use. Pinterest, for me, is more similar to my relatively-static website than the ever-changing blogs I write. I don’t actively seek followers, but they find me. It’s an interesting phenomenon.

To promote the author side of me, I have storyboards for my three published books (one in 2013; two in 2014) as well as a nascent story boards for my current WIPs, Prime Rib and Punishment, Potluck, and a romance.

I posted pictures of people who look like my characters. I posted pictures of important places, events, and objects in the books. Of course, I have book covers for already published romances and Mission Impastable.

I now use it as one of my planning tools as I plot the book and events. It’s almost as important, to me, as the 10 key events and character sketches I produce. My Pinterest Story Boards are a quick reminder of what the book is about and who’s in it. Maybe someone looking at it will be intrigued.

Additionally I have boards related to my books. For Mission Impastable, I have a board on “Food Porn” (luscious pictures of food) and “Kitchen Gadgets”. Without any effort, advertising, or soliciting, I have almost 200 followers. Just think what I could get if I promoted the boards! I get “repinned” a lot, which I think brings in more followers.

Whether or not sales result, I have no way of knowing. What I do know is that every day people are looking at my boards and my book covers may stick in their heads. I see it as a kind of passive--and FREE--advertising.

It was fun to put my book concepts into pictorial form. It’s actually another sort of summarizing or synopsizing your ideas. A way to see your characters and book events. Try it for fun! You might get hooked like the other 70 million folks using Pinterest.

If you’re curious, check me out at https://www.pinterest.com/authorsam/. I’ll follow you, if you’ll follow me.

Friday, December 12, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP DECEMBER 12, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! As always, thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…

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NEW RELEASES
Scratch, Nicholas Checker
 
Scratch is a rousing tale of loyalty, friendship, and courage – set in the mysterious world of feral cats. It shows vividly how cultures too often misread and mistrust one another, leading to ends that might have been avoided. Perhaps in the adventuresome pages of this tale, we might discover through our animal counterparts that alternatives to such unhappy conflicts do exist.


White Saja, a legendary tomcat of the wild woodlands, returns to his old haunts by the shoreline to rescue his onetime clan from a gruesome fate: a condemned housing development that has left the neighborhood ferals and strays bereft of the humans who once fed them daily. And it is through this quest that White Saja also learns of a far greater menace threatening both clans. Thus, the fabled cat of legend and lore must mobilize a frightened lot into accepting a daring scheme if they are to survive in a world that is less than kind to feral creatures. At the heart of their quest lies a fearful journey to the brooding Dark Woods where they must seek the aid of a creature whose very name has long invoked terror in them all.


My Dad is the Wrestling Coach, by W. V. Quarters

All Kristen Brockport wants is for her father, the legendary local high school wrestling coach, to stop destroying her burgeoning social life with his intimidating stares and grumpy disposition.  She truly loves her dad, especially since her mom walked out on them without warning years before, but his reputation and general demeanor have caused her problems no high school freshman should ever face.  When she develops a teenage crush on his new assistant coach, Mitch, Kristen decides to join her father’s wrestling team, against his stern wishes, but as the season progresses, Kristen forgets about Mitch, and instead focuses more on  mysterious senior standout Cal who is hiding a tragic, dark secret.  All is going well until her cancer-ravaged mother returns to rekindle their relationship and Kristen is placed in the middle of an awkward reunion.  As the championship match unfolds against her dad’s hated rival, Kristen is forced to actually wrestle in the deciding match, a nightmare she never imagined.  More importantly, however, she is forced to face some harsh realities about her family and, ultimately, herself.

PRIOR EVENTS

Anne Schroeder's novel Cholama Moon made the list of 10 Favorites, outside traditional Western fiction and non fiction boundaries, for 2014 by True West editor Stuart Rosebrook. Her book was his favorite Western Historical Fiction. See page 57 in the upcoming Jan. 2015 issue of True West to view the section on Cholama Moon. Sounds fantastic Anne! Keep up the good work!

 
Eileen Obser, author of Only You, is very pleased that Tom Clavin (New York Times bestseller of The Heart of Everything That Is and Reckless: the Racehorse Who Became a Marine Corps Hero, among many other books) has included Only You on his list of favorite books to give as gifts -- "Local Authors' Book Picks" in Hamptons Holiday, a publication of The Press News Group, Southampton, NY. We are very pleased for you Eileen! Congratulations on this accomplishment!


