Category Archives: Readers’ Interests

THE Guide to Great Storytelling: StoryMasters

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StoryMasters

—the writer’s guide every author should have!

Now available in print and eBook 

StoryMasters for novice to advanced storytellers. It’s a labor of love of over a quarter century writing novels and teaching the craft. An eighth edition of Novel Writing Made Simple, it’s the first major revision since Edition Seven in 2010.

This is one of the most comprehensive reference and resource books on novel writing available, with complex concepts broken down into the most basic of terms.

  • When was the last time you saw subtext discussed in a novel-writing book? It’s in StoryMasters!
  • What about free indirect discourse—have you ever seen that broken down and given in simple terms so that you understood it and could recognize how important FID is to your writing? It’s in the book!
  • Do you even know what psychic distance is? Just sayin’—z’in the book!
  • Need to research a writing concept for the next writers’ meeting? In the book!
  • Having trouble with point of view and need a refresher? It’s in the book!
  • Your characters seem too flat and unreal, and you want to know more about writing 3D characters that will leap off the page? The book is where you’ll find it!
  • Don’t know what direction your story is headed and need help with plotting? Got it right there in the book!
  • Bogged down or completely stuck halfway into your story and in search of a pathway out of the mucky middle (muddle)? Ditto!
  • Want to find out how to make a novel notebook like Storybinder that will keep all your story ideas in one place? Yep—ITB!
  • Want to brainstorm your story in order to develop it more and flesh it out? It’s in the book!
  • NaNoWriMo’s coming up—do you know what StoryStormer is and how it can help you write your story quickly? Check it out in the book!
  • Want to develop emotional subplots to help characterize but don’t know how? Af-firm-a-tive!
  • Want a bang-up opening without a bomb going off? Si-si!
  • Want a comprehensive lexicon of over 500 words to help you understand the craft and business of novel writing? Roger that!
  • Want to read over a hundred quips from bestselling writers and celebrities about writing and entertaining? Of course, it’s in the book!
  • What about Grandma’s recipe for her luscious apple pie—do you think it’s in the book? No, silly! You’ll have to ask Grandma for that … but if you need a clear and effective recipe for writing gripping suspense … you guessed it—it’s in … the … book!
  • What about writing dynamic dialogue, imagery, interactive setting, skillfully shifting tenses, shifting narrative mode and point of view, simple editing techniques, manuscript formatting, an overview of the traditional publishing business and how to query an agent? Uh-huh … need I say more?

Prepare to launch— StoryMasters: Writers, Hone Your Skills! Advanced Notions in Novel Writing.

Find StoryMasters here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014M5Q7S2/

Thank you in advance for taking a look! I’m sure it will help!

—Gordon

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Kindle EBook: The Nobel Laureates in Literature (1901-2014)—Free Days!

The Nobel Laureates in Literature (1901-2014), newly released eBook by Sam Majdi, is FREE April 18, May 5, May 30, and June 20-21. You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V9KCUTO/

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00056]This is the third book the author has published. It is a unique collection about the lives, achievements, and works of Nobel Prize winners in literature.

Each recipient has a whole page of biography, with his (her) works and honors (if any).

The comprehensive glossary gives information about a variety of people and sites and contains the short biographies of  all 95 notables. The names index gives access to your favorite prize winner in literature.

The second book “The Wisdom of the Great” is about the lives and works of 450 notables from 50 countries of the world. It contains over 2600 quotations in 3 millenniums (9th century B.C.-21st century). It is a great literary piece and an accurate reference book.

The 1st book “Lovers Paradise Book of 222 Love Quotations” is a collection of short biographies of 111 notables of 17 countries. It contains the names index and a detailed glossary. I hope you will enjoy reading these literary works.

Sam Majdi is a retired teacher of English with over 30 years experience. He is living with his family in Wichita, Kansas. He got his B.A. in English literature.

He has been a member of Kansas Authors Club since 2001. He has been an advocate of human rights all his life.

Please let Sam know if you have any comment or criticism.

Sam Majdi, email: s_majdi@yahoo.com

It’s finally here – the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series!

RFTD Front CoverComing July 1st, the third and final novel in the Deepest Darkness series by D.A. Bale: RISING FROM THE DARKNESS.

