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Life is stranger than fiction is one cliche that is true, especially for writers. That whole suspended disbelief tool is not as easy to use as one might think. If it sounds too far-fetched, readers just won't buy it. However, real life is often unbelievable--especially when it's true.
Once I turned 18, Aunt Winnie called my dad and asked if I would like to meet my birth sister. Well, duh! And the rest, as they say.... We are such siblings as have never been parted for 16 years-- though we lived in adjacent cities. We are told we act a lot alike, even "sound" alike to the point most can't tell us apart on the phone. We have similar mannerisms, similar tastes and even share many skills and share tips on the same hobbies! Genetics....
So what about our folks? Believe it or not, Rippley, just today my daughter got back the results from a DNA test and became curious about her ancestry. She joined Ancestry and found this picture. Great Mother's Day gift, says I! The names, uniform, races, and period were a match. Here is my sister's only picture of herself as a baby, and our only picture of our birth parents. It is especially poignant for us because our adoptive parents have passed on.
We know our father, Donald Clayton Fortin, is dead, but we would love to find our Japanese mother, who we believe returned to Japan. Her name is Tokyako Kowasato (not positive on spelling as birth certificate is hard to read).
If you have a spare milk carton, please help us find our mom!
If you are an author, whether you’re a new author or one who has just started to promote your own writing, you have probably been spending a lot of time researching ways to work both smarter and faster. One way (albiet a tough, time consuming activity) to get potential PR inroads is doing “cold” calling (calling journalist for opportunities to promote your book and gain exposure). If you have tried this, you will quickly see the benefit of having a Press Kit.
Once created, the Press Kit is a very useful PR tool. You can make it available on your website, send it quickly and efficiently to media sources or others who may request your author or book information.
Your Press Kit can also be used if you want to solicit the services of a book blogger, reviewer, retailer, librarian, or event planner. Even your editor might ask for your Press Kit.
What to Include in Your Press Kit:
The following includes most of the information anyone who asks for a Press Kit will need.
Your contact information includes making both you and your book(s) easily available. You should include your email address, your website, fb, Pinterest, LN, Twitter, Google+, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Library Thing, Goodreads, etc., and the URL of where your book(s) can be purchased. Include any links to book trailers, reviews, or relevant articles.
Invest the time and money, as soon as you are able, in a flattering photo. If you need one right away, try to pick one in which you are "doing" something interesting, or are at an interesting location or event.
A biography is a given. You need it for your website, for guest posts on blogs, or even for publishing submissions. If you check out some biographies on Amazon or blogs, you will notice that they are generally about 150-200 words. You should include your name, where you’re from, what you do for a living, your publication genre(s), why you became interested in that genre(s), unusual or interesting hobbies or travel. Try to add something that will make people remember you.
The actual press release should focus on what’s new or upcoming. It needs to be short, to the point, and clearly state what makes you or your book stand out in the crowd. To hear how-to from the pros, visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-to-write-a-press-release-with-examples/
Make a list of interview questions and answers about you and your book. This can include questions about your background, your genre choice, your writing style or habits, works in progress, etc. You can do a Q & A as one of the main characters in the book. These Q & A’s provide easy research for interviewers and book bloggers. They can just cut and paste them if they are so inclined.
Information on Your Book
This is your chance to make your work stand out among the crowd. What makes your book special? It is probably related to why the genre/topic caught your own interest. Your target audience is also interested in that genre/topic. So ask yourself what specifically captures your interest. Then, describe it. Remember that the person that is reading your press kit has to be convinced your work would interest “their” readers.
Let your work speak for itself. To garner more interest, include a separate file with the first three chapters.
You may also include things like: editorial reviews, testimonials, links to relevant media content like audio and video, any awards you’ve won, etc.
Provide a PDF version of your press kit. Also, don’t forget to have a downloadable version on your website.
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Pepi Le Pew made me laugh as a child, and he still cracks me up today. I hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane as much as I did. It made me think about how I came to know about romantic love and what it means to me, what it means to most people.
As a writer I spend more time than some therapists analyzing how people interact, what motivates them. Most all people want to find love, but what is love? Love is only a four-letter word, an idea, a concept, for all of us, until someone gives it meaning. And therein lies the secret.
Love is finding that someone with whom you wish to spend all your free time. Forever. That person you want to turn to and say, "look at that!" or, "can you believe it?" You don't have to ask them to wrap their arms around you when you're sad, or when you're not. You don't wonder if they will help you out; you reach for their helping hand without turning your head, knowing their hand is already outstretched. Such a feeling of security and well being! Does it sound something like friendship? Well, true love means being friends, companions, partners, and lovers.
Having someone whose eyes meet yours across a crowded room and seeing that they understand your thoughts is uniquely wonderful. So too is having someone's smile reach their eyes when they see you, even if you're just entering a room and you've been married for decades.
That's what love means to this newlywed. What does it mean to you?
Apparently you only have to kill 3 people to be classified as a serial killer. Most, of course, kill more, frequently until they are captured or die. The newest serial killers are zombies. Zombie killers glorify death by cannibalistic crunch and munch. Now, this doesn't actually "kill" you permanently, but merely makes you want to participate in the gooey buffet. After your first bite, your Sushi snack soon becomes a fellow food competitor. The modern circle of life?
Yikes! And they wonder what causes nightmares? So many scary ways to die at the hand of another human being and they're all on television. Personally, I love the new fall lineup! LOL!
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