Best Bloggers Blogging in 2016!

Susan M. Toy is not only an excellent author, but also a stalwart promoter of other self-published authors. Her recommendations for blogs to follow thus carry a great deal of weight with me, as do her Reading Recommendations. Thanks for the great suggestions, Susan!

These past few years (2015 and 2014), I’ve wrapped up twelve months of blogging by listing my favourite bloggers who I have subscribed to and read, and whose blogs I believe would be of inter…

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When Science Meets Book Marketing

In this post, author Nicholas C. Rossis summarises an article in The Economist about how arbitrary advantages given to start-up projects can be beneficial. (The results may surprise you.)

 

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“I love it when science meets book marketing!  If you wonder what I’m talking about, just read on. I am an avid Economist reader.  Every issue has a small section about Science and Technology …”

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Emotional Beats Launch

I’ve shared several helpful posts by bestselling author Nicholas C. Rossis, and not without reason. Not only is he an excellent author of both speculative (sci-fi) fiction and children’s books, but he’s also always been magnanimous in sharing what he’s learned about writing and self-publishing with other authors on his website. His latest book, Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, is another generous endeavour to provide advice for his fellow authors. Not being an author myself, I bought the Kindle edition; however, for serious authors, the paperback edition may be useful for flipping back and forth to useful advice. Read a sample on his site about portraying anger, or check out the preview on Amazon.com.

 

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Exciting news! My latest book, Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, is finally available on Amazon. You may remember the book from my poll back when I was cho…

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Calling All Readers! My gift to you …

Susan M. Toy, author of the humorous and intriguing mystery novel Island in the Clouds, offers here a collection of six short stories for your enjoyment, gratis. Why? Because, as she quotes Seth Godin in this blog post, “There’s always a gift intent on the part of the artist.” (See source in Susan’s post.)

Susan makes every word count, every action meaningful. She’s one of my favourite authors, so I hope you’ll take the opportunity to read these stories and, if you like them, consider buying and reading Island in the Clouds. (Don’t forget to write a review!)

Finally, because I offered to “gift” a Kindle edition of her novel to my first Facebook friend to express a desire to read it after sampling her short stories, Susan has also offered to give a free copy of Island in the Clouds to one lucky reader of her stories in any of the following editions: mobi, ePub or PDF. (Thanks, Susan!)

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

I’ve been reading another brilliant book written by the very insightful, Seth Godin. I can’t get enough of this guy and his ideas on how we can work and create and live a life that’s meaningful. This one is titled, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? and it was published in 2010. I wish I had read it a couple of years ago, but that’s water under the bridge.

I’ll quote from it now, however, to give you an idea as to why I’m writing this blog post at this moment.

“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.” p. 70

“The last element that makes it art is that it’s a gift. You cannot create a piece of art merely for money. Doing it as part of commerce so denudes art of wonder that it ceases to be art. There’s always a…

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Canadian Authors Celebrate!

I thought the article below would be a good way of saying:

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“Very few countries in the world are offering such a welcoming and generous climate for authors and publishers than Canada. Benefits for Canadian literature starts already with free ISBN’s in Canada:

The Government of Canada is committed to ensure that readers everywhere have opportunities to connect with a broad range of Canadian-authored books by providing funding and support to the Canadian book industry, professional writers, Canadian periodicals and small publishers (You!).”

Read more about funding available to Canadians at (Source): Savvy Book Writers

(P.S., The above blog has some excellent suggestions for authors on many topics!)

P.P.S.: Submissions for the 2017 CBC Literary Prize for Short Stories are being accepted from September 1–October 31, 2016. The submission fee is $25. Congratulations to David Huebert, author of “Enigma”, for winning the 2016 Award. Read or listen to his short story HERE