RISING will be available for pre-order on major ebook outlets starting May 1st with an official release date of July 1st. In the meantime, you can still pick up the first ebook in the series RUNNING INTO THE DARKNESS for free – yes FREE – and PIERCING THE DARKNESS for the low ebook price of $2.99. Also available in print.

For now, enjoy this peek of RISING’s cover and read the blurb below to whet your appetite.

In Rising from the Darkness, Samantha Bartlett has a new mission – and this time it’s one of her own choosing. Armed with information worth killing for, Samantha pieces together secrets spanning generations and uncovers the key to Debrille’s plans, including the horror of his true identity. But will it be enough for redemption? Especially when facing the bridges she’s burned?

Life was once clearly black or white, but now Joe Roberts has a target on his back – and it’s sighted by his boss at the FBI. It’s not just from running off with their primary suspect in President Warner’s murder and then allowing her to escape. No. He’s the Elite’s latest scapegoat. That alone begs the question. Is Sam a cold-blooded killer or a mere pawn used in a global chess game?

World War III looms on the horizon as the Middle East threatens to implode, world alliances are scrapped, and a once tenuous truce with a former enemy collapses – all under President Durksen’s watch. Shadowed by the Elite’s constant and vigilant guard, Durksen must find a way out of the hole he dug for himself long ago. But can he accomplish it in time, or will the United States die like so many nations before it?

Explosions light up the night. Friend becomes foe. Sister against sister. Lives are lost. Sacrifices made. But in order to realize true freedom, evil must be defeated.

No matter the cost.

BLOG: http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com

TWITTER: @DABale1

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/D-A-Bale/181244371959801

Autograph for Your EBook?

Autograph for Your EBook?

Yes!

Amazing, neat, cool! Get a personalized autograph for your ebook from the author sent to your eReading device, eBook reading application or PC … FREE! Check out the big Authorgraph Party!

http://www.authorgraph.com/groups/indie-writers-alliance 12 authors, 50+ eBooks!

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How About this Twist on the Old 3D Cover Idea?

Knight’s Reports, my box set (bundle) of my three best

“The E Z Knight Series” novels!

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Here it is on Amazon (Click)

 

Book Reviews: John Locke Didn’t Do It This Way!

I posted this on our Indie Writers Alliance page, then I realized this might be important enough to wave it around on my author site, as well.

To my readers and fans, let me just tell you how very important it is for any author to get good, legitimate reviews for their books. If you give a book a good review, you’ve made the author’s day. On the other hand, if you give it a bad review, there will likely be gnashing of teeth. But even negative reviews are important to readers, if they’re honest–and, ultimately, that’s who reviews are for. Reviews are to help potential readers decide whether or not to buy and read a book. Reviews are good things for the consumers–for readers, the reason we write. Reviews with hurtful language, spoilers, negative because “I don’t read this genre, but I got this book for free”: those are the really lame reviews that no one needs.

Okay, so don’t even compare what I’m about to tell you to John Locke’s, “Hey, I sold over a million books in five months this way!” The following info and link is to help fellow indie authors hook up with potential reviewers in their book(s) genre(s).

What’s different? Locke said nothing about the main and now obviously secret ingredient in his plan: buying reviews! I’m not saying it’s wrong to buy reviews. I’d say it’s wrong if you’re buying positive reviews, fabricated reviews from folks who didn’t even read your book, left out the fact that you bought reviews when you go around bragging to other writers how you became so successful and left this very critical piece of the puzzle out. And then Mr. Locke sells us indies a guide-book about how we can do what he did with the most important part–the real key to his success–never mentioned! That’s ri-ight! He paid over $6,000 for 300 reviews. Now think of it, authors: paying three hundred people to go “buy” your book on Amazon over a few days’ time–the increased sales alone would shoot your title near the top of the rankings. Don’t you think if you’re giving these reviewer folks pretty good money to give a review, and there’s no real control over whether they really read the book or not, that they’ll likely give your book a good review? Especially since, if they give it a bad review, they might not be considered favorably for a chance to get paid to write review again!

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Click the Image!

Anyway, check this out, fellow indies! For $67.00 BookRooster will distribute your book to a genre-targeted portion of their 3,000 plus reviewers, and they’ll keep working at it until you get ten reviews. They don’t promise those reviews will be positive. What are you paying for, then? Distribution of your book to reviewers. The reviewers themselves don’t get paid, but they do get to download your book for free. If you need reviews, this might just be a way to go.