Matthew talked about his new book - the final book in the Crooked Kings trilogy - All Fall Down.It was an interesting evening meeting Fitzgerald enquiry reporter and author Matthew Condon. Such a revealing insight into Queensland's history.
Thanks Len, Sylvia, Heav, Ennajo and Wayne for keeping me company and thanks to Tina Cavanagh and Dymocks for sponsoring the event
The art competition starts with a dragon's roar. First enthralling entry is published today # fantasy #art #competition
Wow, this watercolour painting flew out at us. It's a picture of the Grey Dragon by the talented Hecate Jerrett-Cooper and it looks amazing. Setting the standard very high which is fantastic.
The art competition runs until the end of November and all artists young and old are welcome to enter.
Winning entries will be published in the Fandri's Adventure novel which is due for release in 2016.
Full details here: http://huntersofreloria.weebly.com/art-competition.html
Ridley Scott does a great job of making the special effects look natural in the movie and keeping the plot true to the novel. I was pleasantly relieved that there wasn't a Martian in sight, although a visit from Warner Bros Marvin the Martian would have been quite acceptable. Well done to the team for this exciting movie. I recommend everyone takes a look. 5 stars from Kasper.
Life is not going to be smooth sailing on the harsh red planet and we feel as though we are on the planet with Botanist Watney as he has to nut out a way to communicate his survival to Earth and figure out how to feed himself for the years it may take for assistance to arrive.
In true NASA style, things aren't going so well at their end either. They may have the most brilliant minds on Earth to work with, but unforseen complications crop up and Watney has only himself and meagre provisions for them to work with.
Guest post: How Writing My #1 Best Seller Saved My Business (and Sanity) by Charlene Brown @bkcustomdesigns
Hi folks: I'd like to introduce you to an exciting and dynamic author who has a great understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this brave new world of ebook self-publishing.
Here she is, the knowledgeable Charlene Brown.
The solution that was a winner for me: write an e-book! I wrote two books and my latest, Keep It Super Simple: A Business Guide to Building a Personalized Branding Roadmap To Turn Clicks Into Profit. However, e-books are part of an industry that has exploded; witnessing a growth in entrepreneurial interests.
Most home business niches are overdone and filled with uncertainty or fraud. Most online business opportunities promoted in magazines and websites the options are all extremely similar; establish a daycare center, be a personal shopper, stuff envelopes or do medical coding and billing from home, etc. While money can be made from these niches, and loads of money depending on your hustle, the market has become oversaturated & quality job offers can be difficult to find. However, e-books are in an industry that has exploded; witness to a growth in entrepreneurial interest.
E-book authors are now known as “info entrepreneurs”. Most amass high quality information or write their own fiction e-books to sell online through venues including Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Some people are able to secure very comfortable full time careers from this, and yes, they do it 100% from their own home or anywhere they care to be at any given moment.
This industry requires long hours of research and writing, web design and gaining some knowledge about ecommerce, and learning how to self-promote. However, the payoff can be infinite. Unlike many other online businesses you are not limited to your neighborhood or region.
The beauty about e-books is that you can publish them and distribute them worldwide. You could receive orders from Indonesia, Canada, USA, and France and so forth. This global opportunity doesn’t apply to a majority of other online opportunities as they may be connected to the owners being available to clients immediately close to them.
Promotion & Building a Team
I experienced many sleepless nights because I was self-promoting and submitting my book to various websites and Facebook groups so my e-book would be “in front” of a large audience. I was not sure where my book audience was so I had to test the various seas and lakes of promotion channels to find my way. Then I realized that I was doing it the hard way. I needed to add book promoters to my Power Crew so that they could help me cut through the drama and save myself some time.
All Night Book Fests: E-book Stores Are 24 Hours
One thing I learned to love about being an E-book Entrepreneur is that I don’t have to worry about operating within strict timelines when it comes to promoting sales online. The regular 9-5 (or odd 12-4 in some cases) hours of operation that some brick & mortar stores offer don’t apply here. I can sell e-books regardless if I’m awake or not. Not bad huh? Most of the work that goes along with setting up an E-book business is done in the beginning. Almost like “Set it & Forget it!” This industry is front heavy, but after you set up your infrastructure you can continue to sell with very little daily maintenance. I sailed into the Best Sellers ranks once my frontend work was laid down and I was able to maintain the #1 spot.
So if you are wondering what is a great way to jumpstart your online business or what you should be doing, E-book publishing is something worth considering. I don’t see (nor do I hope) that E-books will replace traditional paperback books, but they certainly are popular enough to make all authors stop to think about how they should use e-books to their advantage; even more so for business owners (on- and offline).
I did just that and have not regretted this major boss move for me and my brand!
Now it’s your turn. Become a successful self-published author and use your best seller to save your business and sanity.
Charlene Brown is the Founder and CEO of Bklyn Custom Designs, LLC. and loves helping small businesses turn their brands from barely there to thriving and profitable businesses. She constantly seeks the best avenues to help her audience achieve their dreams with as little frustrations as possible. Code lover, avid reader, traveler, and chills out with her family and friends, all while enjoying all that life has to offer.
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Thanks Charlene. It's great to have your insights as a best seller. You've given us lots of food for thought. It sounds like the Power Crew is the way to go for promotions. I really appreciate your time and thoughts. Thanks for guest posting on the Hunters of Reloria series. Folks: please connect with Charlene in the links above.