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The Moonbeam Rider By:Carlton Holder

NefretitiM:  Tonight on Literary Links we have Carlton Holder author of The Moonbeam Rider.  Tell us; what inspired you to write this book?

Carlton Holder: I wanted to marry certain interests of mine into one story line. I am a World War II buff and also enjoy UFO documentaries. I wanted to create a contemporary world that is engaged in war with much of the world under foreign occupation. Only, instead of the Nazis, I wanted this world to be occupied by an advance alien force from a distant galaxy.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Carlton Holder: Not sure really. I wanted to empower my protagonist – a friendless teenage girl who lost her parents in an alien attack and now lives on a deserted beach with her stern grandmother. The robot she resurrects glides through the sky. The energy signature that comes out from his metal boots look like moonbeams.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Carlton Holder: It is a young adult novel that should be appeal to tween and teen girls. It’s also science fiction and a coming of age story. So, if you liked “ The Hunger Games,” there’s a good chance you’ll like my novel.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Carlton Holder: Comic books and mythology. Later, science fiction and horror novels, action and fantasy movies.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Carlton Holder: I love wakening up early, making a strong cup of coffee, then cracking away on my laptop for a few hours.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Carlton Holder: I write screenplays. My scripts, so far have mostly been independent productions. But I have a crime drama screenplay going out to the studios in a couple of weeks through my manager.  Also, having been a gymnast and a Hollywood stuntman before I began my writing career, I also train competitive female gymnasts (who have been huge supporters of my novel).

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Carlton Holder: Be stubborn and relentless if you really love writing. I feel like I had an advantage. As a gymnast, when learning a difficult new skill, you experience failure over and over again hundreds of times before you master the new skill. So I’m used to butting my head against a brick wall over and over again. On top of that, we live in a great new age. Before, when I wrote a screenplay and shopped it around, if nobody bought it, it was dead and retired to my sock drawer. Writers today have the option of putting their work Online for the entire world. Marketing that work is another story.

NefretitiM: Good point, and great advise. Thank you for joining us tonight.  Much success to you!

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Trouble Never Looked So Good By: Tiffany A. Lawson

NefretitiM: Tonight on Literary Links we have Tiffany A. Lawson author of Trouble Never Looked So Good.  Tell us Ms. Lawson what inspired you to write this book?

Tiffany A. Lawson: I had several dreams about being at a book signing event and realized I was signing the books.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Tiffany A. Lawson: The title was somewhat given to me and since I always call people “trouble” it made sense to use this as the title.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Tiffany A. Lawson: Romance, erotica, suspense and urban fiction .

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Tiffany A. Lawson: As a little girl I enjoyed writing short stories.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Tiffany A. Lawson: First, I imagine what I want to write about. Then I allow my mind to start creating characters and how I want each character to hit or trigger an emotion from the reader. I try to capture the readers right from the start.Along the way I build the story line.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Tiffany A. Lawson: When I’m not writing I enjoy cooking, traveling, shopping, sports and watching movies.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Tiffany A. Lawson: Just let it flow. Allow your imagination to run wild while you seduce your readers with every key stroke.

NefretitiM: Good advice. Thank you for joining us tonight Tiffany!

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Quick Tips For Promoting A Self-Published Book Via Social Media By: Stephen Ball

Quick Tips For Promoting A Self-Published Book Via Social Media

The resources and exposure traditional publishing houses yield is something that the self-published author will never have access to.  If you are thinking about publishing on your own you need to consider how you will promote yourself or hire someone to promote you.  Promoting a self-published book takes a lot of patience and hard work.  However, there are some things that can make it easier and one of them is social media.  There are certain quick tips that you should look at when you use social media to promote your book.

Connect With Other Authors

It is very hard for the self-published author to stand on their own regardless of how good your book is.  Connecting with other authors is as important as connecting with your fans as they want to be recognized just as much as you do.  This would mean that they are willing to promote your book if you promote theirs in return.

Social media is a great gathering ground for authors and aspiring authors.  You could join a writing community on Facebook and build a network.  You may be surprised with how many new things you could be learning from your fellow authors.  These communities will also expose you to fans and the best avenues of self-promotion.

Offer The Occasional Free Download

An old trick of the writing trade is to give promotional material away for free.  Social media gives you access to an audience which is needed for the successful launch of promotion for your book.  You can offer your followers the chance to download your book only for a limited amount of time.

It is important that you not offer only part of the book which authors sometimes do.  By sharing the entire book you allow the fans to see if they like it.  If they like your book they are more likely to share it with friends, which allows you to reach more people.  Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing offers a program where you earn from the book when it is shared on the Kindle platform.

