Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amstel Girl nominee at Summer Indie Book Awards !

Hello writers and readers! 

I have a great new,  my book #amstelgirl  has been nominated at the Summer Indie Book Awards !  
 and here we go the cover of  Amstel Girl  with the new nominee badge !




 

********2017 Summer Indie Book Awards!*************

Yes, it’s that time of year again, folks! The 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards is now open for nominations! There are a few changes from last year, so make sure to read the rules carefully! Nomination forms are at the bottom.






2017 Summer Indie Book Awards Rules

First of all, let me say right off the bat that rude behavior toward SIBA or any nominated authors, including harassing e-mails and accusations of cheating will absolutely NOT be tolerated by anyone. If you can’t be nice to one another, we respectfully request you to remove yourself from the awards. This isn’t the place for mud-slinging, accusations, threats, or generally nasty behavior.

  1. Any book may be nominated as long as it is an independent or small-press author (no major publishing houses such as Random House or Penguin, among many others) and/or publisher. Authors who also publish with big name publishers may submit books as long as the submitted book is published independently. Books must be published between September 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. Nominations for books published before or after these dates will not be accepted.
  2. Nominations will begin at midnight CST every January 1, and continue until midnight CST on July 1. Voting will begin at midnight on the morning of September 1, 2017.
  3. Metamorph Publishing will make every attempt possible to contact authors of nominated books, whether through their book pages or on Facebook. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to locate and contact every author who is nominated.
  4. Nominees will be given access to a .png file (transparent background) that they may freely use on their book covers or in promotional materials. Any author found using the nominee badge on a book that was not nominated will be barred from participating, and any of their books that have been nominated will also be disqualified. Any nominee who needs assistance getting the badge onto their cover or banners may contact Metamorph Publishing for assistance, at no charge. You can do this using the contact form on the Summer Indie Book Awards page at Metamorph Publishing or by emailing us at siba@metamorphpublishing.com
  5. Authors may nominate their own books; however Metamorph Publishing asks that if you nominate your own books, be respectful and nominate someone else’s as well. This event is meant to help awareness of indie authors as well as provide increased visibility to readers.
  6. Metamorph Publishing will host and promote the main event on their website as well as on Facebook. The event and any prizes awarded are exclusive of Facebook, and Facebook is not affiliated in any way with the event. Other authors may volunteer to post articles or interviews about the event on their own websites or blogs.
  7. During nominations, Metamorph Publishing will collect prize donations from authors; however this is NOT a requirement for nomination or for winning. Donations can be signed paperbacks (although keep in mind the winner may live overseas from your location), e-books either emailed directly from the author or gifted through Kindle/Nook/Kobo, etc., audio books gifted through Audible, iTunes, or Amazon, bookmarks, novelty items (coffee mugs, keychains, other swag), gift cards (Amazon or Barnes and Noble are always good, but pre-paid Visa or Mastercards for a certain amount could be useful as well), or even gift baskets (a small coffee mug and hot cocoa, for example; as long as it can be mailed) and services such as editing, formatting, or cover design. Metamorph Publishing will collect and maintain email addresses from authors for the purpose of making sure the prize gets to the winner; your email address is SACRED to us and will never be sold or even given away without your express permission.
  8. Voting will be conducted using Poll Maker. Voting will open at midnight on September 1 each year and close at midnight on September 11. Anyone will have the ability to vote for one or more books once every day, in each of the categories. Authors may vote for their own books, but please, if you do, be respectful of others and vote for someone else’s book too. We realize there may be a few people out there who would win no matter what it takes, but if we discover someone violating the rules laid out here (voting multiple times from numerous devices or hiring large groups of people to vote, for example), the author will be banned from the awards for life.
  9. First, second, and third place authors will be chosen by Poll Maker at the close of voting. Please allow a few days for us to compile the results. Winners will be announced on our website, on the Summer Indie Book Awards Facebook page, as well as in the Facebook event itself. We will also make every attempt to contact the winners through other means (Facebook or Google search, or via the Amazon author page) if necessary.
  10. Badges will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners, with the category of the win included on the ribbon. Winning authors may use these digital images to add to their book covers, if they desire, post on their website or blog, or use for social media. These badges are Creative Commons images with no copyright attrition needed. Any author found to be using these winner badges who has NOT won the right to use them will be banned for life. Any author who has difficulty adding these badges to their media can contact us using the form at the bottom of the page on the Summer Indie Book Awards home page at Metamorph Publishing or by emailing siba@metamorphpublishing.com.
  11. Prizes will be awarded as such: Metamorph Publishing will contact the winners and the prize donors to facilitate awarding of prizes. Authors who have donated will be required to make every effort to award their prize to the winner. Metamorph Publishing assumes no responsibility after the winner and donor are contacted. Any author who does not award their donated prize will be banned for life (certain exceptions can be tolerated at Metamorph Publishing’s discretion).


