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All the Write Questions / How to promote books?
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:41:39 AM »
Over the years, I have completed 10 books and am currently working on two more. After an extended period of querying book agents, I began self publishing. I also began searching for reviewers for my work. I have had some limited success getting reviews published on Amazon, etc. I am not on any social media websites. I am generally repealed by what I hear about sites like Facebook. People seem to share information that, in my opinion, is far beyond what they should. For example, my own children are all to quick to announce they are going on a vacation. This means their home is advertised as being vacant and an easy target for theft.

Anyway, I have been attempting to figure out how to promote my work. It was suggested that I create a website. After giving the idea some thought, I went ahead and build a site. It's nice to see that some people have visited the site, but I had know way of knowing how they found it or what they thought. I first added a place where people could send me an email with anything they cared to share. After a few months I got no response. Next, I offered to send a free e-book to anyone requesting a copy. This offer has been in effect for almost one month - with zero requests.   

I would love to hear what other people have done to promote their work and how successful it has been.  Thanks in advance for your response.

P.S. My website is -

Self-Publishing Central / How to promote
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:11:16 AM »
I've been self-publishing my work for many years but have had little success generating sales. Another self-published author suggested I create a website to help promote my work. I have thought about this for a while and except for listing my books, can't think of anything I can do to with it to generate sales. I would appreciate any suggestions. If you'd like to take a look at the site it is -

Thanks in advance for any offered help.


Self-Publishing Central / need some help building a web page
« on: March 24, 2018, 04:31:54 PM »
I've been writing for many years and, after an attempt to find a publisher, turned to self publishing. While I've had a little success, I've concluded that some self-promotion is in order. Before I spend any money on a website, I decided to experiment with a free one. I'd appreciate any and all comments on how I can polish the page before taking additional steps. All comments will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Self-Publishing Central / How can I promote my self-published books?
« on: August 19, 2016, 03:37:06 PM »
Hello All,

I have been writing for a long time and have self-published several books beginning back in 2013. In the past, I have run a few promotions on Amazon, SmashWords and a few other places without very much action. I have gotten some nice reviews on both Amazon and B&N. I'm still trying to figure out how to promote my books and generate more sales. A fellow self-published author suggested I create a website. So, I searched around and found an inexpensive site to begin building my site. I built a 4 page website. Page one has a brief bio and brings up my first question. I've written the bio in third person but am not sure if that is correct or if I should do it in first person. Any suggestions? The next two pages include the two areas in which I write. The last page has a small selection of reviews the books have gotten on Amazon and B&N. Now that the website is built, I really don't have a clue what to do next. I'd really appreciate any suggestions, hopefully ones that work. I really don't want to spend a lot of money unless the site has a big audience with proven sales. I'm not looking to get rich off my writing but I would be happy seeing good activity even if it means selling at very low prices.  Please also take a look at the site I built and let me know what you think, either here or by sending a message through the site.

Thanks in advance.

Review My Work / looking for a little help with my book blurb
« on: May 19, 2016, 10:31:04 AM »
I've finished my science fiction story and am currently working on my book blurb. The story is not a space battle or high tech related book. It is more of an action/mystery story. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Early in the twenty-fifth century, agent Adrianne Atwood is on an assignment that is taking entirely too long. She’s been tasked with gaining evidence to put Landro Jackson, a rich industrialist, behind bars. She knows where he is but figuring out what he’s doing has become a complex puzzle.

Engineers have terraformed a planet, called Solitude, as the ultimate retirement local for the wealthy. Adrianne discovers that Jackson is conspiring to acquire the planet for himself. Taking advantage of his immense wealth, he enlists the aid of Solitude employees to accomplish his reprehensible goal. Adrianne’s cover, as the assistant to the planet’s project manager, has become second nature and she sees no end to her real job.
Helping her boss save the planet and its residents from Jackson’s reckless plan begins overshadowing her mission. What appear to be natural disasters are revealed as the despicable results of Jackson’s strategy. Adrianne’s efforts at last generate the necessary evidence she needs. Jackson’s arrest is imminent until the industrialist’s mysterious death rips a successful mission from Adrianne’s grasp.        

I'm in my final review and know that another pair of eyes will help. I will, of course, be happy to beta your Science fiction and or mystery story. Right now mine is about 60,000 words. I have not yet done a lot of work on my synopsis but have pasted what I have so far below. Please send me a PM if you are interested.

Solitude Synopsis

The wealthy always get their way, even in the future. The affluent seek a cloistered place where they can live out their retirement in the manner to which they have become accustom. With no acceptable alternatives, a strategy is developed to terraform an uninhabited planetoid into a perfect world - Solitude. One man, an insanely rich industrialist, decides he wants the world for himself and develops a plan that will ultimately force everyone to leave.

