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The Second edition is in process. Due to a number of requests, I’m converting the book to a hard cover copy. The first edition (eBook format) is no longer available. Keep checking back!

Will They Make It in Time?

Mike Braddock, a former hotshot, has settled into a quiet life in Pine Creek. He meets Annie Keener, a writer, new to Pine Creek. As their relationship develops, trouble brews. One innocent morning, Braddock’s best friend Jim Dunlap receives a call that will change their lives. A man named Spider, hell-bent on revenge, tells Jim that he and his boys are coming to town to exact their revenge. The pastoral town of Pine Creek is put on alert based on the threats of a vicious Alabama motorcycle gang. Once in Pine Creek, Spider and his crew kidnap Annie and take her up White Thunder Mountain.

Spider then hatches a devious plan: set the mountain on fire. To save Annie, Leonard Laughing Bear, the local medicine man, must unleash the Great Thunderbird, the guardian Spirit that lives on White Thunder Mountain. Meanwhile, Braddock, Jim, fire crews, and rescue teams must find a way up the burning mountain to save Annie, the mountain, and the innocent residents of Pine Creek.
 

A little romance, some suspense, plenty of action, and the help of Native American spirits come together to create a gripping tale of good overcoming evil.


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Now retired but copies may be available on Amazon
 
 
A woman chronicles her experience with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the wake of 9/11. Unable to work, she abandons her job and soon loses her ocean-side condo. The only bright spot is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, who demonstrates how Asian medicines can help her heal. Now homeless, she must learn the ins and outs of the lifestyle. Her problem, she hears again and again, is hers and hers alone. During the frigid New England winter she must sleep in her car; not even a concerned local pastor offers a warm place to rest. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, she puts hard-laid plans for medical school on hold and she must then make a choice: to follow her destiny or succumb to illness…

 

 

 

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I Repeat, It’s Redundant

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Do We Need All This SM?

I’ve blogged about how I feel overwhelmed at times with Social Media (SM). I’ve also been thinking about how much of it is actually redundant. We build a nice website, maybe with an RSS feed or comment section on our blog page, and we add to that mix more SM than we have time for in our daily lives because we want everyone (or anyone) reading our books. If you can visit an author’s FB page and like it, do you also need to visit the website, or vice versa? Or the Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, or Twitter accounts? What’s different? What’s not?

I question the necessity of having more than a few good SM accounts. I understand we’re not all on the same SM so picking those that do the most good for you and your business (because writing is a business, if you’re selling your work) is smart. Which SM do you really need? Do you need to be on ALL of them? Only you can know the answer, after researching how you want to market yourself and your work. Factors in that decision might be age, gender, or cultural, for example; these are your target demographics and you need to know whom they are and where to find them on SM. Do you believe that all your fans (readers) are on the same SM as you?

How much of your SM is redundant and taking away from the quality of your life? Or more importantly, your writing time? (Really, how many pictures or videos of cute puppies or kitties can you get excited about?)

Marketing, Branding, Promotion, and SM

Marketing our work and our selves is important and necessary as authors. A SM-savvy person can utilize SM to its fullest capacity, if you do the homework. The rest live with a basic marketing plan and will (eventually) work their way up to the one that provides the most benefits (more sales, increased exposure, better branding, etc.). It all depends on what you want to achieve (fame, fortune, notoriety, bestseller lists, be besties with your readers, etc.) and the steps you must take to achieve it.

In a recent blog by USA Today bestselling author Kristen Lamb wrote “ads without an established relationship (platform and brand) don’t work.” She’s right. And neither does spamming everyone on your LI list (or any SM list) with a link to your book (like I did years ago; lesson learned). You need to establish yourself (brand) before readers begin lining up to buy your books; you have to build the excitement. Be selective about which SM works best for you (read: what is my target audience and where are they), build your platform on those SM and work from there. Are you on YouTube or other video sites? Or do you prefer sites where you communicate only via texting/comments? You need to know what you’re comfortable with; you also need to understand that you can’t spread yourself so thin (be everywhere on all SM) and expect to build trust in your brand (you) and your product (books) if you don’t offer something unique on each one.

Promotion is nice but it’s a long way from establishing and maintaining that critical relationship with your readers/fans. If you can tie your name (brand) with your book (marketing) with an emotional experience, then according to Kristen Lamb, you’ve got a winning combination. (Think Harley-Davidson or Geico) What emotional experience will readers gain from reading your work?  

Mix Up Your SM Options

Let’s do some math:

Website/blog + POD publishing site (Lulu, Ingram, Book Baby, etc.) + Facebook + Twitter + Instagram + LinkedIn + Snapchat + YouTube + Social Media2 = Redundant; same information in too many places; reduce the load unless you can offer something unique on each of them

Here’s my math:

Website/blog + Facebook + Lulu Press + radio interviews + car signage (I often drive to areas far from home; great advertising on the highway) = global distribution (includes Amazon, B&N, Ingram, and many others) = minimalist approach but smart, affordable, and a good start (last year I began earning royalties every month so now I can up my game a bit)

Here’s another option:

Website/blog + Lulu Press + Facebook groups (literary) + Twitter + Goodreads + guest blogging + radio interviews = easy to maintain, affordable approach

And another:

Website/blog + Ingram (this gets your book into physical locations) + Twitter + YouTube + Goodreads + author podcast = easy to maintain, offers fans text, video, and recorded/live access to you

Consolidate Your SM

How many author pages do you need (Amazon, KDP, Smashwords, B&N, etc.)? Too many ‘author pages’ can become difficult to keep track of (again, lesson learned), especially when you need to update personal or book information. Keep it simple and manageable.

Ask yourself: What do I want from SM? More book sales, people reading my blogs, connecting more with my fans? Do you want/need to be rich and famous or are you happy with the fact that some, but not all, folks are reading your works? Do the math; see what works, what’s in your budget.

Avoid redundancy; stay original.

Then repeat (for your next masterpiece).

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