Check the websites for more info  
https://metamorphpublishing.com/summer-indie-book-awards/
https://www.facebook.com/booksbymarkie

#summer #indie #book #award  #amazing  #thriller  #books 
#author #marcomarek #suspense #romance #amwriting #ASMSG #iartg #Ian1 
#femmefatale #seductress #indieauthor #like4like #love #writerslife 
#instagood #bookstagram #bookboost

Friday, June 23, 2017

My Current WIP, Magic Prague...

Hello writers and readers, 

I would like to let you know my new book I'm writing, working in progress WIP for short. 

I haven't set the title yet, But it is based in the beautiful city  of Prague, a city that I love. 


A city that fascinates everyone, well almost all, wonderful at day and magnificent also at night that create a unique atmosphere with its gold lights  of street lamps over  the beautiful baroque buildings.


 Well in this beautiful scenery that comes Jack, an american photographer that is living in Essex, Great Britain. He is in Prague for a photo shoot, to search magical and places that tourists never find.




Jack once arrived at his apartment( he booked it from web, instead to take hotel) found this gothic building a little creepy  but okay was cheap, so he can't demand too much from it. The owner is a woman in her 50s and looks like a clairvoyant. 



 

Mystery in mystery, Jack will meet the daughter of a witch, a magic street  that transports him in the place he is thinking at the moment he is walking that magic street, he meet  Jiri a bridnet, a  hybrid human-alien teen ager connected with quantum computer.

Jiri saved Jack from the Vodnik creatures (see picture up) .  All this events surprised  him, since he wasn't used it to meet all this people and the magic street included. 

At the moment I'm at 12,000 words, just another effort and I'm near  to finish it. 
I think  the genre will be  contemporary fantasy. 

Stay tune for the new updates. 

#prague #magic #city #contemporary #fantasy #esoteric #clairvoyant #witches #vodnik #wip #new #amazing #book  #bookboost #indieauthor #author #marcomarek  #friday  #love #books  #goodvibes #loveandlight  #metaphysical #happy #spiritual #bookstagram #ASMSG #Ian1 #iartg #amwriting


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Useful Writer's Tips for Indie Authors

Hello writers and readers, 

I have found a good article about writing tips  and I would like to share with you, I think could be useful for beginners writers, well also for me too!  
All want to know the perfect way how to write, but I think everyone has its style but I think my tip over the ones on this list is:   just be yourself.  



1. Don’t write linearly: Don’t set out to write something from beginning to end. A story is meant to be read from front to back, but not necessarily created that way. If you have an idea for writing the sixth chapter first, then start there. The epilogue can even be the first thing you put down on paper, then work your way back. Scattered chapters will eventually be filled in, and it will force you to look at the story from different angles, which may present different ideas or new approaches. You’d be surprised how well this works when a whole book starts coming together. It’s also great for getting around writer’s block.




 2. Have two or more projects on the go: Speaking of writer’s block, having more than one project on the go is never a bad idea. Although focus and dedication are paramount to completing a work, sometimes you inevitably get stuck. It’s good to be able to move on to something else instead of feeling frustrated and stagnant. You don’t have to have a few big projects happening either … maybe you’re penning a novel, but also some short stories and an article or two.