A team of scientists and engineers, supported by a cadre of advanced humanlike androids, are tasked with maintaining the planet and satisfying the population’s every whim. They find themselves confronted with a series of events believed to be natural. Activity in Solitude’s core creates earthquakes, volcanic activity and other unexpected geological events.

The Coalition has been after the treacherous industrialist, who wants Solitude for himself, for a number of interplanetary illegal activities. Assisting Solitude’s manager is a covert government agent, posing as his secretary. Her clandestine mission is to gather sufficient evidence to arrest and prosecute the scheming businessman.

After spending almost three years undercover, the agent discovers a second agent has also been inserted on the planet. In addition, the company responsible for Solitude’s construction has implanted their own agent. The three combine their efforts and ultimately secure the necessary intelligence to put the industrialist in prison. But their efforts are thwarted at every turn as the story revels a much more far-reaching conspiracy.

The story of Solitude intertwines the problems of dealing with a demanding population of spoiled, capricious people while maintaining a ‘perfect’ world. Simultaneously, the plot takes a circuitous route to build a case against the major antagonist and his growing list of minions.

All the Write Questions / characters based on real people
« on: December 25, 2014, 02:01:20 PM »
Sometimes my characters take on personalities of real people that I have known. At times, I don’t even realize this is happening. At other times, I do and make a great effort to hide anything that might be recognizable and be used to identify the real person. I only write fiction and wonder how much legal protection a writer gets from including a disclaimer about this issue. In other words, if someone identifies a real person as the basis of my character, am I exposed to potential legal action? I usually include something like the following at the beginning of my stories -

"None of the characters are intended to portray real people. Names and incidents either are the product of the author’s own imagination or are fictitiously used and any resemblance to any actual person, living or dead is entirely by coincidence." 

Self-Publishing Central / review exchange
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:06:16 PM »
There have been many discussions about the ethics of authors posting reviews of each other’s books. On a few websites offering reviews by independent reviewers, most claim they won’t post a review on places like Amazon of less than 4 stars. I imagine what they mean to say is if they feel they can’t give a review of 4 or 5, they simply won’t post a review. This position seems like a fair option. So –

I’ve just self-published my science fiction story, The Yesterday Tree, on Amazon. Like everyone else, I believe that having some good 4-5 star reviews will help sales. I am, therefore, seeking authors willing to swap reviews based on the above 4-5 star or nothing position. I also enjoy reading action/adventure and ‘spy’ novels.

If anyone is interested, please send me a PM with information, email and preferred format.

I would also like to hear how others feel about review swaps.

Review My Work / would this blurb interest you? (science fiction)
« on: December 16, 2014, 04:54:31 PM »
I'm about to self-publish my science fiction book on Amazon, etc and am currently working on the book blurb/description I plan on using. Any comments and suggestions will be most welcome. Thanks in advance.

Two groups face off at a distance of only a few yards but also five hundred years. One, led by a senior NSA operative, is intent on investigating what may be Earth’s first genuine alien encounter. The second, a group of young people on a mission to save humankind. In the 26th century, descendants of Earth have settled twenty-three worlds. A genetic disease, potentially claiming millions of lives, confounds medical science. Facing the impossible task of tracking the illness, they must discover the source and eradicate it before more die. Anomalous strands of defective DNA are found to be the culprit and a unique plan is hatched to track them. A group of genetically engineered people is sent to the 21st century in order to enhance the development of a worldwide genealogical database. Once in the hands of 26th century doctors, it will be used to track down people carrying the defective DNA and replace it, thus preventing the epidemic from taking countless lives. Knowing they are on a one-way trip, the young team sets out to generate a wave in the very fabric of space-time that will carry the necessary information into the future. But some on the NSA team are determined to stop them. Persuaded by the military member of the team, they are convinced the bizarre story is nothing more than a preposterous fabrication meant to obscure their true purpose on Earth: to infiltrate secure government installations for some sinister purpose. But other members of the NSA team believe the time travelers’ story and feel obliged to help save the future. While exploring the possibility of time travel, The Yesterday Tree follows the divergent personalities of both teams as they strive to reach what to each of them is a goal of supreme importance. 

Review My Work / need help with my science fiction novel synopsis
« on: May 01, 2014, 10:52:41 AM »
I am seeking someone  to help me beat my synopsis into shape. I have a feeling it needs grammar and punctuation work. However, I am also concerned about if the synopsis provides a clear picture of my novel and if the flow and sentence structure makes sense. My story has no specific standout antagonist or protagonist. It is rather an ensemble. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Due to economic constraints and with a large dose of cynicism, a department of the NSA is obliged to recruit a small group of private citizens to investigate what might turn out to be man’s first contact with alien life. The leader of the team, NORMAN LATSKY, enlists three people he’s known for several decades and two others known only by reputation. A representative from the Army, assigned by the Pentagon, completes the team. They arrive at an old Cold War era Nike Missile base in the Arizona desert, converted for use as a first contact operations center. The six member team is skeptical, thinking the situation an outrageous joke.