 
Dac Crossley, author of Guns of the Texas Ranger, and several other Texas Ranger novels, is out promoting his books in the south! Here is a picture of him working promoting his books! Looks fun!
  






 


Helen Osterman, author of Danger by Design, recently attended the Sheppard High School Craft Fair and, with five other writers, did very well. They were talking to students, parents, and teachers about their novels and the interesting stories found within! Helen believes that authors should consider all venues when promoting their book/s. She sold a number of copies of Danger by Design, as well as other titles. Way to go Helen!

UPCOMING EVENTS
He has two book signings left for this year. Billy Beasley hard at work! Both pictures are from a recent event that he attended. Billy has recently been promoting his book, The River Hideaway, at numerous book signing events. Young to old, book fan or occasional reader, Billy has been spreading the word!  Keep up the good work! (He has two more book signing left for the year of 2014; the latest of which is at Barnes and Nobles this Saturday 3-6pm in Wilmington, North Carolina.)
You can check out his blog: http://billybeasley.blogspot.com/
 


J. L. Greger will be signing copies of MALIGNANCY at Treasure House on the Square in Old Town Albuquerque on Sunday, December 21. In addition, she'll be vising Dru's Book Musings with a guest blog on "A Day in the Life of Bug." http://drusbookmusing.com/2014/12/28/bug Bug is JL's real dog and a character in all her novels.


BLOG CORRAL
J. L. Greger, author of Malignancy and Ignore the Pain, has been busy these last few weeks! From promoting her book at events to writing for blogs, she's been working hard! Recently, Greger was featured in Rabbi Ilene Schneider's blog (http://rabbiauthor.com/) discussing her book Malignancy. Keep up the good work, Greger!
You can read more at her website www.jlgreger.com.



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D. R. Ransdell's new blog covers meeting thriller writer Barry Eisler at Bouchercon 2014. Here they are photographed together. They look very happy in the photograph! Check out her blog and read about what she had to say about Barry!



 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Muse is on Vacation

While one on-line source identifies Erato as the muse of erotic poetry and Kleio, the muse of history, I have never been quite sure which one supports my writing. While I tend to lean towards the erotic poetry keeper of the flame of my contributions, I can't dismiss Kleio out-of-hand either. Now, if there was a muse for erotic history I might be able to find a home there. Whoever she is, or in whatever form she takes with my output, my Muse is on vacation. I do not have writer's block. I have plenty of ideas, threads, conversations, characters and plot lines to last me for some time. It's just that my Muse is off somewhere gallivanting with satyrs and other beasts of the forest.


Everyone deserves a vacation, now and then, and I am convinced, without question, that writers also need to take a break from their laptops and legal pads. Someone, wise and wonderful, once opined that we need to take time to stop and smell the roses. Okay, as I write this, I'm making the rounds of rose gardens, baseball games, summer theater, and curb-side stands where lemonade is sold for a quarter by the neighborhood cute-kids.


It won't be long now before I start sharpening my pencils and putting my fingers to the keyboard. And then, all will be well with my corner of the world and my Muse(s) will again be lolling behind me whispering into my ears. But for now, there's another rose to smell and I don't have to think of words to describe how it affects my senses.

-Gary Best

Friday, December 5, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP DECEMBER 5, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Sorry for not posting in the weeks prior, but we were undergoing some staff changes. With it all sorted out, we are back and ready for regular postings! As always, thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…


Need help choosing a great book to read? 
Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 
We have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured: 

NEW RELEASES
 "Tink's Tank by Gary Best" 
 
Tink's Tank chronicles the adventures of the crew members of a U.S. Eighth Air Force B-17 during WW II.  The narrator tells his tale in response to a request from his granddaughter who is enrolled in a college course about WW II.  He tells her about each of his fellow crew members, the people they meet during their war time experiences in England.

Crew members of Tank’s Tank find themselves involved in experiences that transform each as they fight to stay alive in air battles that test their courage and stamina. It is more than a story of the air war over Europe—It is the interactions and connections of events, people, fact and fiction that foment growth, change and deliverance from the past. Tink's Tank takes one on an adventure and returns the reader to post-war life through twist and turns in the epilogue.