 3. Be your own editor: There are days where I have difficulty writing altogether, so I’ll switch to editing my stories rather than trying to create them. Never assume it is someone else job to fix your mistakes. Find all the errors first, and deal with them yourself. The more polished and refined your work is, the more favorably it will be received when you’re finally ready to present it.



 4. Ask for (and take lots of) punishment: It is well worth finding yourself a professional writer or editor and asking/paying them to look at your work. Tell them to give you highly critical feedback with no sugarcoating. Let them go so far as to be cruel too, just so you really get the point. There is a lot of rejection and criticism involved in the publishing industry. Getting accustomed to it sooner than later is advantageous. If you want to be serious about your writing, then you’ll need to know everything wrong with your writing. Accepting and understanding the harsh realities of your shortcomings is a most important step to getting better.



 5. Disconnect: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, the Internet in general … we know how invasive social media and technology is in our lives these days. We also know that it can be good for promotion, building a brand, and having an online presence. But you know what else social media and technology is really good for? Procrastination, distraction, and countless wasted hours. Being able to unplug for long periods of time is more important than you may think. All those tweets you’ve posted might have added up the word-count of half a novel by now…



 6. Learn what good writing is: Honestly, there’s so much terrific writing out there, but there is also considerably more garbage as well. I’m constantly surprised by how many people don’t know the difference between the good and the bad. Art is subjective, true, but it isn’t that subjective when you remove ignorance and replace it with education. Duke Ellington said it best: “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind”. The same applies to writing.



 7. Have your own work space: It’s trendy nowadays to take your laptop to coffee shop or bar and write in public. I even advocate a change of environment/atmosphere when writing feels stifled. But I believe it’s more important to have and maintain your own private work space, a spot you can call your own with a desk and preferably a door you can close when you need to shut out the world in order to create your own.




 8. Dedicate to the craft: Serious writing is not something you merely do if or when you can find the time. It’s not just for Sunday afternoons, or the occasional evening, or a few hours a week when you can give it some attention. Make the time, and make lots of it. Tackle the craft daily and dedicate a generous portion of your existence to honing your skills. You’re only going to get out of it what you put into it, and serious writing requires a lot of investment.




 9. Time management: When it comes to the hours or days you’ve reserved for writing, make sure you stick to your guns. Consider it sacred. To most other people, your ‘writing time’ is merely ‘flexible time’. They will invariably think that you can cancel, minimize or postpone working when it suits you (or them). Tell these people that your personal work time is not negotiable; much like theirs isn’t at their day jobs. You don’t need a regimented schedule, but you do need to clock in the hour




 10. Remember the Three “P’s”: I’ll admit there’s still a hell of a lot more to say on the topic of writing tips, but what it all comes down to in the end are three things I believe writers need to remember above all else: Patience, Perseverance, and maintaining your sense of Purpose.

#writing #tips #amwriting #amazing #author #marcomarek #indieauthor  #indiebooksbeseen #iartg #ASMSG #love #books #fantasy #thriller #authors #bookstagram #magic #stories #patience #perseverance #purpose #nevergiveup   

Check this website where I took inspiration of this post. 
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/10-tips-for-writing 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top 10 Harry Potter places to visit in London

Hello writers and readers, 
As a fan of Harry Potter I thought to create a post of the 10 top places to visit in London about Harry Potter movies. 
I visited all of them myself,  Warner Bros studios excluded (such a pity) but it's the main target of my next London visit. 
Hope you will enjoy and you will find some interesting places to add at your next London tour.

Here we go the...  



Top 10 Harry Potter places in London   

 

1 Diagon Alley at Leadenhall Market 
where... Gracechurch Street - EC3 nearest Tube, Monument station


Diagon Alley is one of the most iconic locations in Harry Potter’s London, as it’s the high shopping street of the wizarding world. In the first movie, Leadenhall Market was used to shoot the exterior of the magical shops found in the alley. Leadenhall Market is a beautiful Victorian covered market with many different specialty shops. In the section of the market called Bull’s Head Passage you’ll find the blue shop front that was used as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in the film.