As soon as Norman shows them the alien craft, the team’s skepticism is quickly replaced by outlandish theories about the craft’s origin. Colonel WARREN ANDERSON, the military representative, sees the situation as nothing less than an invasion by a foreign power bent on causing havoc to the country’s national security. MIKE WESTON, an aeronautical engineer with NASA and ANDREW DONNELLY, an astrophysicist begin examining the craft, and quickly conclude its origin must be from outside the solar system.

MARY MACDONALD, a forensic anthropologist, theorizes the craft is a resupply ship based on its internal configuration. She also hypothesizes, based on the size and shape of the craft and its hatch, that the ‘visitors’ must be humanoid. Mike and Andrew laugh this off, arguing that the chance of a ‘Goldilocks’ planet matching Earth is minuscule. JOE REBMAN, A retired computer specialist, discovers a computer chip, in the onboard computer of the craft, which has identifying marks in English. Mary believes this reinforces her theory. Warren accepts both the argument and the discovery to further his belief that the craft represents a belligerent country. He takes a team of Army Ranges to investigate a nearby abandoned mine, believing the enemy agents are hiding out there.

Instead of aliens or foreign agents, Warren discovers a group of young people who maintain they are a team of college students on a geological field trip. Norman attempts to verify information provided by the students and discovers inconsistencies in their story. Joe also discovers that addresses provided by the students are a fabrication. Another member of Norman’s Team, JOAN LAUREY, a noted linguist, adds to the confusion when she cannot endorse or refute the odd use of English spoken by the young people to represent residents of the US, a foreign country or someplace else. When the students are confronted, they are left with no choice but to reveal the truth.

CRATO, the leader of the group, maintains he and his group are from Earth’s future. They have traveled five hundred years back in time in order to help prevent a devastating genetic disease from spreading to the 680 billion descendants of Earth, now inhabiting twenty-three planets. When details are demanded, Crato explains that their mission is to penetrate the web sites of companies that provide family genealogy software. Their goal is to enhance the software so that it ultimately creates a world-wide genealogical database. The data will be stored in a sophisticated computer system, designed to remain hidden for five hundred years. Armed with this information in the 25th century, genealogists and doctors will have the ability to track down those carrying the mutated defective genes and repair the damage.

Doubt plagues the team, fed by Warren’s continued anxiety over national security. He demands proof of the outrageous story. LYDA, a member of Crato team, refuses to allow anyone to provide information. She claims any evidence they provide will produce a time paradox. Norman’s team continually changes sides in the argument, as new data is uncovered. Those believing the story temporarily win out and begin aiding the people from the future to ensure their success. Along the way, RAILYA, another member of the group from the future, reveals to Mary that they can never return to their own time. Destined to die in Earth’s past, another member of the 25th century team is determined to return to his own time. JARED, the lead computer programmer believes he can reverse the ships’ software and return to his own time. When Mary learns of his plans, she becomes transfixed with the idea of traveling to the future. She reveals her plan to request Jared take her with him to Joe and a vicious argument ensues.

Joe, with more than four decades experience in computer programming, offers to help the future team modify software to achieve their goal. Jared easily penetrates commercial genealogy websites and shows Joe how effortlessly he can change their programming. So frightened by this revelation, Warren demands that Joe work to obtain proof either to confirm or deny Crato’s explanation of their presence. Norman’s team continues to uncover more conflicting information from both the alien craft and an examination of other equipment and supplies brought from the future. They gradually become convinced the story provided by Crato is true. Except for Warren, who believes that even if they are from the future, they still represent a threat to the security of the country.

Mary not only believes the story, she talks Jared into taking her with him. Railya admits having feelings for Jared and is shocked by both his plan and his agreement to take Mary with him. Ignoring both Railya’s concern and that of Joe, Mary is soon climbing into the small ship. Her eagerness to see how man’s descendants have evolved, overcomes her fear. She blacks out during takeoff and wakes to find herself on a strange and beautiful planet. Trees and shrubs are like nothing she has ever seen on Earth. Structures rise to unbelievable heights, displaying beauty and form far beyond 21st century architecture. Two moons, hanging low in the sky, provide the last bit of proof Mary needs to convince her the trip has been successful. In front of her stands a group of extraordinarily diverse humanoid beings representing the twenty-three worlds Earths’ descendants has settled

Review My Work / Looking for a Science Fiction beta reader partner
« on: December 06, 2013, 09:47:35 PM »
I have almost 60,000 words done on my Science Fiction story. I would describe it as soft-core. There are no space battles or exotic technologies involved in my story. It is a story that brings together a group from our future and a group from our time. Decedents of Earth have settled 23 worlds by the turn of the 25th century. A genetic based disease is claiming millions of lives on all the worlds and medical science is faced with a difficult task of tracking the illness so it can deal with it effectively. This future team is tasked with promoting the study of genealogy so that an otherwise harmless wave in time is created that will bring a more complete family tree record to the future. 25th century scientists will use this 'new' record in order to eradicate the genetic material before it causes more deaths. The team from our time is sent to investigate what turns out to be a resupply craft sent to the team from the future. Ultimately, the two teams exchange information and work together to solve the universal epidemic while not disturbing the normal flow of time. Obviously, this is an early synopsis that really doesn't do the story justice.