If you have more than one book published you can consider making one of them free forever.  You should ensure that it is one of the better older books because it will work as the gateway to your other books.  The free book allows readers to determine your skills and whether or not they want to read more.  If they do, they will purchase your other newer books.

Pay For Advertising But Not Too Often

Almost all social media platforms allow you to promote a post and other tools allow you to increase follower numbers.  Promoting the post will increase the exposure and allow users who have not seen it to see it.  If you are promoting your book paid social network advertising is important as it helps you get the word out there about the book.

However, you need to be careful to not overdo this.  It is generally more important to keep your profile active by consistently posting new content.  You should never try promoting all of your content because it will cost too much.  The non-promoted posts will still reach your fans and they are likely to share them with their friends, which is promotion without spending anything.

Participating In Writing Trends

A great opportunity to promote your book is to participate in writing trends such as the National Novel Writing Month.  These events will often set social networks buzzing and you should get in on the noise.  It is important that you find a way to relate the event to the book that you have just produced.

Do Not Just Talk About The Book

When you promote yourself on social media you must not spam feeds with giveaways and promos.  Social media is a tool that allows authors to connect with their fans in a way that would never have happened in the past.  If you only use social media to promote your new book people are less likely to care about what you are writing.  However, if you connect with the fans they will be more likely to care about what you have written.

It is very important that you do not appear to spam people with promotions.  Your fans need to care about you as the author as well as the book you have written.

Vacillating Brown and Black 1 By: Ian Schrauth

NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Ian Schrauth author of Vacillating Brown and Black.  Thank you for joining us today. What inspired you to write this book?

Ian Schrauth: The thing that inspired me to write “Vacillating Brown and Black: Vol. 1” is because I had a crush on someone, but then someone else had my heart at the same time. I ended up going with neither of them, but I decided to extend the idea into a book series.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Ian Schrauth: “Vacillating” means “Deciding between something” and I took the two guys’ last names (Brown and Black) and it fit.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Ian Schrauth: The book is meant for 8th grade and up

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Ian Schrauth: Suzzane Collins convinced me to write books, but Stephenie Meyer convinced me to go to young adult romance.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Ian Schrauth: What I do is I write the first draft. I get all of my ideas out on a document, and then I print it out. I don’t edit it, I look it over and see what I need to rewrite, if I want to add more details/events/ect, and what needs to go into the trash. Usually, I add a lot at the beginning, but it tends to slow down. When I feel it’s complete, I send it to my editor I found on Fiverr.com, make a pre order, and then wait for it to be released. I then format it to a paperback book, and release it one day after the release date.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Ian Schrauth: I am either working for my school newspaper, working at my part-time job, or sleeping.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Ian Schrauth: Don’t let others tear you down; The only thing that brings you down is you.

 NefretitiM: That’s great advice.  Thanks for joining us today. Much success to you and your book.  Get your copy of Vacillating Brown and Black today

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Cinetico Muse/ Dark Muse By: Shah-Khalil Smith

NefretitiM: Tonight on Literary Links we have Shah-Khalil Smith author of Cinetico Muse/ Dark Wolf. What inspired you to write Cinetico Muse?

Shah-Khalil Smith: My inspiration for writing this book was my passion for science fiction.  This passion has inspired me to take interest in science.  Science introduced me to how majestic of a tool our brains can be utilized. The hippocampus of the brain is responsible for memory, and it is our memories which aide in creating.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Shah-Khalil Smith: I remember seeing silhouettes of wolves over the years in art, so I thought Dark Wolf would be a very intriguing title. I learned that wolves do not howl at the moon, but they howl when they are lost from the wolf pack. I also wrote this book is to connect with other people or kindred spirits like the wolf.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book fit into?

Shah-Khalil Smith: This Ebook is fantasy because one of the main ideas of this composition is a gem of which can transmute matter. When you write about fantasy, it gives a plethora of room to be very imaginative

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing this book?

Shah-Khalil Smith: My muse for writing was reading stories of other authors Ron Howard, Stan Lee, and Robert Townsend. It fascinated me how an author’s literature can compel the mind to see things differently and at times take us to another world. When studying other author’s compositions; this aides my creative process

 NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Shah-Khalil Smith: I like observing original literature because I like reading about new perspectives, and it is a challenge to separate our writing from other authors, so we can truly achieve how brilliant we are as writers.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Shah-Khalil Smith: I like observing  original literature because I like reading about new perspectives, and it is a challenge to separate our writing from other authors, so we can truly achieve how brilliant we are as writers. I create my characters first then I write their back story because this process aides me in how the will react to their situations.

 Nefretitim: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Shah-Khalil Smith: To the writers young and old never give up because there will be an overwhelming amount of rejection.  Inflate your aspiration with critical thinking and show the world how grandiose you can be.

NefretitiM: Nicely put! Much success to you and your work!

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