2 Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station
where...  King's Cross station 



The beautiful Victorian  building of St. Pancras Station was used as the exterior of King’s Cross Station where students board the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾ in the Harry Potter films. 
Here you’ll have the chance to take a picture (complete with a Gryffindor scarf) and to check out the adjacent Harry Potter shop


3 Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour London
where... Leavesden, Watford 




It's the best location for every Potter's fan,
On the tour you’ll be able to visit the original sets of the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s Office, Hagrid’s Hut and many more. There’s also a beautiful scale model of Hogwarts, several props and costumes.

Easy to reach just take the train from London Euston to Watford, booking is suggested.

https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/ 




 4 Gringotts Bank  The Australian High Commission 
 where...  Strand  nearest tube Charing Cross station





The beautiful interior of the  Gringotts bank was shot inside the Australia House The Australian High Commission is housed in the building  and is not easy  to get inside, only for specific reasons as a visa application,  otherwise they will denied access. The amazing exterior, however, worth a visit.



5 Charing Cross Road

where...  nearest tube  Tottenham Court Road Station


Although it is a Muggle area, the Leaky Cauldron inn is located on this street, and thus wizards and witches can access Diagon Alley by passing through the inn. Charing Cross Road is renowned for its specialist and second-hand bookshops and more general second-hand and antiquarian shops giving the street an intriguing charm.

 

 

6 Westminster Tube station


Westminster Tube Station is one of the main locations Harry Potter uses when travelling in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and had to be closed to the public for an entire day during filming. Westminster is one of the most historic areas in London and is close to endless attractions including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street and the London Eye.

 

 

7 Reptile House, London Zoo

where ... Outer Circle, Regent's Park - NW1

nearest tube  Camden Town station

 

Find out if you have Harry Potter's gift of Parseltongue (being able to talk to serpents) at London Zoo. The Reptile House is home to some of the biggest snakes on earth, as well as lizards and crocodiles. It is here that a python speaks to Harry for the first time.

 

8 Tower Bridge  

where... nearest tube  Tower Hill station 

 

 

In The Order of the Phoenix, Harry flies along the Thames and over Tower Bridge on his broomstick.

 

9 Piccadilly Circus

where... nearest tube  Piccadilly circus station

 

 
At Piccadilly Circus you can walk in the footsteps of the three main characters. It is through here that Harry, Ron and Hermione run during Deathly Hallows Part 1, when they flee the wedding of Ron's older brother after learning Death Eaters are on their tails.

 

10 Lambeth Bridge

where...  nearest tube  Lambeth north station 

 

It’s on Lambeth Bridge that the Knight Bus has to squeeze between 2 oncoming double-decker buses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The next bridge downstream is Westminster Bridge.

 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

New book of Traci Sanders- Tips on publishing, marketing, and networking

Traci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of ten published titles, with contributions to three anthologies. 

An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children's, romance, and nonfiction guides.

Her ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.



TIP 287: Networking with local authors to
build your fan base

**This tip, and many others on marketing and networking, can be found in Beyond The Book: Tips on publishing, marketing, and networking to build your brand, now available in digital and paperback format.

https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Book-publishing-marketing-networking-ebook/dp/B06XT2111W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490706632&sr=8-1&keywords=beyond+the+book+traci+m+sanders

One way to build your brand in your area is to network with local authors. You can find them on social media quite often. 
On Facebook, you may see a group called “Texas Writers and Readers” or something like that. Or you can do a general search for “writers” or “readers” groups and then ask who lives near you.

You can also Google book clubs (physical book clubs) in your area and connect with local readers and/or writers.
The saying “there is power in numbers” is true. You may find local authors who are willing to do a multi-genre showcase or event with you. Perhaps at a local craft fair or an event hall that you rent. If several authors are participating, the cost could be significantly less. 