I am, of course, more than willing to swap work. I'm hoping to find someone that can point out any and all problems and issues with my story and also any stupid grammar, spelling and punctuation issues. I will be happy to do the same in exchange.

Please send me a private message if you are interested.

Thanks in advance.  :)

The Coffee Shop / When can you call yourself a writer?
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:27:28 PM »
 ??? I've been retired for several years. Now, when we meet people, I hesitate to describe myself as a writer. On the face of it, it is a simple question. However, the more I think about it, the more complicated the issue becomes. First of all, I am self-published. Does that immediately disqualify me as a writer? I know that there are many people that have been very successful as self-published writers. But today, anyone can self-publish. I also know that it is true that many famous authors, through history, began by self-publishing, long before the internet and the Kindle. Yes I have had sales - nothing that will every earn me a living though. I've gotten a number of pretty good 5 star reviews. Still, to put myself in the general class of writers seems a bit presumptuous, if not altogether pompous. It is too bad there aren't comfortable subclasses of writers in which I can place myself. I'm not planning to shout it from the rooftops. Simply as a response to the question 'what do you do now that you're retired?' If you haven't already guessed, yes I feel a little embarrassed calling myself a writer. I'd love to read what people think about this issue and if anyone else feels, at least just a little uncomfortable labeling themselves as a writer.

The Coffee Shop / What's in a name?
« on: July 18, 2013, 10:25:06 AM »
I guess it’s true that name recognition sells books – too bad for all of us aspiring authors.

A Book came out recently by someone named Robert Galbraith. "The Cuckoo’s Calling" received reasonably good reviews. But the author was an ‘unknown’ and the first few weeks of sales scarcely went past about 500 copies. (Sound familiar?) Now that the ‘real’ author, J.K. Rowling, has been revealed, booksellers can’t keep the book on the shelf.

Is the reading public really so fickle that it's almost impossible for an aspiring writer to begin a career?

Does anyone have a real strategy to deal with this dilemma?

Self-Publishing Central / Read my Action/Adventure story for free
« on: July 13, 2013, 02:33:05 PM »
 :o  THE CARTHAGE CONNECTION available for free on Smashwords ( in various formats through August 13. Use coupon code ED92R

THE CARTHAGE CONNECTION - The silt-filled seaport of ancient Ephesus is the setting for this second book in the Erin and Craig series. The ancient boat they are excavating may contain scrolls rescued from the great library at Alexandria. They team up in their search with Mossad operative Rebecca Schuler, who is tracking the mysterious Cult of Tanit. The Cult, which traces its roots back to the founding of Carthage, is also after the scrolls. Cult members believe their ancestors rescued invaluable artifacts when the library was burned in 48 BC. While the Mossad believes the Cult wants the scrolls to fund terrorist actions in Israel. When a group of renegade Cult members begin a series of attacks to stop the dig, Erin and Craig intensify their efforts to find the scrolls before anyone is killed. But time is running out…

Self-Publishing Central / Free Book Give Away
« on: April 30, 2013, 04:17:46 PM »
I am offering the first of my three book action/adventure series free for one week beginning now through May 7.

THE ALKANO LETTERS is the debut novel in the reader-acclaimed Erin and Craig series. Archaeologist Erin Mathews and ex CIA Agent Craig Johnson team up for these exciting and intriguing tales. On the tiny Greek island of Alkano, they discover ancient letters whose content could undermine the very foundations of Christianity. An ancient religious sect knows the esoteric message hidden in the letters and is sworn to protect it at any cost. Trouble begins almost immediately with a series of mishaps followed by deadly threats. A desperate chase through the back streets of Jerusalem leads to Erin's abduction. What began as a straightforward dig has become a dangerous and complicated mission. They must solve the two-thousand year old mystery, before it’s too late. But time is quickly running out...

Simply go to the link below and follow the purchase instructions using coupon code    UP63P


Available formats include:

HTML for online reading; Kindle .mobi format, .epub for Nook, Sony Reader, Apple iPad books, etc.; PDF format; RTF text; and .pdb for Palm.

I hope you enjoy reading The Alkano Letters. If you are interested you can buy the other books in this series – THE CARTHAGE CONNECTION and CARVED IN STONE on the Smashwords web site or Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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