To make a long story short, I was provided an opportunity to binge-watch the Game of Thrones series from HBO. I have not read the books but the video series taught me a few things that I believe authors should take to heart when writing.
For those who haven't seen it, don't worry, I don't plan on giving out spoilers. Just general statements. I will say that if you are sensitive to graphic violence, sex, and language, do not even begin the series. If you can get past that then you will see an Epic Fantasy that has wonderful world building with characters that are true to their nature.
In my humble opinion, as a viewer and reader, authors should avoid giving names to people and places that are so similar that it can get confusing. If I were asked, as an author, I would have recommended using as many letters in the alphabet as possible. I know how tough that is. I've caught myself using multiple names with the same first letter. It varies with each writing. Knowing that I have this problem, now I go back through after the rough draft and rename some of the characters. Recently, I've been learning about outlining. In the future, perhaps I will catch that as I review my outline and character list.
For those of you who have watched Game of Thrones and are an author, what things did you pick up on that perhaps could have used a 're-write' in your humble opinion? What did you think was well done and would be great for authors to aspire to do? As a reader/viewer is there anything that you found annoying or well done that you feel comfortable sharing? Please keep comments G-rated and information general - without giving anything away - for those that haven't watched yet.
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One of the things I love most about being an independent author is meeting people from all over the world. I met Israel Okundaye online via Twitter. After many messages back and forth we decided that he would gather up his words of wisdom.
Earlier this year, I took those insights, compiled them into different topics, and polished things up. On the “Go On Write” website, I saw a few book covers that I thought would be appropriate. Israel and I settled on a cover that we both loved. When it came time to publish, I wanted to try out Draft2Digital, so that we could put the book out to as many places as possible. I liked that the glitches in the learning process were minimal and the book was published in April 2018.
As November was approaching it struck me that one of the underlying themes of Israel’s writing was gratitude. With that in mind, I felt that the US Thanksgiving holiday would be a great time to reduce the price and he agreed.
It was a simple process on Draft2Digital and within 48 hours the price was dropped. No waiting weeks as I had previously experienced with a similar organization. What does that mean for you, dear visitor, you can have a couple more days to pick the book up for yourself or someone you think will enjoy it.
Below are the places that will be displaying the book.
If you only want to purchase a copy then visit Books2Read and see if your vendor is there: https://www.books2read.com/Hearbeat-African-Rhythm
If you’d like to see where we have it featured try iAuthorUK:
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Here’s the home page: https://www.iauthor.uk.com/
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As always, any assistance you can provide in allowing the world to see this book is appreciated. Consider this: it has a native African and a mixed heritage American working together to help spread an attitude of gratitude.
Happy reading and writing,
Founder of Call Sign Wrecking Crew, LLC
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I was provided an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) of Seek And Destroy by Alan McDermott courtesy of Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley. The book is scheduled to go public on 14 November 2018. I voluntarily read this and am happy to share my honest thoughts with you.
This is the sequel to Run And Hide and the "Tom Gray" series of books. I highly recommend reading these in order as they build upon one another. However, if you are sensitive to violence as well as adult language and situations you might want to forego the reads.
Brief Synopsis: Eva Driscoll, US military veteran, and her cohorts have begun to put their lives back together after dealing with the residual effects of what a certain group put them through. A scheme to annihilate them commences and begins a chain of events that have some permanent consequences.
My thoughts: I could feel how much was at stake as I flipped the digital pages. I cheered for "Team Eva" to take out those who would do them harm as it became anybody's guess who would win. When an author can bring a reader to that point, it means they've done their job well.
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While reviews of any book you read are never mandatory it can be helpful to fellow readers. That, plus word of mouth - online and offline - help bring new-to-them stories to light, that they can potentially read and enjoy.
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Support of authors, comes not only from the book's fans but also fellow authors. One never knows what will strike the fancy of any given person on at any given time. The person seeing a retweet or Facebook share might be in the mood to try something a little different. Stretch their comfort zone.
Sales might encourage that if shared without too much preamble. I sometimes retweet as is. If I've read a book or article, I might give it some positive reinforcement such as "a book worth checking out" or "I enjoyed this, perhaps you will too" or something along those lines.
I realize many authors don't have time to check their Twitter feeds every day but it might not hurt to check them periodically. Pin something new monthly or even weekly to keep things fresh and their followers informed, not necessarily when it is time for a new book or a sale. It is said that for every new post, of your own, you should share three social posts. Helping a fellow author's pinned post from time to time can be a good way to encourage reciprocation and socialization. We are all in this big social media world together. Why not make a positive experience of it.
Coming within the next few days, a blog post book review. In the meantime, check out Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Storm Warning. It was mainly written by my writing and business partner, David McKoy (may he rest in peace), as a 'what if' scenario. Some think he wasn't too far off target. See what you think and remember, surprise someone retweet their pinned post and change up yours.
Happy writing and reading,
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I love being an Independent Author and supporting others who self-publish independently. I also love discussing books with fellow readers. That's why I have combined the two passions in one place.
Author Reader Cheerleader has a place for newbie and rising authors to learn a few tips and tricks. Readers can find places for new-to-them books and authors. Everyone can find ways to support one another as cheerleaders. Readers by being fans, and authors by sharing your words and worlds with those that enjoy your work. This new website is my way of paying it forward from when others have helped me.
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