The lesser cost isn’t the only benefit to doing a multi-genre event. Having more options for a wider variety of readers will draw more attention to your table or booth. (something for everyone)
Don’t look at authors, even those who write in your same genre, as your competition. View them as allies in winning the war against the bad reputation Indie authors often receive. 



But there are a few things to keep in mind:
  1. Make sure you check out the other authors’ books on Amazon to ensure they align with the quality of yours. You wouldn’t want to be a Christian author who ends up having an erotic romance author show up with suggestive banners or book covers at a local church event you orchestrated.
  2. Make sure you all agree on splitting the cost of the event – table, venue rental, and even decor.
  3. Make sure you don’t overbook your table to the point that some books wouldn’t even be seen.
  4. Make sure you all take part in cleaning the place up when your event is over, to leave a good impression on the leasing representative, for future events.
  5. Try to talk with this person over the phone at least once to get a feel of his or her personality. Is she a Negative Nelly? Is he a Boisterous Bob? Does she run off at the mouth, dropping the f-bomb every few minutes? Does he tell racial jokes or demean women? These are not deal breakers for everyone, but like I said, make sure the people you choose to participate in your event, represent your standards, as they will be interacting with the same potential customers you do. Not to mention, you will be forced to sit beside these people for possibly several hours! Everyone needs to be professional.
Connecting with authors in your home town or nearby towns can be the beginning of beautiful friendships, critique groups, support systems, and hopefully increased sales – if it’s done right.


I've decided to give away two prizes during this tour:
*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Before You Publish - Volume I 
*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Beyond The Book - Volume II 
To enter, all you have to do is email me a proof of purchase of a digital copy of either of these two books during the tour.
I will draw TWO winners total, at the end of the tour.
Please email your proof of purchase (can be a screenshot) to tsanderspublishing@yahoo.com
GOOD LUCK!
#new #release #book #amazing #books #tips #publishing #marketing #networking  #amwriting #bookstagram #author #tracisanders #blog #bestseller #sales #amazon #iartg #ASMSG #tbt 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Karen's Grand Giveaway !


Grand Birthday Bash Giveaway!

As April is Karen Mossman birthday month, she is holding a GRAND GIVEAWAY for the whole of the month. This is the prize up for grabs, a LONDON LANDMARK Cross Stitch Coaster with your initial.

 Each one comes with a different landmark and if your initial is shown in one of the pictures, this is what you will get.





All you have to do is leave an Amazon review on one of her books after you have read it. Each review will receive one ticket in the draw
There are several different ways to do this:
**These have to be original reviews, not ones posted at an earlier time.**
Instructions
Email her the URL or a SCREENSHOT of the review for 1 ticket in the draw.
The draw will close on May 15th to give you time to read the book. You will need to provide her with your postal address if your name is drawn.
AND THERE IS MORE!
During the lead up to her birthday, she's presenting a week of guest authors from 17th April every day through to the 23rd
If you purchase one of their books, you will also get a ticket into the draw. Just email her with proof of order.
AND THERE IS EVEN MORE!
Each author will offer you a unique free gift within their blog post.
Please remember to also review any of their books including the one you claimed as a gift.






On May 15th all names will go into a draw, which she may, not guaranteed, but may, do it live on Facebook. The first name drawn will win one of the beautiful London Landmark coasters.
The winner will also be announced on her blog, in her newsletter and on her Facebook Author Page.
GOOD LUCK!

#giveaway #free #books #contest #indieauthors #indiebooksbeseen #love #amazing #authors #tbt 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Social Media Rules for Indie Authors

Hello writers and readers, 

Today I would like to introduce a new topic: Social Networks Rules for Indie Authors. 

Well like most people know nowadays social media usage is growing and is now part of our lives. For many of us, using social media sites is a very common thing, most of us share photos with family and friends and we as writers we post our photos of our books for promoting it, connecting with other authors, readers and fans.

I research the best rules to how to use social media and how not. 

1 When you post something on Facebook, Google +, maybe about the last book you have read or something about your book, is because you want a interaction, attention, from others, that's right but you have to reply to everyone that comment your post, doesn't matter who is because this is the basic thing you have to do, don't ignore the comments you get and don't click like because it is rude. 