 "Karl and the Kooltones by JS Quelch"


Karl and the Kooltones is a story of inglorious struggle, of overcoming personal setbacks to achieve lofty goals in the face of countless, faceless conspiracies. It is a story of failure, as the large majority of creative people endeavoring to “make it” with their chosen art understand, but it is also a story of hope. Hope that perseverance prevails and The Big Break catapults you to fame and fortune before you’re too old to enjoy it. Hope that when the break doesn’t come, when the conspiracies become more than pipe dreams, and when one’s mortality is realized, something unexpected will show itself. Hope that a lifetime of chasing The Feel, that spiritual uplift and elation that occurs when a live band and audience achieve harmonic convergence, wasn’t in vain.

PRIOR EVENTS
Dac Crossley, author of various Texas Ranger novels, had this to say about his recent event in Texas: "here I am in Kingsville, Texas (locale for Code of the Texas Ranger), selling books under less than ideal circumstances. Outdoors, under a tent, in the rain, with a rock band at full volume on the other side of the canvas. An event arranged by the Kingsville, Texas Library. Good for a few laughs? (I sold out)." Check out Dac Crossley's website for more information! http://daccrossley.com/




http://oaktreebooks.com/wooded.jpgNancy Lipetri's, The Wooded Path, will be showcased this coming up week on http://venturegalleries.com/. In addition, The Wooded Path is being added to The Mooresville Public Library’s North Carolina Fiction section. (Nancy is thrilled to hear this!) She also has a cool feature in her local subdivision's newsletter where she will be interviewed! To add more icing on the cake, Nancy will also be meeting with a book club in her area to discuss her book, which shall be on their March book list! Kudos Nancy! You have busy days ahead of you!
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Tara Willis, author of Carry Me Home, recently held a launch party on the 22nd of November. The local library hosted the party, and in return, Tara kindly donated a copy to the library. According to Tara, the turnout was not ideal, but it was nonetheless pretty good since she sold several copies. In addition, she will soon have a local book club reading her book and will most likely be having a few other book signing later on in December! Way to go Tara! Buy Carry Me Home at oaktreebooks.com




Radine Trees Nehring, author of A Fair to Die For, was recently out and about promoting her books at several venues (book fairs, gift shops, and other interesting venues). Here she sends us a picture of her at the Boarding House Books venue with her promoting her books! Looks mighty fun!


http://oaktreebooks.com/CF-%20Malignancy%20300.jpgJ.L. Greger recently had an eventful blogging experience! She wrote in not one, not two, but three different blogs! At Write on Sister's blog, she wrote a blog entitled: "Do you want to write a medical thriller or mystery? (http://writeonsisters.com). Greger also was chatting it up with Madeline Gornell about "A locale with personality: Cuba," which can be found at this address (http://mmgornell.wordpress.com). Lastly, she shared her perspective on biologists who have become writers on Lorna Collins' blog (http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com). Keep on writing J. L. Greger!


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Recently, Robert Weibezahl, author of The Dead Don't Forget, wrote an op-ed for Cavan Kerry Press LTD entitled, "Remember A Friend I Never Met." It is an account of a friend who he knew, but, unfortunately, never had the pleasure of "meeting." It can be read on their website:
https://cavankerrypress.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/for-florenz-from-robert-weibezahl/ Our condolences goes out to Robert and his friend's family/friends.




Author of Miami Exit, Walter Luce had a good turnout at a recent book signing. It was a fun event with lots of people eager for a good story and book buying! Glad to hear it went well and to the right is a picture that Walter sent us! Check out Walter Luce's website here http://www.walterluce.com/.


Dac says,  "
Here I am in Kingsville, Texas (locale for Code of the Texas Ranger), selling books under less than ideal circumstances. Outdoors, under a tent, in the rain, with a rock band at full volume on the other side of the canvas. We authors were supposed to give readings, but the loud music made it impossible. An event arranged by the Kingsville, Texas Public Library.  I sold out."







 Marilyn  Meredith's latest event: The Neighborhood Bookstore is proud to announce the first annual Holiday Book Boutique. If you are lamenting the loss of bookstores in our city, or if you merely want to shop small business or buy locally, this is your opportunity.  Local authors joined together to showcase their talents and offer a pleasant day of holiday shopping. You are invited to chat with these fascinating writers in a comfortable setting. Pick up a book, find a comfy chair beside a warm fire, and enjoy a few minutes of peace and serenity during this hectic time of year.
 The group is providing wine, coffee, tea, hors du oeuvres, and cookies as well as good conversation and door prizes.  
 This all happens at the Neighborhood Bookstore on Saturday, December 6th from Noon to 5 PM, at 4416 W. Damsen / Visalia. For more information, call 559-732-6869.



Authors are: Mary Martin Benton, Carole Firstman, Winnie Enloe Furrer, Gloria Getman, Marilyn Meredith, Irene Morse, Sylvia Ross, and nature photographer, Jane Thomas who will have her 2015 calendars available.









UPCOMING EVENTS

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J.L. Greger has been staying busy with her book promotion! Later on in the month, she will be signing copies of Malignancy and Ignore the Pain at Treasure House on the Square in Old Town Albuquerque on Sunday, December 21. If you are in the nearby area, it will definitely be worth going! We wish you well at your book signing, Greger!






Tom Coffey will be part of a reading sponsored by Mystery Writers of America at the KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, in Manhattan, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Tom will be reading from his upcoming novel, BRIGHT MORNING STAR, which will be published by OTP in April.



Check out the link here:




BLOG CORRAL


http://oaktreebooks.com/lincoln%209.jpegDave Freedland, Lincoln 9
Great news from author Dave Freedland! On December 11th Dave's book, Lincoln 9, will be featured on the Edible Bookshelf Blogspot (http://theediblebookshelf.blogspot.com), along with an author interview. Below, is the link for the interview, which will become active at 8:00 AM MST. Can't wait to hear what's in store on the blog and also on the interview!
(link for the interview) http://theediblebookshelf.blogspot.com/2014/11/author-interview-david-freedland.html



 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Path to Publication--An Uncertain Grave by Cathy Strasser

When I tell people I’ve had my first book published, I’ve found they have some common questions about the publication process, so I’d like to share a bit about my path to publication. 
 
How long did it take you to write the book? 

I started An Uncertain Grave in November of 2012. Every November, there is something called NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month, an annual internet-based creative writing project that challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30. I had no problem writing the first 50,000 words. I took my characters who were investigating a body found on Mt. Lafayette and had them interacting away like crazy and we all had a wonderful time. However, when I reached the end of November, I realized I had a problem. 

I had no idea who the murderer was. 

So, I let the book sit for a month while I tried to figure this out. By January I had a solution and went back into what I had written to add in the clues necessary to have the story make sense, and finished the first draft of the book by April 2013. I spent a month editing and polishing, and was ready to start sending the book out to publishers by the beginning of May. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a writer in New Hampshire? What is the most challenging? 

The most rewarding aspect of being a writer in New Hampshire is the feeling of community. Once I started publicizing my book, so many doors have opened to me just because I am a local author. WREN has been a crucial part of that community. I have taken the BETA class, joined Write Night, and taken several internet/social media classes that have helped me spread the word. Through WREN, I have made connections with New Hampshire business owners who have been very generous in arranging book signings and providing retail space to display and sell An Uncertain Grave in their stores, and local libraries have all purchased copies and some have featured my book in their book clubs. Local newspapers published lengthy interviews with me and included purchasing information about An Uncertain Grave and word of mouth has been phenomenal. Also, the number and variety of Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs is a wonderful way to introduce my book to an entirely different type of consumer, and has opened new marketing opportunities as well.
The most challenging aspect is the rural nature of the state. There’s a lot of distance between businesses and I do a lot of driving to reach them. I love meeting people in all areas of the state, I just wish some type of teleporting was a reality because then I’d be able to spend more time talking and less time driving! 

Do you have any advice for writers looking to publish their first novel? 

Educate yourself about the writing business. What you write is important, but you also need to know how the business works to get your work out to the public. In addition to joining WREN and accessing their wonderful opportunities, I would recommend joining the New Hampshire Writer’s Project. With information from several years of Writer’s Day workshops I put together a long term plan to publication. 

First, I decided to get published in local newspapers and magazines. I had columns published in the Concord Monitor, the Bangor Daily News and the Burlington Free Press. I had articles published in Cabin Life Magazine. Then, with those “clips” in my resume, I started submitting short stories to magazines and anthologies, and was published in the Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine, The Literary Bone, Touched By Wonder Anthology, r-kv-r-y quarterly and was a finalist in the “Family Matters” competition of Glimmer Train Magazine. Finally, my short story “Afterward”, published in the Chrysalis Reader, was nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize – Best of Small Presses. With a resume that I felt had a better chance of attracting an editor’s attention, I started submitting my book to publishers. 

In summary, you need three things to help you get published: a good product, whether it’s a book, short story, memoir or poem; a working knowledge of how to reach the publishers of your particular genre; and a commitment to keep working toward your goal. 

-Cathy Strasser, author of An Uncertain Grave