2 Many writers post on social media Facebook especially, links to their books every day, but this could be considered spam and people ignore it. Instead be social with authors, readers, interact with them  post about your books in groups, then spread it out and doing it all at once swamps friends news feeds.

3  Post fun photos of your books in curious places or events, photos of a book are also a good way of getting the word out. No need to post buying link, just fun pics.

4 Social sharing is good to helping others, it is about interaction, engagement and mutual support, when someone need help do it but cheer them also when they are doing well too, If you share others book don't expect anything in return, just do it as if you like it. Give first, ask later. The best rule of thumb is to give more than you take.

5  Listen: listen and observe, see what’s being said online and how you can participate. Dialog: communicate, remember the cocktail party example.Participate: join in, share stuff, be helpful. Don’t be afraid to share your opinion.

6  Leave your wallet at the door: don’t show up online wanting to make money. Show up ready to share and enlighten. This will take you much further.

7  Be honest: it’s tempting for some to embellish or lie. Who’s gonna find out about it, right? Wrong. The Internet has a way of sifting out the fake stuff and embracing the real messages.

8  Leave your wallet at the door: don’t show up online wanting to make money. Show up ready to share and enlighten. This will take you much further.

9  90% of your content should not be about yourself or your book. You should be sharing other people’s posts, researching and finding useful information online, helping out people solve problems, and making positive relationships by providing value.

10 Build a platform comment on other people’s blogposts or Facebook posts or tweet. Share their stuff. Offer constructive feedback (not just praise). Be a connector – introduce people to each other when they can both benefit from the relationship, even though you won’t profit from it. Do a ton of favors. Focus on building social Karma (always do favors, never ask for them or expect them).

Check also this links that have good info 

Derek Murphy 

I took rules #9 and #10  from his website

http://www.creativindie.com/how-authors-and-author-marketing-services-are-ruining-social-media/   



Frances Caballo 

https://www.bookworks.com/2016/11/16-tips-to-boost-facebook-engagement-for-indie-authors/


Jason Greensides  
inspiration for rule #1 
watch his interesting video below 


Monday, March 6, 2017

Aliens on the moon

Aliens on the MOON? Breakthrough as scientists discover OXYGEN on Earth's satellite. Solar winds are blasting oxygen from the Earth to the Moon in what could be a major breakthrough for finding life elsewhere than our planet.

 

 
 Could aliens be on the moon?

 

Scientists had long given up on finding alien life on our Moon due to its barren, dusty state - but the discovery that there is some oxygen could reopen the investigation.
On Earth, oxygen is, along with water, one of the key ingredients to life.
Researchers have now discovered that during a five-day period of each month, the Moon is showered with oxygen ions from Earth.
During a short period of each month, the Moon passes through the Earth’s magnetosphere – the magnetic shield which protects us from radiation, something that the Moon does not have.


 Solar flares release particles that stream out into space


When it does, the lunar satellite is protected from the solar winds and is instead littered with material from Earth’s atmosphere – most significantly oxygen.
Astrophysicist Kentaro Terada from Osaka University in Japan told EOS: "Our new finding suggests that the Earth-Moon system coevolves not only physically but also chemically.”


 The Moon is showered with oxygen ions from Earth


The research from Terado and could go towards explaining the Moon’s rocks chemical composition.
When scientists analysed lunar rocks in 2006, they found that oxygen levels did not match up to what they should be for a celestial body with no atmosphere and no signs of life.


 The Earth's magnetic shield protects us from solar storms


However, the discovery that it picks up oxygen ions from Earth goes towards explaining the imbalance.
Terada told the Atlantic: "[Earth's] upper atmosphere consists of oxygen ions that are easily picked up by the solar wind and transported to the Moon.
"Maybe some portion is implanted on the Moon, and some portion is lost into interplanetary space."

 

Article By

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/761281/Aliens-on-the-MOON-OXYGEN-Earth-satellite